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Zegrahm Expeditions Travel Resources

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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Zegrahm Expeditions Sea to Sahara
December 14, 2017
Blog Post

On our special Sea to Sahara journey, Zegrahm president Van Perry and co-founder Mike Messick lead guests to amazing discoveries across the west coast of Africa. In fact, five itinerary highlights have received UNESCO status:

 

Cidade Velha

Cape Verde’s former capital...

Beechey Island, Canada
December 13, 2017
Blog Post

Historical records suggest that humans have explored the planet’s northern extremes since at least 325 BC. Throughout the centuries, unpredictable weather, extreme cold, and treacherous pack ice have posed a huge challenge for Arctic explorers, making this region one of the final frontiers of human discovery. At Zegrahm, we celebrate the spirit of exploration and the brave adventurers that expanded the known limits of our world. Here, we give homage to some of our favorite explorers,...

Australia's Kimberley, Brent Stephenson
December 6, 2017
Video

Check out our short video of just some of the incredible sites you'll see on our upcoming voyage to Australia's Kimberley. This video was taken on our last adventure to the region; everyone was enthralled with the stunning geology, diverse wildlife, and friendly Aboriginals. 

Samoa & Tonga: Swimming with Humpbacks
November 29, 2017
Blog Post

Brad Climpson is a marine biologist who spent the last 20 years living on the edge of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. His passion for the underwater realm has taken him to Fiji, Indonesia, Bermuda, and the Maldives. Here, Brad shares his enthusiasm for one of his favorite marine mammals: humpback whales.

 

Humpback whales are a special breed,...

Milford Sound, New Zealand
November 20, 2017
Blog Post

Christmas has become an almost ubiquitous celebration found all around the world. Nearly every country—even those not traditionally steeped in Christianity—acknowledges the holiday in some fashion.

When you travel with Zegrahm Expeditions, there’s often a chance to take part in the unique, eclectic holiday traditions that have come to surround this time...

Wild Norway & Svalbard
November 9, 2017
Blog Post

Hollywood has produced plenty of doomsday films, usually with a scientist-hero concocting some scheme to prevent an existential disaster from destroying the human race. In reality, our survival is based on something much more elemental: seeds.

The Global Seed Vault on Svalbard is a secure storage facility that holds the largest, most diverse collection of food crop seeds on earth. Located in an abandoned coal mine deep within a mountain beneath the permafrost, the...

November 1, 2017
Blog Post

The Himalayas is a majestic mountain range in every way. One of the youngest mountain ranges, they are home to many of the world’s tallest mountains, including Mount Everest.

At 29,035 feet (8,850 meters), Everest is the highest mountain on Earth—and also one of the most mystical. It seems to compel thrill-seekers...

Berber Drummer, Morocco
October 26, 2017
Blog Post

It’s tough to know where to start when you’re talking to a guy with a resumé like that of Zegrahm’s cultural geography expert, Ron Wixman.

Do you ask about his 20 years living in tiny villages in the Balkans, which made him an expert on the region? Do you talk about his time as a student in Leningrad, or as a Cultural Geography professor at the University of...

Tortuguero Canals, Costa Rica
October 23, 2017
Infographics

The Wildlife of Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

Located in the northeasten province of Limón, Tortuguero is a shining example of ecotourism in Costa Rica. Spanning 120 square miles and accessible only by boat or small airplane, the park is bound by 22 miles of Caribbean coastline. Inside its boundaries you'll find 11 different ecosystems. The park boasts a stunning array of flora and fauna; its most famous attraction is the nesting...

Sapporo, Japan
October 19, 2017
Blog Post

Sake may be Japan’s national drink, but locals left the rice wine behind long ago in favor of an ice-cold brew. Although Japanese beer consumption has been on the decline in the last few years—as modern tastes migrate to grape wines, whiskeys, and crafted cocktails—beer still accounts for more than half of the alcoholic beverages consumed in the country.

Beer’s dominance of the Japanese market begins with the island-nation’s oldest brand, Sapporo. Brewed in its...

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