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Digital! The destroyer of dull daily commutes and overnight backpacker bus journeys, you can now download all our brochures straight to your tablet or mobile. Access videos and bonus imagery, share pages, tap to book, save trees and download for inspiration on the road. SEARCH STA TRAVEL BROCHURES

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Our story The big stuff The good stuff The responsible stuff The essentials Save money and stay flexible All about flights All about tours All about how we ride All about duvets

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Map and trip planner EPIC AFRICAN ADVENTURES SOUTHERN AFRICA South Africa Baz Bus Cape Town Winelands & whales Garden Route Eastern Cape Johannesburg, Kruger & beyond

75 Namibia 81 Windhoek & beyond 82 Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe 84 Livingstone & Victoria Falls 86 Madagascar 88 EASTERN AFRICA 96 Kenya, Uganda & Rwanda 101 Tanzania 102 Trek Kilimanjaro 107 Dar es Salaam, Arusha & beyond


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DUNES, DELTAS & FALLS SOUTHBOUND

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BAZ BUS (SOUTH AFRICA)

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HIGHLIGHTS OF MADAGASCAR

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MT. KILI (MACHAME) & SERENGETI ADVENTURE

110 Zanzibar 112 INDIAN OCEAN 113 Seychelles 114 Mauritius 116 Maldives 119 NORTH AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST 120 Egypt & Jordan 126 Israel 128 Tel Aviv & Jerusalem 130 Morocco

137 Marrakech 139 Arabian Peninsula & Iran 142 Dubai 149 Abu Dhabi 150 Muscat & beyond 152 TERMS & CONDITIONS 154 TRAVEL INSURANCE

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Our It all started back in 1979 with two Aussie backpackers, a long haul hangover and an idea. To create affordable adventures for awesome humans. Over 35 years later and we're the world's largest student and youth travel company; with stores in over 50 countries and over 2 million travellers a year. Since then, we've launched apps, festivals, film projects, digital music platforms and pioneered charity campaigns. We've crossed borders to push boundaries, walked unfamiliar paths to find new friends, and got lost to discover the places we love. We've done all of these things, but our philosophy has never changed. We're STA Travel, and we're here to Start The Adventure. And now, it's your turn.

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WHY STA TRAVEL

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The world according to STA Travel, here's why you should grab life by the rucksack and book your next adventure.

Here’s how we see it. If you're going to book a trip, you should book it with travellers. Our Travel Experts are worldly-wise, well-travelled and can pack a 60 litre backpack in a minute flat.

Lots of travel companies make grand promises about their prices. Here's ours. If we can't beat a scheduled airfare, tour or hotel price, then we'll give you $1,000 travel credit towards your trip.*

We don't endorse credit card debt, organ harvesting or blackmail as legitimate ways to fund your trip. So if you see a flight you like, secure it there and then with a $49 deposit and pay the rest later.

We've been trusted by travellers since 1979. We work with the world's leading airlines, touring partners and ground handlers to create experiences that are real, responsible and authentic.

We know how important it is to feel safe on the road. That's why our STA Travel Cares team are online and on the phone 24/7/365 to help quickly resolve issues - so that you can get back on with the fun stuff.

The world's largest airline network for students and under 31, our exclusive BlueTickets have been flying the young and studious around the planet on the lowest and most flexible fares for over 35 years.

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Let’s clear this up once and for all before someone does a keg stand! Yes, we do offer student discounts on many of our products, but our adventures are ageless. If you love to travel, we love you.

NOT JUST FOR STUDENTS

*Not all tickets are available for our $49 deposit scheme. Please ask your Travel Expert **For full terms and conditions on our Price Beat Guarantee, please visit statravel.com/price-guarantee.htm

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WHY STA TRAVEL

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MAKING A STAND ON TEEN CANCER

At STA Travel, we help millions of young travellers explore the world each year. Yet for thousands of young people, their worlds are turned upside down by cancer.

STA TRAVEL ON A MISSION

IT TAKES TWO

No young person should face cancer alone. That's why we've joined forces with Teen Cancer America and teenage cancer charities in the UK, Australia, Austria, Germany and New Zealand on a global campaign to raise awareness and vital funds.

We're asking our travellers to add just $2 to their booking. 100% of this donation will go towards helping provide the support services, specialist facilities and outreach programmes needed to ensure young people with cancer continue to receive the expert care they need.

Our mission is to raise USD $1 million by 2020, and your trip can help us do that.

For more information, head online or speak to us instore.

Our people have also been busy. In year one, we.. RAN AND WALKED OVER 400 KM

HAD A SONG WRITTEN FOR US BY ALONG CAME SHIFTY

SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER WORLDWIDE

SHAVED TO RAISE OVER USD $10,000

TOGETHER RAISED A TOTAL OF USD $155,000

BAKED (AND ATE) A LOT OF CAKES

To find out more about our fundraising adventures, watch our film or donate, please visit statravel.com/teen-cancer-america.htm

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WHY STA TRAVEL

Responsible STUFF THE

We believe in exploring, not exploiting. We're not perfect, but here's a bit about what we've been doing to help.

MAKING A STAND

MAKING A STAND

On Volunteering

On Animal Welfare We've partnered with international wildlife charity, the Born Free Foundation, to enforce a pioneering animal welfare policy. Together, we are committed to safeguarding the wellbeing of animals across all of our operations, and to changing the attitudes of others within the tourism industry.

We love encouraging our travellers to give back on their travels. Unfortunately, volunteer projects can often be mismanaged; exploiting poorer communities for profit rather than helping them. We believe that volunteering should have a lasting and positive impact, meeting both the local needs of communities and the desires of travellers to make worthwhile contributions. Only then can voluntourism make a true difference.

WHAT WE ARE DOING

So far we have withdrawn almost 4,000 of our suppliers' tours and activities because they have compromised our stance on animal welfare. These have included Pamplona's Running of the Bulls, Tiger Temple in Thailand and a ban on elephant and ostrich riding. WHAT YOU CAN DO

We're asking our travellers to use their influence to help change perceptions, and in doing so, to help change the lives of animals around the world. If you come across any instances of animal neglect or cruelty on your trip, please report them to Born Free's Travellers' Animal Alert. Find out more at bornfree.org.uk/travellersalert/

STA TRAVEL'S STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

Our responsibilities are threefold. Firstly, to the project, to ensure that it is based on achievable and beneficial objectives. Secondly, to our volunteers, by giving a clear outline of the project's goals. And thirdly, to the community, by encouraging economic, social and environmental sustainability rather than dependency. STA TRAVEL'S CODE OF CONDUCT FOR VOLUNTEERS

Our volunteers do great work, and we want you to have the best time doing it. A big part of this comes down to attitude, and while we're lucky to have the World's Best Customers (your medal's in the post) we also want to ensure that you are prepared and your expectations are managed. Ask your Travel Expert for a copy.

IF IT'S NOT SAFE

We've been trusted by travellers for over 35 years, and we take that trust seriously.

We won' t sell it!

We operate a comprehensive customer safety policy to promote the good health and

safety of our travellers abroad, only working with reputable operators who meet local, national and our own strict company standards.

operations, withdrawing any products or properties where customer safety or our own company values are compromised.

We're constantly on the road assessing our

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The Essentials The holy grail of traveller essentials, here are all the things your trip can't survive without.

BEFORE YOU GO VISAS

Not getting deported is a fairly important part of travelling, so make sure you check all entry requirements well in advance. And if you do require a visa, our visa process is safe, speedy and free of boring embassy queues. If you're not prepared, it could mean forking out hundreds on flights from a country you won't even see. Not fun.

PARKING & LOUNGES

Early morning flight and no one kind (crazy) enough to drive you to the airport? Save up to 50% (and some important snooze time) by pre-booking airport hotels and parking with us. Or, start your journey off in style by booking yourself fancy airport lounge access. Player.

easy prepaid dates changes to your flights without ever paying airline or admin fees. It's a game changer. See page 12 for more info.

MULTIFLEX DATE CHANGE PASSES VACCINATIONS

Some countries won’t even let you in without having had certain vaccinations, so check the requirements and visit your GP at least ten weeks before you depart.

Who said travellers were fickle and indecisive? Yep, that was definitely us. Travelling should be about having the freedom and flexibility to change your plans, which is why you can now make

Dear Travel Insurance, We know that you're not always everyone's favourite travel purchase. People scoff at you, tell you they don't need you, and even palm you off onto their parents to deal with. Not us, we're here to thank you. You support us when we spontaneously decide to skydive out of light aircraft, reimburse us when our stuff gets nicked, pay for us to return home in an emergency, give us access to a 24/7 support line and generally lend your strong and silent support while we run around the planet doing stuff we wouldn't usually do - in places we wouldn't usually do it. Thank you travel insurance. Your services to travellers have been duly noted.

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Check out before you check in Check the validity of your passport and make sure you have enough blank pages. Check through all your documentation and share it with family members via your MySTA account. Tell your bank where you’re going to avoid getting your card blocked. Double-check the airline’s luggage allowance. Compulsory last-minute panic check: passport, wallet, phone, charger, adaptor, sanitiser. Round of applause, you've nailed it.


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Save Money HOW TO

If there’s one thing we love (almost) as much as travelling, it’s discounts. If you’re a full-time student, a teacher, or just a young’un under 31, you can pick up an ISIC, ITIC or IYTC card for exclusive prices and discounts at home and abroad.

Choose your card International Student Identity Card (full-time students) You'll need: O  ne passport sized photo P  roof of age (driver's license, passport, birth certificate, 18+ card) P  roof of full-time education (official letter/ documentation from your place of study) International Teacher Identity Card (full-time teachers) You'll need:

Savvy Savings International Youth Travel Card (anyone 30 years or younger) You'll need: One passport sized photo Proof of age (same as ISIC above) All ISIC/ITIC/IYTC cards are valid for 12 months from date of issue.

FREEBIES

The benefits Reliable The number one global discount card and the only internationally-recognised student ID Trusted Held by more than 4.5 million students worldwide Save at home Get thousands of discounts at cafés, restaurants and takeaway outlets near you

P  roof of age (same as ISIC above)

Save abroad Get exclusive STA Travel prices on travel, and loads of discounts at some of our favourite attractions

P  roof of full-time teaching status (official letter or documentation from your place of study)

It’s a bargain At just $11, can you really afford not to get one?

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DISCOUNT CARDS

Full-time students, under 31s and teachers can pick up an ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card for discounted deals with us, plus thousands of savings at home and abroad. From $11.

Get a free ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card when you book a G Adventures trip. Eligibility required. MATES RATES

Going as a group? You could be eligible for a discount, or even a free spot for yourself! LOYALTY DISCOUNTS

Get repeat traveller discounts from some of our tour operators and free nights when you stay longer at our favourite digs. MULTI-TRIP OFFERS

When you book more than one tour with the same operator.


INDI //INDEPENDENT

TA I L O R M A D E Y O U R WAY / /

Flexible ...AND STAY

Travel the way you want it.

Can't pay yet? Book with a deposit and convince a concerned parent or friend to pay it later. F LY / / T O U R / / S TAY / / C A M P E R / / PAC K AG E / /

The promised land for flexible travellers, FLEXI has arrived! Secure all your adventures with a deposit, make changes to your flights, and confirm dates for beds, tours and campervans when you're on the road. Finally, congratulate yourself on being such a free spirit.*

FLEXIFLY

Hello, this is your captain speaking. With every FlexiFly flight, you can book now pay later to lock in the lowest prices, and add a MultiFLEX pass to make date changes before you fly and while you're on the road. And if there are any students or under 31s flying with us today, switch to a BlueTicket for even more freedom. FLEXISTAY

Two words, sleeping around. Another word, Why? Here's why. Solving that perennial travel dilemma of not knowing where you're going to be and when, pay for a number of nights now, but choose where you stay later.

FLEXITOUR

On day one, the adventure gods created tours. On day two, we created FlexiTour. Put down a deposit on hop-on hop-off buses, rail passes, tours and day trips; pay the balance before you go; then travel around the planet knowing that all the good stuff is sorted and that you can lock in the dates when you're ready.

Meet INDI, no rules tailor made travel for independent adventurers. With INDI, any adventure is possible. Whether you're travelling solo, as a couple or with a group of friends, get exactly the transport, experiences and accommodation you want, tailor made into an original and personalised itinerary.

We do the leg work With pre-booked transport, treks and trips; have the convenience and comfort of knowing that the main elements of your trip are sorted.

Style it out You choose exactly what you want to do and see, and our Travel Experts will coordinate it all using trusted local guides and suppliers.

Rides and digs Travel by any means you like, from private car and driver, to trains and planes; with accommodation from hostels to honeymoon suites.

Your world, your way For more inspiration, ask our Travel Experts for sample itineraries and start designing your ultimate INDI adventure today.

FLEXICAMPER

Where there's a wheel, there's a way. And it’s the FlexiCamper way. Available in Oz and New Zealand, pay for a number of campervan hire days now, but decide when you want to hit the road later. And to make things even sweeter (as if a bed and drinks fridge on wheels wasn't enough), book with a deposit. FLEXIPACKAGE

Make way for the mothership. All your adventures! Whack a deposit on everything – flights, tours, hop-on hop-off buses, rail passes, campers and accommodation – and we'll turn it into the most flexible trip the world has ever seen. The days of missing out because you've run out of cash are over. Insert smug face [here].

*Local T&Cs apply. Ask your Travel Expert for more details

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About Flights ALL

What we like best about flying is our prices. And the small bags of peanuts. THE ORIGINAL ROUND THE WORLD EXPERTS

We've been jumping into flat beds with the world's leading airlines for over 35 years, all to bring you exclusively low and flexible airfares. Because we're not tied to the same rules and routes as other companies, our Travel Experts can help you piece together completely unique itineraries. Create your own multi-stop route, 18-month tickets and personalised Round the World trips with unlimited stops and mileage. However fly you're feeling, we'll have just the ticket. PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE

This is how confident we are about our airfares. If you do happen to find a cheaper price for the same economy class scheduled airfare, and we can't beat it, we'll give you $1,000 travel credit towards your trip.* BOOK NOW PAY LATER

So, you could spend $49 on seven bottles of wine, and drink them (responsibly) as you watch your dream flights go up in price. Or you could lock in the price of

those flights today with a $49 deposit, and leave 'future you' to pay the balance 10 weeks before you fly.** MULTIFLEX DATE CHANGE PASSES

Flighty travellers, form an orderly queue! With our exclusive MultiFLEX passes, you can now make easy prepaid date changes on the road, without every paying airline or admin fees. It can save you hundreds, which can then be spent on beer. Or 50 pairs of Thai fisherman pants. One change for $49, three changes for $99 and unlimited changes for $149. EXCLUSIVE STUDENT AND YOUTH FARES

Back in 1979, STA Travel's flare-wearing forefathers created the first ever tickets for students and young people. They were cheaper, more flexible and flew in the face of everything we knew about airfares – offering unlimited stopovers, rebellious routings and bargain date changes. They used to be printed on blue paper, so today, we simply call them BlueTickets. (Slow day on the marketing floor). Over 35 years later, our BlueTickets are still the lowest and most flexible fares for students and under 31s. And they're still only available at STA Travel.

BUT WAIT, I'M NOT A STUDENT!

Yes, we realise that this all seems a bit unfair to tax payers and the over 30s. That's why we have an open-to-all version of many of our BlueTickets, all offering the same unique freedom and flexibility. We just didn’t want to call them GreyTickets that’s all, out of respect. PREMIUM, BUSINESS AND FIRST

We're referring to that section at the front of the plane - the bit you usually walk through to get to your seat? Business, pleasure, extremely long legs... we have upgraded fares with the world's leading airlines. Try us, we can do classy when we want.

When to book Booking last minute for long haul flights usually spells out OVERDRAFT. (If you can still focus through the tears). Most airlines release their seats 10-11 months in advance, with the lowest price tickets selling out first, so the earlier you book the better.

*For full terms and conditions on our Price Beat Guarantee, please visit statravel.com/price-guarantee.htm **Not all tickets are available for our $49 deposit scheme. Please ask your Travel Expert

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About ALL

Tours

we don't follow flags or umbrellas, just locals. What happens on tour Our tours are designed for curious, independent travellers. We know you don’t want to stick out like a sore tourist thumb when you’re strutting your best self around the globe. That’s why we only work with people who can give you a genuinely authentic experience. So let’s clear a few things up…

Myth:

IT’S MORE AUTHENTIC TO GO SOLO

BUSTED! Our tours are led by local people, which means you’ll be guided around a country by the ones who know it best. You’ll have access to great local haunts – places you might never find on your own – and you’ll be led by people who have the most extraordinary local knowledge about… well, just about everything. Beats having your head down in a guidebook all day!

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Myth:

THERE’S NO CHANCE TO GET TO KNOW LOCAL CULTURE

BUSTED! Backpa-scuse me?! Having a local guide on your side actually gives you more opportunity to get beneath the surface. They know the place, they know the people and they’ll want to give you the best impression of their home. Some tours even include overnight stays with local families where you’ll get to observe their traditions and get involved in their daily routine. Can’t get much closer than that.

Myth:

YOU GET HERDED AROUND IN HUGE GROUPS

BUSTED! We love small groups. Small groups mean more time to get to know each other, more opportunities to talk to your guide, plus the chance to see a whole lot more without blocking the pavements for everyone else. So everybody wins!

Myth:

THERE’S NO FREEDOM ON A GROUP TOUR

BUSTED! Our tours vary in terms of how many activities are included in the price you pay. That means you can usually opt out of a scheduled activity if you’d rather go exploring on your own. But hey, we all need a pack sometimes, right?

Myth:

IT’S CHEAPER TO GO IT ALONE

BUSTED! There are always ways to cut corners when you’re travelling. But there are also loads of hidden costs. Most of our tours come with accommodation and some meals included so you know what you’re paying for, with no nasty surprises.

Group Travel Small Group Adventure Small groups, authentic adventures. Go under the radar with local guides, public and private transport. Small Group Adventure (18-39s) As above, but with an age limit. Exclusively For 18-35s Bigger groups with more inclusions and high energy exploits! Hop-On Hop-Off Flexible bus passes. Travel at your own pace on backpacker or public bus networks.

Going Solo Independent Tour Private tours for you and your friends. Some itineraries come with private guide and upgraded hotels. Self-Drive Tour We provide the itinerary, the accommodation, the maps and the directions. You bring the driving gloves and snacks.

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LOOK OUT FOR... The tours that make us go ooohhh. If we love it, we put a flag on it.


Meet some of our tour operators... G Adventures has redefined small group travel for over 25 years. Step off the beaten path, embrace the unexpected and immerse yourself in the extraordinary. G Adventures’ award-winning trips are all about authenticity and getting you face to face with the world’s most fascinating cultures, customs and wildlife. Travel in small international groups on a mixture of private and local transport, and stay in some truly unique places along the way. From unique homestays and hotels to sleeping moored under the stars in a tranquil bay, the sense of adventure never leaves you!

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

You'll be automatically paired up with a same-sex roommate on your trip. However, if you prefer your own room, check out the My Own Room prices. LIFETIME DEPOSITS

Need to cancel or postpone? No problem. Your deposit is protected for life and can be put towards a future tour. 100% GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

Once you've paid, you're going! FREE DISCOUNT CARD

Student, teacher or under the age of 31? Grab a free discount card when you book any tour with this logo.

TRIP STYLES

18-TO-THIRTYSOMETHINGS These fun-filled and fast-moving adventures are designed exclusively for travellers aged 18 to 39. CLASSIC An unbeatable mix of uncommon experiences, insider access, cultural contact, and all the must-sees and dos. ACTIVE Why just see the world when you could bike, hike, kayak, and multi-sport it? Active tours keep travellers who like to move on the move THE JANE GOODALL COLLECTION

See the planet's fascinating habitats on these wildlife-focused tours endorsed by primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall.

SERVICE LEVELS

CAMPING Great value trips with the odd hotel stay; public and private transport. BASIC Simple and clean hostels, hotels and guesthouses; public and private transport; great optional activities. STANDARD Comfortable and central mid-range accommodations; public and private transport; top highlights included. UPGRADED Well-equipped hotels; private and upgraded transport; more included meals, activities and transfers.

INTRODUCING

National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures. This hand-curated collection of exclusive trips has been designed to take you deeper into the cultures and habitats of the incredible destinations we go to. Discover the world with more inclusions, deeper exploration, plenty of free time and greater opportunities to forge true, human connections.

OVERLANDING

Dragoman have been helping adventurous travellers traverse the continents by overland truck since 1981. Their vehicles are built to withstand Africa's roughest terrain, taking you to isolated villages, hidden views and up close to wildlife. Overland tours can cover some pretty long distances but Dragoman knows it's as much about the journey as it is the destination and we believe you'll enjoy every mile and minute with the overland experts. PRICES AND KITTIES On top of your trip cost, you’ll need to make a separate kitty payment, usually in USD. This is paid to your tour leader on arrival or in advance (at least four weeks prior). The kitty fluctuates so please check the latest amount. WHAT IS A KITTY? A kitty is the group fund which covers all accommodation, meals while camping and included activities. Unique to overlanding, it provides maximum flexibility and the best value on the road. The kitty is your money, so any left over is divided among the group as a refund.


About HOW WE Ride ALL

Getting from A to B. really as easy as 123.

Hop-on hop-off tours A flexible bus network for independent travellers.

There are plenty of ways to get across Africa, and we’re pretty sure our tours cover just about all of them. From our car hire itineraries to our mighty months-long overland expeditions, every route has its own little bit of magic.

Self-drive ideas • The Garden Route • Franschhoek & the Winelands • The Drakensburg Mountains • Game viewing in Kruger • Namibia's Skeleton Coast • The Namibian Desert

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The ideal ticket if you want to keep your travel plans loose but your transport tight. Covering the sprawling lands of South Africa, Baz Bus operates a network stretching from Cape Town to Johannesburg. Buy just one ticket to your final destination, and hop on and off as often as you like along the way. Travel in semi-luxury 22-seaters with on-board TV, DVDs and a trailer to carry surfboards and bicycles.

Car hire No more lugging your bags on and off crowded trains and buses, or trying to figure out confusing timetables. Southern Africa is road trip ready. Major roads in South Africa and Namibia are well-maintained, signposted and, as long as you heed some warnings, absolutely safe. Plus, you can drive on the left-hand side (a bonus for Brits, Kiwis and Aussies). So far, so easy! Our pre-paid car hire service is stress-free, and we’ll advise you of any locally-payable extras upfront so there’ll be no nasty surprises when you arrive. Plus, we work with renowned global suppliers and the best local operators to get you the highest level of service.


Overland tours When you’re trying to cover as much land as we do, a good set of wheels is pretty important. Our overland tours are serviced by safe, reliable vehicles to make sure your trip is as comfortable as possible. 4WD SAFARI VEHICLES

Seven-seaters with sliding windows and pop-up roofs as standard so you catch every second of your African safari. MINIBUSES

Sliding windows and good air con to keep smelly pits at bay. All good things. PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Share parts of your journey with the locals on public buses, trains and ferries. OVERLAND TRUCKS

Basically, a lorry-like mobile home with better street cred and sturdier wheels. These trucks are the epitome of intrepid travel and boy, do they look the part. Crossing borders since the 80s, these overlanders are built to not just survive the challenging African terrain, but to thrive on it. With all camping and cooking tools on board, they're ready for unexpected pitstops and bush camps (such is the overlanding life) and are built so you can socialise with the group on long drives. Playlists at the ready.

THE LANDO

Meet The Lando, G Adventures’ brand new purpose-built Overland Adventure Vehicle. If you're heading on a Yolo trip in Africa, chances are you'll be cruising in this handsome wheeler - a pimped out purple bus with air con, built-in Wi-Fi, photo-friendly windows, fancy reclining seats, USB chargers and drinking water. This vehicle is as happy in national parks as it is on the road. It's also fully equipped for nights out camping in the bush with tents, cooking equipment and even mattresses on board.

CAMEL

How else do you cross a desert?

And at night... Overlanding means ditching your home comforts once in a while. But not always! Our trips are made up of permanent tented camps, rough-and-ready campsites, hotels and lodges.

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About Duvets ALL

Tired? There’s a nap for that.. Why book your bed with us? We've slept in a lot of strange beds and propped up a lot of hostel bars to make sure we get you the best deals on dorms, rooms and apartments around the world. We know what's important to you and we'll only offer you rooms we'd stay in ourselves.

PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE

All our pricing is per person, per night – with no hidden extras. We guarantee* to beat our competitors’ prices on all the accommodation featured in this brochure. MORE CHOICE

This brochure is just the start. We have thousands of options around the world from hammocks to five-star honeymoon

resorts. We also negotiate a range of room types, so if you have something to celebrate or need some *ahem* alone time... upgrade. FREEBIES

We’ve negotiated, bribed and flirted our way into securing great perks for you. Look out for this tag for room upgrades, long stay specials, earlybird offers, free nights and meals. TOP SELLERS

Stay where the cool kids stay at our top selling properties. If there's a Top Seller label on it, it means we love it AND our travellers love it too. FREE WI-FI

For the other kind of check-in (the Facebook kind), look out for the free Wi-Fi logo.

*For full T&Cs on our Price Beat Guarantee, visit statravel.com/price-guarantee.htm

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Swan towel origami is impressive, but not as impressive as a clean health and safety record. We vet properties using our own guidelines, and work continually with suppliers to maintain and improve their standards. Yes, we’re fun at parties.

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OUR OWN RATINGS Star ratings can’t always be trusted, so we came up with our own categories so you know exactly what to expect when you get there. NO FRILLS, BUT NO NASTY SURPRISES EITHER

Shoestring

JOLLYBOYS BACKPACKERS - Livingstone, page 84 STYLISH, MINUS THE MATCHING PRICE TAG

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VICTORIA FALLS & SERENGETI ADVENTURE 20 DAYS, Victoria Falls

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DAY ITINERARY 01

Victoria Falls Arrive at Victoria Falls in time for the pre-departure meeting this afternoon. To make the most of the activities here, consider arriving a couple of days before the trip begins.

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Lusaka / South Luangwa With an early start, your first driving day is towards a private game farm around 29km outside Zambia's capital. Spend late afternoon watching the zebras, buffalo and bok that roam the property. The next morning, continue on your way across Zambia in the custom-built Lando and arrive at Petauke for an overnight stop before a shorter driving day on Day 4. Set up camp at the riverside in Mfuwe and opt to jump right in with a night-time game drive in South Luangwa National Park. Day 5 is all about the park, where elephant and buffalo appear in hundreds-strong herds! A free day allows you to go on a walking safari, a night drive or on a visit to a nearby village. (4B, 4L, 4D)

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Lake Malawi / Iringa / Dar es Salaam After crossing the border to Malawi, the next four days will be spent travelling the shoreline of Lake Malawi, also known as the Lake of Stars. First up is Kande Beach, with optional activities including swimming, snorkelling and long walks on the beach. Fishing is a big part of the local economy, and you'll see plenty of locals hauling in their nets on the lake. Taste the fruits of their labour with a traditional dinner at a local home before moving north towards the Great Rift Valley. Cross the border into Tanzania on Day 10 and hit the road towards Dar es Salaam for your ferry over to Zanzibar. (6B, 6L, 6D)

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Nungwi / Stone Town (Zanzibar) After two days on the road, it's time for some more beaches! Over on the Spice Island of Zanzibar, Nungwi will be waiting eagerly for you with paradise-like waters and white sands. Fill your days with optional snorkelling excursions, diving trips (visibility here is fantastic) or just take it easy in the nearby villages. Your final night will be spent in Stone Town. As you make your way through the cobbled streets, look out for tinga-tinga paintings, antique shops and spices. (3B)

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Reverse your trip Serengeti To Victoria Falls (20 days, Nairobi - Victoria Falls) (GADNV) Fr $3,349 Extend your trip Falls, Beaches & Serengeti (Southbound) (27 days, Nairobi - Johannesburg) (GADKBJ) See page 28 Fr $4,199 Why not add? Serengeti Balloon Safari Take to the skies in a hot-air balloon. Includes a champagne breakfast. (PRODTBS) Fr $539

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Korogwe / Arusha / Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha / Nairobi Get off the ferry and make your way to Arusha, gateway to the acacia-spotted savannah of the Serengeti National Park. On Day 17, begin your three-day trip to the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, two of Africa's premier wildlife areas. Spot the Big 5 clan (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino) alongside herds of wildebeest and zebra, and look out for local Maasai people as they herd their cattle. After a night of camping on the Ngorongoro Crater rim, it's time to return to Arusha. (6B, 6L, 5D)

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (14 nts), full-service camping (2 nts), simple hotels (3 nts) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle (Lando), 4WD, minibus, ferry Meals: 19 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 15 dinners Budget: Allow USD $115-150 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) as head guide/cook and driver, certified safari guides, local guide Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADVN


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Game drives in the Serengeti See the animals of the Ngorongoro Crater Three-day Zanzibar excursion Snorkel in the Indian Ocean Local dinner experience at Lake Malawi Witness the power of the Victoria Falls

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Bush camp in the Okavango Delta Learn survival skills from San Bushmen Explore the wilds of Etosha National Park Climb the sand dunes of Sossusvlei Entrance to the Fish River Canyon Cap off your trip in Cape Town

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Nairobi / Arusha / Serengeti National Park Arrive into Kenya's capital at any time today and meet your group this evening. After breakfast on Day 2 you'll meet the Lando, your shiny new overland adventure vehicle for the trip. Hop on board, plug in your phone and recline your seat as you head south through the semi-arid lands of the Maasai people into Tanzania. Cross the border and continue on to the country's safari capital, Arusha. On Day 3, head out to the Serengeti in 4WDs. Cruise through the acacia-spotted savannah and keep your binoculars close to spot birdlife, animals and prowling members of the Big 5. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha Enjoy a final game drive before heading to Ngorongoro Conservation Area - home to an astonishing 25,000 mammals - and enjoy stunning views from camp, situated right on the rim of the crater! Make your way to Arusha on Day 5. Tomorrow will see you start the two-day journey to Zanzibar. Can't bear to wait that long? Upgrade this part of the tour and catch a plane instead! You'll cut your travel time and get an extra night in Zanzibar, giving you plenty of time to seek out the best sites (drinking holes) before the rest arrive. Transfers, local flight and extra accommodation are all included. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Bagamoyo / Zanzibar Enjoy gorgeous landscapes en route to Bagamoyo and the Indian Ocean on Day 6, then take the ferry over to Zanzibar the next day, rich in history and culture. Relax on the island's beaches, explore the streets of Stone Town and soak up the island way of life. Get a taste for Zanzibar tang on a guided tour of a spice plantation and sign up for palace visits, museums and traditional Arab residences in your free time. The Indian Ocean will undoubtedly prove irresistible so get your snorkelling gear out. (4B, L, D)

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Ruaha River / Iringa Catch the ferry back to Dar es Salaam and continue west to Ruaha National Park, stopping by Iringa on the way to meet the artists of a craft centre. Spectacular views will entertain long drives. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Lake Malawi / South Luangwa National Park Cross into Malawi, also known as the warm heart of Africa. Spend three days relaxing on the shores of Lake Malawi, staying in various lakeside camps as you make your way along. Tropical marine life makes for a fantastic snorkelling opportunity. Otherwise, opt to stay above water on a fishing trip. Get a feel for local culture and cuisine with dinner at a local home, washing it down at a nearby pub. First drink's on us! Journey on to Zambia and set up camp outside South Luangwa National Park, where you can venture out on a walking safari or experience a night game drive. (6B, 6L, 6D)

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Lusaka / Livingstone Get a feel for the vastness of Africa on a few driving days on the way to Livingstone, arriving at your camp at a private game farm. Keep your eyes peeled for roaming zebra and giraffe. Based in the town of Livingstone, spend the next few days exploring the breathtaking Victoria Falls. Go white water rafting, canoe on the Zambezi, or take a spectacular flight over the falls. (2B, 2L, D)

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Chobe National Park / Gweta Head to the Chobe River, home to one of the largest elephant populations in southern Africa, and camp under ancient baobab trees. Opt to take an afternoon boat cruise, one of the best ways to appreciate Botswana's largest national park. (2B, 2L, D)

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Maun / Okavango Delta Time to hunt for supplies in Maun as you gear up for an unforgettable journey into the Okavango Delta. Based at a bush camp, you'll learn the ways of the bush from local polers, with a full day of game walks, birdwatching and traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions in the pristine wilderness area of the Okavango Delta. (2B, 2L, D)

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Kalahari (Ghanzi) / Windhoek Continue through the western part of Botswana, and learn how to survive in the bush as you walk with indigenous San Bushmen. Namibia's capital, Windhoek, delivers a welcome fix of city life. (2B, 2L, D)

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Etosha National Park / Damaraland / Spitzkoppe Enjoy two game drives from your seat on the Lando, where you'll have a great vantage point to appreciate the wildlife and phenomenal natural beauty of granite peaks and desert landscapes. Learn more about the lost culture of the Damara people at the Damaraland Living Museum. (4B, 4L, 3D)

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Swakopmund Spend two nights in coastal Swakopmund, a popular resting point on the African road pinched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert. It's also Namibia's adrenalin capital, so you can try your hand at sandboarding, quad biking, skydiving and whatever else you can find! (B, L)

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Namib Desert / Fish River Canyon / Gariep (Orange) River In the Namib Desert, explore the Sossusvlei Dunes and climb the 85m-high Dune 45. With included entry to the Fish River Canyon, watch the sunset slip beneath the rim, then continue past large plantations of rooibos tea on your way to your camp beside Orange River. Opt to go canoeing. (4B, 4L, 4D)

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Cederberg / Cape Town Journey through the dramatic scenery of the Western Cape as you make your final approach to Cape Town. Explore the vibrant city by night - Long Street would be a pretty good shout - and take in stunning views of famous Table Mountain by day. In the evenings, opt to try out one of the restaurants on the rejuvenated V&A Waterfront. (2B, 2L, D)

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Accommodation: Simple hotels (4 nts), participation camping (27 nts), permanent tented camp (1 nt), full-service camping (2 nts), multi-share guesthouse (2 nts), basic bush camping (2 nts), multi-share hostel (1 nt) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle (Lando), 4WD, minibus, ferry, mokoro Meals: 36 breakfasts, 32 lunches, 25 dinners Budget: Allow USD $250-325 for meals not included


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Traverse the Namib Desert Climb giant sand dunes in Sossusvlei Game drives in Etosha National Park Spot wild animals at flood-lit waterholes Travel the Okavango Delta by mokoro Optional boat cruise in Chobe

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Get up close to the Victoria Falls Three-day excursion to Zanzibar Safari in the Serengeti to spot the Big 5 Wildlife of the Ngorongoro Crater Search for wild gorillas in Lake Bunyonyi Opt to raft down the White Nile River

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Cape Town / Cederberg / Gariep River Arrive into Cape Town and make the most of your day. Just make sure you're back in time for your welcome meeting. Day 2, head north to Cederberg, visit a local vineyard and set up camp on a local farm. At the Orange River, jump in or stay above water on an optional canoe excursion. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Fish River Canyon / Namib Desert / Swakopmund Travel to the largest canyon in Africa and set up camp before sitting back to watch the sunset. Spend the next two days in the environment of the Namib Desert, where you'll encounter the world's largest sand dunes at Sossusvlei. Continue through arid desert to reach Swakopmund where you can master the art of sandboarding and quad biking, go skydiving or take a living desert tour. (4B, 4L, 3D)

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Spitzkoppe / Damaraland / Etosha National Park / Windhoek Travel through desert landscapes and granite peaks, and learn about the lost culture of the Damara people. In Etosha National Park, the Lando (your overland adventure vehicle) will take you on game drives to spot the park's fantastic widlife. Photo-friendly windows means you'll be able to record it all on your cameras, with no obstructions! Afterwards, head on to Namibia's capital, Windhoek. (5B, 4L, 3D)

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Kalahari / Maun / Okavango Delta / Gweta / Chobe National Park Stop over in the Kalahari Desert and meet a local San Bushman who'll teach you about the tribe's survival skills. Next up is Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta and where you'll pick up your canoe to take you to your bush camp. In the delta, enjoy game walks (first to spot a bush elephant gets a gold star) and birding before continuing on to Gweta. Here, you'll get a unique opportunity to camp under the thick trunks of ancient baobab trees. Next, it's on to Chobe National Park. Opt for an open safari vehicle game drive or sunset cruise to catch a glimpse of hippos, crocodiles and elephants. (5B, 5L, 3D)

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Livingstone / Lusaka / Chipata / South Luangwa National Park Cross the Zambezi River into Zambia and on to Livingstone. Get up close to Victoria Falls, opt to raft on the Zambezi, venture out on a canoe or take a flight over the falls and camp alongside South Luangwa National Park, a wildlife haven. Opt for a walking safari or take part in a star-lit game drive. (5B, 5L, 4D)

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Lake Malawi / Iringa / Dar es Salaam Spend three nights on the shores of Lake Malawi, nicknamed the Lake of Stars by Scottish explorer David Livingstone in the 19th century. Time for swimming, snorkelling and long walks on the beach. Stay in various lakeside camps and tour local villages as you travel north along the lake. Lucky enough to be there during the Lake of Stars festival in October? Go! Next up, climb out of the Great Rift Valley and pass by rolling tea plantations before setting up camp outside Iringa. On Day 31, make your way down to Dar es Salaam. Once an old fishing village, today it's a bustling trading centre and a departure point for Zanzibar-bound ferries, your next stop! (6B, 6L, 6D)

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Stone Town / Nungwi (Zanzibar) Spend the next three days on Zanzibar, starting and ending your visit in Stone Town where you can spend hours wandering squares and winding alleyways. Stay in Nungwi for two nights, and make the most of its idyllic beaches and awesome snorkelling and scuba diving. Start your journey back to the mainland tomorrow (Day 35), or treat yourself to an extra night here by upgrading to a flight! (3B)

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Korogwe / Arusha / Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater Take the ferry to Dar es Salaam and rejoin those who stayed on in Zanzibar in Korogwe. Catch your first glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro as you head for an overnight stay in Arusha, the safari capital of Tanzania. Buckle up for game drives in the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater as you look for the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino), taking in the vast Serengeti plains from your 4WD. Head down to the crater floor and admire the high concentration of wildlife including zebra, gazelle, impala and cheetah, all hemmed in by the walls of the crater. It's the ideal place to spot some of Africa's most iconic creatures. (5B, 5L, 5D)

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Nairobi / Eldoret / Kampala Make your way through the Maasai lands into Kenya, and enjoy a free day in capital Nairobi to relax or explore. The next day, hop in your truck and start the journey to Uganda. Travel through Kenya's Rift Valley - one small section of a huge continental fault system that runs 6,000km from Mozambique to Jordan - and then for a night in Eldoret. Cross the border on Day 43, then set up camp just outside the country's capital. (5B, L, D)

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Kalinzu Forest / Lake Bunyonyi / Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorilla trek) Chimpanzee tracking, there are worse ways to start the day! After arriving at Kalinzu Forest on Day 44, set out the next morning to follow the hairy swingers (steady) on their daily route before heading south to Lake Bunyonyi. This lush, mountainous region of Uganda will be your home for the next few days where you'll experience an unforgettable guided trek deep into the forest for a wild encounter with a family of mountain gorillas. (3B, 4L, 4D)

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Kampala / Jinja / Eldoret Return to Kampala for an overnight stop before continuing on to Jinja, the thrill-seeking capital of Africa. What's your poison? Mountain biking? Kayaking? Rafting down the White Nile River? Adrenalin comes in big batches here, so make the most of it. On Day 51, cross back over to Kenya for a night in the city of Eldoret. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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FALLS, BEACHES & SERENGETI (SOUTHBOUND) 27 DAYS, Nairobi

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Look for the Big 5 on a Serengeti safari Spot game within the walls of Ngorongoro R&R on the beaches of Zanzibar Meet artists at Iringa's craft centre Traditional family meal at Kande Beach Snorkelling opportunities at Lake Malawi

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Camp in and around national parks Discover lesser-visited Zimbabwe Walk with rhinos at Matobo National Park Two safari drives in Kruger National Park Enjoy hot springs at your Kruger campsite Travel in an overland adventure vehicle

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Nairobi / Arusha Start your four-week journey in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Arrive at any time on Day 1 and meet the rest of your group later on this afternoon. On Day 2, hit the road in your overland adventure vehicle and head south. Travel from Nairobi through the semi-arid lands of the Maasai people into Tanzania, and on to your campsite outside Arusha. (B, L, D)

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Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater On Day 3, jump straight in with your first safari experience of the trip in the legendary Serengeti, home to the planet's oldest eco-system. Swap your overland adventure vehicle (Lando) for a nimble 4WD safari vehicle and hit the dirt tracks. Here's your first chance to spot the famous (big) five in action, along with herds of wildebeest and zebra, so keep your eyes peeled and your finger on the shutter button. On Day 4, continue to the Ngorongoro Crater where you'll find more animals due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor. Return to Arusha on Day 5 and stay the night. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Bagamoyo / Dar es Salaam / Zanzibar A change of scenery is afoot today as you start you head towards the Indian Ocean. Tonight's stop will be at Bagamayo, once one of eastern Africa's most important settlements. On Day 7, continue on to Dar es Salaam and catch the ferry to Zanzibar. On top of the laid-back beaches, the island is also known for its rich history and great nightlife. While you're here, take a tour of a fragrant spice plantation and opt to go snorkelling or scuba diving. Fancy staying an extra night? Upgrade this part of the trip and fly from Stone Town instead, rejoining the group in Iringa on Day 11. (4B, L, D)

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Ruaha River / Iringa Return to Dar es Salaam by ferry and continue west to your campsite in the Baobab Valley, located on the banks of the Ruaha River at the edge of Udzwungwa National Park. Day 11 is another day on the road. Stop by a craft centre in Iringa to stretch your legs and to watch local artists at work, then continue on your journey. From here on, there'll be a few long (but scenic) driving days, so stock up on snacks and update your playlists when you can. Why not check out our very own STA Travel Sounds playlist on Spotify? It's literally made for the road. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Lake Malawi Next up is Lake Malawi. Cross the border into Malawi and make for the so-called Lake of Stars. Boasting UNESCO World Heritage Centre status, the lake is home to hundreds of endemic fish species, making it as important to the study of evolution as the finches of the Galápagos. As you make your way along the shore, fill up your free time swimming, snorkelling or out on fishing trips. Your first lakeside camp is at Chitimba Beach, where you'll get great views of Tanzania across the water. On Day 13, head south to Kande Beach. The following evening, get a glimpse of everyday life here as you take a tour of nearby Kande Beach village, then enjoy a traditional dinner in a local home. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Lusaka / Victoria Falls The next three days will contain a lot of driving as you make your way to Zimbabwe, and you'll begin to grasp how vast Africa really is. On Day 18, the journey will take you along some rough and bumpy roads until you reach a private farm 29km outside Zambian capital Lusaka. Check out the zebras, buffaloes and bok that roam the property and relax by the camp's pool and bar. Continue the journey the next day and cross the border into Zimbabwe before finishing up at the town of Victoria Falls. On Day 20, opt for a white water rafting or canoeing trip on the Zambezi, or take an unforgettable helicopter flight over the rapids. Tonight, new people may join the group for the rest of the adventure. (2B, 2L, D)

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Matobo National Park Wake up early for an optional visit to the Victoria Falls themselves, then board the Lando again and make your way towards Matobo National Park. Ever wanted to walk with rhinos? Then you've come to the right place! One of today's included activities is a guided bush walk where you'll also get to track the park's white rhino population. And that's on top of an open vehicle wildlife safari drive! Designed to cover as much of the park as possible, it gives you the best chance of spotting the rare rhinos the park is most famous for. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Tshipise / Greater Kruger Area / Kruger National Park Welcome to big game country! Today will see your final border crossing of the trip as you head in to South Africa. Arrive at your campsite in Tshipise and relax after the long journey with a good soak in the camp's hot springs. On Day 24, it's time for another of the continent's big safari hitters, Kruger National Park. Climb aboard the Lando and head into the park to look for lions, hippos, giraffes, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes (and all the rest). Repeat on Day 25 for your second Lando game drive, or upgrade to a 4WD safari vehicle to get even closer to the park's animals. Later on tonight, sample the local fare with a traditional dinner and enjoy a cultural dance put on for you by the local residents. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Johannesburg Leave Kruger and continue on your journey to Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city. Spend some time at leisure before your adventure comes to an end on Day 27. Planning on staying on here for a while? We recommend a cultural tour of the city's largest township, Soweto, where you can visit the former family home of Nelson Mandela. The family home of Desmond Tutu is situated just down the road as well - look out for the blue plaque! The Apartheid Museum is also well worth a visit, and is the perfect place to learn about the city's chequered history. (2B, L)

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Dar es Salaam / Lake Malawi / Lusaka Board your overland truck in Dar es Salaam and travel to your camp on the outskirts of Tanzania's Mikumi National Park. The following day, drive along the shores of Lake Malawi and experience the warm hospitality of the local people. Opt to go horse riding, or while away the time in the water and on the beach. On Day 12, cross the border into Zambia and continue on to Zambian capital Lusaka. (8B, 8L, 8D)

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Livingstone Arrive into Africa's adrenalin capital and get close to the Victoria Falls. Thrillseekers have the option to bungy jump off Victoria Falls Bridge, straddled between the Zambia and Zimbabwe borders (you'll need your passport!) or go white water rafting on the Zambezi. Not for the faint hearted! For something a little less hair-raising, opt for horse riding instead. Wind down with an optional sunset cruise. (4B, L)

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Bulawayo / Matobo Hills National Park / Tshipise From Livingstone, cross the border into Zimbabwe and travel on to Bulawayo and Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe's best-kept secret! Renowned for its populations of rare white rhino, this is one of Africa's most scenic national parks. When conditions are right, you'll have the option to go track them on foot with a guide (we have our fingers crossed for you). Spend the night in Tshipise. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Kruger National Park Not far east from the resort town of Tshipise, you'll find Kruger National Park. Explore the savannah on a game drive in an open-sided safari vehicle and keep your eyes peeled for the Big 5. After a (hopefully) successful day of lion-spotting, celebrate with the Shangaan people as they put on a cultural evening, just for you! Time to dance for your supper... (2B, 2L, 2D)

Go accommodated Zanzibar, Victoria Falls & Kruger (22 days, Dar es Salaam Johannesburg) (ACZVK22A)  Fr $3,695 Go in reverse Kruger, Victoria Falls and Zanzibar (23 days, Johannesburg Dar es Salaam) (ACKVZ23)  Fr $2,755 Start in Nairobi South East Adventure (31 days, Nairobi - Johannesburg) (ACSEA31) Fr $4,965 Includes Adventure Pass

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Nairobi / Maasai Mara National Reserve / Arusha Starting in Nairobi, cross the Great Rift Valley towards Kenya's top safari destination, the Maasai Mara. Famed for the annual wildebeest migration - which happens between July and November - and its Big 5 populations, the opportunities for spotting wildlife are endless. Camp for two nights on the edge of the reserve and enjoy numerous game drives before returning to Nairobi on Day 3. Transfer to Tanzania's Arusha on Day 4 and prepare for your Serengeti excursion. (3B, 4L, 4D)

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Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha / Bagamoyo Transfer to the Serengeti by 4WD, passing through Mto Wa Mbo before entering the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Tonight, camp out in an unfenced campsite and get closer than ever to the region's fantastic wildlife. On Day 6, drive out of the plains and ascend the outer wall of the crater to spend a night camping on the rim. Enjoy one last Ngorongoro game drive the next morning before returning to Arusha, continuing to Bagamoyo on Day 8 for a view (we hope) of soaring Mt. Kilimanjaro. (4B, 4L, 4D)

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Dar es Salaam / Zanzibar / Mikumi National Park area Continue along the east African coast to Dar es Salaam. Set up camp on the beach and take the ferry over to Zanzibar on Day 10. Your time over the next three days is not structured, so you can enjoy the island on your own terms. Usually, the first night is spent in Stone Town before the group makes its way north to Kendwa's sterling beaches. Return to Dar es Salaam on Day 13, then head to the Milkumi National Park the next day to spot forest elephants and giraffes. (6B, 2L, 3D)

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Iringa / Lake Malawi / Chipata Next up, the fresh climes of Iringa where you'll spend the night on the Kisolanza Farmhouse campsite, popular with cross-country travellers in Tanzania. The next morning, head through lush mountain passes and over the border to Lake Malawi, where your first stop will be Chitimba Beach. Opt to complete a local day hike or browse the local craft market. After a brief stop in Mzuzu on Day 18, continue south along the shore to your next beach, Kande. Over the next two days, take part in optional watersports, horse-riding or snorkelling, then cross the border to Zambia on Day 20. (6B, 6L, 6D)

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Lusaka / Livingstone It's an early start today as you take the Great Eastern Road through lush countryside and over the Luangwa River to capital Lusaka. Day 22 will mark your last travel day as you pull into Livingstone, Africa's adrenalin capital. Spend your days at leisure with optional activities ranging from bungy jumping, abseiling, Victoria Falls tours and white water rafting. The tour ends on Day 24. (4B, 2L, D)

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Three-day excursion to Zanzibar Tour a spice plantation in Nungwi Pass by the foothills of Kilimanjaro Game drives in the Serengeti Wildlife spotting in the Ngorongoro Crater Travel on the new Lando overland vehicle

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Johannesburg Start the trip in Johannesburg. If you have some time before meeting your group, try to organise a visit to a local township like Soweto. Aim for Vilakazi Street - once home to Nobel Peace Prize winners Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu - and the nearby memorial to Hector Pieterson, a young boy who lost his life to a police bullet during the 1976 Soweto Uprising.

