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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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Sri Lanka: A Review and an Unveiling We recently had a couple come to us with a request to travel to Sri Lanka. Wildland has been working in India for many years, but until a year ago had yet to set our sights on the small, teardrop shaped nation to the south. After doing some research, we decided Sri Lanka was a perfect fit for Wildland.  Wildland has always made the environment a core focus of our trips and Sri Lanka not only lays claim to the world's first national park, but over 15% of its land area is protected wildlife area. We seek out ways to make authentic cultural connections and Sri Lanka is a friendly nation with people who are truly excited to show off what it has to offer to foreign visitors. The Vedda, the indigenous people of Sri Lanka who can draw a direct line of descent from the island's original neolithic community,...

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Harendra: A Guide Worth Celebrating Wildland prides itself on making local connections and supporting the communities we visit. One of the best ways we can do this is through partnering with local guides who have grown up in these different areas and know what makes them truly special. As Amit, our India contact states, "India is a land of experiences. You may have come 10 times to India, but it is based on the person who shows you India that will make all the difference. This person should become your best friend by Day 2." That's why we were so happy to receive a review from Wildland alums Faye and Lee Younker who recently traveled with us to Southern India (round 2 after they traveled to Northern India with us in 2012!) They had a wonderful time traveling through the national parks, cities, and backwaters of southern India, but what really struck us was this...
The distance from the rest of the world was part of the appeal Carol and Chas just returned from our newest Chile Adventure- Exploring Wild Chile: Off the Beaten Path in Patagonia with a customized cruise in the middle.  Beginning in “Chile’s Yellowstone”- Patagonia Conservation- in the Aysen Region, continuing on to explore the southern fjords on an intimate cruise and culminating amidst the stellar peaks of Torres del Paine National Park, in the south, Carol recounts her experience here: “Every part of our trip was wonderful.  We enjoyed all of the accommodations.  Hotel Castillo Rojo in Santiago was delightful, lovely staff, nice quiet neighborhood with lots to walk to (restaurants, hike up to the Santuario Imaculata Concepcion, Pablo Neruda house, etc.)  It was lovely being in the Parque Patagonia in Valle Chacabuco.  The distance from the rest of the world was part of the appeal.  It took 8 hours of driving on a dirt road to get there, rather than the 5...
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