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hen you travel with Natural Habitat Adventures and World Wildlife Fund, you join us as a force for positive change. Since 2003, Nat Hab has partnered with WWF, the world’s leading environmental organisation, to promote conservation travel—sustainable travel that protects nature and benefits local communities. Nat Hab and our travellers have given more than $10 million to WWF’s global conservation efforts to protect some of the most precious yet imperiled places on Earth. Your tourism dollars become a powerful incentive to help transform the future of the planet’s natural places, flowing to local communities who live with and steward nature, creating jobs and improving livelihoods through the preservation of natural resources. Our alliance with WWF also offers our guests exclusive benefits: WWF guide training and resources, WWF experts on select trips, and a complimentary subscription to WWF’s World Wildlife magazine are just some of the many advantages this partnership provides. You’ll go home not just moved by your experiences, but an informed and enlightened ambassador for conservation.
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THE AMERICAS n the Northland, a mosaic of habitats from tundra to temperate rain forest hosts seasonal wildlife events matched by few on Earth. Gray whales make the world’s longest mammal migration up the Inside Passage. Enormous bears congregate in the salmon-rich rivers of British Columbia and Alaska. Further south some of the planet’s most magnificent landscapes and wildlife habitats are found in the United States. If you think you can’t find genuine wilderness—or an escape from mass tourism—in America’s national parks, think again. We travel to spots that are secluded and close to wildlife, just as we do on an African safari. From Costa Rica’s tropical forests to the peaks of Patagonia, Latin America encompasses entrancing terrain for the nature traveller. It also harbours a greater diversity of species than anywhere else on Earth. Within the varied ecosystems of this region, we find millions of monarch butterflies in Mexico’s high-altitude fir forests, hundreds of orchid species in the cloud forest of Costa Rica and a thousand different kinds of birds in the Pantanal, alongside caimans and jaguars. Nowhere is the keen eye and in-depth knowledge of our Expedition Leaders more imperative to a nature adventure than amid the wonders of the Americas. We head deep into places where wildlife abounds and the impact of our small groups is minimal. Remote and distinctive accommodations complement our experience: from our deluxe expedition camp in a remote corner of Greenland to historic national park lodges and thatched-roof whale cabanas.
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DISCOVER GREENLAND: THE NATURAL HABITAT EXPERIENCE Explore the Remote Arctic on Land & by Sea from Our Luxury Northern Safari Camp ITINERARY 9 DAYS Day 1: Reykjavik
we’ll convene for an orientation. Through
You are met on arrival at the airport and
presentations and cultural visits during our stay,
transferred to the hotel in Reykjavik. This evening
we also learn about Greenland’s cultural heritage
attend a welcome presentation and dinner with
and aspects of modern life.
our Expedition Leader.
Days 5–7: Base Camp Greenland—Exploring
Day 2: Reykjavik / Kulusuk / Tasiilaq
This morning we fly to Kulusuk followed by a
On Zodiac excursions, we navigate among
scenic helicopter transfer to Tasiilaq. On arrival,
icebergs, some as big as buildings. Look for
convene at our hotel for a briefing before
whales and seals, both of which are present
exploring the area. Bring your camera: the ice-
depending on the ice. Guided sea kayaking is
Base Camp Greenland Tasiilaq
clad gneiss and granite peaks provide a backdrop
possible for an eye-level view of the frigid waters.
for waterfalls and small lakes fringed by arctic
There will be hiking excursions for all levels.
Traverse mountainsides, wander near glaciers
and look for Arctic fox and birdlife, including
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Day 3: Tasiilaq—Iceberg Cruise & Hiking
eiders, loons and possibly peregrine falcons.
surrounding views. Celebrate an extraordinary
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Our exploration starts with a half-day excursion
adventure of discovery, wild beauty and
by motorboat for our first close-up views of
camaraderie over a farewell dinner.
and Kulusuk, helicopter flight between Kulusuk and Tasiilaq (2018 only),
Day 9: Kulusuk / Reykjavik
all activities, accommodation, land transportation, meals from dinner on
Board the return flight to Reykjavik where our
Day 1 to breakfast on final day, wine/beer with dinner while at camp,
Day 4: Tasiilaq / Base Camp Greenland
adventure together ends. From here, a transfer is
services of NHA Expedition Leaders, most gratuities, all permits, entrance
Depart via boat or helicopter for our exclusive
included to the group hotels or airport.
Though the interior of Greenland is covered by a massive ice cap, a few habitable areas exist
Day 8: Base Camp Greenland / Kulusuk
around the bays and coastal islands. The region
This morning, we make our way back to Kulusuk
we visit enjoys a surprisingly mild summer
and check in to our hotel, soaking up the
climate, earning it the nickname “Arctic Riviera.”
icebergs. Whales are also found seasonally in these waters.
wilderness Base Camp, located on the east side of Sermilik Fjord. After settling in to our deluxe private cabins,
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Airport transfers, roundtrip airfare between Keflavik
fees and taxes. P Special Photography Departure Note: 2018 dates and 2019 dates & fees may change slightly. Please Note: This itinerary is meant as a guideline and can change due to weather and ice conditions.
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BELUGA WHALES & ARCTIC WILDLIFE OF CHURCHILL Come Eye to Eye with Amiable Belugas on Our Northern Canada Summer Adventure ITINERARY 9 DAYS Day 1: Winnipeg
River, plus an opportunity to kayak among
Arrive in Winnipeg and transfer to our hotel. Meet
these inquisitive whales. Through the use of a
your Expedition Leader and fellow travellers at a
hydrophone on board, we can listen to their
Day 2: Winnipeg
We will visit the Prince of Wales Fort, where the
Today we explore Winnipeg’s history and natural
Hudson’s Bay Company built one of its original
environs, including FortWhyte Alive, featuring 640
fur-trading posts. A custom Polar Rover vehicle
acres of lakes, forest, marsh, meadow, farmland
conveys us over the tundra to a point near
and a 70-acre bison prairie. Take a step back
Hudson Bay, where we watch for wildlife. We may
in time and paddle a North West Company
see snowy owls, Arctic fox and ptarmigan, and we
voyageur canoe on Muir Lake. We’ll also enjoy a
may even spot polar bears. At this time of year, it
birdwatching outing in the park’s rich wetlands
is not uncommon to find mothers with cubs.
and visit the acclaimed Manitoba Museum.
Day 8: Churchill / Winnipeg
Day 3: Winnipeg / Churchill
Today we’ll meet a local dog sled musher and
This morning, we board our flight to the small
spend time with the lively and affectionate dogs
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northern outpost of Churchill, gateway to
that are such an intrinsic part of winter life.
the Arctic. We’ll spend the day exploring this
Later we will head out to the Northern Studies
hospitable frontier town that was originally a
Center, where scientists are researching the
Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post. We’ll
Arctic environment, social issues and sustainable
visit Churchill’s Eskimo Museum, with artefacts
resource development on a fragile and extreme
collected from centuries of local habitation. Days 4–7: Exploring Churchill—Beluga Encounters & Wildlife Watching We’ll spend four full days exploring the tundra and its surrounding waters from our home base along the shore of Hudson Bay. Our activities include two Zodiac trips to see the belugas that congregate in the mouth of the Churchill
landscape. In the early evening, we’ll gather for a farewell dinner before transferring to the airport for our flight to Winnipeg.
