The Ins and Outs of Gorilla Trekking

July 18, 2017

Whether you’re gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda with Hills of Africa, the same preparations, rules and common sense apply. First and foremost, you have to be in pretty good physical shape. Not Olympic standard, mind you. But fit enough to hike up to eight hours per day, at fairly high altitude, up and down […]

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Feedback from the Field: South Africa and Zimbabwe

July 11, 2017

We love to share the testimonials from people who have taken Hills of Africa trips. The latest comes from Marsha Munn of North Carolina, who recently went on an African safari vacation with her husband Duncan in South Africa and Zimbabwe.  Marsha and Duncan are VIP clients of Sharon Andrade, a very experienced travel agent […]

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Zimbabwe’s “Place of Many Elephants”

June 22, 2017

It may not have the global cache of Kruger or the Serengeti, but make no mistake that Gonarezhou National Park is a very special place to visit and view African game. Situated along the Mozambique border on southeastern Zimbabwe, the park takes is name from the Shona term for “place of many elephants.” And there […]

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We’ve Got Mail!

June 15, 2017

We ask our clients to complete clients surveys after every trip with Hills of Africa. We love to share the feedback with new travelers but these testimonials also help us improve our services for future clients. One of our most recent surveys came from Kyle Boyd, a client of one of our favorite travel agents, […]

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The Wild Dogs of Khwai

June 2, 2017

Whether you call it the African wild dog, Cape hunting dog or painted wolf, Lycaon pictus,  it is without doubt one of the continent’s most fascinating predators . . . as well as a resident of the bush around Khwai Tented Camp. Listed as “endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the […]

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Kili Calling — Climbing Africa’s Highest Peak

May 30, 2017

One of Africa’s iconic adventures, the trek to the lofty summit of Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895 meters/19,341 feet) normally takes five or six days. All trekkers must be accompanied by a licensed national park guide, which most people arrange before arrival in Tanzania as part of a package with experienced safari outfitters like Hills of Africa. […]

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Combining Vic Falls and Cape Town – New Direct Flights

May 25, 2017

It’s now possible to fly from Cape Town to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) nonstop thanks to a brand new Kenya Airways service that kicked off on May 1st, 2017. Operated three times a week (Monday, Thursday, Saturday), the flight takes just under three hours between two of Africa’s coolest travel destinations. The southbound service departs Victoria […]

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When Things Go Awry in Joburg

May 23, 2017

Travel is often fraught with unexpected or inconvenient events like lost luggage, delayed flights and long layovers. If one of these things happens to befall you while passing through Johannesburg — while staying at the Athol Place, The Peech Boutique Hotel or The Saxon — don’t fret. Because we’ve got all kinds of ideas of […]

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Cordon Bush — Herman Breedt’s Botswana Gourmet

May 3, 2017

Bream ceviche with smoked eggplant puree . . . garden pea and thyme soup with cauliflower tempura . . .  exotic mushroom and spiralized zucchini noodle stir fry with baby bok choi. Definitely not the kind of dishes you expect to come across in the African bush. Yet Duba Plains Camp in the Okavango Delta of […]

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Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun: Uganda and Rwanda

April 28, 2017

The work of celebrated conservationist Dian Fossey put Rwanda on the map as the place to see mountains gorillas in the wild. But there are actually two great primate destinations in East Africa — Rwanda and the neighboring country of Uganda. It’s funny how movies paint our perceptions of far-away places. Gorillas in the Mist […]

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