Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Animal Spotlight: The Giraffe

Tall. Lean. Graceful. Magnificent. Can you guess which African animal encompasses all of these characteristics? If you guessed the giraffe, you’re absolutely right.


Known for being the tallest mammal in the world, the giraffe is also one of the most spectacular to observe in nature. In fact, some people go to Africa for the sole purpose of seeing a giraffe in at least once in their lifetime. Observing the giraffe’s towering neck, friendly aura, peculiar black tongue, and mesmerizing colors and patterns is unlike any other experience, making this creature one of Africa’s most unique animals.

What else makes these animals so spectacular?
  • The average giraffe’s legs are 6 ft. tall, while the neck can be 20 ft. tall! Their total body height is around 13 – 15 ft.—and they’re quite lanky.
  • They can sprint up to 35 miles per hour.

  • Remember the black tongue mentioned above? It can grow anywhere from 18 - 21 in. long!
  • Giraffe’s travel in herds ranging from 20 – 40 individuals and are led by a male giraffe—also known as a bull.

  • Each giraffe has a different set of patterns, which are unique to that individual giraffe.

  • While the average human baby is around 7 ounces, the average giraffe baby is around 6 ft. tall and weighs 100 – 150 lbs. and endures a nice 6 ft. drop as the mother gives birth—agonizing for both the mother and the baby. Wouldn't you say?
Game drives, walking safaris, and horseback riding safaris, are some of the best ways to observe a giraffe herd up close. Watching their gentle movements offers a refreshing change from observing a lion pounce on its prey.

Isn’t it time you went on the African safari vacation of a lifetime? Let Hills of Africa Travel plan for you an authentic and completely tailored itinerary guaranteed to satisfy all of your personal preferences. Whether you want to plan an African family safari, honeymoon safari, or any safari in between, Hills of Africa Travel is dedicated to making your dreams come true. Contact us today at (877) 845-4802. Africa awaits you . . .

Friday, April 3, 2009

Little Vumbura: Experience the Magic of this Spectacular Oasis




Explore the unspoiled wilderness of the eclectic Little Vumbura, as you enjoy an authentic African safari vacation. With its private feel and stunning landscape, it’s no wonder Little Vumbura is one of the most highly acclaimed destinations in Africa. Situated at the northern region of the Okavango Delta, this island is nothing short of fascinating.

Adding to the memorable experience, the prestigious ecotourism company, Wilderness Safaris, offers exceptional accommodations, excursions, safaris, and amenities for all its visitors. Little Vumbura has six luxurious tents, which is the perfect way to spend your evenings among the serenity of nature. Situated in a legendary Okavango forest, the camp has a pool and patio area overlooking the sprawling landscape.

The bushveld and floodplains in the area offer spectacular game-viewing year-round. The wide spectrum of vegetation is a haven for exotic birds and other forms of intriguing wildlife, while the multiple waterways spread throughout the area are home to hippos, antelope, and crocodile.

The surrounding floodplains are a popular place to view zebra, wildebeest, and Cape buffalo as they quench their thirst in the hot African sun.

An adventurous Little Vumbura safari is nothing short of a sheer delight! Not only is the area one of the best spots for game-viewing in Africa, but the landscape is absolutely stunning.



Little Vumbura safaris:
  • Enjoy a wide spectrum of game, such as the waterbuck, giraffe, elephant, Cape buffalo, vervet monkey, cheetah, lion, and baboon. The full range of creatures in the area, and the opportunity to see all of the animals known as the Big Five, makes this location a must-see destination.

  • Observe a vast amount of vibrant birds, such as the wattled crane, egret, little bee-eater, and fan-tailed widowbird.

  • Choose from various types of safaris in the area, such as a game drive, walking safari, dug-out canoe (Mokoro) safari, or power boat safari. Whatever your preference, Wilderness Safaris is there to make sure you’re satisfied.

Experience a world like no other on the eclectic island of Little Vumbura. Hills of Africa Travel is dedicated to creating the perfect itinerary for you, around your every preference. Whether planning an African family safari, or honeymoon safari, Hills of Africa Travel is there to make your dreams come true. Contact us today at (877) 845-4802. Isn’t it time you took the trip of a lifetime in the hills of Africa?

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Emin Pasha Hotel: Treat Yourself to an African Safari Trip of a Lifetime






Relax in the lap of luxury while on an exquisite African safari vacation at the enchanting Emin Pasha Hotel, in the capital of Uganda, Kampala. This boutique hotel, situated outside of the bustling urban life of the City, boasts an elegant and charming atmosphere, and is the perfect place to stay while on a gorilla trekking safari, family safari, or honeymoon safari.

The Emin Pasha Hotel is:
  • Defined by its constant, exceptional service. Whatever your need, the staff at The Emin Pasha Hotel is dedicated to fulfilling that need to your complete satisfaction.

  • Full of fantastic, modern amenities, sure to satisfy your every desire while on an African safari vacation.

  • A boutique hotel, equipped with 20 luxurious rooms. After a long day on an adventurous African safari, retreat to your room where the majestic landscape and magical aura of Africa comes to life through the room’s set up and décor. Egyptian cotton sheets, wrought-iron bathtubs, elegant hardwood floors, and the perfect bed to rest, are just a few of the many elements included in each room.

  • Recognized for its extraordinary dining and world-renowned wine selections. The celebrated Fez Brasserie and Wine Bar is considered one of the most exclusive and high-end places to dine in Uganda. Your palate will be delighted by each dish, as they offer a fusion of international and local flavors.
  • Well-known for its majestic spa. Enjoy a day of pure bliss as you relax in the spa’s tranquil setting while receiving a relaxing facial, sensual massage, or delightful pedicure, among many other services.

