Author Archive for Julian Carter-Manning

Top 5 enduring moments from South Africa

Top 5 enduring moments from South Africa

South Africa is a remarkable country with a huge amount to offer visitors, from its diverse people, landscapes and wildlife to the remains of its fascinating past. Of course these days the globe is increasingly connected. Modern technology works really well to help travellers fit in visits to recommended restaurants, local sights and activities, and […]

Kenya’s top 5 camps for active travellers

Kenya’s top 5 camps for active travellers

Kenya is the original birthplace of the safari holiday and home to the likes of the Maasai Mara, Amboseli and Samburu, which offer some of the best Big Five game viewing in the whole of Africa. However, Kenya is not solely about game viewing! It has some of the continent’s best and most striking scenery, […]

Pula! 5 natural changes with the arrival of the rains in Botswana

Pula! 5 natural changes with the arrival of the rains in Botswana

The word ‘Pula’ must be the favourite word of the Batswana (the people of Botswana). It is so valued that it’s the name of their currency, the friendly expression used to convey ‘Cheers!’, and it translates literally as ‘rain’. In total, 80 per cent of the country is semi-arid Kalahari desert, and the start and […]

Top 5 experiences to pair with your wine tasting in the Cape

Top 5 experiences to pair with your wine tasting in the Cape

Cape Town has become one of the most visited destinations on the African continent. This cosmopolitan city, nestled between mountains and sea, draws lovers of culture and nature to its shores. The fruits of this nature are no more evident than in the beautiful winelands surrounding the city and spreading far through the Cape region. […]

5 paradisiacal dive sites in Zanzibar

5 paradisiacal dive sites in Zanzibar

So you’ve just experienced a safari of a lifetime, ticked off the big beasts of the African bush, gained an appreciation for the lesser-known creatures, become far too used to your morning wake-up calls with coffee and cookies, and it’s now time for some rest and relaxation on Zanzibar… only you can’t help but feel […]

Top 5 things to do in Botswana

Top 5 things to do in Botswana

Brimming with some of the finest wildlife spectacles on Earth and famous for the Okavango Delta, Botswana is pretty high up on many people’s ‘must visit’ list. Home to some of the world’s most pristine wilderness areas, Botswana boasts waterways, national parks, private reserves and cultures that are begging to be explored – and sometimes […]

Top 5 experiences in Uganda

Top 5 experiences in Uganda

Although it is best known for its gorilla trekking, Uganda is a much more diverse destination than meets the eye! From extreme sports on the River Nile to outstanding national parks teeming with game and epic scenery, Uganda is fast becoming a serious player in the African safari scene. Below are the top 5 experiences […]

My Namibian top 5

My Namibian top 5

I’m really lucky to have visited Namibia many times over while guiding for an overland company. Although I eventually settled down in East Africa, Namibia is where I fell in love with the continent and is still one of my favourite countries in the world. So when I had the opportunity to go there on […]

Walking in Tanzania

Walking in Tanzania

My first ever walking safari will always be one of my favourite safari experiences. It completely changed the way I looked at the environment and transformed my safari game drives, giving me a far better understanding of how the animals move within their environment. Looking at an elephant footprint and learning how you can tell […]

Top 5 honeymoon safari lodges for this Summer

Top 5 honeymoon safari lodges for this Summer

An African safari is often high up on the list of options when it comes to planning a honeymoon. For the more adventurous there is always the possibility of staying at one of the tented camps, while for those seeking a more comfortable experience there is a range of luxury lodges offering some great discounts. […]

Kenya's top 5 family safari lodges

Kenya’s top 5 family safari lodges

Going on safari as a family is one of the most amazing experiences. It opens up a whole new world to everyone and it is an experience that will stay with the whole family forever. The energy and excitement that children bring on safari with them is wonderful and highly contagious! Kenya is well equipped […]

Africa's top 10 experiences

Africa’s top 10 experiences

Africa offers some amazing experiences! From watching the famous Great Migration to relaxing on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, there is something special to suit all travellers. Just take a look at the list below and perhaps find inspiration for your next trip to this thrilling continent. 1. The Serengeti & […]

Africa's top 5 new camps to visit in 2017

Africa’s top 5 new camps to visit in 2017

Safari Africa has become incredibly popular over the last couple of years, and as the demand has gone up so has the number of new lodges! There have been a lot of changes over 2016, with many new builds and renovations changing our stance on what are the top camps in certain areas. Having watched […]

Planes, trains and luxury safari transportation

Planes, trains and luxury safari transportation

For many people, an African safari brings to mind a series of bumpy drives, racing through the dusty bush in a safari vehicle. While it is true that a large part of many safaris involves game driving, these days there are a number of more comfortable and/or adventurous alternatives for spotting the Big 5 in […]

7 of the most exclusive lodges in Africa

7 of the most exclusive lodges in Africa

Going on safari with your family or a group of friends is one of the most memorable experiences. Take a look at our 7 exclusive lodges in Africa that will upgrade your experience from memorable to unforgettable! Your stay is completely tailored around your needs, with your own private chef, guides and camp staff to […]

Africa's top 5 luxury sleep-outs

Africa’s top 5 luxury sleep-outs

There are few more spectacular sights than the African night sky and sleeping outside under its blanket of millions of stars is a truly magical experience. The African bush has little light pollution, which makes star-gazing all the more spectacular – it seems that the African sky has several times more stars than the sky […]

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