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Reasons to Safari in Southern Africa

August 28th, 2015, by Joanna Bielawski

Our Top 9 Reasons to Safari in Southern Africa

CAPE TOWN: THE BEAUTIFUL MOTHER CITY
Voted “Most Beautiful City in the World” by various top media, Cape Town is a “must see” for first-times to South Africa wit its iconic Table Mountain, sweeping ocan views and gastronomic delights. 

KRUGER PRIVATE GAME RESERVES: THE BIG FIVE
Guests are known to have spotted “The Big Five” in one morning in South Africa’s most famous reserve. A quick flight from Johannesburg, Kruger boasts the most
luxurious safari lodging.

MADAGASCAR: LEMURS AND LUSH FORESTS
The only place on earth to observe ever-evolving lemurs in the wild, this lush island nation of shimmering beaches and forests delights seasoned travelers with its intriguing Malagasy culture and welcoming people.

HWANGE NATIONAL PARK: ELEPHANTS EVERYWHERE
Tens of thousands of elephants, along with some 100 animal species, roam Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve. The vast grasslands recall the interior of Africa as it was more than 150 years ago. 

OKAVANGO DELTA: WORLD’S LARGEST INLAND DELTA
Flighseeing above Okavango’s lush islands, you’ll be struck by the immensity of the world’s largest inland delta. For fantastic birding, explore its endless waterways by mokoro; then, take game drives in search of wildlife. 

BEST FAMILY SAFARIS: MALARIA-FREE
Bursting with wildlife, easily accessible and malaria-free, several Southern African game parks rank top for family safaris. Check out South Africa’s Pilanesberg National Park and the Madikwe or Eastern Cape Game Reserve. 

KAFUE, LUANGWA AND LOWER ZAMBEZI RIVER: REMOTE ADVENTURE
For an extremely remote and exclusive safari experience, delve into the lush rivers and flood plains of Zambia’s Kafue; Luangwa, where walking safaris were pioneered; or the game-rich Lower Zambezi National Park. 

SOSSUSVLEI AND THE NAMIB DESERT: STRANGE LANDS
If you are seeking surreal photos of desolate landscapes or the solitary oryx, venture to the remote deserts of Namibia. Climb Soussusvlei’s red dunes, track black rhinos and be fascinated by the semi-nomadic Himba way of life. 

VICTORIA FALLS: “THE SMOKE THAT THUNDERS”
Crashing down the Zambezi River between Zimbabwe and Zambia, Victoria Falls is known by the locals as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders.” It’s recorded as the world’s largest curtain of falling water.

Reasons to Safari in East Africa

August 28th, 2015, by Joanna Bielawski

Our Top 9 Reasons to Safari in East Africa

THE AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK: MOUNT KILIMANJARO
After an adventure-filled day on safari, “magical” can only begin to describe the experience of sipping sundowners overlooking your lodge’s waterhole with Tanzania’s snow-clad Mount Kilimanjaro as your backdrop.

RWANDA AND UGANDA: GORILLAS IN THE MIST
From your lush eco-lodge in Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains and Parc National Des Volcans or Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, tread softly and observe in wonder the families of rare, habituated mountain gorillas.

LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY: SAVING RHINOS
Northern Kenya’s popular, family-friendly wildlife-viewing destination, Lewa is lauded for its groundbreaking rhino rehabilitation efforts. Experience an understanding of wildlife, and an authentic interaction with the local community.

MAHALE MOUNTAINS: ENDANGERED CHIMPANZEES
With its golden beaches framed by jungle-covered peaks along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania’s beautiful, isolated Mahale Mountains are home to some 1,000 of the last remaining chimpanzees in Africa.

MASAI MARA AND SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK: THE GREAT MIGRATION
The annual Great Migration of millions of wildebeest and other herbivores across East Africa’s Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is one of the greatest spectacles in the natural world — the perfect “Out of Africa” safari.

NGORONGORO CRATER: WORLD’S LARGEST
Acclaimed for being one of the greatest natural wonders of the planet, Tanzania’s great unbroken caldera is the world’s largest crater. Prepare to be awed as you observe
the calliope of wildlife.

SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE: THE SPECIAL FIVE
Kenya’s pastoral Samburu tribe welcomes you to the land of “the special five” — the Grevy’s zebra, the Somali blue-necked ostrich, the Beisa oryx, the reticulated giraffe and the dainty gerenuk.

SELOUS GAME RESERVE: VAST AND UNTOUCHED
For those desiring a wild and rugged safari in an untouched land, Tanzania’s Selous is the answer. Africa’s biggest game reserve is even larger than Switzerland.

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK: BAOBABS AND ELEPHANTS
Majestic baobabs dwarf the herds of elephants that feed beneath them in Tanzania’s Tarangire. The park’s permanent river serves as a lifeline for the Maasai people
and a great diversity of wildlife.

African Travel, Inc.’s New President Announces the Era of Immersive Travel

August 21st, 2015, by Sherwin Banda

African Travel, Inc.’s New President Announces the Era of Immersive Travel

Sherwin Banda is grateful that recent high-profile events have increased awareness about the importance of responsible, sustainable tourism in Africa.

“The allure of Africa is multi-faceted, but so are the challenges facing the continent,” said the South Africa-born hotelier, who was appointed president of African Travel, Inc. earlier this month. “Fortunately, travelers are beginning to recognize and prioritize the importance of supporting long-lasting initiatives, ensuring Africa remains vibrant and diverse for generations to come. This is where safari outfitters like African Travel, Inc. can really make a difference, by offering unique and exciting programs encouraging travelers to actively participate in conservation.” 

Banda, who was born and raised in Cape Town, has spent more than 17 years in the international hospitality industry including various positions in South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He is renowned for his personalized approach to customer care and passionate devotion to all things Africa, particularly in terms of reducing the industry’s carbon footprint. Banda’s proven dedication to optimizing resource efficiency fits perfectly with African Travel, Inc.’s mission to protect endangered wildlife, ecosystems, and communities.

“Africa continues to be a must-visit travel destination, but travelers now want to give back to the communities they visit and leave a legacy of their own,” said Banda. “African Travel, Inc. provides numerous ways for guests to invest in Africa’s future by donating their time, expertise, or physical labor to projects in East and Southern Africa. We are heralding the new age of culturally, immersive trips.” 

African Travel, Inc., which was recently ranked the #3 top Safari Outfitter in Travel + Leisure’s coveted 2015 World’s Best Awards, supports numerous philanthropic programs and collaborates with the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organization working to preserve the environment and communities affected by tourism. Other partners include The Amy Foundation, which contributes to community building programs in Cape Town, and WildAid, whose mission is to reduce global consumption of wildlife products and end the illegal wildlife trade. 

“I love that I work for a company where we get to make a difference in the world, but also make our guest’s dreams come true,” said Banda. “For a moment in time, an irrevocable and irreversible moment, we have touched people’s lives in a way that not many industries can claim to. When travelers depart on an African Travel, Inc. itinerary, they are giving back to Africa, but also bringing meaning into their own lives. 

This I know for sure: You can leave Africa, but Africa never leaves you.”

 

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