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Cairo EGYPT

Intrepid’s real life experiences in africa… From the lively bazaars of Marrakech and the ancient wonders of Cairo, to the golden plains of the Serengeti and Kenya’s crimson-clad Maasai warriors, Africa promises to be the experience of a lifetime.

Nairobi

Kigali RWANDA

TANZANIA

KENYA Zanzibar

Victoria Falls/ Livingstone Okavango Delta NAMIBIA

ZIMBABWE BOTSWANA

Windhoek

Johannesburg SOUTH AFRICA

Victoria Falls

Zanzibar Beach Break page : 39, YGAZ

Tanzania Lodge Safari page : 37, YGKT

Morocco Experience page : 36, XMKP

Amazing Southern Africa page : 43, UBKEC

Lose yourself in the labyrinth of streets, bazaars and mosques of ancient Stone Town – it’s like returning to the days when spices were as good as gold.

Stay overnight on the rim of a volcanic crater, thousands of feet above the green grasslands and rushing rivers that are home to an array of African animals.

Watch the crowds go by in the lively Djemaa el-Fna. The Moroccan storytellers, acrobats and snake charmers make for great dinner entertainment.

Get soaked by the mist and water of mighty Victoria Falls. Let out a scream - your voice will be drowned out by the roaring thunder of the powerful falls!

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Physical culturAL

• Delight in the colour and chaos of Cairo • Delve into ancient history at the Egyptian Museum • Experience sublime wonder at the Pyramids of Giza • Head underground in Alexandria to visit a Roman burial site

trip code

XEKI

12 days, ex Cairo Departs every Sunday

35 Egypt

34 Egypt

Egypt Experience Comfort DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Cairo Colourful Cairo overflows with character and there is plenty of time to soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Early arrivals may wish to join the locals for an evening stroll along the corniche. Visit the majestic Sphinx and a surviving member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza. Wander the halls of the Egyptian Museum, taking in the thousands of ancient treasures on display. The masses of gleaming artefacts recovered from the tomb of Tutankhamun are an impressive sight to behold. From gold jewellery to gloves, this pharaoh was certainly prepared for the afterlife! Days 3-4 Alexandria The second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria has

• Explore the modern Bibliotheca Alexandrina

grown up around its port. Built under the orders of Alexander

• Marvel at the monumental temples of Abu Simbel

and delve into the mysteries of the Kom ash-Shuqqafa catacombs.

the Great, the city quickly flourished into a prominent cultural, intellectual, political and economic metropolis. Head underground This Roman burial site is the largest of its kind in Egypt and was

and moved, piece by piece, to the new location, 200 m back and

the valley was used as the final resting place for pharoahs and

discovered, quite accidentally, by a hapless donkey. The modern

65 m higher than the original river course, saving the temples

powerful nobles. Although the tombs have been robbed of their

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, built to hold eight million books, is a library

• Cruise along the Nile River in comfort

from being lost forever. On return from Abu Simbel, embark on

antiquity, the colouful hieroglyphics decorating the walls are very

like no other and an inspirational place to visit. Spend free time

a cruise down the mighty Nile River, stopping along the way to

well preserved. Use free time in the afternoon to explore more of

wandering the waterfront promenade to Fort Qaitbey. Considered

explore the ancient temple site of Kom Ombo, built on a high dune

Luxor independently - the Mummification Museum reveals much

• Admire a golden sunset over the Nile

one of history’s most important defensive strongholds along the

overlooking the Nile in the early 2nd century BC. Further north,

about the customs of ancient Egyptians and their beliefs about

Mediterranean coast, this citadel sits on the former site of the

visit the temple of Edfu. Dedicated to the falcon-headed god,

the afterlife. Days 11-12 Cairo Return to Egypt’s capital and

Pharos lighthouse, another of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient

Horus, this temple is the best-preserved ancient temple in

plunge into the bustle of the Khan al-Khalili bazaar and haggle for

World. After two days exploring Alexandria, take an overnight train

Egypt and the second largest after the Temples of Karnak in

a bargain amid the rows of exotic jewellery, spices and perfumes. If

journey south. Day 5 Aswan/Abu Simbel Use free time to learn

Luxor. In between visiting the sites, relax on board the boat, take in

the crowds are too much, head out to the peaceful Coptic Christian

about Nubian culture at the museum or wander the market to pick

the scenery and reflect on this special journey. Days 9-10 Luxor

sector of the city before a farewell dinner at a cafe or restaurant.

up souvenirs. In the early evening, watch an amber sunset over the

Arrive in Luxor, the ancient capital of Egypt. Wander through the

Nile from a gliding felucca, a traditional Egyptian sailboat. Days 6-8

fascinating Temples of Karnak, the biggest and most important

Nile Cruise Take an early-morning flight to the impressive Abu

complex of its time, then at night, take a moonlight stroll around

Simbel temples, the ancient entrance to Egypt. The temples were

the Luxor Temple. The following day, discover the wondrous jewels

carved out of the mountainside in the 13th century BC during the

of ancient Thebes. See the Colossi of Memnon, two 17 m-high

reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II. However, the entire complex was

statues carved from granite blocks that represent the Pharaoh

relocated to an artificial hill in the 1960s when the rising waters

Amenhotep III. Next up is the Temple of Hatshepsut, built for the

of Lake Nassar, the massive water reservoir created during the

great Queen Hatshepsut to commemorate her achievements and

construction of the Aswan High Dam, threatened to submerge

to serve as her funerary temple. Visit the incredible royal burial

the historic site. Over four years, the site was carved into blocks

sites in the Valley of the Kings. Over a period of about 500 years,

• Wander through the impressive Temples of Karnak in Luxor

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts), Nile cruise boat (3 nts), overnight sleeper train (1 nt) TRANSPORT Plane, overnight sleeper train, air-conditioned bus, Nile cruise boat, felucca GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 11 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Every Sun & selected Fri GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 445 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.64 out of 5 Above: Temple pillars, Luxor, Egypt - Sally Johnson Below: Photo Competition, Feluccas, Nile River, Egypt - Jonathon Lee Right above: Camel rider near the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt Right below: Shopping at a local market, Aswan, Egypt - Sally Johnson

An incredible, one-of-a-kind adventure that I would highly recommend to friends and family. Everyone needs to experience Egypt this way! Sarah Gobuty, United States Travelled on the XEKI

Special inclusions on your trip… • 7 nights accommodation in 3-4* hotels, 3 nights aboard a Nile cruise boat and 1 night on an overnight sleeper train • Arrival airport to hotel transfer, transport in air-conditioned vehicles, felucca cruise and three internal flights • Visit to the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza, Abu Simbel and the Egyptian Museum • Experienced trip leader from start to finish • 11 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners • All sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in the itinerary

Short on time? Check out this 4-day Nile adventure...

