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North Island, Seychelles – a private island paradise with conservation at its heart

Flying in from Mahé by helicopter to North Island, it is a short 15 minute flight, where you can experience magnificent views of clear turquoise waters and untouched white sandy beaches.
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Damaraland – the place of the Damara people and breath taking scenery and wide open spaces

I have recently returned from what I consider to be the best safari in Namibia! Unlike her other African counterparts, Namibia offers such entirely different sensory experiences.
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Why my recent trip home to Botswana proved to be such a delight!

My recent trip ‘home’ to Botswana where I grew up, lived and worked in the safari industry, once again reminded me just how wonderful this country is. A recent good rainy season had replenished waterholes and the grass levels in some places were as high as an elephant’s eye.
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Where can you experience both authentic and luxury safari camping in Kenya’s Masai Mara?

The aircraft slowly circles the green expanse, and as we get closer the small white dots become a mass of wild flowers, fresh from the new rains.
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How do you combine five star luxury lodge status with a caring social programme?

Visiting Zimbabwe, you will encounter an overwhelming sense of friendliness, humour and integrity amongst its people, with some of the top trained guides and highest standards of service throughout Africa.
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Why Namibia is the perfect destination for curious travellers’

Having just returned from a month in Namibia, I have taken time to reflect on what an extraordinary country this truly is and why everyone should visit it – even if just once in their lifetime!
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Where are the very best Riding Safaris in Africa?

Riding Safaris in Africa are simply fantastic! Once you have ridden in Africa, we warn you that this could become addictive! (not only our own point of view, but also our returning riders who travel each year for another ‘fix’).
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What are the 9 critical steps travellers often overlook when planning a visit to Africa?

In the first stages of planning a holiday or safari to Africa and eventually as the days draw closer to packing and departing, one very useful motto springs to mind – Be Prepared!
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How has the Black Rhino been re-introduced into Rwanda after over 10 Years?

Last seen in Rwanda 10 years ago, Black rhino have returned to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park.
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Why has Sasaab Camp, Samburu, Kenya been attracting so much publicity?

Sasaab Camp, which is located close to Samburu National Park, aired on BBC television’s Amazing Hotels with Giles Coren and Monica Galetti, is an absolutely glorious camp located in a breath taking part of Kenya’s central region.
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Where in Kenya can you share breakfast with a Rothschild Giraffe?

From Nairobi’s international Airport, Jomo Kenyatta, it is around a 40 minute to 1½ hour's drive to Giraffe Manor, as this very much depends on the traffic and the time of day.
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Discover the 12 attractions that make Botswana a wonderful safari destination

Botswana is one of Africa’s most notable safari destinations and countries, peaceful, a true democracy, a conservation haven, extraordinary scenery, remote and pristine. I lived and worked there for over 20 years, and dearly love the country.
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What are the 3 most perfect Island getaways in Tanzania?

Whilst everyone has probably heard of the island Zanzibar, not everyone has heard of Pemba, Mafia, Fanjove and Thanda Islands. These are the kinds of places you would beg to be marooned on!
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Why are so many primate species endangered?

Gibbons, lemurs, orangutans, chimpanzees, and gorillas all are endangered primate species, in fact almost all primates are now threatened and around 300 species face extinction in the next 30 years.
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Explore the most idyllic luxury beach holiday in Malawi

Lake Malawi is so vast that spending time on its foreshore along the lake seems like a beach holiday. Likoma Island, where I stayed on my recent visit to Malawi, is without a doubt the most idyllic location on the lake.
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Why is Malagarasi in Tanzania an Eden for 'Sustainable Tourism?

I recently spent a month in Tanzania where I had the luxury and privilege of experiencing Malagarasi – Tanzania’s perfect Eden, where the owners have been conserving wildlife and working with locals using sustainable travel, in a labour of love.
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Why is Babylonstoren on Conde Nast's Gold List for 2017?

Babylonstoren has to be my favourite place in The Winelands, so I'm delighted that it has been chosen as one of the Best Hotels in the World by Conde Nast Traveller. It lies in the picturesque Drakenstein Valley between Franschhoek and Paarl and is surrounded by the Simonsberg, Du Toitskloof and Franschhoek Mountains.
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Why Conde Nast's Gold List loves Sabora Tented Camp

What do you get when you combine one of the pole positions for wildlife viewing in all of Africa, with the sentiment of a 1920s explorer style safari camp? A camp that is truly one of the most exciting to arrive, unpack and settle into, and equally one that is hardest to leave…
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What did Conde Nast's readers select as the Best in Africa?

I recently read a copy of the Conde Nast Traveler and was delighted to see that many of my very favourite properties in Africa were featured on the Readers’ Choice Awards 2016 for Africa.
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Where are the best family safaris in Africa?

It is difficult to say unequivocally just what the perfect family safari is, for as you well know, in 25 years, we have never assembled two family safaris the same as the requirement is different for each family. I am lucky enough to take my own family on safari each year and to see, as they grow older, how their requirements change.
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Best Family Safaris in Kenya and South Africa

Depending upon how adventurous the parents are, we often turn to South Africa for families with very young children – perhaps 5 years and younger – as being non malarial, some families feel happier about this – (but that’s another topic!)
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The Best Africa Photography Safari

Photographic Safaris in Africa - and how to get the best out of your photography whilst on safari in Africa!
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What are the best Safari experiences in South Africa

We are so often asked, where is the best safari in South Africa? The question is subjective, of course, as it entirely depends upon you as an individual and what is best for you, along with what your likes and dislikes are! However, with specialists from South Africa we are in the best position to give you the most accurate advice!
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Where are the Best Kenya Family Safaris?

Coming from Kenya and having taken my own family on safari there most years, I am quite clear about what makes a family safari to this country so successful. It offers great diversity - which is key - as there is so much more to just game viewing!
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Family Safaris Botswana

Having lived in the Okavango Delta over twenty years ago, I was keen to take my own family on safari to Botswana to show them just how beautiful and breathtaking this country is.
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Interesting Festivals in Africa

The next time you contemplate travelling on a safari, perhaps you might like to take in a festival, such as a wine festival in the Cape, South Africa or a music and cultural festival in Mozambique or perhaps the Lamu festival in Kenya whilst ending your safari at a beautiful beach lodge.
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Festival on Ibo Island, Mozambique.

The most famous annual festival on Ibo Island in Mozambique is called Kueto Siriwala, meaning “to not forget your roots, regardless of how far away from home you are”.
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Non Malarial Safaris

These safaris are predominantly either for families with very young children or for perhaps women who are pregnant or for anyone who is on medication and perhaps cannot take anti malarial tablets.
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Where are the best child friendly safaris?

Having just returned from Botswana with my own family, I can enthusiastically recommend this wonderful country as being one of the best regions in Africa for a child friendly safari.
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What is a flying safari?

When time is limited and you want to pack in as much as Africa can offer you, or you simply want to explore way off the beaten track, then nothing comes close to the ultimate way of being on safari - a flying safari which achieves all of these objectives!
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