Wild Zambia 2023

Wild Zambia 2023

DURATION

13 DAYS

PRICING

$ 11232

WHEN

Sep 4, 2023

DESTINATION

Zambia

TYPE

SMALL GROUP

Wild Zambia Expedition

Landlocked in Central Africa, Zambia is physically characterized by its vast rivers and basins, the most notable of which is the Zambezi.

Despite being best known for the breathtakingly beautiful Victoria Falls, the country boasts a diverse range of topography and habitats, which, combined with a tropical climate, makes it the ideal safari destination. Also, Zambia is known as the ideal destination to enjoy walking safaris, and with NPE, you will have the chance to enjoy such activities.

We will visit the three most important national parks, staying at the best small boutique properties, at the heart of the wildlife hot spots, but away from the tourist masses. Walking safaris, solar-power boat rides, canoe rides, 4×4 safaris, activities that guarantee close contact with locals committed to the preservation of flora and fauna of the country, and even the option to fish for the famous Zambezi Tiger-fish, one of the world’s most exciting sports-fish!

Also, we have prepared a fantastic extension to Victoria Falls. There we have selected a family-owned lodge that provides great excursions to the falls, Livingstone, and the other highlights of the region, and also has a first-class horse stable and excellent trails where to enjoy horseback riding.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Visit the most iconic National Parks in Zambia.
  • Stay at award-winning, small, upscale camps, right in front of the rivers.
  • Overnight at Lusaka at an intimate first-class hotel included.
  • Meet the actors of the most important conservation organization in the country
  • Enjoy folk art at a remote camp.
  • Superb cuisine, with drinks included.
  • Amazing small-plane flights.
  • Fish for the Zambesi Tiger-fish (Optional but included).
  • Extension to Victoria Falls, with visits to Livingstone, nature parks, and horseback riding (Optional but included).
  • Enjoy soft hikes, boat rides, canoe rides, and 4×4 safaris.
«If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.»

John Hemingway

QUESTIONS?


If you have any questions, please let us know. We are here to help you!

A 13 DAY EXPEDITION WITH THRILLING ENCOUNTERS! EXPLORE ZAMBIA IN THE MOST COMPLETE ITINERARY IN THE MARKET STARTING FROM $ 11232.00! EXTENSION TO THE OUTSTANDING VICTORIA FALLS AVAILABLE! 

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 
Arrive in Lusaka:

Your flight will have you arriving in Lusaka, Zambia, where you will be met and greeted by a New Paths Expeditions representative. Transfer to Latitude 15 Boutique Hotel. We will have free time to relax or enjoy the hotel facilities.

Overnight at Latitude 15 Boutique Hotel (Meals Aloft).

DAY 2 TO 4
Kafue National Park

After breakfast, your drivers will be waiting in reception for the journey west out of Lusaka to the Kafue National Park. Kafue National Park is the largest of Zambia’s 20 national parks, and the transfer will take about three and a half hours. As the city falls away in the rear-view mirror, you will be carried through small villages that become more and more sparse as the park approaches.

Our destination, Ila Safari Lodge, is set on the east bank of the Kafue River in the central part of the park and will be our home for the next three nights. You will be accommodated in large, luxuriously appointed tents, each overlooking the river in front. All meals, drinks, and snacks are included. Twice a day, every day, we will embark on open 4×4 vehicles to explore the area around the camp in search of the diverse wildlife that populates the park. We will leave camp early in the morning as the sun rises over the African bush, returning mid-morning for a hearty brunch. After enjoying time to rest at our wonderful camp, we will go out again in the mid-afternoon with sundowners and snacks on board. We will return to camp after dark most of the days to enjoy superb dinners.

Overnight at Ila Safari Lodge (B, L, D).

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DAY 5 TO 9

South Luangwa National Park

We will enjoy another early start from camp this morning, but we will be driven back towards Lusaka this time. The road transfer to Lusaka Airport will take 3.5 – 4 hours. Then we will fly to Mfuwe.

The flight to Mfuwe, in the country’s east, will take just over an hour. Mfuwe is the gateway to the South Luangwa National Park.

The drive from Mfuwe Airport to Kafunta Safari Lodge will take about 40 minutes. First, we pass through local villages and the fields of the many subsistence farmers that choose to live along this small stretch of tarred road leading from the airport to the gate of the National Park.

As you turn off the tarred road, you realize what this part of the country is all about. The bush is all-encompassing, and you realize that there are almost as many animals living outside of the National Park as there are inside!

Kafunta Lodge will be our home for the next five nights. It is set overlooking a large floodplain leading down to the Luangwa River itself. In September, this floodplain is a grazing lawn and attracts many different species, all of which can be observed from the camp.

The South Luangwa is regarded across Africa as the ‘home of the walking safari’ We will go out to explore on easy hikes with our highly qualified guides. We believe that you will fully understand the saying that “from a vehicle, you can see Africa, but you can feel, sense, and smell Africa on foot.”

Sticking with the general concept of conservation, we have also arranged for the Seka Theatre Group to visit us at Kafunta and put on one of their educational plays. This group has been working in the area for 25 years. Their main goal is to educate local communities on the importance of protecting the environment in which they live. They perform different plays throughout the Luangwa Valley communities. They will perform one for us one evening.

Overnight at Kafunta Safari Lodge (B, L, D).

DAY 10 TO 12

Lower Zambezi National Park

On the morning of day 10 in Zambia, you will bid farewell to the Luangwa and head to the Lower Zambezi National Park.

The flight from Mfuwe to Royal Airstrip will take about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

The strip is very close to our next camp, Royal Zambezi Lodge, so the transfer from the airfield will only take a few minutes. As with our previous safari camps, this one also overlooks the river.

The Kafue and Luangwa Rivers that we have visited previously are the two largest tributaries of the Zambezi River, so it is fitting that the Zambezi plays host to this, the final stop on our Zambia safari expedition.

Again, as with the previous camps, all meals and drinks are included while staying at Royal Zambezi, and this camp has earned itself an excellent reputation for the food it serves. You never go hungry while on safari, and this camp is no different. You will be offered an early breakfast before your morning activity, a big brunch/lunch in the middle of the day, a high-tea before your afternoon activity, and then a lovely 3-course dinner before bed. Don’t forget the snacks taken out for all activities. And the activities in this camp are wonderful and varied, you will be able to enjoy safaris in open vehicles and on foot as before, but in this camp, the water activities are something exceptional. You will have the opportunity to go out by boat or to canoe on the quiet side channels that run adjacent to the main river, and for those of you that wish, you will be able to try your hand at fishing for the famous Zambezi Tiger-fish, one of the world’s most exciting sport-fish!

Overnights at Royal Zambezi Lodge (B, L, D).

DAY 13
Back home or continue with the Victoria Falls extension

After breakfast, we say goodbye to our wonderful hosts and drive to the Royal Airstrip and fly to Lusaka. There, our representatives will assist you with all the formalities to catch your flight back home.

Meals (B).

Victoria Falls Extension

DAY 13 & 14
Victoria Falls – Chundukwa Safari Lodge and Horse Ranch (Extension)

Continue your safari by driving north and east into Damaraland, a beautiful and diverse country. Along the route, you’ll cross Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg, which stands at 2,573 meters above sea level, and stop to admire and absorb the magnificence of the environment. Colorful displays, majestic table-topped mountains, rock formations, and strange-looking plants characterize Damaraland. Wind, water, and geological forces have eroded this environment, resulting in rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains, and ancient river terraces.

