Archives for September 2009

Burke Family Trip to Namibia



  • 1 night- Windhoek, Namibia
  • 3 nights- Wolwedans Dune Lodge, Namib Rand Reserve, Namibia
  • 3 nights- Kwara Camp- Okavango Delta, Botswana
  • 3 nights- Lebala Camp- Linyanti, Botswana

Reflections from Debra Burke:

As a group we were senior parents, not-far-from- mid-life “kids” and their spouses, and an adult grandchild (seven of us in total). We left different corners of the US to fly up to Wolwedans Dunes Camp in the Namib Rand Nature Reserve in Namibia, where we spent three nights; then flew on to two Kwando Safari camps in Botswana (Kwara Camp in the Okavango Delta next to Moremi Game Reserve, and Lebala Camp adjacent to the headwaters of the Linyanti marshes that form the boundary between Botswana and Namibia).We spent three nights in each of the Kwando Safari camps.


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Ecuador: Check It Out

Newsletter_headerEcuador is a country that we love as a travel destination because of the wide and unique variety of landscapes and experiences, the scenic beauty and the warm, friendly people.

Highlights include: swimming with sharks, sea lions and turtles in the Galapagos, the lush beauty of the Andes, excursions to the Amazon and the splendid hacienda accommodations.

Check out some pictures and what some our sojourners had to say about their recent visit.

Responsible Sojourner: South Africa

After the acclaim of Slumdog Millionaire, interest has been stirred in what is being called “slum tourism.” Touring the poorest areas in cities throughout places like India, Africa and Mexico has raised questions concerning whether or not this kind of tourism is ethical and ways to transform it into a respectful, mutually beneficial and educational endeavor.

For Global Sojourns, we want clients to have a deeper experience with the places they visit and we are very sensitive as to how to responsibly accomplish this. We have recently partnered with Uthando in Cape Town, a non-profit that provides clients with a great overview of the political and social context of the townships and the community organizations within the townships working for change. Part of the tour cost is given back to these community organizations, and tours are run sparingly to avoid disruption.

Learn more about Uthando

Read more: Slumming It: Can Slum Tourism be Done Right?

Listen Up Ladies

Grab your gal pals for the ultimate all women’s safari adventure. Take in the variety of game viewing and accommodations this customized itinerary has to offer– from exploring the Okavango Delta in mokoros, going on night drives in 4x4s to kicking back on the deck of an all-inclusive houseboat. Date set for May 9th-21st, 2010. View itinerary.

Africa's Diversity

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Houser's Excellent Adventure


Family Travel in Southern Africa


Don Houser and his family visited southern Africa in June 2009, taking in the sights of Victoria Falls, the Chobe National Park area, Ichobezi Houseboat, and Johannesburg.

Terri Houser recounts: “…we were headed toward the banks of the Chobe and as we approached in our jeep, so did a herd of elephants. We were driving down the trail when a mother elephant took a stance against our vehicle and wouldn’t let us pass. Our driver remained calm, and began to rev the engine. She still wouldn’t let us pass. This went on for a few minutes, until she finally backed down. Our guide said that he expected her to back down a bit sooner. Phew! We were able to go safely on our way.”

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