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Namibia Private

Namibia Private

DURATION

11 DAYS

WHEN

May to Oct

DESTINATION

Namibia

TYPE

PRIVATE

Namibia Expedition

Namibia is a soul-stirring destination. Burnt-orange dunes stand a thousand feet high against a cobalt sky here on Africa’s southwest coast. Diamonds have been nestled into the sand mountains by waves and wind. The unrelenting ocean washes the coastal desert, while the sun bakes the plains inland into a fractured jigsaw of dried mud, pocked with enough grass and thornbush to support desert rhinoceros and other endangered animals. Arid gorges slicing across broad plateaus are surveyed by raptors, and dry riverbeds flow like veins throughout the terrain. There’s water here, too, though it’s hardly noticeable. Life is sometimes maintained solely by fog that drifts in from the sea. Waterholes attract wildlife in the desolate Etosha salt pan.

Namibia has one of the world’s most diverse animal populations, despite its dry climate. Namibia is home to 676 bird species, 90 of which are Southern African (13 are Namibian). It also has 217 mammal species, with 26 of them being endemic. The «Big Five» (lion, elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, and leopard) may be found across the nation.

The following itinerary is a complete Namibia experience and can be customized to fit your interests and requirements. Contact your NPE Expedition Advisor to plan your Namibia experience.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Travel with one of Namibia’s most well-known naturalist guides.
  • Embark on a marine cruise on the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy close encounters with seals, dolphins, marine birds, and possibly even whales.
  • Track for desert-adapted elephants.
  • Walk amongst pre-historic rock art at the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein.
  • Visit the iconic and scenic Erongo Mountain area.
  • Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes at Sossusvlei.

Namibia is a completely different Africa. Beauty, adaptation, wildlife, all in one. Will go back.

Laura D. – Douglas-CO

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 
Arrive in Windhoek:

Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, is nestled among undulating hills, limited on the east by the Eros Mountains, on the south by the Auas Mountains, and on the west by the Khomas Hochland. It is a crossroads of Africa and Europe: the new and the ancient. Well-preserved German colonial buildings contrast dramatically with current architectural forms on the capital’s main boulevard.

After landing at Windhoek’s Airport, you will be welcomed by an NPErepresentative who will transfer you to the Olive Exclusive Boutique Hotel, where you will spend your first two nights. After you arrive at The Olive Exclusive, you will have time to settle into your room before dinner.

Overnight: The Olive Exclusive Boutique (B, D).

Day 2
Windhoek to Sossusvlei

Your NPE guide will pick you up from The Olive Exclusive Boutique in the morning. After that, you and your guide will leave Kalahari in your safari vehicle and head southwest over the magnificent Khomas Hochland mountains before heading down the Great Escarpment into the Namibia Desert below. A picnic lunch will be served and ready for you along the way. You’ll arrive in the late afternoon at Desert Homestead Outpost, where you’ll spend two nights as your guide shows you around the Namibia Desert’s incredible sights. If there is enough time, you can choose between visiting the Sesriem Canyon, a local geological feature, or you can relax and soaking in the picturesque and serene surroundings at Desert Homestead Outpost.

Overnight at Desert Homestead Outpost (B, L, D).

Day 3 

Sossusvlei

You’ll get up early this morning for a spectacular expedition into the Namibia Naukluft National Park with your guide, entering the park gates at daybreak to capture the dunes while the light is soft and shadows enhance their towering shapes and curves. This region hosts some of the world’s tallest free-standing dunes. Your guide will explain how the Namibia Desert was formed and the remarkable wildlife and plants that have evolved to resist the harsh conditions of this area. After you’ve got your fill of exploring, sit back and relax with a picnic meal under the shade of a camel thorn tree. Return in the early afternoon for a late lunch, pausing to see Sesriem Canyon if you haven’t previously. After that, you’ll travel to the Desert Grace Lodge in Gondwana Namibia Park, where you’ll spend the night.

Overnight at The Desert Grace (B, L, D).

Day 4

Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

The fascinating trip today takes you northwest through the Namibia Naukluft National Park’s spectacular and ever-changing desert vistas, including the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. You’ll meet the shore in Walvis Bay, then continue north to Swakopmund, where you’ll spend the following two nights enjoying the nice seaside location and cooler coastal air. Before heading off for supper at the famed Tug Restaurant by the jetty, there will be time this afternoon to stroll around town and along the waterfront on foot if it appeals.

Swakopmund is a little German coastal city desert and the sea. It features a wonderful blend of German colonial architecture, as well as excellent hotels, boutiques, restaurants, museums, craft centers, galleries, and cafés. The Imperial Navy installed beacons on location in 1892, and Swakopmund was born as a landing station.

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

Day 5

Swakopmund

 In the morning, after an early breakfast, you will embark on an exhilarating dolphin cruise in the Walvis Bay Lagoon. Seals, dolphins, and, if you’re lucky, whales can all be seen here. After your expedition, you can relax at the Strand Hotel or explore the town for the rest of the afternoon.

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

Day 6

Swakopmund to Damaraland

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 7

Damaraland

Following an early breakfast, you will be taken to an exhilarating 4×4 drive through the ephemeral Aba Huab River valley to explore this magnificent location and look for animals, including the elusive desert-adapted elephants if they are present. Usually, you’ll pack a picnic lunch and eat it in the shade of a large Ana tree, ideally while watching a herd of elephants browses nearby, but you can alternatively return to Camp for lunch if you choose. If you haven’t already done so the previous day, your guide will schedule a visit to Twyfelfontein and other surrounding sights at a convenient time. When you get back to Camp, you will have enough time to go for a walk around the neighborhood with your guide or simply rest and enjoy some well-deserved rest.