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Note: 2019 dates & fees may change slightly.
Day 9: Winnipeg
After breakfast we transfer to the airport for
Churchill, accommodation, all meals, services of NHA Expedition Leaders,
most gratuities, airport transfers, permits and entrance fees, all taxes.
Round-trip transportation between Winnipeg and
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CLASSIC POLAR BEAR ADVENTURE The World’s Most Coveted Small-Group Polar Bear Expedition! ITINERARY 6 or 7 DAYS Day 1: Winnipeg
Tour historic Churchill, then head out to the
Transfer to the hotel and meet your Expedition
tundra for bear viewing and dinner aboard the
Leader at a welcome dinner.
Rover. During the day we may explore the coast
Day 2: Winnipeg / Churchill Fly by chartered plane to Churchill this morning. This hospitable frontier town, originally a Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post, is our base for adventure. This evening enjoy a presentation on polar bears and the northern environment by our professional naturalist staff. Days 3 & 4: Polar Bear Viewing Custom-built Polar Rovers are our mobile means
road on a drive to Cape Merry, often spying Arctic them, as their winter-white coats offer excellent
This morning we meet a local musher and his team and take turns riding behind them on
maximum of 17, ensuring everyone a window
permits, you may be able to pick up last-minute
seat. Our Expedition Leaders know the best
locally made handicrafts or take an optional
places to observe polar bears, which congregate
helicopter tour over the tundra before we depart.
each autumn as they wait for Hudson Bay to
We’ll have a farewell lunch before flying back to
freeze, signalling the start of seal-hunting season.
Winnipeg, where a final reception concludes our
Expedition Leader will explain the bears’ behaviour and how they thrive in such a harsh environment. In the evenings, we meet for dinner and presentations on wildlife and local cultures. Day 5: Explore Around Churchill / Evening on the Tundra
Day 6: Churchill—Dog Sledding / Winnipeg
an exhilarating trot through the forest. If time
mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting,
Polar Bear Habitat
If the skies are clear, our night-time tundra excursion might reveal a chance to view the
for spending time among the bears. Though they
or a lone bear ambling over the tundra. Our
camouflage when the ground is covered in snow.
accommodate up to 35 passengers, we take a
From the warmth of our vehicle, we may see
fox and Arctic hare. Keep a close eye out for
adventure together. Day 7: Winnipeg / Depart After breakfast transfer to the airport for flights home. INCLUSIONS:
Round-trip flight from Winnipeg to Churchill,
accommodation, all meals, dog sledding excursion, use of cold-weather gear, services of NHA’s Expedition Leaders, some gratuities, all activities/ entrance fees, evening wildlife and cultural presentations, all taxes and service charges.
DATES & FEES from $9,925 2018 6-Day Trips 7-Day Trips Oct 13-18 Oct 26-31 Oct 16-22 Oct 31-Nov 6 Oct 16-21 Oct 27-Nov 1 Oct 17-23 Nov 1-7 Oct 19-24 Oct 29-Nov 3 Oct 19-25 Nov 4-10 Oct 20-25 Nov 3-8 Oct 23-29 Nov 5-11 Oct 21-26 Nov 8-13 Oct 25-31 Nov 6-12 Oct 22-27 Nov 9-14 Oct 26-Nov 1 Nov 9-15 Oct 23-28 Nov 10-15 Oct 27-Nov 2 Nov 12-18 Oct 24-29 Nov 11-16 Oct 28-Nov 3 Nov 14-20 Oct 25-30 Oct 30-Nov 5 2019 This adventure will be offered on comparable dates in 2019. 2018 dates & 2019 dates & fees may change slightly.
ULTIMATE ALASKA WILDLIFE SAFARI See More of the Last Frontier on Our All-Encompassing, Small-Group Wilderness Immersion ITINERARY 13 DAYS Day 1: Fairbanks
Our Alaska nature safari begins in Fairbanks.
Meet your Expedition Leader at a welcome dinner
As we voyage through Kenai Fjords National Park
keep your camera ready for humpback and orca
Days 2 & 3: Denali National Park—Kantishna
whales, porpoises, sea otters and puffins.
At 6 million acres, Denali is one of the world’s
Day 9: Seward / Anchorage
great wilderness reserves and is home to wolves,
After a last morning on Fox Island, we weave our
grizzlies, moose and caribou. From our remote
way back to Seward, where we’ll have lunch and
base inside the park, hiking, mountain biking,
visit the Alaska SeaLife Center before reaching
fishing and optional flightseeing are available.
Days 4: Denali / Alaska Railroad / Talkeetna
Days 10 & 11: King Salmon / Katmai National
Depart for the park entrance, keeping a close eye
out for wildlife. At midday, we board an Alaska
Fly by small plane this morning to King Salmon,
Railroad dome car for a train journey through
then by floatplane to Katmai National Park.
Alaska’s rugged interior. We disembark for the
Katmai is home to the world’s largest population
night in the historic village of Talkeetna which has
of coastal grizzlies, with some 2,200 individuals
been designated a National Historic Site. Days 5 & 6: Talkeetna / Girdwood Leaving Talkeetna, we continue south to Girdwood. Explore the northernmost temperate
inside the park. From the safety of platforms built over Brooks Falls, we get a close look as bears stand in the rushing white-water, trying to catch the salmon.
Girdwood Seward Fox Island/ Kenai Fjords
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rain forest in North America or choose an
Day 12: Katmai / Anchorage
optional tram ride to the summit. On Day 6 we’ll
After a last round of bear viewing, we fly back to
explore iceberg-choked Spencer Lake and take a
King Salmon, then on to Anchorage for a farewell
ary, meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 13 (except dinner on
float trip down the Placer River.
Days 6 and 9), services of NHA Expedition Leader, most gratuities, airport
Day 7: Kenai Peninsula / Fox Island
Day 13: Anchorage / Depart
Upon arrival in Seward we board a boat to Fox
Our Alaska wildlife safari comes to a close today
Island, a lushly forested private island on the
as we transfer to the airport.
edge of Kenai Fjords National Park.
Day 8: Kenai Fjords National Park—Private
Train, accommodation, internal flights as per itiner-
transfers on Day 1 and final day, permits and entrance fees, all taxes. P Special Photo Tour, 14 Days, price on request G Overnight at Gold Creek Lodge B Overnight at Brooks Falls Lodge Note: 2019 dates & fees may change slightly.
