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African Winelands to Wildlands: 35 Days from Cape Town to the Zambezi

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 show). ...
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Ebola Update: Southern and Eastern Africa Safari Travel Unaffected

Ebola Update: Southern and Eastern Africa Safari Travel Unaffected
Updated as of March 8, 2015 Fresh updates from the CDC and World Health Organization have provided valuable insight into the diminishing Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Reports since January 2015 confirm that the spread of Eboloa has waned in West Africa and never spread into Eastern or Southern Africa.   In regards to travel to Africa, the CDC warns against travel to the affected countries in West Africa. However, for Eastern and Southern Africa, there are no restrictions or warnings (Click here to see CDC’s travel warnings) and no cases of Ebola. It’s important to consider the vast distance between the source of the outbreak in West Africa and where travelers visit for safaris in Eastern and Southern Africa. The info graphics below help put that distance and the sheer size of the African continent into perspective.    Due to the extreme distances and geographical barriers between Eastern and Southern...
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What's Happening in Africa

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 Zambia,...
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Ultrathon - Best bug repellent for the bush

Ultrathon - Best bug repellent for the bush
Serious bugs call for a serious bug repellent and 3M's Ultrathon is one of the first things in my pack before heading into the bush. Whether I’m hiking in the Cascades, exploring the jungles of Borneo or on a safari in Botswana, I find this bug repellent to be highly effective at keeping those pesky little bug vampires at bay. I like that it’s effective for up to 12 hrs (it really is) and is sweat and water resistant which means I don’t have to keep reapplying all the time. Also, it comes with a nifty foam applicator on the end so you can easily spread it on without getting your hands all lacquered (ideal for fishing). I’m also OK with the level of Deet in this product (34.34%); meaning it’s strong enough to keep the bugs away but also not so potent that you’re worried about melting through your sleeping bag....
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Tim Hocking
Good one. I used Ultrathon for a week in the Wind Rivers on the way to Gannet Pk during one of the worst mosquito years ever. It... Read More
Monday, 14 July 2014 13:03
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The Safari That Changed My Life

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 a...
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