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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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Maasai Warriors Scrap Lion Hunt for Olympics An alumni just sent me a cool story they found on NBC and a short message thanking us for setting up such a great safari in Tanzania for them: "A highlight of our Tanzania safari this year was our exposure to the Maasai. Thanks for setting us up for an unforgettable journey of discovery!"  It got me thinking that I'd also love to share this story with you. In addition, I added a clip of one of our Maasai leaders talking about their spear competitions and video of them throwing their spears below. Something we often witness on many of our Kenya safaris and Tanzania safaris. Plus, our guests actually get to practice it with the warriors! Here's the NBC story on it: Kenya's Maasai Warriors Scrap Lion Hunt for Olympics Video from On Safari In Africa With Wildland Adventures (Pt. 2) Spear throwing at 6:22 Keeping it wild, Jeff Stivers...

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Praise from Tanzania An email just came in this morning which made me smile: “Jeff, sipping a glass of wine under my mosquito net in our fabulous camp Maramboi.  I have never seen so many stars in my life, still enjoying the memories of our afternoon in the Tarangire national park where we saw LOTS of elephant, giraffe, zebra, gazelle, wart hogs, a jackal, plenty of birds, antelope, monkeys, mongoose, and more!!!!!! No cats yet but we have a wakeup call for 6:00am tomorrow.  Wonderful news about the upgrade. . . So far everything has exceeded my expectations. . . . My daughter and I are in HEAVEN!!!!!” – Katharine de Barrueta I love getting updates from our travelers in the field, especially when they’re really connecting with the place, people and surrounding environment as you once did. It reminds you of your own fond memories. For me, Katharine’s comments bring back the...
He is the personification of what you wanted your freshman biology professor to be Guest Review from our Wake of Wallace voyage through the Eastern Indonesian Islands of Raja Ampat with expert guide and Wallace expert Tony Whitten. “I am a biologist by profession...how could I pass up a trip that followed a part of Wallace's collecting route?  The chance to visit one of the few remaining spots on earth that has not been overly disturbed by man was the main attraction. Super trip!! Tony Whitten was outstanding… enthusiastic, funny, full of wit and wisdom and tireless.  He is the personification of what you wanted your freshman biology professor to be. Knowledgeable, approachable, but mostly just bubbling over with enthusiasm for all things scientific and biological. For someone like me who started out doing field work as an undergrad but then get waylaid by bench science, having Tony along brought all the excitement of being in college field classes.  When I suggested it would...

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Confidently book your safari to Southern Africa Considering travel to Africa but worried about cancellation penalties and non-refundable deposits? Many of our partner lodges in Southern and Eastern Africa have decided that they will waive cancellation penalties* if a trip is cancelled as result of an Ebola Outbreak confirmed by the World Health Organization in any of the countries listed in your itinerary.  The following itineraries benefit from this new policy: Botswana: The Great Wilderness Journey Botswana Safari in the Okavango Delta Botswana Green Season Safari Namibia: Wild Namibia Explorer Diverse Namibia Adventure Best of Namibia Adventure Zambia: All safaris in Zambia Tanzania and Kenya: Best of Serengeti and Maasai Mara Safari Savanas and Silverbacks Tanzania and Zanzibar Honeymoon  *Waiving cancellation penalties is contingent on traveler taking out comprehensive Travel Insurance, which is already a requirement on many trips. You must first file a claim with your travel insurance company and then any shortfall will be made...
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