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Travel Trends and Top Destinations for 2024 & 2025

At Journeysmiths we are constantly searching for exciting new travel experiences. Here we highlight some of our top trends and destinations for 2024 & 2025. At Journeysmiths we are constantly searching for exciting new travel experiences. Here we highlight some of our top trends and destinations for 2024 & 2025.
At Journeysmiths we are constantly searching for exciting new travel experiences. Here we highlight some of our top trends and destinations for 2024 & 2025. At Journeysmiths we are constantly searching for exciting new travel experiences. Here we highlight some of our top trends and destinations for 2024 & 2025.
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1. Slow Travel - Life in the Slow Lane
The trend for Slow Travel really started to develop post pandemic and unlike others it is gaining momentum, which shows the value of Slow Travel. Living in a world that is increasingly fast paced and reliant on technology, the perfect antidote is to spend time discovering one of the world’s wild places, slowly. Even better, there are benefits to Slow Travel for both the traveller and the environment: we get to really connect on an intimate level with the destination and it tends to have a lower carbon footprint. Think Rovos Rail train journeys across Africa, river cruises in northern India, walking safaris in Zambia.

From watching sloth hang in the trees as you drift along the Amazon, pisco sours in hand, to witnessing the iconic Andean landscape shift before your eyes, to the soundtrack of the onboard traditional Peruvian band; there are many moments made whilst enjoying life in the slow lane. Here we share are some of our favourite slow travel experiences around the world:
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Leopard Lying On Branch South Luangwa Portrait Istock 508374402 By Jez Bennett
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Walking Safari in Zambia
To walk through the African bush with an expert guide is a rewarding safari experience. And one of the best places to do it is Zambia. The South Luangwa is a huge valley with rivers and lagoons linked by trails formed over decades by the passage of elephant!

Every walk is unique as you carefully approach animals, marvel at the small things and, at the river, sit on a log watching hippos wallowing and elephants drinking.
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The Andes By Luxury Train, Peru
Explore Peru’s natural beauty aboard the most luxurious train in Latin America. From the Andean Explorer’s open-air observation car, marvel at views over the mountains, beautiful sunsets, and iconic sights such as Lake Titicaca and the floating islands of Uros. Then venture to the dining car to sample some authentic Peruvian flavours.

Pair your train journey with a stay at the Sanctuary Lodge, where guests are first in line to see the ancient citadel at Machu Picchu.
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Step Aboard A Historical Kashmir Houseboat, India
With a history of building state-of-the art, ornately carved houseboats since the 1880s, Mascot Houseboats are iconic in Kashmir. Guests aboard this palatial vessel will embrace a slower pace in the splendour of a bygone era of luxury.

Take in views of stunning snow-capped mountains and the verdant valleys. Look out for the diverse waterfowl, fish, and reptile species that inhabit the lake and experience the incredible sights and scents of one of the floating flower markets.
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Lounge People Rovos Rail Southafrica
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Journey on Africa’s Most Revered Locomotives
Take an unforgettable journey aboard one of Africa’s most luxurious locomotives; the Rovos Rail. Starting your journey in Pretoria, you’ll wend your way north, taking in the changing views of lush valleys, mountains and plains.

You’ll pass what was once thought to be the source of the Nile, cross the tropic of Capricorn, and even stop for a game drive among the granite hills of Matobo National Park. Then finish your journey at the iconic Victoria Falls.
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Explore The Amazon in Style, Peru
Embark on an extraordinary Amazonian adventure aboard the Aqua Nera. The ship redefines Amazon River cruising with its chic, Peruvian-inspired interiors, panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows, and top deck plunge pool.

Glide through the rainforest enjoying Pisco sours while an onboard naturalist guide highlights dozing sloths and playful monkeys in the canopy. Take a tender out to see the pink dolphins, or paddle through the mangroves by kayak. Then, discover manatees and vibrant macaws of Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve.
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2. Rewilding
Series such as the BBC’s gorgeously presented Planet Earth 3 – narrated by the one and only Sir David Attenborough – have inspired us as travellers to connect on a deeper level with the natural world, even highlighting its importance for future generations.

At Journeysmiths, we see conservation or “Rewilding” tourism as a crucial vehicle that encourages us to protect natural environments and is one of the most important drivers in the protection of natural landscapes.

The Pantanal in Latin America is a perfect example of this where Caiman Lodge and Oncafari pioneered conservation focussed Jaguar tourism, leading to the rewilding of farmland in order to expand natural habitats.

Another great example is in India, where at Sujan Jawai leopard and Rabari Herdsman live in harmony and local communities are supported by leopard focussed tourism.
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Leopard Boulder Sujan Jawai India
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3. Micro Adventures
People are looking for more than a luxury resort when they travel, they want unique experiences in remote places, hence the rise of the micro-adventure. But what is it exactly? These adventures can take many different forms, from sleeping on a cliff side in the Sacred Valley before hiking the Inca Trail to mobile camping with camels through northern Kenya, or hiking through the mountains of Bhutan.

During these Micro Adventures, you’ll find that when you allow yourself to spend time appreciating the smaller elements of a destination, they combine to unveil some of the most memorable experiences of the entire journey.

