Planning a Family Safari

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Guides at Young Explorers camp are skilled at working with young safari goers.
Image via Young Explorers Camp.

Attention parents: Are you starting to think about what to do for your next family vacation? A family safari can be one of the most enriching and memorable experiences to have with your children. Far away from theme park lines and crowded resort pools, an African safari is an unforgettable way to spend time together as a family, totally unplugged, in the natural world.

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Our Favorite African Beach Honeymoon Destinations

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Ultimate privacy can be found at Azura Quilalea, a wholly uninhabited island that hosts a maximum of 18 guests. Image by Scott Ramsay courtesy of Azura Quilalea.

When envisioning a dream honeymoon, a romantic beach vacation is at the top of many newlyweds’ lists and, perhaps surprisingly, Africa offers some of the most stunning and secluded beach destinations in the world.

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Collect Moments


 A Few of Our Favorite 2017 Moments


Wild At Heart Journeys ~ 2017 Reflections
 
 

 

A Focus on Conservation

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Guests can get a bird’s eye view into protection of endangered Black Rhino at the Borana Conservancy, Kenya.
Image via Borana Conservancy.

In 1909, shortly after leaving office, American President Theodore Roosevelt set sail to Africa with a lucky rabbit’s foot, several rifles and a shotgun, and four tons of salt for preserving animal hides. Over the course of two years, his expedition bagged thousands of animals (more on those numbers) that were salted, shipped back to Washington, D.C., and cataloged by naturalists at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History. These artifacts formed what is still today one of the most comprehensive and educative natural history collections in the world.

 

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Fly Camping Under African Skies

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Twilight falls on a Serian Serengeti Adventure Fly Camping tent. Image via Serian Serengeti.

His path was marked by the stars in the Southern Hemisphere, and he walked the length of his days under African skies.This is the story of how we begin to remember. This is the powerful pulsing of love in the vein. These are the roots of rhythm. And the roots of rhythm remain.

- Paul Simon, Under African Skies

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Linking Past and Future: Rwanda’s Precious Mountain Gorillas

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A juvenile Mountain Gorilla peeks at visitorsImage via Wild at Heart Journeys

For many, essential to the call to Africa is the opportunity to connect with the vast richness of biodiversity, history, and evolution of life on planet earth. And perhaps no African species is more poignantly alluring - and critically endangered - than the mountain gorilla.

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What is the Great Wildebeest Migration?

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The Great Wildebeest Migration, otherwise known as the Great Annual Wildlife Migration, is a fascinating phenomenon involving the migration of more than a million zebra, wildebeest, and antelope across East Africa. Witnessing the migration will top just about anyone's list of amazing experiences in Africa, so we urge you to add this activity to your bucket list!

 

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The Top Five Reasons to Travel to Africa in the Low Season

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Zebra on the Masai Mara demonstrate the vibrant contrasts in green season photography.
Image via Wild at Heart Journeys

Amidst planning for specific areas and activities, one of the most frequent questions we receive about African travel is “When is the best time to go?”

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Trip Diary: Wild at Heart Women 2017

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Basking in the glow: the Wild at Heart Women share a toast at the end of their journey. Image via Hannah Strand.

"She was one of the rare ones,
so effortlessly herself,
and the world loved her for it."
- atticus

Six women, thirteen days, and the adventure of a lifetime. When I returned from the inaugural 2017 Wild at Heart Women trip to Kenya and Tanzania in February, my first thought was to immediately begin planning the 2018 version of this very exceptional journey. It was simply that special and words can hardly do it justice, but here I’ll try. 

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Romantic African Travel Experiences to Get Your Heart Racing

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Moonrise from the Chalkley Treehouse at Lion Sands. Image courtesy of Sabi Sands

Love is meant to be an adventure.
-Gordon B. Hinckley

It’s February, the month of Valentines, which got us thinking: What do travel and romance have in common? Well, for starters, both have been known to get one’s heart racing and create memories - and stories! - to last a lifetime. Africa, in particular, is an unforgettable destination for couples and Wild at Heart Journeys works with many travelers who are looking for an African adventure to celebrate their honeymoon or perhaps a recent engagement or anniversary.

