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Tips for Taking Your Kids on Safari

African safaris are the things of bucket-list dreams. Who in their right mind would pass up the opportunity to watch animals in their natural habitat, roaming free as they were meant to? Who wouldn’t get excited about this chance of a lifetime?<p>My kids.<p>Of course, they liked the <i>idea</i> of a safari. I’d …

Required Reading: The New Safari

Essential reading for admirers of contemporary African design: “The New Safari” offers a look at landscapes, lodge architecture, and interior designs …

My African Safari

I never understood why anyone would fly 24-hours from California to the African bush only to potentially be eaten. After three days at the Madikwe Safari Lodge I get it.<p>The dichotomy of sheer luscious luxury in the midst of the brutal wild is as good as it gets. And you're safe because the person …

Wildlife

Best Safari? Botswana.

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>This year, my wife and I will be marking our 20th wedding anniversary – a fact to which our kids excitingly wanted to know, “where are we going to celebrate?”<p>Becoming an expert on family travel has pretty much mandated that we vacation with the children at every opportunity. …

Changing The Game In East Africa: Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti In Tanzania

“We’re trying to give people a different safari experience,” says James Kostecky, the general manager of Four Seasons’ just-finished resort in the storied Serengeti National Park. The idea, he explains, is to make tromping around the bush palatable to first-timers who may have been curious about …

The Ultimate New Safari Playground: Richard Branson's Mahali Mzuri In Kenya

“We’re stretching the boundaries of what a ‘tent’ and a ‘camp’ can be,” says Tarn Breedveld, the charismatic general manager of what I’m going to call Richard Branson’s new place on the edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. “We wanted to do something different and make a place you could plop …

Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater: The Coolest Safari Stop (PHOTO)

Behold the beauty of this totally breathtaking hole in the earth!<p>The Ngorongoro Crater is in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area of Tanzania, which was recently voted the best country for African safaris.<p>It should be no surprise that a place so stunningly beautiful would rank on top of that list. …

South African safaris for first-timers: 8 tips

<i>Update: Kruger National Park was affected by flooding in January 2012. Most of the camps are now open, but some access roads within the park and picnic spots remain closed. Take a look at the latest updates and get in touch with the park if you're planning a trip there.</i><p>A lifelong dream for many, a …

South Africa

The Cost of Our African Safari

We knew our safari in Tanzania would be a trip of a lifetime, and it was. We also knew it would cost us a lot more than our typical getaway, and it …

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Safari for You

Africa is a vast continent, and the possibilities for exploring it are endless. From gorilla-trekking expeditions in Uganda to Big Five game drives …

African Safari Secrets: The Best Places to Spot Lions in Africa

To mark the first World Lion Day, we've come up with a list of the best destinations and safari guides for seeing the lions of Africa.<p>Lions are one of Africa's iconic species, and yet they are under threat from habitat loss, conflict with humans, and many local factors. Seeing these social cats in …

How to Go On Safari For Under $300 A Day

A luxury African Safari can cost $2,500 per night, per person. We tell you how to plan one on a budget of less than $200 per day.<p>An African safari is on many traveler bucket lists, but the cost can be prohibitive for many. Top of the line lodges and camps like Little Mombo, in Botswana's Okavango …

Serengeti, Tanzania Safari Lodge

Terrace Suite<p>Take a dip in your private, infinity-edge plunge pool alongside views of the savannah, then rinse off in your outdoor shower before …

Dining Rooms

Tanzania: On a safari, animals and people are the riches of a poor nation

Fire was the last thing we expected on an African safari, but that's what we found when we arrived earlier this year in northern Tanzania for a long-anticipated safari. We stayed vigilant during our two-week trip, but the animals appeared unfazed. In time, so were we. We saw firsthand new grass …

Wildlife

Top 10 Unmissable African Safari Destinations

01 of 10<p>Located in the extreme southwest of the country on the border with Tanzania, Maasai Mara National Reserve is Kenya's quintessential safari …

Ultimate Safari Planner

For many, an African safari represents a once-in-a-lifetime dream trip. We’ve rounded up some of the best that the continent has to offer, but with a …

South Africa

The Emotional Nature of an African Safari

I have been designing and operating travel itineraries to Southern Africa for over 16 years. Because of that, I have been on safari in many regions …

African Lion Safari

African Lion Safari is a Canadian owned family business created in the name of conservation. What is different from the traditional approach of …

Which are the Best African Safaris

Who wants to experience an African Safari? Leave your children with grandma and grandpa and head out to see the real deal. There are few places where …

10 Safari Resolutions for 2014

We had our Extraordinary Journeys holiday party the other day, and after a "few" glasses of wine, we tried to come up with a safari experiences "bucket list." This basically devolved into a fight over who got to do what, but the result is an list of safari experiences that everyone on our team is …

Redefine The Safari Experience In Tswalu

What sets Tswalu apart is not so much its red sand dunes and sprawling grasslands — though those certainly make for spectacular viewing — but the completely relaxed pace and tasteful <i>Motse</i> (the local Tswana word for “village”) that create a safari unlike any other I’ve experienced.<p>After checking …

The World's Best Safari Lodges and Wilderness Escapes

We recently announced the launch of Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List for 2014—showcasing the very best hotels and cruise lines across the world, chosen by our readers. Today, we're highlighting the best African safari lodges and other wilderness vacation spots.<p>This week, we announced the launch of</i> …

Singita: The best safari lodges in all of Africa

IN THE FALL of 2013, Matador traveled to South Africa to learn more about one of the most successful safari brands on the continent: Singita.<p>In …

Wildlife

Top 15 Plunge Pools for Safari Lovers

We’ve combed through Southern and East African game reserves to find 15 safari lodges that include an extraordinary way to experience safari: <b>plunge</b> …

South Africa

5 Reasons to Visit Mozambique Now

Unspoiled, undeveloped, and untamed, Mozambique is fast-emerging on the international tourism circuit with its wild beauty and exotic influences. …

Indian Ocean

Carnival Time in Rio

<i>Cidade Maravilhosa</i> -- Wonderful City. This is the name the <i>Cariocas</i> (residents of Rio) fondly call their town -- and with good reason. A city of six million inhabitants, Rio de Janeiro has a special vibe all its own -- a Samba vibe, to be sure, and it all begins when we deplane at Tom Jobim, an …

A New Kind of Family Vacation!

As we head into 2014, I am excited about a new kind of travel-multigenerational Eco-immersion, an educational adventure. This is a fusion of a nuclear family vacation, a larger family reunion, student educational travel, a tour and renting a house somewhere cool. What we are talking about is …