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The Game drives were like being in a National Geographic Show Wildland travelers, Dave Olander and Dan Wofsey, visited Tanzania on our Serengeti Wilderness Safari during the short rainy season of in February with their wives Jitka and Carol. Their trip covered the northern part of the country, traversing Tarangire National Park, the Lake Eyasi Basin, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. This can be a particularly excellent time to catch the great migration in the Southern Serengeti as the wildebeest prepare to calve in a two week long coordinated event. They recount their experience here: Jeff, I have had multiple trips to unusual places, but our trip to Tanzania was the best one. The game drives were like being in a National Geographic Show. A personal highlight for me was the animals. It was all about the animals, the exotic terrain, and the beauty of the place. I had high expectations and they were exceeded.  Our time with the Hadzabe was...

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Everything was planned to perfection. Second-time alumni Sue and Carmi recently returned from an extended trip to Costa Rica during the month of May.  This is what they shared with us after their journey: "Hi Grettel!! Carmi and I want to thank you for the most WONDERFUL trip to your beautiful country. Everything was absolutely perfect and planned to perfection. The lodges were amazing and comfortable; Ely was a great driver and always on time; our adventures (zip lining, hanging bridges, canyoneering, hikes, ) were so fun, Gerardo was the BEST guide, and the extras (Vida Campesina, La Fortuna Hot Springs, Word Adventure) were great and special because we never would have done them without your suggestions. Throughout our 2weeks we did many hikes into the rainforests and Monteverde cloud forest and saw the most beautiful birds and animals. In Lapa Rios, Guillermo took us to see the macaws, and I took the Medicine Plant...
Complain, Complain, Complain: Everywhere on this trip they complained.   I've never traveled with such a bunch of complainers!     What with everywhere we went and everything we enjoyed, the amazing wildlife we encountered, the luscious wines we tasted and delicious cuisine, one would think the group wouldn't complain. But everywhere we went on our 19-day Wine and Wildlife Safari through South Africa and Zimbabwe they complained.     The complaining started after the first two days in sunny Cape Town and we moved on for a few days in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, then four nights on safari at Tanda Tula in the Timbavati concession in Greater Kruger, then Victoria Falls and finally four more nights in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. At each place there were more complaints for the same reason:  Every time we were just settling in to these beautiful places, enjoying amazing meals and wine tastings, and getting to know people in the wineries,...
New Regulations Traveling to South Africa With Minors Effective June 1, 2015 Families with minors (children under 18) to or from South Africa take note that the South African government has adopted new documentation requirements for minors, which will go into effect on June 1, 2015.     See the South African Department of Home Affairs summary of the New Immigration Regulations for Families Traveling Abroad With Children.   Please review these documentation requirements and make sure you comply. Families traveling without the required documentation may be detained and denied entry.     Both parents traveling with a minor must produce an unabridged birth certificate.   One parent traveling with a minor must produce an unabridged birth certificate and a consent form from the other parent, a non-parent traveling with a minor must produce similar and additional documentation (e.g., identify documents for the non-present parents)   This is just a short overview of some of the new requirements and is not legal...
African Winelands to Wildlands: 35 Days from Cape Town to the Zambezi In 35 days from Cape Town to the wilds of Zambia, Anne and I explored the wines and wildlands of Southern Africa. Together with our friends and wine experts, Ruth and David Arista of Arista Wine Cellars in our hometown of Edmonds, WA, we co-led our Wine and Wildlife Safari, April 12-29.     Along with 10 fun-loving Wildland travelers, 8 of them previous alumni guests, we laughed, tasted and gasped our way through Africa, astonished at the wildlife, the incredible food and wine, stunning safari camps, and amazing Africans we met throughout.      We return full of gratitude and appreciation for all the heroic and stunningly talented and dedicated South Africans, Zimbabweans, and Zambians we met during our travels from pro-guides, chefs and winemakers, to all the smiling and hardworking drivers, pilots, and service staff who gave us their all (including song and dance not just as a...
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