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THE GREAT MIGRATION

River crossing of wildebeest during the Great Migration

As the world is experiencing unusual times, nature continues to unfold and carry through its natural rhythms – the Great Migration is one of these wonderful occurrences that people flock to see!

It is around this time of year August/September when travelers hope to catch a river crossing of the Great Migration as hordes of wildebeest and zebras make their way across. Many of us who have dreamt of coming to Africa have watched documentaries about this event which has inspired travel to see if firsthand. What we don’t realize is that a lot of these documentaries, the film crew had access to private or incredibly remote places to witness these crossings. They (film crews) also tend to spend many weeks in the same area to get this amazing footage.

As a traveler, we hope to get to experience this occurrence while only staying a few nights in one area! As you can imagine, expectations are set quite high.

Here is a video taken last year, through the eyes of Taylor (who celebrated her 13th birthday around this time last year), as she captured their wild ride across the Mara in their race to make it to the river before the crossing. With the thrill, comes the crowds as you get a true sense of what it is really like ‘off camera’. When you watch those documentaries, you get the sense that no one else is around – as you will see, reality is quite different.  

We absolutely love this video! It is a realistic portrayal regarding the experience you will get when chasing the migration (if you are lucky) for a river crossing. Some travelers don’t mind the crowds, others do.

When it comes to planning your safari, it is a personal choice, our job is to help you have the experience that fits/suits YOU! Just like we did for Taylor and her family.

Send us an email and lets have a chat! We look forward to hearing from you to help plan your safari trip of a lifetime.

P.S. Again, many thanks to Taylor for allowing us to share her video. Happy Birthday (for Aug 12th) to you 🙂

TOPIC OF THE DAY

LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS

Now that your safari plans have been set, the details begin to emerge and as you re-read your itinerary and your eyes do a double take as they land on the phrase “Note: luggage restrictions … “ and so it begins! THE most popular topic of conversation.

Yes, there is a high probability that if you are going on safari that you will be on a light aircraft flight, which means there will be luggage restrictions! Trust us when we say, we are not implementing these restrictions to torment you. Rather, these are set for safety reasons and due to limited storage space on board the plane.  The restrictions vary between the different light aircraft companies as the size of the plane does affect how small the luggage hold is.

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Conservation- Great news from Botswana

At a time when news is all too often about shrinking habitats and decreasing wildlife numbers, we are thrilled to share news of areas opening up and providing greater movement for wildlife. In and around the Makgadikgadi National Park in Botswana, fences are coming down and old migration routes are being rejuvenated. This is a gorgeous area and with the wildlife increasing, it’s one to put on your list.

Kuddos to all of those behind this project!

Madagascar Adventuring

Sq_Madagascar_img_0302Madagascar is remote, rugged and untrodden. It’s like no place else on earth. In fact, it barely qualifies as part of Africa: the two are separated by hundreds of kilometers of sea and 165 million years of evolution – long enough for Madagascar’s plants and animals to evolve into some of the most unusual forms on the planet. Together we visited some of the most interesting and off the beaten path places in this unique destination… Continue reading “Madagascar Adventuring”

Gorilla Trekking…What to bring?

Blog_3_mg_1260jpg_35233311432_oThe biggest question for a Gorilla Trekking trip is … What do I bring? While much of what you’ll want to have with you is on our Packing List_2018, there are some special considerations that we have included here when preparing for your gorilla trek. Here’s our list of what to bring and a little bit about what to expect. From there, you’ll be able to determine what is important to you to keep you comfortable. Continue reading “Gorilla Trekking…What to bring?”

Plastic Sucks

gsgc-trip-16-164-2_40593320872_oThis is a picture of elephant dung that I came upon during a recent walk in the bush.  Ah, the sad woes of plastic bags in wildlife areas. The damage that plastic can cause is life threatening to animals.

Plastic refuse has become so common around wildlife areas. We are so encouraged by those areas/countries that have taken action to reduce it. Rwanda and Kenya now ban plastic bags from being brought into their countries! It is a step in the right direction.

If you would like to make a difference, please leave the plastic bags at home – pack with durable travel bags that go home with you.

Ecological Art Inspiration

blog-shoraiMeet Shorai Matambanadzo – Conserving wildlife and empowering girls through art

I am an ecological artist. My responsibility is to make residents in a cluster of villages where I work outside Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, aware of the connection between art and conservation. One place I do this is Rise and Shine Girls Club sponsored by Global Sojourns Giving Circle.

The 35 girls in the club have grown up seeing their male relatives chop down trees, carve small animals to sell to tourists and ferry the curios to market. This tourism-based art model threatens the once-plentiful hardwood forests of Southern Africa, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species. Erosion and other impacts of deforestation are made worse by the erratic climate.

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Laws of Luggage

DesktopThe perfect solution to those light aircraft luggage restrictions

Load Hauler Expandable

If your safari includes traveling between camps in light aircraft, you’ll need to use luggage that works within the airlines’ requirements.  The luggage compartments of these planes are limited in space and thus the need to have soft sided luggage. While some of the companies will let us get by with our beloved 22″ bags with 3 soft sides, most require that the bags be soft-sided all around and no wheels.  When wheels aren’t allowed, I’ve found Eagle Creek’s Load Hauler to be the perfect solution.  It offers the space of a duffel while providing the option of carrying it as backpack which lightens the load while traveling through airports.

Philanthropy and Adventure

Sq_Priscilla_GirlsClub_OptimizedThis GSGC group had the unique opportunity to combine an African wildlife safari with “going deeper” through our philanthropic arm, the GS Giving Circle, which actively supports girls’ education and empowerment in Southern Africa. Not only did we see the beauty and wildlife of this region, but we had a great time while gaining insight into the varied local cultures and issues.

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