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The Safari That Changed My Life We originally went on a Wildland Adventures trip to Tanzania in 2002. It would be a vast understatement to say that our Wildland Adventure to Africa changed my life. As a child, I had watched Wild Kingdom and other nature programs on TV, but I never imagined that I might one day travel to Africa. My wife, Wendy, arranged our first trip working with Nicole from Wildland Adventures. It was a private tour with our three boys, aged 8, 14, and 16. We were met by a representative at the airport who took us to our hotel, where we subsequently met Ronald our driver and guide. Ronald stayed with us until we departed for Zanzibar. We spent two weeks exploring the Northern Circuit of game parks beginning with Sinya, a private game reserve and ending with six days in the Serengeti. Part of the time we were also accompanied by...
Once in a while a story comes along that sounds like something out of a fairytale and becomes a true inspiration for us all. Before I tell the tale let me give you the backstory. A few months ago the Whitaker family contacted our Africa Program Director, Jeff Stivers, and asked him to plan a Wildland Adventure to Tanzania over the New Year winter break. The Whitaker's mentioned that their kids like to make a positive local impact when they travel and asked us how they could contribute to one of the local communities they would be visiting. "Help us find out what they really need," they requested from us. After a few calls and a bit of research Jeff discovered a small orphanage called Pambazuko in the town of Mto Wa Mbu that needed some love. Jeff got a hold of the caretaker, Elias, and asked if the Whitaker...

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My five year old says that the letter of the day is ‘L’! And we’re talking about leopards.  Over the years at Wildland I’ve had many people say to me “What I’d really like to see is a leopard”. Though one of the Big 5, leopards are often tough to spot. In East Africa you usually see one on a trip, but you’re lucky if you see more than one and you may see no leopards. In Southern Africa it can be much the same, depending on where you are. Leopards are masters of stealth and spend a lot of time in trees, either resting or dragging a kill up there to enjoy at their leisure. With their spots they’re extremely well-camouflaged when the leaves of the branches rustle in the breeze. So where to go if you want to see leopard? The South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. The Luangwa...

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Sleeping out under the endless African night sky listening to the timeless fireside stories of trees, the earth, and wildlife sagely recounted by Samburu tribesmen. This is exactly the type of transcendent experience that led Cynthia Cleland, her daughter and granddaughter to sign up for our newly created Kenya Family Safari which visits the remote wilds of northern Kenya and the private wildlife reserves of the Maasai Mara. Cynthia has visited Africa in the past, but was drawn back by the real adventure that our itinerary embraces; a safari in Kenya that takes families away from the popular tourist spots and deep into the African bush to connect with this raw environment and share a lasting family experience. By camel and on foot, your local guides and experts of the land will awaken your senses to often missed indications of life on every level. From bird calls and animal tracks...

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Multigenerational Travel: Going Wild With The Whole Gang   After planning far flung family adventure vacations for the past 25 years, we’re having great fun these days planning trips for large family groups including many of you who traveled with us when your children were younger and are now hosting trips for your extended family including grandkids in tow! This growth in multigenerational travel at Wildland Adventures hasn’t really changed much in our modus operandi because it is essentially an extension of the family adventures that we have specialized and expanded upon for a generation. Our own family travel life experience follows the development of the Wildland Adventures family travel program. Five years after our son was born in 1989 we started designing family adventures and invited other like-minded families with young kids like ours to join us. First we designed our Costa Rica family adventures; next we designed Panama and Belize...
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