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I Bet You Didn’t Know This Fact About Elephants

By Sonia Marsh | April 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Is it possible that the world’s largest land animal, with skin as tough as wrinkly leather, can actually be afraid of honey bees? Despite the two-inch thick skin of a pachyderm, elephants are vulnerable in the sensitive, soft fleshy areas of their eyes, mouth, and trunk. Just the sight and sound of a swarming beehive, drives…

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Let’s Travel to Kenya and Learn About The Maasai Women

By Sonia Marsh | April 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

On a recent trip to Kenya with Holden Safaris, I was fortunate to visit a Maasai manyatta (village) with our driver guide, James, a Maasai chief, who took us to his own village. Here we experienced an authentic Maasai village without the commercial aspects. As we stepped out of our jeep, James, our Maasai guide,…

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Writing Contest: Win $1,000 off Your Safari

By Sonia Marsh | February 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Writing Contest: Why Do You Want to Go on Safari? We are starting a monthly writing contest and invite you to submit your story to Holden Safaris. Each month, our staff will pick their favorite, unique story, and the winner will be offered a $1,000 discount on any custom Safari for two people, or more,…

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Women Travel With a Purpose

By Sonia Marsh | January 19, 2018 | 1 Comment

“Women Travel with a Purpose” will help educate and feed the children at the African Child Foundation There is no doubt that women are driving the travel industry. According to Forbes: 80% of all travel decisions are made by women, and there has been a 230% increase in the number of women-only travel companies in past six…

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Why is Africa Booming?

By Sonia Marsh | January 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Africa is the place to go in 2018. It’s booming! and the lodges are filling up fast. We are already booking lodges for 2019! So why is African tourism booming? Africa is growing in popularity according to Travel Pulse. Part of this is due to several social media influencers who are striving to shine a light on Africa…

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A Memorable Gift They Will Never Forget

By Sonia Marsh | November 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

    It’s the time of year when we are frantically shopping and looking for something unique to give to that special someone. Some of the best presents can’t be wrapped up or stuffed in a stocking, so why not offer the long-lasting gift of a Safari experience. During the holidays, when we get together…

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We Adopted Sana Sana, an Orphaned Elephant

By Sonia Marsh | November 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

On our first day in Nairobi, Kenya, we had the opportunity to visit the The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which operates the world’s most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in East Africa. Jim Holden and I attended the 11 a.m., daily event where we got close to the orphaned elephants and watched them…

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What Clothes Do I Need on Safari?

By Sonia Marsh | October 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

I’m packing for my Safari to Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda, and this time, I’m getting organized; laying all the clothes on my bed, and using the convenient Eagle Creek Pack-It Cubes to pack my clothes. Rootens luggage store in Newport Beach, outfitted Jim Holden and me, and their friendly staff showed us how packing for…

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How To Pack For The Best Safari Experience

By Sonia Marsh | October 18, 2017 | 2 Comments

If you want to have the best African Safari experience, then packing the right clothes and using the appropriate-sized luggage is crucial to your overall experience. In this post, we’ll show you the most important luggage items to take with you, and in next week’s post, we’ll discuss clothing. Jim Holden, President of Holden Safaris, and…

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A Day in the Life of an Expert Safari Guide

By Sonia Marsh | October 11, 2017 | 1 Comment

A Day in the Life of an Expert Safari Guide In last week’s post, I wrote about the importance of having an expert guide on your African Safari.  Makhosi Ncube, from Somalisa Camp in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, was our expert guide, and I decided to follow-up and ask him some burning questions about what his daily…

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