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fishing boats at sunset

By Abby
On: 18th September, 2018

Winter Sun: Escaping the Big Chill

  • Jamaica
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • Mexico
  • Maldives

We may have just enjoyed one of the most glorious summers in recent memory but come November we'll all be digging out the woolly jumpers, lining up our winter box-sets and - not to be too dramatic about it - wondering if we'll ever feel the warmth of the sun on our faces again. But fear not,…

Clare, Chang Mai Thailand

By Clare Jackson
On: 21st August, 2018

Our Top Five Wildlife Conservation Projects

  • Namibia
  • Rwanda
  • Kenya
  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Zambia

Sometimes we need to take a step back and just remember we have no greater right to be here than any other animal - David Attenborough. No truer words, David. No truer words. And while the whole planet could benefit from subscribing to that school of thought, Africa particularly springs to…

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By Jess
On: 7th August, 2018

Authentic African Adventures

  • Namibia
  • Tanzania
  • South Africa
  • Kenya
  • Uganda

Authenticity: a perennially peddled promise which is rarely truly fulfilled. Yet authenticity is increasingly what we look for in our holiday experiences; the desire to feel like we've seen the real destination; that we've got beneath its skin and seen into its soul. Well, authenticity just…

Sicily headland
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By Jess
On: 28th June, 2018

Summer Lovin': Leaving it to the Last Minute?

  • South Africa
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam
  • Sicily & the Aeolian Islands
  • Zambia
  • Maldives

Whoever said failure to prepare is preparation for failure clearly never experienced the thrill of being spontaneous or, for that matter, the chaos of trying to juggle (delete as appropriate) family/work/home/pets/social life. While it's all very commendable to book things months and years…

monteverde
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 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…

food market in Hanoi, Vietnam
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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:…