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Wandel Guides is a publishing house and a multimedia company dedicated to providing a "new generation" of multimedia resources in support of entrepreneurs.

We are specialized in travel photography and videography. Wandel Guides also designs and implements special social responsibility programs.

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Special Programs

Wandel Guides is the co-founder of Kalahari Truffles. Our story begins fifteen years ago, in a village outside of Gaborone, the capital of Botswana. This is where we founded the most successful female-owned, socially responsible exporter of harvested natural products from the Kalahari desert. The village's first inhabitants are thought to originate from the Matebele people from western Zimbabwe.

A rare and wild delicacy that emerges from the deserts of Botswana and Namibia once a year, the Kalahari truffle offers an unforgettable, nuanced earthy flavor to any dish or product. Similar to its relative the black truffle but perhaps even more precious, the Kalahari truffle awakens something primal and passionate in those who eat it.

Travel Photography

Wandel Guides is a leading producer of travel photography. Our photos are used by a growing number of travel agencies, tour operators, and international organizations, including Lonely Planet, UNHabitat, and the World Bank.

Wandel Guides maintains a portfolio of travel photography taken in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana and many other countries.

Travel Guides

Wandel Guides is the producer of Jordan's and South Africa's leading hiking books and the developer of ebikelovers.com, an online self-guided travel portal for e-bike enthusiasts in Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland.

Wandel Guides maintains an online portal for hiking books. A third project for an e-biking guide in the United States is under development.

Multimedia Production

Wandel Guides produces documentaries and short films. Our founders Brian McCotter and Dr. Gregory F. Maassen produced numerous videos for the US Government in Southern Africa.

Animated Infographics

We have access to a large pool of talented graphic artists from developing countries for the production of animated infographic footage. If you order infographics from Wandel Guides, you know talented artists in less developed countries have a good source of income.

Documentaries - Historic American Journey Series

We produce documentaries, as part of the Historic American Journey Series, which delve deep into the rich tapestry of American travel history. Our series, currently in development, takes viewers on an immersive exploration of key events, figures, and moments that have shaped the nation's identity and heritage.

Each installment of the Historic American Journey Series is meticulously researched and expertly crafted to provide audiences with an insightful and engaging experience. Through captivating storytelling, stunning visuals, and expert commentary, we bring history to life, transporting viewers to different eras and locations across the country. 

Titles Currently in Development

After Ike: A Journey That Changed America

Genre: Historical

Logline: A documentary about the remarkable story of the longest motorized military convoy assembled by humankind in 1919 that left the White House to travel across the United States to San Francisco and that changed the life of President Dwight Eisenhower and the American people.

Format: 1 x 60

In 1919, an ambitious expedition saw 300 military personnel and 81 heavy-duty vehicles traverse a challenging 3,200-mile path from Washington, DC, to San Francisco along the Lincoln Highway. With no maps or roadside assistance to guide them, the convoy navigated based on the scant knowledge passed down from earlier trailblazers through the mud and quicksand.

This remarkable journey captured the nation's imagination, drawing cheers from millions along the route. Among the convoy's ranks was a young lieutenant colonel, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who would later become supreme commander in WWII and the 34th President of the United States (January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961).

"After Ike" delves into this pivotal expedition with thorough research and personal narratives, connecting audiences to historical figures like Eisenhower.

The target audience for this documentary is a married, White, non-Hispanic male over 55 years old, with a college education, owning a home and a pet, and earning less than $75K annually.

Production website: www.after-ike.com

30-second promo in PBS format: https://vimeo.com/893143086

Wheels of Progress in the Deep South: The Impact of the 1920 Bankhead Transcontinental Military Expedition

Genre: Historical

Logline: A story honoring the resilience and innovation of the 1920 military convoy, whose groundbreaking journey along the Bankhead Highway from Washington DC to San Diego heralded a new era of American mobility and growth.

Format: 1 x 30

"Wheels of Progress in the Deep South" is a 30-minute documentary about the 1920 military convoy that traversed the United States following the Bankhead Highway, chronicling the extraordinary expedition that commenced from the White House, showcasing the determination and ingenuity that propelled this military convoy across the diverse landscapes of America.

The documentary delves into the historical significance of the Bankhead Highway, one of the earliest transcontinental highways, which facilitated military logistics and paved the way for civilian travel and commerce. The documentary highlights the challenges faced by the convoy, such as navigating the nascent and often rudimentary road infrastructure of the time, and how this journey underscored the urgent need for a national highway system.

Featuring interviews with historians, military experts, and descendants of convoy participants, the documentary weaves personal anecdotes, archival footage, and photographs to bring this monumental journey to life. It examines the broader implications of the convoy's journey on American society in the Deep South, from spurring road construction and vehicle technology improvements to influencing federal infrastructure development policies.

By capturing the spirit of adventure, innovation, and the collective endeavor that characterized the 1920 military convoy, "Wheels of Progress in the Deep South" offers a compelling narrative that resonates with the same target audience as the previous documentaries presented in this documentary series ("Pathways of Progress on the Yellowstone" and “Gears of Genius”), appealing to those with a keen interest in history, military achievements, and the transformative power of transportation in shaping the American landscape.

The target audience for this documentary is a married, White, Non-Hispanic male over 55 years old, with some college education, owning a home and a pet, and earning less than $75K annually.

The Bankhead convoy traveled through the District of Columbia and ten states (Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, New Mexico, Arizona, and California), providing ample opportunity to engage a PBS presenting station along the old Bankhead Highway.

Progress on the Yellowstone: America’s first Transcontinental Highway

Genre: Historical

Logline: A voyage along the Yellowstone Trail, America's pioneering transcontinental roadway, weaving a tale of community, innovation, and the relentless American spirit that bridged the coasts.

