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Is now the time for Sierra Leone? Is now the time for Sierra Leone? For years, Sierra Leone has been in the news for all the wrong reasons; war, Ebola, natural disasters. But, as Meera Dattani discovered, it... Hilary Bradt Talks Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands with Rainbow Tours Hilary Bradt Talks Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands with Rainbow Tours In December 2020, Hilary Bradt will accompany our incredibly exciting Eclipse Small Group Tour to Argentina, Chile and the Falkland... 5 Ecuador and Galapagos Must-Sees 5 Ecuador and Galapagos Must-Sees Rainbow Tours’ Latin America Team Leader Leticia Hennessy-Maia recently embarked on a bucket list trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos...
Introducing Our Immersive Uganda Conservation Tours Introducing Our Immersive Uganda Conservation Tours We are proud to introduce our conservation-focused small group departures from 2019 to 2021. For these Uganda tours (some of which also... Sierra Leone: 11 Reasons to Visit Now Sierra Leone: 11 Reasons to Visit Now If you're considering a Sierra Leone holiday, we've got you covered. Rainbow Africa specialist Helen Kennedy was one of... The Best Safari and Beach Combinations The Best Safari and Beach Combinations Africa is bursting with superb safari and wildlife experiences, from Kruger National Park in South Africa to Etosha in Namibia, or even...
11 Incredible Photos of Namibia 11 Incredible Photos of Namibia Namibia is one of the most visually arresting countries on the planet. With its towering sand dunes, stark coastlines and rolling plains,... An Interview with Mongabay CEO Rhett Butler An Interview with Mongabay CEO Rhett Butler Founded in 1999, Mongabay.com is one of the most popular and influential conservation and environmental science websites in the world. The... Inspiring Conservation Initiatives in Madagascar Inspiring Conservation Initiatives in Madagascar As part of our Madagascar programme, we encourage our guests to visit small, locally-managed conservation initiatives during their travels...
Hilary Bradt Receives Malagasy Award during Rainbow 2018 Group Tour Hilary Bradt Receives Malagasy Award during Rainbow 2018 Group Tour Our annual Madagascar Wildlife Extravaganza Tour with Daniel Austin was remarkable in many ways. This particular group had the... Head to Head: Rwanda Vs Uganda Head to Head: Rwanda Vs Uganda For the next installment of our 'head to head' series, we're casting our eyes over two of Africa's greatest primate-viewing... Top things to do when you visit St Helena Top things to do when you visit St Helena Rising proudly above the waves of the South Atlantic Ocean, an astonishing 1,200 miles from the western coast of Africa, the wonderful...
Head to Head: History in Latin America Head to Head: History in Latin America Here at Rainbow Tours, we know how hard it can be to settle on a holiday destination. There are so many incredible places to travel to in... 10 Photos that will make you want to visit Belize 10 Photos that will make you want to visit Belize Belize is beautiful and endlessly surprising. Full of adventure, wildlife, and plenty of space to relax, this paradaisical Latin American... Uganda: Where to go and what to do Uganda: Where to go and what to do Neighbour to Kenya and Tanzania, Uganda receives far fewer visitors than its more popular fellows. This gives it a wonderful feeling of...
Interview with Philip Briggs, Ethiopia Bradt Guide Book Author Interview with Philip Briggs, Ethiopia Bradt Guide Book Author To Africa travel enthusiasts, Philip Briggs needs no introduction. He has written more guidebooks on African countries than any other... Unique Hotels: Incredible Places To Stay in Latin America Unique Hotels: Incredible Places To Stay in Latin America For some holidays, it's not just where you go which makes the trip an unforgettable experience, it's also about where you lay your... How much do you know about the Maya? How much do you know about the Maya? When it comes to Latin America, we spend quite a bit of our time talking about the Maya. This ancient, pre-Columbian civilisation left...
Where to go in 2019 according to Condé Nast Traveller Where to go in 2019 according to Condé Nast Traveller We love browsing Condé Nast Traveller to get inspiration for future trips, and of course to enjoy the beautiful photos and travel... 7 Places to go to enjoy Christmas in the sunshine 7 Places to go to enjoy Christmas in the sunshine Here in the UK, we’re used to Christmas being cold – and usually wet! Of course, Christmas isn’t like that everywhere.... The Ethiopian Festival of Timket The Ethiopian Festival of Timket “We knew very little about the Timket festival when we booked the tour, but now realise that it [is] right up there with other top...
