Chris developed his love of Africa and native culture living in a rural Namibian village for two years while teaching in the U.S. Peace Corps. From the jungles of Uganda to the Kalahari desert, he has travelled to remote corners of the African continent on numerous private and self-guided safaris in eight countries. Among the most adventurous...

Chris developed his love of Africa and native culture living in a rural Namibian village for two years while teaching in the U.S. Peace Corps. From the jungles of Uganda to the Kalahari desert, he has travelled to remote corners of the African continent on numerous private and self-guided safaris in eight countries. Among the most adventurous trips he organized and led was for a group of high school students on a month-long journey through South Africa and Namibia. International travel, conservation and community development have shaped his life and formed the basis of his core values. Chris' enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge and experience to design transformational travel opportunities to Africa led him to Wildland Adventures. Outside of travel he enjoys climbing mountains, backcountry skiing and mountain biking throughout the Pacific Northwest. Chris is a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician and an active volunteer with the Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team.

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How to Choose a Family Safari

How to plan a family safari in Africa
​One size does not fit all when it comes to creating a custom family safari in Africa. We're all unique and what works for one family may not be the best fit for another. The key to crafting the perfect safari that engages every member of the family starts with finding out what your family is looking for. The adults are going to be responsible for ...
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Private Island in Zambia is a Romantic Hideaway

Private Island in Zambia is a Romantic Hideaway
The most romantic place to stay in Victoria Falls is not in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) at all! It is outside of Livingstone (Zambia) just across the Zambezi River. Sindabezi Island Lodge is your private island set in the middle of the Zambezi and only accessible by boat. Couples will definitely want to request the open-sided honeymoon chalet which s...
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This Safari is Making a Real Difference in Zimbabwe

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In 2019 we launched our inaugural Water for Hwange Conservation Safari in Zimbabwe with the dual aim of making a positive difference in a country we love and having an amazing experience while doing so. It turned out to be our most popular safari of the year and sold out in only a matter of weeks. This one-of-a-kind safari has it all: meaningful co...
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Uthando - South Africa

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​Wildland guests who travel to South Africa have generously contributed to Uthando (Love in the Xhosa language) over the years which supports community development projects in and around Cape Town. They work with a wide variety of projects like: urban farming, youth development, senior centers, early childhood development, sports, da...
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5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your African Safari (or any adventure)

5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your African Safari (or any adventure)
How do you get the most out of your African safari? After all, you've spent your hard-earned money and set aside your precious time to come all this way. I've spent countless hours on safari around all sorts of different guests and also seen hundreds of feedback forms from our own travelers. All this data has given me a real window into how you can...
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Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Uganda and Rwanda: Everything You Need to Know

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Close encounters with mountain gorillas in the wild are the most profound wildlife experiences that you can have in Africa. It's surreal to be close enough to feel them seeing you, even able to see the whorls of their fingerprints which are identical to our own! Uganda and Rwanda are the best places to see mountain gorillas in the wild with the bes...
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30 Ways To Have a Meaningful Cultural Interaction in Africa

30 Ways To Have a Meaningful Cultural Interaction in Africa
 Here are 30 of my favorite ways to have a meaningful cultural interaction and explore the many elements of African culture. Visiting traditional villages and tribes who still keep to traditional dress, customs and ways of life is an opportunity to reflect on what is common to people all over the world. But there are other ways to dive ev...
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Experience Namibia's endless landscapes, desert adapted wildlife, and intriguing cultures

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All of us need a place where we go to reset. For me, there is no better place in Africa than a trip to Namibia. After more than two weeks traveling through this wondrous country, I feel refreshed, renewed and fully and completely reset. With my perspective re-aligned, I know that I'll be returning home changed for the better.  There's no one t...
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Madagascar Here We Come!

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The time has come! You've been waiting and now I am super enthusiastic to announce that we are launching a new trip to the world's fourth largest island, Madagascar!This island is a continent apart from anywhere else I have been in Africa. Nearly all of the lemurs, chameleons, geckos, flowers, and trees are found only in this little corner of the w...
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Mobile Camping Safari in Botswana: 3 Reasons This Should Be Your Next Adventure In Africa

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A mobile camping safari in Botswana is a great fit for guests looking for a simple and affordable way to encounter the wildlife hotspots of Botswana. Our 12-day Wild Botswana Mobile Camping Safari travels through the wildlife heartland of Botswana – from Maun, through the Okavango Delta, the Linyanti and Chobe Reserves and finishing at Victoria Fal...
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Wildland's Conservation Fundraising Pays Off!!