Nile Cruise - Aswan to Luxor trip code

XEAN

Comfort

SHORT BREAK

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

4 days, Aswan to Luxor - Departs every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday ITINERARY... Day 1 Aswan Arrive early to haggle for a bargain in the bustling marketplace. Board the air-conditioned cruise boat in the early afternoon to embark on this incredible Nile adventure. Days 2-3 Nile Cruise Glide down the Nile and enjoy great onboard facilities and amazing sights. Stop at the sandstone temple of Kom Ombo and the shrine to falcon-headed Horus at Edfu. As evening falls, lounge on the deck and watch the stars blink to life. Dock in Luxor where a wealth of antiquities awaits. Perhaps visit the Temples of Karnak or take a moonlight stroll around Luxor Temple. Day 4 Luxor Visit the marvels of Luxor, once the capital of the Pharaonic kingdom known as Thebes. Discover the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon, uncover the tombs of pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings and treasure-hunt for souvenirs in the atmospheric bazaar.

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Physical culturAL

• View Egypt’s wonders from the water • Visit the sandstone temple of Kom Ombo • See a well-preserved shrine dedicated to the Egyptian god Horus • Discover ancient pharoah burial sites in the Valley of the Kings

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trip code

XMKP

Comfort

15 days, Casablanca to Marrakech ITINERARY... Day 1 Casablanca Morocco’s economic capital is an intriguing mix of ancient and modern, boasting striking colonial buildings, ornate mosques and Art Deco architecture. Early arrivals may wish to walk around the old medina and city walls, or take a walk along Boulevard de la Corniche and watch the locals playing football on the beach. Day 2 Meknes Enjoy a guided tour of the impressive Hassan II Mosque - a truly awe-inspiring architectural feat. In the afternoon, travel by train to Meknes, the ambitious building project of Sultan Moulay Ismail. Severely damaged by an earthquake, the remnants of the royal compound give an insight into the wild ways of this ruler. Days 3-4 Volubilis/Chefchaouen Tread in the footsteps of the Romans in the ancient hilltop city of Volubilis then journey to Chefchaouen, a charming town cradled gently in a fold of the Rif Mountains. Spend time here exploring the cobblestone alleyways lined with blue-hued shops and houses, hiking the surrounding hills though olive groves and fruit orchards or simply relaxing with a mint tea and taking in the incredible ACCOMMODATION Hotel (12 nts), riad (2 nts) TRANSPORT Coach, train, minibus, local taxi, camel GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 13 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 5 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sat GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 519 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.68 out of 5 Above: Photo Competition, Traditional henna tattoo, Morocco - Lucy Elliot Below: Photo Competition, Delicious local cuisine, Marrakech, Morocco - Betty Prange

scenery. Days 5-7 Fes Explore a labyrinth of alleyways and visit a local tannery. Watching the sun set over the medina while the call to prayer echos throughout the city is an experience to remember. Day 8 Midelt Be on the lookout out for Barbary apes on the journey between the Middle and High Atlas mountain ranges. Pay a visit to a carpet and embroidery workshop that employs local women. Day 9 Sahara Journey through lush valleys dotted with date palms en route to the Sahara. Embark on a camel ride and

Chefchaouen

watch the sun set over the cinnamon-red Erg Chebbi dunes. Stay in a hotel surrounded by the Saharan dunes. Days 10-11 Todra

Casablanca

Volubilis Meknes

MOROCCO Marrakech

Fes

Ait Benhaddou

Dades Gorge Todra Gorge

Gorge/Dades Gorge Marvel at the towering limestone cliffs of Todra Gorge then head to Dades Gorge via a series of spectacular hairpin bends. Day 12 Ait Benhaddou Call into the film capital

Midelt

of Morocco, then learn the secrets of local cuisine at a cooking demonstration in this fortified village. Days 13-15 Marrakech Full

Sahara

of colour and energy, the mosaic of souqs in Marrakech’s medina is a delight. Bargain for pottery and leather goods, then join the crowds for a final Moroccan feast in the lively Djemaa el-Fna where snake charmers, fortune tellers and jugglers all vie for attention.

Tanzania Lodge Safari Physical culturAL

• Explore a phenomenal mosque in Casablanca • Marvel at the gates and palaces of Meknes • Tread in the footsteps of the ancient Romans in Volubilis • Stroll past blue-hued houses in charming Chefchaouen • Soak up incredible mountain scenery while sipping mint tea • Weave through the twisting alleys of the medina in Fes

trip code

YGKT

Comfort

wildlife

8 days, Nairobi to Arusha ITINERARY... Day 1 Nairobi Kenya’s capital has a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Discover the city’s many cafes and restaurants, or wander the markets and shops. Those looking for a dose of culture and history may choose to stop by the Nairobi National Museum or the Karen Blixen Museum for a peek into the life of the author of Out of Africa. Day 2 Arusha/Tengeru Journey to Tanzania and stay as guests of a local family. Visit the market, enjoy a walk around the area or see how the local coffee is produced - from bush to cup. On a visit to a farm, why not take the chance to milk a cow and feed the chickens? This is the perfect chance to learn about rural life. Day 3 Lake Manyara National Park Try to spot Lake Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and watch out for large herds of buffaloes, elephants, zebras and wildebeest roaming the surrounding plains. Stay in a hotel with incredible panoramic views of the lake. Days 4-5 Serengeti National Park Travel to the Olduvai Gorge, an area famed for the fossilised remains of prehistoric man. Afterwards, continue to the Serengeti, where

• Listen to the moving call to prayer

golden grasses stretch as far as the eye can see. This national park

• Visit a carpet and embroidery workshop

Venture across the plains and the rocky outcrops to explore the

• Ride a camel across the desert

savanna, then at night, relax in comfort back at the lodge. For

• Stay overnight in a hotel surrounded by the Saharan dunes

balloon ride over the plains? Days 6-7 Ngorongoro Crater

• Admire the beauty of the Todra Gorge • Learn the secrets of cooking Moroccan cuisine • Get caught up in the energy of Marrakech

provides some of the best wildlife viewing anywhere in the world. park at dawn and dusk, when both predator and prey are most active. Witness firsthand the unrelenting cycle of life on the African an unforgettable experience, why not take an optional sunrise Look for big cats lazing in the sun during an early-morning drive. Enjoy sweeping views and a picnic lunch before travelling to the immense Ngorongoro Crater. The huge volcanic crater is home to some 30,000 animals including endangered black rhinos, lions, leopards, elephants, impalas, zebras and hippos. Try to spot as many as possible on a 4x4 safari to the crater floor. Day 8 Arusha Explore the small village community of Mto Wa Mbu with a local guide, visiting farms, homes and schools. Spend time with friendly locals and learn about their way of life. Looking for a souvenir? Perhaps pick up some colourful local artwork from the market before returning to Arusha where this adventure ends.