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

Day 8 & 9

Damaraland to South Etosha National Park Boundary

After an early breakfast, we will head 90 kilometers south to Etosha Mountain Lodge. In the late afternoon, you will arrive at Etosha Mountain Lodge and, if time permits, go on a thrilling sundowner drive on the Etosha Heights Private Reserve. The next two days will be spent participating in resort activities with your local guide.

Overnightat Etosha Mountain Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 10

South Etosha National Park Boundary to Central highlands

After breakfast, we will head to  Erongo Mountains, where you will spend the next night at Epako Safari Lodge.

Overnight at Epako Game Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 11

South Etosha National Park Boundary to Central highlands

You will leave for Windhoek after breakfast in the morning. If it appeals, we’ll stop at the Okahandja woodcarvers artisan market for some last-minute curio purchasing. Your guide will bring you back to Galton House for the final night of your safari when you arrive in Windhoek. This evening, you and your guide can dine at Galton House or at one of the town’s popular restaurants. And prepare for your departure back home on the next day.

Okahandja, a town of immense significance to the Herero people since it was formerly the seat of Chief Samuel Maharero, is located just north of Windhoek. Thousands of Hereros arrive in the town every year on Heroes’ Day, August 26th, to pay honor to the tombs of their great chiefs. Some of the women are dressed in traditional red and black, while others are dressed in green and black, while the males are dressed in full military regalia with medals.

Overnightat Galton House (B).

Lodgings

The Olive Exclusive Boutique Hotel

Olive Exclusive is a charming new inviting boutique hotel in the calm neighborhood of Eros, near Windhoek’s city center. This new, elegant hotel is nestled within an olive tree plantation and offers unique suite accommodation with a beautiful view across the olive groves and the Windhoek highlands. Premier suites and junior suites are available. All guests have access to a stunning shared pool set within the olive grove, while premier suites include a large balcony and a plunge pool. All suites offer a private lounge and dining room, allowing guests to enjoy meals with their families or join the rest of the guests in the main restaurant.

Desert Homestead Outpost

Located deep within Desert Homestead Lodge’s 7000-acre nature reserve, the Outpost welcomes guests with casual hospitality in a natural setting. From the 11 houses, the family apartment, or the main house with a restaurant, lounge, and pool located at the foot of a mountain, you will be able to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view. 

The Desert Grace 

The Desert Grace is located 5.6 miles from Weltevrede 4WD-Trail in a Solitaire Region. At the resort, guests can enjoy a continental breakfast. In addition, the lodge has an outdoor pool. The Desert Grace’s guests can go cycling nearby or relax on the sun patio. Sunset Picnic Spot is 8.7 miles away, while Viewpoint is 8.7 miles away.

The Strand Hotel

The Strand Hotel is a social epicenter and destination in itself for all visitors to and residents of Swakopmund, with its extensive, unique, and creatively entertaining restaurants, bars, deli, lobby lounge, sea-facing terraces, beach kiosk, and Conference & Banqueting Center. The Strand Hotel is a short walk from the town center and features vast stretches of sandy beach just outside its door. There are 125 rooms in all, 90 percent of which have views of the beach or the sea, and 10% of which have views of the garden or the park. Each room is tastefully decorated and includes en-suite bathrooms, complimentary internet WiFi access, Air Conditioning, Electronic Door Locks, Hairdryers, Safes, Direct Dial Telephones, LCD Televisions with Satellite TV Channels, Tea/Coffee Stations, Stocked Mini-Bars, and Working Desks with 220v International Plug Points for Europe, the United Kingdom, and South Africa.

Doro Nawas

Doro Nawas, which means «the site where rhinoceros used to reside» in Damara, appears as a stronghold on a rocky citadel, with 16 wood, canvas, and thatch suites, including a family unit, around it. The camp mixes in with the surrounding ochres and rusts, opens to the desert, and has a refreshing pool area. A bedroom, bathroom, outdoor shower, and balcony for stargazing or sleeping beneath the stars are included in each guest room. Indoor and outdoor dining places, as well as a small curio shop, are available.

Etosha Mountain Lodge

Etosha Mountain Lodge is situated in the Kamanjab Region, bordering the South-Western boundary of the Etosha national park. Etosha Mountain Lodge consists of 1 suite with six luxury chalets, built with privacy in mind and with a breathtaking view. The main complex, also with a wonderful view, includes a reception area, lounge, dining room, bar, swimming pool with teak deck, and wine cellar (grotto) where you can taste the best wines. A large number of game species can be found here, including black Rhino and White Rhino, Giraffe, Eland, Mountain Zebra, Kudu, Oryx, Cheetah, Leopard, Springbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Warthog, Duiker, Black-faced Impala, and sable antelope.

Epako Game Lodge

Epako Game Lodge is nestled amongst scenic mountains, overlooking the ephemeral Epako River. The Lodge is surrounded by 11,000 hectares of the dense African bush, harboring a rich diversity of wildlife and bird species. A game that can be seen on the reserve includes giraffe, rhino, cheetah, leopard, wildebeest (blue and black), impala, springbok, waterbuck, eland, hartebeest, zebra, ostrich, klipspringer, dik-dik, steenbok, kudu, oryx, caracal, and black-backed jackal. Accommodation consists of luxury en-suite rooms, complete with telephone, air-conditioning, mini-bar, and terrace.

Galton House

Galton House is named after Sir Francis Galton, a well-known explorer. It has a laid-back but efficient aesthetic that produces a warm and inviting atmosphere. Located just ten minutes drive from the city center and on the outskirts of Windhoek’s most affluent suburb, Eros, travelers vacationing here may expect peace and tranquility. A big parlor, dining room, swimming pool, and garden are among the community spaces. There’s also a lovely dining area beside the pool that serves delicious, freshly prepared meals. A multitude of shops, restaurants, and supermarkets are available within walking distance.

When to go

Namibia can be visited at any time of year because of its dry and warm weather. Between December and March, days with high humidity and a chance of rain, primarily in afternoon thunderstorms, are possible.

