A Guide to the Top Travel Competitions

Rothschild Safaris has won many awards in the past 21 years. But, what does it all mean? This is what we know so far: Every year more Travel Award Competitions crawl out of the woodwork of the giant marketing machine that promotes travel everywhere. Over time this has diluted the impact of the top accolades…

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Travel Agent Resources for Bhutan

Inspiration for traveling to Bhutan Bhutan is a place made of fairytales and well… many genitals – but we will explain!   And if there is a guide or a country or an activity we haven’t covered and you would like to have… Do let us know! and/or Follow

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Travel Agent Resources for India

Inspiration for traveling to India India can be overwhelming but if you have the right tips it is a magical place filled with incredible wonders. There may very well be a way to visit India and not return with many, many purchases… but this story is most definitely not about that. We explain everything about…

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Travel Agent Resources for South America

Inspiration for traveling to South America Understanding the Venezuelan migrant/ refugee crisis. Become a South American coffee guru. Taking the family to South America. Costa Rica Living the Pura Vida in Costa Rica! Lessons Costa Rica will teach its visitors. Chile A throwback to Chile. Ecuador A guide to visiting the Galápagos. Peru Caren Banks…

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Rothschild Safaris is on the Lookout for New Talent

Rothschild Safaris now has two incredible opportunities available to the right people who would like to join our award winning team. Rothschild Safaris is a boutique, luxury travel company that focuses on crafting unique trips for its travelers. We specialize in Southern and Eastern parts of Africa but also have a strong presence in South…

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Konmari your Digital Universe

Marie Kondo is saving the world… one joyful, perfectly folded article at a time. She has tackled our cupboards and sorted our paperwork and redefined our libraries. Apparently, all the physical aspects and spaces of our lives can be Konmari’d. (And every space or category you clear will solidify your decision-making skills and help you…

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Travel and Technology. A Revolution.

For a long time, technology and travel were a match made in heaven. These days it is becoming a touch difficult to keep up with how quickly technology is advancing, shaping and influencing the industry. One of the biggest changes in technology (other than how we travel) has been the fact that an estimated 74%…

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Using Rothschild Safaris’ Social Accounts

The Social Side of Rothschild Safaris Twitter Find us tweeting here. Search for #YouDreamWeDesign for inspiration. #RSTravelAlert to see all the latest breaking travel news. #RSTravelSmarter for great travel tips. #RSOnConservation for all things green. #RSOnCommunity for news about the people and places we support. #RSReadreadread for books to add to your ‘must read’ list #RSOnBusiness…

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Image is Everything

How to find the right image for every job? It’s a jungle out there… but we use these resources every day: For sourcing images: Unsplash Pixabay Freepik (great for vectors) Adobe Stock Wikimedia Commons Flickr Creative Commons Licence Pexels Copyright is Black and White: Always read attribution licenses carefully to avoid getting in hot water…

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Zambia for Travel Agents

In Zambia… The activities push the edge of the envelope and always bring you into a closer understanding of Africa. Bushwalking was born here, and night game drives add another dimension to your experience. When you are catering to individual tastes and all you want is the best of all worlds for everyone… Zambia may…

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2019 Travel Trends for Travel Agents

2019 is shaping up to be the year of the travel agent. More guests than ever before are turning to the personal touch and expertise offered by the best in the travel business. We have published a number of blogs about our favorite travel trends for adventure travel in 2019. * Spontaneous and Safari in…

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Droolworthy Social Travel Accounts

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions for your Social Media? These accounts are where we draw our inspiration from…       also – for more people achieving a Social slam dunk right now: The 30 most stunning and influential Instagram travel accounts to follow in 2018 Instagram travel pages specifically for tour and…

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Zimbabwe for Travel Agents

Elephants in the dust

Recent blogs we published about Zimbabwe. Leora Rothschild recently traveled to Zimbabwe with Kim Killick and Ruthie Detwiler.  Read all about her trip here. Victoria Falls is on everyone’s bucket list. Know your way around this Seven Wonders of the Natural World icon. The land of the elephants is a little mysterious and a lot out of…

