African safaris that won't break the bank
5 Budget African Safaris that Will Change the Way You Look at Safaris [updated]

Up until recently, African safaris were mostly reserved for the wealthy. You needed to spend thousands of dollars to experience the joy and adventure of an African safari, but all that has been slowly changing. 

by Cristina Costea
new year safari
Africa’s 6 Must Visit Destinations for the New Year

Summer may be well and truly over but it doesn’t mean that the holiday season is. With 2018 closing its chapter and 2019 fast approaching, travelers are on a buying frenzy, deciding on their next destination for the upcoming New Year holidays. 

by Elaine Clara Mah
wildlife photography
2018's Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winners

A picture is worth a thousand words.” 

by Jodi Lucas
eco safaris in Africa
Ecotourism in Africa: The Personal Experience of a Travel Blogger

I’ve heard many amazing stories about Africa and its thriving ecotourism industry, so I wanted to check out a truly natural safari experience. For that, I’ve chosen Botswana, one of the most beautiful, safest, and welcoming countries on the continent.

by Tom Jager
Best National Parks in Africa
5 Must Visit African Safari National Parks

Africa is a vast and beautiful continent blessed with a diverse wildlife and nature unlike any other in the world. Hence, it’s no surprise that it is found in most travel lovers’ bucket lists. Should you plan to make your way to Africa in the near future, one of the exciting activities that you simply must not miss out on is to visit its breathtaking national parks. 

by Lystia Putranto

On & Beyond Wildlife

Explore vast savannas, thick jungles, winding waterways, and nature reserves chock full of stunning wildlife. Find tips & tricks for your safari adventure and read inspiring stories that will take you across the globe.

5 Budget African Safaris that Will Change the Way You Look at Safaris [updated]

Up until recently, African safaris were mostly reserved for the wealthy. You needed to spend thousands of dollars to experience the joy and adventure of an African safari, but all that has been slowly changing. 

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: 15 Gifts for Adventurous Travelers & Nature Lovers

’Tis the season to be jolly… and to fret over finding the perfect gift for your loved one.

What to Expect on a Safari: (Live Wildlife Cameras)

Going on a safari is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. But, if you haven’t been on an African safari yet, you might be wondering what you can expect to encounter on your journey.

The Deadliest Animals You Can Encounter on a Safari

Unlike humans, animals don't kill for pleasure. They do it for survival. Most of them attack to defend themselves when they feel threatened. That said, there are some species that may consider you as an easy prey.

Top 10 Animals with Superpowers (You Wish You Had)

We humans like to think that we’re pretty cool. And, for the most part, we are. When we put our mind and body to it, we’re fully capable of amazing things.

How Strong is A Gorilla? Plus Other Amazing Gorilla Facts

Being the largest living primates on earth, gorillas are amazing creatures to study. Their black fur, stocky build, and often-frowning face have led many to mistake them for aggressive and dangerous animals.

The Positive and Negative Impacts of Ecotourism on African Wildlife

Africa is at a tipping point. Population growth, poverty, unstable governments and mass-tourism have had their say over the past decades. The continent’s population has grown from 100 million at the turn of the 20th century to 700 million towards the end, and rural Africa is experiencing one of the highest population growths on earth.

Conservation Safaris: Endangered Animals in Africa and What You Can Do to Help

Did you know that in the last 500 years, as many as 800 species went extinct due to human activities? Extinctions are a natural part of evolution on Earth, but throughout most of our planet’s history, its biodiversity has managed to flourish. However, for the past few centuries, there has been a rapid pace of extinctions and we, human beings, are mostly to blame.

What Is Global Warming? Climate Change & How it Affects Life on Earth Explained

We’ve all heard about climate change at one point or another. Some may claim it doesn’t exist, others say that it is the single biggest threat to our world.

Northern Lights Safari 101: Swap The Plains Of Africa For The Arctic Wilderness

The Arctic Circle is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after holiday destinations on Earth and with good reason.

4 Animals and Insects That Humans Can't Live Without

When people start to think about the ecosystem and nature as a whole, many don't fully grasp the importance of relying on other species.

India's Top 6 National Parks for a Wildlife Safari

With its breathtaking artistic heritage, ancient traditions, and sumptuous culinary creations, India is one of the most fascinating South Asian destinations.

Wildlife Photography: How to Take the Perfect Wildlife Shot

As you sit in your jeep, watching the big cats of the savanna hunt their prey, you are in awe. They strategize, stalk, and when the time is right, they go in for the kill. The scene is intense and quick. Blink and you just might miss it!

Wildlife Photography: Why You Should Try It Out in Tadoba

India is quickly becoming one of the world’ s most unique safari destinations. Not only is it a great alternative to the plains of Africa, but it also is a magical place to sharpen your photography skills.

Africa’s 6 Must Visit Destinations for the New Year

Summer may be well and truly over but it doesn’t mean that the holiday season is. With 2018 closing its chapter and 2019 fast approaching, travelers are on a buying frenzy, deciding on their next destination for the upcoming New Year holidays. 

2018's Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winners

A picture is worth a thousand words.” 

How to Travel Cheap in India: 5 Tips for a Safe and Inexpensive Vacation

The advantage of traveling cheap around India is that it gives you the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in this hypnotic culture. Instead of staying in one of the well-known hotel chains that look the same on the inside as they do in every other country in the world, why not experience the intense colors, tastes and smells of true Indian life? 

Responsible Tourism: 3 Animal Tourist Attractions You Should Never Do

As travelers on a quest for new experiences, we are constantly attracted to the unique and adventurous. We crave for a different experience, look to pushing boundaries and find the need to live our lives to the fullest. Because why shouldn’t we? But our travels should be responsible and our actions should always be ethical. 

