Wildebeest crossing the river

What is the Great Migration?

What Is The Great Migration? If you’ve heard of the Great Migration, it may have been from the legendary David Attenborough, from a fellow traveler, a friend, or maybe just researching safaris in Africa. This cyclical procession of creatures is one of Africa’s, if not the world’s, most impressive displays of biologically-fueled organization. The Great Migration has been called one …

Farmland near Virunga

How to Make Isombe

While tried-and-true favorites like Italian pastas and Indian curries are well-established and well-loved in the US, the culinary treats of Africa are only just beginning to be appreciated overseas. Among these dishes is a Rwandan staple called Isombe. Originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo, this flavorful green dish is made out of cassava, or manioc, leaves and other vegetables …

Safari with Elephants

The Best Safari Spots in Africa

If a Safari is on your to-do list, Africa is wide-open with options for the wildlife enthusiast in you. While the Serengeti is of course on this list, there are tons of amazing places to explore to get in touch with the wild world in Africa. We’ve highlighted a few of the best safari spots in Africa. Maasai Mara Maasai …

Achuar Guide

Who are the Achuar?

Deep in the Amazon basin of Ecuador and Peru lies an unspoiled country, with trees so vast and tall they look like a million little broccolis from above. Rivers snake through the land that is completely unbroken, a peppering of naturally built indigenous communities can be seen here and there along the river, but otherwise human influence seems a distant …

baby mountain gorilla rwanda

What is Gorilla Trekking?

In the last several years, “ecotourism” as an industry has grown exponentially, and Gorilla trekking has become the unofficial example of how this conservation method can work. But, what is gorilla trekking? Ranked as one of National Geographic trips of a lifetime, and brought to national attention through films like Virunga, Gorilla trekking is making headlines, changing conservation, and saving …

A band of Northern Lights Activity

What causes the Northern Lights?

The aurora borealis, the well-known but fickle lights in the sky, have long been a mystery to me. Even after seeing them in the flesh and doing some research, I still only grasped the most basic principles on what causes the lights. I’m happy to say that after extended reading, I, like anyone that isn’t a chemistry or physics major, …