The Yellow Zebra blog about travelling in Africa. Discover our latest updates on the best wildlife encounters, travel guides, safari trips & expert advice.
Luxury Gorilla Safaris in Africa
Want to know the best places to see gorillas on your African safari? Our safari experts are here with a guide to help you plan the ultimate gorilla safari holiday!
20 July 2021
Best lodges for a nice view in northern Tanzania
YZ expert Linda has just returned from an extensive safari to northern Tanzania. Here she picks out her favourite views:
29 April 2021
Best five places to see the African wild dog on safari
The majority of people on their first or second safari will most likely centre their attention on ticking off the Big Five; however, we feel that sometimes nothing beats watching the Africa wild dog in action. Here's our top 5 places to see them:
By James S | 22 April 2021
Wildlife found in Kidepo Valley National Park
YZ expert Linda details the wildlife she encountered during her safari to Uganda’s Kidepo Valley National Park, from Big Five members to the land-dwelling patas monkey.
09 April 2021
COVID-19: Africa and your safari
For months, we’ve been monitoring the impact that COVID-19 has had on the travel industry. Here we discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has changed our travel plans for 2020, 2021, and beyond.
By Ellie | 29 March 2021
The most adventurous safari lodges in Kenya
Do you love exploring new places? Well, we may have the list of properties in Kenya that will tick all your boxes! Tapping into our Kenya experts’ knowledge, we've come up with the most activity-filled camps in the country – take a look here:
By Jesse | 15 March 2021
What to Consider When Planning Your Trip
Planning a safari can be very hard and it is difficult to get your head around everything you need to do. These 10 points should help you get the exact trip that you want, at a price that you like and with the best itinerary!
By James S | 08 March 2021
The 5 best luxury lodges in Madikwe, South Africa
Here, we’ve picked a few of our favourite luxury properties in Madikwe Game Reserve.
18 February 2021
14 reasons why you should go to Kenya on your safari
Kenya is a stunning country, hosting vast landscapes, breathtaking scenery, and an amazing abundance of wildlife. Here’s our list of reasons why you should visit this incredible safari-focused destination:
By Jesse | 28 January 2021
Madikwe or Sabi Sands… which one is right for you?
Here we compare the renowned Sabi Sands with malaria-free Madikwe to give you advice as to which game reserve you should visit during your luxury South Africa safari.
11 January 2021
The YZ 'Top 5' safaris in Africa
Choosing where to go on safari can be somewhat daunting! With so many first-class countries to consider, and so many different environments, species, sights, and activities to choose from, planning a trip can leave you feeling completely confused!
By James S | 17 November 2020
The Serengeti & Great Migration
Stomping ground of the Great Migration and location of the highest predator concentrations in Africa, the Serengeti is one of those rare places that actually exceeds the hype! This Great Migration 12 part Blog Series gives you 'All you need to know'!
By Julian | 01 September 2020
Should you travel to Botswana’s Okavango Delta or Tanzania’s Serengeti for your safari?
Are you confused as to whether you should travel to the Okavango Delta or the Serengeti? Here, YZ expert Wies outlines the differences between the reserves, to help you decide which is better for your safari to Africa.
By Wies | 13 August 2020
Going alone to Africa: my solo holiday to Botswana and Zimbabwe
YZ’s Angela has just returned from a solo safari to Zimbabwe and Botswana. She explains why Africa is such a great destination for a solo holiday.
By Angela | 07 July 2020
The ultimate guide to where to stay on Zanzibar
Here’s our comprehensive guide to where to stay on Zanzibar, including luxury lodges, boutique hotels, and barefoot resorts set on the best beaches in Tanzania.
By Lauren | 04 June 2020
East Africa or Southern Africa – where to safari?
Can’t decide whether you should go to East Africa or Southern Africa for your safari? Here we take a look at both areas, so you can work out which is the right destination for you:
By Kelly | 14 April 2020
The wildlife of Tanzania
Rich in national parks and game reserves, and including the brilliant beach destination of Zanzibar, Tanzania has so much to offer the nature lover, and when it comes to wildlife, the country is a real treasure trove!