The best time to watch animals is during the dry season, from May to October. Wildlife gathers together around rivers and waterholes, making it easier to spot them. Also, weather-wise, clear skies are common during this dry season, making days sunnier and with excellent visibility.

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Madagascar Private

Madagascar Private

DURATION

11 DAYS

PRICING

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WHEN

Apr to Oct

DESTINATION

Madagascar

TYPE

PRIVATE

Madagascar

Set like a jewel in the western Indian Ocean, the Island of Madagascar holds the world record for endemic species. 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 some of the most elusive, wildlife species of Madagascar.

This expedition has been crafted in detail and will genuinely amaze wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike.

On this page, you will find our most preferred itinerary, one that we have tailored through our 20 years of experience on the Island. The itinerary may be customized to fit your interests, needs, and time.
Call us not at 888 832 7280, or contact the destination specialist at expeditionadvisor@npexpeditions.com

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.
  • Superb bird watching with plenty of native species.
  • The biggest diversity of chameleons on earth.
  • Private Flights.
  • Outstanding wildlife photography.
  • Enjoy the intimacy of a truly small group of like-minded, experienced travelers.
  • Escorted by a New Local Master Guide.
  • Ideal expedition pacing using the best possible accommodations and first-class transport.

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

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THE FOLLOWING ITINERARY IS OUR PREFERRED ONE, BUT IT CAN BE MODIFIED TO FIT YOUR NEEDS AND INTERESTS. CONTACT A SPECIALIST NOW. CLICK HERE

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 Eulophiella 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 to 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 Eulophiella 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.

Croix Du Sud Hotel

A modern and comfortable small hotel, the Croix du Sud supplies you with clean rooms that include a TV, air conditioning, ceiling fans and hot running water. All rooms look to a small central garden. WiFi is available in the lobby.

Relais De Plateaux

This small hotel has been selected due to its close to the airport location. Rooms are comfortable, with air conditioning, hot running water, minibar, kettle for tea or coffee, and a hairdryer. A full-service restaurant and dining room are in the hotel, as well as a bar. Rooms also come with a minibar, kettle for tea or coffee, and hairdryer.

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.

Eulophiella Lodge

Eulophiella Lodge is close to Andasibe National Park. The setting is beautiful, with grounds interspersed with palms, windy stone paths, and little wooden bridges, and each of the bungalows are spaced out for privacy. Eulophiella Lodge provides all the peace and tranquillity you could want when exploring the Madagascan rainforest.

When to go

The best time to visit Madagascar is from April to October. This dry season brings fewer rain showers, meaning optimal conditions for observing animals, hiking and participating in water sports activities. Although accommodation rates are higher at this time, properties will be easier to access due to the country’s roads being clear. Temperatures will also be more comfortable than they are during the wet season.

 

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DESTINATION

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Morocco

Morocco offers an unparalleled cultural and natural diversity that, combined with its unbeatable hospitality, great roads, beautiful architecture, and superb cuisine, provides one of the greatest travel experiences in the world today.

This is an expedition that brings you in close contact with locals and nature: you will explore the Sahara, three of the Atlas mountain ranges, the Imperial cities, and the Atlantic coast. Of course, we can customize it for you.

Morocco is a destination that encompasses beautiful but sometimes lengthy drives. Our itinerary reduces those long drives to a minimum and increases the opportunities for off-the-beaten-path experiences. We are very proud of our Morocco Expedition and can’t wait for you to experience it!

We use first-class and award-winning riads and kasbahs, and spaces are limited. We highly recommend that you book soon.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • The itinerary is the most complete 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.
  • We use first-class upscale Riads and Kasbahs for accommodations instead of modern hotels (Only one night at a basic hotel is included, and we do it to break the long drive to the Sahara). 
  • You will be accompanied by a Master Local Guide.
  • New Paths Expeditions upscale Sahara Desert Camp is the finest that exists. You will feel like nomad royalty while exploring the desert.
  • You have two chances to ride camels over the Sahara dunes: one during sunset and the other on your way to a Berber nomad town.
  • Window seats when using 4×4 and 20% of empty seats when onboard tour busses are guaranteed.
  • We include 2 nights at award-winning Bab Ourika. Our relation price/quality is unbeatable.

From the souks of imperial cities, across the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara and back to Jemaa el-Fnaa. This expedition surpassed all of our expectations.

– David K., La Jolla – CA

QUESTIONS?


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

The sample itinerary below can be customized to take full-advantage of your travel time and interests.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Arrive in Casablanca

Casablanca is Africa’s largest port and Morocco’s commercial capital. After you are met at the airport, you will be taken to the Le Doge Hotel, located close to the Boulevard de la Cornich and other famous landmarks. The Le Doge is a Relais & Chateaux property. Your Local Master Guide will provide you with a pre-departure briefing followed by a welcome dinner at Rick’s Café, built in remembrance of the café where Sam played it again.

Overnight at Le Doge (D).

Day 2

To Fes via Meknes and Volubilis

The day begins with a brief visit to the largest religious building in Africa, the Hassan II Mosque. Then you drive to Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Morocco’s youngest imperial city. Meknes was founded in the 12thCentury, but was fully developed under Sultan Moulay Ismail and contains numerous palaces, mosques, and other historical buildings.

Volubilis is the site of one of Rome’s African colonies and was established during the first centuries of the Christian Era. The partially excavated ruins of Volubilis are a World Heritage Site and provide excellent photo opportunities. Arrive at Fes tonight.

Dinner and overnight at Riad Palais Amani (B, L, D)

Day 3 

Fes

Fez will then stimulate all your senses as you explore with your Local Guides the insides of Fes el Bali (old Fes) across food and spice markets, handicraft quarters, auction sectors and colorful Souks. Visit artisan workshops to discover the secrets of their ancestral arts and skills. Stop at the public bakeries and pastry makers in the residential quarters and see their historical fountains, mosques, Koranic schools and sanctuaries.

