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Epic Patagonia Expedition 2021

Epic Patagonia Expedition

KING PENGUINS OF TIERRA DEL FUEGO + AUSTRALIS SHIP TO CAPE HORN + TORRES DEL PAINE FROM EXPLORA HOTEL

The greatest natural marvels and upscale services of Patagonia.

Departure: March 15, 2021

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Epic Patagonia & Easter Island Expedition

This is the ultimate Patagonia experience!

After 24 years taking explorers to Patagonia, we bring to you the ideal Southern Patagonia Itinerary: Using the most upscale services in the destination, you have the option to cross Tierra del Fuego to encounter King penguins in the wild and meet Gauchos before navigating to the legendary “end of the world” (Cape Horn) and continue through the Beagle Chanel, Darwin Mountain Range and the Straight of Magellan before disembarking to reach the UNESCO Biosphere reserve of Torres del Paine in Chile (superb wildlife and nature views). If you take the Easter Island Extension you will be traveling from the to the most isolated-inhabited place on earth – Easter Island, to the most remote landmark before Antarctica – Cape Horn. A true epic expedition.

We have combined the very best services in the area, some so upscale that you will not see them included in any other expedition packages. This is truly a unique, groundbreaking itinerary that will not only be outstanding for wildlife enthusiasts, but also for adventurers, soft and hardcore hikers, and photographers alike, all while doing it in upscale expedition style. Bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, superb meals, puma searches, open bar, rooms with the greatest vistas of the planet, the list of highlights is nearly limitless!

Spaces on the Australis cruise and at the Explora hotel are limited and fill up well in advance, so we highly recommend that you contact your Travel Agent or us soon to secure your spaces.


Highlights:

  • Cross Tierra del Fuego to encounter King Penguins, birdwatch, and spend quality time with Gauchos.
  • Cruise the Magellan Straight, the Beagle Channel, and the fjords of the Darwin Mountain Range to the enigmatic Cape Horn.
  • Visit the biggest colony of Magellanic Penguins in the World
  • Spend four nights and days at the award-winning Explora Hotel, right in the middle of Torres del Paine National Park (The best location by far)
  • All excursions and activities are included.  The itinerary is flexible and adapts to your interests.
  • The best accommodations, transport, and guidance in Patagonia, guaranteed.

The Main Expedition

Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas

Arrive in Punta Arenas today. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Cabo de Hornos Hotel, located in Punta Arenas Main Square. The rest of the day is yours to recover from international flights.

Overnight: Hotel Cabo de Hornos. No Meals.

Day 2: Free morning in Punta Arenas – Board Australis

After breakfast, you will have some free time to explore Punta Arenas before boarding your first-class ship, the M/V Stella Australis. Board the vessel at 6 PM. After a welcoming toast and introduction of captain and crew, the ship departs for one of the remotest corners of planet Earth. During the night you cross the Strait of Magellan and enter the labyrinth of channels that define the southern extreme of Patagonian.

Overnight: M/V Stella Australis. B, L, D, and Open Bar.

Day 3: Ainsworth Bay – Tucker Islets

You go ashore at Ainsworth Bay, which harbors copious bird life and a colony of southern elephant seals which can sometimes be spotted from the Zodiacs. Leaving our Ainsworth Bay tour behind, you sail west along with the sound to the Tucker Islets. After lunch, you board the Zodiacs again for a close-up view of the Magellan penguins that inhabit the tiny islands. More than 4,000 penguins use Tucker as a place to nest, give birth, and nurture their chicks.

Overnight Stella Australis. B, L, D and Open Bar

Day 4: Pia Glacier – Glacier Alley

By morning you are entering Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a Pia Glacier tour. After disembarking you take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea or a longer much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier. Back on board the ship, you continue east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley.

Overnight Stella Australis. B, L, D, and Open Bar.

Day 5: To UNESCO Cape Horn, the legendary “end of the world”, and Wulaia Bay

During the morning you cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, you shall go ashore on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos).

In the afternoon you navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands and drop anchor at historic Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. Before leaving Wulaia Bay, drop something into the wooden mail barrel inside the museum – letters or postcards meant to be hand-delivered by future travelers – an ancient mariner tradition revived by Australis.

Overnight: O/N Stella Australis. B, L, D, and Open Bar.

Day 6: Disembark – Tour The Estancia-Rio Grande City

Early in the morning, you will say goodbye to Stella Australis and disembark at Ushuaia, Argentina. Meet your Argentinian Guide and drive to Estancia Las Hijas. Enjoy a delicious lunch and the tour in the Estancia. If you desire you can birdwatch. After this, you will drive to Rio Grande City and check-in at the Grande Hotel. (3 Star. Please do not expect luxury. It is just Ok. Services are slow. This is a remote town. It is fine for one night).

Overnight: Grande Hotel. B, L.

Day 7: King Penguin Park – Tierra del Fuego

After breakfast, you will drive to the Chilean Border, then you will arrive at the King Penguin Park, a private reserve wherein 2011, a king penguin colony established itself; this is the only one found outside of South Georgia and Antarctica. You will enjoy close sightings of this species, arguably the most beautiful penguin on earth. You will enjoy lunch at Porvenir. Check-in in your hotel.

Overnight Hotel Cabo de Hornos. B, L.

Day 8: Torres del Paine National Park – Explora

You will be picked up and travel to UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Torres del Paine National Park. Once in the park, you will travel to its heart, where the award-winning Explora hotel is located. Explora, our home for the next four nights, is recognized as one of the best expedition hotels in the world, by far the finest in the area, and a winner of so many awards it would be hard to mention them all here. Food is great and services are exceptional. Staying at Explora is a true highlight of the expedition. You will arrive in time to enjoy, and photograph, one of the greatest sunsets you have ever seen.

Overnight Explora Patagonia. B, L, D and Open Bar

Day 9, 10 & 11: Torres del Paine – Explora Base

Torres del Paine is big, the activities are plenty, and its weather is unpredictable. With Explora we have secured the shortest drives to each destination, thus maximizing the time to explore and enjoy. Also, Explora is right in front of the Pehoe Lake and the Paine Horns. Sunsets and Sunrises are spectacular. It doesn’t matter what your level of fitness is, you will find the right excursions to explore the highlights of the park, at your pace. You have included, every day, two half-day excursions or one full day. All meals are included, and you will be amazed at the quality of them. They are served paired with an assortment of Chilean wines (included), and you will also have access to the open bar.

Overnight Explora Patagonia. B, L, D and Open Bar

Day 12: Drive to Punta Arenas and fly back to the US

After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive from Torres del Paine back to Punta Arenas, and then fly to Santiago de Chile and connect with your flight back to home.

B, L.

The Easter Island Extension

Days 12, 11 & 13: Explore Easter Island – Explora Base

After an included overnight at the Santiago Hilton Hotel with breakfast included, walk to the airport check-in counter and embark on a 5-hour flight to Easter Island, always assisted by our representatives. Once you reach the Island (arrival scheduled for 1:10 pm), transfer to your hotel and enjoy lunch.

Your home at Easter Island will be another Explora property, the Explora Rapa Nui, that will provide you with the same standards as in Torres del Paine: Small-group guided excursions, first-class guides, all fine meals paired with wines, open bar and great common areas to enjoy.

After some time to rest, you will start your detailed exploration of Easter Island by visiting Ahu Tahai and Ahu Akivi, the famous ceremonial site with 7 standing moais.

