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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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historical places in africa
November 20, 2019
Blog Post

Exploring African Ruins

Africa is one of the most fascinating and beautiful places on earth.

Its sweeping landscapes can offer visitors incredible and diverse nature, rich history, and a range of cultures. This is why so many people flock to famous landmarks in Africa every year.

But since Africa is so vast, how can you pick the most worthwhile African ruins...

Egyptian historical sites
June 26, 2018
Blog Post

From Abu Simbel to the Valley of the Kings

If you’ve ever dreamed of traveling to Egypt, there’s never been a better time. The country has suffered a long-lasting tourism drought due in large part to the Arab Spring. But nowadays, though the political situation is stable and the country is once again open for business, western tourists remain few and far between.

Those who do choose to tour Egypt will be rewarded far beyond their expectations....

travel expeditions for 2019
April 19, 2018
Blog Post

New and Unique Trips Around The World

Unlike other tour operators, Zegrahm’s calendar of expeditions changes from year to year. 2019 is no different, with 15 brand-new itineraries that have been carefully curated to immerse you in the culture and natural history of each exotic destination.  

We recently caught up with Director of Planning, Jon Nicholson, to find out more about the trip planning process and the exciting new expedition lineup....

Maasai Warrior
January 29, 2018
Blog Post

Standing proud in the savannah with their red blankets and painted shields, the Maasai people have become one of the more widely known symbols of East Africa; the Maasai shield is even featured on Kenya’s national flag. It’s not uncommon in Kenya and Tanzania to see the Maasai in their traditional dress, not only in their villages but also in the...

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...

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...

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...

La Gomera, Canary Islands
August 29, 2017
Video

Watch as Director of Operations Jon Nicholson and Cruise Director Kelsey Simmons, talk about our brand-new expedition, Sea to Sahara, that explores Cape Verde, the Sahara Desert, the Canary Islands, and Morocco.

 

[FULL TRANSCRIPT]

Jon Nicholson, Director of Operations: The Sea to Sahara trip is all about diversity, natural history, culture, and visiting places that probably, most of our guests have not been to. I think the number one...

Kenya & Tanzania Under Canvas
July 24, 2017
Blog Post

The traveler who goes on safari in Kenya is a bit like a golfer hitting the links at St. Andrews. Beyond the sheer enjoyment of their experience, there is an ever-present awareness of the history and heritage surrounding them.

Kenya’s vast savannas were, after all, where the African wildlife adventure was veritably born—in fact, safari is a Swahili word for “journey,” adapted from the Arabic safar. Guests joining our ...

Berber Drummer, Morocco
June 19, 2017
Blog Post

Morocco is often lumped into the Middle East (rather than North Africa) and classified as an Arabic country. But the indigenous people of Morocco—the Berbers—are the area’s original inhabitants. The majority of the country’s population of around 34 million is Berber, not Arab.

To experience Berber culture in Morocco, one doesn’t have to look far. But you may soon realize that there is no single defining characteristic of Berber culture. The sheer diversity of it is...

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