A superb lunch will be served at a beautiful Riad, and you will then visit a royal palace of the late 19th century where King Hassan I lived. This palace is now a museum of Fez traditional arts. Continue to Fez El Jedid (new Fez) for a stroll in the Jewish quarter where you will be able to visit a 17th-century synagogue and have some time in the jewelers market.

Dinner and overnight at Palais Amani (B, L, D)

Day 4

Through the Middle Atlas Mountains to Midelt

You leave Fes after breakfast for a journey through the Middle Atlas Range to the small town of Midelt. Midelt is located on a high plain between the Middle and High Atlas Mountain ranges. You will enjoy a light hike in a cedar forest in search of Barbary macaques. As you journey to Midelt, you will continue through the Middle Atlas Mountains where you will stop periodically to admire the scenery and meet some of the local Berbers.

The ending day will bring the expedition to the Taddart Hotel in Midelt where you will have dinner and overnight. The accommodations at the Taddart are comfortable but basic.

Overnight at Taddart Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 5

To the Sahara

You will be able to view some of the most spectacular and beautiful scenery in North Africa as you travel through the High Atlas Mountains. Villages dominated by their Kasbahs are perched on mountainsides and alternate with snow-covered peaks and lush valleys filled with date palms. After lunch when you will drive in 4×4 vehicles to the Merzouga sand dunes (Window seats are guaranteed to all expedition participants) and then mount camels and ride under the warm evening light to our top-class Sahara Desert Camp; being greeted upon your arrival by mint tea and dishes of nuts or fresh dates.

Overnight at New Paths Expeditions Exclusive Sahara Desert Camp (B, L, D)

Day 6

Life on the Sahara

Photograph the Sunrise over the Sahara Desert and then travel over the dunes on camels (or by 4×4 vehicle) towards Tanamouste, a village inhabited by seminomadic Berber families. You 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. Then pile into 4×4 vehicles to explore the area before returning to New Paths Expeditions exclusive desert camp A candlelight dinner accompanied by music will round out the day. Our deluxe tents await us.

Overnight at New Paths Expeditions Exclusive Sahara Desert Camp (B, L, D)

Day 7

Draa Valley

Drive along the impressive volcanic mountains of Sarhro where fossils abound. 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. In sharp contrast to the Sahara you just left behind, you 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 you will be present during the date harvest!

Dinner and overnight at the lovely Kasbah Azul (B, L, D)

Day 8

To Ait Ben Haddou via Ouarzazate

Drive through the Draa Valley to view its magnificent Ksars (palaces) and Kasbahs to Ouarzazate, where you will visit the Taourirt Kasbah, as well as to an art gallery that features a collection of Berber arts and crafts will engage part of the day. You will also have an opportunity to visit a “Berber pharmacy” that offers the best quality Argan oil and saffron.

The expedition will then proceed to Ait Ben Haddou, the backdrop for many of the above-named films. The Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou is a World Heritage Site.

You will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the lovely Ksar Ighnda (B, L, D)

Day 9

Ait Ben Haddou

Today you will spend the morning exploring Ait Ben Haddou. This Ksar was originally a very important point on the caravan route between Timbuktu and Marrakech, and was able to exert control over the region’s trade. It has been restored by UNESCO. You will then enjoy the hospitality of a local family learn how to prepare a traditional tagine, which you will subsequently be served for lunch. Free time in the afternoon will allow you to absorb some of the local colors on your own. A sunset photographic walk will be offered by your Local Master Guide.

Once again, you will enjoy the Ksar Ighnda for dinner and rest (B, L, D)

Day 10

Across the High Atlas Mountains to Ourika Valley

Drive across the most impressive part of the High Atlas Mountains. You will journey through valleys and pass through mud-brick villages until you achieve the Tizi N’Tichka Pass at 7,000 feet. This is the turning point, and you will now descend to the plains, driving through landscapes that change from gorges and mountains until you reach the unforgettable Ourika Valley.

The Ourika Valley will seem almost like a fairytale realm with its forested foothills, clear mountain streams, tree-filled bottomlands, and villages perched on the hillsides.

Spend the night at the award-winning Bab Ourika, set on a hill with spectacular views of the valley spread out below. (B, L, D)

Day 11

Ourika Valley

An easy 1.5-hour walk is scheduled along the valley, allowing us to meet some of the local people and learn something of their traditions and culture, as well as keeping a lookout for wildlife such as painted frogs and green woodpeckers. Our stroll will continue to the local village to visit the weekly market, where you will find not only local crafts but spices and other regional specialties. After you 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. Be sure to try the traditional scrub followed by a massage – the hamman – before getting ready for dinner.

Overnight at Bab Ourika (B, L, D)

Day 12 & 13

Marrakech

A short morning drive will take us from Ourika to Marrakech. You will now enjoy a complete tour of the famous Marrakech Medina. This is the old, walled part of the city and is filled with an incredible variety of vendors with their small stalls. The Medina is an unforgettable riot of color, sounds, and smells. Free time to simply explore and the shop is provided after you visit not only the Medina but also the gardens in the surrounding area.

The expedition will be staying on the 12th at a small, comfortable boutique Riad, which offers easy access to the Medina. On the 13th, you will enjoy a Moroccan gourmet farewell dinner and you will spend the overnight at the luxurious and exotic Palais Khum. If you like, you can sign up for a cooking class to learn some traditional recipes for your lunch.

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 unless you have signed up for the extension.

Extension

Day 1 

To Coastal Essaouira

 

After breakfast, you will leave Marrakech and make your way towards 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 have a reputation of having a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, and you will first enjoy your 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. You will begin your exploration of the city at the old Portuguese fort that guards the harbor.

