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The official tourism board of Zimbabwe has the tagline “World of Wonders” and we couldn’t agree more.  It is a study in contrasts, with diverse ecosystems and landscapes and is home to five UNESCO World Heritage sites: Mana Pools, Great Zimbabwe, Khami Ruins, Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya) and the Matobo Hills.  Victoria was lucky enough, Read More

For most people, holidays mean spontaneity and freedom from your day to day routine.  It can come as a surprise then to arrive on safari and find your daily routine dictated by the rhythm of the bush and the logistics required to deliver first class service in a remote setting.   Dawn alarm calls, set, Read More

The list of diseases and other health hazards you can potentially encounter while traveling in Africa take up several chapters in every guide book. It can be a little daunting even if you are not a hypochondriac. The key is to be smart and also realistic about your risks. A disease like ebola is, Read More

Our clients often ask us whether to go on safari in East or Southern Africa, what makes these destinations different and why? By East Africa, we mean Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda (although the last two countries are technically in Central Africa) and Southern Africa refers to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia and, Read More

As the peak summer safari season is now in full swing, we thought it timely to look forward to summer in Africa (December through March).   These “emerald” or “green” season months have so much to offer for those of you looking to escape the cold, gray days of winter for the warmth of the, Read More

The customary gratuity to safari guides and camp staff is one of those “preparing for your safari” topics that we get the most questions about.  It seems to produce anxiety even among the most well traveled of us.  Knowing beforehand how much to tip and when to tip  on safari will simplify the process, Read More

One of the best things about going on safari is leaving the hubbub of your daily life behind and truly immersing yourself in nature. The vibrations you sense should come from the rumbling stomach of an elephant, not the phone in your back pocket. But while we love the “tech-free” aspect of a safari, we understand, Read More

If you plan on spending the December holidays in Africa, here’s what you can expect to enjoy on the festive side. 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. The history of Christianity, Read More

When we ask our clients for feedback, we usually end by asking them if they have a word of advice for future travelers. So, in honour of our 25-year anniversary this year, we thought we’d go through their responses and pass their words of wisdom along… A lot of our respondents started their reply, Read More

Sometimes nicknamed “3G” vacations as they usually involve three generations of a family, multi-generational safaris have been popular with our clients for some years now – you can read the recent feedback from the Kovensky-Greene family trip here. It’s easy to see why: a safari is the perfect opportunity for family members – who, Read More

orphaned elephant

A highlight for many of our clients is a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) in Nairobi, Kenya. This outstanding organization rescues orphans and hand-raises them around the clock until they are old enough to be released back into the wild. The public are allowed to visit at 11am when the babies, Read More

While we usually encourage a digital detox while on safari, it’s also undeniable that technology can enhance your experience. Here are eight apps that we recommend you download before you leave for your trip. 1. Audubon African Wildlife Created in affiliation with the well-regarded field guide of the same name, this app lists 164, Read More

The Big 5 - Rhinos

The Big 5 is a term originally coined by hunters to describe the animals they found the most dangerous to hunt on foot – namely, lion, leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo and rhino. Depending on where you travel on safari, you can reasonably expect to see all five – with rhino and leopard being somewhat, Read More

One of the many benefits of a safari holiday is that you’ll encounter very few additional expenses once you’re on your trip as most safari camps and lodges operate on an all-inclusive basis. Tipping is customary though, so it’s an expense that you will want to prepare and budget for in advance. Although tipping, Read More

As a general rule, the minimum time we recommend for a safari is 7 days. That’s not including flights to and from the US, so you should count on being away from home at least 9 days. Why spend a whole week or more on safari? Well, there are several reasons… 1. Exploring Different, Read More

Finally after ten years, and three different pairs of “cheap and compact” binoculars that have caused all kinds of frustration, my new year’s resolution is to decide on and invest in a “decent” pair of binoculars before my next trip. Choosing the right one is becoming a real challenge though. My motto in choosing, Read More

A typical day in the life of a safari includes getting up at the crack of dawn, eating your meals in the open air, getting excited about identifying animal dung, actually enjoying instant coffee, marvelling at the sheer enormity of the African elephant, and so much more.. . What should you expect on an African, Read More