Alexis’s First Safari “Down in Africa”

I bless not only the rains down in Africa! As the music lover that I am, when I found out I was getting the opportunity to go on an educational trip to Southern Africa, I must’ve played Toto’s “Africa” about a hundred times. This little ditty definitely got me in the spirit for my trip Read more…

Botswana, Connected

One’s first impression of Botswana is often vastness, experienced while flying over millions of acres of uninterrupted land, devoid of roads, cities and villages. There’s a thrilling sensation of a land waiting to be discovered and a promise of a peaceful disconnect from the familiar bustle of the world left behind. It’s a sentiment our Read more…

Craig Beal Repeats on Travel+Leisure A-List

For the sixth straight year, Travel Beyond owner Craig Beal has been recognized as an A-List travel consultant by Travel+Leisure magazine! Travel+Leisure highlighted the unique attributes which qualify Craig as an A-list safari consultant by explaining: “A former nuclear engineer who went on his first safari at age four, Beal brings impressive knowledge and attention Read more…

Australia vs. Africa

On my recent trip to Australia, I heard a quote that really stuck with me: “If you only visit two continents in your lifetime, visit Africa – twice” (-R. Elliot). As I have visited southern Africa four times in my eighteen years and plan to return soon, I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. Something about Read more…

Rose’s Return to Botswana

I recently returned from my adventures in Botswana with my colleague Marsha Carroll, with many wonderful experiences along the way! After four long years since my last visit, Botswana was beckoning me to return once more – and I am very happy that I did! Botswana is a fascinating country with many unique areas and ecosystems Read more…

Safari After Dark

A typical day on safari begins between 4:30am and 6:00am. Your guide will knock on the door (or canvas wall) and say, “Good morning, time to get up!” From that moment forward, the day will be filled with tracking animals, only interrupted by a midday siesta when the sun is too hot for you or Read more…

There is something about safari life…

“There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne – bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive. One only feels really free when one can go in whatever direction one pleases over the plains, to get to the Read more…

Kenya: Safari Harmony

In March 2014, Travel Beyond owner Craig Beal and travel manager Lainie Overbeck each spent approximately two weeks vetting camps, lodges and hotels throughout Kenya’s many national parks and private game reserves. Their recent experiences, shared with the rest of the Travel Beyond team, will add to the wealth of knowledge already held by our Read more…

The Sundowner by Seth Thomas Pietras

There are few activities in life as civilized as the Sundowner. It represents the still extant link between the modern world and the wild—an activity that provides us with an understanding of who we are and a reflection upon how far we have (and in many ways have not) come as humans. Only a fermented Read more…