Travel Ideas & Tips

The International Safari Stopover

You can’t call us to book these hotels… but we know the International Safari Stopover happens — and while we talk about all the shiny new properties turning our heads this week we could not resist including some fascinating hotels opening in great Stopover locations around the world in 2019. Opening February 2019 BELMOND CADOGAN,…

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Making Jetlag Work for You

Can Jet lag be prevented? As is true with many common problems, everyone has an opinion and a lot of advice. And, as is true with common remedies some of the medicine will work for some of the people some of the time. We have all had that one trip where we found ourselves tripped…

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Something Happened by Lynne Bolduc

Lynne Bolduc and her husband traveled to Africa with Rothschild Safaris following an incredible story of survival. She regularly sends us tales of her travels with us. Reading her true Safari stories is a great way to put yourself in the moment and learn what a Safari to Africa might offer. The humor, the excitement…

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Zambia is like nothing else on Earth

Director Ryan Coogler overheard a Zambian actor talking about his home country on the Black Panther set. He immediately knew he had to incorporate aspects of this land into the film. It was a decision he would not regret. Because, if you want to portray the essence of Africa Zambia makes for an incredibly astute…

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Spontaneous Travel Plans

If you aren’t the world’s best Type A, Plan-aholic, Micromanager you can stop reading now. If you are still reading you have to know that spontaneous travel is a trend for 2019 and this is why you should consider it: Spontaneity will give you permission to try something new. And breaking the routine, learning new…

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Experiences not Things

Why should you spend your money on experiences instead of things? Because experience affluence is a better predictor of happiness. And that is always a good reason. The Science behind Happiness and Adventure vs Goods 1. The happiness spike caused by material goods is very short-lived. As soon as you adapt to your new toy…

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Will Travel For Food

So. We heard Culinary Travel will be big in 2019. Just color us very smug already (because culinary is practically our middle name and we have been booking locations for food for the last two decades). At Rothschild Safaris we believe food and travel is a perfect pairing. You don’t need to be a foodie to…

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Adventure Travel Tips for Family

There aren’t many family-friendly destinations that also say ‘once in a lifetime’. But our standards are very high and you can be assured that our roundup of the countries that top our family trip wish list will deliver! As Travel + Leisure says: A family-friendly adventure outfitter that regularly ranks on T+L’s World’s Best lists. Rothschild…

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All the Excuses you need to put Peru on your Bucket list

One day you will wake up and there wont be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now. Paulo Coelho   It is almost impossible to ignore the idea of having a bucket list. Part of the fun is adding more ideas to what we might want to do with…

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More to Peru than Machu Picchu

We know. You hear Peru and you think Machu Picchu. We understand. It is difficult to ignore one of the Seven Wonders of the World. But we are asking you to suspend your disbelief and learn what the rest of Peru has to offer. Other Wonders of Peru A is for Amazon Rainforest The Amazon…

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7 Crazy Facts about Travel Agents that 90% of Travelers Do Not Know

The first rule of travel: Put on your oxygen mask before assisting others. We have so many clients who call us when they have reached a state of full confusion about their travel ideas. Some started planning and then got so overwhelmed they just gave up. Most find that by the time they come to…

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The 5 Thousand Star Bed

What could possibly be more exotic than falling asleep under a sky ablaze with falling stars? Nothing. Unless… Are we allowed to call it a tie with waking up to heartbreakingly clear blue skies in the morning? The idea of abandoning your super comfortable lodge accommodations for a night sleeping in the wild might be…

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And then the Lion licked the shoe ~by Lynne Bolduc

My husband, Greg, and I arrived at Nsolo Bush Camp in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia on June 19, 2018, just in time for lunch. We were the only guests in the camp at the time and had lunch with the camp manager, Gloria, and our guide, John.  John asked me what I hoped to…

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Hot off the Presses: Rothschild Safaris is Coming Out

Happiness, Freedom, Peace, Joy, Balance, Fulfillment Confidence, Stability, Passion… The most important things in life are like a Rolls-Royce or a Bentley. Everyone wants them but not everyone knows how to go about acquiring them. Now, you know we have always done our searching for answers to life’s biggest questions on Safari because it is…

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Why do we Safari?