07 April 2020
The Wildlife of South Africa
Boasting some of the best wildlife in all of Africa, South Africa is a favourite destination for first-time safaris. Here, we outline the mammals and birds you can expect to see on a South Africa safari:
03 April 2020
Africa’s Big Five and where to see them
A Big Five safari to Africa will include sightings of lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant, and rhino! Here’s our guide to where you can see Africa’s Big Five on a safari:
31 March 2020
The Mysterious Five Wildlife
After your first safari and witnessing the famous Big Five, we recommend focusing on some of the more interesting and elusive wildlife, such as the aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine, caracal and pangolin:
By Julian | 30 March 2020
The Marine Big Five
Once you’ve spent a few days scouring the bush for them in a safari vehicle, how about an alternative safari experience, searching for Africa’s Marine Big Five? This is: whales, dolphins, seals, sharks and penguins!
27 March 2020
The wildlife of Botswana
If you’re asking yourself, ‘What wildlife will I see in Botswana?’, then this is the guide for you. Here, we outline the mammals and birds that you can expect to see during a safari to this amazing destination.
26 March 2020
Best places to see rhinos in Africa
Below, we’ve selected our top places in Africa to see rhinos, from walking safaris in remote Zimbabwe to conservation excursions with the ‘Save the Rhino’ trackers in Namibia.
25 March 2020
The best places to see buffalo in Africa
Seeing buffalo on an African safari is probably the easiest of the Big Five members to spot. However, just because they are prevalent and move in large, obvious herds, doesn’t make them any less fascinating. Here’s our favourite places to spot them:
25 March 2020
Top places to see elephants in Africa
Here, you’ll find the YZ top 12 places to see elephants as well as our recommended safari camp or lodge. We reckon there’s something to suit all types of travellers here!
24 March 2020
The 5 best places to see leopard in Africa
The most elusive of the Big Five members, leopards can be tricky to spot. Here’s our guide to the best places to observe leopards, to increase your chances of encountering all the Big Five during your Africa safari.
23 March 2020
The best places to see lions in Africa
A member of the Big Five, for good reason is the lion considered King of Beasts! Here’s the YZ guide to the best places to see lions in the wild in Africa.
20 March 2020
A Guide to Pemba Island
YZ expert Charlotte finished her recent Tanzania educational trip with a few nights on Pemba. Here’s her guide to the island and where best to stay:
18 March 2020
Questions to ask before you go on a safari
So you've booked your safari, you're very excited, you’re looking forward to the adventure of a lifetime… however, you have some questions! We've compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions plus answers!
By Julian | 12 March 2020
What is normally the price of an African safari?
The most common question we get asked at Yellow Zebra is, ‘How much does a safari cost?’ Here we explain what factors go into determining the cost of your ideal safari, and how we can help make your budget go further:
By Julian | 27 February 2020
Client review: Tanzania – a beautiful discovery
Micheline travelled to Tanzania on a safari designed by YZ expert Charlotte, and explored Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti National Park.
24 February 2020
Hiking through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda: Buhoma to Nkuringo
YZ Sales Manager Emma embarked on a walking safari from Buhoma to Nkuringo – an incredible hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to see the local wildlife, with a chance of spotting mountain gorillas.
By Emma | 20 February 2020
South Africa vs Botswana: how to choose the right safari destination
YZ expert Antonina explains what you should take into consideration when it comes to planning a safari to Southern Africa’s leading safari destinations, South Africa and Botswana. Here’s her guide to picking the safari best suited to you:
By Antonina | 11 February 2020
Top tips on what to pack for a horseback riding safari
Recently, YZ expert Izzy returned from a horseback riding safari in Kenya. Here she gives her top tips and advice on what to pack for a horse-riding adventure to Africa:
07 February 2020
The best places to spot whale sharks in Africa
Whale sharks can be seen all year round on the east coast of Africa, stretching from southern Mozambique all the way up to northern Kenya, and are often found just off shore from a number of little islands...
By James S | 03 February 2020
YZ’s Favourite Photographic Hides in Africa
A photographic hide gives you the unique opportunity to view wildlife, unbeknown to the animals, at an angle you don’t get from bumping around in a vehicle or trying to approach on foot.
By Emma | 30 January 2020
The Bauer Family Holiday to Tanzania
YZ clients the Bauer family recently returned from a holiday to Tanzania. They explored Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater, spotted the Big Five in the Serengeti, and relaxed along the white sands of Zanzibar. Here’s their firsthand account:
29 January 2020
Your Digital Detox: Africa Lodges Without WiFi
For those who need to go full ‘cold turkey’ on the internet, our experts have provided their top picks where you can unplug and enjoy the Digital Detox.
24 January 2020
The Best Beaches in Cape Town
Here we’ve provided our guide to Cape Town’s best beaches, whether you’re looking for a relaxing day walking along South Africa’s beautiful coast or hoping to visit the top beach for observing penguins.
