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September 25th 2017  |  Shop  |  by  Renate

A variety of African safari lodges have boutiques selling gorgeous, locally made gifts.  Others can direct you to local artisans where you can buy handmade crafts straight from the workshops.  Many of your purchases will benefit communities and wildlife so if you are looking for Christmas inspiration, here are some ... Read more

September 18th 2017  |  Maldives, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda  |  by  Charlotte Opperman

Inside this issue of Drumbeat Autumn 2017: Jo explores Damaraland on a Namibia desert ride Louisa, based in the Scottish, office talks about her life arranging safari holidays Francis gives his top picks on mobile safaris Charlotte revisits the Skeleton Coast in Namibia We are thrilled to be supporting Saba ... Read more

August 25th 2017  |  Conservation Safaris, Kenya, Unique Experiences, Wildlife Safaris  |  by  Renate

Saba Douglas-Hamilton is both a well respected conservationist and charismatic safari camp owner.  In fact she's among our favourite people to work with at Aardvark Safaris.   An excellent guide too, Saba knows the local Samburu wildlife, particularly its elephants, intimately.  In advance of her forthcoming tour we have picked out ... Read more

September 4th 2017  |  Namibia, Riding Safaris, Unique Experiences  |  by  Jo Ainscough

Claiming to offer ‘the ultimate riding experience in the most hauntingly beautiful place on this planet’ is pretty bold.  But that’s exactly the promise Namibia Horse Safaris make on their website.  Would they, I wondered, as I joined their Damaraland ride a couple of months ago?  The answer, absolutely yes ... Read more

September 4th 2017  |  Kenya, Travel, Wildlife Safaris  |  by  Charlotte Opperman

Kenya has always been one of the top safari destinations in Africa. It has it all: wonderful people and culture, stunning scenery, good accessibility, and incredible wildlife. In many of the national parks and reserves, you have a great chance of seeing the ‘Big 5’ in one game drive. With diminishing ... Read more

July 27th 2017  |  Kenya, Tanzania, Unique Experiences, Wildlife Safaris  |  by  Richard Smith

Africa's great wildebeest migration is the biggest movement of animals on earth.  The annual trek from the southern plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania to Kenya’s Masai Mara, and back again, sees the wildebeest battle crocodile infested rivers, predatory lions, hyenas, and opportunistic leopards.  If you’re planning to include time ... Read more

July 19th 2017  |  Shop, Travel  |  by  Richard Smith

When I started to help plan holidays to Africa in 1999 the standard baggage allowance on light aircraft was just 12kg. Most safari destinations have increased this to 15kg and many have gone to 20kg. However this still doesn’t allow you to bring your whole library and the kitchen sink, ... Read more

July 5th 2017  |  Family Safaris, Travel  |  by  Charlotte Opperman

Travelling with children can be fun, but can also be stressful. We have planned countless family safari and beach holidays. We share our tips for making sure everyone has a relaxing holiday. Opt for a pool The traditional safari day means you’ll likely have some down time during the day.  ... Read more

June 30th 2017  |  Tanzania, Travel, Unique Experiences  |  by  Alice Gully

You don’t have to be a mountain goat to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  With the right planning and a bit of training, the summit of the world’s tallest free standing mountain is entirely accessible to anyone.  Here are some top tips from Aardvark Safaris: Go with a reputable company There are ... Read more

June 23rd 2017  |  Botswana, Maldives, South Africa, Tanzania, Unique Experiences  |  by  Charlotte Opperman

We've planned hundreds of African safari honeymoons and beach holidays. We've shared our honeymoon planning secrets here to ensure your African honeymoon is unforgettable for you both. Go quickly Wedding excitement fades fast. The fun and furious party space of the night before is likely a sticky-floored bomb-site the following ... Read more