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Criticized Or Applauded, Presidential Travel Is One Great Job Perk

Criticized Or Applauded, Presidential Travel Is One Great Job Perk Jun 25th, 2013 at 5:00PM: ep_jhu/Flickr This week, President Obama and family fly to Africa for what has been described as both "frivolous spending" and a trip that brings "a great bang for our buck." The estimated $60 - $100 million trip comes at a time when Americans face a decidedly different flying experience caused by government furloughs and cutbacks. Approve or not, presidential travel and moving the first family...

Elephants May Be Extinct In Tanzania In A Few Years

Elephants May Be Extinct In Tanzania In A Few Years May 4th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Jumbo Elephants may disappear from Tanzania within seven years if current poaching trends continue, Sabahi news service reports. The Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute counted 109,000 elephants in 2009. In 2012, the number had sunk below 70,000. This is due to a surge in poaching. Elephant ivory commands high prices on the international black market. If current trends continue, the elephants...

Tanzania Government To Fishermen: 'Stop Catching Dolphins, It Upsets The Tourists'

Tanzania Government To Fishermen: 'Stop Catching Dolphins, It Upsets The Tourists' Apr 18th, 2013 at 2:00PM: The government of Tanzania is urging fishermen to stop hunting dolphins, a report in the Daily News says. The report says dolphin hunting has become common practice in the Dar es Salaam and Tanga regions. It's often done by "dynamite fishing," in which explosives are chucked into the water to kill all marine life in a large area. Dolphin meat is used to bait sharks, which is what the...

Mount Kilimanjaro Defeats Jordanian Princess

Mount Kilimanjaro Defeats Jordanian Princess Mar 12th, 2013 at 12:00PM: It looks like money and privilege can't buy everything. Princess Sarah Princess Sara bint Al Faisal of Jordan, niece of King Abdullah II, failed to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the Tanzania Daily News reports. The 18-year-old princess tried to scale the famous mountain last weekend with a large entourage of assistants and Jordanian international students. She reached the Kibo point at 4,700...

Tourists Amazed By Serengeti Wildebeest Calving

Tourists Amazed By Serengeti Wildebeest Calving Feb 27th, 2013 at 1:00PM: February is a special time on the Serengeti. Right now its population of some 1.5 million wildebeests are giving birth to an estimated 8,000 calves a day, the Tanzania Daily News reports. The East African nation has seen some 16,500 tourists come to watch the event in Serengeti National Park, including 5,800 domestic visitors who are part of a growing African middle class that's boosting...

Adventure Travel Company Brings Gorillas Up Close And Personal

Adventure Travel Company Brings Gorillas Up Close And Personal Jan 17th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Adventure travel might include hiking or camping in the wilderness of America's pacific northwest, backpacking through Europe or climbing a mountain in Tibet. On their own or with local guidance, adventure travelers often see places others only dream of. Not satisfied with a packaged tour, visiting the same places over and over again or waiting any longer for their dream to come true, they...

Is Illegal Poaching In Africa And Asia A Threat To US Security?

Is Illegal Poaching In Africa And Asia A Threat To US Security? Nov 13th, 2012 at 8:00AM: The U.S. intelligence community has been issued a new charge from President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Organizations such as the CIA and NSA are being asked to assess the impact that illegal poaching across Africa and Asia is having on U.S. security interests abroad. This shift in policy indicates that the administration may be preparing to get tough on the underground...

Soaring Over The Serengeti In A Hot Air Balloon

Jul 11th, 2012 at 9:00AM: This video shows two of my lifelong dreams: I've always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon and I've always wanted to take a balloon ride over the Serengeti. Kym Elder has done both, and captured her experience in this beautiful video. She soars over zebra, giraffes, gazelles and many more animals. Flying over the herds on a near-silent balloon must be the best way to see them. You can get in...

Ivory poaching on the rise thanks to Asian demand and a legal loophole

Ivory poaching on the rise thanks to Asian demand and a legal loophole Jan 2nd, 2012 at 4:00PM: The poaching of elephant tusks is a growing problem due to increased demand from Asian nations, the Kenyan newspaper Business Daily reports. A loophole in the UN law regulating the ivory trade allows Japan and China to legally purchase some ivory from selected nations under tightly controlled contracts. This has encouraged poachers to smuggle their illegal goods to Asia. Once there, it's much...

Travel the world through the photography of Kyle Marquardt

Travel the world through the photography of Kyle Marquardt Dec 24th, 2011 at 3:00PM: While there are a lot of beautiful travel photos out there, the images of Kyle Marquardt have a way of capturing those quick, often missed moments while helping people to discover places not often seen by tourists, like a penguin the first second he goes to jump out of the water, a cheetah in hot pursuit of a gazelle, or an iceberg half underwater and half above. So how does he capture such moving...

