The “New” Zebra Migration of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans

The Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra in East Africa is one of the most well-known safari experiences, drawing thousands of guests each year to photograph and witness wildebeest making their annual journey through the Serengeti ecosystem. Yet animal migration is not a spectacle reserved solely for East Africa. In Botswana, the early 2000s brought Read more…

Rose steps off the beaten path in South Africa

My most recent African exploration took me to Cape Town to attend the We Are Africa luxury travel show, where I immersed myself in dozens of meetings over several days to learn about all of the exciting new properties and experiences that await our Travel Beyond clients. Of course, after spending so much time indoors, Read more…

Travel Beyond Named “World’s Best” of 2018!

For the second straight year, Travel Beyond has been honored as a “Top 10 Safari Outfitter” in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards! The annual World’s Best Awards are voted on by Travel + Leisure readers, who rate and review the tour operators, hotels, cities, cruise lines and other travel companies and destinations they’ve Read more…

The Life-Giving Waters of the Okavango Delta

Each year, in a seasonal crescendo of nature, floodwaters spread over Botswana’s Okavango Delta, transforming the inland river delta into an immense floodplain. The floodwaters help the Okavango Delta support a plethora of predators and prey, attracting travelers eager to go on safari at one of the Delta’s renowned safari camps. As a year-round safari Read more…

Katie’s Fundraising Climb for Maasai Olympics

Katie Blackstone, Travel Beyond’s product manager for Africa, will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, this August. While Katie’s primary goal is to bring back firsthand knowledge to benefit her clients, she wanted to use this climb as an opportunity to give back to East Africa as well. As Katie’s invested hundreds of hours Read more…

Africa: Table for One?

I am no stranger to traveling by myself. In fact, I quite enjoy the adventure and that great “I did it!” feeling that comes at the end of a solo trip. I’ve traveled a fair amount and have visited many US and European destinations on my own. But…Africa is special. The sights and sounds are Read more…

Where to Go: Africa at a Glance

On a map, it looks fairly easy to combine countries in Southern Africa and East Africa into one comprehensive trip, checking off all the safari highlights at once. However, Africa is a vast continent—larger than North America and almost all of Europe combined—and what looks like a simple transfer on a map can take a Read more…

The Third Time’s a Charm!

When I am asked what my favorite African country is, Kenya is always one of the few I name. (Yes, I have a couple of favorites and cannot narrow down my choice to just one country!) Why? I first saw Kenya on the big screen, in the movie Out of Africa, and it shaped my early Read more…

Kenya’s Unique & Intimate Wildlife Experiences

In the fall of December 2016 I visited Southern Africa. So, when I learned I was returning to this great continent earlier this year, I was elated to hear I would be visiting East Africa and the country of Kenya along with my colleague Jenny Mikkelson. Of course, it was a fabulous trip – how Read more…