African Safaris

9 Tips on Planning your First African Safari

Africa is an ideal destination for discovery and adventure.  Once you have chosen your African Safari Package, a journey to Africa, you can camp in the vast wilderness full of game, interact with intriguing cultures, and experience striking landscapes.  It’s no wonder why Africa is a top destination for many travelers.  However, planning your first…

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Why You Should Consider a Safari to Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe was once considered the crown jewel of the southern Africa safari circuit, with enormous parks, abundant game, and spectacular landscapes.  But with the economic and political challenges of the past decade or so, it’s reputation has slipped.  However, tourism in Zimbabwe is slowly making a coming back.

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5 Unforgettable Safari Experiences in Namibia

Namibia is one of Africa’s top safari destinations and for good reason.  Nearly twice the size of California but with only two million people, Namibia’s low population, dramatic landscapes, and unique wildlife create a feeling of solitude and wilderness.  Namibia offers much more than the classic game drive.  Here you can leave the confines of your vehicle and enjoy an up-close and personal experience of this diverse country. 

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Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Uganda is truly a destination for everyone.  It is a country of vast diversity, offering the highest mountain range in Africa, the magnificent Great African Rift Valley, the mighty Nile River, the second largest fresh water lake in the world and the famous and remote Murchison Falls.  However, Uganda is most famous for it’s accessible population of mountain gorillas. 

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Experiential Travel in Africa

Experiential travel is an approach to traveling which focuses on experiencing a place by connecting with its history, people or culture.  TravelDew is a website where leaders in experiential travel are invited to share their stories, insights, and unique perspectives.  I was recently interviewed by the folks at TravelDew about the African experiences we offer.

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Tracking Lions…On Foot

“Move very slowly, if they growl we stop until they are feeding again and then move slowly forward again.  We do this and the lions stop occasionally and look up and growl at us but we move forward gradually.  I tell my guests not to look straight at them, to have their head facing forward and look at them from the side.”

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The Desert Elephants of Namibia

Namibia is an arid country and receives little rainfall throughout the year.  The Namib Desert, which hugs the entire coastline is one of the driest places on earth.  It’s a hostile environment of dunes, gravel plains, and treeless hills, yet elephants can be found here.  It seems like an impossibility since elephants consume large amounts of vegetation and water.  However, against all odds, elephants have learned to survive in this rugged environment

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Vulture Populations are Crashing

Vultures may have a bad reputation as scavengers with a disgusting lifestyle but they perform vital functions in the ecosystems across Africa.  And they are facing serious threats.  Populations of seven species have fallen 80% in the past three generations, mainly due to poisoning of carcasses.  This is unfortunate as vultures clean up carcasses and in doing so prevent the spread of disease and help recycle nutrients.  Besides, they are simply fascinating birds.

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