  • Known for its awe-inspiring architecture and interior design. Old-world Africa fuses together with a modern flare to create a truly exceptional and unique atmosphere at the Emin Pasha Hotel.
  • Located in two acres of relaxing exotic gardens full of flowers, intricate vines, and canopying trees. The Emin Pasha Hotel is also the perfect distance from the center of town, where shopping, dining, and entertainment thrives.

Don't miss out on staying at one of the most celebrated hotels in Africa. Isn’t it time you indulged yourself with a luxurious African safari vacation ? Or the perfect honeymoon safari vacation? Hills of Africa Travel is dedicated to building the perfect travel itinerary around your every personal preference. Contact us today at (877) 845-4802, to learn more about a life-altering African safari trips

Monday, March 30, 2009

Culture Spotlight: The San Tribe’s Bushmen





An African Safari vacation is not just about the sightseeing and game-viewing—it’s about experiencing a unique culture completely separate from your own. One of the most intriguing and unique cultures in all of Africa is the San Tribe’s Bushmen. The emotional and spiritual fulfillment of immersing yourself in this unique culture cannot be matched by any other experience.



Known as hunters and gatherers, the people of this culture were the earliest settlers in the Kalahari Desert region. There is an estimated 85,000 indigenous Bushmen alive today, according to National Geographic magazine. The Bushmen’s legendary history dates back tens of thousands of years ago. In fact, according to several genetic studies, all of humankind can be traced back to these people.

Enjoy an interactive walk with them through the villages, as they share with you their extensive knowledge about survival and the secrets of the land. Hear them interact through a unique language, which consists of various “click” sounds. This rare insight into the intriguing San Tribe allows you to learn about their effective hunting skills and crafting skills. Discover how to make an authentic bow and arrow from natural resources, and understand which wild plants are edible and which ones aren’t.

The tribe’s immense respect for nature is illustrated through their lifestyle choices. They do not cultivate crops, or keep cattle or any other animals. Their knowledge about plants is so extensive, that they know which ones to eat for nutritional purposes, and which ones to use for medicinal purposes. The act of going out together to gather plants is a huge social activity for the community.

Another way they show this respect for nature is through their hunting traditions. When they kill an animal for food they use every part of the animal, wasting nothing. The tribesmen usually hunt zebra, lion, antelope, and other wild game, and use the meat for food, and the hides for blankets.


While on a Botswana family safari, or honeymoon safari prepare to be bewildered by the Bushmen’s legendary history as you spend time with them in a local village opening your mind to an exceptional and diverse culture. Understanding the Bushmen’s deep respect for nature is not only enlightening, but humbling, as well. Contact Hills of Africa Travel today at (877) 845-4802, to help you plan the trip of a lifetime.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Soul Safari to Africa with Ainslie MacLeod: The Itinerary



Are you ready to take a once in this lifetime journey to South Africa where you will uncover the innermost secrets of your life's purpose and discover the spiritual pathway to Living the Life your Soul Intended?

Then, join author and psychic Ainslie MacLeod on an expedition to uncover your soul’s unique purpose in this life. On this 9-day Soul Safari, you’ll explore the mysteries of the life plan your soul created before you were even born, and learn to harness your own spirituality to create a happier and more fulfilling future—one of total self-acceptance and endless potential.


THE ITINERARY
Dates: October 19–27, 2009
9 days/8 nights
We carefully crafted the itinerary for our “Soul Safari with Ainslie MacLeod.” It consists of only 2 destinations; Madikwe and Cape Town, but don’t let its simplicity fool you. It is one powerful journey!

October 19 – 23 (1st 4 nights)
Destination: Madikwe
Accommodation: Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve marks the ecological transition point from the Savannah to the Kalahari Desert. This diversity of ecological habitat results in a very broad base of animals. Home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, and elephant) game viewing is excellent. Professional and skilled rangers will deliver a world-class interpretive experience of the bush in 4X4 safari vehicles. Photographic opportunities of the reserve’s fauna, flora and topography are excellent.

The reserve was proclaimed in August 1991 and is currently one of South Africa's largest game reserves and best-kept secrets. This reserve has the distinction of being one of the few game reserves in the world to be established purely because it was the most appropriate and sustainable land use for the area. The reserve consists of vast plains of open woodlands and grasslands, dissected and bordered by rugged mountain ranges and rocky hills. The re-stocking of Madikwe with animals indigenous to the area began in mid-1991. Since then, more than 8,000 animals of 28 species have been introduced in the largest game translocation exercise in the world at that time.

Madikwe Safari Lodge
Madikwe Safari Lodge offers nothing short of luxurious hospitality and spectacular wildlife encounters in a malaria-free environment. The camp has a total of 20 suites with no luxury forgotten. Guests will enjoy the large bedroom area, their own private plunge pool, circular fireplace, spacious dressing area, personal bar, and private bathroom with a choice of indoor or outdoor shower.



October 23– 27 (2nd 4 nights)

Destination: Cape Town
Accommodation: 12 Apostles

Cape Town

The "Mother City" was the first South African port established by European settlers in the 16th century. Cape Town is the cultural and creative epicenter of South Africa, with more artists, designers and poets choosing the melting-pot palette of people and natural beauty of Cape Town as their inspirational home.

Visitors to Cape Town can explore the dichotomy of a less-than-perfect past with a present and future full of possibility – a discourse that many creative people can fully engage with and which visitors will instinctively relate to.

From the curated exploration of cultural, historical and social issues by Iziko Museums to the exhibition of musical street life in the Mother City’s townships, Cape Town has a strong creative economy and a treasure chest of talent of music, dance, theatre, poetry, fashion, art, culinary skill and design.

Cape Point and Boulders Beach
One of the most popular tours which offers a spectacular coastal journey through to Cape Point – the romantic meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. This area along the Peninsula boasts some of the most breathtaking and unique scenery in the world. It combines a fascinating collage of beaches, mountain ranges and wildlife.

