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THE GALLOPING GNUS - Newsletter Spring 2016


 

Celebrating our 30 Years

 

What a milestone! The Africa Adventure Company kicked off celebrating our 30th anniversary early this year by attending several travel shows, meeting up with many past clients to share their countless adventures and stories.

 

I was able to express my passion in an interview with Wall Street Journal in New York where I discussed our commitment to creating ecotourism trips to Africa that help support important conservation efforts to protect wildlife.

 

We share in your excitement creating tailor made vacation experiences with top notch guides for small groups and independent travelers, including camps that are symbiotic with nature and their communities.

 

Enjoy viewing our various chapters in the road traveled thus far on our 30 Year Timeline!

 

   

 

We dazzled at our 30th Anniversary

 

The Africa Adventure Company celebrated our actual 30th Anniversary on March 17th. Surrounded by 200 wonderful staff, friends and clients, we enjoyed South African wines and Kenyan beer on the patio of the Cinema Paradiso as we reminisced about past safaris and upcoming adventures. The highlight of the night was viewing the movie Vanishing Kings – Lions of the Namib, introduced by guest speaker James Currie, with his perfected lion roars! We want to thank all those who joined us.

 


 



 

Our 15th Annual Photographic Competition Winners!

 

WildlifeDylan Lee – Sundowner at a Hwange waterhole

SceneryJim Kleeman – sun rising over the Serengeti

Clients on SafariIrene Cavatore – up close and personal

People of AfricaRonnie Goyette – Arusha Farmer’s Market

BirdsReid Dusenberry – Verraux’s Eagle Owl

Portfolio of Photos - Stacie Brink, Southern Africa

Portfolio of Photos - Michael Shepard, East Africa


Post your Photos on our new AAC Client Facebook Page!

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Trip Planning for August-October 2016

 

We still have a few spaces on our AAC Signature Group Departures. Top naturalist guides with extensive knowledge of their home countries lead the trips.

 

  

 

Tanzania Migration with Albert Nanyaro
Aug 30, Sep 06, Oct 02, @ $8,850.00

 

Okvango Delta with Brooks Kamanakao
Sep 07, Sep 20 @$11,395.00

 

Best of Cape Town and Kruger
October 05 @$5,375.00

 

Trekking Gorillas with Sula Iga
Sep 03 @ $9,150.00

 

 

Announcing new Offerings

from Wilderness Safaris

    There have been a few new offerings on the

    safari table this year from Wilderness Safaris.
    The announcement that they have entered a
    partnership with Governor's Camps in Kenya
    and Rwanda has extended their brand into
    East Africa. They have also introduced some 
    great new privately guided Group Exploration
    trips in Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Supporting Conservation

Efforts with Tourism 

    More and more travelers want to hear about

    the conservation and protection of East Africa’s

    wildlife. Specialist groups are always interested

    in meeting local researchers in addition to the

    daily game drives. Several Serengeti and Maasai

    Mara camps offer participation to clients to hear

    about the conservation projects and their pursuit

    of protecting the wilderness.
    5 projects in Kenya and Tanzania...


Active Experiences for the

Solo Traveler 

10 ways to tread lightly on the environmnet.

Biking the Backroads at Mashatu; Walking up

close and personal with wild elephants in Mana

Pools; Trekking gorillas in the mist; Tracking

rhino and climbing to caves; Hiking the lower

Kilimanjaro slopes, calderas at Ngorongoro

Crater or Table Mountain in the Cape; White-

water rafting the Zambezi River.  Read more...

 


Why Drought is Not Always a

Bad Thing

Around the world, our planet is experiencing

the effects of El Nino, including drought in

many countries. The first thought is always:

what will happen to the wildlife in times of

drought? And is it always a bad thing? Map

Ives shares his thoughts on how this impacts

on wildlife in seasonal weather patterns of a

      green or dry season. Read more...    

 

 

    

East Africa Bushtail Reports

Our client's comments from Jan-Mar 2016,

   sharing some awesome and exciting

happenings including meeting photographer

Jonathan Scott. Read more...

 

        

Southern Africa Reports

  Jan-Mar 2016 feedback from clients on many

camps, their guides and amazing wildlife

sightings including meeting Flip Sanders in

the Skeleton Coast. Read more...

 

 

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Don’t miss our Spring Newsletter, featuring:

 

AAC’s 30th Anniversary Then and Now Timeline! (1986-2016)

 

Announcing our Photographic Competition Winners!
Reminder to send in your photos by January 18 from 2015 travel.
Winners receive 10% discount.