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Khama Rhino Sanctuary / Maun Travel to Botswana's Serowe Pan, a large grassy depression with several natural watering holes and the perfect habitat for rhino. Visit the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a unique community-based initiative in wildlife conservation, and experience your first night camping under the African skies. Venture out on a rhino game drive before hitting the road again to Maun, where you can take a scenic flight for unforgettable vistas of the Okavango Delta below. (2B, 2L, D)

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Okavango Delta / Gweta / Chobe National Park Enjoy a game walk through the Okavango Delta and make your way deep into the delta on a mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe). Get up close to some of Africa's most iconic wildlife including leopards, hippos and wildebeest. Enjoy an evening with the locals, with plenty of singing around the campfire. Journey on to Gweta and rest up in a camp under the African stars and ancient baobab trees. Next up is Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant population in Southern Africa. Opt for a wildlife viewing boat cruise, great for spotting elephants, crocodiles and hippos. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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Victoria Falls Cross into Zambia and make your way to the adventure capital of southern Africa, Livingstone. Admire the raging Victoria Falls, considered a natural wonder of the world. It's here that the Zambezi River, which for the first 1,287 kilometres of its journey meanders peacefully across the wooded plateau of Zambia, eventually finds a weak spot and forces its way through. Known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning 'the smoke that thunders' in the local Kololo language, Victoria Falls is one of Mother Nature's most impressive spectacles. Brave the white water of the mighty Zambezi with optional rafting, venture out on a canoe or take a scenic flight over the falls. (B, L)

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Lusaka / South Luangwa National Park / Lake Malawi Day 9 will be spent in the Lando as you make your way across the vast landscapes of Zambia. Spend the night under canvas on a private game farm near Lusaka and see zebras, buffalos, and the boks roaming around the property. You may also opt for a walking safari or night wildlife safari drive in nearby South Luangwa National Park. On Day 13, travel along the Zambian border to the warm welcome of Malawi where you'll sleep at various camps by the so-called Lake of Stars. Here you can opt to take a walk, go snorkelling among the tropical fish, enjoy a village tour or venture out on a fishing trip. You'll also enjoy a traditional meal in a local home. (8B, 8L, 8D)

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Iringa / Dar es Salaam Cross into Tanzania and climb through the Great Rift Valley past spectacular scenery (think high mountain passes and rolling emerald tea plantations). As your journey continues you'll descend down to the inviting warm waters of the Indian Ocean to visit Dar es Salaam. Life in this city mainly revolves around its bustling harbour and noisy fish markets. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Stone Town / Nungwi (Zanzibar) Travel by ferry over to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar. On arrival, inhale aromas of cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and lemongrass and reset your body clock to chill mode. Explore the cobbled streets of Stone Town, opt to visit historic sites, head to the fish market for a grilled fish lunch or enjoy stunning beaches and marine activities like snorkelling, scuba diving or swimming. There's a lively but casual nightlife scene here too, so order yourself a tropical cocktail to get you started. If you're still not ready to leave when the time comes, opt for an upgrade! Stay an extra night, fly from Zanzibar instead of taking the ferry and rejoin the group in Korogwe the on Day 23. (3B)

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Korogwe / Arusha Leaving the shangri-la of Zanzibar behind you, it's time to head back to the mainland where you'll overnight with views of the Usambara Mountain. Next day, take in your first glimpse of the 5,895 metre-high Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world! Travel onward to Arusha, Tanzania's safari capital. This little gem has a stunning backdrop of Mt. Meru and is enveloped by vast wheat, maize and coffee estates. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha Swap the Lando for smaller safari vehicles and head into two of Africa's premier wildlife areas; Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. Keep a weathered eye out for the Big 5 (in case you didn't know, it's lions, rhinos, buffalo, elephants and leopards) on the plains and varied wildlife around Ngorongoro. The crater provides year-round food and water for loads of animals and you're guaranteed a classic safari experience. Zebra, gazelle, impala and cheetah make this their permanent home and the crater's swamps and forest also provide additional resources for hippos, some of Tanzania's last remaining black rhinos, giant-tusked elephants, waterbucks, baboons and vervet monkeys. The views over the crater's rim from your campsite are simply stunning. Charge up your camera battery, but make sure you give the snapping a break once in a while to absorb your surroundings. They're pretty spectacular. After your wildlife overload you'll spend your final night camping in Arusha. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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You might like Shorten your trip Botswana & Falls Adventure (8 days, Johannesburg - Victoria Falls) (GADAJL) see page 46 Fr $1,249 Victoria Falls & Serengeti Adventure (20 days, Victoria Falls - Nairobi) (GADVN) see page 23 Fr $3,249 Why not add? Serengeti balloon safari Take to the skies in a hot-air balloon. Includes a champagne breakfast. (PRODTBS)  Fr $539 Victoria Falls river rafting Go white water rafting on the Zambezi in the shadow of the Falls. (PRODYVR)  Fr $160

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Cape Town / Cederberg / Gariep River Arrive in Cape Town at any time. Travel past large plantations of rooibos tea and through dry and remote portions of South Africa's Western Cape before overnighting in Cederberg, a wilderness area famed for its weird and wonderful sandstone formations and ancient rock art. The following day, set up camp at scenic Gariep River, the natural border with Namibia, after which you might have time for a late afternoon swim or even canoe on the river. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Fish River Canyon / Namib Desert Travel to the spectacular Fish River Canyon, the largest in Africa and the oldest in the world, and watch the sunset over the canyon's rim. Next up, head towards the towering dunes of Sossusvlei. Part of one the oldest and driest ecosystems on earth, this lonely and remote region is far from devoid of life with the sands constantly shifting from the power of the wind. Watch some dramatic sunsets over desert landscapes, and climb the literally breathtaking Dune 45 (it's HOT). (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Swakopmund / Spitzkoppe / Damaraland Cross the Namib Desert to the German-influenced town of Swakopmund on the west coast of Namibia. Known for its adventure sports, try your hand at angling, surfing and sandboarding, go on a dolphin cruise or just relax in a seaside café. Day 9, travel north into the desert landscapes of Twyfelfontein and explore the 6,000-year-old rock engravings and fossil forests nearby. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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Etosha National Park / Windhoek / Kalahari / Maun As one of Africa's highlights, Etosha National Park protects over 20,000km² of land surrounding the vast Etosha Pan. Explore the park's phenomenal wildlife on game drives with excellent opportunities to spot lions, giraffes, elephants, rhinos and antelope. Flood-lit waterholes allow animal spotting to continue after dark! On Day 13, head for the Namibian capital of Windhoek. Next day, cross into Botswana and to the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Meet an indigenous San Bushman, who will arm you with his best wilderness survival tips as you prepare yourself for your upcoming trip into the Okavango Delta. It's off to Maun on Day 15 to drop off your luggage before the wild adventure. (5B, 4L, 2D)

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Gweta / Kasane / Livingstone / Victoria Falls Wake up as the sun rises over the delta before continuing on to the village of Gweta, located near the bizarre salt pans of Makgadikgadi. Continue to Chobe National Park on Day 18 and set up camp just outside Kasane. This afternoon, take an optional game drive in the park or a sunset boat cruise along the Chobe River. Day 19, cross the Zambezi River into Zambia, and spend the next few days pumping up the adrenalin in Livingstone. With Victoria Falls on your doorstep, you can also opt for bungy jumps or rafting excursions down roaring rapids. (3B, 3L, D)

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Lusaka / Chipata / Lake Malawi / South Luangwa National Park Head to your campground just outside the Zambian capital of Lusaka and set up camp. Next day, travel to Chipata on the Zambia/Malawi border and visit the local market. Day 25, cross into Malawi, known as the warm heart of Africa, and spend four nights relaxing on the shores of Lake Malawi. Take a walk along Kande Beach, swim in the clear water of Chitimba and enjoy beautiful mountain views. Relax on the shore or opt to snorkel and scuba dive among masses of tropical fish. (8B, 8L, 8D)

30-31

Iringa / Dar es Salaam Cross the border and head for Tanzania. Climb out of the Great Rift Valley through spectacular mountain passes and vast tea plantations, then head towards the Indian Ocean and your camp at Iringa. Next morning, it's on to historic Dar es Salaam, the departure point for ferries to Zanzibar. (2B, 2L, 2D)

32-36

Zanzibar / Nungwi / Stone Town / Korongwe / Arusha Catch the ferry over to the so-called Spice Island of Zanzibar and travel north to visit Nungwi's sweeping beaches. Spend a couple of days relaxing on the white sands, taking part in your favourite watersports or basking in the sunshine before returning to the capital of Stone Town. Travel back to the mainland on Day 35 and journey to tonight's camp and rest up for your three-day Serengeti adventure. Next day, head towards the safari capital of Arusha, keeping your eyes peeled for your first glimpse of Africa's highest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro (it's almost 6km high!). (5B, 2L, 2D)

37-39

Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha Changing to smaller 4WD vehicles, you'll set off for the plains of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, one of the world's most celebrated safari destinations. Marvel at the diversity of animals and birdlife while exploring the acacia-spotted savannah and search for the Big 5 (rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion and leopard) with one of Africa's best game viewings! Day 38, head out on one last game drive before travelling to the Ngorongoro Crater. Venture down to the crater floor and check out the herds of zebra, gazelle, impala and cheetah that make Ngorongoro their home year-round. After lunch, continue back to your camp outside of Arusha for your final night of camping. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Arusha / Nairobi Travel through ancient Maasai lands as you make your way to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, a stark contrast to the savannahs of the last few days. The tour ends on arrival when the time comes to say your goodbyes. (B, L)

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Nairobi

Arusha Korogwe Zanzibar TA N Z A N I A Dar es Salaam Iringa

Ngorongoro Crater

South Luangwa N.P.

Lake Malawi

Z A M B I A

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Gweta Maun

Windhoek B O T S W A N A N A M I B I A

Fish River Canyon N.P. Gariep River Cederberg

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Cape Town Okavango Delta, Botswana

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Accommodation: Participation camping (28 nts), permanent tented camp (1 nt), full-service camping (2 nts), simple hotels (3 nts), basic bush camping (2 nts), guesthouse multi-share (2 nts), hostel multi-share (1 nt) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle (Lando), 4WD, minibus, ferry Meals: 36 breakfasts, 32 lunches, 26 dinners Budget: Allow USD $235-305 for meals not included


EPIC AFRICAN ADVENTURES

Gondar to Cape Town WITH GORILLAS

114 DAYS,

Gondar Cape Town

Axum Simien Mountains Gondar Bahir Dar

SUDAN

ETHIOPIA

Get ready to reconnect with nature/life/yourself (delete as appropriate) with this mammoth trip across eastern and southern Africa. Don't have time to do it all? No problem! It can be broken down to separate legs (see opposite page), combined with other tours or completely reversed. You're Gondar love it!

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UGANDA Murchison Falls N.P.

RWANDA

Game driving in the Maasai Mara Safari in Serengeti National Park Three-night stay on idyllic Zanzibar Chill out on Lake Malawi Canoe down the Zambezi River Two nights in the Okavango Delta

Dar es Salaam

Lake Malawi

MALAWI

Spitzkoppe Swakopmund Soussusvlei

Okavango Delta

01-15

Gondar / Simien Mountains National Park / Debark / Axum / Danakil Depression / Mekele / Lalibela Your adventure starts in Ethiopia's former capital Gondar, peppered with relics and centred around the European and Indian-influenced castles of Fasil Ghebbi. From here, get ready for three days of trekking in the Simien Mountains. After a tour of Axum, the country's oldest city, pass through the so-called cradle of mankind en route to the Danakil Depression. Visit Dallol, a stunning piece of land covered by salt and sulphur, and wildcamp by night. Continue on to Lalibela's famous rock churches on Day 13.

SOUTH AFRICA

16-27

Bahir Dar / Debre Markos / Addis Ababa / Harar / Awash National Park Over two days at Bahir Dar, take a boat to the monasteries of Lake Tana and visit the Blue Nile Falls. The monasteries contain the remains of Ethiopan emperors and the falls are beautiful in full flow, particularly in the rainy season (Jul-Oct). After free time in Addis Ababa, next up is the ancient trading city of Harar followed by a drive to Awash National Park and an overnight stay in the Awash Falls Lodge. Who said you couldn't get luxury on an overlanding tour?! Head to Ziway on Day 27.

28-38

Lake Ziway / Bale Mountains / Wendo Genet / Arba Minch / Konso / Moyale / Samburu Village Take a boat trip across Lake Ziway to Tulu Gudo Island for a guided tour of its ancient monastery. On Day 29, make for the Bale Mountains National Park for two full days of exploring. Keep an eye out for Bale monkeys and drive up to the summit of Tulu Dimtu. After meeting new crew members in Arba Minch, meet the locals of Konso before crossing into Kenya on Day 37. Enjoy a cultural visit to Samburu village.

Cape Town

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Fish River Canyon

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ZAMBIA

Samburu N.P.

Nakuru N.P. Nairobi Maasai Mara

Gorilla Trek Serengeti Ngorongoro

Age Group: Min 18 Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 13 Tour Code: DRAGO

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KENYA Jinja

Queen Elizabeth N.P.

highlights

Visit Ethiopia's Simien National Park Day trip to the Blue Nile Falls Wild camp by the Danakil Depression Track rhinos in Matobo National Park Track chimpanzees in Uganda Gorilla tracking in Uganda

Bale N.P.

Mekele Lalibela Debre Markos Addis Ababa Harar


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Naro Moru / Naivasha / Nairobi / Kericho / Jinja / Nakitoma / Kaniyo Pabidi Enter the Samburu National Reserve and enjoy a game drive in your overland truck, looking out for big game like cheetahs, leopards and lions. Continue on to Naro Mobu for optional walks around the lower slopes of Mt. Kenya or explore the nearby Mau Mau Caves. Next up is Naivasha, set on the edge of a lake in the Great Rift Valley. Optional activities include a boat trip to look for hippos and African fish eagles and a visit to the Elsamere Born Free Foundation. It's then on to capital Nairobi before driving to Kericho on Day 45 for an optional tour of a tea plantation. Crossing into Uganda on Day 46, get your adrenalin fix at Jinja (options include white water rafting) then head to Nakitoma for an optional rhino tracking experience. On Day 49, drive to Kaniyo Pabidi for your included chimpanzee tracking excursion. Murchison Falls / Queen Elizabeth National Park / Bwindi / Lake Mburo / Nakuru National Park After a morning on the chimps' tails (not literally), drive to Murchison Falls National Park and take a boat trip to the nearby waterfall. After a day in Hoima, enjoy game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of lions, pelicans and eagles. On Day 55, set your sights on Bwindi and arguably the highlight of this trip, the world-famous gorilla trek. Cross the equator on your way to Lake Mburo National Park, then travel to Jinja as you head back west and back to Nakuru National Park.

61-72

Maasai Mara / Nairobi / Amboseli National Park / Tarangire / Serengeti National Park / Lushoto You're not done with Kenya until you get to explore the Maasai Mara National Park, home to the entire Big 5 clan as well as the wildebeest migration, one of nature's most iconic spectacles. Head out onto the dry savannah on game drives and tally up your sightings. Return to Nairobi on Day 63 to meet new members of the group, then head to Amboseli in the shadow of Mt. Kili. Your four-day excursion to the Tarangire and Serengeti national parks starts on Day 67 when you'll be met by your fleet of 4WDs. Spend a night on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and wake up to a fantastic view and an optional hotair balloon ride over the crater. Re-join the truck on Day 71 and make for Lushoto by way of Marangu.

73-84

Zanzibar / Dar es Salaam / Iringa / Chitimba / Kande / Lilongwe / South Luangwa National Park Today marks the start of a four-day trip to Zanzibar. Nicknamed Spice Island for its resident spice plantations, you'll take a tour of one of them on your way around Stone Town. Fill up on fish suppers then drive to Nungwi for a well-timed beach break. Ferry back to Dar es Salaam and stock up on snacks for another two days of driving. On Day 79, cross the Malawian border to Chitimba and overnight there before continuing on to Kande. After a free day, your next stop on the road will be Lilongwe, where you'll cross the border into Zambia and the rarely-visited (but incredibly diverse) South Luangwa National Park. Juice up your camera and spend the next day on a game drive in open-sided safari vehicles.

85-96

Lower Zambezi / Livingstone / Victoria Falls / Kasane / Hwange National Park / Bulawayo Drive to the Lower Zambezi region to start your three-day canoeing trip on the Zambezi River. A few twists, turns and topples later (occupational hazard!) pull up to the bank and dry off before driving to Livingstone, home to the Victoria Falls. Cross over the border and visit the Zimbabwean side of the Falls where optional activities include white water rafting, bungy jumps, helicopter flights, sunset cruises and horse-riding excursions. On Day 93, it's another national park (it's been a while) as you make your way to Hwange, then it's on to Matobo to track its resident black and white rhinos on foot.

97-105

Makgadikgadi Pans / Shakawe / Okavango Delta / Grootfontein / Etosha National Park / Spitzkoppe Staying on the outskirts of Makgadikgadi National Park, take an optional trip to meet the meerkats then drive to Shakawe for a two-day excursion to the Okavango Delta. Celebrate your hundredth day in a mokoro (pole-driven canoe) and head into one of the world's most fascinating ecosystems. Camp out in the bush and go look for the delta's game and birdlife. Cross the border into Namibia on Day 102 and meet the San Bushmen of Grootfontein to learn about their traditional culture. The following day, head west to spend two days at Etosha then drive to the next bush camp in the Spitzkoppe mountains.

106-114

Swakopmund / Namib Desert / Fish River Canyon / Noordoewer / Citrusdal / Cape Town Continue the journey to the German-influenced colonial town of Swakopmund, stopping to see the seal colony of Cape Cross on the way. It's on to Sesriem on Day 108, your base for exploring the Namib Desert. During your stay, you'll take a trip to Dune 45, Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei, a dramatic barren landscape populated with scorched trees. With the trip drawing to a close, start making your way to Cape Town. Call by Fish River Canyon en route to explore the dramatic landscape, and opt for a wine tasting evening over the border in South Africa's Citrusdal. Arrive in Cape Town on Day 113 for one final hurrah and an optional group meal before going your separate ways the next morning.

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Accommodation: Hostels and hotels (40%), campsites and wild camps (60%) Transport: Overland truck, canoe, ferry, 4WD Meals: All meals included while camping, some breakfasts at hotels Local Kitty: From USD $5830 Departs (Southbound): 31Mar18, 10Dec18 Departs (Northbound): 28Jul18, 03Dec18 Additional Notes: There are optional balloon safaris in the Serengeti and Maasai Mara. These must be pre-booked before departure and are subject to availability.


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ZANZIBAR TO CAPE TOWN 42 DAYS, Zanzibar

$5,110

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Cape Town Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary • Gorilla tracking in Uganda • Safari in South Luangwa

• Relax by Lake Malawi • Cruise down the Zambezi • Game drives in Etosha

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Etosha / Spitzkoppe / Swakopmund / Sossusvlei / Cape Town With even more safari time in store at Etosha National Park, you'll eventually leave the grasslands to a very different landscape on your way to the Namib Desert. Pass through the red rocks of Spitzkoppe and the adventure-heavy town of Swakopmund before landing at the dunes of Sesriem and Sossusvlei. On your final approach into Cape Town, stop at the Fish River Canyon and go wine tasting at Citrusdal.

Zanzibar Dar es Salaam Chobe N.P. Iringa South Luangwa Chitimba Livingstone Lilongwe Lower Zambezi Shakawe Victoria Falls Etosha Hwange N.P. Matobo N.P. N.P. Makgadikgadi Okavango Delta Grootfontein Spitzkoppe Swakopmund

Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Camping (80%), hostels and hotels (20%) Transport: Overland truck, 4WD, ferry, boat Meals: All meals included while camping, some breakfasts at hotels Local Kitty: Approx. USD $1,890 payable locally Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22 Tour Code: DRAZW

Mar

21-30

Chobe / Hwange / Matobo / Makgadikgadi / Shakawe / Grootfontein After a day of wildlife-spotting on the Chobe River, enjoy a game drive in the Hwange National Park before turning your attention to the rhinos of Matobo. Next up are the Makgadikgadi salt pans, some of the biggest in the world. It's then on to Shakawe to prep for a trip into the Okavango Delta before crossing the border into Namibia to meet the San Bushmen of Grootfontein.

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South Luangwa / Lower Zambezi / Livingstone / Victoria Falls Cross the border into Zambia and stop at the remote South Luangwa National Park. Abundant with wildlife, this lesser-visited park is a real find. In the Lower Zambezi, explore the region on a two-day canoeing trip. Continue on to Livingstone and cross into Zimbabwe for views of Victoria Falls and a wealth of activities. Gorge swing, anyone?

Sossusvlei, Namibia

Jan

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Zanzibar / Dar es Salaam / Iringa / Chitimba / Lilongwe Hop on the local commuter barge from Kigamboni to Dar es Salaam then take a ferry to Zanzibar. Visit Stone Town and the beaches of Nungwi, where the Indian Ocean is at its best! Returning to the mainland, drive to the beaches of Lake Malawi and capital Lilongwe.

$4,365

FR

Gondar Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Simien Mountains visit • Pass by the Blue Nile Gorge • Sanetti Plateau drive

• Explore Addis Ababa • Lake Tana monasteries trip • Bale Mountains guided walks

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Axum / Debark / Simien Mountains National Park / Gondar After a couple of days wandering the rock-hewn churches of Axum, the final leg of your journey will mostly be spent in the Simien Mountains National Park, home to the famous gelada monkeys. Over three days, you'll have plenty of opportunity to walk and explore the park before you make your way to the finish line in Gondar for a historical tour.

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Mekele

Gondar

Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Camping (30%), hostels and hotels (70%) Transport: Overland truck, boat Meals: All meals included while camping, some breakfasts at hotels Local Kitty: Approx. USD $770 payable locally Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22 Tour Code: DRAGM

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Debark

Danakil Depression

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Bahir Dar / Lalibela / Mekele / Danakil Depression / Mekele You'll experience a few long driving days here, so settle in to the truck and watch Ethiopia pass you by. At Bahir Dar, enjoy an included trip to the Lake Tana monasteries as well as a morning at the Blue Nile Falls. At Lalibela, get a tour of nearby rock churches before continuing to the Afar Depression, also known as the Cradle of Mankind.

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Simien Mountains Axum N.P.

Mar

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Harar / Addis Ababa / Debre Markos Leave the National Park and drive east to the historic city of Harar. Tour the colourful markets of the walled city and watch Hyena Men feed the city's hyenas. Then to the capital to see museums, cathedrals and mausoleums. Day 16, swap the bright lights of Addis Ababa for the small town of Debre Markos via the dramatic Blue Nile Gorge.

Feb

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Arba Minch / Wendo Genet / Bale Mountains / Ziway / Awash Enjoy two free days in Arba Minch before heading north to Awassa and the small hill town of Wendo Genet. Visit the local fish market and then continue on to Bale Mountains for two full days of guided walks on highland routes and forest trails. One day you'll truck up to Sanetti Plateau in search of Ethiopian wolves. Then to Ziway for a boat trip on the lake, check out an ancient monastery, then off to Awash.

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Small Group Adventure

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zambezi River, Zambia

$6,090

FR

Zanzibar

Incl. local payment

34 DAYS

highlights

• Gorilla tracking in Uganda • Game drives in Nakuru

• Explore three national parks • Three-night Zanzibar trip

Four countries, five national parks and a paradise island beach break all in 34 days. Climb aboard your overland truck for game drives in Nakuru, Queen Elizabeth and Serengeti national parks and look out for Africa's Big 5 before enjoying three nights on the island of Zanzibar. This tour's pièce de résistance? Gorilla tracking in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park! Departs Southbound: Selected Sun and Mon Northbound: Selected Sun and Mon Accommodation: Camping (85%), hostels and hotels (15%) Meals: All meals included while camping, some breakfasts at hotels Local Kitty: Approx. USD $3,080 Transport: Overland truck, 4WD, ferry, canoe Tour Code: DRAUZ

Zanzibar

$2,185

FR

Victoria Falls

• Three days in Zanzibar • Snorkel in Lake Malawi

Incl. local payment

19 DAYS

highlights

• South Luangwa game drives • Canoe trip on the Zambezi

Start things off easy on the island of Zanzibar. Get a guided tour of the spice plantations then head north to the beaches of Nungwi. Over the border in Malawi, relax on the shores of Lake Malawi before gearing up for a safari in South Luangwa National Park and a two-day canoeing adventure down the Zambezi. Finish with a splash at Victoria Falls, the world's largest water curtain. Departs Southbound: Selected Mon and Wed Northbound: Selected Mon Accommodation: Camping (75%), hostels and hotels (20%), bush camping (5%) Meals: All meals included while camping, some breakfasts at hotels Local Kitty: Approx. USD $780 Transport: Overland truck, 4WD, ferry Tour Code: DRYDF

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

NAIROBI TO NAIROBI WITH GORILLAS Nairobi

ZANZIBAR TO VICTORIA FALLS

$3,615

FR

Nairobi

Incl. local payment

21 DAYS

highlights

• Track rare gorillas in Uganda • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

• Game drives in Kenya • Safari in Nakuru

This three-week tour circles Africa's celebrated wildlife spots, including the national parks of Nakuru and Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth. It's rhinos galore in Uganda's Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, but the gorillas will steal the show as you trek in search of the great, rare ape. Raise the heart rate in Jinja with optional activities including white water rafting and bungy jumping. Departs: Selected Sundays and Tuesdays Accommodation: Camping (90%), hostels and hotels (10%) Meals: All meals included while camping, some breakfasts at hotels Local Kitty: Approx. USD $1,830 Transport: Overland truck, 4WD, boat Tour Code: DRYNN

VICTORIA FALLS TO CAPE TOWN Victoria Falls

Cape Town

$3,070

FR

Incl. local payment

24 DAYS

highlights

• See the Victoria Falls • National parks game viewing

• Delve deep into Okavango • Explore the Namib Desert

A fantastic snapshot of the continent's natural diversity and scenic prowess. From the dry, unrelenting nature of the Namib Desert to the waterways of the Okavango Delta and its roaming populations of bush elephant, buffalo and hippo. Want a little more? The national parks of Hwange, Matobo and Etosha bring plenty of Big 5 sightings as well as cheetahs, zebras and wildebeest. Departs Southbound: Selected Fridays Northbound: Selected Fridays Accommodation: Camping (85%), hostels and hotels (15%) Meals: All meals included while camping, some breakfasts at hotels Local Kitty: Approx. USD $1,060 Transport: Overland truck, 4WD, mokoro Tour Code: DRYVC

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CAPE TOWN, FALLS & KRUGER ADVENTURE 28 DAYS, Cape Town

$3,699

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Johannesburg Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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SOUTHERN AFRICA

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (20 nts), bush camping (2 nts), permanent tented camp (1 nt), simple hotel (1 nt), multi-share hostel (1 nt), multi-share guesthouse (2 nts) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle, mokoro, open safari vehicle Meals: 24 breakfasts, 22 lunches, 16 dinners Budget: Allow USD $170-225 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) as head guide/cook and driver, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADATJ

My Own Room Available: Fr $309

• Kalahari Desert walk with local bushmen • Rhino walk in Matobo National Park • Paddle the Okavango Delta by mokoro

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• Look for the Big 5 at Etosha and Kruger • Peer into the depths of Fish River Canyon • Climb the sand dunes of Sossusvlei

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DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Cape Town / Cederberg / Gariep River Arrive in Cape Town in good time for your welcome meeting. Next morning, leave the city and make your way through the Western Cape before overnighting in Cederberg, famed for its windswept sandstone formations and ancient rock art. Next day, opt to canoe on the Gariep River. (2B, 2L, 2D)

04-10

Fish River Canyon / Namib Desert / Swakopmund / Spitzkoppe / Damaraland Cross the border to Namibia and head to Fish River Canyon, the second-largest canyon in the world. Continue to the red dunes of Sossusvlei and climb up Dune 45, which is made up of vivid red sand that's around 5 million years old! Journey on to the coastal resort of Swakopmund and go on a guided township walk. Opt to sandboard or skydive before continuing through the desert of Spitzkoppe, which boasts 6,000-year-old rock engravings. (6B, 6L, 5D)

11-13

Etosha National Park / Windhoek Enjoy two game drives in Etosha National Park which offer plenty of opportunities to spot lions, giraffes, elephants, rhinos and antelope, then head south to Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek. Enjoy free time to explore as well as a break from camping - good shower included! (3B, 2L, D)

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Kalahari / Maun / Okavango Delta / Gweta / Chobe National Park Walk with a local San Bushman in the Kalahari Desert before heading on to Maun to prepare for your overnight trip into the Okavango Delta, where you’ll enjoy mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions, game walks and birding. Next day, head for the village of Gweta before continuing towards Chobe National Park for an optional open vehicle game drive or sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. (5B, 5L, 3D)

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Victoria Falls / Matobo National Park Cross the Zambezi River and head for the town of Victoria Falls and spend the next few days exploring the breathtaking Mosi-oa-Tunya ('the smoke that thunders'). Opt for an adrenalin pumping white water rafting trip or take to the skies with a flight over the rapids. On Day 22, travel south to Matobo National Park to walk with the rhinos and go on some epic game drives. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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Greater Kruger Area / Kruger National Park / Johannesburg Cross the border into South Africa and to the world-famous Kruger National Park. Make the most of your last opportunity to see the Big 5 in South Africa’s largest wildlife reserve. Enjoy a cultural evening with the local community before arriving in Johannesburg, where the tour comes to an end at any time on Day 28. (5B, 4L, 3D)

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Stroll the rim of Fish River Canyon Wake up to a sunrise on top of Dune 45 Top up your tan in Swakopmund Traverse Etosha’s pans on game drives Explore the streets of Windhoek Stay in the farming town of Ghanzi

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Learn survival tricks from a San Bushman A canoe trip in the Okavango Delta Take in the impressive Makgadikgadi Pans See hippos in Chobe National Park Get fab photos at Victoria Falls Choose your thrills in Livingstone

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Victoria Falls Arrive at your accommodation near Livingstone in time for the pre-departure meeting this evening. The following day, opt to visit the Victoria Falls. Straddling the Zambia/Zimbabwe border, they measure a staggering 1.7km in width and pour up to one million litres of water per second! You can also spend your day making the most of the optional activities on offer in and around the Zambezi River; big favourites include white water rafting and a helicopter trip over the rapids.

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Chobe National Park / Gweta Cross the border from Zimbabwe into Botswana and set up camp just outside Chobe National Park near the town of Kasane. In the afternoon, take an optional game drive in the park or a sunset cruise along the Chobe River. This is your best opportunity to see hippos, crocs and elephants in the water, so don't miss it. Day 4, leave Chobe and head towards Gweta and spend the evening relaxing under ancient baobab trees. The surrounding grasslands are also home to a lot of antelopes who, in turn, attract their own batch of predators. (2B, 2L, D)

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Maun / Okavango Delta It's back on your overland adventure vehicle (aka the Lando) and on to Maun on Day 5. If you've pre-booked the Okavango Delta flight, you'll more than likely take to the skies today. On Day 6, pack a smaller bag and get ready for your excursion to the Okavango Delta. Drive to your dock and hop into a mokoro (a traditional dug-out canoe) that'll take you down the waterways and into the delta. Enjoy game walks and wildlife viewings in pristine surroundings, and spend the night counting shooting stars from your basic bush camp. (2B, 2L, D)

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Ghanzi (Kalahari Desert) / Windhoek Travel in a mokoro along the shoreline of the Okavango River en route back to Maun. Next up, continue through the western part of Botswana to Ghanzi and the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Here, you'll meet the indigenous San Bushmen people. Largely hunter-gatherers, they'll take you on an optional bushwalk to learn about how they adapted to life here as well as their survival skills secrets. Cross the border into Namibia on Day 8 and continue to capital Windhoek. Spend the afternoon at leisure. (2B, 2L, D)

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Etosha National Park Etosha is locally described as 'the great white place of dry water' or 'white place of mirages', and offers a huge variety of wildlife and phenomenal natural beauty. The Lando is built to purpose, with charging points for your cameras as well as photo-friendly windows. Discover the Etosha salt pans and the national park on game drives, with excellent opportunities to spot Africa’s Big 5 animals. Find elephants, antelope and lions around floodlit waterholes after dark, which lets you watch the animals even after sunset. On Day 10, spend a whole day on a game drive in Etosha. (2B, 2L, D)

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Damaraland / Spitzkoppe / Swakopmund After a morning game drive, start moving south and learn about the lost culture of the Damara people on a living museum visit, before continuing on through the beautiful desert landscapes and granite peaks of Spitzkoppe. Spend two nights in the adrenalin capital of Swakopmund with its mind-boggling lunar landscape, unforgettable sunsets and seaside cafés. Feeling adventurous? Make the most of Day 14, where you're free to try out the town's activities including a 4WD desert tour, sandboarding, skydiving or quad biking. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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Accommodation: Participation camping (14 nts), basic bush camp (2 nts), multi-share guesthouse (2 nts), permanent camp (1 nt), multi-share hostel (1 nt) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle, safari vehicle, mokoro Meals: 18 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 11 dinners Budget: Allow USD $135-175 for meals not included

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Namib Desert Get a feel for the Namib Desert as you traverse an empty desert area, crossing a dry mountain pass and Walvis Bay, known for its flamingo population. Arrive at your camp on the edge of the Namib Desert in the afternoon and opt to go on a walk with a local expert to find out more about the nature of the region. Leave early next morning for your remote Sossusvlei campsite. This afternoon, visit the clay pan of Sossusvlei, enclosed by the world's largest sand dunes towering to heights of up to 300 metres (984ft). This landscape takes some getting used to, so opt for a guided walk among the sand dunes or enjoy some time to explore on your own. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Fish River Canyon / Gariep River Start the day by watching the sun rise over Dune 45, a perennial traveller favourite. And don't be fooled, it's much higher than what you'll see at first glance! Afterwards, journey to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and, arguably, the second-largest in the world. Explore the area on your own and take in its enormous beauty, then find the perfect spot to watch the sunset as it slips over the canyon rim. Make your way towards the South African border on Day 18 for your final border crossing of the trip. After passports have been stamped and your visas paid (if you need one) make for the Gariep River (also known as Orange River) to set up camp for the night. During the late afternoon, feel free to take a dip in the river, arrange a canoeing trip or just take some time to relax. Tuck into a delicious barbecue that evening and get involved with plenty of star gazing! (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Cederberg / Cape Town Your final approach to Cape Town sure is a scenic one! Travel past large plantations of rooibos tea as you make your way through some truly gorgeous scenery on the Western Cape. Heading south, you'll soon arrive at the wine-rich Cederberg Mountains where you'll spend your evening camping on a local farm. Before bedtime, there'll be plenty of time to explore the area and its offerings. We suggest going to town on some local wine (when in Rome and all that). Day 20 will be your final travel day. Arrive in Cape Town and opt for one last night out with the group (2B, 2L, D)

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Cape Town Today, your trip comes to an end and you're free to leave at any time. But fear not! Cape Town is a city of many hats and if you choose to extend your stay you won't be short on stuff to do. Catch the cable car (or brave the hike!) to the top of Table Mountain, check out Nelson Mandela’s former cell on Robben Island or wander the markets on the way down to the fancy V&A waterfront. When nightfall hits, make sure you check out the bars and clubs of lively Long Street. (B)

You might like Go in reverse Dunes, Deltas & Falls Northbound (21 days, Cape Town - Victoria Falls) (GADCF)  Fr $2,649 Why not add? Okavango Delta Flight (Half day, Maun - Maun) See the vast wilderness of Africa with a view only a select few will ever see. (PRODBOD)  Fr $120 Victoria Falls Helicopter Flight (Half day, Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls) Follow the Zambezi River towards the mighty Victoria Falls. (PRODYVH)  Fr $162 Swakopmund Skydiving (Half day, Swakopmund - Swakopmund) Freefall and parachute in tandem for fab views of the Namib Desert. (PRODNSD)  Fr $195

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Windhoek Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

snapshot Prepare for endless swathes of desert, monumental sand dunes and ghostly lunar landscapes fleetingly populated with hardy wildlife. This is Namibia.

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) as head guide/cook and driver, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADADO

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• Soak up Cape Town’s lively culture • Camp on a local farm near Cederberg • Visit the vast Fish River Canyon

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• Tackle the world’s highest sand dunes • Spot wildlife on Etosha’s game drives • Camp out by the Gariep River

Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (1 nt), participation camping (8 nts), guesthouse multi-share (2 nts), bush camp (1 nt) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle Meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 8 dinners Budget: Allow USD $75-100 for meals not included

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Cape Town Arrive at Cape Town at any time and explore the spirited streets. If the weather’s being kind, catch the cable car up Table Mountain to take in the view, before meeting your guide and group this evening.

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Cederberg / Gariep River Travel through the Western Cape’s dramatic scenery and camp on a local farm near the wilderness area of Cederberg, known for its rock art and weathered sandstone formations. Continue past large plantations of rooibos tea and through remote landscapes to set up camp at the Gariep River, better known as Orange River. Enjoy an afternoon swim or head to the river with a canoe. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Fish River Canyon / Namib Desert Cross into Namibia and travel to Fish River Canyon, Africa's largest canyon at 650km in length and 27km in width. Absorb the canyon’s majestic beauty, enjoy some time in the area and marvel at a spectacular sunset. Head towards the incomparable red sands of Sossusvlei, a clay pan enclosed by the world’s largest dunes and where you'll find the now-iconic scorched trees. Spend a full day taking in the natural wonders of this bizarre environment. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Swakopmund / Spitzkoppe / Damaraland Appreciate the vastness of the Namib Desert as you travel towards the west coast of Namibia. Explore the historic coastal resort of Swakopmund and its surrounding desert landscape. Take part in the optional activities on offer including sandboarding, quad biking or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, skydiving. Travel north to the granite peaks of Spitzkoppe, before continuing on to the Damaraland Living Museum to learn of the lost culture of the Damara people. (3B, 3L, D)

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Etosha National Park Etosha translates as 'the great white place of dry water’. One of Southern Africa’s top national parks, it offers a huge variety of wildlife and unbelievable natural beauty. Explore the pans and the park on game drives with opportunities to spot lion, giraffe, elephant and rhino. After sunset, grab a drink and observe animals at the floodlit waterholes near the camping area. (2B, 2L, 2D) Windhoek Journey onward through the Namibian countryside to the German-influenced capital of Windhoek, where your trip ends on arrival. (B)

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Victoria Falls Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• See wildlife in the Kalahari • Meet a local San Bushman • Canoe the Okavango Delta

• Camp near Makgadikgadi • Spot hippos in Chobe River • Witness mighty Victoria Falls

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Windhoek / Ghanzi Arrive into Windhoek at any time and feel free to explore before meeting your group in the evening. The next day, cross the Botswanan border at Ghanzi into the Kalahari Desert. This semi-arid savannah supports more animals and plants than a real desert, making it the perfect arena for wildlife spotting! Walk with a local San Bushman and opt to learn the tribe’s wilderness survival skills. (B, L, D)

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Maun / Okavango Delta Overnight in the town of Maun, where you have the unique opportunity to take a flight over the Okavango Delta. Venture through the world’s largest inland delta to your remote bush camp. Experience traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions and fantastic game viewing on walks and safaris in this pristine wilderness area. (2B, 2L, D)

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Gweta / Chobe National Park Continue to Gweta, near the fascinating Makgadikgadi salt pans, and set up camp under the native baobab trees. The pan is an important habitat for migrating animals, including wildebeest and zebra populations. Travel onward to Chobe National Park for an optional open vehicle game drive or an afternoon boat cruise for a chance to see elephants, hippos and crocs. (2B, 2L, D)

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Victoria Falls Cross the Zambezi by ferry and enter Zimbabwe for a chance to witness the mighty Victoria Falls. Optional adventure activities include white water rafting, canoeing and a flight over the falls. Depart any time after breakfast on Day 9. (2B, L)

Makgadikgadi salt pans, Botswana

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (6 nts), bush camp (1 nt), permanent camp (1 nt) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle, safari vehicle, mokoro Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $90-120 for meals not included Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs), local guides Tour Code: GADNFO

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MOZAMBIQUE, KRUGER & SWAZI DISCOVERER 13 DAYS, Johannesburg

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• Soak up scenery in Mlilwane • Swim and snorkel in Praia • Camp overnight at the beach

• Enjoy a dhow safari • Game drives in Kruger • The Jane Goodall Collection

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Johannesburg / Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary / Maputo Arrive into Johannesburg any time and explore. On Day 2, cross the border into Swaziland and stop at the local markets to find authentic Swazi crafts. The next day, head off for the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in Swaziland and enjoy a guided walk. Later on, head to Maputo. (2B)

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Inhambane / Praia do Tofo After a short drive around Inhambane, you'll head up the coast. Swim, snorkel or do absolutely nothing on the beaches of Praia do Tofo. (2B)

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Vilanculos / Bazaruto National Park Head to Vilanculos for more beach time. Enjoy a dhow (boat) safari through the picturesque Bazaruto National Park - an archipelago of six islands - before settling in at a beach camp for the night. (3B, 2L, D)

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Xai-Xai Settle in the lodge outside Xai-Xai for a relaxing night enjoying local beer and taking in the beautiful scenery. On Day 10, experience the Portuguese flavour of the charming beach town of Xai-Xai. (2B)

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Greater Kruger Area Head to Kruger National Park for traditional dance ceremonies around a campfire. On Day 12, immerse yourself in an unforgettable safari experience in Manyeleti Game Reserve and keep an eye out for elephants, hippos, lions and giraffes. (2B, D)

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Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), twin or multi-share chalets/bungalows (7 nts), safari huts (1 nt), camping (1 nt) Transport: Private bus, dhow Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $285-370 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver, local guides Group Size: Max 9, Avg 7 Tour Code: GADSMZ

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Victoria Falls Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Visit Khama Rhino Sanctuary • Travel Okavango by mokoro • Game walk in Okavango

• See Makgadikgadi’s sunset • Chobe wildlife safari • Optional Victoria Falls bungy

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Johannesburg / Khama Rhino Sanctuary Arrive into Johannesburg and meet your group that evening. On Day 2, travel into Botswana to visit the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a unique community-based initiative that protects rhinos, and enjoy an included rhino game drive. Tonight, camp under the African stars. (B, L, D)

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Maun / Okavango Delta Continue on to Maun, a safari hub, where you can opt for a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. The next day, travel by mokoro deep into this watery wilderness. Keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles, hippos and elephants! Stay overnight at a peaceful bush camp, enjoying a campfire amid the ever-changing landscape of the delta. (2B, 2L, D)

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Gweta / Chobe National Park At sunrise, sail back through the Okavango's water channels, then journey on to Gweta where you'll camp under the ancient baobab trees. Next up is Chobe National Park, the world-famous home to one of Southern Africa's largest herds of elephants. Take part in an optional game drive or wildlife viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River. (2B, 2L, D)

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Victoria Falls Cross into Zimbabwe to the lively town of Victoria Falls, located very close to the record-breaking Falls. Get up close (and a little wet), and opt to raft the white water of the Zambezi River before your tour comes to an end after breakfast on Day 8. (B, L)

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Age Group: Exclusively for 1839s Accommodation: Participation camping (5 nts), bush camp (1 nt), simple hotel (1 nt) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle, safari vehicle, mokoro Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $75-100 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs), local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADAJL

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• Visit mighty Victoria Falls • Opt to raft the Zambezi • Track white rhinos

• Game drive around Kruger • Interact with local people • Take in historical Jo’burg

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Victoria Falls Arrive into Victoria Fall on Day 1, where you'll have the day to explore the world's largest waterfall. For the more adventurous, go white water rafting down the Zambezi or sign up for a thrilling bungy jump.

