Travel Ideas & Tips

How about a conservation safari in Zambia?

If you’ve been on an African Safari, you’ll understand how conservation filters through nearly every experience and destination. Your guides educate you about local conservation efforts, you’ll see how the local communities live side-by-side with Africa’s big game, and a portion of the cost of every safari directly supports management of wildlife conservation areas. But…

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New Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda

Visiting the gorillas of Rwanda and Uganda is one of the most special wildlife experiences available on the continent of Africa. So much work has gone into protecting these magnificent creatures, and the hard work continues to this day. While visiting the gorillas comes with a high price tag, these funds are directly supporting the…

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Zimbabwe for a Truly Wild Safari

Zimbabwe is home to some of the most wild safari experiences in Africa. Between amazing opportunities to walk amongst wildlife and a great possibility to take in unique landscapes like Mana Pools and of course the stunning Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe has so much to offer. Here are a few good reasons why you need to…

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Unique Primate Experiences in Africa

When most travelers think about primates in Africa, they think of the majestic Lowland Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda. However, there are some lesser-known opportunities to interact with primates in Africa. While primates can sometimes be a bit more challenging to come across than other big game in Africa, it’s always a worthwhile experience. Coming face…

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Our Favorite Cape Town Restaurants

Our love affair with Cape Town runs deep. Leora Rothschild, founder of Rothschild Safaris, was born and raised in South Africa. She’s watched this colorful city evolve over the years and loves sharing the hidden corners of the amazing city with travelers from around the world. We’re often asked about our top dining recommendations here,…

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4 Reasons to End Your Safari in Zanzibar

Ahhhhh… Zanzibar! Between the pristine Indian Ocean beaches and the exotic Swahili Stone Town, there is no place quite like this island. Located just off the coast of Tanzania, it’s very easy to add on a few days in Zanzibar following a safari in Kenya or Tanzania. There are several flights a day from all…

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How to (really) get the most value from your African safari!

Every few months, we come across a new article that illustrates a different way to get a “deal” on an African Safari. These articles offer ways to save a buck, but they are often seriously flawed. The cost saving measures you generally find in these articles dramatically and negatively impact the overall safari experience. Because our…

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Catamaran Cruising in the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands, home to an incredible amount of biodiversity, is one of our favorite wildlife-based destinations worldwide. The Galápagos Islands have a stunningly diverse population of animals – wildlife that cannot be found any other place on earth. Adding to the charm of the Islands is the fact that wildlife is not shy of humans, making…

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Exploring the Himalayas

For many travelers, an African safari is just the beginning of a lifetime of adventure travel to extraordinary destinations. And this year, a growing number of our repeat travelers are eyeing the Himalayas as their next big trip. From Kathmandu to the dramatic Annapurnas and the Pokhara Valley, there is so much to experience in…

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Africa’s Best Elephant Encounters

Often, when we are chatting about African wildlife with travelers, elephants rise to the top of the list of “animals I can’t wait to see in the wilderness.” And it’s no surprise. These magnificent creatures are smart, incredibly sophisticated in their social structure, and of course the largest land mammal in the world.  They also…

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Private Mobile Camping in Botswana

There is perhaps no better travel experience on earth than spending a night under canvas, listening to lion and hyena calling in concert with all the unique sounds of the nighttime African bush. To us, drifting asleep, cozy and warm in a comfortable bed, full from a multi-course meal, in remote Africa, a wilderness all…

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Australia’s Kakadu National Park

There is so much to see and experience in Australia. From vibrant, urban Sydney to the coastal beauty of Cairns and beyond, our travelers love exploring this amazing country. However, one very special place has risen to the top of the list on our Top Travel Experiences for 2017 list; Kakadu National Park. Kakadu National…

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Berber Village Life

Morocco, steeped in ancient history, colorful culture and dramatic landscapes, continues to deliver WOW experiences now more than ever. While of course our travelers to Morocco love experiencing highlights such as Casablanca, Marrakech and the coastal town of Essaouira, it’s often the simple encounters with locals that really make an impact. Interacting with and learning…

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Epic Adventure on Horseback in East Africa

Riding up close to elephant, lion and buffalo, or galloping with wildebeest and zebra is without a doubt one of the most adventurous ways to experience safari in Africa.  If you are a rider, there is simply no better way to see Kenya than from the back of a well schooled and fit horse. Sure,…

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Gorillas in Uganda

Did you know that more than half of the world’s population of critically endangered mountain gorillas reside in southwestern Uganda? And we’re thrilled to report that this number has recently grown with the recent birth of three infants! Now, you can trek to visit the Habinyanja gorilla family in the northern section of Bwindi NP and…

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Best time of year to visit Botswana

One of the most common questions we’re asked is “when is the best time of year to visit Botswana?” The answer is – it depends! Botswana has something special to offer year-round. If you are planning an African safari and want to experience Botswana, here’s what you need to know about the best time to…

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Helicopter and Horseback in Botswana

Botswana’s Okavango delta is one of our favorite safari destinations. And now, we’re thrilled to be able to combine an aerial safari by private helicopter with a horse-ride through the delta! Talk about a new adventure! Begin with a helicopter journey at sunrise. This unique sky and earth day-long expedition begins at dawn as the…

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Galapagos Islands Cruise: What you need to know!