Eventually falling into Muslim hands, Mogador was renamed Essaouira in 1760, the city attracted many foreigners and oversaw the establishment of a large Jewish community. Essaouira was eventually to become Morocco’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 craftsmen 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 (BLD) Note: The total drive time for this day is 3 hours, but it will be broken with activity stops.

Day 2

Essaouira

After breakfast, you will take a short drive south from Essaouira to Tizi Village. Your drive through the argan forest will allow you to view some of the endemic bird species. Once at Tizi, you will have the opportunity to explore a rustic Berber market, full of a wide variety of goods and furniture from the surrounding communities.

Ounarra is your next destination, and the expedition will stop at the Val d’Argan Wine Estate. The family-owned estate was established in 1994 and covers 30 acres. The winery produces red, white, and rose wines, which will be available for wine tasting. Lunch will be served on the roof terrace overlooking the entire estate.
For your return to Essaouira, you will drive through the lovely thuya forest. Your total time on the road will be approximately 3 hours.

The Heure Bleue Essaouria (B, L, D) will provide your dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3 

Essaouira / Oualidia / Casablanca

A coastal journey after breakfast at the hotel will provide you with stunning views. Your first stop will be the fishing village of Bhibih, where you can observe shore birds, then you will head to Safi Town, originally a Portuguese trading post in the 15th Century. Safi is famous for its unique ceramic workshops, where the skills and traditions of the craft are handed down through generations.

Oualidia is also on the coast and is an idyllic location with a beautiful beach and lagoons where oysters are bred. From Oualidia you journey to El Jadida, another old Portuguese trading center, where you will enjoy lunch at the Medina. Your afternoon travel will continue along the coast, crossing the fertile lands of Zemmour until you arrive at Casablanca. You will enjoy a farewell dinner and overnight will be at the Le Doge Hotel (BLD).

Note: Our travel time will encompass approximately 6 hours (Multiple activities in between).

Day 4

Casablanca / Fly US

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

Lodgings

Le Doge – Casablanca

Hôtel & Spa Le Doge is a luxury 5-star “Relais & Châteaux” establishment located a few steps from the Sacre Coeur Cathedral. Rooms are cozy and carefully decorated to create a warm atmosphere that makes you feel like in a cocoon.

At the “Jasmine” restaurant, you will be able to enjoy a traditional and tasty Moroccan cuisine with authentic flavors.

If you wish to enjoy a drink, a library bar with a superb chimney offers an intimate space. You also have the option to visit the new roof floor lounge bar with an incredible view over the white city. If you need relaxation time, you will find a wellness area including a hammam, a steam room, and also the possibility to have a relaxing massage.

Riad Palais Amani – Fes

Situated in the walls of Fez’s ancient medina, just a few minutes walk from the Golden Triangle. It is ideally located near the Cultural, Historical, and Religious Center.

Housed in an ancient palace, Palais Amani offers spacious rooms and suites. Each is decorated with traditional furniture and has en-suite facilities. You can choose to have breakfast in the dining room or on the terrace with a lovely view of the garden. The hotel’s restaurant serves an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner offering a savory Morrocan and French cuisine. You will also find many beauty treatments, including massages, facials, and manicures.

Palais Amani is one of the largest riads in the medina. It underwent a three years restoration to repair and replace the complex mosaic, stained glass, plaster carving, and woodwork that one would expect in a Moroccan listed building. It has also been an opportunity to add all the modern comforts making the riad the fine luxury hotel that it is today. Palais Amani is very spacious so to respect your privacy providing at the same time an intimate atmosphere and the personal attention you deserve.

Exclusive Sahara Desert Camp – The Sahara

This luxury camp is nestled deep within the dunes providing a very private atmosphere that gives you the chance to feel like a very special guest as if you were the only one.

The en-suite sleeping tents are equipped with a king-size bed with high-quality sprung mattresses, percale sheets, duck-down duvets, and lovely pillows. Each tent has ‘wall-to-wall’ plush rugs, a full-length mirror, bedside tables, an armchair, and space to hang your clothes; all items being handmade in Morocco. The en-suite bathroom has a toilet, dressing table, and silver pewter buckets for washing. Light is provided by solar power.

The camp offers relaxing areas outside with day beds, cushions, and hammocks.

Breakfast is served under the morning sun, and dinner is served under the stars. Cold drinks, including beer and wine, are always available.

Many activities are proposed to discover the incredible surroundings, such as; camel trekking, guided walks, picnic lunches, and sundowners on the dunes.

Kasbah Azul – The Draa Valley

In the heart of the palm grove of the Draa Valley, is located the gorgeous guesthouse Kasbah Azul, built of natural materials in the authentic tradition of antique techniques of southern Morocco.

This majestic house is harmoniously set into the natural and protected ecosystem of its surroundings. A peaceful Garden of Eden for those who love nature. Here you will find a one-hectare garden, with palm trees, oleanders, and many flowers. At night, you will probably smell the sweet perfume of jasmine, orange trees, and henna plants.

The rooms are spacious and comfortable, decorated in vibrant warm colors for a ravishing stay in an oriental atmosphere.

Engaged in an ecological perspective, the owners grow vegetables and fruit, which they use to prepare a subtle French-Moroccan mixture cuisine.

When to go

The best time to visit Morocco is during spring (mid-March to May) or autumn (September to October). The weather is warm but pleasant, unlike the cold temperatures and snow of winter, or the scorching heat of summer.

The coastal regions can be visited year-round. In the winter they are pleasantly mild, while in the summer they bask in temperatures hovering around the mid-20°Cs.

The High Atlas Mountains can also be visited all year round, although it does get cold in winter. The summer may still be a bit hot to embark on any long-distance hikes, but if the heat doesn’t bother you then conditions are fine any time between April and October. Outside these months, there is snow on the peaks, which makes hiking more dangerous, but creates some spectacular panoramas.