THE GREAT ALASKAN GRIZZLY ENCOUNTER Meet the Mighty Brown Bears of Katmai Up Close From Our Private Small Ship ITINERARY 8 DAYS Day 1: Kodiak
Days 4–7: Bear Viewing in Coastal Katmai
On arrival in Kodiak, you are met and transferred
While we’ve all seen footage in nature
to our hotel. Depending on your timing, you may
documentaries of Alaskan brown bears in the wild,
be able to explore some of the island’s Native and
nothing prepares us for the drama of an actual
Russian history. Our grizzly adventure officially
encounter with these magnificent beasts, just
begins this evening, when you meet your fellow
metres away. We go ashore by skiff for an even
travellers and our local guide for an informal
closer view, exploring the beaches on foot. It’s
welcome dinner and orientation.
not uncommon to find massive grizzlies in great
Day 2: Kodiak Island Today we explore Kodiak’s coastal waters and
We watch as they fight to capture salmon in their jaws, trying to seize spawning fish making
past tidal pools and kittiwake rookeries, may
their way up the streams that flow into the tidal
reveal sea lions, otters, puffins, bald eagles and
area. Depending on the time of our visit, we
occasionally whales. We’ll also spend a half-day
may even see bears mating or cubs gallivanting
touring historic Kodiak, with a mix of activities
on the shore. In addition, it is not uncommon
that may include visits to Fort Abercrombie State
for our groups to see wolves and observe their
Historical Park, a local fish hatchery, aquarium,
interesting interactions with the bears. On Day 7,
and/or a drive up Pillar Mountain for sweeping
we plan to return to Kodiak by float plane. Day 8: Homer / Depart
Day 3: Kodiak / Katmai
Our Alaska wildlife cruise comes to a close today
Our day begins with a floatplane flight from
as we depart from Kodiak. We recommend that
Kodiak to Katmai to meet our private chartered
travellers book an afternoon flight out in case
ship, the Natural Habitat Ursus. The Ursus cruises
inclement weather prevents us from flying back
slowly along the coast, where we commonly find
to Kodiak on Day 7.
Since we are mobile, we can cruise to wherever the bears are, following them from bay to bay.
as a dozen of at once.
rocky shorelines on a half-day private boat trip. A
coastal grizzlies, or brown bears, foraging for food.
numbers; our previous trips have seen as many
cruise up a fjord to Kodiak’s protected inner realm,
views over the shoreline and sea.
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Round-trip floatplane flights, accommodation,
meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on the final day, beer and wine on board the Ursus, services of NHA Expedition Leader, airport transfers, permits and entrance fees, all taxes. P Special Photography Departure
* Trips begin and end in Homer
Note: 2018 & 2019 dates & fees may change slightly.
YELLOWSTONE: ULTIMATE WOLF & WILDLIFE SAFARI An Exclusive Winter Wildlife Expedition Deep into Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks ITINERARY 7 DAYS Days 1 & 2: Jackson / National Elk Refuge On arrival we meet for an informal welcome dinner and orientation. The next morning our safari begins as we head into Jackson Hole in search of bighorn sheep, bald and golden eagles, coyotes, bison, mule deer, moose and elk. In the afternoon, we enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh through the National Elk Refuge hoping to get close-up photos of the massive herd that winters here.
Expedition Leader is an experienced tracker. Day 5: Lamar Valley Wolf Safari
a government-sanctioned eradication policy. restored more balance to the ecosystem. If we are lucky, we might see a pack test an elk herd
remain elusive, we’re sure to see plenty of other
The journey through Grand Teton National Park
snowcoach. We stop at West Thumb Geyser Basin to search for moose, river otters and trumpeter swans before reaching Old Faithful geyser.
Our on-board spotting scope enhances our observation from a distance without disturbing their natural behaviour. Returning to Mammoth Hot Springs, we leave Yellowstone’s frozen silence
Day 4: Mammoth Hot Springs / Lamar Valley /
and continue up the Paradise Valley to reach Bozeman for our final night.
through the Yellowstone’s geyser basins to the white limestone terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs. We spend the night just outside the park’s northern boundary in Cooke City, Montana. An evening drive through the Lamar Valley offers our first chance to search for wolves. Although pack movements are unpredictable, our
Grand Teton Jackson
Day 7: Bozeman / Depart Depart Bozeman at your leisure.
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to breakfast on final day, services of NHA Expedition Leaders, airport transfers, use of parkas and boots, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes. P Special Photography Departure, 8 Days, price on request Note: Trip operates in reverse Note: 2019 dates & fees may change slightly.
Day 6: Lamar Valley / Bozeman At dawn we continue our search for wolves.
Cooke City Back aboard our snowcoach, we head northward
Mammoth Hot Springs Old Faithful
for a weak or sick animal, or spot lone individuals
Yellowstone National Park—Old Faithful
of Yellowstone, we board an enclosed, heated
Since then, the wolves have flourished and have
foraging on their own. But even if the wolves
above the Snake River. Reaching the boundary
in the 1990’s after a 70-year absence following
Day 3: Grand Teton National Park /
offers a panorama of the mighty Tetons rising
The gray wolf was re-introduced to Yellowstone
SAFARI AMERICA: UNDER THE DESERT SKY Deluxe Catered Camping & Classic Lodges in Grand Canyon, Bryce & Zion ITINERARY 9 DAYS Day 1: St. George Our southwest canyons adventure begins in the red rock country of St. George, Utah. This evening we meet for an informal welcome dinner.
telescope for a closer view of the stars. Days 6 & 7: Bryce Canyon National Park We depart our Zion camp and cross the Colorado Plateau to the fairyland of Bryce Canyon. Its
Days 2 & 3: Grand Canyon National Park North
pink pinnacles, swirling sandstone and natural
amphitheatres capture our imaginations with
After breakfast we head south and ascend to the
endless geological surprises.
Kaibab Plateau, which lies north of the Grand Canyon. Our first glimpse of the Grand Canyon is just before Jacob Lake, where we stop for an exhilarating view of the west end. We make our base at the rustic and atmospheric 1928 Grand Canyon Lodge on Bright Angel Point. Days 4 & 5: Zion National Park / Nat Hab’s Safari Camp After sunrise at the North Rim, we head north to Zion National Park and Nat Hab’s mobile safari camp. Here, we’ll enjoy classic tents under the stars, but with real beds, excellent home-cooked meals and hot showers.
Zion—NHA Safari Camp
park hotel set amid ponderosa pines on the
1920s splendour, it is replete with Old West atmosphere right down to replicas of the vintage hickory furniture. Day 8: Bryce Canyon National Park / St. George We foray into the canyon as our Expedition Leader guides us on a walk into its maze-like depths. Rock walls create narrow channels for our wanderings while whimsical hoodoos—rock spires carved eons ago by erosion—rise hundreds of feet into the sky around us. At sunset, the
exploring the secret recesses of Zion Canyon,
wonder as they turn varying shades of gold,
walking among giant cottonwoods that provide
maroon, peach and purple with the sinking rays.
shade for wild creatures and listening to the
Completing our loop, we return to spend the
tumble of side streams. Gaze upward at the near-
night in St. George.
the glittering constellations, using our camp’s
canyon rim. Meticulously restored to its original
hoodoos, arches and fins evoke even more
pink, cream and carnelian. Once night falls, scan
We stay at Bryce Canyon Lodge, a classic national
Guided by our Expedition Leader, spend two days
vertical rock walls, admiring their varied hues of
Day 9: St. George / Depart Our southwest desert adventure concludes with a transfer to the airport.