6 Things You Didn't Know You Can Do in South Asia

To travelers looking to explore Asia, South Asia is brimming with exotic destinations to discover and sites to behold. Consisting of India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, the Maldives, Pakistan, Nepal and Afghanistan, there is certainly much to see and do in this part of the world.

A Safari in Sri Lanka: The Complete Travel Guide

As the summer heat starts to grip the plains of Africa, the safari spotlight has turned on Sri Lanka! And, what a beautiful country it is!

5 Must Visit Asian National Parks for Your Next Safari Adventure

There are a variety of national parks to visit in Asia, each offering unique experiences to the traveler. Planning to hike in the Himalayas? Check! Want to see giant pandas? Check! How about taking photos of Bengal tigers? Check! 

4 Best Safari Experiences That Aren't in Africa

Think “safari” and images of the big five roaming over the vast savannah will immediately spring to mind. Or, if you’re anything like me, you might just imagine Rafiki holding a baby Simba up for all the African animals to see in the Lion King’s most iconic moment.

Travel to Zanzibar: 10 Things to Know Before You Visit

Attention all adventurers! Are you looking for a tropical destination that you will never forget? We welcome you to set your sights on Zanzibar - a one of a kind island paradise!

A Solo Female Traveler’s Guide to Zanzibar

You’ve booked a solo trip to the sandy slice of heaven known as Zanzibar, and now you’re frantically combing through the internet for safety guides and travel advice. Well, you’ve landed in the right spot.

Zanzibar: 5 Awesome Things to Do Worthy of Your Bucket List

Located in the Indian Ocean just 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is an exquisite gem in East Africa. The Zanzibar Archipelago consists of many small islands and two larger ones. It is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, with its capital located on the island of Unguja.

Ecotourism in Africa: The Personal Experience of a Travel Blogger

I’ve heard many amazing stories about Africa and its thriving ecotourism industry, so I wanted to check out a truly natural safari experience. For that, I’ve chosen Botswana, one of the most beautiful, safest, and welcoming countries on the continent.

10 Best Safari Destinations to Watch an African Sunset

The setting sun, so easy to explain scientifically and almost impossible to describe in words… We all agree Africa is pretty amazing – the incredible wildlife, dramatic landscape and unspoiled wilderness are bound to strike a chord in each of us. But wait till you see the sunsets!

The Serengeti: The Ultimate Safari Destination That You Shouldn’t Miss

Imagine yourself standing amidst chaos, where acts of nature play out. As you stand on hot sandy plains with strong winds blowing particles into your eyes – so much so that you need to squint to make out the events happening before you – you almost couldn’t believe what you were witnessing.

5 Advantages of Choosing a Short Safari Tour

Going on a safari through Africa is a travel experience that will change your life. While exploring the continent’s vast wild spaces, your urban existence melts away when you compare your shoes with the giant footprints of elephants. As you silently witness big cats seeking refuge in the scant shade of an umbrella thorn tree and watch campfire smoke spiral into the Milky Way, you drift off to the sounds of nature hoping this would never end.

Money Matters: How to Budget for Your Trip to Africa [FAQs]

You’ve booked your flight, decided on the length of your trip and even planned your outfits for the duration of your holiday. Now, all that’s left to do is to think about the one aspect that stumps even the most thorough planner among us: money.

5 Types of African Safaris You Need to Book This Year

If you think of going on a safari as just trying to spot lions while wearing beige clothing and driving around the Serengeti, then we’ve got something for you that will alter your perception. While all those things aren’t necessarily false, an African safari can be so much more diverse and exciting. 

10 Best Things to Do in South Africa

Located at the southern tip of Africa, South Africa offers varied landscape and endless opportunities to have fun! Home to 21 national parks and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the country is a treasure trove for anyone who is fascinated by nature, wildlife, and history.

Best Travel Music Playlist to Inspire Your Trip to Africa

Every amazing adventure needs an epic soundtrack, right? Music is audible magic; it has the ability to motivate you to do amazing things and even to carry your mind to a totally new place. 

How to Camp Your Way Through Africa's Wilderness

Picture this: you’re lying under a blanket of stars while listening to the soundtrack of the African bush. Eventually, you drift off to sleep until the orange glow of sunrise fills your tent. You wake up to the trumpeting of an elephant, and when you step out of your tent, you spot paw prints in the dirt mere feet from your tent door.

Conservation Success Stories: 5 Animals That Are No Longer Endangered in 2018

With the numbers of animals in the wild dwindling at a rapid rate, it seems needless to say that it’s time for everyone to be conscious about the actions that they take each day and start to actively protect our wildlife before they all go extinct. 

10 Inspiring African Proverbs to Guide You Through Life

Wisdom is wealth and the African continent is wise and wealthy beyond imagination. Every African nation has a plethora of inspiring and life-affirming proverbs and sayings that motivate and entertain its people. 

10 Awesome African Safari Movies You Need to Watch

Sometimes movies make us think about an important social issue, other times they bring a smile to our faces; a movie can scare you, and it can even motivate you. Movies, good ones, at least, have that power over us. 

Here’s Exactly Why You Should Add Wild Elephant Encounters to Your Bucket List

Elephants are the largest mammals on Earth. These magnificent animals have roamed the planet for centuries and are extremely intelligent being able to produce different types of sounds to signal different emotions. In the past, they numbered in the millions, but have you ever wondered how many elephants are left in the world today? 

Why The Best Safaris Are In Tanzania

Welcome to the land of giants, where the some of the world’s largest land mammals roam free! Tanzania is Africa’s crowning jewel, jam-packed with paradisiac beaches, friendly people, captivating cultures and so much more.

