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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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Oustalet's Chameleon, Anjajavy
February 27, 2012
Blog Post

The northeast of Madagascar, with its lush cover of rainforest, receives 20 feet of rain a year and is by far the wettest part of the country. This morning, we went ashore on a small island called Nosy Mangabe, where over the course of our landing, we witnessed a good quarter of a foot of water drop from the sky. The swollen streams, spilling over their banks, were brown from the sediment that had washed down the hillsides into them. This was Madagascar rainforest absolutely in its element...

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
May 18, 2012
Field Report

Monday, March 19, 2012 - Durban, South Africa: The long flights behind us, we arrived in Durban and weretransported to our lovely hotel, the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. Although tired, many of us explored the hotel and environs before we gathered at the outside bar for pre-dinner cocktails. We had a wonderful presentation by a local Zulu group displaying their energetic and athletic dancing style, accompanied by heart-thumping percussion. All participants were...

Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa
October 20, 2003
Blog Post

Always, when touting the merits of traveling in South Africa, I focus on its almost boundless variety—of landscapes, wildlife, and culture—often employing the term, "A world in one country."

Though this term may seem an exaggeration, it is entirely apt, something that came home to me recently. Last April I had the pleasure of doing some advance scouting and developing of a brand-new Zegrahm program in South Africa and Namibia. I traveled areas of South Africa, as well as neighboring...

Ultimate Namibia
July 20, 2004
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I first visited Namibia in the early 1980s when I was working aboard a ship that called at Walvis Bay. The dramatic coastline, the bordering sand dunes, and an enormous, seabird-packed lagoon immediately signaled Namibia's potential as an adventure-travel destination.

My interest only grew during the intervening years as I explored the country further. Namibia, I became convinced, is one of southern Africa's best-kept secrets. Since 2000 we've included Namibia as an extension to...

Lion cub
November 10, 2009
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Keeping with our singular experience theme, we saw thousands of zebras on the plains of the Kalahari. This is something that I personally have never seen before because our safari regularly arrives there a month earlier than the arrival of the migration. Another new experience for me was observing elephants gathering in and around camp, as well as seeing a red hartebeest.

Mombo produced huge numbers of animals, but it was most unusual to get such a good view of the lioness...

Wild dog
March 19, 2010
Blog Post

For those of you who have traveled with me before, I sincerely hope that you enjoyed seeing our little bit of Africa at a very different time of year—the Mombo and DumaTau brought back some happy memories and, of course, created new ones. The lush landscapes, the flowers, the beautiful cumulonimbus clouds contributing to some stunning sunsets, and the baby animals were all differences from a trip in the dry season.

This trip wasn’t purely a natural history trip and...

Strolling Leopard
September 16, 2010
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Our Ultimate Botswana expedition arrived at Chitabe Camp in the Okavango Delta of Botswana on August 26, 2010. After settling into camp we set off on our first afternoon drive, which was to be more of an exploratory drive than anything else. Little did we know how quickly things would change!

After about an hour of driving slowly, looking at various birds, some giraffe, a few elephants and lots of impala, we came around a corner and spotted a couple of...

Gray-crowned crane
October 25, 2011
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Our land program to Zambia recently came to an end, and we were lucky enough to receive some phenomenal pictures of the safari. A first for many of our travelers, they had incredible up-close views of lions and much more. Below are pictures and an excerpt from the journal of Lex Hes, our guide and one of Africa's premiere naturalists.

The trip got off to an exciting, if somewhat unusual, start when we discovered that the lions had booked out rooms 4, 5, and 6 at Shumba...

Cotonu, Benin
December 30, 2010
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Nadia is a native South African. She has not only served as one of Zegrahm’s much-loved Cruise Directors since 1995, but she also helps us plan our land and ship itineraries in southern Africa.

What a pleasure it is for me to share some of the highlights of expedition ship travel around Africa with Zegrahm Expeditions! The continent of Africa is perfect for expedition cruising with over 18,000 miles of coastline, inlets, bays, and rivers leading to inland odysseys—expansive...

Black Lemur, Périnet Reserve
April 19, 2004
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Paleoanthropologist and primatologist Ian Tattersall, who conducted extensive fieldwork in Madagascar, will be a member of the lecture team on our inaugural Indian Ocean Safari expedition, which begins February 12, 2005, on board Le Ponant. Here he explains why this itinerary holds special meaning for him.

I was delighted to be asked to accompany this voyage, not only because it begins and ends in places (the islands of Reunion and Zanzibar) for which I have long nourished a...

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