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AF RI CA" John Hemingway
FRIENDS, I am so glad that you have found yourselves here, reading about the magic of Africa. It is a special, transformative, exciting place. Can you name the top five moments of your life? Try it right now with me! Are they memories from home or from far away places? Did they take place with family or friends? For most, your top five moments happened while experiencing something new. Something wild. Something that surpasses what you imagined those top five moments to be. Africa will forever stand firm in my top five life moments. My hope is that this first edition of Major Traveler Mag will inspire you with the magic of Africa. I hope that it will educate you on all that Africa has to offer, equip you with the tools to want to discover the magic yourself and that this publication will empower and inspire you to make a trip to Africa your reality. So much of our world is consumed by these Instagramable moments. But I believe that beyond these snapshots, we are seeking something deeper. Perhaps, an extraordinary experience off the beaten path. Something unique, wild and adventurous. A trip that feeds our soul, makes us feel free and allows us to disconnect from the here and now. Welcome to Africa. 2 | MAJOR TRAVELER MAG
IN THIS ISSUE
ALL ABOUT AFRICA
THE SAFARI EXPERIENCE
SAFARI WITH A PURPOSE
CAPE TOWN EATS
WHERE TO STAY
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"Africa You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the Hand of God. You watch the slope of a lioness and forget to breathe. You marvel at the tropod of a giraffe bent to water. In Africa there are iridescent blues on the wings of birds that you do not see anywhere else in nature. in Africa, in the midday heat, you can see blisters in the atmosphere. when you are in Africa, you feel primordial, rocked in the cradle of the world."
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MAP OF AFRICA Major Traveler's Favorite Spots
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THE SEASONS 1
North Africa: June - September
North Africa: November - March
East Africa: July - September
East Africa: April - June
Horn of Africa: November - January
Horn of Africa: February - April
Southern Africa: April - October
Southern Africa: November - March
West Africa: November - April
West Africa: April - July
Best time to travel for:
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Animal viewing on safari in large
Viewing young animals and migrant
bird species on safari
3 WINTER AND SUMMER Most of Africa is located within the Southern Hemisphere. Winter: June, July and August Temperatures: 40-60 degrees Fahrenheit Summer: December, January, February Temperatures: 80-100 degrees Fahrenheit Destinations like Kenya and the islands tend to see warm clients year-round
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THE SAFARI EXPERIENCE
An account from Tswalu Kalahari, a safari lodge in South Africa.
by Emma Major
We arrive in the afternoon, welcomed by the African sun and desert heat. I immediately feel lightyears away from home. It's quieter here. Africa feels like a place where I can take my time. Nelson, our guide, will drive the safari vehicle, teach us about the animals and cater to our every safari desire. We will come to find out that as a young boy, he traversed the bush with friends, coming face to face with lions and other predators. I am beginning to realize that Africa is a world of its own and the people here are what make it shine. As we drive at fast speeds in search for action, our tracker is watching the ground for hints of animal tracks. We spot lion tracks and he switches position to come inside the vehicle.
