Halal, Kosher, vegetarian and vegan dietary requirements while on safari

Catering for special dietary needs while on African safari

A commonly asked question about a safari tour is what will the food be like. This is especially important if one is on a special diet, as many times such specifications to the menu are not as common in Africa as at home. The good news is that the majority of special diets on safari can readily be accommodated with advance notice. The ad…

South Africa was voted as the world’s dream destination – find out why!

The South African story, the country’s breathtaking beauty, friendly people and impressive wildlife continue to charm people around the globe.  The popular media network Where Are You Now (WAYN) recently hosted a contest to find the world’s dream destination.  Among the top seven destinations were attractive competitors: Fiji, Indonesia, Brazil, Turkey, Dubai and South Africa.  The network’s membe…

Halal, Kosher, vegetarian and vegan dietary requirements while on safari

Catering for special dietary needs while on African safari

A commonly asked question about a safari tour is what will the food be like. This is especially important if one is on a special diet, as many times such specifications to the menu are not as common in Africa as at home. The good news is that the majority of special diets on safari can readily be accommodated with advance notice. The ad…

South Africa was voted as the world’s dream destination – find out why!

The South African story, the country’s breathtaking beauty, friendly people and impressive wildlife continue to charm people around the globe.  The popular media network Where Are You Now (WAYN) recently hosted a contest to find the world’s dream destination.  Among the top seven destinations were attractive competitors: Fiji, Indonesia, Brazil, Turkey, Dubai and South Africa.  The network’s membe…

Shrinking savanna grasslands threatens life for the Oribi gazelle

Home to southern Africa’s grasslands, the swift, small and lightweight Oribi antelope is southern Africa’s most endangered antelope species.  The Oribi can be seen in South Africa’s provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape.  Habitat loss and illegal hunting has steadily taken its toll on the Oribi population and today, only a few thousand of these small, delicate antelopes with …

Shrinking savanna grasslands threatens life for the Oribi gazelle

Home to southern Africa’s grasslands, the swift, small and lightweight Oribi antelope is southern Africa’s most endangered antelope species.  The Oribi can be seen in South Africa’s provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape.  Habitat loss and illegal hunting has steadily taken its toll on the Oribi population and today, only a few thousand of these small, delicate antelopes with …

Safaris for the disabled traveller

Have you ever felt that an African safari is something you wouldn’t ever be able to experience due to your own physical limitations? A trip to Africa, complete with a full safari experience, tops the bucket lists of many people; yet for those who have physical challenges, that dream can seem out of reach.
Often a safari is portrayed as a very active endeavor, but the truth is that there a…

Safaris for the disabled traveller

Have you ever felt that an African safari is something you wouldn’t ever be able to experience due to your own physical limitations? A trip to Africa, complete with a full safari experience, tops the bucket lists of many people; yet for those who have physical challenges, that dream can seem out of reach.
Often a safari is portrayed as a very active endeavor, but the truth is that there a…

Gold for the most beautiful garden in Africa

Below the slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain lies the African continent’s best and most beautiful garden – Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.  Yesterday, for the 33 rd time, Kirstenbosch brought a gold medal home from the world famous and prestigious Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show held annually in London.  This year’s exhibition at the Chelsea Flower Show was all about Ki…

Gold for the most beautiful garden in Africa

Below the slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain lies the African continent’s best and most beautiful garden – Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.  Yesterday, for the 33 rd time, Kirstenbosch brought a gold medal home from the world famous and prestigious Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show held annually in London.  This year’s exhibition at the Chelsea Flower Show was all about Ki…

Thrill of the kill: Witnessing a hunt and kill on safari

There are many reasons people opt to go on safari in Africa; but, it’s safe to say, the primary reason is to see the native animals in their natural habitat, untamed and free to be wild animals.  Not every person comes to see the same animal, either. Avid bird watchers may not even care to see the big five; others may be drawn towards the herbivores. Now, what is it you want to see these animals D…

Thrill of the kill: Witnessing a hunt and kill on safari

There are many reasons people opt to go on safari in Africa; but, it’s safe to say, the primary reason is to see the native animals in their natural habitat, untamed and free to be wild animals.  Not every person comes to see the same animal, either. Avid bird watchers may not even care to see the big five; others may be drawn towards the herbivores. Now, what is it you want to see these animals D…

What is tanzanite and should I buy it in Africa?

What is tanzanite?

When visiting Tanzania, you might be tempted to purchase tanzanite, a mesmerising deep blue gemstone that is only found in one place on earth, the Merlani foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Traditionally used as a symbol of new life among the Masai Tribesmen, tanzanite is a thousand times rarer than diamonds and greatly prized for use in jewelry. Technically a blue form of zoisite…

What is tanzanite and should I buy it in Africa?

What is tanzanite?

When visiting Tanzania, you might be tempted to purchase tanzanite, a mesmerising deep blue gemstone that is only found in one place on earth, the Merlani foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Traditionally used as a symbol of new life among the Masai Tribesmen, tanzanite is a thousand times rarer than diamonds and greatly prized for use in jewelry. Technically a blue form of zoisite…

Adventure safaris for active people

An African safari often evokes images of long journeys in large 4x4s. While game drives are certainly a quintessential feature to most safaris, they don’t have to be the only feature. Many game parks allow for walks or hikes, provided they are with a safari ranger. These can be an excellent way to not only get some exercise, but to also to get out and explore the environment. It is true that after…

Safaris with senior citizens

Planning a family African safari for a special occasion is a great idea. I’ve helped plan weddings, birthdays, graduation gifts, honeymoons and anniversaries. I recently helped plan a 50-year wedding anniversary. I was honored to be tasked with such a request and I immediately asked if it was just the lovely couple attending or if others were going. It turns out the couple’s children were organizi…

Adventure safaris for active people

An African safari often evokes images of long journeys in large 4x4s. While game drives are certainly a quintessential feature to most safaris, they don’t have to be the only feature. Many game parks allow for walks or hikes, provided they are with a safari ranger. These can be an excellent way to not only get some exercise, but to also to get out and explore the environment. It is true that after…

Safaris with senior citizens

Planning a family African safari for a special occasion is a great idea. I’ve helped plan weddings, birthdays, graduation gifts, honeymoons and anniversaries. I recently helped plan a 50-year wedding anniversary. I was honored to be tasked with such a request and I immediately asked if it was just the lovely couple attending or if others were going. It turns out the couple’s children were organizi…

BP’s colorful initiative for recycling, education and poverty relief in South Africa

Deep in rural South Africa, schools are facing huge challenges: resources are limited and school students are trapped in a continuous cycle of poverty and economic distress.  These poverty stricken areas keep children out of the schools and literacy rates from improving.  With a literacy rate of 86%, South Africa has a long way to go before eradicating this poverty trigger.  The effect of poverty …

BP’s colorful initiative for recycling, education and poverty relief in South Africa

Deep in rural South Africa, schools are facing huge challenges: resources are limited and school students are trapped in a continuous cycle of poverty and economic distress.  These poverty stricken areas keep children out of the schools and literacy rates from improving.  With a literacy rate of 86%, South Africa has a long way to go before eradicating this poverty trigger.  The effect of poverty …