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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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Wildebeest in Zambia
September 16, 2020
Blog Post

Lex Hes, a naturalist and renowned wildlife photographer, was born and educated in Johannesburg and has been involved in the world of wildlife for over 40 years. From leading countless tours across Africa to his passion for the conservation of wild lions and expertise photographing animals in the wild, he possesses the unique ability to combine his knowledge and skills for the ultimate safari experience. We asked Lex to give us a breakdown of some of the highlights you can expect to see...

Polar bear
September 16, 2020
Blog Post

Kelsey Simmons

Where are you from and where have you lived? 

I am originally from Whidbey Island in Washington State. I lived in Seattle when I attended the University of Washington. After that, I spent some...

Sinai Sunrise
September 15, 2020
Blog Post

Susan Langley

Where are you from and where have you lived? 

I was born is Sarnia, Ontario, Canada and have lived in Red Bay Labrador; Calgary, Alberta; Thailand, and for the past...

Elephants, Botswana
August 4, 2020
Blog Post

Where are you from and where have you lived?

I was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. After a stint in the military, I moved to the Greater Kruger National Park where I lived for 15 years, working as a safari guide, camp manager, wildlife film-maker, and wildlife manager. I met my wife, Lynn, there and our twin children were born there. In the early nineties, we moved to the town of Nelspruit, not far from...

Cape Town
July 20, 2020
Blog Post

Where are you from and where have you lived?

I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, immigrated to Sacramento, CA in 1987, and then settled in Seattle, WA in 1995. Before and after Sacramento, I spent six months on the Island of Corfu in Greece as well as London and Surrey, UK. I traveled around Europe in a camper van for a summer and about a year later, I explored with friends in a van from Mexico and up the US Pacific coast into Canada, and finally...

Lisa Wurzainer
July 8, 2020
Blog Post

Where are you from and where have you lived?  

I was born in Seattle, WA and I have lived in Minneapolis, Klamath Falls, OR; Colorado Springs, CO; Munich, Germany; and now Whidbey Island, WA.

Tell us about yourself—what path led you to becoming a Zegrahm Leader?  

I started working for Zegrahm in 1993(!) shortly after I finished getting my M.A. in International Studies. Initially, I worked in...

Torajaland
June 25, 2020
Blog Post

Where are you from and where have you lived?

I am from South Africa and have lived in Seattle since1995 when Zegrahm Expeditions sponsored me to come to the US.

Tell us about yourself—what path led you to becoming a Zegrahm Leader?

I started working on expedition ships in the onboard shops. I worked for Ship to Shore who ran the shops on the Explorer and the World Discoverer. I was fortunate enough to learn...

Picture of book shelves
June 22, 2020
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Welcome to the third installment of book recommendations by the Zegrahm expedition team! We hope you have enjoyed being transported through reading and possibly found a new favorite book or author. 

In this final reading list, climb aboard for another literary flight around the world—travel to Madagascar and discover the Jane Goodall of lemurs with Merel Dalebout, get a fascinating glimpse into the life of an art forger with Art Historian Matthew Whyte, learn about the intricacies of...

Picture of travel journal
August 11, 2020
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Welcome to the final blog in Zegrahm’s Travel at Home series. By now, you’ve surely identified a “travel collector twin” among our leaders and have learned new ways to bring travel into your homes in the future.

We can’t wait until the day when the Zegrahm family can set-off together yet again to explore remote shores, wander down ancient streets, marvel at natural wonders, experience new cultures, swim among vibrant, tropical fish, taste exotic new flavors, hear the roar of a lion...

Picture of Antarctic Landscape ©Axel Fassio
May 20, 2020
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Have you ever found yourself fascinated by an unusual rock? If so, you most definitely have something in commom with Geologist Tom Sharpe. Even if you've never found a rock very fascinating,Tom's in-depth knowledge and unique way of sharing his love of geology captures the attention of rock enthusiasts and rock novices alike. 

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