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Matobo National Park Continue on to Zimbabwe’s number one wildlife park, the UNESCO-listed Matobo National Park. Covering 44,500 hectares, the park is home to one of the world's largest population of white rhino. While you're here, get the unique opportunity to walk with rare white rhinos and experience an open vehicle safari game drive. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Kruger National Park Travel south into South Africa: big game country! The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers wildlife experiences that rank with the best in Africa. Search for lion, elephant, rhino and more on your full-day game drive in an open vehicle. Later, head into the African bush to Manyeleti Game Reserve where you can have a late afternoon swim and a sundowner. Enjoy a traditional dance and dinner before settling down to be soothed to sleep by the sounds of the African wilderness. On Day 7, head back to Johannesburg, the economic heart of South Africa, and opt for a night on the town. (4B, 4L, 3D) Johannesburg Sadly, your tour comes to an end after breakfast on Day 8. Pick up any last-minute souvenirs, say your goodbyes and start planning your next adventure! (B)

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (6 nts), simple hotel (1 nt) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle, 4WD Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $50-65 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs), local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADZKF

Kruger N.P.

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snapshot After an itinerary packed with wildlife safaris, roaring Victoria Falls and an overnight stay in the Okavango Delta, you'll finish up wondering what on earth happened. The answer? Southern Africa.

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) as head guide/cook and driver, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADAJJ

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Johannesburg / Khama Rhino Sanctuary / Maun Arrive into South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg. On Day 2, set off for the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a community-based initiative established to safeguard the local rhino populations from indiscriminate poaching. Spend your first night under the African skies before continuing on to Maun. Here, take an optional scenic flight over the wildlife-rich swamps of the Okavango Delta. (2B, 2L, D)

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Okavango Delta / Gweta / Chobe National Park Goodbye to civilisation, hello to the watery wilderness of the Okavango Delta. Set off in a traditional mokoro and make your way to the evening's remote bush camp, looking out for the area's popular wildlife en route. Enjoy a game walk before settling down around the campfire for a night under the stars. The next morning, return to Maun, then on to the village of Gweta to camp out under massive and ancient baobab trees. Journey onward to Chobe National Park, where you can opt for a wildlife viewing boat cruise - the best way to see the resident elephants, crocodiles and hippos - or venture out in search of lions, spotted hyenas and antelope on an optional game drive. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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Victoria Falls / Matobo National Park Travel from Botswana across the Zambezi River into Zimbabwe, and get up close to the power of the mighty Victoria Falls. This area is Africa's adventure hub, so be brave and white water raft down the Zambezi, hop in a canoe or take a scenic flight over the falls. The next day, head out to explore the region and check out the local markets to grab yourself some local souvenirs. Spend the night camping in a private wilderness area, close to the boundary of Matobo National Park. The next day, sign up to walk with rhinos (yes, really) and explore the park further on open safari vehicles. There's a lot to get through! (3B, 3L, 2D)

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Greater Kruger Area / Kruger National Park Travel through Zimbabwe, overnighting near Musina before crossing into South Africa. Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with Africa's very best, with lions, elephants and rhinos among many others calling this place home. You’ll have the chance to spot them on two game drives, before enjoying a traditional dance and dinner before settling down for a good night’s sleep. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Okavango Delta, Botswana

Accommodation: Participation camping (11 nts), bush camping (1 nt), simple hotels (2 nts) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle, open safari vehicle, mokoro Meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 8 dinners Budget: Allow USD $95-125 for meals not included

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Discover some of Southern Africa's most famous highlights on this unforgettable adventure through Africa's ever-changing landscape. There's desert, swamps, canyons and sweeping savannahs to keep you going, all home to some of the world's most elusive species.

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• Excursion into the Okavango Delta • Wild elephants in Chobe National Park • Feel the spray of Victoria Falls

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• Take in the staggering Fish River Canyon • Bush camping in Etosha National Park • Relax and reboot in coastal Swakopmund

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Spitzkoppe, Namibia

Service Level: Camping Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Twin-share camping (21 nts), twin-share tented camp with beds (1 nt), mixed dorm in hostel (2 nt) Transport: Fully equipped 24-seater safari vehicle, 4WD safari vehicle Meals: 24 breakfasts, 20 lunches, 19 dinners Group Leader: Services of 2 crew Group Size: Max 24 Adventure Pass (optional): USD $530 Tour Code: ACDTR25

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DAY ITINERARY 01-04

Cape Town / Western Cape / Gariep River / Fish River Canyon / Hammerstein After a tour of Cape Town’s Cape Flats township (included in the optional Adventure Pass), make your way north through the citrus farming lands of the Western Cape and top up on some wine in the Cederberg Mountains. Cross the semi-desert of Namaqualand to the banks of Gariep River, enjoy an optional canoe safari and head to Fish River Canyon, Africa's second-largest and one of Namibia's top attractions. Day 4, head to the gateway to Namib-Naukluft National Park. (3B, 4L, 4D)

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Solitaire / Swakopmund / Spitzkoppe / Etosha National Park Start hiking at dawn and make for the top of the Namib's towering sand dunes. Next day, cross over the Tropic of Capricorn (classic photo op) to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where you’ll spend a full day at leisure. Continue on to the massive rock outcrops at Spitzkoppe, check out the ancient bushmen paintings and brush up on your safari skills for two days of wild camping and game drives at Etosha National Park. Leave Etosha for a night out in Namibia’s lively capital, Windhoek. (7B, 5L, 4D)

12-16

Windhoek / Ghanzi / Maun / Okavango Delta / Nata Day 12, cross into Botswana and join local bushmen for a guided walk around the town of Ghanzi followed by an optional evening of spiritual rituals around the fire. After a visit to the 'wild west' town of Maun, those who opted for the Adventure Pass will jump into a mokoro (traditional canoe) and make their way into the Okavango Delta, searching for hippo and crocodile, before spending an evening on a wilderness excursion. On Day 16, make for Nata’s Elephant Sands Lodge and watch the wandering giants as they search for the nearest watering hole. (5B, 5L, 5D)

17-19

Kasane / Livingstone Next up is Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. Got an Adventure Pass? Take a Fish Eagle cruise on the Chobe River in search of hippo, elephants and buffalo and take part in a game drive. Hop on a ferry across the Zambezi River into Zambia on Day 18 and head to the adrenalin capital of Livingstone where you’ll also see (and hear) the roaring Victoria Falls. (3B, L, D)

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Matobo National Park / Kruger National Park / Johannesburg Day 20, cross into Zimbabwe and marvel at the beauty of Matobo National Park on an optional wilderness trek, hopefully finding its famed populations of rhino. The next day, continue towards South Africa and the world-renowned Kruger National Park, seeking out predators by day and dancing with Shangaan tribesmen by night. Leave for Johannesburg through the Mpumalanga province on Day 25, where your adventure comes to an end. (6B, 5L, 5D)

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• Swim with manta rays • Bazaruto Archipelago sailing • See the Big 5 in Kruger

• History-rich Masvingo • Visit Matobo National Park • Victoria Falls activities

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Hwange N.P. Bulawayo

Service Level: Camping Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Twin-share camping with shared facilities (13 nts) Transport: Fully equipped 12-seater safari vehicle, 6/8-seater 4WD safari vehicle, dhow Meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners Group Size: Max 12 Group Leader: Services of 2 crew Adventure Pass (optional): USD $170 Tour Code: ACNMZE14

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Matobo National Park / Hwange National Park / Victoria Falls Continue via the markets of Bulawayo to a camp close to the Matobo hills. On Day 10, those on the Adventure Pass will have a guided open vehicle game drive in Matobo National Park. Then it’s on to Zimbabwe’s oldest park, Hwange, for a chance to learn about conservation success stories like the African painted dog and go on another game drive (Adventure Pass only). On Day 13, leave the park for Victoria Falls. Explore the paths along the edge of the gorge or pick a high-octane activity if time allows. Say goodbye on Day 14. (5B, 3L, 3D)

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Vilanculos / Bandula Area / Masvingo Set sail on a dhow safari this morning to Magaruque Island, where powder-sand beaches and coral reefs await. Leave the coast on Day 8 to a camp in the Bandula Area, then cross into Zimbabwe on Day 9 to Masvingo and the Great Zimbabwe National Monument. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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Tofo / Vilanculos Continue along the coast to the small beach town of Tofo, just a few kilometres from Inhambane. The number one goal here is to relax, but there's also plenty of scuba diving and snorkelling on offer. And it's good! Move on to Vilanculos on Day 6. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Vilanculos, Mozambique

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Johannesburg / Hazyview / Kruger National Park / Xai-Xai Starting in Johannesburg, make your way to Hazyview on the outskirts of Kruger. Enjoy an evening of Shangaan song and dance ahead of a full day of game drives in the park. Return to camp that evening, having saturated your camera’s memory card with wildlife pictures. On Day 3, cross into Mozambique and on to Xai-Xai. (2B, 2L, 3D)

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Swakopmund Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Camp out in the Okavango • Opt for a Chobe River cruise • Mokoro and walking safaris

• San Bushman walk in Ghanzi • Etosha National Park safari • Spitzkoppe’s rock paintings

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Livingstone

Service Level: Camping Accommodation: Twin-share camping (10 nts), twin-share tented camp with beds (1 nt) Transport: Fully equipped 24-seater safari vehicle, 6/8-seater 4WD safari vehicle, mokoro Meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Size: Max 24 Group Leader: Services of 2 crew Adventure Pass (optional): USD $390 Tour Code: ACSDDE12

Apr

Etosha National Park / Spitzkoppe / Swakopmund Leaving Etosha, stop by Damaraland on Day 11 to admire the ancient Bushmen rock paintings at Spitzkoppe. Your tour finishes upon arrival in the coastal adventure resort of Swakopmund on Day 12. If you fancy pumping your adrenalin, go skydiving! (2B, L, D)

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Mar

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Ghanzi / Windhoek / Etosha National Park Today, leave Botswana behind and travel to the capital of Namibia. Enjoy a night out in Windhoek at a local restaurant or visit the famous Joe's Beer House. It’s then on to Etosha National Park, where you’ll spend two days elephant, zebra and lion-spotting on game drives, camping near a teeming waterhole. If you're lucky, you may spot a rare black rhino, particularly at night-time. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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Nata / Maun / Okavango Delta / Maun / Ghanzi Move on to Maun on Day 4, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Wind your way through a labyrinth of waterways in a mokoro and search for wildlife on a walking safari (both included in the Adventure Pass). Stay at a tented camp, then return to Maun on Day 6. It's off to Ghanzi on Day 7 to experience the indigenous San Bushmen culture. (4B, 4L, 4D)

San Bushmen, Ghanzi

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Livingstone / Kasane / Nata Start with a visit to Victoria Falls and bed down near the shore of the Zambezi. The next day, travel to Kasane’s Chobe National Park. On an Adventure Pass? A guided game drive and an afternoon cruise on the Chobe River is included! Later, head to Elephant Sands Lodge and listen as herds of elephants trumpet past your tent at night. You won't forget that night's sleep in a hurry! (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Victoria Falls Small Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), bushmen hut (1 nt), lodge/chalet (4 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), basic camping (1 nt), participation camping (4 nts) Transport: Air con touring vehicle, safari vehicle, mokoro Meals: 12 breakfasts,1 lunch, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $365-475 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver, local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GADAFD

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• Take in the enormity of Fish River Canyon • Climb the shifting sands of Dune 45 • Safari in Etosha and Chobe national parks

• Learn survival skills from local bushmen • Get back to nature in the Okavango • Embrace adventure in Victoria Falls

DAY ITINERARY 01-04

Cape Town / Lambert’s Bay / Gariep River / Fish River Canyon Arrive at any time and discover the colourful streets of this cosmopolitan city before meeting your group this evening. Head north to Lambert’s Bay, a picturesque coastal town from where you can opt to visit Bird Island, home to penguins and blue-eyed gannets at certain times of year. Head north and cross into Namibia and settle in by the banks of the Gariep River. Transfer to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and take in the majestic scenery. (3B)

05-08

Namib Desert / Swakopmund Travel north to Sossusvlei, a natural wonderland of bizarre geological formations, including the world’s highest sand dunes. Opt to climb up the famous Dune 45 and stop off at the 14km-long Sesriem Canyon; invisible from even a short distance away yet home to a huge variety of birdlife. Get a feel for the desolation of the desert as you travel onward to Swakopmund, where numerous optional activities such as sandboarding, dolphin cruises, quad biking and skydiving are on offer. (3B, 2D)

09-12

Etosha National Park / Windhoek / Kalahari Desert Undoubtedly one of Africa’s best places for wildlife spotting, game drives at Etosha National Park (including an optional open-vehicle safari) offer excellent opportunities to spot elephants, lions and antelope. Head through the countryside to Namibia’s small, friendly capital Windhoek. Explore the Kalahari Desert on Day 12 and learn some crucial survival skills from a local San Bushman on an optional walk. In the evening, enjoy a traditional dance demonstration. (B, D)

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Maun / Okavango Delta / Nata Area / Chobe National Park Arrive in Maun to prep for your overnight adventure and opt to take a flight over the delta that awaits you. On Day 14, travel by mokoro into the Okavango Delta, overnighting at a remote bush camp. Enjoy game walks, birding and a sunset boat cruise. After sunrise, journey onward to the Nata area. Opt for a sunset visit to the salt pans of Makgadikgadi in dry season (Mar-Sep), and watch elephants drinking from the waterhole at night. Continue to Chobe National Park, home to Southern Africa's largest elephant population, and opt for a sunset boat cruise or an open safari vehicle game drive. (4B, L, 2D)

17-18

Victoria Falls Cross the Zambezi River by ferry to Victoria Falls, an adrenalin junkie's paradise. Optional activities include white water rafting, canoeing and a scenic flight over the falls. Your tour ends on Day 18. (B)

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• Spot lions, leopards, elephants and rhinos • Explore the glittering city of Cape Town • Try traditional Zimbabwean food

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DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Cape Town Meet your tour leader at the airport and transfer to your hotel for the night. The next few days are yours to tick off the wonders of Cape Town. Get flowery with a guided tour of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, waddle with the penguins of Boulders Beach and pull up a chair on the V&A Waterfront in your free time. For the more adventurous, how about skydiving, abseiling or cage diving with great white sharks? Or, if that makes you feel a little cagey, hike up Table Mountain, visit Robben Island or sample some of South Africa’s finest vino with a Stellenbosch wine tour. (2B)

04-06

Johannesburg / Panorama Route / Kruger National Park Fly into Johannesburg just in time for a traditional South African braai (barbecue). Make sure you get your fill of chargrilled goodness as the next day you’ll hit the open road for a national park adventure. Drive along the scenic Panorama Route, stopping at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. Tonight, you'll stay in a safari lodge on the edge of Kruger. Enjoy a morning wildlife safari drive through Kruger National Park in an open vehicle. In the afternoon, jump in the off-roader and motor around in search of elephants, lions, hippos, giraffes and more. With 147 species, Kruger has more species of large mammals than any other park on the continent. (3B, 2D)

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Karongwe Private Game Reserve Continue on to a Karongwe Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger area. Enjoy a lecture with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Cheetah Metapopulation Project, who will tell you about their efforts to protect cheetahs and other carnivores. This National Geographic-sponsored project is part of the Big Cats Initiative. For the next two days, enjoy morning and evening game drives searching for buffalo, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos - Africa's famed Big Five. With over 9,000 hectares of supreme African bushveld, you're bound to spot plenty! Post game drive, enjoy dinner in camp with your fellow travellers. (2B, L, 2D)

09-12

Johannesburg / Victoria Falls Say farewell to the park’s wild wanderers and make your way back to the city for dinner at a local guesthouse. The following morning, fly into Zimbabwe for a guided tour along the trails of the Victoria Falls. You’ll learn all about the local legends of this natural world wonder as you get up close to ‘the smoke that thunders’. In the evening, it's off to a local market before helping prepare a traditional Zimbabwean dinner at a family homestead. The final days are yours to explore the Victoria Falls area. Opt to do a river safari, take a cultural tour or charter a helicopter ride for a bird's eye view over the falls. Your tour finishes in Victoria Falls on Day 12. (4B, 2D)

Extend your trip The Great Southern Africa Safari (21 days, Cape Town - Maun) (GADSBNG)  Fr $8,829 Explore Kruger & Victoria Falls (9 Days, Johannesburg - Victoria Falls) (GADSUNG)  Fr $2,949 Why not add? Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride Follow the Zambezi River towards the mighty Victoria Falls. (PRODYVH) Fr $162

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Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), safari camp (2 nts), comfortable tent/chalet (2 nts) Transport: Air con touring vehicle, open safari vehicle, plane Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners Budget: Allow $280-365 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides and rangers Group Size: Max 16, Avg 14 Tour Code: GADSLNG


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Livingstone Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Sample three countries • Visit the epic Victoria Falls • Game drives to see the Big 5

• Shangaan tribal dancing • Soak in Tshipise hot springs • Explore two national parks

06-07

Matobo National Park / Livingstone Travel on to your campsite a few kilometres from Livingstone - the adrenalin capital of Africa! Opt to throw yourself from the bridge on a stomach-lurching bungy jump or get paddling on a white water raft down the Zambezi. Just don’t miss the thundering falls themselves! (2B)

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Service Level: Camping Accommodation: Camping (6 nts) Transport: Fully-equipped 24-seater safari vehicle, 6/8-seater 4WD safari vehicle Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Size: Max 24 Group Leader: Services of 2 crew Adventure Pass (optional): USD $90 Tour Code: ACNAI7

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Bulawayo / Matobo National Park Your next stop is Matobo National Park, one of Africa's most scenic national parks and Zimbabwe’s best-kept secret. Known for its population of white rhino, make the most of the opportunity (if conditions are right) to go looking for them on foot (Adventure Pass only). (B, L, D)

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Tshipise / Bulawayo Cross the Limpopo River and over the border to Zimbabwe via the busy Beitbridge border post. Head to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, and spend the afternoon at your own leisure. (B, L, D)

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Hazyview / Greater Kruger / Tshipise Leave Kruger and say hello to Tshipise, a town surrounded by lush countryside in the northern Limpopo province. Sit back in the bubbling hot springs and soak up the dense woodland surroundings. (B, L, D)

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Johannesburg / Hazyview / Kruger National Park Start in Johannesburg and travel to South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park, home to a wealth of wildlife, and spend a full day on exhilarating game drives in search of the Big 5. Then, experience an evening of singing and dancing with the Shangaan tribe. (B, L, 2D)

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Johannesburg Small Group Adventure

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• Take part in game drives • Thundering Victoria Falls • Visit Chobe National Park

• Sunset on a Zambezi cruise • Mokoro into the Okavango • Get up close to a white rhino

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Service Level: Accommodated Accommodation: Lodge accommodation on twin-share basis with en suite (13 nts) Transport: Minibus or microbus, 6/8-seater 4WD safari vehicle, ferry, river boat, mokoro Meals: 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 12 dinners Age Group: Any age Group Size: Max 12 Safari Pass (compulsory): USD $1,420 Tour Code: ACSAM14A

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Maun / Okavango Delta / Khama Rhino Sanctuary / Johannesburg Next, get off the map and into the Okavango Delta. Traverse the waterways using mokoros (dug-out canoes) and enjoy Tswana songs around a fire. Head back to Maun the next day, and on Day 13, make your way to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a conservation area famed for white rhino. Return to Johannesburg the following morning. (4B, 3L, 3D)

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Victoria Falls / Chobe National Park / Gweta / Maun Cross into Botswana on Day 8 for an epic safari through Chobe National Park. Next morning, head to the Gweta's salt pans and the flamingo hotspot of Makgadikgadi Pans. After a guided morning walk on Day 10 of a Tswana village, head onwards to Maun. (3B, 3D)

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Matobo National Park / Victoria Falls Rise early to meet your resident guides and set out for an open vehicle drive into Matobo National Park. Then it's on to the town of Victoria Falls and a relaxing sunset cruise. Day 7 is yours to spend at leisure so book in some adventure sports or take a trip to the falls' edge. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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Johannesburg / Kruger National Park / Bulawayo Leave Johannesburg and drive to Kruger National Park, stopping en route at the cavernous Blyde River Canyon. Bed down at a lodge, and get up early for game drives. Day 3, journey on to Polokwane Game Reserve and look for white rhinos. On Day 4, cross the border into Zimbabwe and the colonial city of Bulawayo. (3B, 4D)

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Discover the grandeur of South Africa and the landlocked Kingdom of Swaziland on this great trip that mixes culture and coast. Spot the Big 5 with extensive game drives in Kruger and Addo Elephant Park, then travel from the Indian to Atlantic Ocean along the stunning Garden Route to Cape Town. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Servive Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) as head guide/cook and driver, local guides Group Size: Max 14, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADASQ

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Addo Elephant National Park / Tsitsikamma / Knysna Today, cross unique valleys to reach Addo Elephant National Park and your afternoon game drive. Addo is famous for its elephant population (there are more than 600!) but is also home to many other animals including lion, leopard, buffalo and the largest remaining population of the flightless dung beetle. Continue to Tsitsikamma National Park the next day, where optional activities include hiking a portion of the Otter Trail, snorkelling, whale watching, canoeing and bungy jumping. (4B, 4L, 4D)

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Oudtshoorn / Cape Town Visit The Heads in Knysna, a town nestled on a tranquil lagoon, before driving over the scenic Outeniqua Mountains into an area known as Klein Karoo (or Little Karoo). Opt to visit the Cango Caves, or pay a visit to an ostrich farm - what else would you do in the ostrich capital of the world? - before seeing all that Cape Town has to offer. You're free to depart at any time on Day 17. (3B, 2L, D)

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Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary / St Lucia Visit the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, the first of its kind in the country. Located in Swaziland’s Valley of Heaven, it's home to zebras, hippos, crocodiles, blue wildebeests, warthogs and many species of antelope. In your free time, go hiking, mountain biking or visit a local Swazi village. The outdoor activities continue as you make your way to Zululand, where you can opt to take a boat cruise through the St. Lucia Estuary, go horse-riding on the beach or visit Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. A haven for rhinos, make sure your camera finger is primed and ready! (4B, 4L, 4D)

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• Set out in search of elephants in Addo • Opt for adventure in Tsitsikamma Forest • Stroll the colourful streets of Cape Town

Accommodation: Participation camping (13 nts), simple hotel (1 nt), multi-share hostel (2 nts) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle Meals: 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 14 dinners Budget: Allow USD $45-60 for meals not included

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• Encounter the famous Big 5 in Kruger • Visit a craft beer brewery in Durban • Explore Swaziland’s first wildlife reserve

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Sample the best of Southern Africa with 16 days of safaris, walks and talks in Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa. Hike in the mountains of Lesotho, spot the Big 5 in the famous Kruger National Park and opt to throw yourself off the 216m tall Bloukrans Bridge near the Western Cape's Nature Valley. Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) as head guide/cook and driver, local guides Group Size: Max 14, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADACK

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• Spot the Big 5 in Kruger National Park • Visit the mountains of Lesotho • Trek coastal trails in Tsitsikamma

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Swaziland / Kruger National Park / Johannesburg Cross another border today into the mountainous kingdom of Swaziland, just one of three African countries still ruled by a monarchy. While you're here, visit the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, a conservation area in the Ezulwini Valley. The sanctuary is home to a plethora of birds and other animals, including warthogs, crocodiles, impalas and hippos. Cross back into South Africa on Day 14 and visit the famous Kruger National Park, one of Africa's greatest wildlife areas. Enjoy a game drive on arrival and spot elephants, spotted hyenas, lions and more. Enjoy a full day in the park on Day 15, then experience a traditional dinner and dancing in the evening. Travel to South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg, on Day 16 where your tour ends on arrival. (B, 2D)

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Addo Elephant National Park / Graaff-Reinet / Lesotho Get your safari game on on Day 5 as you enjoy a game drive in Addo Elephant National Park, famous for (yep, you guessed it) its elephants! The next day, travel into the vast semi-desert of the Great Karoo and overnight in the town of Graaff-Reinet, just outside the Camdeboo National Park. If you're looking for a great view, don't miss out on a trip to the Valley of Desolation! Swap deserts for mountains on Day 7 as you move into Lesotho, the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 1,000m. Enjoy two free days here and get stuck in with plenty of hiking and horseback riding. (2B, D)

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Cape Town / Oudtshoorn / Tsitsikamma National Park Arrive into Cape Town on Day 1 and get settled in. The day is yours to explore, so get out and see the sights! Follow in Nelson Mandela's footsteps at Robben Island, take in the views from Table Mountain or hang with the penguins at Boulders Beach. On Day 2, travel to Oudtshoorn on the famous Route 62, opting for a wine tasting session along the way (we love not driving). Before leaving on Day 3, opt to pay a visit to the Cango Caves, a limestone labyrinth of tunnels and dripstone caverns. Continue on to the town of Storms River, stopping at the Bloukrans Bridge along the way. Feeling brave? Try the bungy jump. It's one of the highest in the world! You've got a free morning on Day 4, so opt to go hiking or whale watching. That afternoon, visit the coastal trails of Tsitsikamma National Park. (2B)

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Knysna / Outdshoorn Travel west to Knysna, an attractive town nestled on a coastal lagoon and separated from the open ocean by The Heads (sea cliffs). Opt to visit a cheetah sanctuary or monkey park en route. Next day, take a scenic drive over the Outeniqua Mountains to your base in the quaint town of Outdshoorn. From here, opt to visit an ostrich farm or, alternatively, explore the dramatic Cango Caves. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Addo Elephant National Park / Tsitsikamma National Park Continue to the Addo Elephant Park which, despite its name, is also home to a huge variety of other wildlife like lions, rhinos and leopards. Spend this evening sitting round the campfire listening to the wild sounds of Africa. Visit the Tsitsikamma National Park and sign up for optional activities including snorkelling, canoeing, whale watching or the world’s highest bungy! (3B, 3L, 3D)

Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

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Durban / Chintsa Arrive at any time and kick your tour off with a traditional Durban meal and miner’s gumboot dance (exactly what it says on the tin). Next day, travel south into the heartland of the Xhosa people and on to Chintsa, a little piece of paradise with one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Here, you can try your luck at surfing the waves, join a game drive or visit a local craft beer brewery. (2B, 2L, 3D)

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• Spot the Big 5 in Kruger • Hike in mountainous Lesotho • Enjoy two days in Swaziland

• Go on a cruise in St. Lucia • Visit the Cango Caves • See elephants in Addo

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Drakensberg / Malealea / Mountain Zebra National Park / Port Elizabeth / Knysna / Oudtshoorn / Hermanus / Cape Town Enjoy a full day's hiking today in the Royal National Park and swing by the famous Amphitheatre rock face. Continue on to Malealea in Lesotho's mountains, where you'll have a free day on Day 13. Move on to Mountain Zebra National Park for more game viewing, then head to Port Elizabeth via Addo Elephant National Park. It's an early start on Day 16 to explore Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna and, for those on the Adventure Pass, the Cango Caves. Head to Cape Town on Day 19 via Hermanus, one of the world's top whale-watching spots. (9B, 8L, 5D)

inclusions Service Level: Camping Accommodation: Twin-share tents with shared facilities (18 nts) Transport: Fully equipped 24-seater safari vehicle, 6/8-seater 4WD safari vehicle Meals: 18 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 14 dinners Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Size: Max 24 Adventure Pass (optional): USD $210 Tour Code: ACKTCT19

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St. Lucia / Durban / Underberg Area / Drakensburg Head back into South Africa today and journey to the small coastal town of St. Lucia. Travelling on the Adventure Pass? Enjoy a river cruise on arrival. Move on to Durban the next day for a free day of exploring, then head into the mountainous Kingdom of Lesotho on Day 8. Opt to join a guided 4WD tour the next day and visit Sani Pass (included for the Adventure Pass), Black Mountain and a local shepherd's village. Continue on Day 8 to the Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal and the Amphitheatre Lodge in Drakensburg. (5B, 5L, 4D)

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• Spot Kruger's wildlife • Opt for a night game drive • Meet a local Swazi guide

• Spot crocs in St. Lucia • Blyde River Canyon views • End up in vibrant Durban

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Service Level: Camping Accommodation: Twin-share tents with shared facilities (6 nts) Transport: Fully equipped 24-seater safari vehicle, 6/8-seater 4WD safari vehicle Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Size: Max 24 Adventure Pass (optional): USD $130 Tour Code: ACKSB7

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St. Lucia / Durban Cross the border and head back in to South Africa today, setting your sights on KwaZulu-Natal's St. Lucia. Get up early on Day 7 for an optional cruise through the settlement's crocodile and hippo-filled estuary (included in the Adventure Pass), then it's off to Durban where your trip ends on arrival. (2B, 2L, D)

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Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary / Swaziland After a short stop in the town of Nelspruit, cross into the Kingdom of Swaziland and set up camp in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, situated in the stunning Valley of Heavens. Meet up with a local Swazi guide on Day 5 and learn all about the country's intriguing customs and rituals with a visit to a traditional village, then head back to the sanctuary for free time in the afternoon. There's plenty to do here, so take your pick from game drives, guided walks, horseback riding, mountain bike riding or just chilling by the pool. There are more than 40 species of animal here, so keep a look out for the local residents. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

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Johannesburg / Kruger National Park Meet up with your group and board your safari vehicle. First on the agenda is God's Window, a spectacular viewpoint offering panoramic vistas of the mighty Blyde River Canyon. Continue on to Hazyview on the edge of Kruger National Park, one of Africa's most famous wildlife reserves. Almost every major African mammal, as well as countless other species, can be found here. So get your keenest eye on full alert. Those with an Adventure Pass will enjoy two full days of game driving in the park with an optional night game drive on either day. (2B, 2L, 3D)

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Cape Town Self-Drive Tour

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• Spend a day in Jo'burg • Game viewing in Kruger • See the vast Drakensberg

• Beaches in KwaZulu-Natal • Drive on the Garden Route • Finish up in lively Cape Town

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Johannesburg / Kruger National Park Arrive into South Africa's largest city at any point on Day 1 and make your way to your first hotel. If time allows, why not get out and sample some of the best Jozi has to offer? We recommend checking out the township of Soweto and the once-home of Nelson Mandela. On Day 2, hit the road and head to one of Africa's prime wildlife reserves, Kruger National Park, for three action-packed days of game drives. Spot plenty of wildlife and, if you're lucky, tick off that Big 5 bucket list! (3B)

Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Johannesburg / Drakensberg Mountains Head back to Johannesburg on Day 5 at your own speed and check in for the night. The next morning, make for the imposing peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal. If you're looking for a shot of adrenalin, make sure you try your hand at sheer rock or ice climbing. Or to stay on the tamer side, head out on a hiking excursion. There are over 290 species of birds here - a birdspotter's paradise! (3B) KwaZulu-Natal North Coast / Durban / Knysna / Cape Town It's a leisurely drive today as you make your way to the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Kick back and relax in the coastal towns of Umhloti and Ballito, nestled in between green rolling hills and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. This is downtime at its best. After breakfast on Day 10, head to Durban International Airport and drop your rental car off. Hop aboard a flight to Port Elizabeth, where another car will be waiting for you. The next stop on your itinerary? Knysna and the famous Garden Route. Don't miss a trip to see the friendly ellies at the Addo Elephant Park! On Day 12, continue along the Garden Route to Cape Town, where your self-drive adventure ends on the morning of Day 15. (8B)

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Departs: Daily Trip Style: Self-Drive Tour Accommodation: Hotels or lodges: Johannesburg (2 nts), Kruger National Park (3 nts), Drakensberg Mountains (2 nts), KwaZulu Natal North Coast (2 nts), Knysna (3 nts), Cape Town (2 nts) Meals: 14 breakfasts Note: Flights, car rental and self-drive kit with day-to-day routings and maps, all taxes and fees not included; Johannesburg Airport arrival transfer can be booked (at extra cost). Ask your Travel Expert for details Tour Code: JNBSAS Johannesburg Kruger National Park (517 km) Drakensberg Mountains (675 km) KwaZulu Natal North Coast (370 km) Durban (173 km) Knysna (1,199 km) Cape Town (492 km)

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Baz Bus is a unique hop-on hop-off door-to-door bus service between Cape Town and Johannesburg. It picks up and drops off at more than 250 hostels, guesthouses and hotels in 40 different towns in South Africa. Buses are semi-luxury 22 seaters, all with on-board TV and DVDs and with trailers capable of carrying surfboards and bicycles.

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OVERNIGHT STOPS Port Elizabeth and Durban are compulsory overnight stopovers.

Port Elizabeth Durban: Tue, Wed, Fri & Sun

ACCOMMODATION This is not included in your hop-on hop-off ticket or travel pass. Choose from more than 250 brilliant backpacker hostels, guest houses or hotels along the route.

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Buy one ticket to your final destination and hop on and off as often as you like along the route. And with a choice of 40 cities, towns or villages to visit, there's plenty to choose from!

Get the freedom to discover South Africa in your own time. You are not limited to a fixed schedule. You decide where to go when and how long you'd like to stay there.

Get picked up and dropped off at the door of your accommodation. No need to navigate on your own and get lost in unknown places in the middle of the night, or lugging around your heavy bags.

Meet new friends every day. Exchange travel tips, tales, a beer (or two), and plan or share your next big adventure with them. Good travel partners can be hard to find!

We offer exclusive rates on routes. You can also get great discounts when you combine a bus pass with a wildlife safari and adventure tour add-on. See packages on the opposite page.

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An exciting wildlife safari and adventure tour of your choice (see details below), plus a hop-on hop-off ticket from Cape Town to Johannesburg (or vice versa) Enjoy huge savings by buying a package Free Cape Peninsula day tour

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This fabulous four-day experience takes you from Johannesburg deep into the Kruger National Park. You’ll camp just outside the park and head out on amazing game drives in open-top safari vehicles.

Hop-on Hop-off Ticket Plus: OUR TOP TIPS ALONG THE WAY: Hike Table Mountain and watch the sunset Whale-watching in Hermanus Do the world’s highest bungy at Bloukrans Bridge Surf the waves in Jeffreys Bay Relax on unspoilt beaches in Chintsa Hike along the coast from Coffee Bay to the Hole in the Wall Abseil or Hike the Drakensberg Mountains Enjoy a beer while listening to the African bush wildlife

8-DAY BOTSWANA & VICTORIA FALLS TOUR

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Did you know that Cape Town's motto is Spes Bona, meaning good hope? Known as the Mother City, the city’s most distinctive feature is its setting, with pristine beaches sprawled in the shadow of the imposing Table Mountain. Soak up the city’s eclectic charm downtown, bar crawl your way along Long Street, meet the penguins of Boulders Beach and come face to face with the ocean’s most formidable predator – the great white shark.

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Location: A 20-minute stroll from the backpacker hangout of Long Street and a short drive from Lion's Head.

Location: In the trendy suburb of Green Point which is brimming with welcoming bars, markets and busy nightclubs.

Vibe: Converted Victorian mansion offering dorms, private rooms and campsite, boasting fab views, an outdoor pool and on-site bar.

Vibe: An award-winning hostel run by travellers for travellers. Expect clean dorms, funky shared spaces and an A+ location.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Outdoor pool • Bar • Shared kitchen • Barbecue area • Café • TV lounge • Games room • 24-hour reception • Luggage storage

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Outdoor pool • Bar • Shared kitchen • Barbecue area • Lounge and TV room • Pool table • Garden • Mini golf

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Location: Trendy Kloof Street, with plenty of bars and restaurants on your doorstep (not to mention, your favourite travel company).

Location: Like the name suggests, you'll find this hostel at 91 Loop Street, surrounded by restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Vibe: The busy streetside bar makes for a lively social atmosphere most nights of the week, perfect for making new friends.

Vibe: Boutique hostel without pretences, regular social events, art exhibitions and futuristic, air conditioned pods.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Rooftop bar • Shared kitchen • Restaurant • Games room • Free daily activities • Free on-site parking • STA Travel store on-site

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Privacy pods • Personal lockers • Restaurant • Courtyard • Social events • 24-hour reception • Art exhibitions • Airport shuttle (at extra cost)

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CAPE TOWN HOLLOW HOTEL

$133 $90

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Location: Close to Camps Bay’s famous beaches, shaded by the Twelve Apostles.

Location: Greenmarket Square, just a short stroll from the V&A Waterfront.

Location: In quiet surrounds overlooking Company's Gardens heritage site.

Vibe: Enjoy the freedom of self-catering with 45 studios, apartments and cottages.

Vibe: Sun by the rooftop pool, cocktails on the terrace and food in the lounge.

Vibe: Stylish and serene boutique hotel with spectacular views.

Highlights: Private rooms • Studios or apartments • Fully-equipped kitchen • 2 pools • Barbecue area • Tennis club • Spa

Highlights: Private rooms • Heated rooftop pool • Restaurant • Lounge • Gym • Room service • Table Mountain views

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Lounge • Laundry

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$177 $116

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Location: Oceanfront hotel sitting on the western edge of Signal Hill, overlooking the Atlantic Coast.

Location: Overlooks the V&A Waterfront with views of Table Mountain and Robben Island from rooms on the upper floors.

Vibe: Get a classy kip with chandeliers, extra large beds, a sun-splashed pool and an upmarket location.

Vibe: A modern, stylish and luxury hotel, complete with spa, cocktail bar and 24-hour room service. Treat yo'self.

Highlights: Private rooms and suites • In-room safe • Satellite TV • Outdoor pool • Bar • 2 restaurants • Gym • 24-hour reception • Free shuttle to V&A Waterfront • On-site parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Spa • Sauna • Cocktail bar and lounge • Restaurant • Gym • 24-hour room service • Use of Portswood Hotel's facilities • On-site parking (at extra cost)

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Location: A stone's throw from the beach and ideally located close to Camps Bay’s lively nightlife. Table Mountain National Reserve is six kilometres away.

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$77

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$100

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Fancy jumping off a huge table? Thought so. Start at the top, strap into your ropes then prepare to step off into the South African sky. During the 110m controlled descent you'll sneak glimpses of the monstrous mountain, the Atlantic Ocean and beyond! At the base you'll be hoisted back up to admire your 'work'.

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CAPE PENINSULA TOUR

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$52

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CAPE TOWN HELICOPTER

TOUR INDIAN & ATLANTIC OCEANS

$433

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One 25-minute flight, two oceans and a lifetime of memories! Lift off at the V&A Waterfront helipad, soar over the Twelve Apostles, drift down the Atlantic coast, and circle over vineyards, luxury homes and popular landmarks. A pilot's commentary is included and keep your eyes peeled for great whites down below! VICPT2

$67

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FULL DAY

Enjoy scenic cycling and gentle hikes on this full-day guided tour. Check out the Twelve Apostles, see the Cape Fur Seal Colony at Seal Island (optional) or browse Hout Bay harbour’s local arts and crafts. Visit Boulders Beach’s lively penguins, freewheel through Cape Point’s Nature Reserve on a mountain bike and enjoy a picnic lunch with stunning views of the ocean. Got an ISIC/IYTC/ITIC card? Enjoy a lovely 15% off this great tour.

It may sound like a dangerous combination, but done sensibly, beer and biking is wheely fun. Armed with a city cruiser, a safety helmet and an expert guide, tour Cape Town's most attractive neighbourhoods, stopping at places of interest as you go. The 12km half-day tour starts and ends in Loop Street and includes three beer pairings, one beer tasting and plenty of bottled water to keep you hydrated.

Departs: Daily except Tuesday Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch Includes: All transport, bike and helmet, guide and driver Note: ISIC/IYTC/ITIC cardholders get a 15% discount Tour Code: CPTBAZ

Departs: Monday-Friday Transport: Bike Includes: Bike and helmet rental, guide, snack pack, bottled water, 2 food and beer pairings Note: Cycle route is approx. 12km Tour Code: CPTBAB

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$69

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FULL DAY

Based in Kleinbaai, this cruise takes you on a search for whales, dolphins, seals, great white sharks and endangered African penguins, aka The Marine Big 5. Travelling on an eco-friendly boat, you'll explore the vibrant Dyer Island ecosystem. Expect to see stunning seaside scenery, vibrant seabirds such as petrels, skuas and albatross and the notorious Shark Alley, a watery underpass loved by great whites. Departs: Daily (weather dependent) Transport: Not included. Return transfers available at extra cost. Ask your Travel Expert for details Includes: Life jackets, wet weather gear, coffee, tea and muffins Tour Code: CPTMB5

WINEFLIES WINE TOUR

$65

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FULL DAY

Swirl, sniff and slurp your way around five world-famous wine estates and visit hidden farms known only by the locals on this fun-filled day trip. Enjoy award-winning vino paired with tasty cured meats, cheese and chocolate. A vineyard and cellar tour, braai (barbecue) lunch at a family-run farm, history lessons and amazing wine tastings are all included. Pick-up is at 8am from your hotel and you'll be accompanied by a qualified wine lord. Departs: Daily Transport: Minibus Meals: 1 lunch Includes: Return transfers from/to accommodation in Cape Town, 5 wine tastings, cheese tasting, qualified guide, vineyard tour, cellar tour Tour Code: CPTWFD

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Get the lowdown on Cape Town's culinary influences on this full-day tour. Beer o'clock comes early in the hipster suburb of Woodstock. Bree Street offers biltong and artisanal truffles, while Bo Kaap's eastern traditions provide spice and samosas to go alongside your craft beer. Finish up with a cheese platter and the Cape's best vinos.

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SHARK CAGE DIVING

$170

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WESTERN CAPE WOW

$250

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3 DAYS

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Gansbaai, in the Western Cape, is one of the best places in the world to see the great white shark. On board Slashfin, a boat custom-made to accommodate shark cage dives, you'll get to see the sharks underwater as well as learn about their nature and habits from the on-board marine biologist. This company is certified by Fair Trade Tourism, carries the motto of ‘Discover and Protect’ and is involved in shark research and conservation.

Discover the region's wow factor on a coastal journey between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas. Day 1, make your way to Stellenbosch along Chapman's Peak Drive, Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. The next day, enjoy a guided walk around the Kayamandi township as well as some local tastings (wine, cheese, chocolate and port). Overnight in Cape Agulhas and return to Cape Town on Day 3 via Hermanus and the penguins of Betty's Bay.

Departs: Daily Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch Transport: Minibus, boat Includes: Dive gear Note: Free penguin visit! ISIC/IYTC/ITIC cardholders get a 15% discount and free images and video of their trip Tour Code: CPTSCD

Departs: Fridays Accommodation: Backpacker, 3* or 4* guesthouse (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts Transport: Minivan Includes: Pick-up/drop-offs in Cape Town, local guide, Township culture tour, entry fees, tastings Tour Code: CPTWCW

Independent Tour

KITE SURFING

$518

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3 DAYS

Like kites? Like surfing? If so, this the ultimate activity for you. Over three days, a certified I.K.O. instructor will teach you how to harness the power of the wind so you can slip over the sea like a professional kite surfer. Staying at a fun-loving backpacker hostel, you'll meet plenty of people and the beach is only a few minutes down the road. At the end of the course you'll receive a certificate allowing you to kite anywhere in the world! Departs: Daily Accommodation: Mixed dorm at SaltyCrax Backpackers (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 barbecue Includes: Airport transfers Tour Code: CPTKIT

WILDLIFE AND SAFARI

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Departs: Saturdays Accommodation: Backpacker, 3* or 4* guesthouse (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast Transport: Minivan, 4WD Tour Code: CPTWAS

$737

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• Storytelling, art, music and drama • Free Cape Peninsula surf lesson • Care for kids in local day care centres

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Get picked up in Cape Town or Stellenbosch and start your tour with a 4WD safari through a private game reserve to Oudtshoorn. Led by an experienced ranger, look out for elephants, wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, white rhinos and plenty of birdlife as you head to the desert landscape of Klein Karoo. On Day 2 you can sign up for an optional Elephant Bush Walk, then visit an ostrich farm before driving back along the scenic Route 62 to Cape Town.

HELP CHILDREN IN CAPE TOWN 10 DAYS, Cape Town

$215

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If you have a passion for working with children and a knack for storytelling, organising rounders tournaments or even bashing out a few questionable tunes on the recorder, listen up. Based in a township in the Table Mountain range, you’ll care for infants and children in local day care centres. From newborns to teenagers, some will be awaiting adoption; abandoned by their families or rescued from abusive homes. You’ll help to create a caring environment for them, assisting teachers and developing their creative skills through painting, colouring-in and playing games. You’ll also help with feeding, afternoon nap times and taking the kids on outings. In your spare time, relax on beaches, hike through the mountains or get stuck into quirky optional activities including turning plastic into art, visiting a traditional healer and checking out a carnival project. A full day Cape Peninsula tour and two-hour surf lesson in Muizenberg is also thrown in for good measure. Departs: Mondays (arrive Thursday for 3-day orientation) Getting There: Transfers from Cape Town International Airport included Accommodation: Shared room in volunteer house with lounge and kitchen or own/shared room in a local homestay with a South African family (9+ nts) Meals: Breakfast and dinners Notes: Background check required Tour Code: CPTHFO

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WINELANDS & WHALES the grape escape

SOUTHERN AFRICA

How many wineries is too many? This region, a two-hour drive from Cape Town, has more than 400, each producing some of the best wines in South Africa. You could hire a bike or a car to tour the towns around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, but that would mean less wine - tantamount to sacrilege here. Treat yourself to a chauffeur and booze up. Then, head to Hermanus, considered by many to be the world's best land-based whale-watching spot.

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$154 $50

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Location: Positioned just off of Huguenot Road in central Franschhoek.

Location: Set at the core of the oldest part of Stellenbosch.

Location: On the banks of the Eerste in one of the country's premier wine farms.

Vibe: Spacious and newly renovated hotel with an outdoor pool and mountain views.

Vibe: Historic and elegant hotel with a saltwater pool, a bar and a restaurant.

Vibe: Stylish, upscale and ambient with a focus on art, food and drinking.

Highlights: Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Lounge • Mountain views • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Private rooms • Junior suite and self-catering upgrades available • Saltwater pool • Bar • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Private rooms or suites • 6 pools • Bar • Restaurant • Spa • River and mountain views • Wine tastings

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It's about time to wine down, so get ready to be swept away with the reds and whites of the Stellenbosch region. Explore a Cape Dutch wine farm with heritage gardens and lush vineyards, taste premium wines paired with local biltong and treat your tastebuds to some homemade artisan ice cream matched with, yep you guessed it, wine. Suitably tipsy, head back to Cape Town and put your newfound wine knowledge to use!

