About Vanessa Ratcliffe

Passionate about travel in Africa, Vanessa spends her days brainstorming safari itineraries, checking out fabulous African destinations, connecting with travellers (past and present) and trawling the internet for travel news and views. She can’t wait for her baby daughter to be old enough to go on safari… and learn to love Africa, her wild places and wildlife.

Liesl in Kenya

Part of Liesl’s job is to travel to remote wilderness destinations in Africa to suss out new safari lodges on, what we in the travel industry call a ‘Fam Trip’  –  tough job but someone has to do it!  Recently she was invited to Kenya and was asked to bring a travelling companion. Instead of Read More

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Family Safaris in Botswana – Desert & Delta lead the way

Discovering Africa is a very personal and reflective experience. Whilst for many travellers bounteous Botswana has long been the decisive African safari destination of choice, for families traveling with children, the experience has now further been enriched (and streamlined), with the launch of Desert & Delta’s ‘Ultimate Family Safari Packages’ offering incredible family safaris in Botswana. Unique Read More

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Important information for minors travelling to South Africa

NEW IMMIGRATION REGULATIONS FOR CHILDREN TRAVELLING TO SOUTH AFRICA If you are planning to travel to South Africa with children under 18 or you are sending children under 18 on a trip with grand parents, a school group or your ex husband/wife, please be read the following carefully.    Where both parents are travelling with Read More

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East Africa – Do we fly or do we drive?

In many ways East Africa is ‘the’ real Africa.  No matter how many wildlife documentaries you’ve watched or glossy images you’ve seen, nothing prepares you for the real thing. There is so much on offer to absorb and experience, iconic landscapes, bewitching beasts and birds… thoughts drift to boundless savannahs dotted with hordes of grazing Read More

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New Look Shinde Camp

Those that have spent some time in Africa will know that it is a continent replete with settings that call for flowery words. “Stunning”, “breathtaking”, “awe-inspiring” are but just some of the terms that are expressed about locations by holiday makers when sighting some of the myriad tourist destinations on offer in Africa. One of Read More

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Kruger National Park: My Panorama And Safari Trip

Folks, we have an announcement… Our Candice is engaged! And to give her new fiancé a taste of what the African safari industry is all about Candice put together a self-drive trip and a safari to the Kruger region and had the following to say about their trip: Over the past 3 years I’ve been Read More

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South Africa Trip Report – Cape Town & Sabi Sands

Hildy Rubin, who is based in our New York office, is a passionate wildlife lover who has spent many hours on safari in East Africa.  She recently went on safari in South Africa to see experience the different properties and to compare a South Africa safari with an East Africa safari. Here is her trip report: Read More

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Dilaal Goes To The Land Of The Baobabs

In February Dilaal was invited by the Extraordinary Collection (who represent a collection of luxury lodges  in Southern Africa) to travel to Botswana and experience Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge and Ngoma Safari Lodge.  Here are her comments and observations. Ghoha Hills Ghoha Hills is located in the Savuti area of the Chobe National Park and is Read More

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My stay at the Islands of Siankaba at Victoria Falls

After having my arm twisted to leave my computer and my family behind…I accepted the invitation to visit the Islands of Siankaba, a lovely lodge set on a sand island in the Zambezi River just upstream from the Victoria Falls in Zambia. Here are my travel notes and impressions. I flew directly from breezy Cape Read More

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New UNIVISA for Zambia and Zimbabwe – Great news for safari travellers

The recently launched UNIVSA (or KAZA visa) now makes traveling between Zambia and Zimbabwe so much easier… and cheaper too! In a nutshell, nationalities who originally had to apply for and pay for a separate visa for Zambia and Zimbabwe now only need one visa for both countries at a cost of US$ 50. This Read More

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