 

 




THE GALLOPING GNUS - Newsletter Winter 2016



Season's Greetings

This is the time of year when we take a look back at the last 12 months and give thanks to our amazing clients. We've had a great 2015; we extend our gratitude for letting us plan your safaris and share in your fantastic adventures! We can't wait for 2016 when we'll be celebrating our 30th anniversary.

 

 


 

AAC travel roadshows with Mark Nolting

 

As part of our 30th Anniversary, Mark and members of the AAC team are coming to a city near you in early 2016. Meet the staff, share your safari questions and stories, and hear about Mark’s adventures in person at the following stops:

 

New York Times Travel Show
Jan 9+10 (Mark, Szilvia and Kyle)

Dallas Travel & Adventure Show
Jan 30+31 (Mark, Sarah, Saskia)

Los Angeles Travel & Adv. Show
Feb 27+28 (Mark, Kollin, Elena)

San Francisco Travel & Adv. Show
Mar 05+06 (Mark, Lynne, Jessica)
 
30th Anniversary Celebration
Fort Lauderdale on Mar 10, 2016

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Signature Group Departures

 

We are offering these exclusive small, group departures for up to 6 guests. We have personally selected top naturalist guides with extensive knowledge of their home countries.
 
 
 
Best of Tanzania with Albert Nanyaro 
Jun 10, Jun 21, Jul 04, Jul 13, Aug 21, Aug 30, Sep 06, Oct 02 @ $8,150.00

 

Botswana Safari with Brooks Kamanakao
Jul 03, Jul 22, Sep 07, Sep 20 @ $12,475.00

 

Zimbabwe Trip with Lewis Mangaba
Jun 19, Jul 10, Jul 31, Aug 21, Sep 01/25 @ $10,995.00

 

Uganda & Rwanda Primates with Sula Iga
Feb 06 (full), Jul 01, Sep 03 @ $9,150.00

Read more on the 4 trips...

 

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Safaris that Give Back

    With South Africa's current exchange rate,

    there is no better time to explore gorgeous

    Cape Town and track the Big 5 on a wildlife

    safari. What better way than giving a gift to

    conservation with your investment of tourism

    dollars contributing to Saving the Rhinos!
    Read more...

 

      

The Greatest Show on Earth 

     Go Wild with the unparalleled viewing of

     the Great Migration, the Great Cats and

     more - all in an open vehicle! A NEW East

    Africa trip for 2016 that we've created that

    will enthrall both the experienced and novice

     safari traveler alike. Best Jul-Oct. 

     The 18-Day East Africa Wildlife Extravaganza    

     

Where to Go List

      Announcing the AAC annual list of our "30

      Favorite Camps and Hotels"; some are new

      and some are perennial favorites. #1 pick is

      Little Mombo (ssshh offering a 40% discount

      in 2016). So which destination will it be?

      Read full list of 30...

        

Making a Difference

     Booking an AAC safari is more than just game

     viewing; there is purpose to making a difference!

     We are very involved in giving back to community

     projects, and supporting guides at grass roots

     level!

    Read more...    

 

   

East Africa Reports

 Looking for your next adventure. Our client's

   recent comments and feedback (Oct-Dec) as

   they share some awesome and exciting experi-

   ences from the bush. Read more...

 

        

Southern Africa Reports

        Inspiration from our clients sharing feedback

       on many camps, their guides and amazing once

       in a lifetime wildlife sightings (Oct-Dec).

       Read more...

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Don’t miss our Spring Newsletter, featuring:

 

AAC’s 30th Anniversary Then and Now Timeline! (1986-2016)

 

Announcing our Photographic Competition Winners!
Reminder to send in your photos by January 18 from 2015 travel.
Winners receive 10% discount.

 

 




THE GALLOPING GNUS - Newsletter Fall 2015


 

One on One with Mark Nolting

 

It was a thrilling summer here at AAC, including two prestigious awards from Travel & Leisure (World's Best Africa Tour Operator and A-List of Travel Agents) and multiple safari adventures for our peripatetic staff who left no termite mound unturned in our search for the perfect safari experience. 

 

Looking ahead to 2016 and our 30th anniversary, Mark sat down for a Q&A. Read more...

