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.
On this extraordinary Seychelles and Aldabra adventure travel voyage, photographers, naturalists, birders, and snorkelers will find themselves enraptured by the astonishing richness of the region’s terrestrial and marine environments. The focus of your Seychelles adventure travels is the Aldabra Island Group, including Aldabra Atoll, one of the largest atolls in the world, with a perimeter of over 70 miles. Zodiacs bring you ashore for nature walks to search for numerous native and endemic species of flora and fauna.
- November 16, 2014 - December 2, 2014 - Waitlisted
Spectacular scenery awaits throughout this Madagascar expedition with Zanzibar, Comoros, Réunion and Mauritius. Our East Africa expedition combines the rugged Comoros Islands, the colorful chameleons and pristine coral reefs of Madagascar, and the volcanic peaks of Mauritius and Réunion. Spend six days on a Madagascar tour as we search for mouse, black, and brown lemurs; 32 species of reptiles; and over 100 species of birds, among them rare endemics such as the Madagascar fish eagle and white-breasted mesite.
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.
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.
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.
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 brand-new 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.
- August 5, 2015 - August 21, 2015 - Waitlisted
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.
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.
Past Expeditions to Africa
- Grand Safari: Kenya & Tanzania
- Mali, Burkina Faso & Ghana with Timbuktu
- Mozambique Odyssey with Tanzania & South Africa
- Senegal to Spain with Cape Verde, Canary Islands & Morocco
- South Africa & Namibia By Sea
- Tracing the West Coast of Africa
- Uganda: A Trekking Adventure
In the spirit of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctica expedition, our exploration of the White Continent offers in-depth Antarctica, South Georgia, and Falkland Islands adventure travel – all while seamlessly combining rich natural history with some of Mother Nature’s most rugged and dramatic landscapes.
Antarctic Peninsula adventure travel offers the ideal introduction to the Great White Continent—truly, the trip of a lifetime. Join naturalists on deck to watch for whales and seabirds as you cross the legendary Drake Passage. Become one of the privileged few who have crossed the Antarctic Circle and set foot on Antarctica. Search for seals and whales during expeditionary Zodiac cruises and enjoy awe-inspiring scenery as you trace rugged shorelines.
Our comprehensive South Georgia adventure travel tour aboard the Sea Adventurer will capture everything, from the snow-covered plateaus and cliffs draped in 15-foot icicles to the stunning wildlife: majestic king penguins, four species of albatross, fur seals, and more. On this exciting wildlife expedition, get up close and personal with the amazing creatures that call this region home. We’ll also pay homage to the man most famous for South Georgia expedition travel, Sir Ernest Shackleton, at his Grytviken gravesite.
Past Expeditions to Antarctica
Asia & India
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.
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.
- January 1, 2015 - January 17, 2015 - Waitlisted
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.
The Philippines archipelago of over 7,000 islands boast many natural wonders—soaring volcanoes and rugged mountains, draped in luxuriant foliage, colorful coral reefs, extensive limestone caves, and idyllic beaches. This brand-new Philippines expedition offers a captivating mix of eastern and western cultures, exceptional snorkeling and diving, and lush, tropical forests filled with a variety of endemic flora and fauna.
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.
- February 11, 2015 - March 1, 2015 - Waitlisted
Indonesia adventure travel offers an exotic blend of culture and nature, showcasing the incredible diversity of this enigmatic archipelago. Search for colorful birds in Tangkoko Nature Reserve and investigate the waters of Bunaken National Marine Park, a World Heritage Site. In the highlands of Toraja view unique boat-shaped architecture and cliff-side graves marked by life-sized effigies.
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.
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.
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.
This India expedition combines the rich cultural heritage of India, the amazing historic sites of lush Sri Lanka, and the stunning natural beauty of the Maldives. During your India tour, a two-day exploration of Cochin reveals a mélange of international influences with a cruise through the languid backwaters aboard a local houseboat. In Trivandrum, visit the village of Pongumoode and its surrounding rubber plantations, and enjoy a traditional martial arts demonstration.