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In 2018, we unveiled a new trip to Zimbabwe called Water For Hwange and kicked off a fundraising campaign through our Travelers Conservation Trust to support wildlife conservation and community development in and around Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Our goal was to raise $24,000 to replace two diesel water pumps in Hwange with solar-diesel hybr...
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Safari Travel Tips | How to Pack Light for a Long Trip

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One of the most frequent questions I get is how to pack for a safari. Many itineraries in Africa involve flights with strict baggage size and weight limitations due to space on small planes. Pay close attention to your trip itinerary and information to make sure that you are using the correct size and weight luggage. Often soft-...
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The Okavango Delta of Botswana

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The Okavango Delta is one of the natural wonders of the world and THE wildlife destination in Botswana! A safari in the Okavango Delta ranks among the top experiences for seasoned safari-goers.  The Delta region is formed seasonally when the rain-fed Okavango River flows out from the highlands of Angola and spills close to 3 cubic miles of wat...
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Water for Hwange Safari | Where Conservation Meets Adventure

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I recently returned from a month in Southern Africa including Zimbabwe (my favorite emerging destination in this region), and wanted to let you know about a new safari I've handcrafted to help make a difference in that part of the world. I've designed our new Water for Hwange Conservation Safari to not only be a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a...
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"We wanted our grandchildren to expand their worldview" | South Africa Safari Review

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The Reeds recently returned from our South Africa Family Safari and an Okavanga Delta and Victoria Falls extension, which they chose because they wanted their grandchildren to experience a different part of the world. They shared some great photos and their highlights with us below: We've traveled with W...
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Uganda Guest Review: Gorilla Trekking

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The Davi family recently returned from our Ultimate Uganda Gorilla Adventure - Enjoy their feedback and lovely photos: "We chose Wildand Adventures because we wanted someone who had local knowledge and connections and could organize everything for us. My daughter was in Uganda 2 weeks before us doing service ...
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Kenya Guest Review: "We saw an incredible array of animals."

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Natalie F. was referred to us by one of our alumni and I created a custom Kenya Safari for her and her family. Here are just a few of the photos she shared with us of the wildlife they saw. "Masai Mara was incredible! The Lodges and staff could not have been more accommodating and we saw an incredible array o...
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24 experiences (almost) anyone can have in Southern Africa

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There is so much to do in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana besides just looking for wildlife from your Land Rover! Here are 24 wild activities to inspire your next African adventure - how many of these would you do? 1. Get soaked by the spray of Victoria Falls at sunrise. Forget trying to take pictures when the Falls are thinner...
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A Cape Town Culinary Safari: Nibbling away in the Mother City

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My day on a Cape Town Foodie Tour was a day well spent discovering some of the culinary gems of this amazing city. Part history lesson, part cross-cultural encounter, part gastronomic extravaganza, this privately guided excursion used the vibrant food scene of the city as a vehicle for exploring both the very popular and hidden gems that Cape Town ...
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Gorilla Trekking with the Wildlife Conservation Society

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In January, Wildland Adventures partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) for a breathtaking and once-in-a-lifetime chance to view mountain gorillas in the wild, up-close and unencumbered. Our guests and their team of naturalist guides and native trackers bushwhacked through Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Rwanda's Volcanoes Na...
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3 Reasons Tanzania's the Greatest Safari Destination

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What images does the term "safari" conjure in your mind? Maybe it's a lioness stalking her prey amid an endless grassland under wide open skies. Maybe it's sipping a sundowner and watching a giraffe nibble on an acacia umbrella tree silhouetted against the horizon with the African sun slipping away. Maybe it's visiting a Maasai village to listen an...
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Tanzania Guest Review: Hunting with the Hadzabe

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​Jim and Donna recently embarked on a private departure of our Serengeti Wilderness Safari and returned with rave reviews and tons of great photos. They especially enjoyed their day with the Hadzabe hunters, a nomadic group of people who still live entirely off the land like their ancestors have for thousands of years. Here are some of their p...
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The National Parks of Northern Tanzania: The Serengeti

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 The Serengeti National Park really needs little introduction. The very name elicits echoes of the Lion King's "Circle of Life" soundtrack, yet this place is so much better than any mere movie. I recently spent over a week just in this park alone and it still wasn't enough. From the endless horizon-to-horizon plains, the bonanza of w...
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Guest Review: "Zambia was, as you told me, absolutely amazing!"

