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AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST & INDIAN OCEAN START THE ADVENTURE Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar, Africa


What's inside... 04 Our story 05 Start the adventure with us 06 Exploring not exploiting 08 Travel essentials 10 Airfares 12 Travel styles 14 Who we work with 16 Get a room 18 Map 20 EPIC AFRICAN ADVENTURES 38 Western Africa 40 SOUTHERN AFRICA 54 South Africa

60 Baz Bus 62 Cape Town 68 Cape Winelands 69 The Garden Route 72 Eastern Cape 74 Johannesburg, Kruger & Beyond 78 Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe 80 Livingstone & Victoria Falls 82 Namibia 88 Windhoek & Beyond 89 EASTERN AFRICA 98 Kenya, Uganda & Rwanda 103 Tanzania

104 Trek Kilimanjaro 112 Zanzibar 114 Madagascar 116 INDIAN OCEAN 117 Seychelles 118 Mauritius 120 Maldives 123 NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST 126 Egypt 129 Jordan 132 Israel 134 Tel Aviv & Jerusalem 136 Morocco


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DUNES, DELTAS & FALLS SOUTHBOUND

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BAZ BUS (SOUTH AFRICA)

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MT. KILI (MACHAME ROUTE) & SERENGETI ADVENTURE

120 THE MALDIVES

143 Marrakech 145 Arabian Peninsula & Iran 148 Dubai 155 Abu Dhabi 157 Qatar 158 Oman 160 TERMS & CONDITIONS 162 TRAVEL INSURANCE

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MOROCCO ON A SHOESTRING

HELLO KIND HUMAN. PLEASE RECYCLE ME! I'M HOPING TO COME BACK NEXT TIME AS A POP-UP UNICORN BOOK.

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DUBAI STOPOVER & DESERT SAFARI


Our Our story started way back in 1979 with two Aussie backpackers, a long-haul hangover and an idea: to create affordable adventures for awesome humans. Today, we are the world's largest student and youth travel company, inspiring over 2 million travellers a year to discover the countries, communities and cultures that we love. The world and the tools we have to explore it may have changed over the years, but our philosophy never has. We’re still the place to #StartTheAdventure. And now, it’s your turn. Peace, love and adventure, STA Travel.

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THE ADVENTURE

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THE ADVENTURE WITH US

The world according to STA Travel, here's why you should grab life by the backpack and book with us. Here's how we see it. If you're going to book a trip, you should book it with travellers. Our Travel Experts are well-travelled, worldly-wise and can repack 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 $99 deposit and pay the rest later.**

From gap years to grey years, and every Round the World route, adventure tour, language school and working holiday visa in between, we've been mastering the art of escape for almost 40 years.

Our STA Travel Cares team are online and on the phone 24/7/365 with travel advice, crisis management and to help resolve your issues quickly – so you can get 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.

Travel is about freedom and discovery, not about setting limits. Yes, we do offer student discounts on many of our products, but for us, adventure is a mindset, not a number or a status.

We know how important it is to feel safe on your trip. We're constantly on the road assessing our operations, withdrawing any products or properties that compromise our travellers' safety.

*For full terms and conditions on our Price Beat Guarantee, please visit statravel.com.au/price-beat.htm **Not all tickets are available for our $99 deposit scheme. Please ask your Travel Expert

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Exploring ABOUT

NOT EXPLOITING

For us, travelling isn't about bucket lists or bragging rights, it's about discovering how we can be more responsible as travellers. Here's how we're making a STAnd.

FIGHTING

Animal Cruelty WHAT WE ARE DOING

We were one of the first travel companies to make a stand on animal welfare. Our industry-leading animal welfare policy safeguards the wellbeing and protection of animals across all our operations. So far, we have withdrawn almost 4,000 of our suppliers' tours and activities, including Pamplona's Running of the Bulls, Tiger Temple in Thailand and an outright ban on elephant and ostrich riding. WHAT YOU CAN DO

We urge our travellers to help us change attitudes within the tourism industry, and to say no to any activities at home or abroad that would hurt or humiliate animals. Our full animal welfare policy is available to view online.

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RESPONSIBLE

Voluntourism

STA TRAVEL'S STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

It's a sad fact that often well-intentioned volunteer projects can be mismanaged, exploiting communities rather than helping them. From turtle conservation in Costa Rica to building homes in Nepal, we support 50 projects in over 30 countries. Our Volunteering Codes of Conduct ensure that we only work with projects that can prove to have a lasting and positive impact, meeting the local needs of communities through sustainability rather than dependency, as well as meeting the desires of travellers to make a genuine contribution. For more information about the projects we work with, pick up a Volunteer, Work & Learn brochure instore. Our full Statement of Commitment and Code of Conduct can be viewed online.


Supporting young people LIVING WITH CANCER

THANKS A MILLION

In Australia, three young people are diagnosed with cancer each day. In 2015, we joined forces with teen cancer charities in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand on a global campaign to help raise awareness and vital funds. Today, we work with nine charities around the world, all with one mission in mind: to make sure that no young person should face cancer alone.

Gre en wa rrio r vibe s!

Our goal is to raise USD $1 million. By adding just $2 to your booking, CanTeen can continue to provide crucial support services, specialist facilities and outreach programmes to thousands of young Australians. To find out more about our fundraising or to donate, please visit us online or ask instore.

For tips on how to travel more responsibly, green places to stay and green gear to pack, please visit the STA Travel Blog.

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Travel Essentials

How to survive and save on your trip.

VACCINATIONS What's up, doc? Hopefully nothing, but please visit your GP at least ten weeks before your trip to check what vaccinations and anti-malarials you might need.  ISA REQUIREMENTS V Remember to check the entry requirements for everywhere you are travelling to well in advance, and if you do require a visa, our service is safe, speedy and free of boring embassy queues. P ASSPORT REQUIREMENTS Don't forget to check the validity of your passport and that you have enough blank pages. Remember, some countries may require you to have at least six months remaining on your passport. T RAVEL INSURANCE No one likes a travel bore, but this could be one of the most important trip purchases you make. With two levels of cover, 24/7 medical help, cancellation cover from the day you book, and over 50 sports and activities included, our exclusive range of policies and add-ons can be tailored to any budget and adventure. See page 210 for more information. L OYALTY DISCOUNTS AND MATES RATES If you’re travelling with friends or have travelled before, you could save with mates rates, multi-trip offers and loyalty discounts, such as 10% off repeat G Adventures trips – exclusive to us. A IRPORT HOTELS AND LOUNGES Let’s face it, airports can be terminal-ly boring. Get your trip off to a flying and stress-free start by saving up to 50% when you prebook airport hotels and lounge access.

 OAMING RATES R Save up to 70% on international roaming rates in 190 countries, free incoming calls in 80 countries and data from 8c/mb. When in roam... Pick up one of our SIM cards before you go.  TA TRAVEL ACCOUNT S Give a tree a hug and make paperwork panic a thing of the past. Store, amend and share your bookings, check for flight updates, and access travel help. Register on the app or visit my.statravel.com  TA TRAVEL APP S Tap into your adventures, anytime and anywhere. Book beds, flights and activities on the road, access your STA Travel Account, and search for the coolest stuff to do every time you travel.

ISIC / IYTC / ITIC DISCOUNT CARDS Student, teacher or under 31? Access exclusive airfares with us, plus thousands of travel and lifestyle discounts for foodies, gym bods and even plant lovers! For students, the ISIC card is the ONLY international student ID and comes loaded with 150,000+ discounts in 130+ countries.

ON THE ROAD Run by backpackers for backpackers, visit our Backpacker by STA Travel stores on your trip in Australia, Thailand and South Africa for a homesick hug, free Wi-FI and the best deals on local hostels, trips, flights and transport.

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STA Travel Money Cards You know it makes cents... Worried about how to carry your cash abroad? Our award-winning travel money cards are safe to use, save on fees, and are seriously on the money.

Award winning*

LOAD Lock and load! Load money onto your card or store it in your Cloud wallet until you’re ready to spend. SPEND Use your chip and pin card at ATMs, shops and wherever you see the Visa acceptance mark. SAVE Free transactions, competitive exchange rates and 5% cashback on eligible STA purchases after your departure. Plus, thousands of travel and lifestyle discounts on our ISIC Travel Money Cards.**

SAFE • Extra security as funds aren't linked to a bank account • 24/7 call centre • Free second card included*** • Emergency replacement card posted to you as you travel • Emergency funds can be loaded onto your card by family members SIMPLE Easy to use and control your spending, manage your funds online or by text.

*STA Travel ISIC Cashcard: Winner of ‘Best New Prepaid Product of The Year’ at The Card & Payment Awards 2014 and Winner of 'Best support service' at the British Youth Travel Awards 2016, as awarded by BETA **STA Travel ISIC Visa Cashcard only. Terms and conditions apply ***Not available on all cards The STA Travel CashFLEX Visa Card is managed by Tuxedo Money Solutions PTY Ltd ABN 21 166 665 050 who are an authorised representative of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited (ABN 11 068 049 178 AFSL / Australian Credit Licence 237879). The STA Travel CashFLEX Visa Card is a prepaid card issued by Bendigo and Adelaide Bank pursuant to a license from Visa Worldwide PTE Limited. STA Travel Pty Ltd ABN 34 004 801 512 is the distributor of the card. Card fees and top-up charges apply, terms and conditions are located at http://www.statravel.com.au/cash-card.htm

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Airfares Over the last 40 years, we've worked with the world's leading airlines to bring you exclusively low and flexible fares. From one-way flights to 18-stop Round the World routes, we guarantee to have just the ticket.

THE ORIGINAL ROUND THE WORLD EXPERTS

First rule of flight club... our club is a little different. Because we're not tied to the same rules and routes as other travel companies, our Travel Experts can help you to create completely unique multi-stop and Round the World itineraries from our exclusive open-to-all and student fares. OPEN-TO-ALL AND STUDENT FARES

Our BlueTickets are just for students and under 31*, however, we appreciate that this does seem a little unfair to tax payers/the over 30s! That's why we have an open-to-all version of many of our BlueTickets, all offering the same unique flexibility. We just didn't call them GreyTickets that's all, out of respect. PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE

This is how confident we are about our airfares. If you do happen to find a cheaper

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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

Travel truth. Most airlines release their seats 10-11 months in advance, with the lowest-priced tickets selling out first. Therefore, the earlier you book, the cheaper your flights will be. Our deposit scheme allows you to lock in the price from as little as $99, then pay the balance 10 weeks before you fly.*** PREMIUM, BUSINESS AND FIRST

If you're unfamiliar with this part of the plane, it's the bit behind the curtain where the flat beds and magical unicorns live. We love the whole backpacker vibe, but we also love splashing out once in a while on our upgraded airfares.

FLEXIBLE DATE CHANGES

Let's face it, the only person that ever stuck to their Round the World flight dates was Santa. (24th Dec, lock it in Mr Claus). Our MultiFLEX date change passes give you the freedom and flexibility to change your flights without having to pay the airline or admin fees each time your plans change. If there's a difference in fare because your priced seat is unavailable, then we'll always offer you an alternative date, or you can choose to pay the difference in airfare. Either way, it can still save you hundreds in fees, especially on bigger trips. One change for $49, three for $99 and unlimited for $149.**** *Some airlines may require you to be under 26 years old **For full terms and conditions on our Price Beat Guarantee, please visit statravel.com.au/price-beat.htm ***Not all tickets are available for our $99 deposit option. Please ask your Travel Expert ****Not all tickets are eligible for a MultiFLEX pass. Please ask your Travel Expert


EXCLUSIVE STUDENT AND UNDER 31 FARES*

STUDENT AND UNDER 31 FARES

Snuggle down, it's retro storybook hour. 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'd known about airfares - offering unlimited stopovers, rebellious Round the World routings and bargain date changes. They were printed on blue paper, so now, we simply call them blue tickets. (Slow marketing day). Today we have the world's largest airline network for students and under 31, with over 60 of the world's leading carriers on board. You can create any route, book now pay later, and add unlimited date changes to every BlueTicket. And they're still only available at STA Travel.

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Travel Styles Every traveller is different. That's why when it comes to getting around, we've thought of every type of transport and trip style. That's just how we ride.

HOP-ON HOP-OFF BUS PASSES

GROUP TOURS

Best for local culture and maximising your time. First of all, there are some parts of the planet that you just can't do solo. Like Antarctica. Or wouldn't want to. Like Madagascar. Who would sing the 'I like to move it, move it' song with you? Exactly. On the group tours we sell, there's no being herded around in huge groups by flag-wielding tour leaders. Led by local guides, not guidebooks, it’s all about getting away from the crowd, not following it. Expect people just like you, authentic experiences such as homestays, and lots of free time to do your thing. Group sizes and inclusions vary per supplier, but with transport and accommodation included, it's a great way to budget and make sure you get around everything in your timeframe. Meet some of our tour suppliers on page 14.

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SELF-DRIVE TOURS

Best for flexibility and semi-independent travellers.

Best for seeing everything in your time frame.

Travel with the security of knowing that your transport is paid for, but with the freedom to hop on and off at your own pace. Transport varies per country between backpacker and public buses, and passes are usually valid for a year.

Want to road trip but worried about where you'll stay, or how long it will take? On our self-drive tours, we provide the route, maps and prebook each night's accommodation. All you have to do is choose the car hire.

RAIL PASSES

CAR HIRE

Best for green warriors and epic scenery.

Best for classic road trips and groups of friends.

One of the most environmentally-conscious ways to travel, not only will you get a window onto the world rather than just dash from A to B, but rail passes also offer huge savings over buying individual train tickets.

If you're two or more, or just can't make public transport work, car hire will give you both freedom and can save you money. Remember, for non-residents, you may have to be over 21 and have been driving for two years.

CAMPERVAN HIRE

Best for budgeting and the ultimate freedom. If you're a small group of friends or a couple, 2, 4 or 6-berth campervans can be one of the most economical ways to travel. You'll save on accommodation and eating out, plus you'll be the coolest crew on the road.

WE

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


INDI INDI //INDEPENDENT

F LY / / T O U R / / S TAY / / C A M P E R / / PAC K AG E / /

Best for our most flexible and fancy-free adventures yet!

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

Best for tailor making your trip, your way.

FLEXIBLE FLIGHTS, TOURS, BEDS AND TRAVEL PASSES.

WE ARE ALL INDIVIDUALS, SO WHY WOULD

YOUR ADVENTURES, YOUR RULES.

WE TRAVEL THE SAME?

Here at Adventure HQ, we don't penalise our travellers for changing their minds, we embrace it. Flexible payments before you fly + flexible dates on the road = never missing out because you couldn’t commit to dates or your plans changed. Or got waylaid by a dive instructor called Jez.

YOU MAKE THE RULES

Pick any dates, destination and budget, and our Travel Experts will create a bespoke and INDIvidually tailor made itinerary for you. From public buses to private drivers, and tea huts to luxury overwater bungalows, you're in charge.

I'M FLEXI AND I KNOW IT! CHECK IT OUT...

FLEXIfly Book now pay later // Add unlimited date changes with MultiFLEX // Get even more flying flexibility with BlueTicket if you're a student or under 31. FLEXIstay Book now pay later // Pay for a number of nights upfront with our accommodation passes // Choose where and when you want to stay on the road.

FLEXItour Book now pay later on selected tours and passes // Open-dated tours, day trips, hop-on hop-off bus and rail passes // Confirm your dates on the road. FLEXIpackage Book now pay later // Choose from any of our FLEXI flights and products // Watch us put them together to create a fully flexible and free-loving adventure.

ORIGINAL ITINERARIES

Whether you're travelling solo, in a couple or with friends, you’ll have the freedom to create your own trip, but with the security of pre-arranged transport, accommodation and the support of our local ground handlers. MAKE IT PERSONAL

From high-altitude treks to downward dog yoga retreats, make each itinerary personal with our INDI Hits - our favourite local experiences, treks and Nama-Stay wellness retreats. Whether you’re planning a three-week itinerary or just a private driver to get you around a tricky leg of your trip, with INDI, any adventure is possible. Pick up an INDI brochure instore for inspiration and sample routes.

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Who We WORK WITH

We only work with people who can give you a genuinely authentic experience. Let's meet them!

redefining small group travel for over 25 years. G Adventures’ award-winning trips are all about getting you face to face with people, cultures and wildlife across the world. Travel in small groups and stay in some truly unique places along the way.

TRIP STYLES

18-TO-THIRTYSOMETHINGS Light on frills, heavy on experience. Exclusive to 18-39s. CLASSIC Huge variety, wiggle room included for free spirits. ACTIVE Multi-sport tours with equipment and experts on-hand.

WHY WE LOVE THEM

SERVICE LEVELS

LOCAL LEADERS Trips are led by certified local guides, or Chief Experience Officers (CEOs). Hello, insider tips!

CAMPING Great value. Camping most nights and even the odd hotel stay. Affordable public and private transport.

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS Get paired up with a same-sex roommate instead. Lone wolves can opt for the My Own Room option at extra cost.

BASIC Simple digs, great optional activities. Affordable public and private transport.

LIFETIME DEPOSITS Cancelling or postponing? Put it towards another trip in the future - your deposit is protected for life. 100% GUARANTEED DEPARTURES Once you’ve paid, you’re going!

STANDARD Mid-range accommodation, top highlights included. Mix of public and private transport. UPGRADED Living it up! Upgraded everything with more meals, activities and transfers than any other G Adventures tour.

The Lando Meet The Lando, G Adventures’ purpose-built Overland Adventure Vehicle. If you're heading on an 18-to-Thirtysomethings 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.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS More inclusions, deeper exploration and exclusive access. MARINE Experience the Caribbean, the Galápagos, the Amazon & Antarctica. RAIL Bringing sexy rail travel back. Awesome views included. LOCAL LIVING Immersive community stays.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

G FOR GOOD Tours that include visits to G for Good projects, funded by the not-for-profit Planeterra Foundation to encourage social enterprise. THE JANE GOODALL COLLECTION Wildlifefocused tours endorsed by primatologist Dr Jane Goodall.

STA TRAVEL EXCLUSIVES

10% REPEAT DISCOUNT* Get a tasty 10% discount on your next G Adventures trip when you book with us. FREE ISIC DISCOUNT CARD Student, teacher or under 31? Grab a free discount card or ISIC/IYTC Mastercard© Cashcard when you book a tour with this logo.

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Connecting young travellers to the time of their lives since 1962. Social travel experiences for 18-35s. THE CONTIKI DIFFERENCE

REAL EXPERIENCES The icons you can’t miss, the unique experiences you can only get with Contiki and the unexpected gems that will surprise you. They include more - all delivered by a legendary team. EAT LOCAL Immersive dining experiences (like sharing a home-cooked meal in a local’s home), locally sourced meals in Contiki properties, and local restaurants wherever you go. UNIQUE ACCOMMODATION that’s more than just a place to sleep. From centrally located launchpads, to cool next generation hostels, to Contiki-owned properties (A French chateau? An Austrian Gasthof? Yep they own them). EXCLUSIVELY FOR 18-35s The ultimate experience for young travellers from all over the world.

A PROUD MEMBER OF TTC a passionately run family owned business committed to service. When you travel with Contiki, you’re treated like family. TREAD LIGHTLY Sustainable tourism matters - Contiki Cares is a commitment to preserving the planet and giving back to the communities Contiki visits. STA TRAVEL EXCLUSIVE

5% REPEAT DISCOUNT* Done Contiki before? Book again and save 5% off your next trip.

WHY WE LOVE OVERLAND TOURS

epic truckin’ adventures Dragoman have been helping adventurous travellers cross continents in their orange trucks since 1981. Their vehicles are built to withstand the world’s roughest terrain, meaning they can carry you and your luggage to the planet’s most remote spots.

Overland tours can cover some pretty long distances, and Dragoman knows it’s as much about the journey as it is the destination. Get your travel playlist in order, bring your travel scrabble and bring some sturdy walking shoes – you’re an adventurer now. PRICES AND KITTIES

In addition to the cost of your trip, you'll need to pay a Local Payment as well, usually in USD. This ‘kitty’ is a group fund and covers accommodation, camping meals and included activities for flexibility and best value on the road. You can see what's being paid for plus you get everything at cost price! REPEAT DISCOUNT

5% REPEAT DISCOUNT* Book another Dragoman trip with us and get 5% off!


Room GET A

Bye bye bedlam, hello making choosing and booking beds easy.

MORE CHOICE

From hammocks and hostels, to floatels (floating hotels, it's a thing we swear) and five-star honeymoon suites, we've travelled the world to secure you the best deals on accommodation. This brochure is just the start, with thousands more options available online, instore and on the STA Travel App. TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS

We've teamed up with TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel community, to add their customer reviews to our website and app. So whether you're at home or booking on the road, see exactly what other travellers have to say before you stay.

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HEALTH & SAFETY

Swan towel origami is all very impressive, but not as impressive as a clean health and safety record. We vet properties using our own guidelines, working continually with suppliers to ensure that where you are staying is hygienic and safe.

A NOTE ON ACCOMMODATION PRICING Prices shown in this brochure are ‘per person, per night’ for the meal plan shown, and are based on the cheapest season for travel to each destination. Unless otherwise stated, accommodation prices exclude any locally-payable supplements such as city taxes, visitor or ‘tourist’ taxes, and hotel resort fees. Airport transfers, where these are a compulsory requirement in order to reach your hotel, are also excluded and will need to be arranged separately at the time of booking. The end.


Shoestring

ABRAHAM HOSTEL - JERUSALEM, page 134

Glampacker

ONCE IN CAPE TOWN - CAPE TOWN, page 63

Rock Solid

CAMPS BAY VILLAGE APARTMENTS - CAPE TOWN, page 64

Class Act

HABTOOR GRAND RESORT AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION - DUBAI, page 151

OUR OWN RATINGS

TRADERS HOTEL QARYAT AL BERI - ABU DHABI, page 156

A-List

One country's high-end can be another country's mid-range. That's why we rate properties using our own categories, so that you can see exactly who you're getting into bed with. Shoestring

No frills, but no nasty surprises either

Glampacker Stylish, minus the matching price tag Rock Solid Good value, good rooms, good times

ATMOSPHERE KANIFUSHI - THE MALDIVES, page 121

Class Act Comfort dressed up in fancy shoes A-List

Hello, room service? It’s me

Apartments

Look out for our favourite digs, bonus room upgrades, early bird and long stay specials.

Think 'Friends', only with your own mates

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Africa, Middle East & Indian Ocean LEBANON LEBANON

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TUNISIA TUNISIA

MARRAKECH MARRAKECH

TEHRAN TEHRAN IRAQ IRAQ

IRAN IRAN

TEL TEL AVIVAVIV

JORDAN JORDAN ISRAEL ISRAEL CAIRO CAIRO

WESTERN WESTERN SAHARA SAHARA

ALGERIA ALGERIA

UNITED UNITED ARABARAB EMIRATES EMIRATES QATAR QATAR

VALLEY VALLEY OF OF THETHE KINGS KINGS

LIBYALIBYA

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DOHA DOHA

LUXOR LUXOR

SAUDISAUDI ARABIA ARABIA

EGYPT EGYPT

DUBAI DUBAI ABUABU DHABI DHABI MUSCAT MUSCAT

MAURITANIA MAURITANIA

OMAN OMAN MALI MALI NIGERNIGER

THE GAMBIA THE GAMBIA GUINEA-BISSAU GUINEA-BISSAU

SUDAN SUDAN

BURKINA BURKINA FASOFASO GUINEA GUINEA

CONAKRY CONAKRY

NIGERIA NIGERIA

LIBERIA LIBERIA

DJIBOUTI DJIBOUTI

CENTRAL CENTRAL AFRICAN AFRICAN REPUBLIC REPUBLIC

GHANA GHANA

ABIDJAN ABIDJAN

TOGOTOGO

DIREDIRE DAWA DAWA

ADDIS ADDIS ABABA ABABA

KUMASI KUMASI

MONROVIA MONROVIA

GONDAR GONDAR

BENIN BENIN CÔTECÔTE D’IVOIRE D’IVOIRE

SIERRA SIERRA LEONE LEONE

YEMEN YEMEN

ERITREA ERITREA

CHADCHAD

SENEGAL DAKAR DAKAR SENEGAL

CAMEROON CAMEROON

ETHIOPIA ETHIOPIA

SOUTH SOUTH SUDAN SUDAN

SOMALIA SOMALIA UGANDA UGANDA

EQUATORIAL EQUATORIAL GUINEA GUINEA

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DEMOCRATIC DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO OF CONGO

GABON GABON

KENYA KENYA

KAMPALA KAMPALA

NAIROBI NAIROBI

RWANDA RWANDA

MT. MT. KILIMANJARO KILIMANJARO

BURUNDI BURUNDI

CONGO CONGO

ARUSHA ARUSHA TANZANIA TANZANIA

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SEYCHELLES SEYCHELLES

ZANZIBAR ZANZIBAR DARDAR ES SALAAM ES SALAAM

SOUTH SOUTH LUANGWA LUANGWA N.P.N.P.

ANGOLA ANGOLA

MOZAMBIQUE MOZAMBIQUE ZAMBIA ZAMBIA

LUSAKA LUSAKA CHOBE CHOBE N.P.N.P. NAMIBIA NAMIBIA

MALAWI MALAWI

VICTORIA VICTORIA FALLS FALLS

OKAVANGO OKAVANGO DELTA DELTA BOTSWANA BOTSWANA

WINDHOEK WINDHOEK SWAKOPMUND SWAKOPMUND

KRUGER KRUGER N.P.N.P. MAPUTO MAPUTO SWAZILAND JOHANNESBURG JOHANNESBURG SWAZILAND

FISHFISH RIVER RIVER CANYON CANYON LESOTHO LESOTHO

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DURBAN DURBAN SOUTH SOUTH AFRICA AFRICA

PORT ELIZABETH ELIZABETH CAPE CAPE TOWN TOWN PORT

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MADAGASCAR MADAGASCAR

ZIMBABWE ZIMBABWE

ANTANANARIVO ANTANANARIVO MAURITIUS MAURITIUS REUNION REUNION


6 ways to get inspired and plan your trip. 1 DISCOUNTED RATES FOR TANZANIA EXPLORER

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Expert tips and travel tales, find out everything from what eco-gear to pack, to where to find the best burger in NYC. STA TRAVEL GUIDE APP

Discover where to go, what to see and when to see it. Download a guide to your 'appy place on the App Store or Google Play. HASHTAG, YOU'RE IT 2 FREE FOOTAGE FOR SHARK CAGE DIVING IN GANSBAAI

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Loved this? Pick up one of our other brochures instore or online at statravel.com.au/travel-brochures.htm

MALDIVES

4 15% OFF THE YELLOW BOATS TOURS

5 30% OFF BIKE RENTAL

Check out the map for the top student discounts available with your ISIC card. Plus, we're ditching the plastic and going virtual! Plastic is not fantastic. (Sorry Barbie).

6 10% DISCOUNT ON FOOD AT CARNIVORE


African Adventures EPIC

These Africa tours are designed to be epic with safaris, camping and amazing landscapes. Plus, long hours on the road churn out the best stories. Often toilet-related. Never dull.


VICTORIA FALLS & SERENGETI ADVENTURE 20 DAYS, Victoria Falls

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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. With an early start on Day 2, 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! With a free morning ahead, go on a walking safari or visit a nearby village. For lunch, stop at the Tribal Textiles Market and Courtyard Café, a G for Good initiative designed to support local efforts such as the protection of African wild dogs or the local Malimba Primary School. Over 100 people are employed here and 1,500 people benefit directly from it. (4B, 4L, 4D)

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Day 6-12 Kande Beach / Chitimba / 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 to Chitimba. Cross the border into Tanzania on Day 10 and head to Dar es Salaam for your ferry over to Zanzibar. (6B, 6L, 6D)

Day 13-14 Nungwi / Stone Town (Zanzibar) Over on the Spice Island of Zanzibar, Nungwi will be waiting 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 and spices. Upgrade this part of your tour with the Zanzibar Express option and fly instead from Zanzibar to Arusha! You'll cut your travel time and enjoy an extra night in Zanzibar. Includes all transfers, local flight, and one additional night. (3B)

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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. Journey to Kenya's capital on Day 20 where your trip ends on arrival. (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 Stop by the Tribal Textiles Market and Café

Day 1-3 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. This is one of the world's best wildlife-viewing areas so get your best spotting hat on! (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 4-5 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 on the 'Zanzibar Express Southbound' option. You'll cut your travel time and get an extra night in Zanzibar, giving you plenty of time to seek out the best sights (drinking holes) before the rest arrive. Transfers, local flight and extra accommodation are all included. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 6-11 Bagamoyo / Zanzibar / Baobab Valley / Iringa Enjoy gorgeous landscapes en route to Bagamoyo and the Indian Ocean on Day 6, then take the ferry to Zanzibar the next day. 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, sign up for palace visits, museums and traditional Arab residences in your free time, or dive in snorkel first to the Indian Ocean. On Day 10, hop aboard the ferry back to the mainland and head to Baobab Valley on the banks of the Ruaha River. Stop by Iringa Craft Centre, an employer of local artists with disabilities, then bed down in Iringa, perched high above the Little Ruaha River. (6B, 3L, 3D)

Day 12-17 Chitimba / Kande Beach / South Luangwa National Park Cross the border and spend three days on the shores of Lake Malawi, staying in various lakeside camps on the way. Top tip: the tropical life of the lake makes for fantastic snorkelling opportunities! Get a feel for local culture and cuisine with dinner at a local home, washing it down at a nearby pub. Journey on to Zambia and enjoy lunch at the G for Good Tribal Textiles Market and Courtyard Café - the proceeds from which will go towards supporting the benefactors of this social enterprise: namely local efforts to protect the African wild dog and the development of the nearby Malimba primary school. Then, enjoy a free day exploring South Luangwa National Park. (6B, 6L, 6D)

Day 18-23 Lusaka / Victoria Falls / Kasane / Gweta Get a feel for the vastness of Africa on a few driving days on the way to Victoria Falls, stopping along the way at Zambia's capital, Lusaka. Based in the namesake town, spend the next few days exploring the breathtaking Victoria Falls. Go white water rafting, canoe on the Zambezi, throw yourself off a bridge (bungy cord attached!) or take a spectacular flight over the falls. On Day 22, cross into Botswana and stay in Kasane. From here you can opt to do a cruise down the Chobe River or a game drive in Chobe National Park. Then, head south to Gweta. (4B, 4L, 2D)

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Day 24-25 Maun / Okavango Delta Opt to catch a bird's-eye view of the delta on a scenic flight, then it's time to head in to the delta yourself! 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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On the way to Etosha National Park, stop for lunch at the Penduka Village Restaurant and Shop, a women-owned and run social business in the Katutura Township. This G for Good initiative employs at-risk women mostly living in the surrounding townships with no schooling background and no access to secure jobs, or those suffering from chronic illness or disabilities. Along with direct employment, the handicraft cooperative also contracts the services of more than 300 women from around the country for handicraft creation. Continue to Etosha and 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. Then, learn more about the lost culture of the Damara people at the Damaraland Living Museum. (4B, 4L, 4D)

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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. If you're looking to replenish yourself after while on the road, don't miss out on a trip to Joe's Beerhouse. Think barbecued food, lots of beer and great company; what more could you ask for?! (2B, 2L, D)

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Day 26-27 Kalahari (Ghanzi) / Windhoek

Accommodation: Simple hotels (4 nts), participation camping (27 nts), full-service camping (2 nts), multi-share guesthouse (2 nts), basic bush camping (2 nts), permanent tented camp (1 nt), multi-share hostel (1 nt) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle (Lando), 4WD, minibus, ferry, mokoro Meals: 36 breakfasts, 32 lunches, 26 dinners Budget: Allow USD $240-315 for meals not included

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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)

Day 34-37 Namib Desert / Fish River Canyon / 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)

Day 38-40 Cederberg / Cape Town Journey through the dramatic scenery of the Western Cape as you make your final approach to Cape Town. En route, call by the G for Good-supported !Khwa ttu San Cultural Centre. Learn about the history of the San people and, in turn, support the ||Kabbo Academy's sustainability training - a programme aimed at encouraging sustainable living and tourism in the now-vulnerable San communities. Your trip ends after breakfast on Day 40. (3B, 2L, D) K E N YA

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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

Day 1-3 Cape Town / Cederberg / Orange 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 the G for Good !Khwa ttu San Culture Centre, then 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)

Day 4-8 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)

Day 9-13 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 wildlife. Photo-friendly windows means you'll be able to record it all on your cameras, with no obstructions! Continue to the capital, Windhoek, and stop for lunch at the G for Good Penduka Village Restaurant. (5B, 5L, 3D)

Day 14-18 Ghanzi / Maun / Okavango Delta / Gweta / Kasane 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 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 a game drive or sunset cruise to catch a glimpse of hippos, crocs and elephants. (5B, 5L, 3D)

Day 19-25 Victoria Falls / Lusaka / Chipata / South Luangwa National Park Head into Zimbabwe today and call in at the G for Good Lusumpuko Women's Club, a cooperative supporting local women in the Victoria Falls area. Then, it's on to Victoria Falls for optional adventure activities galore, including white water rafting, bungy jumping, gorge swinging and canoeing. On Day 22, cross into Zambia and stop by capital Lusaka and the G for Good Tribal Textiles initiative en route to South Luangwa National Park. (5B, 5L, 4D)

Day 26-31 Kande Beach / Chitimba / 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, eating with a local family and long walks on the beach. Stay in Kande Beach and Chitimba 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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Day 32-34 Stone Town / Nungwi 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 beaches, snorkelling and diving. Start your journey back to the mainland tomorrow (Day 35), or treat yourself with a flight from Zanzibar to Korogwe with our Zanzibar Express Northbound option and avoid two days of road travel time. (3B)

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Continue to the Kenya-Uganda border and camp overnight in the market town of Eldoret, then make for Uganda's capital on Day 46. Then, get comfy as you head off to Lake Bunyonyi, crossing the equator and enjoying a meal at the G Adventures-supported AidChild Equation Cafe along the way. 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. Then, on Day 50, head north to Kalinzu Forest Reserve, and set out the next morning to follow the hairy swingers (steady) on their daily route. Continue to Lake Mburo National Park via a local tea plantation. Then head to Jinja, the thrill-seeking capital of Africa. (8B, 7L, 8D)

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Make your way through the Maasai lands into Kenya, and enjoy a free day in the capital of Nairobi to relax or explore. The next day, journey through the Great Rift Valley on the way to one of the most famous national parks in Africa; the incomparable Maasai Mara. Enjoy a game drive on arrival and see if you can spot any (or all) of the Big 5, then settle down in your camp for the evening. Explore more of the park on a full-day game drive on Day 43, then leave the park on Day 44 and stop by the G for Good-supported CafĂŠ Ubuntu, an initiative providing jobs for marginalised women in Kenya. Continue to Lake Nakuru and see if you can... spot... a leopard on an included safari. (5B, 4L, 3D)

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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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Day 35-39 Korogwe / Arusha / Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater

Accommodation: Participation camping (39 nts), permanent tented camp (3 nts), simple hotels (5 nts), multi-share hostels (3 nts), full-service camping (2 nts), basic bush camping (2 nts) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle, mokoro, 4WD safari vehicles, minibuses, ferry Meals: 50 breakfasts, 43 lunches, 37 dinners Budget: Allow USD $340-445 for meals not included

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Day 53-55 Kampala / Jinja / Eldoret / Nairobi 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 54, cross back over to Kenya for a night in the city of Eldoret, before heading back to Nairobi on Day 55 where your tour ends on arrival. (2B) U G A N DA

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Mix it up with cities, beaches and wildlife on this mother of all trips from South Africa's Cape Town to Kenyan capital Nairobi. With 38 nights of participation camping, you'll be a whiz at putting up and taking down tents in no time. And your reward? Waking up with nature! Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) as head guide/cook and driver, certified safari guides/drivers, certified mountain gorilla trackers, camp crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADSUA


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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 1-2 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 right outside Arusha. (B, L, D)

Day 3-5 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 ecosystem. 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; a chance for a sundowner or two, perhaps? (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Day 6-9 Bagamoyo / Nungwi / Stone Town 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, opt to take a tour of a fragrant spice plantation, go snorkelling, sailing or scuba diving or just kick back and chill; when in Zanzibar, hey? Fancy staying an extra night? Upgrade this part of the trip and fly to Stone Town instead, giving you an extra night on the island for more relaxation time. (4B, L, D)