During the next two days, you will continue exploring the enigmatic Island’s main sites. You will have two half-day or one full-day excursion that includes Rano Raraku (the Moai Quarry), Ahu Tongariki, Vinapu and Puna Pau (ceremonial sites), and Orongo (the Stone Village). You will also have time to visit the beautiful Anakena Beach.

Overnight: Explora Rapa Nui. B, L, D.

Day 14: Explore Easter Island – Fly to Santiago – Fly US

During the morning, you will visit Hanga Roa, the main town of Easter Island. You will have the opportunity to shop, interact with locals, get a free stamp on your passport, visit the local church (Interesting for everyone, mass is celebrated in the local language and the songs are to be heard) Then you will transfer to the airport and fly back to Santiago de Chile and connect with your flight back home.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.


Other Extensions

  • Santiago overnight and tour
  • Buenos Aires Overnight and tour
  • Chile Wine Country
  • The upscale Atacama Desert
  • Northern Patagonia with Valdivia and Bariloche, starting or ending in Buenos Aires.
  • El Chalten (Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre hiking)

Important Note:

Using decades of experience and with the help of our local partners, we have crafted this itinerary in detail and have created a program that maximizes the opportunities for exploring sites, for deep cultural interaction, and to facilitates wildlife encounters while using the best accommodations available. However, unpredictable circumstances such as weather, flight delays or cancellations, labor strikes, road conditions, traffic, hotel overbookings, and other factors may force adjusting the program on-site. These events or realities are out of our control and an inherent risk when traveling, especially on expeditions to this kind of remote destinations. Your Expedition Leader might also decide to alter the program in case opportunities to improve the cultural or wildlife experiences are found. Please note that the expedition leader and hotels could change without notice due to force majeure reasons. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Accommodations

M/V STELLA AUSTRALIS

Built in 2010, the M.V. Stella Australis has 100 outside-facing cabins and was made specifically to cruise the spectacular Patagonian waterways. All cabins are the same size and feature a large window, an ensuite bathroom, and individual temperature controls. Cabins are available on three levels: Category A on the second level, Category AA on the third level, and Category AAA on the fourth level. Facilities aboard include an open deck, three lounges, a library, a game room, an exercise room, a single seating dining room, and an infirmary. We have secured A cabins for all expedition participants (A cabins are on main deck and are ideal. Upgrading to AA and AAA cabins is possible for an additional charge).

Meals are buffet-style for breakfast and lunch and are served to the table for dinner. All beverages, including wine, are served at no extra charge with meals. The complete bar is free of charge, although some imported upscale brands could require an extra charge.

All excursions are included and are done using well-maintained zodiacs. The expedition guiding team is one of the best of the world. Superb wildlife and panoramic views are guaranteed.

Electricity is 220V in the cabins, but 110V are available in all bathrooms. Hairdryers are available. No laundry.


EXPLORA HOTEL

On the shores of Lake Pehoe and beside the Salto Chico waterfall, right in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park, it has breathtaking views of the Paine ridge and the granite towers. Its construction is based around essential luxuries, allowing the traveler to inhabit the remote location in its essence without distractions. Explora Patagonia has won several architecture and tourism awards since 1996.

The 3000-sqf rooms are designed to take full advantage of the superb views and ensure a deep rest after a day of exploration. We have secured rooms with Paine mountains views.

The massage room and pool area are located 300 feet away from the main building, connected by a sloped wood path. It is equipped with a heated pool, sauna, and four open-air Jacuzzis with views of the Pehoe Lake and Paine Massif.

All meals are exceptional and accompanied by Chilean wines. The bar is a great place where to gather after a day of exploration. Open bar is included (Certain brands will require extra payments).

All Guides are top rated and have WFR certification. The vans are in good conditions and driven by a certified driver. The perfect team to explore Torres del Paine natural marvels.

Explora has its own horse stable, directed by renowned French horse expert Gaella Hourcq and managed by local Gauchos. Each of the horses has been rigorously prepared for riders of different levels of expertise. At least one horseback-riding excursion is included, and you will be able to spend time with the local gauchos.

Electricity is 110V and 220V. Laundry is available for an extra charge.

Departure Date

YEAR EXPEDITION EXTENSION STATUS MORE INFO BOOK
2021 MAR 15 MAR 10 OPEN DOWNLOAD BOOK NOW

Rates

Please contact us for details at 888 832 7280 or request your quote.


Details

Included in the Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • 24/7 services of a Senior Expedition Leader/Lecturer during the expedition.
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers) in 1 to 3-year-old vehicles with professional drivers.
  • Accommodations as noted (The best available in each destination).
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Group photography fees.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Bottled water at included meals, transfers and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.
  • Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistants and restaurant staff.

Not Included:

  • Flights.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuity for Local Head Guide, Driver and Expedition Leader.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancelation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Deposits and final payments:

  • US$ 1500.00 at the time of booking.
  • The remaining balance is due 90 days before the expedition.
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Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
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Highlights:

  • Bangalore
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  • Kabini
  • Nagarhole
  • Bandipur National Park
  • Wayanad
  • Cochin
  • Houseboat over Kerala Backwaters

Details in Brief:

Duration: 14 days in country

Maximum Number of Participants: 12

Departure: February 14, 2021 & February 14, 2022

Itinerary in Brief

Getting there

Your expedition package does not include your international flight ticket. We highly recommend that you arrive a day before the expedition begins. NPE will be pleased to arrange for the extra overnights needed.

Day 1: Arrive Bangalore

Upon your arrival at Bangalore airport, our tour representative will welcome you at the airport arrival lounge & transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight at Gold Finch (Meals Aloft)

Day 2: Bangalore – Mysore

After breakfast drive to Mysore (3 hrs.)

Mysore is the third-largest city in the state of Karnataka, India, and it served as the capital city of the Mysore Princely Kingdom (Kingdom of Mysore) for nearly six centuries, from 1399 until 1947. Mysore is noted for its palaces, including Mysore Palace, and for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival when the city is host to large numbers of visitors.

The city also lends its name to the Mysore style of painting, the sweet dish Mysore Pak, the Mysore Peta (a traditional silk turban), and the garment known as the Mysore silk sari.

Late afternoon visit to Mysore Palace, which is one of the finest Royal Palaces in India. Mysore Palace is a magnificent and beautiful building. It is especially impressive when its façade is illuminated on Sundays and festive occasions. The interior of the Palace is equally extraordinary with its spacious halls, called Mantaps, paintings, and overall architectural beauty.

Mysore Palace is an excellent example of Indo-Saracenic architecture; the domes and the outside construction show

Muslim influence, but the interior of the Palace is a fine example of Hindu architecture. Together, it is a delightful aesthetic blend of Hindu and Muslim artistic styles.

Although the present palace is only a little over a century old, there is clear evidence showing that a royal structure existed at the present location even before the two Yadu dynasty princes, Yaduraya and Krishnaraya, came to Mysore in 1399 A.D.

Overnight at Royal Orchid Metropole (B, L, D)

Day 3: Mysore – Kabini (Nagarhole)

Early morning excursion to Ranganathithu bird sanctuary. Ranganathittu covers an area of less than 1 sq. km, but has a very high density of bird populations, making this a premium viewing site. The most common birds in the sanctuary are painted storks, spoonbills, white ibises, egrets, herons, and partridges. Most of the birds stay on tiny islands within the river and can be approached by boat.