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​I had a great time planning a custom safari trip to Zambia for Erica and her neice and I was happy to hear they loved the activities, wildlife, and their accomodations. Below are some great pictures from their trip too! "Thanks Chris and Wildland! Both my niece and I really had a great time. I KNOW she learned a lot. She loved hearing the hip...
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The National Parks of Northern Tanzania: Tarangire National Park

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I most recently visited Tarangire National Park this past June and was amazed by the wealth and density of wildlife within it's borders. Located in northern Tanzania, Tarangire National Park is 1,100 square miles - about the size of Rhode Island. It's conveniently located just south of Arusha, the main gateway into the heart of ...
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Visas in hand, I'm Africa bound!

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This June I'm heading to East Africa and visiting our camps and lodges in Tanzania and Kenya, scouting new adventure opportunities, re-connecting with our local guides, and re-discovering firsthand why this is the premier safari destination in Africa! I'm really excited to be going back to some of the destinations that initially sparked my lov...
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A Graduate's Dream Adventure to Cape Town, Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls

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Last December, Hunter came to Wildland Adventures with an idea for creating a special graduation adventure for his grandson, Evan. Knowing the power and value of travel, Hunter had offered Evan an excursion to anywhere in the world as a gift for graduating from high school with distinction; Evan, wisely, chose Southern Africa! A seasoned safar...
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3 Great Opportunities for Travel to Africa in 2017-18

3 Great Opportunities for Travel to Africa in 2017-18
​2017 is shaping up to be a wild year for travel to Africa! From our Private Kenya Family Safari to our Ultimate Namibia Safari and nearly everywhere in between, I'm seeing great interest in the continent from first-time and repeat travelers alike. Below are three opportunities to consider right now so you don't miss out on your safari in Africa. ​...
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Highlands Lodge - Best New Hotel of 2017

Highlands Lodge - Best New Hotel of 2017
​A big congratulations to Highlands Lodge in Tanzania for their inclusion in Travel + Leisure's 'It List' featuring the best new hotels of 2017. Open since April of 2016, the Highlands has quickly become our favorite luxury accommodation on the Ngorongoro Crater Rim. Here's why: Location: The Highlands uses the relatively untraveled Northern access...
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"Africa is life or death, and my god it's gripping!"

"Africa is life or death, and my god it's gripping!"
​Seasoned travelers Ellen and Barry, were looking for an authentic adventure in Africa and turned to Wildland for our expertise in planning their South Africa and Botswana itinerary. Here are some highlights in their own words and pictures: Day 3 – Cape Town: We were scheduled to cook alongside a woman in her home in the colorful Malay section...
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A very special holiday gift in Zimbabwe

A very special holiday gift in Zimbabwe
In July, Wildland Alums Frank and Karen took their multi-generational family of 7 on our Botswana Mobile Camping Safari and then extended their time by visiting Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Just outside of Hwange we arranged for them to visit the Ngamo village we have partnered with to learn about tribal communities and rural life in Zimbabwe....
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Uganda Conservation Efforts Payoff with Mountain Gorilla Baby Boom!