 

 

 

 

 

Save the Date: AAC travel roadshows with Mark Nolting

As part of our 30th Anniversary, Mark and members of AAC’s team are hitting the road and coming to a city near you in 2016. Meet the staff, share your safari questions and stories, and hear about Mark’s adventures in person at the following stops:
 

 


New York Times Travel Show,                   Jan 8–10, 2016
Dallas Travel & Adventure Show,              Jan 30-31, 2016
Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show,     Feb 27-28, 2016
San Francisco Travel & Adventure Show,  Mar 5-6, 2016

Plus 30th Anniversary Celebration
The screening of "Vanishing Kings" with guest speaker Flip Sanders of Desert Lion Research in the Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Fort Lauderdale                                        Mar 10, 2016

 

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Featured trip: Botswana Wilderness




November through March is “Green” Season in Botswana and an ideal time to take advantage of unbeatable prices at Wilderness Safaris camps. We’ve put together an epic 12 day flying adventure to take advantage of the specials, featuring two camps in the Okavango Delta and Linyanti PLUS Victoria Falls!  Read more...

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East Africa Bushtail Reports


 

Looking for your next adventure. Our client's comments from July through September, 2015 sharing some awesome and exciting happenings.  Read more...

 

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Southern Africa Reports




Inspiration from our clients sharing feedback on many camps, their guides and amazing wildlife sightings from these past few months (Jul-Sep)  Read more...

 

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Supporting Conservation

Together we, the Africa Travel specialists, and you, the savvy traveler, do make a difference each time we travel on safari in conserving and protecting the amazing wildlife. Read more...

 

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10 Top Guided Safaris in 2016




What is on your Bucket List? The AAC team has highlighted a preferred clientele of guides and invite you to consider taking one of these scheduled privately escorted safaris, or put your own trip together. Read more...


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The Greatest Show on Earth


 

 

A NEW East Africa trip for 2016 that we've created that will enthrall both the experienced and novice safari traveler alike. Go Wild with the unparalleled viewing of the Great Migration, the Great Cats and more! The 18-Day East Africa Wildlife Extravaganza

 

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RecommendedRead&View 




Get ready to do some armchair traveling with our three recommendations; 2 books to read of adventures written by a local guide and 2 past travellers. Plus the viewing of Blood Lions on October 07 on MSNBC Documentaries @10pm ET. Read more...


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Don’t miss our Winter Newsletter, featuring:


AAC’s 2016 30th Anniversary Then and Now!
Alison’s insider guide to new African Hot Spots!
Visiting the gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda, and the Virungas
We encourage 2015 AAC travelers to enter their photos for our annual photo competition. Winners will receive 10% discount on next safari
 

 





Copyright © 2015 The Africa Adventure Company, All rights reserved.

 

 



THE GALLOPING GNUS - Newsletter Spring 2014 - Page 1


The Galloping Gnus - Letter from Mark Nolting’s desk
Letter from Mark Nolting’s desk:
  


Dear Safari Traveler, 
2014 is here and we are in full swing with new and repeat clients, assisting them with their safari plans. A new year is always a great time to reflect on the past and make plans for the future. The Africa Adventure Company was established in 1986 and we are celebrating our 28th year in business. We were encouraged being recognized in Travel+LeisureWorld’s Best Awards 2012 as AAC was really the first boutique, small safari tour operator company to receive the award for Africa. This was a testament to us pioneering independent, customized travel and giving travelers the choice of not being part of group
travel for a safari trip.

In 2014, the Africa Adventure Company will continue to do what i
t has done best! Focus on small groups and independent travelers, and promote camps that are symbiotic with nature and the community. Our Signature Photographic Programs are exclusive to AAC and feature small departures with no more than 6-8 people and explore Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda, Botswana and Zimbabwe (See page 8 for our Signature Safaris and departure dates).

Our newsletter is a perfect place to share with you the exciting updates occurring at the Africa Adventure Company. Enjoy reading about our dedicated consultants (page 2); our Top 30 Camps for 2014 that highlight awesome wildlife viewing, great accommodations and give back to the local communities (pages 3-5); and a new category of our annual Photo
Competition, “Portfolio of Photos”. We have selected two repeat clients who continually amaze us and I think you will agree, their photos highlight the best that East and Southern Africa has to offer (pages 10+11).

Both Conde Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure have recognized us in 2013 as the top safari outfitter to plan family safaris to wildlife destinations in Africa! Pages 12 and 13 review some of our favorite family safaris in the section “Safaris that Sizzle”.

