When time is the ultimate luxury, the wealth of any experience is the freedom within it. Part of the art of what we do at @roarafrica is matching people and places. Delicately placing you into the care of people, our people, who bring the very singular thing that is ROAR AFRICA to life. We like to believe our guides are some of the best in the world and not only for their incredible knowledge and passion, but that rare ability to have all senses firing to refine, adjust and rewire each moment, in the moment with a very delicate hand. They have been hired for that extremely rare, yet absolutely essential characteristic – Emotional Intelligence.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more
"Every ROAR AFRICA trip is a learning journey designed to encourage, foster and stimulate thinking around our ancient and instinctual relationship with nature.’" - Deborah Calmeyer⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Born and raised on the African continent, ROAR AFRICA Founder Deborah Calmeyer has a lifetime of evidence to support the profound healing that occurs when we return to the wild. ROAR AFRICA guests leave transformed and inspired to take action to protect the wild spaces that are so essential to our ability to thrive on this planet.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Image taken at Chikwenya Camp
Today is World Ranger Day, a time to honor the courageous men and women working on the frontlines of conservation and providing life changing experiences in tourism. We are at a pivotal point in history, where for the first time we are seeing the representation and leadership of women shattering the glass ceiling of the safari industry. On the first ever Women’s Empowerment trip , a movement pioneered by ROAR AFRICA we highlighted the amazing women rangers, who have overcome both Western and Tribal barriers and broken through into the frontlines. A monumental achievement that is way bigger than the sum of all its parts. As a female led company, ROAR AFRICA’s mission from the very start has been to empower African women, guided by our Founder Deborah Calmeyer’s vision “If African women rise, wildlife will thrive!”. “If it takes the rest of my life, so be it, but I will not rest until gender equity exists and there are plenty of women in the wild.” says Deborah. . 📸 2nd slide taken by @beautifuldestinations on our Women’s Empowerment Journey
We are days away from the highly anticipated opening of @singita_’s first property in Rwanda, Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House! It is a privilege to partner with properties like Singita that make extraordinarily rare wildlife encounters possible while honoring the fragile ecosystems and local communities where they are built. The new property is nestled on the edge of Volcanos National Park, home to more than one third of the remaining population of mountain gorillas left in the world. There is much to experience in Rwanda beyond gorilla tracking including the Afro montane forests of Nyungwe National Park, gorgeous Lake Kivu and the lively capital city of Kigali. . To begin planning your #ROARAFRICA journey to Rwanda, contact email@example.com
Africa is in our DNA. Founder & CEO, Deborah shares Africa from its roots — a culmination of over 300 years of her family living and traversing the land.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I understand the opportunities and challenges of Africa,” says Deborah, “I have lived through them. I have the contacts on the ground who not only look after my guests every step of the way, but bring the trips alive, from Kenya to Cape Town, the Indian Ocean to Namibia. I am not trying to do all things for all people. I curate indelible moments inspired by spending time in the places I have loved all my life. This isn’t just intellectual capital; it is emotional, too. For this reason, I like to get under the skin of a guest’s expectations, ensuring I make each trip different to any one else’s.“⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Remember you are wild! Just as nature has been forever altered due to human intervention, human nature has also undergone an irrevocable shift that has left us disconnected from the natural world and our inner ‘wild’ selves. We, therefore, invite you to rediscover the wild woman, wild man or wild child in all of us while giving back to the places you visit.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Contact email@example.com to learn more⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @beautifuldestinations