Boulders Beach and the Penguin Colony
Boulders beach is an idyllic beach located close to Simonstown heading towards Cape Point. This unique beach is perhaps more popular due to its inhabitants, a colony of some 3000 African Jackass penguins. It is said a pair of the penguins first settled in 1982 and the colony has steadily grown ever since.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is well known around the world for the diversity of indigenous plants cultivated there and the scenic mountain setting. Half of South Africa's species of flowering plants are cultivated, including about 9000 varieties of indigenous plants unique to the Cape South Africa - locally known as Cape 'fynbos'. There are also many specimens of rare and endangered plants on display.

Cape Town City and Table Mountain

Take a step back in time and join us on an exploration of the “Mother City” – its views, its history and its people.

Table Mountain
The ancient Table Mountain often draped in swirling cloud and flanked by its attendants Devil's Peak and Lion's Head, forms an impressive backdrop to the sprawling city of Cape Town and is a well known subject for many postcards and photographs. It stands at the head of a chain of mountains forming the Cape Peninsula National Park which follow the line of the Peninsula to Cape Point.

Daily Activities
Table Mountain October 19 – arrival, afternoon game drive, lunch and dinner at Madikwe Safari Lodge, evening workshop with Ainslie MacLeod

October 20, 21 and 22 - morning game drive, full English breakfast, mid-day, 3 hour workshop with Ainslie MacLeod, tea, afternoon game drive, lunch and dinner at Madikwe Safari Lodge

October 23 – breakfast, morning game drive, check out of Madikwe, charter flight to Johannesburg (50 min), domestic flight to Cape Town (90 min) transfer to 12 Apostles Hotel in Cape Town, assignment of new rooms, Dinner with Ainslie MacLeod at 12 Apostles

October 24 – breakfast, full day, private guide wine tasting tour with lunch at Grande Provence and dinner at Africa Café. Evening workshop with Ainslie MacLeod.

October 25 – breakfast, full day, private guide tour of Cape Point, Hout Bay, Simons Town, Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach with lunch at Black Marlin and dinner at Five Flies.

October 26 - Cape Town City Tour and Table Mountain, lunch will be at a restaurant of your choosing, dinner will be an Andulela cooking experience.

October 27 –breakfast, transfer to airport.

THE COST:
ITINERARY COST: $7,497pp
(Per Person Cost is based upon 2 people sharing – we will assign room mates for those traveling alone)

Includes: -
• Airport Meet & Greet upon arrival at JNB
• Charter flight from Johannesburg Airport to Madikwe Game Reserve
• 4 nights all inclusive accommodation at Madikwe Safari Lodge, South Africa
• Charter flight from Madikwe Game Reserve to Johannesburg
• Airport Meet & Greet upon arrival at Cape Town and transfer to hotel
• 4 nights B&B accommodation at 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town, South Africa
• Lunch and Dinner at Select restaurants per the itinerary on Oct 24 and 25
• Full day, private guided tour of Cape Winelands on Oct 24
• Full day, private guided tour of Cape Point on Oct 25
• Half day, private guided tour of Cape Town city on Oct 26
• Andulela Cooking experience on Oct 26
• Road transfer from 12 Apostles to Cape Town Airport for return flight

Excludes: -
• International Flights: USA to JNB, round-trip, to arrive JNB by 10AM on October 19, 2009 and depart Cape Town on October 27, 2009
• Domestic Flight: JOHANNESBURG to CAPE TOWN, to depart JNB no earlier than 3PM on October 23
• The following meals are not included: Dinner on Oct 23, Lunch on Oct 26, Lunch on Oct 27
• Gratuities
• Items of a Personal Nature

What are you waiting for? We can't wait to show you the Magic of Africa and help you Live the Life Your Soul Intended.

Click here to book your Soul Safari to Africa with Ainslie MacLeod.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Soul Safari with Ainslie MacLeod



A once-in-this-lifetime journey to South Africa where you will uncover the innermost secrets of your life’s purpose and discover the spiritual pathway to Living the Life Your Soul Intended.


Join author and psychic Ainslie MacLeod on an expedition to uncover your soul’s unique purpose in this life. On this 9-day Soul Safari, you’ll explore the mysteries of the life plan your soul created before you were even born, and learn to harness your own spirituality to create a happier and more fulfilling future—one of total self-acceptance and endless potential.


Enjoy 4 Spectacular Days on Safari

• Spectacular game-viewing in one of South Africa’s largest game reserves and best-kept secrets.
• View all the big 5 and then some: Lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant, wild dog, zebra, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, and more.
• Luxurious accommodation with individual bungalows and private plunge pools at Madikwe Safari Lodge.
• Dine on 5-star meals paired perfectly with fine South African wine.
• Feel good about patronizing a safari lodge that sets a fine example in sustainable tourism and interact with the locals that benefit.
• No need to worry about malaria – this is a malaria FREE game reserve.

Experience Ainslie MacLeod and His Soul World

• Explore the world of your soul, including its age, its type, and its missions, and uncover the plan your soul created for you in this lifetime.
• Discover the impact of your previous incarnations, and learn how to use your past to enhance the present.
• Be the first to learn fascinating information Ainslie has garnered from his spirit guides, but NOT found in his book The Instruction.
• Get insightful, helpful information about yourself that is not available elsewhere.
• Questions for Ainslie? Enjoy 9 full days of VIP access.


Exhilarating Travel Experiences Continue in Cape Town

• Rejuvenate yourself in the lap of luxury at the 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa.
• Perched perfectly between stunning mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, enjoy spectacular 360 degree views, day and night.
• Spend a glorious day tasting the finest of South Africa’s wines, set in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
• Spend a magnificent day seeing the scenic splendors of the Cape area, including a ride in a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach, the stunning cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope and the charming marina village of Simons Town.

