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What a wonderful safari in Tanzania Working with Wildland Adventures and Jeff was a pleasure. All questions were promptly answered in the planning stages and we were thoroughly prepared for the adventure of a lifetime. We had the right clothes, equipment, and medical preparation. I have never been so well prepared for travel to a specific destination as I was for our safari in Tanzania. There were many highlights and glorious moments - witnessing the birth of a wildebeest, watching a pride of nine lions feasting on a giraffe, watching a hippo saunter by our vehicle, hearing George's exact replication of specific animal sounds, being surrounded by elephants crossing the road, and so many others. Samson and George were phenomenal at spotting animals and birds that were far away. I cannot say enough good words about our guides. They were the stars of our experience in that they added a much greater dimension to the animals,...

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Ultrathon - Best bug repellent for the bush Serious bugs call for a serious bug repellent and 3M's Ultrathon is one of the first things in my pack before heading into the bush. Whether I’m hiking in the Cascades, exploring the jungles of Borneo or on a safari in Botswana, I find this bug repellent to be highly effective at keeping those pesky little bug vampires at bay. I like that it’s effective for up to 12 hrs (it really is) and is sweat and water resistant which means I don’t have to keep reapplying all the time. Also, it comes with a nifty foam applicator on the end so you can easily spread it on without getting your hands all lacquered (ideal for fishing). I’m also OK with the level of Deet in this product (34.34%); meaning it’s strong enough to keep the bugs away but also not so potent that you’re worried about melting through your sleeping...
Nothing like a good ole pair of LEECH PROOF SOCKS! Yes, that’s right. If you’ve planning a trekking trip through the jungles of South East Asia then you may want to heed my advice and get Mosquito Hammocks anti-leech socks. Why I do I like em? 1.) They are well constructed and stand the testament of time on long jungle treks like my last foray into the Maliau Basin of Borneo 2.) They breathe quite well which can be a savior for your feet when the heat and humidy of the jungle starts to climb. 3.) They are longer than the ones you can buy in-country, therefore giving you more surface area of coverage and more leach proofing! Want to see a tiger leach on the move? Check out my video below. If you don’t watch out… the leaches may get you (but don't worry, they don't hurt!. Don't make a blood donation to the leaches of the jungles and...
Stay Dry and Cool: Lightweight Travel Umbrella Living in the tropics and constantly traveling throughout Central America in very variable weather conditions has made me realize that ponchos, expensive rain jackets, caps and hats can be helpful but a small simple umbrella can be very handy. Umbrellas have many great functions and can not only keep you dry on a rainy day, but also keep you cool in hot sunny weather conditions. It is an item I always carry with me in my day pack as you can never predict the weather here in the tropics. For style and functionality I would recommend the Lewis N. Clark Automatic Travel Umbrella, you can find it on Amazon for $16.50 and it comes in a several different colors to fit your Wild style. It's also light, automatic and packs every easily into a daypack. You can have a lot of fun in the sun, but the sun can be a great...
Why You Should Explore Guayaquil on Your Next Trip to the Galapagos Since the day I took the desk of the Ecuador & Galapagos Program Director at Wildland Adventures, we have focused our land arrangements in the capitol city of Quito. There’s a lot to be said for this arrangement: Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage site for very good reason, and it is the obvious gateway to the world famous market town of Otavalo as well as other charming Andean villages. The only flights to Ecuador’s incredible Amazon basin depart from Quito, and the birding heaven of Mindo-Tandayapa is a convenient 2 hour drive from Quito. But Quito isn’t the only star in the Ecuadorian firmament. On my recent trip to Ecuador this spring, I spent more time in Guayaquil on the Pacific delta of the Rio Guayas, and came away very impressed with that city’s attractions and advantages: Transfer times between the cities’ airports and main tourist centers are hugely...
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