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Safaris: Wet Seasons vs Dry Seasons

3.11.2015

by elias

It’s a topic of conversation for safari lovers. Safari destinations in Africa are vastly different during rainy seasons versus dry seasons. Let’s talk about how they’re different.

Before we begin though, we must point out that these general outlines may be bent from country to country. Southern Africa is cooler during its dry seasons, for example, than eastern Africa. To get a better understanding of each destination’s differences, please download our Guide to Picking the Perfect Safari Destination.

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Five Reasons We Love Tanzania

2.26.2015

by elias

In this first edition of our "Five Reasons" blog series, we'll list reasons you should love Tanzania. With future editions, we hope to write a list for every one of our Featured Destinations, and help you reach a decision for your next trip! Chances are, if we love a destination, you will too.

1. Wildlife, Wildlife, Wildlife

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You have a lot of options when picking your safari destination in Africa. For a pure wildlife experience with unparalleled numbers of big game, herds of elephant, giant migrations of zebra and wildebeest, and black rhino, there is no better choice than Tanzania. We hire some world-class safari guides, so a trip to Tanzania will be an education in tracking game and finding the rarest animals.

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All You Need Is Ecuador

2.4.2015

by elias

All You Need Is Ecuador

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This past Sunday, Ecuador became the first foreign country to buy ad-time during the Super Bowl. You may not have seen it. The commercial was shown on a regional basis limited to major cities, and even then, it cost the government of Ecuador a reported $3.8 million. For a country that spent a total of $5 million on media in 2013 however, this commercial represents the core of Ecuador's goal: Get Americans to travel to Ecuador.

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Safari Camps: What To Expect From Standard to Luxury

1.15.2015

by elias

Our close friends who own Nasikia Camps in Tanzania recently opened a brand new safari camp in the south central Serengeti. Noana Moru Camp brings their collection of camps full circle, introducing their first real luxury "glamping" experience, and we couldn't be more excited for them.

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Ebola: Why You Shouldn't Worry

11.10.2014

by elias

You've heard it, we've heard it. We've all seen it play out on 24-hour news cycle after news cycle. "The Ebola threat is real," right? As planners of international travel, we've definitely heard the hype. And since the first cases in West Africa were publicized, you can trust that we've kept ourselves educated on the issue as much as possible.

For the record, this blog post is not meant to play down the danger of the very real Ebola outbreak, nor the hardship that the people of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Mali and Liberia are enduring. Its goal is to educate international travelers on the actual dangers they face, and to quench fears of a largely avoidable threat.

Why You Won't Catch Ebola

The Ebola virus is spread through the direct contact

of an infected person's bodily fluids (blood, saliva, mucus, vomit, urine, or feces) with your eyes, nose, mouth, or open wound. According the the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, "there is no evidence indicating that Ebola virus is spread by coughing or sneezing." Unless you've directly rubbed an infected person's bodily fluids on your person, there is little chance that you have Ebola.

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