A member of our Executive Management Team as Director of Operations, Rachael developed an excitement for travel to exotic places as a child on family vacations to Costa Rica and the ancient ruins in the jungles of Mexico. Fascinated by the interactions between plants and animals in tropical ecosystems, she studied biology and French at...

A member of our Executive Management Team as Director of Operations, Rachael developed an excitement for travel to exotic places as a child on family vacations to Costa Rica and the ancient ruins in the jungles of Mexico. Fascinated by the interactions between plants and animals in tropical ecosystems, she studied biology and French at university, spending a semester abroad in France. Rachael served for three years in the Peace Corps as an agro forestry volunteer in the Gambia, West Africa where she gained a love and understanding of African cultures and learned two local languages. Rachael led her own family on safari in Tanzania and had explored many countries in West Africa, Europe, Central America, as well as Mexico, Alaska, and Morocco before arriving at Wildland Adventures.

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Review from a 3rd Grader Part 1: My First Day on an Alaska Cruise - KAZAAM!

Alaska Family Cruises
By Cassie Garrett, 3rd Grade On my first day on the boat we went on a skiff tour. It was my first time on a skiff. A skiff tour is when you just drive around on a small motor boat, you don't get out. It was pretty cold though. I had to wear five layers on the top, four layers on the bottom. I also wore wool socks and rubber rain boots. We drov...
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Ever heard of the Katavi?

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Africa is considered by most people to be " off-the-beaten path,"  with its vast deserts and jungles, but just how far into it would you explore? Our favorite, most remote adventure in East Africa is definitely the Wild Western Tanzania Safari . You start out in the well-known Serengeti, home to the...
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Searching for whales and childhood dreams in Alaska

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Growing up I was the kid who could name all the different kinds of whales and knew which ones were toothed whales and which ones had baleen and what baleen actually was! So when a colleague asked me how far I'd go for adventure I knew the answer was a  trip to Alaska .  My trip to Alaska was a childhood dream fulfilled. Captain Alex ...
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The Best Part About Working At Wildland

The Best Part About Working At Wildland
Every quarter I get to do the coolest thing. I get to give money to really amazing organizations on behalf of Wildland clients. With almost all of our trips we include a line item that reads “Optional Contribution to Travelers’ Conservation Trust” and then lists a local organization that we believe in. And most of you do make that optional donation, allowing us to forward funds quarterly. Here are just a few of the checks that I’ve written this year:  $750 to the Dorobo Fund for Tanzania which will be used for the Ujamaa Community Resource Trust. They work with orphans and the complex struggle for land between the Maasai cattle and the wildlife that brings so many tourism dollars to Tanzania. $1450 to Conservacion Patagonica who is working to create a trans-frontier National Park in Patagonia. They are purchasing land, restoring it, and showing local communities how they can benefit from...
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Cultural encounters were the surprise of our Tanzania Safari

Cultural encounters were the surprise of our Tanzania Safari
When the Kaplan family traveled to Tanzania on our Serengeti Family Safari in June they knew that they were in for some great wildlife. What was unexpected was the people that they met and the cultures that they experienced along the way. "The entire trip was fabulous. The highlight was actually the cultural encounters that we had. I expected the animal part of the safari but our visit with the Bushman was beyond anything I could imagine and my kids loved playing soccer, volleyball, and frisbee with the locals. Our guide Dominic was unbelievable. He was incredibly knowledgeable but was also a truly amazing person. He kept everyone engaged and let things be spontaneous, making time to add to our itinerary where beneficial. We LOVED him! My favorite experience was hunting with the Bushman and learning about their culture. We also had a great interaction with some women in the Datoga...
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