Some people stroll, others stagger. This tour prefers to meander, getting you from vineyard to vineyard and always towards your next glass. Transfer from Cape Town to the nearby wine region and exchange four wheels for two. Slow things down and go off-road, stopping off at three wine estates to taste some of South Africa's finest tipples. There's also the option for lunch (at extra cost) should hunger hit.

Departs: Tuesdays and Thursdays Transport: Minivan Group Size: Max 13 Includes: Return transfers from/to Cape Town or Stellenbosch accommodation, 2 wine tastings, 2 wine and food pairings Tour Code: CPTTAS

Departs: Daily Transport: Minivan, bike Group Size: Min 2, Max 30 Includes: Return transfers from/to Cape Town CBD, bike, helmet, 3 wine tastings Note: Cycle route is approx. 10km Tour Code: CPTVMT

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WINELANDS & WHALE COAST

$186

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2 DAYS

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Wine, dine and wind your way around Western Cape’s hotspots. Visit a local community project in a township, wash down acclaimed wines with cheese and chocolate in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek then travel on to Africa’s southernmost tip, Cape Agulhas, for the night. Day 2, opt for a shark cage dive (at extra cost) or relax in Hermanus. Whale-watch from the coast (Jul-Nov) and find more than 5,000 African penguins in Betty’s Bay.

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EASY STELLENBOSCH PACKAGE

$76

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Treat yourself to a vine hopping experience on this overnight package in the Western Cape town of Stellenbosch. Take an early transfer from Cape Town for a hop-on hop-off day tour of up to six wine estates and optional tastings and spend the evening as you please amid the lively night scene. Next day, return to Cape Town or stay in Stellenbosch for an optional guided bike tour or, if your head’s not too sore, top up with more vine hopping.

Departs: Saturdays Accommodation: Backpacker, 3* or 4* guesthouse (1 nt) Transport: Minibus Meals: 1 breakfast Includes: Return transfers from/to Cape Town, driver/guide, all tastings, penguin visit Tour Code: CPTWWC

FRANSCHHOEK ON BIKES

$129

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Departs: Mon-Fri Accommodation: Mixed dorm or private guesthouse (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast (guesthouse only) Includes: Return transfers from Cape Town Note: Wine tasting and activities are not included Tour Code: CPTUST

HALF DAY STELLENBOSCH TOUR

$56

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Starting in the morning or afternoon, this half-day tour will take you on a taster of the Franschhoek Valley. Sample all its splendour as you cycle through centuries-old vineyards, stopping at two wine estates en route. Here you will try delicious wines paired with biltong or chocolate, yummy! The tour is led by an experienced guide, includes all safety equipment and continues for no longer than 15km.

See all shades of red, white and pink on this half-day tour of Stellenbosch and its wine makers. During this 3-4 hour tour, cycle along oak-shaded streets in the Stellenbosch wine region, stopping at two private vineyards en route. Taste South Africa's most treasured wines and there'll even be opportunity to pick up a bottle as a souvenir (at extra cost). Snacks, bottled water and safety gear provided.

Departs: Daily (10am or 13.15pm) Meals: Not included Includes: Fully-guided tour, bike and helmet rental, snack pack, chocolate or biltong and wine pairing Tour Code: CPTFRA

Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Includes: Fully-guided tour, bike and helmet rental, snack pack, bottled water, all wine tastings on route (2 stops) Tour Code: CPTSTE

GREAT WHITE SHARK VOLUNTEERING

$709

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2-12 WEEKS, Paterson, South Africa

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• Cage dive with great white sharks • Work with marine biologists • Shared volunteer house accommodation with pool

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Gansbaai, known as the Great White Shark Capital of the World, provides daily sightings of these awesome predators thanks to the area's 60,000-strong Cape Fur seal population. On this volunteering expedition, you'll get a chance to work aboard an eco tourism boat around the Great Dyer Island area, home to passing great white and southern right whale populations as well as dolphins and endangered African penguins. Most of your sea time will be spent aboard a shark diving vessel assisting crew and helping tourists with their wetsuits. You’ll learn about shark research and conservation alongside the onboard marine biologist, as well as taking part in some shark cage diving yourself! To get the most out of your experience and to maximise your cage diving opportunities, we recommend signing up for at least a month. That way, your work ethic might be further rewarded with a place on a research expedition where you'll help with data collection and shark tracking. Departs: Mondays Getting There: Return transfers from Cape Town, all boat trips and educational activities are included Accommodation: Shared bedrooms, bathroom and kitchenette in cottage (7+ nts) Meals: Breakfasts and light lunches Tour Code: CPTGWS

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THE GARDEN ROUTE o-stretch your legs

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Stretching for 300km from Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay, the Garden Route still has enough room to house ancient forests, the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy and an intense amount of wildlife. Trek through the forested trails of Tsitsikamma National Park, watch dolphins and whales frolic in the sea at upmarket Plettenberg Bay and get your big bird spotting game on full whack at Oudtshoorn, the so-called ostrich capital of the world.

GARDEN ROUTE & ADDO ADVENTURE 6 DAYS, Cape Town

$556

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Cape Town

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• See penguins at Betty’s Bay • Explore the ostrich capital • Cango Caves adventure tour

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Cape Town / Hermanus / Cape Agulhas Leave Cape Town and follow a scenic coastal route towards Hermanus. Your first stop will be Betty's Bay to see a colony of endangered African penguins. The afternoon will be spent in the seaside resort town of Hermanus, famous for sightings of southern right whales during whale season (Jul-Nov). Later, drive to Cape Agulhas, Africa’s southernmost tip, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. Note: if you opt for the shark cage diving activity, you'll re-join the group in the afternoon. (D)

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Cape Agulhas / Route 62 / Outdshoorn Travel along Route 62 to Oudtshoorn, ostrich capital of the world! Located in Little Karoo, this is one of the most diverse regions in the Western Cape. Enjoy a guided adventure tour of the exciting Cango Caves in the Swartberg Mountains before feasting your lips on the sweet taste of local wine and craft beer. (B, D)

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Outdshoorn / Knysna / Sedgefield After breakfast, it's on to the spectacular Outeniqua Mountains where you'll explore Wilderness National Park and paddle up the Touw River on your very own canoe! Take a short hike to a nearby waterfall and rock pools then hit the heart of the Garden Route, Knysna. (B, D)

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Sedgefield / Tsitsikamma / Addo National Park Today you're off to Tsitsikamma National Park, stopping en route to see the highest bungy jump bridge in the world. If you can pluck up enough courage, you're more than welcome to take the plunge yourself. Sure, it's only 216m! Spend the rest of the day exploring the park's indigenous forest on hikes or swim along the Indian Ocean coast before leaving for the Big 5 country, Addo National Park. (B, D)

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Addo National Park / Wilderness National Park This morning, spend up to four hours exploring the Addo Elephant National Park and scour the grass and shrubs for elephants, lions, rhinos and zebras. At 28,000 hectares, the national reserve is home to more than 600 elephants, making them the obvious star attractions. After a morning of game viewing, drive back to the heart of the Garden Route to sip sundowners overlooking Wilderness Beach.

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Wilderness National Park / Mossel Bay / Cape Town After breakfast with the locals at the George Farmers Market, stop in Mossel Bay to spend time on the beach then hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along the cliffs. The more adventurous can opt for a 3,000m (10,000ft) skydive or head to South Africa's longest sand dune for a sandboarding session before returning to Cape Town early evening. (B)

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inclusions Departs: Mondays Accommodation: Hostels or guesthouses, dorms with shared facilities/ private rooms (5 nts) Transport: Return transfers, air con minibus Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Qualified guide Group Size: Min 3, Max 14 Includes: Local wine and craft beer tasting, Cango Caves adventure tour, hiking, game viewing safari, canoeing and penguin viewing Tour Code: CPTRAA

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Garden Route & Addo Adventure Western Cape & Garden Route

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GRAND CAFÉ & ROOMS, PLETTENBERG BAY

$105 $75

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TUBE N AXE BACKPACKER, STORMS RIVER

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$38 $19

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Location: Two blocks from leisure hotspot The Waterfront, Knysna Quays.

Location: Set on Main Street overlooking beaches and the Tsitsikamma Mountains.

Location: On the main street of the quaint Storms River Village.

Vibe: Modern, apartment-style hotel with a sophisticated café restaurant.

Vibe: Quirky hotel with seven uniquely styled rooms with clawfoot baths.

Vibe: Cosy backpacker lodge with tubing, bungy, ziplining and snorkelling.

Highlights: Private rooms • Studios and apartments • Air con • Restaurant • Free on-site parking • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Ocean views • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Room service

Highlights: Private rooms • Mixed dorms • Personal lockers • Shared kitchen • Bar • Restaurant • Daily activities (at extra cost)

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$28 $55

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BLOUKRANS BUNGY

$80

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Location: Right on Albatross Beach just a short drive from town.

Location: Just 200m from the beach, close to Addo Elephant Park.

Vibe: Beachy bed and breakfast, great for surfers and sand-dwellers.

Vibe: Relaxing spot for beach lovers and safari-goers.

Highlights: Private rooms and apartments • In-room safe • Shared kitchen • Shared lounge • Terrace • Garden

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Jacuzzi • Shared kitchen • Barbecue area • Garden • Games room

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WHALE WATCHING HERMANUS

$65

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HALF DAY

$342

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3 DAYS

GARDEN ROUTE & SAFARI

Journey along forest footpaths and country roads as you stop off at the subterranean wonderland of Cango Caves, the lagoons of Wilderness National Park and the white sands of Myoli beach. The crowning moment will be the game drive on Day 3 where you'll get the chance to see lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo.

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ISLAND VIBE SURF CAMP, JEFFREYS BAY

$139

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4 DAYS

Want to learn how to conquer the waves? Get yourself to Jeffreys Bay, South Africa’s surfing mecca. Stay at the laid-back Island Vibe Hostel, just a stone’s throw from the ocean. Get three two-hour surf lessons with friendly instructors to learn the basics, then put your new skills into practice (you'll have access to surf equipment after each lesson). To really master the waves, think about extending your stay. Ask your Travel Expert for details. Departs: Daily Meals: 3 breakfasts Accommodation: Hostel dorm (3 nts) Includes: 3 2-hour surf lessons, surf equipment, surf boards, wetsuits, qualified instructors, use of equipment after lessons, free Wi-Fi Tour Code: GDSIVS

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BAZ BUS CAPE TOWN TO PORT ELIZABETH

$194

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HOP-ON HOP-OFF

Baz Bus is a flexible hop-on hop-off bus service around South Africa. If you haven’t got time to travel the whole south coast from Johannesburg to Cape Town, we would recommend the Cape Town to Port Elizabeth route (or vice versa), encompassing the wonderfully diverse Garden Route. With accommodation pick-up and drop-off included, you get to spend more time having fun and less time tied down by journey planning. Departs (Cape Town): Daily Departs (Port Elizabeth): Daily Unlimited time of travel - recommended: Minimum 4 days Accommodation: Not included Transport: Minibus. See pages 58-59 for details Tour Code: BAZBUS

WESTERN CAPE AND GARDEN ROUTE

$461

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Port Elizabeth Self-Drive Tour

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• Drive stunning coastal roads • Explore Cape Town and Knysna • Go whale-watching in Plettenberg

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2 NIGHTS

This action-packed tour will have you ziplining through treetops, spotting lions and rhinos and jumping off the world's highest bungy platform. You'll also visit an elephant sanctuary, a monkey sanctuary and the ancient Cango Caves. All breakfasts and dinners, transfers and backpacker accommodation are included.

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8 DAYS, Cape Town

$276

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Meals: 7 breakfasts Note: Car rental is not included Tour Code: CPTWG7

• See Tsitsikamma National Park • Head underground in Cango Caves • Sample the delights of Stellenbosch

Discover South Africa's best-kept secrets along the Garden Route. Starting in Cape Town, stock up on supplies at the V&A Waterfront and take in peninsula views from Cape Point. Drive to the historic town of Stellenbosch and visit the local vineyards. Continue along Route 62 to ostrich-centric Oudtshoorn, and stop by the town of Barrydale en route. Make for Cango Valley and explore its underground caverns, best known as the Cango Caves. Cross the Outeniqua Mountain Pass towards the lagoons and forests of Knysna and check out the Elephant Park before continuing to Plettenberg Bay for a chance to see whales and dolphins. On Day 7, drive down the rocky coastline of Tsitsikamma National Park towards Port Elizabeth where the drive ends on Day 8. Why not extend your stay at one of our Eastern Cape game reserves? See page 70.

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Departing daily from New Harbour, sail for up to three hours in search of the gentle giants of the ocean. With a specialist guide on board your purpose-built catamaran, you're sure to spot some-fin. Light refreshments are included and there's an option to buy a souvenir movie of your trip at the end.

BIG 5 & BUNGY

Small Group Adventure


EASTERN CAPE Surf's up!

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Looking for somewhere with a sense of adventure? The Eastern Cape, a little more rough and ready than its counterpart in the west, has unchartered creeks shouting out for you and your kayak. If you'd rather hang ten, head to Jeffreys Bay, home to some of the world's longest right-hand breaks. Spot wandering ellies in Addo Elephant Park or head to the hamlets of Coffee Bay or Chintsa for mile upon mile of coastline.

ELEPHANT HOUSE 1 ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK, ADDO

$169 SINGLE $85 TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Glampacker

Safaris can really take it out of you, so it's good to know you have a place to unwind at the end of the day. Enjoy two outdoor pools, a cocktail and plenty of peace and quiet (with the exception of a few roaring trumpets in the distance, maybe). It's convenient, comfortable and surrounded by elephants, we're in! Location: Close to the main entrance of Addo Elephant National Park, 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport. Vibe: With only eight rooms, you can count on an intimate and peaceful stay. Stylish comfort is king and the whole place is decorated with antiques, Persian rugs and African art. Highlights: Private rooms • Extra long king beds • Air con • Private verandas • 2 outdoor pools • Restaurant • Garden • 4WD game drives to Addo (at extra cost)

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SHAMWARI CONSERVATION EXPERIENCE

$1,144

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2-12 WEEKS, Paterson, South Africa WE

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• See the Big 5 in action • Assist in anti-poaching efforts • Pool and barbecue facilities at accommodation

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Based at a purpose-built volunteer centre on a 25,000-hectare Big 5 reserve (that's lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo) in the Eastern Cape, it’s little wonder that Shamwari was nominated in the World Travel Awards category for ‘Africa’s Leading Conservation Company’. Assist in efforts such as animal tracking and research, reserve rehabilitation and eco-education. You’ll also enjoy interactive talks and lectures with the best in behind-the-scenes wildlife experiences. Weekly tasks include ground clearing, game monitoring and conducting environmental and social awareness work in the local community. There may also be the opportunity to visit the Born Free Foundation’s Big Cat Rescue Centres for lions and leopards. You’ll typically work 8am-5pm Monday to Friday, with evenings and weekends free. In your spare time, chill out poolside with your volunteer buddies, head to the local town of Paterson for relaxed evening drinks or catch world-class surf at nearby Jeffreys Bay. Departs: Mondays Getting There: On arrival into Port Elizabeth, make your own way to Shamwari Game Reserve (transfers can be arranged at additional cost) Accommodation: Twin-share rooms with en suite (14 nts) Meals: 3 meals a day Tour Code: PLZSHA

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KARIEGA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

PUMBA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE The reserve is home to Africa's Big 5 as well as rare white lion, hippo, hyena, cheetah, giraffes and 300+ bird species.

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KARIEGA GAME RESERVE Family-owned and operated reserve of 9,000 hectares, here you'll find awesome African vistas and Big 5 game. Rock Solid

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WOODBURY LODGE, AMAKHALA

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$422 $325

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PUMBA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, GRAHAMSTOWN

ROOM ONLY

$511 $365

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ALL INCLUSIVE

Location: In the Amakhala Game Reserve, set against a cliff above the Bushman's River Valley.

Location: A private game reserve, 20 minutes away from Grahamstown and just over an hour from Port Elizabeth.

Vibe: Family-run, all-inclusive lodge with thatched cottages and stone walkways. Game drives and river cruises on the doorstep.

Vibe: A fabulous five-star reserve, home to the Big 5. Choose from riverfront lodges or one with mountain views in the bush.

Highlights: Private lodges • Air con • Private terraces • Electric blankets • Mosquito nets • Outdoor pool • Lounge • Game Reserve • Restaurant • Horse trails

Highlights: Private lodge • Air con • Fireplace • Outdoor shower • Bathtubs • Private plunge pools • Private game viewing deck • Fine dining • Spot rare white lions • Game drives included

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KARIEGA 4 MAIN LODGE, KARIEGA

$460 SINGLE $311 TWIN/ DOUBLE

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What better way to experience the great outdoors than to place yourself right in among it? But forget cramped tents and waking up to a face full of humidity. The private chalets are fit for royalty and come complete with private viewing deck and, if you're lucky, a plunge pool. Location: Within the Kariega Private Game Reserve on the Garden Route, just a short drive from Port Elizabeth. Vibe: Stylish and spacious log chalets surrounded by the Big 5 clan. Watch them roam by from private viewing decks and enjoy views of the Kariega river valley. Highlights: Private log cabins • Air con • Fireplace • Private viewing deck • Plunge pools • Twice-daily safari • River cruises • Canoeing • Guided bush walks

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PORT ELIZABETH

AMAKHALA GAME RESERVE 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth, this fivestar game reserve has a fantastic range of lodges on offer. Look out for the Big 5.


JOHANNESBURG, KRUGER & BEYOND get cosy in jozi

SOUTHERN AFRICA

South Africa’s largest city is slowly pulling its socks up and changing its rough diamond status to bona fide treasure. For a true sense of that transformation, make your way to the township of Soweto where streets are now increasingly modern and vibrant. But you can't come here and not make the journey along the Panorama Route to Kruger National Park, one of the country's (and the continent's) pride and joy. Pun intended. Lions, hippos and... baboons? Oh my!

Shoestring

BROWN SUGAR BACKPACKERS

$16 $25

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ONCE IN JOBURG

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$60 $32

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HOLIDAY INN SANDTON

$122 $78

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Location: Ex-mafia mansion in a leafy south eastern suburb of Jo’burg.

Location: Central spot in the vibrant Braamfontein precinct.

Location: In the heart of Gauteng's shopping neighbourhood.

Vibe: Clean, comfy and safe with a pool, a big terrace and a lively bar.

Vibe: Run by local travel heads full of tips on the best eateries, parties and day trips.

Vibe: Cosmopolitan hotel with fancy rooms and a cocktail lounge.

Highlights: Single sex or mixed dorms • Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Shared kitchen • Lounge

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Restaurant • Cinema room • Free daily activities

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • 2 bars • Restaurant • Gym • On-site parking (at extra cost)

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CITY SIGHTSEEING JOHANNESBURG

$16

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FULL DAY

Take in the city’s top sights including Constitution Hill and Gold Reef City Theme Park on a double-decker bus with guided audio commentary. With your one-day pass, you’re free to explore at your own pace, jumping off when and where you please. Whether you’re looking for history or thrills, this handy pass has it covered.

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SOWETO CYCLE TOUR

$87

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HALF DAY

See the many different faces of the township of Soweto on this eco-friendly bike tour. Cycle through historic landmarks, see Hector Pieterson’s memorial site and pedal past the former homes of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Finish up with a kota lunch, drink in a beach-style garden and enjoy some local live music.

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BAZ BUS: JO'BURG TO CAPE TOWN

$443

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HOP-ON HOP-OFF

One ticket, as many hop-on hop-offs as you want, and door-to-door service between your hostels. Can't say fairer than that! Plus, you'll meet a bunch of likeminded travellers. We recommend the hikes along Coffee Bay, whales in Hermanus and the beaches at Chintsa. A fun, safe and flexible way to travel South Africa. BAZBUS


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THORNHILL SAFARI LODGE KRUGER PACKAGE

$482

FR

3 DAYS

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Thornhill Safari Lodge (2 nts) Transport: Minibus, safari vehicle Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Includes: Return transfers to Hoedspruit Airport, game drives, guided bush walk Tour Code: HDSTLP

ECOQUEST: LEARN TO BE A SAFARI GUIDE

$1,329

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7 DAYS

Ever dreamed of being a Power Ranger? Well put that dream on hold and become a game ranger instead! Nature lovers and bush enthusiasts will study everything from ecology to astronomy, with a base in one of the region's prime wildlife areas. There'll be walks or game drives twice a day where you'll leave camp to learn how to identify plants, spot birds, and track animals - essentially living the life of a bona fide safari guide. Departs: Selected days Accommodation: Shared 2-person tents (6 nts) Includes: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Transport: Minibus Tour Code: SAECOQ

KRUGER TREEHOUSE SAFARI 4 DAYS, Johannesburg WE

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$709

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Johannesburg Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Visit Kruger National Park • African wildlife galore • Two nights in a rustic treehouse

• Enjoy 4WD game drives • Two guided bush walks • Visit the mighty Blyde River Canyon

Following hotel/airport pick-up from Johannesburg on Day 1, head to your game lodge in world-famous Kruger National Park. Enjoy wildlife spotting from an open Landcruiser, watch a gorgeous African sunset and overnight in comfy thatch-roofed chalets. Day 2, head out at sunrise on a four-hour guided bush walk to learn about local flora and fauna and get up close and personal to some of Africa’s animals before transferring to your treehouse. On Day 3, a ride through Kruger will show you what makes this national park so incredible, namely the sheer diversity of animals and their relaxed, nonchalant manner towards the vehicles. Day 4 kicks off with a bush walk before you drive to the Three Rondavels and Blyde River Canyon, one of the world's largest canyons. Return to Johannesburg in the late afternoon.

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Chalet (1 nt), treehouse (2 nts) (subject to availability) or log bungalow Transport: Minibus, game vehicles Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners Includes: Game drives and walk, bush walk, entry fees Tour Code: JNBTRE

EXPLORE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK 7 DAYS, Johannesburg

$2,149

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Johannesburg

highlights

• Kruger National Park game drives • Meet conservation experts • Tuck in to a traditional braai

Korongwe Private Game Reserve

inclusions

Departs: Selected Tue and Sat Service Level: Upgraded Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Guesthouse (2 nts), safari camp (2 nts), tent or chalet (2 nts) Transport: Air con touring vehicle, safari vehicle Group Size: Max 16, Avg 14 Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $130-170 for meals Tour Code: GADSENG

• Visit a private game reserve • Drive by the Blyde River Canyon • Stay in comfortable lodges

Kruger holds its own among Africa's top safari destinations, with Kruger National Park serving as its crowning glory. Get closer to the action with this itinerary featuring open-top safaris, bush walks and talks with a leading conservationist. On your first night in Johannesburg, tuck into a traditional South African braai (barbecue) before a scenic drive on Day 2 along the Panorama Route. After a day in the national park spotting elephants, lions and leopards (and the rest) you'll have two days at Korongwe Private Game Reserve on open vehicle game drives. You'll also meet a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Carnivore Conservation Programme and be given great photography tips and some useful articles about the region and its conservation efforts. Finish up in Jo'burg with dinner at a local guesthouse.

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Short on time but want to see as much wildlife as possible while you’re in South Africa? Fly into Hoedspruit Airport, transfer to the safari lodge and go game-spotting in a game reserve. Share your sightings over a traditional South African meal in the evening. The next day is spent in Kruger National Park with a good chance of seeing the Big 5. Top off your trip on Day 3 with a guided bushwalk before your transfer back to Hoedspruit.

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WILD KRUGER CAMPING 4 DAYS, Johannesburg

$617

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Johannesburg Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Kruger game drives • Big 5 hotspot • Camp on a private reserve

• Nights around the campfire • Morning bush walks • Visit Blyde River Canyon

SOUTHERN AFRICA

DAY ITINERARY 01

Johannesburg / Greater Kruger After a 5am start from Jo'burg, start your drive to Kruger, home to one of the biggest game parks in the world (roughly the size of Wales) and the Big 5 - lion, rhino, buffalo, elephant and leopard. Your afternoon game drive will take place on a private game reserve just outside the main park boundaries. This is also where you'll set up camp, settling in to the swing of all things Kruger with a good braai (barbecue).

02

Kruger National Park The whooping of prowling hyenas will get you up nice and early, so set off on another game drive. Today, you’ll spend the whole day in the park spotting as many animals as you can, including antelope, monkeys and countless species of birds. Grab a quick lunch at one of the park’s picnic spots then continue the game drive. Head back to camp for another braai and beer session and spend the evening around the campfire.

03

Kruger National Park It’s yet another early start to spot some of Kruger’s more elusive animals on some of the park's less-travelled routes. Top prize for sightings of leopards, spotted hyenas and the ruthless honey badger! After another busy day, head back for one last night in the bush camp.

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Greater Kruger / Johannesburg Your final day will start with an early morning bush walk, where you'll keep a look-out for some of the area’s lesser-known species. Also a good time to look for the Little 5, namely the rhino beetle, leopard tortoise, lion ant, buffalo weaver and the elephant shrew. Head back to Jo’burg, calling by the striking Blyde River Canyon on the way.

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Blyde River Canyon

Johannesburg

inclusions Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Accommodation: Tented camping (3 nts) Transport: Minibus, open-top safari vehicle Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners Includes: Entrance fees, game drives, bush walks Tour Code: JNBEXP

S O U T H A F R I C A

KRUGER & PRIVATE GAME LODGE EXPERIENCE 4 DAYS, Johannesburg

• Safari game drives • Spot the Big 5 • Blyde River Canyon

$805

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Johannesburg Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Star-lit braai dinners • Lodge with pool • Guided bush walk

DAY ITINERARY 01

Johannesburg / Kruger National Park Leave the so-called City of Gold early this morning and make your way towards the Greater Kruger area. After six hours on the road you’ll arrive at your lodge where you’ll be able to settle in and relax before your afternoon game drive. Time to test your animal-spotting skills! Tonight, enjoy a traditional braai around the fire.

02

Kruger National Park Early morning is one of the best times to spot wildlife as temperatures are cooler, so animals are less likely to be hiding in the shade. So it’s another early start, and another chance to see the Big 5 in action. The park really makes for prime game viewing. There are even maps around the place where people mark their sightings to help others find their way to the nearest rhino/leopard/lion pack. After a full day in the park, you’ll head back to your lodge. How are those photos looking?

03

Kruger National Park Safaris can really take it out if you, so make the most of today to recharge your batteries. And possibly your camera's. Feel free to kick back at the lodge and make full use of the pool. Otherwise, head out to the Greater Kruger region and get involved in a variety of optional activities available around the area including abseiling and quad biking.

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Kruger National Park / Johannesburg An early morning bush walk gives you a chance to get closer than ever before to the wildlife of Kruger in the company of the park rangers. So hushed voices, everyone. Elephants don't like to be startled. Head back to Jo’burg, with a final selfie stop at the Blyde River Canyon.

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Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

Z I M BA B W E

B OT S WA N A

Kruger N.P.

Johannesburg

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Lodge (3 nts) Transport: Minibus, game vehicle Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Includes: Return transfers from Johannesburg, guided bush walk, game drives Tour Code: JNB3KP


Namibia

Etosha N.P. Daramaland Twyfelfontein Spitzkoppe

Windhoek

Swakopmund

Namib Naukluft N.P.

Helmeringhausen LĂźderitz Fish River Canyon

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RARE WILDLIFE

ANCIENT DESERTS

GOSSIP

DUNES

CANYONS AND CAVES

A quarter of all the world's cheetahs live here and it's home to the last free-ranging population of black rhinos.

The sands of the Namib Desert have existed for more than one million years. Lucky it's a desert and not a dessert.

Brangelina gave birth to their daughter Shiloh in Swakopund and donated $2m to the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary.

The national anthem translates as 'Land of the Brave'. An ode to all those who go duneboarding? Probably.

Fish River Canyon is the world's second largest canyon and Dragon's Breath is the world's largest underground lake!

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NAMIBIAN ADVENTURER 12 DAYS, Windhoek

$1,216

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Windhoek Small Group Adventure

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Short on time? See Namibia's best bits in 12 days, and see why the country remains such a mecca for eco-tourism. This is a combo of two scheduled safaris and free time to explore and relax on the Skeleton Coast. Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Any age Group Leader: Local guide to Etosha and Sossusvlei Group Size: Min 1, Max 14 Tour Code: NAMADV

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Etosha National Park, Namibia

• Three-day safari in Etosha • Visit Etosha's saline desert • Witness a Namib Desert sunrise

highlights

• Test your nerve in Swakopmund • Meet the Herero tribeswomen • Camping trip in the Soussusvlei desert

Accommodation: Mixed dorms (7 nts), lodge private room with en suite (2 nts), tented camp (2 nts) Note: Option to upgrade to private room on twin-share basis with en suite Transport: Minibus, safari vehicle Meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

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DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Windhoek / Etosha National Park On arrival at Windhoek, transfer to your city centre hostel and go for a good nose around. The next morning, you'll meet the rest of your group and travel to Etosha National Park. Enjoy an afternoon game drive and visit nearby waterholes in search of lion, zebra and rare black rhino. Sadly, there are fewer than 5,500 black rhino left due to poaching. Arrive at your lodge at sunset, and spend some time around the floodlit waterhole before sitting down for dinner around an open fire. You never know what you might see! It’s an early start on Day 3 in order to pack in three game drives plus a visit to the 4,500km² saline desert of the Etosha salt pan. (2B, 2L, 2D)

04-06

Damaraland / Skeleton Coast / Swakopmund Leave for the dramatic scenery of Damaraland and meet the Herero tribeswomen, who support their families by selling handicrafts. Enjoy a light lunch in the shadow of Branberg, Namibia’s highest peak, then head down the Skeleton Coast (keep your eyes peeled for sunbathing seals) to the adventure sports nirvana of Swakopmund. The next couple of days are free for you to spend at leisure, so how about a good dose of adrenalin with some optional high-octane activities such as surfing, skydiving and sandboarding down giant sand dunes? If you fancy some downtime, wander the local museums, head to the beach or make full use of the Wi-Fi. (3B, L)

07-08

Swakopmund / Windhoek Head back to Windhoek on Day 7 and spend the next couple of days at leisure. Explore the city’s townships, check out local craft markets and museums or just relax by the pool. To really get under the skin of this phenomenal region, why not get involved in some optional local activities? Choose to join the Bushmen to learn about their ancient skills, hop on a city and township tour, take a sunset horse ride or join a volunteering session in one of the nearby townships. (2B)

09-12

Windhoek / Namib Desert / Sossusvlei / Windhoek Leave your Windhoek lodgings and head south west towards the Namib Desert. Traverse the Eros and the Naukluft Mountains, drive along scenic routes and descend onto the desert floor. Visit the tiny settlement of Solitaire to catch the stunning shifting of the light at sunset. Day 10, psych yourself up for a pre-dawn start and watch a truly stunning sunrise across Sossusvlei’s sprawling sand dunes. Check out the impressive Dune 45 and visit the 100ft deep Sesriem Canyon. Keep your camera handy for some iconic shots of ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the occasional ostrich. Return to Windhoek the next day via the mighty Gamsberg Pass. Your tour ends the next morning. (4B, 3L, 2D)

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TASTE OF NAMIBIA 6 DAYS, Windhoek

$894

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Windhoek Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Cross the wilds of Etosha • Spot nocturnal wildlife • See lions, rhinos, elephants

• Travel over Eros Mountains • See the oldest desert • Visit the towering Dune 45

01

Windhoek / Etosha National Park Travel to Etosha National Park on Day 1, home to the black rhino. First up, a game drive towards your camp. Later, head to a floodlit waterhole for the chance to see Etosha’s big game in all its nocturnal glory. (L, D)

02-03

Etosha National Park / Windhoek Experience a full day of game drives to spot elephants, giraffes, rhinos and lions with fantastic views of the massive Etosha Pan. Take a break at lunch and spend some time at the waterhole before continuing to the eastern side of the park. Journey back to Windhoek on Day 3, stopping in Okahandja, Namibia’s largest wood carving market, on the way. Get your haggling skills ready! Overnight in Windhoek. (2B, 2L, D)

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Namib Desert / Sossusvlei / Namib Naukluft National Park Cross the Eros Mountains on your way south west towards the world’s oldest desert. After arriving at the campsite, relax with a beer as the sun sets over the distant mountains. Rise early on Day 5 to reach Namib Naukluft National Park and its sprawling desert scenery. Trek to Sossusvlei and get snap happy at the unique sand dune landscape, particularly the imposing Dune 45. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Namib Desert / Windhoek Travel back to Windhoek, via the Khomas Hochland Mountain Range, where your trip comes to a end. (B, L)

Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), assisted camping (4 nts) - participation limited to putting up and taking down tents. Ask your Travel Expert about the hotel accommodated option Transport: Minibus/safari vehicle Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners Group Leader: Professional guides, camp assistant Group Size: Max 14 Tour Code: WDHNAM

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NAMIBIAN EXPLORER 10 DAYS, Windhoek

$1,611

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Windhoek Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Wildlife-packed game drives • Encounter Himba tribesmen • Cape Cross seal colony

• See ancient rock paintings • Find flamingos at Walvis Bay • Swakopmund’s sand dunes

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Sossusvlei / Namib Naukluft National Park / Windhoek Day 8, stop off at Walvis Bay, famous for its flamingos. A pre-dawn wake up call takes you to the national park at sunrise to watch the light shift over the sand dunes. Check out the popular Dune 45, as well as the eerie landscape of the Sesriem Canyon. Return to Windhoek in the morning, where the tour comes to an end. Extending your stay in Windhoek? Check out our accommodation options on page 81. (3B, 3L, 2D)

Etosha N.P.

Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Accommodation: Chalet (2 nts), assisted camping (7 nts) - participation limited to putting up and taking down tents Transport: Minibus/safari vehicle Meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners Group Leader: Professional guide, camp assistant Group Size: Min 2, Max 14 Tour Code: WDHNAE

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Swakopmund Visit the seal colony at Cape Cross and then on to Namibia’s best coastal playground, Swakopmund. Eat fresh seafood, browse the shops or get your adrenalin pumping on one of the many optional activities, including sandboarding and skydiving. (2B, L)

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Etosha National Park / Damaraland / Twyfelfontein Arrive into East Etosha, where you'll set up camp and head straight out on your first game drive in Namibia’s premier game park. On Day 3, enjoy a full day’s drive searching for lions, elephants, rhinos and more. Day 4 takes you to Kamanjab and a Himba Village (optional). Head through the desert region of Damaraland the next day and see the ancient Bushman rock paintings at Twyfelfontein. (4B, 4L, 4D)

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Windhoek / Africat Foundation Head north via Namibia's largest wood carving market to Okonjima, home to Africat and Big Cat Conservation.

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NAMIBIAN EXPERIENCE 14 DAYS, Windhoek

$2,392

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Windhoek

highlights

• Travel in the Kalahari Desert • Visit Fish River Canyon • Climb the Sossusvlei dunes

• Africat Foundation cheetahs • Game drives in Etosha • Damaraland rock engravings

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Kalahari Desert / Fish River Canyon / Luderitz / Aus After early pick-up from Windhoek, head south through a thin strip of the Kalahari Desert. Day 2, visit the Mesosaurus fossil site and continue to the Fish River Canyon on Day 3. Pack up camp and head to colonial Luderitz, visiting a desert ghost town on Day 4. Tonight, camp close to the Aus mountain range. (3B, 3L, 4D)

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Sesriem / Windhoek Head deep into the ancient southern Namib, passing rural communities on the way to Sesriem. It's a pre-dawn start on Day 6 to catch a desert sunrise before making your way to Sossusvlei's Dune 45 and the Sesriem Canyon. After breakfast on Day 7, travel across the Naukluft Mountains on your way back to Windhoek. (3B, 3L, 2D)

08-10

Okonjima / Etosha National Park Arrive at Okonjima mid-afternoon in time to visit a conservation centre specialising in rehabilitating big cats. See some cheetahs and have dinner under the stars. The next two days will be spent at Etosha National Park where you'll look for big game on plenty of game drives and around the waterholes at night. (2B, 3L, 3D)

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Hoada Grootberg / Twyfelfontein / Swakopmund / Windhoek In the small town of Kamanjab you'll get the chance to visit a Himba village to learn about the Holy Fire religion. Next day, see the Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein before heading deeper into the desert on Day 13, passing by Namibia's highest peak. Head west towards the Skeleton Coast to see Cape Cross' seal colony and spend your last evening in Swakopmund. (4B, 4L, 2D)

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Twyfelfontein Etosha N.P. N A M I B I A

Okonjima Lodge

Windhoek Swakopmund

Kalahari Desert

Accommodation: Camping (10 nts), hotels (3 nts) Transport: Minibus, safari vehicle Meals: 12 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 11 dinners Group Leader: Professional guide, camp assistant Group Size: Max 14 Note: Sleeping bag not included Tour Code: WDHNAB

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Fridays

Sossusvlei

Aus

Luderitz

Fish River Canyon

WONDERS OF NAMIBIA 10 DAYS, Windhoek

$2,999

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Windhoek Small group adventure

highlights

• Desertscapes of Sesriem • Meet skilled local bushmen • Cheetah conservation

• See the Big 5 and more • Food and craft markets • Stay in country lodges

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Windhoek After breakfast, visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a global research facility supported by National Geographic and dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. Learn about various projects and drive out to see these shy creatures in the wild. Depart at any time on Day 10. (2B, L)

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Twyfelfontein / Etosha National Park Time for the UNESCO-listed prehistoric petroglyphs made by Stone Age bushmen. Then on to the fossilised trunks of Petrified Forest (they're around 280 million years old!) before continuing to Etosha National Park, considered Namibia's greatest wildlife sanctuary. Hop on a game drive in search of elephants, lions, rhinos and even leopards, then enjoy free time at the lodge and optional extra excursions. (3B, D)

inclusions Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels and lodges (9 nts) Transport: Air con touring vehicle, 4WD, open safari vehicle Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $230-300 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides and rangers Group Size: Max 16, Avg 14 Tour Code: GADNENG

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04-05

Swakopmund Continue through arid plains to the countryside, stopping at the quirky town of Solitaire on the way. Learn survival skills from a local bushmen, then hop back in the ride and make for Swakopmund. Keep an eye out for jackals, hyenas, springbok and oryx. An expert local guide will show you traditional sheebens (bars), craft shops and food markets in Mondesa. Dine with a local choir in the evening and opt to do sandboarding or quadbiking. (2B, L, D)

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Windhoek / Sesriem Arrive into Windhoek at any time and to meet your group. On Day 2, it's off to a desert lodge in Sesriem, gateway to Namib-Naukluft National Park. Here you can relax by the pool ready to explore the yellow-red desertscape and Sesriem Canyon the next day. (2B, 2D)

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WONDERLAND NAMIBIA ROAD TRIP 17 DAYS, Windhoek

$1,405

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Windhoek Self-Drive Tour

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highlights

• Drive through mountains and moonscapes • See indigenous forests and tribes • See the Big 5 in Etosha National Park

• Creep around a post-mining ghost town • Sip cocktails under the African sun • Try adventure sports in Swakopmund

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Windhoek / Kalahari Desert / Fish River Canyon Starting in Windhoek, explore this European-style capital before heading south to the vast red and yellow plains of the Kalahari Desert. Staying at a lodge on a private game reserve, you'll be surrounded by shepherd trees, acacias, and a variety of game species. Opt for an afternoon nature drive and the chance to see zebras, oryx and springbok, or kick back and enjoy a sundowner. (B)

03-05

Fish River Canyon / Lüderitz Travel further south past dolerite hills into Quiver Tree Forest at Keetmanshop. Overnight close to Fish River Canyon, ready for a walk along the ridge the next day. Take in the splendour and relax back at the lodge before continuing on through the plains of the Great Escarpment to coastal Lüderitz. Keep your eyes peeled for wild desert horses and enjoy a scenic drive to Diaz Point, a memorial to the Portuguese man who discovered the Cape. (3B)

06-08

Helmeringhausen / Sossusvlei The next stop is coming like a ghost town. Literally. Kolmanskop was once home to German miners who came to the Namib to make their fortunes. Now it's slowly being reclaimed by desert sand. Then, skirt along the foot of the Tiras Mountains and make for Sossusvlei. Choose to stop at the pseudo-medieval fortress of Duwisib, but make sure you're up early the next day so you don't miss sunrise over the dunes of the Namib Desert. After, stop at Sesriem Canyon, one of the world's biggest natural gorges. (3B)

09-12

Swakopmund / Erongo Region / Damaraland Cross rugged passes and moonscapes to Swakopmund, also known as Namibia's playground. Here you can go on boat trips, wildlife tours or try some extreme sports (obviously, not while driving). Then it's on to the Erongo Mountain Range. Meet local villagers near Spitzkoppe and crash out at your lodge, complete with pool. Day 12, make for Damaraland and visit Twyfelfontein, an open air art gallery that boasts thousands of Bushman rock engraving and paintings. Plus, check out the Petrified Forest. (4B)

13-17

Etosha National Park / Okahandja / Windhoek After breakfast, meet a Himba tribe, one of the last truly nomadic tribes on Earth. Then go north to Etosha, home to hundreds of different animal and bird species. Over the next two days you'll navigate the park's roads in search of the Big 5, fingers crossed for lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalo. On Day 16 you'll begin the journey back to Windhoek via the Tsumeb Museum and Okahandja's craft markets. There'll be a few last walking trails before your road trip ends on Day 17. (5B)

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Guesthouses, hotels and hotels: Windhoek (1 nt), Kalahari Desert (1 nt), Fish River Canyon (2 nts), Lüderitz (1 nt), Helmeringhausen (1 nt), Sossusvlei (2 nts), Swakopmund (2 nt), Erongo Region (1 nt), Damaraland (1 nt), Etosha National Park (3 nts), Okahandja (1 nt) Meals: 16 breakfasts Includes: Self-drive kit with daily routings and maps, all taxes and fees Not included: Car rental, please ask your Travel Expert

Windhoek Kalahari Desert (650 km) Fish River Canyon (450 km) Lüderitz (420 km) Helmeringhausen (230 km) Sossusvlei (300 km) Swakopmund (400 km) Damaraland (350 km) Etosha (250 km) Windhoek (410 km)

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For all you young Kerouacs who prefer life on the road, this self-drive takes you from the Kalahari to the Atlantic Coast and everywhere in between. Stay at a choice of lodges all with pretty drinking spots and keep your eyes peeled for a variety of hardened animals that manage to survive these vast desert plains.


MAGIC SOUTH ROAD TRIP 9 DAYS, Windhoek

$701

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Windhoek Self-Drive Tour

highlights

• See sunrise in Sossusvlei • Explore indigenous forests • Spot ostriches and oryx

• Visit desert ghost towns • Stay in lodges and hotels • Canoe in Orange River

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Windhoek / Fish River Canyon Having revved up your ride, head into the largest sand mass on earth, the Kalahari Desert. Opt for a nature drive in the afternoon where you'll meet all the natural survivors of this arid landscape. Think ostriches, oryx and springbok. Day 2, leave the dunes and make for the indigenous aloes of Quiver Tree Forest and the wondrous Fish River Canyon. (B)

03-04

Fish River Canyon / Orange River Spend the day at the second-largest canyon on Earth, relax in the lodge or get involved in some outdoor activities. Then it's south to Orange River on the border of South Africa. Cool off in the river, go canoeing or wander the region in search of riverside birds. (2B)

05-06

Lüderitz Today look out for rare desert horses en route to the coastal town of Lüderitz, famed for its colourful neighbourhoods and colonial houses. Stay in a hotel overlooking the Atlantic and spend Day 6 exploring the region. Visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop, the memorial at Diaz Cross, or opt for a full-day trip to Sperrgebiet's prohibited diamond-mining area. Want to see penguins? Take a boat to islands off the coast. (2B)

07-09

Sossusvlei / Windhoek Continue along endless plains and mountain ranges into the Namib Desert, the oldest patch of sand on earth. Overnight near Sesriem ready for an early start and a chance to see the sun rise over the dunes of Sossusvlei. After, visit the thorn trees of Dead Vlei and the ancient gorge of Sesriem Canyon. Day 9, head back to Windhoek. (3B)

Lüderitz, Namibia

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Departs: Daily Trip Style: Self-Drive Tour Accommodation: Hotels, lodges, roadhouses and homesteads: Kalahari Desert (1 nt), Fish River Canyon (2 nts), Orange River (1 nt), Lüderitz (2 nts), Sossusvlei (2 nts) Meals: 8 breakfasts Includes: Self-drive kit with daily routings and maps, all taxes and fees Not Included: Car rental, ask your Travel Expert for details Tour Code: WDHMAG

Windhoek

Sossusvlei

Lüderitz Fish River Canyon

Orange River

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Windhoek Fish River Canyon (670 km) Orange River (180 km) Lüderitz (450 km) Sossusvlei (500 km) Windhoek (390 km)

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EXTRAORDINARY NAMIBIA ROAD TRIP 14 DAYS, Windhoek

$1,298

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Windhoek Self-Drive Tour

highlights

• Drive through desert plains • Relax in pretty lodge pools • Spot loads of African wildlife

• Opt to try adventure sports • See the vast Kalahari Desert • Sundowners on the dunes

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Windhoek / Kalahari Desert Once you've picked up your wheels from the airport, make the short drive to Windhoek and check in to your guesthouse. Chill out and recharge ready for your trip to the 'Soul of the World', the Kalahari Desert, the next day. Look out for ostrich and oryx on a guided walk through the bush, and enjoy a sundowner on the dunes. (2B, 2D)

04-05

Namib Desert / Sossusvlei Drive through striking plains to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon. Experience sunrise on some of the highest dunes on earth, then check out the ancient gorge before cooling off in your lodge's pool. (2B, 2D)

06-08

Swakopmund / Damaraland Drive via Namib Naukluft National Park to coastal Swakopmund, where you'll see moonlike landscapes and the chance opt to go dune boarding, parasailing and more. Then to Damaraland, past Namibia's highest mountain (Brandberg, 2,606m) to overnight in a rural lodge. (3B, D)

09-14

Etosha National Park / Otjihavera Mountains To the northern hills of one of Africa's most famed National Parks. Spend the next few days exploring the park in search of lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and more. On Day 12, it's off to a guest farm in the Otijhavera mountain range where you can relax by the pool, go on game drives and unwind before the trip ends on Day 14. (6B, 3D)

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Otjihavera Mountains Damaraland Swakopmund Sossusvlei / Nabia Desert

Tents & Tracks Road Trip (WDHTAT) 22 Days, Fr $767

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Departs: Daily Trip Style: Self-Drive Tour Accommodation: Hotels, lodges and farmsteads: Windhoek (1 nt), Kalahari Desert (2 nts), Namib Desert (1 nt), Sossusvlei (1 nt), Swakopmund (2 nts), Damaraland (1 nt), Etosha National Park (3 nts), Otjihavera Mountains (2 nts) Meals: 13 breakfasts, 8 dinners Includes: Self-drive kit with daily routings and maps, all taxes and fees, guided Kalahari bush walk Not Included: Car rental, ask your Travel Expert for details Tour Code: WDHEXT Windhoek Kalahari Desert (650 km) Namib Desert (680 km) Swakopmund (340 km) Damaraland (350 km) Etosha National Park (250 km) Windhoek (410 km)


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Charming, chilled-out and easily navigable, Windhoek makes a good base for a journey around Namibia. Infused with unique colonial architecture dating back to its German roots, the capital certainly looks pretty. Grab a beer and a pew at one of the restaurants and tuck into a mouth-watering zebra or ostrich steak. Venture further afield to explore Fish River Canyon, 160km in length, 27km in width and reaching depths of 550m!