Uganda Conservation Efforts Payoff with Mountain Gorilla Baby Boom!
For the third time in as many months, a new baby mountain gorilla has been born in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park! On November 11th 2016, Businza (an adult female in the Rushegura mountain gorilla family) gave birth to a new baby, her second in two years. She gave birth in the morning and was seen by a Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA)&...
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Your Serengeti Safari and The Great Migration: A month-by-month guide

Your Serengeti Safari and The Great Migration: A month-by-month guide
The Serengeti: no other place on Earth is more synonymous with an African safari. The name alone conjures up images of vast plains teeming with exotic wildlife. The Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania is home to one of the most spectacular mammal migrations on Earth. This park is over 5,700 square miles (about the size of Connecticut) with the great Serengeti Ecosystem about twice that size. Each year, an astounding 1.5 million blue wildebeests and more than 200,000 zebra trace a clockwise migration loop through the greater Serengeti ecosystem in search of better grazing and water sources. If all of these wildebeest and zebra were to each run in front of your Land Rover at 1 per second, it would take almost 3 weeks for all of them to cross the road! Over the course of the full migratory loop, the animals can cover up to 1,800 miles – that’s...
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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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Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls, Hwange and Mana Pools - Guest Review

Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls, Hwange and Mana Pools - Guest Review
Rich and Cathy Decker almost didn’t make it out of the United States thanks to a Delta Airlines computer crash that grounded 2,000 flights the night before their departure to Africa. Early morning emails by Rachael, our VP of Operations and some re-juggled logistics had the Deckers back on track and seamlessly connecting to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls. According to Rich, “Rachael and Chris were terrific! I was so impressed that Rachael was giving attention to this at 6am. Wildland helped to fix the flight mess and the rest of our vacation was fantastic.” Rich and Cathy started their time in Victoria Falls with a tour of the falls as well as a visit to a local village. “I found the village visit to be especially educational and moving. We spent an hour and a half with a mother and her three kids seeing where they cook, eat and sleep. I...
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Botswana and Zambia Safari

Botswana and Zambia Safari
Wild couple, Bill and Gregory just returned from their 10-day Wildland safari in Botswana and Zambia and according to Bill, "We had a heck of a time and the fact that you pulled off all of the logistics is astounding. The places we stayed were absolutely awesome and the people amazing. Wildland did a really good job." Both guests had previously traveled with Wildland to Peru and were able to apply their Wildland Alumni Loyalty discount to this trip to see the Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls and safari. They rated their guides as "darn good"  particularly their "guide Russ at Pelo was absolutely awesome; Jacob in the Lower Zambezi was very good and the same for John and Prince at the Luwi and Nsolo bush camps in South Luangwa." These travelers ate well along the way too, "all the meals were very good, with the outstanding food at Chundukwa a particular standout" Clearly, the...
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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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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 GuidesAll 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 SafarisIn general, East Africa offers more opportunities and greater value for African family safaris. Most camps and lodges accept young children, travel involves...
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Where to go on Safari in Africa Part 2: Southern Africa: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Where to go on Safari in Africa Part 2: Southern Africa:
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Southern Africa spans a diverse range of topography with a wide variety of habitats, from grassy savannahs and bushy woodlands, to the thundering waters of the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls, the sweeping dunes and clear night skies of the Namib desert, and the idyllic beaches of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Game viewing very much depends on season, water and food availability. The best time for safaris in Africa is generally May through October, although off-season safaris in the rainy season can yield some great game viewing. Weather in Cape Town is best from December to March, their summer months. The safari experience in Southern Africa is characterized by smaller camps and lodges on private concessions (instead of national parks), creating a more exclusive and personalized safari experience, generally with a more wilderness feel and at a higher cost. Walking safaris originated in Southern Africa more than a century ago...
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Dispatch from the African Bush: Zimbabwe

Dispatch from the African Bush: Zimbabwe
Greetings from the deep bush of Africa! My first week back in Africa has been a whirlwind tour through Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. I've visited lodges, seen an incredible amount of wildlife and met so many friendly and welcoming people. In the past five days I've scouted 13 different lodges and camps to help discover some new and authentic places for our travelers to stay and visit in Zimbabwe. Seeing all the properties we choose for our trips and meeting the people behind them has helped me understand why our safaris in Africa are award-winning.  My highlights have been close encounters with elephants drinking out of the swimming pool at Nehimba, stalking Cape Buffalo at Camelthorn, close viewing of a pair of cheetah before boarding the elephant express out of the park for my Zambia safari.    I'm currently ensconced at Chundukwa Lodge and being very well taken care of by the owners Gail and Doug. My...
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Where to go on Safari in Africa Part 1: East Africa