The area’s variety and solitude, as well as its scenic magnificence, will reward and astound you, giving you a true sense of the term «wilderness.» If time permits, your guide will take you to the adjacent sights and geological sites of Twyfelfontein rock engravings (recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Burnt Mountain, and the Organ Pipes.

Overnight at Doro Nawas (B, L, D).

Day 15
Fly Back Home

This marks the end of your Zambia experience. After breakfast, you will be driven back to Livingstone Airport and assisted with check-in for your flight back home.

Meals (B).

Lodgings

Latitude 15 Degrees Hotel

This boutique hotel is the perfect stop-over before heading on your safari adventure. Its location (20 minutes away from the city center and 30 minutes from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport) will make this hotel your best stop-over after a long flight. It has all the facilities you need for a relaxing day before departing on your adventure.

Ila Safari Lodge

Ila Safari Lodge is located on the banks of the Kafue River in the center of Zambia’s largest national park. This modern first-class lodge is more accessible than most of the camps in Kafue National Park and is perfect as a springboard for reaching some of the park’s more isolated areas.

Kafunta Safari Lodge

The Kafunta River Lodge is set in the riverside forest on the banks of the Luangwa River overlooking the South Luangwa National Park. This classic upscale safari lodge offers guests all the comforts while being situated in an unspoiled wilderness and provides a fantastic safari experience during your stay. You will be able to discover some of the richest wildlife areas of Africa – hippos grunting, elephants bathing, birds chirping above you; it is all at your doorstep.

Royal Zambezi Lodge

Situated on the mighty Zambezi River banks, this fantastic lodge is just minutes away from the Lower Zambezi National Park and Zimbabwe’s famous Mana Pools World Heritage Site. The Royal Zambezi offers the ultimate in luxury and cuisine while enjoying and participating closely in various activities. Game drives are still the best to view and photograph lions or other large predators, or if you want to spot leopards, you can request a night game. Flexibility is the most important feature of this lodge, so the possibilities are endless.

Chundukwa River Lodge

Located on the banks of the Zambezi river and 30 minutes away from Victoria Falls, this lodge is the best spot before and after visiting the falls. Its facilities and its wide variety of activities, such as horse riding in the lodge’s surroundings, provide a fantastic experience for travelers.

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

Sep 04, 2023

PRICE

$ 11232.00

Single Supplement

$ 4929.00

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

$ 1410

COMPLETE DETAILS
RESERVATION

Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy.
*Domestic Air prices are estimated and may change due to cost variation by the airlines.
** Some special conditions apply, please check the single supplement section of the expedition booklet by downloading the complete details.

Recommended Expeditions

Tanzania Private

Tanzania Private

DURATION

11 DAYS

WHEN

Jun – Oct

DESTINATION

Tanzania

TYPE

PRIVATE

Tanzania 

Tanzania is the untamed portion of East Africa, offering the authentic safari experience that first drew travelers from all over the world. It is also the location of the Great Migration, endless savannah, volcanic mountains, and the imposing walls of the Ngorongoro Crater.

During your expedition, you will visit the most important National Parks in Tanzania: Arusha and Tarangire, while staying in the best lodges, where we will experience the most thrilling encounters with wildlife and even the spectacular Great Migration!

Our experience won’t be complete if we do not share our culture with the locals. On your expedition, you will enjoy close contact with Natives in the charming village of Karatu, where you will learn about rural Tanzanian life firsthand and fall in love with their scenic landscapes.

You may customize this expedition to ensure that your experience will be complete and over your expectations.

Tanzania is a hidden gem in Africa. A genuinely outstanding destination where you will experience the best safari of your life.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Best game viewing in Tanzania guaranteed!
  • Visit Arusha National Park, which is situated in the shadow of Mount Meru, the fifth-highest peak in all of Africa!
  • Explore Tarangire National Park, known for the highest elephant population in all of Tanzania.
  • Cultural encounter guaranteed. During your expedition, stay in Karatu, a charming little town located near the Ol Denali Volcano.
  • Visit Ntudu, part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ntudu offers the best sightings of six species of cats – leopard, lion, cheetah, caracal, African wildcat, and serval.
  • Superb Great Migration viewing at Seronera.

If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again.

Karen Blixen 

QUESTIONS?


If you have any questions, please let us know. We are here to help you!

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 
Arrive in Kilimanjaro and transfer to Arusha National Park

Your driving guide will meet you at the airport once you have completed the necessary immigration and customs requirements and will take you the short distance to your lodge, which is tucked between Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. When you arrive, someone will help you check into your accommodation.

Overnight at Rivertrees Country Inn (No meals).

Day 2 & 3
Tarangire National Park

Before going downstairs for breakfast, awake to view Mt. Meru this morning and drive to Tarangire National Park, after breakfast, you will enter the park and begin a game drive on your way to your camp after completing the paperwork at the gate, arriving in time for lunch.

After lunch, unwind in camp as you wait for the sun to set before going on a game drive. When you return to camp, tell stories around the campfire before dinner and go to bed.

Within Tanzania’s breathtaking Manyara Region, Tarangire National Park is a breathtaking national park with granite mountains, river basins, diversified vegetal landscapes, and wandering wildlife. The Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife during the yearly dry season. Predators naturally follow large herds of elephants, migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and eland. Since lions are among the most often sighted animals, it is uncommon for tourists to fail to see this majestic animal munching or prowling. Tarangire is the only location in Tanzania where dry-country antelope-like oryx and gerenuk are frequently sighted. In addition, this vast region is renowned for its magnificent baobab trees, breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe, and the magnificent mountains to the south.

You will leave after receiving an early wake-up call to spend the entire day in the Tarangire National Park, including a picnic lunch. Return to the camp in the evening for dinner and beverages.

Overnight at Honey Guide Tarangire (B, L, D).

Day 4 & 5

Karatu

Drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive after breakfast, packing lunch boxes along the way. You will leave the park when it’s convenient for you and travel to your lodging. You will be helped with check-in upon arrival before being brought to your accommodation.

The village of Karatu is located in the verdant hills of Tanzania’s northern highlands and is a stopping point for travelers traveling to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. This tiny, colorful hamlet, dominated by the massive Ol Deani Volcano, is a well-liked overnight stop for tourists to see the numerous game parks in the region. There are many things to do in the town, such as perusing the crowded market, trying some beer at a nearby brewery, touring a traditional farm, or going on a guided tour into the Ngorongoro Forest to look for waterfalls and caves. This underappreciated town has a lot to offer, whether you’re looking for cultural excursions, hiking and bicycling options, the ability to experience rural Tanzanian life firsthand, or simply a pause between safari game drives.

Get up early and head to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area with lunch boxes to make the most of your day at the Ngorongoro Crater. Before it gets dark, head back to your lodge, so you have time to freshen yourself before supper.

Overnights at Acacia Farm Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 6, 7 & 8

Ntudu

After breakfast and check-in, leave with a packed lunch for the Southern Serengeti National Park. Once the paperwork is completed at the entry, you will enter the park for a game drive. In the evening, you will leave the park and drive to your camp for dinner and the night.

