Imagine discussing wildlife conservation issues with world-renowned experts in African game reserves, joining the world’s top Egyptologists for special access to the treasures of the Pharaohs, or watching an eclipse in an impossibly remote corner of the world with top astronomers—these are just a few of the unique experiences offered by Wilderness Travel Special Events, our annual symposiums with guest experts in combination with specially themed journeys. It’s a unique way of getting an expert’s view, and you can only find it with Wilderness Travel. Past guests have included Jane Goodall, Sir Edmund Hillary, Mary Leakey, wildlife biologist George Schaller, mountaineers Reinhold Messner and Conrad Anker, and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl. See what we’ve got coming up this year!
February 21-March 2, 2014Add to Compare Trips
With Master Photographer Frans Lanting aboard the Deluxe 32-Guest Yacht Evolution
Experience and photograph the storied Galápagos Islands with one of the world’s leading wildlife photographers! We invite you to join Master Photographer Frans Lanting for an exceptional Galápagos adventure featuring an in-depth Photo Workshop. The Galápagos—where the wildlife has no fear of humans—is a dream destination for photographers, and with Frans and our expert naturalist guides at our side, we have extraordinary up-close photo encounters with the island’s fascinating wildlife, from seagoing iguanas and flightless cormorants to giant tortoises. With just 20 participants, this is an incredible opportunity to learn from a master, and there is also space for 10 non-photographer companions to enjoy this amazing natural history voyage. Join us for an unforgettable experience of Darwin’s world!
June 2014Add to Compare Trips
A Symposium and Safari Program in Kenya’s Central Highlands Featuring Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Dr. Laurence Frank, Dr. Richard Estes, Dr. Louise Leakey, and Master Photographer Frans Lanting
Join us for an extraordinary symposium and safari program featuring a remarkable group of world-renowned wildlife experts and conservationists. Our 3-day symposium is in Kenya’s beautiful Central Highlands, where much of East Africa’s most important wildlife research and community-based conservation projects are taking place. Join us to meet these ground-breaking researchers, learn about their work, and enjoy a rare “insider’s” look at their fascinating projects, such as Dr. Laurence Franks’s Laikipia Predator Project, which encourages coexistence of people, lions, and livestock. Our symposium will be held at the historic Mount Kenya Safari Club, set at the base of Mt. Kenya and one of East Africa’s most elegant accommodations. Presentations by our luminary Guest Speakers will be interspersed with excursions to the El Pejeta Sanctuary, home to the Jane Goodall Institute’s chimp sanctuary as well as the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, to Guest Speaker Laurence Frank’s project at Mpala Research Centre, and to the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy, where the endangered forest antelope, the bongo, is being bred for reintroduction to Mt. Kenya. The symposium is offered in cojunction with special safaris to the best wildlife destinations in the region, making this a once-in-a-lifetime experience of East Africa.
January 2015Add to Compare Trips
Religion, Art, and Culture Across Southern Asia
Featuring Eminent Scholars Dr. Helen Ibbitson Jessup, Dr. Mark Muesse, Dr. Vasudha Narayanan, Dr. Damian Evans, and John Sanday, OBE
A Symposium at Angkor Wat with Journeys from Nepal to Indonesia
The religions and cultures of southern Asia are vibrant and distinctive, yet the region’s art, architecture, and cultural traditions share much in common due to the extraordinary influence of sacred beliefs as they spread across the arc of Asia. These influences are still visible today, from the Buddha’s birthplace in Nepal to the vast array of temples at Bagan, Burma, to the living artistry of Balinese Hindu culture. Join us for our four-day symposium in Siem Reap, Cambodia, site of the world-renowned Angkor Wat temple complex. Presentations by our remarkable guest scholars will offer us an insider’s perspective on the fascinating interplay of religion and culture across southern Asia, including Khmer culture, and are complemented by in-depth excursions to the World Heritage Site of Angkor. In conjunction with the symposium we have created six special tours focusing on the sacred monuments and living traditions of a wide range of destinations, from the Himalayan foothills to the verdant rice fields of Bali.
May 25 - June 1, 2015Add to Compare Trips
Natural History and Native Heritage of Alaska’s Southeast
Featuring Acclaimed Interpreters of the Natural World Barry Lopez and Richard Nelson
on the 60-passenger Wilderness Adventurer
Experience Southeast Alaska’s astounding beauty and learn about the fascinating cultures of its native people in the company of distinguished authors Barry Lopez and Richard Nelson. From Juneau to Ketchikan, we voyage along the Inside Passage, the spectacular waterway lined with immense glaciers, misty fjords, temperate rainforests, and islands teeming with wildlife. Our days are filled with hiking, kayaking, and whale watching in the company of our naturalist guides and guest speakers, who further enrich our journey with engaging evening presentations. Our home base is the Wilderness Adventurer, a 60-passenger vessel that’s wonderfully comfortable, yet small enough to venture into tiny coves and anchorages.