Teaming up for Rhinos

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Two safari lodge companies, two of the best in fact, are joining forces for rhinos. As poaching in South Africa reaches record highs – one figure that’s nothing to brag about – Great Plains Conservation and &Beyond have announced that they will together transport as many as 100 rhinos from South Africa to Botswana. “There […]

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Swimming at the Top of Vic Falls

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Swimming in Devil’s Pool begins today. A natural swimming pool at the lip of Victoria Falls (on the Zambian side), it is accessible via Livingstone Island. Without a doubt one of the best places from which to see the falls, this tiny island was where David Livingstone was first paddled in a dugout  through swift […]

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Adrère Amellal, Egypt

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Siwa Oasis, located about 70 kilometers east of the Libyan border, has been inhabited since 10,000 BC but was re-created just a few years ago by Environmental Quality International, an environmental consulting company.  EQI’s president, Mounir Neamtalla, first visited in 1996 and was so inspired by the beauty and spirituality of this remote corner of […]

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Causing an Uproar

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The subject of Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s full-length documentary, The Last Lions, is simply – and sadly – just that. It’s about the last lions of Africa. Which is exactly what they will be unless people take action. Fifty years ago there were 450,000 lions; now there are an estimated 20,000 left. All that in […]

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Planet Baobab, Botswana

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On the stark road between Maun and Francistown, surrounded by thousand-year-old trees (the average age is 4,000) and the salt pans of the Makgadikgadi, Planet Baobab is a funky, modern lodge that has both the charm of a local hangout and the quirkiness of its location – on the edge of what was once the […]

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Fashion at the Oasis, Egypt

Embroidery from Siwa

Walk into one of several fashion stores in Italy and you might see the designs and embroidery of the women of Siwa in Egypt. Closely associated with Adrère Amellal and its two partner hotels, which range in price from $45 to $330 a night, the Siwa initiative started off by helping 50 Siwan women to […]

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Meno A Kwena, Botswana

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Who They Are Meno A Kwena Tented Camp is a great old-style safari camp with 16 beds, run by David Dugmore, an expert with a real passion for Botswana’s bush.  The camp is situated on tribal land on a cliff edge overlooking what since 1993 was the dry bed of the Boteti River, but started […]

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Selinda Camp, Botswana

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Who They Are Selinda Camp is the sister camp to Zarafa and is also located within the 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve. It has only eight beautifully appointed tented rooms that are maintained with the same philosophy as Zarafa. The small, luxury camp is situated on the banks of the eastern Selinda Spillway – a waterway linking […]

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Zarafa, Botswana

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Zarafa Camp is probably the greenest luxury lodge on earth and was opened in 2008 by Great Plains. The small and luxurious four-roomed tented camp is located in the 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve in the north of the country and straddles the Okavango Delta in the west and the Linyanti and Kwando rivers and waterways to […]

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