Where to go on Safari in Africa Part 1: East Africa
Africa is HUGE! How huge? You could stuff the USA, Mexico, Peru, China, and India inside its borders and still have room for Japan, New Zealand, Nepal, Bangladesh and ALL of Europe with room to spare!! The continent is vast and varied, to say the least. Deciding where to go in Africa is your first decision when planning your safari. Each destination offers an experience that is unique and awe-inspiring; whether you travel to Eastern Africa or Southern Africa the wildlife will astound you. On a Wildland Adventures African safari, your most memorable and meaningful experiences will be among the people you meet, our exceptional guides and the indigenous people. Africa Program Director, Chris Moriarty, has spent years exploring the continent and can help you decide what will be best for you. This blog begins my three-part series on where to go on safari in Africa and for this one let's...
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Marveling at gorgeous animals and amazing scenery every day in Tanzania

Marveling at gorgeous animals and amazing scenery every day in Tanzania
Bob, Carol, Michael and Leslie chose Wildland Adventures to plan their custom Tanzania safari last November. Highlights of the trip included both Tarangire National Park and the Serengeti. It also included the less-visited but equally impressive Ruaha and Selous game reserves in southern Tanzania. “I couldn't have been more prepared…You were willing to have extended discussions about details of camera equipment, what to take, descriptions of accommodations, etc.” All the camera preparation paid off with these up-close images that Michael was able to capture. “We loved Tarangire in part because it was first, also due to excellent guiding by Kevin. He is a gem! We saw a cheetah and a leopard kill first day! His knowledge on birds and animals is outstanding. The Serengeti is simply fabulous for what it is! We saw dozens and dozens of animals, with great guide location and access, patience and humor.” “A once in a...
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Why Traveling to South Africa and Namibia in 2016 is a Great Deal

Why Traveling to South Africa and Namibia in 2016 is a Great Deal
There has not been a better time to plan your adventures in Namibia or safaris in South Africa. Recent currency fluctuations have resulted in the South African rand and the Namibian dollar (which is pegged to the rand) holding a highly favorable exchange rate against the dollar and euro. This means that your money goes much further in this region than at any point in the last 5 years! As of January 2016, $1 now purchases R16.50; more than twice as much as in 2013 when $1 purchased R8.50. Domestic prices in South Africa and Namibia have not yet had time to adjust to the economic situation meaning that inflation has been kept in check (meaning cheap prices on safaris). “South Africa's depreciating currency has so far had little impact on inflation” [Reuters, Dec 14, 2015]                                ...
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Eight Diamond in the Rough Destinations for 2016

Eight Diamond in the Rough Destinations for 2016
In celebration of Wildland Adventures 30th (diamond!) anniversary we’ve selected 8 of our hidden, and occasionally overlooked, gems. Some of these are trips that go further, to more remote areas or require a bit more of an adventurous spirit to get to. Others are ones that experienced travelers seek out and relish for their unique opportunity to see a long-established destination in a very different light. Still others are oft-overlooked destinations that really shouldn’t be. Below, we highlight misconceptions that might put some travelers off and what really makes the trip or destination really sparkle and shine. 8) Ethiopia: Land of Legends Ethiopia is steeped in history and a crossroads of Africa and the Middle-East. This is an adventure traveler’s dream trip. The island monasteries of Bahir Dar, stone churches of Lallibella, the African Castles of Gondar, the Simien Mountains, Axum (the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant and...
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Wildland Alumni in Botswana and Zimbabwe

Wildland Alumni in Botswana and Zimbabwe
Patti and John Gerber are no strangers to travel with Wildland Adventures having travelled with us in Peru and Patagonia. However, they wanted to travel a bit further afield this time around and chose our Okavango and Zimbabwe safari. Patti and John also added our 4-day Rwanda Gorilla Tracking Extension. Below are highlights from their trip review: "All of the places that we stayed were excellent, although Pelo was my favorite." What places or experiences did you enjoy most and why? "Loved the entire trip. Each country had different things to offer. We had excellent guides on all legs of the trip. Probably my favorite was Rwanda. Not only did you have the amazing hike to the gorillas, the gorillas themselves, but also the people of Rwanda the stunning countryside." Our frequent travellers know that here at Wildland Adventures, we love working to create your trip of a lifetime...or two...or three...or more! "This was our...
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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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