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Africa – where can I go on safari?

It’s been several months since we were able to travel freely and, like me, you are probably itching to get back out on safari. But which countries can you visit? The short answer is ‘not many’. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises against all international travel, apart from designated safe corridors. There are no African countries that[…]

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Kenya takes positive action

Like make other African countries that depend on revenue from tourism, Kenya has been hit very hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, with many lodges and camps lying empty in what should be their peak season. Aware that travellers will be looking for both reassurances and incentives to start travelling again, and that they will be competing with other safari destinations,[…]

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Safari Planning .. book now for great deals in 2021

With international travel all but at a standstill and no clear end to the restrictions in sight, most of us have had to rethink the safari travel plans we had booked for 2020.Some of you may have decided that there is no point making plans for your travel until the pandemic has passed and countries have opened up again but[…]

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Rhino River Camp, Meru NP joins Porini Camp Group

Exciting news! Rhino River Camp (Meru) is now part of the Porini & Gamewatchers Safaris portfolio.Located adjacent to the Rhino Sanctuary of Meru National Park and protecting over 60 acres of indigenous forest it offers a great base from where to explore the wilderness of Meru National Park. Meru National Park Meru National Park, situated in northern Kenya, covers an[…]

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So you’ve got 4,000 dollars

What kind of safari can you get for US$4,000? A short while ago we were contacted by some professional photographers from the USA. They wanted to go on safari in Africa, in particular they wanted to witness the great wildebeest migration, but their budget was tight; the cost must not exceed US$4,000 per person. Now, I can hear some of[…]

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Great Places to stay in Africa

Camps & Lodges with the WOW! factor Someone just asked me “What is your favourite camp in Africa?” How do I pick just one? I’ve been fortunate enough to stay in so many amazing places. Faced with this challenge and a few idle hours over the festive season I thought I’d try and at least narrow it down to a short-list.[…]

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Family Safaris in Africa

Family Safaris in Africa It’s 2016 and January is already half gone. Can’t decide where to go for this year’s annual family holiday? Have you thought about taking them on safari in Africa? If you’re looking for a holiday that is active and interactive, where every day brings with something new to keep both adults and children happy then a safari[…]

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Vultures – the silent victims of Africa’s wildlife poaching

The recent death of up to 600 vultures after feeding on a poisoned elephant carcass near Namibia’s Bwabwata National Park in July confirms that the indiscriminate use of poison is one of the major causes of the ongoing decline in vulture populations across most of Africa.   This is particularly evident in West Africa where an average decline of 42%[…]

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Does Destroying Ivory Save Elephants?

In recent months a number of governments around the world have taken the step of publicly destroying their stockpiles of seized illegal ivory to give credence to their anti-poaching stance. Their actions have provoked fierce debate with some arguing that crushing or buring ivory is little more than a publicity stunt when the ivory could be sold to raise funds[…]

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Amboseli & Maasai Mara, 2 private conservancies, 2 tented camps, 6 nights, from $1,765/£1,150

A 6 night safari staying in 2 private conservancies for under $2, 000 may sound too good to be true, but believe it, it’s not. Gamewatchers Safaris in Kenya are offering you the chance to spend 3 nights in their Selenkay Conservancy, adjoining Amboseli National Park and 3 nights in their Ol Kenyei  Conservancy, adjoining the Maasai Mara. This incredible[…]

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Yellow Fever Certification for East Africa.

Yellow Fever Certification for East Africa. In line with a recent statement from the Kenyan Ministry of Health, please be informed that it is no longer just recommended but now mandatory for travellers to Kenya, travelling FROM or THROUGH “endemic” countries, to have proof of the Yellow Fever vaccination. What is important to note is that Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda[…]

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Kenyan conservationist takes bird’s-eye view in fight against elephant poaching

In the wilds of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District, Martin Wheeler, aka ‘bird-man’, and team use paraglider, car and footwork in surveillance effort to help thwart illegal wildlife trade. Africa’s wild elephants are being killed at their fastest rate since 1979-89, the bloody decade in which their number more than halved from 1.4m to 600,000. Wheeler, like many conservationists, is on[…]

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