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Top 4 training tips on how to fit do I need to be to climb Kilimanjaro?
Marathon runner and fitness enthusiast Charlie Watson gives you the scoop on training to climb Africa’s highest mountain. I’ve run six marathons and typically, I know how to train for them; following a 12- to 16-week plan that will build gradually in mileage so that I’m able to cover the 42km (26.2 mi) on race day. Training to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, however, is a different beast. It may go without saying, but I would suggest that you are fit and healthy when you sign up to tack ...
14 things you should know before backpacking in Africa
For intrepid and adventurous backpackers, the enigmatic African continent will always possess a particular allure. But Africa is not for the faint-hearted, and even more seasoned travellers will undoubtedly face a steep learning curve during their time here. From dealing with deadly fauna to falling foul of dodgy juice, here are some of the things you need to know before you embark on the adventure of backpacking Africa. 1. Africa is not a country Contrary to common stereotypes, Afr ...
An affordable family safari
It’s become a family tradition to go on an annual fishing trip. However the cost of these trips has surged in recent times. This year we were on a mission to uphold our tradition, while also making the trip more affordable. Our concern was that the quality of our trip wouldn’t be as high as previous years. After exploring many options, Lelobu Safaris convinced us on a camp situated along the banks of the Guma Lagoon on the north-western side of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. They ...
The Okavango Delta: Trip of a lifetime
In the latest of our series on ultimate journeys, Brian Jackman explores the vast wildlife-rich Okavango Delta in Botswana. In the Okavango every camp has its own attractions. At Duba Plains it’s the chance to see buffaloes en masse and the lions that prey on them. But what I remember most was a battle royal between lions and hyenas for possession of a dead hippo. In the end the lions won, by which time their faces were smothered with mud and blood and the sun had set, so that when ...
5 reasons to go on a Zambian adventure with Pioneer Safaris
With a variety of fantastic safari options in Zambia, it is sometimes difficult to know what to choose. Here are 5 reasons from Pioneer Lodge, Camp and Safaris that could help you to decide: 1. All Pioneer Safaris itineraries are tailor-made according to the aspirations of the guests. We find out what they would like to experience on their Zambian adventure and from that we can create a trip in accordance with their request. This means that all of our safaris are completely unique. ...
Top 5 places to see lions in the wild
We have seen a lot of news articles recently about lions, well, one lion in particular, but today is not for mourning Cecil, but it is for remembering him and celebrating the existence of lions all over the world – present and past. Today is World Lion Day – the first global campaign to recognise the importance of the lion worldwide. The future of lions is slowly moving towards extinction across Africa and India. Humans have lived alongside the King of the Jungle for thousands of ...
Everything you thought you knew about safari is wrong
Many misconceptions about safaris turn out to be just that. Here’s how to stop worrying...and (finally) book that great African adventure. Maybe you considered it too expensive, too time-consuming, too difficult to plan...a once-in-a-lifetime trip that you kept putting off until, well, never. But the truth is that there’s never been a better or easier moment to take a safari. Here are six of the biggest myths about safaris, debunked. MYTH #1: YOU NEED AT LEAST TWO WEEKS TO ...
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