South Africa Countryside

South Africa: A Country of Diverse Experiences

Laurie Barnard, one of our wonderful Zephyr guides, recently led her first trip to South Africa earlier this year for a private group. The trip left quite an impact on her. We asked her to share her thoughts below. South Africa has always been a destination I longed to explore. So it… Continue reading “South Africa: A Country of Diverse Experiences”

Zephyr group on safari in South Africa

The Great Safari Debate: National Parks Vs Private Reserves

Safaris are an amazing way to observe wildlife in their own natural environments. Many people who go on an African safari rank it as one of the best things they have ever done in their lives. But what many people don’t know is that there are two choices when it comes to… Continue reading “The Great Safari Debate: National Parks Vs Private Reserves”

In Search of Baby Elephants

I think it’s safe to say that baby elephants have captured the internet’s heart. They’re big personalities in little elephant bodies, and they have become instant celebrities on social media sites. Here are a few favorite images we’ve come across lately on Google+ – shared over and over again by all those… Continue reading “In Search of Baby Elephants”

Nelson Mandela: The World’s Hero

Nelson Mandela passed away yesterday. Mr. Mandela was really a hero of the entire world and he will be missed. I actually wrote about Nelson Mandela and South Africa back in January, 2011 and have reposted that here. Come join us October 5-12 for our South Africa Wine, Hiking, and Safari Adventure.————————————————————————–From… Continue reading “Nelson Mandela: The World’s Hero”

Wine Tasting 101

If you’ve never been wine tasting, or haven’t done so often, you might be under the impression that wine tasting has to be a complicated process filled with opportunities for faux pas. It doesn’t have to be this way. At Zephyr Adventures we spend a great deal of time selecting which vineyards… Continue reading “Wine Tasting 101”

How Important is Tour Group Size?

We at Zephyr Adventures are very into feedback. We have been sending an evaluation form to everyone who has traveled with us since 1997, using the same five-point scale to evaluate everything from restaurants to hotels, from guides to the overall trip. It’s a rough business because a) it is hard to… Continue reading “How Important is Tour Group Size?”

The Grand Finale – Safari: South Africa Part 3

Editor’s Note:  This is the third and final blog post in a three-part series about our South Africa Hiking, Safari & Wine Adventure and is written by our Zephyr guide and participants. (Read Part 1 & Part 2) Day 6 / Friday (written by participant Treshel Washington) Today we flew northeast to… Continue reading “The Grand Finale – Safari: South Africa Part 3”

More Wine and Table Mountain: South Africa Part 2

Editor’s Note:  This is the second blog post in a three-part series about our South Africa Hiking, Safari & Wine Adventure and is written by our Zephyr guide and participants. (Read Part 1) Day 4 / Wednesday (written by participant Tamara Iwerks ) We boarded our small bus on a sunny morning… Continue reading “More Wine and Table Mountain: South Africa Part 2”

Penguins, Pinotage and Proteas: South Africa Part 1

Editor’s Note:  This is the first blog post in a three-part series about our South Africa Hiking, Safari & Wine Adventure and is written by our Zephyr guide and participants. The “penguin” part of this title is obvious.  The “pinotage” part refers to the South Africa’s signature red wine grape, and the… Continue reading “Penguins, Pinotage and Proteas: South Africa Part 1”

3 Misconceptions about Group Travel

NOTE: Though this post was originally written several years ago, the most common misconceptions certainly still ring true! Zephyr Adventures has been in the group travel business for 15 years, so we understand that like most people who join us for the first time, you might feel a bit uneasy about the… Continue reading “3 Misconceptions about Group Travel”

Still Rolling After 15 Years

Today is April 4, 2012.  Fifteen years ago today, Allan Wright quit his corporate job with food company Cargill, and Zephyr Adventures (formerly called Zephyr Inline Skate Tours) was born.  “Rolling” is a great metaphor to describe Zephyr’s journey, as we have certainly done our share of rolling with the punches in… Continue reading “Still Rolling After 15 Years”

How to Make a Travel Blog

Gone are the days of projector slideshow recaps of your summer vacation.  Yet in a digital age, there’s even more to share with your friends and family!  I have been sharing my photos, videos and thoughts from my travels on my Facebook for years, but it doesn’t offer the organization or presentation… Continue reading “How to Make a Travel Blog”

African Safaris: Tanzania versus South Africa

As an adventure travel company, one of the things I have always said is “we only run active tours”. No bus tours for me, thank you. However, I must admit our two African safaris stretch that a bit. In Africa, we run a “hike, wine, and safari” tour that is absolutely incredible. … Continue reading “African Safaris: Tanzania versus South Africa”