Safari Packing Q & A

Packing can be one of the most stressful components of any trip. You wonder if you have enough clothes or too many, if there’s laundry or not, whether you will be over or underdressed. The questions are endless and, when traveling to Africa, often compounded by the knowledge of strict weight restrictions. In order to Read more…

The Remote Wilderness of Kenya’s Chyulu Hills and Ol Donyo Lodge

I was fortunate to travel to the amazing country of Kenya last November/December.  It was my first visit to this East African nation and I, having visited Tanzania in 2019, was curious as to how it might compare.  Kenya exceeded all my expectations, but one location in particular really stood out to me and that Read more…

Our Favorite Photos of 2021

Welcome to this year’s edition of the Travel Beyond ‘Favorite Photos’ collection! Carefully curated by every member of our team, these photos represent some of our most significant moments from the last year. We are thrilled to welcome back even more travel photos this year, as several of our Travel Beyond colleagues struck out to Read more…

Making the Most of Your Time at the Airport

When traveling abroad, we often find ourselves spending a good deal of time in airports. Be it a long layover or simply the need to arrive early to account for lines, there are usually multiple hours to kill before boarding. These can feel tedious, if not outright painful, particularly when flying home. So, we identified Read more…

Safari Options in South Africa’s Greater Kruger Ecosystem

I recently returned from a two-week trip to South Africa. We flew into Johannesburg and spent some time in Cape Town and the Winelands; but for the majority of the trip, I was in the Greater Kruger ecosystem. While here, my colleague Elle and I enjoyed a variety of accommodations and some incredible animal sightings. Read more…

Food on Safari

When most travelers think of safari, wildlife takes center stage. Whether you are on a mission to witness the Great Migration, see the Big 5, or spot a species you’ve never seen before, you are excited for the animals that await.  But there is much more to a safari than wildlife and it is these Read more…

On Safari: Drive or Fly?

My first safari was just over 20 years ago- an overland expedition through remote corners of Botswana and Zimbabwe. We traveled in 20 passenger trucks, setting up camp as we moved from location to location. We felt the intense heat of the day, sun searing our skin as our arms draped over the side of Read more…

Passport Protocol: When and How to Renew

While far from glamorous, it is one’s passport that is undoubtedly the most important piece of any international trip. You can have the most well-designed itinerary, with every logistic mapped out perfectly. You can secure the best guides and arrange for the most interesting activities. And yet, without a current passport, none of it is Read more…

Montemar: Eco-luxury in the Land of the Galapagos Tortoises

Situated in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, in the heart of giant tortoise territory, Montemar Villas is a home away from home in the Galapagos. Envisioned and hosted by two Ecuadorian conservationists (one a naturalist guide and the other an ecologist), a stay here is truly an immersion into the life of this remote Read more…

Photo Mashatu: Diving into Safari Photography

When heading on safari, many travelers feel beyond excited for the once-in-a-life time experiences that await– unforgettable animal sightings, stunning landscape, interesting culture. And yet they might worry about how to capture it or that their photos just won’t do justice to all that was seen and done. Thankfully, there are parks and camps that Read more…