The Kaven River, which runs through the sanctuary, is also home to a few crocodiles.

Later drive to Nagarhole National Park (2 hrs.)

Nagarhole is the perfect getaway for bird lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike; a place rich in forests, little streams, undulating valleys, and fascinating waterfalls. Nagarhole is a haven for many wild animals and is one of the last safe asylums for Asian elephants. Visiting Nagarhole would undoubtedly be an ethereal experience – a trip to paradise and back, and one never to be forgotten.

The misty Brahmagiri Mountains form a perfect backdrop to the natural sounds of the jungle, and the murmuring of the streams and rivers. The snake-like river that winds through the forests is the source of the name of the reserve; ‘Naga’ signifying snake and ‘Hole’ meaning river, it is derived from the Kannada language of the region. Nagarhole is a place of never-ending enchantment, due to the extensive number of species found there including four-horned antelope, panther, warblers, hornbills, spotted deer, mouse deer, pangolin, gaur, and giant flying squirrel among many others.

Overnight at The Serai (B, L, D)

Day 4: Nagarhole

Morning Jungle Safari in the park via shared jeep or canter. Later enjoy a short coracle ride on the Kabini River. A coracle is a small, maneuverable country boat which is ideal for game viewing in this park.

Night Trails: As night descends upon the Kabini landscape, a whole world of nocturnal life emerges. Those of you not lured by after-dinner television can explore nature around the resort at night, armed only with flashlights and a spirit of adventure. Naturalists will escort you around the areas just outside the resort, and close to the Kabini’s shoreline. This is where you will encounter the fascinating nocturnal world of beetles, spiders, owls, moths, lizards, and even plants as you

partake in this unusual nighttime expedition. Overnight at The Serai (B, L, D)

Day 5: Nagarhole

Morning Nature Walk: A guided Nature Walk is one of the best ways to explore the treasures of nature. A naturalist will unravel the beauty of birds, insects, trees, and wildflowers on this expedition. The walk would take you along the banks of the Kabini river, and then through the scrub and fields along the nearby village roads.

During the afternoon, you will cruise through the serene backwaters of the Kabini River on a motorboat, viewing sleepy crocodiles and chirpy birds, busy with their morning catch. You will have the opportunity to view a variety of wildlife, including elephants, coming to the river for a bath or a drink.

Overnight at The Serai (B, L, D)

Day 6: Kabini – Bandipur National Park

After your leisurely breakfast, we will drive to Bandipur National Park (2 hrs.)

Serai-Bandipur, unlike any other resort in the region, is situated very close to the Bandipur National Park. Because Serai- Bandipur rubs shoulders with the Bandipur National Park, it provides an experience quite unlike anything you’ve ever

experienced. It isn’t uncommon to hear the calls of wild animals and the trumpeting of elephants as they pass by the resort.

Among other things, the Serai -Bandipur offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the magnificent Nilgiris Mountains. Look out of your bedroom window, and you’ll be presented with a perpetually changing view of the Nilgiris. Bandipur National Park teems with wildlife and provides a safe haven to a wide variety of animals, including the four-horned antelope, gaur, Asiatic elephant, leopard, sloth bear, black napped hare, black leopard, and a host of bird species like the barbet, babbler, warbler, and the Indian peafowl.

Upon arrival in Bandipur, check in to the hotel. Overnight at The Serai (B, L, D)

Day 7: Bandipur National Park

Morning and afternoon shared jeep/canter in search of the wildlife in this beautiful park. You will have the option to hire a bicycle from the resort to go on cycle trails around the resort and enjoy bird watching. For those who enjoy staying up a bit later, there is stargazing in the evening under the clear skies.

Overnight at The Serai (B, L, D)

Day 8: Bandipur – Wayanad

After an early morning Safari and a delicious breakfast, drive to Wayanad (2 hrs.)

The Tranquil Resort comprises 400 acres of private coffee and spice plantation nestled in the lush forest of Wayanad; this is an exotic location in Kerala. The name says it all, the Tranquil Resort is a small private estate that offers a luxurious homelike experience surrounded by an environment of exquisite ecological beauty and unending relaxation.

The elegant suites & tree villas enjoy a panoramic overview of the coffee plantation. This resort offers you your own personal and private sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of life. In addition to simply relaxing, you can also enjoy leisurely walks and bird watching in and around the plantation. The main cropping season for coffee and areca nut is between mid-January – mid-March, and at this time, the plantation buzzes with activity.

In addition to a pool and Ayurvedic massages, the Tranquil Resort also offers nature walks. You can choose from 12 different routes ranging from “Braveheart” to “Teaser” walks. Guests are provided with walk maps and the routes are well marked out with signboards.

Overnight at Tranquil Resort (B, L, D)

Day 9: Wayanad

Full day free to enjoy activities in and around Wayanad .

Afternoon activities include a coffee plantation visit. Wayanad has a successful spice cultivation program, and visiting those who grow spices in the area is now a part of the district’s development plan. The idea of the spice tour was conceived as an alternative source of income for small scale farmers and planters in Wayanad. Spice tours are also arranged to provide an introduction to the spice growers’ lifestyle to travelers.

Cooking class followed by dinner. Overnight at Tranquil Resort (B, L, D)

Day 10: Wayanad – Cochin

After breakfast drive to Kochi (7 hrs.)

Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as ‘God’s Own Country’. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.

In the evening visit Kathakali Dance theatre for a live performance of the famous Kathakali dance show. Kathakali is a traditional dance form of Kerala, and the impressive facial expressions, hand gestures, and dance moves that will leave one spellbound.

Overnight at Eighth Bastion (B, L, D)

Day 11: Cochin

Morning sightseeing tour of Cochin city visiting Bolghatty Palace, St Francis Church, Jewish Synagogue (remains closed on Friday & Saturday), Dutch Palace (Mattancherry) (remains closed on Friday).

You will also get to see the iconic Chinese fishing nets, Cheenavala, that are unique to this city. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. Oddly, these nets are found only in Kochi, not in China! Many fishermen earn their livelihood using these massive nets, with a whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen being dotted with them.

Your tour concludes with a visit to Fort Cochin – a small community in itself. Since it is a natural harbor
and one of the most important trade centers in the south of India, Kochi Fort of Kerala is one of the most significant towns in the state. One can see a unique blend of Dutch and Portuguese influences in Fort Cochin, due to colonial occupation of Cochin for many years

Cooking class followed by dinner. Overnight at Eighth Bastion (B, L, D)

Day 12: Cochin – Houseboat

After breakfast drive to Alleppey (1 hr.) to board Houseboat, on arrival check-in at Houseboat.

Sail along with the meandering network of Kerala backwaters, witness the exceptional water world and experience its countless gems. Just before sunset, Houseboat ties up for the night & dinner is served onboard.

Overnight onboard Houseboat (B, L, D)

Day 13: Houseboat – Kumarakom

Following breakfast onboard, drive to Kumarakom (1 1⁄2 hrs.). On arrival in Kumarakom, check-in at the hotel, Kumarakom Lake Resort.

Overnight at Kumarakom Lake Resort (B, L, D)

Day 14: Kumarakom & Fly home

After breakfast on time transfer to Cochin airport to connect flight for onward destination. (B)

IMPORTANT NOTE

Using decades of experience, and with the help of our local partners, we have crafted this itinerary in detail to create a program that maximizes opportunities for exploring sites, and to facilitate wildlife encounters. Our expeditions use the best accommodations available. However, unpredictable circumstances such as weather, flight delays, or cancellations, labor strikes, road conditions, traffic, hotel overbookings, and other factors may force adjusting the program on site.

