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July 14th 2014  |   Wildlife Safaris  |  by   Charlotte Opperman

Africa’s wildlife doesn’t always bite and there are a number of places where you can have encounters you would never have dreamed possible. If snuggling up to meerkat, tracking rhino, walking with elephant or chilling with chimps appeals let us know and we’ll give you some ideas for a really ... Read more

July 14th 2014  |   Drumbeat Newsletter  |  by   Sarah Durie

Hot off the press: Drumbeat Spring 2014 Inside this issue of Drumbeat Spring 2014: Our new look spring newsletter explores the best of Botswana and South Africa, Delves into the Congo where tracking lowland gorillas is proving a big hit, Re-visits Zimbabwe as it continues its re-emergence as a safari wonderland. ... Read more

July 14th 2014  |   Conservation Safaris  |  by   Charlotte Opperman

With rhino poaching at an all-time high in South Africa, two of Africa’s leading conservation companies, Great Plains Conservation and & Beyond, have joined forces to relocate some 100 rhino from South Africa to Botswana. Currently one rhino is being poached every nine hours. The official figure is 1,004 dead ... Read more

July 14th 2014  |   Tanzania  |  by   Gale Brown

Tanzania Beach Holidays Did you know that as well as offering spectacular safari holidays in its wonderful game rich reserves, Tanzania also has a stunning coastline which can provide a more relaxing alternative to the hustle and bustle of some of Zanzibar’s beach resorts? Some say this area is reminiscent ... Read more

July 14th 2014  |   Botswana, Riding Safaris  |  by   Jo Ainscough

Last December I took a magical riding safari through the Okavango Delta, perhaps the most famous game area in Botswana. I had a fantastic time, with spectacular game viewing, long gallops along open flood plains and swimming with my horse through some of the myriad of channels that make up ... Read more

July 14th 2014  |   Malawi  |  by   Jo Arkwright

Jo explores Malawi and finds a vibrant country full of smiling faces, interesting activities and lovely scenery. In day to day life I think we’re all guilty, myself included, of living in our own bubble. The reason I love my trips to Africa so much is that through its wild landscapes and inhabitants ... Read more

July 14th 2014  |   Botswana  |  by   Alice Gully

‘Everyone should do a private mobile safari before they die’. Maybe not the sort of view widely held among the general population, but a comment we are used to - and fully believe - at Aardvark Safaris. The latest to utter (actually re-utter in this case) these hallowed words of ... Read more

July 14th 2014  |   Tanzania  |  by   Victoria Langmead

Off Season Tanzania November is traditionally known as the end of the East African long, dry season, with the short rains bringing a welcome relief to the stark, parched land. In safari terms, November is often overlooked as a time to travel but as I discovered on my recent trip ... Read more

July 14th 2014  |   Mauritius  |  by   Alice Gully

Our last trip to Africa three years ago seemed a distant memory. Triplet girls and work commitments left us pretty short of time but with the girls 18 months old last November, we decided we could, finally, snatch a week away. Since I needed a rest than a full on ... Read more

July 14th 2014  |   South Africa  |  by   Victoria Langmead

With the very favourable South African rand/sterling exchange rate, one of Africa’s most varied destinations is right now at its most affordable. Charlotte has recently returned from a quick trip to Tswalu, one of our safari favourites, and Cape Town, and can report first hand on the incredible value on ... Read more