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If you plan on spending the December holidays in Africa, here’s what you can expect to enjoy on the festive side of your trip. Remember to book your trip at least a year (if not more) in advance as everyone gets vacation this time of year and local travel is at its peak! Christmas, Read More

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I always enjoy the long flight to Africa, even sitting in the back of the plane. It gives you plenty of time to unwind from work, watch four movies, and still have time for some sleep! Which is exactly what my family and I did en route to Nairobi. Upon landing, we spent our first night, Read More

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If you are planning to visit Africa in December, particularly around the holiday season, make sure to book at least a year in advance! December marks the beginning of the long summer holidays throughout sub-Saharan Africa, so both local and overseas tourists book their vacations at the beach and at safari lodges and camps. Christmas is, Read More

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Anouk is traveling in Kenya right now, and while November is not traditionally the busy season, we still recommend staying in the less-crowded conservancies to really make the most of any visit to the Masai Mara. She’ll be enjoying 4 nights at Saruni Mara and Saruni Wild in the Mara North Conservancy. The Masai, Read More

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Many of our clients look forward to using their miles to book their flights to Africa. But in our experience it’s not easy or convenient to use airline miles (or reward points) to get there. Getting an airline to release seats for points on exactly the days that match your safari itinerary is difficult, Read More

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Anouk will be off to Kenya next week, and is looking forward to spending a first day in Nairobi, almost as much as she is looking forward to her safari! This may surprise some of you, but it’s really a very vibrant city and a great place to spend an extra day and get over, Read More

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November is one of our favorite months to travel to Africa. The tourists thin out, airlines often have sales on flights, and the weather begins to warm up (which makes it less painful to wake up at 5 am for the morning game drive)! November brings much needed rain to southern Africa causing a veritable baby, Read More

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With colder weather setting in here in Connecticut, we find ourselves yearning to travel back to Africa. But until that time, the next best thing is to settle in, stay warm, and watch Africa on our TV and movie screens! Right now we are positively spoiled for choice. Here’s just a sample of what’s on our, Read More

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If you are looking for a truly authentic family adventure and well off the beaten track, then we have an excellent option for you! A 7 day immersion into the heart of Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park, staying at two different lodges/camps – Chilo Gorge and Mahove semi-permanent luxury camp site. This is a very hands-on, Read More

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Many of our clients ask us “what can we bring as gifts” when they visit Africa. And we’re glad they ask us, because there’s nothing worse than packing a bag full of items that may not be useful at all in a northern Tanzanian village, or township outside of Cape Town. Giving really is, Read More

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October marks the final month of the dry season and this is an awesome time to see huge herds of elephant, zebra, buffalo and others gather around the diminishing water holes and trickling rivers. Vegetation is increasingly sparse which makes it a cinch to spot wildlife. October is also the last month of the year to, Read More

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With summer waning fast, we are seeing the usual uptick in requests for adventures to escape from winter. The good news is that there are some great ways to stretch your safari dollars and days, and we know all the tricks of the trade. Contact us for ideas and  suggestions such as this 12-day, Read More

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At African Portfolio we’ve curated the perfect private guided day trip to the Cape Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope. With our hand-picked, highly qualified guide, you’ll spend the morning visiting the penguins at Boulder’s Beach, and continue on to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Enjoy a decadent lunch, Read More

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We are in whale season now, the perfect time to head towards the coast if you are visiting Cape Town and surrounds! Every year southern right whales migrate from their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica to warmer climates, reaching South Africa in June. The country’s coastal waters teem with the giant animals, breaching, calving (August, Read More

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Planning a safari to Southern Africa? Don’t forget to add a little dash of culture to spice up your safari experience. Whether you are bookending your trip with a few days in Cape Town, or exploring the dunes of the Kalahari, ask us about visiting a local community. We will make sure your experience, Read More

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Tracking mountain gorillas is one of the most exciting safaris we offer. With just under 900 mountain gorillas left in the wild, it is a real thrill to meet them face to face. Diane and Anouk have had the opportunity to track gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda respectively, and they both agree it was, Read More