It is now that Travel+Leisure holds their annual World’s Best Awards. We encourage you to vote by March 31 and show your support again for the Africa Adventure Company (and the opportunity to win a $10,000.00 dream trip). Turn to page 16 for details.

We want to sign off by quoting iconic American author, Ernest Hemingway, “I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.” The sights, sounds and people of Africa are li
fe changing! We look forward to welcoming  you on a safari of a lifetime in 2014.

Mark and Alison Nolting
Africa Adventure Company


1-800-882-9453
www.AfricaAdventure.com

- by: Mark Nolting


Top 10 Family Safaris - Page 2


We love working with families and helping them design their dream safaris for multi-generational trips. Travel+Leisure has recognized us in the prestigious World’s Best Awards (safari outfitter to plan family safaris) and in their A-List for a 5th year in a row. Also chosen 11 years in a row as one of the World’s Top Travel Specialists in Conde Nast Traveler, Mark Nolting is the “go to” person for family safaris in 2014! Let our team of consultants begin planning.

Top 10 Family Safaris - Supporting conservation efforts for future generations

Africa Adventure Company's Family Safari to Botswana

11-Day Family Safari to Botswana
~Priced from $2750.00 per child (ages 6-16) / 
$6495.00 per adult
Brooks Kamanakao is our “go t o” guide wh en booking a private Botswana safari. Let him regale you and the family with Run Rhino Run stories abo ut conservation efforts for the rhino that are in place through Wilderness Safaris and Great Plains in the Okavango Delta.





Africa Adventure Company's Wildlife Safari to Southern Africa
12-Day Wildlife Safari to Southern Africa
~Priced from $5250.00 per teen/ $5850.00 per adult
Mashatu, in southern Botswana, has been part of the Northern Tuli Predator Project started in 2007. It focuses mainly on the study of lions and leopards. Additional large carnivore species have also since been selected for further studies, including spotted hyenas and cheetah. The local guides will identify many of the Predators during your family safari.





Africa Adventure Company Diamond Skies” Safari to South Africa15-Day “Diamond Skies” Safari to South Africa
~Priced from $9195.00 per adult
Tswalu Kalahari is a pristine Reserve that offers a safe haven for many endangered and rare species while protecting an area of unique diversity and beauty. They were awarded the World Wildlife Fund - Lonmin Award for environmental conservation. From meerkats to porcupines, Tswalu is an awe inspiring destination!






Africa Adventure Company's  Iconic Visions Safari to Southern Africa
16-Day Iconic Visions Safari to Southern Africa
~Priced from $6095.00 per adult
Discover whales and penguins in Cape Town, the big and little 5 at a private game reserve in Kruger, village visits at Victoria Falls, the “Elephant without Borders” project that is active in the Chobe River ecosystem, and the iconic sand dunes of Sossusvlei of Namibia.






Africa Adventure Company's Family Adventure to Zimbabwe14-Day Family Adventure to Zimbabwe
~Priced from $4895.00 per teen / $5450.00 per adult
Victoria Falls is one of the 7 Natural Wonders and is your stepping off point for this Adventure safari. Explore the Zambezi River by boat, rock climb through the Bushmen art in the caves of Matobo Hills, and experience sitting, surrounded by elephant at a watering hole hide in Hwange. A great trip for families who also want to include a day to volunteer at a school or orphanage.




Africa Adventure Company's Family Wildlife and Wilderness Safari to Tanzania14-Day ‘Family Wildlife and Wilderness’ Safari to Tanzania
~Priced $4650.00 per teen / $7295.00 per adult
Two highlights include 1) Kisima Ngeda where Chris and Nani do so many wonderful things for the Hadzape and Datoga people living in the area to improve their lives. 2) Sleeping Under Canvas on the Serengeti Plains – an ever important ecological environment that needs your support to stop the pressure of development around the park.




Africa Adventure Company's Under Tanzania Skies’ Safari12-Day ‘Under Tanzania Skies’ Safari
~Priced from $6450.00 per teen / $6995.00 per adult
Traveling on this safari supports the Ndarakwai Concession. Situated in the foothills of Kilimanjaro, it is the perfect start for a family embarking out on their safari. Thomas will guide you through the Masai villages and schools, affording you an outdoor classroom lesson on the community working in partnership with conservation. The ideal place to do a day or two of volunteering!




