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South Africa Vs. Botswana for Safari Experience

We get asked all the time, what is the best country to do safari in?  And the short answer is, it depends on what you want from your safari.  Countries like South Africa, Kenya, Botswana and Tanzania are all wonderful but do offer different experiences. Hello travel friends, it’s Shannon. I have just returned from a 14-day Read More…

Uganda: The Pearl of Africa

Do you enjoy the wildlife of Australia? The outdoor adventure of New Zealand? The scenery of Bali? Uganda should be your next stop!  This often-overlooked country offers more than Gorilla trekking. Driving through the countryside, you will see bright red clay earth juxtaposed by lush green rainforest, banana trees galore, coffee and tea plantations, kids Read More…

How to pick the best park/reserve for safari in East Africa

Hello everyone, it’s Shannon, and I just returned from a trip to Tanzania.  It was truly magical, and we got some amazing animal sightings.  Kenya and Tanzania can deliver an amazing safari, but you must be diligent about selecting the right places to ensure you get those magical moments with wildlife. The face of safari has changed Read More…

Discovering Eden: Exploring the Allure of Babylonstoren in South Africa

If you have talked with me about South Africa, you will know that one of my favorite places worldwide is Babylonstoren, which is pure magic. From the moment you set foot here, you’ll be enchanted by its beauty. Here are the top 5 reasons why Babylonstoren should be on your travel wish list: Your next Read More…

Five things that make Mauritius magical

Hello everyone, it’s Shannon, and I just returned from a two-week trip to France and Mauritius with my partner Olivier.  If you aren’t familiar, Mauritius is a tiny island in the Indian Ocean due East of Madagascar and Northwest of South Africa.  This small island nation has been colonized by the Dutch, the French, and Read More…

Top Tips for Your First Trip to Africa

Every time I visit Africa I experience more magic, more special moments and more surprises. The continent is so grand and diverse that you can visit time and again and never duplicate your experiences. My most recent trip to South Africa brought me much needed relaxation, an appreciation for slowing down, impressive wildlife sightings, rare Read More…

Ten Things to Know About Zanzibar

Are you planning to travel to Zanzibar and searching for a few Zanzibar travel tips? Whether you are on an African honeymoon, finishing up your Kilimanjaro Trek, or exploring the plains of the Serengeti, if you are thinking of adding on a beach portion, one thing is for certain – Zanzibar Island is beautiful. Vanessa Read More…

End your trip in style at Mara Bushtops in Kenya

Candice just returned from a trip to Africa. And here is her review of her time at Mara Bushtops in Kenya. While traveling in Africa is always and adventure, sometimes the early mornings and late nights can take its toll. One way to combat this is to finish at a destination that allows a bit Read More…

Going on Safari in Africa is one of the safest places to travel to right now

Here is what you need to know about traveling to Africa and going on an African safari during the coronavirus pandemic, according to someone who recently traveled there – me.  I recently went to South Africa and Botswana, and here are some of my experiences. Whether you are planning to travel now or just pulling Read More…

Ready to plan your next adventure? Look to the experts for assistance

Ready to plan your next adventure but don’t know where to begin? Your trusted travel experts here at Down Under Endeavours and Africa Endeavours are here to help you navigate the ins and outs of luxury travel now. When do you want to travel? Demand is at an all-time high for travel this year, particularly Read More…

Top Reasons Why You Should Travel to Botswana

Botswana is home to some of the greatest wildlife displays on earth. There are more elephants in Botswana than any other country, lions roam free, and there’s everything from endangered African wild dogs to aquatic antelopes. And with its rhino population growing and abundant birdlife at every turn, this country is a perfect destination for Read More…

Hiking Table Mountain Vs. Lion’s Head in South Africa

The walking and hiking trail options in Cape Town are virtually endless, from Table Mountain to Lion’s Head to Signal Hill. If you’re thinking of doing a hike in the course of your visit, but can’t decide between hiking Table Mountain or joining the locals for a Lion’s Head sunrise or sunset.  Hey, it’s Vanessa, Read More…

Traveling During COVID – Namibia

Last month, I had the incredible experience of traveling to Namibia (and during a pandemic). It wasn’t an easy decision, but it far exceeded my expectations, and I felt safe and comfortable along the way. And I would do it again in a heart beat! For some tips and tricks on traveling during Covid, please Read More…

Five Reasons Why You Should Visit Uganda Now

Hi everyone.  It’s Shannon, I am happy to report that I have just returned from Uganda.  Yes, during COVID and it was very easy to do.  Americans are allowed into the country as long as  a negative COVID test is presented.  And then to come home, we simply scheduled a COVID test in Entebbe a Read More…

Why a family safari will be your best holiday

While the very thought of taking kids or grandparents on a safari might make some take pause, it shouldn’t. Family travel offers a completely new dimension to your trip and will leave your whole family with a lifetime of memories. There are some common misconceptions surrounding family travel to Africa. First, that young children won’t get Read More…

Now is the best time to book Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor: Established in the 1930’s, this historical manor has garnished worldwide attention over the last 8 years for its very tall and slender residents. You have likely seen your favorite celebrity or Instagram influencer on the property feeding giraffes from their breakfast window but when you inquire it is a two-year waitlist! Today, I Read More…

Things to consider when booking holiday travel

Since the pandemic shut down most countries across the world, most Americans have had planned trips cancelled or postponed for the year.  We know that holiday travel is on your minds and that a lot of you really just want to travel again.  With places in the Caribbean and Africa opening up to Americans, the Read More…

Traveling on Election Day

Election Day is just around the corner! Voting is your chance to have some control over what happens to your family and community. As citizens, it is our right to weigh in on the issues that affect our country and the people who lead it. Can you still register to vote? Voter registration deadlines are Read More…

Exclusively Yours: Rwanda is More Than Gorillas

One of our Africa Travel Experts, Candice, went to Rwanda in January. Here is her review of her amazing experience. I was able to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda back in 2013, and this once-in-a-lifetime adventure (as I thought at the time) was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. Recently, I was Read More…

Why should I book my 2021 or 2022 trip now?

In the age of a global pandemic, it may not feel like the right time to be planning travel. We understand you may have had to put current and upcoming travel plans on hold – we definitely have. And with quarantine measures in place, we know we are all craving for the time when we Read More…

What is it like to travel now during the Covid-19 pandemic?

We understand it can be difficult to stay on top of any changes needed for your travel in 2020 – requirements for travel seem to be changing daily! Here are some answers to the questions you may have now about traveling. What is it like to fly during Covid-19? Each airline has their own set Read More…