Whether it’s an add-on to a longer holiday or a standalone short break, you’d be surprised what you can fit into two days. We’ve outlined some of our favourite micro-adventures that will suit thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike.
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Peruvian Dreaming: Sleep In The Sky Of The Sacred Valley
The human equivalent of a condor’s nest, a night in the Skylodge Adventure Suites is an experience that you’ll remember forever. Nestled into the enchanting and mystical Sacred Valley of the Incas, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a room with a better view. Suspended in the cliffs with views of the stars above and the stunning mountainscapes around you, this is one for intrepid families or those willing to take their adventure to the next level!
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Elephant Splashing Botswana Bycaterina Sanders 397156 Unsplash
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Botswana Elephant Havens: Helicopter to a Remote Elephant Orphanage
Travelling by helicopter allows you to reach the most far-flung and unspoilt areas of Botswana. Elephant Havens is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation of orphaned or abandoned elephants and your visit supports their vital work. On your way, you’ll fly above the Okavango Delta spotting buffalo and giraffe on the floodplains, antelope flocking at lagoons and hippos basking in their muddy element. Combine this with a stay at the brand new Atzaro Okavango.
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Patagonia Off-Piste: Heli-Ski in the Clouds
Heli-skiing in the wilds of Patagonia, with accommodation at the stunning Rio Palena Lodge gives you the chance to make your mark on a huge area of otherwise untapped ski terrain. Whether you’re an expert looking for an adrenaline hit, or you’re keen to soak up the views at a more leisurely pace, experienced guides will advise on the best routes, and build a customised trip around your desired alpine adventures.
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Costa Rica Conservation: From Rainforests to Sea Turtles
Embark on a hands-on conservation adventure in the breathtaking Osa Peninsula. Participate in land regeneration, planting, and harvesting while savouring organic produce along the way. Explore untouched forests and ascend the only canopy tower in the region for unique encounters with monkeys, sloths, and birds. To get even more hands-on, spend a night aiding sea turtle conservation efforts by locating nesting sites and contributing to the hatchery for future turtle generations.
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Norwegian Escape: Canoe the Alta Canyon and Sleep Out Under the Stars
Experience a part of Finnmark that very few see. On this unique two-day paddling trip on the Alta River you’ll set off from the dam and follow the river down through the famous Alta Canyon and out into the fertile Alta Valley. This is the perfect trip to reconnect with nature and experience the Arctic’s rugged beauty up close.
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Botswana Predator Patrol: Experience A Day In The Life Of A Ranger
If you’re in search of a safari with a hands-on conservation element, why not take part in this predator patrol and ranger experience. Discover a day in the life of one of the Khwai Private Reserve’s rangers, venturing out bright and early to track fresh spoor and monitor the movements of the animals. You’ll visit various projects, collecting essential data and identify potential threats that could endanger different species, or the biodiversity of the reserve.
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4. Blue Safaris
Possibly driven by an increase in awareness about the importance and diversity of our oceans, clients are increasingly expressing an interest in getting up close with the incredible wildlife that inhabits the world’s oceans.

Some of our favourite journeys we have crafted so far this year include “Blue Safaris”. Think Antarctic cruises, of course, but also swimming with whale sharks off the coast of Mozambique, snorkelling and diving with marine life in the Galapagos, a Big Five Marine Safari in South Africa, cruises search of humpback whales, dolphins, sea turtles and manta rays in Costa Rica, and conservation safaris with Blue Safari in the Seychelles.

If blue safaris and getting up close to marine wildlife is on your list, get in touch. Our team is looking forward to curating your unique adventure.
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5. Private Residences - Embracing Exclusivity
Possibly driven by an increase in multigenerational travel or the super wealthy building homes in some of the world’s wild places, we are seeing an increasing number of private residence style properties as well as a demand for them. For larger groups, the private residence offers complete flexibility, ultimate privacy and they are often very cost effective.

We have hand-picked some of the most breathtaking private villas, residences, homesteads and exclusive experiences across our destinations.

