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…

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…

Adventures in Africa

G’day mates! English Marie, here. Are you ready to plunge into an unforgettable adventure? Let’s put together a mental picture.  Just imagine, unique wildlife roaming free, amazing food and wine, and raw thrilling adventures.  You’ll find all of this and more in Africa. We’re big on adventure at Down Under Endeavours, here’s what’s on in Read More…

Get to Know South Africa

  G’day mates!  Have you ever been to South Africa?  It’s an amazing country that has faced many challenges throughout its existence.  It is a country full of rich cultural and ethnic diversity that has overcome massive obstacles to strive to reach unity as a single nation that celebrates its diversity.  South Africa has overcome Read More…

Best Water Sports & Destinations

G’day mates!  Still fighting the winter blues?  Why not start planning your next South Pacific getaway?  The best way to start planning is to start dreaming up destinations and activities you’d love!  This week we’re excited about all the best water sports you’ll find on your getaway.  We’ve put together a list of the best Read More…

Most Romantic Getaways

G’day! Valentines is approaching and Down Under Endeavours is in the know when it comes to the most romantic spots to take your significant other. From overwater bungalows in Fiji to the romantic old world touches of a South African Safari lodge, we’ll help you plan the most romantic getaway! Below are our top choices Read More…

Intro to Johannesburg

G’day!  This week we at DUE would like to gush about all that is Johannesburg.  Jo’burg, or Jozi, as it is affectionately called, is the second largest city in Africa with more than 3 million people calling it home.  This vibrant city is rapidly on the up and up.  The cultural district of Newton offers Read More…

Food and Wine Travels

G’day mates! English Marie here. What’s the best part about traveling? The culinary experiences of course! Food and wine are major highlights no matter where your travels take you. From delicious staples to exotic new palettes, you’re bound to tantalize those taste-buds. Not sure where to start? No worries! We’ve got you covered.   Australia Read More…

Ebola & South Africa – Did you know?

G’day mates!  With all of the media coverage about the Ebola outbreak, we understand there is a level of worry when traveling internationally, especially to South Africa.  Down Under Endeavours would like to provide you with facts, as well as any updates on the matter. Below are some quick facts about the outbreak, including visual Read More…

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is an amazing city full of diversity, culture, community, innovation, and very much connected to nature and its surroundings. From being named the world’s top place to visit in 2014 by the New York Times to being the World Design Capital 2014 (click here for a wonderful video about this monumental event)- there’s so Read More…

South African Sports

Are you heading to South Africa?  While you’re there, check out a football game or a rugby match.  South African sports are hugely celebrated and are major part of life.  Sports bring together all groups of people, rising above race, gender and language.  There are three major South African Sports: Football (soccer here in the states), Rugby and Read More…

Bucket List Destinations

G’day mates! Are you ready to check off items on your bucket list? At Down Under Endeavours, we specialize in many popular bucket list destinations. Now only are we experts in the South Pacific, we also handcraft the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Ready to bungy jump in New Zealand or enjoy an exiting sea Read More…

South Africa Safari

Hello everyone, English Marie here.  Are you looking into a South Africa Safari Vacation?  Deciding on a South Africa Safari destination can be a daunting task. There are so many lodges and parks to choose from in South Africa! Because of the multitude of places, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 3 South Africa Read More…