Day 10-11 Baobab Valley / 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. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 12-14 Chitimba / Kande Beach 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 some pretty 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 an optional tour of nearby Kande Beach village, then enjoy a traditional dinner in a local home; a great chance to see why the country is called the Warm Heart of Africa! (3B, 3L, 3D)

Day 15-17 Chipata / South Luangwa National Park Cross into Zambia and set up camp in Chipata, swinging by the G for Good Tribal Textiles Market on the way. The next morning, head to your next camp outside South Luangwa National Park, the ideal base for your next safari outing. Max out your safari time tonight with an optional wildlife drive in the park, or choose to explore a nearby village. On Day 17, you have a whole day to explore the park. Opt to go on a walking safari (May-Oct but weather dependent year-round) or a night drive to see lions, leopards and huge herds of elephant and buffalo. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Six countries ain't half bad for a month's travelling! This tour takes in eastern Africa in all its diversity, including its best safaris, beaches, rivers and cities. Kenya dig it? (Yes, you can). 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, certified safari guides/drivers, local guide Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADKBJ

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Day 21-22 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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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. Looking for even more adrenalin? Don't miss a chance to hurl yourself off a bridge on a gorge swing or bungy! Tonight, new people may join the group for the rest of the adventure. Vic Falls has some good bars and restaurants, so why not go for a few drinks to welcome them? (2B, 2L, D)

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Accommodation: Participation camping (19 nts), full-service camping (2 nts), simple hotels (5 nts) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle (Lando), 4WD, minibus, ferry Meals: 25 breakfasts, 21 lunches, 19 dinners Budget: Allow USD $160210 for meals not included

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Day 23-25 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, spotted hyenas, cheetah, giraffes, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes (and all the rest). Repeat on Day 25 for your second game drive, or upgrade to a 4WD 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. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Day 26-27 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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Pretoria Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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Iconic wildlife, powder white beaches, thundering falls... a highlight-packed tour of south eastern Africa is never going to be a letdown! Camp along the way for a full-on brush with nature. Service Level: Camping Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Services of 2 crew Group Size: Max 24, Avg 16 Tour Code: ACZVK22

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• Hit Zanzibar's white sand beaches • Travel along the shore of Lake Malawi • Adrenalin activities in Livingstone

• Search for white rhino in Matobo • Big 5 safaris in Kruger National Park • Shangaan cultural evening

Day 1-4 Dar es Salaam / Zanzibar Start strong with a ferry from Dar es Salaam to the gorgeous retreat island of Zanzibar. Disembark in Stone Town and spend the day exploring its cobbled alleyways and local markets before heading north. Here, you'll have clear waters and palm-fringed beaches at your fingertips, so opt for a scuba diving session or stay on dry land to catch some sun. Return to Dar es Salaam on Day 4. (3B, D)

Day 5-12 Dar es Salaam / Mikumi National Park / Chitimba / Kande Beach / 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 11, cross the border into Zambia and continue on to Zambian capital Lusaka. (8B, 8L, 8D)

Day 13-16 Livingstone Arrive into Africa's adrenalin capital and get close to 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)

Day 17-19 Bulawayo / Matobo 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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Extend your trip Zanzibar to Cape Town (34 days, Dar es Salaam - Cape Town) (ACZTC34) Fr $5,075 Plus Adventure Pass

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Not far east from the resort town of Tshipise, you'll find Kruger National Park. On your first night, get the full Shangaan welcome with a cultural evening full of tribal dancing and singing (time to dance for your supper...). The next day, it's on to the plains of the savannah for a game drive in an open-sided safari vehicle - perfect for unrestricted views so keep your eyes peeled for the Big 5. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 22 Pretoria After an action-packed three weeks, your tour comes to an end today. Drive through the beautiful Mpumalanga region before arriving in Pretoria. Say farewell to your travel partners, start your onward journey or extend your stay in Pretoria or nearby Jo'burg. See our hotels on page 74 for more details. (B)

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Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts), camping (18 nts) Transport: Fully-equipped 24-seater safari vehicle, 6/8-seater 4WD safari vehicle, ferry Meals: 21 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners Adventure Pass (optional): From USD $90

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Livingstone Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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Experience the wilds of Africa on a camping trip around the continent's eastern and southern regions. Sleep under the stars in national parks and relax on Zanzibar's pristine sands. Service Level: Camping Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Services of 2 crew Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code: ACSEA24

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• Safari in Maasai Mara National Reserve • Bush camp in the Serengeti • Free time to relax on Zanzibar

Day 1-4 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)

Day 5-8 Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha / Bagamoyo Transfer to the Serengeti by 4WD, passing through Mto wa Mbu 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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Accommodation: Tented camp (2 nts), hotel (3 nts), camping (18 nts) Transport: Fully-equipped 24-seater safari vehicle, 6/8-seater 4WD safari vehicle, ferry Meals: 23 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 18 dinners Adventure Pass (mandatory): From USD $1,370

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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 Mikumi National Park the next day. If you're lucky, you might spot forest elephants or giraffes feeding near the side of the road. (6B, 2L, 3D)

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Day 15-20 Iringa / Chitimba / Kande Beach / 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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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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Visit the Khama Rhino Sanctuary Mokoro excursion into the Okavango Delta See Chobe's large elephant population Trip to see the Victoria Falls Opt to raft on the Zambezi River Camp on the shores of Lake Malawi

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Three-day excursion to Zanzibar Opt to tour a spice plantation in Nungwi Pass by the foothills of Kilimanjaro Game drives in the Serengeti Wildlife spotting in the Ngorongoro Crater Lunch at the Tribal Textiles initiative

Day 1 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. Soweto has it all; there's even a bungy jump here!

Day 2-3 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)

Day 4-6 Okavango Delta / Gweta / Kasane Enjoy a game walk through the Okavango Delta and make your way deep into the delta on a mokoro (traditional dugout 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 boat cruise, great for spotting elephants, crocodiles and hippos. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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Day 7-8 Victoria Falls Cross into Zimbabwe and enjoy a traditional lunch prepared by the G for Good-supported Lusumpuko Women's Club. Starting off as a cooperative rearing chickens and providing catering services for local churches and events, the group is thriving with the task of creating a traditional meal, much like their mothers and grandmothers used to prepare. Continue to 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)

Day 9-16 Lusaka / South Luangwa National Park / Chipata / Kande Beach / Chitimba 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, buffaloes, 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 12, enjoy an included lunch at the G for Good Tribal Textiles and Courtyard Café. Then, 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 on Day 14. (8B, 8L, 8D)

Day 17-18 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 Tanzania's busy capital, Dar es Salaam. Life in this city mainly revolves around its bustling harbour and noisy fish markets. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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TRIBAL TEXTILES, ZAMBIA

PROJECT PARTNERS: PLANETERRA "South Luangwa is benefitting from tourism a lot. The higher the number of tourists... the more poverty is decreasing because people have jobs and they are able to take children to school and afford a basic meal every day. The shop girls are all women. Tribal management has lots of women." - Nsabila Njobvu, Retail Manager at Tribal Textiles


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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, certified safari guides, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADAJB

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Leaving the shangri-la of Zanzibar behind you, it's time to head back to the mainland where you'll overnight in Korogwe with views of the Usambara Mountain. Next day, take in your first glimpse (weather permitting) of the 5,895 metre-high Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world! Travel onward to Arusha, Tanzania's (and arguably Africa's) safari capital. This gem has a stunning backdrop of Mt. Meru so check out the view. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 22-23 Korogwe / Arusha

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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 called 'Zanzibar Express Northbound'! Stay an extra night, fly from Zanzibar instead of taking the ferry and rejoin the group in Korogwe on Day 23. When on holiday... (3B)

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Day 19-21 Stone Town / Nungwi

Accommodation: Participation camping (19 nts), full-service camping (2 nts), simple hotels (4 nts), bush camping (1 nt) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle (Lando), 4WD, ferry, mokoro Meals: 25 breakfasts, 22 lunches, 18 dinners Budget: Allow USD $165-215 for meals not included

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Day 24-26 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 yearround 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)

Day 27 Nairobi Travel through the sacred lands of the friendly Maasai people to Kenya's capital, Nairobi, where your tour ends in the evening. This is East Africa's most cosmopolitan city, blessed with a great nightlife scene and loads of restaurants! Soak up the city's colourful culture and reminisce on the past 27 days (B, L)

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Shorten your trip Botswana & Falls Adventure (8 days, Johannesburg - Victoria Falls) (GADAJL) see page 46 Fr $1,349 Victoria Falls & Serengeti Adventure (20 days, Victoria Falls - Nairobi) (GADVN) See page 21 Fr $3,599

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Serengeti Balloon Safari Take to the skies in a hot-air balloon. Includes a champagne breakfast.  Fr $769 Zanzibar Express (Northbound) Less travel time, more Zanzibar. Includes flight and an extra night in Stone Town.  Fr $502

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Covering 2,900km of the African continent is no mean feat (it's an impressive seven countries!) but the Lando overland adventure vehicle was born ready. Make your way north from Johannesburg, camping by lakes, national parks and in the wilds of the bush.


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Wildlife spotting in the Serengeti Find out all about traditional San culture Climb Sossusvlei's towering dunes Game drives in Etosha National Park Learn survival skills in the Kalahari Desert Travel to the Okavango Delta by mokoro

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Day 1-3 Cape Town / Cederberg / Orange 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. Along the way, stop at the G for Good-supported !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre to learn about San culture and language and about how the training programme is changing lives. The following day, set up camp at scenic Orange 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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Day 4-6 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)

Day 7-10 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)

Day 11-15 Etosha National Park / Windhoek / Ghanzi / 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, stopping at the G for Good Penduka Village Restaurant for lunch. 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 into the waterways and marshes of the delta. (5B, 5L, 3D)

Day 16 Okavango Delta Set off on an overnight excursion into the Okavango Delta, one of the best places in Africa to spot wild animals. Hop into a mokoro, a traditional dug-out canoe, and delve deep into the delta towards your remote bush camp. Enjoy game walks, mokoro safaris and game viewing, and relax at the camp in the day's heat. With a total area ranging from 15,000km2 in drier seasons to 22,000km2 during the wettest, the region is home to an immense range of animals, including the African bush elephant, buffalo, hippo, black rhino, white rhino and zebra. And the rest. (B, L, D)

Day 17-21 Gweta / Kasane / Victoria Falls Wake up as the sun rises over the delta before continuing on to the village of Gweta, located by 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 cruise along the Chobe River. Day 19, cross into Zimbabwe, stopping for lunch at the G for Good Lusumpuko Women's Club, and spend the next few days pumping up the adrenalin in Victoria Falls. Opt to go bungy jumping or take a rafting excursion down some roaring rapids. (3B, 3L, D)

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PROJECT PARTNERS: LUSUMPUKO WOMEN'S CLUB This cooperative, made up of 20 women, is evolving from rearing chickens and catering for local events, to serving meals for hundreds of travellers. Harnessing the tourism industry in this small town will help the women provide for their families. They say the biggest difference it will make is helping them pay their children's school fees.

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Catch the ferry over to the so-called Spice Island of Zanzibar and travel north to visit Nungwi's 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. Wanting to spend more time in paradise? Opt for the Zanzibar Express Northbound option for an extra night in Stone Town. Travel back to the mainland on Day 35 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)

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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)

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Day 30-31 Iringa / Dar es Salaam

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Head to your campground just outside the Zambian capital of Lusaka and set up camp. Continue with more wildlife and optional walking safaris in South Luangwa National Park, then travel to Chipata on the Zambia/Malawi border and visit the G for Good Tribal Textiles Market and Courtyard CafĂŠ for lunch. 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, go swimming and enjoy beautiful mountain views. Relax on the shore or opt to snorkel among masses of tropical fish. On Day 27, enjoy dinner at a local home with a local family with, no doubt, a beautiful sunset. (8B, 8L, 8D)

Jan

Day 22-29 Lusaka / Chipata / Kande Beach / Chitimba / South Luangwa National Park

Accommodation: Participation camping (28 nts), permanent tented camp (1 nt), full-service camping (2 nts), simple hotels (3 nts), basic bush camping (2 nts), multi-share guesthouses (2 nts), multi-share hostel (1 nt) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle (Lando), 4WD, minibus, ferry Meals: 36 breakfasts, 33 lunches, 27 dinners Budget: Allow USD $220-290 for meals not included

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Day 37-40 Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha / Nairobi 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. On Day 40, 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. (4B, 4L, 3D)

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Serengeti N.P.

Nairobi

Arusha Korogwe Zanzibar TA NZ AN IA Dar es Salaam Iringa

Ngorongoro Crater

South Luangwa N.P. Kande Beach / Chitimba Z A MB I A

Okavango Delta Chobe Lusaka N.P. Etosha N.P. Victoria Falls

Daramaland Spitzkoppe

Swakopmund Namib Desert

Gweta Maun Ghanzi Windhoek

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A lot can happen in 40 days, especially in this part of the world. With an itinerary teeming with wild safaris, optional bungy jumps and intrepid journeys into deserts and steaming wetlands, you'll no doubt savour Zanzibar's easy-going (nap friendly) pace towards the end. Trust us.


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Gondar to Cape Town WITH GORILLAS

114 DAYS, Gondar Cape Town

Routes Individual start / end points Cities / towns

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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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 Trek to see chimpanzees in Uganda Gorilla tracking in Uganda

AXUM

SUDAN

LALIBELA

BAHIR DAR

DEBRE MARKOS ADDIS ABABA HARAR

BALE N.P.

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

JINJA

NAKURU N.P. NAIROBI

GORILLA TREK

MAASAI MARA

SERENGETI NGORONGORO

RWANDA

TANZANIA

MT. KILIMANJARO ZANZIBAR

IRINGA DAR ES SALAAM

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 wild camp by night. Continue on to Lalibela's famous rock churches on Day 13

ZAMBIA

SOUTH LUANGWA N.P.

VICTORIA FALLS

LIVINGSTONE

SOSSUSVLEI

ZIMBABWE OKAVANGO DELTA

MATOBO N.P.

MAKGADIKGADI PANS

NAMIBIA BOTSWANA

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.

Day 39-49 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. 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 trekking excursion.

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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 SPITZKOPPE city of Harar followed by a drive to Awash National Park and an overnight stay in the Awash Falls SWAKOPMUND Lodge. Who said you couldn't get luxury on an overlanding tour?! Head to Ziway on Day 27.

LAKE MALAWI

MALAWI

LOWER ZAMBEZI N.P.

Day 16-27 Bahir Dar / Debre Markos / Addis Ababa / Harar / Awash N.P.

Day 28-38 Lake Ziway / Bale Mountains / Wendo Genet / Arba Minch / Konso / Moyale / Samburu Village

SAMBURU N.P.

MURCHISON FALLS N.P.

QUEEN ELIZABETH N.P.

Day 1-15 Gondar / Simien Mountains N.P. / Debark / Axum / Danakil Depression / Mekele / Lalibela

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SIMIEN MOUNTAINS

FISH RIVER CANYON

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Departs (Southbound): 06Apr19, 16Dec19 Departs (Northbound): 09Dec19 Accommodation: Hostels and hotels (35%), campsites and wild camps (65%) Transport: Overland truck, canoe, ferry, 4WD, private bus Meals: All meals included while camping, some breakfasts at hotels Local Kitty: Approx. USD $6,500 Note: 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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Day 50-60 Murchison Falls / Queen Elizabeth N.P. / Bwindi / Lake Mburo / Nakuru N.P. 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 visit to the Mpanga Forest's ancient drum-making community, 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 tracking 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.

Day 61-72 Maasai Mara / Nairobi / Amboseli N.P. / Tarangire / Serengeti N.P. / 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 hot-air balloon ride over the savannah. Re-join the truck on Day 71 and make for Lushoto by way of Marangu.

Day 73-84 Zanzibar / Iringa / Chitimba / Kande Beach / Lilongwe / South Luangwa N.P. 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.

Day 85-96 Lower Zambezi / Victoria Falls / Kasane / Hwange N.P. / 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 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 National Park to track its resident black and white rhinos on foot.

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Day 97-105 Makgadikgadi Pans / Okavango Delta / Grootfontein / Etosha N.P. / 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.

Day 105-114 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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ZANZIBAR TO CAPE TOWN 42 DAYS, Zanzibar

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$6,901

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Cape Town

Small Group Adventure

highlights

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

Day 1-10 Zanzibar / Dar es Salaam / Iringa / Chitimba / Lilongwe Start the journey in Stone Town and along the beaches of Nungwi, where the Indian Ocean is at its best! Return to the mainland by ferry then hit the road to Lake Malawi and Lilongwe.

Day 11-20 South Luangwa N.P. / Lower Zambezi / Victoria Falls

Sossusvlei, Namibia

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 lots of activities. Gorge swing, anyone?

After even more safari time at Etosha National Park, head 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.

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Cape Town

(Includes local kitty)

$5,965

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Gondar

Small Group Adventure

highlights

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

Oct

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ARBA MINCH TO GONDAR 35 DAYS, Arba Minch

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Day 31-42 Etosha / Spitzkoppe / Swakopmund / Sossusvlei / Fish River Canyon / Cape Town

Feb

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 is the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park - 3,900km2 of habitats and home to a population of hippos. It's then on to Shakawe to prepare for a guided overnight trip into the Okavango Delta, which includes mokoro trips and bushwalking safaris. Cross into Namibia on Day 30 to meet the San Bushmen of Grootfontein.

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

Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Camping (80%), hostels and hotels (20%) Transport: Overland truck, 4WD, private bus, ferry, mokoro, canoe Meals: All meals included while camping, some breakfasts at hotels Local Kitty: Approx. USD $1,930 payable locally Group Leader: 2 crew, 1 cook, local guides Group Size: Max 22 Tour Code: DRAZW

Jan

Day 21-30 Chobe N.P. / Hwange N.P. / Matobo N.P. / Makgadikgadi Pans N.P. / Shakawe / Grootfontein

inclusions Zanzibar

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

Day 1-9 Arba Minch / Wendo Genet / Bale Mountains N.P. / Ziway Lake / Awash N.P. 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. On one day, you'll truck up to Sanetti Plateau in search of Ethiopian wolves. Up next is Ziway, and a boat trip on the lake to check out its ancient monastery. Continue on to Awash National Park, known mostly for its astonishing array of birdlife.

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Day 27-35 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 explore the park before you make your way to the finish line in Gondar.

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Harar

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Addis Ababa

Lalibela

May

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, tour the nearby rock churches, then continue to the Afar Depression, aka the Cradle of Mankind.

Gondar Bahir Dar Debre Markos

Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Camping (20%), hostels and hotels (80%) Transport: Overland truck, boat Meals: All meals included while camping, some breakfasts at hotels Local Kitty: Approx. USD $920 payable locally Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22 Tour Code: DRAGM

Apr

Day 17-26 Bahir Dar / Lalibela / Mekele / Danakil Depression / Mekele

Simien Mountains N.P.

Danakil Depression

Mar

Leave the national park and drive east to the historic city of Harar. Tour the colourful markets of the walled city and watch the Hyena Men feed the city's hyenas. The capital of Addis Ababa is next on the itinerary, and its fantastic wealth of museums, cathedrals and mausoleums. On Day 16, swap the bright city lights for the small town of Debre Markos, by way of the Blue Nile Gorge.

Feb

Day 10-16 Harar / Addis Ababa / Debre Markos

Jan

EPIC AFRICAN ADVENTURES

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


Small Group Adventure

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zambezi River, Zambia

NAIROBI TO ZANZIBAR WITH GORILLAS Nairobi

$8,783

FR

Zanzibar

Incl. local kitty

34 DAYS

highlights

• Gorilla tracking in Uganda • Game drives in Lake 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? Mountain gorilla tracking in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park! Departs Southbound: Selected Tue and Sun Northbound: Selected Mon and Wed Accommodation: Camping (85%), hostels and hotels (15%) Meals: All meals included while camping, some breakfasts at hotels Local Kitty: Approx. USD $3,450 Transport: Overland truck, 4WD, private bus, ferry Tour Code: DRAUZ

Zanzibar

$2,927

FR

Victoria Falls

• Three days in Zanzibar • Snorkel in Lake Malawi

Incl. local kitty

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 and Wed Accommodation: Camping (80%), hostels and hotels (20%) Meals: All meals included while camping, some breakfasts at hotels Local Kitty: Approx. USD $800 Transport: Overland truck, 4WD, private bus, ferry, canoe Tour Code: DRYDF

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Small Group Adventure

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Victoria Falls, Zambia

NAIROBI TO NAIROBI WITH GORILLAS Nairobi

ZANZIBAR TO VICTORIA FALLS

$5,332

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Nairobi

Incl. local kitty

21 DAYS

highlights

• Track rare gorillas in Uganda • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

• Maasai Mara visit • Safari in Lake 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 track the great, rare ape. Raise the heart rate in Jinja with optional activities including white water rafting. Departs: Selected Sun and Tue Accommodation: Camping (90%), hostels and hotels (10%) Meals: All meals included while camping, some breakfasts at hotels Local Kitty: Approx. USD $2,130 Transport: Overland truck, 4WD, private bus Tour Code: DRYNN

VICTORIA FALLS TO CAPE TOWN Victoria Falls

Cape Town

$4,167

FR

Incl. local kitty

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 Fri and Sun Northbound: Selected Sat and Mon Accommodation: Camping (85%), hostels and hotels (15%) Meals: All meals included while camping, some breakfasts at hotels Local Kitty: Approx. USD $1,150 Transport: Overland truck, 4WD, mokoro Tour Code: DRYVC

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EPIC AFRICAN ADVENTURES

Dakar to Accra 70 DAYS, Dakar Accra Finding your way off the beaten track isn't so easy these days, but heading west on the African continent lets you do just that. This trip is worthy of any intrepid soul, and covers an impressive nine countries along the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Guinea: Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Togo.

SENEGAL ST. LOUIS

DAKAR

TOUBA

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BAO BOLONG WETLANDS

highlights

Take the road-less travelled Stunning coastal roads in Benin Kakum National Park wildlife Wild camping in southern Guinea Freetown Peninsula beaches Meet the Korhogo handicrafters

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GUIMALI NEA

CAP SKIRRING

Baboon-spotting in Pendjari Birdwatching in The Gambia Travel by dugout canoe Local voodoo celebrations Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary Traditional music in Ghana

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MAMOU GUINÉE FORESTIRE

FREETOWN

TIWAI ISLAND

KORHOGO

BENIN GHANA

KUMASI

SIERRA LEONE LIBERIA CÔTE D'IVOIRE

Arrive into Dakar and get yourself settled in. Meet your fellow travellers and tour guide, then opt to explore the city. Visit the Village des Arts, Dakar's hub for local artists, or kick back and relax on the beaches of N'gor and Yoff. On Day 2, head north to the old colonial city of St. Louis, formerly the capital of French West Africa. The next day, explore the streets of the Old City and opt to visit Langue de Barbarie National Park or the nearby Djoudj Birdlife Reserve. Then head south to the small town of Toubakouta, where you'll stop to see the Grand Mosque of Touba and visit a nearby village to see a slice of rural Senegalese life. On Day 6, cross into The Gambia and camp opposite the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve, one of the premier birdwatching sites in Africa. Explore the reserve via a motorised pirogue, then opt for a game drive in the forests and mangroves of Kiang West National Park.

Day 8-17 Cap Skirring / Bissau / Northern Guinea (Labé) / Fouta Djallon (Labé) Cross back into Senegal and enjoy two full days in Cap Skirring; plenty of time for swimming, biking, fishing, quadbiking and sunbathing. Then, on Day 11, drive across the border into the rarely-visited country of Guinea-Bissau, stopping in the capital of Bissau. Explore the old Portuguese centre of Bissau Velho the next day, then cross into Guinea on the way to the town of Labé, the gateway to the stunning Fouta Djallon highland region. The roads on this section will take you through some incredibly remote areas; this is off-the-beaten-track travel at its finest! From Labé, travel through remote country roads to the small rural community of Aïnguel, where you'll trek to a waterfall and visit the Pont de Pierre rock bridge. The following day, enjoy a full-day trek in the surrounding region, then head back to Labé.

Day 18-26 Mamou / Southern Guinea / Freetown Peninsula / Freetown Head south through central Guinea to the town of Mamou, then continue to the border of Sierra Leone. Relax on the beaches of the beautiful Freetown Peninsula, your base for the next two days. Try your hand at some fishing, take a boat trip to the Banana Islands, or just kick back and chill on the beach. Post beach break, drive to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, and get exploring. Don't miss a trip to the Freetown Cotton Tree, the city's most famous landmark and home to hundreds of bats that fly out at dusk - it's quite a sight! Enjoy another day in the city on Day 23; a chance to visit the National Museum or Bunce Island, where slaves were once sold and shipped to the New World. Then, head back to the beaches of the Freetown Peninsula.

Day 27-35 Tiwai Island Sanctuary / Kabala / Faranah (Gberia Fotombu) / Guéckédou / Macenta / Nzerekoré (Forested Guinea) Get comfy as you head on a full day's drive to Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary, home to one of the densest populations of primates and pygmy hippos in Africa. See if you can spot them on Day 28 with a full day exploring, then travel north up through Sierra Leone to the small town of Kabala. It's famous for its traditional Ronko-dyed clothes; shirts or gowns made of strips of cloth, typically dyed a rusty reddish-brown using local pigments. Then, head into Guinea to the scenic town of Faranah and either Guéckédu or Macenta. On Day 34, journey to the small town of Nzerekoré in the heart of Guinea's Forest Region, where you'll be able to explore the following day.

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Day 1-7 Dakar / St. Louis / Touba (Toubakouta) / Tendaba

TATA SOMBA VILLAGES

KETA BEACHES

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$11,441

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Day 36-45 Western Côte d'Ivoire / Korhogo / Yamoussoukro / Grand Bassam / Elmina Prepare for an adventurous two days as you travel through some pretty remote regions of Côte d'Ivoire. Then, drive to Korhogo and enjoy a tour around many of the handicraft workshops in the area, visiting painters, bead makers, wood carvers and cloth weavers. On Day 40, drive to the small capital Yamoussoukro and explore the mighty Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, the world's largest Christian church. Then, drive to Grand Bassam on the Atlantic coast for two days of beach and tanning time. Continue into Ghana to the beaches of Beru Akyinim near the historic town of Elmina. Then on Day 45, get involved with the community projects being run by the SABRE Charitable Trust. The Trust does valuable work in developing educational projects across Ghana, with a focus on providing earlyyears education.

Day 46 - 54 Kakum National Park (Cape Coast) / Kumasi / Accra / Akosombo / Lake Volta / Mt. Klouto Head to Cape Coast and visit an old slave fort, then drive inland to the rainforests of Kakum National Park. Get a bird's-eye view of the canopy from a series of hanging bridges, then journey north through Ghana's interior to the historic town of Kumasi. Home to West Africa's largest market, there's plenty of souvenir shopping to be done here! Then on Day 49, drive to Ghana's capital city Accra; a melting-pot of cultures, awesome nightlife and tasty restaurants. Opt to visit Osu Castle, the country's seat of power since the 1600s, or head to the sands of Labadi Beach. Continue north to the village of Akosombo and pay a visit to Akosombo Dam, a project that provides almost all of Ghana's energy and created one of the world's largest man-made lakes. On Day 54 cross into Togo and set up camp in the beautiful Mt. Klouto region. Explore the region on a free day on Day 54, then head to the village centre to see a spectacular show of drumming and dancing from the local villagers.

Day 55-62 Central Togo / Tata Somba Region / Pendjari National Park / Central Benin / Abomey Over the next two days, drive up the length of Togo, all the way through the remote northern border with Benin. Then, cross into Benin and stay in a basic eco lodge in the Tata Somba region, close to the town of Tanguiéta. Enjoy a walking tour of the nearby Tata Somba villages and learn about the locals' traditional way of life. Then, head to Pendjari National Park and spot baboons, warthogs, elephants, lions and hippos on game drives. On Day 60, spend a full day driving through central Benin, then continue to Abomey, the ancient capital of the Dahomey kingdom. Opt to explore the city on a guided tour, with visits to the city's palace and museum.

Day 63-70 Ganvie / Ouidah / Grand Popo / Agbodrafo / Keta / Accra Drive to Abomey-Calavi and hop aboard motorised pirogues to Ganvie, a fascinating town built entirely on stilts in the middle of Lake Nokoué. Explore the town on a guided tour the next day, then head to Ouidah and camp on the beach. On Day 65, take a half-day tour of the Voodoo Python Temple, the "Route des Esclaves" (Slave Route), La Maison du Brésil art gallery and the Ouidah Museum of History in the old Portuguese Fort of São João Baptista de Ajudá. Afterwards, head to Grand Popo for two nights' of well-deserved relaxation on palm-fringed beaches. If you're here from November to March, you may be lucky enough to spot green turtles laying their eggs on the beaches at night time. Looking for something cultural? Why not watch some mind-blowing black magic in a local voodoo celebration. On Day 67, exit Benin and re-enter Togo and head to the small quiet town of Agbodrafo. That afternoon, take an included pirogue trip to Togoville, the centre of Vodun culture, where you will have a guided city tour and church visit. On Day 68, cross back into Ghana and make for Keta, visiting the ruins of the abandoned Fort Prinzenstein that afternoon. Finish up in Accra and do your last bit of sightseeing before heading off on Day 70.

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FREETOWN 23 DAYS 

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A short(ish) but definitely sweet version of the 70-day pilgrimage you can see on the left. Cross borders into Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Sierra Leone and The Gambia with coastal and city stays along the way.  DRZDF

FREETOWN

ACCRA 28 DAYS 

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FR $4,729

A month of travelling in Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea and Sierra Leone will see you to the largest Christian church in the world, the vine bridges of Guinea, the jungle of Kakum National Park and to the vicinity of Sierra Leone's rare pygmy hippos.  DRZFA

Accra

Accra 21 DAYS

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Benin, Ghana and Togo are small in comparison to their neighbours, but no less diverse. This tour features the double-storey mud huts of Tata Somba, a Pendjari National Park safari and a traditional voodoo ceremony. DRZAA

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Accra 50 DAYS

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FR $8,368

A journey worthy of the orange overland truck. Navigate tricky mud roads through central Guinea, witness the world's most beautiful and remote sunsets and take in the stunning landscapes of the Fouta Djallon highlands. DRADG

Freetown

Accra 48 DAYS

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FR $7,837

Skirt coasts and national parks from Freetown to Accra, then add on a loop through Benin and Togo to maximise your west African experience. Get ready for physical activity and incredible highlights.  DRAFA

Accra

Dakar 70 DAYS

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FR $11,441

Just like the tour on the left, but in reverse! This is the big kahuna of West African journeys, taking in large swathes of the coast as well as healthy chunks of the diverse inland landscapes. Get ready for raised eyebrows.  DRASG

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Departs (Eastbound): 11Nov19, 09Nov20 Departs (Westbound): 28Jan19, 27Jan20 Accommodation: Camping (50%), hostels and hotels (50%) Transport: Overland truck, 4WD, pirogue (dugout canoe) Meals: All meals included while camping, some breakfasts at hotels Local Kitty: Approx. USD $1,850


Southern Africa Gawp at the colossal Fish River Canyon, camp under starry skies to safari sounds, say hello to curious ostriches on the Garden Route and visit ancient Cango Caves.


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

$4,399

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Johannesburg Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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My Own Room Available: Fr $419

Arrive in Cape Town for your welcome meeting. Next morning, leave the city and make your way through the Western Cape. Take a visit to the G for Good !Khwa ttu San Cultural Centre, teaching travellers about San culture and language, as well as providing hospitality training programmes for San people, and enjoy a night on the farm. Journey past plantations of rooibos tea on Day 3 and choose to take a canoe trip on the scenic Orange River. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 4-10 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. Explore the Sesriem Canyon before continuing on 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 opt to sandboard or skydive before continuing through the desert of Spitzkoppe, which boasts 6,000-year-old rock engravings. Take a trip to the Damaraland Living Museum to learn about the lost culture of the Damara people on Day 10. (6B, 6L, 5D)

Day 11-13 Etosha National Park / Windhoek Enjoy two game drives in Etosha National Park which offers 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 and a break from camping - good shower included - and visit the G for Good Penduka Village Restaurant for lunch. (3B, 3L, 2D)

Day 14-18 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)

Day 19-23 Victoria Falls / Matobo National Park Cross the Zambezi River and head for the town of Victoria Falls via the G for Good Lusumpuko Women's Club. At the falls, opt for an adrenalin-fuelled rafting trip or take to the skies with a flight over the rapids. On Day 23, travel south to Matobo National Park to walk with rhinos and go on some epic game drives. (3B, 3L, 2D)

Day 24-28 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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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, 23 lunches, 17 dinners Budget: Allow USD $155-205 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


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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

Day 1-2 Victoria Falls Arrive at your accommodation near Livingstone 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! Choose to 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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Day 3-4 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)

Day 5-6 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)

Day 7-8 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)

Day 9-10 Etosha National Park Today you'll visit the G supported Penduka project, a fantastic female-run organisation that employs high-risk women who otherwise would have no access to secure jobs. 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 opportunities to spot Africa's Big 5 animals. Find elephants, antelope and lions around floodlit waterholes after dark. It's a full-day game drive in Etosha on Day 10. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 11-14 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. And this mountain range is pretty ancient, spanning back to around 700 million years, a paradise for hikers' and rock climbers. Spend two nights in the adrenalin capital and coastal city 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. Swakopmund has a milder climate than the interior, which makes it a popular destination. Its architecture reflects that of a quaint German town, and its surrounding desert is where adventure-seekers get their thrills. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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PENDUKA VILLAGE RESTAURANT, WINDHOEK

PROJECT PARTNERS: PENDUKA Penduka is run by women to employ women in vulnerable situations who may have little education or suffer from a disability. Over 300 women are employed across Namibia in handicraft creation, and the centre also hosts handicraft workshops. Visitors provide an important revenue stream by visiting its cooperative store.

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snapshot Leave your footprints on the world's highest sand dunes and get a taste for Africa's huge diversity across Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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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: GADZLD

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Day 17-18 Namib Desert / Fish River Canyon / Orange River Start the day by watching the sun rise over Dune 45, a perennial traveller favourite. 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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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 and explore the Sesriem Canyon. 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). Lace up your hiking boots and hitch up the breathtaking Dune 45. And don't be fooled, it's much higher than what you'll see at first glance! 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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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, 12 dinners Budget: Allow USD $130-170 for meals not included

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Day 19-20 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 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. Maybe sample some local wine (when in Rome and all that). Day 20 will be your final travel day. Take time to visit the G for Good !Khwa ttu San Cultural Centre, an initiative that educates travellers on San (a hunter-gatherer community) culture and language as well as training San students in a 7-month hospitality programme. Head on to vibrant Cape Town and opt for one last night out with the group (2B, 2L, D)

Day 21 Cape Town Today, your trip comes to an end, but fear not! Cape Town is a city of many hats and if you choose to extend your stay you won't be twiddling your thumbs. 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 to the V&A waterfront. (B) Z A M B I A

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CAPE & DUNES OVERLAND SOUTHBOUND 14 DAYS, Windhoek

$1,949

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Cape Town Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Permanent camp (1 nt), multi-share hostel (1 nt), participation camping (8 nts), multi-share guesthouse (2 nts), bush camp (1 nt) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle Meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 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: GADNDO

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

• Tackle the world's highest sand dunes • Spot wildlife on Etosha's game drives • G for Good collection

Day 1 Windhoek Arrive at any time into Windhoek and feel free to explore at your own leisure. Why not head to the Stellenbosch Wine Bar and Bistro for excellent food in a classy establishment? Just an idea.