What are you waiting for? There are only 32 spaces available on this journey and they won’t last. Book Now

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Uganda’s Ndali Lodge: Experience a Truly Authentic African Safari Vacation





Situated on the outer rim of an inactive volcano lies the Ndali Lodge, one of the most breath-taking and luxurious lodges in all of Uganda. Its prime location in the world-famous “Cradle of the Nile” (also known as Uganda) is perfect for enjoying a Uganda walking safari, making the Ndali Lodge a must-visit destination.

Contrary to most places where volcanoes once erupted, leaving a barren landscape, Uganda celebrates a wide spectrum of flourishing vegetation and stunning landscapes filled with vibrant colors and life. How did volcanic soil breed a land so rich in flora?

The volcano crater filled with water long ago, and is now referred to as the magnificent Lake Nyinambuga. Ndali Lodge’s ideal location on the volcano is perfect for viewing the vast scenery of Uganda. Soak in the sheer beauty of the extraordinary Rwenzori Mountains on the horizon, while enjoying a cocktail on your private veranda.

The surrounding area of the Ndali Lodge is home to a wide spectrum of wildlife, including chimpanzees, birds, butterflies, and other primates. Explore banana plantations and the legendary tea plantations in the area.

The Ndali Lodge is an absolute must-visit destination, boasting:
  • A truly authentic atmosphere. As the day winds down, the lodge is lit by a blanket of sparkling candles. The lodge doesn’t have electricity, making it a truly unique and authentic destination.

  • Unique architecture that is both comforting and luxurious. The lodge is built from local materials, radiating a peaceful atmosphere, reminiscent of the simplicity of nature. Built from thatch and stone, each of the lodge’s 8 cottages have en-suite facilities and are spacious enough to fit a family, making it the perfect destination for an African family safari.

  • Vivacious creatures, as the lodge’s surrounding ecosystem is a haven for animals such as fruit bats, and frogs.

  • Spectacular cuisine, created from fresh and local ingredients. Enjoy freshly squeezed juice for breakfast and entrees filled with local flavors for dinner.

Isn’t it time you booked a life-altering vacation? Share amazing memories with your loved ones on an African family safari, or honeymoon safari. Hills of Africa Travel is dedicated to building you a tailored and detailed itinerary, guaranteed to satisfy your every personal preference. Contact us today at (877) 845-4802.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Botswana’s Jao Camp: Adventure and Luxury Await You



Known as one of the most beautiful places on earth, Wilderness SafarisJao Camp in Botswana boasts stunning landscape and majestic islands speckled along the horizon. Situated in the southern half of the sprawling Okavango Delta floodplains, this delightful sanctuary is home to some of the world’s most exotic array of flora. The Camp’s ideal location is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy water activities, adventure, and the serenity of nature. Depending on the time of year, water activities are more prevalent than game drives, but both water activities and game drives are equally exciting!

Wilderness Safaris offers a wide spectrum of exciting activities for all its visitors. Famous for its spectacular game drives, game walks, and dug-out canoe (mokoro) safaris, Jao Camp is the perfect destination for an African family safari or honeymoon safari.

Wilderness Safaris’ Jao Camp:

Is celebrated for its exciting activities year round . . .
  • Enjoy game drives and picnics on the nearby Hunda Island, walking safaris through whistling reeds and papyrus patches, and a unique look into the mystery of the surrounding waters on a glass-bottom mokoro safari.

  • Fish in the sprawling floodplains just outside the Camp.

  • Observe exotic birds while on an African nature walk through the Okavango Delta plains.

  • Discover the exotic plant life and unspoiled wilderness of the surrounding islands.

Is a luxurious place to enjoy the magic of Africa . . .

  • Enjoy a peaceful night in one of the Camp’s 9 lavish tents, nestled beneath canopying trees and clear skies.

  • Choose between an outdoor shower or an indoor shower when you arrive back to Jao Camp after a splendid day in the magnificent African sun.

  • Nap on your private deck or gaze out onto the horizon as the glistening sun sets behind the sprawling plains.

  • Relish in the exquisite dining Jao Camp has to offer in the chic dining area, or outside beneath the sparkling stars.

  • Pamper yourself at Jao Camp’s salon and spa. Choose from a variety of services, such as a facial, pedicure, manicure, and specialty massages.

  • Start your day with a rejuvenating workout in Jao Camp’s gym.

Is renowned for its fantastic game-viewing . . .

  • Observe a variety of vibrant bird species, such as the black egret, malachite kingfisher, and meyer’s parrot.

  • Watch as lions stalk their prey in the bush, or as herds of zebra run through the bordering floodplains. Other animals that can be seen are the leopard, wildebeest, and hippo.

Let Hills of Africa Travel plan for you the vacation of a lifetime. We work closely with Wilderness Safaris, one of our favorite camp and safari providers in Botswana, to ensure your every desire and personal preference is satisfied. We inject each tailored itinerary with impeccable details and services to make sure you have the trip you’ve always dreamed of. Contact us today at (877) 845-4802, and let us plan for you a life-altering African family safari, honeymoon safari, or any safari in between for you.

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge: Enjoy the Perfect African Gorilla Safari

Discover a world where beauty and nature combine to create a fresh perspective on life and adventure, when you visit Bwindi in Uganda. Situated among thick bamboo forests, majestic swamp lands, and the Great Rift Valley, the Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is the perfect place to stay while on a sensational African safari vacation in Uganda.

The Lodge’s cozy accommodations, excellent dining, and ideal location, are just a few reasons why travelers choose the Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge when planning their African safari trip. On the terrain surrounding the Lodge lives nearly half the world’s population of gorillas (roughly 330), and is the only place on earth where chimpanzees and mountain gorillas live among each other. The Lodge’s perfect location to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest allows travelers to see these magnificent and rare creatures at an unbelievably close distance, making this location a must-visit destination.


Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the perfect place to . . .