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Accommodation, meals from dinner on Day 1
through breakfast on final day, services of NHA Expedition Leader, airport transfers, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes. Note: 2019 dates & fees may change slightly.
UNDISCOVERED CUBA An Exclusive Small-Group Immersion in the Caribbean’s Most Coveted Destination ITINERARY 10 DAYS Day 1: Fort Lauderdale / Santa Clara /
Day 5: Zapata National Park / Bay of Pigs
Our grand Cuba adventure wraps up with a
This morning we explore the Zapata Peninsula,
Our Cuba adventure begins as our group flies
a UN Biosphere Reserve that covers 1.5 million
to Santa Clara. We’ll visit to the Che Guevara
acres and comprises the Caribbean’s largest
Museum before driving to the historic city of
wetlands. Later we stop to snorkel in the coral-
rich waters of the Bay of Pigs—the infamous site
Day 2: Cienfuegos—Botanical Garden /
Day 6: Las Terrazas / Valle de Viñales
Founded by French settlers in 1819, the historic
This morning we drive to Las Terrazas, a scenic
centre of Cienfuegos is a UNESCO World Heritage
rural community focused on sustainable
Site. Late this afternoon we reach the World
ecotourism. We continue through Valle de
Heritage city of Trinidad, founded by Diego de
Viñales, famous for its mogotes, dramatic
Velasquez in 1514.
250-million-year-old loaf-shaped limestone
Bay of Pigs
mountains laced with caves.
A walking tour reveals Trinidad’s historic treasures.
Day 7: Viñales National Park / Havana As we explore Viñales National Park we are
once the centre of Cuba’s sugar industry and is
accompanied by a local naturalist. Our visit to the
today recognised as a World Heritage Site.
valley also includes a Cuban tobacco farm. Late
Depart Trinidad this morning and drive to Topes
This afternoon, we travel to Valle de Los Ingenios,
Day 4: Topes de Collantes / Playa Giron
Havana to Miami.
of the failed 1961 U.S. invasion.
Day 3: Trinidad
this afternoon we arrive in Cuba’s vibrant capital of Havana.
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2019 Jan 13-22 Feb 7-16 Mar 12-21 Apr 7-16 Dec 1-10 Round-trip flights from Florida to Cuba, all
de Collantes. A morning nature walk highlights
Day 8: Havana
the area’s natural biodiversity, including more
Founded in 1519, we begin today with a walking
than 40 indigenous orchid species, 100 fern
tour of historic Havana.
Day 9: Havana
activities, accommodation and land transportation, meals from dinner
The morning begins with a roundtable discussion
on Day 1 to breakfast on final day except for one dinner, services of NHA
species and some 40 coffee varieties. Birdlife here is also profuse, with several native species of hummingbirds. Our accommodations for the next two nights are with a local family where we experience Cuban life first-hand.
Day 10: Havana / Miami Our Cuba tour concludes today as we fly from
with an economist from the University of Havana.
Expedition Leader, Cuban visa, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees
Afterward, we visit the Museo Nacional de Bellas
Artes: Arte Cubano accompanied by a curator.
Note: 2019 dates & fees may change slightly.
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SWIMMING WITH MEXICO’S WHALE SHARKS Swim & Snorkel with These Gentle Giants, Which Are Actually the World’s Largest Fish! ITINERARY 6 DAYS Day 1: Cancun / Puerto Morelos
we travel by motorboat to Isla de Los Pajaros,
Our whale shark tour begins on arrival at Cancun
a protected nesting sanctuary for flamingos,
airport where you are met and transferred to our
pelicans, roseate spoonbills, frigatebirds and
hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation
with our Expedition Leader.
Tour / Isla Holbox
After breakfast, we drive three hours north,
A second excursion offers another magical
bound for Holbox Islad. Along the way we stop
encounter with the whale sharks. After lunch, we
at a freshwater cenote, where you may enjoy
discover Holbox Island with our guides who know
a refreshing swim or snorkel. Cenotes, fed by
just where to take us to observe local wildlife and
subterranean rivers, were sacred to the Mayans
were their only source of fresh water in the jungle. This afternoon we board our boat for the short ride to Holbox Island, a tiny fishing village with unspoiled beaches and abundant fresh seafood.
the mainland and return to the Azul Beach Hotel.
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A submarine paradise awaits us as we snorkel
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Airport transfers, transportation between Puerto
over the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the secondlargest coral reef in the world, located right in front of our hotel! Along with colourful coral and
After breakfast, we set off in search of the whale
huge schools of fish, we’re likely to see sea turtles,
sharks that migrate to this area between May and
manta rays and sponges. This evening we’ll enjoy
September. When we locate them, we enter the
a farewell dinner together.
Whale sharks aren’t actually whales at all —they are the biggest fish in the world, reaching up to 14
Day 5: Puerto Morelos
us swim within arm’s reach of the whale sharks.
Bid farewell to Holbox Island as we cruise back to
Day 3: Swimming with Whale Sharks / Isla
water two at a time with our guide, who helps
Day 4: Swimming with Whale Sharks / Island
Day 2: Isla Holbox
as entrances to the mythical underworld, and
Day 6: Puerto Morelos / Cancun / Depart Our adventure ends as we transfer to the airport for departing flights.
GROUP SIZE 12 GUESTS
Morelos and Isla Holbox, accommodation, meals from dinner Day 1 to dinner Day 5, services of NHA Expedition Leaders, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes. Note: 2019 dates & fees may change slightly.
metres in length and weighing some 15 tons. We may also spot giant manta rays and bottlenose dolphins during our boat rides. This afternoon
NATURAL JEWELS OF COSTA RICA Tropical Forests, Jungle Wildlife, Two Oceans & More, on Costa Rica’s Most Diverse Nature Adventure! ITINERARY 10 DAYS Day 1: San Jose
Rica’s species, including scarlet macaws, toucans,
Day 10: San Jose / Depart
Our Costa Rica adventure begins in San Jose with
monkeys, and jaguars.
Our Costa Rica adventure ends with a transfer to
a welcome dinner with our Expedition Leader. Day 2: Tortuguero National Park
After breakfast, we take a 45-minute cruise to Isla
We fly to Tortuguero, where we make our way by
del Caño Biological Reserve where the abundant
boat to our ecolodge. Tortuguero is famous for its
marine life best appreciated from below the
green sea turtles. This afternoon, a private boat
cruise reveals wildlife that may include spider, howler and white-faced capuchin monkeys, tree sloths and caimans.
the city and wind our way into Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve which supports 2.5 percent of worldwide biodiversity. We check in to our
jungle which reveals fascinating microhabitats
Day 8: Exploring the Cloud Forest
Day 4: Tortuguero / Osa Peninsula—Corcovado
The entire day is devoted to discovering the
verdant recesses of Monteverde which harbours
This morning we fly to the Osa Peninsula via
an estimated 2,500 species of plants and more
San Jose. At the village of Agujitas we board a
than 400 tropical bird species, including the rare
boat and make a wet landing at the beach of
resplendent quetzal and emerald toucanets. We
our luxury ecolodge, Casa Corcovado. From the
may catch glimpses of various monkeys, sloth,
lodge we have easy access to Corcovado National
olingo, porcupine, coati and agouti.