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Day 2-4 Etosha National Park Pay a visit to the G supported Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop, an initiative that employs vulnerable women to provide them with employment and give disadvantaged women the life opportunities they deserve. Spend the next couple of days spotting a wide array of wildlife and enjoying the scenery in Etosha National Park. Some of the larger mammals you may see include leopard, elephant, wildebeest, cheetah, springbok and hyena. After your final morning safari ride on Day 4, head on to Damaraland through stunning desert landscapes. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Day 5-7 Damaraland / Spitzkoppe / Swakopmund It's off to the Damaraland Living Museum to educate yourself on the lost culture of the Damara people before heading on south to the granite peaks and countryside of Spitzkoppe. Journey through the coastal region to the adrenalin capital of Swakopmund where you can opt to soar the skies and skydive, or stretch those muscles and sandboard. If that doesn't float your boat then choose to participate in a living desert tour to seek out creepy crawlies. (2B, 2L, D)

Day 8-10 Swakopmund / Namib Desert / Fish River Canyon Time to head off to the edge of the Namib Desert today where you'll be camping. Choose to take a walk with a local expert who will be able to tell you about the mysteries of the desert. Spend Day 9 exploring the Sesriem Canyon before heading on to the Sossusvlei Dunes to climb the astonishing Dune 45. Sit back and enjoy the sunset at the vast Fish River Canyon the following day - the second-largest canyon worldwide. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Swakopmund Skydiving Freefall and parachute in tandem for fab views of the Namib Desert  Fr $258 Reverse your trip Cape & Dunes Overland Northbound (13 days, Cape Town - Windhoek) (GADADO)  Fr $1,949 Extend your trip Dunes, Deltas & Falls Northbound (21 days, Cape Town - Victoria Falls) (GADCF)  Fr $3,199

Day 11-12 Fish River Canyon / Orange River / Cederberg And it's across the border and into South Africa on Day 11 where you'll set up camp at the Orange River. Choose to go on a canoe ride if that tickles your fancy. The following day, journey past large plantations of rooibos tea and absorb the views of the breathtaking Western Cape scenery. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 13-14 Cederberg / Cape Town Today you'll be visiting the G for Good supported project, the !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre where you'll learn about San culture and language, as well as the fundamental work the project does. Amongst many other things, this programme aims to promote responsible tourism, stage environmental interventions and help the San community to build upon their skills and with employment opportunities. Head on to lively Cape Town, soak up incredible views of Table Mountain and choose to head on a final night out with your fellow travellers. Day 14 is your last day. (2B, L)

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$1,449

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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

• Witness mighty Victoria Falls • Spot hippos in Chobe River • G for Good collection

Arrive into the modern Namibian capital Windhoek, explore, and meet your group in the evening. The next day, cross the Botswanan border at Ghanzi into the Kalahari Desert, 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)

Day 3-4 Maun / Okavango Delta

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana

Overnight in the town of Maun, where you have the 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)

Day 5-6 Gweta / Chobe National Park

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Day 7-9 Victoria Falls Have lunch at G supported Lusumpuko Women's Club, a local cooperative that helps women with employment and skill development. Cross the Zambezi by ferry into Zimbabwe to witness the mighty Falls. Choose to go white water rafting, canoeing or take a flight over the falls. Depart any time after breakfast on Day 9. (2B, L)

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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

$2,749

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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

Day 1-3 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, the capital of Mozambique. (2B)

Day 4-5 Inhambane / Praia do Tofo

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland

After a short drive around Inhambane, you'll head up the coast and soak up the laidback atmosphere. Swim, snorkel or beach lounge in Praia do Tofo, home to manta rays, sea turtles, and even whale sharks. (2B) M OZ A M B I Q U E

Day 6-8 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. Time for Bazaruto Island for a hike in the sand dunes. Snorkelling lovers will be in paradise at Two Mile Reef, so get involved! After a tasty island lunch it's back to mainland Vilanculos for a night out. (3B, 2L, D)

Day 9-10 Xai-Xai Settle in the lodge outside Xai-Xai (pronounced 'shy shy') for a relaxing night with a local beer around beautiful scenery. On Day 10, experience the Portuguese flavour of the charming beach town of Xai-Xai with its markets, shops and restaurants to discover. (2B)

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Day 11-13 Greater Kruger Area / Johannesburg Head to Kruger National Park for an unforgettable safari experience in Manyeleti Game Reserve - keep an eye out for elephants, hippos, lions and giraffes. Travel back to Johannesburg on Day 13 where your tour ends. (3B, 2D)

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inclusions 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: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $265-345 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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Day 1-2 Windhoek / Ghanzi


BOTSWANA & FALLS ADVENTURE 8 DAYS, Johannesburg

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Victoria Falls

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Visit Khama Rhino Sanctuary • Optional Victoria Falls bungy • Game walk in Okavango

• See Makgadikgadi's sunset • Chobe wildlife safari • G for Good collection

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Xxxxxxxxxxx Day 1-2 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)

Day 3-4 Maun / Okavango Delta It's off to the safari hub of Maun. 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, A N G O L A enjoying a campfire amid the changing landscape of the Delta. (2B, 2L, D)

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Day 5-6 Gweta / Chobe National Park At sunrise, sail back through the Okavango's water channels, then head 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 boat cruise on the Chobe River. (2B, 2L, D)

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Day 7-8 Victoria Falls Cross into Zimbabwe for a traditional lunch, prepared by the G supported Lusumpuko Women's Club, an initiative that helps women strengthen their skills and employment opportunities. Next up, the town of Victoria Falls, located very close to the recordbreaking 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)

Victoria Falls Okavango Delta Maun

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Gweta Khama Rhino Sanctuary

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Victoria Falls River Rafting Full Day, Fr $202

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s 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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KRUGER, FALLS & ZIMBABWE 8 DAYS, Victoria Falls

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Johannesburg

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• 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

Day 1 Victoria Falls Arrive into Victoria Falls on Day 1, and spend the day exploring the world's largest waterfall. These spectacular falls bolt down a whopping 110 metres and are locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or the smoke that thunders. The more adventurous can choose to rush down the Zambezi on a white water rafting excursion or sign up for a thrilling bungy jump if you want to get your pulse racing. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Day 2-3 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, and is an Intense Protection Zone for white and black rhinos. It is also known for its unusual balancing granite formations, also known as kopjes, and its wonderful collection of rock paintings. While you're here, you'll get the unique opportunity to walk with rare white rhinos and experience an open vehicle safari game drive. Keep your eyes peeled! (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Victoria Falls Z I M BA B W E

Day 4-7 Kruger National Park Travel south into South Africa: big game country! On arrival, relax and soak in the hot springs of the campsite. The world-renowned 2,000,000 hectare Kruger National Park offers wildlife experiences that rank with the best in Africa - and the world - so make the most of it. Search for lion, elephant, rhino and more on your full-day game drive in an open vehicle. Do also look out for San Rock Art (insider tip right there). On Day 7, head back to Johannesburg and opt for a night on the town. (4B, 4L, 3D)

Day 8 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

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SOUTHERN AFRICA ENCOMPASSED 15 DAYS, Johannesburg

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Johannesburg Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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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: GADAJJ

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Arrive into South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg. On Day 2, set off for the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a communitybased 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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Day 1-3 Johannesburg / Khama Rhino Sanctuary / Maun

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• Feel the thunder of Victoria Falls • See the Big 5 in Kruger National Park • G for Good collection

Jan 20

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• Learn about the Shangaan people • Glide through the Okavango by mokoro • Spot wildlife from your tent in Chobe

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

Day 4-6 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, hop on a mokoro ride out of the Delta, 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. And, with over 440 recorded bird species to see, you'll wonder where to look. (3B, 3L, 2D)

Day 7-10 Victoria Falls / Matobo National Park Travel from Botswana across the Zambezi River into Zimbabwe, and start strong with a traditional lunch prepared by the G supported Lusumpuko Women's Club, an initiative that enriches women's employment opportunities and helps them provide for their families. Get up close to the power of the mighty Victoria Falls - Africa's adventure hub, be brave and white water raft down the Zambezi, hop in a canoe or take a scenic flight over the falls. Set your alarms early for a long but pretty drive to Matobo National Park the following day. 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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Day 11-13 Greater Kruger Area / Kruger National Park Travel through Zimbabwe and cross into South Africa. Relax in the campsite's hot springs on arrival. 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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Day 14-15 Johannesburg Journey back to Jo'burg for a final dose of exploring (famous sights here include the Apartheid Museum and the botanical gardens) before your adventure comes to an end after breakfast on Day 15. (2B, L)

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Chobe N.P.

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Pretoria Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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Discover some of Southern Africa's most famous highlights on this unforgettable adventure through Africa's ever-changing landscape. There are 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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• Take in the staggering Fish River Canyon • Camp in Etosha National Park • Relax and reboot in coastal Swakopmund

Day 1-4 Cape Town / Western Cape / Orange River / Fish River Canyon / Sossusvlei 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 Orange 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)

Day 5-11 Solitaire Area / Swakopmund / Spitzkoppe / Etosha National Park Start hiking in the morning 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 in preparation for two days of camping and game drives at Etosha National Park. Leave Etosha for a night out in Namibia's lively capital, Windhoek. (7B, 5L, 4D)

Day 12-16 Windhoek / Ghanzi / Maun / Okavango Delta / Nata On 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)

Day 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)

Day 20-25 Matobo National Park / Kruger National Park / Pretoria On Day 20, cross into Zimbabwe and bask in the beauty of Matobo National Park on an optional wilderness trek (included in the Adventure Pass). As well as the almost-alien landscape of kopjes - towers of rock balancing on top of one another - you'll also hopefully come across the park's 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 Pretoria through the Mpumalanga province on Day 25, where your adventure comes to an end. (6B, 5L, 5D)

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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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Service Level: Camping Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostel (2 nts), tented camp (1 nt), camping (21 nts) 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 $570 Tour Code: ACDTR25

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Victoria Falls

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• See a huge array of wildlife • Visit cascading Victoria Falls • Polokwane Game Reserve

• Zambezi river sunset cruise • Matobo National Park • Kruger National Park

Start strong with a drive from Pretoria across the Mpumalanga province with views of surrounding mountains. Stop off at the Blyde River Canyon to discover the quirky Three Rondavels rock formations. Aim for Kruger National Park by 4WD on Day 2 with a guide who will teach you about the wild and varied wildlife here (over 505 species of bird and 148 species of mammals live here. Fact.) This park prioritises the animal's wellbeing and respects their space. (B, 2D)

Kruger National Park, South Africa

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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

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Transfer from Bulawayo to the town of Victoria Falls. Meander the markets, cafés and shops before sipping on a drink over a Zambezi river sunset cruise. Ace your night vision as you look out for hippo, elephant, buffalo, buck and birdlife along the banks. Hit the nightlife if you wish! It's on to the Victoria Falls National Park on Day 7 to witness this cascading waterfall - the world's largest. Note: there are number of optional adventure activities that can be added on to your trip. (2B, L, D)

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Kruger N.P. Hoedspruit

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A guided game drive in Matobo National Park. If nature (luck) is on your side, you'll get a sneak peak on foot of a white or black rhino as this reserve is home to the largest concentration of white and black rhino in the whole of Africa. Also, keep your eyes peeled for leopards and black eagles! (B, L, D)

Matobo N.P.

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Victoria Falls

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Service Level: Accommodated Age Group: Min 8 Accommodation: Lodges with twin-shares and en suites (6 nts) Transport: Minibus, 4WD open safari vehicle, river cruise boat Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners Group Leader: English-speaking driver/Tour leader Group Size: Max 12 Safari Pass (mandatory): USD $680 Tour Code: ACKVF7A

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Buckle up for the journey to Polokwane from Kruger. Expect to see idyllic mountain passes and thriving citrus plantations en route along the valleys of Limpopo province, famous for eco tourism. Don your walking boots for a more intimate Game Reserve exploration in Polokwane, home to over 20 species of mammals, white rhino and around 200 species of birds. Day 4, it's off into Zimbabwe, a home to plenty of natural wonders. (2B, 2D)

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

Day 1-3 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) San Bushmen, Ghanzi

Day 4-7 Nata / Maun / Okavango Delta / Maun / Ghanzi

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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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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)

Etosha N.P.

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Livingstone Kasane

Day 8-10 Ghanzi / Windhoek / Etosha National Park

Service Level: Camping Accommodation: Tented camp (1 nt), camping (10 nts) 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 $410 Tour Code: ACSDDE12

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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)

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CAPE TOWN TO VICTORIA FALLS ADVENTURE 18 DAYS, Cape Town

$4,299

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Victoria Falls Small Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), lodge/chalet (5 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), basic camping (1 nt), participation camping (4 nts) Transport: Air con touring vehicle, safari vehicle, mokoro Meals: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $350-455 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 • Embrace adventure in Victoria Falls • G for Good collection

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Day 1-4 Cape Town / Lambert's Bay / Orange 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, stopping en route to the G supported !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, an initiative that supports the local community and trains 30 South African San (an indigenous culture) students each year for a 7-month hospitality training programme. Lambert's Bay is a picturesque coastal town from which 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 Orange River. Transfer to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and take in the majestic scenery. (3B)

Day 5-8 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. Soak up desert views as you travel onward to Swakopmund, where numerous optional activities such as sandboarding, dolphin cruises, quad biking and skydiving are on offer. (3B, 2D)

Day 9-12 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. Day 11, head through the countryside to Namibia's small, friendly capital Windhoek, and visit the G supported Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop. This project helps vulnerable women to secure employment opportunities, and contracts over 300 women annually for handicraft creation. 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, L, D)

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Day 13-16 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. 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 to Nata. Opt for a sunset visit to the salt pans of Makgadikgadi in dry season (MarSep), 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 game drive. (4B, L, 2D)

Victoria Falls Etosha N.P.

Day 17-18 Victoria Falls Cross the Zambezi River by ferry to Victoria Falls, an adrenaline junkie's paradise. Optional activities include white water rafting, canoeing and a scenic flight over the falls. Your tour ends on Day 18. (2B)

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Victoria Falls

highlights

• Kirstenbosch Gardens Tour • Drive the Panorama Route • Thunderous Victoria Falls

• Spot lions & elephants • Explore glittering Cape Town • Sample Zimbabwean food

Arrive at any time on Day 1 and enjoy a guided tour of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, waddle with the penguins of Boulders Beach and opt to pull up a chair on the V&A Waterfront. Optional activities are plentiful, from skydiving, abseiling, cage diving with great white sharks, Table Mountain hikes and wine tours. (2B)

Day 4-6 Johannesburg / Panorama Route / Kruger National Park Help yourself to a South African braai (barbecue) after your flight to Johannesburg. Drive along the Panorama Route on Day 5, stopping at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes and God's Window before spending the night in a safari lodge. Start with a morning wildlife safari through Kruger National Park in an open vehicle before motoring around in search of some of Kruger's 147 species. (3B, 3D)

Day 7-8 Karongwe Private Game Reserve Up next, the Karongwe Private Game Reserve. A lecture from the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Cheetah Metapopulation Project will tell you about their efforts to protect wildlife. For the next two days, enjoy game drives searching for wildlife including Africa's famed Big 5. Post game drive, enjoy dinner in camp. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 9-12 Johannesburg / Victoria Falls Fly into Zimbabwe for a guided tour of the cascading Victoria Falls. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, over 5 million cubic metres of water pours over the rapids every minute, and each sunset produces a fantastic rainbow. It's then off to a local market before helping prepare a traditional Zimbabwean dinner. The final days are yours to explore the Victoria Falls area. (4B, 2D)

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Victoria Falls Helicopter Flight 15 min, Fr $214

Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), comfortable safari camp (2 nts), comfortable tent/chalet (2 nts) Transport: Air con touring vehicle, open safari vehicle, plane Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners Budget: Allow $245-320 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEO), local guides & rangers Group Size: Max 16, Avg 14 Tour Code: GADSLNG

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CAPE AND NAMIBIA ADVENTURE 12 DAYS, Cape Town

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Windhoek

Small Group Adventure

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• See the Fish River Canyon • Hike up the Dune 45 • Visit Etosha National Park

• Women's cooperative visit • See the Big 5 • G for Good collection

Day 1-2 Cape Town Arrive into colourful Cape Town and venture into the west coast the following day, stopping at the G for Good !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, an initiative that supports the San community, providing hospitality training for 30 students each year. It's then off to the small fishing town of Lambert's Bay, where you can choose to visit Bird Island, or take a stroll through this quaint town. (B) Cape Town, South Africa

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Spend the next few days on safari in Etosha National Park for some world-class game viewing. Be on the look out for four of the Big 5. It's then on to Windhoek to visit the G for Good Penduka Village Restaurant, a project that employs vulnerable women facing difficulties at home and in need of employment opportunities. Opt to explore the modern capital in the afternoon, before heading home the next day. (B, L)

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Swakopmund Skydiving Half Day, Fr $258

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Get geared up for the red Sossusvlei Dunes, the ever-changing 'dead-end marsh'. The wind transforms their shape giving them the nickname 'star dunes.' Journey on to the Sesriem Canyon where you can opt to climb the Dune 45. Travel on to Swakopmund the next day where you can choose to skydive, sandboard or go quad biking. (2B, D)

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), lodges (1 nt), participation camping (4 nts) Transport: Air con touring vehicle Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $260-340 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver, local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GADACD

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Cross into Namibia, continue to the banks of the Orange River and opt to have a swim or just chill out. Head on to the vast Fish River Canyon (160km in length, no kidding) and take in views of rugged landscapes. Time to head north and on to Sesriem, with views of striking Namibian landscapes en route. (3B, D)

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AFRICAN INSIGHT 7 DAYS, Pretoria

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Livingstone

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

Day 1-2 Pretoria / Hazyview / Kruger National Park Start in Pretoria and travel to South Africa's famed Kruger National Park, home to a wealth of wildlife and communities. Spend your first evening singing and dancing with the Shangaan tribe, then wake up to a full day on exhilarating game drives in search of the Big 5. (B, L, 2D)

Day 3 Hazyview / Tshipise

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

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Tshipise Kruger N.P.

Your next stop is Matobo National Park, home to giant statue-like boulder formations, and is arguably Zimbabwe's best-kept secret. Known for its population of black and 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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Bulawayo Matobo N.P.

Service Level: Camping Accommodation: Twin-share camping (6 nts) Transport: Fullyequipped 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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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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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)

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

Day 1-4 Pretoria / Kruger National Park / Bulawayo With Pretoria as your starting point, leave the city on Day 1 and drive to Kruger National Park, stopping 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) Okavango Delta, Botswana

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Get off grid and into the UNESCO-listed Okavango Delta. Some of the world's most endangered species of large mammal reside here, including the African wild dog, the cheetah and white rhinoceros. 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 Pretoria the next morning. (4B, 3L, 3D)

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Z I M BA B W E Okavango Delta Chobe N.P. Bulawayo

Service Level: Accommodated Accommodation: Twin-share chalets and guest houses with en suite (12 nts), pre-erected tent with en suite (1 nt) Transport: Minibus or microbus, 6/8-seater 4WD safari vehicle, ferry, river boat, mokoro Meals: 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 12 dinners Age Group: Min 8 Group Size: Max 12 Safari Pass (mandatory): USD $1,580 Tour Code: ACSAM14A

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Cross into Botswana on Day 8 for a safari through Chobe National Park, home to the Big 5 and over 460 bird species (that's a lot of birds). Next morning, head to the salt pans and the flamingo zone of Makgadikgadi Pans. After a guided morning walk on Day 10 of a Tswana village, head to Maun. (3B, 3D)

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Rise early and enjoy an open vehicle drive into Matobo National Park. It's on to the town of Victoria Falls and a relaxing sunset cruise. Opt to spend Day 7 taking up adventure sports or take a trip to see the falls. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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


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Calling all wildlife lovers and adventureseekers! This tour will see you venturing up Table Mountain on a cable car, scouring for wildlife in Kruger National Park, and camping in a luxury camp in Chobe National Park (it's okay, even the most intrepid traveller deserves some pampering). Opt to get your pulse racing on a zipline over the Zambezi River, and soak up the great outdoors in a classic camping extravaganza. Trip Style: In Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager Group Size: Max 26 Tour Code: COCEBBSA

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Day 1-4 Cape Town / Kruger National Park Welcome to colourful Cape Town! Meet your Trip Manager and head out with your group for dinner and drinks at a local eating haunt. It's a full day of sightseeing the following day, starting with a cable car ride up the iconic Table Mountain for incredible panoramic city views before a city tour of Cape Town. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure, and indulge in some R&R on one of its beaches. Day 3 enjoy a full-day of excursions. Opt to drive along the cliffs of Chapman's Peak down to Africa's tip, stop at the penguin-clad Boulders Beach and head on an afternoon wine tasting tour of the Cape Winelands. What better way to spend your time? Day 4, fly to Johannesburg and journey on to the wonderful Kruger National Park, home to the great Big 5. (3B, 2D)

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• All park fees and game drives included • Ride a cable car up Table Mountain • See the Big 5 in Kruger National Park

Accommodation: Hotels and lodges (9 nts), luxury safari camping (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach, minivan, plane, pop-up safari vehicle Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

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Day 5-7 Kruger National Park / Victoria Falls Set your alarm for sunrise; the perfect time to see some of Africa's elusive predators finishing their nightly hunts. Keep your eyes peeled for lurking wildlife during a picnic breakfast. At midday, enjoy lunch in one of the park's main camps before heading out on an afternoon drive - cooler temperatures means more active wildlife! The hunt continues the next day before you head back to Johannesburg on Day 7 for your flight to Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls. On arrival, opt to head on a walk along the world's largest waterfalls - and one of its natural wonders - before opting for an evening filled with adrenalin-fuelled activities. Jump, swing or zipline over the Zambezi River, flowing right next to the waterfall, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or the 'smoke that thunders'. (3B, L, D)

Day 8-9 Victoria Falls / Chobe National Park Adventure time! Choose to raft down the Zambezi, one of the world's best white water rafting rivers. Alternatively, opt to take a scenic helicopter flight over the crashing falls where you may also spot some of Africa's most treasured animals from above. There's also an escape room to try out - the Tribal Tap - so get your thinking cap on. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure. Day 9, it's on to the wildlife haven of Botswana and Chobe National Park. Driving along the Chobe River is a guaranteed wildlife hotspot, as this park is home to the world's largest elephant population. Feel at one with the African wilderness with a night under starry skies, camping in the middle of the African bush, after a delicious meal al fresco. As you're dozing off you may hear a distant whooping hyena or the sound of moaning lions. (2B, D)

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Day 10-11 Chobe National Park / Victoria Falls Wake up as the sun rises, and head on a morning safari game drive before checking into your lodge. Spend the rest of the day lounging around the pool before your final evening with your fellow travellers. Hop on a sunset cruise on the Chobe River, and admire the surrounding hippos, basking crocs, and all sorts of other wildlife venturing over to their watering holes. Return to Victoria Falls on Day 11, where the tour finishes at around 1pm. (2B)

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Cape Town

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Lush nature trail hikes • Relax on a beach in Chintsa • Spot elephants in Addo

• Get active in Tsitsikamma • See Outeniqua Mountains • Visit colourful Cape Town

Arrive at any time and kick your tour off with a traditional Durban meal. One of their famous dishes is amusingly named 'Bunny chow' and consists of a curry nestled in a hollowed out piece of bread. Next day, travel south into the heartland of the Xhosa people and on to Chintsa, home to one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Try your luck at surfing, join a game drive or visit a local craft beer brewery. (2B, 2L, 3D) Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

Day 4-6 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, hiking, whale watching or experiencing the world's highest bungy! (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Small Group Adventure

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• Spot the Big Five • Get your hiking boots on • Camp under the stars

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Arrive into Cape Town, where you'll enjoy stunning views of the world-famous Table Mountain. Opt to head up the mountain on a scenic cable car ride or, alternatively, opt to take one of the dozen hiking routes up (it's worth it). Don't forget your jacket - the mountain can be deceiving on hot days and it actually gets pretty chilly. With so many things to explore at your fingertips by day, make time to strut the lively nightlife when the sun goes down. Day 10 marks the last day of this trip. (2B, L)

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Travel west to Knysna, a town nestled on a coastal lagoon and separated from the open ocean by The Heads (sea cliffs), and opt to visit a cheetah sanctuary or monkey park en route. Next day, take a drive with luscious views 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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Day 7-8 Knysna / Outdshoorn

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (7 nts), multi-share hostels (2 nts) Transport: Private vehicle Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners Budget: Allow USD $35-45 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) as head guide/cook and driver, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 14 Tour Code: GADCD

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• Opt to horse ride in Lesotho • Explore Lesotho & Swaziland • Views from Table Mountain

Day 1-4 Cape Town / Oudtshoorn Land in colourful Cape Town, hike to Table Mountain on Day 2 and absorb the views of the peninsula and Robben Island. It's then off to the Klein Karoo on the famous Route 62 - choose to indulge in some wine tasting en route! If it tickles your fancy, discover the Cango Caves or explore an ostrich farm, on Day 4 before crossing the Outeniqua Mountains into the Garden Route. Gear up for an optional bungy jump at the Bloukrans Bridge before overnighting in Storms River. (2B)

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Make for Swaziland where you'll sleep in beehive huts in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend the next couple of days seeing wildlife here and in Kruger National Park on safari before heading back to Johannesburg for your flight home. (2B, 2D)

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Get outdoors and spend your free time horse riding or hiking in this land of verdant valleys and mountains. Spend the afternoon hiking with a local guide and exploring gushing waterfalls before watching the sunset. It's back to South Africa on Day 10 where you'll camp in the foothills of the mountains. Enjoy a hike the next day along Tugela Gorge before heading on to St. Lucia. Choose to join a safari drive, go on a horse ride along the beach and scour for wildlife on the beach. (2B, 2D)

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Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotels/ guesthouses (13 nts), participation camping (3 nts) Transport: Private vehicle Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $315-410 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) as head guide/cook and driver, local guides Group Size: Max 14, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADSHS

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Lace up your boots and hike along the Otter Trail, passing suspension bridges and cascading waterfalls. Spot wildlife the following day in Addo Elephant National Park before camping under the stars. It's off into the semi desert of the Great Karoo where you'll spend the night in Graaff-Reinet. Opt to hike in the Valley of Desolation, or meander this charming town before crossing the border into Lesotho. (4B, D)

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Cape Town

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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

Day 1-5 Pretoria / Kruger National Park / Swaziland Set off on the Panorama Route where you'll see Blyde River Canyon and head to Kruger National Park. With the Adventure Pass enjoy two full-day game drives. Then head into Swaziland and set up camp at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy a local village visit with a guide where you can get involved in activities. (4B, 4L, 5D)

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It's off to Port Elizabeth via Addo Elephant National Park for some animal spotting. Explore Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna and for those on the Adventure Pass, the Cango Caves. Head to Hermanus, famous for its world-class whale-watching, before heading to Cape Town where you'll swill and slurp your way through a wine tasting tour en route. (5B, 4L, 2D)

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Cape Town

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Take a visit to the Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, opt to hike in the Royal National Park and swing by the Amphitheatre rock face. Head to mountainous Malealea and choose to take part in hiking or biking for the next two days before heading to the 284km² Mountain Zebra National Park to spot animals including lion, buffalo, bat eared fox (your guess is as good as ours). (5B, 5L, 5D)

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Day 11-15 Underberg area / Drakensberg / Malealea / Mountain Zebra National Park

Service Level: Camping Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Twin-share tents with shared facilities (19 nts) Transport: Fully equipped 24-seater safari vehicle, 6/8-seater 4WD safari vehicle Meals: 19 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 15 dinners Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Size: Max 24 Group Leader: Service of two crew Adventure Pass (optional): USD $270 Tour Code: ACKTCT20

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It's South Africa bound and on to the coastal town of St. Lucia. Travelling on the Adventure Pass? Enjoy a river cruise on arrival. The next couple of days you'll see Durban with its flea markets and camp at Sani Lodge home to many walking trails. A guided tour of Lesotho by 4WD takes you to a shepherd's village. Enjoy a picnic lunch after riding up Black Mountain and meet local shepherds. (5B, 3L, 3D)

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

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

Day 1-4 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? Why not check out the township of Soweto and the once-home of Nelson Mandela. Or opt to visit the Apartheid Museum to learn all about the rise and fall of Apartheid through multimedia exhibitions. This sobering experience will help you to understand how South Africa is trying to accept, learn and move on from its turbulent past. 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)

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Day 5-7 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 (the highest in South Africa) 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)

Day 8-15 KwaZulu-Natal North Coast / Durban / Knysna / Cape Town It's a leisurely drive today as you make your way to the north coast of KwaZuluNatal. 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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inclusions 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 (517km) Drakensberg Mountains (675km) KwaZulu Natal North Coast (370km) Durban (173km) Port Elizabeth Knysna (261km) Cape Town (492km)


SOUTH AFRICA VOLUNTOUR 18 DAYS, Cape Town

$2,800

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Cape Town

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Trip Style: Independent Age Group: 16+ only Tour Code: CPTAFR

inclusions Project Start Date: Thursdays Project Location: Amakhala Game Reserve (Eastern Cape), Cape Town Getting There: Airport transfer from Cape Town International Airport and all transfers included. Accommodation: Multi-share dorms in hostels and lodges (17 nts) Meals: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners Note: Background check required

highlights

• Work on a Big 5 game reserve • Help on community development projects • Waterfall zipline tour across a river gorge

• Wildlife spotting in Addo Elephant Park • Join in a yoga and meditation session • Cango Caves visit and Table Mountain hike

Departures 2019 Jan-Dec

Thursdays

Day 1-5 Cape Town / Sedgefield / Jeffreys Bay / Addo Elephant Park Arrive into Cape Town and spend the rest of the day as you please, ambling through its top notch art galleries. A walking tour of the city on Day 2 will get you stuck in, with stops including the colourful Bo Kaap district, actionpacked Long Street, and the pretty Company Gardens. Hop on a scenic canoe ride on the Wilderness lagoon on Day 4 while gazing at birdlife. Visit the Knysna Heads the next day, two stunning sea cliffs that separate Knysna lagoon from the blue sea. Get your pulse racing on an optional bungee jump the following day on the world's highest bungee jumping bridge. Alternatively, opt to visit ancient 600-800-year-old Big Tree in Tsitsikamma Forest. Walk the trails of the Tsitsikamma National Park and marine reserve, which fuses forest views with striking coastal landscapes. Head on to diverse Addo Elephant Park on Day 5 for a guided game drive, filled with hundreds of elephants, spotted hyena and black rhino. Opt for a surf sesh afterwards if you fancy catching some waves.

Day 6-11 Big 5 Game Reserve (Volunteering) Set your alarms early as the next couple of days will kick off early (7am) with breakfast, and you'll work on a wildlife reserve, identifying antelope and tracking lions with telemetry and monitor devices among other tasks. In the afternoons, canoe on the river to analyse bird behaviour, help to maintain the reserve and joint the anti-poaching brigade. You may also help with predator monitoring or bush camping and night drives. (6B, 6L, 6D)

Day 12-14 Addo Elephant Park / Oudtshoorn Head to Addo Elephant National Park for some game viewing, home to over 550 elephants, warthogs and the flightless dung beetle (the world's strongest animal, believe it or not). Opt to take the plunge and go on a waterfall zipline across the river gorge or watch ostriches burying their heads in the sand (literally) on a farm tour. Opt to spend the late afternoon on a 4WD at a private game reserve with a knowledgeable game ranger. The next morning, choose to head on an elephant bush walk and learn about their behaviours. It's then off to the stalactite-ridden walls underground passageways of the Cango Caves. Journey on via the longest wine route in the world, Route 62, to sample excellent local wines. The route boasts stunning views of high mountains, orchards and winding passes.

Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

Day 15-18 Cape Town Volunteer with children from Cape Town, assisting the class teacher with activities such as art, music or supervising the kids at mealtimes before enjoying an optional surf lesson. The next day, work on a community development programme where you'll practice yoga and meditation, and help out in organic vegetable gardens that provide free, wholesome meals to more vulnerable members of the community. Enjoy a full-day tour of the stunning Cape Peninsula with a professional guide. Experience Hout Bay harbour with its lively markets and choose to board a cruise to Duiker Island to see Cape Fur seals. Next, make headway to Cape Point Nature Reserve to spot ostriches and babbling baboons. Hike to the top of Cape Point for striking views. Opt to wander up to Table Mountain by cable car (or brave the two-hour hike) to see panoramic views of Cape Town on Day 18 before your flight home. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Amakhala Game Reserve Addo National Park

Cape Town

Oudtshoorn Sedgefield Jeffreys Bay

Cape Town, South Africa

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Volunteer with African wildlife, support local community projects, help local kids to learn English, find your inner zen during a yoga session and jet off on an adrenalin-pumping zipline. Opt to hit the beach for a two-hour surf lesson and wander magical caves. And, you can walk with gentle giants on an elephant bush walk. Elephants never forget, remember.


SOUTH AFRICA & SWAZI QUEST 17 DAYS, Johannesburg

$2,749

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Cape Town Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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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 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 14, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADASQ

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Arrive into Johannesburg at any time for a brief departure meeting this evening. The next day, travel through rugged mountains to reach the world-famous Kruger National Park where you'll stay at a unique camp in the 23,000-hectare Manyeleti Game Reserve. Experience a traditional Shangaan dinner and dance and opt for a game drive in the reserve. On Day 3, travel to Kruger National Park and take part in a game drive in search of Africa's Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino). (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 1-3 Johannesburg / Greater Kruger Area / Kruger National Park

My Own Room Available: Fr $229

Feb

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

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• Encounter the famous Big 5 in Kruger • Follow the iconic Garden Route • Explore Swaziland's first wildlife reserve

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

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Day 4-7 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)

Day 8-10 Durban / Chintsa Continue on to Durban, named one of the world's new urban wonders, and enjoy a traditional meal before travelling south into the heartland of the Xhosa people, Chintsa. Opt to go surfing, join a guided game drive, quad bike through a game reserve or visit a local craft brewery. With 15km of beach, this charming village is a great mid-point stop off. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Day 11-13 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)

Day 14-17 Oudtshoorn / Cape Town Visit The Heads in Knysna, a town nestled on a tranquil lagoon, and choose to head to a cheetah sanctuary or a monkey park en route. Drive over the 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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KRUGER, SWAZILAND & BEACH 7 DAYS, Pretoria

(Plus Adventure Pass)

$935

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Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• 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

Meet up with your group and board your safari vehicle. First on the agenda is some spectacular (and inescapable) mountain scenery, plus a view of the Blyde River Canyon from the Panorama Route. Continue to Hazyview on the edge of Kruger National Park, one of Africa's most famous wildlife reserves. Almost every major African mammal 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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$1,595

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Cape Town

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Spot the Big 7 and more • Cape Agulhas wine tasting • Addo Elephant National Park

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COAST, LESOTHO AND CAPE TOWN 12 DAYS, Durban

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St. Lucia

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Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

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Kruger N.P.

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Service Level: Camping Age Group: Exclusively 18-39s 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, 5 lunches, 6 dinners Group Size: Max 24 Adventure Pass (optional): USD $150 Tour Code: ACKSB7

Apr

Cross the border and head back in to South Africa today, setting your sights on KwaZulu-Natal's St. Lucia, home to hippos and crocodiles in its estuary - the largest estuary system in South Africa for that matter. Fun fact, St. Lucia allegedly got its name from a load of French sailors who were shipwrecked here on the Saint's feast day of December 13, 'Saint Lucy of Syracuse.' Get up early on Day 6 for an optional cruise through the settlement's estuary (included in the Adventure Pass), then it's off to Durban where your trip ends on arrival. (2B, L, D)

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Day 6-7 St. Lucia / Durban

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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. It coined the name 'Mlilwane', meaning 'Little Fire' in siSwati, as lightning strikes caused several fires in this now thriving conservation area. 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 out by the pool. There are more than 40 species of animal here, so keep a look out for the local residents. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 4-5 Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary / Swaziland

Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

• Trails in Drakensberg • Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal • Optional bungee jump

Day 1-4 Durban / Underberg Area / Drakensberg Leaving Durban, kick off with two nights at Sani Lodge Camp. Head on a guided 4WD tour of the dramatic Drakensberg mountain range, visit a rural shepherd's village and ascend Black Mountain for lunch. Who's up for a drink in the highest bar in Africa? That awaits you at Thabana Ntlenyana, the highest point in Lesotho. Follow up with a trip to the Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal and a scenic hike. (3B, 4L, 4D)

Day 5-7 Malealea Today, it's on to Malealea Lodge, right up on the mountainside of the Mafeteng District, with heaps of outdoor activities at its doorstep. Spend Day 6 exploring at your leisure on mountain bike, take a hike and meet local Basotho people, or opt for a pony ride along some incredible trails to see some of Lesotho's flowing waterfalls. On Day 7 it's back to South Africa and on to the 284km² Mountain Zebra National Park, famous for its zebras (kind of a given, no?). (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Knysna Oudtshoorn

Cape Town

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Addo Elephant N.P.