Safari 101: How to Survive an Attack from Africa’s Most Dangerous Animals

With the increasing popularity of walking safaris in Africa, the question of how to survive an animal attack is a reasonable one to ask. Humans have impressive brainpower but, let's face it, we’re pretty useless at defending ourselves against wild animals. (Bear Grylls is probably the only exception to this.)

Best African Safaris to Observe Elephants in their Natural Habitat

In terms of physical appearance, we have nothing in common with them. But if we stop for a second and look beyond the surface, we might find more similarities between ourselves and the mighty elephants than we would have guessed. 

Discovering the Gentle Giants’ Charm: An Elephant Sanctuary Experience

Who knew that this day would finally come? The day when I’d get to meet elephants and closely interact with them in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

Is It Safe to Go on a Safari? Here's What You Need to Know

Going on a safari in Africa is inspiring and exciting. It is also wild. And while wild animal encounters make the experience that much more memorable, they are the biggest reason why we should discuss safety. 

Going to Tanzania? Here Are All You Need To Know and More!

On your quest for an authentic safari adventure, you’ve decided on exploring the beautiful country of Tanzania – a land unlike anywhere else in Africa. As you decide on your travel dates and sit down to plan your unforgettable journey, you stop to think to yourself, “What now? Where do I begin?”

Earth is Weird: Top 8 Natural Phenomena Explained

In this century, we’re getting closer and closer to sustaining life on other planets. Who knows? Maybe one day we’ll be going on a safari on Mars!

The Best African Safari Destinations if You Are a Vegetarian

As a vegetarian, you might be cautious about going on safari, wondering if you’re going to go hungry or worse… be served a plate of dried out falafels. The good news is that this isn’t the case!

A Safari Anti-Bucket List - What Not to Do & Helpful Alternatives

Going on a safari is guaranteed to be one of the best adventure vacations of your life. While trekking through the vast Savannah or the untamed Kruger, you’re putting yourself in the midst raw and beautiful nature. In these wild, open spaces lions could lazily walk by your jeep at any moment and giraffes might just pop their heads into your camp to say hi.

Bush Breaks and Beach Escapes: These Safari Destinations Offer the Best of Both Worlds

When it comes to picking the right safari destination for your next getaway, it has to tick all the boxes. It has to have great weather, epic wildlife viewing, and should preferably be easy on the wallet; just to name a few.

Here Are 2018's Best Travel Apps for Your Next Adventure!

Traveling around the world has never been so easy. If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting some far-off remote island with crystal blue waters and white sand beaches, it’s amazing to think we can book a flight tomorrow to do just that, all with a few taps on our smartphones. 

10 Epic Facts You Didn’t Know About The Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon rainforest is, perhaps, one of the most underrated safari destinations in the world. If you’re an adventure addict, then this mythical playground should be at the top of your travel bucket list. 

7 Facts You Didn’t Know about Mandela that Will Inspire You to Visit South Africa

There are some people that come into this world and inspire us all. From Mother Teresa to Gandhi, Anne Frank, and DR Martin Luther King, these are just some of the men and women who have completely changed the course of history and made a positive contribution to the world and everybody in it.

The Only Travel Guide to Uganda You’ll Ever Need

I don’t know about you, but I can spend hours day-dreaming about my next travel destination. All it takes to get me started is a few minutes spent scrolling through the seemingly endless array of travel-themed accounts on Instagram. But, there is a story that those wanderlust photos don’t tell you. That story is the planning that went into traveling to that destination. 

African Safaris: 10 Things You Must Know Before You Go

Thinking of going on an African safari? You’re not alone! According to a report by Euromonitor International, safari travel has become increasingly popular in recent years and this trend is predicted to continue in the years to come. Interestingly enough, the growth in demand for safaris is no longer restricted to travelers from the western world. More and more tourists across the globe, particularly those from newly advanced economic development such as Russia, China as well as the Middle East, are flocking to Africa to experience its breathtaking wildlife and nature. 

South Africa's Most Famous Tribes and Their Language: Part 2

Part of South Africa’s magic is the rich cultural heritage that can be discovered while traveling around the region. We’re not dubbed the “rainbow nation” for nothing. While traveling through South Africa, you are bound to hear a vibrant array of languages that each have a fascinating culture and rich history behind them.

South Africa's Most Famous Tribes and Their Language: Part 1

One of the greatest pleasures of traveling is being exposed to new cultures, traditions, and ways of living. It is a chance to expand and challenge your current beliefs, and to become grateful for the life that you currently live.

Wildlife Poaching Could Soon Be Punished by the Death Penalty

Kenya has become the go-to destination to experience a true African safari. In fact, this emerging east African country has dominated other iconic African safari destinations by the likes of South Africa, Tanzania, Namibia, and Uganda, and has been voted world’s top safari destination by the World Travel Awards twice over!

Meet 2018’s Top 5 Newly Discovered Animals

The planet Earth is a weird and wonderful place so it is no wonder that we humans just love exploring its ever-changing surface. The history of life on Earth goes back about 3.8 million years and is believed to have started with single-celled prokaryotic cells that evolved over billions of years into what we know and recognize today. 

The Impact of the Drought on South African Wildlife

Think about the last time you got up to get a glass of water. It probably wasn’t too much of an effort, now was it? All you really needed to do was take a few steps from your living room to the kitchen, reach into the cupboard to grab a clean glass and then hold it under a fresh stream of clean water that gushed from the faucet as soon as you opened it.