“most biologically intense place on Earth.”
COSTA RICA Monteverde
We retrace our steps back to San Jose, depart
Day 3: Tortuguero
Park, which National Geographic described as the
the airport this morning.
Day 7: Corcovado / San Jose / Monteverde
After breakfast, we take a boat cruise through the and varied wildlife not easily viewed on land.
Day 6: Isla del Caño / Corcovado National Park
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Day 9: Curicancha Reserve / Xandari Our day begins with a nature walk through the
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Day 5: Exploring Corcovado National Park
Curicancha Reserve, where we may have the
Corcovado National Park, covers 100,000 acres,
opportunity to spot trogon, agouti, coati and the
activities, accommodation and land transportation, all meals from dinner
Airport transfers, internal airfares in Costa Rica, all
includes at least 13 ecosystems and protects a
resplendent quetzal. Later we return to San Jose,
on Day 1 through breakfast on final day, services of NHA Expedition
multitude of endemic wildlife and plant species.
before reaching our destination, Xandari Resort
Leader, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
This biological stronghold supports half of Costa
Note: 2019 dates & fees may change slightly.
GALAPAGOS HIKING & KAYAKING ADVENTURE Our Exclusive Catamaran-Based Odyssey is the Most Exciting Way to See the Islands! ITINERARY 10 DAYS Day 1: Quito / Otavalo
swim in the shallow water. After a short snorkel to
This morning we land on Mosquera, a tiny islet
Arrive in Quito and transfer to the market town of
look for sea turtles, we paddle around the shores
that’s home to sea lions and shorebirds before we
Otavalo. Enjoy a welcome dinner with one of our
of Post Office Bay.
transfer to Baltra for our flight.
Day 7: Santa Cruz—Tortuga Bay / Darwin
Day 2: Otavalo—Hiking in the Andean
Station / Natural Habitat’s Tortoise Camp
The day begins with a visit to secluded Tortuga
The countryside surrounding Otavalo offers an
Bay, a sanctuary for many birds, iguanas and
ideal introduction to hiking in Ecuador.
bright orange Sally Lightfoot crabs.
Day 3: Baltra / North Seymour
After lunch we visit the world-famous giant
Transfer to Quito airport, where we board our
tortoise-rearing centre at the Charles Darwin
flight to the Galapagos. Upon arrival transfer
Research Station before we ascend into the
to the S/C Nemo III, a deluxe motor sailing
misty highlands to NHA’s private Tortoise Camp
where these ancient, amiable reptiles wander.
Day 4: Isla Lobos / San Cristobal—Cerro Brujo This morning we begin with a shallow-water snorkel with the resident sea lion colony and look for feeding marine iguanas. Day 5: Española—Gardner Bay / Punta Suarez On a paddling excursion along the north shore
Santa Fe Floreana Española
platform tents and treehouses. Day 8: Santa Cruz Highlands / Santa Fe Spend the morning exploring the highlands. On a short hike through a forest of prickly pear cacti, look for the endemic land iguanas.
Sailing on to Bartolome, we snorkel with
snorkelling—keep an eye out for gentle
enormous schools of fish under attack by
hammerhead sharks that swim here.
Galapagos penguins. A paddle through the
follow a trail where sea turtles lay eggs and rays
North Seymour San Cristobal
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giant cacti and birds. Next, we go deep-water
This morning we land on Floreana, where we
Day 9: Bartolome / Sombrero Chino
Accommodations are in safari-style raised
of Española, we follow a cliff where we observe
Day 6: Floreana—Punta Cormorant / Post
Bainbridge Rocks reveals more of the Galapagos’ fascinating marine life. Back on board, it’s time for cocktails and a farewell dinner. Day 10: Mosquera / Baltra / Quito / Depart
2018 Nemo III Apr 6-15 Apr 20-29 May 4-13 INCLUSIONS:
May 18-27 Jun 1-10 Jun 15-24
Jun 29-Jul 8 Jul 13-22 Jul 27-Aug 5
Aug 10-19 Aug 24-Sep 2
Activities, accommodation and land transportation,
airport transfers when using our hotels, roundtrip flights between Quito and Galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee and Transit Control Card, meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on final day, local beer and house wine with dinner aboard the Nemo III, services of Natural Habitat Adventures professional Expedition Leaders, most gratuities, taxes and service charges.
2019 This adventure will be offered on comparable dates in 2019. Fees may change slightly.
JAGUARS & WILDLIFE OF BRAZIL’S PANTANAL A Small-Group Expedition into the Rich Biodiversity of South America’s Grandest Wildlife Realm ITINERARY 10 DAYS Day 1: Rio de Janeiro
for glimpses of the stealthy cats from our small
hotel where our Brazil adventure begins with a
welcome dinner. Day 2: Rio / Cuiaba / North Pantanal
Days 5 & 6: Porto Jofre—Jaguar & Wildlife Our skiff excursions in search of jaguars also
Ecolodge. Declared a World Heritage Site and
reveal a panoply of waterbirds, reptile and plant
Biosphere Reserve in 2000, the Pantanal is
species that thrive in the endless lagoons, rivers
South America’s primary wildlife sanctuary.
With rhythmic regularity, the Pantanal floods recede in the dry season, they leave a mosaic of pools and marshes where life flourishes. Some 3,500 different plants thrive here, and the Pantanal is home to 10 million caiman, 650 bird species, 400 kinds of fish, and more than 100 mammal species. Day 3: Exploring the North Pantanal Covering 75,000 square miles across Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, the Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland. Our immersion begins with a nature walk where we’ll hope to see Brazilian tapir, panther, maned wolf, giant otter, giant armadillo, capybara and the jaguar. After dinner we’ll head out on a night safari. Day 4: North Pantanal / Porto Jofre After breakfast, depart for Porto Jofre via the Trans-Pantanal Highway. After lunch we set out
Fly to Cuiaba and transfer by road to Araras
submerging most of its environs. As the waters
on our first jaguar watch, scanning the riverbanks
Arrive in Rio de Janeiro and transfer to our
North Pantanal Cuiaba Porto Jofre South Pantanal Campo Grande Sao Paulo
Rio de Janeiro
Day 7: Porto Jofre / South Pantanal This morning we fly via chartered small planes directly to Caiman Ecological Refuge. Deep in the green recesses of the South Pantanal, this renowned ecolodge lies at the heart of a 130,000acre sustainable cattle ranch that exudes the distinctive local cowboy culture.
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behaviour on safari.
