Photographing Wildlife at “The Hide”

This spring, we took our first family trip to Southern Africa over our kids’ spring break (late March to early April). This was the farthest we had ever traveled with my 15-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter, but we managed to pack a lifetime of experiences into just twelve days. We spent time in South Africa Read more…

Returning to Botswana with My Kid in Tow

Last June, I returned to Botswana, one of the first countries I visited in Africa on my first safari in April 2000 and truly a jewel of wildlife conservation. Nearing two dozen trips to Africa, I still never get jaded by the safari experience, the game drives or the animals. Africa just doesn’t get old Read more…

Safari Guides: Storytellers, Zoologists and More

Bleary-eyed, we raced over the plains of the Masai Mara, the chilly morning air whipping around us as we gripped our thermoses with one hand and the vehicle with the other. Far in the distance, our guide had spotted a cloud of dust rising from a rocky outcropping—to our untrained vision, yet another feature of Read more…

Vote for Travel Beyond for “World’s Best!”

Travel Beyond is once again nominated in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards under the category of “Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters!” If you’ve traveled to Africa on a Travel Beyond trip, we’d be honored to receive your vote in this annual online survey. To vote for Travel Beyond: Create a sign-in with your Read more…

Green Season in Botswana & Victoria Falls

The new year is a common time for travelers to begin thinking about trips for the upcoming year and beyond. Conversations at family gatherings naturally fall into discussions of travel goals and resolutions, family adventures, vacation schedules and more. Those who have found themselves without a plan to escape the North American winter in 2019 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…

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…

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…