22 January 2020
A Kenya family safari with teens
Are you looking to go on a safari with teenagers? Well, Kenya is the perfect destination, with its Big Five wildlife, impressive amount of activities, & epic lodges that are fantastic for kids. Here’s YZ expert Jesse’s advice on what you can expect:
By Jesse | 17 January 2020
Africa Visa & Entry Requirements
We've outlined the visa requirements for UK & USA passport holders travelling to Africa. Other nationalities should check the current entry requirements.
By Julian | 17 January 2020
Travel Insurance – Don't Travel Without It!
Travel insurance is often viewed by clients as an extra cost that can be avoided. At Yellow Zebra however we insist that all travellers are fully insured for their trip. This blog covers the major reasons why travel insurance is essential.
By Ellie | 17 January 2020
The YZ Recommended Reading List
From classic novels to essential field guides, we've listed a few books that we recommend you take on a safari to Africa:
By Abi | 17 January 2020
Best Things to Do in La Digue
La Digue Island truly stole a piece of my heart. Its laidback lifestyle is so refreshing and relaxing when enjoying the tropical sun.
By Maddie | 13 January 2020
Top 10 Safari Tips
We've rounded up our top 10 safari tips on how to get the most out of a safari in Africa:
By Wies | 13 January 2020
Best Africa Safari Lodges for Solo Travellers
Our experts have divulged their favourite properties in Safari Africa that waive the single supplement. There has really never been a better time for a self-discovery adventure to Africa!
By Shona | 13 January 2020
Best 5 Diving Sites in Zanzibar
The depths of the Indian Ocean hide some of the world’s most unique creatures; it's a paradisiacal place for keen divers. Whether you’re on your 1000th dive or don’t know your fins from your mask, there is something for everyone in Zanzibar.
By Lauren | 10 January 2020
YZ's 'Classic' Safaris
Our 'classic' safaris are the most popular safaris we sell. Starting prices are approximately $7,000 per person. This blog talks through what to expect from this style of safari, the approximate prices and links to examples of the trips themselves.
By Julian | 10 January 2020
Luggage Limits When Travelling To Africa
Here, we answer your questions on luggage limits and bag sizes when travelling to Africa. Airlines can be very strict on baggage limits, so it’s important to double-check your limit before you travel.
10 January 2020
Client review: Witnessing the circle of life on safari in South Africa
Michelle O'Dea and her husband travelled to South Africa for their two-week honeymoon, and witnessed the circle of life whilst staying at &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge in the Greater Kruger’s Timbavati Game Reserve.
09 January 2020
Top 6 Things to Do in Praslin
One of the most attractive qualities of the Seychelles is its one-of-a-kind beaches, and Praslin’s pristine beaches are some of the finest in the archipelago.
By Maddie | 09 January 2020
Gift for Locals and Supporting the Community
Below, we’ve outlined what you could bring for the locals you meet while on safari, as well as a few important considerations.
By Catherine | 09 January 2020
Rare Wildlife & Big Game – a client experience of Victoria Falls and Botswana
In September, YZ client Jill W travelled to Victoria Falls and Botswana, where she and her husband spent some time in Chobe, Moremi, and the Okavango Delta, spotting rare wildlife and plenty of big game.
08 January 2020
Where to Take Your Snorkel in the Seychelles?
Spending a month in the Seychelles allowed me to experience a lot of what the islands and oceans had to offer. Below, I provide a quick summary of my favourite ‘snorkel spots’ for anyone who is lucky enough to travel to this paradise.
By Maddie | 08 January 2020
Best Camera Equipment for an African Safari
Below, along with YZ co-founder Julian Carter-Manning, professional photographers Will Burrard-Lucas and Marc Muench talk through their recommendations and offer a few tricks on how to snap that perfect safari photograph:
08 January 2020
Top 20 for 2020: What’s Hot This Year?
Here’s our guide to Safari Africa’s most exciting developments in 2020. Featuring new property openings and destinations set to enter our radar, this is the YZ hotlist for this year:
07 January 2020
Top Things to Do in Mahe
Mahé is the most developed and populated island in the Seychelles, and this brings with it an abundance of activities and places to visit.
By Maddie | 07 January 2020
YZ's 'Value' Safaris
Our 'value' safaris are our most economical trips. They are adventurous, great value safaris from +/- $4,000pp. This blog talks through what to expect from this style of safari, the approximate prices and links to examples of the trips themselves.