37 Kenya & Tanzania

36 Morocco

Morocco Experience

Physical culturAL

• Soak up Nairobi’s cosmopolitan vibe • Help out on a farm in rural Tengeru • Witness flocks of birds on Lake Manyara • Be on the lookout for tree-climbing lions • Visit the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ at the famed Olduvai Gorge • Gaze across the grassy plains of the Serengeti • See the circle of life unfold on the African savanna • Try to spot the Big Five • Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater • Learn about village life in Mto Wa Mbu

What can I say? The whole experience was fantastic. The people on the ground did everything possible to expose us to the culture, language and wildlife. Geoff Searle, Australia Travelled on the YGKT

ACCOMMODATION Hotel/lodge (7 nts) TRANSPORT 4x4 safari vehicle, shuttle bus GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Fri GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 322 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.70 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 14 Jan 21 Jan 21 Jan 28 Jan 04 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Feb 04 Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25 Mar 25 Mar 01 Apr 27 May 03 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jun 24 Jun 01 Jul 01 Jul 08 Jul

08 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 29 Jul 05 Aug 12 Aug 19 Aug 26 Aug 02 Sep 09 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30 Sep

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07 Oct 14 Oct 21 Oct 04 Nov 11 Nov 18 Nov 02 Dec 09 Dec 16 Dec 30 Dec 2012 06 Jan 13 Jan

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20 Jan 27 Jan 27 Jan 03 Feb 10 Feb 17 Feb 24 Feb 02 Mar 09 Mar 16 Mar 23 Mar 30 Mar 04 May 11 May 25 May 01 Jun 08 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jun 06 Jul 13 Jul

Above: Photo Competition, Two cheetahs, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania - Jess Wight Left: Photo Competition, Cranes, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania - Scott Marshall

Nairobi

Serengeti NP

KENYA

TA N ZA N IA

Ngorongoro Crater

Arusha/ Tengeru

Lake Manyara NP

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Physical culturAL

• Stay in the famous Treetops lodge • Witness thousands of flamingos make Lake Nakuru blush pink • Try and spot rare black and white rhinos • Experience the thrill of an African safari

trip code

YGKLC

Comfort

39 Kenya & Tanzania

38 Kenya & Tanzania

Kenya & Tanzania Lodge Safari wildlife

15 days, Nairobi to Arusha ITINERARY... Day 1 Nairobi Explore the chaotic capital of Kenya. Be sure to check out the many cafes and markets and perhaps visit the fascinating National Museum of Kenya. Day 2 Aberdare National Park Stay at the famous Treetops lodge in the heart of Aberdare National Park. Perched on 12 m-high stilts and boasting observation lounges and a rooftop platform overlooking the waterhole below, it offers great opportunities for superb game viewing both day and night. Treetops achieved fame in 1952 as the place where Queen Elizabeth II went to sleep a princess and

• Descend into an extinct volcano crater

awoke as a queen after receiving the sad news of her father’s

• Take a boat ride to a conservation centre

the heart of the Rift Valley. The area is famous for its visiting flocks

• See lions prowling the famous Masai Mara

giraffes and waterbucks. The park has worked hard in recent years to increase its population of both rare black and white rhinos and,

of undulating plains and home to exotic predators and their prey.

lions. Days 11-12 Serengeti National Park The expansive

• Visit a farm and learn about the life of the Meru community

with any luck, some may be seen on game drives. After a day of

Wildebeest, zebras, lions, leopards, hyenas, elephants and hippos

plains of the Serengeti provide some of the best wildlife

wildlife spotting, stay overnight in a lodge located within the park.

can all be found here. Venture out on game-spotting expeditions at

viewing anywhere in the world. Take part in early-morning and

There is the option to cool down with a dip in the pool, followed by

dusk or dawn to try to catch wildlife in action. For an unforgettable

afternoon game drives to go in search of the iconic Big Five

a refreshing drink and a dinner. Days 4-5 Lake Naivasha Spend

experience, why not take an optional sunrise balloon ride over the

and watch the unrelenting circle of life unfold on the African

the morning exploring the park then, after lunch, head to a village

grassy plains to see teeming herds of wildlife awakening for the

savanna. Days 13-14 Ngorongoro Crater This huge volcanic

to watch local women create traditional crafts. Afterwards, continue

day? Day 8 Nairobi Leave the magnificent Masai Mara behind

crater is home to some 30,000 animals including endangered

to the bird-watchers’ paradise of Lake Naivasha, one of the few

and return to Nairobi for a night. Perhaps spend an evening

black rhinos, lions, leopards, elephants, impalas, zebras and

freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley. The lake has floating islands

unwinding at one of the city’s many lively bars and restaurants.

hippos. Try to spot them all during a game drive to the crater

of papyrus reeds and is fringed by flat-topped acacias. It is home to

Day 9 Tengeru/Arusha Cross the border into Tanzania and

floor. Day 15 Arusha Visit a farming community on the journey

a healthy population of hippos and a tremendous variety of birds.

continue to the small village of Tengeru. Be welcomed by a local

to Arusha, where this incredible African adventure concludes.

