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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

15 Jul 22 Jul 29 Jul 05 Aug 12 Aug 19 Aug 26 Aug 02 Sep 09 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30 Sep 07 Oct

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

14 Oct 21 Oct 28 Oct 11 Nov 18 Nov 25 Nov 09 Dec 16 Dec 23 Dec 06 Jan 13 Jan 20 Jan

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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