Two Lioness keeping watch

Serengeti National Park Wildlife Safari

 

(The following is a guest post from GGT Social Media Assistant Megan Jerrard, the Australian journalist behind Mapping Megan, and her photographer husband, Mike. You can follow their journey on FacebookTwitterYouTubePinterest and Instagram. If you’re interested in future guest posting opportunities, please email Editor In Chief Bret Love at info@GreenGlobalTravel.com.)

 

 

An African wildlife safari is generally high on the bucket list of any eco-traveler. And, between Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia, there’s certainly no shortage of options!

 

Each country is a popular safari destination in its own right. But, when presented with the opportunity to spend two weeks travelling through one of these amazing countries, we decided we couldn’t go wrong with a Serengeti National Park Wildlife Safari in Tanzania!

 

Serengeti National Park is arguably one of the world’s greatest when it comes to wildlife. Translated, Serengeti means “endless plains,” which is a pretty accurate description. The stunningly scenic landscape appears to go on forever, as does the list of gorgeous wildlife who call the Serengeti home…

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Pearl Diving at The Farm in Bora Bora, Tahiti

I Tried to Convince Them to Let Us Take This Home… No Dice

Pearl Diving in Bora Bora

 

We’d been dying to go pearl diving in Tahiti ever since we saw it used as a challenge on The Amazing Race. So we were excited to find out about the Bora Pearl Company, a Tahitian-owned family business on the island of Bora Bora.

 

Pearl farming in the area began in 1966. Photographer Erwin Christian and his wife Ate opened the island’s first pearl boutique 11 years later. Their daughter Tea’s interests in marine biology and jewelry design eventually led the family to create The Farm, one of the only places in Tahiti where you can actually go pearl diving, find your own locally cultivated pearl, and take it home with you.

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2014 Electric Vehicles, Tesla Roadster

The Tesla Roadster, photo provided by Tesla

CAR WARS

The 2014 Electric Vehicles Race Heats Up

 

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Just seven years ago, the award-winning documentary Who Killed The Electric Car? examined Big Oil’s role in quelling the energy-efficient automotive revolution. But if recent statistics are any indication, the 2014 Electric Vehicles market should be one for the record books.

 

Leading models such as the Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF, and Toyota Prius broke EV sales records in August thanks to lower lease prices and steep dealership discounts. The 11,363 Electric Vehicles sold during that month shows significant growth from the 4,175 sold during the same period in 2012.

 

But forecasters are predicting the EV market will grow exponentially larger in 2014, with some of the world’s biggest auto manufacturers ready and eager to enter the fray.

 

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Floating in the Dead Sea Jordan at Sunset

Floating in the Dead Sea at Sunset

Why I’d Prefer to Forget

Visiting the Dead Sea, Jordan

 

I’m lying on my side as if lounging on my bed, floating effortlessly in Jordan’s Dead Sea with a gorgeous sunset over Israel in the background.

 

I’m posing gamely for Mary’s camera, but my smile doesn’t come easily. We’ve been warned not to stay in the water– which is among the saltiest on the planet– for more than 15 minutes. But after about 15 seconds my skin is SCREAMING for me to get out. I urge Mary to hurry, my flesh feeling as if a million different nerve endings are on fire. The intensity of the burn only seems to increase with each passing moment.

 

Less than five minutes later I’m sprinting (awkwardly, given the fact that I feel like I’m floating in space) towards the shore and into the shower, frantically rubbing the mineral-rich Dead Sea water from my body. I’ve never in my entire life been so happy to see a swimming pool nearby.

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French Angelfish

French Angelfish photo by Andrew Dawson, via Creative Commons

GO GREEN TIP #101: How to Choose a

Responsible SCUBA Diving Operator

 

(The following is a guest post by Kristin Addis of Be My Travel Muse, a website geared towards independent travelers who like to head off the beaten path in Asia and Australia. You can connect with Kristin on FacebookTwitter, and InstagramIf you’re a blogger interested in contributing a guest post, please contact Bret Love at GreenGlobalTravel@gmail.com.)

