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Paradise Lost and Found in Northern Kenya

In 1921, Osa Johnson, and her husband, Martin, both natives of Kansas, took off for faraway East Africa determined to document on film a land they know almost nothing about. Following up on an insider tip, the couple crossed the Kaisut Desert in search of a lake “nobody knows about.” Nearly a century later, writer David Lansing and photographer Pete McBride trekked out to the wilds of northern Kenya to see if it was still there.

On the Ark in Kenya

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The alarm went off in my room a half hour ago, the second time tonight. At the Ark, one bell means elephant, two, rhino, three, I really can’t remember what, because let’s face it, when you’re awoken by bells in the middle of the night, bells that sound like a parrot raised on a diet of tin cans, your first thought is not, “yay.” But as soon as I realize it was the rhino alarm, I was running for the stairs.

I Heart My City: Vishwa’s Nairobi

Vishwa Shah has been based in Nairobi since the age of six. The current University of Illinois student has traveled all over the world, but, for Vishwa, nothing compares to the quiet beauty of Kenya’s capital city. “It is a fertile, hilly Eden in which I could live and die and live in again,” she says. Enough said. Here are a few of Vishwa’s favorite things about the “Green City in the Sun.”

The Truth About Doing Good

A plethora of recently published articles have panned “voluntourism” as little more than salve for bleeding-heart rich folks. The problem is, it’s rarely that simple.

How to Save Africa’s Elephants

Since 2007, the illegal ivory trade has more than doubled. If the massacres do not stop, our children could be the last generation to see an African elephant in the wild. As travelers, we can — and must — do something about it. Here are the crucial actions to take.

The Radar: Travel Lately

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

Tips for Taking Your Kids on Safari

African safaris are the things of bucket-list dreams. Who in their right mind would pass up the opportunity to watch animals in their natural habitat, roaming free as they were meant to? Who wouldn’t get excited about this chance of a lifetime?

My kids.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog on Wednesdays for our Travel Lately round up.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog on Wednesdays for our Travel Lately round up.

Martha Gellhorn’s Top 5 Escapes

In a heated scene in the new HBO film, Hemingway & Gellhorn, Ernest Hemingway locks Martha Gellhorn in her hotel room in Spain. He knows his lover well: with a violent war ensuing outside, she’ll step right into the crossfire if given the chance. But when the real-life Gellhorn wasn’t immersed in war, she often locked herself up — in rural retreats around the world. Here are five places where this legendary writer found escape.

#FriFotos Maasai Boy in Pink

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In this week’s #FriFotos* pic, a young Maasai boy keeps watch over his flock in Kenya’s Rift Valley. The photo was submitted to our My Shot community by Gaylon Wampler and was selected by our editors for a Your Kenya Photos gallery. Do you want to see one of your photographs featured in National Geographic Traveler magazine, on…

When Traveling is for the Birds

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By Contributing Blogger Cathy Healy Figueroa Mountain, CA – Thwarted by a damn mountain quail. Queeark, the male called to the female. Queeark she echoed. The quail were close, hunkered somewhere in the prickly foxtail. I was out birding with my friends Vicki and Dave Menzies near their Santa Barbara home. I met Vicki, a…