Kenya’s new standard grade railway (SGR) and what it means for safari tourism

Kenya is part of a master railway plan—one that will eventually link Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Southern Sudan by a standard railway. This high-speed, high-capacity railway will be for freight and passengers and is being completed in phases. Phase One, the lines between Mombasa and Nairobi, was completed in mid-2017. Phase One has been met with much concern and resistance from many groups as it pas…

5 reasons to volunteer with African wildlife

There are a lot of volunteering opportunities in Africa, some are real volunteer opportunities, where you might be able to actually earn a bit of money. These positions are very scarce though. Definitely in Africa, a lot (if not all) of the volunteer programs you have to pay for. Nonetheless, they are a great experience and are definitely worth considering.

A word of caution though, is they are…

My safari guide from hell

I’ve been on over 20 African safaris. Every journey has been unique for one reason or another but one thing that ties them all together is the quality of the guide and its correlation to my satisfaction with the safari. I was recently in Zambia where, after a fantastic time in South Luangwa, I experienced a not-so-great safari in Lower Zambezi. I’m here to share my story with you and why your safa…

My safari guide from hell

I’ve been on over 20 African safaris. Every journey has been unique for one reason or another but one thing that ties them all together is the quality of the guide and its correlation to my satisfaction with the safari. I was recently in Zambia where, after a fantastic time in South Luangwa, I experienced a not-so-great safari in Lower Zambezi. I’m here to share my story with you and why your safa…

Nkhotakota: The largest elephant translocation in human history

Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve is the latest safari destination to be added to Your African Safari.  This wildlife reserve came on our radar thanks to the tireless efforts of African Parks (AP). We recently wrote about African Parks and their success at reintroducing lions and rhinos in Akagera, Rwanda.  Until now, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve wasn’t listed in our parks and reserves because, most of i…

Nkhotakota: The largest elephant translocation in human history

Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve is the latest safari destination to be added to Your African Safari.  This wildlife reserve came on our radar thanks to the tireless efforts of African Parks (AP). We recently wrote about African Parks and their success at reintroducing lions and rhinos in Akagera, Rwanda.  Until now, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve wasn’t listed in our parks and reserves because, most of i…

What to know if you’re visiting Rwanda and Tanzania on the same safari

What to know if you’re visiting Rwanda and Tanzania on the same safari

A few years ago, the governments of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda joined forces and became part of one tourism visa called the East Africa Tourist Visa. The visa, which presently costs $100 US, allows multiple entries to Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda over a period of 90 days. It’s important to check the entry requirements for the coun…

What to know if you’re visiting Rwanda and Tanzania on the same safari

What to know if you’re visiting Rwanda and Tanzania on the same safari

A few years ago, the governments of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda joined forces and became part of one tourism visa called the East Africa Tourist Visa. The visa, which presently costs $100 US, allows multiple entries to Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda over a period of 90 days. It’s important to check the entry requirements for the coun…

Black rhinos are back in Akagera, Rwanda

In May 2017, black rhinos were re-introduced into Rwanda’a largest national park: Akagera. This move has been in the making for several years and is the result of efforts from many nations who donated time, money and resources to ensure their return happened smoothly and safely. But, rhinos weren’t always absent from Akagera. In fact, at one point in time, it was home to over 50 black rhinos. 

Black rhinos are back in Akagera, Rwanda

In May 2017, black rhinos were re-introduced into Rwanda’a largest national park: Akagera. This move has been in the making for several years and is the result of efforts from many nations who donated time, money and resources to ensure their return happened smoothly and safely. But, rhinos weren’t always absent from Akagera. In fact, at one point in time, it was home to over 50 black rhinos. 

Africa’s leading national park 2017

Voting for Africa’s leading national park 2017

The World Travel Awards are coming up again and now is the time to cast your vote for what you believe is Africa’s leading national park. Masai Mara, Kenya, has won this prestigious title consecutively since 2013.

The nominees for 2017 are:

Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Kidepo Valley National Park…

Africa’s leading national park 2017

Voting for Africa’s leading national park 2017

The World Travel Awards are coming up again and now is the time to cast your vote for what you believe is Africa’s leading national park. Masai Mara, Kenya, has won this prestigious title consecutively since 2013.

The nominees for 2017 are:

Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Kidepo Valley National Park…

Spotlight on Victoria Falls

The biggest reason for going to Livingstone is to visit the Victoria Falls. They are truly impressive and a must-see. In Lozi, one of the local languages, the Falls are called Mosi – oa – Tunya, which means ‘The Smoke that Thunders’.  Between January and June, the falls are especially ‘smoky and thundery’.

The Zambezi River is getting to its fullest and the heavy rains in most of Southern A…

Spotlight on Victoria Falls

The biggest reason for going to Livingstone is to visit the Victoria Falls. They are truly impressive and a must-see. In Lozi, one of the local languages, the Falls are called Mosi – oa – Tunya, which means ‘The Smoke that Thunders’.  Between January and June, the falls are especially ‘smoky and thundery’.

The Zambezi River is getting to its fullest and the heavy rains in most of Southern A…

Spotlight on Victoria Falls

The biggest reason for going to Livingstone is to visit the Victoria Falls. They are truly impressive and a must-see. In Lozi, one of the local languages, the Falls are called Mosi – oa – Tunya, which means ‘The Smoke that Thunders’.  Between January and June, the falls are especially ‘smoky and thundery’.

The Zambezi River is getting to its fullest and the heavy rains in most of Southern A…

Botswana’s new tourism levy

The Ministry of Environment Natural Resources’ Conservation and Tourism through the Botswana Tourism Organization has introduced an obligatory Tourism Development Levy (TDL).The levy will be used to raise funds for conservation and national tourism development.

How much does the Botswana tourism levy cost?

The levy goes into effect on 1 June 2017 and is $30 US.  Visitors can pay for the levy…

Botswana’s new tourism levy

The Ministry of Environment Natural Resources’ Conservation and Tourism through the Botswana Tourism Organization has introduced an obligatory Tourism Development Levy (TDL).The levy will be used to raise funds for conservation and national tourism development.

How much does the Botswana tourism levy cost?

The levy goes into effect on 1 June 2017 and is $30 US.  Visitors can pay for the levy…

A typical day on safari

If you’ve never been on an African safari before, you may be wondering what an ‘average’ day is like. Although every camp in every park is slightly different, there are some general themes that are consistent. Here is a rough idea of what one day on safari entails. 

Morning game drive

The morning game drive is my favorite drive of the day. The air is fresh, the birds are vocal and it’s a gre…

A typical day on safari

If you’ve never been on an African safari before, you may be wondering what an ‘average’ day is like. Although every camp in every park is slightly different, there are some general themes that are consistent. Here is a rough idea of what one day on safari entails. 

Morning game drive

The morning game drive is my favorite drive of the day. The air is fresh, the birds are vocal and it’s a gre…

The Emerald Season at Nsefu

Why you should visit Nsefu in South Luangwa, Zambia in March

South Luangwa is a prime destination for those wishing to experience the best of African wildlife. Many people, however, eschew the rainy season as they believe they won’t see as many animals. We’re here to dispell those beliefs.

While it’s true that the amount of tourist activity decreases during the rainy season, this is not the …