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.

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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Considering Zambia? Some thoughts from Liesl

Zambia is for me the last frontier for authentic safaris, this is where you’ll go on some of the best walking safaris and have a bigger choice of activities than any other place I have found in Africa. I think what I love about the safari experience in Zambia is that it gets you out Read More

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Ilze’s Kenya Trip – October 2014

Ilze Fox, a senior travel advisor in our team, was invited to Kenya in October to experience The Safari Collection’s lodges and camps. She was lucky enough to witness the tail end of the Migration. The following are excerpts of her impressions of the journey and the wildlife as well as a detailed description of Read More

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Red Hartebeest collides with mountain biker

A jaw dropping YouTube clip was recently circulated like wild fire on all the major news networks and social media platforms. You must have seen it by now – the guy on a mountain bike who gets slammed into by a flying antelope. Click to view clip :  Red Hartebeest collides with biker If we sold mountain Read More

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Frank client feedback about Sabi Sands safari and Vic Falls

Trip feedback: Notten’s Bush Camp, Kirkman’s Camp, The Royal Livinstone Liesl & Jeff, Thanks for checking in….we will get back to you with more granular details, but suffice it to say that the safari at Notten’s suggestion was utterly brilliant. We would go back for sure. The staff, the physical plant, the food, the execution was perfection. Kirkman’s was Read More

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Birders vs non-birders on safari

Non-birders on safari Now here is a dilemma. We recently had a couple who all in all had a fantastic safari in Botswana and Kruger except for one recurring problem….They proclaimed to not be very interested in birds, but just as luck would have it, they found themselves on game drives with keen birders, or Read More

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Pic of the week : Hippo by Stephen Raffay

Hippopotamus amphibius  – “river horse” This great shot of a hippo showing off his incisors was taken by Stephen Raffay, a professional photographer who is currently on safari in the Kruger National Park area care of africansafaris.com.   Contrary to popular belief, this old guy is not yawning or opening up wide for the dentist…! This Read More

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We’ve been nominated for Travel & Leisure magazine’s A-List Travel Agent awards!

“As long time T&L (Travel & Leisure Magazine) readers and subscribers, we want to tell you about our recent trip to South Africa, Botswana, Zambia & Namibia, and to nominate our Tour Operator, African Safari Consultants, for your 2012 A-List. We were celebrating our 20th anniversary, and wanted to plan a “trip of a lifetime.”  Read More

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Obituary : Africa’s Tree lady

This week, Kenyans and environmentalists are mourning the death of their Tree Lady. Wangari Maathai was a most remarkable woman who dedicated her life to sustainable development, democracy and peace. She was 71. This charismatic Kenyan woman was known around the world as well as in the hallowed halls of international governments as the Tree Read More

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Trip feedback: Cape Town, Rovos Rail, Botswana, Vic Falls

Hi Liesl and Jeff, We’re back home reflecting on our trip as John goes through his hundreds of photographs.  We just want to let you know how fantastic our trip was!  From beginning to end all worked out to be all we wanted and more. Our time in Cape Town was excellent — including being Read More

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