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Regular articles and guest blogs on a range of topics relating to Africa and the safari industry.

  • What is a private guided safari?

    What is a private guided safari?

    Monday 17 September 2018

    A private guided safari is exclusive to you and hosted from the moment you arrive on safari to the finish of your trip by an expert safari guide. Perhaps surprisingly, a private guided safari need not cost any more than a regular safari.

  • Victoria Falls: staying on the Zambian or Zimbabwean side

    Victoria Falls: staying on the Zambian or Zimbabwean side

    Sunday 22 July 2018

    The experiences are very different and so much depends on your personal preferences and how your visit sits within your overall itinerary design.

  • When is the best time to go on safari?

    When is the best time to go on safari?

    Thursday 17 May 2018

    There was a time when there were distinct safari seasons across Africa. But things have changed over the years and visiting outside the traditional seasons is now not only possible, but often desirable.

  • Top Ten things to do in Cape Town

    Top Ten things to do in Cape Town

    Thursday 11 January 2018

    If you are thinking of visiting Cape Town, here is our guide on the Top Ten things to include in your trip.

  • The West Coast Route and The Silo Hotel

    The West Coast Route and The Silo Hotel

    Thursday 16 November 2017

    Unlike the Garden Route, our West Coast Route is unspoilt and uncrowded with open roads and unbridled nature.

  • The Bushbuck Guide to Africa’s Mobile Riding Safaris

    The Bushbuck Guide to Africa’s Mobile Riding Safaris

    Thursday 16 November 2017

    There is such a huge range of riding safaris in Africa that it can be difficult to work out which is the best one for you.

  • Visiting the San Bushmen in Botswana

    Visiting the San Bushmen in Botswana

    Thursday 16 November 2017

    Although their lifestyle would be considered a subsistence one, there is much to be learned and to admire in the San Bushmen communities.

  • Good news for Kenya

    Good news for Kenya

    Tuesday 29 August 2017

    It's good news for Kenya, the spiritual home of safaris. Over 19 million voted in the August election and, although a re-vote will take place shortly, the mood is positive. The first vote showed that there has been a shift away from the politics of the opposition party.

  • Self drive safaris through Namibia

    Self drive safaris through Namibia

    Thursday 27 July 2017

    No statistics truly prepare you for the wonder of Namibia. The size of Texas but with a population of just 2 million people, its scale is immense and its scenery breathtaking.

  • What is your dream riding safari in Africa?

    What is your dream riding safari in Africa?

    Tuesday 9 May 2017

    Everyone dreams differently but with the right impartial advice you can find the best riding safari in Africa for you

  • What is the best time to visit Zambia?

    What is the best time to visit Zambia?

    Monday 17 April 2017

    It used to be easy to answer the question about the best time to visit Zambia, but things have changed, and now there are many benefits to travelling outside the traditional safari season.

  • How plumbing has changed the face of African safaris

    How plumbing has changed the face of African safaris

    Friday 24 March 2017

    Alongside the improvement in plumbing has come a different sort of safari camp. Bush showers that were open to the skies have been upgraded into fully walled and roofed en-suite bathrooms.

  • Back from Rwanda

    Back from Rwanda

    Monday 6 March 2017

    Rwanda is incredibly picturesque and is famous for its mountain gorillas. Safari companies from southern Africa are investing in new exclusive lodges for gorilla trekking and my daughter Kitty and I have just returned from an refresher trip visiting new lodges so that we can match clients who wish to explore this stunning country with the best accommodation for them.

  • Winter blues with a difference: Christmas in Zanzibar

    Winter blues with a difference: Christmas in Zanzibar

    Monday 6 March 2017

    Xanadu Villas in Zanzibar still have availability this Christmas. For a different kind of winter blues...

  • What is the benefit of a private guided safari?

    What is the benefit of a private guided safari?

    Wednesday 15 February 2017

    The demand for private guided safaris continues to grow. So what is their secret? What is the benefit of having a private guide leading your safari from beginning to end?

  • Through Kitty’s lens: Cat’s Eye Films

    Through Kitty’s lens: Cat’s Eye Films

    Monday 13 February 2017

    Kitty Chrisp, Boo's daughter, writes about how she became interested in making films and her love of Africa.

  • Why use a safari agent?

    Why use a safari agent?

    Wednesday 25 January 2017

    Most people enjoy a safari, no matter how good it is. But a safari agent has wide experience of all types of camps and lodges and can distinguish the truly wonderful from the good enough.

  • Gorilla trekking – and the hidden gem that is Uganda

    Gorilla trekking – and the hidden gem that is Uganda

    Thursday 13 October 2016

    Gorilla trekking: one of the best ways of protecting the survival of this rare species is through tourism.

  • Not the Garden Route

    Not the Garden Route

    Monday 13 June 2016

    The Garden Route used to be the Grand Tour of South Africa for discerning travellers but its popularity has come at a price. South Africa is a well-populated country and when that population is on holiday the roads are filled with a constant flow of traffic.

  • What next for the African safari?

    What next for the African safari?

    Wednesday 13 April 2016

    Nowhere is evolution, in all its forms, more apparent than in the African safari experience. It is not just flora and fauna that have evolved over millennia; over the last few decades the continent’s tourist industry has evolved too.

  • Conservation and communities – ethical safari holidays in Africa

    Conservation and communities – ethical safari holidays in Africa

    Sunday 6 December 2015

    For Africa to remain the captivating safari destination that it is, the key must be sustainable ecotourism. Here, there is minimal impact on the environment while local communities also receive benefits.

  • The hard truth about riding safaris

    The hard truth about riding safaris

    Saturday 10 October 2015

    Why combining classic safari action with riding safaris delivers a better experience

  • An African riding safari for the experienced

    An African riding safari for the experienced

    Thursday 10 September 2015

    If an operator is confident about the abilities of a group, more risks can be taken and experience is often enhanced by the frisson of a little bit of danger.

  • When is a tent not a tent? Luxury safaris in Africa and the reality of tented accommodation

    When is a tent not a tent? Luxury safaris in Africa and the reality of tented accommodation

    Tuesday 7 July 2015

    Think glamping and then double or treble it, adding a long list of creature comforts along the way. This is luxury at the highest end of the scale; and tents are veritable palaces.

  • Horses for courses

    Horses for courses

    Friday 22 May 2015

    Sourcing and training the right horses is the first job of riding safari operators; but the second is matching each horse with a suitable rider (or vice versa depending on your perspective).

  • Flying high on African safari

    Flying high on African safari

    Thursday 7 May 2015

    Why fly? Well, although many main roads are good in Southern Africa, the distances are vast. Away from main routes, roads tend to be bumpy sandy tracks; fun for a game drive but not a four hour transfer.

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