A Safari is a journey. Originating from the Arabic verb of ‘safar’ which translates roughly into -making a journey- the word was adopted into the Swahili language. From Swahili, it was introduced into English by 19th Century English explorer and linguist Sir Richard Burton (no claim to Elizabeth Taylor’s eternal love) Our earliest use of…

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Indian Architecture

13 Indian Safari Tips

1. Take it easy India can be overwhelming, and if you plan to fit too much into your time and exceed realistic expectations you will have visitors fatigue. Using a great Travel Designer will ensure that your exposure is perfectly balanced. 2. Dress with respect Cover your arms and legs, don’t wear tight clothes and…

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Indian bride holding flowers

Your Questions about Traveling to India

You want to travel to India… but you have questions. We understand. And we will answer every one. How old is Indian civilization? Indian history dates back to 3000 BC when the Indus Valley was a highly developed urban civilization. Why are there many Muslims in India? Muslim invasions of India started between 1001 and…

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Leaves in Hot Water

Serendipity, Weed and Wind One breezy afternoon in 2737 BC emperor Shen Nung (also known as Shennong) sat under a tree in the Yunnan when a couple of Camellia sinensis leaves blew into the drinking water his servant was boiling. It was serendipitous, as this happened at the exact moment when the Shang Dynasty’s emperor…

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A hot air balloon flying over Singita Sabora

All Great Design Starts with a Story

Safari was adopted into Kiswahili from the Arabic word safara, meaning ‘to travel’. The origin of the word is a great starting point when you aim to recreate the style of African Safari Lodges in your own home or any personal space. We will take any excuse to discover, talk about and visit beautiful accommodations…

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If your Home is not a Dream Space – READ THIS.

If your home isn’t the dreamiest of spaces you will most likely have a good answer to explain why. ~ Some of us simply do not have the time to carefully plan, shop and curate our homes. ~ Some of us choose not to have the time for interior design because other hobbies are more…

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Portraits of Africa ~ by Mary Jane Sesto

We asked one of our favorite regular clients to answer the question through her stunning images… and then she also generously shared her personal photography tips with us. Mary Jane’s Photography Tips First and foremost you need to understand your camera. Don’t be afraid to change the settings, that is how I have improved my…

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Machu Picchu is for Amateurs

In northern Peru, there is an area where adventurers can still lose themselves in the old-fashioned traditions of travel. The Amazons of Peru have everything a modern adventurer might require. Impenetrable rainforest, rugged mountain ranges, vast valleys with gorges ripped out of the earth and rivers urgently carrying their ancient secrets. Cloud forests, paramo and…

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4 Lessons you can learn from Costa Rica

The land of Pura Vida is far more than the sum of all its exquisite wonders. Somehow, everyone who visits Costa Rica is touched by the gentleness of the people, a thread of joy, kindness and total peace that defies the fact that this is a tiny country with over 121 volcanic formations, of which…

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Keeping up with the Instagram Jones’s

Not everyone aspires to be a professional photographer, especially if that means a heavy investment in sometimes heavy equipment. And few have a lot of time to learn photography. Yet most of us want to get the best images we can whenever we travel, and the ante’s definitely been upped in recent years, with incredible…

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The Rothschild Safaris Designer Travel Difference

Our Man in Cape Town is a visionary. And his sights are ones of incredibly detailed clarity. When Ozzy looks at the future of travel, this is what he sees: The CEO of a major organization, with headquarters in the bustling center of New York, enjoying an incredibly splendid South African wine that is remarkably…

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From Cape Town, With Soul

The heart of Soul Design can be found amongst the cobbled streets and brightly colored facades of the Bo-Kaap in Cape Town. Even here, amidst a riot of pigments Abi James’s home draws the eye like a precious jewel. Her eye for texture and color, juxtaposition and complement is evident before you even enter her…

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African Rx for Health and Beauty

Travelers find their delight in the continent’s beauty, its wildlife and the smiles that stretch as wide as the horizon. It is quite true that every Safari is underwritten by a sense of glee. There is a perfect kind of symmetry in the knowledge that many of Africa’s indigenous plants carry the powers of restoration,…

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How to Beat Jetlag with Spa Treatments

Her favorite part of the exercise? The fact that a wide-body is one of the few places where you are consistently productive (moving from a to b) while doing absolutely nothing. Of course, my daughter is still a teenager. She has yet to learn that when older people say “arriving is half the fun” they…

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Birds, Blooms & Babies… Just another Summer in Africa

If birding is your bliss, then summer is your season. Migratory birds return adding song and color, filling Africa with spectacular breeding plumage. And there is more… as soon as the rains come, the baby animals follow. Who can resist a miniature version of our favorite full-size creatures? Photographers, avid game spotters, general safari goers…

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The difference between East Africa and Southern Africa. Which Safari Destination is made for you?