The next morning, look for lovebirds, ibis and fish eagles at the

family on a visit to a farm and learn more about the life of the Meru

Crater Lake Game Sanctuary, located at the bottom of an extinct

community. Take the opportunity to help out by milking cows and

volcano. As well as the many bird species found here, zebras,

feeding the chickens. Afterwards, enjoy a leisurely walk around

giraffes and other plains wildlife can also be spotted. Listen out for

the village or see how the local coffee is produced - from the

the chatter of black and white colobus monkeys. After lunch, take

bush to the cup. Looking for a unique souvenir? Perhaps pick up

a boat ride to Elsamere Conservation Centre - the former home of

some colourful artwork from the market. Day 10 Lake Manyara

naturalist and author Joy Adamson, then stay overnight in a lodge

National Park Watch flocks of colouful birds, including flamingos

near the lake. Days 6-7 Masai Mara National Reserve Traverse

and pelicans, gracefully skim the surface of the picturesque lake

the vast floor of the Great Rift Valley to enter the land of the Maasai.

in this beautiful park. See large herds of elephants and be sure to

One of Africa’s most famous reserves, the Masai Mara is a landscape

keep a lookout for this area’s legendary black-maned, tree-climbing

• Be on the lookout for Lake Manyara’s tree-climbing lions • Survey the vast grasslands of the Serengeti ACCOMMODATION Hotel/lodge (12 nts), permanent tented camp (2 nts) TRANSPORT 4x4 safari vehicle, boat, shuttle bus GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 14 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 12 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Fri GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 605 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. This is a combination trip. Please see Trip Notes (Important Notes) for more details. 2. A single supplement is available on this trip. TRAVELLER RATING 4.68 out of 5 Above: Photo Competition, Village women, Kenya - Jill Schneider Below: Oasis, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania Right above: Photo Competition, Local kids, Tanzania - Jess Wight Right below: Photo Competition, Gecko, Masai Mara, Kenya - Marc Ehrenbold

death. Day 3 Lake Nakuru Head to Lake Nakuru National Park in of flamingos, which transform the lake into a shimmering sea of pink. Pelicans and cormorants can also be seen, as well as zebras,

A wonderful trip that held new and exciting experiences every day. The small group allowed us to bond and not impose on communities. Alana Hardman, Australia, Travelled on the YGKLC

Special inclusions on your trip… • 12 nights accommodation in 3-4* hotels and lodges, 2 nights at a permanent tented camp • Arrival airport to hotel transfer and transport in 4x4 safairi vehicles • Safaris in game parks including the Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Lake Nakuru, Ngorongoro Crater and Masai Mara National Reserve • Experienced trip leader from start to finish • 14 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches and 12 Dinners • All sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in the itinerary

Discover beachside bliss in exotic Zanzibar...

Zanzibar Beach Break trip code

YGAZ

Comfort

SHORT BREAK

5 days, ex Stone Town ITINERARY... Day 1 Stone Town/Beach Resort Arrive and be enchanted by the allure of the ‘Spice Island’. Explore Stone Town and wander through bright bazaars and down twisting, cobbled streets. The resort is situated right on the palm-fringed coastline, where a sandy beach stretches out to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Days 2-4 Beach Resort Explore the island at a relaxed pace. Visit the fragrant spice plantations and inhale the intoxicating smell of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Enjoy free time to relax on the beaches and swim, snorkel or dive in the clear, warm waters. In the evening, watch a glorious sunset with a cocktail in hand, then sample some of the delicious local cusine. Day 5 Beach Resort/Stone Town Pick up silver jewellery, fragrant spices or colourful clothing at the markets or perhaps take a final swim before farewelling this paradise island.

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Physical culturAL

• Soak up the sun on white-sand beaches • Enjoy a visit to a spice plantation • Dive into the balmy, blue waters of the Indian Ocean • Sample the flavours of traditional cuisine in cafes and restaurants

Additional information about this destination is available at intrepidtravel.com


trip code

YGKR

Comfort

OVERLAND

8 days, ex Kigali ITINERARY... Day 1 Kigali The attractive capital of Rwanda is a great place to explore on foot. In free time, head out to the markets or relax in a cafe. Days 2-3 Nyungwe National Park To gain understanding of recent Rwandan history, visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre - dedicated to those who lost their lives in the tragic events of 1994. Afterwards, journey to Nyungwe National Park, home to an abundance of primate species including monkeys, chimpanzees and baboons. Walk through the mountainous rainforest terrain in search of blue, golden and vervet monkeys, as well as other mammals, insects, birds and amphibians. In the evening, stay in a simple lodge located right in the heart of this national park. Days 4-5 Lake Kivu Leave the forest behind and travel to the peaceful shores of Lake Kivu, which is surrounded by majestic mountains and dotted with small villages. Spend a night in Kibuye, one of the most attractive of the lake ports. With lush, green hills and a gentle, cool breeze, this is one of Rwanda’s hidden treasures. The next morning, take in superb vistas of the lake and the Virunga volcanoes on the journey to Gisenyi. With its waterfront and sandy beaches, Gisenyi is a wonderful place to relax. In free time, why not go fishing or take a boat ride on the lake? Days 6-7 Gorilla Trek Say goodbye to this peaceful region and journey to Ruhengeri, gateway to the Volcanoes National Park. Enter the pristine wilderness of the park and embark on a quest to find rare mountain gorillas, an endangered species on the brink of extinction. With the help of a knowledgeable guide, climb up steep passes and through dense forest to discover these gentle creatures living and playing in their forest sanctuary. The combination of strenuous trekking through muddy terrain in a humid atmosphere can be quite a challenge, but the rewards are most definitely worth

ends. Why not farewell Rwanda with a celebratory dinner? ACCOMMODATION Hotel/lodge (5 nts), homestay (2 nts) TRANSPORT Safari vehicle GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Mon GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 322 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING Not applicable as this is a new itinerary 12 Mar 19 Mar 28 May 04 Jun 11 Jun 18 Jun

Above: Photo Competition, Baby gorilla hanging out, Rwanda - Jess Wight Right: Staple food at a market in Kigali, Rwanda

• Walk through the rainforest looking for birds and amphibians • Relax amid lush, green hills on the serene shores of Lake Kivu • Soak up superb vistas of the Virunga volcanoes • Trek through pristine wilderness • Fall in love with the gentle nature of mountain gorillas • Enjoy Rwandan hospitality on a homestay • Take the opportunity to try banana beer

trip code

YGAS

Comfort

SHORT BREAK Beach Resort

5 days, ex Stone Town ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Stone Town From the airport, transfer to beachside bliss just outside vibrant Stone Town. Travel to the interior of the island and tantalise senses on a visit to a spice

TA N ZA N IA Beach Resort Stone Town

plantation. Inhale the aroma of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper and nutmeg, and sample tropical fruits such as jackfruit, breadfruit, pineapples, bananas and coconuts. The afternoon is free to explore the town at leisure or simply relax back at the resort. Days 3-4 Beach Resort Stay two nights in a luxury resort located on the palm-fringed coastline where stretches of white sand reach into the turquoise waters. The spectacular offshore reef, home to a startling array of brightly coloured fish, makes for excellent snorkelling and diving. Perhaps try adventure activities such as water skiing or deep-sea fishing. Day 5 Stone Town There’s time for a final swim before transferring to the airport after breakfast.