  • Enjoy an African gorilla safari and get up-close and personal with these spectacular primates.

  • Experience an unforgettable African family safari or honeymoon safari.

  • View a wide spectrum of primate species, such as the black-and-white colobus monkey, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, baboon, and others, as they dangle from hanging bamboo.

  • Observe a variety of mammals and birds, as the area boasts more than 350 species of bird and nearly 80 species of mammal. Elephant, buffalo, and bush duiker are just some of the few mammals visitors see roaming the land.

  • Experience a guided forest walk full of adventure, photography opportunities, and exotic wildlife.
Bwindi’s Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is the perfect place to. . .

  • Relax after a long and exciting trek through the mountains to view the gorillas. The lodge is made up of eight stone bedrooms, perfect for honeymooners and families alike.

  • Soak in the culture of the area. The main lodge is tastefully decorated with exotic artwork from local Ugandan artists, representing various aspects of their culture.

  • Cozy up to the fireplace with a cocktail during the chilly evenings in Bwindi. The Lodge’s bar area is equipped with six fireplaces, sure to help you unwind from the exciting day.

  • View Rwanda, Virunga, and the Congo on the distant horizon. The lodge is situated at the perfect altitude, with the main balcony offering spectacular views in every direction.


The area’s breath-taking landscape and unique index of wildlife make Bwindi a one-of-a-kind destination. Enjoy a perfect stay at the Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge when you’re not out observing the mountain gorillas in action. Let Hills of Africa Travel help you make your dreams come true. We’re dedicated to crafting the perfect African safari vacation itinerary around your every preference. Contact us today at (877) 845-4802.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Animal Spotlight: The Gorilla

Native to Rwanda, Uganda, and parts of the Congo, the mountain gorilla is one of the most mesmerizing and delightful creatures to observe in the entire world. Observing a creature believed to be an evolutionary link to man, makes gorilla tracking safaris an extremely unique and rewarding experience. Encountering these intimidating creatures is a once in a lifetime opportunity, that is both rare and adventurous in scope.

Mountain gorillas are an endangered species with only a few hundred still surviving today. According to an article on the Animal Planet website, “The mountain gorillas are the only great apes whose numbers are actually growing. Although this species remains endangered, their numbers have grown from 248 to over 360 individuals in the Virunga Massif in Rwanda alone. The total number of mountain gorillas is estimated to be 700-750 individuals.”

There are several factors, which have led to such a massive decrease in the mountain gorilla population. One factor has been people destroying forests and therefore destroying the habitats of these enormous creatures. Also, poachers sell the mountain gorillas’ meat and fur for commercial purposes.

Shocking Mountain Gorilla Facts:
  • Communicable human diseases have been known to affect the gorilla population. Gorillas can catch the flu, measles, tuberculosis, and other viruses from human contact.

  • Full-grown male adults weigh approximately 500 lbs.

  • When threatened, the mountain gorilla will push off the ground, balance on its back legs, and pound its chest.

  • Mountain gorillas are classified mainly as herbivorous, but have been known to eat small animals.

  • Wild mountain gorillas usually live to be around 35 years-old.

  • Species of gorilla include the western lowland gorillas, eastern lowland gorillas, and the mountain gorillas.

Seeing a gorilla in the wild is difficult to describe. You can feel the adrenaline pump through your veins as they rise from the ground with a grunt and pound the ground as they walk through the forest. If you’re ready to experience the enchanting adventure of gorilla tracking on an African family safari or honeymoon safari, contact Hills of Africa Travel today at (877) 845-4802. Our expert team is dedicated to creating the perfect itinerary, tailored to each client’s personal preferences.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Uthando Foundation: Helping the Children of Africa in Need


Based in Africa, the non-profit organization, the Uthando Foundation exudes just as much beauty and inspiration as the hills and sprawling plains of its African homeland. The Foundation is dedicated to helping the children of Africa in need. Hills of Africa Travel believes in the Uthando Foundation’s efforts and we do as much as we can to be a part of their revolutionary cause. We participate in many Uthando events, and programs in order to give back to the community and help a people who are just as extraordinary as the land they live in.

The mission of this phenomenal foundation is “To raise moral and financial support for children who are infected or affected by the HIV / AIDS crisis in South Africa.” Included in these efforts are, providing necessities to children who have become orphans due to HIV / AIDS or parents who are unable to provide for the children because of the disease. The necessities Uthando provides those children in need include food, shelter, education, a positive and playful environment, and medical needs.

The Uthando Foundation and Hills of Africa Travel believe in educating the local population, as well as the international population, about the devastating effects HIV / AIDS has on the children of Africa and on the population as a whole. The Uthando Foundation works to increase awareness of the disease in the community, by hosting workshops, classes, and community projects, dedicated to helping people provide for themselves. The Foundation also strives to teach Dutch and South African children about other cultures, the problems these cultures face, and the lifestyles associated with these various cultures. These teachings are done in order to facilitate a greater understanding within these children—an understanding that there is a world outside of their own.

Implementing their objectives into actions, the Uthando Foundation organizes projects and events, which serve in the absolute best interest of the community.

Projects the Uthando Foundation is currently working on:
  • Re-building and lending emotional and financial support to the Agape Orphanage in KwaZulu-Natal. Uthando personnel frequently visit the orphanage to lend emotional support to the children and listen to their concerns and feelings. Uthando’s rebuilding efforts are in response to the January, 2005, orphanage fire. The Foundation has been working diligently to raise money, awareness, and volunteers to help in the re-building process. Recently, the Foundation sent ten Agape children to Holland to generate publicity for the orphanage and raise as much money as possible. The trip was a great success, raising $37,000 in donations. The combination of the Holland trip donations and past donations is enough to re-build the Agape Orphanage!