Five Reasons You Should Go to Zanzibar Right Now

Five Reasons You Should Go to Zanzibar Right Now Oct 26th, 2011 at 9:00AM: I don't know what the weather is like where you are, but I'm looking at a graying sky that will soon turn to rain. Fall is here in Seattle, and soon, we'll be in the dark, depressive days when when we question our choice of home. Meanwhile, off the coast of Tanzania, the dreamlike islands of Zanzibar await. Surely, you don't need convincing to head off to the Spice Islands, but if you do,...

Heritage sites in Cambodia and Tanzania get preservation grants

Heritage sites in Cambodia and Tanzania get preservation grants Sep 21st, 2011 at 12:00PM: Two UNESCO World Heritage sites have received major funding to save them from decay, Art Daily reports. The sites are Phnom Bakheng in Cambodia and Kilwa Kisiwani in Tanzania. Phnom Bakheng temple is part of the famous Angkor Archaeological Park, which includes Angkor Wat temple complex. Phnom Bakheng was built in the late ninth to early tenth centuries AD. Kilwa Kisiwani in Tanzania,...

Tanzania Game Reserve at Risk

Tanzania Game Reserve at Risk Aug 26th, 2011 at 11:00AM: First, a highway through the Serengeti, now, a uranium mine in Selous Game Reserve. Tanzania's plans are drawing the ire of environmentalists, conservationists, and zebra-and-wildebeest huggers around the world. The government is eying Tanzanian game and park lands for developments that are in direct conflict with migrating wildlife, potentially risking their only sustainable economic sector:...

Packing for a Camping Safari: What's in My Bag?

Packing for a Camping Safari:  What's in My Bag? Aug 23rd, 2011 at 2:00PM: 600 dollars for vaccinations, that's what I spent in preparation for an upcoming trip to Tanzania. A pile. Still, it's better than the alternative: getting a near fatal or certainly trip ruining illness. Now that the sticker shock has eased and I've got full use of my arm again, I've turned to gathering my belongings for an upcoming safari trip. Here's a round up of what's in my bag. A...

Conservation victory: Serengeti highway plans cancelled

Conservation victory: Serengeti highway plans cancelled Jun 26th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Plans to build a paved, two-lane highway through the Serengeti National Park have been canceled. The road, which was supposed to bring better access to Lake Victoria, will possibly be rerouted further south to avoid having an impact on the Serengeti's rich wildlife. There's already a gravel road across the park, but paving it would have attracted much more traffic and probably fencing. The...

Human-powered circumnavigator climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for Tanzanian school

Human-powered circumnavigator climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for Tanzanian school Mar 14th, 2011 at 5:30PM: Seattle-based adventurer Erden Eruç has launched the next phase in his quest to circumnavigate the world under human power, for his charitable organization, Around-n-Over (AnO). The mission of the 501(c)(3) non-profit is to assist poor communities by providing basic educational aid, resources, and facilities as a means of guiding them into self-sufficiency. Eruç will continue his...

It's time travel writers stopped stereotyping Africa

It's time travel writers stopped stereotyping Africa Jan 21st, 2011 at 9:30AM: Pop quiz: where was this photo taken? OK, the title of this post kind of gives it away, but if I hadn't written Africa, would you have guessed? It was taken in Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania. This isn't the view of Africa you generally get from the news or travel publications--a modern city with high rises and new cars. A city that could be pretty much anywhere. That image doesn't sell....

Photo of the Day - Tour d'Afrique

Photo of the Day - Tour d'Afrique Jan 18th, 2011 at 5:00PM: The 2011 Tour d'Afrique is officially underway! Just three days ago, more than 120 cyclists set off from Cairo, Egypt on a four month, 7,375 mile race across the world's most exotic and alluring continent. The competitors will pedal through Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia before aiming to arrive in Cape Town, South Africa on May 14th. If you...

Travel writer Q&A: Julia Dimon

Travel writer Q&A: Julia Dimon Aug 10th, 2010 at 10:30AM: Travel journalist and television host Julia Dimon lives the sort of fast-paced traveling lifestyle that most people, even quite experienced travelers, fantasize about. She's visited over 80 countries and she's been featured as a travel expert for countless print, online, radio, and television sources. Dimon's excitement as a traveler is palpable. I asked her about her background, her move from...

Travel Recommendations for The Office

Travel Recommendations for The Office Jun 16th, 2010 at 11:30AM: Back in the olden days, long before the Internet was born, there was this thing called a travel agent--typically semi-self-aware, middle-aged ladies who helped you pick out a nice vacation destination, find a hotel that was "so you" and then book your plane tickets printed on carbon paper, folded and then stuffed into fancy airline covers. The whole process was about inside relationships,...

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