While the Rothschild Safaris heritage is steeped in the luxury safari experience, we also sell a few spectacular destinations beyond Africa. United by the ability to interact with majestic wildlife, explore different cultures, and generally have a fabulous adventure in style and comfort, we now operate in an ever-growing list of countries around the world!…

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Visiting Victoria Falls

Let’s talk about Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls is the biggest sheet of falling water in the world! The falls are twice as high and 1.5 times wider than Niagara Falls in the United States. And at just over a mile wide and over 100 meters high, the spray of water from Victoria Falls is visible from…

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Best Destinations for Spring Break in Africa

Kids may have just gone back to school … but we’ve already got Spring Break on the mind! Our office has been taking call after call from parents who are eager to plan an amazing Spring Break safari in Africa. If you are considering traveling to Africa for Spring Break, it’s important to understand which countries…

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Buzz Worthy Morocco

For many travelers, experiencing Morocco is about so much more than just fancy hotels and good food. Particularly in Morocco, discerning travelers are eager to find for real, authentic and genuine local experiences. We’ve compiled a series of unique, bespoke experiences that can be incorporated into any custom itinerary in Morocco. Go Berber in the…

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Gorilla Trekking with Kimi

Gorilla trekking is one of the most amazing and intimate safari experiences that you can get. Here, we interview a staff member about her experiences with gorilla and chimp trekking, what to expect when you go, and even how to capture great photos. Read on for more! Tell me about your gorilla trekking experience. I…

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Things to do in Rwanda (besides Gorilla trekking!)

Rwanda is often called ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’ and of course famous for its mountain gorillas. While viewing gorillas in their natural habitat is truly an experience of a lifetime, this small, landlocked country is vibrant and lush and offers more than just gorillas. Important to note, is that the 1994 genocide is…

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Africa like never before!

Many of our clients come to us for a “trip of a lifetime.” They want to do Africa “right” because it’s the only time they will experience it. Well, this one trip more often than not turns into several safaris around the continent! This month, we’re talking about “what’s next” for the traveler who has already…

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Been to Africa? What’s next?

For nearly two decades, we’ve had the extreme pleasure of showing thousands of travelers the magic of Africa. The joy of seeing with the world’s most magnificent wildlife, interacting with exotic cultures and experiencing the high-level of service on safari are what make our journeys to Africa so memorable. But many of you have been…

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Meet Your Costa Rica Private Guide!

If you’ve been on safari with us in Africa, then you may already know the very special role guides play in the overall travel experience. Spending a week or more on safari with a private guide yields an incredibly rich, engaging travel experience and very often results in a tearful goodbye at the airport! As we…

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Things to do in the Osa Peninsula Costa Rica

You won’t find the Osa Peninsula in most mainstream Costa Rica itineraries. Thanks to the region’s remote location with limited connectivity to the rest of Costa Rica, most travelers skip this area altogether. Which is perfectly fine by us! Here you won’t find any crowds, tour busses or big resorts. What you will find, however,…

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Mana Pools National Park: Safari Gem

In the 1980’s and 90’s, Zimbabwe was one of the top safari destinations in the world due to abundant wildlife, Victoria Falls, and formidably talented guides that undergo some of the best training in the world. While the attractions have remained the same, Zimbabwe has been off the travel radar for several years because of…

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Why Mozambique is on our radar right now.

Mozambique is HOT HOT HOT right now. While we’ve always considered Mozambique one of Africa’s best-kept secrets, it looks like the secret might be out. If you’re thinking about spending some time on the warm, Indian Ocean coast pre- or post-safari in Africa, read on. Over the past few years, several intimate, exclusive properties have…

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10 Hot Tips on Proposing to Your Loved One Abroad

Planning to pop the question on your next travels? Great idea. When you are traveling together, you are trying new activities, sharing new experiences, and building memories that will last long into your potential marriage. As a side bonus, many destinations are extremely romantic, with a unique ambiance that will add to this special, once…

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Planning a Honeymoon When You Don’t Agree Where to Go

I’m getting married next summer! While there is a flurry of activity around the wedding, when you work in travel, the main question that you get is “where will the honeymoon be?” As much as both my fiancé and I love travel, figuring out the honeymoon has been stressful. The world is a big, beautiful…

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Why Myanmar, Why Now?

