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The Art of Organized Packing My first step for packing for any adventure is to write my pack list and the second is to pull out my packing cubes and my RuMe Reveal Pockets . When traveling with all of my belongings on my back, I try to stay as organized as possible. I can’t count how many times my Ziploc bags have broke during travel and The RuME pockets are a great solution. They are durable, lightweight and TSA approved. The packing cubes are also great as you can see through them and they are flexible - no need to sit on them to make them close! I put dirty clothes in one, my clean clothes in another and my son’s clothes in a third. Finally, my dirty shoes get a fully-closed cube. When you get to your hotel, just pull out the cubes and you are unpacked! Or go to the beach with one...
Nicaragua’s Newest Airport Is Officially Open If you've been planning a trip to Nicaragua there is good news! The newest airport is officially open and that means it’s even easier to get to the enchanting Ometepe Island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. The La Paloma Airport received its inaugural flight on La Costeña Airlines from Managua. The flight from Managua to Ometepe Island is about a 20-minute domestic flight. Ometepe Island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and is home to richly diverse habitats and wildlife, as well as incredible culture and history. Its two distinct volcanoes, Concepcion and Maderas, grace the skyline as you glide into the new Ometepe Airport from Managua. Airfare costs about $65 one-way, or $100 roundtrip. You can also take the ferry as we have done in the past. Either way, it’s worth the trip to Ometepe!  Why is Ometepe such an attractive destination? Well there is a wide variety of...

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Why visit Cape Town with a guide? We asked our Cape Town guide Doug Thompson, pictured here with his wife Sarah, to tell us why Cape Town, and why Cape Town with a guide. Why Cape Town ? Cape Town is the perfect gateway to Southern Africa. It's a gentle landing for those travelers who are on their first adventure to Africa. Many guests are surprised at its cosmopolitan feel , its vibrancy and the Mediterranean atmosphere. It is unmistakably Africa, but for those heading into 'darkest' Africa on safari , it offers a colorful arrival that often takes ones' breath away. Cape Town has the variety of settings that few other cities offer. Within a radius of 40 minutes drive, one can experience spectacular coastline, majestic mountains, semi-arid ecozones, and the beautiful winelands. As far as cities go ( 4.5 million people) , we can get out of the city onto the beach, into the forest, up...

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What's Happening in Africa As Wildland's Africa Program Director I have some exciting news from Southern Africa and new opportunities to share.  South African Rand Exchange Rate: The ZAR is trading at nearly 10.5 to the dollar (up from 8 in 2012) offering some excellent opportunities in South Africa and Namibia, compared to 16-18% tax and permit fee increases on tourism related services in other popular safari destinations including as Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Flights: Refurbished airports and new flight schedules are making it easier to link up wildlife parks and to move throughout Africa. Here’s some important ones: Skukuza Airport (SZK) near Kruger National Park reopened making a direct and seamless connection between Cape Town and the famed private concessions bordering the park. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (VFA) is building a new runway that should be complete by April 2015 allowing for large aircraft opening up this vital gateway for better access to...

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Delving Deep into Southern Africa This April and May I spent three weeks on safari covering a huge swath of Southern Africa from Zimbabwe to Zambia to Botswana to South Africa. While clocking over 1 year total in combined time on various trips to Africa I had not yet been to some of the famed parks of Southern Africa and to be honest I was bit unprepared for how impressive this part of Africa would be and the lasting memories I’d take home. I've written a series of blogs highlighting some of the destinations I found most interesting during my safari, I saw way too much to squeeze into one blog.   Unique Habitat and Exceptional Game on Safari in Hwange Favorite Lodges and Awesome Fishing in Mana Pools Victoria Falls: Zambia vs Zimbabwe Your guide to safaris in the Okavango Delta In addition, I created a photo gallery from my trip: Keeping it wild, Jeff...
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