Whether you’re looking for an off-grid retreat or a place to escape the hustle and bustle, our teams’ destination knowledge and discerning taste means we build each trip so that you can be fully present, travel at your pace, and properly reconnect with friends and loved ones.
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Loapi Deck At Sunrise Andrew Morgan
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Sustainable Luxury On The Savannah: Loapi Tented Camp
Tswalu Kalahari Reserve plays a pivotal role in the conservation of a unique environment. Loapi Tented Camp’s six canvas safari homes cater for either two or four guests, offering a secluded wilderness experience for couples and families. Enjoy game viewing from your private safari vehicle in search of the elusive aardvark and pangolin. Experience a day on horseback, or meet visiting scientific researchers and resident artists before heading back for a meal prepared by your talented private chef.
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Drift Along Lake Kariba By Private Houseboat
Step aboard the luxurious houseboat, The Karabezi, named from a fusion of Lake Kariba and Zambezi. The man-made Lake Kariba supports life in the surrounding ecosystem and you’ll often see lion, cheetah and elephant along its shores. Whether you spend the day fishing, take a tender out for some game viewing, or simply relax and enjoy the sunset, you can expect breathtaking views of the African wilderness from your luxury floating home.
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Explore The Galapagos By Superyacht
The Aqua Mare takes you through the spectacular volcanic islands of the Galapagos in the utmost luxury as you search for the archipelago’s most iconic animals including giant Galapagos tortoises, marine iguanas and blue footed boobies. You’ll be looked after by fourteen highly experienced crew members and two scientific expert guides. Take guided hikes across the islands and don your snorkel gear to discover the underwater biodiversity, as playful sea lions and gentle sea turtles swim around you.
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Luxury Costa Rica Cruise and Hacienda Estate
Set sail from Papagayo off the northwestern coast of Costa Rica on your privately chartered yacht. Expect to see manta rays, whales, dolphins, small sharks and turtles as you explore the stunning coastline and remote coves where you can try your hand at diving and snorkelling, or simply take in the striking azure colours of the ocean. Back on dry land enjoy an indulgent retreat at one of our favourite private villa estates - the Hacienda Costa Rica.
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Bedroom Views Wolf Lodge Norway
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Aurora Borealis at Wolf Lodge
Wolf Lodge is an ultra-exclusive stay at the world’s northernmost wildlife park. The property is nestled within the wolf enclosure of Polar Park, where if you’re lucky enough, you could spot bear, lynx, moose and reindeer as well as wolves. Watch the Aurora Borealis from the cosy, luxurious interiors and then get up close to these majestic, often misunderstood creatures out in the stunning surroundings of the Polar Park.
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Arijiju, Kenya
Arijiju is one of the most beautiful villas in Kenya, built to remind families of the pleasure of barefoot adventures and exploring the wild. The presence of so much wildlife - including giraffe, elephant, and rhino - makes it a thrilling destination whatever your age.

There are five gorgeous suites as well as a pool, tennis and squash courts, and gym to entertain everyone between game drives, horse riding, and quad bike safaris. In between adventures you will be looked after by a private staff of 14, for whom nothing is too much trouble.
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Kataza House, Virunga Mountains
Singita Kataza is a spectacular private house offering the ultimate exclusivity for families or groups of friends visiting the endangered mountain gorilla of the Virunga Mountains. The house sits in the foothills of the Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura Volcanoes and comprises four sumptuous guest suites. The outlook, enhanced by panoramic floor to ceiling windows, is magnificent. You’ll gaze across lush wetlands, often frequented by forest buffalo, before your eyes reach the looming slopes of these dramatic, afro-alpine forest covered peaks
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6. Family Run Accommodation
We are seeing an increasing number of clients asking who owns the properties they are visiting. If you are venturing deep into Africa’s wild places, the Brazilian Amazon or searching for tigers in India, staying at a property that is owned by a family or individual and was born from a passion for the destination really helps you to connect on a totally different level.

Family run properties also facilitate opportunities to meet with the interesting owners who provide engaging stories of the family’s history within the region over dinner, or the chance for behind the scenes experiences due to the family’s connections. If you are travelling with children, there is also something so special about seeing them welcomed into another child’s world on arrival at a family run property.

Some of our favourite owner run accommodations:
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House in the Wild, Kenya
Since its launch, this lodge has swiftly become one of our top choices for family travellers. With its secluded location, homely atmosphere, and three dedicated family rooms, selecting this spot is a no-brainer for families looking for a safe, interactive and educational safari experience.

We even arranged an exclusive safari stay here for TV wildlife presenter, Steve Backshall, whose son loved watching warthogs on the lawn and hippos in the nearby river.
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Hero Image Swimming Pool Sol Y Luna Sacred Valley Of The Incas
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Sol Y Luna, Peru
Situated in a landscape of whispering eucalyptus amidst the majestic Andes, Sol y Luna in Peru’s Sacred Valley centres around an ethos of respect for the Andean culture, environment and people.

You can discover ancient Inca sites, go mountain biking or white water rafting and get acquainted with the native Paso Horse as you hack through the valley on horseback. Back at the hotel, meet the chefs for an in-depth, palate led exploration of this fertile land.
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Sujan Jawai, India
Opulence in India has a name, and it's Jawai. A jewel in this untrammelled wilderness, where leopards and other wild creatures roam free, this luxurious safari camp harks back to the days of India’s maharajas.

The light footprint is in harmony with the ecosystem around it, and in these granite hills you can appreciate the beauty, and the quiet, of the landscapes. As well as exhilarating game drives, Jawai work with the local Rabari Herdsmen, offering guests a unique cultural insight.
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Harkness Sundowner
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Harkness Safaris, Botswana
A safari with Andrew Harkness and his team promises exceptional game sightings, stunning surroundings and great service. With the Okavango Delta area being home to a large elephant population, you and your family will likely spot some of these majestic giants, from his private camp.

What’s more, with one of the most experienced private guides, you’ll benefit from the highest levels of safety, flexibility and personalisation, all essential when you have youngsters in tow.
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Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador
From ornithology to embroidery, there are activities on offer at Hacienda Zuleta to enchant every young mind. The former home of Ecuadorian President Galo Plaza Lasso and his family, Hacienda Zuleta is a working dairy farm with over 300 prized Holsteins cows.

