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How do you say safari?

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サファリ

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These days, many folks use the word safari to mean more than just an African wildlife experience. Known since the 1800’s as a Swahili word, safari actually originated from the Arabic expression سفر which means “to journey”.

Colonial Africa Attire (1937)
Melania dressed up for a tour of an animal sanctuary just outside of Nairobi, Kenya.
Making Safaris ‘Great’ Again

For some of us, the world has come a long way in the last 100 years, since oppressive colonial interests popularized African hunting safaris. At Mondisti we too use safari to refer to journeys across our planet to experience fantastic wildlife and special destinations, from polar bears on the frozen tundra to pythons in the Amazon, and naturally, to safaris in Africa…

And a dressing tip just in case: don’t bring a colonial pith hat on your safari.


Tanzania’s Northern Circuit- Itinerary
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Tanzania’s Northern Circuit- Itinerary

Safaris are addictive. Tanzania’s northern safari circuit boasts 2 of the most iconic areas in all of Africa: the Serengeti ecosystem and … Read More…
7 Tips for Viewing Wildebeest River Crossings
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7 Tips for Viewing Wildebeest River Crossings

This post provides general tips to orient you to the great migration river crossings in the Northern Serengeti. Each year, over a … Read More…
Uganda Gorilla Trekking
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Uganda Gorilla Trekking

Our visit to Uganda was during Covid, which made everything just a little more problematic, but it was still a very enjoyable … Read More…
Zimbabwe – Safari – Mana Pools and Hwange
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Zimbabwe – Safari – Mana Pools and Hwange

Zimbabwe has some great safari destinations, including the Hwange National Park and the Mana Pools National Park, and we recommend combining your … Read More…
India Tiger Safari: the thrill of the Bengal Tiger
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India Tiger Safari: the thrill of the Bengal Tiger

This post discusses safaris in India’s Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks. India’s Bengal tiger is an endangered species and to see one …
Amazon River cruise – from Peru or Brazil?
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Amazon River cruise – from Peru or Brazil?

This post discusses the advantages and disadvantages of starting an Amazon River cruise from Peru versus Brazil. We chose Peru over Brazil … Read More…
Avoiding Crowds on a Serengeti-Mara Safari
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Avoiding Crowds on a Serengeti-Mara Safari

The great wildebeest migration spectacle is unlike other safaris because of the huge numbers of animals, but sometimes it seems the tourists … Read More…
How Weather Affects the Serengeti-Mara Migration
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How Weather Affects the Serengeti-Mara Migration

The Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Serengeti National Park are part of the same continuous ecosystem, which extends from southern Kenya … Read More…
Nepal Safari – In Search of the Elusive Tiger
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Nepal Safari – In Search of the Elusive Tiger

A safari experience in Nepal (Chitwan or Bardia) is very different than India (see our post on Indian safaris). Many travelers want … Read More…
Tanzania Safari Circuits – North and South
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Tanzania Safari Circuits – North and South

This post discusses the two circuits that make up Tanzania’s safari landscape. When selecting a safari itinerary, it is important that one … Read More…
The Serengeti-Mara Great Migration
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The Serengeti-Mara Great Migration

The holy grail of African safaris is the great wildebeest migration that takes place each year in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem of Tanzania … Read More…
Kenya’s best Safari destinations
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Kenya’s best Safari destinations

Kenya is a stunning country with many premiere wildlife reserves, in this post we will discuss the two most popular, the Maasai … Read More…
South Africa – The big five in four days
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South Africa – The big five in four days

For those Mondisti looking to experience the ‘Big Five‘ in the least amount of time, South Africa should be at the top … Read More…
Churchill, Manitoba – polar bear tour
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Churchill, Manitoba – polar bear tour

Although Churchill, Manitoba is not technically in the Arctic (the Arctic Circle is 66.6 degrees latitude, while Churchill is 59 degrees latitude), polar
Zambia – Safaris – five takeaways
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Zambia – Safaris – five takeaways

Many tourists only associate Zambia with Victoria Falls, and that’s exactly what makes Zambia safaris so attractive, there are no crowds! We … Read More…
Planning Your First African Safari (2020)
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Planning Your First African Safari (2020)

What are the variables that go into planning an amazing safari vacation, and how to choose from all the possible safari options? … Read More…
Botswana Safaris – The Gem of Africa
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Botswana Safaris – The Gem of Africa

Botswana is known as the Gem of Africa because it is the world’s top diamond producer (by value of diamonds; Russia is … Read More…
Borneo- On a Houseboat to See the Orangutans
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Borneo- On a Houseboat to See the Orangutans

Borneo – houseboat or lodge The best way to see Borneo is on the water. We debated a houseboat only tour or … Read More…
Kenya or Tanzania – which to choose for a safari?
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Kenya or Tanzania – which to choose for a safari?

Many tourists want to know the differences between Kenya and Tanzania when planning their safari vacation in Africa. The glib advice is … Read More…