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Location: A ten-minute walk from the city centre with shops and restaurants close by.

Location: Set within a leafy suburb close to the railway station and shopping mall.

Vibe: Backpackers-come-guesthouse with welcoming staff and a bar, lounge and pool.

Vibe: Friendly and hospitable guesthouse with a self-service bar, pool and lounge.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • En suites • Solar-heated outdoor pool • Bar • Shared kitchen • Barbecue area • TV lounge • Laundry • Luggage storage • Free off-street parking

Highlights: Private rooms • Shared bathrooms or en suite • Shared bathrooms or en suite • Outdoor pool • Shared kitchen • Barbecue area • Terrace • TV lounge • Free on-site parking

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DESERTS & DUNES NAMIB BREAK

$419

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3 DAYS

Book yourself onto this three-day snapshot of Sossusvlei and the unique landscape of Namib-Naukluft National Park. Stare in amazement as you approach the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib, rising early on Day 2 to trek through the dunes. Climb the park’s largest, Dune 45, and relax in the relative coolness of the Sesriem Canyon. Travel back to Windhoek on Day 3 over the imposing Gamsberg Pass. Departs: Tuesdays Accommodation: Camping (2 nts) Transport: Minibus/safari vehicle Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Staff: Tour guide and camp assistant Includes: Entrance fees and camping equipment Tour Code: WDHSOS

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ETOSHA SAFARI BREAK

$419

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3 DAYS

Renowned worldwide for the incredible game viewing, Etosha National Park is as good as compulsory on your African itinerary. Travel north from Windhoek into the wilderness and camp for two nights, spending your days on game drives looking out for elephants, giraffe, rhino and lions, and evenings by a floodlit waterhole waiting for the animals to come to you. If you're lucky, you may spot a rare black rhino or two! Departs: Saturdays Accommodation: Camping (2 nts) Transport: Minibus/safari vehicle Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Staff: Tour guide and camp assistant Includes: Entrance fees and camping equipment Tour Code: WDHETO

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Livingstone Kasane Okavango Delta Chobe N.P. Maun

Victoria Falls

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Also known as 'the smoke that thunders', Victoria Falls is the world's largest waterfall. It's over 1km wide and 108m tall.

According to a lot of surveys, there are more African elephants and meerkats in Botswana than anywhere else on earth.

Zambia's Livingstone offers some of the best white water rafting, bungy jumping and gorge swinging on the continent.

The world's largest inland delta covers more than 15,000 square km - a little smaller than Israel or half the size of Switzerland.

Most of us get a bit thicker when we're travelling. In Zimbabwe, a belly is a sign of wealth and prosperity. So at least we can pretend.

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BOTSWANA & VICTORIA FALLS ADVENTURE 8 DAYS, Windhoek

$2,099

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Victoria Falls

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highlights

• Head into the Kalahari Desert • Learn skills from San Bushmen • Explore the Okavango by mokoro

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Departs: Selected Sat Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), bushmen hut (1 nt), lodge/chalet (3 nts), basic camping (1 nt) Transport: Air con minibus, mokoro, safari vehicle Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150-195 for meals Tour Code: GADADF

Visit the impressive Kalahari Desert, float past hippos and crocs and stand in the shadow of the mighty Victoria Falls on this whistle stop tour. Arrive into Namibia's capital Windhoek at any time on Day 1 and get yourself settled in. The next day, explore the Kalahari Desert and learn survival skills from local San Bushmen on an optional walk. On Days 3 and 4, head deep into the famed Okavango Delta, where you'll enjoy wildlife walks, mokoro excursions and learn the ways of the bush from local 'polers'. Continue on to Nata on Day 5 and opt for a sunset wildlife drive or bush walk and spot elephants at a local waterhole. Travel to Kasane on Day 6 for a trip into Chobe National Park, where you can opt for a boat cruise or a game drive. Cross into Zimbabwe on Day 7 and end up at Victoria Falls where your trip ends on Day 8 at any time.

BOTSWANA HIGHLIGHTS 6 DAYS, Victoria Falls

$697

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Maun Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Get an adrenalin fix in Vic Falls • Camp beside the Okavango River • Explore the Okavango Delta

Chobe National Park, Botswana

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Departs: Typically 3-5 departures per month Accommodation: Camping (4 nts), hotel (1 nt) Transport: All transport and transfers are included within price Group Size: Max 20 Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Note: Entrance fees and optional activities are not included within price Tour Code: LVIMAU

• See elephants, crocs and hippos • Visit the Caprivi Strip • Enjoy plenty of mokoro rides

Tick off the best that Botswana has to offer on this brisk six-day adventure. Start your tour in Africa's adventure capital, Victoria Falls, where you'll enjoy a wide range of optional adrenalin sports, such as bungy jumping and white water rafting. The next day, cross into Botswana and set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. Sign up to an optional game drive to spot elephants or a leisurely river boat cruise. Leave Chobe National Park on Day 3 and head for the Caprivi Strip, where you'll camp on the banks of the Okavango River. The next day, journey into the world's largest inland delta, the Okavango, a labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and wildlife. Water levels and temperatures fluctuate significantly from season to season, so no two experiences are ever the same. End the tour in Maun on Day 6.

BEST OF ZIMBABWE 5 DAYS, Victoria Falls

$753

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Johannesburg Small Group Adventure • Marvel at Victoria Falls • Spot wildlife in Hwange • See rare black rhinos (if lucky)

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Departs: Typically 2-3 departures per month Accommodation: Camping or single/double room (4 nts) Transport: All transport and transfers are included within price Group Size: Max 20 Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Note: Entrance fees and optional activities are not included within price Tour Code: LVIJNB

highlights

• Visit two UNESCO sites • Soak in Tshipise's hot springs • Have a braai in Johannesburg

Discover one of Southern Africa's least-travelled countries on this five-day tour. Depart from Victoria Falls early on Day 1 and head south to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's largest wildlife reserve. On arrival, head out on a game drive to spot some of the park's resident wildlife species, including lions, elephants and spotted hyenas. The next day, make for the city of Bulawayo and the UNESCO-listed Matobo National Park, home to both the rare black and white rhinos. On Day 3, journey to Masvingo and the stone work at the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Dating back to the late Iron Age, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was once the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe. Cross into South Africa on Day 4 and enjoy a spell in the hot springs of Tshipise, before heading to Johannesburg for one final evening - braai included of course!

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Okavango Delta, Botswana

• See the epic Victoria Falls • Optional boat cruise in Chobe • Part of the Jane Goodall Collection


LIVINGSTONE & VICTORIA FALLS Backpackers and bungys

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Known as Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) in the native Kololo language, nothing can quite prepare you for seeing these roaring rapids. At over a kilometre wide and 108 metres tall, they’ll make the most seasoned traveller feel a little overwhelmed. But it's not all waterfall chasing. White water rafting down the Zambezi River is a must. You can also throw yourself off all kinds of things if the adrenalin takes you. Bungy cord attached, of course.

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Location: Central Livingstone location, just 8km away from Victoria Falls and close to restaurants, shops and banks.

Location: Situated on the northern banks of the Zambezi River, just 4kms from Victoria Falls.

Vibe: Wallet-friendly backpackers with funky African décor, large open-air spaces and an inviting pool, perfect for post-falls swims.

Vibe: Ultra laid-back lodge overlooking the Zambezi River and Siloka Island, perfect for a relaxing sundowner or two.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Outdoor pool • Restaurant • Shared kitchen • Bar • Barbecue area • Spa • 24-hour reception • Free Victoria Falls shuttle

Highlights: Private rooms • 2 outdoor pools • 2 restaurants • Bar • Sun deck • Shared TV lounge • Shop • Activity centre • Free shuttle to Victoria Falls and into town

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Location: Surrounded by the lush landscape of the Zambezi River, 5km from Livingstone and 10km from the mighty Victoria Falls.

Location: Right in the action! Only 100m from the centre of Victoria Falls town and a five-minute stroll to the falls themselves.

Vibe: Luxury, colonial-style resort with 77 rooms, all with four-poster beds and private balconies overlooking the Zambezi.

Vibe: Bohemian, safari-style lodge in the heart of Victoria Falls, ideal for modern day explorers after a touch of luxury.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balconies • River views • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Spa • Terrace • Sunset cruise • Shared TV lounge • Free shuttle to Livingstone

Highlights: Camping • Chalets • Air con • En suite or shared bathroom • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Lounge • Terrace • Garden • Massage services • Free on-site parking

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WHEN TO GO Go directly after the summer rains to see the falls in full flood (Feb-May). However, go in dry season (Jul-Oct) for white water rafting (closed during the wet season) and the best game viewing.

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WHERE TO STAY It tends to be a choice between Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) or Livingstone (Zambia). There are a wide range of choices available in both locations, from shoestring backpackers right up to five star lodges.

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$45

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HALF DAY

Livingstone is a pretty sweet location for the adrenalin-starved. And the star player? The Victoria Falls bridge bungy. In what is surely one of the world's most dramatic bungy backdrops, the bridge stands at 111m high and is regularly sprayed by the falls. First time jumping? Deep breaths. Back for more? Mix it up with a back flip!

WHITE WATER RAFTING

$150

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HALF OR FULL DAY

Give yourself a hefty dose of adrenalin with this white water rafting trip on the Zambezi River. Choose from either a half or full day excursion and get lunch, drinks, return transfers to Livingstone and dinner (full day only) included within the price. Note that this trip is seasonal and only runs from July to January (depending on water level).

LVILBJ

$122

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HALF DAY

Interact with elephants on the banks of the Zambezi River while dining on delicious African fusion food. Just 25 minutes north of Victoria Falls, this is the perfect day trip, and besides interacting with the ten elephants that live here, you'll also get to sample some tasty bush gourmet cuisine. Return boat transfers are included.

LVIWAT

$187

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4 DAYS

On arrival in Livingstone, transfer to the Victoria Falls Waterfront Adventure Village to enjoy a day to yourself. Board a sunset dinner cruise that evening along the Zambezi River on the border of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Keep an eye out for hippos, crocs and birdlife! You'll have a guided tour of the falls on Day 2, then a free day on Day 3, where you can make the most of the optional activities on offer. Continue with your own travels on Day 4. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Permanent tents with shared facilities (3 nts). Upgrade available Meals: 1 dinner Transport: Car, minivan Inclusions: Entry fees, sunset cruise, Victoria Falls tour, soft drinks on Day 2 Tour Code: LVIVFE

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Small Group Adventure

Independent Tour

VICTORIA FALLS EXPERIENCE

THE ELEPHANT CAFÉ

CHOBE CAMPING

$312

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2 DAYS

Get up close with amazing wildlife and scenery on this unique trip. After pick-up from Livingstone, cross into Botswana and make a pit stop in the town of Kasane. Then, head off on a boat cruise into Chobe National Park. See hippos, crocs, elephants and more, then enjoy a game drive before dinner at camp. Next morning, enjoy one last game drive before heading back to the border. Departs: Tuesdays and Fridays Accommodation: Basic camp with shared facilities (1 nt) Meals: All meals included Transport: Transfers to/from hotel in Livingstone and all transport included Inclusions: Entrance fees, camping equipment, water and house wine Tour Code: LVICHO

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Madagascar has been an isolated island for around 70 million years, meaning that 90% of its wildlife is found nowhere else!

Lemurs are often revered and protected by cultural taboo. Many myths connect lemurs with humans, usually through common ancestry.

Infused with enchanting forests, rare flowers, exotic wildlife and cascading waterfalls, it's hard not to fall in love with this place.

Even though it's Madagascar's prime beach resort, Nosy Be remains pretty low key. Go diving, sailing or just chill out.

Given that it's so big (it's often dubbed the "Eight Continent"), there's lots to see, from karst forests to ancient baobab trees.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF MADAGASCAR 14 DAYS, Antananarivo

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Forget the film. This is the real deal. Go deep into some of the world’s most protected conservation areas, home to some rare and (dare we say it) frankly weird animals. 80% of the wildlife here can't be found anywhere else! Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), driver, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADMHM

inclusions Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), multishare guesthouse (1 nt) Transport: Private minibus, plane Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $325-425 for meals not included

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Ifaty / Antananarivo Drive through open desert landscape past sapphire mining towns and baobab trees, and stop to see Mahafaly’s tomb before reaching Ifaty and the breathtaking beaches of the Mozambican Channel. Spend the next couple of days unwinding. Relax on the sand, snorkel or dive on the coral reef, sail in dug-out canoes or explore the local villages. Say farewell to the coast and transfer to Toliara to catch an internal flight (included) back to Antananarivo where, after spending one last night together as a group, your amazing journey comes to an end.

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Ranomafana / Ambalavao / Ranohira / Isalo National Park Take a morning hike to capture the stunning views of Mont Ifasina before continuing on to Ranomafana. Learn traditional rituals from local villagers and end the day with a guided night walk, allowing you to see the rainforest, with its stands of giant bamboo and Chinese guava trees, in a whole new dimension. Head on a morning forest walk to witness nature’s daily awakening, before driving on through the island’s wine region to the rural town of Ambalavao. Stop at the Anja community reserve to see the ringtailed lemur and continue to Ranohira on the edge of Isalo National Park. Spend a full day exploring and continue on to Cascades, considered to be one of the best waterfalls in Madagascar with a large natural swimming pool. If you’re lucky, you may see brown and ring-tailed lemurs in the canopy above. (B)

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Antananarivo / Andasibe National Park Touch down in Antananarivo (Tana, as it's locally known), the capital of Madagascar, and spend your day at leisure. Perhaps pay a visit to the local markets - just don't forget your haggling skills! Next day, travel east towards Andasibe and stop en route to visit the upland rainforest. Enjoy a guided walk through Andasibe National Park for your first glimpse of Madagascar’s famous lemurs. Awesome fact: Lemurs like hugging so much they get themselves into what's called a lemur ball. Google it and thank us later. Overnight in the reserve and explore the national park next day.

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• Hike for stunning views of Mont Ifasina • Take a guided rainforest night walk • Part of the Jane Goodall Collection

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• See lemurs in their natural habitat • Whizz around Antsirabe by rickshaw • Discover local culture with a local family

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ULTIMATE EAST AFRICA 22 DAYS, Nairobi

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Stone Town, Zanzibar Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Explore the cities of Nairobi and Kampala • Track chimps in Kalinzu Forest Reserve • Trek to find wild mountain gorillas

• Opt to go white water rafting on the Nile • Scour the Serengeti savannah for wildlife • Top up your tan on Zanzibar’s beaches

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Nairobi / Lake Naivasha / Eldoret / Kampala / Kalinzu Forest Reserve Arrive in Nairobi at any time before your adventure the begins next morning. If you've got any spare time, why not check out the local markets for some traditional arts and crafts? On Day 2, drive through varied landscapes as you cross over to Eldoret where you'll set up camp. Continue into Uganda on Day 3 to camp near the hectic city of Kampala, before travelling onwards to the Kalinzu Forest Reserve, home to a mass of wildlife, including chimpanzees. Get up early on Day 6 to spot these human-like creatures on a guided trek, then tour a tea plantation before you leave for the lush shores of Lake Bunyonyi ('place of many little birds') (4B, 2L, 3D)

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Lake Bunyonyi / Gorilla tracking / Kampala / Jinja While you're at Lake Bunyonyi, you'll get to enjoy an unforgettable guided trek into Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to see a family of critically endangered mountain gorillas. Spend the rest of your time fishing, hiking, canoeing on the lake or just chilling out. After a long drive on Day 8, you'll spend the night back in Kampala. The capital has a reputation for having some pretty great nightlife, so if you're in the mood, get out and sample some of it! The next day, head to Jinja, the source of the Nile, where you'll have two days free to go white water rafting, mountain biking, bungy jumping or shopping in the local arts and crafts markets. (4B, 4L, 4D)

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Eldoret / Nairobi / Arusha / Mto wa Mbu / Serengeti National Park Cross the border to Kenya on Day 11 and overnight in Eldoret. Continue to Nairobi the following day, before heading south through the pastoral Maasai lands into Tanzania and the safari capital of Arusha. On Day 14, move on to the Mto wa Mbu village, where you'll get the chance to enjoy a lunch with the locals and meet the local women engineers working at our partner-supported Clean Cookstove project. The next day, enjoy a game drive in an overland truck en route to central Serengeti, where you’ll set up camp at a bush camp and enjoy the starry African skies. Watch out for the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) on a full-day game drive in the national park on Day 16, and opt for a bird's-eye view of the park on a thrilling hot-air balloon ride. (6B, 2L, 4D)

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Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha / Zanzibar / Stone Town / Nungwi Start Day 17 game driving your way out of the park. Head towards the Ngorongoro Crater and set up camp on the rim. Enjoy a unique game drive within the crater before transferring to Arusha the next day. On Day 19, hop on a flight to Zanzibar, one of East Africa's biggest draws. Wander the streets of Stone Town, and opt for activities such as diving, spice tours or simply chill out on the beach. Head to the sandy beaches of Kendwa on Days 20 and 21, then on Day 22 you're free to depart. (6B, 2L, 2D)

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (10 nts), fullservice camping (6 nts), simple hotels (5 nts) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle, 4WD, minibus, plane, shuttle Meals: 20 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 13 dinners Budget: Allow USD $250-325 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) as head guide/cook and driver, local and certified safari guides, gorilla trackers Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADKUE


MAASAI & TANZANIA CAMPING SAFARI 10 DAYS, Nairobi

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Arusha Small Group Adventure

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• Explore the Great Rift Valley • Spot Big 5 on game drives • Camp out in the wilderness

• Visit a local Maasai village • Find tree-climbing lions • Admire Ngorongoro’s wildlife

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Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Arusha Start with an early morning game drive in the Serengeti before continuing on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Instagram the views of this awe-inspiring natural wonder and observe a wide variety of wildlife. Head back to Arusha on Day 10 after a morning game drive, and wave goodbye to your fellow travellers. (2B, 2L, D)

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Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotels (3 nts), full-service camping (4 nts), tented camp (2 nts) Transport: 4WD, minibus Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $90-120 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), certified driver/guide Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADKMT

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Nairobi / Arusha Enjoy your last morning game drive in the Maasai Mara before returning to Nairobi. On Day 5, head to Tanzania’s safari capital Arusha, which is a perfect base for your next safari experience. (2B, L)

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Nairobi / Maasai Mara Game Reserve Arrive at any time and either relax or explore the city markets and shops. Admire the Great Rift Valley on your journey to the Maasai Mara on Day 2. Spot the Big 5 while on a game drive, camp in the bush and opt to visit a local village for a taste of Maasai life. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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SAFARI IN KENYA & TANZANIA 13 DAYS, Nairobi

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• Track the Big 5 on safari • Spot rhinos at Lake Nakuru • Enjoy views of Kilimanjaro

• Enter Ngorongoro Crater • Take a cultural village walk • Explore Olduvai Gorge

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Nairobi / Maasai Mara Game Reserve Fly in to East Africa's hub city at any time on Day 1. Next morning, head to the world-famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve, one of Africa's most celebrated wildlife reserves. Embark on daily game drives, keeping an eye out for the Big 5, and opt to visit a Maasai village or get sky high with a hot-air balloon ride (at extra cost). (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Lake Nakuru National Park / Amboseli National Park Journey from the Mara to your safari lodge in the heart of Lake Nakuru National Park, one of the best places in the world to see elusive leopards and rare rhinos. Take an afternoon game drive and learn about rhino conservation from the Kenya Wildlife Service. Take one more game drive, then move on to spend two days in Amboseli National Park, famed for its elephants and views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Arusha / Mto wa Mbu Village / Lake Manyara National Park / Serengeti National Park After one last game drive in Amboseli, head for Arusha, East Africa's safari capital, where you spend the night. On Day 8, visit Mto wa Mbu and take a cultural walk, then eat with a local family. That afternoon, take a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its treeclimbing lions. Next day, head to the Serengeti for two days of game viewing via a Clean Cookstoves project and Olduvai Gorge. (4B, 4L, 3D)

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Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), safari lodge (1 nt), comfortable tented camps (8 nts) Transport: 4WD, minibus Meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners Budget: Allow USD $165-215 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), certified driver/guide Group Size: Max 6, Avg 5 Tour Code: GADKTNG

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KENYA & UGANDA GORILLA ADVENTURE 12 DAYS, Nairobi

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Nairobi Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Relax on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi • Trek deep into lush jungle-clad hills • Opt to go white water rafting

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Nairobi / Lake Naivasha / Eldoret / Kampala Arrive into Nairobi at any time, explore the city or relax in the hotel before starting your adventurous tour the next day. On Day 2, soak up the scenery as we drive across Kenya's Rift Valley before arriving into the thriving service town of Eldoret, right on the border. Continue on to Uganda and across the northern shores of Lake Victoria to camp on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda’s largest city. Make sure you check out the lively nightlife! (2B, D)

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Kalinzu Forest Reserve / Lake Bunyonyi Travel to the beautiful Kalinzu Forest Reserve on Day 5. Apart from an alluring variety of forest birds, the reserve also boasts six primate species including chimpanzees, olive baboons and black and white colobus monkeys, as well as the rare pygmy antelope. There are also leopards and elephants here, but you'd need a big dose of luck to spot them. Journey south through a tea plantation to Lake Bunyonyi, where you’ll be based for a couple of days. Undoubtedly, the highlight of your trip will be setting off into the lush mountains of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to track mountain gorillas, the world's most endangered ape. Spotting these magnificent animals in their natural habitat is definitely one to tick off the bucket list! Spend the rest of your free time swimming, fishing, canoeing, mountain biking or simply chilling out with a Nile lager in hand. (4B, 4L, 4D)

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Kampala / Jinja / Eldoret Head back to the hectic city of Kampala via the equator, where you'll be able to grab a classic photo with a foot in each hemisphere! On Day 9, continue to the Source of the Nile, Jinja, known for its adrenalin activities. Opt to raft down the White Nile River, mountain or quad bike up and down the lush hills surrounding town, get that adrenalin fix bungy jumping or simply chill out by the river. After a hearty breakfast on Day 12, cross back over the border into Kenya for a night in the lively trading hill town of Eldoret. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (10 nts), basic hotel (1 nt) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle, minibus Meals:10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners Budget: Allow USD $130-170 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) as head guide/cook and driver, certified mountain gorilla trackers, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 20 Tour Code: GADKKU


SERENGETI SAFARI TO ZANZIBAR 11 DAYS, Nairobi

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Stone Town, Zanzibar Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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From the energy of the Kenyan capital Nairobi to the excitement of tracking the Big 5 across the Serengeti, this short-but-sweet journey will get you feeling the beating pulse of East Africa. Enjoy a mix of camping and simple hotels, and wrap things up with a quick flight over to Zanzibar for a beach break. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officers (CEO), certified safari guides/drivers, local guide Group Size: Max 20, Avg 17 Tour Code: GADKNZ

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Nairobi / Arusha / Mto wa Mbu Village Arrive in Nairobi and settle in to your hotel for the night or head out to explore. After meeting your group on the morning of Day 2, depart from Kenya’s capital and cross through the semi-arid lands of the Maasai people into Tanzania. Set up camp in lively Arusha, East Africa's safari capital, and spend some time bargain hunting in the town’s markets before settling down to a relaxing night around the campfire. Day 3, tuck into a local lunch with villagers at Mto wa Mbu and continue to a Maasai village and meet the local women engineers who have installed cooking equipment throughout the communities at a Planeterra-supported Clean Cookstoves project. (2B, 2D)

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Serengeti National Park Switch to smaller 4WD safari vehicles to head into the Serengeti National Park for a spectacular wildlife show. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a game drive in seven-seater vehicles which have open-top roofs and sliding windows to maximise your viewing opportunities. The Serengeti is famed all over the world for its animals, including big cats and the Big 5, so get your cameras out and start snapping away! For a bird’s-eye view, opt for a morning hot-air balloon ride over the park (at extra cost). (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha Enjoy a morning game drive in the Serengeti before heading to the iconic Ngorongoro Crater. The permanent water supply on the crater floor creates an extraordinary sanctuary for huge populations of large mammals, making it one of the best places in Africa in which to view game. Marvel at the view from your camp on the crater rim and venture down to the grassland for a closer look at grazing animals such as zebra, buffalo and lions. The swamp and forested areas of Ngorongoro is also home to hippos, elephants, waterbucks, baboons and vervet monkeys. On Day 7, return to Arusha for an evening with your fellow travellers. Opt to head out on the town if you wish. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Stone Town Catch a flight over to Zanzibar, explore the maze of streets in historic Stone Town and sniff fragrant spices and pick up some handy recipe tips. Explore some beautiful white beaches or opt to snorkel, scuba or visit the island’s museums and palaces. But if all you want to do is relax by the shores of the Indian Ocean, we won’t judge you! It’s a perfect way to end your tour. Your last night on Zanzibar is spent back in Stone Town, and your trip ends after breakfast on Day 11. Extend your stay if you'd like on the gorgeous Spice Island or make your own way back to Dar es Salaam by ferry. (4B)

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• Meet local Maasai engineers and villagers • Safari game drives in the Serengeti • Spot the famous Big 5

Accommodation: Full service camping (6 nts), simple hotels (4 nts) Transport: Share shuttle, 4WD, plane, minivan Meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $145-190 for meals not included


NAIROBI TO NAIROBI & KILI RONGAI TREK 19 DAYS, Nairobi

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Fancy combining a safari adventure with a trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro? Undoubtedly one of Africa's biggest highlights, this challenging ascent is definitely one for the bucket-list. You'll also get not one, but seven national parks thrown in for good measure. Win! Age Group: Min 18 Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 16 Tour Code: DRYNK

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• Three days of action in the Maasai Mara • Camp overnight on the Ngorongoro Crater • Enjoy free time in Kenya's capital Nairobi

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Nairobi / Amboseli National Park / Marangu Arrive into Kenya's thriving capital at any time on Day 1. If you're here early, why not get out and about and visit some of the city sights? The Karen Blixen Museum (of 'Out of Africa' fame), Langatta Giraffe Centre and Bomas of Kenya cultural centre are all must sees. Just make sure you're at the hotel for your welcome briefing at 6pm. The next day, head to Amboseli National Park for tip-top views of the iconic Mt. Kilimanjaro. You'll also get the chance to have a drive through the park in your overland vehicle. Keep your eyes peeled for elephants, ostriches, cheetahs, zebras and hundreds of bird species. Cross the border into Tanzania the next day and get preparing for your trek up Kili.

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Kilimanjaro National Park / Mto Wa Mbu Over the next six days, you'll be trekking up and down the imposing Mt. Kilimanjaro. At 5,895m above sea level, it's Africa's highest mountain and definitely one for the bucket list! On Day 4, transfer to the start of the Rongai Route and ascend up to 2,600m through lush forest and moorland. Plenty of wildlife is about at this altitude, so look out for buffalos, monkeys and bushbuck. The next day, make your way up to 3,600m passing through the Eastern Ice Fields, then continue to 4,300m on Day 6. Cross the lunar desert, known as the Saddle, the next morning and make the summit very early the following day you've done it! After you've enjoyed the views from the summit, head down for one last night camping on the slopes, then descend to the national park gate and return to Marangu. On Day 10, transfer to your campsite at Mto Wa Mbu and prepare to hit some national parks.

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Tarangire National Park / Lake Manyara National Park / Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha / Nairobi / Maasai Mara Game Reserve / Nairobi Today you'll meet your fleet of 4WD jeeps and pack it full of all your camping equipment. Time to channel your inner Attenborough and head out on safari! First up: Tarangire National Park, famous for its elephants, tree-climbing lions and ancient baobab trees. Next up is Lake Manyara National Park, where you'll camp for the night. Enjoy another game drive here and spot giraffes, hippos, zebras and more lions if you're lucky! On Day 13, you'll move on to one of the most famous wildlife reserves anywhere on earth - the awe-inspiring Serengeti. Enjoy evening and morning drives here and spot the Big 5 and more. Top tip: time your trip with the wildebeest migration (July to October) for some of the best wildlife action anywhere on earth! Continue on to the Ngorongoro Crater, where you'll set up camp on the edge of the crater rim. Enjoy a morning game drive within the crater, then it's back to Arusha for an afternoon of R&R. Cross back into Kenya on Day 15 and swing by Nairobi, before you make for the Maasai Mara Game Reserve for three more days of safari action. This is one last chance to tick off that Big 5! Head back to Nairobi where your tour ends on Day 19.

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• Climb the 5,895m high Mt. Kilimanjaro • Spot tree-climbing lions in Tarangire • Tick off the Big 5 in the Serengeti

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Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Accommodation: Campsites and wild camps (90%), hostels and hotels (10%) Transport: Overland vehicle, 4WD safari vehicle Meals: All meals included while camping, some breakfasts at hotels Local Kitty: Approx. USD $2,200 payable locally Additional Notes: You must have a high level of fitness in order to join this tour. There are also optional balloon safaris in the Serengeti and Maasai Mara. These must be pre-booked before departure and are subject to availability.

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Dar es Salaam Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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Kenya and Tanzania are big players in safari travel. They've been doing it for years and they're pretty good at it. Enjoy epic game drives in the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti, camp on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater then unwind on Zanzibar’s tranquil beaches, cocktail in hand and snorkel ready. Service Level: Camping Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Services of 2 crew Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code: ACKTA13

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• Marvel at the views from Ngorongoro’s rim • Take a cultural walk with local Maasai • Unwind in picturesque Zanzibar

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• Explore the Maasai Mara’s sweeping plains • Bargain hard in Arusha’s colourful markets • Tick off the Big 5 in the famous Serengeti

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Accommodation: Twin-share camping (7 nts), twin-share tented camp (2 nts), twin-share hotel (3 nts) Transport: Fully equipped safari vehicle, 4WD safari vehicle, ferry Meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners Adventure Pass (compulsory): From USD $1,350

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Nairobi / Maasai Mara National Reserve Kenya is East Africa’s most popular destination and has a long tradition of welcoming visitors, so get practicing your jambos (hellos) and hakuna matatas. It’s an early start on Day 1 to cross the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. One of the best places in the world for wildlife spotting, especially during the great wildebeest migration (Jul-Oct), this is the perfect start to this nature-packed tour. Stay in a tented camp by the reserve, enjoy numerous game drives and keep an eye out for the Big 5. Return to East Africa’s hub, Nairobi, to spend the night on Day 3. (2B, 3L, 3D) Arusha Cross into Tanzania and stop in the safari capital of Arusha, nestling in the shadow of Mt. Meru and nearby to magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro. Explore Arusha’s colourful markets - make sure your bargaining hat is on tight! Enjoy a Tusker beer or two with your fellow travellers in the evening. (B, L, D) Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater Switch to 4WD vehicles on Day 5 and head to the world-famous Serengeti National Park. The park is over 15,000km² of mainly open plains, giving you the best opportunity to see all that wildlife. Spend a night camped out on an unfenced site (just remember to keep your toes inside!). The sounds at night are as wild as the sights during the day. Travel to the Ngorongoro Crater and take a second to absorb the views before setting up camp. This is Africa’s largest intact caldera and the view from crater rim to crater floor, 700m below, is staggering. Enjoy a game drive here on Day 7, looking out for rhinos and lions. Spend the afternoon on a cultural village walk with the local Maasai people before heading back to Arusha. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Moshi Area / Bagamoyo / Dar es Salaam Day 8, continue your journey south towards the Indian Ocean and camp in Bagamoyo. Arriving in Dar es Salaam, you’ll camp at an idyllic site next to the ocean. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Zanzibar / Dar es Salaam Take the ferry to exotic island of Zanzibar and spend three nights chilling out after your safari adventure. With its palm-fringed beaches, winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests, this is the ideal place to relax and recharge. Make time to visit the old slave markets, Prison Island and the bazaars of Stone Town, but also save some for the white sands of the northern beaches, where you’ll enjoy excellent snorkelling and diving. Head back to Dar es Salaam on Day 13 where your tour comes to an end on arrival. (4B)

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KENYA & TANZANIA 4WD SAFARI ADVENTURE 10 DAYS, Nairobi

$2,617

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Arusha Independent Tour

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• Spot flamingos and tree-lounging lions • Interact with Maasai tribesmen • Game viewing at four national parks

• Pass by the magnificent Olduvai Gorge • Look out for the Big 5 on game drives • Camp on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater

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Nairobi / Maasai Mara National Game Reserve Transfer from the airport to your tented camp in Nairobi and get ready for your safari adventure. Day 2, travel along the floor of the spectacular Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara reserve. Arrive in time for an afternoon game drive, where you’ll get your first chance to spot the Big 5 in action, as well as heaps of birdlife and some of the world’s most impressive savannah vegetation. (B, L, D)

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Maasai Mara Game Reserve / Nairobi Today, soak up the splendour of the Mara on game drives, scanning the savannah for rhino, hippo, leopard, cheetah, gazelle and - the ‘mane’ event (sorry) - Kenya’s largest population of lions. Stop for a picnic lunch at the Mara River and watch hippos and crocodiles cool off in the water. Head to a nearby Maasai village late afternoon, enjoy a naturalist walk with a Maasai guide followed by traditional singing, dancing and storytelling before dinner. Return to Nairobi on Day 4 after an early morning game drive and tuck into a tasty dinner at the meat-heavy Carnivore Restaurant. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Nairobi / Arusha / Lake Manyara National Park This morning, board a public bus from Nairobi to Arusha, where you’ll be picked up and taken to your accommodation to enjoy an afternoon at leisure. On Day 6, leave Arusha for Lake Manyara National Park. Take in unparalleled views over the valley and the lake below and head out on an afternoon game drive in search of hippos, pink flamingos and famous tree-lounging lions. (2B, L, 2D)

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Lake Manyara National Park / Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater Rim En route to the Serengeti on Day 7, stop by Olduvai Gorge - otherwise known as the cradle of mankind. After a 1.75-million year-old fossil of Homo habilis was unearthed here, it is now believed to mark the very place where man originated from. So, quite important then... Afterwards, head to the Serengeti and discover the most iconic side of Africa. Follow prides of lions through the long grasses and listen to trumpeting elephant calls across the plains. Day 8, drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to your picturesque camp/lodge right on the crater’s rim. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Accommodation: Tented camp (2 nts), hostel in Arusha (2 nts), tented camp or lodge (5 nts) Transport: Airport transfers, 4WD safari vehicle, public bus between Nairobi and Arusha Meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners

Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha Descend 600m (2,000 ft) into the Ngorongoro caldera to witness Africa's largest concentration of animals. Following a lunch break, return to Arusha. Transfer to the airport on Day 10 and prepare for your onward journey. (2B, L, D)

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When you think of Kenya and Tanzania, chances are you'll jump to images of scrambling wildebeest and prowling lions. And while they feature heavily on this trip - along with loads of other animals, the Big 5 included - you’ll also get to meet the people who live right alongside them. Want to add in a stop at Lake Nakuru? Ask your Travel Expert about the 12-day option.


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These rare apes can only be found in the forests of Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC. Sadly, only 880 are thought to remain.

One of nature's greatest events, with over 1.5 million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles travelling to the Maasai Mara pastures.

Rwanda has the world’s highest representation of women in parliament. That's 64% of its members! Who run the world?

Do not pass on a white water rafting trip from Jinja. It's thought to be among the best in the world.

Despite western cultural influences, the Maasai people have managed to hold on to their traditional ways of life.

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MAASAI MARA CAMPING SAFARI 4 DAYS, Nairobi

$1,159

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Nairobi Small Group Adventure

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• Check out Kenya's capital • Enjoy rustic safari camping • Go on three game drives

• Tick off the Big 5 • Culture in a Maasai village • See the beautiful Rift Valley

Maasai Mara Reserve

Nairobi

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Maasai Mara Game Reserve / Nairobi After one last game drive to spot all the animals on your checklist, head back to Nairobi and arrive around 4.30pm. Extend your stay in the country or head back to the airport for your flight home. (B, L)

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotel (1 nt), permanent tented camp (2 nts) Transport: 7-seater 4WD vehicle Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $40-55 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), certified driver/guide Group Size: Max 7, Avg 5 Tour Code: GADKMM

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Maasai Mara Game Reserve After an early morning wake up call, head back into the park on a game drive and see the animals at their most active. Search for a range of carnivores, including cheetah, spotted hyena, leopard and lion, as well as the two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles on which they prey! During the afternoon, opt to visit a Maasai village and see how the locals live, including how to dance like a warrior! (B, L, D)

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Nairobi / Maasai Mara Game Reserve Swap city life for the country as you head west through the Great Rift Valley to one of the world’s most famous game parks: the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Settle in at your safari camp, your home for the next two nights, and then head out on your first game drive. Keep a look out for the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant) as well as a whole host of other species, including ostriches and jackal. (B, L, D)

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Nairobi Arrive at any time into Kenya’s energetic capital city and spend the day as you wish. Get out and explore the city’s markets and shopping malls or simply kick back and relax with a beer or two in one of its many bars and restaurants. Meet your fellow travellers and your group leader during an orientation talk this evening.

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KENYA CAMPING SAFARI 9 DAYS, Nairobi

$2,249

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Nairobi Small Group Adventure

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• See Mt. Kenya’s silhouette • Find the Big 5 in Samburu • Mix with Samburu tribesfolk

• Spot birdlife in Nakuru • Descend into the Rift Valley • Search for game in the Mara

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Nairobi

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Maasai Mara Game Reserve

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Lake Nakuru N.P.

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Samburu Reserve

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotels (2 nts), full-service camping (4 nts), permanent tented camp (2 nts) Transport: 7-seater 4WD vehicle Meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $60-80 for meals Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), certified driver/guide, camp crew Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADKWA

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Maasai Mara Game Reserve / Nairobi No visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit to the world-famous landscape of the Maasai Mara. Based at a permanent tented camp, your time here will be spent on daily drives, seeking out the fantastic game that lives on its vast open plains. Opt to see the savannah on a hot-air balloon safari or, for a taste of local life, visit a Maasai village. Enjoy one last morning game drive on Day 8, then continue through the Great Rift Valley back to Nairobi. Your trip finishes on Day 9. (4B, 3L, 2D)

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Lake Nakuru National Park Descend into the Great Rift Valley and enjoy stunning views of the escarpment as you travel. Lake Nakuru is a shallow soda lake, renowned for its wildlife and more than 460 species of birds. On Day 5, head off on safari in search of rhino, buffalo, impala, tree-climbing lions, python and the elusive leopard. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Nairobi / Samburu Game Reserve Arrive into Kenya's capital Nairobi on Day 1. Head north next day and pass Mt. Kenya, Africa’s second-highest mountain, en route to Samburu Game Reserve. Spot oryx, ostrich, zebra and long-necked gerenuk on an afternoon game drive as well as lions, cheetah and leopards if you're lucky. Day 3 is a full day of game viewing and Big 5 tracking. You’ll also get the chance to meet some of the Samburu tribesfolk, learning about their semi-nomadic lifestyles on a visit to their village. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Kampala Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Track chimps in Kalinzu • Trek deep into the jungle • Relax at Lake Bunyonyi

• Encounter mountain gorillas • Get adventurous in Jinja • Jane Goodall Collection tour

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Jinja River Rafting (PRODURF) Full Day, Fr $140

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CULTURE & WILDLIFE OF UGANDA & RWANDA 8 DAYS, Kampala

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Kalinzu Forest

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (8 nts) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle, minibus Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners Budget: Allow USD $70-95 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs), certified gorilla trackers Group Size: Max 22, Avg 20 Tour Code: GADUKK

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Kampala / Jinja / Kampala Drive back to Kampala for a night back in the capital before continuing on to Jinja, the so-called Source of the Nile. The town is renowned for its outdoor and adventure activities. Opt to raft down the White Nile River, jump on a mountain bike, throw yourself off a bungy platform or opt to volunteer at a local project. The next day, transfer back to Uganda's lively capital, where the tour ends on arrival. Choose to stick around or catch your flight home. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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Kalinzu Forest Reserve / Lake Bunyonyi / Gorilla Trekking Enjoy a guided trek to see Kalinzu's chimpanzees and colobus monkeys, then travel through the gorgeous Ugandan countryside to Lake Bunyonyi, your base for the next few days. Your time in this lush mountainous region is spent enjoying the area and the many optional activities it has to offer, including canoeing, fishing, hiking or boat trips on the lake. You'll also embark on an unforgettable guided trek deep into the forest-sloped mountains of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a wild encounter with a family of mountain gorillas, the world’s most endangered ape. It’s a huge highlight of any African trip. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Kampala / Kalinzu Forest Reserve Arrive into Kampala at any time and meet your trip guide and group over dinner this evening. The next day, travel across Uganda by overland truck to Kalinzu Forest Reserve. (B, L, 2D)

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Kigali Small Group Adventure

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• Gorilla trek in Rwanda • Explore Rwanda's capital • Hike in tropical rainforests

• Chimp trek in Uganda • Spot hippos, crocs and more • Jane Goodall Collection tour

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Bwindi Impenetrable N.P.

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Kampala

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Kibale N.P. Queen Elizabeth II N.P.

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Fort Portal

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Standard hotels (3 nts), furnished tents (4 nts) Transport: Private van Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $95-125 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), experienced gorilla trackers, local guides Group Size: Max 12, Avg 8 Tour Code: GADURU

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Kigali Head to Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali. It’s a compact, beautiful city offering fantastic views over the terraced countryside beyond. Opt to visit the genocide museum to learn more about the dark history of this country. Your trip wraps up this evening, but If you've got more time to spare, why not take a boat trip to spot some massive crocodiles and birds at Lake Ihema? (B)

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Queen Elizabeth National Park / Musanze / Volcanoes National Park Visit the equator on the way to Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of Africa's most celebrated parks. Keep your eyes peeled for warthogs, elephants, buffalo, hippos, lions, leopards and crocodiles during two days of game drives in the park, and opt for a cruise of the Kazinga Channel. Day 6, cross the border into Rwanda and head for Musanze, the gateway to Volcanoes National Park. Famous for its mountain gorilla trekking safaris, no visit to Rwanda would be complete without one. Experience it for yourself on Day 7. (4B, L, 2D)

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Fort Portal / Kibale National Park Travel to Fort Portal and spend the night on a farm at the edge of Kibale National Park listening to the sounds of monkeys and birds. On Day 3, explore one of Uganda’s most gorgeous tropical forests and go trekking to spot chimps in either the morning or evening. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Kampala Arrive into Uganda's capital at any time on Day 1 and get settled in. If you've got any spare time, make sure you get out and see some of the sights, including the Uganda Museum of Culture and the Kasubi Tombs, where members of the Ugandan royal family are buried.

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EAST AFRICA GORILLA & SAFARI EXPERIENCE 16 DAYS, Kigali

$10,199

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Nairobi

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• Trek to see mountain gorillas • Cruise the Kazinga Channel • Spot leopards in Nakuru

• Discover Nairobi and Kigali • Visit a local Maasai village • Enjoy sunset at Kilimanjaro

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Amboseli National Park / Nairobi After a morning safari drive, head to the famed Amboseli National Park, situated at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The next day, enjoy a full day of game drives within the park then enjoy a lecture from the Kenya Wildlife Service. Head back to Nairobi on Day 15 for one last night. (4B, 3L, 2D)

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Queen Elizabeth N.P. Entebbe

Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotel/ lodges (11 nts), tented camps (4 nts) Transport: 4WD vehicle, boat, plane Meals: 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 11 dinners Budget: Allow USD $180-235 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), gorilla trackers, driver, local guides Group Size: Max 6, Avg 5 Tour Code: GADRKNG

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Nairobi / Maasai Mara Game Reserve / Lake Nakuru National Park Catch a flight to Nairobi and transfer to your hotel. On Day 10, head to the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve for two days of game drives. Spot the Big 5 and more and opt to take a balloon safari or visit a Maasai village. Depart early on Day 12 for the Ubuntu Café, an initiative that offers employment opportunities to local women. Continue to Lake Nakuru National Park to spot leopards and rare rhinos. (4B, 3L, 3D)

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Queen Elizabeth National Park / Entebbe Cross the border into Uganda and drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. On arrival, trek in search of playful primates and enjoy a game drive to spot buffalos and tree-climbing lions. The next day, enjoy another game drive then take a boat cruise down the Kazinga Channel. On Day 8, head to Entebbe via the equator. (4B, 4L, 3D)

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Kigali / Volcanoes National Park Arrive into Rwanda's leafy capital at any point on Day 1 and get settled in. The next day, visit the Genocide Memorial to learn about the country's sombre past, then take a walk through Nyamirambo Township and enjoy a lunch at the women's centre. Continue to Volcanoes National Park for unforgettable treks to see mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. Later, meet scientists at Karisoke Centre. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Nairobi Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Spot rare mountain gorillas • Visit Lake Nakuru • Relax by Lake Bunyonyi

• Camp by the River Nile • Chimpanzee trekking • Explore the city of Kampala

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Kampala / Jinja / Eldoret / Nairobi Head to one of Africa's adventure sports capitals, Jinja, on Day 10 where you'll set up camp overlooking the Nile. Opt to go bungy jumping, white water rafting, or fishing or visit a local community school. Enjoy two free days, then head back to Nairobi via Eldoret. (5B, 4L, 4D)

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Queen Kampala Eldoret Elizabeth N.P. Jinja Lake Nakuru N.P Lake Nairobi Bunyonyi

Service Level: Camping Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Twin-share tented camp (13 nts) Transport: Fully-equipped safari vehicle, 4WD safari vehicle Meals: 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners Adventure Pass (compulsory): From USD $150. Approx. USD $750 also needed for mandatory Gorilla & Chimpanzee trek permit Group Leader: Services of 2 crew Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code: ACGEN14

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Lake Bunyonyi / Kampala For the next couple of days, you'll be using Lake Bunyonyi as a base. On one of these days, you'll trek to see endangered mountain gorillas. Definitely one for the bucket list! When you're not trekking, there's plenty to keep you occupied, including hiring canoes to visit local islands, trips to local villages and an orphanage, bird watching and going on nature walks. Once you've had your fill of relaxation, head back to Uganda's capital Kampala on Day 9. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Kampala / Queen Elizabeth National Park / Lake Bunyonyi From Kampala, travel west to Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you'll have some free time to relax. On Day 5, enter the park and make for Kyambura Gorge where you'll join a trek to see chimpanzees. If you're lucky, you may also see some of the other animals in the park, including tree-climbing lions! On Day 6, continue to the picturesque Lake Bunyonyi, known as the 'place of many little birds'. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Nairobi / Lake Nakuru National Park / Eldoret / Kampala Depart Kenya's capital early on Day 1 and head for Lake Nakuru National Park, stopping at a Great Rift Valley viewpoint along the way. Enjoy an afternoon game drive and spot baboons, rhinos and leopards. The next day, journey to Eldoret on the border with Uganda, where you'll camp overnight. On Day 3, move on to Kampala. (2B, 3L, 3D)

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MAASAI MARA INTERACTIVE SAFARI 3 DAYS, Nairobi

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Nairobi Small Group Adventure • Get up close to the Big 5 • Visit a local Maasai village • Full-day game drives

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• Immerse yourself in the wild • The wildebeest migration (Jul-Oct) • Optional hot-air balloon flight

EASTERN AFRICA

On this quick trip from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, you’ll travel south along the dramatic Great Rift Valley visiting a colourful Maasai community. The majestic reserve is home to the Big 5, as well as giraffes, zebras, gazelles, cheetahs and hippos, to name but a few. Also renowned for its breathtaking seasonal wildebeest migration (Jul-Oct), it really is the poster child of wildlife destinations. Spot endless herds of animals on game runs, witness carnivores hunting their prey during early morning drives and take a picnic lunch by the Mara River. During the evening on Day 2, you'll make a unique visit to a local Maasai village, where you’ll meet the scarlet-clad villagers and learn all about their life and culture. You'll also get to witness a traditional dance - definitely one for the old Instagram account!

