Sanbona Wildlife Reserve – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , June 29th, 2019

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve - The Globetrotter Guys

If you are travelling to South Africa you can’t leave until you have been on a safari! It is one of the most incredible, exciting and unique experiences you can have, and South Africa has some of the best safaris in the world!

When we made our plans to return to South Africa, we knew we couldn’t be here for 3 months and not revisit a safari.

We first visited 4 years ago and had an incredible experience in Kruger National Park, but this time around our plans meant we were sticking near Cape Town and the Garden Route.

This meant that we needed to find the best safari near Cape Town. It was also incredibly important to us that we went on an authentic safari that had its ethos in the right place when it comes to conservation. After our experience at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve we are certain that we may have found the best safari near Cape Town!

By Sion & Ben – Full Story at The Globetrotter Guys

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The Best Sri Lanka Safari – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , November 8th, 2018

Sri Lanka Safari - The Nomadic Boys

When we visited Sri Lanka, we did a safari at both Yala and Udawalawe, which are the most popular national parks in the country. The reason why we decided to explore both parks is because we just couldn’t choose between one or the other. Online research led us to believe that Yala is the best park for a safari in Sri Lanka, especially for spotting leopards. However, we also found a few forums where people raved about their experiences at Udawalawe, which included spotting leopards.

Therefore, based on our experiences visiting both parks, we’ve put together our comparison of Yala and Udawalawe National Parks side by side, to answer a simple question: which is the best safari in Sri Lanka?

And the answer might surprise you!

Yala vs. Udawalawe: a Few Facts!

Yala National Park is the most visited park in Sri Lanka and also one of the biggest in terms of size. It was the first national park created in Sri Lanka in 1938 along with Wilpattu. It covers an area of 979 square km (378 square miles) and is divided in 5 blocks. Only blocks 1 and 5 are open to tourists, with number 1 being the most popular for sightings (and the most crowded by jeeps). The other blocks cannot be accessed by the public because they are used for research and documentaries.

Udawalawe National Park on the other hand is smaller, a third of the size of Yala, covering 308 square km (119 square miles). Nonetheless, given its smaller size, Udawalawe has a greater density of animal to size ratio, particularly with Sri Lankan elephants. Being a less popular safari destination than Udawalawe, it is also quieter, which makes it a more enjoyable safari experience in our opinion.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Safari South Africa – Lesbian Travel

Author: , November 28th, 2016

Safari South Africa

If experiencing a safari game drive in South Africa is on your travel ‘bucket list,’ there’s never been a better time to do it. From the elephants to rhinos and lions to the monkeys and warthogs, observing the wildlife in their natural habitat from such a short distance can be an incredibly surreal and once-in-a lifetime experience, one that any avid traveler would likely rate as unforgettable.

South Africa is also a destination becoming increasing popular with the LGBTIQ community. Post-apartheid, it’s a country that was among the first to outlaw sexual discrimination as the fifth country worldwide to legalize same-sex marriage.

And while the country has much to offer with cities such as Cape Town, Sun City, Durban and Johannesburg, the main attraction of the country by far is visiting safari game lodges. In partnership with South African Tourism, I was fortunate enough to join a variety of international media representatives for a Safari South Africa experience at Shamwari Game Reserve (Sarili Lodge) in Port Elizabeth.

It’s a ‘must-do’ experience and most safari lodges are easily accessible via short flights from most major cities. Located just over an hour drive from Port Elizabeth airport; our lodge is set within more than 25,000 hectors of land with 6 separate (and equally stunning) 5-star lodges, animal education and rehabilitation facilities and an explorer camp. And while it’s an indulgent experience for solo or couples traveling together, it’s also family-friendly so everyone can relax and explore. The lodge is also a safe and friendly environment for all individuals and at no point in my stay did I feel anything other than completely welcomed.

By Megan Luscombe – Full Story at Curve

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Safari in Sri Lanka: Yala or Udawalawe?

Author: , February 24th, 2015

Nomadic Boys - SafariA safari is usually associated with the savannahs and national parks of East Africa. But Sri Lanka has many national parks with a variety of wildlife to rival the safaris of Kenya and Tanzania.

