Travel Ideas & Tips

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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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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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

One might be forgiven if you think Machu Picchu is called the Lost City of the Inca’s because Western Explorers kept losing track of who discovered it. 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 Bingham…

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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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10 Reasons to Choose a Bath on Safari

10 scientifically proven health benefits for choosing to take a bath:  Your heart will thank you for it.  Yes, we know it will beat a little faster at the mere sight of one of these beauties, which might scare you if you have a pre-existing heart condition. But a hot bath that speeds up your…

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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 Duke…

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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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A 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 heart breakingly clear blue skies in the morning? The idea of abandoning your super comfortable lodge accommodations for a night sleeping in the wild might…

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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?

Most of Rothschild Safaris’ Travel Designers were born and 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?

If you’ve been on an African Safari, you’ll understand how conservation filters through nearly every experience and destination. 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 wildlife conservation areas. But…

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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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Zimbabwe Mana Pools walking safari

Zimbabwe for a Truly Wild Safari

Zimbabwe is home to some of the most wild safari experiences in Africa. Between amazing opportunities to walk amongst wildlife and a great possibility to take in unique landscapes like Mana Pools and of course the stunning Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe has so much to offer. Here are a few good reasons why you need to…

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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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Our Favorite Cape Town Restaurants

Our love affair with Cape Town runs deep. Leora Rothschild, founder of Rothschild Safaris, was born and raised in South Africa. She’s watched this colorful city evolve over the years and loves sharing the hidden corners of the amazing city with travelers from around the world. We’re often asked about our top dining recommendations here,…

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Dhow cruise during a Zanzibar Island Safari

4 Reasons to End Your Safari in Zanzibar

Ahhhhh… Zanzibar! Between the pristine Indian Ocean beaches and the exotic Swahili Stone Town, there is no place quite like this island. Located just off the coast of Tanzania, it’s very easy to add on a few days in Zanzibar following a safari in Kenya or Tanzania. There are several flights a day from all…

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How to (really) get the most value from your African safari!

Every few months, we come across a new article that illustrates a different way to get a “deal” on an African Safari. These articles offer ways to save a buck, but they are often seriously flawed. The cost saving measures you generally find in these articles dramatically and negatively impact the overall safari experience. Because our…

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Catamaran Cruising in the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands, home to an incredible amount of biodiversity, is one of our favorite wildlife-based destinations worldwide. The Galápagos Islands have a stunningly diverse population of animals – wildlife that cannot be found any other place on earth. Adding to the charm of the Islands is the fact that wildlife is not shy of humans, making…

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Exploring the Himalayas

For many travelers, an African safari is just the beginning of a lifetime of adventure travel to extraordinary destinations. And this year, a growing number of our repeat travelers are eyeing the Himalayas as their next big trip. From Kathmandu to the dramatic Annapurnas and the Pokhara Valley, there is so much to experience in…

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Africa’s Best Elephant Encounters

Often, when we are chatting about African wildlife with travelers, elephants rise to the top of the list of “animals I can’t wait to see in the wilderness.” And it’s no surprise. These magnificent creatures are smart, incredibly sophisticated in their social structure, and of course the largest land mammal in the world.  They also…

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Private Mobile Camping in Botswana

There is perhaps no better travel experience on earth than spending a night under canvas, listening to lion and hyena calling in concert with all the unique sounds of the nighttime African bush. To us, drifting asleep, cozy and warm in a comfortable bed, full from a multi-course meal, in remote Africa, a wilderness all…

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Australia’s Kakadu National Park

There is so much to see and experience in Australia. From vibrant, urban Sydney to the coastal beauty of Cairns and beyond, our travelers love exploring this amazing country. However, one very special place has risen to the top of the list on our Top Travel Experiences for 2017 list; Kakadu National Park. Kakadu National…

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Berber Village Life

Morocco, steeped in ancient history, colorful culture and dramatic landscapes, continues to deliver WOW experiences now more than ever. While of course our travelers to Morocco love experiencing highlights such as Casablanca, Marrakech and the coastal town of Essaouira, it’s often the simple encounters with locals that really make an impact. Interacting with and learning…

