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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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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