Departures 2019/20 Jul

Day 11-12 Hermanus / Cape Town Hermanus sees another one of the Biggies, the southern right whale (sometimes paired with dolphins). Stop at Cape Agulhas to visit a lighthouse, located at the southernmost tip of the continent. For the best view, embrace the 71 steps to the top! Wrap up with a wine tasting en route to Cape Town, where the tour ends. (2B, L)

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Underberg Drakensberg

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Addo National Park goes a whole two steps better than the Big 5 as the world's only park to conserve the Big 7! First up, a game drive in search for buffalo and black rhino followed by a stop at Tsitsikamma Forest, a hotspot for hikers and bird lovers. Opt to brave a bungy jump on Bloukrans Bridge before heading on to the holiday town of Knysna, known for its seafood. Next, head to Oudtshoorn, with several ostrich farms and the limestone-ridden Cango Caves at your fingertips. (3B, 3L, 2D)

Feb

Day 8-10 Port Elizabeth / Knysna / Oudtshoorn

Service Level: Camping Age Group: Exclusively 18-39s Accommodation: Twin-share tents with shared facilities (11 nts) Transport: Fully equipped 24-seater safari vehicle, 6/8-seater 4WD safari vehicle Meals: 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners Group Leader: Services of 2 crew Group Size: Max 24 Adventure Pass (optional): USD $90 Tour Code: ACCTC12

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Baz Bus a bus load of people who share your passion for exploring and adventure.

KRUGER N.P. PRETORIA / JOHANNESBURG

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Baz Bus route

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 200 hostels, guest houses and hotels in 40 different towns in South Africa. Buses are comfortable semi-luxury 19 seaters, all with on-board TV and DVDs and with trailers capable of carrying surfboards and bicycles.

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EAST LONDON PORT ALFRED PORT ELIZABETH

STORMS RIVER GEORGE THE CRAGS SEDGEFIELD PLETTENBERG BAY

DEPARTURES

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CAPE TOWN TOWARDS JOHANNESBURG Cape Town Port Elizabeth: Daily

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 200 brilliant backpacker hostels, guest houses or hotels.

Durban Johannesburg: Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun JOHANNESBURG TOWARDS CAPE TOWN Johannesburg Durban: Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun

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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. You'll end your journey with lots of new travel buddies!

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 in Cape Town

Hop-on Hop-off Ticket Plus: 4-DAY KRUGER NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE SAFARI TOUR

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 uy one ticket and hop on and off as often as you like within the B time period Travel in any direction Door-to-door pick-up and drop-off from your chosen accommodation Valid for 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days CHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING TRAVEL PASS TICKETS: 7-day Travel Pass

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OUR TOP TIPS ALONG THE WAY: Hike Table Mountain and watch the sunset Whale-watching in Hermanus Bloukrans Bridge - the highest commercial bridge bungy 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 Cycle on the Golden Mile Beachfront of Durban at Golden Hour Abseil or Hike the Drakensberg Mountains Enjoy a beer while listening to the African bush wildlife

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: 8-DAY BOTSWANA & VICTORIA FALLS TOUR

$2,150

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Spend eight days exploring Botswana and the awesome Chobe National Park in an open-top safari vehicle. Head to Victoria Falls, see the sunset over the Zambezi, camp out under the stars and listen to the call of the wild from the comfort of your tent. COMBINE THESE TWO TOURS FOR A HOP-ON HOP-OFF AND 12-DAY KRUGER, BOTSWANA AND VICTORIA FALLS Fr $2,585

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CAPE TOWN CAPE CRUSADERS

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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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ASHANTI GARDENS LODGE

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

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

Vibe: A boutique hostel without pretence, and with regular social events, art exhibitions and futuristic air con pods.

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

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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$51 $79

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

Location: A ten-minute walk from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town Stadium and local bars and clubs.

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

Vibe: A homely, relaxing boutique backpackers with an outdoor pool, furnished terraces and a barbecue.

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

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Outdoor pool • 3 shared kitchens • Barbecue area • Reading area and library • TV rooms • 24-hour reception

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ONOMO HOTEL CPT INN ON THE SQUARE

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$97 $66

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RADISSON RED HOTEL

$230 $122

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

Location: Located in the city centre, close to the Pan African Art Market.

Location: Approximately a 15-minute walk from the V&A Waterfront.

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

Vibe: A contemporary hotel with panoramic views of Table Mountain.

Vibe: More than a comfy bed, this hotel hosts art exhibitions and live music.

Highlights: Private rooms • Studios or apartments • Fully-equipped kitchen • 2 pools • Free Wi-Fi available • Tennis club

Highlights: Private rooms • Outdoor pool with views of Cape Town • Restaurant • Cocktail bar • Sauna • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms • Sun terrace with sea views • Air con • Rain shower • Outdoor pool • Bar

STAY 4 PAY 3, STAY 3 PAY 2: 01MAY19 - 30SEP19

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$228 $145

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CAPE TOWN HOLLOW HOTEL

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$187 $134

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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

Location: In quiet and scenic surroundings overlooking Company's Gardens site and Table Mountain.

Vibe: A classic, stylish luxury hotel, complete with a cocktail bar, garden terrace, and 24-hour room service. Treat yo'self.

Vibe: Stylish and elegant boutique rooms in the historic centre, with a serene atmosphere and spectacular mountain views.

Highlights: Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Cocktail bar and lounge • Restaurant • Garden terrace • Spa • Sauna • Gym • 24-hour room service • On-site parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Satellite TV • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Lounge • Free shuttle services • 24-hour reception

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THE BAY HOTEL CAMPS BAY

$378 $189

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: A stone's throw away from the beach and ideally-located close to Camps Bay’s lively nightlife. Table Mountain National Reserve is just six kilometres away. Vibe: A one-stop shop for endless sun worship. Relax with a sunset cocktail, get a treatment in the on-site spa or spend time lounging around one of four sea-facing pools. Highlights: Private rooms • Suite upgrade available • Air con • 4 sea-facing outdoor pools • Bar • Restaurant • Lounge • Terrace • Spa • Steam room • Sauna • Gym • Tennis courts • On-site parking (at extra cost) ECCPT6

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GET OUT OF BED Full Day | City Sightseeing FR Hop-On Hop-off  $22 Full Day | Robben Island & Cape Town FR City Private Tour  $241 FR Full Day | Surf in Cape Town $57


FOODIE THURSDAY IN CAPE TOWN

$125

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KIFF KOMBI URBAN SAFARI

$79

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BEERS AND BIKES

$86

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For an alternative look at Cape Town, start in colourful Bo Kaap and the street art hotspots of District Six and Woodstock. At lunchtime, visit a craft brewery to sink a few beers and take in the view of Devil's Peak mountain. After a liquid lunch, it's a liquid dessert with a wine tasting session followed by sunset viewing at a secret spot.

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 beer and biking fun starts and ends in Loop Street and includes two beer pairings, one tasting and plenty of bottled water to keep you hydrated and energised along the way.

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$83

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WINEFLIES WINE TOUR

$92

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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 and cycle 40 minutes through Cape Point’s Nature Reserve on a mountain bike, with a picnic lunch and stunning views of the ocean as your reward. Got an ISIC/IYTC/ITIC card? Enjoy a lovely 15% off.

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 with tasty cured meats, cheese and chocolate pairings. 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 (except Tuesdays) Meals: 1 breakfast snack, 1 lunch Includes: All transport, bike and helmet, guide and driver Note: ISIC/IYTC/ITIC cardholders get a 15% discount Tour Code: CPTBAZ

Departs: Daily Transport: Minibus Meals: 1 lunch Includes: Return transfers from/to accommodation in Cape Town, 5 wine farms, qualified guide, vineyard tour, cellar tour Tour Code: CPTWFD

CAPE TOWN FITNESS 8 DAYS, Cape Town

$975

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Cape Town

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• Enjoy healthy meals daily • Fitness instructor and training • Cook up a storm at a cooking class

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Departs: Tuesdays Accommodation: SaltyCrax Backpackers (7 nts) Group Size: 1-6 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners Note: Activities are weather dependent Tour Code: CPTFIT

• Included surf lesson • Snorkel with the seals • A guided tour around Cape Point

Boost your fitness and discover the must-see sights of Cape Town in eight days, personal trainer on-hand and with a bunch of organised activites included along the way. The first day is yours to enjoy at leisure before the workout begins. Day 2 starts with a fitness assessment to set you up for the week ahead. You can then look forward to strength and weight training, beach cardio, surfing and sunset pilates. But don't forget, it's not all muscles and sweat. As you work towards your fitness goal, you'll also get the chance to learn how to cook delicious healthy meals by a professional chef, snorkel with the resident seals and visit Cape Town's local markets (Saturday's Neighbourgoods Market is a dream). You'll enjoy plenty of time to explore the city, all while feeling fit and fabulous - thank you, endorphins!

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


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SHARK CAGE DIVING

$218

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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. 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

WILDLIFE SAFARI

$296

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KITE SURFING

$794

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Like kites? Like surfing? If so, come this way. 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

MARINE BIG 5

$119

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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, and white rhinos as you head to the desert landscape of Klein Karoo. A guided bushwalk is included, with a chance to walk alongside orphaned elephants before driving back along the scenic Route 62 and overnighting in Cape Town.

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

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

ADVENTURE SURF CLUB PROJECT 15+ DAYS, Cape Town

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• Help kids develop their sports skills • Tutor kids in English and Maths • Enjoy surf lessons and weekends off

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This project's main goal is to keep children occupied and off the streets after they have finished school for the day. Volunteers help teach the kids valuable life lessons through adventure activities, teamwork, educational classes and sports such as skateboarding, swimming and surfing. The programme is fairly flexible, and besides surf lessons, you’ll also help tutor the kids struggling with subjects like English and maths. The project includes a three-day introductory Cape Town orientation, accommodation and three meals a day. And don't forget to pack plenty of beach stuff - you'll be living outdoors, learning the ways of the South African surf for yourself and with the kids. There are weekly social events to get involved in and transport to and from projects is included. Weekends are free for you to explore the surrounding region. Don’t miss out on a trip up Table Mountain, the city's proud centrepiece with views overlooking Cape Town. Project Start Date: Saturdays Project Location: Milnerton, Cape Town Getting There: Transfers from Cape Town International Airport included Accommodation: Multi-share dorm, single or double room in volunteer house (14+ nts) Meals: 3 meals a day Note: Background check required. You must be able to swim in order to join this project Stay Longer: Fr $448 per week Trip Code: CPTSAV

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HELP CHILDREN IN CAPE TOWN 10 DAYS, Cape Town

$1,068

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Cape Town

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• Take part in storytelling, art, music and drama lessons • Hit the waves with a Cape Peninsula surf lesson • Care for kids in local day care centres

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Departs: Mondays (arrive Thursday for three-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 Stay Longer: Fr $885 per week Tour Code: CPTHFO

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GREAT WHITE SHARK VOLUNTEERING

$976

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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

Known as the world’s great white shark capital, Gansbaai is located at the southernmost tip of Africa and provides daily sightings of the famed predators. This project gives you plenty of time at sea, where you’ll take your position on a shark diving vessel to learn about shark research and conservation with the on-board marine biologist, assist the crew, help tourists to don their wetsuits as well as spread the message about marine conservation (essentially that it's really important and we all need to love the sea a little bit more). As a volunteer, you’ll also get to join in on a few cage dives yourself! Gansbaai is a hotbed of marine life, so you could also spot whales, dolphins, seals and penguins at sea. 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, you’ll get to take part in community projects and help out at the African Penguin Sanctuary. Your work ethic might also 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 Stay Longer: Fr $670 per week Tour Code: CPTGWS

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If you want to work with children and have a knack for storytelling, organising rounders tournaments or bashing out a few questionable tunes on the recorder, listen up. Based in a township 35km from central Cape Town, this project is based in a day care centre and provides a safe space for infants, children and teenagers from various backgrounds. Some will come from abusive homes, others from homes dealing with the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS. Create a caring environment by assisting teachers and developing the children’s creative skills through painting, colouring-in and playing games. You might also join the kids and the staff on outings! In your spare time, relax at the volunteer house (or over at the beach), hike up Table Mountain and explore Cape Town’s nightlife. A full-day Cape Peninsula tour and two-hour surf lesson in Muizenberg is also thrown in for good measure. There are some quirky optional activities available, too, including turning plastic into art, visiting a traditional healer and checking out a carnival project. We recommend spending at least two weeks at this project.


CAPE WINELANDS 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 car to tour the towns around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, but that would mean less wine - which would be terrible. Treat yourself to a bike or a chauffeur and booze up. Then, head to Hermanus, considered to be the world's best land-based whale-watching spot.

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$303 $152

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Location: An easy walk from Boschendal and Solms Delta wineries.

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

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

Vibe: Cosy period style guestrooms in a 1700s Dutch homestead.

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 sustainability.

Highlights: Private rooms • Mountain views • Outdoor pool • Sun terrace • Gardens • Bar • 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 • 7 pools • Bar • Restaurant • Spa • River and mountain views • Wine tastings

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FRANSCHHOEK ON BIKES

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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 (traditional spice-cured meat) or chocolate. The tour is led by an experienced guide, includes all safety equipment and continues for no longer than 15km.

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

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THE GARDEN ROUTE o-stretch your legs

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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 at upmarket Plettenberg Bay and get your big bird spotting game on full whack at Oudtshoorn, the self-proclaimed ostrich capital of the world.

GARDEN ROUTE & ADDO ADVENTURE 4, 5, 6 or 7 DAYS, Cape Town

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

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Day 1 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)

Day 2 Route 62 / Oudtshoorn 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. (B, D)

Day 3 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)

Day 4 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)

Day 5 Addo National Park / Wilderness

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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.

Day 6 Mossel Bay / Cape Town After breakfast with the locals at George, 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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Sedgefield Knysa Tsitsikamma N.P.

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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 tasting, Cango Caves adventure tour, hiking, game viewing safari, canoeing and penguin viewing Tour Code: CPTGAA (4 days)/CPTGR4 (5 days)/CPTRAA (6 days)/CPTSAF (7 days)

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Baz Bus Route Garden Route & Addo Adventure Western Cape & Garden Route

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AHA THE REX HOTEL KNYSNA

$72 $61

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TSITSIKAMMA LODGE & SPA

$88 $61

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TUBE N AXE BACKPACKER, STORMS RIVER

$41 $36

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

Location: Set in the Tsitsikamma Mountain range surrounded by lush green forest.

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

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

Vibe: These cosy log cabins make for a rustic base for rural exploring.

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 • En suite • Air con • Fireplace • Gardens • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Spa

Highlights: Private rooms • Mixed dorms • Personal lockers • Outdoor pool • Shared kitchen • Bar • Restaurant

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JEFFREYS BAY BEACH HOUSE

$95 $88

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ISLAND VIBE, PORT ELIZABETH

$20 $33

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BLOUKRANS BUNGY

$125

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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, ideal for beach lovers and safari-goers.

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

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

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Prince Harry is among the many thrillseekers who have braved the Bloukrans' electrifying 216-metre drop. All safety prep is provided and pendulum technology is enacted to make sure you have the smoothest and most comfortable jump possible. Game face on and freefall into a huge jump you'll never forget! GDRBBB


WHALE WATCHING HERMANUS

$84

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HALF DAY

$440

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3 DAYS

GARDEN ROUTE & SAFARI

Journey along forest footpaths and country roads with a park ranger, and call by the subterranean Cango Caves, the lagoons of Wilderness National Park and the white sands of Myoli beach on the way. The crowning moment will be the game drive on Day 3, where you'll get the chance to see lions, rhinos, elephants and buffalo.

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ISLAND VIBE SURF CAMP, JEFFREYS BAY

$223

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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, 3 dinners Accommodation: Hostel (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

HOP-ON HOP-OFF

Departs (Cape Town): Daily Departs (Port Elizabeth): Daily Duration of travel - recommended: Min 4 days, but unlimited Accommodation: Not included Transport: Minibus. See pages 60-61 for details Tour Code: BAZBUS

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Port Elizabeth Self-Drive Tour

highlights

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

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

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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.

WESTERN CAPE AND GARDEN ROUTE

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This action-packed tour will have you ziplining through treetops, spotting lions and rhinos and bungy jumping. Visit an elephant sanctuary, a monkey sanctuary and the ancient Cango Caves. All breakfasts and dinners, transfers and backpacker accommodation are included, along with the game drive and entrance to the caves.

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8 DAYS, Cape Town

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• 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. Continue to the historic, vineyard-heavy town of Stellenbosch, drive along Route 62 to the ostrich capital of Oudtshoorn then make for Cango Valley, home to the underground caverns of 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 your trip ends on Day 8. Have a different route in mind? Check out our INDI tailor made brochure and let us help you plan your ideal road trip.

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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.

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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 uncharted 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.

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ELEPHANT HOUSE ADDO NATIONAL PARK

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$180 $91

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$706 $579

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Location: Close to the main entrance of Addo Elephant National Park, 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport.

Location: Situated in the Addo Elephant National Park with panoramic views of the surrounds, including a nearby waterhole.

Vibe: An intimate property of just eight rooms, where stylish comfort is king along with antiques, Persian rugs and African art.

Vibe: Each luxury tent comes with views and plush interiors, and high tea is served every afternoon. Bring your top hat.

Highlights: Private rooms • Extra long king beds • Air con • Private verandas • 3 outdoor pools • Restaurant • Garden • Game 4WD to Addo (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private suites with private deck • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Boma • High tea • Panoramic views of the park • Al fresco dining prepared daily

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$501 $386

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PUMBA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, GRAHAMSTOWN

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$730 $517

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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 its doorstep.

Vibe: A five-star reserve, home to the Big 5. Choose between overlooking the lake or being perched above the watering hole.

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 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.

KARIEGA 5 MAIN LODGE, KARIEGA

$663 SINGLE $447 TWIN/ DOUBLE

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What better way to experience the great outdoors than to place yourself right in the thick of 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 a private viewing deck and, if you're lucky, a plunge pool.

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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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SHAMWARI CONSERVATION EXPERIENCE 2-12 WEEKS, Alicedale, South Africa

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• Help to conserve the Big 5 and other wildlife • Learn about crucial anti-poaching measures • Pool and barbecue facilities at accommodation

$1,695

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Based at Madolos on a 25,000-hectare Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo) reserve in the Eastern Cape, it’s little wonder that Shamwari was nominated in the World Travel Awards category for Africa’s Leading Conservation Company. As a volunteer, you’ll assist with animal tracking and monitoring, game count surveys, ground clearing, reserve rehabilitation, alien plant removal and eco education. You’ll also enjoy interactive talks and lectures with the best in behind-the-scenes wildlife experiences. Weekly tasks may also include visits to the Born Free Big Cat Rescue & Education Centre for lions and leopards and conducting environmental and social awareness work within the local community. During time off, cool off in the pool or tuck in to a tasty braai. The working week runs Monday to Friday, and each day you'll be asked to work from 8am to 5pm. With evenings and weekends free, you'll have plenty of time to chill out 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 Stay Longer: Fr $848 per week Tour Code: PLZSHA

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PORT ELIZABETH

AMAKHALA GAME RESERVE 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth, this fivestar game reserve has a fantastic range of lodges available. 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!

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$20 $32

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Class Act

Glampacker

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ONCE IN JOBURG

$27 $45

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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RADISSON BLU GAUTRAIN HOTEL

$291 $165

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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

Location: Inner-city spot in the vibrant Braamfontein, a popular area for students.

Location: Opposite Sandton Gautrain Rail Station with 220 rooms and suites.

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 festivals.

Vibe: Spacious rooms decorated with African tones and pops of colour.

Highlights: Single sex or mixed dorms • Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Lounge • Bar • Restaurant • Free airport pick-up

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Bar • Restaurant • Cinema room • Co-working spaces

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Bar • Terrace • 24-hour reception

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CITY SIGHTSEEING JOHANNESBURG

$24

FR

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.

BAZ BUS: JO'BURG TO CAPE TOWN

$561

FR

HOP-ON HOP-OFF

One ticket, as many hop-on hop-offs as you want, and door-to-door service between your accommodation. Can't say fairer than that! Plus, you'll meet a bunch of like-minded travellers. We recommend hikes in the Drakensberg, the beaches at Chintsa and the surf in Jeffreys Bay. Fun, safe and flexible. See pages 60-61.

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mozambique

NZHELELE NATURE RESERVE

Kruger National Park The size of Wales and home to the Big 5. Good roads make for easy wildlife viewing.

BAHINE N.P.

Greater Kruger Area Surrounding the park, just on the other side of the fence. Accommodation aplenty.

phalaborwa Airport LIMPOPO N.P.

PHALABORWA

KRUGER N.P. THORNHILL SAFARI LODGE

Skukuza Aerodrome

HAZYVIEW

Johannesburg: 300km NELSPRUIT

Kruger Mpumalanga Airport

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Northern Kruger

Phalaborwa Airport

Central Kruger

Hoedspruit Airport

Southern Kruger

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport

Note: The drive from Johannesburg to Kruger takes around four hours.

Independent Tour

BAZ BUS: HOP-ON HOP-OFF & 4 DAY KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

$1,340

FR

4 DAYS

THORNHILL SAFARI LODGE KRUGER PACKAGE

$683

FR

3 DAYS

Departing early morning, your first stop is Maholoholo Wildlife Animal Rehabilitation Centre, home to abandoned and injured wildlife, before settling in for the night around the campfire. Day 2 and 3 are spent on safari in Kruger National Park, trying to see all the animals and tick off the Big 5. Enjoy some vino and cheese at sunset before a South African barbecue on Day 3. On your last day, stop to view the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels.

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, go game-spotting in a game reserve and share your sightings over a traditional South African meal in the evening. And that's just Day 1! You'll also spend a full day in Kruger National Park (a great chance to see the Big 5) and top it all off on Day 3 with a guided bush walk before your transfer back to Hoedspruit.

Departs: Mon, Wed, Thu & Sat (Aug-Mar). Mon, Thu & Sat (Apr-Jul) Accommodation: Camping (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Transport: Minibus. See pages 60-61 for details Tour Code: BAZBUS

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

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK 4 DAYS, Johannesburg

$1,073

FR

Johannesburg Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Seek out the Big 5 on a bushwalk • Balule Nature Reserve game drive • Head out on a sunset safari

Kruger National Park, South Africa

inclusions

Departs: Daily (except Saturdays) Accommodation: Camping (3 nts). Upgrade available Meals: 3 breakfasts Transfers: Return Johannesburg transfers included Tour Code: BEJNBBKP

• Visit Kruger National Park • Explore Blyde River Canyon • See the remote areas of Kruger

Experience the bush life on this four-day safari through South Africa's wilder gems. Day 1 begins in Jo'burg, travelling along the picturesque farmlands of Lowveld and into Kruger Park. Enjoy some time by the bar, have a swim or chill out in the gardens before jumping on the open Landcruiser for a three-hour sunset safari, getting up close to the park's nocturnal creatures. Get even closer on a four-hour bush walk on Day 2, following an experienced ranger for the best chance to track the movements of Africa's most notorious animals. The next day, head to some of Kruger's best vantage points for the best chance of spotting herds of zebra, giraffe and antelope and maybe a maned predator or two in their tracks. Enjoy one last bushwalk on Day 4 before heading back to Jo'burg via the Blyde River Canyon and Three Rondavels.

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SOUTHERN AFRICA

Private Game Reserves Smaller but with off-road options for better wildlife tracking and viewing.

HOEDSPRUIT

hoedspruit Airport

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KRUGER TREEHOUSE SAFARI 4 DAYS, Johannesburg

$1,018

FR

Johannesburg Small Group Adventure

highlights

SOUTHERN AFRICA

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

inclusions

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

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

Following 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 sleep like a baby 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.

EXPLORE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK 7 DAYS, Johannesburg

$2,399

FR

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: Touring vehicle, safari vehicle Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $95 - 125 for meals not included Group Size: Max 16, Avg 14 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.

KRUGER & SWAZILAND 7 DAYS, Johannesburg

$1,137

FR

Durban Small Group Adventure • Visit Kruger National Park • See Africa's Big 5 • See Bourke's Luck Potholes

Ezulwini Valley, South Africa

inclusions

Departs: Selected Wednesdays and Sundays Accommodation: Camping with upgrades available Group Size: Max 20 Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners Note: Airport transfers not included Tour Code: JNBKAZ

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highlights

• St. Lucia boat cruise • Game drive in a Nomad truck • Travel along the Panorama Route

Depart the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg for a cultural and adventurous safari in Kruger National Park. Kruger is the perfect spot to see Africa’s Big 5 and an abundance of other wildlife. Drive along the Panorama Route to see Bourke's Luck Potholes and visit Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Board a boat for a sunset cruise where you'll come upon hippos, crocodiles and waterbirds before ending the day in Durban. Sit back with traditional coffee before heading to Swaziland's Ezulwini Valley, also known as The Valley of Heaven. After an early morning hike among the game, it's time to learn about Zululand and Zulu culture, once the realm of the mighty King Shaka who united the Zulu clans. The tour ends on arrival in Durban, the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun on the holiday hotspot, Golden Mile beach.

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WILD KRUGER CAMPING 4 DAYS, Johannesburg

$743

FR

Johannesburg

Small Group Adventure

highlights

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

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

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Day 1 Johannesburg / Greater Kruger After a 5am start from Jo'burg, start your drive to Greater 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. You'll set up camp at Bundox, settling in to the swing of all things Kruger with a good braai (barbecue). (D)

Day 2 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 a traditional Boma dinner, and beers around the campfire. (B, D)

Z I M BA B W E

B OT S WA N A

Day 3 Kruger National Park

Kruger N.P.

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 campsite. (B, D)

Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

Johannesburg

Day 4 Greater Kruger / Johannesburg Your final day will start with an early morning bush walk, where you'll keep a lookout 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. (B)

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S O U T H A F R I C A

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

KRUGER & PRIVATE GAME LODGE EXPERIENCE 4 DAYS, Johannesburg

$1,037

FR

Johannesburg

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Go on safari game drives • Spot the Big 5 in Kruger • See Blyde River Canyon

• Star-lit braai dinners • Stay in a lodge with a pool • Enjoy a guided bush walk

Day 1 Johannesburg / Greater Kruger 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. (D)

Day 2 Kruger National Park

Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

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? (B, L, D)

Z I M BA B W E

B OT S WA N A

Day 3 Kruger National Park

Kruger N.P.

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 including a full-day game drive. (B, L, D)

Johannesburg

Day 4 Greater Kruger / 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. (B)

S O U T H A F R I C A

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inclusions 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

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Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe SOUTH LUANGWA N.P.

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LOWER ZAMBEZI N.P. LIVINGSTONE

KASANE

VICTORIA FALLS

OKAVANGO DELTA

HARARE

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BULAWAYO MAKGADIKGADI PANS N.P.

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MATOBO HILLS N.P.

KHAMA RHINO RESERVE

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THE OKAVANGO DELTA

MATSIENG FOOTPRINTS

The one place on earth where four nations (Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia) meet via a merging of rivers.

Zambia's Livingstone has some of the best white water rafting, bungy jumping and gorge swinging in Africa.

Most of us pack on extra pounds on the road. In Zimbabwe, a belly is a sign of wealth and prosperity so at least we can pretend.

Most deltas lead to the ocean, but the world's largest inland delta empties onto land, creating ever-changing landscapes.

Legend says that the first Matsieng, a giant, onelegged man, emerged from the waterhole followed by his people and his animals.

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BOTSWANA & VICTORIA FALLS ADVENTURE 8 DAYS, Windhoek

$2,199

FR

Victoria Falls

highlights

• Visit the Kalahari Desert • Learn about San Bushmen • Okavango Delta cruise

Small Group Adventure

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• See the epic Victoria Falls • Optional boat cruise • Search for wildlife

Arrive in Windhoek at any time and explore the city at leisure before heading into the Kalahari Desert on Day 2. This semi-arid savannah extends over 900,000km2 across large swathes of Botswana, as well as parts of Namibia and South Africa. Opt to learn some survival skills from the local San Bushmen, the region's indigenous Khoesan-speaking hunter-gatherers. You can also choose to enjoy a traditional bushman dance in the evening. (B, D)

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Depart Okavango Desert travelling to Nata where you can choose to do a sunset wildlife safari or bush walk in the area. Watch elephants drink from the camp's watering hole at night. Travel to Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. Embark on an optional sunset boat cruise or get your cameras ready for the wildlife safari along the Chobe River, where elephants converge in the dry season. (2B, D)

Victoria Falls

Kasane/ Chobe N.P. Okavango Delta N A M I B I A Maun Nata Ghanzi

Windhoek

B OT S WA N A

inclusions Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Rating: 2 Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), lodge/chalet (4 nts), basic camping (1 nt) Transport: Air con minibus, mokoro, safari vehicle Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $140 -185 for meals not included Tour Code: GADADF

My Own Room Available: Fr $459

S O U T H A F R I C A

Victoria Falls

$1,116

FR

Maun

6 DAYS

highlights

• Explore Victoria Falls • Camp the Okavango River

• Explore the Okavango Delta • See plenty of wildlife

Starting off in Africa's adventure capital, Victoria Falls, get ready to see the very best of Botswana. Cross the border from Zimbabwe and set up camp on the Chobe River, where you can opt for a game drive to spot elephants on a river boat cruise. On Day 4, travel into the world's largest inland delta, the Okavango, where the unusual ecosystem means that the area is in constant flux, with no two experiences ever the same. End the tour in Maun on Day 6. Departs: Typically 3-5 departures per month Accommodation: Camping (5 nts) Transport: All transport and transfers are included Group Size: Max 20 Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Note: Entry fees and optional activities are not included Tour Code: LVIMAU

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Start your morning with an optional safari along the Chobe River before crossing into Zimbabwe. From here you can chose to enjoy a visit to Victoria Falls, also known by its indigenous name Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning 'the smoke that thunders'. Here you can also go all-out and see the spectacular falls by helicopter flight. (2B)

Feb

Departures 2019/20

Days 7-8 Kasane / Victoria Falls

Mar 20

Days 5-6 Nata / Kasane

Z A M B I A A N G O L A

Feb 20

Gear up for an overnight journey into the Okavango Delta, a vast inland river known for its sprawling grassy plains that flood seasonally becoming a lush animal habitat. An optional flight over the Delta is available. Learn the ways of the bush from the local polers (who will also be guiding you on the mokoros), go on wildlife walks in the bush and enjoy traditional mokoro excursions. (2B, L, D)

Jan 20

Day 3-4 Maun / Okavango Delta

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

BEST OF ZIMBABWE Victoria Falls

$1,137

FR

Johannesburg

• Marvel at Victoria Falls • Spot wildlife in Hwange

5 DAYS

highlights

• Try to spot rare black rhinos • Visit two UNESCO sites

The tour departs from Victoria Falls and heads south to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's largest wildlife reserve. Visit the city of Bulawayo and the UNESCO-listed Matopos National Park, home to the rare black and white rhinos. Enjoy a private tour of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, dating back to the late Iron Age, this was once the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe. After a dip in the hot springs of Tshipise, you finish the tour with a meal in Jo’burg. Departs: Typically 2-3 departures per month Accommodation: Camping or single/ double room (4 nts) Transport: All transport and transfers are included Group Size: Max 20 Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners Note: Entry fees and optional activities are not included Tour Code: LVIJNB

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LIVINGSTONE & VICTORIA FALLS Backpackers and bungys

SOUTHERN AFRICA

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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THE VICTORIA FALLS WATERFRONT, LIVINGSTONE

ROOM ONLY

$20 $43

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CAMPSITE

TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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 • Shared kitchen • Bar • Restaurant • Barbecue area • Spa • 24-hour reception • Free Victoria Falls shuttle

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

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DAVID LIVINGSTONE SAFARI LODGE & SPA, LIVINGSTONE

Rock Solid

$490 $334

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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SHEARWATER EXPLORERS VILLAGE, VICTORIA FALLS

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$65 $96

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

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

Location: Zimbabwe! Only 100 metres 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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$67

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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.

VICTORIA FALLS N.P.

WHITE WATER RAFTING

$228

FR

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 (fullday only) included. Note that this trip is seasonal and only runs from July to January (depending on water level).

LVILBJ

$182

FR

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

Independent Tour

VICTORIA FALLS EXPERIENCE

THE ELEPHANT CAFÉ

$292

FR

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). Upgrades available Meals: 1 dinner Transport: Car, minivan Inclusions: Entry fees, sunset cruise, Victoria Falls tour, soft drinks on Day 2 Tour Code: LVIVFE

LVIELE

Small Group Adventure

CHOBE CAMPING

$546

FR

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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ETOSHA N.P. DAMARALAND

Namibia

TWYFELFONTEIN

SPITZKOPPE

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A quarter of all the world's cheetahs live here and it's also 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 not a dessert, hey?

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

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

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

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Windhoek Small Group Adventure

snapshot 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.

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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

inclusions Departs: Mondays Accommodation: Mixed dorms (7 nts), lodge private room with en suite (2 nts), tented camp (2 nts) Transport: Minibus, safari vehicle Meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners Note: Upgrade to private room on twin-share basis with en suite available • Three-day safari in Etosha • Visit Etosha's saline desert • Witness a Namib Desert sunrise

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

Day 1-3 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 (of which, sadly, fewer than 5,500 remain 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. Waterholes tend to offer the best opportunities for wildlife sightings, and this one in Halali is a particularly good bet for spotting the park's elusive leopards. 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)

Day 4-6 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 or head to the beach. (3B, L)

Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Day 7-8 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)

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Day 9-12 Windhoek / Namib Desert / Sossusvlei / Windhoek Leave Windhoek and head south west towards the sands of the Namib Desert. Cross the Eros and the Naukluft Mountains, drive along scenic routes and descend onto the desert floor. Visit the tiny settlement of Solitaire where you'll be able to catch the stunning shifting of the light at sunset. On Day 10, psych yourself up for a pre-dawn start and watch the sun rise across Sossusvlei's sprawling sand dunes. Check out the impressive Dune 45 and visit the hundred-foot deep Sesriem Canyon. Keep your camera or go-pro handy for some shots of ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the occasional ostrich. Head back to Windhoek the next day, and spend one last night here before your tour ends the next morning. Time for one last braai and beer combo? Always. (4B, 3L, 2D)

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Etosha N.P.

Skeleton Coast

Swakopmund

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Namib Desert Sossusvlei N A M I B I A

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Damaraland, Namibia

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BEST OF NAMIBIA 13 DAYS, Windhoek

$3,732

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Cape Town

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• Camp at Sossusvlei • Adventure in Swakopmund • Canoe on the Orange River

Day 1-3 Windhoek / Outjo / Etosha National Park / Kunene Region Head out of Namibia's capital this morning and journey north to one of Africa's most celebrated national parks, Etosha. On Day 2, spend the whole day exploring Etosha's waterholes - a big attraction for wild game - and keep an eye out for lions, cheetahs, leopards, rhino and more. The next day, enjoy one last game drive before you head to the Greater Kunene Region. (2B, 2L, 3D) Sossusvlei, Namibia

Day 4-6 Brandberg White Lady / Swakopmund

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• Wildlife-packed game drives • Meet the Himba tribespeople • Cape Cross seal colony

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Day 10, it's on to the Giants Playgrounds, whose name is coined after its quirky rock formations. Venture on to Ais-Ais, known for its hot springs (the best place to ease your muscles). Round off with a walk along the rim of the Fish River Canyon and watch the sunset. The next day, head to the Orange River where you'll bed down and opt for a canoe ride. Make for Cederberg the following day, and Day 13, visit a rooibos tea farm before heading to your last stop, Cape Town. (4B, 2L, 3D)

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Day 10-13 Orange River / Cederberg / Cape Town

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Orange River

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Fish River Canyon

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Sesriem

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Windhoek

Namib-Naukluft N.P.

Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Accommodation: Camping or twin-share room in hotels, guesthouses or lodges (12 nts) Transport: Adventure truck Meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners Group Leader: 2 crew Group Size: Max 20 Note: This tour also leaves from Cape Town. Ask your Travel Expert for more details Tour Code: NAMBOF

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Swakopmund

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Outjo

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Journey south today to the Namib Desert, swinging by quaint Walvis Bay along the way. We'd recommend an early night tonight as you'll be up at the crack of dawn on Day 8 to see the sunrise at the Sossusvlei sand dunes (camping option only). Climb Dune 45 and enjoy a 4WD jeep ride through the desert, making one last stop at Sesriem Canyon. Then on Day 9, head for Keetmanshoop and spend the afternoon ambling through the quiver tree forest. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Etosha N.P.

