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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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Elephants, Botswana
August 4, 2020
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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
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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...

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...

Tuamotu Sandpiper by Pepper Trail
May 14, 2020
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We recently had the opportunity to do a quick Q & A with Ornithologist Pepper Trail to learn more about his background, interests, favorite expedition moments, travel bucket list, what he loves about Zegrahm, and more. We hope you enjoy discovering more...

Infant gorilla with mother
April 30, 2020
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As I sit at home in beautiful Marin Country, I cannot keep my mind from floating to my many memories of traveling the world as a Travel Director. This is, no doubt, a tumultuous time for all of us. I try and stay present and learn from all my inspirational experiences from my travels. This virus is a different kind of adventure, and I need to stay calm, be in the moment, and most of all reach for all the positive experiences of my life for inspiration and strength. There will...

Book Recommendations
April 15, 2020
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We know that curious explorers like yourself will not be content to sit idle during this time of isolation and social distancing, so we reached out to our expert expedition team for their best book recommendations. We were rewarded with a plethora of books to help you—and us—learn, grow, and travel through reading.

Whether reading historical accounts of famed explorers, learning about unique fauna around the world, or discovering something new about another culture, we...

Elephant herd in a watering hole
March 10, 2020
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Africa is a massive continent. Covering an area of more than 30 million square kilometres (nearly 12 million square miles), and 25% larger than the whole of North America, it is the second largest continent on earth. To put it another way, the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) would fit into the area of Africa more than three times.

With size comes amazing diversity:

Diversity of people: The San hunter-gatherers of southern Africa. The Maasai...

Giraffe
March 2, 2020
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Going on your first African safari can be a life-changing experience.

Africa is home to some of the world’s most fascinating animals such as elephants, lions, and giraffes, so it’s not surprising that millions of people dream about one day seeing them live in their natural environment.

In order to make the most of your journey, there are a few safari tips and tricks you should know...

Best Travel Credit Card
January 7, 2020
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The Best Travel Credit Card Options

Travel credit cards are becoming increasingly popular, and that’s not surprising. When you consider how many added perks you get for simply using them, it’s more surprising that many people still aren’t using them.

They can help you book trips easier and usually offer exclusive perks for...

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