Overland Adventures

Our overland adventures celebrate the world’s most intriguing eco travel destinations. To thoroughly immerse ourselves in these destinations, from India to Namibia, we rely on several modes of travel, from 4x4 vehicles to local motorcoaches/mini-vans and boats. Our overland adventures typically include iconic regional accommodations and world-class urban hotels. In Africa, the camps we choose combine outstanding wilderness experiences with comfortable lodging – imagine strolling from your room to a deck overlooking a watering hole for elephants and rhinos. In Mongolia, you’ll stay in a traditional ger camp, nomadic-style tents set in remote wilderness. And while searching for tigers in India, we find ourselves at a romantic jungle lodge, with modern amenities and proximity to the wilderness we seek.

Come with us as we explore the massive sand dunes of Namibia by quad-bike, or navigate the Okavango Delta by mokoro (dug-out canoe), guided by polers from the BaYei tribe. Ride on elephant back in India’s Kaziranga National Park, as we search for leopards and tigers. Scenic drives in Iran take us to the stunning city of Esfahan, one of the pearls of the Islamic world. Whatever you can dream up, our overland adventures can take you there, complete with expert leaders and lecturers to illuminate each day’s discoveries.

The itineraries we offer vary from year to year; below please find our upcoming overland adventures:

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Alaska My Way

Alaska My Way

Having lived in Alaska for over a decade, long-time expedition leader, Kevin Clement, will lead this truly personal Alaska expedition, exposing travelers to the real “Great Land.” Denali National Park adventure travel offers opportunities to photograph wildflower meadows, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, and grizzly bears. In magnificent Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, don crampons for a glacier walk; in Cordova raft amid icebergs; and, in Prince William Sound, photograph bald eagles and sea otters.

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Go off the beaten path along the ancient Silk Road through Central Asia, an enigmatic region of rugged mountains and rural backwaters that sits at the very crossroads of civilization. It was here were Marco Polo garnered exotic tales of despotic khans and desert kingdoms, and its former eminence is on display in age-old bazaars and some of the finest Islamic architecture to survive the Middle Ages. Lost for a time behind Soviet rule, today the ‘Stans and their neighboring countries remain as evocative as ever.

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Back to Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zambia

Heighten your Africa adventure travel experience with one of the finest bush guides on the continent, Lex Hes. We combine three remarkable countries—Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia—on this Africa expedition, enjoying a staggering array of wildlife, from desert rhino to Thornicroft’s giraffe, via chartered aircraft and 4x4 vehicles. Each Lex Hes tour benefits from his 30 years of experience as a guide at the famous Londolozi Game Reserve and his innate knowledge and instincts about Africa.

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Bhutan: Journey Through a Himalayan Kingdom

Bhutan adventure travel is the experience of a lifetime. In a country where they’ve adopted the concept of Gross National Happiness and where snowcapped peaks are set off by ornate temples and colorful houses, we journey where few travelers have gone before. Your Himalayas expedition includes nature hikes, interactions with local people, and wildlife viewing—glimpse the Himalayan black bear and the black-necked cranes from Tibet. This is a pilgrimage back in time to places where determined people live close to the heavens and keep their traditions alive.

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Classic Botswana

Classic Botswana

Join us as we visit the true Africa—Botswana—where the landscape has remained relatively unscathed and offers vintage Africa adventure travel. Here we find all the major wildlife: elephants, buffalo, lions, hippos, plains antelopes, leopards, cheetahs, and more. Well over half of Africa’s most endangered carnivore, the wild dog, is here.

