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5 reasons safari works for solo travellers

5 reasons safari works for solo travellers

The idea of travelling to Africa on your own can be very daunting! However a solo safari can be a wonderful way to see the wildlife and enjoy the very best of single travel. Imagine meeting gorillas or watching the wildebeest migration at a river crossing? Sharing these experiences in a group creates a moment

4 secret safari areas in Kenya

Kenya is consistently one of Africa’s top three destinations for those going on a safari holiday. Its wildlife and national parks regularly appear on television series such as the Big Cat Diary and its conservationists are lauded for their work in wildlife protection. With this in mind, can there really be secret places away from
The 5 best places to see primates in Africa

The 5 best places to see primates in Africa

Primates are our closest living relatives and with big brains and opposable digits it’s abundantly clear when you see them as to how similar to us they are. Apart from their superb tree climbing ability – I’m very jealous of that. Africa and the Indian Ocean are home to a number of primates with some,

Have you seen the African Impossible 5?

You’ve seen the Big 5, here’s a new challenge. If you’ve been on a safari holiday you’re probably aware of the African Big 5 of lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Many guides will help guests tick these iconic animals off their wish list, in some cases in a single afternoon. However, there’s more to
Christmas horse ride with herd of rhino at Ants Collection Waterberg South Africa

5 days of Christmas in Africa

Escape the Christmas Turkey. If you are looking for a change this Christmas season, why not turn off the television, kick off the snow boots, pack away the winter woollies, say goodbye to icy grey days and head for the airport. In as little as eight hours you could be in the African sunshine heading for
Salas Camp Wildebeest Masai Mara Kenya

Wildebeest time: permanent safari camp or mobile safari?

About this time of year the shout goes out that it’s ‘wildebeest migration time’ and the ‘crossings are happening’. Those who love safaris will know what’s meant, but to say it’s ‘migration time’ isn’t quite true as the migration is a year-round phenomenon. Roughly one and a half million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of
Candelit dinner at Tongabezi Lodge Victoria Falls

5 insider tips for visiting Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is one of the most iconic and breath taking sites in Africa. I was based at Victoria Falls for two years as a cameraman with Zambezi Video Productions, and also a rafting guide there. Here are my best tips for seeing the falls at their best: 1. When is the best time of
Ballooning over the Masai Mara from Governors Camp

5 micro-adventures from Kenya to Botswana

Safari is full of surprises. Whether it’s the noise a hippo makes, or spotting a leopard hiding in the canopy of a tree, days are always filled with new experiences. In addition to the ‘standard’ wildlife viewing activities, micro-adventures can be built into a safari holiday, to make a great trip even better. Here are
No iPad needed with Elewana in Kenya

Luxury safaris - ahead of the rest

A recent Twitter chat discussed ‘What today’s travellers want from 5 star resorts’. Initially I thought safaris would be found wanting. Camps and lodges are in the middle of nowhere; logistics are difficult, and African bureaucracy is renowned for making things harder than they need to be. However I was pleasantly surprised. The things we
Elephants in Northern Serengeti from Lamai Camp

5 top tips to find your secret Tanzania

Tanzania has some of the most iconic safari destinations. The Rift Valley, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti are all on the so-called Northern Safari Circuit and enjoy many thousands of visitors. So is it really possible to holiday here in quiet areas away from the crowds? If you follow some simple rules, it is. 1.
6 secret places to visit in Namibia

6 secret places to visit in Namibia

Few people can name anywhere they might want to holiday in Namibia, except perhaps the dunes at Sossusvlei and Etosha’s mighty salt pan. Maybe then the whole country is a secret, and to a degree that’s true. Despite the fact its currency, the Namibian Dollar, is at parity with South Africa’s Rand, so it offers
Cheetah - Tau Pan - Central Kalahari Game Reserve

5 secret safari areas in Botswana

Botswana is renowned for the density of its safari wildlife with the lush Okavango Delta able to support large numbers of both prey species and predators year round. It is still the only place I’ve seen three different leopards on a morning wildlife drive and then watched wild dog hunt from the deck outside my room.
Why you must holiday in South Africa in 8 photos

Why you must holiday in South Africa in 8 photos

Without question South Africa is the country offering the continent’s greatest variety for those on holiday. There’s urban chic in Cape Town, but it’s not just the city itself with its bustling markets and refurbished waterfront that draws people here. The city is overlooked by Table Mountain, has sandy beaches, Cape Point Nature Reserve and
Wildlife Drive Okavango Delta Xudum Camp

Exploring Botswana in 9 safari photos

“Lift your feet up” says the guide casually as the water slops into the Land Cruiser’s footwell. This is Botswana’s Okavango Delta and if you want to see the wildlife you take your safari vehicle through the channels to find it. Four-wheel drive means the wet conditions are no barrier to grip and an air
Offbeat Safaris Masai Mara wildebeest migration

Kenya's safari diversity in 9 photos

People think they know Kenya: they’ve seen the BBC’s Big Cat Diary in the Masai Mara and more recently they might have watched Saba Douglas-Hamilton and her young family adjust to running Elephant Watch Camp in the Samburu Reserve. But those famous safari areas and their lions and leopards are only part of the story
Ballooning over Sossusvlei

10 photos to convince you to visit Namibia

Think of Namibia. If anything comes to mind it’s probably an image of the dunes at Sossusvlei. But did you know you can take an early morning flight over them in a balloon, taking off at dawn as the sun lights up the eastern side of the dunes and casts the western faces into deep