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It is our first safari drive and I am watching every detail with careful expectation. Within minutes we spot two lions lying across the road. Our driver prepares as if something is about to happen. A family of kudu's (antelopes) are grazing in the grass nearby. This is what the lions are watching. We sit. Wait. Watch. This is the essence of safari. The lions take off sprinting from multiple directions. They were set in careful formation to approach the prey from each angle. We follow in pursuit, holding onto whatever we can grab hold of as we bounce up and down, speeding through the desert. The lions have missed their kill. We continue to follow as they sulk back to the pride. Nelson admits that he hasn't seen a lion chase in many years. The excitement of our first safari drive feels all to good to be true. But it just gets better and better. A day on safari in Africa: 5:30am - Wakeup Call 6:00am - Morning game drive with a mid-morning stop for coffee, tea and snacks 10:00am - return from morning game drive to a beautiful breakfast spread 1:00pm - lunch 4:00pm - afternoon tea and game drive 8:00pm - dinner 8 Â | Â MAJOR TRAVELER MAG
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THE GREAT MIGRATIONS SOME OF THE TOP ANIMAL MIGRATIONS TO WITNESS UP CLOSE IN AFRICA
The great migration involves 1.5 million wildebeest. There’s no signal for the migration nor is there an explanation. One wildebeest decides it is time and so the event begins. The great migration occurs between two countries, Kenya and Tanzania. Just as there is no explanation, there are also no rules for the migration. The rainfall patterns determine the route. It is filled with excitement as predators such as lions, leopards, crocodiles and cheetahs wait to pick the wildebeest off. To view the migration, it is a privilege and great fortune of being in the right place at the right time. December to April in the Southern Serengeti, the wildebeest are giving birth and adding to their numbers in masses. If seeing these newborn calves is a priority, you’ll want to find yourself here. Between May and June, the rainy season ends, prompting the great migration. July through November is known to be the best for witnessing the wildebeest migration. This is when the animals will move 2000 miles, eventually leading into Kenya’s Maasai Mara by crossing the Mara river. In September, 1.5 million wildebeest cross the Mara River in what has come to be known as the main event of the great migration. It takes one bold wildebeest to make the first move and the masses follow. October to November sees a slowdown of the migration as the wildebeest move into Northern Tanzania. 11 | MAJOR TRAVELER MAG
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Gorilla Trekking Uganda
Gorilla Trekking is an intensive experience for those interested in coming close with mountain gorillas. The trek is a careful art that strives to preserve the authenticity of the gorillas habitat. Uganda is home to over half of the mountain gorillas that exist in the world today. You will spend the entire day trekking through thick brush, working to reach the gorillas in their natural habitat.
The trek could take anywhere from 2-6 hours. Once you arrive with the gorillas, you are allowed to spend 1 hour with them before departing. Perhaps the most magical 1 hour of your bucket list! Permits are expensive and you will want to secure one at least 6 months prior. There isn't a bad time of year to visit Uganda, as both the wet and dry seasons have their advantages.
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SAFARI WITH A PURPOSE
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Beyond this initiative, Micato works through their MicatoAmericaShare program to create sustainable change. Their efforts include building community centers and libraries, as well as maintaining a sponsorship program for children. There are many ways we can serve those in other communities. It is amazing that we can achieve good in the world simply by traveling with the right partners and being mindful of the steps we take. .
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"A SAFARI TAKEN. A CHILD’S LIFE CHANGED."
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ISLAND TIME Africa isn't typically associated with its beautiful beaches. I'm here to tell you that they exist and are spectacular. Here's a breakdown of our favorite beach destinations to add on to any safari itinerary. Mozambique Friendly locals, white sand beaches, and impeccable cuisine makes Mozambique a destination for making memories. Spend your days above the clear blue water or below it, both offering equal opportunities to witness the majestic sea life. Seychelles Two words: island hopping. The Seychelles is a string of islands that has something for everyone. Here is where you'll find massive tortoises and picturesque beaches. Feeling fancy? We personally love a stay at Six Senses Zil Pasyon on the private island of Felicité. Mauritius A picture perfect island surrounded by coral reefs full of moray eels and bright colored fish. It's an inspiring island with deep history and a modern culture. The most difficult decision you'll have to make here is between the fresh seafood offerings at lunch and dinner. 17 | MAJOR TRAVELER MAG
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The Cape Town Food Scene Not many intend to visit Africa for its food scene. But, let me tell you, it is a scene and one to be recognized. Fresh, local ingredients are the main staple in Cape Town. The city is filled with award-winning chefs who are developing world-class food concepts in a rapidly changing culture. What we love most about Cape Town's food offerings is the variety. Pot Luck Club has tapas for the table to share. V&A Waterfront Restaurant has the freshest seafood paired with beautiful waterfront scenery. Kloof Street House dazzles you with its hanging lights and swanky atmosphere. The Test Kitchen is an experiential restaurant that consistently finds itself in the World's Best 50 list. There is much to be savored in Cape Town!