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Diane recently had the opportunity to visit to Mana Pools in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley, here’s her report… On my very first trip to Zimbabwe in April of 1990, the friends who invited me to visit, suggested I needed a detox from the hectic, frenetic pace of New York City.   “You are still too wired for, Read More

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We are being inundated with conflicting reports regarding the necessity of getting a yellow fever vaccine in order to enter certain African countries. A recent small outbreak in Angola and reported cases in Kenya and Uganda have indeed led to more restrictions on travelers who are traveling to and from these countries. While the health, Read More

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You know you’re going to have a good day when you’re invited to a  “quaffing by day, sailing at dusk” adventure in Cape Town. Diane was fortunate enough to attend this event last week hosted by our partners on the ground. She was accompanied by James and Kim, two specialist guides we often use for, Read More

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  May is a lovely spring month in North Africa, a perfect time to visit the Sahara Desert before the summer sun heats it up too much during the day. It’s also a wonderful time to explore the medinas of Morocco‘s royal cities like Marrakech and Fez. The  weather is perfect and tourist numbers are nice and low. Likewise Egypt‘s ancient tombs and monuments are, Read More

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The latest trend among airlines is to charge extra for a seat that has more legroom, or is located in the front of the plane (but still in economy). South African Airways has jumped on the bandwagon, along with most major airlines. Yvette is en route to Johannesburg today on the 16 hour direct flight, Read More

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Anouk is now back at her desk with memories still fresh, filled with fantastic sunsets and the lush beauty of Hwange in the green season. Here are some highlights of her last few nights in Zimbabwe…. The entire park was just alive with hundreds of species of butterfly, blooming hibiscus, huge variety of birds and very, Read More

Anouk has been traveling in Zambia and Zimbabwe for the last several weeks, accompanied by veteran safari enthusiast Finn (her son).    She managed to carve out a few free minutes – while sitting at the waterhole at camp – to send us some impressions of her travels thus far.   So live from Hwange National, Read More

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The best part of of our job is getting feedback from our clients when they return home from their safari. Planning a customized itinerary is not always easy,  but we know Africa rarely disappoints.  The welcome home call is a chance for us to share the excitement of a first, second or even third safari experience. A recent follow up call with honeymooners, Read More

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February marks a massive baby boom in the Southern Serengeti as this is the time of year when the million strong herd of wildebeest give birth, all within a 2-3 week period. The mass calving is a survival tactic to overwhelm the predators that lurk behind the bushes waiting for easy baby prey. It’s, Read More

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For the past few years we have asked our clients to share the best travel photos from their safaris with us. We then pick the top 12 and create a wonderful calendar for the following next year. It’s been a huge success, and our 2016 calendar is really gorgeous! We still have a few copies left so if, Read More

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If you are thinking of going on safari in 2016,  and want to beat those winter blues, here are three of our favorite trips based on January – March departure dates. Each itinerary offers excellent value for money and are very likely to sell out sooner rather than later! Prices on flights to both East and, Read More

SAA Business Class

South African Airways recently launched an exciting program where customers are able to bid online for an upgrade to business class when inventory is available. The program is called “Step-Up” and it’s a great way to potentially get an upgrade to a 180 degree ‘lie-flat’ seat for a fraction of the cost of a regular Business Class ticket. There’s no, Read More

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When we book safaris in southern Africa, we often take advantage of the smaller, exclusive camps and lodges located on private reserves and concessions. There are private wildlife reserves throughout southern Africa, many of the best ones are adjacent to established national parks. Private reserves have made it possible to vastly extend protected wildlife, Read More

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Recent changes in tourist visa requirements, and new online applications for Zambia, Kenya, and Rwanda, as well as the always evolving rules for minors entering South Africa, are good reminders for us all to stay up to date with official entry requirements when traveling to and from Africa. A very positive development is the new KAZA UniVisa which allows visitors, Read More