Attenborough's Dynasties: top trips to follow in the footsteps of the BBC Natural History Unit Attenborough's Dynasties: top trips to follow in the footsteps of the BBC Natural History Unit With the dark winter nights drawing in, there's nothing better than spending your Sunday evenings curled up in front of the TV with a... 10 Strange animals and where to go to see them 10 Strange animals and where to go to see them For many travellers, the chance to see exotic wildlife is one of the major reasons to take a holiday to a specific place. We’re no... 3 Amazing ways to experience Antarctica 3 Amazing ways to experience Antarctica “Antarctica has this mythic weight. It resides in the collective unconscious of so many people, and it makes this huge impact, just...
5 Amazing things to do in Bolivia 5 Amazing things to do in Bolivia Bolivia is a country of amazing variety with its incredible landscapes, a strong indigenous culture and a lingering Spanish colonial... 7 Things first-time visitors to Colombia should do 7 Things first-time visitors to Colombia should do We love Colombia, and we are thrilled that it has shrugged off its edgy reputation and is becoming more and more popular as a holiday... Madagascar holidays: Q&A with the experts Madagascar holidays: Q&A with the experts Here at Rainbow Tours, we’re confidently able to assert that we are the UK’s leading specialist tour operator for Madagascar,...
Stay the night: Diana Dea Lodge, Réunion Stay the night: Diana Dea Lodge, Réunion Following a recent visit to beautiful Réunion Island, Travel Specialist Laura shares her experiences of the four-star Diana Dea... Travel Specialist Trips: Laura visits Réunion Island Travel Specialist Trips: Laura visits Réunion Island After taking the world’s longest domestic flight from Paris to Roland Garros, Reunion (11hours) we arrived in paradise. The... Madagascar Holidays: why book your trip with Rainbow Tours Madagascar Holidays: why book your trip with Rainbow Tours Here at Rainbow Tours, we’re proud to have long been the UK’s leading Madagascar specialist tour operator for Madagascar....
Amazing places to sleep in Latin America Amazing places to sleep in Latin America For some holidays, it's not just where you go which makes the trip an unforgettable experience, it's also about where you lay your... Best trips to see African elephants Best trips to see African elephants For many visitors, catching sight of a great herd of African elephants in the wild is the highlight of any safari holiday. At Rainbow, we... Top 5 other things to do in Peru! Top 5 other things to do in Peru! For many, a trip to Peru simply wouldn’t be complete without paying the world-famous Machu Picchu a visit. We certainly won’t...
An un-Belize-able adventure! An un-Belize-able adventure! Rainbow's Latin America Product Manager, Rachel, returns from Belize and shares her expriences of this beautiful country.   A wildlife-lover's guide to night walks in Madagascar A wildlife-lover's guide to night walks in Madagascar After dark, a very different cast of intriguing characters emerge from their daytime resting places, making the island's wildlife... Madagascar: best time to visit Madagascar: best time to visit Madagascar: best time to visit  We've been arranging thoughtfully crafted, once-in-a-lifetime trips to Madagascar for 20 years now...
Wildlife in Ethiopia Wildlife in Ethiopia Wildlife in Ethiopia Africa Travel Expert, Helen Kennedy, shares why she believes that Ethiopia is a fantastic destination for... Rainbow's Africa: choosing your safari destination Rainbow's Africa: choosing your safari destination Rainbow's Africa: choosing your safari destination  Fourteen countries make the Rainbow Tours long-list as outstanding safari... Top five safaris for responsible travellers Top five safaris for responsible travellers At Rainbow, responsible travel is at the heart of everything we do. We know you, our valued clients, care about ensuring that your travel...