Ndutu is located in the spectacular Serengeti within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which is part of the Arusha Region. Thousands of wildebeest, antelope, and zebra use the adjacent grasslands as their migratory route since they are the ideal habitat for these animals. The woodland surrounding Lake Ndutu may be explored, a variety of fauna can be seen, and the Olduvai Gorge is a fascinating archaeological site. Don’t pass up the chance to go on a game drive to see the magnificent herds of the Great Migration, take a beautiful hot air balloon ride over the plains, or go on a guided tour with the Maasai community to learn about their culture and traditions. Other frequently sighted animals include the leopard, lion, cheetah, caracal, serval, African wildcat, and a wide range of colorful birds.

Enjoy a full day by taking Serengeti National Park’s morning and evening wildlife drives. Enjoy peaceful evenings around the campfire, the exclusivity of unsurpassed comfort, and the authenticity of a night spent in the African bush, an unforgettable experience for all nature enthusiasts.

Make the most of the wildlife viewing as the sun rises on your third day in the Southern Serengeti. Spend the day in the bush looking for a game and taking in everything the beautiful park offers by ordering a picnic for breakfast or lunch. Dinner is served later at camp, and evening drinks around the campfire are a great chance to reflect on the day’s activities.

Overnight at Nyikani Migration Park (B, L, D).

Day 9 & 10
Seronera

After breakfast and check-out, move leisurely toward the central Serengeti region while game-viewing. Upon arrival at the Nyikani Central Camp, you will be led to Reception, where you will receive a brief safari orientation before being shown to your tent.

The Seronera district in the center of the Serengeti is on the path of the Great Migration. It provides superb sight of this amazing yearly phenomenon when numerous wildebeests flood the area and migrate over the plains. Seronera remains a wildlife hotspot at other times of the year, protecting the Big Five in addition to many other species, even if migratory game numbers vary seasonally.

Take the morning and evening game drives in Serengeti National Park to make the most of your entire day. Enjoy tranquil campfire evenings, unrivaled comfort, and the authenticity of a night spent in the African bush—a truly unforgettable experience for all nature lovers.

Nyikani Camp – Central Serengueti (B, L, D).

Day 11
Back home

After breakfast, check out and head to Seronera airfield for your scheduled flight to Arusha. You will be greeted when you arrive at Arusha’s airport and taken to Arusha Coffee Lodge for lunch. You will leave the park at a convenient time, travel to Arusha, and then transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home.

Meals (B).

Lodgings

Rivertrees Country Inn

Rivertrees, formerly a dilapidated coffee farm, is now a beautiful country inn tucked away in a lush forest with the Usa River flowing nearby. Its location offers a plethora of natural beauties to discover as it is nestled on the slopes of Mount Meru, conveniently near Kilimanjaro International Airport and a short drive from Arusha.

It includes the old Farm House, a sumptuous River House, opulent River Cottages, and several exquisitely furnished Garden Rooms. Its exquisitely decorated restaurant also provides delectable garden-fresh cuisine. The swimming pool and spa are designed for relaxation, and warm, attentive care guarantees a special stay, whether it lasts just one night or much more.

Honeyguide Tarangire Camp

The distance from the park entrance gate to this camp within the park is only 15 minutes. It is situated in a tranquil, uninhabited location abundant in wildlife, with many game-watching trails and simple access to the lower Tarangire valley. Due to the nearby Acacia-studded grasslands, you don’t need to travel far to enjoy the plentiful local wildlife before ending the day with stunning sunsets. There are just ten strategically located tents in the small, cozy camp, all of which may be expanded into triples and quadruples. This eco-friendly camp provides plumbing to each tent, solar hot water throughout the day, and 24-hour power.

Acacia Farm Lodge

Located high on the magnificent Great Rift’s escarpment area with commanding panoramic views of the unique Karatu farmlands and the close-by Ngorongoro wilderness area, Acacia Farm Lodge is a charming Country Lodge tucked in an active mixed farm. The exquisite lodge perfectly complements the unmatched natural splendor of the area. The vitality of songbirds, old trees, and magnificent coffee bushes emit a timeless peace.

The Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks are on one side of Acacia Farm Lodge, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park are on the other. This advantageous location makes Acacia Farm Lodge the ideal starting point to explore these renowned reserves and take advantage of the many other exciting activities and impressive cultural experiences available in the neighborhood.

Nyikani Migration Camp 

The wildebeest migration passes in and out of the Ndutu region from December to March. Just south of Serengeti National Park, in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, is where you’ll find Ndutu. The top game viewing locations near Lakes Ndutu and Masek are conveniently located near Nyikani Migration Camps. In addition to the nearly two million zebra and wildebeest that pass through the region annually, cheetah, lion, giraffe, and hundreds of bird species call Ndutu home. The wildebeest have 8,000 babies born each day in February during the calving season.

Nyikani Camp Central Serengueti

The Serengeti is Tanzania’s most well-known national park and the location of the highest densities of large mammals on earth. Nyikani Camp Central is situated in the center of the Serengeti, taking advantage of the year-round wildlife. In quest of fresh grass and water, migratory herds of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles travel vast distances. The Maasai word «Siringet,» which means «endless plains,» is the source of the name Serengeti. These rolling plains of short grass offer a superb landscape for animal watching, making it the ideal safari destination.

When to go

Depending on the species you hope to see, there is no optimal time to travel to Tanzania. Depending on when you decide to visit, you’ll have a slightly different experience because the rainfall determines the country’s seasons and wildlife populations.

The Great Migration, which occurs annually across the Serengeti, is Tanzania’s main draw. Between July and September, many visitors come here to see the enormous herds of zebra and wildebeest cross the Mara River, trying to avoid the lurking crocodiles and other predators. At this time of year, though, the park will be filled with vehicles.

Tanzania’s «green season» between November and March is significantly more sedate. Although there is a potential for showers, this is a great time to go birdwatching because thousands of migrating species are arriving. Herds from the Great Migration and their just-born calves are also visible.

Only between April and May, when heavy rains can interfere with animal viewing, do we typically steer clear of Tanzania.

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Madagascar Sep 02, 2023

Madagascar Sep 02, 2023

DURATION

12 DAYS

PRICE

$ 9200.00

WHEN

Sep, 2023

DESTINATION

Madagascar

TYPE

SMALL GROUP 

Madagascar

The Island of Madagascar holds the world record for endemic species, with over 90% of its wildlife endemic. New Paths Expeditions is proud to bring to you the opportunity to explore it following the most complete itinerary offered today. You will visit the center, south, west, east and north of the island – guaranteeing the greatest possible sightings of the most iconic, and elusive, wildlife species of Madagascar. This trip will take you to the wildlife hotspots of the Island, providing more species diversity than any other expedition offered today. All destinations and activities have been chosen having in mind the perfect trip pacing for our explorers and to facilitate the best possible wildlife sightings and photography opportunities. Our Senior Naturalist Leader will lead you to some of Madagascar’s most popular tourist attractions.

The most complete itinerary to explore the Island of endemics, Madagascar. One of the greatest wildlife expeditions on earth. A wildlife photographer’s dream!

Max Group Size: Only 14 participants!

Departure: September 02, 2023

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • 90% of the Madagascar flora and fauna are endemic.
  • Visit 9 protected areas (national and private) encompassing the most complete Madagascar itinerary available today.
  • Observe over 20 species of Lemurs in their natural hábitat, including the largest and the smallest of them all.
  • Superb bird watching with plenty of native species.
  • The biggest diversity of chameleons on earth.
  • Private flight from Berenty to Morondava.
  • Double visit to Baobab avenue, including a sunset session.
  • Outstanding wildlife photography.
  • Enjoy the intimacy of a truly small group of like-minded, experienced travelers.
  • Escorted by an NPE Senior Naturalist Leader
  • Ideal expedition pacing using the best possible accommodations and first-class transport.
Waking up by the calls of  the giant Indri lemurs has been the highlight of all my nature travels. Madagascar is truly a jewel.

