Preparing to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

After planning my most recent African adventure, I realized that my necessary preparation was quite different than previous trips. Instead of a typical safari experience where I could relax in a vehicle and watch wildlife, I would be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro! Having never climbed a mountain before (or even been to much of an elevation), Read more…

Furs for Life: Singita’s Leopard Conservation

South Africa’s Kruger National Park and the surrounding private game reserves, like the Sabi Sand and Timbavati, are well-known for incredible game viewing of leopards, lions, cheetah, elephant, rhino and other “must see” safari wildlife. Known as a Big Five safari destination, photographers flock here in the hopes of witnessing dramatic chases, epic showdowns between Read more…

Craig Beal Named to Travel + Leisure A-List for 8th Year!

For the 8th straight year, Travel Beyond owner Craig Beal was named to the elite Travel + Leisure A-List as a Safari Specialist! As Craig’s 2018 member profile on Travel + Leisure’s website explains, “Safari travel runs in Beal’s blood. His mother founded Travel Beyond — the company he now owns — when he was Read more…

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…

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…

Wellness Travel in India, A Land of Natural Beauty

While it is not a new travel concept, “wellness tourism” remains a desirable and popular idea among today’s travelers. So, what is “wellness,” and how can you integrate it into your next adventure? Wellness tourism can be loosely defined as “travel for the purpose of promoting health and well-being.” However, the true beauty of this Read more…