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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
Blog Post

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...

July 29, 2020
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Tom Sharpe

If you’re considering a visit to Scotland, (which I highly recommend!) here are a few personal recommendations to get you into a Scottish frame of mind


Cape Town
July 20, 2020
Blog Post

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...

South Georgia
July 14, 2020
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Meet the Expert: Jim Wilson 

Jim Wilson

Where are you from and where have you lived?

I am from the historic and picturesque harbor town of Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland and have...

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...

Fingal's Cave on the Isle of Staffa
June 8, 2020
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How Archaeologist Colleen Batey Travels from Home

For the last 20 years, I have spent my summers working on expedition ships across the northern hemisphere. The rest of the year, until recently, was spent teaching at the University of Glasgow. I have taught at all levels and excavated widely in my 40 year career as an archaeologist of the Viking era. Being at home in isolation is not a natural state for me, although it is actually one which turns...

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...

Picture of a cup of coffee and a stack of books
May 26, 2020
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We hope you enjoyed the selections from our first round of book recommendations curated by our expert expedition team. Our field leaders gave us so many intriguing recommendations, we’ve compiled another list of books to explore!

We hope you enjoy this suggested reading list as much as the last as you explore small-town America with Brent Stephenson,...

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...


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