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A celebrity safari experience

Written by: Michael Lorentz

At Passage to Africa we pride ourselves on the exclusive nature of our trips, valuing the privacy of our clients above all else. However, when your client is Ellen DeGeneres and she gives you permission to share something as good as this, sometimes you’ve just got to share it!


Ellen brings her own humble humour to every situation and never more so than her take on ‘comfort stops’ in this video. Check it out….

One of the joys of having a privately guided safari is that, more often than not, your private guide doubles up as your very own photographer and videographer. All too often we’re caught behind the camera, capturing unique moments with friends and family, only to find on our return when viewing the footage that we do not feature! Being able to shoot some of the video and images for Ellen was a real privilege.

lion elephant leopard-in-tree

And finally, my favourite anecdote from a fabulous trip. Out on a game drive, we had spent half an hour following some honeymoon lions. As we were leaving, another safari vehicle pulled up. As guides do, we chatted and exchanged pleasantries, and as guests do, they studiously avoided making eye contact with each other. Shortly after, the wife in the other safari vehicle exclaimed: “Look, it’s Ellen and Portia!” Her husband quickly grabbed the binoculars, shouting: “Where, where?!” Ellen casually remarked: “Now I know how the Big Five feel!”

male-lion elephant-browsing

Passage to Africa

Passage to Africa are first and foremost African safari specialists. We are also a travel company with a difference; our partners include professional Pan-African safari guides whose knowledge, experience and passion infuse every one of our safaris. We believe that all journeys begin with a dream and end with an extraordinary story. We aim to make that story unique and provide the ultimate in personalised service. From our bases in both East and Southern Africa a dedicated and expert team is there to show you, your family and friends, an Africa inaccessible to all but the very few.

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