These events or realities are out of our control and are an inherent risk when traveling, especially on expeditions to this kind of remote destinations. Your Expedition Leader might also decide to alter the program in case opportunities arise to improve cultural or wildlife experiences.

Please note that the expedition leader and hotels could change without notice due to force majeure reasons. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Accommodations

GOLDFINCH HOTEL – BANGALORE

Goldfinch Hotel Bangalore is centrally located in Bangalore. This boutique hotel offers a 24-hour front desk. Free Wi-Fi is available. Fully air-conditioned, rooms at Goldfinch are fitted with flat-screen cable/satellite TV, sofa and work desk. Tea/coffee making facilities and a mini-bar are also included. Free bottled water is provided. Kebab Studio and Banjara Restaurant feature all-day dining and a buffet of international dishes. The hotel’s sports bar offers drinks and big-screen viewing for sports enthusiasts.

ROYAL ORCHID METROPOLE – MYSORE

Royal Orchid Metropole offers modern amenities in a heritage building, featuring 4-star accommodations in a former Maharajah’s residence. It features an outdoor pool and fitness center. Spacious rooms at Metropole feature wooden four-poster beds and private balconies with views of tropical greenery. Rooms have dining and seating areas. Metropole Royal Orchid has a well-equipped business center and a tour desk that helps with travel arrangements. Shikari serves a range of barbecued dishes and local specialties, accompanied by views of the hotel’s tropical gardens. Room service is available.

THE SERAI – KABINI

This 4-star resort sits on the banks of the Kabini River. It features an outdoor pool and a hot tub and is well-located for wildlife watching. The Serai Kabini offers spacious, air-conditioned rooms and villas which feature views of the Kabini River from either private or shared patios. The private bathrooms all include a hairdryer and free toiletries. A free breakfast is served each day at the Wild Grass restaurant, which also serves Indian, Western, and Chinese cuisine. Room service is also available. Guests can use the free weights or cardio equipment at the fitness center or relax at the resort’s spa with a massage treatment. The staff at the 24-hour front desk can provide dry cleaning and laundry facilities.

TRANQUIL RESORT -WAYANAD

Located in Ambalavayal, Tranquil Resort provides accommodations with a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and a shared lounge. This 4-star resort features free WiFi and a garden. The resort features family rooms. Guest rooms at the resort are equipped with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and a shower. All guest rooms will provide guests with a desk and an electric tea pot. Tranquil Resort offers a buffet or American breakfast.

EIGHTH BASTION – KOCHI

Located in Ambalavayal, Tranquil Resort provides accommodations with a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and a shared lounge. This 4-star resort features free WiFi and a garden. The resort features family rooms. Guest rooms at the resort are equipped with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and a shower. All guest rooms will provide guests with a desk and an electric tea pot. Tranquil Resort offers a buffet or American breakfast.

Departure

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2021 & 2022 Prices

Additional Services for 2021:

Room night at Kumarakom Lake Resort with breakfast: USD 228 per person per night
Cooking Class: USD 72 per person
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: USD 42 per person

Additional Services for 2022:

Room night at Kumarakom Lake Resort with breakfast: USD 240 per person per night
Cooking Class: USD 84 per person
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: USD 48 per person

Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy. Domestic Air prices are estimated and may change due to price variation by the airline.

*New Paths Club member prices include direct wire payment benefit plus additional discounts. If Club Members use a credit card, a 5% surcharge will apply.

 

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Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • 24/7 services of an NPE Senior Leader during the expedition.
  • Local Guides
  • All accommodations and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • All excursions as stated in the itinerary
  • 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 treks 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.

 

Deposits and final payments:

  • In order to guarantee your space on this expedition, a deposit of $1,500 is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining cost will be charged 120 before the expedition begins.
  • Using these funds, New Paths Expeditions will make a deposit of 30% of the cost of your domestic air tickets to guarantee your seats in the needed flights. Please note that even though New Paths Expeditions will make the mentioned deposit, the domestic air tickets are not included and their cost will be added to your final invoice. In case you cancel your expedition, due to airline policies, we will not be able to refund the cost of the tickets, nor we will be able to transfer them to another expedition participant.
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Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

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Recomended Programs

Uganda Expedition 2021

Uganda Expedition 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.
Max Group Size: Only 12 participants!
Departures: March 4, 2021 & September 15, 2021

Uganda & Rwanda

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 impressive landscape. Our expedition is designed to let you experience it all, the diverse wildlife, the primates, and the unique local culture.

 


Why chose NPE:

  • 4 National Parks
  • More wildlife
  • Less driving on bad roads
  • 3 Small plane flights
  • The most beautiful drives are included
  • Window seats guaranteed during drives
  • The best lodging available
  • Gorilla, 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

Details in Brief:

Duration: 11 days in country (Plus a 4-day Extension)

Leader: Jorge Salas (only for 2020)

Maximum Number of Participants: 12

Departure: March 4, 2021 and September 15, 2021

 


Expedition Leader

Jorge Salas, a Senior Leader with over 25 years of experience leading expeditions in all continents. Jorge is a great lecturer, a passionate wildlife and travel photographer, and a favorite among our guests. He has been published by Smithsonian, WWF, Nature Conservancy and many other international media.

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 localised 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.

 

The Rwanda Extension

Details in Brief:

Duration: 4 days in country
Leader: Local Naturalist Guide
Maximum Number of Participants: 12


Itinerary in Brief:

Day 1 – To Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park

Today we leave Uganda behind us as we have a scenic drive through the Switzerland of East Africa to Kinigi in Rwanda. We travel via the Kanaba Gap, Kisoro, and the Cyanika border into Rwanda – the land of a thousand hills. 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. It borders Virunga National Park in the Demographic Republic of Congo And Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. It is a 90-minute drive for Kigali, the Capital of Rwanda. Volcanoes National Park is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga, and Sabyinyo). The park was first gazetted in 1925 and was the first national park in Africa.

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 subspecies 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 recommended. 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)


Important Note

Using decades of experience and with the help of our local partners we have crafted this itinerary in detail and have created a program that maximizes the opportunities for exploring sites and to facilitate wildlife encounters while using the best accommodations available. However, unpredictable circumstances such as weather, flight delays or cancellations, labor strikes, road conditions, traffic, hotel overbookings, and other factors may force adjusting the program on site. These events or realities are out of our control and an inherent risk when traveling, especially on expeditions to this kind of remote destinations. Your Expedition Leader might also decide to alter the program in case opportunities to improve the cultural or wildlife experiences are found. Please note that the expedition leader and hotels could change without notice due to force majeure reasons. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Accommodations

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.

 


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 en-suite bathroom (containing bathtubs and showers, plenty of hot water and flushing WC) and private veranda. Includes complementary 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.


MAHOGANY SPRINGS LODGE

Mahogany Springs offers privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular setting. At Mahogany Springs it is the little touches that make the big difference, from the tiny details in the design of the lodge through to the unrivalled service levels provided by the highly trained management team.


THE FIVE VOLCANOES BOUTIQUE HOTEL

All services ranging from high-end accommodation with heated rooms, fully fledge spa services, modern restaurant etc. to packed lunch and refreshment packages to non-resident guests – as the only facility in that region and is situated 10 minutes from park HQ.

