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Clare, Chang Mai Thailand

By Clare Jackson
On: 1st March, 2018

Our Top Five Eco-Destinations

  • Tanzania
  • Easter Island
  • Maldives
  • Costa Rica
  • South Africa

Re-use, reduce, recycle. We all know the huge importance of conserving and protecting our beautiful planet, and we all try to do our bit to help the environment and to reduce both our energy use and waste (Kenya and Rwanda are away ahead of us by the way, banning the use of plastic bags…

wild dog

By Natalie
On: 15th February, 2018

The Year of the Dog: Where to Spot the Wild Kind

  • Botswana
  • Kenya
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania

This year Chinese New Year falls on the 16th February and marks the year of the dog. An excuse (as if we needed one) to talk about some of our favourite furry friends, the African wild dog.

black rhino

By Natalie
On: 3rd January, 2018

Where to Spot What on an African Safari

  • South Africa
  • Zambia
  • Namibia
  • Botswana

We all have our favourite animals, some are dog-lovers, some prefer cats and some (i.e. our Africa team) like cats and dogs of the much wilder kind.

Elephants in the Serengeti

By Matt
On: 12th December, 2017

The Big Five: What, Why and Where?

  • Botswana
  • Namibia
  • Kenya
  • South Africa

The Big Five… 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…

food market in Hanoi, Vietnam
Image of Jessica Higgs

By Jess
On: 7th November, 2017

Our Ultimate Foodie Destination Bucket List

  • Tasmania
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • South Africa
  • The Winelands and Cape
  • New Orleans & The Deep South
  • USA

Bucket lists: we all have them. Climb a mountain, learn a new language, run a marathon - all excellent achievements before kicking said bucket but also all rather, how to put this, saintly. Here at Original Travel we've been cooking up a bucket list of an altogether more indulgent nature:…

A family of lions
Image of Tom Barber

By Tom
On: 26th September, 2017

My First Safari: Wild in South Africa

  • South Africa

Regardless of how many Jellycat giraffe teddies the children own, or how Elmer the Elephan encyclopedic they are, nothing even comes close to seeing African wildlife in its natural habitat for the first time. We think that your wild things will enjoy a safari experience in family-friendly…

driving through canadian woods
Image of Jessica Higgs

By Jess
On: 17th August, 2017

Hit The Road: Our Favourite Road Trips

  • South Africa
  • Italy
  • USA
  • New Zealand
  • Iceland
  • Namibia
  • Canada

"It's not the destination, it's the journey" - said every cheesy, road to redemption reality show presenter ever. But they might just be on to something, you know. When the journey involves switch-back turns through epic mountains, cruising along sweeping coastlines or trundling through…

Image of Jessica Higgs

By Jess
On: 7th August, 2017

Lights. Camera. Action: It's Show Time...

  • Albania
  • USA
  • Costa Rica
  • Sweden
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka

Who else was totally enthralled by Joanna Lumley in India and Wild Alaska Live? Both gave fascinating insights into some of the most beautiful corners of our planet, and made us want to immediately grab our passports and head off in search of adventure. But what should we watch on the telly…

Aerial view of Cape Town
Image of Jessica Higgs

By Jess
On: 13th July, 2017

African Adventures (There's More Than Safaris)

  • South Africa
  • Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago
  • Ethiopia
  • Namibia
  • The Winelands and Cape
  • Morocco

When we say Africa, you dig out the binoculars and khaki trousers and begin practising your best David Attenborough voice, right? Wrong! While safaris might hog most of the African holiday limelight, there is so much more to this supremely diverse continent, from mind-blowing scenery to…