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Days 8–9: Exploring the South Pantanal Wildlife abounds in the vicinity, including jaguars, and the refuge is the site of the Onçafari Jaguar Project which aims to promote wildlife ecotourism in the Pantanal by habituating jaguars to vehicles in order for people to witness their
10 GUESTS 2019 Jun 21-30 Jul 5-14 Jul 19-28 Aug 2-11 Aug 16-25 Aug 30-Sep 8 Sep 13-22 Sep 27-Oct 6 Oct 11-20
Day 10: Campo Grande / Sao Paulo / Depart
Transfer by road this morning to Campo Grande,
through breakfast on final day, services of NHA’s Expedition Leader,
where we fly as a group to Sao Paulo.
private charter flight, internal commercial flights as per itinerary, some
Accommodation, meals from dinner on Day 1
gratuities, airport transfers, park entrance fees and permits, all taxes. Note: 2019 dates & fees may change slightly.
AFRICA n African safari will touch your spirit and move you for a lifetime. But not all safaris are the same—what’s right for one style of traveller is not neccessarily right for another. Our focus is on authentic, close-up safari experiences in remote private reserves where premier wildlife encounters are complemented by the highest-quality and most intimate camps and lodges. Despite the out-of-the-way locales we visit, you’ll enjoy surprising luxury in the bush, with amenities and personalised service that will exceed your expectations. You won’t find large lodges in our collection, as seclusion and privacy are paramount for our African safaris. As always, our guides are the key to an amazing adventure. Over the years, we have assembled a collection of Africa’s top safari Expedition Leaders, who expertly guide our private groups into the continent’s most exciting wildlife destinations. If you’re looking for an exclusive experience combining classic safari ambience with an exceptional level of comfort, you’ve found it!
Giraffe, Amboseli National Park, Kenya © W Davies
SECLUDED BOTSWANA SAFARI Our Flagship Safari—A Truly Exclusive Adventure into the Heart of Wildest Africa ITINERARY 13 DAYS Day 1: Livingstone — Zambezi River
Days 9 & 10: Okavango Delta
Our Botswana trip begins just over the border in
Leaving dry land behind, we transfer by light
Livingstone, Zambia, where you’re met on arrival
aircraft to a Pelo Camp, located in the Okavango’s
and transferred to your hotel. We’ll enjoy a classic
watery heart. We explore by dugout canoe,
sunset cruise before a welcome dinner.
offering a chance to observe wildlife at eye level.
Day 2: Victoria Falls / Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park Explore Victoria Falls on a walking tour. A wildlife drive in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park offers our
Islands and wetlands among the channels are home to many rare birds. We may also spy water-
Days 11 & 12: Moremi Game Reserve—Hunda Island
Private Reserve By road and ferry we journey to Chobe National Park, known for its vast elephant population. Waterbirds abound, and hippos and crocodiles are prolific along the muddy banks. This afternoon, we fly to the Linyanti private reserve,
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Reserve. Activities focus on drives in open 4x4
2018 Jun 19-Jul 1 Aug 9-21 Sep 26-Oct 8 May 8-20 Jun 22-Jul 4 Aug 15-27 Sep 29-Oct 11 May 12-21 Jun 25-Jul 7 P Aug 18-30 Oct 2-14 May 14-26 Jun 28-Jul 10 Aug 21-Sep 2 Oct 6-15 May 17-29 Jul 1-13 Aug 25-Sep 3 Oct 8-20 May 20-Jun 1 Jul 5-14 Aug 27-Sep 8 P Oct 11-23 May 23-Jun 4 Jul 7-19 Sep 2-14 Oct 14-26 P May 26-Jun 7 Jul 11-20 Sep 8-20 Oct 20-Nov 1 May 30-Jun 8 Jul 13-25 Sep 9-18 Oct 23-Nov 4 Jun 2-14 C+ Jul 19-31 Sep 11-23 Oct 26-Nov 7 P Jun 5-14 Jul 26-Aug 4 Sep 14-26 P Oct 29-Nov 10 Jun 7-19 Jul 26-Aug 7 C+ Sep 18-27 Jun 13-25 Jul 28-Aug 9 P Sep 20-Oct 2 Jun 16-28 Aug 4-13 Sep 21-Oct 3 C+ 2019 This safari will be offered on comparable dates in 2019. Fees may change slightly.
vehicles in search of elephant, lion, zebra, red lechwe, giraffe, tsessebe and wildebeest. Night drives reveal nocturnal species such as civet cat and caracal, plus large predators that hunt in the dark. Day 13: Maun / Depart Our Botswana trip finishes when we depart by air for Maun.
Concession Fly by light aircraft to Gomoti Tented Camp in the heart of the Santawani Concession. The Gomoti features a stunningly diverse range of habitats.
Activities, accommodation and internal flights as
detailed, arrival airport transfer, meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on final day, house alcoholic beverages in camps, services of NHA Expedition Leader, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
We travel by boat or 4x4 to Little Tubu and/or
River is a year-round lifeline for animals and
Tubu Tree, on the edge of the Moremi Game
home to lion, leopard, spotted hyena and African
Days 6–8: Okavango Delta—Santawani
are accompanied by a local guide and rangers
Days 3–5: Chobe National Park / Linyanti
adapted antelope such as red lechwe browsing in
only chance to see a white rhinoceros where we tasked with guarding the rhinos around the clock.
GROUP SIZE 7 GUESTS
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BOTSWANA: KALAHARI, THE DELTA & BEYOND On This Green Season Safari, Fresh Grass Draws Prolific Wildlife & New Babies Abound ITINERARY 12 DAYS Day 1: Livingstone — Zambezi River A sunset cruise offers a chance to admire the scenery before a welcome dinner. Day 2: Victoria Falls / Mosi-oa-Tunya National
leopard and hyena on the prowl. Days 6–8: Okavango Delta—Santawani Concession Fly by light aircraft to Gomoti Tented Camp in
the heart of the community-owned Santawani
Our day begins with a guided tour of Victoria
reserve in the Okavango Delta. A mix of riverine
Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of
woodlands, acacia scrub and open floodplains
the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. After a
provide ample food for a large array of browsers
visit to a local village, we’re off on our first wildlife
and grazing species as well as predators. Regular
drive in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park where we
sightings include leopard, lion, wild dog, hyena,
might see a rhinoceros.
cheetah, giraffe, elephant, impala, kudu, zebra,
Day 3: Chobe National Park / Okavango Delta
Days 9–11: Central Kalahari Game Reserve
National Park, known for its enormous elephant
Today we fly to the Central Kalahari Game
herds. On a Chobe River cruise, expect to see
Reserve. Keep watch for wildebeest, red
plenty of elephant, hippo, crocodile and perhaps
hartebeest and springbok, as well honey badger
the elusive puku and Chobe bushbuck. Up to
and mongoose. Predators follow these large
400 bird species reside in the park at this time of
congregations of desert animals with their young
year. This afternoon we fly to the centre of the
into the broad pan, creating natural drama we
Okavango Delta for a 3-night stay. Earth’s largest
may be privy to observe. Star attractions include
inland water system, the Delta became UNESCO’s
the famous Kalahari black-maned lions as well
1,000th World Heritage Site in 2014.
as some of the Africa’s best cheetah viewing.
