Where the Wild Things Are — Elsa’s Kopje

Published on October 23, 2017

Renowned as the place where George and Joy Adamson raised Else the Lioness and her family, Elsa’s Kopje in Meru National Park is one of the coolest lodges in all of Kenya. Set amid the boulders of a huge kopje (rock outcrop),…

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Loisaba’s Romantic Star Beds

Published on October 23, 2017

Elewana is always trying to raise the bar on African romance. And it’s not only travelers who notice. Travel & Style magazine recently tabbed Loisaba Star Beds one of “12 Most Romantic Star Beds in Africa.” Part of the Elewana Collection, Loisaba’s…

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Elewana and Wetu — A Beautiful Friendship

Published on October 23, 2017

Did you know that you can find a lot of information about Elewana lodges and camps on Wetu? For those who don’t know, Wetu is cloud-based content management and distribution system for the travel trade. ​Even if you don’t sign up for…

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On your bike, mate! Cycling safaris in Uganda

Published on October 22, 2017

Adventure Consults realizes that most (if not all) travelers don’t enjoy spending lots of time in motor vehicles or motorized boats. As a result, we’ve decided to introduce cycling safaris as a way to complement the safari experience for those traveling with…

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Life is a Beach — Even in Africa

Published on October 21, 2017

Before, after or even instead of a safari, Cheli & Peacock can also organize the most amazing sun-kissed beach holidays along the Kenya coast and the fabled island of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania. For those who just want to relax,…

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EcoTraining + Good Work = Community Conservation

Published on October 20, 2017

Expecting the youth of today to be custodians of our natural heritage tomorrow entails connecting them with nature and showing how much there is to protect and love. This was the thinking behind a recent Safari Guide Training program for community members…

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EcoTraining Aces the Academic Test

Published on October 20, 2017

The results are in! We’re happy to report that the majority of EcoTraining graduates view themselves as competent, confident guides who practice positive environmental practices and can profoundly affect the visitors they guide. In other words, our graduates not only talk the…

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Reserva Cerro Paine Carries on the Heritage of the Old Estancia

Published on October 18, 2017

Just about everyone who visits Hotel Las Torres knows the rustic, family-run lodge is inside Torres del Paine National Park. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that the hotel is also part of the Estancia Cerro Paine, a historic…

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Smarter than your average gorilla?

Published on October 17, 2017

Koko the gorilla learned to communicate with humans by learning more than a thousand modified ASL hand signs. Kanzi the bonobo interacts with people via a portable keyboard with lexigrams. But now comes word out of the Congo that apes may be…

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AMA Helps Torres del Paine Preserve its Natural Treasures

Published on October 17, 2017

Established in 2004, AMA (Agrupación Medio Ambiental) is a nonprofit organization motivated by researching and enacting sustainable tourism practices in Torres del Paine National Park. Hotel Las Torres donates a portion of each reservation to AMA, which is also funded by donations…

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Giraffes cross the River Nile

Published on October 13, 2017

No question, they are the tallest animals on earth. Yet we still know so little about the giraffe! The Rothschild giraffe, in particular, is facing an almost silent extinction. According to Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), around 1,250 Rothschild giraffes are protected within…

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Our Newest Video Star: El Chileno

Published on October 12, 2017

Fantastico Sur has produced a new video on Refugio El Chileno, part of a series that outlines the facilities at their mountain camps in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. Located along the famous “W” hiking trail, El Chileno is the ideal…

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Walking Reykjavik (Part 3) — Green Reykjavik

Published on October 1, 2017

The Vikings really should have switched the names of the two giant islands they settled in the North Atlantic. Iceland is surprisingly green . . . and Greenland boasts more ice than any other island on the planet. Before or after your…

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New Northern Lights & Whales Route

Published on October 1, 2017

IcelandPro Cruises  is introducing a brand new “Northern Lights & Whales” itinerary for the 2018 season. Instead of exploring Iceland’s west and south coasts, the new route will concentrate on the west and north shores. “Northern Lights & Whales” is a combo…

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Not Too Late for Early Bird Rates

Published on September 30, 2017

Iceland is selling out. No joke! The big North Atlantic island was more popular than ever this summer, as lovers of nature, history and outdoor adventure flocked to the rock that Vikings settled more than a thousand years ago. Beat the rush…

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Close Encounters of the Expert Kind

Published on September 29, 2017

For travelers who want to learn more about the places they visit, SeaTrek Bali Sailing Adventures in Indonesia offers special Expert Led cruises that let passengers delve deeper into local disciplines like culture, history, literature, cuisine, natural history, botany and zoology. Among…

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Trip Report: Ultimate Uganda & Rwanda (Part Two)

Published on September 10, 2017

I ( Jessie) recently joined Adventure Consults for an “Ultimate Uganda & Rwanda” safari in East Africa. This is the second installment of my trip report — on the places I stayed in and around Kibale National Park, renowned for its chimp…

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Fantastico Sur kicks off another trekking season

Published on September 9, 2017

As the snow melts and trails start to dry out, Torres del Paine turns its attention to another spring and summer of serious trekking. Fantastico Sur, the renowned trekking outfitter based at the national park, kicked off the new season in September…

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“Africa Dreaming” with EcoTraining Guides & Guardians

Published on September 8, 2017

Australian marine biologist Brinkley Davies recently swapped the deep blue sea for the dusty roads and verdant flood plains of the South African bush  with a week-long EcoTraining adventure in the Makuleke Concession. Davies wrote about her experience in an article called…

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19 Gorillas Named at “Kwita Izina”

Published on September 8, 2017

  Given that apes are our closest genetic relatives, gorillas in Rwanda are also given names at birth! Not by their own mothers, of course, but by their human cousins. The initiative was started in 2005 through Rwanda Development Board and the…

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