Nelson F – Orange. CA

QUESTIONS?


If you have any questions, please let us know. We are here to help you!

12 DAYS EXPLORING THE WILDLIFE HOTSPOTS OF MADAGASCAR WITH THE BEST TRANSPORT AVAILABLE AND SUPERB NATURALISTS FROM US$ 9200.00 EXTENSIONS AVAILABLE

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 
Arrive Antananarivo (Tana)

Upon your arrival in Tana (Antananarivo) you will be met by your Expedition Leader and taken to the Palissandre Hotel. You will be able to rest and relax after your journey at this centrally located hotel, which is considered the best in town and has beautiful views of the city center, a comfortable restaurant, bars, and even a spa among other amenities.

Overnight at Palissandre Hotel (D).

Day 2
Antananarivo, Lemurs’ Park, and Birding for endemics

After a good breakfast, a full day of sightseeing awaits you in Tana and the surrounding areas. The beginning of the day includes a pre-departure briefing by your Senior Leader and Local Naturalist Guide. Then you will continue with a drive around the city, where you will be introduced to the points of greatest interest, and will also have a chance to see how Malagasies live in nearby villages. There are plenty of photo opportunities for you during the panoramic excursion.

You will then reach the Lemurs’ Park, which is approximately 12 miles outside Tana. This important and well-managed project is a private park where orphan lemurs are raised for an eventual release back to the wild. The park is a lush botanical setting and provides great sightings of multiple lemur species. After lunch and some rest, you will depart towards the Tsarasaotra Bird Sanctuary. Right in Tana, it is home to dozens of different species, including multiple endemics. The park provides a quiet and beautiful retreat from the city proper.

Overnight at Palissandre Hotel (B, L, D).

Day 3 
Tana to Berenty Reserve

Today you will leave Tana on a morning flight to Fort Dauphin. Once you land, you will have a 4-hour drive over some rather challenging roads in order to get to the Berenty Reserve. You will undoubtedly be greeted once you arrive by some of the ring-tailed lemurs, which are plentiful here; some of these may well be mothers carrying their adorable young on their backs. After arriving and checking in, enjoy some free time with your Leader and Guide to photographing the multiple lemurs that roam the lodge grounds. A talk by your Local Naturalist follows. You will enjoy dinner before embarking on a night excursion in the forest.

The Berenty Reserve not only is home to 6 species of these unique primates but also to a large colony of Madagascan flying fox. Strolling through the reserve will provide you with panoramic landscapes of ancient tamarind trees and riverine forest. The rather bizarre, but extremely interesting Spiny Forest is also to be found on the reserve. Over 100 bird species can be seen here, and many of them nest at the reserve as well. You will be staying at the Berenty Lodge, which provides simple clean, and comfortable chalets with air conditioning, but so designed and arranged that you never lose sight of the fact that you are right in the center of a Madagascar forest. Lemurs will be, literally, everywhere! The simple but comfortable main lodge at Berenty has a tea garden, restaurant, and bar, and the Malagasy food served is quite good.

Overnight at Berenty Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 4
Complete Exploration of Berenty Reserve Ecosystems

A full day exploring the two ecosystems that Berenty offers. The morning’s nature hikes will provide you with plenty of opportunities to see lemurs. It is guaranteed that you will see Verreaux’s sifakas (dancing lemur) dancing from tree to tree and peering at you from around the trunks. It’s also likely that you will be able to spot some of the rarer red-fronted brown lemurs, which are also a diurnal species. At any time during your hike, you may hear the loud and distinctive calls of one of the couas, birds native to Madagascar.

The daytime is also a good time to look for chameleons, those gentle and amusing jesters of Madagascar, the Madagascan flying fox, a species of bat which hangs from the trees as they await the coming of the night to go in search of fruit, and also an impressive number of unique insects and plants.

Evening and nighttime hikes will enable you to see the animals which only come out during the hours of darkness. This is the time when the white-footed sportive lemur and the diminutive grey mouse lemur, with its large eyes and ears, may be sighted as they come out to hunt for food. An optional visit to the Ethnographic Museum and Textile Collection is also included.

Overnight at Berenty Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 5
Kirindy Village

After an optional early birding tour, visit the Berenty museum then transfer to Ifotaka airstrip for a charter flight to Morondava (about 3h30 flight). Upon arrival, late lunch at Palissandre Cote Ouest. Then, drive to Baobab avenue for sunset, before driving ahead to Kirindy (60 Km/2h).

Overnight at Relais Du Kirindy (B, L, D)

Day 6
Kirindy, Marofandilia

Most of the day will be devoted to exploring the Kirindy Forest; a private nature reserve. The Kirindy is a dry, deciduous forest and is part of one of the most severely threatened ecosystems on Madagascar. This forest is in one of the more out-of-the-way places in Madagascar and receives fewer visitors than most areas. It abounds in all sorts of life, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. Seven species of lemur make this forest their home, and it also provides sanctuary for the giant jumping rat. The fossa, Madagascar’s largest mammalian predator, is also found in Kirindy, and searching for it will be one of the day’s priorities. One of the more spectacular ground birds of Madagascar, the giant coua is also found here. This bird has bright blue skin around its eyes and a white throat shading into a roseate breast. Approximately 2 feet long, it is the largest member of the cuckoo family.

Overnight at Relais Du Kirindy (B, L, D).

Day 7
Antananarivo

After an early breakfast, drive back to Baobab avenue for photos. Lunch at Palissandre Cote Ouest, then transfer to Morondava airport for your flight back to Tana with Tsaradia’s regular flight.

Overnight at Palissandre Hotel & Spa (B, L).

Day 8
Tana, King’s Palace

Tana has 12 sacred hills around it, and the day excursion will take you to Ambohimanga Hill, the site of the ruins of the Palace of King Andriaanampoinimerina, built for him by his father, Andriamasinavalona. It is a humble but much interesting palace, that will allow you to understand the unique history of this fascinating country. We will also drive around farming fields, spend time with locals, and enjoy a simple but delicious lunch in a local cottage with great views of the valley.

Overnight at Palissandre Hotel & Spa (B, L, D).

Day 9
Chameleons and The Cloud Forest of Madagascar

Drive 3 hours to Andasibe, along the way stop at Peyreiras Reserve, where you will be able to observe and photograph a great number of the endemic reptiles and amphibians of Madagascar.

Arrive in Berenty and lodge at the beautiful Eulophiella Hotel, at night time enjoy walking the forest.

Overnight at Vakona Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 10
Andasibe National Park

Your Senior Leader will take you on an exploration of the Andasibe National Park. Even though you will certainly meet lemurs of all kinds here – the bamboo lemur, the brown lemur, and the black & white lemur, the main objective of the day will be to spot the indri indri, the largest lemur of them all. The trails to spot the indri are beautiful, and other than the lemurs, they provide great birding opportunities, superb reptile sightings, and magnificent botanizing. After lunch visit the Vakona Private Reserve, a section of the property dedicated to providing shelter to lemurs that were displaced by the loss of their habitat, mainly by mining activities.

Overnight at Vakona Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 11
Tana

After breakfast, we will drive to Tana, then you will be taken to Palissandre Hotel. Enjoy a farewell dinner with Valiha music. You may decide to fly tonight, or the next day. Your hotel overnight is included.