This is dramatic big-game country, home to buffalo, blue wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, bushbuck, tsessebe, and water-adapted antelope like red
wildebeest and buffalo.
Travelling by ferry to Botswana we enter Chobe
Days 4–5: On Safari in the Central Okavango
Victoria Falls Okavango Chobe Delta Qorokwe Maun
Our time will include cultural experiences that offer insight into the history and traditions of the Bushmen clans of the area. Day 12: Maun / Depart
lechwe and the rare sitatunga. And where game
Our Botswana trip ends when we depart by air for
thrives, so do predators—keep watch for lion,
Maun to connect with onward flights.
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Mar 24-Apr 4 Nov 27-Dec 6 P Dec 1-12 Dec 13-24 Dec 18-27 P Dec 22-Jan 2, ‘20
Accommodation, airport transfers, meals from
dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on final day, house alcoholic beverages in camps, services of NHA Expedition Leader, some gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes. P Special Photography Departure, 10 Days, price on request Note: 2019 dates & fees may change slightly.
EPIC BOTSWANA & NAMIBIA SAFARI An All-Encompassing Adventure Featuring Southern Africa’s Most Diverse Wildlife & Scenery ITINERARY 16 DAYS Day 1: Windhoek
Days 8 & 9: Okavango Delta —Moremi Game
Day 16: Victoria Falls / Depart
We meet our Expedition Leader on arrival in
Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Windhoek and enjoy a welcome dinner.
Today we fly to the Okavango Delta, a green maze
and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the
of canals and lagoons, sustaining a profusion of
World. A guided tour of Victoria Falls and the rain
Days 2 & 3: Kulala Wilderness A morning flight delivers us to the 90,000-acre Kulala Wilderness Reserve, where dunes rise over 300 metres from the desert floor. Wildlife gems include springbok, gemsbok, oryx, ostrich, hyena, bat-eared fox and aardwolf. Days 4 & 5: Palmwag Concession Fly north to Desert Rhino Camp in the heart of the private million-acre Palmwag Concession. Freshwater springs around this reserve support healthy wildlife populations, including the rare
forest-clad rim provides a fitting finale to our epic
Moremi Game Reserve. There is water here year-
exploration. Say farewell when we transfer to
round and we glide silently in a mokoro spying a
host of animals and birds along the banks.
Days 10 & 11: Chitabe Private Concession Depart by light aircraft for our deluxe bush camp
in the heart of the Delta. The wildlife in this
Linyanti Victoria Falls Moremi Chobe Okavango Delta
renowned corner of the Okavango is as diverse as it is prolific, including elephant and impala to lion
and wild dog.
desert-adapted black rhino. We also find desert-
Days 12–14: Linyanti Private Reserve
adapted elephants, zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok
A flight by light aircraft brings us into the Linyanti
and greater kudu. Namibia’s second-largest
Reserve, one of the best game-viewing regions
predator population thrives here, which includes
in Botswana. From our base at Savuti Camp, day
and night game drives may reveal large predators
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as well as impala, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest
2018 May 27-Jun 11 Jun 21-Jul 6 Jul 20-Aug 4
lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena. Days 6 & 7: Ongava Private Reserve—Etosha National Park This morning we fly to Etosha National Park, an ancient lakebed where perennial springs draw a plethora of game. The Etosha Salt Pan, offers Namibia’s best wildlife viewing, with elephant, black and white rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hartebeest, springbok, oryx, kudu and the diminutive dik-dik.
wildlife. We stay in solitude at Xigera Camp in the
lechwe and tsessebe. Day 15: Chobe National Park / Livingstone Fly to Chobe National Park famous for its vast elephant population, which numbers to 70,000. The park is also home to feline predators and plenty of hoofed game. We’ll have lunch on a private boat safari down the Zambezi River.
7 GUESTS Aug 22-Sep 6 Sep 6-21 Sep 26-Oct 11 Oct 11-26
2019 May 27-Jun 11 Jun 21-Jul 6 Jul 20-Aug 4
Aug 22-Sep 6 Sep 6-21 Sep 26-Oct 11 Oct 11-26
Activities, accommodation and internal flights as
detailed in itinerary, private international charter airfare Namibia to Botswana airport transfers, meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on final day, house alcoholic beverages in camps, services of NHA Expedition Leader, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes. Note: 2019 dates & fees may change slightly.
THE GREAT NAMIBIA WILDLIFE SAFARI Search for Desert Rhino & Other Rare Wildlife on an Exclusive Fly-In Adventure ITINERARY 10 DAYS Day 1: Windhoek
rocks and deep gorges. Within these stark
Day 10: Windhoek / Depart
Our Namibia wildlife safari begins on arrival
environs, freshwater springs support healthy
Our Namibia safari concludes as we fly from
in Windhoek. Namibia’s capital is a modern,
numbers of wildlife, including Africa’s largest
Ongava back to Windhoek to connect with departing flights.
walkable city featuring both contemporary and
population of free-roaming black rhinoceros.
colonial architecture. Over a leisurely dinner, get
We’ll track this endangered icon in the company
acquainted with fellow travellers and meet our
of rhino experts from the Save the Rhino Trust
and researchers. To search for rhinos on foot is
Days 2 & 3: Kulala Private Reserve—Sossusvlei Fly by light aircraft this morning to Little Kulala, a luxurious retreat inside the private 90,000acre Kulala Wilderness Reserve on the edge of Namibia’s great sand sea. Wildlife drives at sunrise take us into Sossusvlei, a salt and clay pan surrounded by shape-shifting sand dunes.
a rare and exhilarating experience On 4x4 drives,
we also find desert-adapted elephant, endemic
Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx, gemsbok, springbok and greater kudu. Namibia’s
second-largest predator population thrives here, including lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena. Days 7–9: Ongava Private Reserve—Etosha
Framed by intense blue skies, the world’s tallest
dunes glow deep carnelian at dawn, changing
We take to the skies once again, bound for the
minute by minute as the sun climbs, to rose,
Ongava Game Reserve on the border of Etosha
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burnt orange and ochre. Remarkably, these
National Park. Within this private concession,
dunes are home to a host of desert species,
wildlife is plentiful and visitors are few. Our focus
including oryx, ostrich, springbok, spotted and
is the Etosha Salt Pan, the remnant of a huge
2018 Apr 9-19 P Jun 12-21 Jul 7-16 Jul 22- 31 Aug 6-15 Sep 16-25
brown hyena, aardwolf and bat-eared fox. Days 4–6: Palmwag Fly north to private million-acre Palmwag Concession. Our destination, Desert Rhino Camp, lies at the heart of this vast reserve in the Damaraland region, one of Africa’s last great wildernesses. The raw landscape is defined by ancient riverbeds, open plains, stacked granite
lake that existed here two million years ago. Bare and dry today, the depression offers Namibia’s best wildlife viewing, with elephant, black and
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white rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra,
wildebeest, hartebeest, springbok, oryx, kudu
arrival airport transfer, meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on final
and the diminutive dik-dik drawn to its many life-
day, house alcoholic beverages in camps, services of NHA Expedition
Activities, accommodation and internal flights,
sustaining waterholes. Birdlife is prolific, and we
Leader, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
may see ostrich and raptors.