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Day 7-9 Namib-Naukluft National Park / Sesriem / Fish River Canyon

Himba Tribe Village

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Time to visit Brandberg (Burning Mountains) and admire the White Lady with over 45,000 rock paintings, focusing in particular on one 2,000-year old painting (wow). Travel onwards to Spitzkoppe, where you'll enjoy a guided walk and see some ancient San rock paintings, then head to the seaside town of Swakopmund for optional quadbiking, skydiving and more. (3B, 2L, D)

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

Day 1 Windhoek / Africat Foundation Head north via Namibia's largest wood carving market to Okonjima, home to Africat. Founded in 1993 as a welfare organisation, Africat is now one of the world leaders in big cat conservation, helping to rescue and rehabilitate carnivores considered problem animals by local farmers. Learn more about the important work they do on your visit and see if you can spot one of the elusive predators. (L, D) Walvis Bay, Namibia

Day 2-5 Etosha National Park / Damaraland / Twyfelfontein

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On Day 8, it's on to Walvis Bay for a flamingo photo stop. The next morning, a pre-dawn wake up call makes sure you're at the national park in time for 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. Planning on extending your stay here? Check out our favourite accommodation options in the city on page 88. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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Visit the seal colony at Cape Cross then head on to Namibia's most exciting coastal playground, Swakopmund. Eat fresh seafood, browse the shops or get yourself an adrenalin high - this is THE place for extreme sports! Opt to try your hand at anything from sandboarding and quadbiking to skydiving. Your time in Swakopmund is largely left open so you can explore it your way. (2B, L)

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Twyfelfontein

Day 6-7 Swakopmund

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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Etosha N.P.

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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 an optional visit to a Himba Village. 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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• Opt to meet the Himba tribe • Game drives through Etosha • Explore Fish River Canyon


NAMIBIAN EXPERIENCE 14 DAYS, Windhoek

$3,392

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Windhoek

highlights

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

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

After early pick-up from Windhoek, head south through a thin strip of the Kalahari Desert and get to grips with the area's history at the Mesosaurus fossil site. Continue to the Fish River Canyon on Day 3 - Africa's largest - and pack up camp in the morning to head to colonial Lüderitz. Here, visit a desert ghost town before taking the tents out again in view of the Aus mountain range. (3B, 4L, 4D) Himba village, Namibia

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

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Lüderitz

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As you start your final approach back to Windhoek, stop at Twyfelfontein to see its ancient Bushman rock engravings before heading deeper into the desert on Day 13, passing by Namibia's highest peak on the way. Next up, head west towards the Skeleton Coast to see the seal colony of Cape Cross and spend your last evening in Swakopmund. Your tour ends in Windhoek on Day 14. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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Sesriem

Day 12-14 Twyfelfontein / Swakopmund / Windhoek

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Kalahari Desert

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Windhoek Swakopmund

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Okonjima

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Twyfelfontein

Accommodation: Camping (10 nts), hotels and guesthouses (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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Arrive at Okonjima mid-afternoon in time to visit a conservation centre specialising in rehabilitating big cats. And the big event? Cheetahs! Keep a keen eye out then enjoy your dinner sitting out 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. On your last day, make for the small town of Kamanjab to visit a Himba village and learn about the Holy Fire religion. (2B, 4L, 3D)

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Day 8-11 Okonjima / Etosha National Park / Hoada Grootberg

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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)

• See the Big 5 • Namib-Naukluft N.P. • Stay in country lodges

Day 1-3 Windhoek / Sesriem Meet your group in Windhoek then make for your desert lodge in Sesriem on Day 2, the gateway to Namib-Naukluft National Park. The following morning, visit the iconic Sossusvlei dunes and Dead Vlei clay pan (of scorched trees fame) and explore a nearby gorge carved out by the Tsauchab River. (2B, 2D)

Day 4-5 Swakopmund

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After breakfast, visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a global research facility supported by National Geographic and dedicated to cheetah conservation. Enjoy lunch on the veranda with a view of the Waterberg Plateau, then drive out to see the elusive creatures in their natural habitat! The tour ends on Day 10. (2B, L)

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Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/ lodges (9 nts) Transport: Air con vehicle, 4WD, open safari vehicle Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $190250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 14, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADNENG

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See the UNESCO-listed prehistoric petroglyphs made by Stone Age bushmen, then continue to the 450,000-hectare Palmwag Concession, one of the last areas in Africa where black rhinos still roam free. Up next is Etosha National Park, considered Namibia's greatest wildlife sanctuary. Head out on a game drive in search of elephants, lions, rhinos and leopards (if you're lucky), then enjoy free time at the lodge or stake out a local waterhole for optimal wildlife sightings. (3B, 3D)

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Etosha N.P.

Day 6-8 Palmwag Concession / Etosha National Park

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Continue through arid plains to the countryside, stopping at the quirky town of Solitaire on the way. Learn survival skills from local bushmen, then make for Swakopmund. An expert local guide will show you traditional shebeens (bars), craft shops and food markets in Mondesa. Dine with a local choir in the evening. (2B, L, D)

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WONDERLAND NAMIBIA ROAD TRIP 17 DAYS, Windhoek

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Windhoek Self-Drive Tour

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Surely one of the hottest self-drive destinations around thanks to good roads, sweeping landscapes and diverse wildlife - Namibia makes light work of driving on the continent. Stay at a choice of lodges and keep your eyes peeled for a variety of hardened animals that manage to survive these vast plains. Trip Style: Self-Drive Tour Tour Code: WDHWNM

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• Drive through mountains and moonscapes • See indigenous forests and tribes • See plenty of wildlife in Etosha

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

Day 1-2 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)

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Guesthouses, hotels and hostels: 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 (260km) Fish River Canyon (430km) Lüderitz (420km) Helmeringhausen (270km) Sossusvlei (240km) Swakopmund (350km) Erongo Region (340km) Damaraland (210km) Etosha (300km) Okahandja (380km) Windhoek (275km)

Day 3-5 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)

Day 6-8 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 to Sossusvlei and opt to stop at the pseudo-medieval fortress of Duwisib. Make sure you're up early enough the next day so you don't miss sunrise over the dunes of the Namib Desert. Next up, stop at Sesriem Canyon - one of the world's biggest natural gorges and home to some refreshing swimming spots after rainfall. (3B)

Day 9-12 Swakopmund / Erongo Region / Damaraland Cross rugged passes and moonscapes to Swakopmund, Namibia's favourite playground. Opt to go on boat trips, wildlife tours or try some extreme sports. Then it's on to the Erongo Mountain Range. Meet local villagers in a region close to 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. The Petrified Forest is also nearby - a very misleading name considering it's neither a forest or capable of fright, but still worth a visit for its enormous fossilised tree trunks thought to be around 280 million years old. (4B)

Kolmanskop, Namibia

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Day 13-17 Etosha National Park / Okahandja / Windhoek Make a post-breakfast journey to meet members of the Himba tribe, one of the last truly nomadic tribes on Earth, before heading north to Etosha, home to hundreds of animal and bird species. Over the next two days, navigate the park's roads in search of lions, leopards, elephants, black rhinos, spotted hyenas, zebras and a whole lot more. Start the journey back to Windhoek on Day 16, and call by the Tsumeb Museum and Okahandja's craft markets on the way. There are a few more walking trails to conquer before your road trip ends on Day 17. (5B)

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MAGIC SOUTH ROAD TRIP 9 DAYS, Windhoek

$999

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Windhoek

Self-Drive Tour

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• Visit the Sossusvlei dunes • Explore indigenous forests • Spot rare desert horses

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

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, including 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) Lüderitz, Namibia

Day 3-4 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, try your hand at canoeing or wander the region in search of riverside birds. (2B)

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Day 5-6 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. Bit of a penguin fan (who isn't)? Take a boat to one of their nesting spots, that can be found on several islands off the coast. (2B)

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Day 7-9 Namib Desert / Sossusvlei / Windhoek Continue along endless plains and mountain ranges into the Namib Desert, the oldest patch of sand on earth. Overnight near Sesriem and enjoy a trip to the mighty dunes of Sossusvlei for an epic sunrise. After, visit the thorn trees of Dead Vlei and the ancient gorge of Sesriem Canyon. On Day 9, head back to the capital Windhoek. Got time to spare? Head north to Etosha National Park. (3B)

Orange River

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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 Kalahari Desert (280 km) Fish River Canyon (460 km) Orange River (180 km) Lüderitz (420 km) Southern Namib (210 km) Namib Desert (470 km) Sossusvlei (150 km) Windhoek (350 km)

EXTRAORDINARY NAMIBIA ROAD TRIP 14 DAYS, Windhoek

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Windhoek

Self-Drive Tour

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• 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 1-3 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 your batteries ready for your trip to the so-called 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) Etosha National Park, Namibia

Day 4-5 Namib Desert / Sossusvlei Drive through striking plains to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon. Experience sunrise on some of the highest dunes on earth (standing over 80 metres tall), then check out the ancient gorge before cooling off in your lodge's pool with a beer, glass of wine or soft drink. You're on holiday after all remember! (2B, 2D)

Day 6-8 Swakopmund / Damaraland Drive via Namib-Naukluft National Park to coastal Swakopmund, where you'll see awesome moonlike landscapes as well as get the chance to try your hand at activities like duneboarding and parasailing. On to Damaraland, pass by Namibia's highest mountain (Brandberg, 2,606m) to your rural overnight lodge. (3B, D)

Day 9-14 Etosha National Park / Otjihavera Mountains Journey to the northern hills of one of Africa's most famous national parks, Etosha. Spend the next few days exploring the park in search of lions, elephants, leopards, rare black 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 to spot rhinos, ostriches, zebras and more and unwind before the trip ends on Day 14. If you've got more time on your hands, why not take a detour to Fish River Canyon and the Dragon's Breath underground lake? (6B, 3D)

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Windhoek Sossusvlei N A M I B I A

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inclusions 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 (250 km) Namib Desert (360 km) Sossusvlei (300 km) Swakopmund (370 km) Damaraland (340 km) Etosha National Park (350 km) Otjihavera Mountains (390 km) Windhoek (100 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 • Outdoor pool • Bar • Shared kitchen • Barbecue area • TV lounge

Highlights: Private rooms • Apartments • Shared bathroom or en suite • Outdoor pool • Shared kitchen • Barbecue area

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$594

FR

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 and soak up some pretty epic views. Departs: Tuesdays Accommodation: Camping (2 nts) Transport: Minibus/safari vehicle Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide and camp assistant Includes: Entry fees and camping equipment Tour Code: WDHSOS

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GET OUT OF BED Half Day | Windhoek City & Township FR Cultural Tour  $33 Half Day | Morning Hike at Daan FR Viljoen Reserve  $47 FR Half Day | Eco Dune Tour  $77 Half Day | Dolphin & Sea Cruise FR $152

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DESERTS & DUNES NAMIB BREAK

Class Act | Beach Hotel, Swakopmund FR  $110 Class Act | Okaukuejo Camp, Etosha FR  $201 A-List | Le Mirage Desert Lodge, FR Sossusvlei  $335 A-List | Moon Mountains Lodge, FR Sesriem  $162

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ETOSHA SAFARI BREAK

$594

FR

3 DAYS

Renowned worldwide for the incredible game viewing, Etosha National Park is as good as compulsory on your Namibian 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 really lucky, you may spot a rare black rhino. Departs: Saturdays Accommodation: Camping (2 nts) Transport: Minibus/safari vehicle Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Tour guide and camp assistant Includes: Entry fees and camping equipment Tour Code: WDHETO

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MAASAI & TANZANIA CAMPING SAFARI 10 DAYS, Nairobi

$3,649

FR

Arusha

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• 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 • G for Good collection

EASTERN AFRICA

Day 1-3 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)

Day 4-5 Nairobi / Arusha

Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania

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

Day 6 Mto wa Mbu / Lake Manyara National Park

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Head to the Lake Manyara National Park and take part in a cultural walk through your host village, Mto wa Mbu, then have lunch with a local family. Keep a look out for the tree-climbing lions on your afternoon game viewing session. (B, L)

Maasai Mara N.R.

Nairobi

Serengeti N.P.

Day 7-8 Serengeti National Park After a visit to a local Maasai village to learn about an inspiring women's Clean Cookstoves Project, get your camera ready for some serious animal action at the Serengeti National Park. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 9-10 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)

Ngorongoro Crater Lake Manyara N.P.

Arusha Mto wa Mbu

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

My Own Room Available: Fr $279

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Selected Tuesdays and Thursdays

SAFARI IN KENYA & TANZANIA 13 DAYS, Nairobi

$8,249

FR

Arusha

highlights

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

• Enter Ngorongoro Crater • Visit Café Ubuntu • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 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. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 4-6 Lake Nakuru National Park / Amboseli National Park

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Journey from the Mara to your safari lodge in the heart of Lake Nakuru National Park, one world's best spots to see leopards and rhinos. On the way, stop for an organic lunch at Café Ubuntu. This G for Good initiative doesn't just create jobs in the area - proceeds also go towards supporting the Ubuntu School which serves children with additional needs through therapy, education and vocational training. On arrival in Lake Nakuru, enjoy an afternoon game drive. Next up, two days in Amboseli National Park, famed for its elephants and views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. U G A N DA While you're here, enjoy a lecture from the Kenya Wildlife Service. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Day 7-11 Arusha / Mto wa Mbu / Lake Manyara N.P. / Serengeti N.P. After one last game drive in Amboseli, head to Arusha for the night. On Day 8, visit Mto wa Mbu for a cultural walk and lunch with a local family. That afternoon, take a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park and keep an eye out for treeclimbing lions. Next day, head to the Serengeti for two days of game viewing and a visit to the Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre. Also on the cards are visits to a Maasai village to learn about the G for Good Clean Cookstoves project, and Olduvai Gorge, home to early human species around 1.9 million years ago. (4B, 4L, 3D)

Day 12-13 Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha Head to the iconic Ngorongoro Crater for even more wildlife and African sunsets (they really are something else). Spend Day 12 game viewing in the crater, then head back to Arusha on Day 13, where your tour comes to an end. (3B, 2L, D)

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Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Lake Nakuru N.P.

Nairobi

Ngorongoro Crater

Amboseli N.P.

Serengeti Arusha N.P. Lake Mto wa Mbu Manyara N.P. TA N Z A N I A

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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

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,739

Departures 2019/20 Jan-Dec

Selected Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays


EAST AFRICA SAFARI 13 DAYS, Nairobi

$5,615

FR

Arusha Exclusively for 18-35s

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Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager, local guides Group Size: Max 20 Tour Code: COCEBBEAM

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Feb 20

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• See Tarangire's giant baobab trees • Spot wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater • Enjoy views of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Amboseli

Jan

• See baby elephants up close • Camp out in the Serengeti • Optional Maasai Mara balloon safari

Departures 2019/20

highlights

Jan 20

Accommodation: Luxury safari tents (12 nts) Transport: Pop-top safari vehicles Meals: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners

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Day 1-3 Nairobi / Maasai Mara Game Reserve Get yourself to Nairobi by your arrival day and head to your accommodation to meet the group. If you're arriving at the airport, you'll be met by a rep and taken there by transfer. Easy as! You won't stay long in the capital as the safari vehicles will be packed up early on Day 2 to take you through the Great Rift Valley to the world-renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Settle in to your classic African safari lodge, and set off on your very first game drive in the afternoon. The Mara is a classic wildlife-spotting base at any time of year, and depending on the season you could be privy to any number of experiences involving the likes of the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) or even the momentous wildebeest migration (Aug-Sep). Pack in a further two game drives on Day 3 to up your chances of coming face to face with these awesome residents. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 4-6 Lake Elementaita / Amboseli National Park

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There's always time for one more game drive (this is the Maasai Mara!) so put on your keenest eye one last time before heading north. Pass through Lake Naivasha and end the day on the shores of Lake Elementaita, a gorgeous setting for your evening buffet dinner. On Day 5, the journey takes you back through Nairobi as you pay a visit to an elephant sanctuary, where you'll see the great work being done to rehabilitate elephants back into the wild. Continue on until you reach your lodge at the edge of the Amboseli National Park. On Day 6, it's back on the safari vehicles - this time with an added viewpoint: Mt. Kilimanjaro! Enjoy a full day of elephant-spotting and opt to visit a nearby Maasai village. Tonight, enjoy your last Kenyan dinner with your group. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Kenyan Highlights (7 days, Nairobi - Nairobi) (COCEBBKHM)  Fr $2,375 Taste of Tanzania (7 days, Arusha - Arusha) (COCEBBTTM)  Fr $3,179 Zanzibar Beach Escape (4 days, Zanzibar - Zanzibar) (COCEBBZR)  Fr $450

Day 7-9 Arusha / Tarangire National Park After breakfast, drive through Amboseli and cross the border into Tanzania. It's a short stay in Arusha, so enjoy your free evening here. After a hot breakfast on Day 8, get into your safari vehicle and pick up any last-minute necessities before the journey to Tarangire National Park. Settle into your lodge and set out on a game drive in the afternoon. Tarangire is best known for its giant baobab trees and huge herds of elephants, so it's a different setting altogether from the national parks that came before it. You'll get another chance to take it all in on Day 9 with a full day dedicated for exploring. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 10-13 Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Arusha End on a high as you approach your last national park. Lucky for you, it's a bit of a two-in-one as the Serengeti is also home to the Ngorongoro Crater, an ancient volcano boasting one of the highest densities of wildlife anywhere on earth. On your way there, take in views of the Rift Valley as you make your way to the main gates of the Serengeti and stop by the village of Mto wa Mbu en route. Spend the next two nights camping in luxury safari tents in the middle of the Serengeti before a full-day game drive on Day 11 - and even an optional balloon safari if you fancy it! Head to the Ngorongoro Crater for a final night in the wilderness before returning to Arusha on Day 13. (4B, 3L, 3D)

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Maasai Mara N.P.

Lake Elementaita

Nairobi

Serengeti N.P. Amboseli N.P. Ngorongoro Crater

Arusha

Tarangire N.P.

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Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Maasai Mara, Tanzania

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Not many places in the world can top East Africa's safari efforts. This trip concentrates on Kenya and Tanzania, and makes good use of two weeks to hit up all the big players, including the Maasai Mara, the Serengeti and Amboseli. Add on the lesser-seen Tarangire and you've got yourself one tasty park buffet.


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NAIROBI TO NAIROBI & KILI RONGAI TREK 19 DAYS, Nairobi

$8,193

FR

Nairobi Small Group Adventure

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EASTERN AFRICA

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 bucketlist. You'll also get not one, but seven national parks thrown in for good measure. Age Group: Min 18 Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 16 Tour Code: DRYNK

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Dec

Nov

Oct

Sep

Aug

Jul

Jun

May

Apr

Mar

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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Departures 2019/20

Day 1-3 Nairobi / Amboseli National Park / Marangu

Feb 20

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

Jan 20

highlights

Jan

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

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 $2,700 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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Day 4-10 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 Insta story. 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 your way to the summit very early the following day.... And you've done it! Make the most of the views and revel in your achievement before heading down for one last night of 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.

Day 11-14 Tarangire National Park / Lake Manyara National Park / Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha 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 rest and relaxation.

Day 15-19 Nairobi / Maasai Mara Game Reserve / Nairobi 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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Maasai Mara N.P.

Nairobi

Serengeti N.P. Amboseli N.P. Ngorongoro Crater Mto wa Mbu Lake Manyara N.P.

Arusha

Tarangire N.P.

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Nairobi, Kenya

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KENYA & TANZANIA ADVENTURE 13 DAYS, Nairobi

$4,429

FR

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

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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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Mar 20

Feb 20

Dec

Nov

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Mar

Departures 2019/20 Feb

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

Jan

highlights

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

Jan 20

Accommodation: Tented camp (2 nts), twin-share camping (7 nts), hotels (3 nts) Transport: Fully-equipped safari vehicle, 6/8-seater 4WD safari vehicle, ferry Meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners Adventure Pass (mandatory): From USD $1,370

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Day 1-3 Nairobi / Maasai Mara Game 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 Nairobi on Day 3 and spend the night. Fancy a night out? Head to the famous Carnivore restaurant for a meat feast with the most-feasts. (2B, 3L, 2D)

Day 4 Arusha Cross into Tanzania and stop in the safari capital of Arusha, nestling in the shadow of Mt. Meru and close to the magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro. Spend the afternoon on a cultural village walk with the local Maasai people before heading back to Arusha where you can explore colourful markets by day - make sure your bargaining hat is on tight - and enjoy a beer with your fellow travellers in the evening. (B, L, D)

Day 5-7 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 its diverse wildlife. Spend a night camped out on an unfenced site (just remember to keep your toes inside!) to experience the sounds of the night - just as 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. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Day 8-9 Bagamoyo / Dar es Salaam Continue your journey south towards the Indian Ocean and set up camp in Bagamoyo, once one of the most significant settlements on the East African coast and a base for some of Europe's most well-known explorers back in the 19th century. Continue to Dar es Salaam, and camp at yet another idyllic site next to the ocean. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 10-13 Zanzibar / Dar es Salaam Take the ferry to the 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 can enjoy excellent snorkelling and diving. Head back to Dar es Salaam on Day 13 where your tour comes to an end on arrival. (4B)

Maasai Mara N.P.

Nairobi

Serengeti N.P. Ngorongoro Crater

K E N YA

Arusha

Zanzibar

TA N Z A N I A

Bagamoyo

Dar es Salaam Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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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.


KENYA & TANZANIA 4WD SAFARI ADVENTURE 10 DAYS, Nairobi

$3,206

FR

Arusha Small Group Adventure

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EASTERN AFRICA

Kenya and Tanzania both conjure up documentary-worthy 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. Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: All ages Group Leader: English-speaking driver/ guide on game drives and selected activities Tour Code: BENBOKTS

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

• Learn the significance of the Olduvai Gorge • Look out for the Big 5 on game drives • Stay in a lodge at the Ngorongoro Crater

Day 1-2 Nairobi / Maasai Mara 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)

Accommodation: Tented camp (2 nts), hostel in Arusha (2 nts), medium-range 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 Note: Entry to Olduvai Gorge is not included. There is also a 12-day option. Ask your Travel Expert for details.

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Day 3-4 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)

Day 5-6 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)

Day 7-8 Lake Manyara National Park / Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater 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 significant then... Note that entrance to the gorge is not included in the cost of your trip, but well worth it for the chance to trace a pretty hefty family tree. Afterwards, head to the Serengeti and discover the most iconic side of Africa. Follow prides of lions through the long grasses and listen to the trumpeting of elephant calls across the plains. On Day 8, drive through the famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area to your picturesque lodge right on the crater's rim. Did anyone ask for a room with a view? (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 9-10 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 back to the airport on Day 10 and prepare for your onward journey. Got time to spare? The summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is just a few thousand metres up? (2B, L, D)

Maasai Mara N.P.

Nairobi

Serengeti N.P. Ngorongoro Crater Lake Manyara N.P.

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Maasai village, Kenya

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NAIROBI TO ZANZIBAR ADVENTURE 10 DAYS, Nairobi

$2,499

FR

Stone Town

highlights

• Relax on Zanzibar's beaches • Spot plenty of wildlife • Visit Ngorongoro Crater

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

WE

• Explore Mto wa Mbu village • Game drives aplenty • G for Good collection

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Day 1-3 Nairobi / Arusha / Serengeti National Park

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Day 4-6 Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Arusha / Dar es Salaam Before leaving the Serengeti, enjoy a morning safari drive to see if you can spot another member of the famous five (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino), then journey on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for epic views and plenty more wildlife! Tonight, camp on the Ngorongoro Crater's rim. On Day 5, venture into the crater for a game drive, then head back to Arusha via the a G for Good initiative Mto wa Mbu village for a cultural walk and lunch. On Day 6, hit the road and enjoy the scenery on the way to the Indian Ocean coast. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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Nairobi

Serengeti N.P.

Day 7-10 Stone Town / Jambiani / Stone Town Catch the ferry to Zanzibar and enjoy an orientation walk with your CEO on arrival. Opt to continue on for a longer walking tour, or continue exploring the labyrinthine alleys of Stone Town on your own. Get the trunks/cozzie out on Day 8 as you hit the white-sand beaches and turquoise waters of Jambiani. Enjoy free time to tour the island, go snorkelling or just chill out on Day 9, returning to Stone Town the next morning to catch the ferry to the mainland. Not ready to leave? Check out the Zanzibar Express upgrade, which includes a flight and an extra night in Zanzibar. (4B)

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Ngorongoro Crater

Arusha

Zanzibar

TA N Z A N I A

Dar es Salaam

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts), full-service camping (2 nts), multi-share hostels (5 nts) Transport: Shuttle, 4WD, tuk tuk, ferry, minibus Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $170225 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), driver, certified safari guides, local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 17 Tour Code: GADKSZ

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KENYA & UGANDA GORILLA ADVENTURE 15 DAYS, Nairobi

$3,649

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Nairobi

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Meet the King of the Apes • Explore Nairobi and Kampala • Search for chimps in Kalinzu

• Relax at Lake Bunyonyi • Visit Café Ubuntu • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Nairobi / Maasai Mara Game Reserve Arrive into Nairobi at any time and explore the city or wash off the plane grime. On Day 2, journey to one of Africa's most famous wildlife reserves, the Maasai Mara, for a chance to spot the iconic Big 5. Enjoy three game drives in the park - time it right and you may just catch the wildebeest migration! (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 4-6 Lake Nakuru National Park / Eldoret / Kampala

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Move north to Lake Nakuru National Park, stopping at the G for Good-supported Café Ubuntu on the way. This initiative helps to provide jobs for marginalised women, and your support really helps improve the lives of the local community. Later, enjoy a rhino-spotting game drive in Nakuru before making for the border at Eldoret. On Day 6, cross the border into Uganda and set up camp just outside Kampala. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Head north to Kalinzu Forest Reserve and trek to see the resident chimpanzees. Next, it's on to Lake Mburo National Park via a working tea plantation. Ramp up the adrenalin with a couple of days in Jinja, Uganda's adventure capital, and head back to Eldoret on Day 14. Your tour ends back in Kenya on Day 15. (5B, 3L, 2D)

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Kalinzu U G A N D A Forest Reserve Kampala Lake Mburo Jinja

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Break up the long journey to Lake Bunyonyi with a stop at the equator and G for Good's AidChild's Equation Café, a non-profit that provides support, medical care and education to children living with HIV. Day 8 sees one of this trip's main highlights, a day with the mountain gorillas! Spend Day 9 at leisure. (3B, 2L, 3D)

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (11 nts), permanent tented camp (2 nts), hotel (1 nt) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle, 4WD, minibus Meals:13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners Budget: Allow USD $125-165 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs), certified mountain gorilla trackers, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 20 Tour Code: GADKGN

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Touch down into East Africa's hub city, Nairobi, at any point and get yourself settled. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. The next day, cross the border into Tanzania and make a base in Arusha, the region's safari capital. Then, charge your GoPro, grab your binoculars and set out on safari - the rolling plains of the Serengeti are a-calling! (2B, L, D)


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Stone Town Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (11 nts), full-service camping (2 nts), permanent tented camp (2 nts), basic hotels (3 nts), multi-share hostels/hotels (5 nts) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle, 4WDs, minibus, shuttle, tuk tuk, ferry Meals: 22 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 12 dinners Budget: Allow USD $270-355 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: GADKGZ

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

Day 1-6 Nairobi / Maasai Mara National Reserve / Lake Nakuru N.P. / Kampala Arrive in Nairobi at any time before your adventure begins the next morning. Journey through the Rift Valley to one of Africa's most famous wildlife reserves, the awesome Maasai Mara. Enjoy ample time here for wildlife viewing and see if you can spot lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, ostriches, hippos, crocodiles and more. On Day 4, head to Lake Nakuru National Park, one of the best places in the world to spot elusive black rhinos and leopards. Stop on the way at Café Ubuntu, a local initiative providing jobs for marginalised women in Kenya. Enjoy two game drives here, then cross the border at Eldoret and camp just outside of Uganda's capital 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! (5B, 5L, 5D)

Day 7-11 Lake Bunyonyi / Bwindi Impenetrable N.P. / Kalinzu Forest Reserve Head west to Lake Bunyonyi, crossing the equator at Kayabwe and stopping for lunch at the AidChild Equation Café; an initiative designed to support HIV-positive children and youth in Uganda. At Lake Bunyonyi, 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. Head north on Day 11 to Kalinzu Forest Reserve where you'll enjoy an included trek to see the resident chimpanzees. Continue via a local tea plantation to Lake Mburo National Park, a hotspot for buffaloes, hippos, zebras and over 300 species of bird. (5B, 4L, 4D)

Day 12-17 Lake Mburo N.P. / Jinja / Eldoret / Nairobi / Arusha / Serengeti N.P. Cross back over the equator and head east to Jinja, Eastern Africa's adventure hub and the Source of the Nile. Enjoy two free days to go white water rafting, mountain biking, bungy jumping or shopping in the local arts and crafts markets. On Day 14, cross back into Kenya and overnight in Eldoret, then head back to Nairobi. Meat lovers should make a bee-line for the Carnivore restaurant, where a range of tropical meats (including crocodile) are order of the day! Cross the border to Tanzania on Day 16 and overnight in the safari capital of Arusha. The next day, enjoy a game drive in an overland truck en route to central Serengeti, where you'll set up 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. (5B, 2L, D)

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Day 18-24 Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Arusha / Dar es Salaam / Stone Town / Jambiani / Stone Town Continue the wildlife theme with a visit to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. Explore the crater on Day 19, then pay a visit to G for Good project at Mto wa Mbu village for a cultural walk and lunch. Make for the coast on Day 20, staying in Dar es Salaam for the night. And what better way to end your African adventure (or any adventure) than with a few days in paradise. Head over the water for three whole days on the island of Zanzibar, and soak up the mixed aroma of spice and sea breeze. You can thank us later. (7B, 2L, 2D)

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GAME PARKS AND GORILLAS 28 DAYS, Nairobi

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

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Endless grasslands packed full of big game, white powder sand beaches and jungle-clad volcanoes; Eastern Africa is nothing if not diverse. See the best of it on this action-packed four week tour, starting in Kenya's capital and ending in Tanzania's largest city. Service Level: Camping Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Services of 2 crew Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code: ACGAG28

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• Trek to see rare mountain gorillas • Spot the Big 5, cheetahs, hyenas and more • Relax on Zanzibar's beautiful beaches

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Accommodation: Twin-share camping (22 nts), tented camp (2 nts), hotels (3 nts) Transport: Fully equipped 24-seater safari vehicle, 6/8-seater 4WD safari vehicle, ferry Meals: 27 breakfasts, 23 lunches, 21 dinners Adventure Pass (mandatory): USD $1,520 Gorilla/Chimp Trek Permit (mandatory): USD $780

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With just a night in Nairobi to start, make straight for Lake Nakuru National Park on Day 2, situated on the floor of the Great Rift Valley. Home to four of the Big 5 (elephant lovers will have to wait), it's a great introduction to game viewing. Enjoy a game drive, then head to your camp at Eldoret. Cross into Uganda on Day 3, and explore the lively capital of Kampala before driving to Queen Elizabeth National Park - perfectly worthy of its crown! Not only does it have over 500 resident species of bird and 100 different mammals, but the park's Kyambura Gorge is also the setting for your chimpanzee trek. Another of our Hominidae cousins await at Lake Bunyonyi in the form of rare mountain gorillas. Trek deep into the forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to find them - with only around 1,000 left, you'll be privy to a much treasured way of life. If not trekking, feel free to explore the surrounding area. (7B, 8L, 8D)

Day 9-15 Kampala / Jinja / Eldoret / Nairobi Cross over the equator on Day 9 and head to a campsite just outside of Uganda's capital Kampala. If time allows, go out to enjoy the nightlife, try the local cuisines and enjoy the hospitality and friendliness of the local Ugandans. Up next is Jinja, the Source of the Nile and your base for three days of adrenalin-fuelled adventures. White water rafting, bungy jumping, quad biking; you name it it's here! Cross back into Kenya on Day 13, overnighting in Eldoret before heading back to the capital Nairobi. With two days in front of you to spend at leisure, opt to visit the National Museum, hang out with baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust or chow down on some meat at the world-famous Carnivore restaurant (we love it). (7B, 6L, 5D)

Day 16-21 Maasai Mara National Reserve / Nairobi / Arusha / Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Conservation Area Head west on Day 16 and make for one of the world's most famous wildlife reserves, the Maasai Mara (and surely one of David Attenborough's favourite hang-out spots). Stay in a tented camp at the edge of the reserve for two nights, with time to explore the park itself on morning and afternoon game drives and the chance to spot the coveted Big 5. On Day 18, it's a short respite from the safari vehicles as you head back to Nairobi for the night. Cross the border and enter Tanzania the next day. Base yourself in Arusha for the night and get ready for a three-day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Needing very little introduction (the animals are just about everywhere!), it's thought that these areas served as the inspiration for Disney's 'The Lion King'. (6B, 6L, 5D)

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

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Day 22-28 Bagamoyo / Dar es Salaam / Zanzibar After a brief stop in Arusha (and a glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro if the weather's clear), it's on to the coast at Bagamoyo. Amid the beauty and the ruins, turn your sights to a three-day stay on nearby Zanzibar - a real change of place and the perfect end to your trip! Think great food, white beaches and hammocks aplenty. (7B, 3L, 3D)

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These rare apes can only be found in the forests of Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC. Sadly, only 1,000 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.

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

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MAASAI MARA CAMPING SAFARI 4 DAYS, Nairobi

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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

• Spot the Big 5 • Maasai village cultural visit • G for Good collection

Day 1 Nairobi

Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya

Day 2 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 U G A N DA 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, spotted hyenas and black-backed jackals. (B, L, D)

Day 3 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

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Day 4 Maasai Mara Game Reserve / Nairobi After one last game drive to spot all the animals on your checklist, head to the G for Good-supported Café Ubuntu, an initiative helping to provide jobs for marginalised women in Kenya. Then, head back to Nairobi where the trip ends on arrival. (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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KENYA CAMPING SAFARI 9 DAYS, Nairobi

$2,349

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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 • Visit the Maasai Mara • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Nairobi / Samburu Game Reserve Arrive into Kenya's capital Nairobi. 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. 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. On Day 3, it's back on the safari truck for a full day of Big 5 tracking. Excited yet? (2B, 2L, 2D)

Samburu Game Reserve, Kenya

Day 4-5 Lake Nakuru National Park

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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 elusive leopards. Lake Nakuru is also home to critically endangered black rhinos. These shy animals are pretty hard to spot (surprising given their size); let's hope lady luck is on your side. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Samburu Reserve

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Lake Nakuru N.P.

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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 to Café Ubuntu for lunch. This G for Good project empowers the community, creating over 400 sustainable jobs for mothers of children with disabilities. Head back to Nairobi where your trip finishes on Day 9. (4B, 3L, 2D)

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Day 6-9 Maasai Mara Game Reserve / Nairobi

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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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. Make sure you're back in time to meet your fellow travellers and your group leader during an orientation talk this evening.


UGANDA & GORILLAS OVERLAND 9 DAYS, Kampala

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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 • G for Good collection

Arrive into Kampala at any time and meet your guide and group over dinner this evening. The next day, travel across the gorgeous Ugandan countryside to Lake Bunyonyi, your swim-friendly base for the next few days and home to a total of 29 islands. On the way, stop by the AidChild Equation Café and Gallery, an initiative supporting the AidChild Leadership Institute, a charity enabling the care and education of HIV-positive children. (B, L, 2D)

Kalinzu Forest Reserve, Uganda

Day 3-5 Gorilla Trekking / Kalinzu Forest Reserve

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Small Group Adventure

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• Spot rare mountain gorillas • Explore Rwanda's capital • Hike in tropical rainforests

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CULTURE & WILDLIFE OF UGANDA & RWANDA 8 DAYS, Kampala

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Gorilla Lake Trek Bunyonyi

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On Day 6, enjoy a guided trek to see Kalinzu's chimpanzees and colobus monkeys, then head to Lake Mburo via a local tea plantation. Continue on to Jinja, known as the 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, or shop 'til you drop in the local markets. The next day, transfer back to Uganda's lively capital, where the tour ends on arrival. Choose to stick around, continue on your own journey or catch your flight home. (3B, 2L, D)

Kalinzu Forest Reserve

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, 5 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $95-125 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) as head guide/cook/ driver, certified gorilla trackers, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 20 Tour Code: GADUKK

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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 forestsloped 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. On Day 5, travel to Kalinzu Forest Reserve. (3B, 2L, 3D)

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

Day 1 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. This evening, why not hit some of Kampala's nightlife?