Head down from your room to help out with the afternoon milking and let the little ones feed the baby calves, explore your magnificent surroundings on foot, horseback, or by bike and discover the rich Ecuadorian culture.
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Cottars 1920s Safari Camp, Kenya
Set on a vast private conservancy in the south eastern Masai Mara, Cottars 1920s Camp offers one of the most exclusive safari experiences in the Mara Ecosystem.

The Cottar family have guided safaris in Kenya for generations and that heritage brings a depth of quality to your experience. Game drives in search of the Big Five, fascinating guided walks, swimming in waterfalls and authentic cultural interactions combine to offer a safari with a difference.
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Hero Image Pool Galapagos Safari Camp Santa Cruz Galapagos
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Galapagos Safari Camp, Ecuador
If the Galapagos Islands are on your travel wish list but you're worried about your sea legs, then Galapagos Safari Camp may be just the place for you.

Tucked into the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, you can expect to enjoy a Galapagos experience perfectly tailored to your needs and interests as you set out to discover the unique flora and fauna of this remarkable archipelago.
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Our Top Destinations for 2024
With so many incredible places to explore, this is always a difficult shortlist to compile. Here are our top destinations for 2024.With so many incredible places to explore, this is always a difficult shortlist to compile. Here are our top destinations for 2024.
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In recent years, visitors to Machu Picchu have reached over 1.5 million. While the site is unquestionably worth a visit, Peru has so many other spectacular regions to discover.

Explore the Amazon, adventure in the Sacred Valley, take a boat across Lake Titicaca, watch the condors soar above the Colca Canyon and discover the white city of Arequipa. If you gave our travel designers a month, we couldn’t fit it all in.

If you have the time, don't miss the new Belmond Andean Explorer Veuve Clicquot Solaire Journey.
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South Africa
We have uncovered even more unique experiences for you in South Africa. Here are a few to whet your appetite:

- Take a helicopter tour of the Cape Peninsula, then kayak or SUP amongst the penguins at an ‘only locals know spot’ near Boulders Beach.
- Go behind the scenes at the world’s largest orphaned rhino sanctuary.
- Seek adventure by abseiling down Table Mountain, snorkelling with seals or scootering around Cape Town.
- Enjoy private gourmet picnics and photography tuition in breathtaking locations.
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Two Toed Sloth Hanging From A Tree In The Jungle In Costa Rica Ss By Daniel Korzeniewski
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Costa Rica
Costa Rica remains one of the most sought after wildlife destinations for good reason. A quarter of the country is devoted to nature reserves of verdant rainforests, fertile valleys, active volcanoes and golden beaches.

We are continually discovering new ways to create journeys for you to experience the Costa Rica of 20 years ago in privacy, despite its popularity. This little gem is perfect for the gentle adventurer, whilst still offering enough exhilaration for the most hardcore of travel partners.
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Tanzania
With new camps, expanding conservation areas and diverse activities, Tanzania’s remote south is unmissable. The vast Ruaha is home to great numbers of elephant and big cats. Then, enjoy exclusivity during walking, boating and vehicle safaris in Nyerere, Tanzania’s largest national park. Even more remote is rugged Katavi where huge herds roam.

After a feast of safaris we recommend the forest clad hills of Mahale on the shores of Lake Tanganyika for the best chimpanzee tracking experience in Africa.
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Norway
The glaciers, mountains, fjords and furrows in this rugged but beautiful landscape makes Norway one of our top destinations for wild and wonderful adventures.

The Aurora Borealis is at its peak of an 11 year solar cycle, increasing the chances of seeing the Northern Lights further south this winter season. Read on for our advice on ways to enjoy the lights at night and Norway’s scenery during the day.
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Sri Lanka
We have long known the richness and diversity of Sri Lanka, so we were delighted to see this teardrop island make the 2024 Gold List by Conde Nast.

With natural beauty, iconic wildlife, historic sites and rich culture, Sri Lanka more than deserves its place. For wildlife spotting, there’s nowhere better than the Yala National Park where the world's largest concentration of leopards stalk alongside elephants, sloth bear, peacocks and sambar deer.