My very first travel experience wasn’t really traveling. I did not go through the process of choosing where to go or what to see, or crafting the perfect experience. Instead, I went as a Peace Corps Volunteer to a remote village in Ghana. What made the experience incredible was that Chirifoyilli, the tiny village where…

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South Africa in 2016: Where to Go and What to See

South Africa has always been one of our top destinations, and for many good reasons. Our founder, Leora Rothschild, is originally from South Africa. She was first inspired by the safari experience here, and it’s a perennial favorite with our staff and travelers alike due to the wildlife, dining, history, scenery, and ability to accommodate…

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Why Travel to Ethiopia in 2017

As the elderly gentleman fumbled with a ring of keys and heavy iron lock, moving very slowly and doubled over with age, I shifted my weight restlessly. I was eager to inspect the sights of Axum, Ethiopia, including the famed obelisk and home of what Ethiopians believe to be the Ark of the Covenant, and…

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What’s Hot in Kenya for 2016?

Kenya holds a special place in my heart. From the first time I watched the iconic film “Out of Africa” to my very own first morning on safari in the magical Maasai Mara and many wonderful days in the Kenyan bush over many years, I’m still giddy about the destination. This year, Kenya earned a…

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2016 Travel Trends: Our HOTTEST Trips for the New Year

Today, we are thrilled to reveal our most popular destinations and itineraries for 2016! Signifying a clear trend towards traveler demand for iconic experiences and interpersonal exchanges, we’re excited to announce that the Rothschild Safaris’ Hottest Trips for 2016 list spans Africa, Asia and South America. “The biggest trend we’re seeing for 2016 is that our…

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Kenya Cultural Experiences

Many travelers dream about one day watching majestic elephants, playful lion cubs and graceful cheetah on the plains of the African savannah. But while the wildlife is what draws travelers from around the world to Africa, it’s often the cultural encounters that become the most prized memories of an African safari. Seeing and learning about…

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Next Stop for Cultural Adventure: Sri Lanka

What I love about travel is the opportunity to expand your vision of both the world and your place within it. Cultural experiences are one of the best ways to grow as a person when you travel. Getting to know people who have different experiences and ideas than you forces you to analyze your own…

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Where Luxury Meets Adventure

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself” – Amelia Earhart Adventure is about seeking new experiences, opening your eyes to see the world through fresh perspectives, and growing as a person along the way. Adventure is what feeds our dreams, revitalizes our spirits, and strengthens our connections to the ones we love – whether by exploring breathtaking…

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Luxury Travel Defined: It’s in the Details

The words “luxury travel” conjure up different images to different people. For some, luxury is soaking in a hot tub under the stars after a day full of seeing a place so wild they could not have dreamed it. For some, luxury is the opportunity to interact with their children and families without the persistent…

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Our Top 5 Favorite African Conservancies

Selous Game Reserve This reserve in Tanzania is unique because it is one of the largest remaining wilderness areas in Africa – you can drive for hours and not see another person. The wildlife is incredible- Selous boasts about 50% of all remaining wild dog, high populations of lions and leopards, and over 450 species…

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4 Amazing Ways to Experience Lions in Africa

On October 7th, MSNBC will air “Blood Lions” for the first time in America. This important documentary goes behind the scenes of a shockingly legal industry in Africa; canned lion hunting. This one-hour documentary will take you inside the seldom seen world of this canned hunting industry in South Africa. The film’s director, Bruce Young, explains “most of the lions…

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Take Flight: 4 Ways to Experience an Aerial Safari

We recently wrote about the 5 Best Places to Hot Air Balloon Ride in Africa. Now we want to take a look at all the ways that you can enjoy an aerial safari, because a change in perspective adds an element of awe and adventure! Aerial Safari Option 1: Helicopter A helicopter safari is a fun…

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What Does a Safari in Africa Cost?