What We can Learn from South Africa's Drought

‘The year is 2019 and Cape Town has become the first major urban center to run out of water’ - It’s hard to believe that this could have been the headline splashed on the front of newspapers across the world. Thankfully, the city of Cape Town has narrowly avoided this disastrous state, but this doesn’t mean that we’re in the clear just yet. Here’s what you need to know about the drought and what this city did to prevent Day Zero.

A Guide to Choosing Your Safari Travel Style

There really is nothing else quite like a safari holiday. These unique experiences have been a favorite of travelers for some time, and it’s easy to see why. They allow you to get right up close to some of the most majestic animals on the planet, and see them existing in their natural habitat.

African Cuisine- What to Expect on a Safari

Everyone has a different reason for traveling. For some it is the excitement of getting away from their day to day lives, for others, it is having the chance to learn more about unique cultures and taking in the new scenery. But, if there is one thing that most of us have in common, it is the love of trying new food.

An insider’s Guide to Cape Town: Advice from a Local

Ah, South Africa. Home to the legendary Big Five, fascinating tribes, vast open plains and… me. So, if you’re planning a trip to the motherland and are fretting over all the negative stories on the news and tedious travel guides written by once-off visitors, then you’re finally in the right place. Pour yourself a cup of tea, grab a comfy chair and sit back, because I’m about to give you the inside scoop on Cape Town. The good, the bad, and the beautiful!

The 5 Top Places to Spot the Elusive Leopard in Africa

The Big Five, consisting of the African lion, African leopard, African elephant, Cape buffalo and the endangered rhino, are the celebrities of the African bush. Of the Big Five, the African Leopard is the most elusive and hardest to spot as it’s a master of camouflage and stealth.

How to Use the HDR Technique to Take Great Photos

Have you ever come back from a great holiday only to look back at your photographs to see that your nature images are lacking a certain ‘something’, and you’re unable to see all the detail in that amazing safari scene that you saw with your eyes. Well, worry no more because we’ve put together a guide to help you get the most out of your nature shots.

7 Safest Destinations in Africa for Solo Travelers

Traveling alone is such an adventure by itself, no matter where you’re heading, right? Well, if you agree with me you’ll also think that doing so in Africa can be one of the most outstanding plans you’ll ever do. 

Beyond the Big Five: Africa’s Most Underrated Animals

Thinking about traveling to Africa? Well, I am sure there are plenty of things you’re excited to see, from the jaw-dropping landscapes to the diverse cultures and, of course, the ever-popular Big Five. These are the pillars of African travel and with good reason! But, there is so much more out there just waiting to be discovered.

Africa’s Great Migration: A Wildlife Trip of a Lifetime

You’re probably the adventurous type who loves nothing more than ticking off an ever-expanding list of bucket-list ventures. Well, how does watching one of nature’s most spectacular shows on earth sound? If this is up your alley, then Africa’s Great Migration should definitely be your next travel goal!

Driving Across Africa: How to Take a Road Trip Like A Local

When exploring a continent as vast and widespread as Africa, driving yourself around may just be the better option. After all, you might want to visit a few countries, including the ever-popular South Africa and mesmerizing Kenya.

4 Famous African Animals That Have Made an Impact on the World

One of the most significant reasons people go on safaris is the animals. Getting to see the majestic African beasts in their natural habitat is one of the most precious memories a person can make in their lifetime. 

Infographic: What Does Your Zodiac Say About Your Spirit Animal?

Have you ever identified yourself – traits and characteristics – with a certain animal, be it a bird, a lion or perhaps even a bear? Have you perhaps ever found that you and an eagle have more in common and are extremely drawn to the creature, feeling the need to know everything about it? If this happens to be the case, then perhaps an eagle is your spirit animal. 

Ecotourism Safaris: Traveling That Benefits the Planet

Traveling is one of the great joys of life. People spend billions of dollars every year on vacations to their dream destinations. Whether you fly first class or economy, everybody enjoys packing a bag and leaving their regular lives behind for a while. The globe is full of amazing destinations from South Africa to Beijing and Rio de Janeiro there are many possible destinations making it quite difficult to choose just one place for your next vacation.

11 Reasons Why You Should Visit Africa

Are you a globetrotter? If that’s the case, you’ve probably visited the most popular European destinations. Chances are, you’ve also seen a big part of the American continent. What about Africa?

Family Safaris: How To Plan a Family Adventure of a Lifetime

Did you know that Africa is an amazing destination for family vacations? In the great wilderness, children can get close and personal with the animals they’ve seen on their favorite cartoons, be in touch with nature and have fun learning about a new culture. 

Best Outdoor Adventures in Africa to Experience in Your Lifetime

Africa is not all arid deserts and vast savannas teeming with large mammals and predators. Its barely touched jungles, narrow valleys, dramatic cliffs, snow-capped peaks, and crystal-clear seas are just aching to be explored. 

Amboseli National Park, Even Without the Kilimanjaro View

By the time we got to Amboseli, passing colorful Maasai men and women, who rightfully called this area, too, home, I had gone through many states of tiredness, boredom, indignation, seen the slums of Nairobi and then let them all go down with a teasing French fry.

Have You Ever Seen ‘Duma’? - I Found My Happy Ending in the Maasai Mara

This article is dedicated to all my friends who love cheetahs, lead their lives as passionately as these elegant big cats, and continue running as untamed and as wild as them.

Lake Nakuru - A Safari in Kenya Soaked in Sunshine

After all that day’s heat, it was late afternoon and we were arriving in Nakuru Town in the rain. Only the purple flowers in the trees along the road seemed to smile back at us, as my travel partner and I were both excited because that’s the feeling that new places seed in travelers.

