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steam ship sudan

By Matt
On: 11th October, 2018

Cruising The Nile: The Steam Ship Sudan

  • Luxor, Aswan and the Nile
  • Egypt

Recently I joined the ranks of famous Orientalists, nobles, novelists and a sprinkling of modern-day celebrities who have all had the immense privilege of traversing the Eternal River onboard the historic Steam Ship Sudan, all of whom have impeccable taste in travel...

By Matt
On: 30th May, 2018

Mobile Camping (not Glamping) in Botswana

  • Botswana

Cast aside any visions of fancy lodges and manicured camps, sometimes the best experiences come in more basic packages, which is exactly what I got when mobile camping in Botswana; just me, my tent, a long drop and a camp fire...

By Matt
On: 27th March, 2018

Why I Love: Self-Driving in Namibia

  • Namibia
  • The Namib Desert
  • Etosha & Damaraland

Vast deserts, towering mountains, infinite salt pans and endless game, who wouldn't want to drive around the world's second least populated country? Our resident ex-safari guide, Matt, explains why he thinks Namibia is the world's best destination for a self-drive safari.

caracel

By Matt
On: 27th February, 2018

Beyond the Big Five: the Interesting Five

  • The Kalahari & Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Eastern Cape
  • Etosha & Damaraland

As a Field Guide, when you get new guests on your vehicle, it is all about understanding what they want to get from the trip that they've possibly spent a small fortune on. "So Ladies and Gents do we have any special requests for this afternoon's game drive? Anything you would like me to try…

By Matt
On: 12th January, 2018

Four Reasons to go to Namibia This Year

  • Namibia

Namibia - home to the world's oldest desert, highest sand dunes, largest underground lake and the largest population of free roaming cheetahs and black rhinos. Namibia is also the second least densely populated country on earth (after Mongolia), with a population of 2.2 million and a size…

Elephants in the Serengeti

By Matt
On: 12th December, 2017

The Big Five: What, Why and Where?

  • Botswana
  • Namibia
  • Kenya
  • South Africa

The Big Fiveā€¦ that classic safari term which every traveller knows. The majestic lion, the stoic elephant, the cumbersome rhino, the grumpy buffalo and the elusive leopard. But does anyone know why those particular five animals are what constitutes 'The Big Five'?

zabras drinking in etosha park

By Matt
On: 9th November, 2017

Safaris Through Expert Eyes

  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Botswana

Introducing our latest Original Travel recruit, Matt Shock, who's just spent a year guiding throughout Namibia, South Africa and Botswana, lucky guy! We asked Matt to share some of his expert insight into what it's like to be a guide in Africa and what some of his most memorable experiences…