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10 Reasons Why You Can and Should Climb Kilimanjaro versus Mount Rainier

10 Reasons Why You Can and Should Climb Kilimanjaro versus Mount Rainier
A volcano is a volcano right? WRONG! Kilimanjaro is quite a different mountain than Mount Rainier. Here are 10 reasons why you can and should climb Kilimanjaro with Wildland Adventures instead of Mount Rainier on your own: 10) Climbing Kilmanjaro is non-technical – Kili requires no technical climbing gear. Warm clothes, a good sleeping bag and pad and a sturdy pair of hiking or mountaineering boots are as technical as it gets. Contrast that with Rainier where you’ll need ropes, harnesses, helmets, crampons, ice axes and full set of mountaineering skills and training including glacier travel and crevasse rescue. If that doesn’t convince you, the oldest person to climb Kili was 84. A regular exercise routine and time spent hiking uphill are all that you’ll need to do to get in shape for Kili. 9) Kili is in a spectacular setting – Kili is surrounded by some of the greatest places...
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Wild South Africa!

Wild South Africa!
Abby S. and Steve B. chose an off-the-beaten-path custom itinerary for their South African holiday this past Fall.  A particular highlight from their trip was spending time in the Drakensberg mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The steep cliffs of these mountains surround Lesotho and are so rugged that there is only one break where a 4x4 road could be built to access the mountain kingdom at Sani Pass. "The hiking is superb. A variety of trails, in terms of length, altitude gain/loss, and views, depart directly from the resort. The views are stunning; kind of like the highlands of Scotland. Most trails are well-marked, and a map purchased at reception was serviceable. We saw elands, baboons, and raptors while hiking, and beautiful flowers." Abby and Steve also enjoyed seeing some spectacular wildlife viewing at Tanda Tula Lodge in Timbavati private game reserve as well as at Phinda Mountain Lodge in...
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Happy Holidays to each and all

Happy Holidays to each and all
We received this delightful holiday letter from a family of alumni travelers and felt it was too good not to share: "This year a 17 day Tanzanian Safari with Wildland Adventures exceeded our greatest expectations. We spent long, full days in Arusha, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Parks where the extraordinary teeming abundance of wildlife led to up close and personal encounters with lions (100+), elephants, leopards, cheetah and way too many wildebeest , hippos, giraffes, impala, ect , to count.  And we had a private tour!  Our driver-guide spotted game at every turn while driving in our open top Toyota Land Cruiser on Tanzania's infamous roads. In addition to wildlife sightings, we had fascinating encounters with a few of the 120 tribal groups, including a walkabout with the primitive Hadzabe hunter/gatherers as they sought game with bow and arrows. Seeing a snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro as we left was...
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Elephants of Mfuwe Lodge

Elephants of Mfuwe Lodge
Now is the season when the mango tree at Mfuwe Lodge is fruiting, and their large, grey, wrinkled guests start arriving. Watch these funny guests checking in for the annual stay and share the fun with your Facebook friends: From one generation to the another, mothers teach their offspring that there is a delicious big mango tree in the courtyard of the lodge, but they have to pass through the lobby to get there!  Watch the little ones negotiating the stairs...the fruit is just too tempting so they figure out how to negotiate the challenging footing.  During our South Luangwa Wild Walking Safari last May we woke up one morning at Mfuwe to a knock on our door and the jeep at our porch. "Mam, there are lions outside your door. If you want to go to breakfast now, please get in the vehicle and we will drive you to the...
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Answering The Call of the Wild and Comfort in Zambia

Answering The Call of the Wild and Comfort in Zambia
This week our Wild Zambia Safari was featured in the New York Times as one of "10 African Adventures Answering the Call of the Wild and Comfort."  Here's what the New York Times had to say:  "For travelers seeking a more active safari than most drive-focused itineraries, Wildland Adventures has introduced a 10-day Wild Zambia Safari that includes long hikes and passage by canoe as well as four-wheel drive safari vehicles in visits to South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks. Trips start at Victoria Falls and are largely divided between two remote but comfortable wilderness camps . Travelers will walk the five miles between them (with luggage shuttled forward), tracking buffalo, giraffe and elephant en route. The adventurous can add an optional night of camping under the stars in South Luangwa to the itinerary." Our Wild Zambia Safari is truly a one-of-a-kind adventure. Wildland founders, Kurt and Anne Kutay, scouted...
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