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Peru for Travel Agents

Recent blogs we published about Peru. Caren Banks traveled to the Land of the Incas and she loved it. Read all about her trip here. It isn’t all about Machu Picchu folks! We have rounded up all the incredible activities and fabulous sites your guests might want to dream about. Why should anyone travel to…

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A side of yak butter tea… and the yeti

On Safari is where you go if you believe that miracles can happen, Bhutan is where you go if you still believe in fairy tales. A place where you can find a dancer with a dragon mask on the street. Where ancient, religious fortresses balanced precariously on mountain cliffs, valleys strewn with rhododendrons and awesome,…

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A frame for South Africa

When was the last time you made a decision purely from your gut? Circumstances are usually considered extraordinary when we decide to take incredible leaps of faith, and this is just such a story… Over a quarter of a century ago, a phone rang late at night and Paul Harris answered the call. Mr. Harris…

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The Lion Avoidance Strategy

It was the day after a heart-pounding lion encounter on our evening game drive from Nsolo Bush Camp in the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. John, our guide, said we would go back today to try to see the lions again as we had new guests in camp who hadn’t seen them. As I had been…

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Climbing Kili

Conquering the tallest freestanding mountain on earth makes for a great travel story. If, like us, you prefer your travel tales to fall in the ‘Inspirational adventure’ category rather than the ‘Unfortunate calamities’ there are some practicalities you need to note. We are always saying it and the reason we keep repeating this fact is…

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Dutch Tilting at the Mara

Hot air in an envelope. The oldest form of airborne transport on earth. When you build a craft that is lighter than air, equip it with a bag which you call an envelope which you then fill with heated air and underneath which you hang a gondola or wicker basket… you have created what is…

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And then the lion licked his shoes…

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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Dare to wake your Dragon

You dream about Safaris… But how do you really feel about benign masochism (also known as an adventure)? When we design your Safari the first thing that happens is a conversation about your likes and dislikes. If you have the time, we will talk to you until you have told us everything you think is…

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Unusual Suspects

It is true that the usual Safari is perfectly delightful. But perfectly delightful simply may not blow your hair back. If you love coloring a little outside the lines and find yourself drawn to life’s less expected pleasures Africa may have just what you need. Zambezi River Rafting  Always wanted to be the person who…

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Bravehearts

The facts will break your heart. But we must be brave if we care about the survival of the gentle and mysterious mountain gorillas. Captain Robert von Beringe shot two large primates while establishing the boundaries of German East Africa in October 1902. He sent one of the apes to the Berlin Zoological Museum and…

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Ra Ra Reteti

We are standing with our fingers in the dam. The flood is coming. Africa’s human population will quadruple by the end of this century. Elephant numbers have dropped by a third in the past decade and the intense pressure on the use of land, water, and natural resources will only increase. The immediate need is…

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Hidden Tribes

How do you define ‘Quality of Life”? What about ‘Happiness’? And ‘Progress’? It is important to understand your personal thoughts about these matters before you enter the Omo Delta of Ethiopia. Visually spectacular, it is a place where only the strongest and the smartest will survive. And yet, there are few places on earth that…

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Rothschild Safaris Aviation Dispatch

Omo people

Ethiopian Airlines will be increasing its frequency between Addis Ababa and Avinor Oslo Airport as of December 11. via eTurbo news Seychelles via Addis Ababa to become a daily connection in December 2018 via Atta Ethiopian Airlines has also announced that it will resume its flight to Mogadishu, Somalia, effective 2 November 2018. via Atta easyJet and Airbus…

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The Best is Yet to Come Boss!

