A small, three-foot high cement pyramid marks the bush border between Kenya and Tanzania. Here, it’s hard to see the difference between the two countries, but as you travel deeper into both, the varying landscapes are distinct. Kenya is higher in elevation and therefore much cooler (we wore down coats at night). Tanzania is dryer, with warmer temps and desert landscapes featuring rocky outcrops. Both feature rustic river camps and refined resorts with prominent vistas.
The advantage of staying at a tented river camp? Action. Packed. In Tanzania, the Singita’s Mara River Tented Camp is perfectly poised for crocodile viewing, hippos, and wildebeest river crossings.
Kenya’s Angama Mara, meaning place of miracles, suspends travelers in the clouds with panoramic views over the Maasai Mara and majestic sunrises that serve as your wake-up call.
Catch an unforgettable African dawn via a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara desert in Kenya. Spy lions mating from a birds-eye view. Post flight, a champagne toast and gourmet brekkie is served from the field.
There’s liveaboards, and then seeing the islands aboard the Integrity, which hosts a maximum of 16 guests. Ideal for adventurists, foodies, and wine lovers, a multigenerational trip buyout ensures island bliss. Bookend the Integrity with stays at Hacienda Zuleta and Mashpi Lodge—both National Geographic Unique Lodges of the world.
Highlights to the Integrity include:
– Minimize contact with other visitors while maximizing your Galapagos experience.
– Luxurious and intimate guest cabins.
– Handcrafted cuisine by professionally trained chefs, who source local ingredients.
– Hassle free and all-inclusive—entertainment for the kids and activities for adults, all in a safe, worry-free setting.
– Cally Pirrung
– Jill Taylor
Departing June 28, 2018
If there’s a queen of trending travel destinations, Iceland may take the crown. While tourism has skyrocketed, this once-in-a-lifetime, 9-night Linblad Expeditions National Geographic Explorer expedition cruise allows travelers to reach the remote coastal regions of Iceland not accessible by land. Discover a storied past and rare wildlife—#pureiceland.
– Explore Siglufjor—a quiet fishing village and home to the funky Herring Era Museum.
– While in Akureyri, travel to historic Godafoss and discover a waterfall of Iceland’s 12th-Century heathen gods.
– At Lake Myvatn, visit Jokulsa Canyon National Park, the Namaskard boiling sulfur pits, and volcanic formations at Asbyrgi Canyon.
– Traverse Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe, via a tricked out 4×4 vehicle, and redefine off-the-beaten path.
– On Flatey Island, find no vehicular traffic and traditional small wooden homes. A hilltop church features a library built in 1864.
– Grimsey Island lies exactly on the Arctic Circle.
– A bookend to the cruise, explore charming Reykjavik and discover its hip boutiques and hopping nightlife, or hit the famous Blue Lagoon.
The 148-guest National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship. A fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, it navigates polar passages while providing exceptional comfort. An Undersea Specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated video equipment—additional access to the underwater world.
Heimaey is an island home to 4,500 people, and 8 million puffins during summer! The island known for the 1973 eruption of the volcano Eldfell, which destroyed half the town. Locals curbed the destruction by cooling lava with seawater.
Michelle Gordon to customize your itinerary, accessed here.