With the worldwide release of Disney’s new Dumbo film, our love of elephants was re-ignited. After watching the film, we asked our safari design team to list their favourite locations in Africa to enjoy encounters with these magnificent creatures. Read on, share with an elephant lover in your life, then let’s chat about which place you might like to add to your next safari!
Conjure up in your mind the wide, open plains of East Africa, the herds of wildebeest on the move, a family of elephants ambling through the mud at the edge of a water hole, and a vast bird circling on the thermals so high in the sky that it appears to be but a pin prick. Where are you? Kenya? Tanzania? How about Malawi? If you want to venture far beyond the crowds and see astounding wildlife in a true, unblemished wilderness, then a safari in under-the-radar Malawi might just be what you're looking for.
There are plenty of inspiring places you might choose to spend Easter, from witnessing the Holy Week processions in Seville, to making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. But if you’re not a practising Christian, or you simply want to enjoy a totally different experience this year, leave a note for the Easter Bunny telling him where to find you and jump on a plane to Africa. It’s the ideal season to explore some of our favourite destinations, and the over commercialisation of Easter seems a million miles away.
The simple answer to that question is the word “passion”. A passionate love for the wild places of Africa and a desire to enable others to experience Africa at its glorious best. A passionate determination to get every safari holiday absolutely right and to organise it with meticulous attention to detail. This was in our DNA when Africa Exclusive was born nearly 30 years ago and it’s still there today. It’s why we have an extraordinarily high degree of client satisfaction and why over half our bookings every year are from returning clients or their friends.
We know from many of our customers that the chance to see big cats up close is one of the main reasons they choose a safari in Africa. And those big cats rarely disappoint: whatever your age, and how ever many lion, tiger, or leopard you have been lucky to see previously on your travels, a close encounter with big cats in the wild will always take your breath away.
Many of us enter into the New Year committing to make changes in our lives for the better, though often those resolutions peter out a few weeks down the line. This year, we thought we would suggest some resolutions which you’ll not only enjoy keeping (making it much easier to succeed until the end of the year!) but will also have a significant, positive impact on the places you go. Read on for our New Year resolutions for responsible travellers.
A sighting of any one of the Big Five is a cause for great excitement. But spotting a rhino in the wild? It is one of those things that dreams are made of. At around a tonne in weight, and generally considered to be the second largest land mammal, they shouldn’t be hard to see, but poaching has devastated population numbers. Park authorities have to be very cautious with any information they share about rhino numbers and regarding their whereabouts. An encounter, therefore, truly is a privilege.
Christmas is a special time to celebrate with family, and when it all goes well, you create wonderful memories together which endure for decades to come. At Christmas, you want to be able to enjoy each others’ company — and that doesn’t always equate to slaving away in the kitchen and trying to keep everyone entertained at home.
Nothing quite says luxury travel like an infinity pool: it’s a striking pinnacle of architectural design, but is also indicative of an extraordinary location. After all, what would be the point of having a pool like this unless the views were worthwhile staring at?
Animals and birds can hear even the quietest of 4x4 vehicles approaching. They sound different, they smell different. So if you want to really get close to wildlife in Africa’s national parks, to refrain from disturbing it at all, you have to travel another way. Walking safaris are one of our favourite options - you see everything in incredible details, and it is completely environmentally friendly - but you might struggle to cover distances of any length in the heat.
The Masai Mara takes its name from the Maasai tribe, whose tall, elegant physique and traditional bright red attire has captured the heart and attention of photographers from National Geographic to the BBC. Their ancestral savannah lands straddle the Kenyan-Tanzanian border. It’s an incredibly rich ecosystem of rain-fed grasslands, rivers, and trees, where millions of animals come to graze.
Namibia’s is a landscape made for walking. Yes, there are great expanses of desert, but even that is never empty, never dull. The world’s highest sand dunes give way to salt pans, and then to dry mountain vistas. Along the western shore, the blue of the Atlantic Ocean meet the fine golden coloured sand of the Skeleton Coast. On foot you are able to appreciate even the subtlest changes in nature’s colour scheme, in the undulation of the terrain, and to feel the breezes on your face. It’s also one of the best ways to appreciate the plants and wildlife; without the noise of an engine, you can often get remarkably close.