Sustainable Tourism on Your Safari: 8 Things You Should Do

In the travel industry, as well as in many other areas, there are many misconceptions that might stop you from going to certain places or doing certain activities you’d love to. This is what usually happens when it comes to safaris and sustainability – it’s commonly believed that some practices are not very beneficial for the local communities or the animals.

10 Essential Safari Accessories & Tools for any Destination

Ask any traveler to name the most challenging part of preparing for their trip. Deciding on the location and packing will likely be on top of their lists. Especially for first-time safari-goers, picking the right equipment, gear, and accessories will be the most difficult part. 

7 Epic Safari Cruise Destinations in Africa

The unique ecosystems along Africa’s great rivers are home to a staggering array of wildlife, impressive ancient cities, and temples, as well as fascinating tribes and cultures that flourished on their banks.  

Murchison Falls – a Safari in Uganda with a Smile

Arriving in Uganda is a color shock. Landing in Entebbe meant staring at the red earth I had only encountered in Argentina and not willing to let go of that sight. Driving the 40+ minutes to Kampala made me realize that I wasn’t hallucinating, by any means, and that I was indeed in a very beautiful and diverse country. 

The Ultimate Safari Checklist: What to Pack for Your Wild African Adventure

Plane ticket to Africa, passport, vaccinations? Check, check and check! If you’ve already decided on your travel itinerary and have all the details sorted out, there’s only one thing left to do before you begin your wild African adventure: packing!

Top 5 Essential Safari Photography Tips

Let’s face it - if you are a professional photographer, you will admit that there are a few things more exhilarating or exciting than a safari into the depths of the jungle.

Top 5 Places in Africa Where You're Likely to Spot a Lion

The lion is the king of the jungle. Luckily, these animals can be found across the continent of Africa. They live in the grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa, usually in prides of about 30.

Top 10 Safari Destinations for 2018

Planning a safari in 2018? From the charms of Kenya to glorious South Africa, Botswana, and Uganda, there are dozens of exciting opportunities to explore Africa.

My Unforgettable Safari Adventure in South Africa

I have always planned to visit South Africa to explore its wildlife. As a natural wanderer, it was one of my biggest dreams to immerse myself in what nature has left to offer. It was a long trip over the Atlantic to South Africa.

Safari 101: The Beginner's Guide to African Safaris

Thinking about going on your first Safari experience? This guide will help you get a good grasp of what you should expect and provide you some crucial and interesting information you need to know before embarking on a great adventure in an African Safari.

9 Gadgets That Will Make Your Safari Trip Even More Memorable

The gadgets you choose can really become a significant factor in the amount of fun you'll have while being on a safari. Of course, it depends on your interest in gadgets and the budget you have set aside for these items.

How to Get Better at Rock Climbing: Top Tips for Beginners

Have you ever thought about trying out rock climbing but don’t know where to start? Does the idea of being one with nature intimidate you? Or does it engulf you with a sense of adventure? Whatever your perception of rock climbing may be, it is certain that you should try it at least once in your lifetime. 

Planning Your Perfect Safari in 2018? Check Out these 4 Useful Tips

The best roads are those that connect us with nature in ourselves. Wildlife and magnificent sunrises, those are the ingredients of a vacation you owe to your inner self. Safari derives from the Swahili word for “journey” or “being on the road.’’ That being said, less is more when it comes to safaris.

6 Mesmerizing Sights in Africa You Need to See

From untold treasures to the beautiful sights of mesmerizing waterfalls, Africa has a lot to add to your travel diaries. On the one hand, you can go on adventurous hiking and trail running experiences and, on the other hand, you can be completely mesmerized with wildlife safaris.

5 Reasons Why You Should Scale a Mountain

When my husband first proposed the idea of climbing Mount Kinabalu, I was hesitant. It wasn’t because I was unfit, or afraid of heights. It wasn’t because I was afraid of an adventure. In fact, I was fit, had no fear of heights and adventure was my middle name. I was hesitant because I feared the idea of climbing a mountain. They always seemed daunting and unattainable.

Top 10 African National Parks to See Exotic Animals

Africa has some of the most diverse selection of wild animals thriving in their natural habitat. The wild jungles of Africa continue to be a key attraction for tourists looking to quench their thirst for adventure and exciting experiences. There are millions of wild animals, exotic birds and picturesque views of natural attractions such as mountains, waterfalls and pristine white sandy beaches in various parts of the continent.

Safari Planning: 5 Important Things to Keep In Mind When Planning Your Safari

A book started like this: ‘It was all going well until I turned around and found a grizzly staring right into my face.’. That book was never completed or published; we all probably know the reason why. Well, don’t take this so seriously as most people do ‘survive’ their safari trips (or do they?).

Group Travel Planning: The Ultimate Guide to a Smooth Vacation

They often say that your travel experience is enriched not only by the places you visit but also the people you visit them with. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel not only on my own but also with my family and my son. Each experience is different from the other, but every one of them has been memorable.

A Handy Travel Guide to South Africa [FAQ]

For many travelers, South Africa is the gateway to Africa – their first and most important point of contact with this great region. South Africa is an all-around great destination to visit, with its warm hospitality, temperate weather and delicious food. 

Kenya Safari: Why Going on A Safari in Kenya Should Be Your Next Travel Adventure

Ask anyone who’s been to the continent of Africa on a safari and they’ll probably direct to you Kenya. But why? What makes Kenya one of the world’s leading destinations for exploring the majestic wildlife that Africa has to offer?

South African Cuisine: Do’s And Don’ts When Preparing a True South African Feast

As South Africans, we’re quite an easy bunch to please. All we need are a few pieces of meat on the braai (more commonly known as a BBQ), a simple braaibroodjie, and a few refreshments to get us through a delicious meal and social get-together.

