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Amanda Marks

Amanda Marks is the founder and managing director of award-winning tour operator, Tribes Travel. Having started travelling professionally in her mid-twenties as a tour leader in Africa and the Middle East, she set up Tribes with her husband Guy in 1998. She travels regularly both alone and with her family, and is committed to sustainable travel so we can protect the earth's diversity and beauty for future generations.

Top 5 remote African safari destinations

At Tribes our consultants have experienced lots of different safaris Here we have selected our top 5 remote African safari destinations.

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Responsible travel is more fun!

Responsible travel - it sounds a bit ‘sensible’ doesn’t it?  So what does this have to do with holidays and having fun? In fact, travelling responsibly is a positive experience which actually makes travelling more fun, not less.

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Visiting meerkats, Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana © AGMarks

Face to face with meerkats

I have seen photos of people sitting with meerkats before, but I always imagined that you would probably need a lot of time and patience, or just very good luck, to have that kind of experience.

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Leopard in a tree, Africa © Jeff&Wendy

Top 6 best places to see leopards in Africa

Given that leopards are found in a wider variety of habitats than any other big cat, you'd think finding leopards should be easy.

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How to avoid crowds in the Ngorongoro Crater

Its wealth of natural attractions make the Ngorongoro Crater a particularly sought-after spot for wildlife enthusiasts coming on safari in northern Tanzania.

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4 good reasons to visit Chile

“The length of Chile equates to the distance between Moscow and Lisbon,” a guide told me, as we stood on Santa Lucia hill looking down at the capital, Santiago, ringed by mountains.

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Trying tailor-made

Tailor-made holidays are all about getting to do what you want, when you want, for as long as you want, and where you want.

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Meeting Darwin and Gremlin

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Kaziranga and the Big Eight

Our guide, Hrishi, was obviously proud of his park, but I had come with few expectations of what we might see here; perhaps one or two rhinos if we were lucky and maybe a wild elephant – I would be happy with that.

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Living Root Bridges

It’s rare that you come across anything on this earth that hasn’t also been thought of by someone else in a totally different region.

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Northern Serengeti in the Low Season

Sitting alone, a large, battle-scarred male with a chunk missing out of his top lip was trying to disassociate himself from the seven females and youngsters relaxing in the sunshine on the edge of a dry riverbed.

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Kwihala Camp

Tribes’ director, Amanda Marks, explored Ruaha for 2 weeks in June 2018 Staying at or inspecting all of the lodges and camps, game driving in the east, west and centre, and talking to the camp owners, managers and guides.

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