The most popular national parks for a safari in Sri Lanka are Yala in the south east, Wilpattu in the north west and Udawalawe in the south.

We wanted to do a safari in Sri Lanka but at first found it hard to pick the best national park. We eventually booked a 3 days safari, which included visits to both Yala and Udawalawe.

Yala and Udawalawe National Parks

Yala National Park was one of the first national parks of Sri Lanka, opened in 1938 and the most popular. It covers an area of 979 square km (378 square miles) and has a large variety of birds and 44 different types of mammals.

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Lesbian Travel: Safari in Kenya

Author: , June 3rd, 2013

HippoThe time had finally arrived to head out on safari and I was curious to see how this Safari in Kenya would compare to my previous one in Tanzania. Travelling out of Ngong, we stopped to look out over the scenic Rift Valley, our excitement growing. After several bumpy and dusty side road short cuts, we arrived at Fisherman’s Camp, our home for the next two nights. We chose a campsite and quickly set up camp and then headed down to another section of the lake.

As we drove down the laneway, we spotted a wide band of pink along the shore – the flocks of flamingos we’d been promised. Cameras ready, we headed out to the lakeshore to get as close a view as we were allowed. Just as we finished up and were ready for our hippo boat tour, the rain started. Sadly, we headed back to our campsite for some down time in our tents until we were summoned for dinner.

While the rain put an end to the afternoon fun, our cook didn’t disappoint. Jon treated us to a traditional meal of Ugali (thick corn porridge), fried cabbage, vegetables and stewed lentils. We all tucked in heartily to this simple yet delicious meal and knew we wouldn’t be going hungry on this safari. After dinner we grabbed a log around the roaring campfire to warm up and relax.

Authored By Corinne Taylor, Bucket List Travel Adventures – See the Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Carlos Melia: Memories From Botswana

Author: , April 30th, 2012

Most people, when they get to know me up close and personal, they always ask me…. Carlos how can you have such an enormous Emotive Memory.

And I reply to them, how can I not ? after having had so many amazing and life changing experiences in my life while traveling this amazing world.

This time I am bringing to you, emotive memories from the hear of Africa in Botswana. Hope you enjoy them. Video Caption: Lions on the runway at Kwai River Lodge by Orient-Express, Botswana, Africa.

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Should Gay Travel and Gay Rights Intersect When We Travel?

Author: , January 11th, 2012

When we as Western tourists go to Africa, we go to view nature – to visit tribal villages, to see the dance and hear song; we sit eagerly at waterholes waiting for the lioness to pounce the unsuspecting deer, while the landscape and the vast bush yields to the pristine African sky. All the while, we witness the beauty, but fail to note the torturous claim on the souls of all which is natural – with our own orientation intact and our safety masked by the clutch of our wallet brimmed with American dollars, do we care?

Well, we should, within the context of the hypocrisy of our feigned safety on foreign soil. No do not think of those in the village beyond, but do hold a lover close, through the night. Caress and giggle and exalt the laughing hyena, the night is won, like any other back home, yet here you are a welcome criminal, in this foreign land.

Perhaps that innocuous waterhole and the luxury bungalow is plunked in the middle of one of the 37 seven countries which criminalizes homosexuality. Did you know?

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The Republic of Botswana

Author: , September 17th, 2011

Good Morning Everyone. This morning we transferred by land and river from Livingstone, Zambia to Chobe in Botswana, our destination for the next 5 days. A short 2 hours drive/sail, to cross the border at Kazungula point. A whole experience mingling in line with the locals and only a few adventurous tourists.

The process was very quick and none of us had to pay any visa fees while holing an US and EU passport. Once you get to the border, you cross by boat to the Botswana by a small boat, of course only after you get through the local craftsman trying to sell their stuff and for you to remember their names in twenty different languages.

The arrival to Botswana, well that was quite and experience and different. We were received not only by our driver, but also by a herd of over ten elephants, giraffes and buffalos, on our way to our hotel for the night, the Chobe Game Lodge, over the stream – this time – of the Chobe River.