How I Kayaked My Way to a Delta Safari

I love the great outdoors. It’s where I feel relaxed, aware, and happy. It’s where I feel I belong. I believe that some of the issues I often face, such as boredom, could be greatly improved and eased by spending more time surrounded by nature. So, with this in mind, I dared to go on vacation somewhere I hadn’t before: The Danube Delta. 

Why Traveling with Your Kids May be the Best Decision You Will Ever Make

I am a travel junkie. My horoscope told me so. So when my son came along, I was determined to start traveling with him as soon as possible. But as parents, we all know the woes of traveling with young children. 

10 Mouthwatering Foods You Should Not Miss When in Kenya

As we all know, Kenya is magical. Famous for its Olympic runners, stunning beach resorts and safari excursions for thrill-lovers, Kenya has something for just about every traveler that have come made their way to its lands.

The Animals of Madagascar: A Guide to Some of the World’s Rarest Animals

Movie buffs will remember the hilarious comedy animation Madagascar that followed the story of four animals from the Central Park Zoo who unexpectedly ended up on the island of Madagascar. There, Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippopotamus attempted to navigate life on the island and find friendship with some of its inhabitants.

Taste Africa: Great Wines to Try in South Africa

For the wine drinkers of the world, South Africa is a great place to see, taste and ultimately delight in good quality wine. The country, which is three times the size of California, is an old player in the wine industry, with its wine making history stretching back to the 17th century. 

A Week On An African Safari: A Guide to What You’ll Discover and Experience in Africa

Going on an African safari is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding experiences one can have. But the cost of an African safari, as well as the long journey to Africa has made many travelers think twice about taking the trip.

Traveling to Kenya? Here’s the Only Travel Guide You’ll Ever Need

We all know how difficult it can be to piece together useful information on our travel destinations to help us plan our travels ahead of time. While there are plenty of sources of travel information on the web, it often takes time to sort through them and pick and choose what is truly necessary information.

Travel Photography: How to Pick the Best Travel Camera

One of the very top things that you have on your travel-packing checklist before setting off on an adventure is your camera. After all, how else are you going to capture and freeze those memorable moments that you are bound to experience? 

African Cultures and Customs: 6 Unique Practices That You Have to See to Believe

When visiting any country in the world, one is most certainly overcome with fascination for the cultural diversity that one comes face to face with. When traveling through Asia for example, it is often the case in most Asian homes that shoes are left outside. Asian cultures are unique and sometimes exotic. But Asia isn’t the only culturally fascinating continent in the world. Step into Africa, and you find yourself thrown into a blend of cultural appropriations – some will shock you, others will amaze you. 

Travel Africa: 5 Things You Should Not Miss Out On When Visiting South Africa

South Africa is as beautiful and multicultural as it is geographically diverse. With a landmass totaling almost five times the size of Britain, South Africa’s bountiful wildlife and scenic wonders makes it one of the most fascinating destinations in the world.

Africa Uncovered: 6 African Myths You Probably Thought Were True

When I mentioned traveling to Africa to a good friend, she stared at me in surprise for a moment and then asked, “Are you sure? Isn’t it dangerous?” Through popular culture and news of recent attacks and unrests in parts of Africa, many have cultivated the belief that Africa is dangerous. 

African Cuisine: 6 of Africa’s Most Mouthwatering Dishes [Plus 2 Easy Recipes!]

Big cats and majestic elephants aren’t the only thing Africa has tucked away in its continent. For many years, food has been as much a part of African culture as the breathtaking wildlife that it safeguards. 

5 Reasons Why You Should Travel Full-Time

Do you want to travel the world and see its wonders but feel like it’s a risk to take? Visiting another country can be as wonderful as it is scary, as revolutionizing as it is terrifying. But when it comes to calculating risks, traveling is one risk that you should definitely take!

The Best 8 Africa Travel Apps You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without

When it comes to traveling, the number one item that we take along with us aside from our passport and travel documents is likely to be our phone. Having a phone makes us feel connected to the outside world and guarantees us a safety net should anything go awry. Traveling to Africa is no different. Having a phone with you at all times will come in handy, one way or another.

Volunteering in Africa: 7 Tips to Make Volunteering Abroad A Remarkable Experience

Traveling is possibly one of the best experiences that you could give yourself in this lifetime. Exploring the world, one country at a time, enables you, the traveller, to gain not only new insights to the world beyond the comforts of your neighborhood, but also meaningful life experiences. Whether you backpack your way through Africa, volunteer abroad or travel in luxury on safari holidays, traveling is something that you should do.

The Small Five: 3 Reasons Why This Book Will Encourage Your Children to Appreciate Wildlife

As a mother of a two-year old in a world filled with technological distractions, I find myself fighting the good – and sometimes challenging – fight to instill reading habits in my young one. 

Wildlife Photography: Tips That Will Help You to Snap Perfect Photos of Mountain Gorillas

Next to seeing the Big Five in the African savannah, encountering gorillas up close and personal in their natural habitat comes up close on most adventurous traveler’s bucket list. 

5 Easy Tips that Will Enable You to Travel Africa on a Budget

The thought of trekking the globe, one destination at a time, may sound appealing. But one of the biggest problems travelers face when planning their worldwide adventure is the hefty price tag. Money, whether we like it or not, dictates much of our travels. Afterall, it buys our flights, our hotels and many of our experiences.

How to Track Mountain Gorillas in Uganda

Are you planning an adventurous holiday in Africa? If so, mountain gorillas trekking is one of the best experiences you can have  in Uganda’s national parks,Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The first question most travelers to these parts ask is “When is the best time to visit mountain gorillas of Uganda”? 

