Morocco expedition

Morocco expedition

DURATION

14 DAYS

PRICING

$ 11,975.00

WHEN

Sept. 28, 2024

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

QUESTIONS?


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

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

Explore Morocco’s cultural and historical riches through a journey from Casablanca’s Hassan II Mosque to Meknes’ grandeur, crafted by Sultan Moulay Ismail. Witness Volubilis’ ancient Roman ruins adorned with stunning mosaics and vibrant birdlife. Conclude the day with a feast in Fes and a restful stay at Palais Amani, a luxurious Riad nestled in the heart of the city’s Old Town.

Overnight Palais Faraj (B,L,D).

Day 3 

Fes

Embark on a cultural immersion in Fes, beginning with a tour of the ramparts followed by exploration led by local guides. Highlights include a visit to the 14th-century Madrassa, bustling food markets, and traditional craft workshops. Indulge in Fes’ renowned cuisine for lunch before exploring a converted palace museum and the historic Jewish quarter, including a 17th-century Synagogue visit, offering insights into the city’s rich heritage.

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

Day 4

Through the Middle Atlas Mountains to Midelt

Embark on a scenic journey from Fes to Midelt, traversing the Middle Atlas Mountains. En route, explore Imouzzer de Kandar and its Berber community, with birdwatching opportunities at Lake Dait Aoua. Discover the university town of Ifrane and Berber town Azrou amidst lush forests. Engage with local Berbers before concluding the day at Taddart Hotel in Midelt, where dinner and accommodation await, offering a glimpse into authentic Moroccan hospitality.

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

Day 5
To the Sahara

Embark on an awe-inspiring journey over the High Atlas Mountains, witnessing picturesque villages and snow-capped peaks en route to Tafilalet, the royal family’s ancestral home. Traverse the Ziz valley’s dramatic gorge, passing fortified villages and lush oases, ideal for photography. After lunch, venture to the Merzouga dunes in 4×4 vehicles, followed by a camel ride at sunset to the exclusive Deluxe Bedouin Camp, offering a luxurious desert experience amidst the Sahara’s vastness.

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

Day 6

Life on the Sahara

Experience the mesmerizing Sahara Desert sunrise, capturing its beauty through photography. With a Berber guide, traverse the dunes on camels or by 4×4 to Tanamouste village, engaging with seminomadic Berber families to learn about their culture. Enjoy lunch with a local family before exploring the desert further by 4×4. Return to the private desert camp for tea and witness a vibrant sunset over the dunes. Conclude the day with a candlelit dinner and traditional music in deluxe tents.

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

Day 7
Draa Valley

Embark on a journey to the volcanic mountains of Sarhro, marveling at their rugged beauty and searching for ancient fossils amidst deep gorges. Enjoy lunch in Nekob, at the start of the lush Draa Valley, renowned for its abundant date palm oasis and diverse agriculture. Experience the valley’s vibrant orchards, rose farms, and date harvest, offering a stark contrast to the desert landscape, before continuing your immersive adventure through Morocco’s diverse landscapes.

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

Day 8 
Journey to Skoura Valley via Ouarzazate

Embark on an enchanting journey through the Draa Valley, where ancient Ksars and Kasbahs reveal Morocco’s rich cultural heritage amidst stunning natural beauty. The drive through the Tinifift Pass offers panoramic mountain views and intriguing rock formations, perfect for contemplation and photography. Arriving in Ouarzazate, explore traditional Berber artifacts and herbal remedies before indulging in a delicious Moroccan lunch. Continue to the verdant Skoura Valley and discover the luxurious oasis of Kasbah El Kabbaba, where every moment is an immersion in Moroccan hospitality and elegance. Savor exquisite meals and unwind amidst lush gardens, creating memories of relaxation and indulgence in this timeless setting.

Dinner at Kasbah El Kabbaba wraps up the day. (B, L, D

Day 9
Discovering Kasbah Amridil and Local Culture.

The day begins with a visit to the iconic Kasbah Amridil, immersing ourselves in the historical beauty and architectural splendor of this well-preserved site.
The highlight of the day is a cooking class with a charming local family, offering an authentic experience of traditional food preparation and a delightful lunch. Ladies will have the opportunity to partake in henna painting, adding a personal touch to the cultural exchange.
We return to Kasbah El Kabbaba to relax and savor another exquisite dinner, reflecting on the day’s unique
interactions and learnings. (B, L, D)

Day 10
Across the High Atlas Mountains to Ourika Valley

Begin your day with a visit to Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic caravan point. Traverse the High Atlas Mountains, reaching the Tizi N’Tichka Pass at 7,000 feet, before descending to the scenic plains. Journey through diverse landscapes, from gorges to mountains, until arriving at the stunning Ourika Valley. Your final stop is the exquisite Bab Ourika hotel, offering unparalleled views and an immersive experience in luxury and Moroccan hospitality.

