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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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Werner & Susan Zehnder
January 2, 2010
Blog Post

Adventure travel has always been an integral part of Susan and Werner Zehnder’s lives, so much so that 20 years ago, they and five colleagues decided to stake their future on it, forming Zegrahm & Eco Expeditions. We caught up with Werner and Susan via phone to talk about Zegrahm’s beginning—and what might lie ahead in years to come.

How did Zegrahm get started?
We’d had several conversations over the years with Peter Harrison, Mike Messick, and Jack Grove...

Bazaruto Island, Mozambique
September 28, 2011
Blog Post

In March of 2012, we’ll be celebrating a Zegrahm first as we visit the coast of East Africa on our inaugural tour! You already know our Mozambique Odyssey visits Tanzania and South Africa, and you already know that we’ll be cruising comfortably aboard the spacious 110-passenger Clipper Odyssey, but did you know…

  • Not only is Africa's premier naturalist and wildlife photographer Lex Hes part of our leader team, but did you know that this is his first-...
Elephant Island, Antarctica
March 30, 2010
Blog Post

Thank you to everyone who submitted their favorite travel memory for our 20th Anniversary competition. We received so many wonderful entries—from interacting with shiny black mountain gorillas in Rwanda to being serenaded by 50 little boys in Zodiacs in Yap—we thoroughly enjoyed reading through 20 years of truly amazing experiences. While it is difficult to choose just one winner, the entry that we felt best embodies the Zegrahm style of expedition travel and also the connection our...

Stone Jumper in Nias
July 1, 2010
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Today, Sumatra is comprised of over 12 ethnic groups, speaking more than 25 languages and hundreds of dialects. As you travel with Zegrahm Expeditions on their first-ever Circumnavigation of Sumatra, you will have the opportunity to experience four of these distinct and diverse cultural groups.

The Acehnese of the North entertain their guests dressed in colorful, hand-embroidered clothing, singing and dancing to lively music, not often heard by outsiders....

Lioness
November 4, 2010
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Excerpt from the Welcome Home Letter written by Expedition Leader Lex Hes from our first-ever October 2010 Zambia expedition.

For me there were a few “lifers” on this trip: no less than three mammal species (oribi, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, and sun squirrel) and four bird species (pennant-winged nightjar, Bohm’s bee-eater, sooty chat, and red-throated twinspot).

The fact that I saw two of these mammal lifers at Busanga highlights the importance of this area for...

Peter Harrison & Shirley Metz
July 1, 2010
Blog Post

On a shoe-string budget in the summer of 1990, we formed Eco-Expeditions and were the only two employees. During those early days we worked non-stop; we designed the itineraries and brochures, we marketed the trips, we led the expeditions, and, when each trip concluded, we wrote the “welcome home” letters. In the fall when Werner and Susan Zehnder suggested that we join forces with Jack Grove and Mike Messick to form a travel company, Zegrahm Expeditions, we reminded them that we already had...

Vanuatu petrel
March 8, 2010
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The recent Zegrahm Expeditions New Zealand to New Guinea program provided a cornucopia of rare and little known seabird species. It all began with wonderful sightings and photographic opportunities of the recently rediscovered New Zealand storm-petrel and ended with a Beck’s petrel, the fifth of the voyage, as the expedition vessel, the Clipper Odyssey approached the Laughlan Islands in Papua New Guinea. Along the way there were also such species as Heinroth’s and tropical...

Chatham Islands
December 16, 2009
Blog Post

It’s not often that the partners of Zegrahm Expeditions visit a place where none of us have ever been. So when the Clipper Odyssey pulled into the Chatham Islands, our final destination on the inaugural Wild Edge of the Pacific trip, the excitement was palpable.

The previous evening, while sailing in from Gisborne (on the “mainland,” as the Chatham Islanders prefer to call the North Island), had given the birders a taste of what lay in store when we’d...

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