Physical culturAL

• Unwind in a luxury beach resort • Tantalise senses on a spice plantation tour • Experience the relaxed pace of island life

ACCOMMODATION Resort (4 nts) TRANSPORT Minibus MEALS 4 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Daily, subject to availability CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 202 kg pp per trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.85 out of 5 Photo Competition, Dhow boat on the beach, Zanzibar - Jess Wight

Lamu Beach Break trip code

YGAL

Comfort

SHORT BREAK

4 days, ex Lamu Island ITINERARY... Day 1 Arrive Lamu Journey to the slow-paced island paradise of Lamu. Sitting off the coast in the Indian Ocean and steeped in Swahili culture, Lamu is the perfect spot to kick back and enjoy salty sea breezes, fresh seafood and ornate architecture. Days 2-3 Lamu House A guided walk of Lamu’s old town reveals traditional architectural gems, markets full of fresh produce and talented craftspeople at work. There are no cars on the island, so use free time in the afternoon to explore further by foot or donkey. With pristine waters, white sand and warm temperatures, swimming and snorkelling are highly recommended. If total relaxation is in order, why not book in for a Swahili massage or have hands and feet decorated with henna? Day 4 Depart Lamu To make the most of the morning, perhaps enjoy a final dip in the pool or the balmy ocean before departing enchanting Lamu.

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• Be immersed in Swahili culture • Take a dip in the Indian Ocean • Enjoy the atmosphere of an island free of cars

ACCOMMODATION Lamu house (3 nts) TRANSPORT Traditional dhow GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 3 Breakfasts BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Daily, subject to availability CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 109 kg pp per trip TRAVELLER RATING Not applicable as this is a new itinerary Photo Competition, Beach walk, Kenya - Jess Wight

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Gorilla Trek

Lake Kivu

• Spot monkeys and chimps in Nyungwe National Park

See the wildlife of Kenya and Tanzania by adding another trip to this one. See page 38 for more info.

banana beer. Day 8 Kigali Return to Kigali where this adventure

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• Learn about Rwanda’s tragic history

forever. At night, rest weary legs and enjoy the warm hospitality of

sample the local food and perhaps take the chance to try unique

15 Aug 19 Sep 17 Oct 21 Nov

• Explore the delightful city of Kigali

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garden, visiting the market or attending dance lessons. Be sure to

08 Aug 12 Sep 10 Oct 14 Nov

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it. Coming face-to-face with the gorillas is an experience to treasure friendly locals on a homestay. Free time can be spent helping in the

Start Finish 2011 20 Jun 27 Jun 11 Jul 18 Jul

Zanzibar Exotic Spice Island

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40 Rwanda

Experience Rwanda

RWANDA Kigali

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Nyungwe NP

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42 Tanzania

trip code

YGKU

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wildlife

13 days, Arusha to Zanzibar ITINERARY... Day 1 Arusha Arrive in the safari capital of Tanzania. Before the adventure begins, why not check out the city’s many bars, restaurants, markets and shops, or step back in time at the Natural History Museum? Day 2 Karatu Drive through the land of the Maasai on the way to a small village inhabited by the Umburu people. Make new friends and learn about their customs and culture on a tour of the village and surrounding farmlands. Days 3-4 Serengeti National Park Sweeping plains filled with an abundance of iconic animals and birdlife - the Serengeti is one of the nature’s best achievements. Buckle up for game drives and be on the lookout for zebras, lions, elephants and more. An optional sunrise balloon ride over the vast expanse of the Serengeti provides memories to last a lifetime. Stay in a comfortable lodge and fall asleep to the night calls of the park’s nocturnal animals. ACCOMMODATION Hotel/lodge (12 nts) TRANSPORT 4x4 safari vehicle, ferry GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Fri GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 524 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING Not applicable as this is a new itinerary Start Finish 2011 03 Jun 15 Jun 15 Jul 27 Jul

19 Aug 09 Sep 30 Sep 28 Oct

31 Aug 21 Sep 12 Oct 09 Nov

09 Dec 21 Dec 2012 20 Jan 01 Feb 24 Feb 07 Mar

23 Mar 04 Apr 27 Apr 09 May

Above: Gorgeous zebra calf, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Below: Photo Competition, Island paradise, Zanzibar - Jess Wight

Days 5-6 Ngorongoro Crater/Karatu Travel to the astonishing Ngorongoro Crater, home to some 30,000 animals including leopards, impalas, zebras, hippos and endangered black rhinos. A trip to the crater floor provides countless wildlife-spotting moments and photo opportunities. Day 7 Marangu Stop by the the town of Moshi and visit the kids of the Amani Children’s Home, a special Intrepid-supported project that houses and educates orphans and street kids. Stay overnight in the small village of Marangu in a beautiful farmhouse set amid lush, tropical gardens. Days 8-9 Usambara Mountains Take a walking tour of Mshiri village to witness the day-to-day life of the crop-growing Chagga people and sample their traditional cuisine. Visit a farm and a school and stop

Serengeti NP

by nearby waterfalls. Journey to the remote Usambara Mountains Karatu

Ngorongoro Crater

to enjoy guided walks through the forest and experience the warm Arusha

• Travel through the land of the Maasai • Meet the friendly Umburu people on a village visit • Survey the sweeping plains of the Serengeti • Enjoy game drives to search out the Big Five • Spot exotic wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater • Make friends with the kids of the Amani Children’s Home

Zanzibar

TA N Z A N I A

UBKEC

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21 days, Cape Town to Victoria Falls ITINERARY... Day 1 Cape Town With its stunning coastline, dominating mountain, and modern cityscape, Cape Town is one of Africa’s most attractive cities. Try to arrive early to make the most of the surrounding vineyards and the many adventure activities on offer. Day 2 Lambert’s Bay Make tracks along the west coast to the quaint, seaside town of Lambert’s Bay. Visit Cape Gannet and indulge in fresh, local seafood. Day 3 Orange River Cross the border into Namibia and stop at Orange River. Once an important part of the South African diamond rush, it’s now also a top spot for canoeing and rafting. Day 4 Fish River Canyon Embark on an early-morning canoe adventure then travel to one of the largest canyons in the world. There are spectacular photographic opportunities here, especially at dusk when the canyon appears to glow orange in the setting sun. Day 5 Sossusvlei Drive to the sands of the Namib Desert and enjoy sundowners at a lodge overlooking the spectacular landscape. Days 6-7 Swakopmund

• Eat cuisine cooked by the Chagga people

architecture, browse the many boutiques or simple relax by the

• Walk the forests of the Usambara Mountains

then travel to the Skeleton Coast National Park, home to large

• Relax in the port town of Dar es Salaam

an exciting game drive in search of zebras, rhinos and impala.