By Julian | 07 January 2020
How to Visit Giraffe Manor
Giraffe Manor is one of the most sought-after properties in the world, and finding availability at this Kenyan hotel can be tricky. Here are some options that might bring you a little closer to living out your dream.
06 January 2020
Where to go for a first-time safari
Choosing where to go on your first safari can be somewhat daunting!
By Julian | 06 January 2020
What to Pack for Your Africa Safari
Here's everything you need to pack for your Africa safari. We provide a list of packing essentials and details of the best footwear to take, as well as where you can have your laundry done.
06 January 2020
YZ's 'Luxury' Safaris
Our 'luxury' safaris are some of the most expensive safaris we sell. Starting at +/- $10,000pp these trips are some of the very best. This blog talks through what to expect from this style of safari, the approximate prices & links to sample trips.
By Julian | 03 January 2020
Christmas Gifts for Travellers to Africa
With the festive season fast approaching, we’d like to share with you our top gift suggestions. Whether the recipient is a seasoned safari-goer or a first-timer, our safari-themed gift ideas are sure to be a hit this holiday season:
By Catherine | 08 December 2019
How to choose your beach extension after an African safari
Not sure about which beach destination to combine with your African safari? Here, YZ’s Kirsten helps you to pick the beach extension that’s the best fit with your safari:
By Kirsten | 04 December 2019
Experiencing the drought in Hwange National Park and the Okavango Delta
Having just returned from a safari to Zimbabwe and Botswana, YZ’s Angela explains the impact that the drought in both areas had on her recent game viewing. She also discusses why you could consider travelling during the dry season:
By Angela | 04 December 2019
The best activities to try in the Okavango Delta
Here’s YZ Wies’s guide to activities, besides a traditional game drive, that you could try in the Okavango Delta, looking at both water- and land-based adventures:
By Wies | 03 December 2019
A night under the stars at Alex Walker’s Serian fly camp
On a recent trip to Tanzania, Kelly and her partner Richard spent a night under the stars at Alex Walker’s Serian fly camp in the Serengeti. Here are her thoughts on the experience:
By Kelly | 03 December 2019
Why travel to Kenya in the Green Season?
YZ Kenya expert Jesse went on a safari to Kenya in April. Here he explains the benefits of going on a safari during green season:
By Jesse | 02 December 2019
Hwange vs. Mana Pools – Zimbabwe’s top two safari destinations
YZ expert James visited Hwange and Mana Pools during his recent adventure to Zimbabwe. Here he compares the two national parks as safari destinations:
By James H | 02 December 2019
The ultimate horse-riding safari: Offbeat Riding Safaris
YZ expert Izzy enjoyed an 8-day adventure with Offbeat Riding Safaris in the Maasai Mara. Here, she describes what a horse-riding safari is like with this day-by-day description:
01 December 2019
The best walking safari experience: Zimbabwe vs. Zambia
Here’s YZ expert James’s guide to walking safaris in Zimbabwe and Zambia, in which he compares the experiences, the lodges, and the level of safety in each safari destination.
By James S | 30 November 2019
Meet Boswell, the elephant who stands on his hind legs
YZ expert James H just got back from a trip to Zimbabwe, during which he travelled to Mana Pools and witnessed the amazing moment when elephant Boswell stood up on his hind legs:
By James H | 29 November 2019
Ruaha vs Selous: Visiting Tanzania’s southern circuit
YZ expert Charlotte returned to Ruaha and Selous for her recent educational trip. Here she compares the two areas as safari destinations within Tanzania’s quieter southern circuit.
28 November 2019
Client review: The Clark couple’s holiday to Tanzania
YZ clients Nora Clark and her husband recently returned from a trip to Tanzania. They explored Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti, before relaxing along the shores of Zanzibar. Here’s their review of the trip:
27 November 2019
Fly camping in the spectacular Selous: a client review
Jenny Bolton-Clark and her husband journeyed to Tanzania’s southern Selous Game Reserve, where they stayed at Sand Rivers and went fly camping. Here’s Jenny’s description of the 24-hour experience.
26 November 2019
Walking with Deb Tittle
YZ expert Emma went on a walking safari in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park with legendary guide Deb Tittle. Here Emma recalls her experience:
By Emma | 13 November 2019
Client Review: South Africa Safari with the Frohlich Family
The Frohlich family travelled with Yellow Zebra to South Africa, where they spent some time experiencing the country’s culture in Johannesburg, its wonderful coast in Cape Town, and its famous wildlife in Kruger. Check out their review here:
10 October 2019
Where to go for a Big Five safari in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
If you’re thinking of going to KwaZulu-Natal to visit the Battlefields in Zululand, why not consider also enjoying a safari in Phinda Game Reserve? YZ’s Will has returned from a trip to this quieter corner of South Africa:
10 October 2019
How Water Levels Can Affect Your April Botswana Safari
YZ’s Antonina discusses her recent experience of Botswana’s Okavango Delta and the game reserves that have been affected this year by low water levels.