Overnight at Palissandre Hotel & Spa (B, L).

Day 12
Fly home

Today, after breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly back to the U.S, or continue with the Nosy Be Extension.

Lodgings

Palissandre Hotel & Spa

Located on a hillside, in the center of Antananarivo, Palissandre is a 4-star hotel and is a perfect base to discover Antananarivo. It features an outdoor pool, a spa, and a restaurant with a terrace offering panoramic city views. Free WiFi access is available. The rooms are particularly small (16m2) and are equipped with a TV, telephone, mini-bar and air conditioning. You can enjoy city and pool views from the room. The restaurant serves local and French cuisine. Guests can enjoy drinks, cocktails, and snacks.

Berenty Lodge

Built-in harmony with the environment, but without renouncing comfort, Berenty Lodge rooms feature air conditioning, ceiling fans, and hot running water. The Berenty not only provides you with good lodging but gives you the chance to observe Lemurs right outside your door and very close access to two distinct types of forest.

Relais Du Kirindy

The Kirindy Forest has very limited accommodations and this new hotel is a gamechanger. Accommodation consists of 20 simple, neat, en-suite bungalows, constructed out of wood and other natural materials. Windows are netted with gauze. The lodge has a spacious, open-air restaurant where meals served incorporate Malagasy and European-styled dishes and a swimming pool. It’s by far the best option in Kirindy, the most threatened habitat of Madagascar.

Vakona Lodge

Vakona Forest Lodge is situated on a picturesque hillside that slopes down to a lake. Surrounded by lush vegetation and filled with fresh mountain air, only the sounds of frogs and other wildlife can disturb you here.

Expedition Leader

Lova Idriss

Born and raised in Madagascar, Lova is our best «soldier» in Madagascar.

Lova has over 20 years of experience exploring the most remote sites in Madagascar and became part of NPE around 2008. Lova loves its country, and its energy and pride while showing the outstanding wildlife in Madagascar makes him one of our top-notch guides.

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE
02 Sep 2023
PRICE

$ 9200.00

Single Supplement

$ 1137.00

STATUS
OPEN
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Recommended Expeditions

Botswana Private

Botswana Private

DURATION

11 DAYS

WHEN

Sept – Oct

DESTINATION

Botswana

TYPE

PRIVATE 

Botswana Expedition

Botswana is considered one of the best African destinations. Landlocked by Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, its location creates unique landscapes and prolific wildlife. Botswana has it all, and here, we can find one of the unique habitats in the world: The Okavango Delta.

The Delta of the Okavango is considered one of the world’s most exclusive wilderness areas. This UNESCO World Heritage Site serves as a backdrop to wild Africa’s magnificent display, offering unrivaled wilderness experiences in a tranquil inland delta. Deep in Africa’s pristine interior, a trip to the Okavango Delta is unlike any other, with enormous wetlands and extensive drylands. Visitors travel through the Delta’s meandering canals, palm- and papyrus-fringed islands, dense woods, lush foliage, and abundant wildlife. All Africa’s big five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and the rare rhino) can be spotted in the Okavango Delta, a truly a once in a live experience.

A visit to Botswana won’t be completed without exploring the Moremi Game Reserve. It is the first reserve in Africa created by locals. Concerned about the imminent extinction of wildlife in their ancestral territories due to unrestricted hunting and cattle invasion, the Batawana people of Ngamiland, led by the late Chief Moremi III’s wife, Mrs. Moremi, declared Moremi a game reserve in 1963. It is the Okavango Delta’s only officially protected area. As a result, it is essential in science, the environment, and conservation. Moremi is still considered one of Africa’s most beautiful reserves, if not of the world.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Charter flights over outstanding landscapes
  • Go deep into de Okavango Delta’s environments 
  • Sunset canoeing through the Delta
  • The amazing opportunity to spot Africa’s ‘Big Five’
  • Kanana afternoon and night game drives
  • Explore the Moremi Game Reserve with two game drives a day
  • Stay in the best-located campsites in Botswana

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail

-Ralph Waldo Emerson 

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 
Arrive in Johannesburg:

On arrival, you will be met and greeted by an NPE representative at the airport. Our representative will assist you through immigration, baggage collection, customs, and on to your hotel. 

Overnight at Intercontinental Hotel OR Tambo. No Meals

Day 2
Flight Johannesburg to Maun, and Flight to Kanana.

Fly from Johannesburg to Maun. Once you land in Maun, our representatives will help you board the flight to Kanana Airstrip. This afternoon you will enjoy one safari excursion.

Kanana is a luxury safari camp, property of Ker & Downey, an organization that pioneered the luxury safari camp concept back in 1968.

Kanana Safari Camp is a hidden jewel on the Xudum River. It is located southwest of the Okavango Delta. The area encompasses a necklace of islands dotted with palms, figs, ebony, and knob thorn, and is home to a myriad of birds, plants, and animals. The nature of the habitat means it is the perfect place to experience the diversity of species found within the Okavango Delta.

Overnight at Kanana Safari Camp (B, L, D).

Day 3 & 4

The South of the Okavango from Kanana

Today, enjoy the safari activities available at Kanana. They include afternoon & night game drives, bush walks, boat and mokoro excursions, spectacular birding at a nearby heronry, and fishing. The lodge manager and the camp guides will help you plan each day. Enjoy two safari excursions each day.

Overnight at Kanana Safari Camp (B, L, D).

Day 5

To Okuti

Today you will enjoy a beautiful small aircraft flight over the Okavango Kanana to Okuti.

The Maunachira River, which flows right in front of the camp, influences Okuti. Its plentiful birds, fish, and sandy riverbanks remain a tranquil haven. Okuti is nestled in the Moremi Game Reserve, one of Botswana’s best game viewing areas.

Overnight at Okuti Safari Camp (B, L, D).

Day 6 & 7
Moremi Game Reserve

Today, enjoy morning and afternoon game drives, boat excursions, and birding.

Located amid the world-renowned Moremi Wildlife Reserve, guests can enjoy game drives in specially-designed safari vehicles with unobstructed views.

The Moremi Game Reserve is abundant in wildlife, and its year-round game viewing makes it perfect for both recurrent and first-time Botswana tourists.

Motorboat tours of the Okavango Delta are also available. The area’s broad lagoons and twisting waterways attract various birds, including herons and storks, during the breeding season.

Overnight at Okuti Safari Camp (B, L, D).

Day 8

To Shinde Enclave

Shinde Enclave is a private ‘camp within a camp,’ catering to six people and providing the highest level of personal attention and a fantastic wilderness experience. With a secluded main space that includes a bar, lounge, dining room, little library, outside fire deck, and sun lounger area, it’s the perfect place to unwind after a day of activities. A personal waiter-housekeeper, a professional guide, and a game drive vehicle are available to guests at this tiny refuge.

All meals, selected local brand beverages, private waiter, housekeeper, guide, and car, two daily safari activities, park fees, all transfers, and laundry are included in your stay at Shinde Enclave.

Overnight at Shinde Enclave (B, L, D).

Day 9 & 10

Shinde Private Concession

Enjoy morning, afternoon, and night game drives, bush walks, boat and mokoro excursions, and fishing during your stay at the camp.