Our biased answer is easy. You should visit both! But we understand that you might want to come away from this blog with a little more information than our opinions and so, we also have just that—without prejudice, and in a handy slideshow—below. {Click on each slide to see the next.} Which one will it…

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How to Keep your Cool on Safari

Africa might be our favorite continent. But… Africa can be hot. And Africa can be humid. Which can make for uncomfortable days and nights on holiday. Especially on Safari, where getting closer to the wildlife you have traveled halfway around the world to see takes priority over your air conditioning. And yet. Some folk seem…

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An Algorithm for Eco-Conscious Travel

Every traveler leaves a trail of black emissions in their wake. The Eco-Conscious Traveler wants to do everything they can to erase these ugly marks they are responsible for. Their passion starts at home and lucky for them the Eco-Conscious trend is an entirely portable lifestyle choice. Ultimately their concern lies with minimizing the impact…

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An Algorithm for Community Conscious Travel

The link between tourism and the communities they impose upon is often tenuous. There is little doubt that much of the positive development taking place in many countries over recent years has been driven by travelers. And specifically, those travelers who are prepared to take responsibility and action. A community conscious traveler is not necessarily…

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An Algorithm for Introvert Travel

Being an Introvert is, contrary to popular rumor, not synonymous with being shy. In fact, introverts can be defined by the fact that it costs them energy to interact and they can only recoup their energy through spending quiet time alone. One might therefore consider that travel, by design, does not exactly favor the introvert.…

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An Algorithm for Extrovert Travel

Extroverts are identified, not so much by their loud personalities, as by the fact that they gain energy from being surrounded by and interacting with people. One might therefore consider that travel, by design, favors the extrovert. And you would not be wrong. But this does not mean that an Extrovert (and their fellow travelers)…

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The Truth about Little Airplanes

The safest form of transportation is an escalator. Right behind the moving staircase, in number two, we have aviation. The most important difference between an escalator and an aircraft is that an escalator will not deliver you to the most remote and beautiful parts of Africa. Unfortunately, if you have not grown up with exposure…

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Frequent Safari Traveler Tips for Safari Packing

A Safari might look very different from your day job on Instagram… but our packing advice is just another part of ours. The Rothschild Safaris Team spend a lot of time on the road, traveling from camp to camp. On the surface their job resembles a Safari holiday, but the reality is quite different. They…

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The Travel Disaster Prevention Checklist {for traveling without a Rothschild Safaris Travel Designer}

Making a mistake is never fun. Making a TRAVEL mistake is up there with worst imagined horrors and only a couple of notches down from natural disasters. We have rounded up some of the biggest general traveler fears and worst blunders resulting in misery far from the comforts of home. You may think of this…

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6 Handy Long-Haul Health Hacks by Susanna Cloete-Jones

From boredom to deep vein thrombosis and everything in between. Let’s talk a little long-haul health. Why do you want to hear my opinion? I was born into a flying family and learnt to fly before I could say my ABC’s. (Which was, of course, the phonetic alphabet.) Forty years later I have unlimited airmiles…

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Islands worth Getting Married for

we are not easily tempted… but we might say ‘I do’ to: THE QUIRIMBAS, MOZAMBIQUE Off north eastern Mozambique, lie around 32 little islands surrounded by deserted, Indian Ocean beaches and, some still-uncharted, coral reefs. The Quirimbas began as a fishing settlement, they hosted Arabian and Portuguese trade and you can still touch the archipelago’s…

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Let Airbnb Pay for your Safari

Airbnb has been busy since it opened its doors in 2008. As we write, rumors are circling that it will soon be valued at over $20 billion, almost as much as Marriot international. But should you get Airbnb to pay for your next Safari? Leora Rothschild decided to try this with her house in Australia…

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20 Secrets of Happy Travelers

Travel isn’t rocket science. People do it every day. Traveling well, on the other hand is a rare and mostly secret art form, perfected only by the few. Don’t we all know someone who manages this magic trick? They waft through airports and on an off aircraft looking groomed, happy and relaxed. They also seem…

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Duuun dun duuun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun

The incisive E and F John Williams used to compose the entire theme tune for Jaws are still instantly recognizable. But the life of the Great White has changed quite a bit since Spielberg’s 1975 movie. Back then, people paid to sit in cozy theatres with popcorn to watch sharks eat other people on screen.…

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Just Dig It

There is a Nilotic subtribe of the Maasai living in north-central Kenya. They call themselves Lokop or Loikop, which some agree translate to ‘owners of the land’, but we know them by the dialect that they speak. The Samburu. As semi-nomadic pastoralists they have occupied themselves mainly with herding cattle, sheep, goats and camels. Little…

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To Climb: Machu Picchu VS Huayna Picchu

If you think Machu Picchu is called the Lost City of the Inca’s because Western Explorers kept losing track of who discovered it… you are in great company. Hiram Bingham III was the first to start looting it officially, but German Engineer Augusto Berns had already built a sawmill opposite the ruins 40 years before…

