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Praise from Tanzania

Praise from Tanzania
An email just came in this morning which made me smile:“Jeff, sipping a glass of wine under my mosquito net in our fabulous camp Maramboi.  I have never seen so many stars in my life, still enjoying the memories of our afternoon in the Tarangire national park where we saw LOTS of elephant, giraffe, zebra, gazelle, wart hogs, a jackal, plenty of birds, antelope, monkeys, mongoose, and more!!!!!! No cats yet but we have a wakeup call for 6:00am tomorrow.  Wonderful news about the upgrade. . . So far everything has exceeded my expectations. . . . My daughter and I are in HEAVEN!!!!!” – Katharine de BarruetaI love getting updates from our travelers in the field, especially when they’re really connecting with the place, people and surrounding environment as you once did. It reminds you of your own fond memories. For me, Katharine’s comments bring back the honey colored sunset...
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Confidently book your safari to Southern Africa

Confidently book your safari to Southern Africa
Considering travel to Africa but worried about cancellation penalties and non-refundable deposits? Many of our partner lodges in Southern and Eastern Africa have decided that they will waive cancellation penalties* if a trip is cancelled as result of an Ebola Outbreak confirmed by the World Health Organization in any of the countries listed in your itinerary.  The following itineraries benefit from this new policy: Botswana: The Great Wilderness Journey Botswana Safari in the Okavango Delta Botswana Green Season Safari Namibia: Wild Namibia Explorer Diverse Namibia Adventure Best of Namibia Adventure Zambia: All safaris in Zambia Tanzania and Kenya: Best of Serengeti and Maasai Mara Safari Savanas and Silverbacks Tanzania and Zanzibar Honeymoon  *Waiving cancellation penalties is contingent on traveler taking out comprehensive Travel Insurance, which is already a requirement on many trips. You must first file a claim with your travel insurance company and then any shortfall will be made up...
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Delving Deep into Southern Africa

Delving Deep into Southern Africa
This April and May I spent three weeks on safari covering a huge swath of Southern Africa from Zimbabwe to Zambia to Botswana to South Africa. While clocking over 1 year total in combined time on various trips to Africa I had not yet been to some of the famed parks of Southern Africa and to be honest I was bit unprepared for how impressive this part of Africa would be and the lasting memories I’d take home. I've written a series of blogs highlighting some of the destinations I found most interesting during my safari, I saw way too much to squeeze into one blog.   Unique Habitat and Exceptional Game on Safari in Hwange Favorite Lodges and Awesome Fishing in Mana Pools Victoria Falls: Zambia vs Zimbabwe Your guide to safaris in the Okavango Delta In addition, I created a photo gallery from my trip: Keeping it wild, Jeff Stivers...
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Your guide to safaris in the Okavango Delta

Your guide to safaris in the Okavango Delta
Flying over the Okavango Delta is an incredible experience. The sheer size of the delta is hard to grasp when viewing it on a map or Google Earth and it seems endless when viewing it in person. When fully spread out it covers an area nearly 155mi by 95mi with 290 billion gallons of water. The elevation change over this huge area is only about 215 feet so that means the water slowly creeps in over months to reach its furthest extent. What would otherwise be flat Kalahari dessert is a rich mixture of grasslands, woodlands and papyrus swamps which consume some 60% of the waters with the rest mostly lost through evaporation. It’s heaven for wildlife and a real treat for any visitor. I traveled around extensively within the area and instead of getting lost in the details of each area I’d like to provide some basic observations about what...
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Unique Habitat and Exceptional Game on Safari in Hwange

Unique Habitat and Exceptional Game on Safari in Hwange
After a quick flight or drive from Victoria Falls on your safari in Africa you'll find one of the most famous and largest National Parks of Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park. What struck me about this area is how dry and flat it is. The soil is comprised of coarse grayish white Kalahari sand which gives off hardly any dust when you drive, a rarity on safari. It holds in very little heat so the daily temperature swings are extreme and can easily be over 35 degrees Fahrenheit. In the morning you’re bundled up and by mid morning you’re stripping off layers. The unique feature of this area and why it’s become a renowned national park is its high water table which in turn leads to standing ponds of water called pans. When water is plentiful the wildlife disperses into the teak and mopane woodlands to forage for food, but in the...
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