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Standard hotels (1 nt), furnished tents (6 nts) Transport: Private van Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150-195 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver, experienced gorilla trackers, local guides Group Size: Max 12, Avg 8 Tour Code: GADURU

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Visit the equator on the way to Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of Africa's most celebrated national 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. On Day 6, head south past forests, volcanoes and lakes to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The park is famous for its population of rare mountain gorillas, and you'll get the chance to hang out with them on Day 7; definitely a bucket-list moment! Cross the border into Rwanda on Day 8 and head to the capital Kigali. Enjoy lunch at the Nyamirambo Women's Centre, an initiative to provide education and training to disadvantaged women so that they can gain better opportunities for employment. (5B, 2L, 2D)

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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. A traditional lunch will be provided for you at the Bigodi Community, located right in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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KENYA OVERLAND ADVENTURE 6 DAYS, Nairobi

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Kampala

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Safaris in the Maasai Mara • See rhinos in Lake Nakuru • Spot the Big 5 and more

• Free time in Nairobi • Eat lunch at Café Ubuntu • G for Good collection

Day 1-2 Nairobi / Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

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Day 3-4 Maasai Mara Game Reserve / Lake Nakuru National Park Get up early today and head off on another game drive. Dawn is the best time for spotting leopards and other big cats, so it pays to set that alarm early! Take a break for lunch, then continue the wildlife spotting throughout the afternoon. The Maasai Mara is one of the best places in the world to spot lions, so even though nothing's guaranteed, you're likely to spot at least one King of the Jungle. On Day 4, head off to Lake Nakuru via Café Ubuntu, an initiative providing jobs for marginalised women in Kenya. Later that afternoon, enjoy a safari through Lake Nakuru National Patk, keeping an eye out for rhinos and even leopards. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Lake Nakuru N.P.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotel (1 nt), permanent tented camp (2 nts), participation camping (2 nts) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle, 4WD Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $40-55 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs), certified safari guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 20 Tour Code: GADKNK

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Enjoy one last game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park then head to Eldoret, right on the border with Uganda. While this is predominately a service town, there is a cheese factory here if you fancy stocking up on some Kenyan dairy. On your final day, cross the border and make your way to Uganda's capital Kampala. Say your goodbyes and continue on your onward journey. (2B, 2L, D)

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$12,599

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Nairobi

highlights

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

• Plane transfers included • Visit a local Maasai village • Upgraded accommodation

Day 1-4 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 research scientists at Karisoke Centre. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Day 5-8 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 buffaloes and treeclimbing 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 AidChild Equation Café and Gallery, an initiative supporting the AidChild Leadership Institute. (4B, 4L, 3D)

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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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Day 13-16 Amboseli National Park / Nairobi

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Amboseli N.P.

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Nairobi

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Volcanoes N.P.

Maasai Mara N.P.

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Kigali

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Lake Nakuru N.P.

Feb

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 - this is a world-renowned national park and one of your best chances at spotting the Big 5. So make the most of it! Depart early on Day 12 and make your way to Lake Nakuru National Park, home to the elusive leopard as well as some rare rhinos. Break up the journey with a stop at Ubuntu Café, where your tasty organic lunch will go towards supporting local farmers and a nearby school for children with additional needs. (4B, 3L, 3D)

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Queen Elizabeth Entebbe N.P.

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, boat, plane Meals: 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 11 dinners Budget: Allow USD $180235 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), gorilla trackers, park rangers, local guides Group Size: Max 6, Avg 5 Tour Code: GADRKNG

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Day 9-12 Nairobi / Maasai Mara Game Reserve / Lake Nakuru N.P.

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Pack your camera and prep your social media accounts for an onslaught of envyinducing animal encounters on this six-day adventure through Kenya and Uganda. Arrive into Kenya's frenetic capital at any time on Day 1 and get settled in. If you've got the time, why not head to Nairobi National Park? It's Kenya's first national park and one of the only national parks on earth bordering a capital city. Fancy a challenge? See if you can try and fit a giraffe in the same shot as a skyscraper! The next day, journey through the Great Rift Valley to the world-famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Home to all the Big 5 and the site of the annual wildebeest migration, it has definitely earned its reputation as one of the best places in the world to spot wildlife. Set up camp then enjoy an afternoon of game driving. (B, L, D)


DISCOVER KENYA 4 DAYS, Nairobi

$1,449

FR

Nairboi Small Group Adventure

highlights

EASTERN AFRICA

• Two days in the Maasai Mara • Spot heaps of wildlife throughout • Explore Lake Nakuru National Park

Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya

inclusions

Departs: Selected Mondays Accommodation: Permanent tented camp (2 nts), twin-share room in lodge (1 nt) Group Size: Max 20 Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Includes: All transport, park fees, game viewing activities Note: Entry to Nairobi National Park and Giraffe Centre are at extra cost Tour Code: NBODSK

• See rhinos in Nairobi National Park • Drive through the Great Rift Valley • Spot flamingos, rhinos and hippos

Do a round-trip of Kenya's biggest highlights on this whistlestop four-day adventure. Starting and ending in the capital city, Nairobi, you'll enjoy plenty of safari action over the course of the trip, with visits to Nairobi National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and the Maasai Mara Game Reserve all included. Travel through the Great Rift Valley on Day 1 and make for the rolling plains of the Mara. Spend two days here and spot the Big 5, spotted hyenas, ostriches, zebra, giraffes and more. Here July to October? You'll be lucky enough to see the wildebeest migration, when over a million wildebeest, zebra and antelope migrate into the Mara from the Serengeti. Continue the wildlife theme with an afternoon game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park on Day 3, then head back to Nairobi on Day 4 for a game drive in the city's namesake national park.

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

Nairobi Small Group Adventure

highlights

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

Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya

inclusions

Departs: Mon, Wed and Sat (Daily with 2 or more) Accommodation: Tented camp (5 nts). Lodge option available Transport: Minibus, safari vehicle Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Inclusions: All transport, park fees, game viewing activities, safari driver/guide, nature walk and visit to Maasai village Tour Code: BENBOANP

• 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 and hippos on another mind-blowing game run in the mountain's foothills. Leave for Lake Nakuru National Park on Day 3 to spot baboons, leopards, lions and - if you're lucky - endangered black and white rhinos. On Day 4, head to the Maasai Mara via the floor of the Great Rift Valley and 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.

BEST OF UGANDA 8 DAYS, Entebbe

$4,432

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Entebbe Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Spot rare mountain gorillas • See tree-climbing lions and hippos • Take a boat on Lake Mburo

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

inclusions

Departs: First Friday of the month Accommodation: Twin-share guesthouse or lodge (7 nts) Meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners Includes: Gorilla trek/permits, chimpanzee trek, 3 game drives, 2 boat cruises, all transfers and transport throughout the tour Tour Code: EBBGOR

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$2,029

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• Trek to see chimpanzees • Enjoy numerous game drives • Spend time in Bwindi's rainforests

After you've touched down in Entebbe Airport, you'll be picked up and whisked off to your guesthouse to wipe off all the travel grime. On Day 2, head west to Lake Mburo National Park where you'll enjoy a boat cruise upon arrival. The birdlife here is second to none, and you're also likely to spot hippos, crocs, Rothschild's giraffes and eland. After a game drive in the morning, head to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a chance to hang out with mountain gorillas. There's only thought to be around 1,000 left in the wild, so this is a real one-of-a-kind experience. Afterwards, visit a local initiative called Ride4Women. Continue the safari theme with two days in Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to hippos, elephants and even tree-climbing lions! Then, stop at Kibale National Park or a chimpanzee trek on your return journey.

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Tanzania

SERENGETI N.P.

MT. KILIMANJARO NGORONGORO CRATER

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ZANZIBAR

DODOMA

BAGAMOYO DAR ES SALAAM

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IRINGA

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TANZANIAN TRIBES

NGORONGORO CRATER

MT. KILIMANJARO

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.

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

The Roof of Africa and one of the Seven Summits (the tallest mountains on each continent) 5,895m.

Billed as the 'largest cultural event in East Africa', this awesome festival runs over 10 days in July every year.

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Kili Experts Kilimanjaro is a beast of a mountain at 5,895m tall, and skilled staff and dedicated support crews are there to help you get the best of it. The porters know the slopes better than anyone, and their skill set and expertise will be invaluable to your climb. And you can rest easy knowing that they are looked after in return, with fair pay and plenty of support.

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 sure 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

MAWENZI TARN 4,310m

HOROMBO HUT 3,720m

MWEKA CAMP 3,100m

KIKELEWA CAVE 3,600m

LEMOSHO

MANDARA HUT 2,720m

SIMBA CAMP 2,600m

MACHAME GATE 1,800m MACHAME VILLAGE 1,500m

RONGAI GATE 1,990m

MWEKA GATE 1,650m

RONGAI MWEKA VILLAGE 1,480m

MARANGU GATE 1,800m

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MACHAME

MORE CHOICE 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!

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PROJECT PARTNERS: GIVE A HEART TO AFRICA Receive your Kili certificate from the Moshi Mamas, members of the cooperative who are receiving training to start up their own businesses.

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Small Group Adventure

Moshi

$3,249

FR

Moshi

8 DAYS

highlights

• Summit success rate of 95% • G for Good Moshi Mamas visit

• Catch views of Kibo peak • Six days on Mt. Kilimanjaro

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 striking views of hanging glaciers and the mighty 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. Easy as pie, right?

MARANGU ROUTE Moshi

$2,899

FR

Moshi

7 DAYS

highlights

• See forests and moorlands • Quickest route to take

• Summit success rate of 80% • G for Good Moshi Mamas visit

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: Basic 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

Small Group Adventure

Small Group Adventure

RONGAI ROUTE Moshi

$3,499

FR

Moshi

8 DAYS

highlights

• Enjoy views over Amboseli • Summit success rate of 95%

• Six days on Mt. Kilimanjaro • G for Good Moshi Mamas visit

LEMOSHO ROUTE Moshi

$4,099

FR

Moshi

10 DAYS

highlights

• Trek the road-less-travelled • Eight days on Mt. Kilimanjaro

• Summit success rate of 96% • G for Good Moshi Mamas visit

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.

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 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

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 ROUTE) & SERENGETI ADVENTURE 13 DAYS, Moshi

$5,299

FR

Arusha

highlights

• View spectacular Kibo Peak • Tackle Mt. Kilimanjaro • Watch sunrise at the summit

Small Group Adventure

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• Dance with Maasai warriors • Enjoy plenty of game drives • G for Good collection

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Day 1-4 Moshi / Machame Camp / Shira 2 Camp / Barranco Camp After arriving on Day 1, it all starts the next day as you climb the lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro to Machame Camp. Next, hike through the lower alpine moorland of Kili's slopes until you arrive at the Shira 2 Camp. Soak up views of Kibo Peak then trek up to Barranco Camp the next day via the rock formation of Lava Tower. At a height of 4,642m, it's an ideal (albeit breathless) rest stop. Keep that camera handy for snaps of the Western Breach and the Breach Wall en route. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Day 5-9 Barafu Camp / Mweka Camp / Moshi / Arusha / Mto wa Mbu Continue past the Great Barranco Wall, under the Helm Glacier and through the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley. Reach Barafu Camp that evening and rest up before a night (early morning) hike to the summit to catch the sunrise. Make your way back down to Mweka Camp the same day, then continue down the lower slopes to the Mweka Gate. Back in Moshi, visit the G for Good-supported Moshi Women, a project that aims to even the playing field for women in a patriarchal society, providing free education and training to start their own businesses. Next up is the safari capital of Arusha. Enjoy a guided walk of Mto wa Mbu village, lunch with a local family, and a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. (5B, 4L, 2D)

Day 10-13 Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro / Arusha On to the Serengeti! At a local Maasai village, meet the all-female engineer team of the G for Clean Cookstoves project, an initiative launched to provide new solar cookstoves to traditional homes, improving air quality and decreasing the chances of cooking fires. You'll then go in search of the Big 5 on game drives in the park and the Ngorongoro Crater. The tour ends in Arusha on Day 13. (4B, 4L, 3D)

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Kilimanjaro, Serengeti & Zanzibar (GADTTZ) 19 Days, Fr $6,299

Serengeti N.P. Mount Kilimanjaro N.P.

Ngorongoro Crater

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Lake Manyara N.P.

Arusha

Moshi

My Own Room Available: Fr $499

Departs: Selected Saturdays and Mondays (Jan-Apr, Jun-Mar20) 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 Note: Serengeti option also available with Marangu & Lemosho treks Tour Code: GADTKS

MT. KILI (LEMOSHO ROUTE) & SERENGETI ADVENTURE 15 DAYS, Moshi

$6,349

FR

Arusha

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Spot the Big 5 in Serengeti • Lake Manyara wildlife safari • Visit a Maasai village

K EN YA

• Experience an alipine desert • Views atop Mt. Kilimanjaro • G for Good collection

Day 1-4 Moshi / Mti Mkubwa Camp / Shira 1 Camp / Shira 2 Camp Arrive into Moshi and get prepped to begin your adventure. Lace up your boots for your hike up the Lemosho trail on Day 2 as you aim for the Mti Mkubwa Campsite. The following day, climb into the moorland over the Shira ridge and down to the plateau and to the Shira 1 Camp. You'll head across the Shira plateau on Day 4, with plenty of time for short acclimatisation walks (you'll need them)! (3B, 3L, 3D) Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Day 5-7 Barranco Camp / Karanga Camp / Barafu Camp Continue your way up through the rocky scree to the rugged 90m-high Lava Tower. It's then down into the Great Barranco Valley to acclimatise and camp. Buckle up for the Great Barranco Wall climb into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley on Day 6, home to caves and stunning flora and fauna. The next day, continue on through the alpine desert up to Barafu Camp. Brace yourself for a midnight summit! (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Day 8-10 Mweka Camp / Moshi / Arusha / Mto wa Mbu Traverse the main crater's rim, soak up views of the lunar landscape then cross the scree and snow to reach Uhuru Peak, 5,895m high! Head down to Mweka Camp before descending the next day through the lower slopes to Moshi. Stop at the G for Good Moshi Mamas project to receive your summit certificate, and learn more about how it provides business training to the women of the community. (3B, 2L, D)

Day 11-15 Mto wa Mbu / Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Set off on a cultural walk and have lunch with a local family in Mto wa Mbu village, before a wildlife safari drive in the underrated Lake Manyara Park. Day 12, it's on to a Maasai village to visit a G supported Clean Cookstove Project, a project that trains Maasai women to install clean cookstoves for better health and security. Spend the next few days with your wildlife goggles on during game drives in Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. It's back to Arusha where your trip ends on Day 15. (5B, 5L, 3D)

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Arusha

Moshi Lake Manyara Mto wa Mbu N.P.

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 5 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotels (3 nts), fullservice camping (7 nts), full-service camping (4 nts) Transport: 4WD, private minibus Meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 10 dinners Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), certified mountain & safari guides, porters, camp crew Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Note: Allow USD $110-145 for meals not included Tour Code: GADTOS

My Own Room Available: Fr $519

Departures 2019/20 Jan19 & Jan20 Feb-Dec19 & Feb-Mar20

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MT. KILI (MACHAME ROUTE) & ZANZIBAR ADVENTURE 12 DAYS, Moshi

$3,999

FR

Stone Town

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Incredible Kibo peak views • Tour of a spice plantation • Lounge on Jambiani beaches

• Stunning hiking routes • Enjoy sunrise at Stella Point • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Moshi / Machame Camp / Shira 2 Camp

Day 4-6 Barranco Camp / Barafu Camp / Mweka Camp / Moshi

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Trip Style: Active Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 5 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotels (6 nts), fullservice camping (5 nts) Transport: Minibus, plane Meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD 170-225 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides, certified mountain guide, cook, porters Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADTKZ

Mount Kilimanjaro N.P.

Back in Moshi, visit the Moshi Mamas initiative, run by Give a Heart to Africa and supported by G Adventures as part of their G for Good collection. Aiming to tackle gender inequality in a patriarchal society is no mean feat, but Moshi Mamas helps more than 30 women a year start their own businesses. Board a flight to Zanzibar island on Day 8, and head on a guided walk of the historic Stone Town with your CEO, home to winding streets, a rich history and excellent street food (insider tip alert, head to Forodhani Gardens to guzzle top-notch street food). (3B, L)

Moshi

Day 10-12 Jambiani / Stone Town

Zanzibar TA N Z A N I A

• Explore the Spice Island • Kick back on silky sands • Discover Maasai culture

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Time for a guided tour of a local spice plantation, followed by a trip to the coast. On Day 10, opt to chill out on the beach, snorkel the blue shores or take a tour of the island. Transfer to the south eastern coast on Day 11 and spend the night in Jambiani. Return to Stone Town on Day 12 where the tour ends. (3B)

My Own Room Available: Fr $759

Mar

Day 7-9 Moshi / Stone Town / Jambiani

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Feb

Hit the road and hike to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower. Take in spectacular views of Western Breach, the Breach Wall and the 843 ft Great Barranco Wall, and trek up the Eastern Wall, passing below the Helm Glacier. Head on an overnight hike to the Summit via Stella Point. Grab a picture at the top for your Insta to capture this exhilarating moment - you've made it! Sit back, relax those muscles and admire the sunrise before heading down to Mweka Camp. (3B, 3L, 3D)

(Includes Adventure Pass)

$6,561

FR

Nairobi

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Find Big 5 in the Serengeti • Take on the Marangu Route • Summit Mt. Kilimanjaro

Day 1-5 Dar es Salaam / Zanzibar Start the trip with sand between your toes as you transfer straight from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar. Arrive in Stone Town and spend your day exploring colourful markets. Top tip, try the sweet banana pizzas at Forodhani market, they're an absolute treat (and absolutely worth the queue). The next few days are built for relaxation. Venture north to some of the finest beaches in the Indian Ocean, opt for a scuba diving excursion or take a spice tour - Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island for a reason and home to pretty much the whole rack. On Day 5, travel back to the mainland and gear up for safaris, mountain climbing and some epic sunrises. (4B, D)

Zanzibar, Tanzania

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Dar es Salaam

Departures 2019/20 Jul

Zanzibar

Jun

Arrive in Moshi and start walking the Marangu Route, Mt. Kili's most popular trek. It's a demanding ascent, but it offers a defined upward 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 porter. The aim’s to reach the 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)

May

Day 11-17 Moshi / Kilimanjaro Climb, Marangu Route / Nairobi

Apr

Head out in 4WD vehicles for a three-day trip in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Scour for the Big 5 in the Serengeti and continue to the crater. Descend the crater walls of the Ngorongoro and enjoy game viewing before returning to sprawling Arusha. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Mount Kilimanjaro N.P. Ngorongoro Moshi/ Crater Arusha Marangu

Service Level: Camping Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Twin-share camping (6 nts), twin-share hotel (6 nts), multi-share mountain hut (4 nts) Transport: Fully equipped 24-seater safari vehicle, 6/8-seater safari vehicle, ferry Meals: 16 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners Adventure Pass (mandatory): USD $1,490 Group Leader: Services of two crew, Kilimanjaro trek guides Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code: ACZTK17

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Day 8-10 Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha

Serengeti N.P.

Nairobi

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K E N YA

Travel inland to the grassy plains of northern Tanzania passing Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro. Arrive in Arusha, the country's safari capital, and head out on a guided walk to discover the culture of the local Maasai village. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Feel free to arrive at any time into Moshi on Day 1 before trekking the lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro the next day to Machame Camp. Day 3, journey through the lower alpine moorland to Shira 2 camp, absorbing the striking views of Kibo Peak (it's crazy tall, a whopping 5895m?!) Okay, you get it, don't mind us. (2B, 2L, 2D)


TANZANIA ACTIVE SAFARI 8 DAYS, Arusha

$2,999

FR

Arusha

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Hike the Empakaii crater • Canoe in Momella Lake • Explore Serengeti by 4WD

• Search for Big 5 on safari • Optional balloon safari • G for Good collection

Get to Arusha in time for your welcome meeting, then venture into Arusha National Park the next day to explore the diversity of Momella Lake on a canoe ride. Keep your eyes peeled for any wildlife coming to drink on the water's edge. (B, L)

Day 3 Mto wa Mbu Serengeti, Tanzania

Mto wa Mbu is part of a cultural tourism enterprise which monitors the effects of tourism on the village to encourage sustainable development and focus investment on schools, sanitation and water. Meet the women who run these tours on a cultural tour and enjoy a traditional homemade lunch. (B, L, D)

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Day 4-6 Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Serengeti National Park

Ngorongoro Crater Lake Manyara

Arusha

My Own Room Available: Fr $269

Dec

Nov

Oct

$2,299

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Arusha

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Tour Mto wa Mbu village • Spot tree-climbing lions • Explore a Maasai village

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Set your alarms and head out on an early wildlife safari drive in the wildife-rich Ngorongoro Crater. As brilliant as the view is from the rim of the crater, it's nothing compared to what you'll see after your descent inside, namely the highest density of lions and predators in all of Africa. In the afternoon, enjoy a cycle ride in Lake Manyara National Park and keep a look out for tree-climbing lions. On Day 8, it's off to the G for Good Clean Cookstove Project before returning to Arusha, where your tour ends on arrival. (2B, L, D)

Arusha N.P.

Mar

Day 7-8 Mto wa Mbu / Arusha

Serengeti N.P.

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotels (2 nts), fullservice camping (5 nts) Transport: 4WD, canoe, bike Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), certified safari driver/guide, camp crew Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Budget: Allow USD $7095 for meals not included Tour Code: GADTAS

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Climb up the rift valley escarpment into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and prep youself for a stunning hike into the extinct Empakaai Crater. End the day relaxing and enjoying the view from the campsite over the breathtaking Ngorongoro. Day 5, it's on to Serengeti National Park for a wildlife safari drive. Absorb the vastness of the Serengeti plains (which is practically treeless) and opt for a balloon safari the next morning. Spend the rest of the day in the Serengeti, and round off the day watching the sunset on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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EASTERN AFRICA

Day 1-2 Arusha / Arusha National Park

• Scour Serengeti for the Big 5 • Spot Ngorongoro’s lions • G for Good collection

Day 1-2 Arusha / Lake Manyara National Park Arrive in Arusha at any time. On Day 2, head to Mto wa Mbu village (the gateway to Lake Manyara) 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 over 400 bird species, elephants and tree-climbing lions! (B, L)

Day 3-4 Serengeti National Park Journey to the Serengeti and stop via a Maasai village to learn about their culture and lifestyle. Visit the G for Good 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 the rest of your time here searching for the Big 5 on game drives in the savannahs of the Serengeti. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 5 Ngorongoro Conservation Area Start with a game drive in the Serengeti, keeping an eye out for leopards, lions and buffaloes. Next is the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, famed for its abundant wildlife on the crater floor. Views from your campsite on the rim will overwhelm you. (B, L, D)

Day 6 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. Before it collapsed inward, this crater used to be a colossal volcanic mountain, not far from Kili in size. Travel back to Arusha where the tour ends on arrival. (B, L)

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Serengeti Migration Safari (GADTAM) 9 Days, Fr $4,999

Serengeti N.P.

Ngorongoro Crater Lake Manyara N.P.

Arusha

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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 $179

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TANZANIA SAFARI EXPERIENCE 7 DAYS, Arusha

$4,549

FR

Arusha

highlights

• Wildlife in the Serengeti • See the Ngorongoro Crater • Meet the Maasai Mamas

• Spot hippos in Lake Manyara • Visit Olduvai Gorge • G for Good collection

Day 1-2 Arusha / Mto wa Mbu Village / Lake Manyara National Park

EASTERN AFRICA

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 tree-climbing lions en route. (B, L, D)

Day 3 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 for Good Clean Cookstoves Project and listen to an exclusive presentation by one of the Maasai women to learn about the impact the project has had on the community's women. Before heading to your safari camp in the Serengeti, pay a visit the Olduvai Gorge Museum. Set up by Mary Leakey in the late 70s, the museum is a homage to her and her husband's palaeoanthropological discoveries in the area, home to the remains of probably the world's earliest human species, homo habilis. (B, L, D)

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Serengeti N.P.

Day 4-5 Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Conservation Area 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. 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 watching the sunset with a cool drink in hand. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 6-7 Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha

Olduvai Gorge Ngorongoro Crater Lake Manyara N.P.

Arusha

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 $519

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It's off into the famous UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive and picnic. Drive to Arusha for one final night before heading home on Day 7. (2B, L)

Jan, Dec

Saturdays and selected Mondays

Feb-Nov

Selected Mondays, Fridays & Saturdays

Jan20

Selected Saturdays

TANZANIA & ZANZIBAR ADVENTURE 9 DAYS, Arusha

$2,449

FR

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• UNESCO-listed Stone Town • Tuck into lunch with villagers • Spot wildlife in the Serengeti

• Camp on Ngorongoro’s rim • Opt to snorkel on the beach • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Arusha / Serengeti National Park Kick start your adventure in Arusha. On Day 2, enjoy your first game drive as you make your way through the world-famous plains of the Serengeti, before bedding down at a basic bush camp under the starry African skies. Then next day, it's another full-day safari game drive on the way out of the expansive Serengeti plains (covering a whopping 19,000km2) before camping on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, a real natural wonder. Enjoy the views tonight and gear up for your game viewing experience tomorrow. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 4 Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Arusha Journey down to the crater's floor and see first-hand why this is one of the continent's biggest draws. Keep your eyes peeled for Africa's highest concentration of lions and predators, often found lounging by the crater's walls. On your way back to Arusha, visit a G for Good project in Mto wa Mbu village, an initiative that helps to improve local schools and offers training placements for the local youth who are interested in going into the tourism sector. Afterwards, enjoy a guided cultural walk and lunch with a local family. (B, L)

Day 5-6 Dar es Salaam / Stone Town Hit the road and soak up the diverse landscapes en route to the Indian Ocean coast. Board a ferry the next day to the tropical Spice Island of Zanzibar before a guided walk in historic Stone Town, a cultural melting pot. (2B, D)

Day 7-9 Jambiani / Stone Town Venture on to the sandy beaches and turquoise shores of Zanzibar's idyllic coast. Opt to spend the next day beach lounging, snorkelling or taking a tour of the island. Head to the popular Nungwi beach for a more rustic feel, lined with straw huts. Transfer from Jambiani to Stone Town on Day 9 where the tour ends on arrival. (3B)

K E N YA

Serengeti N.P.

Ngorongoro Crater Mto wa Mbu

Arusha

Zanzibar Dar es Salaam TA N Z A N I A

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Basic hotel (1nt), full-service camping (2 nts), multi-share hostels (5 nts) Transport: 4WD, private shuttle, tuk tuk, ferry, minibus Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $155-205 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), drivers, certified safari guides, local guides, camp crew Group Size: Max 20, Avg 17 Tour Code: GADTSZ

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HIGHLIGHTS OF TANZANIA SAFARI 5 DAYS, Arusha

$1,893

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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

EASTERN AFRICA

Day 1 Arusha / Lake Manyara National Park Touch down in Arusha and 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, known to be local residents here. 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! This trip promises excellent wildlife spotting, that's for sure. After you've got your fill of all things Lake Manyara, head to your camp for a tasty dinner. (L, D)

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

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Day 2-3 Serengeti National Park Travel to Serengeti National Park to enjoy a full-day of game viewing on Day 3. 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. You'd be able to watch these animals thunder through the wilderness, it's a sight like no other (particularly when they cross the river, splashing through it as they go!) (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Serengeti N.P.

Day 4-5 Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha After one last game drive before breakfast, trot off to the iconic Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world and a true natural wonder. This crater is believed to have been created around 2.5 million years back from an active volcano whose cone disintegrated and fell inward. Upon arrival, check in to your accommodation on the crater's rim, then unwind with a beer or two in hand while taking in the blue-green panoramic views. 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)

Ngorongoro Crater Lake Manyara N.P.

Arusha

Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Accommodation: Camping or medium range/ tented lodge (4 nts) Transport: 4WD vehicle Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners 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

Departures 2019/20 Jan-Dec

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Independent Tour

ZANZIBAR BEACH BREAK Dar es Salaam

$426

FR

Dar es Salaam

4 DAYS

highlights

• See picturesque Stone Town • Top up your tan in paradise

• Enjoy a day of snorkelling • Party at Nungwi's bars

Daily (with a group of two or more)

Independent Tour

MAFIA ISLAND BEACH BREAK Mafia Island Airport

$897

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Mafia Island Airport

6 DAYS

highlights

• All accommodation included • Enjoy four included dives

• Go on a mangrove walk • Chill out on the beach

If you're after a few days in paradise with plenty of R&R, then step right up. 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.

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 be able to enjoy a stress-free experience.

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 Tour Code: DARZA3

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Standard hotel (5 nts) 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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HELP LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN ZANZIBAR 2-12 WEEKS, Jambiani, Zanzibar

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 helping children and young adults develop their English and creative skills through craft workshops and organised sports programmes aimed at nurturing and strengthening their confidence. You'll also lend a hand at the afternoon kids club, interacting with the children over arts and crafts activities, storytelling and card games. On Fridays, get involved in a range of community projects, such as planting trees, maintaining and renovating schools and cleaning the beach. Your presence here will help support a number of women's empowerment projects in the area, aimed at increasing confidence and improving career prospects. Plus, you'll get to see the difference previous visitors have made in the form of the project's very own outdoor education centre, built by funds raised by volunteers. Project Start Date: Selected Mondays Project Location: Jambiani (approx. 55km outside Stone Town) Getting There: One-way transfer from airport included (selected times) Accommodation: Mixed, multi-share beachside volunteer house (14+ nts) Meals: 3 meals a day Note: Background check required Stay Longer: Fr $475 per week Trip Code: KENZAN

VOLUNTEER WITH DOLPHINS IN ZANZIBAR 2-12 WEEKS, Jambiani, Zanzibar

$2,247

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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 out on the beach or explore the sights of the island.

highlights

• Work alongside bottlenose dolphins • Snorkel in tropical, turquoise waters • Conserve coral reef marine ecosystems

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 volunteer house with mosquito nets and fans (14+ nts) Meals: 3 meals a day Note: Background check required. Strong swimming ability essential Stay Longer: Fr $608 per week Trip Code: ZNZDOL

HELP LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN TANZANIA 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

$1,650

FR

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 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 Stay Longer: Fr $446 per week Trip Code: TANCOM

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• Provide educational support for residents • Organise sports programmes for kids • Learn the local language, Swahili

$1,760

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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.

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MARU MARU, STONE TOWN

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$209 $126

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DOUBLETREE BY HILTON, STONE TOWN

$241 $121

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: In the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town, close to the beach, the Old Fort and Forodhani Gardens.

Location: A short distance from attractions such as the Old Fort, Sultan Palace and House of Wonders. A stroll away from the beach.

Vibe: Classic Zanzibar style meets modern luxury. A restored townhouse featuring marble floors and locally-crafted furniture.

Vibe: Elegant, classic, relaxed, and ideal for couples in a convenient location. Enjoy delicious food on its rooftop restaurant.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Rooftop terrace with 360-degree views • Bar • 2 restaurants • Café • Fountain courtyard • Laundry

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Bar • Restaurant • Luggage storage • Laundry • 24-hour reception • Car hire available • Themed dinner nights (extra cost)

EHZNZ1

STONE TOWN DAY TOUR

$54

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HALF DAY

Learn about the historical and cultural significance of Stone Town on this half-day tour. Partially 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!

PRISON ISLAND TOUR

$86

FR

HALF DAY

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 has also served as a quarantine for the entirety of East Africa. Today it acts as a refuge for four Aldabra giant tortoises and a place to swim, snorkel, or kick back and relax.

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THE ROCK RESTAURANT

$190

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HALF DAY

Perched on a coral outcrop in the Indian Ocean, The Rock Restaurant certainly offers a wacky 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. Pig-out with three courses, and it's fussfree with included return transfers. DARROC


ZANZIBAR ESSENTIALS

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INDIAN OCEAN

KIWENGA PONGWE FOREST

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.

BWEJUU

FR$54 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 KIZIMKAZI DIMBANI

Rock Solid

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AMAAN BEACH BUNGALOWS, NUNGWI

Class Act

$166 $91

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FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

4

WARERE BEACH, NUNGWI

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$252 $126

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Prime sunset-watching spot on Nungwi Beach within walking distance to nearby bars and restaurants.

Location: Right on the beach and a 15-minute walk from Unguja, Nungwi Beach and Mnarani Natural Aquarium.

Vibe: Beach break beauty. Designed in a traditional Zanzibar style with beachfront rooms looking straight out to sea.

Vibe: The perfect luxury beach getaway with rooms boasting ocean views. Soak in its outdoor pool and step onto the beach.

Highlights: Private rooms • Private balcony with ocean views • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Courtyard • Snorkelling and diving activities • Airport transfers (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • En suite • Air con • Ceiling fan • Balcony or patio • Bar • Restaurant • Luggage storage • Laundry • Free on-site parking • 24-hour reception • Concierge services

ZNZAMA

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A-List

5

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A-List

$275 $171

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ROYAL ZANZIBAR BEACH RESORT, NUNGWI

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$186 $186

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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: Situated within a five-minute walk of Nungwi and Unguja beach, a prime location for snorkel and beach lovers.

Vibe: Get away from it all in this trendy boutique hotel. Enjoy a stress-free couple of days on your own private balcony.

Vibe: The ultimate beach retreat for luxury and relaxation. Sip on a drink in its funky poolside bar and totally unwind.

Highlights: Private rooms • Private balcony with ocean or garden views • Infinity pool • Bar • Restaurant • Spa and massage services • Garden • Watersports available • PADI dive centre

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Terrace • 4 outdoor pools • Poolside bar • Garden • 4 bars and lounges • 2 restaurants • Gym • Spa • 24-hour reception • Free on-site parking

ZNZZHO

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JOZANI FOREST

DAR ES SALAAM: 70 KM

$95

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FR$143 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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Madagascar

ANTISIRANANA NOSY BE

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LEMURS

ANDASIBE NATIONAL PARK

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THE SCENERY

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 ancestry.

Infused with enchanting forests, rare flowers, exotic wildlife and cascading waterfalls, it's hard not to fall in love with the 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 Eighth Continent), there's lots to see, from karst forests to ancient baobab trees.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF MADAGASCAR 14 DAYS, Antananarivo

$2,499

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Antananarivo Small Group Adventure

snapshot 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. 90% of the wildlife here can't be found anywhere else on Earth!

EASTERN AFRICA

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: Simple hotels (12 nts), community guesthouse (1 nt) Transport: Minibus, plane Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $380-495 for meals not included

highlights

Day 4-5 Antsirabe / Fiadanana Travel past rice paddies and Merina tombs to the ancient colonial town of Antsirabe, a thermal city known for its volcanic lakes. Visit an artisan workshop then explore the quaint city by pousse pousse (rickshaw). Make a short visit to Lake Andraikiba, then continue to the village of Fiadanana to listen to a traditional healer. This beautiful village is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes of rice fields and panoramic views of the nearby mountains, so it makes for a pretty sweet rest stop. Spend a cosy night with a local family, affording you an authentic cultural experience and the chance to learn the rituals of daily life in Madagascar. (L, D)

Day 6-9 Ranomafana / Ambalavao / Ranohira / Isalo National Park Take a morning hike to capture the stunning views of Mont Ifasina before continuing on to Ranomafana. Learn about traditional rituals from local villagers and end the day with a guided night walk to see the rainforest in a whole new light, surrounded by stands of giant bamboo and Chinese guava trees. In the morning, wake up with the sun (and the cacophony of natural alarm clocks around you) and head on a morning forest walk before driving on through the island’s wine region to the rural town of Ambalavao. Stop at the Anja community reserve to see the ring-tailed 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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Touch down in Antananarivo (Tana, as it's locally known), the capital of Madagascar, and spend your day at leisure. The next day, travel east towards Andasibe and stop en route to explore the Indri Special Reserve section of 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. Look it up, thank us later. Overnight in the reserve and explore the national park the next day. If you're here at night, see if you can spot the elusive and odd-looking aye-aye. Many Malays believe an aye-aye is a harbinger of evil, and if one points its narrowest finger at someone, they are marked for death! So no eye contact, then...

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Day 1-3 Antananarivo / Andasibe National Park

Feb

Departures 2019/20

Jan 20

My Own Room Available: Fr $659

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

Jan

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

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M A DAG A S C A R

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. If a domestic flight cannot be secured for you (local flights can be somewhat unpredictable) the group will be transported back to Antanarivo in 4WD vehicles. Stock up on snacks as the journey can take around ten hours.