Traveling with Kids: 20 Tips to Ensure A Smooth and Stress-Free Journey

Often my biggest fear about traveling is taking my 2-year-old along. My fears are the same as what any parents with young children will fear. Will our kids behave? Can they sit still for a long period  oftime? How do we keep them from disrupting others? Yet, through all those fears, I still deign to take my toddler on our travels, because that’s where both he and I learn the most.

Vaccinations You May Need Before You Travel to Africa

As you pack for your next vacation out of town, you start running through your checklist. Listed among your comprehensive list are the essentials, which normally include clothes, toiletries, phone chargers, medications, passports and travel documents. But in your packing frenzy, you may have overlooked the most important thing you might need on your trip, especially to Africa. Vaccination.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Travel Adventure in Namibia

With extreme weather, miles of barren land and often-harsh living conditions, Namibia is also known as “the land God made in anger”. Taking its name from the Nama, word that means “vast place of nothingness”, a closer look at this land tells a different story. It isn’t a place God made in anger, but perhaps a place God made special. 

Save The Rhinos: Can We Keep Them From Going Extinct?

My first encounter with a rhino was in a zoo in Asia. As a young girl, I came face to face with a Sumatran rhino; similar to the ones my great grandmother had told me that she had seen roaming in the Borneo jungles. Though large in stature, it had a quiet nature about it, seemingly friendly. I remember being in awe of this creature, wondering if I would ever spot it in the wild. 

Buzzing Botswana: 5 Amazing Reasons Why It Should Be Your Next Travel Destination

If living among wildlife, and I mean truly living among wildlife, is something for you, then visiting Botswana should be at the top of your travel list. Botswana is a landlocked country, bordering South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. 

Saving the Wildlife: 5 Easy Ways You Can Help

It is no secret that most of our wildlife is either in danger or on the verge of extinction. While many of us are concerned about this disheartening situation, we also feel that the problem is larger than us and that what we do or don’t do will not effect change. 

Captivating Congo: 5 Awesome Reasons to Visit This Wild African Country

When one thinks about the Republic of the Congo, tourist destination doesn’t immediately come to mind. Congo has always been painted as a troubled country with little to offer but danger and violence. However, a deeper look into this beautiful region will find you delightfully surprised!

Africa’s Most Dangerous Predator: The Hippopotamus

Part of the unassuming thrill of a safari is the possibility of coming close to danger and looking it in the eye. It is in the possibility of staring down at it, knowing full well that very little sits between you and possible chaos that kicks your adrenaline into overdrive and have you on the edge of your seats. 

Is A Zebra Black With White Stripes Or Vice Versa? Plus Other Outrageous Zebra Facts

Is a zebra white with black stripes, or black with white stripes? This age-old question will certainly be at the back of your minds especially if you, like me, have children who are constantly looking to fill their inquisitive minds.

Eco-Friendly Travelling: 5 Simple Things You Can Do To Make An Impact

People travel for a variety of reasons. Be it to broaden their mind, to immerse in a different culture or to be in awe of mother nature, there is always something to gain and very little to lose when you embark on a travel adventure. 

My Very First African Safari: What It's Really Like to Go on a Safari

Doing things for the first time is exciting and fun, but it can also be a bit scary. Especially when it comes to safaris – a situation that puts you in a new country surrounded by wild animals! That said, once you know you’re in good hands, the anxiety dissipates and you’re left with the freedom to make the most out of your adventure. 

Adventure Safari: Exhilarating Things To Do On A Safari That Will Give You an Adrenaline Rush

Craving for an adrenaline rush as you travel around the African savannah? Want to do more than just sitting on a moving jeep traveling from one park to the next?

Jaw-Dropping Facts About Big Cats – The Leopard

When it comes to animal watching, nothing can be quite as majestic as being able to see big cats roam the earth in the wild. The big cats – consisting of the four largest members of the Panthera genus – refer to tigers, African lions, jaguars and leopards. 

5 Awesome Facts About Safaris In Kenya That You Didn’t Know About

If you, like me, have been obsessed with The Crown series on Netflix, you will remember that momentous scene where then, Princess Elizabeth spent a few nights with the Duke of Edinburgh at Treetops Hotel during a safari trip in Kenya.

10 Recently Extinct African Animals

Animals go extinct. While that’s sad, it’s just a fact of life. What’s tragic, though, is when man has a hand in their extinction. 

5 Things to Do in Zimbabwe That You Shouldn't Miss Out On

Zimbabwe is a stunning African country, with lush national parks, stunning rivers and waterfalls, diverse wildlife and so much more. 

Top 20 African Safari Myths

Misconceptions are awful things: based on hear-say or pure fantasy, they manage to influence people, sway their opinions and some will even harm us. 

Safari Clothing – What to Wear on an African Safari

If you’ve never been on an African safari, what do you think of when you imagine your safari outfit? Does your mind automatically go to the classic safari clothing that you see in the movies? Khakis and hats? 

Wild Facts About the Big Five: No. 5 – the African Elephant [Infographic]

Often referred to as Gentle Giants, elephants are highly intelligent creatures with a brain structure, social structure and behavior that are strikingly similar to ours. They reach puberty when they are around 13 years old, give birth to a single calf and in rare cases to twins, and their median life expectancy is 70 years. Sounds pretty familiar, doesn’t it?

Wild Facts About the Big Five: No. 4 – the Cape Buffalo [Infographic]

With short coarse hair and a permanent angry look on their faces, Cape buffaloes appear hostile towards everyone and everything around them. These large bovines display imposing horns shaped like question marks, which come in handy when they need to protect themselves against predators, to make way through the herd or to fight for dominance.