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Our Top 10 01 Kloof Street House 02 Potluck Club 03 Old Biscuit Mill 04 V&A Waterfront 05 Test Kitchen 06 Chef's Warehouse 07 La Colombe 08 Kyoto Garden Sushi 09 The Stack 10 Shortmarket Club
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AFRICA FOR THE FIRST TIME
A GLIMPSE INTO WHAT YOUR AFRICA ADVENTURE COULD LOOK LIKE
Days 1-4: Cape Town
Day 4-7: Safari Slow your trip down by heading out on safari. You'll be up with the sun for adventurous drives. If you want to see lions, your guide and tracker will ensure it happens. There is no expectation on safari and everything catches you by surprise. That's the magic of Africa.
Start your adventure in Cape Town, South Africa. Pace is everything in an itinerary and we prefer to jump right in (and kick jet lag in its face). Your days in Cape Town will be packed. Hike Table Mountain and take the Cable Car down. Visit the penguins on Boulders Beach. Take a panoramic tour of Cape Point. Stand Up Paddleboard on the V&A Waterfront. Swim with the Great Whites in Gansbaai Bay. We can keep going if you're not already tired! Okay one last thing - take a day trip to the winelands to taste the stunning flavors just outside of the city.
Days 7-10: Victoria Falls
Days 10-14: Beach
Pick up the pace a bit with the excitement of Victoria Falls. You can see the falls from every different angle. Take a helicopter ride to see the falls from above. Hike to see the falls from ground level. And, raft down the river to experience the real thunder of the water crashing from above.
Before heading back to normal life, one must always relax. We love Mozambique for its beautiful beaches, intimate atmosphere, and remote vibe. Scuba dive with turtles or set up a picnic for two on the beach. Even though you are relaxing, there are memories to be made! 21 Â | Â MAJOR TRAVELER MAG
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DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT
A GLIMPSE INTO WHAT YOUR AFRICA ADVENTURE COULD LOOK LIKE
Days 1-4: Victoria Falls Start your journey at the incredible Victoria Falls, where you will immediately be off the grid. You'll be whisked away to the Treehouse Suites at Victoria Falls, your own personal hideaway. Immerse yourself into the softly flowing Zambezi river. When you feel the need to emerge, take a cruise down the river to spot wildlife and enjoy the sunset. You can trust that your cocktail of preference will be waiting for you.
Days 4-7: Botswana Escape to a tented camp that sits under a shady canopy of jackleberry and sausage trees, overlooking a floodplain. On your safari drives, witness herds of elephants and zebras, feeding hippos and learn about rhino conservation efforts.
Days 7-10: Namibia End your trip in the desert, a unique experience for those fond of the magic of Africa. Spend your days on the sand dunes and your evenings underneath a canvas of stars. For a special occasion, venture out on a helicopter to see the landscape that has remained unchanged for millions of years.
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SINGITA South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania
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&BEYOND South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya
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ROYAL MALEWENE South Africa
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WHO WE ARE Anyone could give you a pre-set itinerary and send you on your way. Major Traveler, however, is committed to providing an extraordinary travel experience, in which every detail of your adventure is crafted custom to fit your dreams. Whether it's a private guided museum tour or as simple as the aisle seat, we're here to make every detail perfect for you. As we love to say, luxury is truly in the details.
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HOW TO BE A MAJOR TRAVELER
Email me and we will discuss all of your travel planning wants and desires.
We settle on the details. Budget, timing, location, activites.
We work together to craft your bespoke itinerary. Unique experiencies. Just for you.
I handle the booking logistics, ensuring you're a VIP wherever you venture
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...and you're off as a Major Traveler!
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