A Day on Safari A Day on Safari A Day on Safari It's true to say that one day on safari is never the same as any other: the unpredictability of a wild encounter is... Chimp Trekking in Rwanda Chimp Trekking in Rwanda Chimp Trekking in Rwanda's Nyungwe National Park David from Rainbow Tours recently spent time exploring the heart of Nyungwe National... Responsible Traveller: Rainbow Tours' charity partnerships Responsible Traveller: Rainbow Tours' charity partnerships Responsible Traveller: Rainbow Tours' charity partnerships At Rainbow Tours, we believe that when tourism is managed well it can be...
Botswana And Zambia Safari Review Botswana And Zambia Safari Review Botswana And Zambia Safari Review  Ben Ross travels to Botswana and Zambia with Rainbow Tours and finds himself ticking off much more... Discover Belize Discover Belize Discover Belize What Belize may lack in size is more than made up for in sheer adventure opportunities and stunning natural beauty. Here... Bucket List Adventure: Chilean Patagonia Bucket List Adventure: Chilean Patagonia Bucket List Adventure: Chilean Patagonia Immaculate coverings of snow, towering mountains, sparkling lakes… a land that looks like...
My top 10 memorable moments in the Falklands My top 10 memorable moments in the Falklands My top 10 memorable moments in the Falklands When the Falkland Islands Tourist Board invited me to visit this unusual destination, I jumped... Falkland Islands Travel: Your Questions Answered Falkland Islands Travel: Your Questions Answered Falkland Islands Travel: Your Questions Answered Top 5 wildlife spots in Belize Top 5 wildlife spots in Belize Covered in swathes of lush jungle, home to enigmatic Mayan ruins, abundant wildlife and stunning Caribbean coast and cayes, Belize is a...
Travels to Tana: Responsible Rainbow in Madagascar Travels to Tana: Responsible Rainbow in Madagascar Travels to Tana: Responsible Rainbow in Madagascar Almost every visitor to Madagascar passes through the capital, Antananarivo (commonly... Hilary Bradt on why Madagascar stole her heart Hilary Bradt on why Madagascar stole her heart Hilary Bradt on why Madagascar stole her heart Wildlife in Brazil Wildlife in Brazil Wildlife in Brazil Brazil is a destination for everyone – beach-enthusiasts, city-explorers and culture-seekers are all well taken...
The secret to saving thousands on a safari holiday The secret to saving thousands on a safari holiday The secret to saving thousands on a safari holiday Every keen traveller likes to know they’re getting the best value without... Galapagos Island-Hopping Adventure Galapagos Island-Hopping Adventure The Galapagos, with its unique eco-system and abundance of wildlife is a frequent entry onto travel bucket lists, and it’s not hard... Travel Expert Q&A: Galapagos Travel Expert Q&A: Galapagos Travel Expert Q&A: Galapagos The Galapagos Islands offer visitors the chance to see the stunning and unique wildlife that...
Botswana and Victoria Falls Safari Adventure Botswana and Victoria Falls Safari Adventure Botswana and Victoria Falls Safari Adventure Botswana’s wild and unspoilt landscape is the perfect setting for a safari adventure,... Renowned Madagascar tour guide shares his top travel picks Renowned Madagascar tour guide shares his top travel picks Renowned Madagascar tour guide shares his top travel picks Shortlisted previously for the Wanderlust World Guide Awards, we’re... Travel Expert Q&A: Mad about Malawi Travel Expert Q&A: Mad about Malawi Travel Expert Q&A: Mad about Malawi  As one of our newest destinations, we’re excited to introduce you to Malawi in 2017....
Rainbow's responsible travel: how your holidays help Rainbow's responsible travel: how your holidays help Rainbow Tours is committed to responsible travel. From our very conception, we've had the communities and wildlife that we visit at the... In the know: Costa Rica In the know: Costa Rica We're proud to be the experts in Costa Rica. BA's direct flight route from London to San Jose has been connecting the UK to the... Pura Vida in Costa Rica Pura Vida in Costa Rica Joe Minihane heads to Central America’s eco-tourism capital, Costa Rica, in search of a life less ordinary.  
Six amazing places to visit in Chile (and what to do when you get there) Six amazing places to visit in Chile (and what to do when you get there) The definitive guide to planning your trip to Chile with Rainbow Tours, by Rachel Truman.  Travel Expert Q&A: Uganda Travel Expert Q&A: Uganda Rainbow Tours' Africa Product Manager, Candice, stops by for a cuppa and chats all things Uganda.    Trekking for chimpanzees in wild west Tanzania Trekking for chimpanzees in wild west Tanzania The remote Mahale Mountains in western Tanzania are home to one of the last remaining chimp populations in Africa. Sarah Gilbert heads into...