Whether on the beach or in the bush, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite romantic experiences for couples that are tailor-made for adventures of the heart.

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Giving Back and Going Deeper

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Feeding time at the Nairobi Nursery, from Wild at Heart Journeys’ 2017 Notecards for Hope.

During the holiday season, giving back to the causes we care about is part of expressing gratitude for our own abundance. At Wild at Heart Journeys, the spirit of giving is woven into our work year-round, contributing to important efforts like conservation, health, and education, and allowing our clients to form a deeper sense of connection with their African travel experiences.

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Our Favorite Destinations for A Walking Safari

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An up close encounter at Mana Pools. Image by Wild at Heart Journeys

Explore on foot to get intimate with the natural world of Africa

No doubt, safari drives via game vehicle can cover a lot of ground. But for naturalists, as well as the adventure or athletic minded, walking safaris offer the opportunity to engage all the senses and become truly immersed in the ecosystems of wild Africa.

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Private Villas are the Newest Way to Do Africa

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Image courtesy of Leobo Private Reserve

An Emerging Trend Offers Privacy, Exclusivity, & Flexibility

Not long ago, the basic expectation of African travel was fairly simple: getting up close and personal with the “Big Five” of African game while stationed at a comfortable, well-appointed group camp.

But as the continent’s tourism industry has grown and diversified, our services have grown to a customized model catering to a wide range interests - wine, walking, and other adventures, to name a few - in addition to the traditional safari experience.

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Scouting the Best of Botswana by Horseback

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Image courtesy of Macatoo Camp/Roger de la Harpe

An intimate, multi-sport experience for unparalleled wild beauty

Scouting destinations to find what’s hot, what’s new, and those secret hidden gems is an integral part of what we at Wild at Heart Journeys do. Owner Robin Francis travels to Africa several times per year to experience our destinations and accommodations first hand. Just as importantly, these visits create personal connections with the in-country partners and guides that provide our clients with their trip of a lifetime.

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Featured Lodge: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Clouds View

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, at just over 2,000m, is Uganda's highest lodge and is located just outside the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The lodge is up on a ridge, overlooking the volcanoes and sometimes at night you can see the red glow of the live peaks in the Congo.

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Africa's Wild At Heart Women: Hannah Strand


In celebration of International Women's Day we are kicking off our series of features on Wild At Heart Women - Women Guides of Africa.

Our first woman to be featured is Hannah Strand of Wildlife Explorer*. Hannah was born and raised in Tanzania. Her family has been in Tanzania for well over three decades. Growing up in a safari business family, Hannah spent much of her childhood in the bush. She says " Sometimes I can't believe I have had the wilderness and wildlife of Tanzania just on my doorstep. I spent my childhood constantly on safari with family and friends".

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Ultimate Romantic African Baths


As Valentine's Day approaches, we have been dreaming of romance and what is more romantic than a bath with a view?  Here are a few of our favorite outdoor bush baths. 

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Zimbabwe is Back!


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Zimbabwe is Back!

Having been off the grid for many years, Zimbabwe is once again one of the hottest safari destinations today.  Zimbabwe for years was THE safari location due to its incredible wildlife and the finest quality safari guiding on the continent. The "Zim-Pro" license truly is the gold standard unmatched anywhere else on the continent. This makes an extraordinary difference in your overall safari experience.

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Not Just a Tour Operator, but making a difference!


When we started Wild At Heart Journeys, we wanted to share the beautiful land of Africa with travelers, and we also wanted to help out the beautiful people who live in incredible poverty and without so much throughout Africa. A portion of our profits goes to supporting local projects.

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Featured Lodge: Manyara Ranch Conservancy

Walking Safari

Manyara Ranch Conservancy
 is the first tourism project of its kind in Tanzania. Formed in partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation, Manyara Ranch protects a critical wildlife corridor between Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks. The Ranch comprises 35,000 acres of wilderness which is home to over 50 mammalian species.

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