The focus of this weeklong car camping adventure is the Mojave Desert. We stay the entire week at a private oasis along the Amargosa River near delicious hot springs, just outside Death Valley National Park. Here Willow Creek bubbles to the surface, attracting a plethora of wildlife. The old T and T railroad (the beds battered by desert floods and home now only to coyotes and rattlesnakes) used to run through here. We head north into Death Valley and surrounding wild lands on day trips. Here the names say it all – Badwater, Dante’s View and the Devil’s Palette. These areas contain some of the most fantastic scenery this side of Mars. Dramatic sunsets, eerie tree yucca forests, sand dunes, rugged mountains, volcanic craters, desert tortoises, chuckwallas, coyotes, golden eagles, and abundant desert wildflowers are all found here. Exploring on foot and by car we travel the backcountry of this still Wild West.
Dates: March 25 to 31 and April 1- 7, 2017
Cost : $525 per person
Tanzania, not Kenya, has the best wildlife show left on the planet, and we will be there at the peak of 1 million animals giving birth in a 3-week period! This in addition to giraffes, elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, gazelles, oryx, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs, dikdiks, and zebras. And the birds! Flamingos, storks, pelicans, white-crowned shrikes, eagles, bee-eaters, ostriches, rollers, and so many more. Comfortable private tent camping combined with cozy lodges make this the perfect trip. Resident Tanzanian naturalists accompany us throughout our visits to Arusha National Park, the Serengeti Plain, Tarangire National Park, Olduvai Gorge and the Ngorongoro Crater. I have been leading trips to the Serengeti every February since 1992, and it remains my all-time favorite natural history experience. This is the trip of a lifetime; you owe it to yourself. If not now, when? And no, it’s not too hot, and yes, the food is delicious!
COST: $9650 land cost. Non-refundable deposit, $500
DATE: January 28 – February 12, 2018
DATE: February 12 – February 27, 2018
11/03/2016 - 11/19/2016
Micronesia’s thousands of high volcanic and low sand and coral islands are interspersed with low-lying atolls and coral reefs encircling still blue lagoons. Just north of the equator, this is the remote unspoiled Pacific, with palm-thatched huts, outrigger canoes and coconut trees. Palau is one of the best snorkeling sites on the planet, harboring more species of marine life than any similar-sized area in the world. It is also renowned for Jellyfish Lake, where visitors can swim with million of golden stingless jellyfish in a landlocked marine lake. On the island of Peleliu, remnants of World War II-era tanks and bunkers are reminders of the most deadly battles in the Pacific theater. A visit to Yap takes us to the most traditional corner of Micronesia, where Yapese still practice a traditional lifestyle. Yap is also known as the best place for seeing manta rays on a consistent basis, recognized by the recent establishment of the Yap Manta Marine Sanctuary.
COST: To be determined. Refundable deposit, $500
DATE: November 2018
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