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Safari & Wildlife

By Natalie
On: 4th January, 2018

Where to Spot What on an African Safari

  • South Africa
  • Zambia
  • Namibia
  • Botswana

We all have our favourite animals, some are dog-lovers, some prefer cats and some (i.e. our Africa team) like cats and dogs of the much wilder kind.

By Matt
On: 11th December, 2017

The Big Five: What, Why and Where?

  • Botswana
  • Namibia
  • Kenya
  • South Africa

The Big Five… that classic safari term which every traveller knows. The majestic lion, the stoic elephant, the cumbersome rhino, the grumpy buffalo and the elusive leopard. But does anyone know why those particular five animals are what constitutes 'The Big Five'?

By Matt
On: 9th November, 2017

Safaris Through Expert Eyes

  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • South Africa

Introducing our latest Original Travel recruit, Matt Shock, who's just spent a year guiding throughout Namibia, South Africa and Botswana, lucky guy! We asked Matt to share some of his expert insight into what it's like to be a guide in Africa and what some of his most memorable experiences…

A family of lions
Image of Tom Barber

By Tom
On: 26th September, 2017

My First Safari: Wild in South Africa

  • South Africa

Regardless of how many Jellycat giraffe teddies the children own, or how Elmer the Elephan encyclopedic they are, nothing even comes close to seeing African wildlife in its natural habitat for the first time. We think that your wild things will enjoy a safari experience in family-friendly…

giraffes by river
Image of Jessica Higgs

By Jess
On: 22nd September, 2017

Five Reasons You Should Go to Uganda Right Now

  • Uganda

Poised at the crossroads between the East African savannah and the Central African rainforest, Uganda has gone from being the 'pearl of Africa' (or so said a certain Winston Churchill), to something of a diamond in the rough (so said… us) as a result of a politically turbulent few decades…

Mountains in Kenya skyline
Image of Ra D'Arcy Clark

By Ra
On: 15th August, 2017

Around Kenya in 16 Days...

  • Kenya

This can be said of many countries but, in my humble opinion, few more so than Kenya - this is a country packed full of diverse landscapes, cultures, and amazing places to stay. I had just 16 days to explore as much of Kenya as possible - I had some serious ground to cover… and boy did I!

Image of Jessica Higgs

By Jess
On: 3rd February, 2017

Wildlife Wonders: Amazing Safari Experiences for 2017

  • Brazil
  • Botswana
  • Central India
  • Canada
  • Kalimantan
  • Tanzania

Whether soaring in a light aircraft over the dust-red dunes of the Skeleton Coast, hiking through the Indonesian jungle to spot the Thomas Leaf monkey, or watching bears congregate at Campbell river on Vancouver Island, a safari is one of the most enriching and exciting holidays in the…

Skeleton Coast

By Louise Fitzgerald
On: 17th January, 2017

Escape to the Wild: Namibia's Skeleton Coast

  • Namibia

It's the skies I miss most when I'm out of Africa- I always thought the vast dusty blue skies of my Botswana homeland could never be beaten. But then I finally visited Namibia- my god the skies! Truly mind blowing. Even the most devoted city lover needs to escape for open horizons to let…

Image of Jessica Higgs

By Jess
On: 8th February, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year!

  • India
  • Japan
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Western Tanzania
  • Borneo

Clever, lively, flexible - no, we're not trying to simply flatter you into booking a holiday (do let us know if that would work, though), these are in fact three central traits attributed to those born in the Chinese calendar's Year of the Monkey. Ironic really, given the cerebral…

Image of Jessica Higgs

By Jess
On: 1st February, 2016

The Best African Safaris in 2016

  • Laikipia
  • Kenya
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Namibia
  • Rwanda
  • Ngorongoro Crater & Northern Tanzania

Anyone with an iota of interest in wildlife will doubtless have an African safari on their travel to-do list. It is, after all, a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to see nature in its rawest and most beautiful form; never failing to impress even the most hardened travel nut.