Little Five Game – A Look at Africa’s Smaller Creatures

We’ve all heard about the big five game: African leopard, rhinoceros, African lion, Cape buffalo and African elephant; they’re all majestic creatures that roam Africa and attract millions of tourists each year. But did you know that there is also something called the small five game? 

Wild Facts About the Big Five: No. 3 – the Leopard [Infographic]

Remember the old saying “A leopard can’t change its spots?” Easily recognizable thanks to their golden fur covered in black and brown spots called rosettes, leopards are renowned for their climbing skills and their ferocious yet graceful hunting techniques. 

10 Stunning African Creepy Crawlers

Insects – otherwise known as bugs – and creepy crawlers usually have a bad rep all over the world. People don’t like them because they’re strange looking, have more legs on them than they need and some bite and sting like it’s nobody’s business. 

Is Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Really for You?

Each year, around 25,000 people travel to Tanzania in the hope of reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is on top of many adventure seekers’ bucket-list. Is it on yours as well?

Wild Facts About the Big Five: No. 2 – the African Lion [Infographic]

What is the first animal that springs to mind when thinking about an African safari? The lion, of course, the King of Beasts. And for good reason – with a hair-raising roar and kingly appearance, it truly deserves its reputation. Throughout history, it has stood as a symbol of strength, courage, nobility and chivalry, and is currently present on the coats of arms of numerous European countries.

6 Off-the-Beaten-Path Walking Safari Destinations

Hiking may not be Africa’s number one attraction, but it sure is a great way to explore its landscape, wilderness, culture and observe its wildlife. There’s nothing quite like sleeping under a canopy of stars after tip-toeing behind your guide all day through the African bush. 

Wild Facts About the Big Five: No. 1 – the Rhinoceros [Infographic]

The Big Five are the most renowned, searched for and recognizable of all African animals. They are truly impressive but, despite their nickname, they are not necessarily the biggest or the most dangerous. In fact, towards the end of the 19th century, the term referred to Africa’s most difficult animals to hunt on foot. 

Fascinating African Tribes You Can Actually Visit

Thousands of years before the Europeans began colonizing Africa, the continent’s inhabitants set out to colonize the world. Today, it remains a culturally rich territory, with the majority of its people of indigenous origins, quite different from one another in terms of language, culture and traditions.

Africa’s 10 Strangest Animals That Are Out of This World

Africa’s geographic diversity has provided sanctuary for the world’s most amazing animals, some of which have evolved in truly unique directions. There are those that continue to steal the spotlight, and there are those elusive, funny-looking creatures that are just aching for attention. The stuff of legends, the latter are often overlooked.

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The African Safari Lifestyle: Then and Now

Safari trips have always had a place of honor in literature and Hollywood movies. Decades ago, safaris were all about superlatives, decadent and opulent at the same time. Yet we cannot argue they exhaled a certain nostalgic charm. So where did it all begin?

Africa’s Best Romantic Safari Adventures

Picture yourself waking up to the sound of wilderness next to that special someone, spending the day crossing vast plains in the dramatic landscapes of Africa, quenching your thirst for adventure. Return to your not so humble abode in the evening to sip a glass of bubbly on the porch while watching the sun set over the savanna, enjoy a candlelit dinner under the stars and end the day with an outdoor bubble bath.

Monkey Business: Best African Safaris to Observe Primates in their Natural Habitat

Did you know? There are three primate groups that you can encounter and observe in Africa – monkeys, apes and humans. We all have complex brains, excellent eyesight, the ability to walk upright and skillful opposable thumbs, and the interesting part is that this is only where our similarities begin! 

Tips to Take Awesome Photos During a Safari

The affordability of digital SLR technology together with the many options of affordable high-end camera phones have led to an increase in the numbers of photographers. And it also makes it easy for everyone to take snaps of everything they enjoy.

10 Awesome Reasons to Go on a Safari

Are you a lover of travel and wildlife? On the hunt for an unforgettable trip? If you answered “Yes!” to these questions then an African Safari should really be a part of your travel bucket list! Through a safari, you will have the adventure of a lifetime, in a place surrounded by spectacular scenery and beautiful wildlife.  

The Great African Migration: Where and When to Go on a Migration Safari

If you’re planning to go on just one safari in your lifetime, it would have to be the Wildebeest Migration safari! Often dubbed as “The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth”, it is a definite must-see for lovers of nature and wildlife. 

Birdwatching Safaris: 8 Birds You Should Not Miss

Did you know that Africa is a fantastic destination for bird watching holidays? Offering a vast geographical range, coastlines on both the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans, a large range of endemic species, and a variety of migrating ones, Africa is heaven for a variety of birds.

Travel Bloggers Share Their Favorite African Countries for Safaris

Gone are the days when it was both hard and very expensive to plan a safari trip. Nowadays, it is normal to throw some clothes in your backpack and explore the wildlife during a weekend.  

5 Must Visit African Safari National Parks

Africa is a vast and beautiful continent blessed with a diverse wildlife and nature unlike any other in the world. Hence, it’s no surprise that it is found in most travel lovers’ bucket lists. Should you plan to make your way to Africa in the near future, one of the exciting activities that you simply must not miss out on is to visit its breathtaking national parks. 

What Exactly Are the Big Five Animals? And Where Can I Spot Them? [Updated]

If you’ve ever done a search for safaris on the web, chances are you’ve encountered the term ‘The Big Five animals’ or ‘The Big Five’ game safaris amongst your results. Though it may sound straightforward, there are many misconceptions about the five species of the African wildlife included within the group.

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