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Botswana’s Savute Channel – Savage Kingdom

National Geographic recently launched a new mini-series called “Savage Kingdom.” This series aims to tell the timeless story of predators versus prey and the everyday battle of life and death on the African savannah. It’s high intensity and really puts the viewer into the middle of all the action. A recent episode focused on the Savute…

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What it takes to be the World’s Best

Our team was incredibly humbled and excited to be named the #1 World’s Best Safari Outfitter by venerable travel publication Travel + Leisure magazine. Each year, the editorial staff come up with their list of top travel companies, and solicit reader input to help them finalize their list. While even being considered for a list like…

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Reasons to visit Botswana During the Rainy Season

When beginning to plan a safari in Africa, many of our travelers are curious to know about the weather and the pros and cons of booking a Botswana Safari during rainy season. Across Africa, there are distinct weather patterns and seasons. In places like Botswana, temperature and rainfall can vary quite significantly. It is often possible…

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Private Safari Guides

If there is one thing that sets us apart from other Africa safari operators, it’s the quality of our safari guides. As anyone who has been on safari knows, the quality of the guiding can make or break your safari experience. Over the course of a safari, you’ll be spending a significant amount of time…

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Behind the Safari – Hannes Kruger

We recently had a chance to sit down and chat with our friend Hannes Kruger, the General Manager at Madikwe Hills in South Africa. We loved hearing about his favorite part of the job; watching how people get to relax and forget about their every-day, crazy busy lives. Of course, a safari is different from any other…

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Presenting Zambia’s Newest Lodge

We’re very excited about the opening of Zambia’s King Lewanika Lodge in April 2017 for a number of reasons. Firstly, Lewanika will be the only permanent lodge in the Zambia’s Liuwa Plain National Park! In addition to its famed lions, Liuwa is home to the second biggest wildebeest migration in Africa, recovering cheetah numbers, a burgeoning hyena…

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Behind the Safaris – Jamie Gaymer

Anyone who would pick up, start running, and complete an ultra marathon is, as you can imagine, quite dedicated. So it’s no surprise then, upon meeting Jamie Gaymer, the head of Conservation at Ol Jogi Conservancy, that he is one incredibly dedicated guide and conservationist. Ol Jogi is one of the most exclusive safari experiences…

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Top Ten Travel Experiences for 2017!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As the New Year approaches and we look back on an adventurous 2016, our team recently sat down to identify what destinations we’re most excited about and what experiences we think our travelers will asking about in 2017. We debated internally, consulted our partners around the world…

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NOW Easier Than Ever to Combine Rwanda and Serengeti

Trekking in the lush mountains of Rwanda to spend time with a family of endangered mountain gorillas is high on the bucket list of many adventure travelers and wildlife lovers. To get here, you must travel through the capital city of Kigali. Of course, this magical experience is often part of a broader wildlife safari…

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Once in a Lifetime Bhutan

Here at Rothschild Safaris, we’re all excited about Bhutan right now. Why? This beautiful country offers travelers an opportunity to take a step back in time, coming face-to-face with ancient culture and a mystical, etherial backdrop. This deeply Buddhist land, but it is not a museum. Here you can see, feel and touch history for a…

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Viewing the Great migration from a hot air balloon safari

The Great Wildebeest Migration – Where and When!

The Great Wildebeest Migration is, without a doubt, one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world. Travelers often call us, wanting to witness the migration, and ask “what time of year does the migration take place?” Well, the migration in fact is ALWAYS happening! Over 1.7 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebra,…

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Best Places to Stay in Nairobi Kenya

Most safaris in East Africa begin and end in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.  This vibrant city has so much to offer, including unique wildlife encounters like the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and fabulous shopping at the boutiques of local artisans, just to name a few. If you have a night or two to spend in…

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Yellow Fever Vaccination Update

Due to a recent outbreak of yellow fever in Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana Ministry of Health is ensuring that all visitors to Botswana coming from the countries listed below, are required to have been vaccinated against yellow fever. Please be sure to carry your yellow fever certificate with you when visiting Botswana if you have recently…

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Trends in African Travel: The Buzz from We Are Africa

Leora Rothschild, the founder of Rothschild Safaris, recently attended the safari’s industry’s leading trade event, We Are Africa, in Cape Town, South Africa. We Are Africa has emerged in recent years as THE trade show to attend for the African safari industry. Here, the best tour operators, safari guides, camps and lodges converge to talk…

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Rothschild Safaris Opens Office in Johannesburg South Africa!