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Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays Accommodation: Tented camp (2 nts). Lodge upgrade available Transport: Minibus, safari vehicle Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Includes: All game drives, park fees, nature walk and visit to a local Maasai village Tour Code: BEBAMMAS

MAASAI MARA INTERACTIVE, LAKE NAKURU & AMBOSELI SAFARI 6 DAYS, Nairobi

Nairobi Small Group Adventure

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• Snap away at rhinos and elephants • Get up close to the Big 5 • Game drive at the foot of Mt Kili

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Departs: Mon, Wed and Sat Accommodation: Tented camp (5 nts). Lodge option available Transport: Minibus, safari vehicle Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Inclusions: All transport and transfers, park fees, game viewing activities, safari driver/guide, nature walk and visit to Maasai village Tour Code: BENBOANP

$799

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3 DAYS

View an abundance of iconic African wildlife within the Amboseli National Park, framed by the awe-inspiring Mt. Kilimanjaro. Departing from Nairobi, you'll travel through the scenic Athi Plains and into the park, famous for its herds of elephants, pastoral Maasai tribes and picture-perfect backdrop. Your days will be packed with game drives, so get spotting species such as ostriches, lions, zebras and those elephants of course! Departs: Mon, Wed and Sat Accommodation: Tented camp or lodge (2 nts) Transport: Minibus, safari vehicle Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Includes: Game drives, park fees Tour Code: BENBOAMB

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• Be privy to life at a Maasai Village • Visit Lake Nakuru National Park • Dine out in the African bush

Go snap-happy and animal-crazy on this incredible wildlife adventure. Departing from Nairobi, drive past the scenic Athi Plains into Amboseli National Park - a landscape dominated by the iconic Mt Kilimanjaro - before tucking into lunch and heading out on your first game drive. Rise early the next day to see Kili’s summit glowing pink at sunrise then head out in search of elephants, hippos and giraffes on another mind-blowing game run in the mountain’s foothills. Leave for Lake Nakuru on Day 3 and drive through the scenic floor of the Great Rift Valley to see baboons, leopards, lions and - if you’re lucky - endangered black and white rhinos. Day 4, head to the Maasai Mara to follow in the footsteps of the Big 5. Next afternoon, immerse yourself in local life with a visit to a Maasai village. Return to Nairobi on Day 6.

Small Group Adventure

AMBOSELI SAFARI

$1,449

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Small Group Adventure

UGANDA GORILLA SAFARI

$1,437

FR

4 DAYS

Head out from the capital Kampala and pass banana plantations and terraced farmland on your way to the equator, before heading to Lake Bunyonyi. Day 2 can be spent swimming, bird watching or island hopping before departing to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, one of the richest eco-systems in Africa. On Day 3 you’ll enjoy tracking some of the 300+ gorillas that inhabit the park. On your final day, depart Bwindi and travel back to Kampala. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Simple cottage (1 nt), permanent camp 2 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Includes: Gorilla permits Note: Price is based on minimum of 2 passengers travelling Tour Code: KLAGS3

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ZANZIBAR FILM FESTIVAL

Tanzania has the largest concentration of wildlife per square km than anywhere on earth - over four million animals!

There are 162 different tribes living in Tanzania, each one unique and with their own individual traditions and customs.

A bucket list location, Mt. Kili is Africa's tallest mountain. It's also the world's highest free-standing mountain.

The world's largest intact caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater is home to 40,000 animals, including hyenas, lions and rhinos.

Billed as the 'largest cultural event in East Africa', this awesome festival runs over 10 days in July every year.

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With different route options, lengths and styles of accommodation, your perfect trek is there for the taking. Have a look at the treks on the next page and see what takes your fancy!

Kilimanjaro is a beast of a mountain at a whopping 5,895m tall, but skilled staff and dedicated support crews are always ready to help you get the best of it. They’ll make sure you're focused on the task in hand, aiding you bit by bit to the top of that mountain! Their skills set and expertise is essential in helping to increase summit success rates.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS WILL THE ALTITUDE AFFECT ME?

WHAT WILL WE EAT?

WHERE WILL WE SLEEP?

HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?

The air at the summit contains about half of the breathable oxygen most of us are used to at sea level. Everyone will handle the high altitude and thinner air differently, which is why your leader will try to keep the ascent slow and steady.

You’ll need energy to make that push to the top, and your camp cooks will make certain there’s plenty of healthy, quality food on hand. What's more, the equipment and supplies (including fresh produce) will be carried for you!

On all G Adventures treks, excluding the Marangu Route where you’ll stay in mountain huts, you’ll get stuck in with full-service camping. Apart from a sleeping bag and pillow (which can be rented), you won’t need to bring anything.

The main reason people fail to reach the summit is due to altitude sickness rather than a lack of strength or stamina. That said, it's easier the fitter you are. However, there’s no need to go overboard with fitness preparations.

UHURU PEAK 5,895m

Route behind mountain

MTI MKUBWA CAMP 2,750m

SHIRA CAMP 1 3,500m

SHIRA CAMP 2 3,850m

KARANGA CAMP 4,000m

BARFU CAMP 4,600m

BARRANCO CAMP 3,950m

LODOROSSI GATE 2,250m

MACHAME CAMP 3,000m

MAWENZI 5,149m

KIBO HUT & CAMP/ SCHOOL HUT 4,700m

MWEKA CAMP 3,100m

MAWENZI TARN 4,310m

HOROMBO HUT 3,720m KIKELEWA CAVE 3,600m

LEMOSHO

MACHAME GATE 1,800m MACHAME VILLAGE 1,500m

RONGAI GATE 1,990m

MWEKA GATE 1,650m

RONGAI MWEKA VILLAGE 1,480m

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MANDARA HUT 2,720m

SIMBA CAMP 2,600m

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MARANGU GATE 1,800m

MARANGU


Small Group Adventure

Moshi

$2,899

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Moshi

8 DAYS

highlights

• Summit success rate of 95% • Women's Cooperative visit

• Catch views of Kibo peak • Six days on Mt. Kilimanjaro

MARANGU ROUTE Moshi

$2,679

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Moshi

7 DAYS

highlights

• Trek moors and rainforests • Five days on Mt. Kilimanjaro

• Cross over The Saddle • Summit success rate of 80%

Known as the Whiskey Route, the Machame path leads you through the forests on the slopes of Kili, up over rocky terrain and onto high alpine deserts with amazing views of hanging glaciers and the Kibo massif. On your way to the summit at 5,895m, catch fantastic views of the surrounding peaks, the Breach Wall and the snow-covered Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers.

Affectionately called the Coca-Cola route due to its popularity, Marangu covers forests, moorlands, rocky ravines and The Saddle, a high-altitude desert, on its way to Kibo Hut. This is the most popular trail and is well maintained throughout, but due to the quick ascent, the success rate is not as high as the other routes (but still 80%!). Keep an eye out for monkeys at lower altitudes.

Departs: Selected Sat, Wed and Mon Trip Style: Active Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 5 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotels (2 nts), fullservice camping (5 nts) Transport: Minibus, trekking Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $70-95 for meals Group Leader: Certified mountain guide, local rep, cook, porters Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADTM8

Departs: Selected Sundays Trip Style: Active Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 5 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotels (2 nts), mountain huts (4 nts) Transport: Minibus, trekking Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $70-95 for meals Group Leader: Certified mountain guide, local rep, cook, porters Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADTKM

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Small Group Adventure

RONGAI ROUTE Moshi

$3,269

FR

Moshi

8 DAYS

highlights

• Enjoy views over Amboseli • Summit success rate of 95%

• Unspoilt northern slope trek • Six days on Mt. Kilimanjaro

Conquer Africa’s highest peak from the drier, northern and wilder side of the mountain. Follow the Rongai route up the mountain and descend via the popular Marangu route. You’ll camp beside the mountain's only lake and enjoy spectacular views over Kenya’s Amboseli plains. Due to its unspoilt location, you're more likely to spot wildlife, including buffalo and bushbuck, on this route. Departs: Selected Thursdays Trip Style: Active Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 5 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotels (2 nts), full-service camping (5 nts) Transport: Minibus, trekking Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $70-95 for meals Group Leader: Certified mountain guide, local rep, cook, porters Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADTKR

LEMOSHO ROUTE Moshi

$3,949

FR

Moshi

10 DAYS

highlights

• Trek the road-less-travelled • Eight days on Mt. Kilimanjaro

• Summit success rate of 96% • Beautiful views on the way

Fancy a challenge? Demanding Lemosho is the least travelled - and often called the most beautiful - route to Kilimanjaro’s summit. Trek up the western breach, climbing towards the Shira Plateau and passing through magnificent forests, moorland and alpine deserts. Several days are built in to help you acclimatise, greatly improving your summit chances. 96% of climbers make the top! Departs: Selected Thursdays Trip Style: Active Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 5 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotel (2 nts), full-service camping (7 nts) Transport: Minibus, trekking Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners Budget: Allow USD $70-95 for meals Group Leader: Certified mountain guide, local rep, cook, porters Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADTKL

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MACHAME ROUTE

Small Group Adventure


MT. KILI (MACHAME) & SERENGETI ADVENTURE 13 DAYS, Moshi

$5,149

FR

Arusha Small Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 5 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotels (3 nts), full-service camping/alpine camping (9 nts) Transport: 4WD safari land cruiser, minibus Meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 8 dinners Budget: Allow USD $100-130 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), certified mountain guide, certified safari guide/driver, local reps, cook, porters, camp crew Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADTKS

My Own Room Available: Fr $389

• View the spectacular Kibo Peak • Tackle mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro • Watch the sunrise at the summit

• Dance with Maasai warriors • Enjoy plenty of game drives • Spot Ngorongoro’s array of wildlife

DAY ITINERARY 01-04

Moshi / Machame Camp / Shira 2 Camp / Barranco Camp Arrive into Moshi at any time on Day 1 and get yourself geared up for an adventure around Tanzania’s hotspots. Get a good night’s rest because the next day you’ll be climbing the lower slopes of the famous Mt. Kilimanjaro to Machame Camp! On the morning of Day 3, hike through the lower alpine moorland of Kili's slopes until you arrive at the Shira 2 Camp. Soak up views of the spectacular Kibo Peak then trek up to Barranco Camp the following day via the rock formation of Lava Tower. At at height of 4,642m, it's a pretty awesome rest stop! Keep that camera handy for snaps of the Western Breach and the Breach Wall along the way. (3B, 3L, 3D)

05-07

Barafu Camp / Summit / Mweku Camp / Mweka Gate / Moshi Continue on Day 5 via the Great Barranco Wall, passing under the Helm Glacier and through the vast alpine desert of the Karanga Valley. Reach Barafu Camp that evening and try and get a couple of hours rest. Later that evening (or should we say early morning?), you'll continue on a night hike to the summit and watch the sun rise above those mighty plains below. Make your way back down to Mweka Camp later that day, then continue to descend the lower mountain's forested slopes until you reach the Mweka Gate. Congratulations, you've made it! Hop aboard your minibus to Moshi then enjoy a well-deserved rest. If your muscles are hurting, why not opt for a massage to soothe the pain? (3B, 3L, 2D)

08-09

Arusha / Mto wa Mbu / Lake Manyara National Park Once you're sufficiently rested, it's time to continue your Tanzania adventure. En route to Arusha, aptly known as the country's 'safari capital', meet the mamas at the Moshi Women’s Cooperative and grab any last minute supplies. Then, it’s safari time! Learn about life in Mto wa Mbu village on a guided cultural walk and savour a tasty lunch with a local family. Then, enjoy a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, heading out in search of tree-climbing lions, hippos, giraffes and more. (2B, L)

10-13

Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Arusha After a visit to a Maasai village and our partner-supported Clean Cookstoves project, journey into the vast plains of the Serengeti, perhaps the world's most famous wildlife reserve. On the morning of Day 11, enjoy a game drive searching for the Big 5 as well as cheetahs, spotted hyenas, wildebeest, ostriches and jackals. Return in time for lunch then head out again to see if you can spot any of Africa's other famous species of wildlife. On Day 12, enjoy another game drive through the park, then head to the rim of the famous Ngorongoro Crater, where you'll enjoy spectacular views over the plains below. Head out early on the morning of Day 13 for one last game drive in the crater itself. See if you can spot the rare black rhino or bat-eared fox! Later, head back to Arusha where your tour ends. (4B, 4L, 3D)

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You might like Shorten your trip Mt. Kili (Marangu) and Serengeti (12 days, Moshi - Arusha) (GADTMS)  Fr $4,929 Extend your trip Mt. Kili (Lemosho) and Serengeti (15 days, Moshi - Arusha) (GADTOS)  Fr $6,199

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ZANZIBAR TO KILIMANJARO 17 DAYS, Dar es Salaam

• Explore the Spice Island • Kick back on silky sands • Discover Maasai culture

$4,545

FR

Nairobi Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Find Big 5 in the Serengeti • Take on the Marangu Route • Summit Mt. Kilimanjaro

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TANZANIA CAMPING ADVENTURE 6 DAYS, Arusha

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Mt. Kilimanjaro Arusha

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11-17

Moshi / Kilimanjaro Climb, Marangu Route / Nairobi Arrive in Moshi and start the Marangu Route, Mt. Kilimanjaro’s most popular trek. Although a demanding ascent, it offers a defined path with a few comforts along the way. Sleep in mountain huts, eat meals prepared by your guides and have your belongings carried along by a trusty porter. The aim’s to reach summit in time for sunrise on Day 15! After your adventurous climb up Africa's biggest mountain, head back to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on Day 17. (7B, 5L, 4D)

Nairobi

Serengeti N.P.

Service Level: Camping Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Twin-share camping (6 nts), twin-share hotel (6 nts), multi-share compulsory hut (4 nts) Transport: 24-seater safari vehicle, 6/8-seater safari vehicle, ferry Meals: 16 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners Adventure Pass (compulsory): From USD $1,450 Group Size: Max 24, Avg 16 Group Size: Services of two crew, Kilimanjaro trek guides Tour Code: ACZTK17

Mar

08-10

Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha Head out in 4WD vehicles for a three-day trip to the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Drive through the Serengeti searching for the Big 5. Arrive at Ngorongoro Crater to descend the crater walls and enjoy game viewing before returning to Arusha. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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06-07

Marangu / Moshi area / Arusha Travel inland to the grassy plains of northern Tanzania passing Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro. Arrive in the country's safari capital, Arusha, for a guided walk to discover the culture of the local Maasai village. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Zanzibar, Tanzania

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01-05

Dar es Salaam / Zanzibar Start in Dar es Salaam and head to the paradise of Zanzibar. Arrive in Stone Town and spend your day exploring colourful markets. Venture to the north of the island to some of the finest beaches in the Indian Ocean. Spend the next few days relaxing. Fancy exploring? Opt to take an exotic spice tour or try scuba diving. On Day 5, travel back to mainland before the wildness of the tour begins. (4B, D)

$2,249

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Arusha Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Tour Mto wa Mbu village • Spot tree-climbing lions • Explore a Maasai village

• Scour Serengeti for the Big 5 • Spot Ngorongoro’s lions • Check out awesome views

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Arusha / Lake Manyara National Park Arrive in Arusha at any time. On Day 2, head to Mto wa Mbu village for a guided walk to learn about local life. After you've had a lunch with a local family, spend an afternoon touring Lake Manyara National Park, home to 400+ bird species, elephants and tree-climbing lions! (B, L)

03-04

Serengeti National Park Journey to the Serengeti with a stop in a Maasai village, where you can learn about their culture and lifestyle, including a visit to a Clean Cookstoves community initiative, where you can see the beneficial impact of the clean-burning stoves on the health and daily lives of the Maasai villagers. Spend your time searching for the Big 5 on game drives in the savannahs of the Serengeti. (2B, 2L, 2D) Serengeti N.P.

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Ngorongoro Conservation Area Go on a final morning game drive in the Serengeti, keeping an eye out for leopards, lions and buffalos. Continue on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, famed for its abundant wildlife on the crater floor. Enjoy incredible views from your campsite on the rim. (B, L, D)

Ngorongoro Crater

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Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha After breakfast, venture down to the crater floor for your final safari experience. Though grazing animals dominate here, the crater also has one of the densest population of lions and spotted hyenas per square kilometre. Travel back to Arusha where the tour ends on arrival. (B, L)

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Arusha Lake Manyara N.P.

TA N Z A N I A

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotel (1 nt), full service camping (4 nts) Transport: 7-seater 4WD Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $60-80 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), certified driver/guide, camp crew Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADTWE

My Own Room Available: Fr $129

Departures 2018 Jan-Dec

Serengeti Migration Safari (GADTAM) 9 Days, Fr $4,199

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TANZANIA SAFARI EXPERIENCE 7 DAYS, Arusha

$3,999

FR

Arusha

highlights

• Wildlife in the Serengeti • See the Ngorongoro Crater • Meet the 'Maasai mamas'

• Spot hippos in Lake Manyara • Visit Olduvai Gorge • Jane Goodall Collection tour

EASTERN AFRICA

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Arusha / Mto wa Mbu Village / Lake Manyara National Park Arrive into Tanzania's 'safari capital' at any time on Day 1 and get yourself settled in. The next morning, head to Mto wa Mbu village for a guided cultural walk and lunch with a local family. That afternoon, continue to your safari lodge on the outskirts of Lake Manyara National Park. Take in the views of the mighty Rift Valley Escarpment and enjoy a game drive, spotting hippos and lions along the way. (B, L, D)

03-04

Olduvai Gorge / Serengeti National Park Travel through the famous Rift Valley and stop for a guided tour of a local Maasai village. Enjoy lunch at the G Adventures-supported Clean Cookstoves Project and enjoy a dancing and singing performance from the 'Maasai mamas'. Afterwards, visit the Olduvai Gorge museum before heading on to your safari camp in the Serengeti. The next day, opt to see the Serengeti plains from up high with a sunrise balloon safari, then enjoy a full day of game drives to spot the Big 5 (and more). You'll also get to meet the researchers at the Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre, a centre for studying the reserve's wildlife. (2B, 2L, 2D)

05 06-07

Ngorongoro Conservation Area Continue your wildlife spotting extravaganza on your way out of the Serengeti, then head to your tented camp in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in time for sunset. (B, L, D) Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha Depart early into the famous Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a game drive and a picnic lunch. Then drive to Arusha for one final night before you depart any time on Day 7. (2B, L)

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Olduvai Gorge

Serengeti N.P.

Ngorongoro Crater

Arusha

Lake Manyara N.P.

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Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), safari lodge (1 nt), comfortable tented camp (3 nts) Transport: 4WD Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $170-225 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, certified driver/guide Group Size: Max 6, Avg 5 Tour Code: GADTTNG

My Own Room Available: Fr $379

Departures 2018 Jan-Dec

Selected Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays

TANZANIA & ZANZIBAR ADVENTURE 10 DAYS, Arusha

$2,399

FR

Stone Town, Zanzibar Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Soak up local Maasai culture • Tuck into lunch with villagers • Spot wildlife in the Serengeti

• Camp on Ngorongoro’s rim • Zen out in Zanzibar • Opt to snorkel or scuba dive

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Arusha / Mto wa Mbu Village Kick start your adventure in Arusha. On Day 2, get right to the heart of the Maasai culture on a trip to a Maasai village, where you'll meet the local women engineers at a Clean Cookstoves community initiative, working to improve health standards of local villages. In the afternoon, opt to visit Mto wa Mbu village for a lunch and cultural experience with the town's villagers. (B, 2D)

03-04

Serengeti National Park Enjoy your first game drive today as you make your way through the world-famous plains of the Serengeti. Set up camp then get some rest in preparation for another full day’s safari next day. If you fancy, hop on an optional hot-air balloon ride for a bird's-eye view. (2B, 2L, 2D)

05

Ngorongoro Crater Game drive out of the Serengeti then switch to your 4WD to enter Ngorongoro. Teeming with wildlife, you may spot the rare black rhino if you’re lucky! Set up camp on the crater’s rim and snap away at mind-blowing views that stretch out below. (B, L, D)

06-07

Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha / Stone Town Enjoy another epic game drive today before you return to Arusha and fly the next day to the tropical Spice Island of Zanzibar. Enjoy an orientation walk of historic Stone Town on arrival. (2B, L, D)

08-10

Kendwa Beach / Stone Town Board your transfer to the white sands and clear waters of Kendwa Beach. Use your free time to scuba dive or tour the island then hit the beach bars. Return to Stone Town on Day 10 where the trip ends. (3B)

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Serengeti N.P. Ngorongoro Crater

Arusha Mto wa Mbu

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Full service camping (6 nts), simple hotels (3 nts) Transport: 4WD, plane, minivan Meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $125-165 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), cook, drivers, certified safari guides, local guides, camp crew Group Size: Max 20, Avg 17 Tour Code: GADTAZ

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Departures 2018 Jan-Dec

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DAR ES SALAAM, ARUSHA & BEYOND markets, mountains & mammals

EASTERN AFRICA

What do you get if you mix white beaches, snow-capped Kilimanjaro and the world's highest concentration of animals per square kilometre? Clue: It's Tanzania, the undisputed safari capital of the world. Admire mass stampedes of wildebeest, get the binoculars out and search for elusive leopards, and hold your breath as prides of lions saunter on by. And how about zebras? Black with white stripes or white with black stripes? Your call...

TANZANIA EXPLORER 3 DAYS, Arusha

$963

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Arusha Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Three national parks in three days • Take in Tarangire's elephants • Search for tree-climbing lions

• Explore the Ngorongoro Crater • Back to nature star-lit camping • Career across Ngorongoro on 4WD

This camping tour takes you through three of the most popular national parks on the northern safari circuit of Tanzania. Spot Africa’s most iconic animals during the day from the safety of your 4WD vehicle and camp out at night surrounded by the calls of the wild. On your first day, you’ll head to Lake Manyara National Park for a spectacular game drive. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for rare tree-climbing lions. Rise early the next morning to descend the Ngorongoro Crater, often dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World and home to the coveted Big 5 and an abundance of other wildlife. Lunch at the hippo pool picnic site before climbing the crater rim and returning to Manyara. Finish up your trip on Day 3 with a visit to Tarangire National Park, home to huge herds of elephants and baobab trees. Return to Arusha that evening.

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Departs: Tuesdays and Fridays Accommodation: Camping (2 nts) Transport: 4WD vehicle Meals: All meals while on safari Includes: English-speaking driver/guide and park fees Tour Code: ARKTAX

SELOUS SAFARI BREAK 4 DAYS, Dar es Salaam

$1,631

FR

Dar es Salaam Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Experience Africa’s biggest reserve • Boat safaris on Rufiji River • See big game on game drives

inclusions

Departs: Mondays and Fridays (Jan-Mar and Jun-Dec only) Trip Style: Independent Tour Accommodation: Camping accommodation with en suite (3 nts) Meals: All meals included Includes: Return transfers, park fees, safari costs and English-speaking driver guide Notes: Tips or drinks not included Tour Code: DARSGR

• Bushwalking with a ranger • Sleep in the savannah • Enjoy drinks at sunset

Looking to get far away from the madding crowds? Look no further then than this whistlestop Tanzanian tour, taking in Africa's largest game reserve. Get whisked away from Dar es Salaam early on Day 1 and head south into the countryside. Once you're all settled in at camp, hop aboard a boat and sail down the mighty Rufiji River, keeping an eye out for hippos, crocs and a whole host of bird species along the way. Once you're back at camp, tuck into a tasty dinner around the campfire with your fellow travellers. Next morning, enjoy a full day of game drives throughout the park. Spot elephants, rhinos and lions and, if you're lucky, African wild dogs! The next day, enjoy a guided walk through the reserve with a ranger then choose from one more game drive or boat safari. Return to Dar es Salaam on Day 4.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF TANZANIA SAFARI 5 DAYS, Arusha

$1,362

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Arusha Small Group Adventure

highlights

• See lions, zebra and hyena • Explore Ngorongoro Crater • Chance to spot black rhino

• Pass by the Olduvai Gorge • Serengeti game drives • Visit Lake Manyara

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Arusha / Lake Manyara National Park After you've enjoyed breakfast in your hotel in Arusha, start your journey to Lake Manyara, an ancient soda lake situated in the Rift Valley. On arrival, you'll get the chance to go on a game drive. See if you can spot the famous tree-climbing lions for which the park is famous for! Besides lions, there's also plentiful big game found here, including elephants, hippos, buffalo and giraffes, and during the rains the lake hosts millions of pink flamingos! After you've got your fill of all things Lake Manyara, head to your camp for a tasty dinner. (L, D) Serengeti National Park Travel to Serengeti National Park for a full two days of game viewing. If luck is on your side, you'll tick off all the Big 5 as well as a whole host of other wildlife species including giraffes, gazelles and baboons. If timed correctly, you could witness the incredible wildebeest migration, where over two million animals migrate to and from Kenya's Maasai Mara Reserve. (2B, 2L, 2D) Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha After one last game drive before breakfast, you'll head off to the iconic Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world. Upon arrival, check in to your accommodation on the crater's rim, then unwind taking in the panoramic views with a beer or two. Next morning, descend 600 metres to the crater floor and get spotting the largest concentration of animals in the whole of Africa! Lions, rhinos, spotted hyenas; you name it they're here. After a full day of game driving, head back to Arusha. (2B, 2L, D)

ZANZIBAR BEACH BREAK Dar es Salaam

Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Accommodation: Camping or lodge accommodation (4 nts) Transport: 4WD vehicle Meals: All meals included Includes: Park fees, game viewing and safari driver/guide Note: Entry fees to Olduvai Gorge and Maasai village, or optional Serengeti hot air balloon ride not included Tour Code: BEARKNC4

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Departures 2018

Ngorongoro Crater Lake Manyara N.P.

Arusha

Jan-Dec

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

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$501

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4 DAYS

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• Snappy Enjoy a day highlight of snorkelling • Party Snappy athighlight Nungwi's bars

If you're after a few days in paradise with plenty of R&R, then this is for you. Hop aboard a ferry to the famous Spice Island on Day 1 and make for Stone Town, the cultural heart of the island. After you've checked in, enjoy a free afternoon to soak up the city. Next morning, head to Nungwi Beach for bohemian vibes, bars and plenty of beach time. On Day 3, enjoy a full-day snorkelling trip (lunch included), then transfer back to Dar es Salaam the next day. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts) Transport: Ferry Meals: 1 lunch Inclusions: Transfers to/from port, ferry tickets, shuttle transfers to/from Nungwi Beach, full day snorkelling trip from Nungwi Beach each way Tour Code: BEDARDES

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• Snappy See picturesque highlightStone Town • Top Snappy up your highlight tan in paradise

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

MAFIA ISLAND BEACH BREAK Mafia Island Airport

$630

FR

Mafia Island Airport

6 DAYS

highlights

• All Snappy accommodation highlight included • Enjoy Snappy four highlight included dives

• Snappy Go on a highlight mangrove walk • Chill Snappy outhighlight on the beach

While nearby Zanzibar has become a popular destination for tourists and travellers alike, Mafia Island, 160km to the south, remains virtually untouched. With plentiful coral reefs and more than 460 species of fish present, the island is a haven for divers and marine adventurers. And with five nights' accommodation, four dives and a mangrove walk or village tour included, you'll more than make the most out of your time here. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Standard hotel (5nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts and 5 dinners. Full board upgrade available Transport: Return transfers to/from Mafia Airport Note: Marine park fees/dive equipment not included Tour Code: DARMAF

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TEACH CHILDREN IN ZANZIBAR

$1,251

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2-12 WEEKS, Jambiani, Zanzibar

• Develop children’s creative skills • Organise sports programmes for kids • Learn the local language, Swahili

Project Start Date: Selected Mondays Project Location: Jambiani (approx. 55km outside Stone Town) Getting There: One-way transfer from airport included (selected times) Accommodation: Simple multi-share cottages/bungalows (14+ nts) Meals: 3 meals a day Note: Background check required Trip Code: KENZAN

VOLUNTEER WITH DOLPHINS IN ZANZIBAR

$1,609

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2-12 WEEKS, Jambiani, Zanzibar Based at a small coastal village on the east coast of Zanzibar, this project spearheads the protection of Menai Bay’s bottlenose dolphins. These friendly residents have become its star attraction but the excess of visitors - surrounding them by up to 20 tourist boats at a time and with people frequently jumping in to swim with them - can cause them stress. As a volunteer, you’ll contribute to marine conservation by monitoring dolphin behaviour and tourist-dolphin interaction on boat rides, as well as surveying the coral reefs and teaching English to local tour guides. If you visit between June and November (whaling season), you may also get to research the waters’ humpback whales. The data you’ll collect will inform government policies on regulating tourist-dolphin activity and help to protect the marine ecosystem. During time off, chill on the beach or explore the sights of the island.

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Project Start Date: Selected Mondays Project Location: Jambiani village (approx. 55km from Stone Town) Getting There: One-way transfer from Zanzibar International Airport included (selected times) Accommodation: Mixed, multi-share beachside bungalows with en suite (cold water only), mosquito nets and fans (14+ nts) Meals: 3 meals a day Note: Background check required. Strong swimming ability essential Trip Code: ZNZDOL

• Work alongside bottlenose dolphins • Snorkel in tropical, turquoise waters • Conserve coral reef marine ecosystems

HELP LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN TANZANIA

$1,005

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2-12 WEEKS, Msaranga (Moshi), Tanzania

highlights

• Teach English to Maasai members • Play games with nursery kids • Opt to trek to the base camp of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Situated at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Moshi is a modern, vibrant town inhabited by a blend of Tanzanians from a range of different tribes and backgrounds. Here, you’ll get stuck in to a range of initiatives including leading on creative activities in nursery schools, teaching basic English to Maasai tribespeople who are looking to secure tourism jobs and running after-school classes for secondary students to help raise HIV/AIDS awareness. Enjoy a real African experience, bedding down in volunteer accommodation in a nearby rural village where you’ll wake to cracking mountainscape vistas, experience typical day-to-day life and get the chance to learn a bit of Swahili. You’ll typically volunteer from 9am-5.30pm with your evenings and weekends free to do as you please. In your spare time, head out on game drives in the famous plains of the Serengeti National Park, chill out on white beaches or, if you're feeling active, opt to hike to Mt. Kilimanjaro's first base camp. Project Start Date: Selected Mondays Project Location: Msaranga village, 6km from Moshi, Kilimanjaro Getting There: Transfer from Kilimanjaro airport to the project included (selected times) Accommodation: Basic mixed dorms with mosquito nets (14+ nts) Meals: 3 meals a day Note: Background check required Trip Code: TANCOM

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Schools in the tropical, palm-fringed village of Jambiani (around 90 minutes from Stone Town) are typically understaffed and underfunded. As a volunteer, Mondays to Thursdays will mainly be spent teaching children, teachers and other community leaders how to read, write and speak English. In addition, you’ll help support women's empowerment projects and get stuck into helping an afternoon kids club, doing arts and crafts, reading stories and playing card games. On Fridays, you’ll be involved in a range of community projects, such as planting trees, maintaining and renovating schools and cleaning the beach. Speaking of which, you’ll be bedding down in beachfront bungalows, a hop, skip and a jump from Zanzibar’s coral-fringed shores. At weekends, get out and explore the island’s national parks, visit spice farms, go snorkelling or diving or canoe along estuaries spotting turtles and tropical bird life. You can also improve your Swahili skills chatting to locals around town.


ZANZIBAR spice UP YOUR LIFE

EASTERN AFRICA

Close your eyes and imagine turquoise waters, exquisite coral reefs and powdery white sand. Welcome to beautiful Zanzibar, an exotic archipelago shaken with spectacular sunsets and stirred with tranquil bliss. Popularly known as the Spice Island, because of the tongue-tingling cloves of nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper that it produces, this stunning dot in the ocean is definitely one for your African adventure hitlist.

Glampacker

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MARU MARU, STONE TOWN

Glampacker

$146 $90

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FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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DHOW PALACE, STONE TOWN

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$185 $94

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FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: In the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town, close to the beach, the Old Fort and Forodhani Gardens.

Location: At the heart of Stone Town, within walking distance to major attractions, restaurants and bars.

Vibe: Classic Zanzibar style meets modern luxury. A restored townhouse featuring marble floors and locally-crafted furniture.

Vibe: Once home to a wealthy merchant, this authentic hotel has bags of character and even four poster beds!

Highlights: Private rooms • En suites • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • 2 restaurants • Bar • Café • Rooftop terrace with 360-degree views • Fountain courtyard • Laundry

Highlights: Private rooms • En suites • Air con • Mosquito nets • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Restaurant • Bar • Rooftop terrace • Early check-in available

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STONE TOWN DAY TOUR

$42

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HALF DAY

See the historical and cultural significance of Stone Town on this half day tour. Part of it is done by minivan and the rest is on foot - taking you to places like the old Anglican Church, the slave market, the National Museum, 'The House of Wonder', Persian Baths and even to the building where rock god Freddie Mercury was born!

PRISONER ISLAND TOUR

Situated just off the coast of Stone Town, this tiny island (also known as Changuu Island) was once a place where slaves were detained and, at one point, it also served as a place of quarantine. Nowadays, it serves as a refuge for four Aldabra giant tortoises and also a place to swim, snorkel or kick back and chill.

ZNZSTO

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$56

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HALF DAY

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THE ROCK RESTAURANT

$134

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HALF DAY

Perched atop a coral outcrop in the Indian Ocean, The Rock Restaurant certainly offers a unique dining experience. It has completely transformed since its days as an old fisherman post, and has now cemented itself as one of Zanzibar's must-see sites. A three course meal will be provided, and return transfers are included in the price. DARROC


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KIWENGA PONGWE FOREST

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FR$42 SPICE TOUR Enjoy an explosion of tastes and smells from exotic fruits and spices grown on the island on this half-day trip to a spice farm. Departs daily.

JAMBIANI MUYUNI FOREST

DAR ES SALAAM: 70 KM

KIZIMKAZI DIMBANI

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AMAAN BEACH BUNGALOWS, NUNGWI

The ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar departs four times daily: 7am, 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. The boat takes just over two hours and is a cheaper option than flying. You will arrive at the port in Stone Town which is walking distance to many hotels.

Rock Solid

$105 $58

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FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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LANGI LANGI, NUNGWI

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$123 $45

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FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Prime sunset-watching spot on Nungwi beach within walking distance to nearby bars and restaurants.

Location: Overlooking the Indian Ocean and within walking distance to local bars and restaurants.

Vibe: Beach break beauty. Designed in a traditional Zanzibar style with beachfront rooms looking straight out to sea.

Vibe: Prime spot for that exotic island getaway. Simple and relaxing rooms are nestled in lush, tropical gardens.

Highlights: Private rooms • Private balcony with ocean views • Outdoor pool • Restaurant • Bar • Courtyard • Snorkelling and diving activities • Airport transfers (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms or suites • Private balcony with ocean, pool or garden views • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Restaurant • Café • Garden • Cooking classes • Massage services

ZNZAMA

ZNZLGI

A-List

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A-List

$193 $120

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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OCEAN PARADISE, BWEJUU

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$146 $115

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

HALF BOARD

Location: Set in a tropical garden with stairs leading down to the beach. Close to the village of Nungwi on the island's northern tip.

Location: Set on Zanzibar's picturesque north east coast, just 45 minutes from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.

Vibe: Get away from it all in this trendy boutique hotel. Enjoy a stress-free couple of days on your own private balcony.

Vibe: A luxury resort and spa with 98 traditional-style round chalets with pitched makuti roofs.

Highlights: Private rooms • Private balcony with ocean or garden views • Infinity pool • Restaurant • Bar • Spa • Massage services • Garden • Watersports available • PADI dive centre

Highlights: Private rooms • Private balcony with ocean views • Air con • Outdoor pool • 3 restaurants • 3 bars • Garden • Terrace • Spa • Massage services • Watersport available • Evening activities

ZNZZHO

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EASTERN AFRICAN

JOZANI FOREST

$69

FR

FR$110 DHOW SAILING Visit Bawe, Grave and Prison Islands on this day cruise off the coast of Zanzibar. Snorkel, soak up rays and marvel at Prison Island’s giant tortoise. Departs daily.

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Indian Ocean

There’s more to Paradise.. Since resident swashbuckling pirates cleared the way for exclusive barefoot retreats and a life of luxury, the islands of the Indian Ocean are best known for lazy, sunny days and silky sands. But there’s more to these pockets of paradise than just basking in the sun. From scuba diving with turtles and manta rays and flying across azure waters on a kite board to volunteering at research and conservation projects. Welcome to a whole new kind of paradise.

DUBAI & MALDIVES

SOUTH AFRICA & MAURITIUS

MALDIVES & SRI LANKA

Dubai and the Maldives may be two of the most luxurious destinations on the planet but they couldn’t be more different. While preparing to be marooned on your own remote barefoot island paradise in the Maldives (you have our sympathy), stop by the high rise opulence of Dubai to soak up the bustle of Arabian souks, glittering malls, wild waterparks and roof top bars.

Discover South Africa’s wild side with a safari through the world-famous savannahs of Kruger National Park in search of Africa’s Big 5 - leopard, lion, buffalo, rhino and elephant. Well, you’ve worked so hard and come so far, you probably deserve a luxury Indian Ocean sojourn onto the palm-fringed beaches and turquoise waters of Mauritius. It’s on the way home, right?!

Mother Nature was never more generous than when she created the nations of Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Crystal clear waters, palm trees swaying in the wind and more wildlife than you can shake your selfie stick at. What's not to love? Combine the two and have the Indian Ocean adventure of a lifetime. Check out our Asia brochure to read more about our Sri Lanka trips.

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SEYCHELLES curieuser and curieuser..

INDIAN OCEAN

Situated around 1,600km off the coast of Kenya, this archipelago boasts countless high-end resorts, a colourful Creole culture and fantastic diving and snorkelling opportunities. One of the world's smallest nations, it's also home to the world's largest nut! The coco de mer can weigh up to 33 pounds, so best not to hang around too long under the trees. Drop the anchor on one of its beaches and surrender to the islands' slow mo pace.

Rock Solid

BERJAYA BEAU

$181 $91

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VALLON BAY RESORT

FR

A-List

Rock Solid

CORAL STRAND HOTEL

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$264 $132

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

COCO DE MER &

$346 $205

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BLACK PARROT SUITES

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Beachside resort on the north west coast of Mahé Island.

Location: At the centre of Beau Vallon beach, ten minutes from lively Victoria.

Location: On Anse Bois de Rose beach to the south of Praslin Island.

Vibe: All-round pleaser with three bars, varied cuisine and on-site diving facilities.

Vibe: Beach-centric accommodation with sea-view restaurants and a luxurious spa

Vibe: 52 stylish rooms and suites flanked by private beaches and ocean views.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • 3 restaurants • 3 bars • Gym • Casino • Watersports available

Highlights: Private rooms • Private balcony • Air con • Outdoor pool • 5 restaurants • 2 bars • Spa • Yoga • Tennis courts

Highlights: Private rooms or suites • Private balcony or terrace • Air con • 2 outdoor pools • 2 restaurants • Bar • Spa

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SEYCHELLES ISLAND RESEARCH & CONSERVATION

EXSEY3

$1,500

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4, 8 OR 12 WEEKS, CURIEUSE ISLAND, SEYCHELLES Join a team of international volunteers on Curieuse Island and assist the local government with crucial wildlife and terrestrial conservation projects. It’s not all flopping about on paradise beaches however (that’s what the weekends are for) so come with your sleeves rolled up ready for plenty of demanding, physical activity in hot climes. Working in forests and on the beach, you’ll help with giant tortoise habitat management, turtle nesting research, bird monitoring and national park conservation. Volunteering five days a week, you’ll receive training from staff throughout the project and take it in turns to prepare simple meals for the group. On weekends, explore your picture-perfect surroundings. Discover coral reefs, the stunning islands of Praslin (snorkelling and diving sessions are at extra cost) and Vallee de Mai or head to Victoria, the world’s smallest capital city, for local markets and a spot of shopping.

highlights

• Restore giant tortoise habitats on Curieuse Island • Live and work on a tropical island • Carry out critical conservation work

Project Start Date: Selected Sat Jan-Nov (arrive Fri) Project Location: Curieuse Island, Seychelles Getting There: Return transfer from/to Mahé airport included (selected times) Accommodation: Mixed dorm (13+ nts) Meals: 3 meals a day Note: Medical form required Trip Code: GVISEY

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MAURITIUS Get maur for your money

INDIAN OCEAN

This country voluntarily put the Dodo on their national Coat of Arms, which is a reason to love it before you’ve even arrived. And when you do get here, you’ll wonder why you didn’t come sooner. Feast your gawping eyes on bright reefs and wildlife and your stomach on their famed octopus salads. Check out the hiking trails at Black River Gorges National Park and get out on the water for surfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving and boat excursions.

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PEARLE BEACH, FLIC EN FLAC

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Rock Solid

$180 $139

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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TROPICAL ATTITUDE, TROU D'EAU DOUCE

HALF BOARD

$78 $48

FR FR

Location: Facing the Trou d'Eau Douce lagoon close to a fisherman's village on the east coast.

Vibe: Stylish beach resort and spa with 74 chic rooms. Make use of free watersports, hit the pool or work up a sweat in the gym.

Vibe: A place to really get off the map, this adult-only hotel is both charming and comfortable. Kick back with a massage.

Highlights: Private rooms • Private balcony or terrace • Outdoor pool • Jacuzzi • Restaurant • Bar • Jacuzzi • Spa • Gym • Games room • Watersports available • Evening entertainment

Highlights: Seaview private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Restaurant • Bar • Massage services • Bike rental • Free boat transfers to Ile aux Cerfs • Traditional music and dance show

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VERANDA GRANDE BAIE, GRANDE BAIE

TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Right on the beach in the quiet hamlet of Flic En Flac. Tamarina Golf Estate is just 3km away.

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SINGLE

Rock Solid

$139 $93

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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VERANDA POINTE AUX BICHES, POINTE AUX BICHES

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$139 $93

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Overlooking the beautiful bay of Grand Baie, close to nearby restaurants, bars, shops and the beach.

Location: Beachfront hotel in between two fishing villages on the island's northwest coast, 15kms away from capital Port Louis.

Vibe: Relaxed beachfront hotel chock-a-block full of Creole charm. Wind it down a notch with an icy cocktail on your private balcony.

Vibe: The barefoot concept isn't just a way to keep up the informal tropical atmosphere. It's necessary. The floors are made of sand.

Highlights: Private rooms or suites • Private balcony • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • 2 restaurants • Bar • Terrace • Garden • Spa • Massage services • Gym • Watersports available

Highlights: Private rooms • Adult-only pool • 2 restaurants • 2 bars • Spa • Wellness lounge • Free Grand Baie Village shuttle • Free use of paddle boards and snorkelling gear

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BEAU CHAMP

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INDIAN OCEAN

SSR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

BEL OMBRE

A-List

A-List

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PARADISE COVE BOUTIQUE, ANSE LA RAIE BEACH

$224 $112

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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ZILWA ATTITUDE, CALODYNE

$121 $61

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FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

ROOM ONLY

Location: Located on the island’s north coast, overlooking the private and intimate Anse La Raie beach.

Location: Set in a protected bay facing the five islands of the north coast. Find the fishermen's village of Grand Gaube nearby.

Vibe: Boutique, adult-only nestled within lush tropical gardens. Airy rooms and suites offer private balconies and four poster beds!

Vibe: Bury your feet in the sand and experience the island's diverse cultural influences, from the interiors to the cuisine.

Highlights: Private rooms or suites • Private balcony or terrace • 2 outdoor pools • 4 restaurants • 4 bars • Spa • Gym • Tennis courts • PADI dive centre • Watersports available

Highlights: Private rooms • Suite upgrades available • Private balcony or terrace • 4 outdoor pools • 5 restaurants • Beach bar • 2 private islands • Spa • Dive centre • Free on-site parking EXMUR6

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PRESKIL BEACH 7 RESORT,

$166 SINGLE $128 TWIN/ DOUBLE

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MAHEBOURG

HALF BOARD

A-List

With 750m of private beach, two outdoor swimming pools, a sauna and hammam spa, you'll find it hard not to relax at the Preskil Beach Resort. Though, if you're feeling active, you can get stuck in with boating, windsurfing or waterskiing. Location: Set on a secluded palm tree-filled peninsula close to the small city of Mahebourg, just 9km from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport on Mauritius' south-east coast. Vibe: Upscale resort decorated with traditional Creole design throughout. Attractive, luxurious rooms are set within colonialstyle cottages, and all offer sea views and private balconies. Highlights: Private rooms • Private balcony or terrace • Air con • 2 outdoor pools • 3 restaurants • Bar • Spa • Hammam • Massage services • Gym • Tennis court • Watersports available

MAUPRE

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MALDIVES mellow the maldivian way

INDIAN OCEAN

A place where the beaches are white, the seas are bright blue, and where a coconut was once detained by police for trying to rig an election. All true. Just a 90-minute flight from Sri Lanka, this 2,000-strong island paradise is actually quite accessible. And it's not all luxury resorts and wads of cash either (though you can spend a fortune if you want to). Backpackers can get in on the action as well with a whole host of local islands to visit.