A safari in Africa is a bucket list travel experience for many travelers. With a heritage steeped in creating luxury travel experiences in some of the most remote and wild places on earth, it’s no surprise that many people think an African safari is just plain out of their budget. While there is a safari…

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5 Best Africa Hot Air Balloon Sites

There is something magical about floating silently above the unsullied natural landscapes of Africa, peering out at the herds of antelope below, or watching the clouds around you move across the horizon in the basket of a hot air balloon. Depart early in the morning, when the wind is calmer and there are less thermals…

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What to Look for in the Best Sri Lanka Tour Packages

As the Rothschild team looks Beyond Africa, we have all been captivated by Sri Lanka. This small island country, located south of India, is known for elephants, tea and warm smiles. But there is so much more to discover in Sri Lanka. The best Sri Lanka tour packages combine wildlife, culture and history. Don’t miss these…

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More Amazing Specials & Safaris Just A Plane Flight Away

An Elephant “Mud Bath” If you want to look into that elephants eye you would probably love visiting Tsavo, the reserve where Daphne Sheldrick’s elephants get released back into the park. While you are at it, spend a few nights at the wonderful Campi Ya Kanzi, nestled in the The Chyulu Hills – the Green…

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Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe – Huge Travel Savings Now!

Starting right now on certain camps in Botswana you can save big on travel! We have an impressive list of camps who have almost slashed their prices in half! Save up to 40% off your total for travel savings anytime this October. If you already have plans this October you can still save for travel…

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Leora’s Namibia Safari Tips

Leora just returned from an amazing Namibia safari, where she explored Sossusvlei and the famous sand dunes, visited Himba villages in the Hartmann Valley, explored Etosha National Park and the Okonjima Cheetah Research Center, viewed the lonely Skeleton Coast, and finished by heading to Cape Town in South Africa. Below are her Namibia safari tips. o   From…

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Get More for Your Money Using a Safari Tour Operator

Forums and online travel review sites everywhere have a slew of people recommending that you book your trip to Africa yourself instead of using a reputable and award winning safari tour operator, such as Rothschild Safaris. The arguments are compelling- these folks will promise that you can “travel more for less” and that you can…

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African Astrophotography Safari in Kenya

The night sky in Kenya is amazing. The stars are bright and clear, unhindered by the light pollution so common in the United States and Europe. It seems natural then that it would capture the eye of Mark Gee, a New Zealand photographer most renowned for his astrophotography. Mark has won several awards for his…

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How to Know if Your Safari Experience is Authentic

I had the pleasure of meeting a Botswana travel aficionado from Germany on my recent travels. On one of our nights there, we were treated to singing and dancing from the entire staff. Everyone was on their feet, smiling, and enjoying the lovely night air- both guests and camp staff.   “I love this stuff,”…

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Top 8 African Safari Myths

It’s Dangerous. You are in the wild. So please listen to your guides and don’t feed the animals. That being said, you are in very capable hands. Your safety is the top priority. As long as you follow the guidelines that are given to you, you will be very safe. Thousands and thousands of people…

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Lights, music, magic – The 2016 World Sufi Spirit Festival

One of the best ways to fully experience India’s spirit and renowned culture is by attending a festival in a magical setting. The famous World Sufi Spirit Festival welcomes artists from all over the globe to showcase their most sacred traditions expressed in a kaleidoscope of dance, music and poetry in the small historic town…

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Four Pitfalls of Using Online Travel Review Sites

The Eiffel Tower got a one star review on TripAdvisor from someone who felt disgruntled because he or she couldn’t see the Eiffel Tower from their vantage point. The reviewer in question was unable to see the tower because, well, they were looking at the view from the Eiffel Tower. It sounds ridiculous, but in…

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3 OTHER Africa Wildlife Migrations

We’ve all heard of the Great Migration, a major spectacle where wildebeest, gazelle, and zebra trek 1,200 miles from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in Kenya and back again. The Great Migration is truly an amazing spectacle, with large predators following the migrating prey. But, did you know that there are several…

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Slow Safaris in Africa

When you go on a trip of a lifetime, it’s usually safe to say that you want to see as much as possible. Bring on the lions! Rhinos! Leopards!   While this is totally understandable, and we will be sure to put you in camps where you will see your fill of game, we tend…

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When to Go to the Galapagos – Climate and Animals

One of the most common questions I’m asked about the Galapagos is “When is the best time to visit?” You’re in luck! Located on the Equator, the islands’ climate has only mild seasonal variations and they always teem with fascinating wildlife. Over the course of my visits, I’ve experienced the beauty of each season and…

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7 Books for Your Flight To Africa

Want to read some good books on the long flight to Africa that will get you excited for your trip? Here is what is currently on my reading list: The Flame Trees of Thika- Elspeth Huxley This is a memoir of Elspeth Huxley, who set off with her parents to settle in Kenya. Elspeth speaks about…

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Falling in Love (Again)- The Honeymoon Safari

It’s February, and love is in the air! So are bone-chilling temperatures. But romance heats up the cold of winter and February is a popular month to propose marriage to the love of your life. Africa is also one of the romantic places on earth to both pop the question (click here to see how) or…

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