Johannesburg is the safari capital of southern Africa. Almost every traveler embarking on a safari in southern Africa will travel through the international airport in Johannesburg. Which is why we couldn’t be more excited to announce Rothschild Safaris has officially opened an office here! As our past travelers know, at Rothschild Safaris quality of experience…

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Katavi National Park – Tanzania’s Safari Secret

Serengeti. Ngorongoro. Zanzibar. These are the highlights most travelers associate with safari in Tanzania. And for good reason. These iconic destinations deliver spectacular wildlife, unique vistas and exotic, colorful culture. But today we wanted to let you in on one of our favorite secret spots in Tanzania; Katavi National Park. With a wild valley floor…

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Family Travel in Tanzania

One of our favorite camps is building a special family room opening June 1, 2016. We are excited to announce the following chic new additions to Chem Chem: Due to an increasing demand for family travel and safaris, from June 1, a new two bedroom, two bathroom, fully canvased tent will accommodate two adults and up to three…

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Greystoke Mahale’s “Big Bird” Passes Away

Three years ago, Leora met “Big Bird,” a white pelican who was separated from his flock in a big storm and swam in from Lake Tanganyika, landing near Greystoke Mahale. The nearest flock was 93 miles away in Katavi National Park. When he arrived, Big Bird was 3 months old. Since this species generally feeds…

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New Camp opening in the Okavango Delta in April!

Little Machaba Camp will debut in April of this year. The camp is located on the same island as Machaba Camp, overlooking a large flood plain. Situated next to Machaba main Camp, it offers a similar experience, but with a smaller and more exclusive feel. The camp hosts only eight guests in two family tents…

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Trending African Safari Camps for 2016

Find yourself dreaming of travel plans in 2016? Intrigued by the vast savannas or lush river ways of Africa? Want to know what a safari expert like Leora Rothschild (think: multiple Travel + Leisure A-List winner and owner of Rothschild Safaris – also winner of numerous travel planning awards) thinks the must-have trips of 2016…

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2016 Travel Trends: Our HOTTEST Trips for the New Year

Today, we are thrilled to reveal our most popular destinations and itineraries for 2016! Signifying a clear trend towards traveler demand for iconic experiences and interpersonal exchanges, we’re excited to announce that the Rothschild Safaris’ Hottest Trips for 2016 list spans Africa, Asia and South America. “The biggest trend we’re seeing for 2016 is that our…

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Annular Eclipse of the Sun in Tanzania

If you haven’t already chosen a time to visit East Africa in 2016, consider traveling September 1, 2016 to witness an annular eclipse of the sun. The eclipse will be visible in Tanzania and Madagascar. Though this special natural event lasts just a few minutes, it will leave an impression to last a lifetime. Animals…

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Add More Passport Pages Now, Before it is Too Late

  Effective January 1, the U.S. State Department will stop adding pages to U.S. passports. Previously, travelers had the option to pay for an insert of 24 passport pages when their passports did not have enough space for entry and exit visa stamps. Starting January 1, travelers will need to renew their passports when the…

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Why Now is the Best time to Travel to Australia

  The tourism industry in Australia is booming, and with good reason: now is the best time to travel to Australia. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should go now: The falling value of Australian currency is a major reason why the tourism industry is booming. According to The Australian, the Australian dollar…

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Rothschild Safaris Travel Club

