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Here is the low down on the various options in the Serengeti from the upfront and searingly honest Safari Expert Marc Harris – Africa Odyssey.

The Best Camp in Africa

Chiawa night hippo

Chiawa was awarded the highest accolade: ‘Best Camp in Africa’ in 2011; we caught up with Grant Cumings and found out what they’ve been up to in 2012.

Singita Opens Mara River Tented Camp

Singita Mara

Singita opens a new camp in the Serengeti: ‘a pared-down approach to the quintessential Singita safari without compromising on any creature comforts’.

'Only idiots go there'

Jack's Camp

The world is opening and up and closing in; harsh environments which were once feared are now added to the luxury traveller’s wishlist, and we’re not just talking Africa.

Jaci's Lodge Photo Safaris a Success

Jaci's Lodge - Wild Dogs

Focusing on photography, and with professional photographers as guides, Jaci’s Lodges in South Africa have hit upon a popular safari for their guests.

Panic! What to Pack?!!

Suitcase

You’ve chosen your safari, your flights are booked, you’ve checked your passport is in date and your neighbour has taken the dog. Almost there, you’ve just got to pack.

Celebrities fall for Kenya

Jennifer Anniston

Celebrities smitten with Kenya! Kate Middleton fell in love with Kenya and said ‘I do’ to Prince William at the foothills of Mt Kenya, Jennifer Anniston is next.

Which Beach?

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a given for anyone looking for the idyll of white beaches (remember the Bounty ad?) and heady exotic aromas. BUT where oh where to stay? Marc Harris gives a candid account of what to expect.

Ta Shebube Opens New Camps 2013

Kgalagadi

Ta Shebube’s three new safari camps, Rooiputs, Polentswa and Union’s End, are set to open in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park next year.

Journey into the Unknown

Asilia Rubondo

An uninhabited island covered in pristine sub-tropical forest where elephant and giraffe are dwarfed by ancient trees? That’s the place for me.

Review: Camp Kalahari

Camp Kalahari

Offering a return to the safari style of the explorer, Camp Kalahari is the fresh and affordable way to experience the Makgadikgadi.

Project Luangwa is Telling Tales

Project Luangwa

Getting children reading is no new idea, but Project Luangwa has found a way for anyone to get the right type of books into the hands of children in the South Luangwa: Amazon!

The Ultimate Safari?

Loisaba star beds

Where would the Safari Expert choose for his ultimate Safari? We asked Specialist Tour Operator and Safari Awards Judge Ingram Casey what would be his ultimate safari.

News from the Shire

Robin Pope Safaris

Emma from Robin Pope Safaris’ Mkulumadzi Lodge gives us an insider’s view of what goes on in the heart of the African Bush.

Why Kenya?

Kenya map

Within the borders of a single country, you will find game-rich savannahs, timeless cultures, pristine beaches and reefs, equatorial forests, snow-capped mountains, searing deserts and cool highlands.

&Beyond is Helping Save the Rhino

Rhino

&Beyond remains deeply committed to making a significant long-term contribution to the conservation of Africa’s wilderness and biodiversity, including the critically endangered rhino.

Safaris with a Twist: Part 2

Beyond Safaris runners

Safaris which are literally off the beaten track; part 2: Beyond Safari Consultants is offering the chance to train with Kenyan runners at Altitude: not for the faint-hearted or bandy-legged!

Safaris with a Twist: Part 1

TripAfrica

A couple of safaris which are literally off the beaten track; part 1: TripAfrica has come up with a ‘survival’ safari!

Wild Dogs = Healthy Ecosystem

Wild Dogs - Mara Plains

Mara Plains Camp reports sightings of wild dogs in the Mara; the first in memory and a clear indicator that the ecosystem is fighting fit.

&Beyond to Donate Rhino to Botswana

Rhino

Poaching is depleting the rhino population in South Africa to such an extent that &Beyond are preparing to move 6 white rhino from their private reserve to Botswana in order to protect the rhino and secure their survival.

Good Safari Guide Directories

Good Safari Guide 2011

The annual Good Safari Guide is a printed independent directory of the winners and finalists of The Safari Awards, voted for by over 450 experiences ‘safari specialist’ tour operators and 1,800 travellers, from Los Angeles to Tokyo.

Chongwe River House Refurb

Chongwe River House

Designed by Neil Rocher and built in 2006, award winning Chongwe River House has recently enjoyed a refurbishment overseen by Gillie Lightfoot (founder of Zambian companies Tribal Textiles and Jackal and Hide).

Safari Awards 2011

Safari Awards

Relive the excitement with the movers and shakers of the safari industry in Durban, May, 2011.

Kwande Fish River Lodge

Kwandwe Fish River Lodge

The founding and flagship Great Fish River Lodge reopened earlier this month following an interior redesign.

Let's Hear it for the Girls

Norman Carr Mchenja Camp

Norman Carr Safaris invite the Chipembele Girls’ Club on a game drive and for tea with the Mchenja Camp guests, where the word of the day was ‘Wow’!

Chick Lit is Out

Reading in Bed

According to a Travelodge poll of the last 12 months’ (21,786) books left behind by guests, ‘chick lit’ and celebrity biographies are out and fantasy is in.

Tafika Camp

Tafika Camp

Tafika Camp in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.

Malaria- a Disease of the Past?

