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A Seattle Family, Tanzanian Orphans, and a Van

A Seattle Family, Tanzanian Orphans, and a Van
A story of how miracles can happen When the Whitaker family approached me about an opportunity to give back during her Serengeti Family Safari I was happy to help. What transpired turned into one of the best fairy tale charity stories I’ve had the privilege of being a part of during my career. A real organic outpouring of community spirit inspired by one family’s generosity and desire to directly improve the lives of others.  When a family or group of travelers is interested in making a charitable donation in Tanzania, we often set up a visit to a rural school district. However, the Whitaker family was traveling over the Christmas holiday time period when many of the schools are closed and the children are at home. Through a local colleague we found Elias Japhet and the Pambazuko Orphanage, which he and his wife have been running in the small agricultural town of Mto...
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The New Morocco

The New Morocco
Let me start by saying 2014 is going to be an exciting year for Wildland and our travelers. Today, I get the honor of announcing that we have two new trips to Morocco. Yes, both our Exotic Morocco Tour and Moroccan Adventure have been totally redesigned. Luckily for me, I got to be the first one to experience our new Exotic Morocco Tour.  Here's a break down of  what to expect on our new Exotic Morocco Tour: The Wild Style:  Our 'Wild Style' of travel in Morocco is based on many years of experience designing trips throughout the Magreb. The design of our itineraries and your experience in the field is facilitated by our close-working relationships with guides, accommodations and outfitters on the ground to avoid the pitfalls of travel in Morocco. We assure you have the most comfortable, safe and authentic travel experience. Our expert driver-guides help you get the most...
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The Real Gift of Travel - Helping an Orphanage in Tanzania

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 family...
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Jonathan Burnham
Hats off to the Whitaker family! You really are an inspiration to all of us. Good luck on your trip!
Saturday, 14 December 2013 11:00
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Farewell Madiba

Written by one of Wildland Adventures top South Africa guides, Doug Thomson. We, as South Africans, are feeling a mixture of grief and celebration all at the same time. We grieve and feel a sense of sadness at our loss, but at the same time we celebrate and take note that we have been a part of an incredible journey. One that will probably never be repeated. We have witnessed an unbelievable man do the unusual. Using all his statesmanship, charisma and warmth, he managed to turn a nation that was tearing itself apart into one. Although, not without enormous challenges. I clearly remember that day in Feb 1990 when Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Verster prison a free man and gave his “long walk to freedom’ speech at City Hall opposite the Grand Parade in Cape Town. The tension in the country was palpable. Blacks wanted revenge, the white-controlled...
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10 Photos from Morocco that are sure to make you smile

I recently set out on a two week reconnaissance mission to Morocco with the objective of searching for new routes and making deeper connections with the locals. I accomplished my goal and we are excited to announce we have redesigned our trips to Morocco, including new expert local guides who are your personal connection to the people and places you visit. Also expect to see plenty more photos and incredible stories from my trip to Morocco.   This was my second trip to Morocco, but the difference this time was the accompaniment of a local guide. With his help I found some extraordinary places which gave deeper insight into the culture, traditions and history of this marvelous country. From incredible adventure activities like sandboarding in the Sahara to authentic cultural experiences such as dinner with local Berbers, it was truly a trip of a lifetime. I sincerely hope everyone gets the chance to explore...
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