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Spicy Islands: Zanzibar and Pemba

Author: , November 24th, 2010

by Ernie Alderete

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Spice Islands MapIf someone asked you to find the Spice Islands on a map, I’ll bet you would point to the Caribbean. But the Spice Islands are actually off the east coast of Africa. Two separate archipelagos: the world-renowned isles of Zanzibar, and a virtually unknown island group with the menacing name of the Mafia Archipelago.

Zanzibar is composed of the main island of Zanzibar, and it’s smaller partner Pemba, as well as small change totaling fifty isles off the north coast of Tanzania. The Mafia Archipelago, composed of the larger island of Mafia, its junior partner Chole, and several smaller isles, is located off the south coast of Tanzania.

Zanzibar boasts a magnificent physical setting in the pristine Indian Ocean, studded with dazzling beaches, as well as historic, cultural and architectural gems.

Zanzibar City WaterfrontYou would be hard-pressed to find a more exotic destination than Zanzibar. The coral reef fringed island is the birthplace of Swahili, the native African Bantu based, Portuguese, Persian and Arabic infused lingua-franca of a huge chunk of East Africa, and official language of Tanzania including the Spice Islands.

But more, or less familiar English is also an official language, and widely spoken. So you feel fully immersed in a completely foreign culture, yet you are able to order your dinner, go shopping, and explore the islands with ease.

Zanzibar Island is compact enough to able to explore in a few days. You will most likely land at Stone Town on the west coast, which is the center of all the developed activities, where you can enjoy a Spice Tour, or perhaps swim with the friendly wild dolphins at Kizimkazi. This isn’t a Sea World-type staged event, but rather a spontaneous interaction between people with humpback, and bottlenose dolphins in the open sea, not a manmade enclosure.

Zanzibar Slaves MonumentSavvy travelers combine a visit to Zanzibar with a mainland animal safari at one of the many legendary national parks.

Saadani National Park is the most convenient, being directly west of Zanzibar on the Tanzanian mainland. Saadani isn’t the largest, or oldest park in Tanzania, but it is the only coastal national park anywhere in East Africa. You can swim in the ocean there, or take a boat cruise among many other options.

Of course, the fabulous Serengeti is the jewel in the crown of Tanzania’s parks, and should not be missed, if possible. Nearby Ngorongoro Crater is beyond spectacular. An enormous collapsed caldera of an extinct volcano, where you descend to the bottom in your Land Rover and eyeball the wildlife virtually face-to-face. My heart nearly stopped as we approached a pride of lions, and a female lion stretched her paws to the roof of our vehicle as her mate, as if on cue, came from behind, and mated with her. If your Land Rover’s rocking, don’t come knocking!

Tanzania lacks nothing in the realm of animal life, the entire so-called Big Five: lions, elephants, rhinoceros, leopard and buffalo are found in abundance. I would amend the equation to add the hippopotamus and giraffe, two magnificent animals that inspire awe with their very presence. To see the silhouette of a herd of giraffe bowing deeply to sip water, or reaching high into the canopy to nibble on leaves is a vision that will stay with you the rest of your life.

Only paces in distance, but countless millennia in time from Ngorongoro Crater, down a single lane gravel road is Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind where a descendant of George and Mary Leakey showed me where the famed anthropologists discovered the fossil remains of Zinjanthropus. It was actually Mrs. Leakey who made the find, but her legacy is mostly overshadowed by that of her more famous husband.

Choice accommodations include the breathtaking Crater Lodge at Ngorongoro. Even if you don’t stay at the lodge, have lunch there to enjoy the view from the rim of the crater.

Swahili cuisine, like the language, culture and people themselves, is a fusion of mainland African, Arab, Persian, Yemeni, Indian and other influences from around the Indian Ocean Basin.

Perhaps the most fundamental ingredients in Swahili cuisine are freshly grated coconut meat, coconut milk and coconut oil, utilized in deserts as well as in main courses, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Coconut milk has virtually replaced vegetable oil in imported dishes as they became adapted to local ingredients, and culinary traditions.