Past Expeditions to Asia & India
- Ancient Silk Road: China, Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan
- Best of Indonesia
- Best of the Russian Far East
- Bhutan: Journey Through a Himalayan Kingdom
- Classic India Safari
- Extraordinary Cultures: Around the World by Private Jet
- Five 'Stans: Hidden Heart of Asia
- History's Lost Cities by Private Jet
- Myanmar Revealed: Life Along the Irrawaddy River
- Spirit of the Himalayas: Ladakh, Dharamsala & Shimla
- Treasures of Japan with South Korea
- Vietnam & Cambodia by Sea with Angkor Wat
- Wild Western India
Australia & the South Pacific
Book-ended by the fabled islands of Fiji and Tahiti, this South Pacific expedition strings together a dazzling array of palm-fanned islands ringed in waters of incredible hues. From the jungle-draped volcanic mountains of Wallis & Futuna to the tiny, low-lying atolls of the Cook Islands, Tahiti adventure travel reveals a world of supreme natural beauty and people proud to share their ceremonial traditions of music and dance. Along the way discover seldom-visited Tokelau and search for endemic species in the lush rain forests of Samoa.
For many, Polynesia is the very definition of paradise; evoking classic images of palm-fanned beaches, azure lagoons, and exotic, flower-bedecked islanders. Begin in legendary Tahiti and continue east for a Marquesas tour, admiring their sky-piercing volcanoes, lushly-carpeted canyons, and chiseled bays. The low-lying Tuamotu Archipelago, whose remote atolls—mere rings of coral dotted by tiny islets enclosing aquamarine lagoons—offer some of the world’s most dazzling snorkeling and diving.
New Zealand adventure travel is invariably described as awe-inspiring—from the soaring mountains and glacier-carved waterways to islets teeming with seabirds, and flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth. Add to this Milford, Breaksea, and Doubtful Sound tours, visits to gracious, British-flavored cities, and a fascinating cultural mix of hospitable people eager to share their history and tradition—all the makings of a truly memorable journey.
This Western Australia expedition takes you to The Kimberley, one of the most remote and captivating regions on earth—a land of towering cliffs, plunging waterfalls, ancient cultures, and exotic wildlife. The 65-guest Oceanic Discoverer easily navigates the mighty rivers and tiny inlets of the region throughout your Kimberley adventure travels.
Past Expeditions to Australia & the South Pacific
- Circumnavigation of New Guinea - Voyage I: Remote Islands of Papua New Guinea
- Circumnavigation of New Guinea - Voyage II: Raja Ampat & Asmat Villages
- Tasmania to New Zealand: A Voyage through the Sub-Antarctic Islands
Central & South America
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.
Your Bolivia adventure travels will lead you to a wonderland of astonishing diversity that stretches from the high Andean Altiplano to the lush and wildlife-rich lowlands of the Amazon. Our Bolivia expedition highlights some of the oldest cultures in the New World, the most dramatic landscapes in South America, the largest lake on the continent, and perhaps the greatest variety of flora and fauna on the planet. Begin in La Paz, at over 11,000 feet the highest capital city in the world, before exploring on our Uyuni tour.
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 inaugural 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 Girón.
This inaugural Brazil expedition combines the very best of coastal Brazil, plus explorations of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, charming Montevideo, and a Rio de Janeiro tour. The Sea Adventurer serves as the perfect base, from observing the breathtaking coastline and dramatic ports to exploring offshore islands and pristine natural environments. Travel with ease and comfort on a comprehensive Brazil tour that links together the cultural and natural highlights of an area that can be challenging to visit on your own.
Explore five countries on this ever-popular South America tour: Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago. By Zodiac and on foot search tributaries and rain forest habitats for abundant wildlife, such as sloths, nearly 30 species of monkeys, and, with luck, pink Amazon river dolphins. Bird species number in the thousands here, including the colorful red-and-green macaw, Guianan cock-of-the-rock, and toco toucan—exceeded only by the nearly 1,800 species of dazzling butterflies.
In the company of Zegrahm field director, Kevin Clement, combine Peru’s Amazon River and pristine highlands into one comprehensive journey for the ultimate in Amazon adventure travel. Aboard the 28-guest La Estrella Amazonica you will cover more than 600 miles on the Amazon and its tributaries and travel deep into the protected Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, home to a species count of 450 birds, 102 mammals, and over 130 reptiles and amphibians.
This Galápagos tour offers the perfect introduction to Las Islas Encantadas, delivering a comprehensive experience in a relatively short amount of time. During your six-day Galápagos expedition, you will make numerous landings on no less than eight unique islands. Take scenic cruises along the wild shores by Zodiac and land on these remote, uninhabited islands for nature walks that reveal endemic species and prolific wildlife. The 40-guest Isabela II is the perfect vessel to explore the world’s first natural World Heritage Site in elegant comfort.
