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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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The Big 6 on Safari!

By Sonia Marsh | March 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered where the phrase, “Big 5” comes from? Most clients will ask, when requesting a safari, “are we going to see the Big 5?” The term is attributed to the hunters of old, who used the term to describe what they determined were the most dangerous animals to hunt in Africa. They…

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What is Safari?

By Sonia Marsh | February 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Jim Holden explains ? “What is a Safari?” What are the different activities you can do while on Safari? Jim Holden explains this in a short video.  

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Why Use Holden Safaris?

By Sonia Marsh | February 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Take a look at Jim Holden’s “Why Use Holden Safaris?” video. Jim explains why he is Africa in the U.S.

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The Rhythms of Safari

By Jim Holden | November 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

As with most things in life, when one is in tune with one’s surroundings, or feeling the rhythm of something, whatever it is becomes much more meaningful. Take jazz for example; until one understands the tempo and rhythm of different types of jazz music, it often sounds like a discordant band tuning up before a…

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Who Sells Safaris and How do I Choose?

By Sonia Marsh | September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Fortunately, safaris are on most people’s bucket list for travel. Almost everyone feels the pull of Africa. Either from watching documentaries, such as National Geographic and David Attenborough, or just a fascination with a far off place filled with exotic animals, colorful people and spectacular landscapes. So when it comes to choosing and planning to…

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“Just When you Think you’ve Seen it All!

By Jim Holden | September 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Africa is an ideal destination for anyone who thinks that they’ve seen it all. I recall an around the world private jet group, when I was based in Africa, managing a safari operation. The group had chartered Concord, the world’s first supersonic airliner (this was back in the 90s) for an around the world trip.…

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Love to Cook? Join Our “African Food Journey”

By Sonia Marsh | September 5, 2018 | 1 Comment

Love to cook? What about tasting foods from different parts of the world? We are offering a unique opportunity to explore the tastes and the rich perfumes of traditional foods from North, East South and West African cuisine at the exquisite Jamala Lodge in Madikwe, South Africa. Join us on an exclusive “African Food Journey” with…

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“When is the Best Time?”

By Jim Holden | September 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

  So often, when someone is thinking of going on safari they’ll ask, “When is the best time to go?” With a chuckle I always answer, “The time that best suits you!” No-one likes that answer. They think I’m being frivolous and avoiding the question, when in fact I’m being dead serious. I then go on…

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