A gaucho for the weekend: life on the estancia in Argentina A gaucho for the weekend: life on the estancia in Argentina   His name was Listadore and he had dutifully plodded, trotted and cantered around Estancia Huechahue, in northern Patagonia,... Six of the best places in Chile for Photographers Six of the best places in Chile for Photographers From semi-professional photographers to recreational Instagram-users, the impressive and staggering natural landscapes of Chile can’t... Spread your wings: a tale of responsible travel in Peru Spread your wings: a tale of responsible travel in Peru Rainbow Tours has joined forces with Condor Travel in South America to support WINGS, a non-profit organisation helping disadvantaged...
Travel Expert Q&A: Reunion Travel Expert Q&A: Reunion Travel Expert Q&A: Reunion We caught up with Africa Product Manager, Candice Buchan, to find out more about her recent trip to... Elephant Encounters in Kenya and Malawi Elephant Encounters in Kenya and Malawi Elephant Encounters in Kenya and Malawi Seeing wild African elephants in their natural bush habitat graces the bucket list of most... Five amazing experiences in Namibia Five amazing experiences in Namibia Five amazing experiences in Namibia  Namibia is an incredible country of immense wildernesses, ranging from vast red sand dunes and...
The best ways to explore the Namib Desert The best ways to explore the Namib Desert It’s impossible to be prepared for the Namib Desert. This epic landscape is a one off. An incredible feat of Mother Nature only... Is Mendoza the Best City in Argentina? Is Mendoza the Best City in Argentina? Most visitors to Argentina head straight for Buenos Aires. You can hardly blame them – the steakhouses (parillas) are superb and the... Meeting the wildlife in Botswana Meeting the wildlife in Botswana The best Botswana lodges for meeting the wildlife Have your hair tussled by elephants, share your breakfast with baboons and climb into a...
Desert Vs ice; an adventure travel showdown Desert Vs ice; an adventure travel showdown The expert team at Rainbow Tours have put their heads together with the Travel Specialists at our sister company, Regent Holidays, to bring... Six completely unique things to do in Chile Six completely unique things to do in Chile With a country that stretches more than 2,500 miles from the Atacama Desert in the north to the icebergs of Cape Horn in the south,... In search of wildlife; travels through Guyana In search of wildlife; travels through Guyana Latin America Travel Specialist, Sarah, shares her experiences travelling through remote Guyana on South America’s North Atlantic...
First Impressions of Costa Rica First Impressions of Costa Rica As British Airways launch new direct flights from London, Sarah Frankish travels to one of the holiday industry's most exciting... Malbec and Sauvignon; wine tasting travels through Argentina and Chile Malbec and Sauvignon; wine tasting travels through Argentina and Chile Latin America Sales Specialist, Sarah, traded her office desk chair for the saddle in South America on a journey across Chile and... Suspended in the Sacred Valley - Sky Lodges and Zip Line Adventure in Peru Suspended in the Sacred Valley - Sky Lodges and Zip Line Adventure in Peru Rainbow Tours’ Latin America Product Manager, Amanda Sweeney, is a self-confessed mountain girl at heart and always seems to be off...
How Solar Power Can Spring-board a Child's Education - with Money for Madagascar How Solar Power Can Spring-board a Child's Education - with Money for Madagascar At Rainbow Tours, responsible travel is at the heart of everything we do and we’re proud to work with Money for Madagascar in their... Top six Africa safari spots to spot big cats Top six Africa safari spots to spot big cats Top six Africa safari spots to spot big cats 'This year, I’m booking a safari holiday'. That sounds straight-forward enough,... Durrell's Miniature Monkey Mission Durrell's Miniature Monkey Mission Gerald Durrell is a name synonymous with conservation efforts. Today, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust stands as the direct continuation...