Overnight bab Ourika(B, L, D)
Note: Today’s journey is enriched with stops and activities, enhancing the drive.

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

Depart Marrakech for Essaouira, stopping at a women’s cooperative to learn about Argan oil production. Discover Essaouira’s relaxed ambiance and rich history as a trading hub since Phoenician times, under Portuguese and Muslim rule. Explore the city’s blend of Portuguese and Moorish architecture, marked by vibrant blue hues. Join a guided tour of markets and artisan workshops, witnessing skilled craftsmen at work. Immerse yourself in Essaouira’s artistic community and diverse cultural heritage.

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

After breakfast, embark on a scenic seaside journey starting at Bhibih fishing village, known for its shorebirds. Explore Safi Town, once a Portuguese post, famous for its unique ceramic workshops. Continue to picturesque Oualidia with its stunning beach and oyster-breeding lagoons. Enjoy lunch in El Jadida’s medina, another historic Portuguese hub. Travel along the coast to conclude the day in Casablanca, experiencing the diverse coastal culture and landscapes of Morocco.

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 28, 2024

PRICE

$ 11,975.00

Single Supplement

$ 2,640.00

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

OPEN

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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DURATION

12 DAYS

PRICE

$9200.00

WHEN

Sep 07, 2024

DESTINATION

Madagascar

TYPE

SMALL GROUP 

Madagascar

New Paths Expeditions offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore Madagascar, home to over 90% of its wildlife species. Their comprehensive itinerary ensures a thorough exploration of the island, including its central, southern, western, eastern, and northern regions, promising remarkable encounters with iconic wildlife. In 2024, they proudly host naturalist Ed Smith, renowned for his 35-year career at the national zoo and expertise in multiple subjects like flora, reptiles, mammals, and ecology. With two decades of global travel experience and captivating lecture skills, Smith’s passion for Madagascar’s unique ecosystems and endemic species adds an enriching dimension to the expedition. His lifelong fascination with the island’s evolutionary history and biodiversity enhances the expedition’s educational value, making it an unforgettable experience for wildlife enthusiasts and adventurers alike.

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 lecturer Ed Smith and a Local Master Guide.
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 ESCORTED BY NPE GUEST LECTURER ED SMITH

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” on this fantastic Island, known as the land of the endemics, due to its fascinating and unique wildlife in the area. 

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

Ed Smith

Ed Smith has traveled nonstop and extensively to pursue his love of wildlife and natural species. 

He gave frequent lectures at the Smithsonian Institution about a variety of themes over his 35-year career at the national zoo, including plants, reptiles, amphibians, freshwater vertebrates, insects, mammals, evolution, and ecology, among others.

His ability to engage the audience and give unique educational information made him a star in the field and lecture rooms.

Ed will escort you towards the Madagascar nature wonders while he explains to you firsthand the amazing ecosystem complexity, evolutionary history, and endemism of this beautiful island. 

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

07 Sep 2024

PRICE

$9200.00

Single Supplement

$1150.00

STATUS
OPEN
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Morocco Private

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 expedition brings you close contact with locals and nature: you will explore 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 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.

 

  • A Master Local Guide will accompany you along your trip to Morocco.
  • Become Berber on your visit to an authentic Berber town. 
  • Window seats when using 4×4 and 20% of empty seats when onboard tour busses are guaranteed.
  • This itinerary gives you plenty of free time in the most important cities to allow you to experience them firsthand.

“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

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 Fes

Upon arrival in Fes, an NPE representative will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight at Palais Faraj or similar (Melas Aloft).

Day 2
Fes

Fes is considered to be not only the oldest royal city in Morocco but also one that has preserved its medieval architecture, flavor, and way of life.

You will begin the day visiting the ramparts, the perfect introduction to the culture and history of Fes. Your NPE Guide will take you through the city’s most fascinating portions. While the morning’s highlight will be a tour of the 14th-century Madrassa near the Karaouine Mosque, you will also explore the depths of the food and spice markets and perhaps enjoy a taste of the offerings at the public bakeries.

The old way of craftsmanship can be seen in the ateliers found throughout Fes, where you can watch the artisans at work. You will also see fountains, mosques, sanctuaries, and Islamic schools.

Fes cuisine is considered one of the best in all Morocco, and lunch today will allow you to taste some of its finest traditional dishes, from multiple delicate first courses to tanginess and light and tasty couscous. The restaurant itself is an architectural wonder.

