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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! 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. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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BEST ADVENTURE TRAVEL COMPANIES
August 9, 2019
Blog Post

As an expert on ecotourism, one of the most common questions I get is, “How do I know which tour operators are truly sustainable?” As with choosing green hotels, the answer is fairly complex and generally involves asking a lot of questions.

But over the past 20 years of immersing myself in the responsible travel sphere, I’ve learned a...

what to pack for a cruise
June 26, 2019
Blog Post

The Ultimate Cruise Packing List (Including Cold, Hot/Dry, & Tropical Climates) 

Packing for a cruise vacation isn’t always smooth sailing. There are a number of things to consider when deciding what to bring on a cruise, including how long your cruise is, where you’ll be cruising, the climate of your intended destination, and any activities you’ll be taking part in along the way.

Depending on the type of ship and your chosen destination, you...

La Digue, Seychelles
June 20, 2019
Blog Post

Boasting some of the world’s most stunning beaches and atolls, the Seychelles is an archipelago nation made up of 115 islands that sit like a string of highly prized pearls in the Indian Ocean. The nation prides itself on its rich natural beauty, having recently struck a deal to protect roughly one-third of its marine areas in exchange for clearing away its sovereign debt. Realizing it was vulnerable to climate change, the Seychelles now stands as a leading nation when it comes to protecting...

Best Snorkeling & Diving Destinations
June 3, 2019
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Our Top 10 Picks 

In early 2012, while staying at a glamping resort on a private island off the coast of Panama, my wife and I did a one-day scuba training session.

Within a few hours, we were diving in Coiba National Park, a UNESCO-protected marine reserve that forms part of the Tropical Eastern Pacific Marine Corridor. After years of snorkeling, it was an incredible introduction to scuba diving. We saw massive pods of dolphins and tuna en route...

Where to see penguins in the wild
May 14, 2019
Blog Post

The 17 different species of penguins can be found on every continent in the Southern Hemisphere—Africa, Antarctica, Australia, and South America.

While most people associate these funny flightless waterfowl with the cold climate of Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands, they’re also seen as far north as the coasts of Namibia, Brazil, and the Galapagos Islands. 

Here’s a look at the broad variety of places around the world where penguins live, as well as...

Things To Do In Ethiopia
May 8, 2019
Blog Post

One of the earliest cradles of Christianity (and widely considered the original birthplace of coffee), Ethiopia has an ancient heritage that still lives on today.

This East African nation is packed with interesting landmarks and attractions, a variety of endemic animals, rich cultural festivals, and, of course, delicious coffee. So much so that travelers may have a difficult time narrowing down all the different areas they’d like to explore.

To that end, check out our top 10...

Seychelles White-eye
January 2, 2019
Field Report

Monday, October 22, 2018
Mahe Island, Seychelles

All fellow travelers arrived safely after seemingly convoluted journeys into the tropical Seychelles, the humidity like a gentle kiss after the dry conditions endured on aircraft. We were met at the airport and transferred to our accommodation at the Eden Bleu Hotel, located on reclaimed land offshore of the main island. Some of us joined one of the excursions on offer, while others simply...

Egyptian historical sites
June 26, 2018
Blog Post

From Abu Simbel to the Valley of the Kings

If you’ve ever dreamed of traveling to Egypt, there’s never been a better time. The country has suffered a long-lasting tourism drought due in large part to the Arab Spring. But nowadays, though the political situation is stable and the country is once again open for business, western tourists remain few and far between.

Those who do choose to tour Egypt will be rewarded far beyond their expectations....

Praia
June 1, 2018
Field Report

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Praia, São Tiago Island, Cape Verde / Embark Island Sky

Our Sea to Sahara adventure began on a warm and sunny day in Praia, the capital of Cape Verde Islands. We enjoyed an excellent lunch of traditional Cabo Verdean dishes in the cozy Quintal da Musica, accompanied by the lively music of a local band before setting out for the old town of Cidade Velha, the former capital, now a...

Ethiopian Birds
May 15, 2018
Blog Post

When most people think of Ethiopia, usually it’s the ancient rock-hewn churches of Lalibela or the indigenous tribes of the Omo Valley (including the Hamar and Karo people) that spring to mind.

But did you know that the birds of Ethiopia include a total of 924 species, of which 23 are endemic to the country? And...

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