Author Archive for Javier Luque

Where to stay in Arusha, Tanzania

Where to stay in Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha, Tanzania is often the first and/or last place people visit on their Serengeti safari. Many international flights land late in the evening and weary travelers are quickly ushered to their hotels in Arusha only to catch an early morning flight into the Serengeti. Some safaris give people to end their safari with several hours […]

The magical place most travelers to South Africa miss

The magical place most travelers to South Africa miss

South Africa is known for unique wildlife, fantastic wines and natural landscapes. However, these stereotypes don?t even scratch the surface of what this rainbow nation has to offer. Just imagine waking up to new vistas: rolling green mountains flowing into violent blue seas, pink and turquoise rondavels dotting the hills and yellow kites from the […]

5 reasons to do a rainy season safari

5 reasons to do a rainy season safari

Most African game parks and reserves have a rainy season. This term has started to get a negative connotation, so much so that tour operators and lodges have started calling it the green or emerald season! I?m here to dispel some of those negative vibes and highlight some great reasons why the rainy season is […]

5 safari parks where you can see the Big 5

5 safari parks where you can see the Big 5

If you are planning an African safari and are keen to see the Big 5 (African buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino), not all the parks will afford you this luxury. Sadly, the rhino has been poached to extinction in many of the parks, but there are still some parks where, with a bit of […]

4 safari splurges that are so worth it

4 safari splurges that are so worth it

An African safari is not something you want to cut corners on. But, at the same time, you don?t want to spend money on something that will add little to no value to your safari experience. So, while the Swarovski binoculars may seem cool at the time, I suggest you save your money for some […]

6 top tips for great safari photos

6 top tips for great safari photos

This isn’t a post on F-stops or shutter speeds. Nor is it about composition or how to hold your camera. This is far more fundamental than that. If one of the main reasons you’re going on safari is to capture some great photos, and you’re not a professional photographer, then this piece is for you. […]

Kafue and Kidepo: hidden gems of Zambia and Uganda

Kafue and Kidepo: hidden gems of Zambia and Uganda

When many people think of an African safari, the first words that come to their mind are often: Serengeti, Masai Mara and Kruger. There?s a reason for this, of course: these parks have a large number and variety of wildlife. All three are home to the big five (cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhinoceros) […]

5 great restaurants in Lilongwe, Malawi

5 great restaurants in Lilongwe, Malawi

Not exactly known as being a bustling or a beautiful city, the spirit of luxury Malawi lies in the thriving and incredibly fun ex-pat community. Regular events are organized: beer festivals, pub quiz nights, 5 and 10K races and even polo matches. People who call the capital home are friendly and likely to share their […]

5 tips for a memorable gorilla trekking experience

5 tips for a memorable gorilla trekking experience

For most people, a trip to Uganda, Rwanda or DR Congo to trek the endangered mountain gorilla is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Unlike most safaris, gorilla trekking is done completely outside of the safari vehicle and often requires you to scramble through wet and slippery stinging nettles. But, the rewards far outweigh the inconveniences and, especially […]

6 hip bars to try in Cape Town

6 hip bars to try in Cape Town

Over the years Cape Town has attracted top designers, artists and musicians from all over the globe. It is now fully reflected in the nightlife. Totally funky and totally world class?here are the 2016 top picks for places to find the coolest cats in the CBD. The Power and the Glory? This spot you may […]

4 reasons to make Uganda your next safari destination

4 reasons to make Uganda your next safari destination

Uganda, aptly nicknamed ?The Pearl of Africa? by Winston Churchill after his visit in 1907, is rapidly gaining a reputation for being a top-safari destination. It can now hold its own against safari behemoths like Tanzania, South Africa and Botswana. This landlocked country is home to 10 national parks and is also where the Nile […]

5 reasons to safari in South Luangwa National Park

5 reasons to safari in South Luangwa National Park

Located in Zambia, just over the border from its small neighboring country Malawi, South Luangwa National Park is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world.? Known for its incredible variety of wildlife, the park guarantees constant sightings of hippos, antelope and crocodiles. With over 60 different animal species and 400 bird species, South […]

6 glorious things to do on Lake Malawi

6 glorious things to do on Lake Malawi

Nearly the size of Belgium, Lake Malawi is the third-largest lake on the African continent and the ninth-largest in the world. For your next relaxing escape, here are the do not miss activities in which to partake during your stay in this unique and truly African freshwater paradise. Soak in the Malawian warmth Malawi is […]

5 reasons to stay on the rim at Ngorongoro Crater

5 reasons to stay on the rim at Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater is a top-choice destination for those visiting northern Tanzania. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the world’s largest, inactive volcanic caldera and its small size and large animal concentration are a great formula for a productive day on safari. ? To truly take advantage of all the Ngorongoro Crater has to […]

5 great reasons to include Tarangire National Park on a Tanzania safari

5 great reasons to include Tarangire National Park on a Tanzania safari

Tarangire National Park is a spectacular little park in northern Tanzania. The park is named for the river that runs through it. This river provides the local wildlife the water they need to survive. The Serengeti usually nabs the limelight as a top safari destination, but here are five reasons you should consider including Tarangire […]

10 top tips for taking the best safari photos

10 top tips for taking the best safari photos

Luxury safaris offer incredible photo opportunities to capture great wildlife shots with surprisingly close access to iconic and awe inspiring safari animals. Many safari goers hope to return home with great?photos to commemorate their trip, wow their friends, and perhaps hang as art in their homes. But how do you go from vacation snap shot […]

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