Madagascar In Conversation With Hilary Bradt Madagascar In Conversation With Hilary Bradt Publisher, writer and co-founder of Bradt Travel Guides, Hilary Bradt has been writing about Madagascar for more than thirty years. Other... Go Wild with Born Free - Responsible Travel Go Wild with Born Free - Responsible Travel   Rainbow Tours was born out of one man's desire to share his incredible experiences in Africa with travellers, in a way that has... São Tomé and Príncipe with Mike Unwin São Tomé and Príncipe with Mike Unwin Impressions of Príncipe Mike Unwin gets caught up in the magic of Africa’s second smallest country Leve, leve,” implored...
Birds and Beasts in Brazil - Searching for Wildlife in the Pantanal Birds and Beasts in Brazil - Searching for Wildlife in the Pantanal Rainbow Tours' Scott Mathias looks past the Amazon and finds that the world's largest wetland has fewer tourists and easier to find... The Expert's Travel Guide to Peru - Classic Vs Off The Beaten Track The Expert's Travel Guide to Peru - Classic Vs Off The Beaten Track Adventure is abundant within its borders; experience everything from jagged mountain ranges and stretching Altiplano plains to striking... Five things you need to know before you trek Machu Picchu Five things you need to know before you trek Machu Picchu The Inca Trail, traversing the High Andes of Peru to reach Machu Picchu, is one of the world’s most enviable treks and draws...
Where to see Madagascar's Weird and Wonderful Wildlife Where to see Madagascar's Weird and Wonderful Wildlife Rainbow Tours’ author, keen naturalist and conservation writer, Derek Schuurman, teamed up with some accomplished wildlife... Bountiful Botswana from Chobe to the Kalahari Bountiful Botswana from Chobe to the Kalahari Botswana is wildlife heaven and really is a top safari destination. The Okavango Delta is out of this world, so lush with crystal clear... Searching for Capybara in Ibera Searching for Capybara in Ibera Our Latin America Product Manager Amanda Sweeney has a long-lasting love affair with the Latin America capybara and enjoys nothing more...
A Beach Adventure in Sierra Leone A Beach Adventure in Sierra Leone Most people don’t think of Sierra Leone as a family destination. It’s a wonderful option for those who love adventure, are... Rio - Brazil's Party City Rio - Brazil's Party City A true cinematic cityscape, Rio de Janeiro occupies one of the most spectacular settings of any metropolis in the world. Flanked by... Wildlife in Kenya: National Park Vs. Conservancy Wildlife in Kenya: National Park Vs. Conservancy An interesting development is occurring in Kenya of late that has sparked my interest as a conservationist. Birthplace to word...
Discovering Ecuador's Hidden Gems Discovering Ecuador's Hidden Gems Athough a tiny country, a similar size to the American state of Wyoming, Ecuador has been described as a ‘mini South America’... Africa's Idyllic Coast & Indian Ocean Islands Africa's Idyllic Coast & Indian Ocean Islands Africa’s eastern coastline is brimming with gorgeous beaches both on the mainland and on the Indian Ocean islands. Whether you want... Highlights of Colombia: From Capital to Coast Highlights of Colombia: From Capital to Coast Colombia has finally begun to secure a reputation as a safe, if somewhat off-the-beaten track destination.  Two decades have past...
Madagascar Q & A with Daniel Austin Madagascar Q & A with Daniel Austin Madagascar Q & A with Daniel Austin Intrigued by Madagascar from a young age and visiting regularly over the years, Daniel... How does Safari in the Eastern Cape Compare? How does Safari in the Eastern Cape Compare? Our Senior Travel Specialist Candice has been on many safaris to South Africa. However recently, for the first time, she travelled to the... Sustainable Tourism In Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica Sustainable Tourism In Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica Rainbow Tours' Travel Specialist, Sarah Frankish, discovers why Costa Rica is known as the eco-tourism capital of Central America.
Top five South Africa Safari lodges Top five South Africa Safari lodges An African safari holiday is a thrilling experience and there is nowhere quite as impressive as South Africa for its mix of spectacular... Salar De Uyuni - The World's Largest Salt Flat Salar De Uyuni - The World's Largest Salt Flat Salar de Uyuni is an incredible sight to behold.    Read on to discover:   Where the term Salar De Uyuni comes...
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