Author: David Kartagener

Mhondoro Safari Lodge Trip Report

Dave was recently in South Africa to visit KAI's newest client, Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa. Check out his feedback in this comprehensive trip report.

Spirit of the Masai Mara

Spirit of the Masai Mara (SOTMM) is an exclusive 10 suite safari lodge situated on a private conservancy outside of the Maasai Mara. It is a family owned property that began operation in 2015 in cooperation with the local Maasai community, and is now being managed and marketed by Sarova Hotels & Resorts (as of 01APR 2018). Sarova is widely regarded as a leading hospitality brand in Kenya and has been a long-time partner of KAI. I was very excited to have the opportunity to visit this new property in October and see what our partners at Sarova could do with a boutique luxury lodge! I was not disappointed….

Borneo Trip Report, November 2017

I had the opportunity to visit Borneo with Destination Asia Malaysia in November 2017, obviously I jumped at the chance and I’m so glad that I did! Our trip to Borneo was the highlight, but it was bookended by a stay in Singapore & Kuala Lumpur as well. This report is going to focus on the Borneo experience, as I’ve traveled to both cities previously, however I must say that both warrant a stay from your guests.

Hangzhou- Living Poetry

David's review of Hangzhou, China following his October, 2015 visit.

Naibor Camp – A Luxurious Bush Experience

David recently visited new KAI client Naibor Camp. Check out his trip report to see what he thought of the tented camp in the Mara.


David recently visited Kenya to meet with old friends and colleagues, and also see a couple of new properties. Find out what he thought...


I was very excited for this particular trip because despite my many journeys to the region (Southeast Asia) I had never visited Singapore or Penang, and this was to be my first time aboard The Eastern & Orient Express. The trip concluded with three nights in Bangkok, and although I’ve been several times each visit is different and it’s a fascinating place so I always welcome the opportunity to go back.

The Caprivi Collection – 3 distinct lodges; 1 underrated region

The Zambezi Region[1], which the area was renamed just under a year ago, is probably one of the most enigmatic areas of Southern Africa. Even some of the most seasoned travel professionals have never been, don’t know much about it, and wouldn’t know what to expect if sending a client or heading there themselves. I fell into this category – in my 30+ visits to Africa I had never stepped foot in the Caprivi and that’s why I was so excited that I had the opportunity to visit in May. Now that I’ve been, I can’t wait to get back. In the following pages I hope to share some of the invaluable knowledge that I gained from my visit to this area, and by the time you’re done reading I hope you’re already thinking about which clients you’d like to send first…

UGANDA – More than just Gorillas (but they are pretty amazing)!

Prior to my first visit to Uganda (affectionately referred to as the Pearl of Africa) I had a few preconceptions, which I believe many others share: The main only reason to visit Uganda is to view the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. The infrastructure, accommodations & service levels are not up to the standards of other African tourism destinations. Tourism is not a major focus and the people/culture are/is not as welcoming as other East African nations (Kenya, Tanzania).


"If you have not yet been to Myanmar don't bother going; it's already changed" is a comment that I've heard on more than a few occasions from seasoned travelers. I am writing the following pages to dispel this notion and provide a snapshot of the tourist experience in Myanmar today.