• Tantalise senses on a trip to ‘Spice Island’

Climb enormous sand dunes and explore the desert with a local guide. Afterwards, journey to Swakopmund to admire German beach. Day 8 Windhoek Travel to Namibia’s colonial-style capital. Days 9-10 Damaraland Go looking for desert-dwelling wildlife, seal colonies. Days 11-12 Etosha National Park Head out on Day 13 Rundu Relax at a riverside lodge in Rundu. Days 14-15 Okavango Delta Explore Botswana’s Okavango Delta with the help of local guides. Home to an abundance of colourful creatures, be amazed by the diversity of the delta’s ecosystem. Spend each night sleeping aboard a houseboat. Days 16-18 Caprivi Strip

time, explore the markets and historic buildings of this picturesque

Go wild in Africa...

Admire ancient rock paintings on a guided walk before heading to

port town. Days 11-13 Zanzibar Catch the ferry to the exotic

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the Caprivi Strip in Namibia. Day 19 Chobe National Park With

‘Spice Island’, which boasts idyllic beaches, winding cobblestone alleyways and bazaars. Explore Stone Town and enjoy a trip to a fragrant spice plantation to touch, smell and taste spices such as

Dar es Salaam

trip code

• Stay overnight in a farmhouse set amid tropical gardens

hospitality of the local people. Day 10 Dar es Salaam In free Marangu

Usambara Mountains

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cinnamon, vanilla and ginger. Celebrate the end of this incredible trip with a feast of delicious African cuisine.

forests and marshes that are home to many species, this is safari heaven. Embark on a sunset cruise down the Chobe River and be on the lookout for swimming elephants, wallowing hippos and crocs basking on the shore. Days 20-21 Victoria Falls The raw power of thundering Victoria Falls is a great finale to this adventure.

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Amazing Southern Africa

Serengeti to Zanzibar

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• Soak up Cape Town’s picturesque surrounds • Enjoy fresh seafood in Lambert’s Bay • Canoe down the Orange River • Watch a spectacular sunset over Fish River Canyon • Scramble up enormous sand dunes • Admire German architecture in Swakopmund • Relax in Namibia’s colonial-style capital • Spot seal colonies on the Skeleton Coast • Go in search of zebras and rhinos in Etosha National Park • Sleep soundly aboard a houseboat in the Okavango Delta • Marvel at ancient rock paintings • See crocs basking on the shores of the Chobe River • Feel the power of nature channelled through Victoria Falls

ACCOMMODATION Hotel/lodge (18 nts), houseboat (2 nts) TRANSPORT Overland truck, minibus, boat, mokoro (dugout canoe) GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 20 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 7 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sat GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 846 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. This is a combination trip. Please see Trip Notes (Important Notes) for more details. 2. A single supplement is available on this trip. TRAVELLER RATING 4.46 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 01 Jan 21 Jan 22 Jan 11 Feb 05 Feb 25 Feb 19 Feb 11 Mar 05 Mar 25 Mar 02 Apr 22 Apr 30 Apr 20 May 14 May 03 Jun

28 May 17 Jun 11 Jun 01 Jul 18 Jun 08 Jul 02 Jul 22 Jul 09 Jul 29 Jul 23 Jul 12 Aug 20 Aug 09 Sep 10 Sep 30 Sep 01 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct 11 Nov

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Above: Photo Competition, Enjoying the dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia - Alan Lee Left: Bashful hippo and friend, Okavango Delta, Botswana - Peter Malsbury

Caprivi Strip Victoria Falls

Etosha NP Damaraland

Rundu Swakopmund

Windhoek

Sossusvlei Fish River Canyon

Z I M BABW E

Chobe NP Okavango Delta

BO T SWANA N AM I BI A

Orange River Lambert’s Bay

SO UT H AF RI CA

Cape Town

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44 South Africa & Lesotho

trip code

UBKK

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wildlife

13 days, Durban to Cape Town ITINERARY... Day 1 Durban Chill out on the beach, enjoy Durban’s glitzy nightlife, or take a stroll along the famous promenade, bordered on one side by frothy surf and on the other by a stretch of shops, restaurants and cafes. Days 2-3 Drakensberg Head out on a hike to explore stunning mountain ranges rich in plant and animal life. Days 4-5 Lesotho Highlands Pass through the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, home to eland, zebra, mongoose and hundreds of bird species. Explore the markets or ride a pony to a local village in the highlands of the Kingdom of Lesotho. Days 6-7 Wild Coast/Mazeppa Bay Spend time relaxing on the beach, exploring incredible stretches of coastline and learning about the customs and culture of the local Xhosa people. Those seeking something a little more active can take the opportunity to go canoeing, fishing or hiking along the coast. Day 8 Addo Elephant National Park Once just an elephant sanctuary, this national park now also shelters buffaloes, leopards, rhinos and the fascinating flightless dung beetle. Try to spot them all on an afternoon game drive. Days 9-10 Garden Route/Tsitsikamma National Park With old growth forests, superb sandy beaches and a range of optional adrenalin-packed activities, the Garden Route is sure to thrill. Visit breathtaking Tsitsikamma National Park, a top spot to see dolphins, porpoises and - at the right time of year - southern right whales. In free time, go hiking, take a treetop canopy adventure, enjoy a boat cruise or go snorkelling or canyoning. Feeling adventurous? Tsitsikamma is also home to the highest bungee jump in the world - why not take the plunge? Day 11 Oudtshoorn Visit the ostrich capital, then see impressive stalactites and stalagmites adorning the Cango Caves. Day 12 Stellenbosch Wine Region Soak up the beautiful scenery and relax amid the rows of vines in Africa’s winemaking region. Visit a vineyard to learn the secrets of producing South Africa’s legendary whites and reds. Day 13 Cape Town Discover Cape Town’s mix of scenic coastline, striking mountains, colourful arts scene and cafe culture. Why not stay on a little longer to experience all this lively city has to offer? Relax by the beach, go shopping or visit some of the many galleries in town.

