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Field Dispatches

Paper to Pearls in Galapagos


Paper to Pearls is a grassroots organization that teaches people how to turn old magazine and brochures into beads used for necklaces and bracelets. This eco-chic jewelry achieved extraordinary success in Africa. It provides work for many people and turns what would normally be considered waste into a commodity sold to travelers.

Sarah Acot of Paper to Pearls joined Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic in Galápagos to train locals on how to make these paper pearls. In this video we received the other day, Sarah celebrates with her students following their training sessions by dancing with them to a little Acholi music.

Learn more about Paper to Pearls, see photos from Sarah’s Galápagos expedition, or plan a Galápagos trip of your own.

First Expedition of the Alaska Season

Alaska season is underway, and we’ve received our first Video Expedition Report back from the crew of National Geographic Sea Lion. Our guests visited Sitka a couple days ago taking in the sites at the Sitka National Historical Park. A couple guests from Alaska talk about exploring their home state with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic.

High Water Season in the Amazon

Amazon River

Every day we read expedition reports coming back from our Galápagos cruises and Alaska cruises, but this dispatch from our Amazon River cruise was too good not to be shared to a wider audience. It’s high-water season in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve right now, so these small waterways appear and allow our naturalists to go even deeper into the jungle. In this photo, one naturalist clears the path with a machete so they can venture even further upriver. See more photos and read the day’s full expedition report here.

National Geographic’s John Bredar in Galapagos

John Bredar, the filmmaker behind National Geographic’s first scripted feature film, Darwin’s Darkest Hour joined us in the Galápagos Islands to discuss film, nature, the Society and Lindblad Expeditions. Our on board Video Chronicler Rodrigo Moterani spent some time with him on Santa Cruz Island, where he shot this short video.

A Day on Isla Espanola in The Galapagos Islands

This video came back to us from
National Geographic Islander
in the Galápagos Islands last month. Our expedition leader talks about some of the activities we do on a Galápagos cruise and some of the wildlife we see. It offers a glimpse of the volcanic landscapes our guests hike through on some islands, and appropriately, a look at the underwater realm we spend much of our time exploring.

Botswana by Private Air, Ralph Lee Hopkins

Our Director of Expedition Photography, Ralph Lee Hopkins, filed this story and slideshow from Africa where he’s on a Desert & Deltas Safari. In association with Bushtracks Adventures, Lindblad Expeditions has been helping adventurous travelers discover the thrill of Africa by private plane for many years. If you’re interested, visit us online.
Our Land Rover slows to a crawl as we look for animal tracks in the deep sand. Jack pot, leopard tracks! "They’re fresh, and heading off road into the tall grass along the wash," exclaims our guide.
Navigating off-road it’s not long before we spot this magnificent predator. The leopard is a young female following the wash coming in and out of view through the trees and long grass. We catch up with her just as she climbs a tree. Relaxed and seemingly ignoring our presence, it’s a great photo opportunity as she starts to groom herself. Each safari vehicle take turns getting in position for a clean shot.
A leopard sighting on our first morning is a great way to start our Desert & Deltas Safari by private air. During the next 10 days we’ll visit three different camps including Mashatu Game Reserve, the legendary Okavango Delta, and the mythical plains of the Kalahari. As a bonus, we’ll also visit Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side, yet another new country for all of us.
Flying between camps in charter planes is the best way to travel in Africa, essentially eliminating any down time between camps. On travel days we do a game drive in the morning, return to camp for brunch, then fly to our next camp and head again out on a late afternoon game drive. The schedule couldn’t be more perfect.
Life in the bush has a rhythm all its own. We get up at first light, when the animals are waking up and are more active. And we stay out for the late light, maybe with a sundowner cocktail in hand, or following a leopard calling for his companions. And of course, during the middle of the day when it’s hot and the animals are hiding in the shade, we nap in our luxurious tents.
But life on safari is also about learning patience, and spending time with the animals simply watching their behavior and experiencing that primordial feeling of being among predators in the wild. And with some of the close encounters during our adventures, it really doesn’t matter what camera you have to capture images of a lifetime.


Our First New Zealand Expedition is Underway

New Zealand bottlenose dolphins

The first Daily Expedition Report from New Zealand landed in our New York office today, and it looks like those on the very first Lindblad-National Geographic expedition to these islands is off to a fantastic start.
Our return to the ship was interrupted by the sudden appearance of a group of bottlenose dolphins, and we lingered to photograph them as they lolled on the surface or zoomed past us for a closer look.
See the full Daily Expedition Report here, or check out our New Zealand cruise.

The Underwater Realm in Galapagos

Watch Naturalist Carlos Montalvo introduce Galapagos’ underwater realm to guests traveling aboard
National Geographic Islander
.  This is the only archipelago on the equator with three major currents, and that means wherever you are in these islands, you’ll see different wildlife.


Sven Lindblad visits Antarctica’s Lindblad Cove for the first time.

In 1996 the U.S. Board on Geographic Names honored Lars-Eric Lindblad by naming a cove on Antarctica’s Trinity Peninsula after him. See Sven Lindblad as he visits Lindblad Cove for the first time and describes its beauty.