Africa Adventure Company's Mara Explorer to Kenya and Tanzania12-Day Mara Explorer to Kenya and Tanzania
~Priced from $4450.00 per person / based on family of 3
Guests stay at Mara Intrepids where we will to request Samson as your guide. He has been in the area for many years and is the King of Story-telling and how nature plays out in the open plains of the Mara ecosystem. Let him introduce you to the Mara Marsh Pride of lions!






Africa Adventure Company's Kenya Explorer Privately Guided Safari14-Day Kenya Explorer Privately Guided Safari
~Priced from $5750.00 teen / $6475.00 per adult / based on family of 3
Experience first-hand the efforts of Ian Douglas Hamilton and Save the Elephants in Samburu, the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary at Sweetwaters, the conservation of Black Rhino in the Mara Triangle, and finish with a visit to Dame Daphne Sheldrick and her elephant orphanage in Nairobi!






Africa Adventure Company's Lodge Safari and Rwanda Gorilla Trekking14-Day Lodge Safari and Rwanda Gorilla Trekking
~Priced from $6550.00 per adult
Gorilla trekking is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For those 15 years or older, venture off into the Volcanoes National Park - home to over 10 habituated families of gorillas. There is much good work being done in Africa to conserve the forest habitats for both gorillas and chimpanzees – give your support too!




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A Special thanks to our friends and past clients who contributed their photos for this newsletter
•Ron & Ginger Blair • Anne Brosko • Marie Caner • Davis Family  • Kevin Gentry
• Eric Gurwin • Jakway Family • Susan Lock • Nick Murray   • Alison Nolting
• Nick Nolting • O’Quinn Family • Nic Polenakis • Remote Africa   • Savannah Sales
• Chris Swindal • Beth Tetterton • Gary Tratt Family • Wilderness Safaris • Willens Family




Photo Competition Winners from 2013 Trips - Page 3


Photo Competition - Portfolio of Photos - East Africa
Chris Swindal, a repeat AAC client has traveled throughout East and Southern Africa on several safaris. 
“As much fun as it is trying to photograph these amazing and majestic creatures, it doesn’t compare to the experience of spending time with them in their own habitat, and seeing the often wonderful and priceless interactions between one another.”

Photo Competition - A Cheetah and Wildebeest
Cheetah with a kill Lioness playing with its little cubs
Little Cub playing its mother taill A beautiful view of Sunset


Photo Competition - Portfolio of Photos - Southern Africa
Eric Gurwin has traveled with AAC on 8 safaris and has captured some epic leopard shots over the years. “Wildlife photography is my passion and I have been so lucky to be able to see and experience so many great wildlife sightings over the years. It is no coincidence that AAC has put me in all the right places to enable me to get the images I do.”

Three Leopards in Southern Africa
Group of wild dogs A jackal buzzard bird on a tree
A leopard hunting for food Beautiful Lilac bird soaring


AAC Signature Photographic Safaris! - Page 4


We feature four “Signature Safaris” to Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Rwanda & Uganda, and Botswana. Top quality guides lead these trips to Africa’s Top Wildlife Countries!

Zimbabwe “Eyes on Elephant”  Wild Dogs in Zimbabwe
Priced - $10,995.00
This safari highlights the extraordinary guides in Zimbabwe who will lead you on this signature trip. Experience Northern and Southeastern  Hwange with Dave Carson and Nic Polenakis, and in Mana Pools you will take walking and canoeing safaris with Nick Murray.

2015 Departures: Jun 07, Jul 12, Aug 02, Aug 15, Aug 28*, Sep 20


Cheetahs above termite house in Tanzania Wildebeest in Tanzania Leopard in Tanzania
Priced - $6,995.00
An Africa Adventure Company Signature Safari that highlights one of the top wildlife destinations in Africa! With only 8-10 guests traveling in a small exclusive departure; the area s you visit include the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Big cat and migration photography!

2015 Departures: Jan 17, Feb 07, Mar 07*, Jun 13, Jul 11, Jul 25, Aug 08, Aug 22, Sep 12, Oct 10, Dec 19


Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda
Priced - $9,595.00
We designed our Primate and Plains Group Safari to include two gorilla treks, one in each country, anticipating that guests would like to visit both!

2015 Departures: Feb 03, Jul 04 & Sep 06


Cheetah in Botswana  Giraffe in Botswana
Priced - $10,995.00
Visit the prime areas of Linyanti, Okavango Delta and Moremi periphery. Accommodations are in classic permanent tented camps.