 


HOTEL DES MILLE COLLINES

This is a 4-star hotel situated in the middle of Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. The hotel boasts 112 exclusive rooms, which have all been completely refurbished and upgraded to a high standard. All of the rooms have their own balcony and access to wireless internet. The hotel will be having its Grand reopening in February 2011.

Departure

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Details

Included in 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 stated in the itinerary
  • All excursions as stated 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 which 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 treks 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.

 

Deposits and final payments:

  • In order to guarantee your space on the Uganda Expedition, a deposit of $1,500 is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining cost will be charged 120 before the expedition begins.
  • Using these funds, New Paths Expeditions will make a deposit of 30% of the cost of your domestic air tickets to guarantee your seats in the needed flights. Please note that even though New Paths Expeditions will make the mentioned deposit, the domestic air tickets are not included and their cost will be added to your final invoice. In case you cancel your expedition, due to airline policies, we will not be able to refund the cost of the tickets, nor we will be able to transfer them to another expedition participant.
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Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

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Papua New Guinea 2021

Papua New Guinea 2021 Expedition

The most complete itinerary to explore The Land of Unexpected: Papua New Guinea. Designed to provide you with the maximum exposure not only to the natural wonders of the island but also to the culture of the indigenous peoples.
Max Group Size: Only 14 participants!
Only One Departure: August 10, 2021
  • Birdwatching

Papua New Guinea

In Papua New Guinea you take a time machine back to experience the way our ancestors lived in the Stone Age. The ancient cultures of the highlands have remained nearly unchanged for thousands of years, as they had lived in complete isolation until 1935.

While the culture of the peoples of PNG is considered to be that of the Paleolithic Era, it is fascinatingly complex, with 800 of the world’s 6,000 languages being found in culturally diverse Papua New Guinea. It is also interesting to note that agriculture has been practiced here for the last 9,000 years, and these long years have created the unique stone age cultures and societies that populate the Island today.

 


Highlights:

  • Port Moresby
  • Mount Hagen
  • Mount Hagen Sing Sing Festival
  • Visit Tari ‘ The Home of the Huli
  • Crocodile Men of the Sepik Headwaters
  • Sepik Spirit Navigation
  • Upper Karawari River & Lodge

Details in Brief:

Duration: 13 days in country

Leader: Jorge Salas

Maximum Number of Participants: 14

Departures: Aug 10, 2021

Is this the right expedition for you?

New Paths Expeditions has crafted a journey to Papua New Guinea like no other, designed to provide you with the maximum exposure not only to the natural wonders of the island but also to the culture of the indigenous peoples. We will visit the Huli tribe in Tari, arriving by small aircraft chartered flight. The Huli are known as the Huli Wigmen, for their elaborate decorative wigs made from the hair grown by selected tribe’s young men during their initiation period.

Wildlife and natural wonders make PNG – along with Madagascar, the Amazon, and the Congo – one of our planet’s ‘Mega-Diverse Hotspots.’ This Island not only has 10% of the world’s vertebrates but 7% of the world’s higher (vascular) plants, including some spectacular orchid species. For those who love to discover nature first hand, Papua New Guinea’s rainforest offers you the opportunity to enjoy this unique endemic wildlife. The flying jewels of the forest, the birds of paradise, will astound you with their colorful and flamboyant plumage; 38 of the known 43 species of this bird are found in PNG.

The use of small chartered aircraft will provide an aerial panorama view of the Papua New Guinea forests and mountains. We guarantee they will be a highlight of the expedition.

Our carefully crafted expedition also includes an exploration of the Sepik River Basin aboard the comfortable Sepik Spirit, designed to resemble a native spirit house. Our river journey will give us access to primitive Crocodile Men of the Chambri tribe, who receive scars on their bodies that resemble the scales of these dangerous reptiles.

New Paths Expeditions has been exploring Papua New Guinea for over 15 years, and our expedition will provide you with an experience unlike any other. Travel back in time and witness the origins of men and some of the most incredible natural wonders on earth. Because the group will be limited to only 16 explorers, I urge you to make your reservations early, and I look forward to meeting and joining you on our PNG adventure.


Expedition Leader

Jorge Salas, a Senior Leader with over 25 years of experience leading expeditions in all continents. Jorge is a great lecturer, a passionate wildlife and travel photographer, and a favorite among our guests. He has been published by Smithsonian, WWF, Nature Conservancy and many other international media.

Itinerary in Brief

Tuesday 10 August 2021: Arrive in Port Moresby

Arrive today in Port Moresby. After clearing immigration and customs and exiting the arrival lounge, you will meet our representatives and check-in at the Airways Hotel, the best hotel in Papua New Guinea, located just 5 minutes from the airport.

Use the rest of the day to rest and recover from your flight. Later, join your Senior Expedition Leader for a cocktail, a complete expedition briefing, and orientation followed by dinner at the hotel’s poolside restaurant.

Overnight at Airways Hotel Dakota Room (The best rooms of this, the best hotel in PNG).

Please note that your room will be ready at 2 PM. If you need an earlier check-in, please let us know. Extra fees may apply depending on availability. (D)

Overnight: AIRWAYS HOTEL DAKOTA WING (D)

Wednesday 11 August 2021: Charter Flight to Karawari – Embark Sepik Spirit

Transfer from your hotel to Jackson’s airport for your flight to Mt Hagen. At Mount Hagen, connect with your private chartered flight to Karawari, an amazing morning flight over the highlands that later descends to the tropical rain forest of the Karawari River. Upon landing, we embark on jet boats for travel to the junction of the Karawari and Krosmary Rivers, where we plan to arrive in time for lunch on board the Sepik Spirit. This river cruiser will be our home for the next 3 days and nights. Inspired by the spirit houses of the native tribes, this is a small, intimate, and unique-looking ship, and the only one that allows for exploration of these very remote waterways.

Overnight: SEPIK SPIRIT (B, L, D)

Thursday and Friday, 12-13 August 2021: Explore the Head Waters of the Sepik River

We will use these two days to explore, on our jet boats, the remote villages found on the headwaters of the Sepik River. Among the people we meet will be the Crocodile People, who were formerly cannibals. These people scar themselves in a ceremonial process to honor their totem, the crocodile, and also their ancestors. We will even be invited into the most sacred of their places – their spirit houses. If you are an art lover, you will also find traditional art to add to your collection.

Needless to say, birdwatching is fantastic both on the river and in the areas surrounding the clan villages, and we will hopefully see more birds of paradise.

Overnight: SEPIK SPIRIT (B, L, D)

Saturday & Sunday, 14-15 August 2021: Explore the Nature and Cultures of Karawari

After breakfast you will be transferred to Karawari Lodge. Karawari Lodge, poised on the ridge overlooking the river and jungle-clad Sepik Basin, is a world entirely unique. The real fascinations here are the people and how they live with the land and how it molds their lives. They still live as they have for generations – rituals, sing- sings, storytelling, food gathering and preparation. With Karawari’s carefully planned cultural program, daily visits in river boats are made to selected villages allowing one the opportunity to be able to observe village life and customs, participate in typical daily activities and see traditional ceremonies. We will visit remote jungle waterways where we will find huge lichen and vine – festooned trees, masses of brilliant flame flowers, and a profusion of orchids. The soft dawn glimmers on these waterways and the vast plain erupts with a myriad of birds – the raucous jungle music. Dug-out canoes glide close by the river banks – stilt villages suddenly spring in sight along the flowing waters. Here we will see man and the environment as it has been for thousands of years. We also have the possibility to birdwatch for the Twelve Wired Bird of Paradise!