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• Rejuvenate on the golden beaches of glitzy Durban • Experience the beauty of Drakensberg • Discover the scenic highlands of the Kingdom of Lesotho • Journey along the stunning Wild Coast • Learn about the customs and culture of the Xhosa people • Search out herds of elephants in the Addo Elephant National Park • Traverse South Africa’s Garden Route • Watch out for dolphins in the Tsitsikamma National Park

trip code

UBKD

Comfort

wildlife

14 days, Windhoek to Victoria Falls ITINERARY... Day 1 Windhoek Use free time to enjoy this attractive German-style capital set against a backdrop of majestic mountains. Days 2-3 Damaraland Search for elusive desert elephants before travelling to the Skeleton Coast National Park. The coastline of this region is named after the bleached whale and seal bones that covered the shores when the whaling industry was still active. Nowadays, they are littered with shipwrecks and are home to some of the largest seal colonies on the west coast of the continent. Days 4-5 Etosha National Park Enjoy spotting impala, rhinos, elephants and antelopes on an afternoon game drive in this national park. Day 6 Rundu With one of the biggest and most colourful markets in Southern Africa, Rundu is a great place to explore. Perhaps take the opportunity to enjoy a sunset cruise along the Kavango River. Days 7-8 Okavango Delta Accompanied by local guides, explore the watery wilderness of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. This intricate maze of winding streams, green islands, lush plains and around 16,000 sq km of wetlands is one of the most fascinating ecosystems on the planet - discover it by foot and mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe. A seasonal habitat for many birds and animals including hippos, hyenas, antelope and eagles - this is the perfect place to be immersed in African wildlife. Take an optional scenic flight over the area or visit a local village. At night, appreciate the tranquillity

• Visit the ostrich capital of the world

while sleeping on a houseboat. Days 9-11 Caprivi Strip Marvel

• Marvel at stalactites and stalagmites in the Cango Caves

into Namibia to the Caprivi Strip. Take a game drive, meet friendly

• Sip South Africa’s legendary reds and whites in Stellenbosch

forests and marshes that are home to nearly all of Africa’s major

• Relax in the laid-back vibe of Cape Town’s cafes and bars

Victoria Falls Early risers may wish to take a morning game drive

at ancient rock paintings on a guided walk, before heading back villagers and soak up the serenity of this beautiful region while staying in a lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River. Day 12 Chobe National Park With a large elephant population, thick species, this is safari heaven. Look out for crocodiles and hippos basking on the shore on a relaxing sunset river cruise. Days 13-14 into the national park before crossing into Zimbabwe to marvel at the mighty Victoria Falls. The spray from the falls can be seen from kilometres away so be prepared to get wet!

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• Discover Namibia’s German-style capital • Try to spot elusive desert elephants • See shipwrecks along the Skeleton Coast • Search for rhinos and impala in Etosha National Park • Hunt for a bargain in the colourful markets of Rundu • Relax aboard a houseboat on the Okavango Delta • Revel in the excitement of game drives • Uncover the mystery of ancient rock paintings • Enjoy encounters with friendly villagers

ACCOMMODATION Hotel/lodge (11 nts), houseboat (2 nts) TRANSPORT Overland truck, minibus, boat, houseboat, mokoro (dugout canoe) GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 13 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 6 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sat GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 564 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.35 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 08 Jan 21 Jan 29 Jan 11 Feb 12 Feb 25 Feb 26 Feb 11 Mar 12 Mar 25 Mar 09 Apr 22 Apr 07 May 20 May 21 May 03 Jun

04 Jun 18 Jun 02 Jul 09 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 27 Aug 17 Sep 08 Oct 29 Oct

17 Jun 01 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 29 Jul 05 Aug 09 Sep 30 Sep 21 Oct 11 Nov

05 Nov 19 Nov 10 Dec 24 Dec 31 Dec 2012 21 Jan 28 Jan 04 Feb 03 Mar

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17 Mar 30 Mar 24 Mar 06 Apr 07 Apr 20 Apr 21 Apr 04 May 28 Apr 11 May 19 May 01 Jun 02 Jun 15 Jun 30 Jun 13 Jul

Above: Photo Competition, Mokoro ride, Okavango Delta, Botswana - Gillian Bass Below: Photo Competition, Quiver trees, Namibia - Hayley Anderson

• Stay in a lodge on the banks of the idyllic Zambezi River • View a golden sunset while cruising the Chobe River • Be on the lookout for basking crocodiles and wallowing hippos • Feel the raw power of mighty Victoria Falls

ACCOMMODATION Hotel/lodge (12 nts) TRANSPORT Overland truck, minibus GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 10 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sun GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 524 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.36 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 09 Jan 21 Jan 23 Jan 04 Feb 20 Feb 04 Mar 20 Mar 01 Apr 15 May 27 May

29 May 10 Jun 12 Jun 24 Jun 26 Jun 08 Jul 10 Jul 22 Jul 07 Aug 19 Aug 28 Aug 09 Sep 18 Sep 30 Sep

09 Oct 30 Oct 20 Nov 04 Dec 2012 12 Feb 26 Feb

21 Oct 11 Nov 02 Dec 16 Dec 24 Feb 09 Mar

04 Mar 16 Mar 18 Mar 30 Mar 13 May 25 May 27 May 08 Jun 10 Jun 22 Jun 24 Jun 06 Jul

Above: Photo Competition, Green-eyed leopard, South Africa - Kylie Fergusson Right: Beautiful protea flower, South Africa - Karel Gallas

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45 Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe

Best of Botswana

Grand Garden Route


trip code

YBKZ

Comfort

wildlife

8 days, Victoria Falls to Johannesburg ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Victoria Falls Start the journey at one of nature’s most amazing wonders. Mighty Victoria Falls is an awesome sight to behold and a fitting start to this trip through Zimbabwe. On a visit to the falls, witness the spray of water project high into the air as torrents of white water dramatically rumble over the edge and into the canyon below. The falls are seriously powerful so be prepared to get wet! From the centrally located hotel, use free time to explore the local area in free time. There are loads of adventure activities on offer - abseiling, bungee jumping and canyoning are popular. Day 3 Hwange National Park Learn about the plight of the endangered African wild dog and the efforts to save this species from extinction on a visit to Painted Dog Conservation. Afterwards, journey to the wilds of the Hwange National Park. Once royal hunting grounds, this national park is ACCOMMODATION Hotel/lodge (7 nts) TRANSPORT Overland truck, 4x4, minibus GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sat GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 322 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING Not applicable as this is a new itinerary Start 2011 18 Jun 16 Jul 30 Jul