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Rwanda and Tanzania
Experience a safari holiday like no other, with a journey across the remarkable landscapes of Rwanda and Tanzania. Be captivated by big game, search for primates in the rainforest, enjoy spectacular birdwatching and see the epic migration of wildebeest and plains game - all in one unforgettable trip you will regale for a lifetime.
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Macaws In Peruvian Amazon Istock 534034923 By Ostill
Costa Rica Trip Idea
Luxury and Conservation In Costa Rica
This experiential itinerary allows you to go deeper in some of Costa Rica's most spectacular regions. Embark on a hands-on conservation adventure, take to the ocean for a private yacht adventure, explore wildlife filled forests and contribute to the future of Costa Rica's sea turtle population.
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Pool Ol Lentille Laikipia
Pool Ol Lentille Laikipia
In the press: Chloe Berge in Vogue
Under-the-radar in Northern Kenya
Chloe’s trip took her off well-trodden paths and into the remote corners of Northern Kenya. Staying in Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy and Laikipia, the trip’s slow pace allows time to forge deep connections with the remote, wild landscapes and its people.
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Istock 187572264
Peru Trip Idea for Families
Family Adventure in Peru
Set off on a captivating family adventure in Peru, where ancient wonders and vibrant culture await. From exploring the mystical Machu Picchu to navigating the Amazon rainforest, this itinerary promises unforgettable moments that will weave the rich tapestry of Peru into the fabric of your family's cherished memories.
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Elephants In Tanzania Ss
Elephants In Tanzania Ss
Tanzania Family Trip Idea
Tanzania Family Safari
Create memories of a lifetime together on an epic family safari in Tanzania. Witness the endless, game-filled plains of the Serengeti, explore the natural wonder of the Ngorongoro Crater and experience the magnificent wildlife in Tarangire.
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Lion Mother Of Notches Rongai Pride With Cub In Masai Mara Kenya Ss Maggy Meyer
Lion Mother Of Notches Rongai Pride With Cub In Masai Mara Kenya Ss Maggy Meyer
Kenya Family Trip Idea
Family Safari in Kenya
From the iconic Masai Mara to the awe-inspiring Laikipia, explore Kenya as a family. Witness breathtaking wildlife and immerse yourselves in rich traditions for an unforgettable adventure in a land where the untamed wilderness thrives alongside vibrant cultures.
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Table Mountan Hike Cape Town Istock 1216765189
South Africa Family Trip Idea
South Africa Family Safari
See the splendour of South Africa as a family on this exclusive safari. Spend your days exploring captivating Cape Town, enjoying the delights of the Winelands and on safari, seeking out the abundant wildlife that roams the wilderness. No matter your age, this iconic safari will leave you with memories for a lifetime.
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Aerial View Jao Camp Okavango Delta
Aerial View Jao Camp Okavango Delta
Botswana Family Trip Idea
Family Safari in Botswana
From the glistening floodplains of the Okavango Delta, to the pristine wilderness of Linyanti, and beyond to the shimmering salt flats of Makgadikgadi - this family friendly safari will leave you all with lifelong memories. Experience the diverse ecosystems and wildlife Botswana has to offer in this spectacular journey from Delta to Desert.
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Atacama Chile Ss
Atacama Chile Ss
Chile Trip Idea
Epic Chile Adventure
Experience the unbelievable diversity of Chile, on an epic one month long adventure. From shimmering glaciers and aquamarine lakes, to jagged mountain peaks and mars-like deserts - immerse yourself in countless spectacular vistas, while enjoying the rich wildlife on offer.
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Istock 172738343 Walking In The Andes Peru
Peru Trip Idea
Active Peru
Peru is the perfect place for an exhilarating adventure. Immerse yourself in thrilling activities, from trekking majestic peaks to exploring ancient ruins, for an adrenaline-fuelled experience.
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Morning In Machu Picchu Istock 682040222 By Dimarik
Peru Trip Idea
Luxury Peru
Embark on an opulent Peruvian odyssey, indulging in breath taking landscapes, exclusive accommodations, and culturally immersive experiences.
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Boating Botswana
Boating Botswana
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Safari FAQ
Not sure where to start? We have answered frequently asked questions we’ve received over the past decades about our bespoke safaris. Here we discuss everything from pre-planning information to responsible travel. We hope you will find this useful, but if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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Infinity Pool Lodo Springs Laikipia
Infinity Pool Lodo Springs Laikipia
Kenya Trip Idea
Kenya Safari and Beach Adventure
Merge thrilling safari experiences amid iconic wildlife-rich landscapes with tranquil beachfront relaxation along the pristine shores of the Indian Ocean, creating an unforgettable journey of contrasts and indulgence.
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Kenya Migration River Crossing Istock 637041774 By Vlapaev
Kenya Trip Idea
The Great Migration
An expedition that marries the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Great Migration with lesser-known treasures. Explore iconic wonders and uncover hidden gems, blending bucket list adventures with thrilling discoveries for an unforgettable journey of contrasts.
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Main Lodge Pool With Elephant Mhondoro Safari Lodge The Waterberg
Main Lodge Pool With Elephant Mhondoro Safari Lodge The Waterberg
South Africa Trip Idea
Malaria Free South Africa
The only country able to offer malaria-free safaris, South Africa is a wonderful choice for many looking for a luxury safari experience. Enjoy the abundance of wildlife on offer in some of the most exclusive private reserves, before exploring cosmopolitan Cape Town, where the glamour of the city meets the rugged outdoors.
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Walking Up The Dunes In Sossusvlei
Walking Up The Dunes In Sossusvlei
Namibia and Botswana Trip Idea
Adventure in Namibia and Botswana
Embark on a journey through the wild terrains of Botswana and Namibia, experiencing the epitome of a luxury safari. Encounter majestic wildlife in the Okavango Delta, traverse the surreal landscapes of Namibia's deserts, and unwind in opulent lodges amidst nature's grandeur.
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Livingstone Island Devils Pool
Livingstone Island Devils Pool
Tanzania Trip Idea
Victoria Falls and Safari