The late 19th-century palace that was home to King Hassan I is our destination after lunch. It is now a museum displaying the traditional arts of the city.

We will then visit the Jewish quarter in the New Fez sector of the city, where we can admire the jewelry offered in the market and visit a 17th-century synagogue.

Dinner is on your own tonight, so you choose to visit one of the many superb restaurants in the city or stay in your hotel to enjoy its facilities and its cuisine (Wich is also great).

Overnight at Palais Faraj or similar (B, L).

Day 3 
To Rabat via Meknes and Volubilis

This morning, the northern Rif Mountains will accompany you on your drive to Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Morocco’s youngest imperial city.

Meknes was founded in the 12th Century and was fully developed under Sultan Moulay Ismail, one of Morocco Meknes was founded in the 12th Century and was fully developed under Sultan Moulay Ismail, one of Morocco’s most powerful historical leaders. Despite his reputation as a ruthless warrior, the Sultan was also a passionate builder, and during his 55-year reign, he developed Meknes from a small town into a majestic capital with gigantic ramparts, monumental gates, more than 50 palaces, and 15 miles of exterior walls. You will see the impressive Bab el Mansour gateway and visit the ruins of the old stables and granaries.

Later we will reach Volubilis, the site of one of Rome’s African colonies, established during the first centuries of the Christian Era. Because of the area’s fertility, especially in olive cultivation, Volubilis in ancient times expanded and included a basilica and other public buildings. The surrounding villas were decorated with impressive mosaics that can be seen today. The partially excavated ruins of Volubilis are a World Heritage Site and provide excellent photo opportunities.

After our visit to Volubilis, you will be driven to Rabat where you will check in at your hotel.

Overnight at Riad Zyo in Rabat or similar (B, L).

Day 4
Rabat

Rabat is the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco and the residence of the King.

You will explore the fantastic Kasbah of Chellah. On this archaeological site, you will discover the remains of two civilizations: Sala Colonia, dating back to Roman times, and the Merinides Necropolis of the 14th Century.

Within the walls of the Kasbah, you will visit a delightful jewelry museum and an Andalusian garden, a part of the royal residence of the 17th Century. Continue to the Tour Hassan, the last vestige of an unfinished mosque from the late 12th Century.

Next, you will admire the Mohammed V Mausoleum, which is a place of exquisite contemplation.

The Mohammed V Mausoleum is one of the finest architectural monuments in Morocco, built as a memorial to this symbolic King of Morocco. Along your tour, you will visit the main gate of Bab Errouah, made in the 12th Century. The Kasbah Oudaia, occupied by Muslims evicted from Spain in the 17th Century, is a beautiful example of authentic Moorish design.

End your visit with a stroll in the park of the official royal palace, where you will see the royal guards at the residence’s entrance.

The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore this imperial city and enjoy your hotel.

Overnight at Riad Zyo in Rabat or similar (B, L)

Day 5
To Marrakech via Casablanca, Hasan II Mosque

After breakfast, you will be driven to Casablanca, where you will enjoy a complete visit to the largest religious building in Africa, the Hassan II Mosque.

After an early lunch at the fort next to the mosque, you will continue to Marrakech (a 3-hour drive on a good highway) where you will check in at your hotel.

Later that day, around sunset time, visit Jemma el Fenna, the largest plaza in Africa. Enjoy a coffee or tea at one of the balconies that serve as restaurants while the activity picks up, and then walk with your guide to experience this unique and bustling site.

Overnight at Riad Al Maha or similar (B, L).

Day 6
Marrakech

This morning, enjoy a complete tour of Marrakech, including the main mosque, the Saadian tombs, and the souks. Before returning to your hotel, you will enjoy lunch and visit Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle and the Berber Museum.

Overnight at Riad Al Maha or similar (B, L).

Day 7
Your day at Marrakech

Marrakech is full of wonders, and we have left this day open for you to explore. Get lost in the souks for superb photos and shopping, visit some of the attractions that we didn’t cover during the city tour, and enjoy a superb cooking class at La Maison Arabe (optional), the options are plenty, and your guide will help you with recommendations.

Overnight at Riad Al Maha or similar (B).

Day 8
Berber Live in the Atlas Mountains 

Drive through the lush and dramatic Atlas landscapes for an unforgettable Berber experience and an eye-opening, hands-on experience (Drive time is around one hour to one hour and a half).

You will start your experience by baking bread and preparing tagine in the kitchen of a village family and getting to know them better over a pot of traditional mint.

