April 7, 2018 | 16 Days | Aboard the Island Sky
One of Zegrahm's most anticipated expeditions in 2018, Sea to Sahara explores Macaronesia. No, that’s not a misspelling, it’s a region consisting of four archipelagos, including Cape Verde and the Canary Islands. Among the handful of new-to-Zegrahm ports is a visit to the Sahara Desert, with a chance to hike along the dunes as you search for migratory birds. Other highlights include:
- Traveling with Zegrahm cofounder Mike Messick who can’t wait to explore this region: “Even though we have traveled in the area before, we’re including a whole bunch of new stops on this itinerary; the Western Sahara is actually one of the reasons I’m joining this expedition! We’ll be going into the sand dunes, meeting with local tribes, visiting towns with souks; I’m very excited about exploring this new destination.”
- Discovering the “wild” island of Brava in Cape Verde, nicknamed for its abundance of verdant hills and valleys, laced with colorful oleander, hibiscus, and bougainvillea.
- Hiking through the enchanting subtropical rainforest of Los Tilos on La Palma of the Canary Islands. Home to hundreds of plant species, you’ll enjoy relaxing after your trek at a natural seaside pool created by ancient lava flows.
- Exploring magical Marrakech, famous for its intact medieval architecture and bustling souks, packed with vendors touting everything from fresh produce to high-quality leather goods.
Join Zegrahm cofounder, Mike Messick, on this new adventure from the Atlantic Ocean to the Sahara Desert; contact me today!
- You will visit the following places:
Morocco, officially known as the Kingdom of Morocco, is a sovereign country located in the Maghreb region of North Africa. Geographically, Morocco is characterized by a rugged mountainous interior and large portions of desert. It has Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Ethnically speaking, Morocco is composed mainly of Arabs and Berbers or a mixture of the two. Sizeable numbers of Berbers live mainly in the country’s mountainous regions, long areas of refuge where they have preserved their language and culture. Some segments of the population are descendants of refugees from Spain and Portugal who fled from the Reconquista, the Christian reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula, that spanned until the 15th century.
The Canary Islands, also known as the Canaries, are a Spanish volcanic archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa, are among Spain’s farthest-flung territories. The islands include (from largest to smallest): Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, and the islets La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste and Isla de Lobos. The archipelago's beaches, climate and important natural attractions, especially Teide National Park and Mount Teide (the third largest volcano in the world), make it a major tourist destination, with over 12 million visitors per year. The islands have a sub-tropical climate, with long hot days in summer and cooler days in winter.