 

Picture pristine blue waters, warm as can be, with visibility so perfect the reef practically glows right through in the bright sunlight.

 

These perfect conditions exist in diving towns all around the world, including the Similan Islands in Thailand, Sipadan in Borneo, Komodo in Indonesia, and Caye Caulker in Belize.  It seems like every tourist in these dive towns is either getting some sort of certification, or is an advanced diver looking to spot something special under the waves. Maybe this will be the time they get to see a rare Hammerhead shark, a hard-to-spot Mandarinfish, or a majestic Manta Ray.

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• AFRICA
Egypt- Top 5 Eco Attractions
Morocco- A Journey into the Atlas Mountains
South Africa- Londolozi Game Reserve Safari
South Africa- Kruger National Park
South Africa- South Africa- Zulu Memories
Tanzania- Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

 
• ANTARCTICA
How To Get To Antarctica w/out Doing the Drake
The Haunting Beauty of Icebergs
Penguins of Antarctica
Taking the Polar Plunge
Top 5 Eco Attractions in Antarctica
Whales of Antarctica
 
• ASIA
India- Ranthambhore National Park
Laos- The Pastoral Paradise of Muang Ngoi
Malaysia- Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Malaysia- Orangutan Conservation at Sepilok
Nepal- Hiking The Annapurna Circuit
Taiwan- Top 5 Eco Activities in Taipei
Thailand- Top 5 National Parks
 
• AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA
Australia- Top 5 Eco Attractions
Australia-Kangaroo Island
New Zealand- Kapiti Island
New Zealand- Tongariro National Park
New Zealand- Top 5 Ecotourism Attractions
Tahiti- First Impressions
Tahiti- Photo Gallery
Tahiti- Moorea 4x4 Safari Tour
Tahiti- Moorea, Tiki Village Theater
Tahiti- Pearl Diving in Bora Bora
Tahiti- Ruahatu Marine Sanctuary, Bora Bora
Tahiti- Swimming With Sharks in Bora Bora
Tonga- Eua Island Eco Activities

 

• NORTH AMERICA
CANADA
Churchill- Into the Wild of Manitoba
Churchill- Polar Bear Fight
Churchill- Polar Bear Photo Gallery
Churchill- Tundra Wildlife

UNITED STATES
America’s Best Volcanoes
AK- Denali National Park
CA- Hiking The John Muir Trail
FL- Sanibel Island Eco Activities
FL- Crystal River, Swimming with Manatees
GA- Barnsley Gardens
GA- Top 5 Autumn Activities Around Atlanta
GA- Best Christmas Light Displays
GA- Top 20 Atlanta Christmas Events
GA- Jekyll Island Eco Activities
GA- Weekend in North GA Mountains
GA- Top 5 Eco Attractions in North GA
HI- Hawaii’s Big Island
HI- Hawaiian Mythology
HI - Top 5 Kauai Nature Attractions
LA- Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday
MT- Hiking Glacier National Park
NC- Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
NC- Asheville's Green Restaurants Scene
NC- Greensboro Travel Guide
NC- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
NC- Outer Banks Wild Horses
NM- Top 5 Eco Attractions
NY- Going Green in NYC
WV- Outdoor Adventures
Yellowstone- Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone- Lamar Valley
Yellowstone- Grand Canyon & Hayden Valley
Yellowstone- Upper Geyser Basin
Yellowstone- Lower Geyser Basin

MEXICO
Cancun- Cancun Underwater Museum
Cancun- Mayan Museum of Archaeology
Cancun- Swimming with Whale Sharks
Riviera Maya- Monkeys, Pyramids & Pottery
Riviera Maya- Rio Secreto
Riviera Maya- Tulum & Coba
 
• CARIBBEAN