Reverend Mpho Tutu

Do We Have the Spirit of Ubuntu?

By Sonia Marsh | April 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

“The Spirit of Ubuntu” The spirit of Ubuntu, is something we’ve been questioning as it relates to everyone in the world right now. Above is a short video where Reverend Mpho Tutu, episcopal priest and the executive director of the Desmond & Leah Legacy Foundation, explains the concept of “ubuntu”. Reverend Mpho Tutu, episcopal priest…

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Sundowner next to the Baobab tree

Madagascar’s Upside-Down Tree

By Sonia Marsh | January 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Jim Holden and Sonia Marsh were on a two-week trip to Madagascar, over the Christmas holidays, checking out the best experiences for our guests. We had no idea how many species of mammals, reptiles and plants are endemic to Madagascar, including 6 of the world’s 9 species of Baobab trees. Why is Madagascar so different?…

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Why not Plan my Safari Myself?

Why Not Plan My Safari Myself?

By Sonia Marsh | December 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

If a Safari is on your bucket list, and you see some fantastic deals online, this Newsletter will answer some questions you may be asking yourself such as: Why not plan my Safari myself? Is it going to cost me more to use Holden Safaris? How can I make sure I’m getting the best price?…

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Join us to see the Elephants at Mfuwe Lodge

Another Reason to Join Our Zambia Safari

By Sonia Marsh | November 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

The elephants are at Mfuwe lodge NOW. You can see them again with us in November 2020. Journey to Zambia with Holden Safaris; “Appointment with Wonky Tusk’s Family.” This Safari operates from November 14th-22nd, 2020. You’ll spend 3 nights at Mfuwe Lodge where the elephants stroll through reception when the fruits of the Wild Mango Trees…

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An Emotional Description of the Beauty of Kenya and its People

By Sonia Marsh | July 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

One of the women on our 2018 “Women With a Purpose” trip shares an emotional description of the beauty of Kenya and its people. Watch her testimonial. 3 spaces left for “Women Travel with a Purpose” to visit Father Henry and his schools, September 23-30, 2019. Meet Father Henry, and the children he has rescued…

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Zambia Safaris, two Kings, a Scout and a Knight!

By Jim Holden | April 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Zambia safaris, two Kings, a Scout and a Knight; how did King Msiri, King Leopold II, Frederick Russell Burnham, and Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, “King of Copper”, all play a part in the development of Zambia? While today, most Americans are unfamiliar with the geography of Africa, back in the early 1900s, Africa was the…

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Ever wonder how many States there are in Africa?

By Jim Holden | April 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

    Have you ever wondered how many States there are in Africa? Four more than the USA! The USA has 50 and Africa has 54. Of course in Africa, States are actually individual countries, with their own forms of Government, language and customs. As with the determination of State boundaries in the USA, so…

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Women travel with a Purpose Safari visiting the Masai

The Peoples of Africa

By Sonia Marsh | March 27, 2019 | 2 Comments

  Most folks going to Africa for a safari are mainly thinking about wildlife and Africa’s so called Big Five, Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Cape Buffalo, and Leopard. But what about the people? It’s significant that the comment we see most often on our post safari surveys is, “we went to see the wildlife but came…

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tower of giraffes in South Africa

Where the Expression a Tower of Giraffes comes from?

By Jim Holden | March 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ever Wondered Where the Expression a Tower of Giraffes comes from? Clients are often surprised by some of the collective nouns used to describe groups of animals on safari. For example, a Tower of Giraffes. That might be more obvious than other collective nouns with the giraffe’s long neck. How about a crash of rhino?…

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Jim Holden presents Packing for Safari at Rootens

What to Take and What to Leave?

By Sonia Marsh | March 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

One of the most important considerations when planning a safari is what to take and what to leave. By this I’m referring to how to pack for a safari. I recently gave a talk on this subject, to a group of interested travelers at our local Rootens Luggage shop, here in Orange County. I’m always…

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