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Colombia

Colombia

From sun-drenched, white-sand beaches and vibrant cities to the towering peaks of the Andes, Colombia offers travelers a wealth of natural and cultural highlights. This brand-new itinerary reveals the artifacts of ancient pre-Hispanic cultures, exquisite colonial architecture, amazing birds and wildlife, and a chance to explore pristine coral reefs. And, no tour would be complete without a visit to a coffee plantation to learn about the history, culture, and production of world-famous Colombian coffee. Colombia expedition highlights: 

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Join us for a brand-new expedition that combines the incredible wildlife of Tanzania’s Serengeti region and Rwanda’s lush, mountain forests. During your time in Tanzania, you’ll enjoy stays in two camps—including a mobile, tented camp—to ensure you are as close the awe-inspiring action of the Great Migration as possible, plus seek out the zebras, gazelles, impalas, buffalo, lions, and leopards that frequent the area year round.

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Into the Pantanal: A Brazilian Wildlife Adventure

Brazil unfolds before us in all its stunning natural glory during this popular South America expedition. We visit several different biomes, see as many as 25 indigenous mammals, study ten times as many birds, and even meet some of the planet’s rarest primates. This in-depth journey into the Pantanal will showcase the planet’s largest seasonal wetland area. We meet the capybara, the world’s largest rodent; view nocturnal mammals in their natural habitats; and may glimpse jaguars, ocelots, and tapirs. Wild Brazil Expedition Highlights:

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Iran: Wonders of Persia

Iran: Wonders of Persia

For those seeking an authentic immersion into the art, poetry, architecture, and history of Iran, we offer our Iran: Wonders of Persia expedition. Guided by Middle East expert Gary Wintz, this Iran expedition offers an in-depth view of the turbulent and colorful history of Iran. Formerly Persia, the country’s magnificent ruins and ancient cities, architecturally astounding mosques and citadels, and savory cuisine is sure to leave a lasting impression. We also include a Tehran tour, visiting the Sa’ad Abad Palace-complex and the National Museum of Archaeology.

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Lapland: Home of the Sami People

Join Zegrahm field director, Kevin Clement, on a Lapland expedition in Norway, a nation within a nation with a unique, semi-nomadic culture based on reindeer herding. Our Lapland tour is timed to coincide with excellent views of the fabled Northern Lights. Explore by boat, snowshoe, snowmobile, and even by dog sled, as we discover sheltered fjords surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, peaceful valleys, and sleepy fishing hamlets. Particular highlights of your Northern Lights expedition include stays in a hotel made entirely of ice and packed snow and in a traditional lavvu.

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Madagascar

Madagascar

A must for nature-lovers, Madagascar adventure travel is ripe with botanicals, birds, and land animals, including the island’s icon—lemurs. The island’s isolation and size (it’s the world’s fourth-largest island) has made for striking biodiversity: 90 percent of all forest flora is endemic and more than half of the 250-plus bird species are found nowhere else.

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Myanmar & Laos: Land of a Thousand Temples

Journey with us into some of the least-explored regions of Indochina—Myanmar and Laos—where countless regal temples, lovely minority tribes-people, and stunning gardens await. Your in-depth Myanmar and Laos adventure travel experience includes visits to the Shwedagon Pagoda of Yangon at sunset, a truly ethereal sight; the whitewashed Mon Temple in Bagan; the floating gardens of Inle Lake; and more monuments, temples, and markets than imaginable.

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Natural Wonders of Sri Lanka

Natural Wonders of Sri Lanka

Home to prolific birdlife, rich marine areas, dramatic landscapes, and a wide range of native species, to participate in Sri Lanka adventure travel is a nature lover’s dream.

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Nepal & Bhutan

Nepal & Bhutan

Well off-the-beaten-path, Nepal and Bhutan represent a colorful patchwork of diverse images—snowcapped Himalayan peaks, subtropical forests, alpine meadows, yak herders, rare birds and animals, and intricate temples. Accompanied by acclaimed wildlife expert, Mark Brazil, this brand-new Nepal tour offers a comprehensive view of these enigmatic lands as you visit ancient monasteries, nature preserves, and sacred spaces in countries nearly unknown to Western travelers.