The Shinde Enclave, located in the Shinde Private Concession, offers a variety of land and water-based sports as well as a large population of predators, including the leopard. Morning and afternoon wildlife drives in open safari vehicles are offered, with night drives following the evening dinner. Alternatively, go on a Mokoro with a ‘poler’ and cruise through the Okavango Delta’s serene waterways. Other possible activities include motorboat tours, strolling, and fishing, all of which should be scheduled and undertaken with the assistance of your individual, expert guide.

Overnight at Shinde Enclave (B, L, D).

Day 11

To Maun and flight back home

Shinde Enclave is a private ‘camp within a camp,’ catering to six people and providing the highest level of personal attention and a fantastic wilderness experience. With a secluded main space that includes a bar, lounge, dining room, little library, outside fire deck, and sun lounger area, it’s the perfect place to unwind after a day of activities. A personal waiter-housekeeper, a professional guide, and a game drive vehicle are available to guests at this tiny refuge.

All meals, selected local brand beverages, private waiter, housekeeper, guide, and car, two daily safari activities, park fees, all transfers, and laundry are included in your stay at Shinde Enclave.

Overnight at Shinde Enclave (B, L, D).

Lodgings

Intercontinental Hotel OR Tambo

InterContinental Hotel OR Tambo is a 5-star hotel located by Johannesburg International Airport. Its location will work perfectly for us, especially after a long flight. This hotel has all the amenities we need to relax and recharge our energies before our expedition starts.

Kanana Safari Camp

Kanana Camp is located on the Xudum River in southwest Okavango. Because of its location, we consider this camp a hidden gem and the best spot to start our expedition in Botswana. Kanana is a magnificent tented camp with year-round water and land activities and exceptional wildlife viewing. The area has a string of islands lined with palms, figs, ebony, and knobthorn trees and a diverse range of birds, plants, and animals. Located in a private concession, Kanana offers a wide variety of activities such as game drives, trekking, boating, and mokoro outings.

Okuti Safari Camp

Okuti Camp is a charming camp located beside the Maunachira River. It flows through Xakanaxa Lagoon in the world-famous Moremi Game Reserve, known for its year-round big game watching. With seven reed rooms placed along the riverbed, Okuti has a distinct charm.

Morning and afternoon 4×4 game drives exploring this particularly picturesque region of the Moremi, as well as boating along the quiet canals.

When to go

The dry season, which lasts from May to October, is the ideal time to visit Botswana since you can expect bright, sunny days (between 22°C and 35°C), as well as cool evenings. At this time, the Okavango Delta’s water levels are also at their peak, resulting in the country’s iconic rivers and channels.

If you don’t mind the occasional precipitation, the green season (November to April) is a terrific time to travel. Prices and visitor numbers are down, lush vegetation brightens the landscape, and animals are giving birth to new life.

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Morocco 2023

Morocco 2023

DURATION

14 DAYS

PRICING

$ 9423

WHEN

Sept. 30, 2023

DESTINATION

Morocco

TYPE

SMALL GROUP

Morocco Expedition

Morocco has unrivaled cultural and natural richness. Combined with its outstanding hospitality, excellent roads, magnificent architecture, and delectable cuisine, it makes it one of the world’s best travel destinations today.

We have methodically developed the most extensive and best-paced Morocco itinerary available today, putting our 30 years of experience developing adventures to exotic destinations at your service.

The Sahara, three Atlas mountain ranges, Imperial cities, and the Atlantic coast will all be explored on this excursion, putting you in intimate contact with locals and nature.

Several UNESCO sites are included in the expedition, and deep cultural immersion is assured: you will meet the various Berber groups that populate Morocco, as well as the Sahrawi desert nomads, a unique ethnic group formed by a mix of Berber, Tuareg, Arab, and black African ethnicities who maintain their unique cultural traditions.

We are very proud of our Morocco Expedition and can’t wait for you to experience it with us!

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • The itinerary is the most complete being offered today.
  • You will explore the Sahara, the Imperial cities, three Atlas ranges in Morocco and its Atlantic coast.
  • Drive times have been reduced to their minimum, resulting in the best pacing possible.
  • You will be accompanied by a Master Local Guide (with no less than 15 years of experience).
  • New Paths Expeditions upscale Sahara Desert Camp is the finest that exists. You will feel like nomad royalty while exploring the desert.
  • Camel ride during the Sahara’s sunset.
“I love Morocco – it’s a real challenge to all five senses. You think you know something, and you don’t. It’s wonderful. It keeps you on your toes that way.”                                                — Amy Ryan

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 
Arrive in Casablanca:

Casablanca is Africa’s largest port and Morocco’s commercial capital. You will find that all the ambiance portrayed in famous films still charms and delights visitors. After you are met at the airport, we will take you to the Le Doge Hotel, which is located in the residential AnfaDistrict. The hotel is close to the Boulevard de la Corniche and other famous landmarks. The Le Doge is a Relais & Chateaux property, offering great lodging and gourmet food.

Your Senior Expedition Leader will provide you with a detailed pre-departure briefing that will help to make the journey more meaningful, then it will be a welcome dinner at Rick’s Café, built in remembrance of the café where Sam played it again.

Overnight at Le Doge Relais & Chateaux (D).

Day 2
To Fes via Meknes and Volubilis

The day begins with a quick visit to the Hassan II Mosque, Africa’s largest religious structure, located 10 minutes from Le Doge.

After that, we’ll be accompanied by the northern Rif Mountains on our way to Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Morocco’s youngest imperial city. Meknes was created in the 12th century and flourished under Sultan Moulay Ismail, one of Morocco’s most powerful rulers in history. Despite his reputation as a merciless warrior, the Sultan was also a devoted constructor, transforming Meknes from a little village into a spectacular capital with massive ramparts, colossal gates, more than 50 palaces, and 15 kilometers of outer walls during his 55-year rule. We will see the ruins of the old stables and granaries and the spectacular Bab el Mansour entryway.

Volubilis was established during the first centuries of the Christian Era as one of Rome’s African colonies. Because of the area’s fertility, especially regarding olive cultivation, Volubilis in ancient times expanded and included a basilica and other public buildings. The adjacent homes were embellished with stunning mosaics, which can still be seen today. Volubilis’ partially excavated ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offer fantastic photo opportunities. Volubilis is also an excellent place to go birding.

After we visit Volubilis, we will proceed to Fes for dinner and spend the night at the Palais Amani, a top-rated Riad located in the city’s Old Town.

Overnight Palais Faraj (B,L,D).

Day 3 

Fes

Day 3 will begin with a tour of the ramparts, which will introduce Fes’ culture and history. Next, your Senior Expedition Leader will lead you to visit the city’s most fascinating areas, accompanied by local guides. While a visit to the 14th-century Madrassa near the Karaouine Mosque will be the highlight of the morning, you will also have the opportunity to explore the depths of the food and spice markets and sample the products at the public bakeries.

The old manner of doing things can be observed in the ateliers found all across Fes, where you can watch crafts people at work.

Fountains, mosques, sanctuaries, and Islamic schools can be found along the road.

Fes cuisine is regarded as one of the greatest in Morocco. Today’s lunch will allow you to sample some of the city’s best traditional dishes, from a variety of delicate first courses to tanginess and light and delicious couscous. The restaurant itself is an architectural wonder.

After lunch, we’ll visit the late-nineteenth-century palace that once belonged to King Hassan I and now has been adapted as a museum dedicated to the city’s traditional arts. Then we’ll head to the Jewish area in the city’s New Fez district, where we’ll see the jewelry on display in the market and tour a 17th-century Synagogue.

Overnight at The Palais Faraj. (B, L, D).