Chibale on Malaria

A compound discovered by a University of Cape Town Drug Discovery Programme could be the answer for malaria prevention and cure.

Review: Fundu Lagoon

Fundu Lagoon

With three bars, a fusion spa and an infinity pool, all with fabulous views of the Indian Ocean, Fundu Lagoon is THE place to honeymoon, to Christmas, or just hang out and go diving or fishing with some friends. And did we mention that children (the smaller, scream-ier ones) are politely barred! Fundu is the frequent overall winner of ‘The … Read More

Green Traveller

Green Globe

Lodges and operators are working hard to be ‘green’, with renewable energy and recyclable materials, it’s time the guests put in their dollar’s worth and opted out of being just a tourist.

Nkwichi Lodge: World Saver

Nkwichi Lodge

Nkwichi Lodge is the winner of a Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Award in the ‘Doing It All’ category for small resorts.

Norman Carr's Chinzombo- a First

Chinzombo in the majestic wilds of Luangwa, Zambia is nearing completion and promises to be a first not only in design but in commitment to its green ideology.

Penioner Steals Eggs

There’s life in the old cat yet: an ancient nomadic leopard scales 25m to steal eggs from the nest of a fish eagle. Londolozi’s Adam Bannister bears witness.

What's changing in Malawi?

Malawi Nyika National Park

Malawi has been nominated again for ‘Best Tourism Board in Africa’. What is it that Malawi Tourism Board is achieving for its country that others are not?

Loisaba Wilderness

Luxurious and authentically African: your dream luxury getaway retreat awaits you in Kenya at Loisaba.

Luangwa Safari House

This 8 bedded unique house designed by Neil Rocher is the perfect safari destination for a family or group.

Royal Malewane

A guest’s experience of Royal Malewane and all the incredible wildlife viewing. We love Royal Malewane!

Kids Welcome

Can you take kids on safari? Ol Donyo Lodge says ‘yes, definitely!’.

Best Seats at the Back of the Bus

Vintage Africa Guide

Safari drives are a great way of spotting wildlife, mainly because of the knowledge of the guide and tracker. But what to do when you are not sat directly behind the guide? Vintage Africa has the solution.

School's Out at Karen Blixen Camp

Karen Blixen School

Karen Blixen has had an extraordinarily busy year, opening schools in everything from forestry to IT to empower the local Maasai.

Potato Bush Camp Reopens

Lower Zambezi Canoe (Sausage Tree Camp)

With just four tents, Potato Bush Camp is an intimate setting to view the Zambezi River and escarpment. First established in 1998, the camp has been lovingly brought back to life and reopens this August.

Once in a Blue Moon

Blue Moon

According to folklore, the term ‘blue moon’ refers to the second full moon in a calendar month. There will be two full moons this August 2012.

A day in the life of Hielke

Fish Eagle

Just what does an Activities Manager get up to on a given day on Quilalea Resort in Mozambique? Find out below in Hielke’s own words.

Pondoro Lodge Guests Watch a Leopard Kill

Not for the faint-hearted: a leopard hunts and kills a large warthog in the Kruger National Park. Pondoro Lodge guests are right at the scene to ‘enjoy’ the amazing natural event.

The Rescue of Bomani

Bomani the elephant

Bomani arrived at the Nursery bewildered and agressive towards the Keepers. It was not long though with the comforting rumbles of Tano, little Kithaka and Barsilinga that he soon realised that everyone was here to help him.

Sheldrick Trust Saves Orphan Bomani

Bomani the elephant

An orphan elephant reaches out to some humans for help, and luckily finds the Sheldrick Trust. This is a heartwarming story and an insight into not only the work that Sheldrick does, but into the extraordinary social behaviour of elephants.

Change of Address

Lions on the move up to Malawi

This August 4 lions are making their way up from South Africa to their new home in Malawi’s Majete Wildlife Reserve, all thanks to the generosity of Robin Pope Safaris.

Jack's Camp

The dramatic Makgadikgadi Pans is the backdrop to the striking and uncompromisingly unique Jack’s Camp in Botswana.

Swim for Nsumbu

Lake Tanganyika

‘Swim for Nsumbu’ pits a few brave and concerned people against whatever is found in Lake Tanganyika to bring attention to the plight and needs of Nsumbu National Park.

Chiawa Camp

Chiawa Camp Choir provide the rhythmic accompaniment to this atmospheric video showcasing the fabulous Chiawa and Old Mondoro Camps on the Lower Zambezi.

The Whales are Back!

Grootbos Villa Entrance

The Southern Right Whales are back for their annual world-acclaimed 6 months’ long performance – and Grootbos is the place to see them!

World Tourism Day & Sustainable Energy

World Tourism Day

With millions of people travelling the world each year, never before have so many people been to so many places, nor been so exposed to other cultures. WTD promotes tolerance, peace and this year- sustainable energy.

Migration Update from Asilia Africa

Migration of Wildebeest by Asilia Africa

Asilia Africa’s camps occupy the prime wildlife location of Eastern Africa and are privy to some of the most miraculous natural phenomena on the planet: migrations. Keep up to date by hearing what their guides are reporting this week.

Botswana's New Diamond

Selinda Explorers Camp Mess Tent

Opening 15 August 2012! Great Plains’ Explorers Camp has just four tents and is a new concept camp for Botswana; an exclusive-use camp located on the banks of the Selinda Spillway.