The Islamic festival of Ramadan will affect transport in Morocco. The dates vary each year, so it’s worth checking what they are while planning your trip.

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Madagascar Private

Madagascar

DURATION

12 DAYS

PRICE

$ 6628.00

WHEN

2022

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 Leader and accompanied by a Master Local Naturalist 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 12 participants!

Departure: September 19, 2021

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 a New Paths Expeditions Senior Leader plus a Local Master Guide.
  • 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

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12 DAYS EXPLORING THE WILDLIFE HOTSPOTS OF MADAGASCAR WITH THE BEST TRASNPORT AVAILABLE AND SUPERB NATURALISTS FROM US$ 10850. 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 Eulophiella 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 to 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 Eulophiella 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.

Croix Du Sud Hotel

A modern and comfortable small hotel, the Croix du Sud supplies you with clean rooms that include a TV, air conditioning, ceiling fans and hot running water. All rooms look to a small central garden. WiFi is available in the lobby.

Relais De Plateaux

This small hotel has been selected due to its close to the airport location. Rooms are comfortable, with air conditioning, hot running water, minibar, kettle for tea or coffee, and a hairdryer. A full-service restaurant and dining room are in the hotel, as well as a bar. Rooms also come with a minibar, kettle for tea or coffee, and hairdryer.

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.

Eulophiella Lodge

Eulophiella Lodge is close to Andasibe National Park. The setting is beautiful, with grounds interspersed with palms, windy stone paths, and little wooden bridges, and each of the bungalows are spaced out for privacy. Eulophiella Lodge provides all the peace and tranquillity you could want when exploring the Madagascan rainforest.

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

10 Aug 2022

PRICE

$10850

Single Supplement

$2531

STATUS

OPEN

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Details

Included in the Land Cost:

  • 24/7 services of a Senior Leader (Jorge Salas) during the expedition.
  • Services of an English-speaking Local Head Naturalist.
  • Services of local guides.
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers) if arriving on day one, and leaving on the last day (If you arrive before day 1, or leave after the expedition ended, extra charges for airport transfers may apply).
  • Accommodations as noted.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Bottled water during meals, transfers, and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.
  • Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistants, and restaurant staff.

Not Included:

  • International flights.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuity for Local Guides; Drivers and Expedition Leader.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.

Deposits and final payments:

  • A deposit of US $1,500.00 per participant is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining balance will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.

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Uganda Expedition 2021

DURATION

11 DAYS

PRICE

$ 9950.00

WHEN

SEP 15th, 2021

DESTINATION

Uganda & Rwanda

TYPE

SMALL GROUP SAFARI

Uganda 2021

Even though mountain Gorillas are the main objective of travelers to Uganda, the country is much more than that, with a concentration of the classic African wildlife in a small territory of the impressive landscape. Our expedition is designed to let you experience it all, the diverse wildlife, the primates, and the unique local culture.

We include 4 national parks in Uganda –more than any competitor- including Murchinson Falls, the largest in the country and bisected by the mighty Victoria Nile River, Kibale, home of 13 species of primates including Chimpanzees, Queen Elizabeth, Uganda’s most magnificent savannah reserve and, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the land of tree climbing lions and the best location to track Mountain Gorillas.

Other travel operators will have you travel through the country in substandard vehicles over terrible roads. NPE uses the very best transport that exists in the country for the truly scenic rides and uses small planes to avoid the long and difficult ones. All participants have window seats guaranteed.

An extension to impressive Rwanda is available, where you will have the chance to track Gorillas and the rare Golden Monkeys and enjoy some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in Africa, the Volcanoes National Park.

This Uganda and Rwanda expedition has been crafted in detail to delight nature lovers with the best of these fascinating countries, and our pricing is by far the best offered today considering the service standards we include.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • 4 National Parks

  • More wildlife

  • The best small boutique hotels in the country

  • Less driving on bad roads

  • 3 Small plane flights

  • The most beautiful drives are included

  • Window seats guaranteed during drives

  • Gorillas, Chimpanzees, and Golden Monkeys

  • Close contact with local culture

  • Multiple private boat excursions

  • The best naturalist guides

  • NPE Senior Leader with you

  • Rwanda Extension with Gorillas and Golden Monkeys

  • The best pricing in the market

Close encounters with Mountain Gorillas and Chimps have been the greatest wildlife experience of my life!

 Charles Z – Philadelphia. PA

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GORILLAS, CHIMPANZEES, AND ALL THE DIVERSITY OF FOUR NATIONAL PARKS IN 11 DAYS FOR $9950 EXCLUDING FLIGHTS. EXTENSION TO RWANDA AVAILABLE

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Arrive in Entebbe

Upon your arrival in Entebbe, you will be met by NPE representatives and taken to the upscale Hotel No. 5. You will be able to rest and relax after your journey at this centrally located hotel, which is considered the best in town. Enjoy a complete pre-departure and geographic orientation briefing by your Senior Leader and Local Head Guide followed by a welcome dinner tonight. Overnight at Hotel No. 5. Meals aloft.

Overnight at Hotel No. 5 (B)

Day 2

Murchison Falls National Park

This morning we start our journey in Uganda transferring to the airport and taking a scheduled flight to Murchison Falls National Park, the largest national park in Uganda, with an area of 3840km2. It lies in the core of the Murchison Falls Conservation Area. This impressive park protects a chunk of untamed African savannah bisected by the mighty river Nile. The dramatic Murchison Falls, where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below, strikes an exhilarating impression on all 5 senses. Murchison Falls is occupied mainly by lush grasslands. The highest diversity of wildlife is found on the open plains north of the Nile, where elephant, buffalo, giraffe, and a vast variety of antelope are regularly encountered. The Nile itself boasts one of Africa’s densest hippo and crocodile populations, and a dazzling variety of water birds including the world’s most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill.

