Off the Beaten Path

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The Many Faces of Africa Keep Us Coming Back

Glimpse into the many diverse possibilities!



Captivated by the land, sky and living creatures-
Families are able to appreciate the amazing moments of an African sojourn together.

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

co2offsetTerri 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."

For an overview of Terri's first experience in Africa with her family, continue reading.


Startling News: Lions May Cease to Exist Past 2050

National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert recently gave a presentation in Washington, DC where we heard them share the startling predictions about the plight of Africa's big cats. Their amazing career of filming and researching in Africa has spanned 25 years. Their mission is the conservation and understanding of the large predators, specifically, lions, cheetahs and leopards. At the presentation, Dereck expressed great concern that it may be well before 2050 that we will no longer see lions roaming in Africa.

It is hard to imagine such a reality-- we will be tracking this story and will share more in upcoming newsletters and on our blog. Learn more about the
Jouberts and their work.


co2offsetWe are always seeking out the best values for our clients, whether it be for a $12,000 per person budget or a $4,000 budget. So why don't we advertise more travel incentives from suppliers looking to survive through this rocky economy?

Truth is, every time we design an itinerary for you we take into consideration the value of each component and the various specials being offered. Anytime it adds value to your experience, we will use special offerings. In general, with demand being so high for the select and intimate camps/lodges that we use, specials are limited and typically based on traveling during "off season" and using multiple properties by the same company. With the current economic situation, some additional specials are on offer, primarily based on long stays and traveling within limited travel periods. Those who can travel on short notice, in the low and shoulder seasons and are very flexible with their travel dates will benefit the most from the current price offerings.

Rest assured that we are always seeking out value for money, are tuned in to special offerings and will always take advantage of offerings that will enhance your travel experience.


Where in the World Would You Like to Go?

While our specialty is customizing itineraries for our clients, we do offer a few group trips each year because they are always so interesting and such great fun.

Where has Priscilla chosen to celebrate her big upcoming birthday?

After scanning the globe, Priscilla has chosen to hike, horseback ride and kickback in the unspoilt scenic beauty of South Africa's Wild Coast and the spectacular scenery of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. She invites you to join in as we explore waterfalls, rural life, open stretches of coastline, forested terrain, basalt peaks and wildlife with a group of fun, like-minded adventurers. Set for January 31st, 2010. Extensions to safari camps and Cape Town. Limited space so let us know soon if you're interested in joining us!

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.

This will be our third Giving Circle trip to southern Africa to visit the projects we support and get an insider's look into daily life and the locals who make these organizations special. We will also mix in some adventures in the African bush with safaris by land and boat.

Date is set for May 2010. Check out the 2009 itinerary. Details for the 2010 trip will be available soon.

Act early to join in on this rare opportunity!


Global Sojourns Blog

Check out our new
blog and get inspired!

Follow Peter's Twitter as he travels the world, pick up helpful tips and read travel tales. We will regularly feature client photo favorites, product reviews, packing lists and anything else that inspires us. Share in the conversation!


Are You A Member Yet?

The Global Sojourns' Giving Circle is doing great work to help improve the lives of children in sub-Saharan Africa. Members make a direct, positive impact while learning about issues in the region, connecting personally with the projects, and forming community with other members.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the GSGC, please learn more about our projects on our
website. In mid-August, follow along on the website as members blog from their travels visiting grant-recipients in Cape Town and Livingstone.


co2offsetWe are pleased to announce Global Sojourns' nomination to be a part of National Geographic and Ashoka's Changemakers competition to find the world's best Geotourism innovators.

Thanks to Changemakers for including us amongst leaders in the field of Geotourism-- people dedicated to celebrating the distinct destinations of the world by honoring culture, cherishing history and enhancing the environment. Learn more and browse other nominees making a difference.


Did you know?

Australia is the only continent without an active volcano

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Priscilla Macy
Global Sojourns

Global Sojourns customizes itineraries for individuals and small groups to Africa and around the globe. Through a commitment to responsible tourism and relationships with local experts, we provide you with trips that balance outdoor adventures with cultural insights and authentic interactions with local people. We are passionate about our work and providing you with fun, meaningful and memorable travel experiences.