Day 4

Through the Middle Atlas Mountains to Midelt

After breakfast, we depart Fes to journey through the Middle Atlas Mountains to Midelt, a little town. Midelt is situated between the Middle and High Atlas Mountain ranges on a high plain.

We’ll arrive in Imouzzer de Kandar, a little town inhabited by a Berber tribe, after driving through the fertile, farmed valley of Saiss. Nearby Lake Dait Aoua offers excellent birding opportunities. Ifrane, a university town and ski resort, will be our next stop, and once we are done exploring the area, Azrou is the next Berber town we’ll visit after traveling through pine, oak, and cedar forests.

We’ll continue to Midelt through the Middle Atlas Mountains, admiring the landscape and meeting some of the local Berbers along the way.

Our day will finish at the Taddart Hotel in Midelt, where we will have dinner and stay the night.

Overnight Taddart basic hotel (B, L, D).

Day 5
To the Sahara

As we journey over the High Atlas Mountains, you will be able to see some of the most breathtaking scenery in North Africa. Villages dominated by their Kasbahs are perched on mountainsides and alternate with snow-covered peaks and lush valleys filled with date palms.

Morocco is a monarchy, and the current royal family hails from Tafilalet, where the expedition’s first experience of the desert begins. The Ziz valley goes through a deep gorge to the Sahara Desert’s edge. There are numerous fortified mud-brick villages, refreshing oases, and desolate Kasbahs along the way, making it an excellent location for photography.

After lunch, the excitement increases as we travel to the Merzouga dunes in 4×4 vehicles (everyone will have a window seat). Mounting camels at Merzouga (those who wish can still travel by vehicle), we will ride over the dunes at sunset time to our desert camp lodging, greeted upon our arrival by mint tea and dishes of nuts or nuts fresh dates.

New Paths Expeditions exclusive Deluxe Bedouin Camp is set on a beautiful spot between dunes. It gives the impression of being alone in the vast African desert while enjoying the comforts of a nomad king.

Overnight New Paths Expeditions Upscale Sahara Desert Camp (B, L, D).

Day 6

Life on the Sahara

Sunrise over the Sahara Desert is nearly overwhelming in its beauty, and we will have ample opportunity to photograph it. A Berber guide will take us in hand after breakfast, and we will travel over the dunes on camels (or by 4×4 vehicle, depending on your choice) towards Tanamouste, a village inhabited by seminomadic Berber families. We will have an opportunity, while here, to interact with the local people and learn their culture and traditions. Lunch will be provided by one of the Berber families.

Our camels are left behind after lunch as we pile into 4×4 vehicles to explore the area. After we have seen some of the Sahara’s impressive scenery, we will return to our private desert camp for tea. The Sahara sunset over the dunes may be even more colorful and inspiring than the sunrise, and photographs will provide a permanent reminder of your visit. A candlelight dinner accompanied by traditional music will round out the day. Our deluxe tents await us.

Overnight New Paths Expeditions Upscale Sahara Desert Camp (B, L, D).

Day 7
Draa Valley

The volcanic mountains of Sarhro, with their dramatic rock formations sculpted by wind and time, and the area’s deep gorges, are our next destination. Fossils abound in this region, and part of the day will be spent looking for some of these relics of ancient times. With luck, you may come upon a trilobite fossil!

Lunch will be taken in the city of Nekob, at the beginning of the Draa Valley – a date palm oasis that stretches for almost 150 miles, without doubt, the most productive valley of North Africa. In sharp contrast to the Sahara we just left behind, we will find a rich valley filled with orchards, rose farms, date palms, and vegetable gardens. The 18 types of dates that grow in the Draa Valley are considered to be the best found in Morocco, and we will be present during the date harvest!

Overnight at Kasbah Azul (B, L, D).

Day 8 
To Ait Ben Haddou via Ourzazate

We’ll drive across the Draa Valley today to see the beautiful Ksars (palaces) and Kasbahs. As we go into the highlands, we’ll travel via the mile-high Tinifift Pass, which offers views of rocky mountain terrain and unusual rock formations. There’s a chance you’ll see the African Rock Martin or the Alpine Swift.

After passing through the highlands, we arrive in Ouarzazate. The city, which serves as the regional capital, has become known as a center for international film production (Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, and even The Mummy). Part of the day will be spent seeing the Taourirt Kasbah and an art gallery with a variety of Berber arts and crafts.

We’ll also have the chance to visit a «Berber pharmacy,» which sells the highest-quality spices and natural items, such as Argan oil and saffron (the dried stigmas of an autumn flowering crocus). The saffron from the area is reputed to be the finest in the world.

The expedition will then proceed to Ait Ben Haddou, the backdrop for many films. Here, the Ksar is an interlocking collection of small palaces and other buildings that flows partway up the nearby hill. The Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou is a World Heritage Site.

Overnight stay at Riad Caravane (B, L, D).

Day 9
Ait Ben Haddou

Today we will be able to spend the morning exploring Ait Ben Haddou, starting with a sunrise photographic session, and then we will continue with a complete exploration of the Ksar.

Ben Haddou was initially been a crucial point on the caravan route between Timbuktu and Marrakech and was able to exert control over the region’s trade. UNESCO has restored it.

Nothing makes an expedition more memorable than being able to interact with the local people, which is precisely what we will do during our short journey to Tabourahte Village.

We will enjoy the hospitality of a local family and even learn how to prepare a traditional tagine, which we will subsequently be served for lunch.

Free time in the afternoon will allow you to absorb some of the local colors on your own. Your Senior Expedition Leader will offer a sunset photographic walk.

Overnight at Riad Caravane (B, L, D).

Day 10
Across the High Atlas Mountains to Ourika Valley

Fortified by a good breakfast, the expedition will begin a spectacular drive across the most impressive part of the High Atlas Mountains. We will journey through valleys and pass through mud-brick villages until we achieve the Tizi N’Tichka Pass at 7,000 feet. This is the turning point, and we will now descend to the plains, driving through landscapes that change from gorges and mountains until we reach the unforgettable Ourika Valley.

The Ourika Valley will seem like a fairytale realm with its forested foothills, clear mountain streams,tree-filled bottomlands, and villages perched on the hillsides. Our overnight reservations have been made at the award-winning Bab Ourika, set on a hill with spectacular views of the valley.

Overnight at Tizin Ouirgane (B, L, D).

Day 11
Ourika Valley

The bird-graced hotel gardens will provide us with a morning walk after breakfast. An easy 1.5-hour walk is scheduled along the valley, allowing us to meet some local people, learn about their traditions and culture, and look for wildlife such as painted frogs and green woodpeckers. Our stroll will continue to the local town to visit the weekly market, where you will find local crafts and spices and other regional specialties.

Your Expedition Leader will then take the group further up the valley to enjoy lunch at a unique and beautiful spot. After we return to Bab Ourika, you will have the remainder of the afternoon to rest, use the hotel pool, or simply enjoy the beautiful hotel gardens and outstanding views. Try the traditional scrub followed by a massage – Hamman – before getting ready for dinner.

Overnight at Tizin Ouirgane (B, L, D)

Day 12 & 13
Marrakech

We drive from Ourika to Marrakech early in the morning for a full tour of the famed Medina, comprising historic structures and world-famous markets.

We will also explore the surrounding areas and famous gardens. Free time has been included for personal exploration and shopping.