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Oman: Jewel of the Arabian Gulf

Oman: Jewel of the Arabian Gulf

A land of timeless myth and magic, of enchanting landscapes and legendary hospitality, Oman adventure travel offers a unique journey in the Arab world. Experience the legacies of seafaring history—5,000 years in the making—as you explore the major port cities of Muscat and Salalah and observe the time-honored craftsmanship of dhow ship builders on this Arabian Sea expedition. Follow ancient caravan routes across desert sands, and witness the traditions of daily village life.

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Remote Tanzania

Remote Tanzania

Tanzania is home to some of the largest concentrations of wildlife on Earth. And, while the Serengeti and Ngorongoro typically come to mind for Tanzania adventure travel, this journey explores the lesser-visited, but equally as impressive parks in the southern part of the country. On this 17-day Eastern Africa tour, you will visit four national parks—Selous, Ruaha, Katavi, and Mahale—in the company of long-time Zegrahm leader and renowned wildlife photographer, Lex Hes.

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Travel with Zegrahm’s Japan experts, Mark Brazil and Chieko Sakihana, on a brand-new overland adventure that ventures far off the typical tourist path to delve deep into Japan’s unique culture and history. You’ll spend most of this 18-day adventure on the western coast of Honshu Island visiting everything from museums and food shops to local’s homes and traditional businesses to get a true taste of Japanese culture. And, because of Mark and Chieko’s deep-rooted connections in Japan, many of the places you’ll visit are not normally open to the public.

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Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan

Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan

This extraordinary Japan expedition blends an array of fascinating wildlife with the exquisite wintertime landscapes of the country. Birders and photographers are in heaven as we visit Arasaki, Kyushu, where nearly 12,000 hooded and white-naped cranes winter each year. We continue on for our snow monkeys expedition, visiting these stirring creatures in Jigokudani in central Honshu, as they soak in the region’s thermal baths.

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Southern Africa's Diversity: Namibia, Botswana, Zambia

Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia offer an incredible variety of wildlife, birds, and landscapes. Join expert naturalist Lex Hes and experience some of the most remote and diverse camps in Africa. Search for desert elephants in Damaraland, visit with the Himba people of Namibia, experience the lush Okavango Delta, and search for leopards in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia Expedition Highlights:

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The Heart of Cuba

The Heart of Cuba

As it opens its doors to the world, Cuba adventure travelers are invited to discover centuries of cultural heritage and countless natural treasures—from pristine Caribbean wetlands to lush mountaintop forests. Our popular Cuba tour showcases four World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves, offering the chance to explore tidy colonial towns unchanged by modernity, search for endemic avian species that grace the tropical landscapes, and walk on the shores of historic Playa GirĂ³n.

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Tibet & Nepal: Heart of the Himalayas

Lands of ethereal natural beauty and cultural splendors that reach back through the centuries, Nepal and Tibet offer an incomparable journey that speaks to the heart, mind, and spirit of every adventurer. During this new 18-day expedition, wander the labyrinthine lanes of magical Kathmandu and sky-high Lhasa, “place of the gods,” and soar over emerald landscapes ringed with the dazzling peaks of the Himalayas. Spend three days in Bardia National Park, home to rhinoceros, Bengal tigers, and nearly 400 species of birds, and experience these diverse habitats from atop an elephant.

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Treasures of Turkey with Cappadocia

Just as Istanbul straddles the continents of Europe and Asia, the Republic of Turkey sits astride both ancient and modern worlds. Travel through time as you explore the country’s enthralling history, one that reaches back to 7500 B.C. and is evidenced by a series of fascinating ruins, from Bronze Age kingdoms to wonderfully intact medieval mosques and Ottoman palaces.

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Uganda: A Primate Paradise

Uganda: A Primate Paradise

Uganda adventure travel is alluring and profound—after all, this is one of Africa’s most biologically diverse countries and home to the amazing mountain gorilla. Our experience here focuses on Uganda’s primates, but delves into the natural wonders of the country from the rain forests of the great Congo Basin to the wetlands of Lake Victoria. During our trekking safari tour, we hope to glimpse lions, leopards, elephants, Cape buffalos, and, of course, the 400-pound knuckle-walking mountain gorillas.