Meat is not as widely consumed in Tanzania, as in other African countries. Seafood, fruit such as bananas, and vegetables such as eggplant, cassava leaves and mchicha, a type of spinach take the place of meat in many main courses. The bread of preference is Indian-style flat chapatti. Tea is the national drink, and a social custom.

Popular dining choices include Swahili prawns in a coconut masala sauce, coconut rice, catch-of-the-day simmered in coconut milk, coconut bean soup, pilau, a pungent rice dish spiced with curry, cinnamon, cumin, hot peppers and cloves, banana soup, banana salad, Comorian beef and spinach stew, chicken ndogo ndogo, the local incarnation (or should that be reinacarnation?) of a curry dish, sweet and sour goat meat casserole, condiments include Swahili sauce, and piri piri marinade, piri piri being the pan-African term for chili sauce, and cashew nut cake, date nut bread, and Camorian Black Forest cake for desert.

Zanzibar is a relatively peaceful state in a notoriously unstable continent. Zanzibar hasn’t erupted in violence since January 1964, a month after achieving independence from the United Kingdom as a monarchy, a sultanate to be precise. Within weeks the turbaned sultan was sent packing along with hundreds of thousands of others of South Asian birth, or descent.

A republic was created which lasted little longer than the newly independent sultanate, before it voted for union with the adjacent mainland fellow British Commonwealth nation of Tanganyika, forming the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, which was itself reinvented within weeks once again as the United Republic of Tanzania, forming its newest name by combing parts of the names of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, with Azania, an ancient name for Eastern Africa.

Zanzibar is a 99% Muslim state, much more lopsidedly leaning one way than Tanzania as a whole, which is roughly equal parts Christian (mostly Roman Catholic), Muslim and followers of indigenous beliefs creating a more tolerant society. So don’t expect gay pride events, LGBT discos, or nude beaches. Most hotels, and restaurants don’t serve alcohol.

Male same gender sex is outlawed in both the mainland, and Zanzibar. Female same gender sex is prohibited only in Zanzibar, but I would hardly describe the mainland as a Lesbian haven of peace!

There are unofficial gay and lesbian events, or nights at clubs and bars that on most days are heterosexual. But you obviously shouldn’t attempt, or expect sexual contact with a Tanzanian. Simply keep it zipped and content yourself to enjoy the natural beauty, the ancient culture, the unique blended cuisine, swimming with the dolphins, choice diving opportunities, the sea and sand, shopping and a delightful climate.

You can travel between the former national capital of Dar es Salaam on mainland Tanzania, Zanzibar and Pemba by modern ferry, or charter flights. International flights land in Dar es Salaam, “Haven of Peace,” in Swahili. There are no direct flights from the United States to Tanzania, but you can easily connect via London.

Air Tanzania service joins Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Mwzanza, the second largest city in Tanzania, located on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Tanzania near Serengeti, Moroni, capital of the Comoros Islands an independent country southeast of the Mafia Archipelago, Dodoma, new capital of Tanzania in the center of the mainland, and Arusha, in northern Tanzania, capital of the East Africa Union.

Alternate Travel Agency of South Africa sponsors a recurring Rainbow Beach Party at the super deluxe Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski Resort on the northeast coast of Zanzibar. The package includes roundtrip air transportation from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Stone Town, Zanzibar, and all ground transfers to the resort on the opposite coast of the island.

Alternate Travel also offers gay and Lesbian Rainbow sea cruises from Durban, South Africa up the coast of East Africa to Portuguese Island, Mozambique, and several other Indian Ocean destinations including Zanzibar.

The author, Ernie Alderete is a Los Angeles-based adventure travel writer. His work has appeared in the Bay Area Reporter, the Gay & Lesbian Times, Update Newspaper, Frontiers and Adelante Magazine, among many other LGBT publications across North America. His travels have taken him from the saline depths of the Dead Sea to the frosted heights of the Andes, from the steaming heart of the Amazon to the spectacular wide-open natural grandeur of the Great Barrier Reef. Your comments are always welcome: erniealderete@yahoo.com