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Jeff Stivers

Jeff Stivers

Jeff shares his passion for venturing out to explore new places and distant cultures both past and present. He holds a BA in Anthropology from Colorado College and has participated in archaeological field work on Easter Island, and in Tanzania, Niger, Sudan, and southwest Colorado. Along his journeys Jeff has developed language skills in French, Spanish, and Swahili. He believes that the ancient past can shed light the way for a better future. As Program Director with experience in East Africa, Belize, Guatemala, Morocco, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Jeff is intrigued by how both indigenous peoples and modern cultures cope with the new stresses and opportunities of globalization.

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A Well of Inspiration in Tanzania   Many times over the years, Wildland travelers have truly awed us with their generosity and humility. But it’s even more of an inspiration when that person is only 12 years old!   During her Wildland Serengeti Family Safari, 12 year old Jamie visited the Mikocheni Primary School alongside our guide Hadji. What she discovered left a lasting impression, moving Jamie to make it her mission to assist the school and local community through building a well.  There is no source of water near the school and the children must carry their own water, in some cases walking up to 6 miles. This project will provide fresh water within easy reach of the thirsty students. Watch this short video, created (and sung!) by Jamie and her 3 older siblings, outlining her plan to improve the quality of life for the children of Mikocheni School.     We continually donate to...
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...
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...

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Beyond Your Typical Family Safari I want to introduce to you to the Dolan Family, a family that traveled with us on our Serengeti Family Safari in Tanzania. They wanted an overview of Tanzania and the opportunity to experience the wildlife and cultural aspects of the country. I'm happy to report they accomplished A LOT more than that on their family safari in Tanzania.  I'll let Robin Dolan tell you a little bit about their trip: "We had some amazing, mind boggling experiences and memories like: watching a herd of elephants play in water with babies not knowing how to work their trunks quite right, watching needy kids dance and play and celebrate the things we brought them- truly warming our hearts entirely, warthog mamas hilariously chasing their babies, seeing the beautiful culture, interesting religion and outright poverty that create the ways of life of Tanzanians, monkeys attacking our empty Land Rover almost making off with...

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Catching Tigers in Africa This past year I traveled to Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa on an action packed three week long adventure. In addition to scouting a mind numbing total of 35 camps/lodges and ravaging my vocal chords networking at the largest travel trade show on the continent, I had several jaw dropping moments in the wild that reminded me exactly why I do what I do.  I’ll never forget the inquisitive stare down I had with an elephant in the Okavango Delta; the silhouette of a new moon rising over the mighty Zambezi River in Mana Pools; the earth rumbling roar or a male lion at Thanda;  tracking rhino on foot in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park; being blasted by the thunderous spray of the Victoria Falls; boogie boarding just south of Mozambique on a deserted stretch of beach at Rocktail; and of course all of the amazing people and conversations I had...
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