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Adopt an African Elephant or Rhinoceros

Baby ellie
Dame Daphne Sheldrick was an over achiever.  This: not only did she develop the formula on which motherless newborn elephant orphans can survive for three years until they can eat big kid food, but she also personally raised countless ellies who required round the clock, 3 hourly feedings, raised a human family of her own (who also presumably needed sustenance), and somehow found time to write a beautiful book about her life in colonial Kenya.  We lost Dame Daphne in April this…

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Art in Africa

Africa is enjoying an art renaissance.  Time was, a wood or soapstone carving was the only collectible. Now, avant garde museums in Cape Town and jewelry studios in Kenya’s Masai Mara are displaying and selling exquisite work.  Here are our faves… The Boutique at Naibor Camp, Masai Mara has launched a stunning new range of jewelry that will excite guests from all over the world. Alongside these works of art from up-and-coming designer Rosie Sharp, Naibor also stays true to its…

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Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais

Hum if You Don't Know the Words
Hum If You Don’t Know the Words is a beautifully rendered look at loss, racism, and the creation of family. Robin Conrad is a nine-year-old white girl living with her parents in 1970s Johannesburg. In the same nation, but worlds apart, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles as a single mother. Their meeting should never have occurred until The Soweto Uprising, in which a protest by black students ignites racial conflict, alters…

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South Africa’s Top 10 multi generational experiences

We all like wildlife, and we all like diverse scenery, friendly people who speak our language with a charming accent, mild temperatures, and superb value for money. Some of us like excellent wine too.  Which is why South Africa is a country for everyone. Here are our Top 10 family recommendations…   1/ In South Africa, wildlife isn’t just in the bush. Head to Boulder Beach to see a colony of African Penguins. So cute… 2/ The Garden Route is not only a stunningly scenic…

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Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story by Daphne Sheldrick

Baby ellie at Daphne Sheldrick Sanctuary
The recently deceased Daphne Sheldrick, was the first person ever to have successfully hand-reared newborn elephants. Her deep empathy and understanding, her years of observing Kenya’s rich variety of wildlife, and her pioneering work in perfecting the right husbandry and milk formula saved countless elephants, rhinos, and other baby animals from certain death. In this heartwarming and poignant memoir, Daphne shares her amazing relationships with a host of orphans, including her first…

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Kenya fam trip

Kenya is the original safari destination, the country filmed in the classic movie, Out of Africa. What better way to learn about this stunning East African nation then by spending 7 nights in Nairobi, Lewa Conservancy and the Masai Mara?  For more information about the itinerary, price and Ambassador requirements, please contact John Gunning on 425-453-2403 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)/*= 0)out += unescape(l[i].replace(/^\s\s*/, '&#'));while (--j >= 0)if…

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National Geographic’s campaign: Plastic or Planet

Plastic or Planet is National Geographic’s awareness campaign against single use plastic. Stunning.

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Plastic water bottles

Plastic bottle pollution
With good reason, international travelers avoid drinking tap water, but plastic bottles are a major environmental problem. Globally, humans buy a million plastic bottles per minute.  91% of all plastic bottles are not recycled.  What simple action can you take to reduce plastic, and urge others to do the same? Take a drinking flask. A flask also makes a responsible client or bon voyage gift.  Tuck a note inside asking the traveler to do this small thing to reduce the number of…

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Africa for the Solo Traveler

Solo today, on safari tomorrow.
A safari is the perfect choice for anyone traveling on their own. Safari vehicles take a maximum of 7 guests, so single travelers automatically become part of a small group and have company on game drives during the day, but are free to choose to dine privately or with the rest of the group in the evening.  Better yet, at certain times of the year, safari operators do not charge a single supplement. Two such examples, which make luxe experiences more affordable, are: Elewana Sky Safaris,…

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Recommended Reading - Somebody’s Heart is Burning: A Woman Wanderer in Africa by Tanya Shaffer

Somebody's Heart is Burning by Tanya Shaffer
“It’s my life, and if I want to run from it I can,” quips Tanya Shaffer. An incorrigible wanderer, Shaffer has a habit of fleeing domesticity for the joys and rigors of the open road. This time her destination is Ghana, and what results is a transformative year spent roaming the African continent. Eager to transcend the limitations of tourism, Shaffer works as a volunteer, building schools and hospitals in remote villages. At the heart of her tale are the profound, complex, often…

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