Happy birthday!!! Did you know: Birthdays are great for your health! Science has shown that people who have more birthdays live longer than people who don’t! I love Leora so much!  Working with her this last 6 plus years, it blows my mind that it’s been that long.  I admire her spunk and her fire…

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Put your Money where your Heart Lies

Turtles have been swimming in the oceans for the last 100 million years. The heartbreakingly beautiful Hawksbill Turtle loves coral reefs and rocky areas, lagoons, mangroves (the Pacific coast of the America’s, primarily El Salvador and Nicaragua), oceanic islands (both coasts of Nicaragua, Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, Brazil, Australia, Malaysia, and Indonesia ) and shallow coastal areas…

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The Big Five. Africa's Superstars

In 1990 South Africa redesigned their 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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For those who don't pick popular…

Zanzibar does a great job of pretending to be a tropical island. Balmy weather ✔️ Blissful beaches ✔️ Warm tropical (clear)water ✔️ Coral reefs filled with a rich diversity of marine life ✔️ But the Rothschild Safaris blog never aims for the blatantly obvious. Instead, as usual, we are on the hunt for more… and inspired by the great…

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What tweens really think about Safari

Two Pineapples on a beach

When the Crosser family completed their Safari to Africa we quickly knew the parents enjoyed the trip. April Crosser wrote to us and started with: Our trip was literally perfect! It was worth the wait! From every transfer, meal, lodge (omg…Singita!), to every game drive, tracker, guide, flight, village visit, soccer match and Falls visit.…

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Food Capital of the Universe

Lima, Peru is an ugly city. And yet. It appears on all the most important culinary success lists. With a third of Peru’s population packed into its urban sprawl, this is a place where form comes way before function. Then again, maybe that is part of the explanation: the people of Lima put all the…

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May 16 – May 31 2018 Flight Updates

Recent Flight News, in the News Air Seychelles ups their flights to Johannesburg to six per week. via ATC News Manchester Airport secures flights to Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines improving connectivity for 400,000 people. via Atta Ethiopian Airlines announced on Friday (May 18) that it would launch thrice-weekly flights to Jakarta in Indonesia from…

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April 15 – May 15 2018 Flight Updates

Recent Flight News, in the News Moroccan national carrier, Royal Air Maroc (RAM), has announced plans to launch flights to five other East African cities only two years after it began its Casablanca-Nairobi operations. via Business Daily It was announced today by the St Helena Government and SA Airlink that scheduled flights to and from St Helena will increase…

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April 1 – April 14 2018 Flight Updates

Recent Flight News, in the News KQ faces a possible loss of its regional market share following the planned revival of national carriers in Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. via BusinessDailyAfrica Ethiopian Airlines, together with Skytrax Global Airlines, launched three new flights on Tuesday (March 27), expanding its African network to Kisangani and Mbuji Mayi in the…

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March 15 – April 1 2018 Flight Updates

Recent Flight News, in the News From 1 May 2018 the minimum age of a person permitted to travel alone on British Airways will increase from 12 to 14 years of age. This applies to all new bookings made from 1 May 2018. Bookings made before 1 May 2018 will be unaffected. via British Airways AirKenya has…

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14 March – 1 April 2018 Rothschild Safaris Travel Dispatch

Useful news South Africa will finally introduce electronic visas, making it easier for tourists to enter into the country thanks to the online capture of visa and permit applications and capturing of applicants’ biometrics both locally and abroad. According to a reply to DA parliamentary question, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) confirmed that the first…

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We Dig It

There is a nilotic subtribe of the Maasai living in North-Central Kenya. They call themselves Lokop or Loikop, which some agree to 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…

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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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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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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 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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Mozambique for Every Traveler

After a thrilling week on safari, rising with the sun, experiencing Africa’s wildlife all day and enjoying late night campfires, a few lazy days on the beautiful Indian Ocean coast is a perfect idea. For many of our  travelers, a safari in  Southern Africa is followed by a few lovely days on the beach in…

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Botswana – Hot off the Press!

Leora Rothschild just returned from Botswana, where she had a chance to visit some newly refurbished properties, meet with Rothschild Safaris’ favorite guides and spend time with leading wildlife conservationists there, learning about the important work they are doing. Here are just a few of the highlight from her month in Botswana! Kissing an elephant!…

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