Finish 25 Jun 23 Jul 06 Aug

20 Aug 10 Sep 22 Oct 12 Nov 19 Nov

27 Aug 17 Sep 29 Oct 19 Nov 26 Nov

03 Dec 2012 07 Jan 04 Feb 18 Feb

10 Dec 14 Jan 11 Feb 25 Feb

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Above: Smiling local, Zimbabwe - Lucian Coman Below: Photo Competition, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - Davina Lindsay

now home to hundreds of species of mammals and birds. Head out and explore the park in an open 4x4 to try and spot lions, hyenas, giraffes, elephants and more. In the evening, spend the night sleeping in a comfortable lodge located within the grounds of the national park. Days 4-5 Bulawayo Travel to Zimbabwe’s second largest city and perhaps explore the markets, relax in a cafe or catch a local football match. The next day, head to the wilds of the Matobo National Park, the domain of rare black and white rhinos. A guided walk through the grounds of the park offers the special opportunity to encounter these endangered creatures. Day 6 Masvingo Journey to the oldest colonial settlement in Zimbabwe and explore ancient ruins thought to have once been a royal palace of the Zimbabwean monarchy. These intriguing ruins are considered one of the most significant archaeological sites

Kruger Experience - 3 days Physical culturAL

• Feel the spray of the mighty Victoria Falls • Hear about the efforts to save the African wild dog • Safari through Hwange National Park in a 4x4 • Sleep overnight in a safari lodge

Departs daily

ITINERARY... Day 1 Johannesburg/Greater Kruger National Park Depart the modernity of Johannesburg and set off early for an exciting journey into one of the world’s best safari destinations. Reputed to have the continent’s greatest variety of animals, this area is a sprawling stretch of savanna dotted with acacia thickets. This is the first golden opportunity to spot Africa’s legendary wildlife. Stop for a while to enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the waterholes, then continue the safari as dusk settles over the African

species that proliferate here, including giraffes, impala, hippos and

• Learn about the beliefs and customs of the Lobedu tribe

as they come to drink. Day 3 Johannesburg At daybreak, head

• Walk through forests of cycad plants • Adapt to the fast pace of cosmopolitan Johannesburg

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Arrive in time for a late afternoon game drive in a private reserve.

• Explore the crumbling remains of an ancient ruined city

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3 days, ex Johannesburg

Day 2 Kruger National Park Spend the day on thrilling game

New trip for 2011!

not stay on for longer to explore the Soweto township or visit the

SHORT BREAK

• Track rare rhinos on foot in the Matobo National Park

the Lobedu tribe. Afterwards, an expedition to the Modjadji Nature

busy commercial centre where this adventure concludes. Why

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bush. In the evening, share a traditional South African meal before

Africa and gain insight into the customs, traditions and beliefs of

for centuries. Day 8 Johannesburg Make tracks to South Africa’s

UBAI

• Stroll through the markets of Bulawayo

in Southern Africa. Day 7 Tzaneen Cross the border into South

Reserve reveals forests of unique cycad plants that have thrived

trip code

47 Southern Africa

46 Zimbabwe & South Africa

A Taste of Zimbabwe

retiring to sleep in a comfortable lodge on the outskirts of the park. drives along some of the Kruger’s best routes. From the safari vehicle, keep eyes peeled on the search for the Big Five - elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards and buffaloes. Watch out for many other hyenas. Admire colourful bird species and visit waterholes - the perfect places to spy some of the park’s more elusive inhabitants out on a morning walk with an expert local guide and uncover some African nature secrets. Learn about various animal and bird species as well as the many plants that flourish within the reserve. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious brunch at the lodge before heading back to cosmopolitan Johannesburg, stopping along the way to take in awesome views of the Blyde River Canyon.

• Safari across the savanna of Kruger National Park • Search out the Big Five • Relax in a comfortable lodge at night • Learn about native flora and fauna on a guided walk • Soak up incredible views of the Blyde River Canyon • Check out the Johannesburg restaurant scene

ACCOMMODATION Safari lodge (2 nts) TRANSPORT Safari vehicle, minivan GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Daily GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 121 kg pp per trip NOTES This trip departs early in the morning on day 1 so it is strongly recommended that you arrive at least one day prior TRAVELLER RATING 4.16 out of 5 One of the Big Five, African lion, Kruger National Park, South Africa - Lucian Coman

Chobe & Vic Falls - Lodge trip code

YBAE

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SHORT BREAK

4 days, ex Livingstone ITINERARY... Day 1 Livingstone/Victoria Falls Africa’s adrenaline capital, Livingstone is the perfect place to kick off the adventure. Head to the mighty Victoria Falls and admire the columns of spray from this curtain of falling water. Knife Edge Bridge and the forests immediately opposite the falls on the Zambian side provide unparalleled views. There are plenty of optional activities on offer as well. Why not inspect the falls from another angle with an exhilarating helicopter flight or perhaps get the pulse racing with some bungee jumping, canyoning or abseiling? Days 2-3 Chobe National Park Journey to the wilds of Chobe National Park. Nestled in the northern corner of Botswana amid lush forest, Chobe is home to some of the largest elephant populations on the continent, as well as lions and a flurry of bird life, including the famous African fish eagle. Cruise the Chobe River in the late afternoon to enjoy a golden sunset. Glimpse hippos ambling along the banks and other animals taking a drink on the shore. In the evening, relax with a tasty dinner and retire to the comfort of a safari lodge. Day 4 Victoria Falls/Livingstone Travel back to Livingstone and take the opportunity to visit the Livingstone Museum to learn more about this dauntless Scottish explorer who was lost for six years before Henry Morton Stanley finally found him, greeting him with the famous words, “Dr Livingstone, I presume?”. Still seeking some adrenaline-inspired action? Be sure to head back to powerful Victoria Falls for more adventure sports and exploration.

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• Experience the power of Victoria Falls • Seek out elephant herds in the Chobe National Park • Enjoy the serenity of the African bush • Relax on a sunset river cruise • Spot wallowing hippos in the Chobe River • Stay in comfortable safari lodges • Feast on delicious local cuisine

ACCOMMODATION Safari lodge (3 nts) TRANSPORT Safari vehicle, minibus GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Daily, subject to availability CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 161 kg pp per trip NOTES This trip commences when you check in to your Livingstone hotel. Please make sure this is before 15:00 to allow adequate time to visit Victoria Falls. TRAVELLER RATING 4.62 out of 5 Photo Competition, Elephant in Chobe National Park, Botswana - Jessica Low

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