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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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Esfahan, Iran
July 23, 2015
Blog Post

That question has been on the minds of many intrepid travelers, whose desire to visit this friendly and fascinating country is tempered by concerns over personal safety. Over the past few years in particular, the region surrounding Iran has been a hotbed of political and revolutionary turmoil; graphic images on television and elsewhere do little to quell the concern.

Yet as recent news events have sadly shown, isolated tragedies can happen anywhere. So for those adventurers whose...

Top Tips for Your Safari Packing List
April 23, 2018
Blog Post

Before any adventure in the African bush, you have to let go of some baggage. Weight limits on light-aircraft charters vary, but 33 pounds is probably the max. Packing light for safari is the key.

Remember, you’ll need to pack in soft luggage—we recommend this Eagle Creek soft-sided medium duffel—so no hard...

Le Ponant - Exterior
June 10, 2015
Blog Post

One of our most exciting challenges here at Zegrahm has two parts: to continue offering new destinations to our well-traveled guests, and finding new ways to explore them. Among the many benefits of being a company that charters its ships, we also have the privilege of choice in selecting the vessels that best match our destinations.

In 2016 and 2017, we are really excited to fulfill both requirements by exploring both the...

Mangalore
June 9, 2015
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Our India, Sri Lanka & the Maldives expedition takes place during the holiday season, the perfect time to finish up shopping for your friends and family! This region offers plenty of local gifts that you simply can’t get elsewhere.

  • India’s Goa is known for its Portuguese heritage, but you’ll enjoy time at leisure to wander through the old district of Fontainhas, scouring the market for stunning fabrics and local spices; Goa was once a successful spice-...
June 8, 2015
Blog Post

A study in superlatives, the Great Migration is Africa at its biggest and best. So what IS the Great Migration? Here, the What, Where, When, Why, and How of the greatest commute on earth.

Iconic Africa

WHAT: ...

The Culture of Japan
August 15, 2018
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“R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me.”

Aretha Franklin’s soulful anthem to deference offers a valuable tip for first-time visitors to Japan. Following the country’s traditional customs—particularly that of bowing—is a way to show, and garner, respect with locals. It also shows that you truly understand, or are trying to, the culture of Japan.

 

Bowing in Japan

Ojigi, or bowing, is the way Japanese...

Taking a Spin with Turkey's Whirling Dervishes
May 29, 2015
Blog Post

A secret turning in us
makes the universe turn.
Head unaware of feet,
and feet head. Neither cares.
They keep turning.

                   —Rumi, “The Secret Turning”

Anyone who has watched a child gleefully spinning in circles recognizes the bliss that comes in freely moving one’s body. Yet for members of the Whirling Dervishes, this twirling is a very...

What to pack for Sri Lanka
April 1, 2018
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You’re traveling in the company of renowned wildlife expert, Mark Brazil, in one of the most photogenic places on Earth—Sri Lanka. It only makes sense to leave home with the ultimate in photographic gear. What to bring to capture the abundant wildlife of Yala National Park, the monumental ruins of Polonnaruwa, and the blue whales off the...

India, Sri Lanka & the Maldives
May 13, 2015
Blog Post

Long-time adventurers, Gary and Kathleen, have traveled the world (several times!) over with Zegrahm. One destination they had yet to explore with us was the pristine atolls that comprise the Maldives. With the help of Private Travel, they were able to check this amazing destination off their list with a three-week adventure that not only afforded them wonderful views of spinner dolphins and opportunities to snorkel with manta rays, but stays in some of the region’s best accommodations. The...

Camels in the Wahibi Desert
May 13, 2015
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Oman is emerging as a must-see adventure destination, and Zegrahm travelers, Bob and Janet, wanted to be among the first to explore this enigmatic country. We recently set up a two-week private adventure for the couple to soak up the Sultanate. And, while they raved about the itinerary and the many unexpected surprises it offered—from observing the humane treatment of the region’s well-loved camels to devouring authentic Indian cuisine—their favorite highlight was their guide, Tony Walsh. “...

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