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Sherwin's #TTCTOP10 BUCKET LIST

January 13th, 2020, by Sherwin Banda
A new year brings new adventures and I’m eager to fill it with travels.  I’m blessed to have been born in Africa and look forward to discovering new places and rediscovering favorites on the continent.  I also can’t wait to explore a few new destination experiences with my family recommended by my The Travel Corporation colleagues.   Whether you like going it alone or in a group, traveling as a family, or a couple, I hope my #TTCTop10 Bucket List inspires you!
 

My Top 7 Africa Places

The next ‘it’ family spot

Africa is a wonderful place to experience with family.  While I love showing my son my South African homeland, I can’t wait to take my family on our Beyond the Rainbow to Zimbabwe. The country is somewhat overlooked and unexplored but you’ll not only be awed with a different perspective on Victorial Falls, but also by some of the greatest game-viewing on land and water safaris.  For another fantastic family option, especially mutli-gen gatherings, I recommend Best of Botswana and Victoria Falls.  
 

Conservation and meaningful connections

So many travelers want authentic connections and to help the planet. My answer:  go to Kenya!  At Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, for instance, you’ll learn about their rhino rehabilitation efforts and experience wildlife through horse and walking safaris.  In Kenya’s north, visit the singing wells of the Samburu tribe and observe the warriors perform an age-old tradition as they chant and collect water for their cattle. I plan to visit Kenya with my son and add a 4-day ME to WE experience helping a local northern Maasai Mara community. It’s a great way for him fulfill a class project with real world impact and for us to experience giving back together.  

 

Botswana’s new eco-safari lodge

Wherever I travel, I always look for ways to re-connect with nature, so I am very excited about Xijera, the new Red Carnation Hotel Collection safari lodge.  It’s set in the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta where wildlife viewing is incredible.  The area is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Africa, where over a third of the continent’s elephants roam.  I can’t wait!

 

Extraordinary Adventure

For my more adventurous friends, and anyone looking to be surprised by the extraordinary, I highly recommend our Discover Rwanda.  The country’s variety of wildlife viewing and new lodges is drawing travelers but it’s the people and the beauty of “the land of a thousand hills,” that is stealing hearts. A tip though, permits are limited to see the country’s star attraction—the endangered mountain gorilla—so start planning now. 

 

Ultimate desert safari

I always like to look for new ways to go off the beaten path on safari. Namibia Desert Escapes, African Travel’s flying safari, delivers this with a one-of-a-kind desert safari exploration in one of the most other-worldly places on the planet.  I’m always amazed by Namibia’s contrasts and love to explore the wildlife rich Etosha National Park, the red sand dunes of Sossusvlei and shipwrecks along the Skeleton Coast.  Creatures here continually adapt to their harsh environment, which is really something to behold.

 

Africa’s magical islands

The islands of Africa from Mozambique to Zanzibar are often overlooked but are some of my favorites. They boast pristine beaches and are easily combinable with a safari experience. Right now, I’m fascinated by one and Magical Madagascar is calling.  Often referred to as the eighth continent, this island is home to 5 percent of the world’s wildlife and vegetation. The year-round 70-degree Indian Ocean is also a huge draw to me, as is seeing 11 species of lemurs!

 

South Africa’s winelands provide more than award-winning grapes.

A taste of South Africa

And finally, I can’t miss recommending South Africa! I’m especially eager to tuck into the culinary scene in and around Cape Town.  Wolfgat, recently voted #1 in the World’s Restaurant Awards, and beautiful wine regions like Stellenbosch and Hemel-en-Aarde are just a road trip from the city. As a special carrot to kick start a journey, we’re offering $1,000* off per couple on our most popular trip the Southern Explorer. So, you have no excuses!
 

And a few more places I can’t wait to visit…

Old world charm across the Atlantic

I called London home for several years and am excited to return for a friend’s wedding. Since it will be my son’s first time, I’m excited to revisit iconic attractions and new places through an Evans and Evans tour. While on that side of the Atlantic, exploring the Emerald Island through Intimate Ireland, a Brendan Vacations private chauffeur driven journey is tempting.  Staying at Ashford Castle will be an adventure my son will love.
 

My secret gift splurge

Egypt is steadily gaining attention as a safer destination and an amazing way to explore ancient civilization.  This time I’d like to see it on Uniworld’s Splendors of Egypt and The Nile and then journey further into the region with our Secrets of Jordan. While you may be in awe of Petra and the Bronze Age settlements in Jerash, I’m most eager to see local women’s association, Iraq Al Amir, and purchase their handcrafted gifts for my friends and family.  

 

Pura Vida family time

I’m intrigued by Costa Rica and want to take my son gliding along the canals of Tortuguero under the watchful eyes of colorful toucans and trek the Pura Vida playground along the slopes of the Arenal Volcano. I suspect Trafalgar’s Monkeys, Jungles and Volcanoes will help bring out the child in all of us.   
 

A Guide to the Best African Safari

January 10th, 2020, by Joanna Bielawski

With its diversity of extraordinary wildlife, mesmerizing lands, cultures and cuisines, it’s no surprise Africa ranks high on travel wish lists.  At a time when popular destinations are challenged by over-tourism, Africa has more than enough room.  From iconic to emerging destinations, we’ve compiled a guide to help you choose the best African safari.   

 

New Flights = Exciting Trip Combos


Having trouble figuring out flights? No worries!  More direct and nonstop flights from the US to South Africa and Kenya have made it easier to reach Africa.  Plus, better interconnecting flights between a multitude of top safari destinations have created new trip pairings for those looking to maximize their time. 