#Repost from our #WomensEmpowerment Journey by @sacollegefortourism . “The next morning was an early wake up to meet the @herdingacademy trainees at St Olives Farm. After the welcome coffee and introduction to the work of the Herding Academy, guests were taken on a “sheep safari” to see the trainee herders, of which 67% are women, in action. Lunch was served out in the open where these incredible women shared their insights and experiences, which could easily be adapted and applied to an African context. Their passion for making a difference was felt throughout their visit. Thank you Deborah Calmeyer from @roarafrica for this inspirational encounter and for introducing SACT trainees to what is possible for women to dream and achieve for their futures.” . We are immensely proud to support organizations like SA College for Tourism and the Herding Academy that are breaking down the glass ceiling of the safari industry, while offering renewed hope for our wildlife and wild spaces. “If African women rise, wildlife will thrive!” . Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit roarafrica.com to learn more about @roarafrica’s mission to empower women through tourism. . 📸 Cover photo by @beautifuldestinations
Madagascar is one of the most jaw-dropping and fascinating wildlife hotspots on earth where animals and plants have evolved in isolation for more than 60 million years. At our partner lodge @timeandtideafrica Miavana, guests will experience a world of lemurs and chameleons, and a mosaic of unexplored coves. Prepare to be awed.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Contact email@example.com to learn more
"A young Barabaig girl displays her courtship finery. She wears a zebra headdress, beaded armlets, incised plastic bracelets, and brass necklaces. Her ghijichka necklace made of beaten brass plaques reflects the wealth of her family and the bride price required."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fantastic photo from Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith's new book, "African Twilight: Vanishing Cultures and Ceremonies of the African Continent". Read more about this masterpiece on the #ROARAFRICA Blog!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @africanceremonies in Tanzania
Life is but a dream at Ruckomechi in Zimbabwe.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What better way to experience the wild than to become one with your environment?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more
Breathtaking views from Babylonstoren. ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One of the oldest Cape Dutch farms, Babylonstoren is an icon of the winelands and a favorite place to bring our guests as we journey through South Africa. The property is abundant with fruit & vegetables and healing gardens to wander through. Babylonstoren follows a “farm-to-fork” philosophy and offers unique accommodations.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Contact email@example.com to learn more.
Travel to Africa with the person you love and the shared intensity of the experience will imprint itself in your memory forever.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Incredible capture by #ROARAFRICA guests Mary Danz and Norm Hitzges on safari.
"Quiet the mind and the soul will speak"⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You will find few words do justice to the experience of being immersed in the raw, natural beauty of the African bush.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @luxury_travel_show at @singita_ Faru Faru⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To learn more, contact email@example.com | www.roarafrica.com
Bottoms up! Sirikoi has a busy watering hole right in front of the main deck of the property, where you can enjoy drinks with an abundance of wildlife. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy includes rare and endangered species such as the reticulated giraffe, black and white rhino, and the largest resident population of Grevy’s zebra in the world.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To learn more contact firstname.lastname@example.org | www.roarafrica.com⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Image by @sirikoilodge
‘Mandela looks up and around and smiles this brilliant, beatific smile, a smile that could break your heart. It is the most conscience-tugging, soul-moving facial expression in the world, and he got it in jail.’ – AA GIll . Despite his passing in 2013, Mandela has remained a global icon, a man whose profound and powerful legacy of tolerance and inclusivity is recognized the world over. July 18 has been marked annually around the world as a day on which the world will commemorate Mandela’s birth and his contribution to social justice. We fully support this initiative and the call for ‘all individuals to use this day to make a difference in their communities.’ ROAR AFRICA’s founding principles were to contribute to saving our wildlife, wild spaces and to provide as many jobs for women in the tourism sector in Africa as possible. We will continue to make a difference in the work that we do to empower the women in Africa and continue raising awareness around education and the importance of tourism. . In celebration of Nelson Mandela’s birth, we’ve created a very special itinerary that retraces the steps of a man who was one of the world’s greatest leaders. Our bespoke journey will reveal the life and times of a political hero who entered prison a ‘man at war’ and who walked free some 27 years later the leader of a country, an international statesman, and a philanthropist. For more information, contact email@example.com