We will enjoy game drives in this fascinating park.

Overnight at Baker’s Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 3

Game Drive at the Top of the Falls & Private Boat Descend

Today we get to explore the wonders of this magnificent park, by safari vehicle and a private boat. Enjoy a morning game drive and visit the top of the falls. The private boat trip takes us along the Nile to the bottom of the falls. Murchison Falls National Park is said to be the best game park in Uganda. During a typical game drive, you can be expected to see a large number of antelope species, including the bushbuck, the waterbuck, and the dik-dik to name but a few. Larger herbivores, such as giraffe and elephant are present in the park in great numbers and often the lumbering giraffe will cross the roads right in front of you. MFNP is the most accessible park in Uganda to see the giraffe. Huge groups of buffalo are a common sight whilst exploring the park on a game drive. Primates, such as the baboon and the patas monkey, stare at you as you pass by and if you are a bird lover then Murchison Falls National Park will not disappoint.

Overnight at Baker’s Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 4

Victoria Nile River Delta Boat Excursion & Game Drive

This morning we go for a private Delta boat trip and then game drive in the northern sector of the park, most of the game is to be found in the area north of the Victoria Nile River and East of the Albert Nile and Lake Albert. This is where part of the movie The African Queen was filmed. Game is now returning quite rapidly and game drives can be very exciting. Game often seen includes elephant, oribi, giraffe, waterbuck, hartebeest, topi, buffalo, bushbuck, warthog, bush pig, lion, leopard, mongoose, hyena, jackal, and bat-eared fox.

Overnight at Baker’s Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 5

To Kibale Forest via Kasese

This morning we take a scheduled flight to Kasese and then drive to Ndali Lodge. We will enjoy a nature walk at the impressive nearby crater lake.

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

Day 6

Chimpanzees, Local Flavors & Culture of Kibale

This morning we get the opportunity to spend a full day in the life of Chimpanzees. Kibale Forest is home to 13 primate species, and a guided forest trek will be taken in search of one of the most popular primate species in the world – the chimpanzee. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, the odds are good with the chance of encountering them standing at higher than 90%. You will go on a forest walk in search of primates. While trekking in the depths of the lush green forest, you will be surrounded by birdsong and can expect to see at least 5 or 6 other types of primates, most probably the grey-cheeked mangabey and the red-tailed monkey, and of course the chimpanzee. The walking is fairly easy due to the well-maintained trails and reasonably flat terrain. For lunch we will visit Tinka’s home, a local community leader, to sample a variety of traditional Ugandan dishes. Tinka will advise on the preparation and cooking process of all of the foods. During the afternoon we will enjoy a cultural walk around the Bigodi village.

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

Day 7

The Great African Rift Valley to Queen Elizabeth National Park Impressive Biodiversity

This morning we will enjoy a Bigodi swamp walk.

In the afternoon we gently descend into The Great African Rift Valley and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth National Park resides in a fertile, equatorial area and has beautiful scenery. It is Uganda’s greatest savannah reserve, with a total area of 1978km2. It is primarily associated with grassy savannah plains, but this impressive park also includes within its boundaries, leafy rainforests, dense papyrus swamps, and natural volcanic crater lakes. As a result, it has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world, including a total of 95 recorded mammal species and more than 610 species of birds. (Approx. 3hrs)

Overnight at Kyambura Gorge Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 8

Queen Elizabeth National Park Impressive Biodiversity

This morning we head out onto the northern savannahs of QENP for a game drive. After lunch, we will drive to the Kazinga Channel and take a private boat ride along the river (2hrs). The launch trip along the Kazinga Channel is one of the most popular activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It provides a fantastic chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh river breeze while observing a large selection of animals. Those species commonly seen along the riverbank are elephants, buffalo, waterbuck, and Ugandan Kob. On occasion, visitors will also see the giant forest hog, leopard, and lion. The waterbirds in the area are plentiful; in particular, water thick-knee, yellow-billed stork, various plovers, white pink-backed Pelicans, and white-bellied cormorants, with 560 + recorded species and a record of 296 bird species seen in one 24 hour period. You will also view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world {reported to be about 30,000}.

Overnight at Kyambura Gorge Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 9

Tree Climbing Lions and to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Land of Gorillas

Today we drive through the savannahs of Queen Elizabeth National Park to the Ishasha region. Game drive in search of tree climbing lion (75% success rate). We leave behind the lush savannah grass plains of QENP and drive to Buhoma/ Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The Bwindi forest is a magnificent luxuriant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley. This ancient rainforest – one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age – is regarded to be one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa with at least 90 mammal species, including 11 primates, and is ranked as one of the best in Uganda for forest birding, with 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics. Bwindi is renowned for its Mountain Gorillas population, slightly more than half the world’s mountain gorilla population is resident in Bwindi: an estimated 280 – 320 individuals living in 15 groups. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is an extremely special privilege and an encounter unparalleled in most likely the whole of Africa.

Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 10

Gorilla Tracking Day (and optional activities)

Today we will enjoy one of the greatest natural history experiences of our planet, Gorilla tracking.

Those participants that will not participate in the demanding hike will enjoy an easy walk in the forest and visit a local community.

Tonight we will celebrate not only the Gorilla trek but also we will say goodbye to Uganda.

The Gorilla Trek: After breakfast, we take a short drive to the Park Headquarters and meet with highly experienced local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest where
the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes, not more than 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking unforgettable. Once the gorillas are located, all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided, and it is essential to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film.

Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 11

Return Home or Continue to Rwanda

Those that choose not to participate in the Rwanda Extension will enjoy a morning at leisure before driving to Kihihi airstrip for your scheduled flight back to Entebbe. Once in Entebbe and with the assistance of our representatives, you will check-in for a day-use at the Protea Hotel (Check-out of the hotel is 9:00 pm). At the appropriate time, you will be escorted to the airport to connect with your international flight back home. (B, L)

Those who participate in the Rwanda Extension will drive to the Uganda-Rwanda border and after taking care of the formalities, will continue to Volcanoes National Park, where the American Naturalist Dian Fossey did her famous research on gorillas.

