Three Firsts Aboard the Ocean Diamond

Published on September 2, 2015

Day 7 begins in the wee hours with my first ever NORTHERN LIGHTS! I had put my name on a wake-up call list, no matter the time, in case of an appearance. Wow! Spectacular! Amazing! I could go on although those aren’t…

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Elusive Ilulissat

Published on August 30, 2015

Day 4 finds us first thing in the morning sailing to the Eqip Glacier, in which neither the “q” nor the “p” are pronounced so I am truly perplexed and have no idea how to say it correctly. At breakfast many passengers…

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Exploring Western Greenland with Iceland ProCruises

Published on August 29, 2015

I’m positively giddy at the realization that I get to unpack and stay in one place for 12 days – that rarely happens in the travel business! My spacious cabin has a double bed, sitting chair, desk and chair, plenty of closet…

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Chimp Research in Kibale Forest National Park.

Published on August 28, 2015

Essentially we replace the regular one-hour chimp trek at the park, this bespoke adventure offers a longer and much more in-depth glimpse of the primates. Adventure Consults guests join a habituation and research team early in the morning to observe the chimps as…

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Lion Research and Conservation – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Published on August 28, 2015

Grab some coffee, hop into one of Adventure Consults vehicles at the crack of dawn and hit the road in search of lions. Your guides on this bespoke adventure are members of a local predator research team that’s been doing research into the…

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The Ultimate Wild Gorilla

Published on August 28, 2015

More than a year in the making, Premier Safaris recently launched this exclusive up close and personal glimpse into the life of a single wild gorilla family in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  It took roughly 12 months of gradual encounters with guides…

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Dr Gladys “Intimate Gorilla Trek”

Published on August 28, 2015

Adventure Consults has joined forces with legendary Ugandan conservationist Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka to create a gorilla trekkingexperience that provides unique insights into the animals, their health and other issues that impact on their survival. This new approach to the traditional gorilla safari is…

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Guau! Magnifico! Fabuloso! Hermosa! Delfin Amazon Cruises

Published on August 18, 2015

My sentiments after sailing with our newest client, Delfin Amazon Cruises in the Peruvian Amazon. After flying from Lima to Iquitos, I was met by my Delfin guide, Renny, who escorted me to the Delfin I. Normally the embarkation point is an…

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Elewana Takes to the Kenyan Skies

Published on August 3, 2015

After a high successful debut in northern Tanzania, Elewana is launching “SkySafari” in Kenya on a triangular itinerary that includes Masai Mara, Meru and Amboseli, with the possibility of extensions to the Kenyan Coast and/or Zanzibar. The SkySafari experience is a throwback…

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Enigmatic Ethiopia

Published on July 29, 2015

Ethiopia is one of those countries that you’ve heard about but know little of its history and peoples. Most will vaguely remember the famine of 1983 and then Ethiopia seems to have dropped off the radar to all but intrepid travelers. Much…

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Delfin Tales

Published on July 29, 2015

My husband, Chris and I had the opportunity to sail on the Delfin II last month in the Peruvian Amazon. It was a far different journey from the one we did in the Ecuadorian Amazon more than two decades ago when we…

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Landing at Cape Horn

Published on July 5, 2015

  On a calm day, when the weather and the sea fully cooperate, landing at Cape Horn seems like a piece of cake. But in reality, putting people ashore at South America’s southernmost point is harder than it looks to the untrained…

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Hope Endures at Shamwari

Published on July 5, 2015

Hope the Rhino continues here miraculous recovery at Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa. In case you haven’t heard her tale, poachers ambushed Hope in early June at Lombardini Game Farm. They darted her before severing the horn, but the vicious attack…

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Ethiopia and Lord of the Rings

Published on July 5, 2015

Was Ethiopia the inspiration for Middle-earth in the Lord of the Rings trilogy? That’s what a several writers and LOTR bloggers seem to think. Their theory is based on the fact that so many of the place names on the classic fantasy…

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Out of Atlanta . . . and Into Africa By Samantha Behrend

Published on July 2, 2015

People often talk about reaching a crossroads in life, events that alter what they think about the world or their own future. For me, that crossroads was the three months that I just spent participating in the Shamwari Conservation Experience in South…

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Ethiopia – First impressions

Published on July 2, 2015

As you may know, we started working with Jacaranda Tours in Ethiopia last month. On the way back from Indaba, Kiki, Paris and myself had an opportunity to visit one of our newest clients, Jacaranda Tours, and their awesome East African country….

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Shamwari Group News & 2016 Rates

Published on May 27, 2015

An Update from Joe Cloete, GM We are pleased to share our 2016 rate adjustments with you, which have involved an in-depth analysis of historical and current world trends and exchange rates, and need to be analyzed along with the considerable investment…

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An Elewana Update

Published on May 27, 2015

The merger between Cheli & Peacock properties and the Elewana Collection marks the beginning of two like-minded groups; a merger that presents a host of opportunities through a unique safari and beach property portfolio offering spread across Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar. The…

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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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