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Antananarivo, Madagascar

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Indian Ocean

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 conservation projects. Welcome to a whole new kind of paradise.

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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 rooftop 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. Combine the two and have the Indian Ocean adventure of a lifetime. Check out our Asia brochure to read more about a diverse range of 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.

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BERJAYA BEAU

$253 $127

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VALLON BAY RESORT

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A-List

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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$401 $202

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$501 $294

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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 bars • 3 restaurants • Gym • Casino • Watersports available

Highlights: Private rooms • Private balcony • Air con • Outdoor pool • 2 bars • 5 restaurants • Spa • Yoga • Tennis courts

Highlights: Private rooms or suites • Private balcony or terrace • Air con • 2 outdoor pools • Bar • 2 restaurants • Spa

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SEYCHELLES ISLAND RESEARCH & CONSERVATION 2-12 WEEKS, Curieuse Island, Seychelles

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• Restore giant tortoise habitats on Curieuse Island • Live and work on a tropical island • Carry out critical conservation work

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$2,690

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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 and support 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, chill out on nearby beaches or head to Victoria, the world’s smallest capital city, for local markets and a spot of shopping. Project Start Date: Selected Saturdays Jan-Nov (arrive Friday) 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. Internships are also available Stay Longer: Fr $900 per week 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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Location: Just a two-minute walk from the pearly sands of Trou-Aux-Biches beach and five minutes from the village centre.

Location: Facing the Trou d'Eau Douce lagoon close to a fisherman's village on the east coast.

Vibe: Brand-spanking-new hotel offering studios and air con apartments. All have their own private balcony.

Vibe: A place to really get off the map. This adult-only hotel is not just charming and comfortable, but serene to boot.

Highlights: Studios • Apartments • Private balcony or terrace • Air con • Kitchenette • Lounge • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Garden • Massage services • Watersports available • Laundry

Highlights: Seaview private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar Restaurant • Massage services • Bike rental • Free boat transfers to Ile aux Cerfs • Traditional music and dance show

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$197 $132

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VERANDA POINTE AUX BICHES, POINTE AUX BICHES

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$286 $190

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Location: Get yo' surf on as this is a mere 2-minute walk from the beach in Tamarin's Bay, Mauritius.

Location: Beachfront hotel in between two fishing villages on the island's north west coast, 15 minutes from lively Grand Baie.

Vibe: Think luxurious, comfortable rooms with colourful features, and stylish vibes in this peaceful beach retreat.

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 • Air-con • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • Bar • 2 restaurants • 2 pools • Terrace • Garden • Spa • Library • Laundry • 24-hour security

Highlights: Private rooms • Adult-only pool • 2 bars • 2 restaurants • Spa • Wellness lounge • Free Grand Baie Village shuttle • Free use of paddle boards and snorkelling gear

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VERANDA PAUL ET VIRGINIE, GRAND GAUBE

Class Act

$506 $298

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LE SAKOA, TROU-AUX-BICHES

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$364 $239

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Location: Oceanfront getaway situated in the small fishing village of Grand Gaube, right on the north eastern tip of the island.

Location: Nestled on a private beach in the laid back village of Trou-aux-Biches. Maheswarnath Beach is just one kilometre away.

Vibe: Featuring wood furnishings and terracotta tile floors, this airy, nautical-style hotel is great for couples and romantic types.

Vibe: A complex of thatched buildings set in acres of lush gardens. Understated rooms and suites are designed with comfort in mind.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony or terrace • In-room safe • 2 outdoor pools • 2 bars • 2 restaurants • Sauna • Spa and massage services • Gym • Watersports available

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Private balcony or terrace • Air con • Outdoor pool • Private beach • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Garden • Spa and massage services • Watersports available

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LUX* 7 LE MORNE, LE MORNE

$811 SINGLE $406 TWIN/ DOUBLE

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A-List

Sheltered by the imposing peak of Le Morne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Lux* Le Morne is certainly pretty unique. And with an endless stretch of golden beachfront, five pools, a spa and yoga classes (need we go on?!) this pretty much sums up paradise. Location: Set on one of the south west's most attractive lagoonfacing spots and in the shadow of the mighty Le Morne, this is the place to get in touch with nature. Vibe: Upscale resort made up of thatched-roof buildings and surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Sheltered from trade winds and on the quiet side of the island, it's great for R&R. Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Private balcony or terrace • Air con • 5 outdoor pools • 2 bars • 3 restaurants • Café • Ice-cream parlour • Garden • Spa • Gym • Watersports available

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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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LILY REST, MAAFUSHI ISLAND

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FUN ISLAND BEACH RESORT, BODUFINOLHU ISLAND

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$278 $146

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Location: On the west coast of Maafushi Island in the Kaafu Atoll, 28km from the airport and serviced by ferry and speedboat.

Location: Situated on Bodufinolhu Island in South Malé Atoll, just a 45-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport.

Vibe: A cosy guesthouse with only eight rooms and friendly staff who know everything there is to know about the island.

Vibe: Relaxed beachfront resort putting the 'fun' in 'fun island'. Activities include dolphin cruises, and there's regular live music.

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)

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony or terrace • 2 bars • Restaurant • Café • Spa • Massage services • Gym • Live music • Dive centre • Watersports available

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$180 $107

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ADAARAN SELECT HUDHURANFUSHI, HUDHURANFUSHI ISLAND

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$282 $259

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Location: Set on the remote Reethi Island in the idyllic waters of Baa Atoll. Just 35 minutes via seaplane from Malé Airport.

Location: Hudhuranfushi Island in the North Malé Atoll, a 30-minute speedboat ride from the airport.

Vibe: Luxury four-star resort with 110 Maldivian-style villas, each with its own private terrace, offering direct beach access.

Vibe: The name of the island translates as Island of White Gold, so that's lovely. Also, the surfing's pretty great.

Highlights: Seaview villas • Private terrace • Outdoor freshwater pool • 5 bars • 5 restaurants • Spa • Gym • Tennis, badminton and squash courts • PADI dive centre • Watersports available

Highlights: Villas or garden rooms • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • 2 bars • 2 restaurants • Spa • Gym • Watersports available • Easy access to the National Museum and the Grand Friday Mosque

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MEERU ISLAND RESORT, MEERU ISLAND

A-List

$442 $260

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ATMOSPHERE KANIFUSHI, KANIFUSHI ISLAND

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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$1,053 FR$508

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Set on a 2km long, 90m wide island, just 30 minutes from the capital Malé by seaplane.

Vibe: Stylish resort all set for a little R&R. Rooms range from garden houses surrounded by trees to over-the-water hideaways.

Vibe: All-inclusive resort with private, stand-alone villas. All offer direct access to the idyllic beach and Indian Ocean views.

Highlights: Private rooms • Villas • Private balcony or terrace • Air con • 2 outdoor pools (1 adult-only) • 2 bars • 3 restaurants • Café • 2 spas • Gym • Tennis court • PADI dive centre • Golf course

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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Independent Tour

FUN ISLAND DIVE PACKAGE

$985

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6 DAYS

Get the most out of diving in the Maldives with this actionpacked bundle, using the peaceful island of Bodufinolhu as your base. After your flight has touched down in Malé on Day 1, catch your speedboat to the island and get settled in to the Fun Island Resort. Enjoy three dives, two spa treatments, a day trip to a local island, a morning on nearby Robinson Island, canoeing, jetskiing and stand up paddleboarding - all included! Departs: Daily Accommodation: Single, twin or double room in Fun Island Beach Resort (5 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners Transport: Return transfers not included. Ask your Travel Expert for details Tour Code: MLDFUD

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MALDIVES PRIVATE PARADISE & LOCAL LIFE

$998

FR

5 DAYS

Discover the magic of the Maldives on this five-day tour to Maafushi Island. After you've been picked up from Malé 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 ferries included Note: Local taxes included Tour Code: BEMLEPPL

CONSTANCE MOOFUSHI, MOOFUSHI ISLAND

$1,202 SINGLE FR$586 TWIN/ DOUBLE

FR

ALL INCLUSIVE

A-List

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. 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 • Private terrace • Air con • Outdoor pool • 6 bars • 7 restaurants • Spa and massage services • Gym • PADI dive centre • Watersports available

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INDIAN OCEAN

Location: The only resort on the island of Meerufenfushi in the North Malé Atoll. The airport is just 55 minutes away by boat.


MALDIVES DHONI CRUISE 7 DAYS, Malé

$2,099

FR

Malé

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Sail on a traditional dhoni • Visit uninhabited islands • Sprawl out on white beaches

• Meet the locals on Dhiggaru • Most meals prepared aboard • Go swimming or snorkelling

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 unpacked and 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 to raise your gaze when you're on the deck - there's nothing quite like stargazing in paradise, preferably with a cold beverage in-hand. (L, D)

Day 2-6 The Atolls Voyage through the Vaadhoo Canal and drop anchor for some downtime 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, 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. Fresh fish on the boat; why not?! When in Rome... (5B, 5L, 5D)

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Malé

inclusions 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 (CEO), crew Group Size: Max 8, Avg 8 Tour Code: GAAFMS

Departures 2019

Fulidhoo

Day 7 Malé

Jan-Dec

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? (B) VA AV U ATO L L

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Bodu Moro

Sri Lanka and Maldives Adventure (GAASSM) 14 Days, Fr $3,449

M A L D I V E S

MALDIVES ISLAND HOPPING 8 DAYS, Malé

$1,199

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Malé

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Cruise to local islands • Enjoy a snorkelling trip • Catch your dinner fishing

• Tuck into a beach barbecue • Have a meal at a local home • Meet Save the Beach NGO

Day 1-2 Malé / Dhiffushi Touch down in Velana International Airport and transfer to the artificial island of Malé. Get yourself settled in and meet your fellow travellers, then on Day 2, enjoy free time before boarding a ferry to Dhiffuhsi, a typical Maldivian island famous for its fishing. On arrival, kick back and relax or grab a coffee at a local café. (B)

Day 3-4 Dhiffushi / Thulusdhoo Time to get underwater! Pay a visit to a nearby coral reef on a snorkelling trip and see if you can spot a turtle cruising by for a spongy snack. That afternoon, relax on the beach or try your hand at some watersports. Then, enjoy a walking tour of the island and tuck into some tasty local tucker for tea. On Day 4, catch a ferry to Thulusdhoo Island, known for its surfing and laid back atmosphere. Explore the island, sunbathe on 'bikini beach' or go for a swim. Later on, catch your dinner the traditional way by line-fishing and enjoy the results at a beach barbecue. (2B, D)

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Travel to the capital Malé and get exploring. Highlights include a visit to the Presidential Palace, the fish market and the Friday Mosque. Then, head to Villimalé with a member of Save the Beach NGO and learn about the local ecosystem and the conservation work being carried out to protect it. Head off any time on Day 8. (2B)

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Day 7-8 Malé

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Enjoy a free day on Day 5 and do as you wish. Opt to surf some of the island's famous breaks or top up your tan on those famous white-sand beaches. That evening, paddle to a small sandbank to watch the sunset. On Day 6, continue to Huraa, home to mangroves and a freshwater lake. Learn about local delicacies on an island tour, then enjoy a meal with a local family at their home. (2B, D)

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Day 5-6 Thulusdhoo / Huraa

Feb

M A L É ATO L L

Trip Style: Marine Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Accommodation: Twin-share room in guesthouses (7 nts) Transport: Traditional dhoni boat Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners Group Leader: Skipper/ Chief Experience Officer (CEO), crew Group Size: Max 8 Note: The Maldives is a Muslim country, so dress conservatively when on local islands Tour Code: GAAFML

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North Africa & the Middle East From camel trekking through deserts to discovering ancient ruins in Petra, this unique region of the world is a place of both discovery and adventure. Explore away.


EGYPT & JORDAN ADVENTURE 15 DAYS, Cairo

$3,099

FR

Amman Small Group Adventure

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NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

These two neighbours are a backpacker's dream. 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. 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 Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), desert camping (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt), felucca (1 nt) Transport: Air con van, train, felucca, plane, 4WD Meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $320-420 for meals not included

My Own Room Available: Fr $659

highlights

• Camp under the stars with Bedouin hosts • Visit the remarkable stone city of Petra • Snorkel in the Red Sea

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 home-cooked dinner with a local family and opt to visit the temples of Abu Simbel. On Day 5, you'll bed down on a traditional felucca for an overnight sailing trip down the Nile. (3B, L, 2D)

Day 6-8 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?! (3B, L)

Day 9-10 Amman / Wadi Musa 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, before heading on to Wadi Musa for the evening. (2B)

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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 a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum. Board a sleeper train to Aswan. (B, D)

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Customise your trip Hot-air balloon ride over Wadi Rum For an airborne view of the sunrise over the mountains of Wadi Rum.  Fr $245 Temple of Abu Simbel See the imperial might of Ramses II at one of Egypt’s snazziest temples.  Fr $160

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). Why not spend the evening soaking in a Turkish bath or REGION: TOUR CODE: meandering nighttime Petra. On Day 12, choose toCOUNTRY: visit Little Petra in the morning, before heading off to 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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ISRAEL & JORDAN ON A SHOESTRING 8 DAYS, Jerusalem

$1,599

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Tel Aviv

Small Group Adventure (18-39)

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• Bedouin desert camp stay • Wadi Rum jeep ride • Beach time in Tel Aviv

Day 1-2 Jerusalem Arrive into the sacred city of Jerusalem, where you'll be hit by fumes of coffee and incense while wandering the souks. The next day, enjoy a guided walk through the stunning Old City, and stop along Via Delorosa to see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall. Choose to spend your afternoon browsing kitschy trinkets and food stalls in Jerusalem's markets with an optional guided tour. (B) The Dead Sea, Israel

Day 3-4 Jerusalem / Wadi Musa Cross the border into Jordan on Day 3 and visit the ancient Roman ruins of Jerash. The gigantic ceremonial gates are an awe-inspiring start, and its former temples and theatres are a mecca for archaeology lovers. Head on to Wadi Musa, located just outside of Petra, and opt to have a good ol' soak in a Turkish bath. Set your alarms early on Day 4 as you're off to Petra for a tour with free time to explore. (2B)

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Time to venture to the red-pink wilderness of Wadi Rum by 4WD before enjoying a traditional dinner and overnight stay at a Bedouin desert camp. It's back to Israel on Day 6 where you'll stop to float in the Dead Sea, lather yourself in mud and purify those pores. Continue on to the lively Tel Aviv, known as the city that never sleeps. Sip on a tropical juice from one of their many stands. (2B, D)

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: 18-39 Accommodation: Multi-share hostels (4 nts), twin-share hotels (2 nts), basic desert camp (1 nt) Transport: Minivan, bus Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $180235 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) in Israel and Jordan, local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADOJO

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$3,355

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Tel Aviv

Exclusively for 18-35s

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• Mountain hike in Jerusalem • Women's cooperative visit • Travel Wadi Rum by 4WD

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Spend Day 7 exploring this exciting city. Chill out on the beach, stroll down the treelined Rothschild Boulevard - littered with quaint cafés - head to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art for local and contemporary pieces, or swim in the Olympic-sized Gordon Pool. Opt to visit UNESCO-listed Masada and natural fortress, formerly a palace complex. Day 8 marks the last day of your trip. (2B)

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Day 7-8 Tel Aviv

• Hike the Red Canyon • See the rose city of Petra • Discover lively Tel Aviv

Day 1-3 Jerusalem From the second you step foot in the spiritual melting pot of Jerusalem, you'll leave very few stones unturned. On your first day, take a hike up to the Mount of Olives - a religious centre for Christianity, Islam and Judaism and one of the best vantage points for views over the city. A full-day tour will take you to all the key sights on Day 2, including the Jewish Quarter, the Arab Market and Mt. Zion, followed by a visit to the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre the next day. (2B)

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Discover the Negev Desert with visits to the Dead Sea and the Ein Gedi Oasis, then make your final approach to Tel Aviv. See how different the city is to Jerusalem (just an hour away) on a full-day tour, and experience its beaches, museums and eclectic cuisine. Airport transfers are included on Day 11. (3B)

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After almost a week of non-stop exploration, it's time to dial it down. Travel back to Israel through the desert of Wadi Rum by 4WD and make for the coastal resort of Eilat. With the water of the Red Sea at your toes, it's all about R&R. Ogle marine life from the Underwater Observatory and take a hike in the Red Canyon. (2B, 2D)

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Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts) Transport: Air con coach Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COCEBBIJ

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It's a stark change of scenery on Day 4 as you make your way up to the mountainous region of Galilee. Hit the road early on Day 5 and cross the border into Jordan, where you'll stop by the Greco-Roman city of Jerash and take a tour around the Iraq Al-Amir Women's Cooperative Society before continuing on to the capital, Amman. After a city tour, settle down in your hotel and gear yourself up for your visit to the Rose City of Petra! Walk around with a local guide and cue the collective wows and aahs as you visit Pharaoh's Castle, the Triumphal Arch and the Monastery. (3B, L, 3D)

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• Float away in the Dead Sea • See the Rose City of Petra • Visit the ancient Jerash ruins


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A market in the heart of Cairo, packed with historic cafés and eclectic souvenirs, from stainedglass lamps to antiques.

Said to be one the world's largest cemeteries, this quirky Egyptian complex in El-Saf is made up of endless conical domes.

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's thrifty.

Widely considered to be one of the world's longest rivers. This vast river is also home to one of the world's largest crocodiles!

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EGYPT ON A SHOESTRING 8 DAYS, Cairo

$899

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Cairo

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Sleep on a traditional felucca • Stroll through local villages • Explore ancient temples

Day 1-2 Cairo Welcome to Cairo! Spend the next couple of days delving into this chaotic but exciting city. Go on a guided tour of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, and another through the narrow alleys of the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, taking time to hit a shisha café along the way. Board the overnight train to Aswan on Day 2. (B, D)

Day 3-4 Aswan

Khan el-Khalili bazaar, Cairo

Take things down a notch in Aswan, located on the banks of the River Nile. The Old Market, which sells anything from peanuts to henna powder, is a great place to start. Take a wander then rejoin your group for guided tour of the city, and opt explore the Philae Temple. After an afternoon felucca cruise down the Nile, head off to a Nubian village for a home-cooked dinner with locals. On Day 4, spend your free time exploring Aswan and choose to visit the temples of Abu Simbel. (2B, D)

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Day 5 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)

Day 6-8 Luxor / Cairo Step off the felucca and visit the Graeco-Roman Kom Ombo temple, before heading to Luxor, often referred to as the world's best open-air museum. In Luxor, check out the local bazaar, visit the Mummification Museum or opt to explore the 400-yearold Karnak Temple. Soak up those last moments in Luxor before heading to Cairo on an overnight train, where the tour ends. (3B, D)

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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 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADPGE

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Temple of Abu Simbel Half Day, Fr $160

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BEST OF EGYPT 8 DAYS, Cairo

$1,349

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Cairo

Small Group Adventure

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• Photo op by the Sphinx • Learn about Egyptian history • Traditional village dinner

• Wander around Abu Simbel • Stay on a traditional felucca • Explore Valley of the Kings

Day 1-2 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, two of Egypt's most famous landmarks and surely one of the world's top photo settings. The Sphinx itself is also widely accepted to be the oldest monumental sculpture in human history! So she's doing pretty well, considering. Enjoy a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum before jumping on an overnight sleeper train to Aswan. (B, D)

Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Day 3-5 Aswan / River Nile

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: Air con van, train, felucca, plane Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150-195 for meals Group Leader: Certified Egyptologist as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADPBE

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Best of Egypt, Jordan & Israel (GADPCT) 22 Days, Fr $5,499

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Fly back to Cairo that morning, where your trip ends on arrival. (B)

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Day 8 Cairo

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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 fancy. 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)

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With a free morning to explore this distinctly African city, you can take your time to enjoy Aswan's laid-back atmosphere. This afternoon, board a traditional felucca and cruise over to a Nubian village on the banks of the Nile for a home-cooked dinner. On Day 4, opt to visit the temple complex 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 (the longest river in the world!), taking in the vista. (3B, L, 2D)

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• See Cairo's famous sites • Barter in a maze of bazaars • Chill on the banks of the Nile


EGYPT AND THE NILE 8 DAYS, Cairo

$1,645

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Cairo Exclusively for 18-35s

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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! Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: English-speaking Trip Manager Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COWTEG

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• Sail on a traditional felucca boat • Cruise comfortably down the Nile • Chill out at the beach in Hurghada

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• Explore the Cairo markets • Grab selfies at the Sphinx and Pyramids • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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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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Day 1 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.

Day 2 Cairo / Aswan Start the day with a guided tour of the treasures of ancient Egypt, and where better for that than the Egyptian Museum? Otherwise known as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, it is home to actual royal mummies as well as the exquisite jewels that were raided from their tombs (hope the curse was worth it, guys). 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, bed down on an overnight train south to Aswan. (B, D)

Day 3 Aswan Nile Cruise Pull into Egypt's ancient southern frontier town, Aswan, with its enchanting temples and brightly Nubian coloured houses. Soak up its laid-back atmosphere, wander 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 tremendous 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)

Day 4-5 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. Made up of two temples, each is dedicated to royalty - one to King Ramses II and the second to his wife Queen Nefertari. 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 onboard 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)

Day 6-8 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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HAND OF HERCULES

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 2000-year-old fresco.

Madaba's Mosaic Map of the Holy Land is not only the world's oldest, but the prettiest also. Find it at St. George's Church.

Let nature overwhelm you in the so-called Grand Canyon of Jordan and get soaked on the canyon trail. Bring waterproofs.

Thought to have once been part of a huge statue of Hercules, just a trio of fingers remain in Amman's Temple of Hercules.

The oldest home in Amman has an open door policy! Come face to face with artists, chilled concerts and a friendly caretaker.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF JORDAN 8 DAYS, Amman

$1,459

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Amman

Small Group Adventure

• Drift along in the Dead Sea • Soak up Amman's culture • A full day to explore Petra

• Stay at a Bedouin camp • Head deep into the desert • G for Good collection

Day 1-2 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)

Day 3-4 Amman / Karak / Petra

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Kick off with a guided visit to the ornate Madaba mosaics. Take in expansive views from the summit of Mt. Nebo and explore the crusader castle at Karak before heading on to Wadi Musa for the evening. On Day 4, spend a full day exploring the Middle East's most magnificent architectural masterpiece, the Rose City of Petra. Opt to spend the evening relaxing in a Turkish bath or visiting Petra by night. (2B)

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Jordan & Israel Adventure (GADJNT) 15 Days, Fr $3,899

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Petra

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For amazing views opt to wake up early for a hot-air balloon ride at sunrise. 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 enjoy lunch at the Numeira Environmental Café, a community initiative supported by G Adventures to encourage sustainable tourism in the area. The tour ends the following day. (3B, L)

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Opt to spend the morning in Little Petra before a 4WD Wadi Rum excursion. 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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Day 5 Wadi Rum / Deseih Desert

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 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $205-270 for meals Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADWHJ

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JORDAN MULTISPORT 8 DAYS, Amman

$1,749

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Amman

Small Group Adventure

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• See Ajloun's natural beauty • Trek and abseil Wadi Mujib • Float on the Dead Sea

• Admire impressive Petra • Overnight in a Bedouin Camp • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Amman / Ajloun / Wadi Mujib / Red Sea Called Philadelphia until the 6th century, capital Amman is where it all begins! After meeting your group on Day 1, head north the following morning 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) Siq, Petra

Day 4-5 Dana Biosphere Reserve / Petra

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Spend the morning in Petra at your own leisure before heading to Wadi Rum, in the heart of Jordan's desert landscape. Continue by 4WD to a Bedouin camp in the Deisah desert where you'll have a traditional meal, learn about local Bedouin culture and spend a night under the stars - a definite highlight on this trip! 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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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, bike, 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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Visit a G for Good-supported community for a bike ride, and keep your strength up with lunch at the local Numeira Environmental Café. 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 and choose to experience Petra by night lit by candles. Hike through gorges and canyons from Little Petra to aim for the rose-tinted Petra, where you'll enjoy a guided tour of this UNESCO-listed haven. 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)

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Dead Sea

$506 3 DAYS

A great way to see Jordan when schedules are tight. Get straight to the heart of the action on Day 1 with an included transfer to Amman, and explore the city at your leisure meandering between the columns of the Citadel, guzzling on baklava and soaking in the Al-Pasha Turkish bath (just a suggestion). A full-day visit to rosy Petra is included on Day 2, home to ancient ruins carved into sandstone cliffs. Transfer back to the airport the next day. Departs: Daily Accommodation: 3* hotels (2 nts). 4* and 5* upgrades available. Please ask your Travel Expert for details Meals: 3 breakfasts Transport: Private car, van, or bus depending on group size Tour Code: AMMSTO

INCREDIBLE JORDAN

$745

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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 ride and a two-hour 4WD desert tour to Wadi Rum. Return to Amman on Day 4. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Twin-share standard hotel (optional upgrade available) (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Transport: Car/minivan, 4WD Includes: Return airport transfers, entry fees, half-day guided Petra tour, horseriding (approx. 800m), 4WD tour of Wadi Rum Tour Code: AMMICP

AMMAN AND PETRA 6 DAYS, Amman

$695

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Amman

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• Experience Wadi Rum in a 4WD • Float away in the Dead Sea • Explore Petra on horseback

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: 3* hotels (5 nts). 4* and 5* upgrades available. Please ask your Travel Expert for details Meals: 5 breakfasts Includes: English-speaking guide, arrival transfer, mineral water on all vehicles, entry to all sites mentioned in the itinerary, 4WD tour of Wadi Rum Tour Code: AMMPE5

• Full-day tour of the ancient Jerash • Drive through King's Highway • Visit Madaba, the City of Mosaics

After arrival, the real fun starts on Day 2 when you'll travel to Jerash and its well-preserved Roman architecture, hilltop temples and theatres. Drift away in the Dead Sea (actually a salt water lake) with views of surrounding mountains and the undulating hills of Jerusalem. On Day 3, drive along the 2000-year-old King's Highway, soak up Madaba, the City of Mosaics and head to the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. Enjoy views of the holy land from Mt. Nebo, where the Prophet Moses is said to be buried, and visit Kerak Castle with its never-ending passageways. Day 4, it's off to UNESCO-designated Petra where you'll enjoy a horseback ride through Siq, a 1.2km-long canyon. Spend the last day in Little Petra and the neolithic archaeological site of Al-Beidha. Round off with a 4WD jeep ride in otherworldly Wadi Rum.

JORDAN DISCOVERY 8 DAYS, Amman

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Amman

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• Enjoy a 4WD ride in Wadi Rum • Meander alternative Little Petra • Explore the ancient ruins of Pella

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Departs: Typically 4-18 departures per month Accommodation: 3* hotels (7 nts). 4* and 5* upgrades available. Ask your Travel Expert for details Meals: 8 breakfasts Includes: Airport meet and assist, arrival transfer, 4WD tour of Wadi Rum, all transfers as per itinerary, all site entries as per itinerary, English-speaking guide Tour Code: AMMDI8

• Short horse ride in rose-red Petra • Swim in the salty Dead Sea • Free time at leisure in Amman

See Jordan's hotspots in this 8-day packed tour. Gaze at Islamic art in Jordan's Desert Castles, meander the White City of Amman with its limestone buildings. See excavated ruins from the Graeco-Roman period and evidence of Bronze and Iron Age walled cities in Pella. Visit Jerash with its excellent examples of Roman architecture and float away in the salty, dense Dead Sea. Drive along the 2000 year old Kings Highway, soak up views of the Holy Land from Mt. Nebo and step back in time experiencing the UNESCO-listed rose-red city of Petra on horseback. Enter through the 12.2km-long Siq on Day 6 to get into the stunning Little Petra with its historic buildings carved out of rustred sandstone. Venture on a 4WD ride in otherworldly Wadi Rum before overnighting in Amman, ready for your onward journey the following day.

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So salty that not even fish can live here (dead sea, get it?) and the lowest point on earth, welcome to the best floating spot ever.

There's no humming or hawing about it, hummus is everywhere here. The chickpea dip was born in Israel and reigns supreme.

Hop on the world's steepest cable car to visit the Rosh Hanikra Grottoes, natural caves home to clear blue waters.

This UNESCO-designated historic haven is packed with religious sites like the Western Wall. Lose yourself in its winding streets.

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, Tel Aviv

$2,499

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Day 3 Galilee And it's off to Akko to meander its colourful markets and UNESCO-listed old city. Travel on to Nazareth and head to the 59.5 metre-high Basilica of the Annunciation, one of the largest churches in the Middle East. Make your way to the Sea of Galilee in the evening with its scenic agricultural settlements. (B)

Day 4 Jericho Time for some exploring with a tour of the Sea of Galillee area, where you'll get the chance to see the Church of Transfiguration - a popular place for religious pilgrims - and the ruins of Capernaum to the north. You'll visit a local Kibbutz to learn about communal living in these traditional settlements before heading on to the small laid-back city of Jericho for the night. (B)

Day 5-6 Dead Sea / Jerusalem Today you'll get to visit the UNESCO-listed fortress of Masada which rises above the Dead Sea. Unwind with a welldeserved soak and float in the Dead Sea before continuing on to Jerusalem for the night. Aim for Jerusalem's Old City on Day 6 and head out on a guided tour starting at the Dome of the Rock and the Al Asqa Mosque courtyard. Take a walk along the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed to be where Jesus was crucified and buried. Discover winding alleyways and journey on to the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall in some cultures. It coined this name for some believe that Jewish people mourned the loss of the Temple Mount by this wall which is all that remains of the temple. It is now a sacred place of prayer and pilgrimage to Jewish people. Spend the afternoon at your own leisure and opt to brush up on your cooking skills with an evening class. (2B)

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Arrive into breezy Tel Aviv on Day 1 and spend the following day exploring this action-packed city and its sunny side over in Tel Aviv, as this city enjoys around 300 days of sunshine a year. Take an orientation walk in the historic Jaffa before heading up to the coast to a Druze community for a local lunch. Head onto Haifa afterwards, set in a stunning location on the slopes of Mount Camel facing the waters of the Mediterranean. (B, L)

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• Meander the Old City of Jerusalem • Float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea • Refugee camp community visit

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• Discover trendy and cosmopolitan Tel Aviv • Explore the Sea of Galilee area • Visit two major biblical towns

Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Private van Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $220-290 for meals not included

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Day 7-8 Bethlehem / Jerusalem Travel to Bethlehem, home to a bazaar and Old City as well as the famous religious sites such as the Mar Saba Monastery. Visit the Church of Nativity, a popular pilgrim destination as it's believed by some to be the birthplace of Christ. Be prepared to crouch as the only entrance to the church is a mere 1.2 metres high! Continue on to Duhaishe Camp for Palestinian refugees before heading back to Jerusalem for a final independent exploration. Day 8 marks the last day of your trip, but choose to stay on if you just can't get enough! (2B)

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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. 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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Location: City centre on Davidka Square, just 350m from Mahne Yehuda Market.

Location: Just 50m away from Rothschild Boulevard, walking distance from Old Jaffa.

Location: City centre, a two-minute walk from Meir Park and the beach.

Vibe: Wallet-friendly digs with large communal areas, ideal for social butterflies.

Vibe: Casual backpackers with a melting pot of cultures, travellers and locals.

Vibe: Ultra-stylish modern digs with a relaxed atmosphere, ideal for couples.

Highlights: Mixed and single-sex dorms • Private rooms • Lockers • Shared kitchen • Bar • Lounge • Sun terrace

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Lockers • Shared kitchen • Bar • Lounge • Sun terrace

Highlights: Private rooms • Shared or private terrace • Air con • In-room safe • TV • Bar • Lounge • 24-hour reception

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NAZARETH, TIBERIAS AND SEA OF GALILEE

$127

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BEYOND THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM WALKING TOUR

$152

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Location: Set in the trendy White City neighbourhood, six minutes from the beach. Vibe: Colourful, industrial and stylish. Decorated by five Israeli artists. Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Internet access • Rooftop terrace • Dry sauna • Free parking nearby

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 Capernaum - 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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Learn about the history of Jerusalem from the 19th century to the modern day in this informative tour. Get the chance to sample local delicacies, learn about those who dared build communities that extended beyond the city walls, visit the Russian Compound and Ethiopian Church and learn the city's fusion of cultures and religions. VIJRS2


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An in-depth look at one of the world's most interesting and contentious locations, the Israeli-occupied land of Palestine. Three day trips over three days will take you to the area's most notable cities and towns, including Bethlehem and Ramallah, as well as a Palestinian refugee camp. You'll also discover the turbulent history of the city of Hebron in the company of two guides, one a Jewish settler and the other a Palestinian resident. 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, Dual narrative Hebron tour Tour Code: JRSWST

PETRA TOUR FROM TEL AVIV

$569

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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. Spend the next morning exploring the so-called Rose City, carved entirely from the rock, and start your journey back to Tel Aviv midafternoon. Note, this tour is also available from Jerusalem. Departs: Mon, Wed, Sat & 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

$248

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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

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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

$480

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• Tour around an Israeli kibbutz • Explore the town of Nazareth • Visit the ruins of Caesarea

Port of Jaffa, Tel Aviv

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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, 1 dinner Includes: Guide, all listed activities Tour Code: JRSISR

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• 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 where you'll 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 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 in a local winery. 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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Tree-climbing goats are a thing here, and we're very happy about it. Find them in/on Tamri's Argania trees, usually foraging for nuts.

First built as a Jewish refugee camp, this city is now a traveller's paradise with its blue-washed walls and winding streets.

Experience the ultimate sunset at Erg Chebbi, a stunning desert with the largest sand dunes in Morocco (160m tops!)

Unwind and totally relax in a Hammam, a bath house home to a steam, bathing and cold room. And there's plenty to choose from.

Home to Africa's prickliest residents! With over 150 varieties of cacti, it's the largest farm of its kind on the continent.

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MOROCCO KASBAHS & DESERT 8 DAYS, Casablanca

$1,049

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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 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

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• Cook up a storm with tagine cooking class • Walk through village around Todra Gorge • A camel ride through the Sahara Desert

• Overnight at a desert Bedouin camp • UNESCO-listed Aït Benhaddou kasbah • G for Good collection

Day 1 Casablanca

My Own Room Available: Fr $309

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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.

Day 2-3 Volubilis / Fes After a free morning, visit a partner-supported lunch programme (AFER Women's Association) 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)

Day 4 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)

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Day 5-6 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)

Day 7-8 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 much of Morocco as possible in a short period of time. On top of classic visits to Fes, Marrakech and the Todra Gorge, get a feel for local culture with a night at a Bedouin camp.