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ANGAGA ISLAND RESORT, ANGAGA ISLAND

Rock Solid

$300 $181

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ADAARAN SELECT HUDHURANFUSHI, HUDHURANFUSHI ISLAND

HALF BOARD

$244 $144

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Situated on the private white sands of Angaga Island in the centre of South Ari Atoll. Malé Airport is 25 minutes by plane.

Location: Hudhuranfushi Island in the North Malé Atoll, a 30-minute speedboat ride from the airport.

Vibe: Chic all-bungalow resort with warm décor and vaulted ceilings. Diving, kayaking and tennis are all on the cards here.

Vibe: The name of the island translates as Island of White Gold, so that's lovely. Also, the surfing's pretty great.

Highlights: Bungalows • Private terrace • Restaurant • 2 bars • Spa • Massage services • Gym • Tennis court • Games room • PADI dive centre • Watersports available

Highlights: Villas or garden rooms • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • 2 restaurants • 2 bars • Spa • Gym • Watersports available • Easy access to the National Museum and the Grand Friday Mosque

EXMRUS

EXMRU2

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REETHI BEACH RESORT, REETHI ISLAND

Rock Solid

$80 $80

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

LILY REST, MAAFUSHI ISLAND

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$52 $26

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Set on the remote Reethi Island in the idyllic waters of Baa Atoll. Just 35 minutes via seaplane from Malé Airport.

Location: On the west coast of Maafushi Island in the Kaafu Atoll, 28km from the airport and serviced by ferry and speedboat.

Vibe: Luxury four-star resort with 110 Maldivian-style villas, each with its own private terrace, offering direct beach access.

Vibe: A cosy guesthouse with only eight rooms and friendly staff who know everything there is to know about the island.

Highlights: Seaview villas • Private terrace • Outdoor freshwater pool • 5 restaurants • 5 bars • Spa • Gym • Tennis, badminton and squash courts • PADI dive centre • Watersports available

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Restaurant • Café • Barbecue area • Terrace • ATM • Library • Laundry and dry-cleaning service • Airport shuttle (at extra cost)

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REETHI FARU, REETHI ISLAND

A-List

$80 $80

FR FR

ATMOSPHERE KANIFUSHI, KANIFUSHI ISLAND

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$834 $564

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ALL INCLUSIVE

Location: Set on a 2km long, 90m wide island, just 30 minutes from Malé by seaplane.

Vibe: Relaxed beach resort which only opened its doors in late 2017. Detached or semi-detached villas offer a tropical vibe.

Vibe: All-inclusive resort with private, stand-alone villas. All offer direct access to the idyllic beach and Indian Ocean views.

Highlights: Villas • Private balcony or terrace • Outdoor pool • 5 restaurants • 5 bars • Spa • Massage services • Gym • Squash court • PADI dive centre • Watersports available

Highlights: Private villas and suites • Outdoor pool • 3 restaurants • 2 bars (1 adult-only) • Cocktail waiter • Spa • Gym • Tennis court • Evening DJ • PADI dive centre • Yoga classes

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CONSTANCE MOOFUSHI, MOOFUSHI ISLAND

$824 SINGLE $412 TWIN/ DOUBLE

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When you think of the Maldives, you're probably thinking about this resort. Villas on stilts in a translucent sea, a stretch of white sand covered by swaying palm trees and what seem to be the happiest people on earth. And you could be one of them.

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Location: Situated on the secluded island of Moofushi in the South Ari Atoll, just 25 minutes from the capital Malé by seaplane. The island is private and features plenty of white-sand beaches! Vibe: The resort describes itself as 'barefoot chic' which is pretty close to the mark. Moofushi Island is everything you want from the Maldives: luxurious, simple and sea/beach/spa-adjacent. Bravo. Highlights: Private beach or water villas • Air con • Private terrace • Outdoor pool • 7 restaurants • 6 bars • Spa • Massage services • Gym • PADI dive centre • Watersports available

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RASDHOO FUNDIVING

$439

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4 DAYS

Get the most out of diving in the Maldives with this action-packed package, using the peaceful island of Rasdhoo as your base. After your flight has touched down in Malé on Day 1, make your way to the port and hop aboard your pre-arranged ferry or speedboat transfer to the island. Over the next two days, enjoy two included dives per day then opt to go night fishing, on a cruise to see dolphins or just chill on the beach. Head back to Malé on Day 4. Departs: Daily, but arrivals/departures on Fri are best avoided due to lack of transport Accommodation: Dorm or single, twin or double room in B&B (3 nts) Meals: 3x breakfast Transport: Return transfers not included Tour Code: MLEFUN

Independent Tour

MALDIVES PARADISE & LOCAL LIVING

$813

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5 DAYS

Discover the magic of the Maldives on this five-day tour to Maafushi Island. After you've been picked up from Velana International Airport, hop aboard a ferry to Maafushi and get settled in. Get some snorkelling in on Day 2, then enjoy dinner with a local family to get a taste of Maldivian culture. On Day 3, head out to a secluded sandbar for a picnic and more snorkelling, then enjoy a free day on Day 4. Head back to Malé for a tour on Day 5. Departs: Daily except Mon and Fri Accommodation: Basic guesthouse (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners Transport: Return transfers to/from Malé Airport and return ferries included Note: Local taxes included Tour Code: MLEPPL

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Location: Slap bang in the middle of Raa Atoll on the small island of Filaidhoo. It's 45 minutes via seaplane from Malé airport.


MALDIVES DHONI CRUISE 7 DAYS, Malé

$1,849

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Malé

highlights

• Sail on a traditional dhoni • Visit uninhabited islands • Sprawl out on white beaches

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• Meet the locals on Dhiggaru • Most meals prepared aboard • Go swimming or snorkelling

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Malé Arrive into Malé, the capital of the Maldives, by 10.30am. Make your way to your dhoni (boat), your home for the next week, and get settled in. After meeting your fellow sailors, tuck into your first lunch on board. This evening, it's anchors up and away you sail! Make sure you have a look at the stars from aboard the boat's deck. There's nothing quite like stargazing in paradise. (L, D)

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The Atolls / Malé Voyage through the Vaadhoo Canal and drop anchor for some down time snorkelling. The Maldives is famous for its marine life, so see if you can spot some of its most famous residents, including green turtles, manta rays and reef sharks. Over the next few days, you'll get to sail close to the shore for astounding views of the archipelago, moor next to the beaches of uninhabited Ambara and Fenboa and meet the locals in the fishing villages of Dhiggaru, Fellidhu and Eboodhoofinolhu. If you're lucky, you might even be treated to a performance of their traditional folk music, Bodu Beru! There'll also be plenty of time for swimming, snorkelling or simply reading a book on deck. At night you'll moor at small, secluded beaches or in peaceful harbours, and the friendly crew will prepare all your breakfasts, lunches and dinners for you. After one last breakfast on Day 7, it's anchors up and back to Malé. If you've got more time on your hands, why not stick around and visit a few more islands? (6B, 5L, 5D)

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inclusions Malé Emboodhoo Finolhu Felidhoo Ambaraa Fenboa Finolhu (Meemu Atoll)

Trip Style: Marine Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Accommodation: Traditional dhoni boat (6 nts) Transport: Traditional dhoni boat Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Group Leader: Skipper/Chief Experience Officer, crew Group Size: Max 10, Avg 6 Tour Code: GAAFMS

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,479 Djiggaru

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Departures 2018 Jan-Dec

Selected Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays

Sri Lanka & Maldives Adventure (GAASSM) 14 Days, Fr $2,869

MALDIVES ISLAND HOPPING ADVENTURE 8 DAYS, Malé

$1,149

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Malé

• Go island-hopping • Dine with local families • Snorkel over coral reefs

Independent Tour

highlights

• Cruise in search of dolphins • Enjoy beach barbecues • Free time in Maafushi

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Malé / Hulhumale / Guraidhoo After you've touched down on Day 1, transfer to your guesthouse on Hulhumale Island and get settled in. If you've got time to spare, opt for a walking tour to the island of Vilimale, the 'quieter side' of the capital. On Day 2, enjoy a tour of Malé and pass by the fish market, the President's Palace and the Sultan Park. That afternoon, catch the ferry to Guraidhoo and enjoy a meal with a local family on arrival. (B, D)

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Guraidhoo After you've fuelled up on breakfast, you'll head out to some nearby coral reefs for a spell of snorkelling. The Maldives is famous for its prolific marine life, and chances are you'll spot plenty of it on this trip. Keep your eyes peeled for turtles, rays and reef sharks. Enjoy a free afternoon on Guraidhoo, then tuck into a tasty barbecue on the beach that evening. On Day 4, enjoy a morning to do as you please, then during the afternoon, enjoy an island life tour to learn all about the local way of life. Visit the mosque, sample a tasty 'hedhika' snack and watch the locals play the 'bodu beru' drum at dinner. (2B, 2D)

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Maafushi / Malé After a hearty breakfast, set sail for the island of Maafushi, situated just north of Guraidhoo. After you've settled in, head out on another snorkelling trip, stopping for a picnic lunch on a remote sandbar. On the way back to the island, keep a look out for dolphins! With so much to do on Maafushi, the next couple of days are for you to do as you please. Chill out on the beach, get involved with some watersports or opt to go scuba diving. Head back to Malé on Day 8, where your tour ends on arrival. (4B, L, D)

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inclusions Trip Style: Independent Tour Accommodation: Twin-share room in guesthouses (7 nts) Transport: 3 ferry transfers and return transfers from/to Malé Airport Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners Includes: Guided snorkelling day trip, island life tour, dolphin cruise and sandbar day tour Tour Code: BEMLEIHA

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THE DUKE'S DIWAN

Like Petra, but fun-sized. Thought to be a suburb of Petra itself, this site is no less fascinating. Go to see the 2,000-year-old fresco.

Where do you find the world's best burger? According to TIME magazine, Cairo's very own Lucille's restaurant.

Senusret II was clearly on a budget when he built his pyramid in Al Lahoun using mud brick. It's not pretty, but it is thrifty.

Madaba's Mosaic Map of the Holy Land is not only the world's oldest, but also the prettiest. Find it in the Church of St. George.

Amman's oldest residence has an open door policy! Come face to face with artists, informal concerts and a friendly caretaker.

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EGYPT & JORDAN ADVENTURE 15 DAYS, Cairo

$2,199

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Amman Small Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADPJA

inclusions River Nile

highlights

• See the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx • Home-cooked meal at a Nubian village • Cruise the Nile on a traditional felucca

• Camp under the stars with Bedouin hosts • Visit the remarkable stone city of Petra • Snorkel in the Red Sea

Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), desert camping (1 nt), sleeper trains (1 nt), felucca (1 nt) Transport: Air con van, train, felucca, plane, donkey, 4WD Meals: 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $330-430 for meals not included

My Own Room Available: Fr $489

01-02

Cairo Arrive at any time into Egypt's capital on Day 1. Next day, soak up the splendour of the ancient Pyramids of Giza and grab a selfie at the iconic Sphinx before boarding a sleeper train to Aswan. (B, D)

03-05

Aswan / Nile River Explore Aswan this morning and choose to browse the souks or go for a wander along the River Nile. During the afternoon, board a felucca boat to Elephantine Island for a visit to a Nubian village. Sample the local customs then tuck into a tasty dinner with the villagers and opt to visit the temples of Abu Simbel. On Day 5, board a traditional felucca for an overnight sailing trip down the Nile. (3B, L, 2D)

06-08

Luxor / Amman Enjoy a guided visit to Kom Ombo and the Karnak Temple complexes before driving to Luxor. The next day, hop on a donkey and visit the Colossi of Memnon, the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut. Visit the Luxor Museum in your free time, then lunch with a local family on the Nile's west bank. On Day 8, fly to Amman, Jordan. With free time to spend in the city on your arrival, why not explore the city's Roman heritage? Among the ruins you'll find the Roman Theatre, where local bedouins are dressed as soldiers while playing drums and... bagpipes?! It's quite the show. (3B, L)

09-10

Amman / Wadi Musá This morning, go on a guided visit to the ancient Roman town of Jerash, around 50km north of capital Amman. The well-preserved ruins will give you more than a little idea of how it looked under emperor rule. Later, pay a visit to the Dead Sea whose salty banks lie more than 400m below sea level. On Day 10, it's a full day with guided visits to the Madaba mosaics, Mt. Nebo and Karak's crusader castle. (2B)

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Petra / Wadi Musá / Wadi Rum Today, you'll get to see Jordan's most precious site. Petra's architecture, carved out of the red stone, is one of the world's most unique. For amazing views of the lost city (that you won't have to share with crowds, camels and donkeys), hike up to the Monastery (insider tip right there). On Day 12, set your sights on the desert wilderness of Wadi Rum. Explore on a day excursion by 4WD and spend the night at a traditional Bedouin camp, complete with dinner and drumming. (2B, D)

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Aqaba / Amman Head towards the red sea, with options including snorkelling and relaxing boat trip. Return to Amman the following day and spend some free time in the city before the tour comes to an end on Day 15. (3B)

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NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

These two neighbours are a backpacker's dream. Seriously, there's so much to see! With seven days in Egypt under your belt, cross over to Jordan and walk the path less travelled to Petra and the (ironically) healing Dead Sea.


EGYPT ON A SHOESTRING 8 DAYS, Cairo

$749

FR

Cairo Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Sleep on a traditional felucca • Stroll through local villages • Explore ancient temples

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06-08

Luxor / Cairo Step off the felucca and visit the Kom Ombo temple. In Luxor, take a horse and carriage ride, check out the local bazaar or visit the Mummification museum. Return to Cairo on an overnight train, where the tour ends on Day 8. (3B, D)

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River Nile / Felucca Time to sail the mighty Nile! At 6,853km, it's widely-regarded as the longest river in the world and flows through 11 countries, primarily Egypt and Sudan. Board a traditional felucca for a day out on the water and a night under the stars. (B, L, D)

inclusions Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (4 nts), overnight train (2 nts), felucca (1 nt) Transport: Private air con van, train, felucca Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $110-145 for meals not included Group Leader: Certified Egyptologist as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADPGE

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Aswan Take things down a notch in Aswan, right on the banks of the Nile. In the evening, head over to Elephantine Island for a walk around a local village and eat a traditional dinner at a local home. On Day 4, opt to visit the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel. (2B, D)

Khan el-Khalili bazaar, Cairo

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Cairo Arrive at any time on Day 1. The following day, go on a guided tour of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, then take a guided tour through the narrow alleys of the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, taking time to hit a shisha café along the way. Later, take an overnight train to Aswan. (B, D)

$999

FR

Cairo Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Grab a pic at the Sphinx • Learn about Egyptian history • Savour a home-cooked meal

• Wander around Abu Simbel • Stay on a traditional felucca • Explore Valley of the Kings

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Best of Egypt, Jordan & Israel (GADPCT) 22 Days, Fr $5,999

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Aswan

My Own Room Available: Fr $339

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Luxor

Cairo Fly back to Cairo that morning, where your trip ends on arrival. (B)

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Luxor Back on dry land, head to the well-preserved temples of Karnak and Kom Ombo. Arrive at Luxor and spend the rest of the day as you please. The next day, travel to the Valley of the Kings, the Colossi of Memnon and the Temple of Hatshepsut. Grab lunch with a local family on the Nile's West Bank. (2B, L)

inclusions Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), felucca (1 nt) Transport: Private air con van, train, felucca, plane Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150-195 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADPBE

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Aswan / River Nile After a free morning exploring this distinctly African city, board a felucca and cruise over to a Nubian village for a home-cooked dinner. On Day 4, opt to visit the temples of Abu Simbel or take it easy as you wander the city. The next morning, return to your felucca and spend a day and night floating down the Nile, taking in the scenery. (3B, L, 2D)

Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza

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01-02

Cairo Arrive at any time on Day 1 and meet the rest of your group. The next morning, head over to the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, Egypt's two most famous landmarks, and get snap-happy! Enjoy a guided tour of the vast Egyptian Museum before jumping on an overnight sleeper train (two-berth cabin) to Aswan. (B, D)

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NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

• Explore Cairo's iconic sites • Barter in a maze of bazaars • Chill on the banks of the Nile


EGYPT AND THE NILE 8 DAYS, Cairo

$1,319

FR

Cairo Exclusively for 18-35s

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Departures 2018/19 Mar

• Sail on a traditional felucca boat • Cruise comfortably down the Nile • Chill out at the beach in Hurghada

Feb

highlights

• Explore the Cairo markets • Grab selfies at the Sphinx and Pyramids • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Jan

River Nile

Accommodation: hotels (3 nts), cruise boat (3 nts), twin-berth sleep couchette train (1 nt) Transport: Coach, train, cruise boat, arrival transfers Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners

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Cairo Cairo is one of the world's largest cities, so there's plenty to see on your arrival on Day 1. Wander through vibrant markets, take in the views from the 187m-high Cairo Tower, or kick back and relax with a drink by the River Nile. This evening, meet up with your group and your Trip Manager.

02

Cairo / Aswan Start the day with a guided tour of the treasures of ancient Egypt. First up is the Egyptian Museum. Otherwise known as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, it is home to actual royal mummies and the exquisite jewels that were raided from their tombs. Next up, feast your eyes on the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza - the lone survivors of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World and stars of UNESCO's World Heritage list. Later that evening, catch an overnight train south to Aswan. (B, D)

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Aswan Nile Cruise Pull into Egypt's ancient southern frontier town, Aswan. Enjoy its laid-back atmosphere, explore the colourful markets or take a walk along the Nile. Opt to take a tour of the city to see the Unfinished Obelisk - weighing in at a whopping 1,168 tonnes - before jumping aboard a traditional felucca for your first day cruising down the Nile. In the afternoon, listen to traditional Nubian music, shop in a riverside souk or tuck into some freshly-caught fish. Overnight on a luxury cruise boat. (B, L, D)

04-05

Aswan / Edfu / Luxor Kick off Day 4 with an optional visit to the temples of Abu Simbel, the most complete example of ancient Egyptian architecture. In the afternoon, it's back on the water to continue your cruise down the Nile and head past the Arabian Desert. Stop at the unique riverside temple at Kom Ombo en route to friendly Edfu, and make use of your on-board pool. The next day, wander through the city to the magnificent Temple of Horus the Avenger, then jump back on the boat and head to Luxor. On arrival, make your way through the regal Avenue of Sphinxes. (2B, 2L, 2D)

06-08

Luxor / Hurghada / Cairo Get out and about in what is often called the world's greatest open-air museum, and visit the imposing Colossus of Memnon and the beautiful Temples of Hatshepsut and Karnak. All cultured out? Fear not! Your next stop is the city of Hurghada, set right by the azure waters of the Red Sea. Chill out at the beach and get the rounds in tonight at the city's bars and clubs. Head back to Cairo on Day 7, then enjoy one last night with your group before your trip comes to a close after breakfast on Day 8. (3B, D)

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Discover treasures old and new on this short and sharp Egyptian adventure. From the Pyramids of Giza to the ancient temples of Edfu and Luxor, not to mention cruising down the Nile for three days aboard a comfy ship, this nifty trip has got it all covered!


HIGHLIGHTS OF JORDAN 8 DAYS, Amman

$999

FR

Amman Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Stay at a Bedouin camp • Head deep into the desert • Dip in Aqaba's crystal waters

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Karak Petra

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Wadi Rum

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Jordan & Israel Adventure (GADJNT) 15 Days, Fr $3,099

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Aqaba / Amman Enjoy free time in the Red Sea resort of Aqaba. Enjoy the beach, dine on fresh fish and take part in an optional snorkelling excursion. The water's warm, crystal-clear and full of coral! Head back to Amman on Day 7 and explore the city before the tour ends the following day. (3B)

Jerash

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), desert camp (1 nt) Transport: Private van, 4WD Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $220-290 for meals Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADWHJ

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Wadi Rum / Deseih Desert Head out on a 4WD excursion during the day and enjoy the stunning desert scenery en route to your Bedouin camp. Learn about their local customs, tuck in to a traditional dinner and overnight under the desert sky. (B, D)

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03-04

Mt. Nebo / Madaba / Karak / Petra Start making your way to Petra, and take in expansive views from the summit of Mt. Nebo. Stop at the mosaic maps of Madaba, explore the crusader castle at Karak and arrive to your hotel near Petra in the early evening. On Day 4, spend a full day exploring the Middle East's most magnificent architectural masterpiece, the Rose City of Petra. (2B)

Wadi Rum

Jan

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Amman / Jerash / Dead Sea Arrive into Jordan's capital and make the most of a free day. The next morning, set off for the ancient Roman town of Jerash then continue on to the Dead Sea. This is the saltiest body of water in the world, so it's almost impossible to sink! Return to Amman for the evening. (B)

JORDAN MULTISPORT 8 DAYS, Amman

$1,399

FR

Amman Small Group Adventure

highlights

• See Ajloun's natural beauty • Hike beyond the tourist trail • Trek and abseil Wadi Mujib

• Float on the Dead Sea • Admire impressive Petra • Overnight in a Bedouin Camp

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Dana Biosphere Reserve

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Dead Sea

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts), tented camp (1 nt), cabin/bungalow (1 nt) Transport: Private van, 4WD Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $160-210 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADJJA

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Petra / Wadi Rum / Amman Return to Petra today before heading to Wadi Rum in the heart of Jordan's desert landscape. Continue by 4WD to a Bedouin camp where you'll spend a night under the stars. On Day 7, opt for a trek in the desert before heading back to Amman for the evening. The tour ends the following morning. (3B, D)

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Dana Biosphere Reserve / Petra Take a guided hike through the Dana Biosphere Reserve, Jordan's largest nature reserve. Keep an eye out for animals such as the caracal (wild cat) and the rare Nubian ibex (a desert goat with giant horns). Transfer to Petra that evening ahead of tomorrow's hike. Start with a visit to Al Beidha, also known as Little Petra, before a short trek through gorges and canyons to Petra itself. Your first glimpse of the rose rock city will come after walking through the dramatic Siq gorge, which leads to the famous Treasury building. (2B, L)

Siq, Petra

Feb

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Amman / Ajloun / Wadi Mujib / Red Sea Called Philadelphia until the 6th century, capital Amman is where it all begins! Arrive on Day 1 and meet your group this evening. The next day, head north to the Ajloun Nature Reserve for your first activity: hill trekking. The next day, hike, abseil and climb through Wadi Mujib on a canyoning trip before transferring to the Dead Sea for some salty floating. (2B, L, 2D)

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NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

• Drift along in the Dead Sea • Soak up Amman's culture • A full day to explore Petra


PETRA AND THE BEACHES Amman

Amman

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INCREDIBLE JORDAN

6 DAYS

Amman

highlights

• Half-day tour of Petra • Explore the sights of Aqada

Dead Sea

• 4WD ride in Wadi Rum • Chill out by the Red Sea

Experience a real taste of Jordanian life on this non-stop six-day tour. After your arrival into Amman on Day 1, head off to the ancient Rose City of Petra; a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a half-day city tour of temples (complete with horseback ride), it's time to amp up the adrenalin with a 4WD ride in Wadi Rum on Day 3. Take it down a notch in Aqaba and relax for two days by the Red Sea. Head back to Amman on Day 6 after breakfast. Departs: Daily Accommodation: 3-4* hotel (5 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts Group Leader: Local guide at Petra, English-speaking escort throughout Group Size: Min 2 Includes: Return transfers, horseback ride, entry fees Tour Code: AMMPTB

$499

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Amman

4 DAYS

highlights

• Learn about Bedouin culture • Enjoy a Dead Sea mud wrap

• Explore ancient Petra • Wadi Rum desert safari

Tick off the treasures of ancient Jordan and its Bedouin culture on this four-day tour. Check out the Church of St. George, scenic Shobak Castle, Mt Nebo - Moses' alleged burial place - and unwind with a mud wrap in the Dead Sea. On Day 3, enjoy a tour of Petra's temples and ruins, a short horseback riding and a two-hour 4WD desert tour to Wadi Rum. Return to Amman on Day 4. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Standard hotel on twin-share basis (optional upgrade available) (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Transport: Car/minivan, 4WD Includes: Return airport transfers, entry fees, Jordan maps, half-day guided Petra tour, horseriding (approx. 300m), 4WD tour Tour Code: AMMICP

JORDAN DISCOVERY 8 DAYS, Amman

$1,240

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Amman Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore iconic sites in Petra • 4WD ride in Wadi Rum • Bed down in a Bedouin camp

• Tour ancient Jerash • Experience bustling Amman • Float in the Dead Sea

DAY ITINERARY

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Jerash

Amman

Dead Sea

Accommodation: Shared rooms in 3* or 4* hotels (6 nts) Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner Includes: Excursions as per itinerary, return transfers from/to Amman Airport, 4WD jeep tour in Wadi Rum, all transport, English-speaking tour guide Note: Entry fees to sights and museums and tips not included Tour Code: BEAMMDI7

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Little Petra / Wadi Rum / Amman This morning, visit the site of Little Petra, a suburb of the main city. Next, head to the nearby desert of Wadi Rum. Enjoy a jeep safari across the sand and end up at a Bedouin camp, located against the cliffs of the Wadi Rum reserve. Overnight here and enjoy a night of traditional food, tea and entertainment. Start the drive back to Amman on Day 7 and opt to take a city tour of the city. Your tour comes to an end the following morning with an included transfer to the airport. (3B, D)

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Petra Today's drive will be along the scenic King's Highway to Petra. Stop in Madaba on the way to see the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land at the Church of St. George. Arrive in Petra tonight and get ready for a full day of exploring tomorrow! Day 5, enjoy a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site before having some time of your own. Take a walk up a narrow gorge to see the Monastery, Petra's largest monument, then climb up further to reach the High Place of Sacrifice and Lion Fountain. Overnight in Petra. (2B)

Jerash

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Amman / Pella / Umm Qais / Jerash / Dead Sea / Amman Get picked up from the airport and transferred to your accommodation for check-in. The sightseeing begins on Day 2 with a day trip to the Graeco-Roman ruins at Pella and Umm Quais. Return to Amman for the night and get up early for your second day trip the next morning. Hit the road to nearby Jerash, one of the best-preserved sites of Roman architecture outside of Italy, then continue to the Dead Sea for a therapeutic floating session! Return to Amman for the night. (2B)

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Not only the lowest point on Earth, but also so salty that it makes for possibly its best floating spot! Bring a book, and relaaaax.

And so does Tel Aviv! It has over 100 sushi restaurants - which is the most per capita in the world after Tokyo and New York City.

The Rosh HaNikra Grottoes are serviced by the world's steepest cable car, making their clear blue waters accessible to everyone.

Pilgrims started getting tattoos back in the 6th century. In Jerusalem they go to Razzouk Ink, who's been there since 1300!

One of the Middle East's youngest and funkiest cities, Tel Aviv was also named the region's gay capital by Out Magazine.

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ISRAEL EXPLORER 8 DAYS, Jerusalem

$2,099

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Tel Aviv Small Group Adventure

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Jaffa, Tel Aviv

highlights

• Discover trendy and cosmopolitan Tel Aviv • Enjoy lunch with a local Druze family • Visit the Old Port in Jaffa

• Stay the night in a traditional kibbutz • Float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea • Discover two biblical towns

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Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), Bedouin camp (1 nt) Transport: Private van Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $205-270 for meals not included

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Bethlehem / Negev Desert Although it's home to some of Israel's holiest sites, Bethlehem is a hub of activity. After a short walk around, head south to the West Bank and visit the Palestinian refugee camp of Duhaishe. Next up is the Negev Desert. Explore one of the natural craters found in the region, then meet the local residents and start learning about Bedouin culture. Tonight's shelter is a Bedouin-style camp, with a local dinner included followed by a night under the stars. (B, D)

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Masada / Dead Sea This morning, make your way to southern Israel's Judean Desert and head to Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The famous rock fortress contains some impressive ruins, including those of Herod's palace, as well as a Roman-style bathhouse with mosaic floors. Later in the day, cross the plateau and travel towards the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Grab a book, a GoPro, or nothing at all and experience complete weightlessness as you float around the lowest point on Earth. (B)

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Golan Heights / Sea of Galilee / Nazareth First up on Day 5 is a trip to Golan Heights for fantastic views stretching all the way to Lebanon. In the afternoon, make your way to the Sea of Galilee before you continue on to Lavi. Here, you'll spend the night on an authentic kibbutz, a community farm. The following day, travel to Nazareth for a unique visit to a Druze village and enjoy lunch with a local family. (2B, L)

07-08

Akko / Jaffa / Tel Aviv En route to Tel Aviv, stop by Akko to visit the Old Markets, Aljazar Mosque and the unique underground crusader castle before continuing to historic Jaffa. Finish the day with a driving tour of Israel's vibrant beach resort, Tel Aviv. Possibly the coolest city in the Middle East, Tel Aviv is a haven for hipsters who are well catered for, from the street art of the Florentin neighbourhood, the live music of Jaffa Port and the beard trimmers and barbers of Dizengoff Street. The tour ends on Day 8. (2B)

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Jerusalem Your trip starts off in one of the world's most important pilgrimage destinations. Jerusalem is a historic heavyweight, full of sacred buildings and relics and scented with everything from church incense to spice souks. Have a wander around after you arrive to soak up the atmosphere, then meet your group this evening. On Day 2, visit the Western Wall and the Holy Sepulchre Church, believed to be the location of Jesus' tomb, and enjoy a guided visit of the Muslim and Jewish quarters of Old Jerusalem. (B)

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Perched at the crossroads of Middle East history for centuries, Israel is the spiritual home for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. This trip is a must-do for anyone looking to understand this dynamic and multi-faceted country, encompassing everything from biblical sites to Bedouin culture. It also affords a glimpse of daily life in a refugee camp.


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Barely an hour apart from each other, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem couldn't be more different. Capital Jerusalem, one of the world's oldest cities, is soaked with history and sees millions of Jewish, Muslim and Christian pilgrimages every year. Tel Aviv, on the other hand, is Israel's hostess with the mostest. Young, lively and hipster-friendly, you'll find a varied underground nightlife, colourful street art and eclectic second-hand shops.

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ABRAHAM HOSTEL, TEL AVIV

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Location: A short walk from the beach and close to popular bars and neighbourhoods.

Location: Set in the trendy White City neighbourhood, six minutes from the beach.

Location: Just 50m away from Rothschild Boulevard, walking distance from Old Jaffa.

Vibe: Boutique hotel decorated with historical and Biblical art.

Vibe: Colourful, industrial and stylish. Decorated by five Israeli artists.

Vibe: Casual backpackers with a melting pot of cultures, travellers and locals.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Rooftop restaurant • 12pm check-out • 20-minute walk from Old Jaffa

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Internet access • Rooftop terrace • Dry sauna • Free parking nearby

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Lockers • Bar • Shared kitchen • Lounge • Sun terrace

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ABRAHAM HOSTEL, JERUSALEM

$28 $56

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NAZARETH, TIBERIAS AND SEA OF GALILEE

$125

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JERUSALEM AND BETHLEHEM

$107

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FULL DAY

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Location: City centre on Davidka Square, just 350m from Mahne Yehuda Market. Vibe: Wallet-friendly digs with large communal areas, ideal for social butterflies. Highlights: Mixed and single-sex dorms • Private rooms • Lockers • Bar • Shared kitchen • Lounge • Sun terrace

This day trip from Tel Aviv takes you to the New Testament's most important sites. In Christ's childhood home of Nazareth, visit the Churches of Annunciation and St. Joseph. Next up, head to Capernum - the site of the feeding of the 5,000 - as well as Tiberias and the Jordan River, important stops on Jewish and Christian pilgrimages. VINZR1

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For Christians, Muslims and Jews alike, the holy lands of Jerusalem and Bethlehem are the spiritual centres of the world. On this guided full-day tour, discover a whole host of iconic sites, including the Dome of the Rock, where it's said heaven meets earth, as well as the Garden of Gethsemane, the Western Wall and the Nativity site. VIJRS1


$305

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3 DAYS

An in-depth introduction to one of the world's most interesting and problematic locations, the Israeli-occupied land of Palestine. Three day trips over three days will take you to the region's most important sites. Visit the area's notable cities and towns, including Bethlehem and Ramallah, visit a Palestinian refugee camp, and enjoy two guides - a Jewish settler and a Palestinian resident - as you discover the turbulent history of the city of Hebron. Departs: Mon, Sat and Sun (from Jerusalem) Accommodation: Abraham Hostel Jerusalem (2 nts) Meals: 1 lunch Includes: All transport, Best of the West Bank tour, Nablus and Jenin tour, bilingual Hebron tour Tour Code: JRSWST

PETRA TOUR FROM TEL AVIV

$415

FR

2 DAYS

Head over the border from Israel to neighbouring Jordan, and feast your eyes on one of the new seven wonders of the world. After a guided tour of Jerash and capital Amman en route, arrive at Petra and enjoy dinner at your traditional overnight Bedouin campsite. Wake up on Day 2 and spend the morning exploring the so-called Rose City, carved entirely from the rock, and start your journey back to Tel Aviv mid-afternoon. Departs: Mon, Wed and Sun (from Tel Aviv) Accommodation: Bedouin camp (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Includes: Guide, transport, entry fees Note: Border taxes of approx. USD $101 payable on arrival Tour Code: TLVPET

JERUSALEM & DEAD SEA 3 DAYS, Jerusalem

$186

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Jerusalem

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• Four-hour tour of Jerusalem • Church of the Holy Sepulchre visit • Views from the Mount of Olives

Dead Sea, Israel

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Abraham Hostel Jerusalem (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts Includes: Guide, all listed activities Tour Code: JRSDED

• Head into the Judean Desert • Take a dip in the Dead Sea • Ein Gedi nature reserve hike

This three-day tour of the Holy Land will give you incredible access to the history and importance of Jerusalem and the Dead Sea region. On top of staying in one of the city's coolest hostels, this package also comes with three day tours. On the Holy City Tour, visit all four quarters of the Old City and stop by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall, the stations of the cross and Temple Mount. On the Mount of Olives guided tour, you'll go to the historic mount synonymous with several events in the life of Jesus. It's also been a Jewish cemetery for over 3,000 years and is thought to hold around 30,000 graves. Lastly, the unique Masada, Ein Gedi and Dead Sea tour takes you out of the city and into the Judean Desert. Visit the ancient Masada Fortress, hike the Ein Gedi nature reserve and float in the Dead Sea.

COASTAL & NORTHERN ISRAEL 5 DAYS, Jerusalem/Tel Aviv

$355

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Jerusalem/Tel Aviv

• Tour around an Israeli kibbutz • Explore the town of Nazareth • Visit the ruins of Caesarea

Port of Jaffa, Tel Aviv

inclusions

Departs: Sundays (from Abraham Hostel Jerusalem or Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv) Accommodation: Fauzi Azar Inn Nazareth (3 nts), Juha Guesthouse (1 nt) Meals: 4 breakfasts Includes: Guide, all listed activities Tour Code: JRSISR

highlights

• Wine tasting in a Druze village • Drive to the caves of Rosh Hanikra • Hike in the Banias Reserve

Starting in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, this five-day trip is a greatest hits tour of northern Israel. Your first stop is the coastal village of Jisr Az-Zarqa. Tour the Maagan Michael kibbutz and tuck in to a local dinner. Next up on Day 2, stop by the ancient ruins of Caesarea - a well-preserved Roman city - en route to Nazareth. Check in to your hotel and head out to explore the city's vibrant marketplaces. The next day, head to the Sea of Galilee and to Capernaum, the childhood home of Christ, then drive to the Mount of Beatitudes, best known as the setting for his Sermon on the Mount. Later, go for a hike in Banias Reserve National Park before settling down in a Druze village for an Arab-style lunch and some wine tasting. On Day 4, spend the day in Haifa, Acre and Rosh Hanikra before returning to your starting point on Day 5.

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Casablanca

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Marrakech High Atlas Mountains Sahara Desert

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First built as a Jewish refugee camp, this powder blue medina is now the go-to place for a taste of the high life.

A stunning desert in between Merzouga and the Algerian border. Spend a night under the night among the sand dunes.

Introduced to the country by the Brits in 1854, tea has now become Morocco's national drink. Try a cup of ThĂŠ Ă la Menthe.

But not with the heart. In Morocco, the traditional symbol of love is actually a liver. Rhymes with quiver, shiver, sliver... good luck.

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MOROCCO KASBAHS & DESERT 8 DAYS, Casablanca

$899

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Marrakech Small Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), driver, local guides Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADCKD

inclusions Souk, Marrakech

highlights

• Guided visit to the Marrakech medina • Walk through village around Todra Gorge • A camel ride through the Sahara Desert

• Overnight at a desert Bedouin camp • UNESCO-listed Aït Benhaddou kasbah • Cook up storm with a tajine cooking class

My Own Room Available: Fr $429

Departures 2018

DAY ITINERARY 01

Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), tented desert camp multi-share (1 nt) Transport: Air con van, camels Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $220-290 for meals not included

Casablanca Arrive in Casablanca at any time and get out and explore. This city is Morocco at its most modern, popular with young people and businesses alike. It also has a certain European air about it, a stark contrast to the rest of the country's larger cities. Before you meet your group this evening, head out to the medina, the beachfront or visit the spectacular Hassan II Mosque.

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Volubilis / Fes After a free morning, visit a partner-supported lunch programme that provides vocational training to rural Moroccan women, so they can look after their families. Meet some of the women and tuck into a home-cooked Moroccan meal. You may even learn a few Arabic words. With your food baby safely stowed, continue on to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, where you'll have a guided tour. Peer into old bathhouses, marvel at mosaic floors then continue on the road to Fes. This is an intense city, but its cultural and historical prowess will soon win you over. On Day 3, take a guided walk through the vast Medina of Fes. It's the world's largest car-free urban area, so you'll see donkeys carting goods up and down the alleys like they've done for centuries. Later, take in the view from an ancient tannery. (2B, L)

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Merzouga / Sahara Desert Today will take you across the Middle Atlas Mountains to the edge of the Sahara. For the full desert experience, jump on your camel and start making your way across the sand towards your camp for the night. Set in among the dunes, your Bedouin camp will give you an authentic taste of the region's nomadic culture. Enjoy a traditional dinner and listen to stories about life in this region. (B, D)

05-06

Todra Gorge / Aït Benhaddou Leave the sea of sand dunes behind and visit the stunning Todra Gorge and the Route of 1,000 Kasbahs. Walk through local village farmlands and explore the area around the gorge. End up at the fascinating sight of Aït Benhaddou on Day 6, one of the best-preserved kasbahs in the world. Lose yourself in the UNESCO World Heritage Site's narrow winding passageways and opt to participate in a tagine cooking class for an intro to Moroccan cuisine. (2B)

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Marrakech Make your way through the High Atlas Mountains and set your sight on Marrakech. On arrival, take a guided tour of the famous medina - try not to get overwhelmed! Full of spices, carpets and crafts, there's a lot going on. Afterwards, opt to visit the Djemaa el-Fna Square to watch local musicians and magicians, and indulge yourself in a feast at the famous food stalls. Depart at any time on Day 8. (2B)

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A fast-paced tour, perfect for anyone who wants to see as many of Morocco's must-sees as possible in a short period of time. On top of the classic visits to Fes, Marrakech and the Todra Gorge, you'll also get a feeling for local culture with a night at a Bedouin camp.


HIGHLIGHTS OF MOROCCO 15 DAYS, Casablanca

$1,499

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Marrakech Small Group Adventure

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A perennially popular trip, covering a wealth of Moroccan highlights to show you the very best of this North African gem. Soak up the sights and sounds of atmospheric medinas and discover deserts, beaches, mountains and kasbahs. And after two weeks of exploring, relax with a couple of days in the hippie hangout of Essaouira. Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), driver Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADCMH

inclusions Aït Benhaddou, Morocco

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• Tour the beautiful imperial city of Meknes • Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis • Traverse the desert dunes by camel

• Get lost in a medieval medina • Hike mountain trails in the High Atlas • Stroll along the beaches of Essaouira

Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), multi-share gîte (1 nt), multi-share tented desert camp (1 nt) Transport: Air con van, camel Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $390-510 for meals not included

My Own Room Available: Fr $389

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Marrakech The last few days of your Moroccan adventure are spent in Marrakech. Get your bearings in the medina on a guided tour with a certified city guide. Head to the heart of the city, Djemaa el-Fna Square to see the gathering of musicians and street performers, or go hunting for spices, slippers or anything else that takes your fancy in the surrounding souks. Depart at any time on Day 15. (3B)

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High Atlas Mountains / Essaouira Approach the towering High Atlas Mountains landscape passing small villages on winding mountain roads before arriving at Toubkal National Park. Take a short hike around the village of Aroumd, then head to a simple mountain gîte (Berber guesthouse) and tuck in to a tasty local dinner. Day 11, head to the Atlantic beaches of Essaouira, known as something of a hippie hangout! Spend free time exploring the old Portuguese port and medina before enjoying local seafood and strolling the sandy beach. (3B, D)

Jul

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Todra Gorge / Aït Benhaddou Travel to the Todra Gorge to explore village farmlands and indulge in local Berber cuisine. Continue along the Route of 1,000 Kasbahs to Aït Benhaddou, the trip's second UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take an optional tagine cooking class to learn how to prepare one of Morocco's most famous dishes. (2B)

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Merzouga / Sahara Desert Journey to the world's third-largest desert, the Sahara, on Day 6 and arrive into the small village of Merzouga. After breakfast on Day 7, opt to explore the sand dunes by foot or 4WD, then hop aboard your ride for the day - a camel - into the desert. Camp out on the Saharan sands in a traditional Bedouin tent, try tasty local food and listen to traditional stories and tunes. (2B, 2D)

May

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Volubilis / Fes Enjoy a traditional lunch before taking a guided tour of the imperial city of Meknes and the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. Continue on to Fes, home to the world's largest living medieval medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the medina with a local guide and visit the city's tanneries. (2B, L)

Feb

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Casablanca / Tangier / Chefchaouen Arrive at any time, explore the medina and pay a visit to the spectacular Hassan II Mosque. The next day, stop in Tangier for a guided tour of the medina and kasbah before continuing on to the blue city of Chefchaouen for the evening. Opt for a hike in the Rif Mountains, take a traditional hammam or visit a local weavers' cooperative. (2B)

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MOROCCAN DESERT ADVENTURE 8 DAYS, Marrakech

$799

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Marrakech Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• A day at the Todra Gorge • Learn about local way of life • Free time in Essaouira

DAY ITINERARY Marrakech Arrive any time in Marrakech and explore the technicoloured city.

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MOROCCO: SAHARA & BEYOND 15 DAYS, Casablanca

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Marrakech Return to your starting point in Marrakech. The tour ends on your arrival this afternoon, and you're free to leave at any time. (B)

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Essaouira

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Essaouira Spend the next two days in the Portuguese port town of Essaouira. Soak up the laid-back coastal vibes, enjoy seafood dinners or head up to the ramparts of the Old City and look out to sea. (2B)

M O RO CCO

Marrakech

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), multi-share tented desert camp (1 nt) Transport: Air con van, public bus, camel Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $190-250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADCMD

Apr

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Aït Benhaddou Travel the Route of 1,000 Kasbahs passing through Ouarzazate (where 'Gladiator' and 'Lawrence of Arabia' were filmed) before reaching Aït Benhaddou. Take a guided Kasbah tour and opt for a Moroccan-themed cooking class to learn about the country's cuisine. (B)

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Todra Gorge Rise early for sunrise then travel through small local village farmlands on the way to the dramatic Todra Gorge. This serene spot is great for hiking, relaxing by the river and sampling Berber delicacies. (B)

Sahara Desert

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02-03

Nkob / Merzouga Go west into the desert and spend the next two days on camelback meandering through orange sand dunes. See the spectacular Saghrou Mountains, sleep under the stars in a traditional Bedouin camp and enjoy Berber hospitality around a cosy campfire. (2B, D)

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01

$2,899

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Marrakech

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• Tour the ruins of Volubilis • Islamic calligraphy class • Master Moroccan cooking

• Head into the Sahara Desert • Hit the beach in Essaouira • Visit Aït Benhaddou kasbah

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Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp

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Aït Ben Haddou Tafraout

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Essaouira

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Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts), comfortable desert camp (1 nt) Transport: Private air con minivan, 4WD Meals: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $380-495 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADCBNG

Nov

12-15

Essaouira / Marrakech Leave the Atlas Mountains behind as you make for the Atlantic coastal town of Essaouira. Chill out for the next couple of days, eat a whole lot of fish and maybe visit a traditional hammam (yes you DO deserve it). Enjoy one last day in Marrakech, then depart on Day 15. (4B, L)

Meknès

Casablanca

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06-11

Aït Benhaddou / Erg Chigaga / Zagora / Taroudant / Tafraout On Day 6, head to the UNESCO-listed Aït Benhaddou. The next day, travel through the Draa Valley to Zagora on the edges of the Sahara, stopping en route at a library of ancient Islamic texts. Ride off into the desert by 4WD and set up a camp by the dunes of Erg Chigaga. Return to Zagora on Day 8, then travel to the carpet towns of Tazenakht and Taliouine the next morning to visit their famed leather tanneries. After a night in Taroudant, enter the Anti-Atlas region and head to Tafraout. From here, visit Aït Mansour Gorge, the Painted Rocks and a women's cooperative producing handicrafts and argan oil. (6B, 2L, 2D)

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Jan

01-05

Casablanca / Meknes / Volubilis / Fes / Marrakech Arrive at any time on Day 1 and hop into your arrival transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a tasty welcome dinner and meet your fellow travellers on arrival. Next day, embark on a guided tour of the imperial city of Meknes and the Roman ruins of Volubilis before making your way to the medieval city of Fes. On Day 3, step back in time while walking on a guided tour through the UNESCO-listed medina. Pass tanneries and market stalls, then enjoy lunch at a partner-supported cooperative. Take a class on Islamic calligraphy that evening, then it's off to Marrakech for storytellers, acrobats and bargain hunting. While here, enjoy a traditional Moroccan cooking class. (4B, 2L, 2D)

Additional dates available. Please ask for details.

