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 rainforests 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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Past Expeditions to Africa
- Back to Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zambia
- 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
- Ultimate Aldabra: A Voyage through the Seychelles
- Voyage to Madagascar with Zanzibar, Comoros, Reunion & Mauritius
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.
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.
Past Expeditions to Antarctica
Asia & India
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.
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.
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.
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.
With a six-day cruise on the legendary Mekong River as its centerpiece, this new journey to Laos and Thailand is a revelation of ancient cultures, time-honored traditions, and exquisite natural wonderlands. Experience a traditional blessing ceremony and the pre-dawn alms-giving to hundreds of monks in beautiful Luang Prabang, a World Heritage Site city. Cruise the Mekong through lush scenery, past rice paddies and tiny villages, stopping to explore unusual geological formations sheltering prehistoric paintings and ancient Buddhist temples rarely visited by outsiders.
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.
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.
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 itinerary 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. Explore mangrove forests and scenic coastlines on numerous Zodiac excursions, while nature hikes reveal the amazing biodiversity of these isolated islands.
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.
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.
This unique voyage reveals the cultural highlights, natural attractions, and dramatic coastlines of Honshu Island as we sail the Inland Sea. Discover Japan’s rich historic legacy as we explore fabled shrines and temples, magnificent castles and fortresses, superb parks and formal gardens, and elegant pagodas. Visit the ultimately moving Peace Memorial Park in the heart of Hiroshima and photograph the iconic red Torii gate at Miyajima—entrance to a 6th-century Shinto shrine.
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.
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.
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 19-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.
Past Expeditions to Asia & India
- Ancient Silk Road: China, Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan
- Best of Indonesia: Davao to Bali
- Best of the Russian Far East
- Extraordinary Cultures: Around the World by Private Jet
- Five 'Stans: Hidden Heart of Asia
- History's Lost Cities by Private Jet
- Myanmar & Laos: Land of a Thousand Temples
- Myanmar Revealed: Life Along the Irrawaddy River
- Oman: Jewel of the Arabian Gulf
- Spirit of the Himalayas: Ladakh, Dharamsala & Shimla
- Vietnam & Cambodia by Sea with Angkor Wat
- Wild Southern 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 Niuatoputapu and search for endemic species in the lush rain forests of Atiu.
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.
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.
This voyage offers an exotic blend of culture and nature, showcasing the incredible diversity of enigmatic Indonesia. Excellent snorkeling and diving are highlights of this voyage with Bunaken National Marine Park, a World Heritage Site, and three full days exploring the Raja Ampat archipelago—considered to hold the richest variety of marine species on the planet. Enjoy numerous nature walks and Zodiac cruises which reveal stunning scenery, pristine beaches, and luxuriant tropical landscapes.
This award-winning journey reveals the extraordinary diversity of Melanesia and its people. Visit isolated villages for a unique glimpse into traditional life on these idyllic islands. Myriad natural wonders complement the culture and history of this adventure: exotic flora and endemic bird species on land, and colorful reefs teeming with fish beneath the warm sapphire waters. Melanesia Expedition Highlights:
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
- Insider's New Zealand: Milford Sound to Auckland
- Tasmania to New Zealand: A Voyage through the Sub-Antarctic Islands
Central & South America
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.
- June 8, 2015 - June 16, 2015 - Waitlisted
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:
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:
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 Girón.
Remote, rugged, and brimming with natural wonders, Patagonia has long fascinated adventurers as one of the most spellbinding places on earth.
This journey of over 2,500 miles takes you along the rugged western coast of South America to discover a wealth of natural and cultural splendors. The nutrient-rich Humboldt Current supports amazing concentrations of seabirds, fish, and marine mammals, which we seek out on numerous Zodiac excursions. The cultural heritage of this region is equally rich, from ancient ruins and mysterious geoglyphs to quaint colonial towns and vibrant markets. Chile & Peru Expedition Highlights:
At the crossroads of two continents, Central America is a land of rich biodiversity with an array of colorful, exotic wildlife and a long and significant human history. This Central America expedition reveals the wonders of five countries, including Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Honduras, and Belize; two oceans; and, during a stunning daylight transit, the Panama Canal.
Discover the enchanting lesser-visited isles of the Eastern Caribbean, calling at quaint ports and tiny islands that larger cruise ships simply can’t access. Step back in time as you explore historic forts, constructed to protect important trade routes with Europe. Stroll along peaceful plazas and sleepy lanes where graceful colonial buildings harken back to the heyday of the 19th-century sugar-boom. Join naturalists on nature hikes to discover a variety of colorful birds, including several endemic species.
Past Expeditions to Central & South America
- Amazon & Peruvian Highlands
- Best of Bolivia
- Coastal Brazil with Buenos Aires & Montevideo
- South American Mosaic
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.
This 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.
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.
From mighty seafaring capitals to sleepy fishing villages, trace the coast of Western Europe on this sweeping journey that highlights the region’s great art, fine food, and important historic sites. Browse local markets for a taste of daily life and stroll along scenic waterfronts that echo with centuries of maritime history. Raise a glass and soak in the charm and atmosphere of the celebrated wine towns of Porto and Bordeaux. Nature hikes on bucolic islands reveal terraced gardens, peaceful pastures, and wild, windswept coastlines.
Past Expeditions to Europe
- Best of the Baltic
- Circumnavigation of Iceland
- Circumnavigation of Ireland
- Circumnavigation of Sicily
- In the Wake of the Vikings: Scotland, Iceland & the Faroes
- Ireland & the British Isles
- Norwegian Fjords & Scottish Isles
- Sicily with Montenegro, Croatia, Albania & Greece
- The Azores & Canary Islands
- Wild & Ancient Britain
Far North & the Arctic
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:
- May 30, 2015 - June 15, 2015 - In Progress
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.
Be a part of Arctic adventure travel history as you take a Northwest Passage cruise. We explore the best of western Greenland and the Canadian Arctic on this Northwest Passage cruise, 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 Cruise Highlights:
Discover the ethereal beauty of Iceland—element sculpted landscapes, mighty glaciers, and geothermal hotspots—while offshore, rock pinnacles serve as the seasonal home for thousands of nesting seabirds. Meet the citizens of colorful fishing villages; cruise by Zodiac beneath emerald hillsides laced with waterfalls; and walk among ruins that recall the heyday of Viking exploration. In the capital of Reykjavík explore the fabled Golden Circle—Thingvellir National Park; Gullfoss waterfall; and the Geysir Center.
Past Expeditions to Far North & the Arctic
- Across the Arctic Circle: Iceland and Svalbard
- Lapland: Home of the Sami People
- 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