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Disrupting African Food Myths – a RS Podcast

Nompumelelo Mqwebu is becoming a legend in her own time. She is feisty, determined and opinionated. We loved hearing where her passion originated and where her empire is heading to next. Listen to the Podcast here. Haven’t tried Podcasts yet? Here is the only Beginner’s Guide to Getting into Podcasts you will need. Buy Through…

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Namibia is having a moment

Pop quiz: Where would you go if you yearn for somewhere less populated than Namibia? Answer: Mongolia It’s true that Namibia boasts endless emptiness and extreme otherworldliness. There is something magical about riding along a deserted road while the moon bobs from sand dune to sand dune next to you. And Namibia has many other…

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Big Five. Legends of our Time

In 1990 South Africa redesigned its Rand bank notes. Replacing royalty, explorers, and heads of state, the new money featured the heads of five distinctive animals known as ‘The Big Five’. The gold standard for game viewing on the luxury photographic safaris that had sprung up throughout Africa since the 1970s, the popularity of the…

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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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The Devil and Ms Dinesen

In Out of Africa, movie Karen, Baroness Blixen, is cast as a European settler who forces her culture and will on the native people. Instead, Denys Finch Hatton appropriates the real Karen, Baroness Blixen’s, compassion and grief over the changes European settlers force on the Kenyans, their culture, their identity, and their dignity. It is…

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You don’t Have to be a Woman to Save Gorillas {but apparently it helps}

On the 24th of September 1967 a ‘racist, alcoholic’* woman who, by most accounts, was not very easy to like, pitched two tents in a remote rainforest of the Ruhengeri Province of Rwanda. She called her camp Karisoke.  The people would call her Nyirmachabelli—woman who lives alone in the mountains. Dian Fossey was in the Virungas…

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This Rothschild Business

Chances are you have followed a trail of breadcrumbs to these words. It usually starts with a comment (generally quite sensational) on our social media. We try to explain. Deny. Educate. But social media isn’t really good for that. Now, all the leads point here. To this page. Hardly a day goes by without someone…

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Have your cake, but eat it with a Giraffe.

Set the poor Giraffes free!!! Why are these Giraffes held captive? These cries for help are a testament to the caliber of fan that Rothschild Safaris attract. Any of our social media posts featuring Giraffe Manor in Nairobi always receive a couple of questions like these in response. You see, our guests generally care more…

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Bitcoins are like Tulips

Jamie Dimon, the boss of JPMorgan recently compared the astronomic rise of Bitcoin to the Dutch ‘tulip mania’ of the 17th Century. ‘There is nothing to support Bitcoin except the hope that you will sell it to someone for more than you paid for it’ is the opinion of Jack Bogle – father of the…

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First African Contemporary Art Museum Opens in Cape Town

Rothschild Safaris has been watching with interest as Jochen Zeitz (former Puma Chief Executive) has been creating the first African Contemporary Art Museum, located in Cape Town, South Africa. This weekend (September 22-25, 2017) saw the grand opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Museum (Zeitz MOCAA).  Much of the work comes from Zeitz’s…

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World Rhino Day 2017 – September 22

Today being World Rhino Day, Rothschild Safaris would like to acknowledge and thank our friends at The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy for all the amazing conservation it does, but today in particular:  For four years on Lewa no rhino has been poached. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is an award-winning endangered species sanctuary in northern Kenya joined…

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Malawi’s Wildlife is Thriving!

Malawi is often referred to as “the warm heart of Africa.” This relatively small country located in the center of Southern Africa is known for calm, lovely people and a relaxed atmosphere. While Lake Malawi is certainly a highlight when visiting the country, as the warm, fresh water, the colorful cichlids and unique island properties,…

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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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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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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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