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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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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…

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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…

Adventure Travel with Heart

On the first and last days, it poured rain. At 9,000 feet, I came down with a bad case of bronchitis. At 12,000 feet, my face and my hands swelled disproportionately as a result of altitude sickness. At 15,000 feet, I worried about whether I would make it through at all. Seven days, six nights…

Emerging Explorers, Day 2

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This week at our headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Society hosts its fourth annual Explorers Symposium, in which our grantees from around the world present their work and discuss such topics as educating girls in rural Kenya, sea turtle conservation in Nicaragua, and developing perennial crops that can flourish with little or no…

Who’s ready for summer travel? We are! And fortunately, our May/June issue is headed to a mailbox or newsstand near you, full of great ideas to make the most of your vacation days. Here’s a preview of what’s inside: Tours of a Lifetime Our fifth annual roundup of guided expeditions focuses on innovative and cross-cultural…

We were sorry to learn recently that the riverside research station of Iain Douglas-Hamilton, of Save the Elephants, in northern Kenya, was destroyed on the morning of March 4, 2010 by a flash flood, which resulted from a storm several miles upstream. Save the Elephants is an organization, that, as its name indicates, works to…

Citizen Journalism in Kibera

High school student Kyle Bullington traveled to Kenya this summer, where he lived and worked in the Nairobi neighborhood of Kibera, the largest slum in Africa, on a unique volunteer project. Residents of Kibera watch a video created by the Carolina for Kibera team This summer, high school student Kyle Bullington arrived in Kibera with…

You’ve helped plan my Kenya trip and been with me through the paperwork, vaccines, and packing. You were even with me as I blogged my way through the trip itself, sharing my thoughts on designing a trip with teens in mind, the conundrum of the Masai Mara, and the questions raised when visiting the slums.…

Senior editor Norie Quintos has been blogging about her recent trip to Kenya with her teen sons. Click here to see her previous posting. Back in my college days, when I was young and idealistic, I spent two months with an NGO helping to build a school in Kilifi, on the Kenyan coast. We mixed…

Senior editor Norie Quintos has been blogging about her recent family trip to Kenya. Her previous posts in this series include on traveling with teens, taking care of paperwork, staying healthy, and packing. From Laikipia, we flew by prop plane (via Nairobi) to the Masai Mara, the fecund savanna immortalized by many a nature documentary.…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, just back from an African safari with her teenage sons, filed this report. Previous blogs in this series include taking care of paperwork, staying healthy, and packing. Norie’s teenage sons swim in the Ewaso N’giro River Teenagers act as if they’ve seen it all, and in many ways they have–most have…

As National Geographic Traveler senior editor Norie Quintos readies for a family trip to Kenya (with a stopover in London), she shares her packing tips in this posting, the fourth in a series. Click to read posts one, two, and three. I hate packing so much that I’m procrastinating by writing this post on packing.…

It’s less than a week until senior editor Norie Quintos‘s trip to Kenya with her teen sons. In this posting, the third in a series of blogs on her trip, she covers vaccinations/medicines. Find the first and second posts here. The glossy catalogs filled with pages of majestic elephants, lions in mid-roar, or huggable baby…

Welcome to Blog Wild!

We’re always excited when a new National Geographic blog enters the fray, and for the past few weeks Blog Wild editor Ford Cochran has been publishing some seriously great content at a steady clip. Blog Wild covers all of the missions-related news at the society – from the work our explorers are doing out in…

It’s less than a month to senior editor Norie Quintos‘s trip to Kenya (her third) with her teenage sons (their first). Here’s how she’s been prepping. This is the second in a series of blogs on the trip. Click here to see the first. Kenya currently remains under a U.S. State Department travel warning due…