Travel Journal

Gondwana Ecotour's campsite in the early morning on our Great Migration Camping Safari.

Our Tanzania Great Migration Camping Safari Featured in Drift Travel Magazine!

There is nothing quite like waking up in the morning to see a sunrise over Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater. The early morning light rises to greet you before stretching out over the edges of the caldera’s rim to illuminate the grasslands in the valley below. This extinct volcano is home to critically endangered black rhinos and the densest population of lions …

Close up of a polar bear in Alaska on Gondwana's Polar Bear Adventure tour.

Gondwana’s Polar Bear Adventure Listed in The Good Travel Guide!

Great News! Gondwana Ecotours has received international recognition for its commitment to ethical travel. Our Polar Bear Adventure was featured in New Zealand’s Good Travel Guide 2020! Every year, a list of destinations, hotels, and tour companies, who practice the principles of ethical travel, is compiled by Good magazine—a publication created for “…conscious-living people who love life, style and the …

A photo of the Northern Lights above the Arctic on Gondwana Ecotour's Polar Bear Adventure.

Our Polar Bear Adventure is Listed as One of the Best Places to Travel in 2020!

It’s a new year and time for a new adventure! Where will you go? Las Vegas? Hawaii? How about something a little different? Gondwana’s Polar Bear Adventure has just been mentioned on Smarter Travel’s list of “The 12 Best Places to Travel in 2020”! Among the many exciting destinations on this list, there is only one whose existence is under …

Photo of the Amazon Rainforest

Gondwana Recognized as a Responsible Tour Operator in the Amazon

Gondwana’s Amazon Adventure is mentioned on Concrete Playground’s list of “Ten Must-Visit Places to Plan Your 2020 Travel Adventures Around” From the city of Tokyo to the island of Papua New Guinea, some of the best travel locales from all around the world are included on this list. Each destination has something special to offer adventurous travelers. However, there is only one place …

Two polar bears walking on ice in Alaska

 “The True Arctic: Exploring Northernmost Alaska”—New Press From The National

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit northern Alaska and see polar bears in their natural habitat? Jamie Lafferty from The National has written up a wonderful first-hand account of his experience on our Polar Bear Adventure! From his first glimpse of the city of Fairbanks to his encounters with polar bears in the wild, he describes his entire …

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New Press! Gondwana Buys Alaska’s Grizzly Lodge!

Exciting news, we did a thing! As featured in Alaska Business magazine, Gondwana Ecotours is proud to announce the purchase of Alaska’s 8,600-square-foot Grizzly Lodge. Located just outside of the city of Fairbanks the lodge has long been a home base for our Northern Lights Adventure. It’s the ideal location for seeing the Northern Lights, and it’s comfortable rooms and …

Tanzania Safari Game Drive

What Are Game Drives?

 Millions of travelers flock to Africa’s savannas and nature preserves every year to catch a glimpse of the wildlife that call them home. Nowhere else on Earth can you see the black rhino or the cheetah in their natural habitats. But the idea of taking a trip into the African wilderness can seem daunting to the inexperienced. How do you …

Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Photo: Paxson Woelber, Cinders to Sea

Hiking in The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

Photo credit: Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Photo: Paxson Woelber, Cinders to Sea Most travelers journey to Katmai National Park to catch a glimpse of grizzly bears gorging themselves on river salmon, but few stop to explore one of the more unique sites in Alaska, the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Created in 1912 by an enormous volcanic blast, the …

Northern Lights in Alaska

Reviews From Our Northern Lights Adventure Tour!

Since 2013 Gondwana Ecotours has hosted over 98 tours and traveled over 100,000 miles. It’s been an amazing journey, filled with fantastic people and fulfilling adventures! We’ve come a long way from where we started so we wanted to take a look at the great reviews and highlights from one of our longest-running tours—the Northern Lights Adventure. The Story Behind …

Close up a black rhino

The Black Rhinos of Africa

The black rhino is a creature that is a familiar sight on TV and in movies. Most people can recognize their thick, wrinkled hides and curved horns instantly, and yet very few know much about them. These creatures are ancient—a relic from when the world was a little bit bigger and a little bit wilder. It’s easy to forget that …