Anyone who has experienced a Rothschild Safaris trip knows just how much we love what we do. We think it’s time to reward you for continuing to choose us as your travel company and recommending us to family and friends. Introducing the new Rothschild Safaris Travel Club This is our way of thanking you for traveling with us! Our…

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Leora Rothschild Once Again Named on the A-List: World’s Top Travel Agents with Travel + Leisure

Leora Rothschild, founder and owner of Rothschild Safaris, has been named to the Travel + Leisure 2015 A-List of Top Travel Specialists for her expertise in planning family safaris and honeymoon safaris to Africa. “There is so much that travel has to offer, and being able to share it with the one you love or…

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Lion Park in Johannesburg Incident

Our hearts go out to the family members of Ms. Chappell, who was recently attacked by a lioness in a Lion Park in South Africa. Unfortunate incidences do happen and we feel terribly sorry for her family members. Experiences like this often happen in programs such as this Lion Park because of practices we consider…

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Kambako Living Museum Cultural Experience.

If learning about local culture is high on your list of things to experience on safari, Kambako Living Museum might be an excellent option. Located near Singita Pamushana camp in Zimbabwe, Kambako is a place where the local Shangaan people showcase their bushcraft skills. 

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Debunking the Myths of the Serengeti

Massive herds of zebra and wildebeest in long strings winding across the plains; chaotic river crossings during The Great Migration; lodges perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater; mini-vans with cameras poking out of the sunroofs surrounding a cheetah perched on a mound – these are all images that are conjured up when we…

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Magical Journeys by the Numbers

10     Average number of years each Rothschild Safaris staff member has been helping people craft one of a kind journeys. 0      Number of lodges, camps, or safari companies owned by Rothschild Safaris. This means we are completely unbiased and free to recommend the best lodges for you instead of the lodges that we own….

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Wildlife Encounters in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park

Rothschild Safaris is thrilled to introduce you to Nepal with a new itinerary that combines the best highlights over a 13-day period – a recommended time to get to know three of the country’s vastly different regions. Exploring Nepal’s southern tropical forests in Chitwan National Park, you’ll have the opportunity to see some of the world’s most emblematic…

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Trekking in Nepal’s Annapurna Foothills

Rothschild Safaris is thrilled to introduce you to Nepal with a new itinerary that combines the best highlights over a 13-day period – a recommended time to get to know three of the country’s vastly different regions. After exploring the Kathmandu Valley, you’ll have the opportunity to visit villages of some of Nepal’s many ethnic groups, including…

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Nepal’s Mystical & Ancient Kathmandu Valley

Rothschild Safaris is thrilled to introduce you to Nepal with a new itinerary that combines the best highlights over a 13-day period – a recommended time to get to know three of the country’s vastly different regions. We’ll start and end in the Kathmandu Valley, long an important crossroads of ancient Asian civilizations and trade. Mysticism, religious rites…

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Melanie’s Kenya Safari – Rare Sightings in the Maasai Mara

I knew the game viewing would be over-the-top in the Maasai Mara as I have traveled to this region before. I thought I knew what to expect on my Kenya safari but we were absolutely in awe over our sightings here! We saw not just one, but two kills – 2 cheetah brothers and a…

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Melanie’s Kenya Safari – Art & Culture in Laikipia

There is such a diversity of experiences in the Laikipia Region – it’s one of our favorite areas to include in a Kenya safari and still a relatively unexplored, remote and wild area. This is not a big-game viewing destination; rather you go here for authentic cultural experiences – from interaction with the local tribes,…

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Melanie’s Kenya Safari – Giraffes & Baby Eles in Nairobi

Nairobi is the gateway to going on safari in Kenya. Most travelers arrive in the evening and immediately head out to the bush the next morning. However, if you have a longer stay, you can experience two world-renowned, long-standing, animal conservation initiatives – the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Manor. Giraffe Manor was originally built…

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Exploring Galapagos – Kickoff in Quito

Leora and Kimi explore Quito before setting sail to the Galapagos Islands. What an amazing city! Quito, Ecuador is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, at 9,200 feet elevation, is the 2nd highest capital in the world. Quito is an Inca word meaning “center of the earth.” We flew to the city to spend a day exploring…

