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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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Gorillas of the Congo
January 16, 2018
Blog Post

For any wildlife fanatic, witnessing gorillas in their natural habitat is usually high up on the list of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The Republic of the Congo has long been known as one of the best places in the world for spotting these beautiful creatures, despite the fact that they can be elusive without an expert guide by your side.

All species of gorillas are currently...

White Rhino, Botswana
January 8, 2018
Video

Watch as Zegrahm Expedition Leader, Chris Stamper, walks you through our adventures in Botswana. All images and video were captured on our most recent trip to the country, in May 2017. Find out more about all of our trips to Botswana...

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...

Elephants on Safari
April 9, 2018
Blog Post

I’ve been a nature-lover my whole life, but I began traveling specifically to see animals in the wild back in the early ’90s. Still in my early 20s then, I was fascinated by watching wildlife. My passion grew exponentially as I took up photography and became more adept at spotting hidden animals.

Over the past 20 years, I’ve been blessed to explore over 40 countries on six continents. The one thing most of the places I’ve visited have in common? An opportunity to...

Lake Toya, Japan
June 7, 2017
Blog Post

Each evening between May and October, colorful pyrotechnics illuminate the skies over Lake Toya, as hundreds of fireworks are set off from boats on the still waters. The spectacular event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually to the scenic lake, which lends its name to the surrounding Shikotsu-Toya National Park on Japan’s northernmost main island, Hokkaido.

Yet at numerous points in history, a different kind of fireworks have reflected off Lake Toya...

Miyajima Island, Japan
June 8, 2018
Blog Post

Japan is a timeless travel destination, blending ancient cultural traditions with a love of forward-thinking technology. You would be forgiven for thinking that the nation is one big landmass, but it’s actually a volcanic archipelago made up of 6,852 Japanese islands. Of these, only 420 are inhabited.

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Hokkaido: Japan's Wild Island
October 16, 2018
Blog Post

In the land of major metropolises and futuristic technology, there is still an oasis of calm and nature. Away from overcrowded subways, robot waiters, and neon intersections, Japan’s island of Hokkaido offers respite from the hustle and bustle of the cities.

The island offers mountain ranges and active volcanoes in its center, as well as dense forests, rushing rivers, coastal plains, and dramatic shores. Not only does Hokkaido have the largest reserves of untouched...

Cape Verde
May 1, 2017
Video

Zegrahm Cofounder and Expedition Leader, Mike Messick, is thrilled to be joining our upcoming Sea to Sahara: Cape Verde, Canary Islands & Morocco expedition. Along with him for the ride are conservation biologist Rich Pagen and ornithologist Mark Brazil. Find out why they can't wait to explore this region in our...

Cape Verde
April 17, 2017
Blog Post

In ancient times, the world was believed to end at the Strait of Gibraltar. The Atlantic was a wild, threatening expanse of waves, monsters, and mysteries; few seafarers dared sail its waters. But by the late Middle Ages, European ships began crossing regularly, eventually encountering the largely uninhabited islands of Macaronesia.

Macaronesia (derived from the Greek words for “Islands of the fortunate”) consists of...

Sahara Desert
March 9, 2017
Blog Post

Staring out across the vast sand dunes that lie beyond Dakhla, it seems inconceivable that the Sahara Desert was once lush with vegetation. Yet according to reports published in Science magazine and other leading scientific journals, a period of heavy monsoon rains that fell some 10,500 years ago turned the 3.8 million-square-mile Sahara into a semi-arid region that supported flora, fauna, and even human life.

Computer simulations of the Earth’s...

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