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A wildlife safari to Zakouma National Park in Chad is a must – find out why?

Zakouma National Park in Chad - what can I say? For years, I have been wanting to visit it – just the name evokes mysticism and wonder and an instinctive feeling that my long awaited journey was going to be special – and without question, so it proved to be...

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Why should South Africa's La Residence in Franschhoek be on your holiday bucket list?

With the stunning mountains in the background and breath taking natural scenery, La Residence is a haven of tranquillity and exquisite opulence, including ten peacocks strutting around the estate! I recently had the pleasure of visiting this amazing private...

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Where in Africa can you go on a wildlife conservation rhino darting safari?

You really should move heaven and earth to see the remarkable rhinos in the wild before it's too late, as the rhino population unhappily declines by three every single day. Did you know that rhino horn is made up from the same substance as your fingernails ...

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Where are these two exciting new lodges in Namibia located?

There are two very exciting new lodges opening up in Namibia in 2018, Shipwreck Lodge located on the Skeleton Coast and Hoanib Valley Camp which is located in Kaokoland.

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Why is Malawi such a good wildlife safari destination?

From my own personal experience Malawi is without question, an excellent wildlife destination for those contemplating a safari to Africa! Malawi has always been a personal favourite of mine as here is a country without the hordes of tourists which affect cu...

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Which are the best hotels in Madagascar for a luxury holiday or vacation?

When you think about Madagascar, what comes to mind? For me the very name conjures up exotic lands, unusual animals and adventurous travels. It certainly has all of these and more, and even better, while you are there you can enjoy some beautiful luxury hot...

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How can my safari to Africa contribute to conservation and communities?

Travellers are now beginning to seek more from their experiences, when on safaris or on holiday. No longer content with simply visiting a lovely place and then leaving it without a trace or any positive effect, but rather enriching these regions from their ...

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Why are wildlife collarings so vital for conservation in Africa?

Wildlife collarings are being used by many charitable organizations across Africa to assist in conservation of endangered and precious species. You can now, as I recently did, combine your safari with funding and supporting these charities and becoming dire...

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Why is a safari to Botswana one of the best places to see Elephant in the wild?

The African elephant is the largest mammal on land and when watching them browse, play, interacting and moving through the bushveld, one really knows you are on safari and are privileged to observe them in their environment.

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Which are the best binoculars for a safari holiday or vacation?

With so many brands to choose from, and so many different specifications available, how do you choose the best binoculars for your African safari holiday or vacation?

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Pangolins are so adorable, so why are they on the most endangered list?

Most people don’t know what a pangolin is, so while the illegal poaching of elephants, rhinos and tigers regularly makes headlines, this rare, odd creature, which is quickly becoming one of the most imperiled and trafficked mammals on the planet, gets littl...

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Why is Zimbabwe one of the best places in Africa for a bespoke Horse Riding Safari?

If you are a nature lover like me and keen to get close to the amazing wildlife spectacle that is Africa, there can be no better way than on a horse back safari. A 4×4 may be fast and efficient, but the animals hear you coming and can disappear into the bus...

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How can you assist conservation by staying at Tongole Wilderness Lodge in Malawi?

What is it that draws you back to Africa? Is it the wide open spaces, the relaxed feel, the massive grin on your face when returning to a continent that you love?

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Conservation Safaris to Africa – where your adventures make a difference

I have the good fortune of being able to spend much of my time in Africa with the emphasis on understanding the various conservation and community projects in the region.

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What makes a Giraffe Collaring Conservation Safari to Namibia a once in a lifetime experience?

If you are looking for a truly once in a lifetime safari experience then this special opportunity Collaring Giraffe in Namibia, with the world authority on giraffe, Dr Julian Fennessy is simply not to be missed.

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Where in Tanzania can you participate in elephant collaring as part of a unique conservation safari experience?

Tanzania offers some stunning experiences for conservation – from elephant and lion collaring in the beautiful and unusual Saadani National Park on the Tanzanian coastline, to Lake Manyara conservancy in northern Tanzania.

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A collection of value added and thought provoking philanthropic safaris and vacations

New Adventures and New Offerings from The Explorations Company. The company have created their first ever annual ‘January Collection’.

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Why are Kenya and Ethiopia the only places you can see the Grévy's zebra in the wild?

Every year at the end of January we celebrate International Zebra Day. Did you know that one of the species is on the SERIOUSLY ENDANGERED LIST?

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You can help save the Rhino on this conservation safari

Kwandwe in South Africa, currently supports a healthy, increasing population of rhino and notably of the highly endangered black rhino since its successful introduction to the reserve in 2000.

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Why does Travel Philanthropy play such an important role within The Explorations Company?

The Explorations Company has always been involved in philanthropy and in particular Philanthropic Travel, supporting deserving, usually small, “sharp-end” conservation and community projects since our inception in 1989.

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Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda, Uganda & Congo - Everything you need to know

For many people, a gorilla trek often comes second on travel Bucket Lists to a classic big game drive in the Serengeti, Masai Mara or Okavango Delta, which is understandable – as getting to the gorillas takes more effort, more time and a bit more expense th...

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Luxury Africa travel expert Nicola Shepherd shares her top 5 must read iconic and contemporary books

I confess, that I invariably think that the old ones are always the best! They capture that spirit of yesteryear but more importantly, when life was more spontaneous, gregarious, people took more risks and large tracts of the African continent lay unexplore...

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Anthea Graham shares her top 5 Africa travel books

The thought of having time over the winter months to tuck up by a fire and read is so compelling - and if one is planning a trip to Africa, then what better than to get deep under the skin of a place. Here are a few of my must reads!

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5 top Africa travel books shared by Kate Pirie

It is always good to do some background reading of a country or land you are about to travel to. There are many wonderful and inspirational books on Africa to consider and here are just a few of my favourite reads.

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What are Albee Yeend’s 5 favourite Africa travel books?

You really are spoilt for choice with so many fabulous books on Africa, but these are five of my favourite ones. Most of them will either inspire you to visit Africa or give you a greater understanding of the history of Africa and some of its past struggles.

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What can you do on International Cheetah Day?

Every year on December 4th we focus on ‘International Cheetah Day’ which highlights the struggle that Africa’s most endangered big cat faces to survive.

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Sarara camp in Kenya – for a luxury tented safari experience

If you are looking for a luxury safari experience then you will absolutely enjoy Sarara Camp in Kenya, as it is one of Africa’s most inspiring and beautiful camps.

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Is it safe to take a holiday to Sudan – yes absolutely!

Many friends asked before I left for my holiday to Sudan, was it safe? I have to say that having travelled to over 15 countries in Africa, I can honestly say that the Sudanese people are the most friendly and hospitable people that I have ever come across.

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What should I pack for a Safari Holiday?

I have been fortunate enough to have been on safari many, many times to a variety of countries across the African continent.

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Top 10 private houses to stay in for a Christmas Safari in Africa

In my experience, one of the very best ways to enjoy Africa’s most amazing wilderness with a small group of friends or family, is to rent a private house.

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