Abu Dhabi, UAE


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Well it’s official.  Abu Dhabi is officially an international destination for Leisure Travelers. Not that they’ve been waiting for me to announce it by any means, far from it.  But……A quick walk throgh some areas of the city these days and it’s impossible not to feel that something  completely different is underway. Superb luxury hotels?  Check.  World class restaurants?  Got those too.  A little sun time on a white sandy Beach?  Step right up. In fact it’s all here, or if not quite yet it will be very shortly. No longer is Abu Dhabi just a business city, an oil city, or merely a transit hub to points beyond in both Asia and Africa.  About 20 years ago if you asked someone what they knew about Abu dhabi or Dubai outside of the region, you might be met with a simple blank stare and a shrug of the shoulders. These days it’s pretty tough to miss all of the changes going on.  From Ferrari World to the Coming Guggenheim Museum, to Scuba Diving or Yachting near Yas Island, ….there really is something for everyone here.   I really did enjoy my experience in Abu Dhabi, And the Grand Mosque is an absolute must see!  Happy Traveling!




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Egypt.  One of the great Civilizations of World History.  From it’s Early beginnings around 3150 BCE, Egypt still fascinates and amazes even the most well travelled. From the Great Pyramids of Giza to the Karnak Temple Complex, part of the monumental city of Thebes, Egypt remains one of the most amazing destinations of the world, giving rise to some of the worlds greatest artistry and skilled architecural remains.  I had the great privilege to travel to Egypt back in 2008.  One thing that struck me right away was the combination of ancient and modern, old and new, and the immense, frenetic population of its cities, interspersed with moments of quiet and complete silence while walking among its ancient temple cities. More Recently, tourism to Egypt has began It’s slow recovery from the unrest that has troubled the country Since 2011.  At it’s height of popularity, tourism in Egypt employed roughly 12% of the population and was responsible for almost 13% of its GDP.  Unfortunately these numbers fell dramatically over the course  of the next several years, as the number of visitors dropped by a large percentage.  Tourism is obviously a vital component to the country’s healthy economy, and I know that I look forward to returning very soon to this magnificent country.  As of today, Egypt is waiting with open arms to welcome travelers back, either for the first time or for a repeat visit.  My initial time here was short, with many experiences still yet to be discovered.  I know that I will be back soon!



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Had a great trip to Botswana recently.  If you are thinking Africa with fewer crowds combined with great Scenery and Magnificent game, this may be just the place.  Truly one of the greatest Wildlife Spectacles on earth, Botswana has more Elephant than any other African Nation, and Predators Galore.  I had the distinct privilege of Traveling with Wilderness Safaris……they do an outstanding job and own/operate some of the best lodges anywhere.  The Kalahari Desert and Okvango Delta also just happen to be two of the Planets great Masterpieces!  So enjoy your next Safari and make sure to keep Botswana in Mind!

Press Release: First phase of Rhinos Without Borders completed


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I just received this email and wanted to share. I feel very passionately about this project — please consider sharing this message and, if possible, helping in any way you can.



In the face of ever more devastating poaching statistics, we would like to share our story of hope. The largest airlift of rhinos ever undertaken has begun, as on the 28th April our first group of rhinos were released into Botswana. They will form part of a seed population which will have a chance to expand in number and gene diversity, whilst protected by the latest technology and a specialized anti-poaching unit. We will be moving at least 100 rhinos to Botswana, as part of the Rhinos Without Borders initiative in partnership with andBeyond, and we are already moving steadily towards being able to get the next group to safety.

We are proud, yet humbled by the opportunity; sad that it is necessary, but grateful to everyone who has supported us so far, and hopeful that this small step in conservation is breeding hope for a species on its way back from the brink of an unacceptable extinction.

Thank you to a dedicated team. Thank you to industry partners and individuals who are all turning dreams into a reality. This is only just the beginning and we hope that you will continue to stand by us as we turn the tide on the rhino crisis together. Now is a time for action, now is a time for hope.

Dereck Joubert

CEO Great Plains Conservation


Elewana Sand River Masai Mara, Kenya


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he Sand River Masai Mara lodge is located on the river from which it gets its name and within the Masai Mara Reserve. The lodge harkens back to the 1920’s heyday of luxury tented safari camps.  The surrounding Masai Mara Reserve is full of excellent game viewing and during the annual migration you have a front row seat as the thousands of zebra, wildebeest and other antelope make their seasonal move to more fertile grazing lands.

Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp, Tanzania


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The Serengeti Migration Camp is located along the Grumeti River in the Serengeti National Park.  During the Annual Migration hundreds of thousands of animals make their way through the Serengeti and across the Grumeti River.  Even if you miss the great migration there are still plenty of animals around the camp at all times (the resident hippos are there year round and can be heard snorting at all hours of the day).


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