  • Participating in the Bobbie Bear Project. This project is dedicated to lending support and therapy to children affected by rape. Sexually abused children, as well as women, have a place to go for therapy, information, and emotional support.

  • The Education Fund opens the door for a better future for the children living in poverty. This project provides children in need with an education that allows them to survive in the world, and have the opportunity to grow in life.

Hills of Africa Travel is a dedicated supporter, and participant in the Uthando Foundation’s projects and efforts. We strive to create awareness of their mission and encourage everyone to visit the Uthando Foundation website to learn more or make a donation. Contact Hills of Africa Travel at, (877) 845-4802 to learn more about our community efforts and African safari itineraries.

Friday, March 13, 2009

What is an African Safari Vacation?




When many people think of an African safari, they only envision one type—an adventure in a rugged vehicle, bouncing about the rolling terrain of Africa. This is absolutely true, but there are also several other types of safaris that are just as exhilarating, and shouldn’t be overlooked when planning your trip to Africa. Although a vehicle safari is a must while on your African safari trip, there are plenty of other types of safaris you may not be aware of, that are unique and just as exciting.

Did you ever think there could be five different types of an African safari vacation?

  • A game-drive safari or vehicle safari could be considered the most traditional. The thrill of the vehicle’s invigorating speed and ruggedness create a truly authentic safari. Vehicle safaris offer an exceptional view of wild game throughout the area, and allow you to sit back and enjoy the excitement of a lion attacking its prey unravel before your eyes. Most luxurious lodges and camps offer excellent vehicle safaris.

  • A walking safari allows you to connect with nature on a whole new level. The movement and feel of this safari is completely opposite to a vehicle safari, as you can feel the ground beneath your feet, and are on a different height level than a vehicle. A walking safari offers the same fantastic game-viewing experience and adventure as a vehicle safari, while offering a different perspective on nature. Zambia’s Luangwa National Park is famous for its exceptional walking safaris.


  • A canoe safari boasts a fresh perspective on animal behavior. The rivers and water holes provide a place for animals to bathe, play, and drink from. Watch a hippo charge into the water or a baby elephant play with his mother. In addition to observing animals behaving in a different environment, a canoe safari boasts a large variety of birds and water-dwelling animals, which cannot be seen on any other type of safari. The Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe is the ideal place to enjoy a canoe safari.

  • A balloon safari is one of the most interesting safaris there is. This one-of-a-kind safari is truly a unique adventure since riders have a bird’s-eye-view of the land, and can observe nature from a whole new perspective. Game-viewing is spectacular as you glide above the treetops, and soak in the picturesque moments. Enjoy a hot-air balloon safari at Singita Grumeti Reserve in Tanzania, and experience an out-of-this-world escapade.

  • A horseback safari is arguably one of the most adventurous safaris there is. Running with a herd of zebra on horseback is an experience that cannot be matched by any other. Feel the adrenaline rush through your veins as you ride along the sprawling hills and observe spectacular creatures and the Big Five at close proximity. Singita Grumeti Reserve in Tanzania now offers horseback safaris for experienced riders.

Don’t miss the bountiful opportunities that await you in Africa. Let Hills of Africa Travel plan the perfect, tailored itinerary for your next African family safari or honeymoon safari. Contact us today at (877) 845-4802, and experience an unforgettable journey.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Singita Grumeti Reserve Introduces Two New, Highly-Adventurous Safaris

Horseback Safaris at Grumeti

Explore the unspoiled outdoors of the Singita Grumeti Reserve in Tanzania, on an African family safari, or honeymoon safari. This magnificent Reserve provides some of the most exciting African safari adventures in the entire continent.

Captivating wild-game, exotic birds, grazing mammals, and intriguing reptiles are prolific throughout the entire Reserve, offering the most memorable experiences for all who visit. With some of the greatest excursions and fascinating wildlife in all of Africa, it’s no wonder the Singita Grumeti Reserve is rated as one of the greatest places to take an African safari vacation.

The Singita Grumeti Reserve now offers balloon and horseback safaris, for those looking for a new spin on the traditional vehicle safari. Both the balloon and horseback safaris offer a unique and exciting look into the wilderness of the land.

Balloon Safari

Enjoy a soothing trip through the clouds and above the treetops on one of Singita Grumeti Reserve’s balloon safaris. Experience a unique look at the Serengeti Plains as you glide through the air on a one hour hot-air balloon ride, guaranteed to tickle you with delight. Boasting fantastic game-viewing, this safari is a must for those interested in utilizing their photography skills. Souring above the vast plains on this tranquil safari, you’ll observe a variety of game and stunning landscape as far as the eye can see. A balloon safari is an excellent way to enjoy nature in a blissful setting, while experiencing a new and exciting form of transportation.

Horseback Safari

Ever wonder what safari is the most thrilling of them all? A horseback safari is at the top of the list. You can’t get any closer to nature than riding on the back of an animal, while it runs next to a herd of mesmerizing zebra. This safari places you right in the middle of the action. Feel the exhilaration as you run next to a herd of antelope, encounter a lion stalking its prey, or trot next to a baby elephant and its mother. From the very beginning of this safari to the very end, you’ll experience the most thrilling and life-altering experience you could ever imagine. If you’re an experienced rider and want to take an unforgettable African safari vacation, a horseback safari is perfect for you.

After an exhilarating day with nature, enjoy a luxurious 4-night stay at Singita Grumeti Reserve’s exclusive Sasakwa and Faru Faru lodges.

If you are truly ready for the trip of a lifetime, than the Singita Grumeti Reserve in Tanzania is the perfect destination for you. Hills of Africa Travel is dedicated to crafting personalized itineraries for all client preferences. Contact us today at (877) 845-4802, and let us create for you a life-altering African family safari, honeymoon safari, or any safari in between.