2015 Departures: May 29, Jun 09, Jun 27, Jul 12, Jul 29, Aug 15, Aug 29, Sep 16


  
Priced - $6,595.00
Your itinerary focuses on a luxury getaway to South Africa. Enjoy a best of Africa wildlife experience on a Private Game Reserve.

2015 Departures: Oct 17




The Value of a Private Safari - Photographic Memories - Page 5


Herd Elephants in Zimbabwe


For those who wish to focus on capturing the scenery and wildlife in the various parks and private concessions of East and Southern Africa, a private safari is highly recommended! Ideal for the kind of experience YOU want, visiting the parks and reserves YOU wish to see most, and traveling on dates that suit YOU best.


For you photographers the value of a private safari is clear! You may spend your time focusing on the game you want to see rather than having to compromise with the gro up. For instance, if you find a leopard up a tree with a kill, you may stay a few minutes or a few hours at the location — it’s up to you!!

Nic Polenakis assists AAC’s owner, Alison Nolting, on using her new Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm 1:4.5-5.6G ED
Nic Polenakis assists AAC’s owner, Alison Nolting, on using
her new Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm 1:4.5-5.6G ED


Nic Polenakis - Private Photographic Guide
A few comments from Nic in the field: “I personally have a preference for Nikon gear and have done so for many years. I find them tough and reliable and can with stand the rigors of the Af rican outdoors. My camera of choice is the Nikon D3 and I use the Nikon 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 lens. This lens is extremely versatile though a little heavy. 

I personally love to capture action shots and in t
he wild this can happen in a split second. It may be an idea to learn to shoot on continuous high shutter mode at all times so that when the action unfolds you do not miss ''the shot''.

National Geographic Traveler selected Nic as one of thei
r “10 Great Tour Guides” for 2011. 

Join Nic on our Signature 15-Day Zimbabwe “Eyes on Elephant” safari departures Jun 21, Aug 05, Aug 16, or Sep 06


“How to Photograph the Great Migration” - Page 6


Africa Adventure's Guide Hillary MandiaThe Great Migration in the Serengeti is the phenomenal movement of wildebeests and zebra from the southern Serengeti plains through the western corridor to the Mara River in the northern corridor following water and green pastures.  My preferred type of camera is a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) with interchangeable lenses and accessories to suit every situation. 

Helpful tips:
* The safari vehicle should be positioned so that the sun is behind you while facing your subject.
* Don’t point your camera into the sun.
* The best natural light is duri ng early morning and late afternoon
* Always use a support (like a bean bag) for lenses 300mm or more to prevent camera shake and blurry photos.
* By focusing on the eyes of the animal or bird, you enforce the conne
ction between the viewer and subject.


Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti

Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti

Africa Adventure's Guide Ephata LotashuAfrica Adventure's Guide Hillary Mandia
Congratulations to our Tanzania Guides of 2013! Ephata Lotashu (left) 
and Hillary Mandia (right) are the two winners.

- by: Top Naturalist Guide Emmanuel Mkenda



Our Pick of 30 Favorite Camps! - Page 7


Every year we look forward to the latest “Top 100 Hotels” list in Conde Nast and Travel+Leisure to see if our favorite exclusive camps and lodges have been discovered by other travelers. We still have found a few hidden gems for our clients! Below are recommendations to explore in 2014.


DumaTau Camp, Linyanti Concession, Botswana DumaTau Camp, Linyanti Concession, Botswana
DumaTau Camp, Linyanti Concession, Botswana
- Our number 1 pick - extraordinary wildlife viewing and comfort!
- The are many platforms and hides in the area - get out of the vehicle
- Upgrade and book a private vehicle during your stay


Leopard in Botswana 
Mashatu Tented Camp, Tuli, Botswana
- Charming tented camp offers amazing value
- Photographic hides at waterholes can be booked exclusively
- Returning guests love the low key, safari feel to the NEW tents
*Request the 12-Day Wildlife Safari of Southern Africa (Mashatu+Kruger)


 Tubu Tree Camp
Vumbura Plains Camp,  Okavango Delta, Botswana
- Epic game viewing in Jan-May during low season rates
- Luxury in the bush!
- Excellent land/water experience 
*Request the 11-Day Premier Wing Safari to Botswana