Rwanda Extension

Day 1 

To Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park

Today we fly to Kigali in Rwanda. We arrive at Volcanoes National Park and Five Volcanoes Lodge. “In the heart of Central Africa, so high that you shiver more than you sweat,” wrote the eminent primatologist Dian Fossey, “are the great old volcanoes towering up almost 15,000 feet and heavily covered in rich, green rainforest – the Virungas”.

The Volcanoes National Park protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range and the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen, bamboo forests, open grassland, swamp, and heath. Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) is situated in north-western Rwanda. Volcanoes National Park is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga, and Sabyinyo).

Volcanoes National Park was the base for the famous American Naturalist, Dian Fossey to carry out her research on gorillas. She arrived in 1967 and set up the Karisoke Research Centre. Dian Fossey is widely credited with saving the gorillas from extinction by bringing their plight to the international community. Dian Fossey was later murdered by unknown assailants and she is buried near the research center.

Best known for the mountain gorillas, other mammals that reside in the park are the golden monkey, black-fronted duiker, buffalo, spotted hyena and bushbuck. There are 178 recorded bird species with at least 13 species and 16 subs- pecies endemic to the Virunga and the Rwenzori Mountains.

Overnight at Five Volcanoes Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 2

Gorilla tracking day

After breakfast, we take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest to where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes between 2300-3500 meters above sea level. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located, all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recom- mended. It can rain in a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including a waterproof bag for cameras and film. Please note: plastic (e.g. carrier/shopping) bags are illegal in Rwanda.

Overnight Five Volcanoes. (B, L, D)

Day 3

Drive to Park Headquarters & Golden Monkey Trekking

After breakfast, we take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of golden Monkey trekking lunch at the lodge afternoon drive to Kigali.

Overnight at Hotel Des Mille Collines (B, L, D)

Day 4

Return home

This morning transfer to the airport for your departure flight (B)

Lodgings

Hotel No.5

Hotel No. 5 is a stylish boutique hotel nestled in the leafy suburbs of Entebbe, Uganda. Ideally located 10 minutes from Entebbe International Airport, Hotel No. 5 may be located in Uganda’s second largest city, but the peaceful hotel grounds will provide an escape from the buzz and activity of Entebbe. nestled in the leafy suburbs of Entebbe, Uganda. Ideally located 10 minutes from Entebbe International Airport, Hotel No. 5 may be located in Uganda’s second largest city, but the peaceful hotel grounds will provide an escape from the buzz and activity of Entebbe.

Baker’s Lodge

The lodge provides a thatched central lounge, bar, and dining area which is raised with wooden decks all around, allowing guests to savor the morning sunrise for breakfast, sunset in the evening, and 180-degree river views throughout the day. Laundry, open bar (Imported brands at an extra charge), and wifi in the main building are included.

Ndali Lodge

The lodge is perched 100m (328ft) directly above Nyinambuga Crater Lake and has eight individual cottages set on the hillside. Designed to blend with the landscape, the lodge was built using all local materials such as traditional mud render and thatching, providing the lodge with its key qualities of light, space, simplicity, and openness to nature. Each cottage consists of an airy bedroom with an en-suite bathroom (containing bathtubs and showers, plenty of hot water, and flushing WC) and a private veranda. Includes complimentary laundry and wifi in the main house.

Kyambura Gorge Lodge

The main lodge building was originally a coffee store and processing plant, surrounded by coffee plantations. The original structure has been sensitively restored to create a stunning and contemporary living space, balancing the history of the building with a series of distinct luxurious spaces for guests to relax. Laundry, open bar (Imported brands at an extra charge), wifi in the main building, and 1 massage per guest are included.

Expedition Leader

Jorge Salas

Jorge has 30 years of experience leading expeditions, developing destinations, and pioneering itineraries on all continents. Before founding New Paths Expeditions, he has held C-Level positions at the most renowned travel brands in the US, England, and Australia, and has founded several nature conservation and social aid organizations, and has acted as advisor to multiple countries tourism boards. He is a recognized travel photographer and author, published by Smithsonian, WWF among many others.

Jorge is the President of NPE.

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

15 Sep 2021

PRICE

$9950

Single Supplement

$1782

DOMESTIC AIR

$1506

COMPLETE DETAILS
RESERVATION

Gorilla Tracking Permit in Uganda $750 – Chimpanzee Trek Permit in Uganda $211.00 – Golden Monkey Permit in Rwanda $105.00 – Gorilla Tracking Permit in Rwanda 1592

All prices are in US Dollars, per person, and based on double occupancy. Domestic air prices are estimated and may change due to price variation by the airlines.

Expedition Details

Included in the Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • 24/7 services of an NPE Senior Leader during the expedition.
  • Local Guides
  • Comfortable, modern, 4X4 vehicles, customized for maximum viewing with open roof hatches. These are usually Toyota Land Cruisers or comparable vehicles.
  • Professional, experienced drivers, and guides, who are knowledgeable in all aspects of Uganda and Rwanda Safaris.
  • All accommodations and meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Emergency International communications available.
  • Books available in the vehicles to help identify the flora and fauna.
  • Umbrellas, bean bags, and blankets in the vehicles.
  • A courtesy bag that includes tea, coffee, biscuits, and paper napkins.
  • Coolers in our vehicles
  • Bottled water in vehicles
  • Laundry included in several of our lodges.

Not Included:

  • International and domestic flights.
  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuities for Local Master Guide, Driver, and Expedition Leader (may be added to your final invoice, if desired).
  • Gratuities for optional trek guides.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

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