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Safari in Kenya - End of the World

Safari in Kenya - End of the World
We asked Rachael Garrett, director of operations for Wildland Adventure where she would go if it was the end of the world. Normal 0 false false false EN-CA JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-CA;} Kenya Family Safari For some reason my 5 year old daughter is suddenly fascinated with safaris in Africa. She frequently asks me what people in Africa are doing right now, what their houses look like, what people in Africa eat. With Africa being such a huge and varied continent it’s an extremely complicated question to answer! If I could take her to one place in the world before it ended it would be to visit Maasai Simba Camp in Chyulu Hills, near Amboseli National park in Kenya. This is a camp founded by the Maasai...
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Guest — Nicole Russo
I chose Antarctica in the survey, because I would then die having seen all seven continents. In truth, if it were truly the end o... Read More
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 09:28

Enjoy Your Room With More Than A View

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We just received a review from a guest recently returning from their custom Wildland Adventure in Patagonia. They couldn't get into the luxury Eolo Lodge by the time they planned their trip so we set them up at the all-inclusive Alta Vista, another one of our favorites near the Moreno Glacier in Argentina. She made the observation that they wish they had more time to enjoy Alta Vista..."it's expensive and it's beautiful, we wanted to experience it more." Hosteria Alta Vista is a small, authentic home and working estancia between Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park for your Patagonia vacation. This seven-room hosteriía was built by Yugoslav pioneers in 1920 as part of Estancia Anita, the area's largest working sheep farm. Its secluded setting in the Patagonian steppe is only 22 miles from El Calafate and a short drive to the spectacular Moreno Glacier. Like many of the estancias and boutique Argentine hosterias...
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Guest — Jonathan Burnham
Staying a boutique accommodation in Patagonia would be such a great way to get the full experience from the region. I can't wait t... Read More
Monday, 03 December 2012 02:35

Call Me "Abu Tarek"

Call Me "Abu Tarek"
I love to adopt local customs wherever I travel, so at my presentation in Jordan on ecotourism before an audience of local travel professionals including the Minister of Tourism, I introduced myself not as Kurt Kutay, President of Wildland Adventures, but rather as "Abu Tarek", or the father of Tarek; it is customary among Jordanians to refer to yourself by the name of your first born son (or daughter if you don't have a son). So, I kept it up everywhere I traveled throughout Jordan including our Bedouin Trek to Petra and it was a great icebreaker as a visitor here. Everyone was surprised that our son has an Arabic name because of my Turkish heritage. (And he looks Arabic as seen in this picture with Anne.) As soon as I used Tarek's name instead of my own for introductions, they would smile and do the same, always gushing with pride for their first born son whether...
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Beyond the Inca Trail: Optional Hikes at Machu Picchu

Beyond the Inca Trail: Optional Hikes at Machu Picchu
So you want to hike along Inca trails to Machu Picchu, but even the 1-day Inca Trail Trek seems a little too daunting or time consuming? Consider one of two optional hikes that you can do right at Machu Picchu; either Cerro Machu Picchu (Machu Picchu Mountain) or Wayna Picchu (also spelled Huayna Picchu). Cerro Machu Picchu is great for families with younger children and both hikes are perfect for travelers who don't want to devote a full day to hiking; these Machu Picchu hikes still give you the thrill of an Andes trekking adventure to Incan ruins but can be done in less than half a day. Permits are required in advance for both of these options, so you can’t just wait till the day-of to decide. I've done both hikes and as Wildland's Peru Program Director, I'm happy to discuss the greater and lesser pros (we don’t believe in...
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Guest — Jonathan Burnham
Dang it Kirtsten! Now I am going to start dreaming about hiking Macchu Picchu all the time. I hope your escorted trek to Machu Pic... Read More
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 02:41

My Gorilla Trekking Dream

My Gorilla Trekking Dream
     As Wildland Adventures Marketing Manager one of the hardest parts of my job is reading amazing itineraries, listening to guests and staff share trip memories and looking at extraordinary photos from far off destinations all day. I know what you're thinking "Tuff life dude," but let me explain. After a long day at work all I ever do is dream about work every night, I think that should count as overtime if you ask me!One adventure that frequently appears in my dreams is our Ultimate Uganda Gorilla Adventure. As a photographer, wildlife junkie and adventurer I think gorilla trekking in Uganda would be a true life changing experience. It has all the ingredients for an epic adventure: an exotic destination off the beaten path, unbelievable wildlife experiences and plenty of diverse landscapes. Even the accommodations on this trip blow my mind, a mixture of 5 different lodges, camps and hotels that...
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Sunday, 20 January 2013 15:38
Guest — Jonathan Burnham
I would love to not only go with Jeff, but to have him as my guide would be an epic adventure.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 06:06
Guest — Tad
Those sound like sweet dreams! Trekking with gorillas is amazing and in many ways, life changing. You should join Jeff on his next... Read More
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 04:18

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