Lions in Botswana Zarafa, Selinda Concession, Botswana
Zarafa, Selinda Concession, Botswana
- Exclusive safari camp - four luxury tents!
- Combine a night or two with Selinda Explorers Camp
- Dine with the Nat Geo photographers Dereck and Beverly Joubert
*Request the
12-Day Great Plains Adventure


 
Seasonal Mobile Camps in Khwai and Moremi, Botswana
- You have a private guide and vehicle - the ultimate experience!
- Intimate campsites located in the Khwai and Moremi Reserves
- The luxury mobile tents are spacious and comfortable
*Request the  07-Day Botswana Call of the Wild Photographic Safari


Little Kulala, Sossusvlei, Namibia Hot Air Balloons in Namibia
Little Kulala, Sossusvlei, Namibia
- The place to stay in the Dunes of the Namib-Naukluft
- Star gaze under the spectacular desert sky from your roof-top beds
- Hot-air balloon ride over the orange dunescapes of Sossusvlei
*Request the 10-Day Namibia Spectacular Safari


Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Hoanib, Namibia 
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Hoanib, Namibia
- New camp opened August 2014
- Classic level camp located next to wildlife rich Hoanib River
- Diverse activities such as walks, game drives and coastal visits

*Request the 12 Day Wings Over Namibia


Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa  Penguin in Cape Town, South Africa
Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa
- Historical landmark overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
- Best location on Kloof Street, Bantry Bay and Clifton Beach
- Indulgence in food, art and fine wine!
*Request the 15-Day Diamond Skies Safari


Meal outside Cheetah Plains, Game Reserve, South Africa Cheetah Plains, Game Reserve, South Africa
Cheetah Plains, Game Reserve, South Africa
- Our pick for an entry-level Big 5, Kruger experience
- Located in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve
- Not ultra luxurious; just great pricing with heart and soul!
*Request the 12-Day Best of Southern Africa Safari


 
MalaMala Sable Camp,  South Africa
- Exclusive property on MalaMala Game Reserve
- Just 7 suites - making it ideal for private groups or families 
- Dine al fresco in the boma

*Request the 11-Day South African Safari and Cape Highlights


Tafika, South Luangwa, Zambia Leopards in South Luangwa, Zambia
Tafika, South Luangwa, Zambia
- A seasonal bush camp in our favorite area of South Luangwa
- Leopard sightings galore - a photographer’s delight
- Book John Coppinger or Bryan Jackson to privately guide
*Request the 12-Day Leopard of the Valley Photographic Safari


Old Mondoro, Lower Zambezi, Zambia Old Mondoro, Lower Zambezi, Zambia
Old Mondoro, Lower Zambezi, Zambia
- A hidden gem! 
- The “diamond in the rough” to her sister camp, Chiawa!
- The adventure traveler will love the boating and walking activities
*Request the 11-Day Classic Safari to Zambia


Manafiafy, Madagascar Lemurs in Manafiafy, Madagascar
Manafiafy, Madagascar
- Located between Berenty and Fort Dauphin on the southeast coast
- Boutique resort with only 6 thatched chalets
- Activities include swimming in cove and guided walks to spot lemurs
*Request the 08-Day Madagascar Wildlife Safari


Riding Elephant in Zimbabwe Elephant Camp, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Elephant Camp, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
- Highlights are both interaction with the elephants and Sylvester!
- Enjoy the serenity away from the bustle of town
- Stunning tents, simple elegance and quality service
*Request the 14-Day Botswana and Zimbabwe Classic Safari


Linkwasha Plains, Hwange, Zimbabwe Elephants in Hwange, Zimbabwe
Linkwasha Plains, Hwange, Zimbabwe
- AAC Exclusive - New Classic camp opening 2015
- Located in a remote corner of Hwange with permanent waterholes
- Epic game viewing, observing huge herds of elephants
*Request the 12-Day Legends Safarior the 15-Day World Heritage Safari


 Wild Dogs in Malilangwe, Zimbabwe  Singita Pamushana, Malilangwe, Zimbabwe
Singita Pamushana, Malilangwe, Zimbabwe
- This private reserve is larger than the Sabi Sands and has just 1 lodge
- A best kept secret, so go now while the rates are attractive.
- Has the Big 5 including white and black rhino, cheetah and wild dog
*Request the 12-Day Hidden Gems to Zimbabwe Safari


Vundu Camp, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe Kayaking with Elephant in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
Vundu Camp, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
- Vundu makes the list again; great value and great guiding!
- A quality adventure experience that is a highlight for many
- Family-run by Nick and Desiree Murray for the 10th year 
*Request the 15-Day Eyes on Elephant Safari