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Ultimate Botswana

Ultimate Botswana

Botswana epitomizes romantic vintage Africa; its plains are home to wildlife that have lured adventurers to the continent for generations: lions, cheetahs, elephants, hippos, buffalos, and leopards. Stay at beautiful, classic tented camps located within expansive reserves and a widely diverse range of habitats—the Kalahari Desert, ancient mopane forests, the Okavango Delta, and rich, green floodplains—teeming with birds and animals for outstanding wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities.

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Ultimate Namibia

Ultimate Namibia

This comprehensive Namibia tour reveals the country’s tremendous diversity of scenery, culture, and wildlife. Traverse Etosha National Park with stops at productive waterholes to view abundant wildlife—zebras, wildebeest, Damara dik-dik, white and black rhinos, and a wealth of bird species, which in turn attracts a host of predators, from cheetahs and lions to hyenas and jackals. On this Namibia expedition, track desert-adapted elephants in Damaraland and visit a Himba village with local guides.

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Untamed India: A Wildlife Adventure

Our newest expedition to India encompasses four magnificent national parks, three exquisite World Heritage Sites, and one of the most fascinating cities on earth. Discover the splendors of exuberant Mumbai, from its myriad neighborhoods and colonial architecture to the Hindu cave temples of Elephanta Island. Wander in awe among the grottoes and caverns of Ajanta and Ellora, enormous rock-cut monastery and temple complexes, decorated with intricate paintings, reliefs, and sculptures—and lost in time for nearly a millennia.

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Wild South Africa

Wild South Africa

Known as the Rainbow Nation for its rich cultural diversity, South Africa is equally blessed with a variety of contrasting landscapes and some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in all of Africa. Your journey begins in captivating Cape Town; with its myriad endemic flora species and mystical Table Mountain as a backdrop, it’s the perfect place to transition for your ventures into the bush.

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Wild Southern India

Wild Southern India

The legendary beauty, abundant wildlife, and fascinating culture of Southern India are the focus of this new itinerary developed by long-time Zegrahm field leader and expert naturalist, Mark Brazil. Stay in opulent hotels that exude colonial elegance and rustic lodges set in lush wilderness, plus spend two nights aboard a luxurious Oberoi houseboat, the ultimate way to experience Kerala adventure travel. Search for India’s iconic wildlife on foot, during lake and river cruises, by 4x4 vehicle, and even by elephant back.

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Wild Western India

Wild Western India

Join wildlife expert Mark Brazil on this Western India expedition to discover the treasures of this intriguing region. Prolific wildlife is revealed as you visit several national parks and reserves—including a Gir National Park tour and visits to Velavadar and Little Rann of Kutch. Through a variety of landscapes, from wetlands to desert, we seek unique species such as Asiatic lions, Indian wolves, and the elusive khur, a rare wild ass.

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The mighty Zambezi River forms the border between southern Zambia and northern Zimbabwe, and supports large populations of African wildlife. In the company of long-time Zegrahm expedition leader, Lex Hes, join us for an extraordinary 17-day adventure. Not only will you stay near this vital life source to view hippos, buffalo, zebras, giraffes, and elephants, but also venture farther afield to Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park for additional game viewing opportunities.

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Zambia: Africa's Best-Kept Secret

Africa’s “best-kept secret,” Zambia presents myriad opportunities for wildlife viewing, photography, and cultural immersion, especially in the company of renowned Africa safari guide, Lex Hes. During our Zambia expedition, we visit three national parks: Kafue, Lower Zambezi, and South Luangwa. We search by day and night for the intense concentrations of wildlife, some 60 animal species and at least 400 species of birds. We boat the Zambezi River, tracking hippos and crocodiles, a highlight of Zambia adventure travel, then spend peaceful evenings at luxury tented camps.

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