Our friends at @timeandtideafrica are eagerly awaiting the annual floods in the Liuwa Plain! . To learn about our custom itineraries to Zambia, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
When you gaze up at the canopy of stars painting the African sky, it feels as though you are touching infinity. These moments of awe that have touched our team so deeply inspire every customized trip we create. . To learn more, contact email@example.com . Image by @tothewonderblog
When you reflect on your safari experiences, what comes to mind? Can you remember the full spectrum of color, the smells and sounds, the hairs standing on their ends?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Image by #ROARAFRICA Head Guide, Steven Lake
Our family safaris are designed to bring ease into your travels so the little ones can join in too! #ROARAFRICA's expert guides provide an education in the wild, discovering animals in their natural habitat and a selection of unique cultural experiences. . Image by #ROARAFRICA Head Guide, Steven Lake
Cheetahs on the lookout. . One of the most exciting aspects of the safari experience is entering into the unknown. Whether it is witnessing the miracle of a baby elephant being born, the peaceful grazing of a herd of zebras, or an enthralling hunt of a lion chasing its prey, every moment becomes an eye-opening adventure. . 📸@zebra_plains_mara_camp
Longing for these leisurely days at North Island in the Seychelles, where we live by the natural rhythm of the earth, and the present moment is all that matters.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Image by @live.north
In wildness is the preservation of the world" ~Henry David Thoreau⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Moving image by @chrisbrayphotography
From the Big Five to the wide variety of exotic wildlife unique to this continent, you will encounter stunning creatures of all shapes and sizes.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Image taken at Duma Tau Camp
The word “hippopotamus” comes from the Greek words for “river horse”, a fitting name for animals that spend up to 16 hours per day under water.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Image taken at Ruckomechi in Zimbabwe
Turning Pain Into Power: City of Joy . (See link in bio to read our latest blog!) . The most rewarding part of my work is meeting those women who in striving to affect positive change and redress the gender imbalance are changing our world for the better. Christine Schuler-Deschryver is such a woman. Her life’s work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is extremely significant because against seemingly insurmountable odds, she is helping brutalized female survivors of rape rediscover that most elusive of human ideals – joy. . I’m enormously proud to announce that Christine Schuler-Deschryver is one of the guest speakers at our upcoming inaugural Women’s Empowerment Journey June 11 – 17, 2019 in South Africa. . Learn more at roarafrica.com/city-of-joy/
“I believe I can fly!”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Leopards can leap an impressive 3 meters vertically, and this one has its eyes on the prize!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸 @chefpaulrifkin
To doubt the genius of nature is to never have seen the beauty of pangolin in the flesh. Sadly, these magnificent creatures are also one of the most trafficked animals on earth.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Check out our blog post “The Plight of the Pangolins” on www.roarafrica.com that shares about rescue and rehabilitation efforts by Tikki Hywood Trust and ways you can contribute.
Thanks to Botswana’s progressive attitude towards the protection and conservation of wildlife, a visit here is an opportunity to witness wildlife in a pristine wilderness setting. Set within an environment committed to low-density, low-impact tourism, Botswana has the highest concentration of elephants on the planet, the greatest variety of mammals in Africa and a huge predator population that makes for a truly unsurpassable luxury African safari experience. . Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
REMEMBER YOU ARE WILD . “When you immerse yourself in the ocean you open up an ancient door that gives access to the lives of animals that are so incredible and entertaining, that makes our most extraordinary science fiction films seem dull in comparison.” -Craig Foster . We’re enormously proud to announce that filmmaker, environmentalist and naturalist, Craig Foster will be a keynote speaker at the second Rewilding: ROAR & RESTORE Retreat, set to take place from May 31st to June 5th, 2019 at @segeraretreat in Kenya. As an advocate of our oceans, Craig is a modern-day messiah who has spent his life studying, documenting and filming the natural world in an attempt to illustrate what can be gained by man’s acknowledgment of our ancient relationships with nature and the animals that reside on earth. . For more on Craig and Rewilding: ROAR & RESTORE, see the link in our bio. . Contact email@example.com for bookings.
