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!
Morocco to the Cape Verde Islands
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October 22-November 6, 2013
Eclipse and Cruise Program aboard the Island Sky with Dr. Alex Filippenko
To witness a total solar eclipse is an unforgettable experience—and combined with this unique cruise, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime travel adventure! Our journey offers among the best weather prospects on the entire eclipse path and a long duration of totality, in contrast to the conditions on mainland Africa, all with the safety, comfort, and reliability of a fine ship. The maneuverability of the 116-guest Island Sky further enhances our prospects on Eclipse Day, a grand finale to our fascinating voyage from Morocco to the Western Sahara and the Cape Verde Islands. Astronomer Alex Filippenko, PhD, one of UC Berkeley’s most popular professors, will join us to share his expert knowledge—his 11th eclipse with us!
A Voyage from Spain to Sierra Leone
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October 22-November 5, 2013
Aboard the 100-guest Expedition Ship Corinthian
To witness a total solar eclipse is an unforgettable experience—and combined with this special cruise, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime travel adventure! Our journey offers among the best weather prospects on the entire eclipse path and a long duration of totality, in contrast to the conditions on mainland Africa, all with the safety, comfort, and reliability of a fine ship. The maneuverability of the 100-guest Corinthian further enhances our prospects on Eclipse Day, a grand finale to our fascinating voyage from Spain to Sierra Leone. Astronomer Rick Fienberg, PhD, and our experts on the culture of West Africa, Christine Drake, PhD, and Deborah Mack, PhD, add to our experience through their presentations and informally throughout the cruise. Join us for one of the grandest eclipse odysseys imaginable!
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.