 
Mara Toto Camp, Mara Concession, Kenya
- Semi-permanent Seasonal mobile bush camp with just 4 tents
- Located within Mara Reserve with access to the Mara North Conservancy
- Opportunity to see the Big Five!
*Request the 12-Day Classic Safari to Kenya


Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya 
Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya
- “Out of Africa” setting - endless vistas across to Mt. Kilimanjaro
- A pioneer lodge in conservation and community partnerships
- A trend-setter in stylish accommodations
*Request the 10-Day Great Plains Exclusive Locations Safari


 Sala’s Camp, Mara Reserve, Kenya
Sala’s Camp, Mara Reserve, Kenya
- Best location for first migration arrival into Mara (July to October)
- Sala’s continues to receive rave reviews 
- Sister properties are not too shabby; Giraffe Manor, Sasaab and Solio!
*Request the
12-Day Adventure Flying Luxury Safari


Solio Lodge, Mt. Kenya, Kenya   View of Mt. Kenya, Kenya
Solio Lodge, Mt. Kenya, Kenya
- Nestled in the valley between Mt. Kenya and Aberdare Mountains
- The Solio Conservancy has a vast array of wildlife
- Stunning accommodations looking across at Rhinos in the mist
*Request the
1 2-Day Adventure Luxury Flying Safari


 
Namiri Plains, Serengeti, Tanzania
- Asilia’s new camp located in the eastern Serengeti
- Highest concentration of cheetah in East Africa
- Exclusive game concession with few other tourists
*Request the 14-Day Plains and Wilderness of Tanzania


 
Olakira Seasonal Camps, Serengeti, Tanzania
- Olakira has seasonal locations following the migration
- Olakira Ndutu (Dec-Mar), walking allowed in southern plains
- Olakira Mara (Jun-Nov), Mara River crossings
*Request the 12-Day Private Luxury Safari to Tanzania


Lion in Tanzania Serengeti Shared Explorer Camp, Tanzania
Serengeti Shared Explorer Camp, Tanzania
- This seasonal mobile camp is good value for a first time, tented stay
- Our Tanzania guides almost exclusively host AAC clients here
- Frequent lion, cheetah and leopard sightings
*Request the 14-Day Family Wildlife and Wilderness Safaris


Singita Mara River, Serengeti, Tanzania Giraffe in Serengeti, Tanzania
Singita Mara River, Serengeti, Tanzania
- A great addition to their portfolio of Grumeti Reserves lodging
- Located in the beautiful Lemai Wedge; walking allowed
- Perfect for migration crossings, putting you near the action (Jul-Nov)
*Request the 16-Day Exclusive Safari to Tanzania


 
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Ngorongoro, Tanzania
- 5-start luxury lodge on the crater rim
- Each suite has a dedicated butler
- Walking safaris along the crater rim available to guests
*Request the 12-Day Exclusive Safari to Tanzania


Manyara Ranch, Rift Valley, Tanzania Zembra in Rift Valley, Tanzania
Manyara Ranch, Rift Valley, Tanzania
- A private conservancy in corridor between Tarangire & Manyara
- Activities include game walks, day and night game drives
- Participate in research activities
*Request the 14-Day Best of Tanzania with Great Guides Safari


Local Massai in Foothills of Kilimanjaro Ndarakwai Camp, Foothills of Kilimanjaro
Ndarakwai Camp, Foothills of Kilimanjaro
- A camp with authentic charm: begin here on arrival in Tanzania
- Walking and night game drives allowed. Thomas is a perfect host!
- Visit local Maasai villages in close partnership with the camp 
*Request the 12-Day Under Tanzanian Skies Group or Private Safari


Oliver’s Camp, Tarangire, Tanzania Elephants walking in Tarangire, Tanzania
Oliver’s Camp, Tarangire, Tanzania
- Offers walking inside the park, night game drives too
- Little Oliver’s brings an intimate camp to the Asilia portfolio
- A “must stay” for the first safari to Tanzania
*Request the 12-Private Luxury Safari to Tanzania


Gorilla's in Uganda / Rwanda Uganda / Rwanda
Uganda / Rwanda
 Gorilla Forest Camp in Bwindi Forest, Uganda
Jack Hanna’s at Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

- Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gorilla trek in both countries!
*Request the 14-Day Primate and Plains Safari to Uganda and Rwanda


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