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The Graffiti Experience You Need

Think back to the best holiday of your life. Would you rather give away the money that experience cost you … or only forfeit all your memories from the same holiday? Chances are almost 100% in favor of you keeping your memories. How could we predict your answer? In 2003 two psychologists, Tom Gilovich and…

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How to be Vegan on Safari

Of course, starting a conversation with your dietary preference also works brilliantly for ending friendships before they start. It is right up there with religion and politics. But what do you do when you are heading out on Safari and you happen to be totally on culinary trend… or you are travelling with family members…

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The Love Affair that Raised a Community

When Benjamin James Parker arrived in Zambia in 1986 he had big dreams. But none of these necessarily pivoted upon uplifting entire communities. Flying around Africa in microlights and living in the bush made him happy. It was a long way from ‘the most private of private’ schools that he attended with the likes of…

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Romance + Travel are never seasonal indulgences, Darling.

“Je suis desja d’amour tanné Ma tres doulce Valentinée…” — Charles d’Orléans, Rondeau VI, lines 1–2  There is a legend that St Valentine wrote a letter to his beheader’s beautiful daughter. If you disregard that (together with all the other nonsense people insist on writing about Valentine’s day) the 15th Century rondeau above, by Charles…

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A Spoiling Guide for Globetrotters

Surround yourself with travelers and you will never run out of ideas for when a little thoughtfully considered indulgence is called for. Even when some of the people you intend to spoil belong to the Awkward-Folk-who-Already-own-Everything Club. In fact, travel related gifts are so good they should be considered an incentive to book a trip…

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Safari Photography

Twenty years ago, {the good old days for some}, a world famous photographer gave me very good advice. “Buy excellent binoculars. Then, when you get back home order the coffee table book that covers your trip destination. Leave the photography to the experts.” he said. “What brilliance!” baby me thought with wide-eyed admiration. “Utter unthinkable…

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Wild Panforte by Annabel Hughes Aston

Panforte, the Italian “strong bread”, dates back to 13th century Siena in Tuscany. By all accounts, it should be made with seventeen ingredients, each one representing the number of contrade within its city walls. I follow this seventeen-ingredient rule in my Wild Panforte, making sure that as many components as possible represent my own locale in the…

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Keeping up with the flâneurs*

Happiness is hard. As fast as one can learn, not only the meaning of the word Hygge, but also how to say it in a sentence—so quickly that its actual pronunciation will be adequately disguised… the lifestyle police will find a new foreign cultural belief to live up to. The next big trend? It could…

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Should you take your Children on Safari? by Sanja Cloete-Jones

Almost all the Rothschild Safaris’ Travel Designers were born and/or lived in Africa. I started life in the middle of the Kalahari desert… and raised my children in the middle of Zambia. This meant that most of my friends also had their children in the middle of nowhere on the Dark Continent. It was perfectly ordinary…

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All the Little Things by Pam Langhoff

I am fortunate to have been on safari many times and so, I tend to look for the ‘little things’ when I go. Having just returned from a two-week trip to Tanzania and Kenya I am thrilled to report that I can now add a bevy of new ‘little things’ to my ‘never seen before’…

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The GOOD, the BAD & PERU

When Spanish invaders arrived in Peru circa 1532, it did not take them long to learn about the importance of a common plant in local culture. The priests were using the leaves in all their ceremonies and rituals. The inhabitants even offered them as currency. Peruvians considered the coca plant a divine gift. ‘When the…

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Botswana’s Zebra and Wildebeest Migration

From July through September the Great Migration congregates in the Northern Serengeti, Tanzania and the Maasai Mara in Kenya where millions of wildebeest (gnus), led by thousands of zebra, join together in search of water and food.  (They actually circulate year-round, according to weather patterns, and in a fairly predictable manner.) However, in early 2012…

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How about a conservation safari in Zambia?

What do all of our African Safaris have in common? The way that conservation filters through nearly every experience and all destinations. Your guides educate you about local conservation efforts, you’ll see how the local communities live side-by-side with Africa’s big game, and a portion of the cost of every safari directly supports management of…

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New Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda

Visiting the gorillas of Rwanda and Uganda is one of the most special wildlife experiences available on the continent of Africa. So much work has gone into protecting these magnificent creatures, and the hard work continues to this day. While visiting the gorillas comes with a high price tag, these funds are directly supporting the…

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Unique Primate Experiences in Africa

When most travelers think about primates in Africa, they think of the majestic Lowland Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda. However, there are some lesser-known opportunities to interact with primates in Africa. While primates can sometimes be a bit more challenging to come across than other big game in Africa, it’s always a worthwhile experience. Coming face…

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