While your tagine is simmering on a stove, you will take a walk through the alleyways to explore the village, meet locals, and discover ancestral activities still maintained by the Berber. You will assist farmers in their daily tasks, such as irrigating fields, herding sheep, or cutting grass. On the way, you will also join local artisans in their workshops, get hands-on in making local crafts, and get sufficient education on the necessary materials and the proper techniques for perfect craftsmanship.

After this fantastic experience, we will return to Marrakech.

Overnight Riad Al Maha or similar (B, L)

Day 9
To Coastal Essaouira

After breakfast, we will leave Marrakech and travel 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 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 that guards the harbor.

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

The architecture is a blend of Portuguese and Moorish, and you will soon become aware that blue 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.

Note: The total drive time for this day is 3 hours, but it will be broken with activity stops.

Overnight at Heure Bleue Essaouria (B, L).

Day 10
Essaouira

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

Later that day, you will return to Essaouira for lunch. the rest afternoon is yours in this beautiful relaxed town.

Ovyernight at Heure Bleue Essaouira (B, L).

Day 11
Essaouira / Oualidia / Casablanca

Today, you’ll go on a trip along the coast that will give you beautiful views.

After breakfast, our first stop will be the fishing village of Bhibih, where you can observe shorebirds. 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, we journey to El Jadida, another old Portuguese trading center, where we will enjoy lunch at the medina.

Our afternoon travel will continue along the coast, crossing the fertile lands of Zemmour, until we arrive in Casablanca, where you can enjoy dinner at the hotel or at one of the many great restaurants the city offers. (If you would like to have dinner at Rick’s Cafe, please let us know ASAP, as bookings must be made well in advance)

Overnight at Le Doge Hotel (B, L).

Day 12 

Flight 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

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.

Riad Zyo

Located right in the heart of the beautiful and unique city of Rabat, Riad Zyo will be our base hotel, from where we will explore the most important attractions of Rabat.

This fantastic riad maintains traditional architecture and ornaments, creating a romantic environment perfect for resting after long days of exploring the wonders of Morocco.

Riad Zyo serves a traditional Moroccan breakfast and is near restaurants that serve both local and traditional seafood.

Riad Al Maha

The luxurious hotel riad Almaha Marrakech combines centuries-old Moroccan craftsmanship with modern art in rhythm to create the beauty of order and is a haven for indulgent artists.

Almaha is an excellent place to explore the mysteries of the medina, with its strange souks and busy squares, and to see the desert and the Atlas mountains outside of the red city.

Set in the heart of The Kasbah, Marrakech’s oldest neighborhood, the best tourist attractions and all located near this fantastic hotel. From here, you will be near the beautiful Saadian tombs, the outstanding Koutoubia Mosque, the unique Jemaa el-Fna Square with its smoky food stalls, magicians, musicians, and snake charmers, and the fantastic Jewish neighborhood of Mellah.

Heure Bleue Essaouira

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.

Le Doge Relais & Chateaux

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.

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.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, please let us know. The NPE expedition advisors are here to help.

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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.

Recommended Expeditions

Botswana Private

Botswana Private

DURATION

11 DAYS

WHEN

Sept – Oct

DESTINATION

Botswana

TYPE

PRIVATE 

Botswana Private Safari

Landlocked by Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, Botswana is considered one of the best African safari destinations. Here we find one of the most unique habitats in the world: the Okavango Delta, considered the largest wetland in the world.

At the Delta of the Okavango -UNESCO World Heritage Site,  you will travel through the Delta’s winding canals, palm and papyrus-lined islands, dense woods, lush vegetation, and other ecosystems that are home to abundant wildlife: All of Africa’s big five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and the rare rhino) can be spotted in the Okavango Delta.

A visit to Botswana wouldn’t be complete 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 in the world!

Our expedition takes you to the most pristine areas of the Okavango, using small planes, speed boats, safari vehicles, and even canoes while enjoying upscale small safari camps.

WHAT MAKES THIS SAFARI IN BOTSWANA EXTRAORDINARY:

  • Enjoy high-quality sightings of all ‘Big-5”
  • Small plane flights over outstanding landscapes
  • Explore the deepest areas of the Okavango Delta by boat and canoe.
  • Enjoy the best, most secluded, and small upscale safari camps.
  • Kanana afternoon and night game drives
  • Explore the Moremi Game Reserve with two game drives a day.
  • Superb NPE Naturalist Guides

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path

-Ralph Waldo Emerson 

QUESTIONS?


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Botswana Safari Itinerary

This is a detailed Botswana Safari expedition itinerary crafted for previous New Paths Expeditions travelers. To prepare the ideal experience for you, please get in touch with our destination specialist.

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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