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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions Blog! 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. You may filter this content by geographic region, by typeincluding blog post, field report (a daily recap of a past expedition with images), photo gallery, or video—or by topic. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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Gary Wintz
June 18, 2015
Blog Post

Zegrahm Field Leader Gary Wintz is what you might call a cultural conduit between East and West. For most of the past 35 years, Gary has been traveling outside the United States researching, writing, photographing, and lecturing about distant lands and cultures. Widely recognized as an expert on Asia, he has worked on humanitarian efforts in Indochina, Indonesia, and Bangladesh, and contributed...

Dall Sheep
June 15, 2015
Photo Gallery

With soaring, white-capped peaks and abundant wildlife, Alaska truly beckons those seeking adventure. Enjoy some of our favorite images from the 49th state.

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
June 15, 2015
Blog Post

Rumor has it there’s nothing on earth more thrilling than that moment when, after trekking all morning beneath a dense forest canopy of emerald green, you finally spy a family of mountain gorillas, or Gorilla gorilla beringei. While Uganda has been a hot spot for those wishing to experience such a rush as this, Rwanda offers just as exhilarating an adventure, with enough nuances to make it a destination that, once you learn more, you will not want to miss. Is your interest piqued?...

Top Tips for Your Safari Packing List
October 22, 2015
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 suitcases. If your trip includes a...

June 15, 2015
Blog Post

The Caribbean. A conglomerate of more than seven thousand islands, islets, cays, and reefs. To simplify things, the islands have been divided into three main groups: The Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles, and the Bahamas. On our Wild Caribbean with the Grenadines expedition, you’ll have 14 days to explore thirteen islands in the Grenadines, a sub-grouping of islands in the Lesser Antilles. The area seems too gorgeous to be real—aquamarine waters house schools of...

Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands
June 12, 2015
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For 25 years, we have taken inquisitive travelers to the ends of the Earth and 2015 is no different. We’re thrilled to be returning to both the Far North and the Far South this year, exploring two true polar extremes.

Departing September 4, our Northwest Passage expedition explores western Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. You’ll be searching for...

A Day in the Life of the Himba People
June 12, 2015
Blog Post

As the world blazes forward into the bright, and sometimes blinding, light of progress and all that is modern, there are those who continue to dwell in the beautiful simplicity of the past. The Himba people, an ancient tribe of semi-nomadic herders, still hold on to their ancestors’ traditions, and have resisted modernizing despite the rapidly-changing world surrounding them. The Himba are a proud and exquisite people. They are a famously gracious people, too, and warmly welcome strangers...

June 11, 2015
Blog Post

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama once proclaimed, “In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” Such sentiment earned a Nobel Peace Prize for Tibet’s spiritual leader and sustained hope for his homeland’s future.

The Tibetan Plateau’s mystical past has certainly been marred by struggle. Bounded by the Himalaya mountain range, the “Roof of the World” was first unified around 600 CE under the rule of Namri Songtsan, king of the Yarlung Dynasty; some 40 years...

Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Lemur Island
June 10, 2015
Blog Post

After each overland adventure, our leaders send a 'welcome home' letter to our explorers, mentioning some of their journey highlights; in 2012, our expedition to Madagascar was particularly memorable! Read on for details from Lex Hes.

October, 2012

Hello all and welcome back home!

I’ve now uploaded my photographs and collated all the notes I made and I have to say—this was the best Madagascar trip yet. Quite a few new bird species for me, as well as some...

Arctic Terns
July 28, 2011
Blog Post

The tiny island of Vigur in Iceland’s western fjords has been owned and inhabited by the same family for over 130 years. We arrived by Zodiac to meet the family who live on this remote outpost, and came away greatly appreciating the hard work and resourcefulness that have allowed them to thrive here for generations.

Once ashore we were struck, both literally and figuratively, by the countless Arctic terns that were in...

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