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Facts About Ebola Virus For Travellers

Understandably, the Ebola crisis has caused great concern for travelers.  We wanted to reiterate some of the key facts and provide some updated information. The facts continue to be reassuring that it is safe to go on safari to Eastern or Southern Africa.  The majority of our staff will be going to Africa and other…

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Botswana Green Season – Plethora of Babies

The Botswana Green Season brings on new game viewing experiences in the Linyanti. With the Savute Channel flowing once again, the wildlife dynamic of the Linyanti region has changed – for the better. The famed elephant population that historically dispersed in the summer months now stay in the area in good numbers thanks to the water…

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Botswana Green Season – Kalahari Springs to Life

In the Botswana Green Season the Central Kalahari springs to life. With the advent of the summer rains (December to April) the desert truly comes alive. Here, in the ancient fossil riverbeds and associated pans, the brief spring rains create the miracle of endless seas of nutritious grasses that attract large concentrations of gemsbok, springbok and red…

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Rhinos Without Borders – A Great Step in Conservation

Great Plains Conservation and &Beyond have partnered up with Trevolta, a crowd-funding site that helps raise funds for travelers, and now rhinos. Explaining the partnership, Dereck Joubert, CEO of Great Plains Conservation, says “An important and exciting day for rhinos today.  As you know we are moving 100 rhinos to secure locations in Botswana as…

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Meredith’s Tales of Africa – Touch Down in Johannesburg!

My Tales of Africa begin with touch down in Johannesburg and I was very excited to begin another set of adventures on this amazing continent! I was met and transferred to 54 on Bath, situated in Johannesburg’s chic Rosebank neighborhood. 54 on Bath caught my breath from arrival – chic and contemporary with an exemplary…

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Botswana’s Okavango Delta Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of Rothschild Safaris’ favorite regions in Africa, has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Delta now has the distinction of being the 1000th site to be inscribed on that list. The Delta in northwest Botswana is one of the most remarkable wilderness sanctuaries in Africa. It comprises permanent…

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Cape Town – #1 of “52 Places to Go” in 2014

Cape Town’s bed & breakfasts and small boutique hotels are trendy and very popular.  I visited many on my recent travels. Here are some of my favorites: Babylonstoren Farm Hotel – This 18th century Dutch-style manor lies between Franschhoek and Paarl. In the manor are five bedrooms. Twelve rural cottages overlook the vineyards or the…

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Let Us Plan Your Botswana Safari!

It’s hard to believe that we are into the second week of January 2014 already!  Here are some interesting Botswana facts that should get your wheels turning… One of the most important words in Botswana is “pula”.  Not only is this Botswana’s national unit of currency, it also means “rain”, and rain is life.  With…

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Happy New Year from Rothschild Safaris!

It’s been a lovely year that we have so enjoyed sharing with all of our clients!  We wish you a very safe and happy celebration of what you’ve undertaken and accomplished in 2013, and we look forward with great anticipation to what 2014 has in store for us all! Please don’t hesitate to contact Rothschild…

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In Remembrance of Nelson Mandela, 1918 – 2013

Today, we join South Africa and the entire world in celebrating the life of the great Nelson Mandela, who passed away yesterday, Thursday, December 5 at the age of 95.  Throughout his long life, Mr. Mandela influenced the world profoundly both as president of South Africa and as a proponent for human rights, equality and…

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International Cheetah Day 2013

It took 4,000,000 years for the cheetah to evolve into the unique animal that it is today.  It has taken less than 100 years for man to place it on the endangered species list. The cheetah is the most ancient species of big cat in Africa, and now it’s the most endangered, too.  Also the fastest of…

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An African Holiday Safari

With Christmas less than a month away, it is time to get your last minute holiday plans in motion!  What better way to ring in the new year than by taking an unforgettable African holiday safari?  Icon Villas has the very best portfolio of exclusive-use properties in and around Cape Town.  Each villa is carefully…