Travel with care. The contributions made by our guests at ROAR AFRICA are always significant. We therefore take great care in researching the validity of the conservation initiatives, whether it be collaring elephants, monitoring wild dogs, or educating the next generation of Zimbabwean children on how to make a future living through conservation. This can be a life-changing journey not just for you, but for the wildlife and communities your tourism dollar supports. . To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org . Image by #ROARAFRICA Head Guide, Steven Lake
A magical adventure for all ages. @babylonstoren seems like a scene out of a fairytale with one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms and abundant fruit and vegetable gardens to wander through. . This was one of the stops on our last #FlavorsofaRainbowNation tour, and a favorite destination to share with visitors of South Africa, particularly those with an interest in wellbeing. . To learn more contact email@example.com
In honor of #WorldWildlifeDay, a deeply moving image of a pangolin and its caregiver by @brentstirton. These critically endangered creatures are the world’s most trafficked animal in the illegal wildlife trade. . Learn more about “the Plight of the Pangolins” in the #ROARAFRICA blog. See link in our bio. . 📸 @brentstirton for @natgeo
Last year, ROAR AFRICA Founder, Deborah Calmeyer and New York Chef, @dan_kluger teamed up to create “Flavors of a Rainbow Nation”, an extraordinary journey around South Africa, which indulged all of the senses with stunning natural landscapes, unique cultural experiences, and a taste of the delicious local cuisine in the foodie capital of Africa. . To plan your safari experience or learn more about upcoming trips, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. . Video by @luxury_travel_show . #flavorsofarainbownation #roarafrica
Stop and stare. . The wild has a way of rekindling the human spirit. You’ll find yourself awe-struck and grounded deeply in the present moment, perhaps for the first time in a long while. . To learn more contact email@example.com . Image by ROAR AFRICA’s Head Guide, Steven Lake
“When you have caught the rhythm of Africa, you find out that it is the same in all her music.” ~Karen Blixen, Out of Africa
What better place to plant the seeds of a fruitful relationship than ancient African soil? From discovering world wonders like Victoria Falls to camping luxuriously under the stars, this continent offers an inexhaustible list of dream honeymoon destinations. . To learn more contact firstname.lastname@example.org
#ROARAFRICA ♥️ . “We cannot put into words how fantastic our first time in South Africa and Botswana was. Your curation, access, seamless execution and handheld service that lead to us never having to worry about a thing as well as your guides and your entire Africa based team made this the most amazing and outstanding trip in our lives. We almost feel it was a dream Deb.” ~Robert Redford . Exceptional photography by #ROARAFRICA Head Guide, Steven Lake
Segera Retreat is one of our favorite luxury lodges and is also the venue for our annual Rewilding: ROAR & RESTORE retreat led by Dr. Ian McCallum and an exceptional lineup of inspiring thinkers. Each one will give generously of their time as they explain their personal exploration of the evolutionary bonds that connect life across our planet, and how it helped them and will help you to create new frameworks within which to live. . The next event is set to take place from May 31st to June 5th this year and spaces are limited. . Contact email@example.com for bookings. . 📸 @segeraretreat
The healing power of nature ✨ . ‘It was Paracelsus, the 16th-century German-Swiss physician, who wrote: ‘The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician.’ In today’s Smartphone-led, 24/7, digitally enhanced, Instagram-able world – there’s hard science to prove that our bodies and minds need nature. . See the link in our bio for the latest #ROARAFRICA blog on how to make this a reality.
Island hopping is one of the ultimate luxury private island experiences in the Seychelles. . Occupying less than one third of the total land, @sixsenseszilpasyon is the sole resort on Félicitè Island. It is encircled by islands like Grande Soeur (above) which guests can visit for the day. . To plan your trip to the Seychelles contact firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the most profound things we hear from our guests is that their experience changed their life. The deep emotional connection to the people and places not only transforms the visitor but also reminds us of the importance of protecting our wildlife and wild spaces. #ResponsibleTourism . Image by ROAR AFRICA’s Head Guide, Steven Lake
It is a great honor to host the first ever viewing in the USA of photographer/activist - @nickbrandtphotography's new body of work. ROAR AFRICA’s founder, Deborah Calmeyer considers this to be some of the most important, powerful and visceral work, illustrating the spiraling crisis upon us as we face the loss of our wildlife. The collection addresses the escalating destruction of the natural world at the hands of man and shows a world in which there is no longer space for animals to survive. Nick will share his journey and inspiration behind the exhibition and the work of Big Life Foundation. . Visit www.thisemptyworld.com to view Nick’s gallery in full screen view.
“Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all” ~Hellen Keller . Contact email@example.com to learn about our equestrian safari experiences.
#Rewilding: ROAR & RESTORE 2019 . This five-day learning journey of reconnecting, self-discovery and self-realization, will bring together the visionaries, game-changers, and eco-pioneers, who inspire us on a daily basis. This year’s retreat will be led by ROAR AFRICA’s dear friend and specialist wilderness guide, Dr. Ian McCallum, whose profound intuition, vision and poetry have been a great source of inspiration for ROAR AFRICA founder, Deborah Calmeyer. . Ian’s thoughts on the far-reaching consequences of action and inaction and his belief that ecological intelligence (the understanding and acceptance of the ancient interconnectedness that exists between us and the animals, trees, and land with which we share this planet) leads to a sense of freedom, wellbeing, and authenticity is what underpins every aspect of the rewilding experience. . The rewilding itinerary is designed so that each session with our exceptional lineup of speakers is interspersed between game drives, spa treatments, trail walks, and the very many other activities on offer at @segeraretreat, giving you time to digest, reflect, respond and reconnect at your own pace. . Spaces are limited. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings.
“If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.” ~John Hemingway . It doesn’t get much more spectacular than Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Whether you are admiring its beauty from a distance or challenging your limits by summiting to the top, there is an awe-inspiring experience waiting for all.
Love is in the air... ♥️ . If you’re looking for the most romantic vacations in Africa that cover everything from secluded, pristine beaches to luxurious tents in the middle of nowhere – you’ve come to the right place. . Deborah Calmeyer, ROAR AFRICA’s CEO and founder, recalls her top 5 romantic destinations in our latest blog. See link in bio to read! . #HappyValentinesDay
Stunning #repost from The @Guardian! . “The wild African black leopard is the stuff of legend but a British wildlife photographer has become the first person to photograph it in more than a century. @willbl captured the images at the Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya after hearing reports of sightings in the area. He set up a Camtraptions camera trap that has wireless motion sensors in the hope of photographing the animal at night. In his blog, Burrard-Lucas described the moment he returned to his cameras to find the striking images. ‘As I scrolled through the images on the back of the camera, I paused and peered at the photograph below in incomprehension’, he says. ‘I couldn’t believe it and it took a few days before it sank in that I had achieved my dream.’ The leopard's sooty black coat is a result of melanism, the opposite of albinism, and this region is the only known spot in Africa where they exist.” . Photos: @willbl/Burrard-Lucas Photography/Camtraptions camera trap
Why walk when you can fly? . One way to truly appreciate the magnificence of Namibia is by hot air balloon offering a bird’s-eye view of the country’s iconic scenery. . Image by Steve Wetzell
While it may be hard to distinguish these seemingly identical creatures, did you know that no two zebras are exactly alike? Each boasts it’s own unique pattern of stripes on its coat. . 📸 @angamasafari
Africa is our home and its wildlife, our family. . These images were taken at our founder Deborah Calmeyer's family home, growing up on a farm in Zimbabwe. Her childhood was spent riding horses, water skiing on Lake Kariba, and playing with Carmel, a lioness her father adopted. Later, when the political situation shifted, Deborah moved to South Africa, where her family are from. . Throughout her life Deborah has traveled across the continent, building deep relationships with influential thought leaders, artists, conservationists and eco pioneers who have inspired her work and the experiences we share in significant ways. . To learn more contact email@example.com