Author Archive for Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell is a co-founder and Managing Director at Travel Butlers, specialists in tailor-made safari and beach holidays to Africa and the Indian Ocean. Paul’s love of independent travel was first cemented when he spent 9 months doing the classic back-packing route across Asia, Australia, and North America when he was 20 year old. Over the following 30 years or so he has returned to these destinations many times, and also travelled for extended periods in central in South America as well as making countless trips to destinations across Europe. His first trip to Africa was nearly 20 years ago, and he fell in love with the continent instantly. After a few more trips (including spending a month training to be a field guide in the Sabi Sands), Paul and his wife Tracey decided to leave their jobs in marketing to form Travel Butlers. Their aim was to provide a friendly, professional, and knowledgeable service to help visitors find the very best experiences in Africa. The company was formed in 2003, and initially focussed on just South Africa and Namibia. Over the years they have taken on more staff and expanded to cover a dozen countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean. They still travel regularly to Africa both to find new destinations and experiences to offer their clients, and to check-up on old favourites.

Phinda Cheetah

Discover South Africa’s amazing KwaZulu-Natal province

Kruger, Cape Town and the Garden Route are undeniably the most popular destinations for first-time visitors to South Africa, however the more adventurous traveller will find many wonderful places to explore in other parts of this vast country. Top of the list of less-visited gems is KwaZulu-Natal. Whilst South Africans from Jo’burg have long escaped […]

Thonga Beach Lodge

6 outstanding eco-lodges in South Africa

As travellers we are all more aware than ever of our environmental impact and want to make choices that will help preserve and protect the places we visit. Safari lodges and nature camps are essentially very eco-friendly, and without them (and tourists they attract) far less land would be set aside for conservation and the […]

Carmine Bee-Eaters, South Luangwa, Time+Tide

Unforgettable walking safaris in Zambia

Zambia is a spectacular wildlife destination for safari enthusiasts looking for something a little different from the usual schedule of morning and evening game drives offered across much of Southern Africa. Whilst camps and lodges elsewhere may offer guided walks as part of their safari experience, the lodges and Camps of the South Luangwa and […]

5 of the best ultra-luxurious lodges in Kruger

5 of the best ultra-luxurious lodges in Kruger

Everyone who goes on a safari will want to have the best possible wildlife experience, however when it comes to the type of lodge or camp that people are looking for we find that going on safari means different things to different people.  Some will conjure up an image in their mind of a simple safari […]

Cape Sidecar Adventures

Top 5 lesser-known activities around Cape Town

Cape Town is the most visited part of South Africa, and there is a well established set of outstanding attractions that are always high on the list of every visitor.  But the city still has plenty to offer once you’ve taken the cable car up Table Mountain, seen the harbour and waterfront area, visited the […]

Lower Zambezi Elephant

5 of the best places in Africa to see elephants

Elephants are always near the top of the list of animals that everyone wants to see when they go on safari to Africa. The good news is that just about every national park and game reserve with a good mix of general game will offer excellent elephant sightings, however there are a few places that […]

Baraza Beach Resort & Spa

Top 5 Zanzibar hotels to relax in after your safari

Kenya and Tanzania have long been favourites for those looking for a safari and beach holiday, with the vast plains of the Serengeti, Masai Mara and other reserves offering what many consider to be the ultimate safari experience. Wherever you go on your safari in East Africa, Zanzibar is the most popular choice for a […]

Radisson Red, CapeTown

Top 5 funky hotels in Cape Town

Cape Town is on the must-see list of many travellers. With its buzzy cosmopolitan culture, balmy Mediterranean climate, trendy neighbourhoods and a truly remarkable history, Cape Town is one of the world’s most enchanting cities.  It’s a city that is very easy to fall in love with, and is frequently voted among the top 10 best […]

Microlight flight over Victoria Falls.

Top 5 adventure activities at Victoria Falls

Over the years the area around Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe/Zambia border has developed into one of Southern Africa’s leading adventure tourism destinations.  Clearly the main attraction of the area is still a visit to visit the Falls themselves, and for most visitors this will take around half a day if they do this with […]

Canoeing On The Zambezi From Sausage TRee Camp

See Africa from a different perspective on a boat-based safari

Most people, when they think of a safari, will picture themselves on a 4×4 safari vehicle, driving across the plains or down dusty tracks. However, there is another, and more unique, way to view the wildlife, and that is from aboard a boat from the middle of a river or waterway. The main photographic opportunity […]

Top 5 malaria free safaris in South Africa

Top 5 malaria free safaris in South Africa

A safari in one of South Africa’s malaria-free reserves is an excellent option for anyone who loves the idea of seeing Africa’s amazing wildlife in its natural environment, but is worried about malaria. Whilst it is pretty straight forward for most people to take anti-malarial precautions, there are some who prefer to avoid both malarial […]