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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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Gold Harbour, South Georgia
December 30, 2008
Blog Post

Next year, in 2010, Zegrahm Expeditions will cruise into its 20th year of bringing travelers to the farflung corners of the globe. In that spirit, we invite you to join us on one of two voyages to our most popular destinations as we celebrate this landmark occasion. Four of our founders will be on board, regaling us with historical and humorous tales of life in this fascinating business.

Circumnavigation of South Georgia
Aboard Clipper Adventurer | Oct /...

Circumnavigation of Sumatra
January 22, 2011
Blog Post

We’ve just made history. Not only have we successfully completed Zegrahm’s first-ever Circumnavigation of Sumatra but, a couple of days ago, we also became the first group ever to see a silvery pigeon, a bird considered extinct until Christmas Day last year.

The silvery pigeon is a bulky, pale pigeon first described from Pontianak, Borneo, around 1850. Apparently always a scarce bird, the next 80 years saw scattered records from the small islands around Sumatra and...

Atiu Island, Cook Islands
October 19, 2012
Blog Post

You may have noticed a new look gracing Zegrahm’s website, Facebook page, and fall Traveler’s Guide, among other applications. Several months in the making, we are excited to finally be sharing our new logo with you. Since logos are often “the face” of a company, we thought we’d share with you how we settled on the new look.

When Zegrahm’...

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....

Kitava Island, Trobriand Islands
December 30, 2011
Blog Post

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...

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
Blog Post

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
Blog Post

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...

Mike Messick
September 30, 2010
Blog Post

For the final 20th Anniversary article from our founders, we interviewed Mike Messick to learn more about his career as an expedition leader. Mike has been enamored with adventure travel since he first visited the Galapágos Islands with his parents at age 14 and knew then that he wanted to make a career of it. In fact, some of his fondest memories in the expedition business were from the early years—driving Zodiacs in Svalbard during a summer college break and his first full-time job out of...

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