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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions Blog! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. You may filter this content by geographic region, by typeincluding blog post, field report (a daily recap of a past expedition with images), photo gallery, or video—or by topic. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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Lanzarote, Canary Islands
October 15, 2008
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Besides it being volcanic, I didn't really know what to expect from our visit to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. I have seen volcanic islands in other parts of the world, and each seemed to have its own, surprising beauty.

The first impression of Lanzarote’s landscape was breathtaking. As we headed into the interior of the island, it was one of those perfect days that seem to only happen in maritime locations. A layer of small, fast moving clouds raced along with the prevailing...

Ultimate Galapagos
June 25, 2010
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As a person who identifies as a non-birder, I don't usually go over-the-top when it comes to seeing a bird for the first time. I've seen magnificent frigatebirds on the covers of brochures, and in our image library. I've seen them in books and on Blu-ray DVD. But I had never seen the bird in the wild until yesterday on our first Galapagos My Way expedition. Extremely nimble flyers, with graceful lines (and, even if they didn't have those big red gular sacs, they would still...

Snorkeling in Indonesia
July 20, 2009
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Between 1854 and 1862 a meticulous young naturalist named Alfred Russel Wallace made an epic journey through the islands of the Malay Archipelago gathering specimens and recording observations. Upon his return to England he published his findings in a book entitled The Malay Archipelago. The geographical line that runs between Borneo/Sulawesi, Bali/Lombok, and the Sunda and the Sahul oceanic shelves marks a remarkable division of biodiversity that bears his name, the “Wallace Line.”


Gold Harbour, South Georgia
December 30, 2008
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Next year, in 2010, Zegrahm Expeditions will cruise into its 20th year of bringing travelers to the farflung corners of the globe. In that spirit, we invite you to join us on one of two voyages to our most popular destinations as we celebrate this landmark occasion. Four of our founders will be on board, regaling us with historical and humorous tales of life in this fascinating business.

Circumnavigation of South Georgia
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Top Tips for Your Safari Packing List
March 1, 2008
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Because of the remoteness of our overland adventures, we don’t always hear from our field leaders until a trip is almost concluded. So we eagerly await news and are always excited to hear the details. Since so many land expeditions are happening at this time of year, we thought we’d share some of the enthusiasm expressed by our leaders via phone calls and quick emails to our office... Makes us all wish we were there!

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Mangrove near Aldabra Atoll
September 21, 2010
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There’s something immensely satisfying about planting a tree. Yesterday, we planted a forest. A mangrove forest, to be precise, on the island of Nanumea. This tiny atoll, lying at the northern end of the far-flung, Pacific nation of Tuvalu and measuring only a few square miles in extent, is home to over 600 people. Descendants of Polynesian seafarers who migrated into the region from the south, modern Tuvaluans still maintain an entirely subsistence lifestyle, bar the few officials that...

Bolivian Saltflats
June 21, 2009
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From the luxuriant rainforest of the Amazon basin to the stark puna grasslands of the altiplano, the blinding whiteness of the Uyuni salt flats to the impossibly blue expanse of Lake Titicaca, our exploration of this little known South American nation proved to be that perfect blend of culture, nature, and unexpected highlights, including our time in the Amazon . . .

Returning to La Paz, we flew down to the frontier town of Rurrenabaque, for a first taste of the...

The Turquoise Coast
November 9, 2011
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With the first rays of the sun bathing the landscape, we found ourselves nosing the Clipper Odyssey into one of the most secluded, breathtakingly beautiful bays on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. The dramatic limestone peaks of the Taurus range formed the backdrop for our exploration of the tiny village of Kas and its most famous historic edifice, the Hellenistic Theater of Antiphellus.

But this morning it was natural, rather than human, history on my mind, for this remote...

Children in the Wilderness
June 2, 2011
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As part of our 2010 “World of Thanks” donation, Zegrahm sponsored a camp for Zambia’s Children in the Wilderness program.

It’s all happening here on the banks of the Luangwa River! We’ve come to remote eastern Zambia to join in with this year's Children in the Wilderness (CITW) program, hosted by Wilderness Safaris at Kalamu Lodge. Now in its 10th season, this inspirational conservation-cum-social upliftment project aims to safeguard the future of Africa’s...

Circumnavigation of Sumatra
January 22, 2011
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We’ve just made history. Not only have we successfully completed Zegrahm’s first-ever Circumnavigation of Sumatra but, a couple of days ago, we also became the first group ever to see a silvery pigeon, a bird considered extinct until Christmas Day last year.

The silvery pigeon is a bulky, pale pigeon first described from Pontianak, Borneo, around 1850. Apparently always a scarce bird, the next 80 years saw scattered records from the small islands around Sumatra and...