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Phinisi Fantasies

Silolona Sojourns’ sailing expeditions through Indonesia uncover a wondrous world of whale hunters, dragons, and volcanoes.  I am standing on the edge of Batu Tara, an isolated volcano that rises straight out of the Flores Sea in Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands, when I feel the first rumble. “Scott!” a voice cries out behind me. “Get […]

Essential Safari Guide: Altruistic Adventures

Most African safari lodges and outfitters are deeply involved with conservation and community programs, and they often incorporate volunteer opportunities or charitable donations into their guests’ journeys. This not only allows travelers to contribute to local efforts—everything from restoring wildlife habitats to building schools in remote villages—but also affords them inside access to extraordinary experiences. […]

Essential Safari Guide: Safari Spotlight

KER & DOWNEY The Texas-based outfitter Ker & Downey has been crafting safaris for more than 40 years, and its specialists have a particularly keen ability to uncover private, unheard-of experiences that reveal the true spirit of a destination. More standard perks for clients include room upgrades and complimentary spa services. Ultimate Africa: Primate Tour […]

Essential Safari Guide

At its core, the African safari is a simple undertaking that requires little more than a good guide, a sturdy vehicle, and the built-in entertainment of a wildlife-filled forest or savanna. Too often, however, the process of planning a safari is unnecessarily complicated by the dizzying array of companies claiming to offer the best and […]

Best of the Best 2007: Resorts: Grumeti Reserves, Sasakwa Lodge

Grumeti Reserves, Sasakwa Lodge Tracking big cats on the hunt is a highlight of almost any African safari. With cheetahs—which can accelerate to a top speed of 70 mph and chase their prey for more than three miles—the act unfolds most dramatically during the winter-month migration on Tanzania’s Serengeti Plain. At Grumeti Reserves, a private […]

Feature: Eye on the Tiger

An auspicious headline ran on the front page of the Times of India on my first morning in the country. Three new Bengal tiger cubs had been spotted in Ranthambhore National Park, bringing the total number of tigers in the reserve to 36. The discovery was welcome news considering that the park’s tiger population had […]

Eye on the Tiger: Staying on Safari

India is difficult to negotiate, and travel between destinations can be arduous and time-consuming. It is therefore wise to plan your trip through a well-established tour company such as Micato Safaris (800.642.2861, http://www.micato.com), which can provide suitable transportation and guides to ensure a smooth journey. Micato can arrange stays and safaris at each of these […]

Journeys: Reef Reconnaissance: Diving into the Maldives

Most of the upscale resorts in the Maldives are on private islands. The government restricts visitation to the country’s inhabited areas, so contact with the local culture is limited. Because you will spend most of your time on a private island or on the water, choosing the right resort is essential.   ONE&ONLY REETHI RAH Opened […]

Journeys: Reef Reconnaissance

I should have bought a new mask before coming to the Maldives. A month ago, while I was on a trip to Belize, a bottle of habanero sauce broke in my suitcase and soaked into my mask, and now it is burning my face. To make matters worse, I am being tested on my diving […]

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