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Epic Adventure on Horseback in East Africa

Riding up close to elephant, lion and buffalo, or galloping with wildebeest and zebra is without a doubt one of the most adventurous ways to experience safari in Africa.  If you are a rider, there is simply no better way to see Kenya than from the back of a well schooled and fit horse. Sure,…

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Gorillas in Uganda

Did you know that more than half of the world’s population of critically endangered mountain gorillas reside in southwestern Uganda? And we’re thrilled to report that this number has recently grown with the recent birth of three infants! Now, you can trek to visit the Habinyanja gorilla family in the northern section of Bwindi NP and…

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okavango family safari

Best time of year to visit Botswana

One of the most common questions we’re asked is “when is the best time of year to visit Botswana?” The answer is – it depends! Botswana has something special to offer year-round. If you are planning an African safari and want to experience Botswana, here’s what you need to know about the best time to…

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Helicopter and Horseback in Botswana

Botswana’s Okavango delta is one of our favorite safari destinations. And now, we’re thrilled to be able to combine an aerial safari by private helicopter with a horse-ride through the delta! Talk about a new adventure! Begin with a helicopter journey at sunrise. This unique sky and earth day-long expedition begins at dawn as the…

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Galapagos Islands Cruise: What you need to know!

While the Rothschild Safaris heritage is steeped in the luxury safari experience, we also sell a few spectacular destinations beyond Africa. United by the ability to interact with majestic wildlife, explore different cultures, and generally have a fabulous adventure in style and comfort, we now operate in an ever-growing list of countries around the world!…

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Visiting Victoria Falls

Let’s talk about Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls is the biggest sheet of falling water in the world! The falls are twice as high and 1.5 times wider than Niagara Falls in the United States. And at just over a mile wide and over 100 meters high, the spray of water from Victoria Falls is visible from…

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Best Destinations for Spring Break in Africa

Kids may have just gone back to school … but we’ve already got Spring Break on the mind! Our office has been taking call after call from parents who are eager to plan an amazing Spring Break safari in Africa. If you are considering traveling to Africa for Spring Break, it’s important to understand which countries…

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Buzz Worthy Morocco

For many travelers, experiencing Morocco is about so much more than just fancy hotels and good food. Particularly in Morocco, discerning travelers are eager to find for real, authentic and genuine local experiences. We’ve compiled a series of unique, bespoke experiences that can be incorporated into any custom itinerary in Morocco. Go Berber in the…

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Gorilla safari

Gorilla Trekking with Kimi

Gorilla trekking is one of the most amazing and intimate safari experiences that you can get. Here, we interview a staff member about her experiences with gorilla and chimp trekking, what to expect when you go, and even how to capture great photos. Read on for more! Tell me about your gorilla trekking experience. I…

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Nyungwe Forest National Park Rwanda

Things to do in Rwanda (besides Gorilla trekking!)

Rwanda is often called ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’ and of course famous for its mountain gorillas. While viewing gorillas in their natural habitat is truly an experience of a lifetime, this small, landlocked country is vibrant and lush and offers more than just gorillas. Important to note, is that the 1994 genocide is…

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Africa like never before!

Many of our clients come to us for a “trip of a lifetime.” They want to do Africa “right” because it’s the only time they will experience it. Well, this one trip more often than not turns into several safaris around the continent! This month, we’re talking about “what’s next” for the traveler who has already…

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Been to Africa? What’s next?

For nearly two decades, we’ve had the extreme pleasure of showing thousands of travelers the magic of Africa. The joy of seeing with the world’s most magnificent wildlife, interacting with exotic cultures and experiencing the high-level of service on safari are what make our journeys to Africa so memorable. But many of you have been…

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Meet Your Costa Rica Private Guide!

If you’ve been on safari with us in Africa, then you may already know the very special role guides play in the overall travel experience. Spending a week or more on safari with a private guide yields an incredibly rich, engaging travel experience and very often results in a tearful goodbye at the airport! As we…

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