Tag: safari

Friends with Benefits

Where you’ll find one, you’ll find the other. It’s no coincidence that the zebra and wildebeest are BFFs. They naturally protect and provide for each other.

Both zebras and wildebeests are grazers, which means the diets of both species consist of grass. Yet they are never in competition for food. That’s because the wildebeest’s mouth is shaped to allow it to grip the shoots of short grass. The zebra, however, prefers chowing down on the longer grass, chomping it down to the ideal length for the wildebeest to easily be able to savor.

 

IN TOUCH: Interview with Dawn Santillo


Meet Dawn, an Event Travel Coordinator based in our Sarasota, Florida office. Her job is to share good news with our clients! Today she chats for a minute about why it’s such a great gig. She also provides a glimpse into her exciting upcoming adventure.

Why Hippos Don’t Eat Fish: An African Folktale

Hippos

When God was giving each animal a place in the world, the pair of hippos begged to be allowed to live in the cool water which they so dearly loved. God looked at them, and was doubtful about letting them live in the water: their mouths were so large, their teeth so long and sharp, and their size and appetites were so big, He was afraid that they would eat up all the fish.

Kudos to the Kudu!

Kudu

Did you know? Legend has it that the kudu is God’s favorite antelope! After creating the very first kudu, God held its face in His hands, looked into its eyes and exclaimed, “You are SO beautiful!” and kissed the kudu smack on the nose! And that’s why the kudu bears the fingerprints of God. You can see them on the sides of every kudu’s face.

IN TOUCH: Video Interview with Pedro Roque

Meet Pedro Roque, one of our safari tour guides in South Africa. We were fortunate to chat with him here in our office on his recent visit to North America. We asked him 3 questions:

  1. What inspired you to become a safari tour guide?
  2. What is your favorite part of the job?
  3. Where do you like to go on vacation?

His passion is contagious. Got a minute? You will enjoy getting to know him if you haven’t already.

CNN Recommends South Africa

CNN Recommends South Africa - The Place To Holiday

While the Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, CNN is recommending South Africa as THE place to holiday.

Titled 23 beautiful reasons to visit South Africa CNN’s post features a slideshow of spectacular images that celebrate what they consider to be the best places to see in the Rainbow Nation.

Rock On!

Ancient Rock Formation - Humala River Lodge

Humala River Lodge is tucked away in a most extraordinary spot, a magical 124,000-acre African wilderness – Songimvelo Game Reserve. Though wonderfully remote, there is much to do: Witness elephants and other magnificent wildlife on safari; angle for wild Yellow Fish in the river; catch some rays at the pool, and be pampered at the bush spa. But a unique highlight here is the opportunity to view Stone Age art carved and painted on rocks that are 3.5 billion years old.

Don’t Fence Me In

Elephants Walking

If wild animals could sing, they might just be found bellowing the lyrics of this classic Cole Porter song:

Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above, don’t fence me in…

Wildlife needs a whole lot of room to roam. This is especially important during migration, when they trek great distances to find food, water and safe areas to birth and care for their little ones. In the case of the African elephant, their “little ones” are about 200 pounds when born.

Top 9 Tips For An Amazing Vacation

Travel South Africa On the Road To Happiness

Does the thought of going on vacation inspire feelings of joy? It should! There are nine secrets to a happy vacation, according to the new “Road to Happiness Study,” which quantifies the connection between happiness and travel. Results of the study revealed some key elements of the happiest vacations. We think our range of experiences in South Africa make a perfect fit!

Fly South African Airways from Washington Dulles or New York's Kennedy Airport to Johannesburg

Fly South African Airways from Washington Dulles or New York’s JFK to Johannesburg.

 

Tip #1: Plan Ahead

When you plan ahead, you get a double benefit: better prices and more availability. A recent CheapAir.com report monitored 4 million flights and found that the average lowest fares surfaced 54 days before travel. And, according to the Road to Happiness Study, 90 percent of the happiest vacationers planned more than a month in advance, leaving plenty of time to savor the delicious pre-vacation anticipation.