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National Geographic Traveler Best Trips 2014 – Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest National Park

National Geographic Traveler has released its Best Trips 2014 list, and we are thrilled to see that Rwanda‘s Nyungwe Forest National Park is at the top of the list!  Located in the southwestern corner of Rwanda, Nyungwe Forest National Park is a  tract of unspoiled mountain rain forest abundant with chimpanzees, a dozen other primates and close to…

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Enjoy a Botswana Safari at Award-Winning Zarafa Camp

We just received news that one of our beloved Botswana safari destinations, Zarafa Camp in the beautiful Selinda Reserve, has won the coveted Relais & Chateaux Environment Trophy 2014 for its deep commitment to environmentally sustainable operations.  The founders and creators of Zarafa Camp, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, were honored to accept this award in…

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Leora’s Tanzanian Photographic Safari – Photos from Katavi!

Leora “traveled back in time” on her Tanzanian photographic safari to Katavi National Park. Katavi sits in the far west of Tanzania and is wild beyond belief, as these photos illustrate! If this has provided enough of a tease that you’re ready to experience a photographic safari to Tanzania for yourself, call Rothschild Safaris at…

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Leora’s Tanzanian Photographic Safari – Chimp Trekking Photos!

Leora’s Tanzanian photographic safari included an incredible experience trekking for chimps in the Mahale Mountains in the very remote Western frontier. From Greystoke Mahale Camp, her group set out to find the 60-strong community of chimps deep in the Mahale forest. Once the group came upon the chimps, they were in for quite a show…

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International March for Elephants

International March for Elephants

It’s staggering to think that one elephant is killed every 15 minutes.  And without action, at this rate, elephants could disappear in the wild by 2025! Today, a worldwide initiative is taking place to raise global awareness of the elephant poaching crises.  The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, through its iWorry campaign, has organized the International…

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World Rhino Day 2013

World Rhino Day falls on Sunday, September 22 this year and celebrates all fives species of rhino — black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos.  The celebration of World Rhino Day began in 2010, finding great international success.  World Rhino Day has since grown to become a global movement, uniting NGOs, zoos, cause-related organizations,…

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Samara Family Safari

A Family Safari at Samara’s Manor House

Samara’s Manor House is the ideal family safari retreat.  Located in South Africa’s malaria-free Samara Private Game Reserve, enjoy exclusive use of this luxury Manor House, complete with your own chef, ranger and housekeeper, where you are free to relax and spend time as a family, exploring all that Samara has to offer. During your…

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The Ruderman's Honeymoon safari

An Enchanting South Africa & Victoria Falls Honeymoon Safari

Our clients Mark and Dary Ruderman recently returned from their honeymoon safari to South Africa and Victoria Falls, where they had the most amazing honeymoon. Their trip started in Johannesburg with a night at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel.  They then continued to Singita Boulders Lodge in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, where they enjoyed…

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George Adamson – The Father of the Lions

Recently we wrote about Kevin Richardson, the “Lion Whisperer”.  But before Kevin, there was George Adamson, the “Baba ya Simba” (“Father of the Lions”), another remarkable man who lived among the lions.  Born in 1906 in British India, George received his education in England and then first visited Kenya in 1924.  After a series of…

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Kenya on Two Wheels

Are you a cycling enthusiast?  Kenya is a beautiful destination in which to spend time spinning your wheels.  With a fantastic climate, endless tracks where motor vehicles are rarely seen and a vibrant racing and recreational cycling scene, Kenya is a cyclist’s dream.  Whether you prefer racing or just a leisurely ride, Kenya is home…

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Splendors of Tanzania’s Great Migration

The Serengeti plains and the Ngorongoro Conservation areas in northern Tanzania are home to the spectacular annual Great Migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra, antelope and other plains game in search of food and water.  Their clockwise, circular trek covers about 1,800 miles each year, with an estimated 250,000 wildebeest not completing the journey due…

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