Overnight: KARAWARI LODGE (B, L, D)

Monday 16 August 2021: Chartered flight to Madang (Coast)

Travel by boat to the Karawari Airstrip to meet your charter aircraft. Fly from the tropical rain forest up to the highlands and then descend towards the coast to reach Madang. Picked up at the airport and drive past Machine Gun Beach and Golf Coast enroute to the Madang Resort Hotel. After lunch enjoy a village visit and get to see a builum and a carving demonstration.

Overnight: MADANG RESORT HOTEL (B, L, D)

Tuesday 17 August 2021: Explore Madang

After breakfast you proceed on your first full day tour. First stop will be at the Madang Cultural Centre Located in the town center, the Haus Tumbuna (cultural centre) on Modilon Road was officially opened in 1981 to celebrate the cultural and history of Madang. Although small it contains significant culture items along with a pictorial history of early European settlement and WWII occupation by the Japanese. Leaving town you will travel to Balek Village to see the flora and fauna sanctuary operated by the villagers. A sulphur creek runs through a steep rock escarpment and empties into the ocean three kilometers away, the villagers feed fresh water eels and the occasional turtle by ‘calling’ them with food scraps. The flora consists of orchids, wild pepper and many different tropical palms. In 1997 the area become a film set for a grave site in the movie “Robinson Crusoe” starring Pierce Brosnan. The final stop before returning to Madang will be Bilbil Village which is renowned for traditional pottery; all made by hand, no pottery wheel. Prior to German settlement the pottery from Bilbil and Yabob villages was traded along the coast as far as the volcanic island of Manam Island past Bogia to the north, and eastward to the Siassi Islands off the north coast of the Huon Peninsular in the Vitiaz Straits. These trade trips were made on board specially built canoes known as Balangut. In 2013 the villagers built a Balangut to celebrate PNG Independence Day, the first time a vessel had been built in 30 years. A (Cultural Performance) singing will also be witnessed at the village. Your excursion now returns to town and will stop at the Coastwatcher’s Memorial Lighthouse. This working lighthouse was unveiled inAugust1959 and was built in recognition of the Coastwatcher’s and their native helpers who provided valuable intelligence to allied forces during WWII, not only in PNG but throughout the Solomon Islands. Today the site also serves as a memorial for the remembrance of those who fought the Japanese in and around Madang as well as those who served in the WW I and II. Tour should terminate back at the hotel by mid-day, in time for lunch. Proceed with lunch than followed by an afternoon tour to Alexishafen Catholic Mission Station and the Japanese Airstrip. Back at our hotel, enjoy free time and dinner.

Overnight: MADANG RESORT HOTEL (B, L, D)

 

Wednesday 18 August 2021: Cruise the Madang Harbor and Snorkeling

After breakfast you depart Madang Resort wharf by small cruise boat, cruise into the harbor passing the Bilia Island on the starboard side and the township of Madang on the port side. Proceed further into the harbor then

onto Bode Point where the main port facility is located. Pass the Bode point and cruise into the Industrial Harbor of Binen. Exiting the Binen Harbor and the Bode Point cruise further into narrow channel into the Meiro Riverdelta then into the Madang Lagoon passing many small islands including Siar. Krangket, Wangat and Tab Island where a stop will be made at Wangat or Tab to enable you to enjoy a snorkeling /swim. While enjoying the warm clear waters swimming and snorkeling, a BBQ lunch will be organized. Lunch will be served around 12:00noon. You after lunch can do some more snorkeling before returning to the Resort.

Overnight: MADANG RESORT HOTEL (B, L, D)

 

Thursday 19 August 2021: To the Highlands on a Private Flight – Nature Walk

Early morning breakfast and check out for your room. Transfer to the airport in time for your charter flight to Mt. Hagen over vast tracts of highlands grasslands, beside some of the tallest mountains in the country. This is a spectacular flight. Mount Hagen town is in the upper Waghi Valley – some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world. Once in Mount Hagen, enjoy a scenic drive up the mountains to the beautiful Rondon Ridge Lodge. The views and nature that surrounds it are simply amazing. An afternoon guided nature walk and birding tour will enable you to explore the area surrounding the Lodge grounds in search of Birds of Paradise.

Overnight: RONDON RIDGE (B, L, D)

 

Friday 20 August 2021: Pre-Show Sing Sing

In preparation to the Mount Haggen Sing Sing (Show), this gathering is attended by over 100 men and women from more than 10 tribes scattered across the highlands and mainland coastal areas. While this sing sing is relatively small in comparison to others, we will be more than compensated not only by the beautiful setting, including the stunning village location, but also by the absence of crowds of tourists; this is a meaningful, friendlier, and intimate experience for all of us.

We will be able to watch the participants prepare their bilas, or traditional dress, paint their faces and bodies, and embellish themselves with bird of paradise feathers. The group will be able to mingle with the performers and take their pictures. Once the dancing begins, we will really be able to appreciate these preparations and take part in the festivities.

In true “Tumbuna style”, a big mumu (underground oven) is fired up for lunch, and while the food is cooking the sing sing’s guests are free to explore the village and socialize with the local residents.

At the conclusion of this amazing celebration, we will return to our hotel to enjoy dinner, share photographs, and receive a complete briefing about the next day event: The Mount Hagen Sing Sing.

Overnight: RONDON RIDGE (B, L, D)

 

Saturday 21 August 2021: Mount Hagen Sing Sing – Back to Port Moresby

This is one of the greatest experiences of your life. After breakfast you will be transferred from the lodge to the show ground in Mount Hagen. Today you will spend the full day at the Mount Hagen Show – world famous for its colour, culture and vibrancy. It is a truly spectacular event where 60 to 100 tribes (Thousands of participants, all dressed in traditional customs and body paintings). The diversity of the coastal, lowland and highlands sing sing groups at the Hagen show reflects the incredible diversity of the Papua New Guinea’s landscape – an unforgettable experience to all the senses, and a photographers dream. After the show experience, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight from Mt. Hagen to Port Moresby. Upon arrival, transfer to your modern and very comfortable hotel, located just 5 minutes away from the airport.

Overnight: AIRWAYS HOTEL DAKOTA WING (B, L)

 

Sunday 22 August 2021: Explore Port Moresby

After breakfast, enjoy a visit to the National Parliament Building, built in the style of a Spirit House. The National Museum will be our next stop where we will be able to see and appreciate the superb collection of artefacts collected from the country’s 800 different tribes.

Port Moresby’s beautiful Nature Park is a wonderful introduction to the flora and fauna of this island paradise. Not only will you meet some of the country’s wildlife such as cassowaries and tree kangaroos, but you will also be introduced to the park’s excellent and extensive orchid collection. Enjoy lunch at the gardens before visiting Hanuabada (“big village”) to see the collection of ramshackle houses built on stilts.

Once back at the hotel and after time to relax, enjoy a cocktail and farewell dinner.

