Issue 146: San Rafael Swell

Plus: Laikipia's black leopards, Blancaneaux Lodge, and more.





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Hey Explorer,

This is Adventure Fix, the newsletter that helps you discover extraordinary journeys and experiences across the globe.

Here’s what we've got for you today:

  • Wildlife: Laikipia’s black leopards

  • Cycling: San Rafael Swell

  • Stays: Blancaneaux Lodge




Searching for Laikipia’s Black Leopards

Perhaps you have a few safaris under your belt and you’ve seen some leopards before, but have you ever seen a black leopard?

Once believed to be nonexistent in Africa, melanistic leopards have been found living in Kenya’s Laikipia plateau.

While there are a handful of these dark leopards living in the area, one named Giza has become comfortable being around safari jeeps. She was the first black leopard to be photographed in Africa without using a camera trap.

Catching a glimpse of Giza’s amber eyes and the stunning rosettes of her dark pelt is high on many wildlife photographers’ bucket lists.

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San Rafael Swell

Photo: 57hours

Wanna immerse yourself in the beauty and solitude of Southern Utah’s high desert?

Head to San Rafael Swell, a stunning geological that’s often overshadowed by its more famous neighbors, like Arches and Canyonlands.

The best way to see the winding slot canyons, towering buttes, and mesas is by bike.

There are plenty of day trip options to visit the Swell, but if you’re like us, you’re always up for a multi-day adventure.

Ride Behind the Reef Road and take in all the sights like Temple Mountain, the vibrant Chinle Formation rock outcroppings, Dutchman Arch, and prehistoric rock art.

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Blancaneaux Lodge

Photo: Blancananeaux Lodge

Blancaneaux Lodge is a dramatic hideaway in the rainforests of Belize that blends luxury with adventure.

Tucked away on the banks of the Privassion River, dense jungle, steep ravines, spectacular waterfalls, and fast-flowing rivers surround it.

Follow fresh jaguar tracts as your guide bushwhacks through the jungle-clad hills of the Elijio Panti National Park. Delicate orchids surround you as the charismatic keel-billed toucan soars overhead. Calls of howler monkeys echo through the forest.

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Best Insurance Companies for Adventure Travel

Photo: Antonio Cala

Did you know many traditional travel insurance policies often exclude coverage for outdoor adventures and trips to remote destinations?

There’s nothing worse than spending big bucks to insure your trip and health while traveling and then being forced to pay out of pocket because your situation doesn’t meet the criteria for coverage.

To help you avoid this from happening to you, we’ve put together a master guide to the best adventure travel insurance policies out there.




Photo: A day in the life of a wildlife photographer.

Hiking: Climbing Malawi’s Island in the Sky.

Nature: How the natural world presses the reset button of the brain’s default mode network.

Underwater: Diving Bali’s Garden of the Gods.

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Where in the World

Wanna flex your adventure geography skills? Guess where this pic was snapped!

Stumped? No worries. The answer is at the end of this email.




Summit Adventure Travel Online Community

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It’s designed for Adventure Fix readers to get more out of this newsletter and meet like-minded people who understand the urge to explore.

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"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”

Amelia Earhart


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