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Susan’s Zambia Trip Report

I’m back!  I’ve just returned from my trip exploring two of Zambia’s National Parks – Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa. It was a spectacular week filled with adventure in the “Real Africa”.  I’m delighted to share some of the highlights with you…  Favorite Camps … My favorite camps in the Lower Zambezi National Park were [...]

October 23, 2014
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Where’s Diane?

We just had to share what Diane is doing right now … it’s an amazing story, and one we are all very proud of here at African Portfolio. Diane’s husband, Peter Lobel was born and raised in Zimbabwe. As you can imagine, the family has been through some very tough times in the past two decades, [...]

October 13, 2014
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A Perfect Day in Walker Bay

Every year, southern right whales migrate from their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica to warmer climates, reaching South Africa in June. The country’s coastal waters teem with the giant animals, breaching, calving (August – September), mating (October), rearing their young – and giving whale-watchers spectacular displays of raw power and elegant water acrobatics. The Western [...]

October 3, 2014
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Are You a Herbivore? How We Meet Your Dietary Needs on Safari…

The biggest issue you will likely have with regards to your diet on safari, is the fact that you will need to go on a diet after your safari. The food on a luxury safari is plentiful and excellent. Most safari camps that we book are able to accommodate all kinds of dietary needs, be [...]

September 17, 2014
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Visiting Traditional Communities in East Africa

Going on safari is not just about marveling at Africa’s rich wildlife, and jaw-dripping landscapes. It’s about meeting local people and enjoying the cross-cultural interaction. Visiting a local Maasai village, or going on a traditional hunt with a Kalahari Bushman has been as memorable for our clients as their first sighting of a lion, or [...]

August 22, 2014
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Languages You’ll Encounter on Safari and Making Connections

There are literally thousands of indigenous languages spoken in Africa and many more dialects. Every African country you visit will no doubt be home to more than a dozen (if not several hundred) languages, even the smaller countries. But because of the sheer amount of linguistic diversity, every African country has an official language (or [...]

July 30, 2014
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Under African Skies

One of our favorite things in Africa, is spending a night under the open African skies, and more and more camps and lodges allow us to “star bathe” at night. Want to know what you’re seeing up above? … There’s an app for that! Our favorite “star-beds” on safari … Lion Sands River Lodge – [...]

July 9, 2014
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To Beach or Not to Beach …

The idea of washing the safari dust off with a few nights at the beach is extremely compelling. Many of our honeymooners actually prefer to start at the beach, so they can wind down from the excitement of their wedding, and begin to relax into their new life as a married couple. But not every [...]

June 1, 2014
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Safaris in Malaria-Free Areas

While Malaria is a mosquito borne illness, only a small percentage of all mosquitos actually carry the potential to do any harm at all. The disease can only be spread by the female Anopheles mosquito, and only from a previously infected person, so it occurs predominantly in densely populated areas with poor sanitation (worldwide). A [...]

April 10, 2014
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Tourist Visa Information for US Passport Holders Traveling to Africa

We often find ourselves offering advice with regards to tourist visas, as they are a requirement for many African countries including Egypt, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya. In some cases you can get a visa on arrival at the airport, in others you will need to plan ahead and get one from the embassy in [...]

March 20, 2014
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Our Guide to Johannesburg’s (OR Tambo) International Airport

Have you looked at your flights and discovered you’ve got 2 to 3 (or even more) hours to kill in the International Departures Terminal of the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg? All of us here at African Portfolio would be thrilled with such a long layover! In fact, we count on those airport hours [...]

February 12, 2014
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Olduvai and the Mysterious Shifting Sands

Located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Olduvai Gorge is uniquely positioned on the road from the Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti. We are often asked whether a visit is “worth it” – especially when it comes to deciding whether to travel overland or fly between the two. We think the answer relates directly how [...]

January 13, 2014
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