Overnight: AIRWAYS HOTEL DAKOTA WING (B, L, D)

 

Monday 23 August 2021: Fly Back Home

Transfer from your hotel to Jackson’s airport for your international flight. (B)

Accommodations

AIRWAYS HOTEL (Port Moresby)

This is the best hotel in all of Papua New Guinea. Located just 5 minutes from the airport, it not only has modern facilities, but also lovely surrounding vistas. We have blocked rooms in the Bacchus Wing on the ground floor, and these are comfortable rooms with air conditioning, safety deposit box, and modern bathrooms with all the needed amenities. The restaurants and bars on the hotel’s upper floor provide great views and the best food in the country. The Airways includes a gym, and shops where fine and tribal art objects, as well as souvenirs, are available. WiFi is available in the guest rooms and lobby, but it can be slow or fail altogether temporarily.


MADANG RESORT HOTEL (Madang)

Today the old Hotel Madang is now the Madang Resort one of the most iconic resorts in the Pacific Region. Whilst the Resort has 120 guest rooms with a further 20 under construction, the adjacent Kalibobo Village, also owned by the Barter family has a further 80 rooms, cottages, apartments catering for longer term guests and tenants – together offering more than 200 rooms.


MOUNT HAGEN (Rondon Ridge)

Rondon Ridge is located 7,100ft above sea level on the fringes of the Kubor mountain range. With panoramic views of the Wahgi Valley down below, it is a great location for an exploration of the Highlands.

The lodge is a 40-minute drive from Mt Hagen town and features 24 rooms with modern en-suite bathrooms. Electricity is generated from the lodge’s own hydroelectric power plant which harnesses the power of a nearby mountain stream. There is also a bright and spacious restaurant and lounge area overlooking the forest.


SEPIK SPIRIT (Sepik River)

The Sepik Spirit is the best, and only, ship that navigates the headwaters of the Sepik River. This is a comfortable ship designed to look like a tribal spirit house, and features artistic, handcrafted woodwork make by the local tribes. Air conditioning is available in all the guest rooms and the common areas. Rooms have comfortable beds, large windows, and ensuite bathrooms with hot running water. The food aboard ship is good and the lounge cozy and relaxing. The Sepik Spirit is equipped with jet boats for exploration (please be aware that jet boat engines are loud and vibrate, so if you have sensitive ears, please include ear plugs in your luggage).


KARAWARI LODGE (Karawari)

Perched high on the banks of the remote Karawari River, and built to resemble a spirit house, the Karawari Lodge includes an impressive collection of tribal art as well as providing beautiful vistas, especially the unforgettable, color saturated sunsets. The lodge rooms are basic, with fans and mosquito nets. Electricity is spotty, and although it is a beautiful property, because of the rusticity of the rooms, we are staying here only one night. However, your stay will be unforgettable in a good way.

Departure

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Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy.

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** Some special conditions apply, please check the single supplement section of this booklet.

The expedition needs 6 guests to depart.

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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 at included 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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Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

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Colombia Expedition 2021

Colombia Expedition 2021

Colombia, a country associated with color, beauty, tropical warmth and endless bounty. One of the world’s most exciting emerging wildlife watching destinations.

Max Group Size: Only 14 participants
Departures: February 8, 2021
  • Prime Cathedral of Bogota

Colombia

Colombia – a country associated with color, beauty, tropical warmth and endless bounty. The natural riches found within its borders aren’t found here by chance, however. It’s Colombia’s rugged, broken and unique geography that makes it one of the world’s most diverse countries, a literal treasure trove of biological evolution, where this same geography has created many restricted-range species, found across Colombia’s 5 main geographical regions – Andean, Pacific, the Caribbean, Llanos (plains) and Amazon.

 


Highlights:

  • Explore Bogota in full, including the Gold Museum, Botero Museum and a welcome dinner at Cerro Monserrate, overlooking the city, during sunset.
  • Travel deep, by plane and 4×4, to the heart of the Colombian Llanos in search of South American mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds by boat, 4×4 and on horse (Optional).
  • Return to Bogota for a deeper immersion in the Colombian culture. Gourmet coffee tasting included.
  • Climb to the recently-opened-to-travelers Santa Marta Highlands for superb panoramas, a coffee plantation experience, and to bird watch at one of the most important habitats on earth.
  • Travel down to the Caribbean coast, to the beautiful Tayrona National Park, for more impressive birding, and to interact with the Kogi tribe. Leisure time on this remote piece of paradise is included.
  • Spend three amazing days in colonial Cartagena, one of the greatest UNESCO sites in South America.
  • 4-Day extension to the Colombian & Peruvian Amazon for superb wildlife encounters.

Details in Brief

Duration: 11 days in country (Plus a 4-day Extension)

Maximum Number of Participants: 14

Departures: February 8, 2021


Expedition Leader

Jorge Salas

A Senior Leader with over 25 years of experience leading expeditions in all continents. Jorge is a great lecturer, a passionate wildlife and travel photographer, and a favorite among our guests. He has been published by Smithsonian, WWF, Nature Conservancy and many other international media.

Itinerary in Brief

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Day 1: Arrive in Bogota.

Arrive in Bogota (8530 ft). Transfer to the hotel. Early check-in guaranteed. Rest. 2 PM Detailed brie ng and geographic orientation by your Leader. Visit the impressive Gold Museum. Visit Cerro Monserrate for sunset photographs. Early welcome dinner. Overnight at B.O.G Hotel (Dinner) NOTE: If you wish to arrive a day early, your room will be ready and paid for, but extra transfer charges may apply.


Day 2: Fly to Yopal & Wildlife observation in Llanos Savannah.

Early AM commercial flight to Yopal. Full morning 4×4 transfer with packed breakfast to the lodge, in route we will penetrate very remote territories in the Llanos savannah with wildlife that can be spotted at any time. Lunch at the lodge. PM: Boat ride (2-3 hrs), and Safari. Sunset over Llanos + introductory talk. Dinner at the lodge. Overnight at Juan Solito Lodge (B, L, D)


Day 3: The Llanos Wildlife.

4×4 Wildlife search excursion (Horseback riding available if desired). Typical lunch at the lodge. PM: at leisure to relax. Nighttime wildlife excursion. Dinner at the lodge followed by folklore show. Overnight at Juan Solito Lodge (B, L, D)


Day 4: Birding & Visit to La Aurora original farmhouse.

Birding. Visit of La Aurora original farmhouse. Possible fishing if wished. Lunch at the lodge. Early PM: Transfer to Yopal and flight to Bogota. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at B.O.G Hotel (B, L)


Day 5: Bogota City Tour.

Bogota city tour; Botero Museum, Plaza de Bolivar, and La Candelaria walking tour. Upscale cofee sampling included. PM: short rest time followed by a visit to Usaquen township for arts, crafts and local culture. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at B.O.G Hotel (B, L, D)


Day 6: Fly to Santa Marta. Birding time at Mica on route to the lodge.

Morning transfer to the airport. Fly to Santa Marta and transfer to the Lodge (5 hrs). This drive climbs from the sea level to over 7217 ft asl up a winding mountain road. Along the way, stop for a picnic lunch at a co ee plantation, and to learn all about Colombian coffee. Check-in and rest at the lodge. PM: Late birding for endemics in the reserve. Dinner. Overnight at El Dorado Lodge (B, L, D)


Day 7: Cuchilla de San Lorenzo.

Drive up to the Cuchilla de San Lorenzo gap, for more birdwatching, nature walks, and outstanding views. Lunch at the lodge. PM: Leisure birding around the lodge or enjoy a nature walk and panorama photography. Dinner. Overnight at El Dorado Lodge (B, L, D)


Day 8: To a Remote Corner of the Caribbean.