By Antonina | 04 October 2019
The Best Eco-lodges in Kenya
Here YZ expert Ro details her top 3 environmentally friendly properties in Kenya. These comprise a family-focused lodge in Laikipia, a holistic camp at the foothills of the Chyulu Hills, and an elephant haven in the heart of Samburu:
23 September 2019
Romancing in Kenya
YZ expert Angela headed out to Kenya and got to experience what the country is like for the true romantic! She and her husband went horse riding, enjoyed a glorious yoga session at sunrise, and completely fell in love with Kenya during their trip.
By Angela | 16 September 2019
The Perfect Camp for Adventure Seekers in Kenya
When YZ expert Wies ventured to Kenya recently, as well as experiencing fly camping, an incredible sleep-out, and flying in a biplane, he stayed at Laikipia Wilderness Camp, which very quickly became one of his favourite properties.
By Wies | 04 September 2019
The Cheetah Reintroduction Project in Namibia
Having been involved in a part of the cheetah reintroduction project in Central Namibia, YZ expert Will details why and how conservation of this species is being carried out.
03 September 2019
Over $8,000 Per Night – Find Out Why This Lodge Is Worth The Expense
The sky-high rates of Botswana’s top lodges have been a contentious issue in the travel industry for years. As a number of properties cruise into the multi-thousands per night, YZ co-founder Julian explains why it’s worth paying those prices:
By Julian | 02 September 2019
Africa’s Best Beach Destinations: Zanzibar vs. Kenyan Coast
Here’s our guide to the best beach destinations in Safari Africa, where we compare Tanzania’s famous island Zanzibar with Kenya’s quieter coast, including the beaches of Mombasa, Diani, and Watamu.
29 August 2019
Client Review: Off the Beaten Track in Tanzania
YZ clients Rick and Dorothy F. just returned from safari to Tanzania, where they explored paths less travelled in the Southern Circuit of the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park.
07 August 2019
Things to Do in Nairobi
Here, Kenya-born and -bred YZ expert Jesse tells us what there is to do in Nairobi, Kenya’s buzzing capital city, from the best museums and art galleries to the finest hotels, bars, and restaurants:
By Jesse | 31 July 2019
John & Jac’s Honeymoon to South Africa
Heading off the day after their wedding, John and Jac travelled to South Africa for a Winelands, Cape Town, and safari honeymoon with Yellow Zebra. Here Jac reviews their trip, detailing their favourite highlights and recommendations:
22 July 2019
Top Things To Do in Arusha
Not just a gateway to the country’s northern safari areas, Arusha has a lot to offer travellers to Tanzania. Here YZ’s Matt discusses the top things to do in the city when you have some time to spare.
By Matt | 16 July 2019
The Best Views in Kenya
YZ’s Lauren recently went in search of the best views in Kenya, ranging from Out of Africa’s celebrated cinematic scenery to the country's quiet northern corners. Here she lists her favourite lodges that overlook Kenya’s incredible landscapes:
By Lauren | 09 July 2019
Top Tips to Start Travelling Responsibly
And you may be surprised which is the most effective!
05 July 2019
The Winelands… It’s All in the Name – or Is It?
Although YZ expert Will is predominantly a beer-drinker, he travelled to South Africa’s famous Winelands to see what there is to do in Franschhoek if you don’t drink wine.
17 June 2019
Why You Should Consider Visiting Meru as Part of a Kenya Safari
YZ expert Ro has just got back from a safari to the hidden-gem reserve of Meru National Park. Here she explains why you should consider visiting Meru as part of a Kenya safari holiday.
06 June 2019
Safety Tips for You and Your Family While on Safari
For any family going on safari, the issue of safety is always important. Here we offer some advice on the main concerns, and you should also be aware that a safari takes you into the habitat of wild animals, where there is always a degree of risk..
By Jesse | 29 May 2019
Should You Travel to Tarangire in Green Season?
YZ Tanzania expert Matt went on a safari to Tarangire in April. Here he weighs up the pros and cons of visiting this national park during the green season.
By Matt | 23 May 2019