Discovering Jordan with Nebo Tours

Published on May 27, 2015

Kiki Paris on her recent visit to Jordan Let’s address the elephant in the room. Is Jordan safe everyone wanted to know before I left and then seemed dubious when I assured them yes. Jordan is “Switzerland of the Middle East”. As…

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Born Free Lives on at Shaba National Reserve

Published on March 25, 2015

Seeing as the celebrated book, movie and television versions of Born Free were released almost 50 years ago, there’s a whole generation of people who don’t know the famous theme song – or the story behind it. But the legend lives on…

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Making the Most Out of Your Shamwari Safari -A First Timer’s Guide to a Drive Like No Other

Published on January 30, 2015

Our newest team member Jessie Bligh, recently returned from her first safari.  Here is her guide for a first timer. I was sitting shotgun in a Land Cruiser making its way along a bumpy dirt road in Jock Safari Lodge’s private concession…

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Indian Tigers Back from the Brink

Published on January 28, 2015

  After decades of dire reports on the future of the Indian tiger, the country’s Environmental Minister recently released a report saying the country’s wild tiger population has risen dramatically in recent years. Using more advanced technology than previous counts, researchers tallied…

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Clarence the Three Legged Lion

Published on January 21, 2015

If animals could speak what would they say? In the case of Clarence, the three-legged lion of Uganda, it would probably be something along the lines “rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” A fixture for many years at Murchison Falls…

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Karukinka: Paradise at the end of the World

Published on January 21, 2015

I recently sailed on the new Via Australis Wild Patagonia, a three-night roundtrip cruise from Punta Arenas to Tierra del Fuego. This area of the world continues to astound me with its grandeur and remoteness. Our new itinerary really does highlight the…

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Greenland Cuisine

Published on January 21, 2015

With candlelight, good wine and dreamy views across the water, Nipisa easily lulls you into thinking it’s a posh European restaurant. Only when you open the menu – laced with reindeer, musk ox and even seal – is it readily apparent that…

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Iceland’s Celebrated Bad Boy: Erik the Red

Published on January 12, 2015

If you think the Hells Angels attitude is a modern phenomenon, delve a little into the history of Iceland, where the sons of anarchy from a thousand years ago are now national heroes. Iceland was settled by the outcasts from mainstream Viking…

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Iceland for Dummies

Published on December 2, 2014

The Emerging Destinations team visited Iceland a few months back in preparation for Iceland ProCruises debut in June 2015.  While we couldn’t cruise on the Ocean Diamon, we did visit quite a few of our ports of call.   Jessie Bligh, put…

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Different Strokes: Icelandic Golf Is Quirky, Cold and Surprisingly Fine

Published on November 4, 2014

It’s a little past 12 o’clock on the longest day of the year when we finally tee off at a rambling course south of Reykjavik. Our threesome comprises of myself, a fellow from New York and a bloke from London, all of…

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Kathmandu’s 5 Best Restaurants

Published on November 4, 2014

We asked Pawan Tuladhar, the Managing Director of Dharma Adventures, to recommend his favorite eating spots in his hometown: 1. Swotha Café at Traditional Homes: Fine Nepali and continental delicacies in the beautifully restored Newari residence, conveniently located amidst the historic city…

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Into Africa with Ole Friede

Published on October 30, 2014

“We call it the world’s only living desert,” says Ole Friede as he pilots our Cessna Caravan over the red-rock Namib Desert. “Most of this region gets the equivalent of a spoonful of rain each year. From spiders and scorpions to elephant…

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What Can’t You Pronounce in Greenland?

Published on October 2, 2014

While Greenlandic, is not as difficult to speak as Icelandic, it does not flow off of the tongue easily. Below is our “Rosetta Stone” approach to the Iceland ProCruises’ports of call in Greenland. Our cruises set sail in the summer of 2015 with the first cruise to…

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Across the Himalayas – 4×4 Adventure Blog Post

Published on September 25, 2014

This is Ice Road Truckers in real life — driving the renowned Rohtang Pass over the crest of the Himalayas. Even in mid summer, snow blankets the treeless landscape, icicles dangle from rocky cliffs, and the temperature hovers below freezing as you…

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Dwyka Tented Lodge Reopens at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Published on September 25, 2014

  Sanbona Wildlife Reserve near Cape Town, part of the multi-award-winning Shamwari Group, has officially re-opened the new look Dwyka Tented Lodge in preparation for the summer season.  Over several months, construction crews have been busy rebuilding and renovating this iconic tented lodge, which now offers…

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Can’t pronounce anything in Iceland? We can’t either

Published on August 26, 2014

The North America Iceland ProCruises team  has had some trouble pronouncing our Icelandic ports and we figured if we need help, you might too! Icelandic, we found out, is one of the hardest languages to speak and can be traced back to…

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Iceland on the Rocks: To Björk … Or Not To Björk

Published on August 7, 2014

“If you could ferment a forest, this would be it” . . . “Tastes like a tree” . . . “Woodsy natural flavor.” . . . “Taste’s like bark” . . .  “A woodsy tea.”  Can you guess what drink is being described? Probably…

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Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka and Adventure Consults

Published on July 23, 2014

She has an infectious smile, a wicked sense of humor, and don’t even get her started talking about gorillas. That would be Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, who organizes intimate gorilla treks for Adventure Consults in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. She knows mountain gorillas like…

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Iceland Pro Cruises Webinar

Published on July 21, 2014

Introducing Iceland Pro Cruises from Travel Webinar Replays on Vimeo.

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Kiki’s Trip Report Cheli & Peacock

Published on July 20, 2014

CHELI & PEACOCK This family owned and managed, independent company specializes in custom creating bespoke, up-market safaris in Kenya and Tanzania based on your clients’interests. As one of Kenya’s leading DMCs, their goal is to create a romantic, adventurous, real safari experience…

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