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• Explore the busy souks • Camel ride across the desert • Sleep in a Bedouin camp


MOROCCO ON A SHOESTRING 15 DAYS, Casablanca

$1,329

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Marrakech Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Explore the local souks • Aït Benhaddou visit • Explore Todra Gorge

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CLIMB MT. TOUBKAL 7 DAYS, Marrakech

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Aït Benhaddou

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Essaouira

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Merzouga Todra Gorge

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Marrakech

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M O RO CCO

May

Fes

Casablanca

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (13 nts), tented desert camp multi-share (1 nt) Transport: Private air con van, public bus, camel Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $375-490 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADCMS

Apr

13-15

Essaouira / Marrakech Make your way to the laid-back town of Essaouira on Day 13 and enjoy an orientation walk on arrival. Spend the rest of your time here at leisure, then head back to Marrakech for midday on Day 15. (3B)

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Mar

09-12

Nkob / Merzouga / Todra Gorge / Aït Benhaddou Scan the mountain and desert scenery from the comfort of your private van as you head to the edge of the Sahara Desert. On Day 10, take a camelback ride into the dunes, and spend the night in a traditional Berber camp. On Day 11, travel to Todra Gorge and get an insight into how the locals live, then explore the mountain-set kasbah at Aït Benhaddou. Opt for a traditional cooking class on Day 12. (4B, D)

S PA I N

Feb

05-08

Fes / Marrakech Journey on to Fes, home to the world's oldest medieval medina and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend a couple of days here and visit the ancient tanneries, explore artisan quarters and opt for a traditional dinner in a riad with belly-dancing as your evening entertainment! Head to Marrakech on Day 7 and enjoy two days exploring the lively Djemaa el Fna square and the world-famous souks. (3B)

Jan

01-04

Casablanca / Tangier / Chefchaouen Arrive into Casablanca at any time and get out and explore the city's mosques, parks and port. The next day, follow the coast up to Tangier where you'll be able to enjoy free time wandering through the medina, stopping every once in a while to sip a mint tea. Travel onwards to the blue city of Chefchaouen on Day 3 and enjoy a couple of days here. Opt for a hike in the Rif Mountains or try a traditional hammam. (2B)

$699

FR

Marrakech Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Morocco's highest peak • Soak up magnificent views • Walk in spectacular scenery

• Bed down in mountain gîtes • See Sidi Chamharouch shrine • Sleep under the stars

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Mt. Toubkal

Sep

Jebel Toubkal / Aroumd / Marrakech Trek to the summit of Mt. Toubkal which, at 4,167m or 13,671 ft, is the highest mountain in Northern Africa. Enjoy awe-inspiring views before descending back to camp in Aroumd. On Day 6, descend back via Sidi Chamharouch to reach Imlil and wave farewell to your muleteers before returning to Marrakech to explore the city. Your tour ends after breakfast the following day. (3B, L, D)

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Aroumd

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Imi Oughlad

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Marrakech

May

M O RO CCO

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), mountain gîtes (3 nts), camping (1 nt) Transport: Air con van Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $80-105 for meals not included Group Leader: Certified mountain guide as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADCCT

Apr

03-04

Aroumd / Jebel Toubkal Lace up your boots and get ready for a full day of walking through the villages of the northern slopes and onto the 2,930m (9,613ft) high Tizi 'n Tizikert pass. Gaze over sweeping views of the Tazghart Pass and the 3,800m (12,467ft) high peak of Taddat. Descend back down to the village of Aroumd, and spend the night. On Day 4, ascend the scenic Mizane Valley, passing the shrine of Sidi Chamharouch, before arriving at the Mt. Toubkal Base Camp. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Mt. Toubkal, Morocco

Mar

02

Imi Oughlad / Tizi Oussem It's an early departure onto the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. Meet your mules and muleteers in Imi Oughlad for your trek to the 2,000m (6,562ft) high Tizi 'n Tacht pass. Pass the Azzadene Valley on your way down to the village of Tizi Oussem and settle down for the night in a simple mountain hut, locally known as a gîte. (B, L, D)

Feb

01

Marrakech Arrive into Marrakech at any time and explore the charms of this labyrinth city. Grab a mint tea on a riad's rooftop or wander around the city's frenetic souks before meeting your group this evening.

Jan

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

• Walk through old medinas • Ride a camel into the desert • Camp out in the Sahara


MOROCCO 5 DAYS, Fes

$709

FR

Marrakech Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Explore Bahia Palace • Marrakech guided city tour • Opt to soak in a hammam

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MOROCCO ENCOMPASSED 15 DAYS, Marrakech

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Marrakech

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Fes

Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin or triple-share hotels (4 nts) Transport: Modern air con coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager, driver Group Size: Max 51 Tour Code: COBBMO/ COWWMO

Mar

04-05

Marrakech After yesterday's long drive, today you have a full day to enjoy the vibrant city of Marrakech and to soak up as much of its history and traditions as possible. Start off with a guided tour of the city and a visit to the Bahia Palace, built in the 19th century and intended to be the greatest palace of its time. After you've mastered the streets and the souks, set off on your own to discover the city or find yourself a nice hammam to while away the rest of your afternoon. Tonight you can opt for a Marrakech by night tour. Your trip comes to an end on Day 5, when you're free to leave at any time. (2B)

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Feb

03

Fes / Marrakech Today, make your way south to Marrakech, possibly Morocco's most iconic city. On the way, experience breathtaking views of the Atlas Mountains as you travel across the range, and pass through the green oasis of Ifrane. The biodiversity of Ifrane is unique, and is even home to the threatened Barbary macaque. (B, D)

Jan

01-02

Fes Arrive off the plane, bus or camel and check in to your hotel in Fes, Morocco's medieval centre. The city has an immense historical lineage, so there's plenty to see! Head out to find your bearings before meeting up with the rest of your group this evening. The following day is all about experiencing the city. Enjoy a guided tour of the Royal Palace, wander around the Medina of Fes in search of the co-operative of handmade carpets and opt for a welcome dinner and performance. (B, D)

$1,315

FR

Marrakech

highlights

• Visit Casablanca's mosques • Explore Roman Volubilis • Morocco's 'Grand Canyon'

• Ride a camel in the Sahara • Enjoy Essaouira's beaches • Tuck into traditional tagine

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13-15

Essaouira

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Sahara Desert Aït Benhaddou

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Todra Gorge

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M O RO CCO

Marrakech

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Fes Mildelt

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Rabat

Apr

Casablanca

Chefchaouen

Nov

Essaouira / Marrakech Finish your trip with a bang in Marrakech. Find your bearings on an optional guided tour, then opt to do some exploring on your own. Follow your nose to the nearest souk, embrace the chaos of the medina, or settle down for a tasty Moroccan meal. Depart on Day 15. (3B).

Meknes

Age Group: Any age Accommodation: 3-4* hotels (13 nts), Berber camp (1 nt) Transport: 4WD Land Cruiser or minivan Meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners Local Payment: USD $65 Group Leader: Tour Leader/Driver Group Size: Avg 16, Min 2 Tour Code: BU

Mar

09-12

Sahara Desert / Todra Gorge / Aït Benhaddou / Essaouira Move on to the Todra Gorge, often referred to as Morocco's Grand Canyon. Overnight here, then hit the road towards the kasbah of Aït Benhaddou. After a tour of the famous village ('Lawrence of Arabia' was filmed here), set your sights on the fortified beach town of Essaouira, setting for 'Game of Throne's' Astapor. Wander the fragrant alleyways of the medina or sip a mint tea at sunset along the beach. (4B, L, 2D)

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05-08

Chefchaouen / Fes / Midelt / Sahara Desert Spend a free morning in Chefchaouen and travel on to the ancient city of Fes in the afternoon, the largest medieval city in the world! Soak up the atmosphere in the aromatic medina, and head over the Moyen Atlas to Midelt. On Day 8, journey to Merzouga, mount your camel and trek over dunes to your Berber desert camp. (4B, 2L, 2D)

Jan

01-04

Marrakech / Casablanca / Rabat / Meknes / Chefchaouen Enjoy a traditional dinner in Marrakech before travelling to Casablanca the next morning, where you'll have ample time to explore. The following day, zoom off to the blue city of Chefchaouen - a haven of peace and tranquillity high up in the mountains. There'll be time for a tour of the UNESCO-listed Volubilis ruins en route. (3B, D)

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• Visit two UNESCO sites • Travel the Atlas Mountains • Bargain-hunt in the medinas


(Includes local payment)

MOROCCO EXPRESS 5 DAYS, Marrakech

$655

FR

Marrakech

highlights

• Sleep under the stars • Enjoy a Saharan camel ride • Practice your surf skills

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MOROCCO HIGHLIGHTS 9 DAYS, Marrakech

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Essaouira / Marrakech Make your way to the colourful 15th-century fishing town of Essaouira. Enjoy a free afternoon here to hit the surf (it's notoriously windy!), explore the souks in the medina, better known to some as the set of Astapor in 'Game of Thrones', or wander along the city walls. Head back to Marrakech on Day 5. (2B)

Departures 2018 May

Sahara Desert Essaouira

Apr

Marrakech

Aug

04-05

M O RO CCO

Age Group: Any age Accommodation: 3-4* hotels (3 nts), Berber camp (1 nt) Transport: 4WD Land Cruiser or minivan, airport arrival transfer Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners Local Payment: USD $30 Group Leader: Tour Leader/ Driver Group Size: Max 16, Min 2 Tour Code: BU

Mar

03

Ouarzazate / Marrakech Leave the desert this morning and head back west to Marrakech. Stop for lunch at Ouarzazate, a city south of the High Atlas mountains and often penned as the gateway to the Sahara. Make for the Taourirt Kasbah for views over the surrounding landscape. On arrival in Marrakech, continue exploring the city's attractions at your own pace. Aim to finish up in the city's main square, Djemaa el-Fna. (B)

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Feb

02

High Atlas Mountains / Draa Valley / Berber Camp Begin a scenic drive towards the desert town of Zagora, passing through Draa Valley's lush landscape and making light work of the High Atlas Mountains. On arrival, swap your 4WD for a camel and head into the Sahara Desert for a night at a traditional Berber camp. Enjoy local food, music and an amazing night under the Saharan stars. (B, D)

Sahara Desert

Jan

01

Marrakech Arrive into Morocco at any time and check in to your hotel in Marrakech. Chill out by the pool or venture out to the colourful medinas and souks (surely a must while you're here). Make sure you're back in time for your welcome dinner in the evening. (D)

$1,099

FR

Marrakech

highlights

• See the Oudaia Kasbah • Wander through medinas • Explore the Todra Gorge

• Experience Berber culture • Enjoy a camel trek • Take in Atlas Mountain views

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07-09

Aït Benhaddou / Marrakech Travel to UNESCO-listed Aït Benhaddou. En route, stop at Ouarzazate and opt to visit the film studios where 'Gladiator' was filmed. Tour the ancient Kasbahs and village of Aït Benhaddou then, on Day 8, traverse the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech, where you'll enjoy a guided city tour of its iconic medina. The tour ends on Day 9. (3B, 2D)

Meknes

Age Group: Any age Accommodation: 3-4* hotels (7 nts), Berber camp (1 nt). Single upgrade available Transport: 4WD or minivan, airport arrival transfer Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners Local Payment: USD $55 Group Leader: One or two tour leaders/drivers Group Size: Max 16, Min 2 Tour Code: BU

Mar

05-06

Sahara Desert / Todra Gorge Leave the city behind you as you make for the Sahara Desert, the world's largest subtropical desert. Hop aboard a camel in Merzouga then trek 'Lawrence of Arabia'-style deep into the sand dunes. Overnight at a traditional Berber camp and sample traditional local food, music and an evening of unbeatable stargazing. Leave the desert on Day 6 and make your way to Todra Gorge, also known as Morocco's Grand Canyon. In some areas, the rocks soar up to 160m on either side - it really is spectacular. (2B, L, 2D)

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Feb

01-04

Marrakech / Rabat / Casablanca / Meknes / Volubilis / Fes Check in to your hotel in Marrakech on Day 1 and meet your group in the evening. The next morning, make for capital city Rabat where you'll explore the Oudaia Kasbah and Royal Palace. After an optional visit to Casablanca's famous Hassan II Mosque. Day 3 we head to Meknes, also known as the Versailles of Morocco. Discover the ruins of Volubilis with a local guide, then head to Fes, the world's oldest and largest medieval city. Get your fill of medinas and age-old tanneries on Day 4, and opt to take part in a night of food and entertainment. (3B, 2D)

Jan

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

• Cross High Atlas Mountains • Explore medinas and souks • Dine in Djemaa el-Fna


MARRAKECH A TREAT FOR THE SENSES NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

A melting pot of rich culture, vibrant colours and exotic smells, Marrakech needs no introduction. Henna artists, belly dancers, trinket sellers - you name it and it's here. Lose yourself (quite literally) in the bazaars of Djemaa el-Fna and get haggling to score those bargains. To experience the city at its most medieval – and most pungent – visit the tannery district, where centuries-old methods are still used to treat animal hides.

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RIAD ALADDIN

$97 $49

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

Glampacker

Glampacker

LE CASPIEN

ROOM ONLY

$46 $37

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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LES TROIS PALMIERS

$38 $26

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: In the medina, just a ten-minute walk from Djemaa el-Fna Square.

Location: In the modern part of the city, just over two kilometres from the medina.

Location: A few minutes from the airport and a ten-minute drive from the medina.

Vibe: Every bit as magic carpet-esque as it sounds, this is an oasis of calm in the city.

Vibe: With double glazed windows and only 38 rooms, this hotel is a quiet escape.

Vibe: Bright, traditional, convenient - great for a Marrakech stopover.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool (seasonal) • Bar • Restaurant • Sun terrace • ATM

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • 2 restaurants • Bar • Roof terrace

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Restaurant • Bar • Airport and city shuttle (at extra cost)

EHRAK1

ATLAS MOUNTAINS EXPERIENCE

$78

FR

FULL DAY

Swap crowded souks for ancient Berber trails on this 4WD Atlas Mountain adventure. From Marrakech, travel to the Afagay Desert, where you'll enjoy a spell of dune bashing, then head to Lalla Takerkoust. From here, you'll head off road into Imlil Village, meeting Berber locals and sampling their tasty food and mint tea. VIRAK01

EHRAK2

OUZOUD WATERFALL

$53

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FULL DAY

Wash the dust of Marrakech off at Morocco's most impressive waterfall. Transfer to the village of Ouzoud in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains and hike through shaded olive groves down to the 110-metre high falls. Enjoy views of the cascading pools, take a barge ride and eat traditional cuisine (at extra cost). VIRAK02

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EHRAK3

TAJINE COOKERY CLASS

$73

FR

HALF DAY

Make like Moroccans and master the art of cooking up perfect tajines, pastilla and tanjia. Go authentic from start to finish, hunting for meat, herbs and spices at city souks, before stirring it all up at a hands-on cooking class. Round off the day, relishing the fruits of your labour in the traditional setting of a Moroccan riad. RAKTAJ

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ZAGORA DESERT CAMP

$291

FR

2 DAYS

Fancy a taste of the nomadic life? Starting in Marrakech, cross the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi N'Tichka pass to the town of Ouarzazate, and continue through the lush Draa Valley to Zagora, otherwise known as the doors of the desert. Take a camel ride over vast dunes, arriving at your simple Bedouin camp in time for a star-lit dinner. Next day, wake to a striking desert sunrise and a traditional Berber breakfast before returning to the Red City. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Twin-share tented camp (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Transport: Minivan with air con Includes: Return transfers from Marrakech accommodation Tour Code: RAKDE2

ESSAOUIRA BREAK

$156

FR

3 DAYS

Discover the windswept port town of Essaouira on this great value, hassle-free package, including return Marrakech transfers and accommodation at a traditional riad. Enjoy a private guided tour of the medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on Day 2 before tucking into a fresh seafood lunch. Spend the rest of your stay at leisure. Browse colourful markets, stroll along its sweeping beach and watch fishing boats return to harbour with their daily catch. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Riad Chakir with en suite (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch Transport: Return private transfer from Marrakech accommodation to bus station and return public bus included Tour Code: RAKESO

HIGH ATLAS EXPERIENCE

$190

FR

3 DAYS

Experience authentic Moroccan life among the soaring Atlas peaks, staying in the tiny mountain village of Armed. With a gîte - a traditional guesthouse - as your base, enjoy homecooked meals from your hosts' kitchen, learn how to make Berber mint tea and soak up the dramatic views on guided walks. Private return transfers from Marrakech, plus a local guide throughout, are included in this Moor-ish package. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Traditional guesthouse in Armed (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Transport: Private return transfer from Marrakech accommodation included Tour Code: RAKATS

ZAGORA & MERZOUGA DESERT ADVENTURE

$509

FR

4 DAYS

Stay in not one, but two Berber camps on this desert-heavy tour from Marrakech. After stops at Aït Benhaddou and Ouarzazate on Day 1, arrive at Zagora for your first camel ride into the Sahara. After a day's rest in the beautiful Dades Gorges, head to the Todra Gorge for your transfer back into the Sahara. Your second camp is by the mighty dunes of Erg Chebbi. Enjoy a desert sunrise from your camel the next morning, then return to Marrakech. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Dades Gorges Guesthouse (1 nt), Zagora Berber camp (1 nt), Merzouga Berber camp (1 nt) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners Transport: All transport with local driver Tour Code: BERAKZME

MARRAKECH CITY & DESERT ADVENTURE 5 DAYS, Marrakech

$426

FR

Marrakech Independent Tour

highlights

• Explore Marrakech's medina • Quad biking outside Marrakech • Visit the Berber city of Ouarzazate

Ouarzazate

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel with shared bathroom (3 nts), tented desert camp (1 nt) Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner Includes: Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport, air con minivan transport throughout & activities as outlined. Entry fees to Aït Behaddou/Atlas film studios not included (optional) Tour Code: BERAKBCD

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• Traverse sand dunes on a camel • Overnight at a Bedouin camp • Wake up to a Sahara sunrise

After your arrival, meet your driver at Marrakech airport on Day 1, then transfer to your hotel and head out to explore. Think: fortune-tellers, carpet sellers and acrobats! Next day, join a guide for a walk around the Medina and visit the colourful Bahia Palace, the Saadian tombs and the intriguing Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, get that adrenalin pumping with a half-day quad biking tour into rural Morocco. Day 3, leave the city and head into the desert, passing by the historic bridge of Kasbah Aït Benhaddou and the ancient city of Ouarzazate. Once you've arrived at Zagora, hop aboard a camel and ride across towering sand dunes to reach a Berber camp in time for the sunset. Stargaze to your heart's content, then next morning, enjoy a tasty breakfast before heading back to Marrakech via Ouarzazate. End the tour on Day 5.

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KEBABS

Located in Oman and believed to be one of the world's oldest markets. Come in for spices, textiles and its stained-glass roof.

Where else but Abu Dhabi would install the world's very first gold-dispensing ATM? Live your best baller life with a fancy gold bar.

It's not all skyscrapers and air con malls. Bur Dubai is the city's historic district full of souks, dhow boats, galleries and clubs.

(Isfahan) Iran's prettiest dome roof. Look inside to find the peacock whose tail is made up of sunlight and shows the way to Mecca.

If a tastier kebab exists than the one we had in Tehran, we want to know about it. Eat with jewelled rice. Fancy AND delicious.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF OMAN 8 DAYS, Muscat

$2,299

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Muscat Small Group Adventure

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Take a look at the ancient soul of the Arab world here in Oman. Peppered with mosques, fortresses and age-old settlements, the landscape itself is alien as they come - the perfect setting for an intrepid overland adventure! Trip Style: Classic Age Group: Min 12 Service Level: Standard Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADQMM

inclusions Grand Mosque, Muscat

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Departures 2018 Feb

• Historic tour of Muscat • Take part in the Nizwá cattle market • Visit Wadi Nakhr, Oman's Grand Canyon

Jan

highlights

• Overnight in Wahiba Sands desert camp • Turtle sanctuary visit in Ras al-Jinz • See the mud houses of Misfat al Abyreen

Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), desert camp (1 nt) Transport: Private bus, 4WD Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $210-275 for meals not included

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Muscat Nearly a quarter of all Omanis live in capital Muscat, with a population now edging the million mark. So where better to start? Arrive here on Day 1 and make the most of your first day before meeting your group this evening. The following morning, set off on a guided tour of the city's most impressive attractions. Make your way around the Grand Mosque, home to the world's second-largest hand-loomed Iranian carpet (Abu Dhabi's Grand Mosque got the edge on it) which took 600 women four years to make. Afterwards, head to the Bait Al Zubair Museum for its collection of ancient weapons and costumes, Muttrah's historic souk and the winding streets of Old Oman. (B, L)

03-04

Ras al-Jinz Leave Muscat behind and drive along the coast until you reach the picturesque Bimmah Sinkhole. Dip your toes, go for a swim or trial the perfect Instagram shot before hitting the road again to Sur, once renowned for its dhow shipyards. Your final stop today will be coastal Ras al-Jinz. After an early dinner, enjoy a visit to a nearby turtle sanctuary, where green turtles come from thousands of kilometres away to lay their eggs. On Day 4, look forward to a night out in the Wahiba Sands Desert! Stop by lush oasis of Wadi Bani Khalid on the way, then make your way through the dunes and get to camp by sunset. Tonight, tuck in to a traditional meal around an open fire and enjoy a cultural music experience. (2B, D)

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Nizwá / Al Hamra Leaving the dunes behind you, travel towards Ibra and visit the grand Jabrin Castle. Built in 1675, the castle was once an important learning centre for astrology, medicine and Islamic law. Continue towards Nizwá with a stop at the historic fortress of Bahla along the way. Set your alarms for an early start on Day 6. Get up to take part in the city's cattle market, one of the Middle East's finest with traders pretty much working just as they would have done centuries ago. Watch the locals buy and trade the best livestock directly from the herders. Later this afternoon, continue on to the town of Al Hamra to visit the mud houses of Misfat Al Abriyeen and learn about Oman's water supply system. (2B)

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Muscat Today, start your journey back to the beginning with your sights set on Oman's capital, Muscat. First up is a detour along the roads of Jebel Shams, the country's highest mountain and located just north of Al Hamra. Get your cameras out to capture the views across Wadi Nakhr, otherwise known as the Grand Canyon of Oman, drive through Wadi Bani Awf and pass by beautiful steep mountain cliffs before reaching the end of the gorge. Continue on to Muscat, where the trip comes to an end on Day 8. (2B)

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DISCOVER PERSIA 14 DAYS, Tehran

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Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), caravanserai (1 nt) Transport: Air con bus, train Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $385-500 for meals not included

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Tehran / Yazd By the time you check in to your Tehran hotel, you will have perfected your Iranian wardrobe. Customs dictate both men and women should show no bare legs, and women in particular should wear long sleeves and a headscarf (light colours will save you in summer!). The next day, get your first taste of life in the capital with a guided tour around the Sa'ad Abad Palace. Tourism is still in its infancy here, so don't be surprised if the locals ask you for a photo or invite you to join their picnic! Finish at the National Jewel Museum, home to the world's biggest pink diamond, then take the train to Yazd. (B)

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Yazd / Zein-o-Din Caravanserai / Kerman Yazd is the home of Zoroastrianism, the world's oldest existing religion, and is full of some of Iran's most intriguing sites. Walk around the Old Town, visit the Jameh Mosque and walk up to the Tower of Silence, where the Zoroastrians used to bring the dead. Then, opt for an evening at the House of Strength where men come to build strength and get closer to God. After a free morning on Day 4, drive to a caravanserai, one of many ancient resting places along the Silk Road, and overnight. Continue to Kerman on Day 5, an essential part of the Trans-Asian trade route. (3B, D)

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Kerman / Shiraz Visit the lush Shahzadeh Gardens en route to Shiraz - known as Iran's culture capital. The wine may not be here anymore, but it more than makes up for it! Visit the Karim Khan Citadel, the Vakil Mosque and the tombs of national poets Hafez and Sa'adi, a popular gathering place among the locals. On Day 7, use your free time to explore the city's ornate mosques, gardens and traditional teahouses. We recommend a visit to the Pink Mosque to see one of Iran's most ethereal prayer rooms. (2B)

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Persepolis / Isfahan Enjoy a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Persepolis and marvel at the extraordinary palace of Darius the Great. Stop by the Koran Gate and the UNESCO-listed Pasargadae complex on your way to your next city, Isfahan - one of the world's finest Islamic cities. Visit Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque and gaze up at its decorated dome (first to find the peacock gets a gold star), take time to wander the bazaars, smoke some shisha in the cluttered teahouses and start your hunt for that authentic Persian rug. (3B)

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Natanz / Abyaneh / Kashan / Tehran Swap the city pace for a night in the mountain village of Abyaneh and go on a village walk to discover its ancient charm. On Day 12, return to Tehran via Kashan and the Fin Garden, Khan-e Borujerdi house and Agha Bozorg Mosque before the trip ends on Day 14. (4B)

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Iran is now firmly on the travellers' trail, and we could not be happier about it! Home to possibly the friendliest people on earth, Iran is a melting pot of poetry, history, juicy kebabs and smouldering teahouses. You'll be hookah'd in no time.


Dubai

The perfect antithesis to slick, designer outlets, Deira’s working souks are noisy, chaotic and thick with the smell of exotic spices. Stock up on quality carpets, cardamom-flavoured condensed milk, silky pashminas and gold jewellery.

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Head north of the Spice Souk for a peek in Heritage House, a former wealthy pearl merchant’s home. Kick back in the Bedouin-style tent with a coffee and traditional snacks.

SHARJAH Wander through the historic and atmospheric Bastakiya area of Bur Dubai. Hire an abra (water taxi) at bustling waterway Dubai Creek.

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Unapologetically extravagant, Dubai Mall boasts luxurious shopping and entertainment. Take a stomach-lurching ascent in one of the world’s fastest lifts to the 124th floor of the world’s tallest building, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views.

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Renowned for its opulence, Dubai is a city of superlatives. Home to the world’s tallest building, the world's only seven-star hotel and the largest artificial islands, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was only for the rich. Fear not, as Dubai is a city of many facets. Aside from shopping ‘til you drop in the glitzy malls, there's plenty to do here for all travellers. Rent a dune buggy for a desert adventure, bargain at markets, or hit the Wild Wadi waterpark.

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$99 $50

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Location: Al Barsha is an upscale neighbourhood in Dubai, home to the Mall of the Emirates and the much-loved Ski Dubai.

Location: Over the road from Deira City Centre shopping mall and metro station, this hotel is well-connected to the rest of the city.

Vibe: Comfy four-star retreat with a rooftop swimming pool, only a short walk from luxury shopping, eating and entertainment.

Vibe: Modern and simple with contemporary decor, this downtown hotel doesn't need glitz to be great.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Rooftop pool • D'Fusion Restaurant • Poolside bar and café • Sports bar • Beauty salon • Spa • 24-hour reception • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Bistro restaurant • Café • Breakfast room • Bar • Terrace • Gym • 24-hour reception • Express check-in/check-out

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IBIS AL RIGGA

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$76 $46

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Location: Set in the centrally-located commercial neighbourhood of Al Rigga, packed with shops and restaurants.

Location: Get the best of both worlds in glitzy Jumeirah, a short walk from the beach and just a 15-minute drive from the Old Town.

Vibe: Bright, basic and fuss-free hospitality at wallet-friendly prices. Perfect for a comfy, easy stopover.

Vibe: Modern and easily accessible, this hotel is a sure bet for leisure travellers.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Lounge café • Bar • Terrace • Gym • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Indoor pool • Restaurant • Breakfast room • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception • Free on-site parking

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NOVOTEL SUITES MALL OF THE EMIRATES

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$66 $33

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Location: Connected to one of Dubai's biggest shopping emporiums, the Mall of the Emirates.

Location: Just a ten-minute drive from the airport and a ten-minute walk to the nearest metro station in El Jaddaf.

Vibe: Both luxurious and homely at the same time. The perfect place to unwind after a day of retail therapy.

Vibe: Quiet and comfortable hotel with a rooftop swimming pool and plenty of places for food and drink.

Highlights: Private suites • Air con • Separate lounge • International restaurant • Boutique deli • Rooftop pool • Ezaz bar • Spa • Gym • Free shuttle to Kite Beach

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Rooftop pool • Cocktail lounge and wine bar • International restaurant • Gym • 24-hour reception • Free shuttle services

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ARABIAN COURTYARD HOTEL & SPA

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$105 $62

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Location: Surrounded by the historical district of downtown Al Fahidi, this hotel is within two kilometres of Dubai's famous souks.

Location: Two sister hotels. Downtown is a few minutes' walk from the Burj Khalifa and City Centre a short drive from the airport.

Vibe: Modern and stylish, but still cosy, comfortable and reflective of the region's heritage.

Vibe: Both hotels are clean, sleek and decorated with hipster stylings. Great for short stopovers or longer stays.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • Sherlock Holmes English pub • 4 restaurants • Spa • Beauty salon • Sauna and steam room • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Soundproof rooms • Air con • Lockers Outdoor pool • Sun terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Fitness centre • Free on-site parking • 24-hour reception

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SOFITEL DUBAI 9 JUMEIRAH BEACH

$256 SINGLE $128 TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Set amid the shops and cafés of Dubai’s The Walk and the flashy retail centre The Beach, this luxury hotel is a stately blend of Arabic and French design. Perfect whether you want to frequent the nearby beach or the high-end stores of Dubai Marina. Location: Overlooking the Arabian Gulf, this hotel is just steps away from the Beach Mall and Marina Beach. Plus, there's a tram stop nearby for trips up and down the coast. Vibe: Glamorous five-star hotel with a curious blend of Arabic design and French elegance. Think beaches, bars and boutique shopping, all at your fingertips. Highlights: Private rooms • Balconies • Sea views • Air con • Seaview infinity pool • Cocktail bar • Restaurants • Sauna and steam room • Beauty salon • 24-hour gym

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JA OCEAN VIEW 10 HOTEL

$259 SINGLE $130 TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Sometimes you just want clean, comfortable and relaxing. Other times you want a little more. And Dubai is definitely a place where you can justify that little extra! JA Ocean View has convenience and luxury, a great setting for a UAE beach break.

Vibe: Contemporary four-star hotel boasting 342 light, airy rooms with balconies so you can make the most of the brilliant Arabian Gulf and the Palm Jumeriah views. Highlights: Private rooms • Ocean views • Air con • In-room safe • Room service • Outdoor pool • Sun terrace • Bars • Restaurants • Spa • Sauna • Free on-site valet parking

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ATLANTIS 11 THE PALM

$318 SINGLE $159 TWIN/ DOUBLE

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A balmy paradise offshore from the skyscraping malls of Dubai's commercial districts, Atlantis is a place where you can dine at some of the world's best restaurants, speed down the world's largest waterslides and get pampered in an on-site beauty salon. Location: Based on the man-made Palm Jumeirah island, Atlantis The Palm enjoys its own private beach just seven kilometres from the mainland. Vibe: Dubai in a nutshell. Large, opulent and unashamedly fancy. This iconic five-star Palm Island resort is Oceanic wonder meets Arabian splendour, and the perfect 'splash out' treat. Highlights: Private rooms • Balconies • Air con • Private beach • 2 pools • Bars • 23 restaurants • Beachside dining • Spa • Free entry to on-site waterpark • Nightclub

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HABTOOR GRAND 12 BEACH RESORT & SPA

$285 SINGLE $143 TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Your ticket to a five-star VIP hotel experience. Its twin 25-storey towers have everything you need for a lavish getaway. Location: Within walking distance of Jumeirah Beach and the shops of Dubai Marina, one of the world's most luxurious waterfront communities. Vibe: Five-star resort overlooking the yachts of the Arabian Sea. Step out onto your own private beach, sample the 16 dining options or just relax in your immaculately-designed hotel room with deluxe amenities and fantastic views. Highlights: Private rooms and suites • Air con • In-room safe • Room service • Private beach • Outdoor pool • Poolside bar • Cocktail lounges • Restaurants • Spa • XL Dubai nightclub • Tennis courts • Gym

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Location: Set along The Walk at Dubai's fancy Jumeirah Beach Residence area, you're just a five-minute stroll from Marina Beach and ten minutes from Marina Walk's promenade.


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RIDES AND SLIDES

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An excellent option for those short on time, this stopover - with return airport transfers and two nights’ accommodation in a Dubai hotel included - has all the basics covered so you have more free time to plan your own Dubai adventure. Work up a sweat navigating your way around the Dubai Mall (the world's largest!), cool off at Wild Wadi Waterpark or go sub-zero at Ski Dubai? It's completely up to you.

Give adulting a break and get your hands on a ticket to some of Dubai's best theme parks. On top of a three-night stay at one of our favourite Dubai hotels, this package comes with one-day entry to Wild Wadi Waterpark plus a day ticket to your choice of either MOTIONGATE™, LEGOLAND® or Bollywood Parks™. Let your fun side run wild for the day or two, and spend the rest of your time exploring the city at leisure.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts). 4* and 5* upgrades available, please ask your Travel Expert for details Meals: 2 breakfasts Transport: Return airport transfers Tour Code: DXBSAL

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Rove City Centre hotel (3 nts). Upgrades available Meals: 3 breakfasts Includes: 1-day park ticket to Wild Wadi Waterpark plus either MOTIONGATE™, LEGOLAND® or Bollywood Parks™ Tour Code: DXBRSS

DUBAI STOPOVER & DESERT SAFARI 3 DAYS, Dubai

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Safa Park hotel (2 nts). Upgrades available Includes: Return airport transfers from/to Dubai Airport, 4WD desert safari Meals: 2 breakfasts Tour Code: DXBSGB

• Airport transfers included • Free time in Dubai • Camel riding through the desert

With so many flight paths connecting in the UAE city, it's no wonder it's become such a popular stopover point for the world's globetrotters. This three-day package aims to give you a proper taste of Dubai, with minimal effort required. First off, you'll be collected at the airport and taken to one of five hotels in the city. You'll then have the rest of the day to explore the city at your own pace. After breakfast the next day, enjoy another morning at leisure before being picked up at your hotel for your 4WD desert safari. Drive up and down soaring dunes and arrive at a traditional Bedouin camp to enjoy the Arabian sunset. Opt to try camel riding, then settle down for a barbecue and a night of music and belly dancing. Return to your hotel around 9.30pm, and transfer back to the airport after breakfast on Day 3.

DUBAI STOPOVER & BEACH CLUB 3 DAYS, Dubai

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Rove Downtown Dubai hotel (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts Transport: Return airport transfers included Includes: One-day access to Zero Gravity Beach Club Tour Code: DXBSBC

• Ideal stopover package • Stay close to major attractions • Get the best of city and sand

Sometimes all you want is a sleek hotel, a pool and an all-day pass to an exclusive beach club. Right? A hot new favourite of ours, this package not only gives you two nights at the Rove Downtown Dubai (Burj Khalifa and Jumeirah-adjacent) but also an all-day pass to Zero Gravity Beach Club. Situated in the centre of city life between Al Sufouh and Jumeriah Beach, Zero Gravity is an oasis of peace among the madness and has heaped on the street cred since it first opened. Think private beach, swimming pool, garden, shisha pipes, cocktails and a stream of live DJs to soothe away the relentless city noise. Seriously, we'd live there if we could. On top of that, enjoy a day at leisure to see the city's top sights on your own terms. Only here for a short time? This is how you do it.

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All shopped and suntanned out? Wave goodbye to the frenetic pace of the city and hello to a dune bashing expedition into the heart of the desert. Leave Dubai in the afternoon and career up and over the sprawling red sands in a 4WD as you head towards a traditional Bedouin camp. Enjoy a tasty barbecue dinner at sunset followed by a belly dancing show, henna painting and a shisha session. After some quiet star-gazing, head back to the city.

This three-park ticket promises thrills, spills and ridiculous rides with same-day access to Dubai's newest and largest theme park complex. Kick off in LEGOLAND® Dubai where you'll enjoy rides, attractions, and even a real LEGO® factory, then on to Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, the first of its kind. Finish with an adrenalin-fuelled trip to the roller coasters, rides and shows of the movie inspired park MOTIONGATE™ Dubai.

Departs: Daily Meals: 1 dinner Includes: Return hotel transfers, 4WD safari, barbecue dinner, belly dancing show, shisha, henna painting, unlimited soft drinks and water Tour Code: DXBDSF

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An indoor ski centre with black slopes, zip wires and tube slides? Yes please. In the Mall of the Emirates, spend the day learning basic techniques, tobogganing, snowboarding or taking on the five fun runs. Your ticket gives you access to the park, all equipment, chairlift ride and the Giant Ball (snow zorb).

HELICOPTER FLIGHT IN DUBAI

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A 15 or 25-minute flight in a five-person helicopter. Get fab views over icons including the Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al-Arab and the Burj Khalifa, then glide over The World - the man-made archipelago in the Persian Gulf shaped like a map. Hotel pick-up and drop-off is included, as well as a safety briefing before take-off.

This private tour is about going where the locals go. With your own private guide and driver, visit the historic Al Fahidi district, see the coral-clad houses of Al Shindagha, meander through spice and gold souks, get coffee, enter a popular mosque and see the malls, marina and the Burj Khalifa fountain show. Enough for one day? We think so.

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WILD WADI

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Splash the hours away at Dubai's famous Wild Wadi Waterpark with this all-day entrance ticket. Rocket down the 32-metre high (105-feet) Jumeirah Sceirah, catch the surf at the Wipeout Flowrider, take a ride on the rip-roaring speed slides of Tantrum Alley then take it down a notch or two with a float down the lazy river. Sweet as!

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BURJ KHALIFA

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Take it to the top with this entrance ticket to the world's highest building, the Burj Khalifa. Start your vertical ascent to the observation deck in a high speed elevator, travelling at ten metres per second. At the top (456 metres) and outdoor sky level (555 metres), enjoy panoramic 360 degree views of the city, desert and Arabian Gulf.

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DUBAI EXPLORER PASS

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Exactly what it says on the tin. This pass lets you see more of Dubai for less, and is valid for a full 30 days from the first time you use it. Choose from a three, four, five or seven-site pass (you'll get a nifty guide to help you) and just swipe it at the ticket counter. Use it for parks, bus tours, meals, dhow cruises or even indoor skydiving! VIDXB2


ABU DHABI optimum opulence NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Mention Abu Dhabi to most and chances are they'll conjure up images of opulent palaces, glitzy shopping malls, fast cars and money, money, money. Yes, it’s all here in leaps and bounds (the ATMs even distribute gold bars), but there is plenty more to see here than just ostentatious wealth. Pay a visit to the impressive Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, soak up the atmosphere in numerous shisha cafés or pick up a bargain in lively markets.

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RADISSON BLU YAS ISLAND

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Location: Situated right in the heart of Abu Dhabi close to the Corniche waterfront.

Location: On Yas Island, close to the marina, Yas Beach and Yas Waterworld.

Location: Close to Abu Dhabi Airport, the Exhibition Center and Yas Island.

Vibe: Modern high-rise hotel with traditional Arabian décor and accents.

Vibe: Plush and luxurious island resort offering relaxation to all guests.

Vibe: Modern, airy hotel with 294 rooms, an Asian fusion restaurant and lively bar.

Highlights: Private rooms and suites • Outdoor pool • 4 restaurants • 3 bars • Spa • Hot tub • Sauna • Gym • Terrace

Highlights: Private rooms and suites • Outdoor pool • 2 restaurants • 3 bars • Spa • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • 2 restauarants • 4 bars • Spa • Terrace • Gym • Evening entertainment

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Experience first-hand the thrill seeking entertainment on offer in the stunning sand dunes of the Arabian Desert! Hit off your day in the dunes, tearing it up (and down) in four wheel drives with the aim of chasing a breathtaking sunset. Top off your evening with a Bedouin bonanza with belly dancing, water pipes, traditional music, colourful costumes, and of course, a tasty traditional barbeque all on offer! Return transfers from/to your hotel in Abu Dhabi, a barbecue dinner with soft drinks, water and tea and coffee as well as an English speaking guide are all included within the price of the package. Departs: Daily Accommodation: None Meals: Barbecue dinner with soft drinks, water and tea and coffee included. Alcoholic beverages are not available in accordance with local laws Transport: Return transfers to/from Abu Dhabi included Note: Not suitable for those with back or heart problems Tour Code: AUHDSB

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ABU DHABI STOPOVER

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This package is ideal if you have a few days free to check out Abu Dhabi and want an easy and stress-free break. Get the VIP treatment on this awesome package, which includes hotel accommodation in the Ibis Abu Dhabi Gate, return airport transfers and daily breakfast! You'll also get plenty of free time to explore Abu Dhabi at leisure. AUHIBI

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As Oman’s capital and her largest city by a long shot, Muscat offers a fascinating insight into this rich and varied country. The city has transformed dramatically since the accession of Sultan Qaboos in 1970, transforming from a small, self-contained town into a modern metropolis. Aside from trying your haggling hat on for size in the local markets, you can also hit the sand dunes on a 4WD, set out on a traditional dhow cruise or just kick back on the beach.

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Location: Conveniently situated in the Al Khuwair area, the heart of Muscat's leisure and business district.

Location: Set in a gorgeous and secluded bay overlooking the Gulf of Oman. Only accessible through a private man-made tunnel.

Vibe: Clean and welcoming hotel with friendly staff. Tuck into tasty food at the restaurant then work it off in the gym.

Vibe: Ultra-luxurious and eco-friendly three-hotel resort with spa, private beach, watersports and even a lazy river!

Highlights: Private rooms • Restaurant • Terrace • Flatscreen TVs • Gym • Free on-site parking • Close to shopping malls, museums, the beach and international airport

Highlights: Private rooms with balconies, terraces or patios • Private beach • Outdoor pools • Lazy river • Spa • Sauna • Hot tub • Al Mazaar souk • Health club • Tennis courts • PADI dive centre

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MUSCAT BEACH BREAK 4 OR 6 DAYS, Muscat

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• Relax at the on-site day spa • Cool off in one of five pools • Opt to explore Muscat's top sights

An ideal add-on to a stay in Muscat, this super-chilled beach package includes luxury accommodation at the contemporary Millennium Resort Mussanah. Just 45 minutes from the airport and with views of the Gulf of Oman and the Hajar Mountains, laze on its private beach or get stuck into watersports. Back at the hotel, there’s no fewer than three swimming pools, two restaurants, a gym, tennis courts and mini golf. Sounds a bit too full-on? Pamper yourself in the day spa, then head to the Deck Bar for an ocean-view cocktail. The days are yours to do as your please, so if the R&R gets too much (as if), opt to explore Muscat's top sights, including the Grand Mosque or the Royal Opera House. Choose from three or five nights, with daily breakfast and return airport transfers from/to Muscat international airport included.

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4WD NORTHERN OMAN & DESERT CAMP 3 DAYS, Muscat

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Muscat Independent Tour

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Wahiba Sands, Oman

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Desert camp (1 nt), standard room at Jebal Shams Height (1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners Transport: 4WD vehicle with driver/guide throughout Tour Code: MCTDES

• Dive into waters at Wadi Shab • Reach the peak of Jebel Shams • Explore a bustling souk at Nizwa

Make like a modern-day Lawrence of Arabia on this intensive private tour of Northern Oman. Depart Muscat for the sprawling red dunes of Wahiba Sands in a 4WD vehicle, and see some of Oman’s best sights en route including the turquoise salt waters of the Bimmah sinkhole and Sur, previously an important trading hub. Bed down with the Bedouins at your desert camp before continuing on to Nizwa on Day 2. Famous for its handicrafts, check out the city’s expansive souk and pick up a few souvenirs. Hit the road again and head for government-restored village of Al Hama, where you’ll be able to see how Oman’s population lived in years gone by. Next up, ascend the terrace-fringed peak of Jebel Shams, passing the Omani Grand Canyon en route to your accommodation. Day 3, return to Muscat via the Western Hajar Mountains.

MUSCAT STOPOVER

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2 DAYS, Muscat Independent Tour

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• Admire the opulent Grand Mosque • Selfies at the Sultan Palace • Bargain away in the city’s souks

Grand Mosque, Muscat

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Standard room in 3* or 4* hotel (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast Transport: Return Muscat Airport transfers Tour Code: BEMCTSO1

• Kick back and relax by the pool • Experience an Omani sunset • Enjoy the city’s lively nightlife

Easy as pie and hassle-free. This no-fuss stopover option lets you check out Oman’s opulent capital with minimal effort. On your arrival, take your included transfer to a three-star or four-star hotel (depending on your package) in the city. Spend the rest of the day at leisure and escape the heat of the day by having a cooling dip in the hotel swimming pool. If you’re up for a party, make sure you explore the city’s nightlife, just a short ten-minute cab ride away! On Day 2, enjoy an included breakfast then see the city’s top sights at leisure. Opt to check out the lavish Grand Mosque and the Bait Al Zubair Museum, then put your bargaining skills to the test at the city’s vibrant souks and markets. Your return transfer will get you back to the airport in time for your onward flight. Short and simple.

OMAN HIGHLIGHTS TOUR 8 DAYS, Muscat

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Muscat Independent Tour

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• Half-day Muscat city tour • See turtles nesting on the beach • Visit traditional Oman villages

Wadi Shab, Oman

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels on standard twin-share basis (5 nts), desert camp (1 nt), Sama Al Wasil desert camp (1 nt) Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners Includes: Return transfers to/from Muscat Airport, half-day city tour, turtle watching tour, 5-day guided 4WD tour, entrance fees, driver throughout Tour Code: MCTHIG

• Camp on the Wahiba Sands' dunes • Includes five-day guided 4WD tour • Traverse Oman's highest peak

Buckle up for this 4WD roundtrip tour of Oman’s big hitters. On arrival into Muscat airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Next morning, tour Muscat, ticking off the world’s fifth-biggest mosque, the Al Alam Palace, and Oman’s oldest souk. Day 3’s roadtrip covers the turquoise waters of Wadi Arbiyeen, Wadi Shab and the former trading hub of Sur. Come nightfall, see green turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. Continue on to the colour-shifting dunes of Wahiba Sands on Day 4 where you’ll bed down at a desert camp before moving on to the pomegranate plantations of Jebel Akhdar. Over the next few days, explore traditional villages and discover Nizwa’s ancient fort and souk. Day 6, traverse Jebel Shams peak, overnighting at a bedouin-style camp, then return to Muscat. End the trip on Day 8.

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• English-speaking guide/driver • Traverse the Wahiba Sands desert • Enjoy a Bedouin welcome


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