Format: 1 x 30

"Progress on the Yellowstone" is a 30-minute documentary that charts the remarkable development of the Yellowstone Trail, the first transcontinental automobile highway in the United States that stretched from the Atlantic in Massachusetts to the Pacific in Washington State. This historical journey highlights how this trail connected disparate communities across the nation and played a pivotal role in the advent of road travel, fostering economic growth and societal transformation.

In 1912, highways weren't numbered, so volunteers and association members would paint rocks yellow and put up yellow signs with an arrow and the words “Yellowstone Trail” to direct tourists toward the roadway. The trail runs through Montana and Yellowstone National Park to Seattle.

The documentary delves into the inception of the Yellowstone Trail in 1912, conceived by a group of visionary individuals from the Midwest who sought to promote better roads, tourism, and local prosperity. The Yellowstone Trail was a grassroots endeavor, supported and built by the communities it connected, embodying a collective effort to achieve a common dream.

Through detailed interviews with historians, road enthusiasts, and residents of the towns along the former trail, "Progress on the Yellowstone" uncovers the challenges and triumphs encountered in the creation and maintenance of the trail. Archival footage and photographs, coupled with present-day shots of the trail's remnants, evoke a sense of continuity and change, illustrating the trail's enduring legacy in shaping American mobility.

The documentary also explores the trail's impact on infrastructure development, the automotive industry, and the American way of life, including the rise of road trips, motels, and service stations. The Yellowstone Trail's story is a testament to the transformative power of collective action and the indomitable spirit of adventure that defines the American experience.

The target audience for this documentary is a married, White, Non-Hispanic male over 55 years old, with some college education, owning a home and a pet, and earning less than $75K annually.

Presidential Pathways - Truman and the National Old Trails Road

Genre: Historical

Logline: A documentary about the transformative journey of the National Old Trails Road that connected Baltimore to California, shaping the fabric of America and leaving an indelible mark on the future President Harry S. Truman, whose leadership and vision along this historic route forged a new era of cross-country travel and national unity.

Format: 1 x 60

The National Old Trails Road, also known as the Ocean-to-Ocean Highway, was a significant transcontinental route established in 1912 as part of the United States' National Auto Trail system. Spanning approximately 3,096 miles from Baltimore, Maryland, to California, it traced the paths of historic routes like the National Road and the Santa Fe Trail. The road's establishment aimed to improve cross-country travel and commerce, reflecting the burgeoning automobile culture of the early 20th century.

The National Old Trails Road Association, formed in Kansas City in April 1912, spearheaded efforts to develop and promote this thoroughfare. Under the leadership of former Jackson County, Missouri, Judge J. M. Lowe, the association advocated for road improvements and played a pivotal role in the Good Roads Movement. Lowe's dedication to the cause was notable, given his admitted lack of interest in automobiles. He is known for saying: "I do not even own an automobile and would not know what the dickens to do with it if I had one."

Harry S. Truman, who would later become President of the United States, took over as association president in 1926. Truman's tenure was marked by his hands-on involvement, including cross-country travels to inspect and discuss road improvements. His contributions also extended to cultural commemorations, such as collaborating with the Daughters of the American Revolution to erect the Madonna of the Trail statues, honoring pioneer women, in states along the route.

The road's development, particularly in the western United States, was a complex process involving discussions and adjustments to its alignment. Initially, the route's western half was challenging to navigate and largely unpaved. By the late 1920s, however, significant improvements had been made, including paving efforts in the California desert. The iconic U.S. Route 66, established in 1926, incorporated parts of the National Old Trails Road, further cementing its legacy in American road history.

The National Old Trails Road story encapsulates a transformative period in American transportation, marked by the advent of the automobile and the collective efforts to connect the nation coast to coast.

Presidential Pathways is part of a series of documentaries that delve into the history of transcontinental highways in the United States.

Gears of Genius: How Clintonville's Four-Wheel Drive Revolutionized American Transportation

Genre: Historical

Logline: A journey through the historic achievement of a small town in Wisconsin that reshaped the automotive world with its revolutionary invention.

Format: 1 x 30

Gears of Genius is a 30-minute documentary exploring the pioneering journey of Otto Zachow and William Besserdich, two Wisconsin inventors who, in a small Clintonville machine shop, sparked a transportation revolution by creating the world's first successful four-wheel drive vehicle.

The historical documentary delves into the challenges and triumphs of their company, the Badger Four-Wheel Drive Auto Company (later known as the Four-Wheel Drive Auto Company and then FWD Corporation), revealing how their innovation forever changed military and commercial vehicle design and played a crucial role in winning World War I.

The documentary encapsulates the historic significance and global impact of the Four-Wheel Drive Auto Company, which was founded in 1909 in Clintonville, Wisconsin. The company initially struggled with production but eventually gained prominence after a successful demonstration to the U.S. Army, leading to a pivotal shift from manufacturing automobiles to trucks. Their vehicles, especially the FWD Model B truck, proved indispensable in military operations during both World Wars.

The company's evolution and its contribution to both military and commercial vehicle industries, including its acquisition of Seagrave Fire Apparatus and transition into the FWD Corporation, provide rich material for a compelling documentary narrative.

The documentary features interviews with historians, automobile experts, and local Clintonville residents, along with archival footage and photographs from the FWD Seagrave Museum, which houses many historic vehicles and documents the company's journey.

The target audience for this documentary is a married, White, Non-Hispanic male over 55 years old, with some college education, owning a home and a pet, and earning less than $75K annually.

Small Business Support Program

We produce commercials and other marketing materials for small businesses at low price points. Contact us if you do business within 150 miles of Washington DC.

Community Docs

Community Docs is an initiative by Wandel Guides to produce community-based content for free or significantly reduced price levels for qualifying events, organizations, and individuals.