P Special Photography Departure, 11 Days, price on request Note: 2019 dates & fees may change slightly.
WILD ETHIOPIA: THE ROOF OF AFRICA Discover the Wonders of an Ancient Land Where Nature, Culture & History Are Equally Magnificent ITINERARY 11 DAYS Day 1: Addis Ababa
city in northern Ethiopia is famed for its 17th-
vast highland region has an average elevation of
Meet your Expedition Leader at the airport and
century stone castles and fortresses, this UNESCO
nearly 4,000-metres. The plateau supports the
transfer to our hotel where we gather for a
World Heritage Site was once the royal capital of
largest remaining population of Ethiopian wolf,
Day 2: Gondar / Simien Mountains National
Day 6: Lalibela
We fly to Lalibela, the cradle of Ethiopian
Day 11: Gaysay Grasslands / Addis Adaba /
Transfer to the airport for our flight to Gondar. As
Christianity and renowned for its rock-hewn
we drive on to Simien Mountains National Park,
churches. Christianity in Ethiopia dates to the
Via a scenic 3-hour drive, we reach the airport for
the road winds through wild high country. Hike
1st century A.D., the only pre-colonial Christian
our chartered flight back to Addis.
to see geladas, a species of monkey found only
presence in sub-Saharan Africa.
in the Ethiopian Highlands and the only primates that are exclusively grazers. They are highly social, rambunctious, and comfortable allowing us to approach at close range.
cliff face, the monastery’s setting is spectacular.
stunning panoramas of the distant lowlands. Look
After our visit, we’re treated to a coffee ceremony
out for lammergeyers—giant birds of prey with
in a local home.
Reaching Chennek at 3,600-metres, this is the
Day 8: Bale Mountains National Park We fly back to Addis this morning, then continue by chartered plane to Bale Mountains National Park. It is the best place for viewing Ethiopia’s
best place to spy the endangered walia ibex,
unique wildlife, including Ethiopian wolf, rare
found only in this isolated region. The area is
mountain nyala, giant forest hog, cape hyrax,
also home to the very rare Ethiopian wolf, where
colobus and vervet monkeys.
fewer than 400 remain.
to a little-visited 13th-century rock-hewn monastery near Lalibela, at an altitude of nearly 4,000-metres. Carved out of a cleft in a vertical
more than 450-metres.
After a leisurely breakfast, we make an excursion
Days 3 & 4: Exploring the Simien Mountains
Jinbar Falls, one of Africa’s highest waterfalls at
Day 7: Lalibela—Asheton Maryam Monastery
Driving along the escarpment edge, we enjoy
a 3-metre wingspan. We also stop for a vista of
which we hope to spot on wildlife drives. Back at Bale Mountains Lodge, we enjoy a farewell dinner.
DATES & FEES from $15,435 2018 Oct 24-Nov 3 Nov 18-28 Dec 1-11 INCLUSIONS:
2019 Feb 21-Mar 3 Mar 5-15 Oct 24-Nov 3
Nov 18-28 Dec 1-11
Airport transfers, internal flights as per itinerary,
accommodation, meals from dinner on Day 1 to dinner on final day, ser-
Days 9 & 10: Sanetti Plateau & Harenna Forest
vices of an NHA Expedition Leader, some gratuities, all permits, entrance
Day 5: Gondar
Spend two days exploring the wild wonders of
fees and taxes.
Depart early for the drive back to Gondar. This
the Sanetti Plateau and Harenna Forest. This
Note: 2019 dates & fees may change slightly.
MADAGASCAR WILDLIFE ADVENTURE A Small-Group Exploration of the Planet’s Most Unique Biodiversity Hotspot ITINERARY 13 DAYS Day 1: Johannesburg
to southern Madagascar. Stop at the Anja
Day 13: Antananarivo / Johannesburg / Depart
Arrive in Johannesburg and gather this evening
Community Reserve to see rambunctious ring-
After a leisurely breakfast, we fly to Antananarivo
for a welcome dinner.
tailed lemurs. Continuing south, we enter a region
for connecting flights to Johannesburg.
Days 2–4: Antananarivo, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park Upon arrival in Antananarivo we drive past rice paddies and rural villages into the rainforest to reach Andasibe-Mantadia National Park where
of mountainous plateaus and eroded canyons. Several varieties of lemur live among the cacti,
aloes and palms, in particular the resident ring-
tailed lemur. The 200,000-acre park is the sacred homeland of the tribal Bara people.
we’ll look for lemurs, primitive primates found
Day 9: Zombitse-Vohibasia National Park /
only in Madagascar. There are approximately
100 species and subspecies of lemur; the world’s
Drive west to Zombitse-Vohibasia National
largest, the indri, is found in this park. On night
Park, home to some of Madagascar’s finest
walks, look for tree frogs, chameleons and palm-
birdwatching, with a number of endemic species
sized brown mouse lemurs. We also visit Lemur
including the very rare Appert’s tetraka which is
Island, a small sanctuary where lemurs rescued
native to this forest alone. Among the park’s eight
from captivity are thriving. Habituated to visitors,
lemur species, we spot Hubbard’s sportive lemur,
be prepared for close encounters.
a prize sighting found only in this park.
DATES & FEES from $16,685
Days 5 & 6: Ranomafana National Park
Days 10–12: Anjajavy Private Reserve
Return to Antananarivo and take a chartered
Board an early-morning chartered flight north
2018 Jun 20-Jul 2 Jul 4-16 Jul 12-24 Jul 25-Aug 6 Aug 8-20 Aug 22-Sep 3
Sep 12-24 Sep 25-Oct 7 P Oct 3-15 Oct 10-22 Oct 17-29 P Oct 24-Nov 5
2019 Jun 20-Jul 2 Jul 4-16 Jul 12-24 Jul 25-Aug 6 Aug 8-20 Aug 22-Sep 3
Sep 12-24 Sep 25-Oct 7 P Oct 3-15 Oct 10-22 Oct 17-29 P Oct 24-Nov 5
flight to the hilltop town of Fianarantsoa. From
to the 17,000-acre private coastal nature reserve
here, we take a scenic drive to Ranomafana
of Anjajavy. This vast protected area of secluded
National Park. The park is home to 12 species of
forests and empty beaches is reached only by
lemur, 120 frog species, 90 butterfly species, and
flying into the private airport. The seaside lodge
the fascinating but rarely seen fossa. A night walk
fronting the cerulean waters of the Mozambique
may reveal brown mouse lemurs and various
Channel is our base for exploring. From our
transportation as detailed, meals from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on final
amphibians active after dark.
lodge, explore the mangroves by kayak, snorkel
day, services of NHA Expedition Leader, most gratuities, all permits,
Days 7 & 8: Isalo National Park Enjoy the changing views on a scenic drive
Activities, accommodation, charter flights and land
over a coral reef from the beach or explore the
entrance fees and taxes.
P Special Photography Departure Note: 2019 dates & fees may change slightly.
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