Travel Blog

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… READ ARTICLE

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… READ ARTICLE

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,… READ ARTICLE

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… READ ARTICLE

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 micro lights and living in the bush made him happy. It was a… READ ARTICLE

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… READ ARTICLE

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… READ ARTICLE

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… READ ARTICLE

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… READ ARTICLE

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… READ ARTICLE

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 calibre of fan that Rothschild Safaris attract. Any of our social media posts featuring Giraffe Manor in Nairobi always… READ ARTICLE

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… READ ARTICLE

Deeply meaningful thoughts in a jacuzzi, on a yacht by Ruthie Detwiler

Straddling the equator, about 600 miles from the mainland, the archipelago of the Galápagos Islands consists of about 19 islands (& tons of smaller islets) off the coast of Ecuador. You will therefore not be surprised to hear that one of… READ ARTICLE

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… READ ARTICLE

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… READ ARTICLE

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… READ ARTICLE

Doctor Mulilanji International Shoes Repair Plus Syphilis by Angie Voigt

I was sent right off the beaten path and given 10 glorious days to explore Zambia. This is what I found. Let’s put the cards on the table: I have fallen head-over-heels in love with this destination. Zambia is achingly… READ ARTICLE

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… READ ARTICLE

Chasing the Great Apes by Jessica Faith

I hit Ugandan ground at full speed with a drive across the heart of the country from the shores of Lake Victoria to the jungles of Kibale Forest on the Western edge. Every one of the many towns we passed… READ ARTICLE

Another side of Africa by Victoria Jewell

When I stepped off the plane in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia I had no idea what to expect. While I’ve been to southern and western Africa before, there’s something special about experiencing a country so unfamiliar first hand. I breezed through… READ ARTICLE

Hazy Days of Kruger Park by Elsabé Coetzee

A massive herd of elephants with babies welcomed us to the Timbavati en-route to Kambaku River Sands. It was an auspicious start to our Kruger self-drive trip. As we headed out on our first game drive it started raining but… READ ARTICLE

How DID we become the World’s Best Safari Outfitter? (and does it matter)

Back in January 2014 a man called Stephen from Nashville, Tennessee shared his thoughts on Tripadvisor: Just so you know, Travel and Leisure names companies that pay for the listing. So, being named by them does not guarantee anything. I… READ ARTICLE

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… READ ARTICLE

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Rothschild Safaris Live From Madikwe Private Reserve

Angela from our Johannesburg office just returned from visiting Madikwe Private Reserve, a 185,000 acre (75,000 hectares) reserve, and just an easy hour’s flight (or 3-1/2 hour drive) from Johannesburg. While Madikwe Private reserve is fabulous, with a large amount… READ ARTICLE

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… READ ARTICLE

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… READ ARTICLE

Conservation in Kenya’s Remote Samburu Country

The first thing you'll notice upon arriving at Sarara Camp are the views. Surrounded by mountains and overlooking wildlife rich forestland, dotted with riverbeds and Samburu communities, there is nothing quite like this view in the world. While the infinity… READ ARTICLE

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… READ ARTICLE

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… READ ARTICLE

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… READ ARTICLE

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