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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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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...

Who Travels with Zegrahm
December 20, 2004
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Our 15-year anniversary in expedition travel is just beginning! Here's a look back at some of our milestones.

August 1990 - Zegrahm Expeditions begins operations.

November 1990 - Zegrahm opens its Seattle office. Along with overseeing Zegrahm programs, a staff of four employees also handles reservations for Eco-Expeditions, a sister company running small-group safaris. Gradually over the years, we add in-house air and marketing departments....

Mediterranean Diet
December 31, 2010
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More information on the island’s cuisine is preserved in The Life of Luxury written around 350 B.C. by another Sicilian, Archestratus of Syracuse, who has often been called the “Father of Gastronomy.” Written not in prose, but in poetry, this was less of a how-to cooking manual, and more of an epicurean travelogue in which Archestratus, an inveterate traveler, described his journeys as far as the Black Sea in order to satisfy his hunger for good food. His work described the what,...

Kitava Island, Trobriand Islands
December 30, 2011
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Last year Zegrahm was excited to introduce several new 2012 expeditions that explore the southern coast of Africa, the first of which departs in less than two months. These voyages have been wildly popular with our travelers and we are very much looking forward to reading the trip reports once they return. With that in mind, we crafted our 2013 calendar to feature the tried-and-true Zegrahm favorites that have been equally popular in years past. As such, our expanded fleet of ships will...

Lanzarote, Canary Islands
May 13, 2011
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Today started off with inspiring lectures by the Peter’s—Harrison and Zika. As we landed on the volcanic island of Lanzarote, we split into groups of three. The intrepid birders followed Peter H.; a second group visited the city of Teguise; and the rest of us opted for the volcano tour at Timanfaya National Park including a camel ride, followed by a winery visit. With ongoing lectures by geologist Tom Sharpe, we learned all about the lava surrounding us and saw lava-cicles, former lava tubes...

Agrigento, Sicily
September 8, 2011
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We are now cruising from our first five days in Sicily towards the Adriatic Sea and the wonders of Croatia, Montenegro, and Albania. Sicily was full of marvels. We began in Palermo and Monreale, where the 12th-century churches and chapels were adorned with magnificent mosaics from floor to ceiling. The Palatine Chapel in Palermo was especially memorable, like a jewel-box of medieval art. We enjoyed exploring the labyrinthine streets of the medieval hilltop town of Erice and the beautifully...

Pincoya Storm Petrel
February 23, 2011
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This just in from Zegrahm cofounder and seabird expert, Peter Harrison! A new species of seabird has been found. A five-person multi-national expedition led by British seabird expert Peter Harrison, captured 12 of the mystery storm-petrels at sea near Puerto Montt, Chile on February 18, 19, and 21, and can now confirm the existence of a new species. This tiny black and white seabird belongs to a group of seabirds known as storm-petrels which appear to dance on the water, pushing off...

Ultimate Galapagos
July 20, 2002
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In July 2003, Zegrahm returns to the Galapagos Islands aboard the Isabela II for an expedition designed and led by Zegrahm cofounder Jack Grove. Jack is eminently qualified to lead travelers to the Galapagos, as he spent seven years in the archipelago working as a naturalist guide and conducting marine biological research. The results of his labors, the book The Fishes of the Galapagos Islands, is the first comprehensive guide to the fishes of the region. In the...

Snorkeling in Tonga
April 2, 2010
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Working as a naturalist, expedition leader, and divemaster for Zegrahm Expeditions over the past 20 years, I am often asked by travelers about “my favorite” destination. That is a very hard question—and one that leads me to several follow-up questions. Favorite beach? La Digue Island, Seychelles. Favorite culture? Bali, Indonesia. Favorite archipelago? Galapagos. Favorite manta ray dive? Yap Island, Micronesia. Favorite wall dive? Blue Corner, Palau.

But, when asked to describe my...

Bosporus, Turkey
September 9, 2008
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As we cruised out of Istanbul and through the Bosporus, we stood on deck photographing the dozens of minarets that pierce the blue sky and the different angles of Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, and Aya Sofia. Hundreds of fishermen lined every bridge and beach.

The next day we visited the quaint and picturesque fishing village of Amasra. It was a wonderful day for walking and we explored the Genoese Fort and the Archaeological Museum. Our athletic hikers climbed to the highest point...

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