What Are You Thankful for This Travel Season?

At this time of year, we like to take a moment to reflect on what an amazing year it’s been. We’ve witnessed the Cubs become World Series Champions, Ireland beat the All Blacks in rugby for the first time in history, and the long-awaited launch of our sister company, Africa Endeavours! We’re thankful every day for Read More…

5 Ways to Turn Your Honeymoon Into an Adventure

The word “honeymoon” may bring to mind images of white sand and beachside cocktails, but it doesn’t have to be a leisurely affair. While many of our clients spend their honeymoons on island resorts in tropical havens, others want to add a little more adventure. After all, it is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. If you and Read More…

Top Travel Destinations in the World

Condé Nast Traveller, the premier luxury travel magazine, recently announced its 2016 Readers’ Travel Award winners, and we’re pleased to announce that many of our favorite destinations made it to the top 20. Condé Nast Traveller asked its readers to submit their favorite countries, hotels, and more, then ranked the results in three categories: World’s Read More…

The Future of South African Wine

South Africa has set its sights on becoming the next hot destination for wine. Industry leaders are working together with the South African government to promote wine tourism and bring international visitors to its world-renowned vineyards, cellars, and estates. South Africa’s wine regions are many and varied, each with its own unique flavors. The most Read More…

African Safari: The Elusive Eleven

Many people planning a trip to Africa want to see African wildlife first and foremost. You’ve probably heard of the African Big 5—the most dangerous mammals to meet on foot on safari—and maybe even the Little 5. But have you heard of the Elusive 11? These (mostly) nocturnal animals are some of the hardest to Read More…

Announcing the launch of Africa Endeavours

I can’t believe I finally get to make this announcement: Down Under Endeavours is expanding its reach and launching a separate brand, Africa Endeavours. We’ve been selling destinations in Africa for some time, and it was so popular, we decided it deserved its own brand! Africa Endeavours will offer hand crafted luxury travel services to Read More…

Why Kenya?

For a different, and some might say, more authentic African safari experience, a visit to Kenya should definitely be on your list. I’m planning my trip for next year and I know that although I’ve been to South Africa, and will see most if not all of the same wildlife, the way in which I Read More…

Africa: The Ultimate Trip

Hi all! It’s Laura again. Am just returning from my first trip to Africa. And WOW! What a trip it was. From safari to the Franschhoek wine lands and Cape Town, South Africa was the perfect starting destination. The wine and food in Cape Town was beyond impressive. I highly recommend the Le Lude winery Read More…

Why South Africa

Ah, South Africa – how you’ve gotten under my skin! After visiting last year, I was bitten hard by the Africa bug and can’t wait to return. From the cool (as in hip), cultured and beautiful city of Cape Town, to the gorgeous winelands where I discovered I really do like South African Cap du Read More…

Southern Africa: Culture, Adventure and Safari

Hi, everyone! Ellen here, and I have just returned from my latest trip to Africa where I was lucky enough to visit South Africa, Victoria Falls (both on the Zambia and Zimbabwe sides) and Botswana with my husband, Tom. From the beauty, culture, food and wine and the wildlife, Africa engrains itself into you and Read More…

South Africa Adventures

Having traveled to South Africa, I can tell you that it leaves an indelible impression on you.   The beauty of the land, the varied cultures and of course, the awe of seeing wildlife in its natural habitat is something I hope everyone can experience in their lifetime. It may seem like a dream or bucket Read More…

African Beach Getaways

We’re still waiting for spring to return to Chicago, which means I’m still thinking of exotic getaways. I’m guessing when most of you think of Africa, you immediately think safari, but did you know there are some amazing beach destinations to be found there, as well? Seychelles, Mauritius and Mozambique offer gorgeous, sandy white beaches Read More…

African Wildlife Adventure – The Ugly 5

G’day!  Now that you know all about Africa’s Big 5, both on land and in the water, and the Little 5, it’s time to get acquainted with the Ugly 5. Which animals are considered so unsightly they get their own little club? Turns out the Vultures, Marabou Storks, Hyenas, Warthogs, and Wildebeest are the winners. Read More…

African Wildlife – The Big 5 & Little 5

G’day!  Here at Down Under Endeavours, we absolutely love wildlife and love travel that involves interacting with native species.  One of our favourite destinations in Africa.  From the Big 5- Lions, Leopards, Black Rhino, Elephant, and Buffalo, to the Little 5- Rhinoceros Beetle, Buffalo Weaver, Antlion, Elephant Shrew, and Leopard Turtle, you’ll find there’s so Read More…

Sun, Sand & Romance – Luxury Island Getaways

G’day mates! The holidays are over, the new year is here, and the next special day is just around the corner- Valentine’s Day!  Why not get out of the never-ending cold and into the sunny island paradise of the South Pacific?  We love our island getaways, and we’ve got the perfect romantic island destinations for Read More…

Halloween Haunts in Australia & New Zealand

G’day mates! With Halloween at the end of the week, we thought we’d share some of the different perspectives of the holiday and this time of year around the South Pacific. Australia Aussies either HATE Halloween or they LOVE it.  That doesn’t mean you won’t find some great parties and spooky celebrations to part take Read More…

Top New Year’s Eve Destinations

New Year’s Eve is one of the world’s biggest parties, celebrated by nearly ever country on earth. We at Down Under Endeavours love a good party and have gathered a few of our favorite destinations to help you plan your NYE travels. Australia Welcome to the most happenin’ party of the year. Sydney Harbour is the Read More…

What are YOUR Boxing Day plans?

G’day! We’re all quite familiar with Christmas, but for those of us in the states, we aren’t too familiar with Boxing Day, which falls on the day after Christmas.  Despite its name, this holiday has nothing to do with the sport nor with returning or recycling holiday boxes.  There are many theories regarding the origin of Read More…

Christmas, South Pacific Style

The holiday season is almost upon us! What are your plans?  Are you staying in the cold and snow or thinking of a nice warm getaway with the family?  Down Under Endeavours, Travel Specialists can help you plan your holiday vacation with the best destinations!  While Christmas is rather traditional here in the states, each Read More…