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March 20th 2015  |   Travel, Unique Experiences, Tanzania  |  by   Richard Smith

Adventurous travellers looking for an alternative safari experience will enjoy the exciting new mountain bike safari in Tanzania. Starting in Tarangire National Park which is compact, beautiful and something of a hidden gem, guests ride into Lake Manyara National Park where habitat varies from grassy floodplains, acacia woodland and to ... Read more

March 19th 2015  |   Community Safaris, Kenya  |  by   Richard Smith
African boy taking antibiotics to cure blindness

Anyone who has travelled through or visited an African village on safari will know that people in many parts of rural Africa suffer from serious eye problems. Access to eye care is minimal and the statistics are shocking: Over 15{13c8d4b31df5f805556ed83a8829bbffcaa4563894948df0cae38482b102b43c} of the world’s blind population lives in Africa 80{13c8d4b31df5f805556ed83a8829bbffcaa4563894948df0cae38482b102b43c} of ... Read more

March 19th 2015  |   Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia  |  by   Richard Smith

Exclusive Safari Lodges A round up of ten of the most delightful places to get away from the masses, sit back and relax in tranquility in these hidden escapes in Africa. Ndomo Point House, Malawi If you’ve ever fantasised about escaping to your own private paradise then Ndomo Point House, a ... Read more

March 5th 2015  |   News  |  by   Richard Smith

***The raffle is now closed*** Are you passionate about Africa’s wildlife? Then you won’t want to miss out on this rare chance to win a conservation-focused safari for two worth $28,000* (£19,000*). Donated by Aardvark Safaris and its partners in Kenya in honour of Tusk’s 25th birthday, all proceeds go ... Read more

January 21st 2015  |   Drumbeat Newsletter  |  by   Richard Smith
Chalkley's Tree House Ivory Lodge, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Hot off the press: Drumbeat Spring 2015 Inside this issue of Drumbeat Spring 2015: How to enjoy your own private slice of Africa. Picks out some of the finest safari experiences on offer. Finds out what it’s like to get married in the African bush. Brian Jackman, one of the UK’s most ... Read more

December 12th 2014  |   Travel, Shop  |  by   Richard Smith
gifts for safari lovers - traveller's biscuits

From advanced selfie sticks to gift vouchers that aid conservation to a clip-on iPhone camera lens, we’ve pulled together our top ten gift ideas that we think will delight the African safari and wildlife fan in your life. Advanced Selfie Stick: Plymouth-based Selfie Pods have an advanced selfie stick available for ... Read more

November 24th 2014  |   South Africa  |  by   Richard Smith

Long ago, just after the end of apartheid and the release of Nelson Mandela had both been announced, two lads from Wiltshire flew to Durban in South Africa to spend a couple of weeks with a friend who’d studied, played hockey and worked in our locality for a year or two. Neither ... Read more

November 20th 2014  |   Family Safaris, South Africa  |  by   Richard Smith

At Aardvark we love planning family safaris so when Mark and Lucy Cooper from Hampshire, UK asked us to dream up a fabulous malaria free safari for first-timers we jumped at the chance. They wanted to contrast the wild adventure of safari with the cosmopolitan buzz of Cape Town with the ... Read more

November 16th 2014  |   Community Safaris, Wildlife Safaris, South Africa  |  by   Richard Smith

Phinda Private Game Reserve, from the &Beyond portfolio of properties, is a 23,000 hectare private game reserve in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal region. It lies between the Mkuze Game Reserve and the St. Lucia Wetland Park. Formed in 1990, the reserve’s diversity of habitat with seven distinct ecosystems is key to its richness ... Read more

November 11th 2014  |   Botswana, Wildlife Safaris, South Africa  |  by   Francis Naumann
Two Meerkats looking right

About Meerkats Meerkats abound in parts of South Africa and Botswana and, with fantastic family friendly safari camps, both countries can be perfect destinations for a family who'd like to meet meerkats in person. Read on to learn more about the best places to interact with meerkats and see our ... Read more