Certainly one of the most iconic and memorable expeditions one can take, Galápagos adventure travel is exhilarating and humbling. You’ll find yourself in the company of species found nowhere else in the world, walking among abundant wildlife that has grown astonishingly fearless in the absence of humans and large predators. On your Galápagos tour, you might find yourself face to face with a pair of courting blue-footed boobies, sitting next to a marine iguana as it basks in the sun, or snorkeling amidst a family of playful sea lions.
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:
Past Expeditions to Central & South America
Join us for our most in-depth Sicily expedition ever as we delve into one of the most fascinating islands in the Mediterranean. In Malta, visit Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an architectural masterpiece. Follow ancient trade routes aboard the Island Sky, charting a course for the Roman theaters and villas of Taormina, Piazza Amerina, and Lipari. And, of course, no Sicily and Palermo tour is complete without food and wine! We stop at several vineyards, visit local outdoor markets, and savor the best local cuisine. Cin, cin!
- August 29, 2014 - September 10, 2014 - Waitlisted
Our Black Sea expedition features all of the countries rimming this infamous sea—Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, and Bulgaria. In the company of our expert leaders, explore lands with centuries upon centuries of history, rich architecture, contemporary cultures, and stunning landscapes. As we venture forth from Istanbul for our Black Sea tour, we discover four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Romania’s winding Danube Delta and several archaeological masterpieces. Enjoy a local Georgian dining tradition, visit busy bazaars, and sample regional wines.
Azores adventure travel offers magnificent architecture, exotic markets, charming villages, dramatic scenery, island endemics, and a long and storied history. The dramatic volcanic islands on this Azores expedition feature historic architecture, lush gardens and vineyards, marine mammals, seabirds, beautiful beaches, and colorful markets. Search for endemic birds on a Canary Islands tour and stroll through charming towns laced with shop-lined cobblestone streets.
Explore remote and isolated coastlines of the British Isles where windswept cliffs and promontories teem with some of the largest seabird colonies in Europe, all at the height of their breeding season, on this exciting British Isles tour. Walk through heather-clad moorlands and among the ruins of fortress-castles that echo the lore of the Celts and Anglo-Saxons.
- May 16, 2015 - May 30, 2015 - Waitlisted
This autumn odyssey through the Adriatic and Ionain seas visits historic ports and fabled shores, tracing ancient trade routes and celebrating the legacies of powerful empires. History spans the millennia here—from Paleolithic times to Roman conquest, from Byzantine rule to Venetian dominance. Discover the architectural legacies of these powerful civilizations on this Adriatic tour with visits to superb Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque palaces, monasteries, and churches.
Past Expeditions to Europe
- Best of the Baltic
- Circumnavigation of Iceland
- Circumnavigation of Ireland
- In the Wake of the Vikings: Scotland, Iceland & the Faroes
- Ireland & the British Isles
- Norwegian Fjords & Scottish Isles
- Sicily with Montenegro, Croatia, Albania & Greece
Far North & the Arctic
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.
Dramatic scenery, abundant wildlife, and charming villages are the hallmarks of Norway adventure travel. The long days of Arctic summer allow ample time for exploration of magnificent landscapes by ship, during expeditionary Zodiac cruises, and on foot. Meet the hearty residents of timeless fishing villages and towns steeped in the history of maritime trade and exploration. On our Svalbard tour, wildlife is plentiful and the focus of our time, as the area is home to a wealth of species—including polar bears. Norway & Svalbard Expedition Highlights:
Having lived in Alaska for over a decade, Zegrahm field director, 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.
Be a part of Arctic adventure travel history as you transit the Northwest Passage. We explore the best of western Greenland and the Canadian Arctic on this Northwest Passage expedition, and have countless chances to observe the local wildlife, from polar bears and walruses to seals and seabirds. Your expert Arctic expedition team will provide valuable insight into the great explorers who have navigated this northern sea route, and will recap each day for a well-rounded experience. Northwest Passage Expedition Highlights:
Past Expeditions to Far North & the Arctic
- Across the Arctic Circle: Iceland and Svalbard
- Mysteries of the Far North: Russia's White Sea
- Polar Bear Quest: A Voyage Through Svalbard
- Wild Alaska and the Bering Sea
- Wild Alaska with the Aleutian Islands
- Wild Siberia: Kamchatka, Sea of Okhotsk & Sakhalin