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5 Things that really excite me about Kruger National Park in South Africa

5 Things that really excite me about Kruger National Park in South Africa
Howzit! I recently spent a week in the Greater Kruger National Park. At 50 million unfenced acres (larger than New England, or about the size of Nebraska) this network of public and private reserves is one of the largest conservation areas in all of Africa. This park is the crown jewel of South Africa and is featured in almost every one of our South Africa safaris. Here are the 5 things that really blew me away during this trip. 1) ElephantsAnti-poaching programs and stronger protections for elephants in this area have led to a burgeoning population. Guests can enjoy up close and personal interactions (like the one I had below) in this area. Because parts of the park have been around since 1898, many of the animals here have grown up in the presence of safari-goers and do not see people or vehicles as a threat. This means close encounters are...
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New Zealand, anyone?

New Zealand, anyone?
A five time Wildland alumni is interested in finding another adventurous traveler (or more!) to join her on our Wild New Zealand Adventure, or something very similar. Cheryl is hoping to travel this winter - New Zealand's summer - perhaps between November and February. She's well-traveled, retired, and in her early 60's. She especially enjoys trips where she gets to be active. She's a solo traveler and willing to share a room with the right person. Think you might be a good companion for Cheryl in New Zealand? Let Program Director Kelsey, know soon! Keeping it wild, Wildland Adventures 800-345-4453
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Meet Your Guides: Ajai Kumar Yadav

Meet Your Guides: Ajai Kumar Yadav
Namascar! More often than not the highlight of a trip to India are the guides. How well a guide gets along with you, a Wildland traveler, can make or break a trip. Wildland puts a lot of effort into finding the best guides for every area that we travel to. We focus on using local guides in each area, ensuring that these guides possess a seemingly unlimited wealth of knowledge about their area of expertise. The last time I went to India I compiled a list of questions so we could all get to know our Wildland guides a little better. Ajai is actually certified to guide all of Northern India but loves introducing travelers to his hometown of Varanasi best. It's obvious the depth of love and knowledge he has for this spiritual hub as you walk and talk your way through narrow alleyways or cruise down the ghats together....
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Bringing Wild Light and Hope to Nepal

Bringing Wild Light and Hope to Nepal
Early last year, a massive 7.8 earthquake rocked Nepal killing thousands.  The devastation was widespread, destroying nearly a million homes and more than 10,000 schools.  To support Nepal's ongoing efforts to rebuild, Wildland Adventures has partnered with 3 Summits for Nepal for the Charity Climb for Nepal.  Four of our staff will be climbing to the summit of Mt. Rainier July 28-30th to help raise awareness of this issue and the necessary funds to make a difference. These funds will go directly to purchase solar panels for four village schools that are still without power, bringing light and hope that they have been without for over a year. Please support our Wild cause! Help us reach our goal of $5,000 to bring solar power to four village schools by donating to our cause on our fundraising page. With your help, Wildland Adventures has been supporting environmental and social causes around the globe for the past 30 years. Please consider a donation to our Wild cause! Below you'll find some...
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Where to go on Safari in Africa Part 3: Notes on guides, family travel and other African adventures

Where to go on Safari in Africa Part 3: Notes on guides, family travel and other African adventures
African Safari Guides All of our African safari guides are exceptionally trained and experienced professional naturalists, trackers, spotters and drivers. In East Africa, although we make use of some local flight connections, most safaris are overland expeditions in 4WD land cruiser-type vehicles (not minivans) with the same English-speaking, expert driver-guide throughout your itinerary. He will be with you from dawn until dusk, and on some safaris may join you for an evening meal. On Southern African safaris, where fly-in itineraries are more common, guides are often resident naturalists based at the lodges and camps. Because Southern African safari camps are often small, remote and more exclusive, guides usually share meals with guests developing close relations until you move to the next camp where you meet the next resident naturalist.   Family Safaris In general, East Africa offers more opportunities and greater value for African family safaris. Most camps and lodges accept...
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