The Yellow Zebra blog about travelling in Africa. Discover our latest updates on the best wildlife encounters, travel guides, safari trips & expert advice.
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
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
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
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
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
Here, we’ve picked a few of our favourite luxury properties in Madikwe Game Reserve.
18 February 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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:
By Charlotte | 18 March 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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:
By Izzy | 07 February 2020
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
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
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
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
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.
By Kim | 22 January 2020
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
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 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
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
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
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