Indulge in a luxurious Zambian getaway. Start with the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, then venture into the wilderness for an exclusive safari, encountering Zambia's diverse wildlife while unwinding in stunning accommodations, creating an unforgettable African adventure.
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Mokoro Exporation From Xigera Safari Lodge
Mokoro Exporation From Xigera Safari Lodge
Botswana and Cape Town Trip Idea
Safari and City in Ultimate Luxury
Travel across Southern Africa in complete luxury, staying at some of the most exclusive properties on the continent. With every single detail taken care of by exceptional guides and staff at each location, you can concentrate on what really matters - immersing yourself in an exclusive African safari experience.
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Old Mondoro Lower Zambezi Zambia
Old Mondoro Lower Zambezi Zambia
Zambia Trip Idea
Take The Path Less Travelled
Embark on an extraordinary safari journey through Zambia's remote wilderness. Discover luxurious accommodation amid untouched landscapes. Traverse untamed plains, witness incredible wildlife, and unwind in exclusive camps offering unparalleled luxury amidst the raw beauty of remote Zambia.
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5 Jul Horse Riding Hippo
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Botswana and Victoria Falls
This memorable safari combines a journey through one of Africa’s most game rich areas, with a visit to one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Experience Botswana’s abundant wildlife in the spectacular Okavango Delta and Linyanti, before heading to the winding Zambezi River to see the astonishing Victoria Falls.
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Guest Tent Duba Plains Camp
Guest Tent Duba Plains Camp
Explore Desert and Delta
Ultimate Luxury Botswana Safari
From the pristine wilderness of Linyanti, to the glistening floodplains of the Okavango Delta, and beyond to the shimmering salt flats of Makgadikgadi - this Botswana safari will leave you with incredible memories from beginning to end. Experience the diverse ecosystems and wildlife Botswana has to offer in this epic journey from plains, to delta to desert.
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Mountain Gorilla Family Rwanda Ss
Mountain Gorilla Family Rwanda Ss
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Top 10 Rwanda Activities
We’ve compiled a list of our favourite experiences to inspire your imagination.
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Family Camel Ride Sasaab Samburu Kenya
Family Camel Ride Sasaab Samburu Kenya
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Kenya Family Safaris
Kenya has the ingredients for an amazing family safari. Your children will love seeing vast numbers of animals in iconic African settings. Stay in amazing and exclusive accommodation on private reserves. Enjoy adventures on foot, horseback and by open vehicle with Africa’s finest guides. Your children can see pioneering conservation work in action and meet remote tribal communities. Maybe end with a few days by the coast.
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Hyena Pan Main Area Dining Table
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Go Exclusive In Botswana
The best way to give your family the facilities it seeks may be to book out an entire camp or lodge. Perhaps you are planning a multi-generation safari. Or you may want to fulfil a dream of walking, mokoroing and camping out in the Okavango. You may simply crave an extra degree of privacy. Most lodges we use take fewer than 16 guests, some take only eight, so booking a whole lodge is a viable option.
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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Uganda Istock 1085112684
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Top 10 Uganda Activities
Here’s our list of ten wonderful experiences that you might consider having whilst you are in Uganda:
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Elephants In Front Of Mount Kilimanjaro
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Top 10 Tanzania Activities
We’ve collated a list of our ten favourite Tanzanian experiences to show you what’s possible in this incredible country.
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Family Activity Children Serengeti Safari Camp Tanzania
Family Activity Children Serengeti Safari Camp Tanzania
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Tanzania Family Safaris
The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are truly spectacular settings filled with great herds and big cats. We take you far from the crowds and minibuses with your own private guide, staying in exclusive accommodation. Families with older teenagers will love the wildly remote Selous, Ruaha and Mahale, where you can walk, canoe and even track chimpanzees. Round it off on exotic Zanzibar.
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Hiking In Namibia
Hiking In Namibia
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Top 10 Namibia Activities
Here’s our list of ten wonderful experiences to consider including in your Namibia safari:
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African Cheetahs On The Masai Mara National Reserve Safari In Southwestern Kenya Ss By Amy Nichole Harris
African Cheetahs On The Masai Mara National Reserve Safari In Southwestern Kenya Ss By Amy Nichole Harris
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Kenya: A Safari for Conservation
Go behind the scenes of modern conservation on this Small Group, Big Impact journey through Kenya's wild places.
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Wildebeest Migration Istock 1021615288 Credit 1001Slide
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Top 10 Kenya Activities
We will ensure you can enjoy the best of Africa in the exclusivity of Kenya’s private conservancies where walking, riding and other expertly guided activities enable the richest safari experience.
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Zambezi River From Above Istock 157666116 Credit 3Dan3
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The Zambezi Expedition
In 2022, we took on an epic fundraising challenge to celebrate our 30th anniversary.
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Elephant Herd Near Duba Plains
Elephant Herd Near Duba Plains
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Top 10 Botswana Activities
We’ve compiled a list of our favourite experiences to inspire your imagination.
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Children In The Uros Islands Lake Titicaca Peruistock 1306125619
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Peru Family Holidays
If your young explorers are hungry for an adventure, look no further than Peru. The diverse landscapes range from the vibrant jungles of the Amazon Rainforest to the jagged peaks of the Andes Mountains. Needless to say, you’ll have the chance to experience the unique mountain top setting of mysterious Machu Picchu.
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Sundowner Game Drive Chiawa Camp Tcunniffe