Monday, March 9, 2009

African Safari Personalized Itineraries: The Only Way to Travel



Planning a trip to Africa can be difficult, but with Hills of Africa Travel, it couldn’t be simpler. With so many places, activities, and accommodations to choose from, it’s extremely important to find the ones you’re most interested in. Hills of Africa Travel is dedicated to planning the perfect African safari trip, catered to each individual preference. We make the planning process for our clients fun, easy, and delightful to be a part of.

Hills of Africa Travel doesn’t believe in providing clients with generic, prepackaged trip itineraries. We want our clients to experience all of the amazing aspects of Africa they would find interesting. A luxurious African safari vacation is a trip of a lifetime, and is unlike any other. We strive to provide clients with a detailed itinerary filled only with activities they want to do, and places they want to stay. We believe in tailoring personal itineraries around every preference.

In order to ensure that the perfectly crafted itinerary is made, we send a detailed questionnaire to all our clients. No detail goes unnoticed, and everything is taken into account. A trip this luxurious, stunning, and adventurous is well-worth our time finding you exactly what you want. Nothing pleases us more than making our clients happy.

One of our expert Hills of Africa travel agents will create an original itinerary molded around your personality and preferences. We carefully combine authentic safaris, personalized services, activities of your choosing, and accommodations of your choosing, to create a life-alerting vacation, filled with spectacular memories.

Our questionnaire includes questions that are unique and carefully designed to ensure we plan the perfect trip for you. Some sample questions are:
  • Have you traveled to Africa before?
  • What are your hobbies, interests, passions?
  • What is your favorite flower?
  • Do you like champagne or wine?
  • Do you prefer red or white wine?
  • What car do you drive?
  • For a last minute getaway, where would you choose?
Once you’ve answered the questionnaire, we set up a phone call with you to discuss what you’re specifically looking for on your African safari vacation. Your answers to these detailed questions allow us to craft from scratch, the activities that fit your preferences. For example, if you’re a wine connoisseur, and not just any wine connoisseur, a red wine connoisseur, we would suggest an itinerary which includes Cape Winelands in it. Not just anywhere in Cape Winelands, but a plantation famous for its bold, red wines.

For a couple interested in a honeymoon safari, they’re most likely looking for a romantic getaway, filled with memories sure to last a lifetime. On honeymoon itineraries we add detailed activities, including private dinners in the bush, rose petals leading from the game-drive vehicle to a warm bath accompanied by a bottle of champagne, a couple’s massage, a picnic dinner on Table Mountain, private dinner on the patio, and so much more. Hills of Africa Travel believes in first-class service. This means, no group tours (unless it’s the group you’re vacationing with), only privately guided tours with the best experts in the area.

We want to make your dreams come true. Contact us today at (877) 845-4802 to begin planning your trip of a lifetime. Africa awaits you . . .

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Best of Wilderness Safaris’ Botswana Excursions—Part I



Botswana is a land rich with a wide spectrum of year-round game viewing, beauty, and cultural diversity. With over 500 species of bird, a wide variety of mammal and reptile, and a plethora of exotic fish, it’s no wonder Botswana is one of the top places to experience an African safari. If you’re interested in seeing large, powerful animals, such as the Big Five, a Botswana safari vacation is perfect for you.

Wilderness Safaris is one of our favorite suppliers in Botswana, providing fantastic accommodations and high-end private safaris. With their array of safari choices, you’re sure to find one that fits your individual preference. Their magnificent selection includes:

Chitabe Walking Trails

Become one with nature on a Chitabe walking safari in the Okavango Delta. No longer is a safari vehicle the boundary between you and nature. Feel the texture of the ground beneath your feet as your heart races to the site of a leopard hiding in the bush. With our armed and licensed expert guides, there’s no need to worry about a leopard pouncing on you, even though the probability of one wanting you for dinner is very slim!

This adventurous walking safari lasts as long as you’d like. Our guides will tailor each day’s walking time around your personal preference. No matter how long you decide to walk for, fantastic game-viewing and birding is present every day.

The Great Wilderness Journey

Walk in the shoes of the famous African explorers as you travel back in time through the mysterious land of Africa, on this wild safari adventure. The Great Wilderness Journey incorporates a 19th-century luxury-safari style camping and lodging experience, which truly reflects the lifestyle of past African explorers.

The Great Wilderness Journey allows you to gain knowledge about the history of the land, while exploring its vivacious beauty. The fusion of adventure and serenity will send tingles down your spine as you explore a land like no other. Journeying to the raging Victoria Falls to take part in wild escapades, and discovering the abundant wildlife living along the Linyanti and Chobe Rivers, is an experience like no other. With its vibrant colored wetlands, the Okavango Delta is nothing short of breathtaking.

A truly authentic African experience awaits you in the unspoiled terrain of Botswana. Enjoy a private Botswana family safari, or honeymoon safari, and experience something truly magical. Let Hills of Africa Travel help you build memories that will last a lifetime. Contact us today at (877) 845-4802.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Best of Wilderness Safaris’ Botswana Excursions—Part II




Wilderness Safaris is one of our favorite suppliers in Botswana, offering a large variety of exciting game-viewing experiences and wild safari excursions. In addition to the safaris mentioned in the post before this one, they offer:

The Green Desert Expedition:

Enjoy the magic of the Kalahari Desert, as our expert guides uncover the geology, anthropology, and archeology of the land.

Explore Deception Valley’s legendary rivers in the Kalahari Desert. This expedition takes place during Kalahari Desert’s prime time, when a large variety of animals travel to the area for its abundant water supply. Deception Valley, located on the Kalahari Game Reserve, offers fantastic game-viewing. Frequent visitors to the land include the brown hyaena, meerkat, gemsbok, springbok, and the great black-maned Kalahari lion.

As you travel along the Kalahari Desert on this adventurous expedition, the saltpans of Makgadikgadi are worth stopping at to observe flamingos, wildebeest, and zebras drinking from the water filled saltpans with their young. This large breeding ground is one of the greatest areas to view animals migrating from all over.

