It’s hard to believe we are just six short weeks away from the end of this year! It’s undoubtedly been a banner year for world-wide travel and we hope you have participated in one way or another to experience your bit of post-covid ‘travel revenge’. We are so very grateful for all of our valued clients who joined us on safari this year! Vanessa, Victoria and Susan are all anxious to talk with you about their recent travels to Tanzania, Zambia and Kenya as there is no better travel guidance then from a travel professional who has just ‘been there and done that’.
Sadly, this has also been a year marked by world-wide turmoil, yet all the more reason to turn to travel, which can be a truly transformational experience in troubled times. As you gather around your Thanksgiving table, consider the opportunity that travel provides to see the world from a broader perspective, challenging preconceived notions and prejudices and exposing you, your family and friends to different cultures, lifestyles, and worldviews. Spending time in nature can also have a calming and rejuvenating effect, offering solace and perspective surrounded by the majesty of wildlife and the wilderness.
As you gear up to do your holiday shopping, we encourage you to opt for the gift of travel. Imagine the surprise and delight a 2024 or 2025 safari travel experience would bring! The memories of a shared safari adventure will last a lifetime. We can help you wrap your gift of travel with a personal African Portfolio touch; give us a call to discuss your plans. Here are just a few reasons to inspire the traveler in you:
Bucket List Destinations. Have you longed to see the great migration in Tanzania, observe the endangered mountain gorilla up close in Rwanda, or glide on a canoe through the waters of the mighty Zambezi in Zimbabwe or Zambia? For many, an African safari is the dream trip. If our recent history has taught us anything it’s that we shouldn’t delay our dreams to visit the continent’s most beautiful (and remote) destinations.
The Ultimate Family Gift. Whether you are a small family unit or a large multi-generational group, a safari has something for everyone. In addition to game drives, you’ll enjoy a multitude and variety of activities. Whilst they vary from country to country and lodge to lodge, activities may include bush walks and tracking in the Heart of Botswana, or night drives and horseback riding in diverse South African landscapes. Kids (and adults) can learn to identify spoor (poop!) and track wildlife, become a warrior in Kenya and have the chance to learn about cultures very different from their own.
Friends Traveling Together. An African safari offers a perfect opportunity to reconnect and spend time together. Safari camps are small and intimate – some small enough to book out completely for exclusive use. Friends looking for a combination of urban and safari exclusivity can make use of properties’ stand-alone villas, as highlighted in our Exclusive South Africa itinerary.
In giving the gift of travel, you are making a significant contribution to wildlife, wild places and the people and communities that surround them. The world is truly an interconnected place – travelers positively impact the destination they are visiting, simply by enjoying a magical travel experience. Your safari dollar contributes by multiples to those who depend on tourism for their livelihood. Thanks is in the giving!
In the words of Mark Twain, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”