Sundowner Game Drive Chiawa Camp Tcunniffe
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Top 10 Zambia Activities
We’ve compiled a list of our favourite experiences to inspire your imagination.
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Elephant Reaching For Seed Pods In Mana Pools National Park Zimbabwe
Elephant Reaching For Seed Pods In Mana Pools National Park Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe - Top 10 activities
We’ve compiled a list of our favourite experiences to inspire your imagination.
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Victoria And Alfred Waterfront Cape Town Istock 1556500564
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Top 10 South African Activities
With opportunities to see the Big Five of both land and sea, along with incredible scenery, enormous national parks, world-class vineyards, a fascinating history and vibrant, friendly people, South Africa frequently tops the lists of the world’s best holiday destinations. Even so, less than 1% of the world's travellers make it here, so it’s a place where you’ll find yourself with a few select, like-minded and discerning adventurers who have discovered this gem of a country. It’s a place you could return to for the whole of your life and never tire of it.
We’ve compiled a list of our favourite experiences to inspire your imagination.
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Pharaoh At Luxor Temple At Night Istock 157682968 Holgs
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Top 10 Egypt Activities
In this article we’ve put together a list of our top ten recommended highlights to whet your appetite and show you what’s possible in Egypt.
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Family Sundowners Marshmallow Roasting Footsteps Camp
Family Sundowners Marshmallow Roasting Footsteps Camp
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Botswana Downtime & Combinations
Between safaris there is plenty for children to do in camp while the adults relax. Safari lodges may be small and in remote locations, but they have excellent facilities and your hosts’ purpose is to give you the best possible time. In this section we also suggest a couple of places that combine easily to complement your Botswana safari.
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Leopard Game Drive Seba Camp
Leopard Game Drive Seba Camp
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Animals on a Botswana Safari
Botswana is a great choice for an exclusive family safari. Roaming the spectacular deserts, deltas and savannahs are literally millions of animals. The fertility and abundant water of the Okavango and Linyanti Deltas supports an incredible 200 different mammal species. The Government’s high value, low volume tourism policy helps conservation and enables you to enjoy a top quality private safari.
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Child Bushman Experience
Child Bushman Experience
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People of Botswana
Here’s something you might not expect. The people looking after you on safari might create some of your happiest safari memories. You’ll remember laughter and those after dinner stories and jokes around the campfire. During a three-night stay in a luxury camp, you’ll get to make friends with your guide, the chef, the vegetable gardener and the other people who love their work.
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Game Drive Children Giraffe
Game Drive Children Giraffe
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Activities on a Botswana Safari
Imagine gliding silently along an Okavango waterway in a mokoro canoe as zebra and impala graze the grasslands. Or cantering on horseback with your guide alongside giraffe. In the Kalahari, take an early morning walk with a San Bushman as he explains the ancestral secrets of survival.
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Game Drive Children And Cheetah Little Vumbura
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Botswana Family Safaris
Botswana is Africa’s most exclusive safari destination. Each enormous private reserve has just one or two luxury lodges guaranteeing a series of private experiences as you travel from one exquisite location to the next. Expert guides will take your family on safari among big cats and vast elephant herds in beautiful deltas and deserts.
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Vicuna In Southern Patagonia Ss By Kavram
Vicuna In Southern Patagonia Ss By Kavram
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Top 10 Chilean Experiences
We’ve created a list of our favourite activities to give you an idea of what you can expect from a trip to Chile.
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White Rhino In Madikwe Istock 1058132948 By Bennymarty
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Luxury And The Big Five South Africa
Without a shadow of a doubt, South Africa is one of the very best places to watch wildlife in the world. The Kruger National Park — a protected area the size of Wales — is certainly the most famous and popular safari destination, but with Africa Exclusive you’ll escape the crowds to explore vast, wildlife-filled private reserves, in the company of the best guides.
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Kid In Costa Rica Zipline Istock 171574858 By Thepalmer
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Costa Rica Family Holidays
If you’re seeking an active family holiday of natural wonders and vanilla sand beaches we recommend Costa Rica. Choose between Pacific and Caribbean beaches where turtles nest and the reefs abound with colourful fish. Rainforests cascade down mountainsides to the ocean.
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Dordenma Buddha Bhutan Istock 1190013579
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Top Destinations And Travel Trends for 2023
Our team has been compiling a list of incredible travel destinations around the world to consider for the year ahead.
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Macaws In Peruvian Amazon Istock 534034923 By Ostill
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The Wildlife Of Deepest Darkest Peru
What kind of creatures actually live in the Amazon Basin, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and in the Sacred Valley of the Incas?
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Feast Of The Tirana Istock By Tituz Chile
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Fiesta Time! When To Visit Chile
Everyone has heard of the Rio Carnival, which takes place each year just before Lent, but such festivities are by no means a Brazilian speciality. At Journeysmiths we have a particular sweet spot for the fiestas in Chile.
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Quad Biking Family Stargazing
Quad Biking Family Stargazing
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Astrotourism in Africa
Don’t worry, we’re not going to suggest you plan your holiday based on your star sign, or that you visit a far off planet! Astro-tourism is travel with a star gazing theme, and it’ll take you to some of the last great wildernesses in Africa.
