Finding Serenity On The Shores Of LAKE MALAWI, Africa

Suzan Crane explores idyllic beach resorts along East Africa's serene Lake Malawi. There are few places left on Earth that remain serene and untouched -- synced with nature and rich in local culture allowing us to disconnect from  the world as we know it. The coast of Lake Malawi is one such place. And as any discriminating traveler knows, the thrill of unearthing such a halcyon destination … [Read more...]

Off-Season Adventures in the MASAI MARA

Suzan Crane explores one of Africa's iconic destinations when game is plenty and visitors are scarce. The small plane hovers low over the sprawling scrub-pocked grassland’s of Kenya’s famed Masai Mara, a tapestry of grazing wildlife looming ever larger as we approach the muddy airstrip. Flat-topped acacia trees dance under a metallic sky that threatens rain, majestic elephants and towering … [Read more...]

KENYA: Where The Wild Things Were

As Kenya's poaching crisis reaches a critical stage, Suzan Crane shares how "Richard's Camp" and the "Mara Elephant Project" are saving elephants. If an African safari is on your bucket list, you may want to move it up a notch if you hope to see exotic wildlife in all its endemic glory. With rhinos and elephants still recovering from the last wildlife holocaust three decades ago, the twin … [Read more...]

Tanzania’s Great Migration Begins

Expert safari guide Sandor Carter posts an update from the Serengeti, where the short rains mark the beginning of the largest overland migration in the world. The short rains have come: the annual Serengeti migration is underway. The arrival of the rains this week signals the southward march of the epic annual migration.

The migration actually never stops: wildebeest, zebra and gazelle … [Read more...]

Awaken Your Inner Explorer With A River Cruise

Viking River Cruises take travelers through the heart of Europe and other timeless destinations. Size does matter, at least in the world of cruise ships, but it doesn’t take Titanic alum to know bigger isn’t always better. Giant ocean liners can take people to touristic islands, but a smaller vessel can tackle the world’s great rivers like the Nile in Egypt, the Volga in Russia, the Rhone in … [Read more...]

South African Airways Launches “Ultimate Africa” Sale

Africa just got more accessible with special pricing on airfares to South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and more starting at $910 roundtrip. If you’ve been thinking about finally doing that African safari or checking out one of the continent’s amazing capitals such as Cape Town, this may be your moment. South Africa Airways just announced a special promotion, the "Ultimate Africa Sale," … [Read more...]

Saving the Serengeti

Acclaimed author and top photographer Boyd Norton has drawn from his forty-five years of traveling into the wilds to create a beautiful photography book entitled Serengeti: The Eternal Beginning. Throughout the book, Norton recalls his experiences exploring the captivating land of the Serengeti while his striking photographs capture the history, people, animals and the great migration of this … [Read more...]

South African Style: One & Only Cape Town

Cape Town is certainly one of the most picturesque places on the continent, and visitors to the Mother City are spoilt for choice when it comes to interesting or dramatic places to stay. A pulsating playground of sandy beaches and nightclubs, Cape Town is a one-of-a-kind city cradled between the scenic splendors of sandstone cliffs towering over the glittering waters of two great oceans. If … [Read more...]

Mozambique’s Sleeping Beauty Beckons

Mozambique was first explored by Vasco de Gama in 1498 and colonized by the Portuguese in 1505, before gaining it’s independence in 1975 and becoming the People’s Republic of Mozambique. For 15 years, it was the crucible of political unrest and civil war in Southeast Africa. Bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west … [Read more...]

Summoned By Music, Mesmerized By Mali

A journey to Timbuktu and beyond for Festival au Desert, the world’s most remote music festival, reveals the people, music and magic of Mali. Beyond our camp, I could just make out a lightning-fast flurry of motion against flickering orange firelight – hands upon a drum, composing an insistent rhythm that froze me in my tracks to listen.  I twisted my feet into the Saharan sand beneath and … [Read more...]