HIGHLIGHTS OF MOROCCO 15 DAYS, Casablanca

$1,529

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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 • Explore the blue city of Chefchaouen • Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis • Traverse the desert dunes by camel

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• Stroll along the beaches of Essaouira • Hike mountain trails in the High Atlas • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 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)

Day 4-5 Volubilis / Fes Lunch today is at the G for Good Meknes Community Lunch initiative. Proceeds from your visit will not only support the rural workers, but will also indirectly aid a health and education programme in the area, so it's an afternoon well spent! Take a guided tour of the Roman ruins of Volubilis and continue to Fes, home to the world's largest living medieval medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore with a local guide and visit the city's tanneries. (2B, L)

Day 6-7 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)

Day 8-9 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)

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

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Day 10-12 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)

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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. Spend Day 14 at your own leisure, before departing at any time on Day 15. (3B)

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MOROCCO DESERT & BEACHES 11 DAYS, Marrakech

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Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Visit Kasbah Aït Benhaddou • Overnight in a Bedouin camp • Surfing in Agadir

Day 1-3 Marrakech / Todra Gorge / Merzouga Arrive into Marrakech, meet with your group and get prepped for a night out on the town. It's off to the stunning Todra Gorge on Day 2, rugged cliff-sided canyons that stretch on for miles. Head on to the desert for an camel ride into the dunes, before enjoying a scenic sunset and a night in a Berber Camp. (2B, D)

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Catch those waves for a morning surf sesh and hit the beach to chill out afterwards. It's off to the coastal city of Essaouira in the afternoon, known for its iconic royal blue wooden boats. Get to know the city with an orientation walk on your first evening there. Day 10 is completely yours so hit up the art galleries and have a walk along the pretty port. It's home time on Day 11 and back to Marrakech. (3B)

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After a day of exploring the souks and charms of Marrakech at your own leisure, enjoy a night out with your group. Spend Day 8 soaking in rock pools and discovering cascading waterfalls in Paradise Valley. Choose to get your walking boots on and head on a guided hike, or explore the village of Izourki Oufella, a region famous for its refined honey (yum) and argan oil before continuing on to Agadir. (2B)

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts), multi-share tented desert camp (1 nt), multi-share mountain gîte (1 nt) Transport: Air con van, public bus Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 dinners Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Note: Allow USD $250325 for meals Tour Code: GADCKM

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It's time to leave the desert (sob) as you're on to the famous mud-brick kasbah of Aït Benhaddou where you'll feel like you're in a Game of Thrones episode. Make way towards the Atlas Mountains on Day 5, and take a walk around the village of Aroumd for views of the surrounding valley lined with fruit trees and vegetables. Absorb views of Mt. Toubkal before feasting up on a home-cooked dinner. Walk to the small village of Imlil on Day 6 to catch your transfer to Marrakech. (3B, D)

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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 • Visit Aït Benhaddou kasbah • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Casablanca / Fes Transfer to your hotel for a welcome dinner. For the next couple of days, embark on a guided tour of the imperial city of Meknes and the Roman ruins of Volubilis before heading on to the medieval city of Fes. Enjoy a guided tour through the UNESCO-listed medina, passing tanneries and market stalls. Have lunch at a G for Good cooperative that seeks to develop the skills of local rural women, as well as funding health and education programmes for over 700 women and children. Take a class on Islamic calligraphy that evening. (2B, L, D)

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Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp

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Zagora

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Tafraout

Make for the coastal town of Essaouira. Chill out for the next couple of days, eat a whole lot of fish and maybe visit a traditional hammam (you DO deserve it). Enjoy one last day in Marrakech before departing on Day 15. (4B, L)

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Return to Zagora on Day 8 and learn about the Draa region before travelling on to the carpet towns of Tazenakht and Taliouine 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, have lunch in a local village, hike through the Chapeau du Napoleon before venturing on to Tafraout. (4B, L)

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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

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It's off to Marrakech and Djemaa el-Fna square where you'll encounter storytellers, and acrobats. Head on a historical tour with visits to the Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs and enjoy a traditional Moroccan cooking class. Head to the UNESCO-listed Aït Benhaddou and travel through the Draa Valley to Zagora on the edges of the Sahara, stopping en route at a library of ancient Islamic texts. Ride into the desert by 4WD and set up a camp by the dunes of Erg Chigaga. (4B, 2L, 3D)

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• Sand dune camel ride • Hike in Atlas Mountains • Explore waterfalls & pools


MOROCCO ON A SHOESTRING 13 DAYS, Casablanca

$1,129

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Marrakech

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

• Walk through old medinas • Ride a camel into the desert • Camp out in the Sahara

• Explore the local souks • Aït Benhaddou visit • Explore Todra Gorge

Day 1-4 Casablanca / Chefchaouen / Fes Arrive into Casablanca at any time and get out and explore the city's mosques, parks and port. Get snap-happy in the blue city of Chefchaouen on Day 2, stopping en route to Rabat, and enjoy a couple of days lost in winding blue passageways. Opt for a hike in the Rif Mountains, try a traditional hammam or visit a local weaver's cooperative in your spare time. Journey on to Fes, home to the world's oldest medieval medina and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Opt to visit a Berber pharmacy, or absorb all the colours in the rippling local tanneries. (3B)

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• Morocco's highest peak • Soak up magnificent views • Walk in spectacular scenery

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Take a walk around the small Berber village of Aroumd and soak up views of Mt. Toubkal before enjoying a tasty home-cooked meal. It's off to the mountainous Imlil village on Day 12 before heading back to Marrakech for a sensory overload in preparation for your flight home on Day 13. (3B, D)

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And it's off to the desert for a camel ride into the dunes. Watch the sunset and enjoy a night under the stars in a Berber Camp. Venture towards the famous fortified city of Aït Benhaddou on Day 10, which overlooks the Ouarzazate River before heading on to the Atlas Mountains the next day. (2B, D)

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Day 9-10 Todra Gorge / Merzouga / Aït Benhaddou / Aroumd

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (10 nts), multi-share tented desert camp (1 nt), multi-share mountain gîte (1 nt) Transport: Air con van, camel Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $310405 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADCMX

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Enjoy a day at leisure in Fes; explore artisan quarters and opt for a traditional dinner in a riad with belly-dancing as your evening entertainment! Head to Marrakech on Day 6 and enjoy three days exploring the lively Djemaa el-Fna square and the worldfamous souks before heading on to the canyons of Todra Gorge on Day 8. (4B)

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Day 5-8 Fes / Marrakech

• Bed down in mountain gîtes • See Sidi Chamharouch shrine • Sleep under the stars

Day 1 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 sizzling souks, absorbing the colours sights and smells before meeting your group this evening.

Day 2 Imi Oughlad / Tizi Oussem

Mt. Toubkal, Morocco

It's an early departure as you make your way onto the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. Meet your mules and muleteers (they're for your bags, not for you) in Imi Oughlad, and get ready for your trek to the 2,000m high (6,562ft) Tizi 'n Tacht pass. Call 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)

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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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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)

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), mountain gîtes (3 nts), camping (1 nt) -2 man tents 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

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MOROCCO 5 DAYS, Fes

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Marrakech

Exclusively for 18-35s

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• See the oasis of Ifrane • Marrakech guided city tour • Opt to soak in a hammam

Day 1-2 Fes Step off the plane, bus or camel you came in on 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 in search of the cooperative of handmade carpets and choose to enjoy a welcome dinner and performance if you wish. The medina is an experience in itself - it's so dense that it still makes up the world's largest car-free urban area. (B, D) S PA I N

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Day 4-5 Marrakech After yesterday's long drive, today is all about enjoying the vibrant city of Marrakech, soaking up as much of its history, quirks and traditions as possible. Start off with a guided tour of the city. After you've mastered the streets and the souks (quite the skill if you can muster it), 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)

Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin or triple-share hotels (4 nts) Transport: Modern air con coach with power points for charging Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager, driver Group Size: Max 51 Tour Code: COBBMO/COWWMO

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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 - it can sometimes feel more like a mountainous corner of Europe than North Africa - and is even home to the threatened Barbary macaque. Arrive into Marrakech this evening. (B, D)

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• 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

Day 1-4 Marrakech / Casablanca / Meknes / Chefchaouen Enjoy a traditional dinner in Marrakech before travelling to Casablanca the next morning, where you'll have ample time to explore. It's on to the Imperial City of Meknes the following day, with a guided tour of the splendour of Rabat's old town Kasbahs en route. Zoom off on Day 4 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)

Day 13-15 Essaouira / Marrakech Finish your trip with a bang in Marrakech. Find your bearings on an optional guided tour, then choose to explore its winding medinas on your own. Follow your nose to the nearest souk, or settle down for a tasty Moroccan tagine. Depart on Day 15. (3B)

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Age Group: Any age Accommodation: 3-4* hotels (13 nts), Berber camp (1 nt). Single upgrades available Transport: 4WD or minivan, arrival airport transfer included Meals: 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners Local Payment: USD $66 Group Leader: Tour Leader/Driver Group Size: Avg 16, Min 2 Tour Code: BU

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Move on to the imposing 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 Thrones'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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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, L, 2D)

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MOROCCO EXPRESS 5 DAYS, Marrakech

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Marrakech

• Sleep under the stars • Enjoy a Saharan camel ride • Practice your surf skills

Day 1 Marrakech Arrive into Morocco at any time this afternoon and check in to your hotel in Marrakech. Chill out by the hotel pool or venture out to the colourful medinas and souks (surely a must while you're here). And don't let the chaos put you off, either. Just embrace it! Make sure you're back in time for your welcome dinner in the evening, where you'll meet the rest of your group. (D) Sahara Desert

Day 2 High Atlas Mountains / Draa Valley / Berber Camp Set off on a scenic drive towards the desert town of Zagora, passing through the lush landscape of Draa Valley and making light work of the High Atlas Mountains on your way. Stop for lunch at Ouarzazate, a city south of the High Atlas Mountains and often penned as the gateway to the Sahara. On arrival, swap your vehicle for a camel and head into the Sahara Desert for a night at a traditional Berber camp. A truly fantastic overnight experience, get ready to sample local food, dance to traditional music and spend an amazing night under the Saharan stars. (B, D)

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Day 4-5 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)

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Leave the desert this morning and head back west to Marrakech, taking in the surrounding landscape as you go. 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)

M O RO CCO

Age Group: Any age Accommodation: 3-4* hotels (3 nts), Berber camp (1 nt). Single upgrades available 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

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Day 3 Marrakech

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$1,505

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Marrakech

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• See the Oudaia Kasbah • Wander through medinas • Explore the Todra Gorge

• Experience Berber culture • Enjoy a camel trek • Take in Atlas Mountain views

Day 1-4 Marrakech / Casablanca / Rabat / Meknes / Volubilis / Fes

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 can enjoy an optional guided city tour of its iconic medina. The tour ends on Day 9. (3B, 2D)

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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, 2D)

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, 6 dinners Local Payment: USD $56 Group Leader: Tour Leader/Driver Group Size: Max 16, Min 2 Tour Code: BU

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Day 5-6 Sahara Desert / Todra Gorge

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Check in to your Marrakech hotel and meet your group in the evening. On Day 2, make for Morocco’s largest city Casablanca and opt to visit the city's famous Hassan II Mosque. On Day 3 it’s up early to Morocco’s capital Rabat to explore the Oudaia Kasbah and Royal Palace. As you continue your journey, Meknes awaits. Often referred to as the Versailles of Morocco, Meknes is in fact a much more modest affair but still retains an air of grandeur in the form of Bab El Mansour (a royal granary) and Place El Hedim (a funsize version of Marrakech's Djemaa el Fna. 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)

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• Cross High Atlas Mountains • Explore medinas and souks • Dine in Djemaa el-Fna

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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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Location: A stone's throw from Marrakech train station and famous squares.

Location: In the modern part of the city, just over two kilometres from the medina.

Location: 10 minutes walk from the lively Jamaâ El Fna Square in Marrakech Medina.

Vibe: Expect Moroccan feels in this traditional riad with terrace city views.

Vibe: With double glazed windows and only 38 rooms, this hotel is a quiet escape.

Vibe: Think elegance, style and tradition. Six luxurious Moroccan guesthouses.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Sun terrace • Outdoor pool (seasonal) • Bar • Restaurant • Kitchen

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Bar • 2 restaurants • Roof terrace

Highlights: Private guest houses • Air con • In-room safe • Spa facilities • Rooftop pool • Library • Rooftop terrace

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FLAVOURS OF MARRAKECH 10 TASTINGS FOOD TOUR

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A sensory overload in a food tour of Marrakech, starting in Mellah's market. Sample sweet pastries, succulent olives, fresh juices, three types of salad in a rooftop Moroccan café and more. Explore the town's winding souks, and observe the handiwork close-up. Unwind listening to local stories sipping on mint tea in a riad. RAK10F

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ATLAS MOUNTAINS DAY TRIP OURIKA & BERBER VILLAGES

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Drive through Ourika valley, take in the striking rock colours and stop at a local pottery artisan before a short hike in the Berber village of Setti Fatma, with its charming waterfalls. After a hearty lunch it's off to Oukaimeden Valley to chat about traditions and culture with your guide and a local family over tea and tasty cookies. RAKATM

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OUZOUD WATERFALL

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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 and sample traditional cuisine (at extra cost). VIRAK02

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ZAGORA DESERT CAMP

$399

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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

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$347

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HIGH ATLAS EXPERIENCE

$448

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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

$521

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4 DAYS

Surrounded by sandy beaches and dunes lies the old fishing town of Essaouira, a laidback artistic village and a former Portuguese trading colony. You'll find white-washed houses, art galleries and wood workshops throughout, and enjoy two days to explore at your own pace. Expect smells of fresh-grilled fish while walking along the port. Departure transfers from Marrakech are included and two nights accommodation. Depart at any time.

Stay in not one, but two Berber camps on this desert-heavy tour from Marrakech. After stops at Aït Benhaddou (hello Game of Thrones) and Ouarzazate on Day 1, arrive at Zagora. After a day's rest in the beautiful Dades Gorges, head to the Todra Gorge for your first camel ride into the Sahara. Your second camp is by the mighty orange dunes of Erg Chebbi. Enjoy a desert sunrise from your camel the next morning, then return to Marrakech.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Riad Chakir (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts Transport: Return private transfer from Marrakech accommodation to Essaouira Tour Code: RAKESO

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

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Marrakech Independent Tour

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• Explore Marrakech's medina • Quad biking outside Marrakech • Visit the Berber city of Ouarzazate

Bahia Palace, Marrakech

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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, 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 Agdz. Hop aboard a camel in Zagora and ride across towering sand dunes to reach a Berber camp in time for the sunset. Stargaze to your heart's content, and wake up the following morning to a tasty breakfast before heading back to Marrakech via Agdz. End the tour on Day 5.

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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.

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. Historic Bur Dubai and Deira are full of souks, dhow boats, galleries and clubs.

Located in Oman and believed to be one of the world's oldest markets. Come in for spices, textiles and its stained-glass roof.

This man loves Arabian rugs. Pop into Kashmir Handicrafts Emporium to chat history and dangerous border trade.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF OMAN 8 DAYS, Muscat

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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 adventure! Trip Style: Classic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Service Level: Standard Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADQMM

inclusions 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

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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 historic streets of Old Muscat. (B, L)

Day 3-4 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)

Day 5-6 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 ancient water supply system. (2B)

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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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IRAN - DISCOVER PERSIA 14 DAYS, Tehran

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Tehran Small Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Classic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Service Level: Standard Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guide Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAARIR

inclusions 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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• Spend a night in a mountain village • While away evenings in local teahouses • Learn about Yazd's Zoroastrian history

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• Guided walk around Isfahan's Imam Square • Visit the shrines of poets Hafez and Sa'adi • Enjoy a day in UNESCO-listed Persepolis

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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)

Day 3-5 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. Continue to Kerman on Day 5, an essential part of the Trans-Asian trade route. (3B, D)

Day 6-7 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)

Day 8-11 Persepolis / Isfahan

Jameh Mosque, Yazd

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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Day 12-14 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.


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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 sevenstar 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 in its 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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Location: In the Al Barsha business district of Dubai, home to the Mall of the Emirates and nearby 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 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 • Gym • 24-hour reception

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$203 $103

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Location: Set in the central commercial neighbourhood of Al Rigga, packed with shops and restaurants and close to the metro.

Location: In the Al Barsha region, close to some great indoor skiing and snowboarding centres.

Vibe: Bright, basic and fuss-free hospitality at wallet-friendly prices. Perfect for a comfy, easy stopover.

Vibe: Modern, spacious rooms with great city views and snazzy interiors (without such a snazzy pricetag).

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Lounge café • Gym • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Restaurant • Café • Outdoor pool • Gym • Free shuttle service to Mall of Emirates and Jumeirah Beach

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$86 $46

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Location: Situated in the glamorous region of Al Barsha home to Mall of the Emirates which is only a short walk away.

Location: Located in the Al Fahidi historical area opposite Dubai Museum and walking distance to Al Seef and the souk district.

Vibe: Stylish colourful decor in a modern space, an ideal spot to enjoy a fancy meal.

Vibe: Arabian heritage-themed hotel with a rooftop swimming pool and plenty of places for food and drink.

Highlights: Private rooms • Flat-screen TV • Free on-site parking • Terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Free shuttle services

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Indoor pool • Cocktail lounge and wine bar • Free shuttle services • Gym • 24hour reception

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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: New sister hotels situated on Dubai Creek in the regenerated district of Al Seef, just an abra ride from Deira.

Vibe: Modern and stylish, but still cosy, comfortable and reflective of the region's heritage.

Vibe: Both are stylishly decorated with modern and playful interiors, designed for the explorer with flair.

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 • Air con • Satellite TV • Rooftop pool • Bar • Restaurant • Sauna • Steam room • Gym • 24-hour reception • Express check-in/check-out

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Location: Situated in the heart of Downtown Dubai, only a short walk from the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall.

Location: Set among the endless supply of shops and restaurants in the vibrant neighbourhood of Dubai Marina.

Vibe: Chic and sleek with funky Scandi-style decor. Great for short stopovers or longer stays.

Vibe: Trendy, colourful and with heaps of communal and private spaces. Suitable for travellers and business-types alike.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Soundproof rooms • Room service • Outdoor pool • Sun terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Gym • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Terrace • Restaurant • Outdoor pool • Gym • Free shuttle service • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

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SOFITEL DUBAI JUMEIRAH BEACH

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$269 $135

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Location: On The Walk, overlooking the Arabian Gulf, this hotel is just steps away from Beach Mall and Marina Beach.

Location: Set along The Walk at Dubai's Jumeirah Beach, minutes from Marina Beach and Marina Walk promenade.

Vibe: Glamorous five-star hotel with a curious blend of Arabic design and French elegance.

Vibe: Contemporary five-star hotel with airy rooms and balconies to make the most of the brilliant Arabian Gulf sunshine.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Balconies • Sea views • Infinity pool • Cocktail bar • Restaurants • Sauna and steam room • Beauty salon • 24-hour gym

Highlights: Private rooms • Ocean views • Air con • In-room safe • Room service • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Bars • Restaurants • Spa and massage service • Sauna • Beauty salon • 24-hour reception

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ATLANTIS THE PALM

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$458 $229

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Location: Located right on Jumeirah Beach and the luxurious Dubai Marina Mall.

Location: Atlantis The Palm is situated on the man-made Palm Jumeirah island, just seven kilometres from the mainland.

Vibe: Your ticket to a VIP hotel experience, overlooking the yachts of the Arabian Sea with modern rooms and great views.

Vibe: Dubai in a nutshell, large and unashamedly opulent. Oceanic views and Arabian splendour, the perfect 'splash out' treat.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Private beach • Outdoor pool • Poolside bar • Cocktail lounges • 14 bars and restaurants • Spa • XL Dubai nightclub • Tennis courts • Gym

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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With extravagant rooms and skyline views, DUKES DUBAI combines Arab luxury with British charm (pinkies up for the tearoom). Let your hair down by the beachfront infinity pool by day and indulge in a feast at one of the hotel's restaurants by night. Location: Set on the Palm Jumeirah, the hotel has beachfront views of The Palm and Jumeirah Beach and is just a short journey to Dubai's famous attractions. Vibe: Palatial 5* hotel with all the Dubai grandeur you deserve. Think first-class meals within sight of the bright city lights of the Marina Skyline. Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Private beach • Infinity pool • Indoor pool • Bar • Restaurants • Tearoom • Champagne lounge • 24-hour reception EARLYBIRD OFFER: BOOK 120 DAYS IN ADVANCE SAVE 30%. BOOK 90 DAYS IN ADVANCE SAVE 25%. BOOK 60 DAYS IN ADVANCE SAVE 20%. BOOK 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE SAVE 15%. FREE UPGRADE TO HALF BOARD 05MAY19-31AUG19

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ALL IN ONE INCREDIBLE LOCATION

Play the hero with your favourite Hollywood characters across action-packed movie rides and attractions.

The world’s first Bollywood theme park with rides and attractions based on some of Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters.

Enjoy a uniquely themed dining, retail and entertainment destination with four vibrant districts, located at the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts.

The ultimate theme park for families with kids aged 2-12. With over 40 LEGO® themed rides, shows, attractions and building experiences.

Splash your way through 20 water slides and attractions in the region’s only water park designed for families with kids aged 2-12.

Check in to this Polynesian themed hotel, dedicated to families and friends who want to stay close to all the fun.

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DUBAI STOPOVER & DUBAI PARKS AND RESORTS 3-4 DAYS, Dubai

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (2 or 3 nts) Meals: 2 or 3 breakfasts Includes: Shared transfer from/to Dubai Airport, 1 Day/1 Park ticket to Dubai Parks and Resorts (choose from MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai, LEGOLAND® Dubai or LEGOLAND® Water Park) Tour Code: DXBSPK

• Airport transfers included • Daily breakfast included • Free time to explore Dubai

A Dubai stopover doesn't have to be limited to shopping and skyscraper spotting. This one has all your basics covered, and also piles on the thrills and spills in one of Dubai's newest and most iconic theme parks. Hollywoodinspired MOTIONGATE™ Dubai is all based on DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures and Lionsgate movies, while LEGOLAND® Dubai is one big paradise made out of building blocks. BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai is packed with action, dance and romance, perfect for Bollywood aficionados who might not fancy a full-on rollercoaster buffet. Choose your park and enjoy one-day, one-park entry on Day 2, and opt to stay for either one or two additional nights. We suggest at least one full day for your own explorations - check out the Dubai City Tour or the Dhow Dinner Cruise on page 154.

DUBAI STOPOVER & DESERT SAFARI 3 DAYS, Dubai

$341

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Ibis Hotel Deira (2 nts). 4* and 5* upgrades available, please ask your Travel Expert for details Includes: Return airport transfers from/to Dubai Airport, 4WD desert safari, barbecue dinner Meals: 2 breakfasts Tour Code: DXBSGB

• Airport transfers included • Free time in Dubai • Camel riding in 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 bundle 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 three hotels in the city. You'll then have the rest of the day to explore at your own pace. After breakfast the next day, enjoy another morning at leisure before being picked up at your hotel for the 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 3 DAYS, Dubai

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• Sign up to hassle-free stopover • Airport transfers included • Enjoy free time in Dubai

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Ibis Hotel Deira (2 nts). 4* and 5* upgrades available, please ask your Travel Expert for details Meals: 2 breakfasts Transport: Return airport transfers Tour Code: DXBSAL

• Daily breakfast included • Two nights' accommodation • Experience the glitz of Dubai

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. After your arrival transfer to the hotel, you can spend your first day exploring the city solo or, alternatively, lounge around the hotel to your heart's content. Rise early (or not) on Day 2 and fuel up on breakfast, then set out to see the many sites of Dubai. 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. Dubai is larger than life and strives to be the best, so make like Fergie and get in on the glamorous life... or take yo'broke ass home.

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• Fun, convenient stopover option • Day ticket to a Dubai themepark • Accommodation included


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DESERT SAFARI & BARBECUE

$131

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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 stargazing, head back to the city. 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

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.

DUBAI PARKS AND RESORTS: TWO-PARK TICKET

This two-park ticket promises thrills, spills and ridiculous rides with same-day access to Dubai's newest and largest theme park complex. With access to two of the following parks, where you go is up to you. LEGOLAND® Dubai has rides, attractions, and even a real LEGO® factory, while BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai is the first of its kind. Film buffs should opt for the roller coasters, rides and shows of the movie inspired park MOTIONGATE™ Dubai. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Free shuttle available from selected areas Notes: 2-park ticket valid for same-day use only. Ask your Travel Expert about single park ticket options Tour Code: DXBPAR

BURJ KHALIFA

$65

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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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DHOW DINNER CRUISE

$118

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DUBAI CITY TOUR

$75

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The classic Dubai show and tell. After pickup from your hotel, drive through Old Dubai or ride an abra across the Dubai Creek. It's then on to the Gold Souk, the 19th-century neighbourhood of Fort Al Fahidi, and a photo stop at Jumeirah Mosque. Finish up with a short visit to the beach for a view of the Burj Al Arab hotel.

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Take your love of food to new heights on this dazzling Dubai dinner cruise that takes you along the impressive Dubai Creek in a traditional dhow sailing boat. Indulge on a gourmet buffet while you take in the nightline views of the city, all topped off with live entertainment and included return transfers from your hotel.

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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Dubai is an unassuming foodie destination, with multicultural and local food throughout the city ready to discover. This personalised private tour includes ten tastings at various restaurants and markets. Dig into fresh shrimps, tasty tabbouleh, delicious dips and Arab bread, saffron ice-cream and traditional coffee. Yum! DUBDEL


ABU DHABI yas (island) queen NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

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. Base yourself in action-heavy Yas Island for easy access to theme parks and other activities.

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YAS ISLAND ROTANA HOTEL

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$152 $76

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Location: Situated on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, only a short trip to the famous Ferrari World on the hotel's free shuttle.

Location: Based on Yas Island, close to the action in Abu Dhabi's activity centre and close to Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World.

Vibe: Comfortable and relaxed, suitable for travellers interested in getting on the golf course or visiting the theme parks.

Vibe: Sleek and modern interiors inside, an elegant outdoor pool and dreamy palm trees outside.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Private beach • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Garden • Restaurant • Gym • 24-hour reception • Access to Yas Island Rotana pool

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Private beach • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Hot tub • Gym • 24-hour reception

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ALOFT ABU DHABI HOTEL

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$113 $57

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Location: A ten-minute walk from Yas Beach (yaaas, b) and the glut of theme parks and entertainment venues of Yas Island.

Location: With great links to the airport, Aloft is also a neighbour of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and Abu Dhabi Mall.

Vibe: A plush and lavish island resort, perfect for high-rollers who love to have a putt and indulge in spa treatments.

Vibe: Head straight to the outdoor pool for a view of the funky skyline, and surround yourself with snazz.

Highlights: Private rooms and suites • Infinity pool • Pool bar • 3 bars • 2 restaurants • Spa and massage services • Tennis courts • Gym • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Infinity pool • Pool bar • Rooftop bar • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Gym • Games room • 24-hour reception

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PARK HYATT ABU DHABI HOTEL AND VILLAS

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$321 $161

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Location: In the glamorous Qaryat Al Beri complex, right by the souk and just a five-minute drive to Abu Dhabi city centre.

Location: In paradise (also known as Saadiyat Island) with nine kilometres of private, environmentally-protected beach.

Vibe: Dazzling and elegant, this hotel is all class without being too damaging on the wallet. In other words, a welcome treat.

Vibe: The cherry on top, the crème de la crème, the... okay you get our drift. This place is first-class. Floor to ceiling windows and all.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • In-room safe • Private beach • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Spa • Hot tub • Gym • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms, suites and villas • Balcony • Air con • Rain shower • Private beach • 4 outdoor pools • Spa • 2 bars • 3 restaurants (one with panoramic views of Saadiyat Beach)

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ABU DHABI STOPOVER AND FERRARI WORLD

$295

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3 DAYS

An exciting Abu Dhabi stopover which includes airport transfers, hotel accommodation and breakfast on Yas Island for ultimate ease. And the best part? Entry to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, home to the world's fastest rollercoaster! There's also plenty of free time to explore - opt to cool off at Yas Waterworld or Yas Marina, shop around in Yas Mall or go all out with an additional outing to Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi (see below for more info). Departs: Daily Accommodation: Centro Yas Island (2 nts). Upgrades available. Please ask your Travel Expert for details Meals: 2 breakfasts Includes: Return airport transfers, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi entry Tour Code: AUHSPF

FERRARI WORLD

$145

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This one-day entrance pass is a real treat for Ferrari fans and adrenalin junkies with more than 20 state-of-the-art attractions inside to get you revved up. Take a speedy ride on the world's fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa, and test your skills against the best drivers in the world on racing simulators that have you dare to dream.

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ABU DHABI STOPOVER

3 DAYS

This two-day bundle is ideal if you only have a limited amount of time to check out Abu Dhabi and want an easy and stress-free break. Get the VIP treatment on this stopover trip, which includes hotel accommodation in Centro Yas Island Hotel, return airport transfers and daily breakfast. You'll also get plenty of free time to explore Abu Dhabi at leisure. Book yourself a long layover and squeeze in a new city to your travelling itinerary. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Centro Yas Island (2 nts). Upgrades available. Please ask your Travel Expert for details Meals: 2 breakfasts Transport: Return transfers from Abu Dhabi Airport included Tour Code: AUHTNT

WARNER BROS. WORLD

$132

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FULL DAY

Ignite the big kid inside of you and have a crazy-fun time with all your favourite Warner Bros. characters and stories. Hang out with all the cool kids from Batman to Bugs Bunny and attempt to get on all 29 thrilling rides before heading to the stalls to spend all your hard-earned pocket/ tooth-fairy money on souvenirs.

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$186

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ABU DHABI DESERT SAFARI

$120

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HALF DAY

Experience the sand dunes of the Arabian Desert, tear it up in 4WD chasing the sunset. Top off your evening in a Bedouin bonanza with belly dancing and traditional music, and of course, a traditional barbecue! Return transfers from your hotel, an English-speaking guide, and all meals are included. AUHDSB


QATAR discover daring doha NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Put simply, Qatar is blossoming. And capital Doha is leading the way, becoming one of the hottest new stopover destinations with investment in cultural landmarks, a new metro system in the works and plenty of museums (there's one housing the world's smallest Qur'an). Get lost in a traditional souk or a glitzy shopping mall, dine at a five-star restaurant or kick back with a humble shisha, but don’t leave without at least a night under the desert stars.

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TOWN HOTEL DOHA

$107 $63

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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THE MOVENPICK CORNICHE HOTEL

$161 $98

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DOHA MARRIOTT HOTEL

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$214 $134

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Close to the waterfront walkway, Qatar Sports Club Stadium and Souq Waqif.

Location: Central location by Doha Port, a short walk from Qatar National Museum.

Location: A short ride from the airport, overlooking the sea and city lights.

Vibe: Cosy, clean and conveniently located, perfect for a fly-by stopover.

Vibe: Contemporary hotel with great views from the rooftop pool.

Vibe: Clean, comfy rooms with an outdoor terrace verging on fancy.

Highlights: Private rooms • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Restaurant (no alcohol served) • Gym • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • En suite with hot tub • TV • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • TV • Private beach • Outdoor pool • Steakhouse • International restaurant

DOHTTH

DOHA STOPOVER

DOHMOH

$196

FR

3 DAYS

Strapped for time but keen to see Doha? This mini getaway will help you get the best out of your Qatar stopover. This stopover offers return airport transfers and two nights' accommodation in your hotel of choice - all you need for a hassle-free and comfortable stay, plus time to spend exploring the city. Get lost in the Souq Waqif and barter with the vendors selling clothing, crafts and spices, or simply relax on the beach. Departs: Daily Accommodation: The Town Hotel (2 nts). 4* and 5* upgrades available. Please ask your Travel Expert for details Meals: 2 breakfasts Transport: Return airport transfers Tour Code: DOHCB3

DOHA STOPOVER WITH DESERT SAFARI

DOHMAH

FR

$401 3 DAYS

A stopover ideal for those short on time but still eager to go on a little adventure. A trip to Qatar wouldn't be complete without a rollercoaster 4WD into the desert and over its sweeping sand dunes. En route, stop for a view over the Inland Sea - Qatar's natural border with Saudi Arabia - to watch the Arabian sunset before heading back to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of your time at leisure, relaxing in the hotel or exploring the city. Departs: Daily Accommodation: The Town Hotel (2 nts). 4* and 5* upgrades available. Please ask your Travel Expert for details Meals: 2 breakfasts Transport: Return airport transfers Tour Code: DOHCB4

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OMAN MORE of THE MIDDLE EAST NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

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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IBIS HOTEL MUSCAT

$79 $40

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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SHANGRI LA BARR AL JISSAH

$421 $211

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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HILTON SALALAH RESORT

$148 $84

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FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: Situated in the Al Khuwair area, home of Muscat's central business district.

Location: Set in a gorgeous and secluded bay overlooking the Gulf of Oman.

Location: A one-minute walk to the beach and a short trip to Sultan Qaboos Mosque.

Vibe: Modern and cosy with all the essentials in a central location.

Vibe: Ultra-luxurious, eco-friendly three-hotel resort and spa.

Vibe: The Arabian palace of your dreams with palm trees and a private beach.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Gym • Flatscreen TV • Restaurant • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Balconies, terraces or patios • Private beach • Outdoor pools • Bar • 8 restaurants

Highlights: Private rooms • Private beach • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Sauna

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MUSCAT BEACH BREAK

EXMCT2

$523

FR

4 OR 6 DAYS

An ideal add-on to a stay in Muscat, this super-chilled beach bundle 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. The days are yours to do as your please, so if the R&R gets too much, opt to explore Muscat's top sights. Choose from three or five nights, with daily breakfast and return airport transfers included. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Millennium Resort Mussanah hotel (3 or 5 nts) Meals: 3 or 5 breakfasts Transport: Return airport transfers Tour Code: MCTBEA

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MUSCAT STOPOVER

EXHSLL

$212

FR

2 DAYS

Easy as pie and hassle-free, this stopover lets you check out Oman's capital at your own pace. Enjoy return tranfers and two nights in your hotel of choice, and then you're on your own to explore. Opt to chill out on Day 1 and if you're up for a boogie, the city's nightlife is only a ten-minute cab ride away. On Day 2 enjoy breakfast and head out to see the lavish Grand Mosque or test your bargaining skills in the souks and markets. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Standard room in 3* or 4* hotel (1nt) Meals: 1 breakfast Transport: Return Muscat Airport transfers Tour Code: BEMCTSO1

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$1,122

FR

2 DAYS

Put on your trekking boots and get into the wilderness on a guided tour along the Omani coast. Head south towards a fishing village, then hike overland along the shoreline between Sifah and Quriyat. Along your trek you will come upon a canyon, a creek and an isolated beach where you will camp for the night, and maybe get a rare sighting of a wild gazelle. The following morning is yours before heading back to the marina after a beachside lunch. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Basic camping (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Transport: Shuttle from Muscat to Marina Bandar War Includes: Tour guide throughout Tour Code: MCTTRK

4WD NORTHERN OMAN & DESERT CAMP

$1,460

FR

3 DAYS

Make like a modern-day Lawrence of Arabia departing Muscat for the sweeping red dunes of Wahiba Sands. En route, discover the turquoise salt waters of the Bimmah sinkhole and Sur. Camp overnight before continuing on to Nizwa, then hit the road again for the government-restored historic village of Al Hama. Ascend the peak of Jebel Shams, passing the Omani Grand Canyon and return to Muscat via the Western Hajar Mountains. 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

OMAN HIGHLIGHTS TOUR 8 DAYS, Muscat

$2,769

FR

Muscat Independent Tour

highlights

• Half-day Muscat city tour • See turtles nesting on the beach • Visit traditional Oman villages

Jebel Akhdar, Oman

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels on standard twin-share basis (5 nts), desert camping (2 nts) Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners Includes: Return transfers to/from Muscat Airport, half-day city tour, turtle watching tour, 5-day guided 4WD tour, entry 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 round trip 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 road trip 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.

SALALAH & OMAN'S EMPTY QUARTER 9 DAYS, Salalah

$2,596

FR

Salalah

highlights

• Visit Al Baleed Archaeological Park • Land of Frankincense Museum • Desert camping experience

Empty Quarter, Oman

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (5 nts), camping (3 nts) Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Transport: Arrival and departure transfers, 4WD Empty Quarter tour Tour Code: SLLSEQ

• Relax by the hotel infinity pool • Spend time at your private beach • Stay next to a freshwater lagoon

Salalah is the capital of the southern Dhofar province that has an annual monsoon which transforms the desert terrain into a lush green paradise filled with banana plantations and waterfalls. This tour gives you the best of both worlds, cultural exposure mixed with lazy days in the infinity pool, or rolling along the white sands like you're in a music video. Al Baleed Resort is nestled between a private beach and a freshwater lagoon, and next to the Al Baleed Archaeological Park and Land of Frankincense Museum, so you can mix up your days. Get into the thick of it with the included guided 4WD tour into Oman's Empty Quarter where the roads disappear into a sandy abyss. Daily breakfasts and return airport transfers make this tour a no sweat escape.

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The Cover You Can Expect No complicated plans to choose from – just great cover you can rely on. Here are some of the inclusions you can expect with your STA Travel Comprehensive International Cover: O  verseas Emergency Assistance M  edical & hospital Expenses C  ancellation cover A  ccess to 24 hour emergency assistance

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INCLUSIONS JUST FOR YOU We’ll make it nice and easy... Here are our top five reasons to buy STA Travel Insurance. MEDICAL AND DENTAL COVER Peace of mind if you need help on the road. LOST, STOLEN OR DAMAGED LUGGAGE No depreciation on luggage and personal effects under our Comprehensive policy. WORKING HOLIDAYS AND STUDYING ABROAD Planning on working or studying overseas? No problem - we cover working holidays and overseas study. TOUR CANCELLATION If your selected tour is cancelled due to insufficient numbers, we’ll cover amendment fees, up to $500, to help rearrange your trip. SPECIAL EVENT COVER Late for an important date because your scheduled transport is delayed? Don’t miss out - we can help you reach many special events on time.

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