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Relation Zambezi River
Relation Zambezi River
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Three Great Rivers Zambia
Three of Africa’s great rivers set the scene for your Zambia safari. The Zambezi, the Luangwa and the Kafue rivers are all of different character and have national parks named for them.
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Giant Tortoise
Giant Tortoise
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The Giant Tortoise Of The Seychelles
It is not only the Galapagos which has giant tortoise! You can find them in the Seychelles too. These extraordinary reptiles grow up to four feet long, weigh as much as 770 lbs, and some of them are more than 100 years old. They’ve survived here because their populations were isolated, protecting them against predators. Spotting them is a rare treat, as they are found in so few other places.
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Isandlwana Grave Stones Hr
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Battlefields And Culture South Africa
Formerly the Zulu Kingdom, the province of KwaZulu Natal runs along South Africa’s dramatic Indian Ocean coastline. The Drakensberg Mountains create a natural border between Lesotho and the Eastern Cape, and offer some excellent hiking routes.
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Beach Walk Grootbos Forest Lodge Relation
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Explore The Garden Route South Africa
To experience a little bit of everything that South Africa has to offer, you can hardly do better than to drive along the coastal road of the Garden Route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. It’s an extraordinary journey, and there’s wildlife on both land and shore, endless beaches, historic battlefields, and the vineyards are never far away. One day you might be whale spotting at Hermanus — renowned as one of the best whale watching locations in the world — and the next you could be learning about the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, handling antique weapons and scrambling over the British and Zulu positions.
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Victoria And Alfred Waterfront Cape Town Istock 1556500564
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Magnificent Cape Town
Cape Town is one of the world’s great cities with a unique setting beneath Table Mountain.
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Fullbleed 1
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Top 10 Costa Rica Activities
We highlight the top ten must-do activities for your to enjoy in Costa Rica.
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Colourful Houses Bo Kapp Capte Townjpg
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The Rainbow Nation South Africa
Archbishop Desmond Tutu was the first person to call South Africa “the rainbow nation”. It’s a reflection on the fascinating diversity of this country, not only in the identities of its people but in the landscapes, wildlife, cultures, and activities it offers. South Africa is a country which, because of its variety, can be all things to all people, truly a rainbow of varied opportunities and experiences.
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Himba Woman Serra Cafema Kunene Namibia
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History And The Himba of Namibia
Namibia has a diverse cultural heritage and is home to one of the most distinct African tribes — the Himba — a group of semi-nomads who live in the Kunene region.
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Family Game Drive Olonana
Family Game Drive Olonana
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School Holiday Safaris
The school holiday cycle is full of opportunity; there is a safari for every season, whether it’s during the Christmas, Easter or Summer holiday period.
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Bird Lesser Jacana In Botswana Ss
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Episode 4 - Freshwater: Planet Earth III Filming Locations
Without freshwater, life on land wouldn't exist.
Freshwater is the most precious resource on our planet, but it's finite. Vital to life, only 2.5% of all Earth’s water is fresh and less than 1% of that is accessible. Planet Earth Three’s episode on freshwater documents its importance for selection of species.
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Chitwa Chitwa Activities And Wildlife Family Walking Across From Elephants South Africa
Chitwa Chitwa Activities And Wildlife Family Walking Across From Elephants South Africa
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Malaria - Should I Worry About It?
Many of Africa’s best safari regions are low to very low risk of malaria, particularly if you travel during the summer holidays.
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Patagonia Sr Whale Breach
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Episode 1 - Coasts: Planet Earth III Filming Locations
Are you feeling inspired to travel after watching Planet Earth Three?
Coasts offer the opportunity to see a wide variety of wildlife both at sea and on shore and are excellent destinations for wildlife enthusiasts. Follow in the footsteps of the Planet Earth crew and journey along the picturesque Garden Route coast to see Cape fur seals gathered in their thousands in South Africa. Head to the eerie Skeleton Coast of Namibia to find the desert-adapted lions that laze on its sand dunes. Or hop on a boat in Chile and watch the enormous barnacled body of southern right whales emerge from the water as they breach a matter of metres from your eyes.
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Relation Swarm Of Flying Mosquitoes Istock By Hans Verburg
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Facts You May Not Know About Mosquitoes
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Chitwa Chitwa Activities And Wildlife Family Walking Across From Elephants South Africa
Chitwa Chitwa Activities And Wildlife Family Walking Across From Elephants South Africa
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South Africa Family Safaris
If you’re looking for a country that’s got everything, choose South Africa. Renowned for the spectacular views of the Garden Route, vibrant Cape Town, malaria free safaris, fascinating history and outstanding wildlife, the whole family will fall under the alluring spell of this diverse country.
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Child Taking Photos Galapagos
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Ecuador and Galapagos Family Holidays
Treat your family to an extraordinary wildlife adventure holiday in the Galapagos and Ecuador. It’s a place you’ll likely visit just once so be sure to do it well. We have access to the finest yachts, lodges and expert guides. This way your family can visit remote islands in comfort and privacy encountering amazing wildlife.
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