Recommended Safari for Contrasts: We know the best ways to fly around the continent. On our Enchanting East Africa journey, experience game drives on the grassy plains of Kenya, plane hop to Tanzania’s Serengeti, and relax at a blissful retreat on spice island of Zanzibar.
 

Southern Africa for FOMO & First-timers


There’s a reason South Africa draws first-time and repeat visitors—with its Big Five safari experiences and a welcoming Rainbow Nation of diverse cultures, it’s ideal for anyone seeking variety.  The coastal capital of Cape Town dazzles with food, art and architecture, while just a road trip away the winelands of Constantia, Franschhoek and Stellenbosh lure visitors for their grapes as much as their incredible restaurants and art scene.   Bursting with wildlife, and malaria-free, South Africa’s game reserves boast some of the most luxurious safari lodges. They’re also in close proximity to Zambia’s Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park in Botswana, in case you need to pack it in for that FOMO traveler.  

Recommended Safari for the Highlights: Southern Explorer is our most popular adventure for good reason! It combines the best of Cape Town, a safari in Kruger National Park and the thunderous majesty of Victoria Falls.
 

Make Travel Matter in Kenya


We‘ve found our guests are setting out with a greater sense of purpose, seeking profound experiences with a positive impact on communities and wildlife.  Kenya offers one of the best places to make a difference, whether it’s engaging with wildlife through an elephant rehabilitation or rhino tracking program, to experiencing the singing wells tradition of the Samburu tribe during the dry season when their warriors chant while collecting water for their livestock. 

Recommended Safari to Give Back:  Captivating Kenya is a great itinerary to engage in Kenya’s conservation story. For those looking to help build a school and contribute to the Maasai economy, add-on the 4-day ME to WE Adventure
 

Adventure seekers will love Namibia


For adventurous travelers looking to explore the world’s remote and uncrowded corners—there’s no place like Namibia. The diversity of this country is revealed through an evocative exploration of the Skeleton coast desert and shipwreck strewn shorelines, to game drives showcasing the magnitude of wildlife like Cape fur seals, black-backed jackals,  brown hyenas and the largest cheetah populations in the world.  Don’t miss Damaraland, home to the largest free-roaming black rhino population in Africa and tracking these creatures with Save the Rhino Trust.   

Recommended Safari for Less Crowds: Deserts and Dunes of Namibia reveals awe-inspiring wonders on a flying safari. Explore the wildlife sanctuary of Etosha, the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei, and the raw beauty of the Skeleton Coast.
 

Nature lovers head to Botswana


If you want to immerse yourself in nature, Botswana awaits. Home to thriving waterways and rich wildlife sanctuaries, the country offers an unmatched safari experience. Visit the Okavango Delta, see the desert-adapted creatures of the Kalahari region with its ancient baobabs, and don’t miss the Chobe National Park where elephants rule.  Open vehicle game drives, walking, mokoro (canoe) and boating safaris offer unique perspectives on this wild kingdom. Botswana is also considered the gold standard when it comes to sustainable ecotourism practices in Africa, which you’ll experience in luxury camps and lodges.  

Recommended Nature Safari:  Deltas, Rivers and Falls has the beauty of the Zambezi River, magnificent sunsets on the Chobe River and the intricacies of the Okavango Delta, culminating with a magnificent safari on Chief’s Island, home to Botswana’s richest wildlife concentration.
 

We Know Africa’s Islands


For sun lovers looking for an add-on to safari, Africa’s islands await.  Here’s our mini guide to some of the continent’s best beaches:
•    Mauritius: Its luxury resorts are a perfect complement to a Southern Africa safari.  
•    Seychelles: These famous islands are a haven for couples, fishing enthusiasts or families.  
•    Madagascar: More rustic, but epic in its beach, rainforest and wildlife experiences, the island is known as “the eighth continent” for its biodiversity.
•    Zanzibar:   An easier alternative to Seychelles with the same punch. The exotic spice island pairs well with Tanzania.   

Recommended beach safari: Magical Madagascar will steal your explorer’s heart. Five percent of the world’s wildlife, including its famous lemurs, and vegetation, from rainforests to prized orchids, are found only here. So go see it! Don’t miss the French-Malagasy welcome in the colorful capital Antananarivo.
 

World Rhino Day 2019

September 19th, 2019, by African Travel

As World Rhino Day approaches on September 22, African Travel, Inc. encourages travelers to celebrate the species and support the future of these critically endangered animals.

In honor of The Travel Corporation's (TTC) 100-year anniversary, African Travel, Inc., will donate $100 per couple traveling on the Majestic South Africa itinerary in support of rhino conservation.

This incredible 10-day journey begins in Cape Town, the stunning port city crowned by the natural beauty of Table Mountain.   Over four nights, guests will enjoy 5-stary luxury at the Table Bay Hotel on the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and feast on African, Afrikaans and European flavors at the hotel’s Camissa Brasserie.  From its culinary scene, to its natural beauty, the best of South Africa’s Mother City is revealed as guests explore the majestic coastline of the Cape Peninsula, the crowd-pleasing penguins of Boulders Beach, or the rich and charming winelands of Franschhoek, the gourmet capital of the Cape.

The $100 per couple donation in their name will go towards the building of the rhino boma at Shamwari. a haven to rehabilitate injured or orphaned rhino until they are strong enough to be released back into the wild. Guest can also visit the Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre which helps to rehabilitate and care for sick, injured, abandoned or orphaned animals under the care of their professional veterinary team. Once these animals have been nursed back to health, they are released back into their natural habitat.

For a bird’s eye view of Shamwari and African Travel, Inc.’s partnership and support of them, watch the video below.

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