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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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Frigatebird, Barbuda
July 8, 2009
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Our visit to Genovesa Island this morning couldn't have been better. The avian activities on this island were in full swing with magnificent seabirds displaying their exquisite colors; red-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and great frigatebirds. While red-footed boobies were brooding their fluffy offspring the male frigatebirds were trying to attract mates with their bright red inflated gular pouches or chasing boobies to steal food and nesting material. These kleptoparasitic,...

Montgomery Reef
June 10, 2008
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This morning during a spectacular sunrise—made even more dramatic by the rare presence of clouds—we headed toward what appeared to be a mesa rising from the middle of the ocean. This apparition was, in fact, Montgomery Reef which is only visible during low tide. The roughly 80-mile long reef is submerged twice a day—by extreme tides. We cruised to a suitable drop-off point, passing rafting-worthy waterfalls and turbulent rivers of sea water still pouring off the reef.

Once ashore,...

Gray-crowned crane
October 25, 2011
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Our land program to Zambia recently came to an end, and we were lucky enough to receive some phenomenal pictures of the safari. A first for many of our travelers, they had incredible up-close views of lions and much more. Below are pictures and an excerpt from the journal of Lex Hes, our guide and one of Africa's premiere naturalists.

The trip got off to an exciting, if somewhat unusual, start when we discovered that the lions had booked out rooms 4, 5, and 6 at Shumba...

Bazaruto Island, Mozambique
September 28, 2011
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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-...
Indian One-Horned Rhino
September 28, 2011
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Excerpt from the Welcome Home Letter written by Expedition Leader Mark Brazil from our 2011 Wild India expedition.

On reviewing our wildlife sightings, it is amazing to think that between us we saw 30 species of mammals and nearly 250 species of birds. It was the supporting cast of so many birds that kept us focused in the field, and with our senses tuned hour after hour to make so many of those mammal sightings possible. Of course, those birds also provided us with some...

Great Blue Heron, Danube River Delta
September 26, 2011
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With a fiery orange sun rising above the sea to our stern, we maneuvered into one of the main channels at the mouth of the 1,750-mile long Danube River. The delta of this river covers an amazing 5,000 square kilometers and, as we looked out over the ship’s railing, we came to realize that we were completely surrounded by extensive reed beds stretching out to the horizon. Huge flocks of white pelicans fished in the marsh, while the appropriately named pygmy cormorant perched conspicuously on...

Thorgeirsfjordur, Iceland
July 30, 2011
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With the mountains aglow in the evening sun, we came ashore for an impromptu after dinner landing in a remote fjord on Iceland’s north coast. We climbed the lush green slope up above the Zodiac landing to an old cemetery and the ruins of a small church. With the wind virtually nonexistent, the calls of small flocks of golden plovers could be heard clearly as the birds passed overhead. A mother ptarmigan, inconspicuous in her cryptic brown plumage, watched over her brood of small chicks not...

Lakshadweep Islands, India
June 28, 2011
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With summer in full swing north of the equator, it is the perfect time to start planning your winter getaway to keep summer going all year long. This November through January, Zegrahm is offering five incredible voyages with something for everyone. Whether it’s a cultural immersion in the Arabian Gulf or skirting India’s southwestern shores; a combination of culture and natural history in India and the Maldives; or plenty of sun, sand, and underwater adventures in the Seychelles, each...

Cotonu, Benin
December 30, 2010
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Nadia is a native South African. She has not only served as one of Zegrahm’s much-loved Cruise Directors since 1995, but she also helps us plan our land and ship itineraries in southern Africa.

What a pleasure it is for me to share some of the highlights of expedition ship travel around Africa with Zegrahm Expeditions! The continent of Africa is perfect for expedition cruising with over 18,000 miles of coastline, inlets, bays, and rivers leading to inland odysseys—expansive...

Black Lemur, Périnet Reserve
April 19, 2004
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Paleoanthropologist and primatologist Ian Tattersall, who conducted extensive fieldwork in Madagascar, will be a member of the lecture team on our inaugural Indian Ocean Safari expedition, which begins February 12, 2005, on board Le Ponant. Here he explains why this itinerary holds special meaning for him.

I was delighted to be asked to accompany this voyage, not only because it begins and ends in places (the islands of Reunion and Zanzibar) for which I have long nourished a...

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