Author Archive for Javier Luque

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 […]

A Botswana luxury safari

A Botswana luxury safari

There are a few different ways to go about a safari. One is roughing it — getting dirty, sleeping in a flimsy tent on an even flimsier camping mat, sitting around an open fire to enjoy modest meals seasoned with dust and ash and lit by an awkward headlamp. And then there is a Botswana luxury safari— […]

5 tips for taking kids on safari

5 tips for taking kids on safari

We traveled to Tanzania this past August with our three boys ages, 14, 12 and 8. A close family, we have never gone on vacation without the boys, so it was natural that we would take them with us on our safari and trip to Zanzibar. As we planned the big trip, we often thought about […]

5 perks of luxury safari lodging

5 perks of luxury safari lodging

Truth be told, there are far more than five perks to staying in the best safari lodges and camps. Like at all top-end resorts, the beds will be plush and clad with the finest linens and the decor will be stunning. At top end safari camps, meals are paired with delectable wines and post-meal digestives are enjoyed […]

5 ways to experience Antananarivo

5 ways to experience Antananarivo

Hard to pronounce (and even more difficult to spell), the capital of Madagascar is for many visitors just a stopping point en route to the lemur-filled jungles and spectacular beaches of this Indian Ocean island nation. But the crumbling streets of Antananarivo that cascade down the hillside are more than worthy of a few days […]

The best safari luggage

The best safari luggage

Anyone who’s been on safari knows that a soft-sided duffel bag is the quintessential luggage item for travel, especially if you’re planning some intra-country flights. Most domestic flights have a 15kg limit and require your bag to be somewhat malleable, to fit behind seats or other places. As someone who avoids checking any luggage whenever […]

Uganda textiles

Kampala: the Milan of Africa?

One thing everyone notices right away as they land in Africa is the vibrant colors. It is not the textbook sky-blue and pink sunsets just like little Simba saw them. It is the amazing palette of women’s clothing, both in urban and rural areas, that capture one’s glance. Long cascading dresses, artfully tangled headbands, elegant […]

Rwanda Coffee Plantation

Rwanda: home to Africa’s second best coffee

We all have our own stories of how we slipped into severe coffee addiction. For many people, it all begins in Africa. After all, Karen Blixen had a coffee farm in Africa, not some Danish potato farm. The continent is one of the biggest exporters of coffee into Europe and Americas, however, African countries do […]

Lake Kivu Rwanda

5 must-see gems of Rwanda

While the name Rwanda resonates for many with images of the 1994 genocide, the last 20 years have seen this landlocked country transform into one of Africa’s best-kept travel secrets. The ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’ may not boast the big-game wildlife safaris of its East African neighbours, but the astounding natural beauty of its […]

Baby mountain gorilla

Bwindi: luxury for less

Mountain gorilla trekking is, for most people, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that offers an opportunity to spend one thrilling hour with extraordinary primates.  Just three countries house these amazing, and threatened, creatures: DR Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. Rwanda’s and Uganda’s tourism infrastructure is significantly more developed than that of DR Congo and, as a result, they […]

4 sustainable South Africa wines to look out for

4 sustainable South Africa wines to look out for

South Africa wines – they are not only popular among locals but equally appreciated by connoisseur international wine buyers and even collectors. South Africa is known for its Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, the unique South African Pinotage, Cape Riesling and several others. Many new vineyards focus on Pinot Noir. There has been a significant increase […]

Best beaches of Mozambique

Best beaches of Mozambique

Blessed with almost 2,500 kilometers of coastline and countless offshore islands, its easy to see why Mozambique is fast becoming one of Africa’s favorite beach holiday destinations. With an enticing mix of Latino-infused culture and natural, unspoilt beauty, its coastal resorts cater to everyone from campers and beach-bumming backpackers to those after an exclusive slice […]

The best oysters in Sub-Saharan Africa

The best oysters in Sub-Saharan Africa

Oysters. Some call them slimy little suckers. Some argue that you will not find a better hangover street food. Others will only go for oysters in gourmet restaurants. Whatever your take on oysters may be, in Sub-Saharan Africa these mollusks constitute a great part of traditional cuisine and livelihood of the local population. TRY Oyster Women’s Association […]

Best African sundowners to enjoy post-safari

Best African sundowners to enjoy post-safari

There is nothing like coming back from the dusty exhilaration of a safari to watch the sun dip majestically below the horizon with a chilled beverage in hand. From lagers to liqueurs, Africa serves up sundowners that are uniquely their own and sitting on a lodge deck or relaxing at the campsite for a sunset […]