Our nights will be spent in a centrally located «Riad,» a tiny but comfortable boutique hotel that provides easy access to Medina’s highlights. On the 13th, we had a top-notch Moroccan goodbye dinner.

Overnight at Riah Al Maha (Day 12: B, L. Day 13: B, D)

Day 14
Marrakech – Fly Home, or Continue with the Coastal Morocco Extension.

You will be taken to the airport for your return flight to your home or continue with the extension.

Meals (B).

Coastal Essaouira Extension

Day 14
To Coastal Essaouira

After breakfast, we will leave Marrakech and make our way toward the Atlantic coast. Outside Essaouira, a stop at a women’s cooperative where they make Argan oil will provide insight into this valuable emollient. Essaouira has a reputation for having a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, and we will first enjoy our lunch here before going on a walking tour of the city.

As its location was ideal for taking advantage not only of seagoing traffic but also the inland Trans-Saharan trade routes, Essaouira has been a trading center since the time of the Phoenicians. The Portuguese occupied the area in the 16th Century, naming it Mogador. We will begin our exploration of the city at the old Portuguese fort guards the harbor.

Eventually falling into Muslim hands, Mogador was renamed Essaouira in 1760. The city has since attracted many foreigners and oversaw the establishment of a large Jewish community. Essaouira was eventually to becomeMorocco’s international port and trading center.

The architecture is a blend of Portuguese and Moorish, and you will soon become aware that blue is what might be considered the ‘color theme’ of the city. Your guided tour will take you through the jewelry market, spice souks, and various artisan markets. You will visit carpentry workshops where the artisans turn cedar and thuya wood into beautifully made furniture. As in ancient times, Essaouira still attracts talented artists from different parts of the world.

Overnight at Heure Bleue Essaouria (B, L, D).

Day 15
Essaouira

After breakfast, we’ll take a short journey south from Essaouira to Tizi Village. We’ll be able to see some of the rare bird species during our trip through the Argan forest. We will get the opportunity to visit a rustic Berber market in Tizi, which will be full of a diverse range of items and furniture from the local settlements.

Our next stop will be at Ounarra, where the expedition will stay at the Val d’Argan Wine Estate. The 30-acre estate, owned by the family, was founded in 1994. We will have a wine tasting of red, white, and rose wines produced by the winery. Lunch will be served on the roof terrace, which has a panoramic view of the entire estate. We’ll drive through the beautiful thuya forest back to Essaouira. We’ll be on the road for around three hours overall.

Overnight at Heure Bleue Essaouria (B, L, D).

Day 16

Essaouira / Oualidia / Casablanca

Following breakfast at the hotel, the party will enjoy a seaside excursion with stunning views. Our first stop will be in Bhibih, a fishing village where we can see shorebirds, followed by Safi Town, which was once a Portuguese commercial post in the 15th century. Safi is known for its one-of-a-kind ceramic workshops, where the craft’s talents and traditions are passed down through generations.

Oualidia, situated on the coast, is a picturesque spot with a beautiful beach and oyster-breeding lagoons. We’ll travel from Oualidia to El Jadida, another old Portuguese commerce hub, for lunch in the medina. Our afternoon journey will take us down the coast to Casablanca.

We will finish our day with a farewell dinner.

Overnight at the Le Doge Hotel (B, L, D).

Day 17

Casablanca / Fly Back Home

After breakfast at the Le Doge, you will be driven to the Casablanca Airport and assisted with check-in for your flight home.

Lodgings

Le Doge Relais & Chateaux

This fantastic hotel is located in the heart of Casablanca’s Art Deco area. The interior décor and preservation of critical historical components reflect the building’s 1930s construction. Its restaurant, Le Jasmine, will delight your senses with the best traditional Moroccan food you can find in the surroundings.

Le Doge has a Petit Spa that will be perfect for relaxing before our adventure in Morocco begins, enjoying treatments and rituals in the purest oriental tradition.

Palais Faraj

Located right in the heart of Fes, Palais Faraj is the best option to stay in this beautiful city. Its privileged location provides the best view of the medina during your stay. Also, Palais Faraj has a Spa that will help you relax after a full day of experiences and activities in Morocco. Its restaurant will allow you to try the best of Morrocan cuisine while enjoying the views from the terrace.

Taddart Hotel 

Located just 5 minutes away from Middelt center, Taddart Hotel will host us for a night during our journey in Morocco. This hotel was chosen by its strategic location and to reduce drive times.

New Paths Expeditions Upscale Sahara Desert Camp

Located in the most extensive dunes of Morocco, this outstanding camp will provide a fantastic experience during your stay in the Sahara. These traditional Moroccan-style tents are fully equipped for maximum comfort, and there, you will enjoy genuinely magical moments such as sunrise and sunset in the Sahara. You will be escorted by a Berber guide who will take you along the desert on camels, showing you its tradition and introducing you to more locals.

Kasbah Azul

Kasbah Azul is a one-of-a-kind hotel. Located in Agdz, the hotel provides fantastic views of the surroundings, and it is equipped with a pool and a restaurant. The Kasbah was built with natural bioclimatic materials and made by local artisans in the pure tradition of ancestral techniques from southern Morocco. This hotel provides the perfect combination between luxury, tradition, and environmental awareness, being the best option to stay during your Morocco adventure.

Riad Caravane 

Caravane is located in the midst of the little village of Ait Boulmane, 1 km from the Unesco World Heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou Ksar, and 30 kilometers north of Ouarzazate along the ancient caravan route. 

Its location makes it the perfect site for departure for all kinds of excursions.

The Caravane project was established in the center of the village’s ancient Kasbah, which was rebuilt in traditional adobe style.

Tizin Ouirgane

Treat yourself to a rustic ambiance that blends wonderfully with stylish luxury in a haven of serenity enclosed by the slopes of the High Atlas and the artificial lake of Ouirgane, 60 km south of Marrakech, more precisely on Douar Marigha. Tizin Ouirgane is not just for hikers, cyclists, and anybody seeking peace, relaxation, and enjoyment of Ouirgane’s beautiful paintings but also for everyone seeking quiet, rest, and enjoyment of Ouirgane’s excellent weather.

Its restaurant, which offers a culinary repertoire rich in Moroccan Berber culture, is distinguished by its unique charm and luxurious style.

Riah Al Maha

Riad Al Maha is hidden away among the former royal stables of the Kasbah, the city’s oldest and most historic area. Glass lanterns, carved wood, and mosaics decorate this part of the city, making every step magical. In the middle of the hotel, we will find a beautiful patio, just like every traditional building in Morocco, with rows of tall white columns and arches that will make you feel like a Berber King. The hotel provides stunning views of the Atlas mountains and the amazing Medina of Marrakech. 

Bleue Essaouria 

The Heure Bleue Palais isn’t an average hotel. It is a historic home with men and women serving their guests. Like a pearl in an extraordinary location,  the Heure Bleue Palais welcomes you to Essaouira. This palace, located in the center of the historic Mogador’s harbor, is dedicated to the well-being of its visitors throughout its history and has an active role in Essaoira’s society. The hotel hosts major cultural, musical, and sports events that punctuate the Souirie year, being an important hub for Morrocan culture.

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

Sep 30, 2023

PRICE

$ 9423.00

Single Supplement

$ 2384.62

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

Does not apply

COMPLETE DETAILS
RESERVATION

Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy.
*Domestic Air prices are estimated and may change due to cost variation by the airlines.
** Some special conditions apply, please check the single supplement section of the expedition booklet by downloading the complete details.

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