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How Tourism Helps Africa

4.16.2015

by elias

Maasai Herding Cattle

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The Great Wildebeest Migration: What It Is & How To See It

3.25.2015

by elias

Wildebeest & CalfIf one were to look at a wildebeest by itself, one might not be completely impressed. They are less graceful cousins to the antelope, and kind of ugly. Maybe the best thing that can be said about the wildebeest is that it places a high value on family. So high, in fact, that the annual movement of one group of wildebeests in the Masai Mara has become one of the world’s most sought after natural spectacles.

This spectacle is known as the Great Wildebeest Migration, capital G, W, M.

Thousands of travelers every year come to eastern Africa simply because they want to see the Great Migration, and use companies like Global Basecamps to ensure they get the best views of its river crossings, courting, birthing and all the rest of the drama. Our Travel Specialists know exactly which safari camps can fit both your budget, and your wildlife viewing priorities. Even better, some semi-permanent camps migrate along with the wildebeests, maintaining their prime location for game viewing.

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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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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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