The Okavango Delta is another stop on this exciting expedition and offers a stunning view of flourishing wildlife, crystal blue waterways, and breathtaking backdrops.

The Migration Routes:

Explore the magnificent islands of Botswana on walking expeditions, while taking in the spectacular scenery and fresh air. Discover the migration patterns of the animals and follow their patterns when you decide to take your next Botswana safari vacation! The changing of the Kalahari Desert from dry season to rainy season creates a diverse population of animals coming and going during these seasonal changes throughout the year. Follow elephant herds as they travel to the Linyanti concession, or follow a zebra migration to Savuti. The possibilities are endless . . .

Safari for All Seasons:

If you’re looking for an African safari trip filled with adventures and spectacular game viewing, Safari for All Seasons is the perfect safari package for you. During this safari, you travel to three different countries, each full of new and exciting explorations. The wildlife and scenery vary between countries, providing you with a well-rounded experience of Africa, and a new realization of life.

Bring your African safari vacation to life as you travel through South Africa’s various ecosystems to explore budding plants, animals giving birth, vibrant colors in all directions, magnificent scenery, galloping antelope, viscous game, and so much more.

Let Hills of Africa Travel create for you, a spectacular safari itinerary with Wilderness Safaris. Experience the perfect African family safari, or honeymoon safari in the diverse lands of Africa. To learn more about these amazing safari opportunities, contact us today at (877) 845-4802.

Monday, March 2, 2009

How to Prepare to Go Up In The Air - Nourishing Self Care for Flyers



The following article was kindly written for Hills of Africa Travel by our friend Vicki Heise, Founder of Live Your Healthy Life. Vicki is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor and will help you discover the lifestyle choices that work best for you in making gradual, lifelong changes for your healthy life. To contact Vicki please see "Live Your Healthy Life" or call her on 614 735-3375. Thank you Vicki, for helping our clients and all travelers to Prepare for Going Up In The Air.

Congratulations! You’re getting ready to fly away on the trip of your dreams!

As you start planning and making a list of what to take with you, don’t forget to plan for that long plane ride. It can make your flight more enjoyable and make a difference in how you feel after you land.

Common complaints from travelers include swollen ankles, upset stomachs and stiffness. So what can you do to help minimize or eliminate these side effects?

What You Drink Really Does Matter
Air inside planes is extremely dry. A few days before your flight start drinking water to replace alcohol, coffee, tea and soda. These drinks can dry your insides out. Tell the flight attendant “no thank you” to these during the flight - keep drinking water to stay hydrated. Enjoy that cocktail or coffee after you’ve landed. If you have any concerns about the safety of the water on board, buy bottled water after going through the security checkpoint.

Eat Light to Enjoy The Flight
Traveling and not being on your regular schedule can be stressful. So eat light during the flight. Bring easy to pack, nutritious foods with you. Pick your favorites, like unsalted nuts, dried/fresh fruit, cut up veggies, cheese, whole grain crackers/snack bars and dark chocolate. Mix together nuts, dried fruit and dark chocolate chips for a treat! If your stomach starts to growl, dream about the wonderful meals you will be enjoying at your destination.

Tip for Your Tummy
For upset stomachs and to alleviate motion sickness symptoms, consider packing some dried pieces of ginger. You can now find bags of individually wrapped pieces at health food stores and many grocery stores.

Wiggle in Your Seat - Dance in the Aisle
Seriously! Sitting for long periods causes blood to not circulate as well as it should. To avoid the complications this can cause, move. Tighten your back end muscles and release, stretch your legs under the seat and flex your feet, bend your knees and raise your feet up and down off the floor, do anything that you can think of to not stay in the same position. Stand up, walk up and down the aisle, hop, dance, do anything that gets your blood circulating. Do this often, especially on a long flight.

Then sit back and enjoy your flight!

Disclaimer: Be sure to check with your physician before your trip if you have any health issues or concerns. These tips do not replace advise from your health care providers. The content and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only, and is not intended to be used to diagnose or prescribe forms of treatment.

Let Hills of Africa Travel create for you, a spectacular safari itinerary. Experience the perfect African family safari, or honeymoon safari in the diverse lands of Africa. To learn more about these amazing safari opportunities, contact us today at (877) 845-4802.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Hills of Africa Travel Presents The "Children" of Africa - A Providence Day Video



Hills of Africa Travel is helping senior students from Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina, visit Africa in hopes of lending a hand to locals in need. Hills of Africa Travel is using the world-famous African Encounter travel group, to arrange for these students to visit the South African township of Soweto, Robben Island, Cape Town, Red Hill Community amongst others.


African Encounter and Hills of Africa Travel strive to have a positive impact on the African economy and environment, taking every opportunity to bring about constructive changes in Africa.

The areas these students will visit, desperately in need, are going to be given a gift—the aid of the Providence Day students, who will integrate themselves into the community to lend a helpful hand.



While on their trip, they will visit and tutor children at a Soweto School, play soccer in Cape Town, tutor and play with children at an orphanage, and plant a vegetable garden in the crippling Red Hill community. The Red Hill community is in desperate need of sustenance, and these students are dedicated to bringing this to the land in hopes of providing food and jobs for the people.



You may be wondering how much African culture, nature, and rich history, can have such a large affect on the people who visit. Why each person who travels to Africa is moved by the scent and music in the air, the genuine smiles of the people, and the heartwarming culture. It’s a place where exquisite beauty is matched by no other place on earth. This is Africa—a world unlike any other.

Hills of Africa Travel presents The “Children” of Africa—a Providence day video:

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Hills of Africa Travel is proud to be an active member in the African community, and is always looking for new ways to make a positive impact. To learn more about our efforts and travel itineraries, contact us today at (877) 845-4802.