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Bushtracks Expeditions Lets You Build Your Own Safari From Scratch

Bushtracks Expeditions Lets You Build Your Own Safari From Scratch For more than 20 years Bushtracks Expeditions has been helping travelers visit Africa to experience the classic safari to its fullest. After two decades in the business, it is safe to say that they've learned a few things about organizing an unforgettable excursion into the...

Video: 2 Weeks In Rwanda

"Rwanda, our beautiful and dear country / Adorned of hills, lakes and volcanoes / Motherland, would be always filled of happiness..." These first three lines of the Rwandan national anthem are epitomized in this video created by Missouri based video production...

Serena Hotels: Opulence amidst squalor and bloodshed

Serena Hotels: Opulence amidst squalor and bloodshed Anyone for a game of badminton and a round of emerald-hunting in Pakistan's Swat Valley? Or perhaps you fancy a beach resort on the shores of Lake Kivu, just minutes from the Democratic Republic of Congo? The March/April issue of Foreign Policy features an interesting...

Build your own adventure with the Africa Safari Planner

Build your own adventure with the Africa Safari Planner The Africa Safari Planner, a newly launched website from adventure travel company Natural Habit Adventures, gives travelers the ability to create their own custom trips to the African bush. The site, which launched earlier this week, provides options to visit nine different...

Ten big travel adventures for 2012

Ten big travel adventures for 2012 A new year always brings new possibilities, particularly in the realm of travel. With 2012 now officially underway, it is time to start plotting our adventures for the year ahead. This year, rather than share yet another top ten list of adventure travel destinations, we...

African governments doing more to stop poaching of endangered species

African governments doing more to stop poaching of endangered species This year in Africa, the fight between law enforcement and poachers of endangered species has flared into a war. In the first two months of 2011, nine poachers were shot dead in South Africa. Despite this, poaching is up. In that nation alone, 333 rhinos were killed in...

Rwanda looks to its history to get over its past

Rwanda looks to its history to get over its past Sadly, when people think of Rwanda they tend to think only of the 1994 genocide, yet Rwanda has a rich history and heritage. Now the government is developing its museums and historical sites to encourage cultural tourism. Sites like Nyanza Palace, shown here, will get...

Africa's new middle class benefits travel

Africa's new middle class benefits travel Africa's middle class is growing. The African Development Bank says one in three Africans are now middle class. While the bank's definition isn't comparable to the Western definition--the African middle class makes $2-$20 a day--the lifestyle is similar. Middle-class...

Rwanda pledges to save the environment

Rwanda pledges to save the environment The United Nations has declared 2011 as the "Year of the Forests" as it continues to work to encourage nations across the globe to take sustainable actions to protect the planet's woodlands. One of the first countries to answer the call to action is Rwanda, which has laid...

Mountain gorillas making a comeback

Mountain gorillas making a comeback In the latest in a spate of good news about wildlife conservation in Africa, BBC Earth reports that mountain gorillas have increased their numbers on Virunga Massif, their core habitat stretching across Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. From a...

Ethiopia tops list of African nations improving quality of life

Ethiopia tops list of African nations improving quality of life Ethiopia suffers from a bad image thanks to the war and famine of the 1980s. As my series on travel in Ethiopia showed, however, this is a land of friendly people, beautiful nature, and fascinating historic sites. Infrastructure is slowly improving and the Ethiopians are...

The (Un)Wired: A Free Wi-Fi Manifesto

The (Un)Wired: A Free Wi-Fi Manifesto The year is twenty-ten A.D. and Wi-Fi should be free. We travelers bear no grudge with you as long as you agree, But if you're that one schmuck who likes to play it old school, Charging folks for internet--well, then basically, you're a tool. Your penny-pinching greed...

Oprah's 10 terrific reads for 2009 showcase diversity and travel

Oprah's 10 terrific reads for 2009 showcase diversity and travel Regardless of what one thinks of Oprah, it's hard to argue that the woman doesn't have her thumbprint on some mighty great stuff. Her "10 Terrific Reads for 2009," for example, is filled with suggestions that capture the flavor of travel, adventure and diversity. Many of...

The ultimate road trip: 12,500 miles across Africa on a motorcycle

The ultimate road trip: 12,500 miles across Africa on a motorcycle Thomas Tomczyk is serious about motorcycles. He's done three motorcycle trips across India, from the steamy southern tip all the way up to the frozen highlands of Ladakh. Now he's starting his childhood dream--an epic trip 12,500 miles (20,000 km) across Africa. His...

Through the Gadling Lens: photographing the children of the world

Through the Gadling Lens:  photographing the children of the world I was recently instant-messaging a friend of mine, asking him if he had any suggestions for what we could talk about this week here on Through the Gadling Lens. "Why don't you talk about taking photographs of kids?" he asked. I demurred. "Umm, I really try to keep this...

Ten amazing "green" adventures

Ten amazing Eco-adventures are all the rage these days with environmentally conscious travelers choosing to visit far flung places, all the while fully aware of the size of their carbon footprint. They want an amazing travel experience, and are willing to go to great lengths to get it,...

Gadling Take FIVE: Week of March 21 --March 28

Gadling Take FIVE: Week of March 21 --March 28 I'm psyched. As soon as I set this puppy to post, I'm heading to Cleveland to go to the Cleveland International Film Festival where I'll meet up with Brook Silva-Braga for the showing of his film A Day in Africa. There's also a load of stuff going on to commemorate the...

Big in Africa: Spotlight on Rwanda

Big in Africa: Spotlight on Rwanda This month, Big in Japan is on vacation in Africa, and will be bringing you travel news and happenings from around this often misunderstood continent. Although Africa is usually viewed in the West as a singular entity, the continent is incredibly varied. From the Saharan...

Photo of the Day (1/17/08)

Photo of the Day (1/17/08) Appropriately titled "Smiley," this wonderful shot by Fiznatty perfectly captures that spontaneous grin that occasionally greets travelers in remote lands where simply catching sight of a foreigner is enough to trigger a child's irrepressible smile. What makes this shot...

Paris Hilton Plans to Travel to Rwanda

Paris Hilton Plans to Travel to Rwanda Fresh off of getting kicked out of this year's Oktoberfest, Paris Hilton is planning a trip to Rwanda to "bring more attention to what people can do to help," she told E! Online. I'm not arguing the fact that more attention should be directed towards countries like Rwanda,...

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