AM: Optional early AM birding for those interested. After a leisure breakfast, drive down to the coast, arriving at our beach and jungle hotel for lunch. Evening at leisure to enjoy the beautiful setting. Short lecture followed by dinner. Overnight at Villa Maria (B, L, D)


Day 9: Tayrona National Park and the Kogi Tribe.

At 7.30 AM, transfer to Tayrona National Park for morning birding. Return to the hotel for lunch and then visit a Kogi settlement and interact with this fascinating human group. Dinner at hotel. Overnight at Villa Maria (B, L, D)


Day 10: The Caribbean Coast and Cartagena.

7 AM: Transfer to Cartagena along the coast highway (5 hrs). Lunch. PM: City tour part 1. Free time to explore and photograph Cartagena. Overnight at Tcherassi Hotel & Spa (B, L, D)

(B, L)


Day 11: Cartagena.

Complete Cartagena tour including Barrio Manga, Popa Monastery, Saint Philip Castle, The Vaults. Farewell dinner in a cozy upscale restaurant. Overnight at Tcherassi Hotel & Spa (B, L, D)


Day 12: Fly Home

Time to further explore Cartagena until your transfer to the airport to catch the flight back to the US (B)

The Extension

Details in Brief:

Duration: 4 days in country
Leader: Local Naturalist Guide
Maximum Number of Participants: 14


Itinerary in Brief:

Day 11: Fly to Leticia. Transfer to the hotel for check-in. PM: Transfer to Tanimboca Nature Reserve for wildlife watching.

Arriving in Leticia, the main city of Colombia’s Amazon region, you’ll be met by the transport that will take you to the hotel. You’ll then head out to the private Tanimboca Reserve. Here at the reserve, we’ll begin to search for wildlife typical of the Amazon region. You’ll head back to the hotel for dinner, ready for an early start the next day.

Overnight at the Waira Suites Hotel – Standard room (B, D)

Day 12: Discover the Marasha Nature Reserve.

Today you’ll head out on a private launch to the excellent reserve of Marasha for a full morning’s birding and wildlife watching. Lunch at the reserve before you’ll head out again by boat to your accommodation for the night – a wonderful jungle lodge in its reserve – Calanoa Amazonas. Dinner at Calanoa.

Overnight at Calanoa Amazonas – Standard Hut (B, L, D)

Day 13: Wildlife watching and meeting with the local Tikuna indigenous group.

Today will begin with a relatively short boat ride to the Amacayacu River. Along the river, we’ll be looking for Red Howler-Monkey, Yellow-handed Titi, soaring raptors that dominate the skies and those that also perch typically by the riverside such as the massive Black-collared Hawk and Laughing Falcon. Lunch will be had at a local restaurant before heading out to one of the Colombian Amazon’s main attractions – Tarapoto Lake. You’ll make your way across the ‘Correo’ canal into the lake looking out for species of monkey, bird and if fortunate, river otters. Upon arrival at the lake, the main headline species here are the Pink River Dolphins. Dinner at Calanoa.

Overnight at Calanoa Amazonas – Standard Hut (B, L, D)

Day 14: Morning birding at Calanoa Nature Reserve and y back to the U.S.

This morning will be dedicated to exploring the 40 hectares of primary forest that make up this reserve. An early lunch will be had at the reserve, and the private boat will head back to Leticia for the flight back to Bogota and onward connection to the US. (B, L)


Important Note

The Colombian Expedition has been crafted in detail, following the ideal pacing for the destination. However, unpredictable circumstances such as weather, flight delays or cancellations, labor strikes, road conditions, traffic, hotel overbookings, and other factors may force adjusting the program on site. These events or realities are out of our control and an inherent risk when traveling, especially on expeditions to this kind of remote destinations. Your Master Local Guide might also decide to alter the program in case opportunities to improve the cultural or wildlife experiences are found. Please note that the Master Local Guides and hotels could change without notice due to conditions beyond our control. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Accommodations

Bogota: The B.O.G. Hotel – Superior room (3 nights)

A new and very stylish luxury hotel located in the heart of Bogota’s Chico sector and between the Zona ‘T’ and Zona ‘Rosa’ nightlife districts which o er the very best regarding restaurants, bars, and shopping centers.

Your comfortable room offers a wide space including a work desk, hydro-massage shower, 500 thread count bedding, and subtle details that help create the perfect balance to live the B.O.G. Hotel experience. Wi wireless is available from the commodity of your room.



La Aurora: Juan Solito Lodge – Standard room (2 nights)

This lodge, part of a working ranch and private wildlife reserve, o ers very basic accommodations given its location at over 5 hours from the nearest city (Yopal). There is no hot water here, but temperatures dictate that nobody complains about the lukewarm showers. Bathrooms are private, and furniture is basic. Everything is very clean. Mosquito nets are provided for each bed. Food is full board.

Due to its remote location, no wi-fi is available.



Santa Marta: El Dorado Lodge – Standard room (2 nights)

This is Colombia’s most beautiful location for a lodge. We have selected rooms, which are small and basic, but clean and with great views. Rooms are in a wood cabin type building with amazing views over the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and the Caribbean Sea can be seen on a clear day. The rooms are cool, given the lodge’s altitude.

They also have “The Kogihabs” their new constructions with morning panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada itself. Even though we love the Kogihabs, they are located at about a 15 minutes inclined walk from the main house of the lodge. Because of this, we have only blocked 4 of the Kogihabs. Please let us know if you would like to enjoy the beautiful Kogihabs (If you are a hiker, this rooms would be perfect for you)

Free wi access is available in the social parts of the Lodge, though service could fail.



Tayrona: Villa Maria Lodge – Superior room with sea view (2 nights)

Villa Maria combines natural beauty with the comfort of a luxurious resort and the intimacy of your personal country retreat. Surrounded by lush jungle overlooking the Caribbean ocean. A 5-minute walk through a jungle path takes you to the virgin, white sand beach. All rooms are quite beautiful, with AC. This is the best hotel close to Tayrona National Park, and we have selected ocean view rooms for all our guests. Wi is available, though, due to the remoteness of the lodge, service could fail. Please also note that the beach, even though particularly beautiful, may provide choppy waters.



Leticia: Waira Suites Hotel – Standard room (1 night)

Located in Leticia, the capital of the Colombian Amazon, the lung of our planet and meeting point of three different cultures is Waira Suites Hotel, a mixture of paradise, elegance, comfort and sublime images, bathed by magical Amazon River for the enjoyment of all visitors, making your stay an unforgettable experience.

This hotel is a new and modern option in Leticia, which provides a clean, comfortable and efficient service. All rooms have air conditioning, local hot water, safe boxes and cable TV.



Amazon: Calanoa Amazonas – Standard Hut (2 nights)

This architecturally wonderful hotel is the result of an initiative started by the two owners to integrate artwork, conservation, scientific investigation and sustainable tourism altogether. Cabins are maloka-like designs and typical of the region. A perfect place to relax and listen to the sounds of the jungle around you. The visitors’ cabins have a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor and a loft, with a capacity for six people each. The cabins are fully covered with mosquito screen, and each bed has its own mosquito net for extra protection from bugs. A board path connects the cabins with the dining/social pavilion and has an observation platform ideal for birds and monkeys watching.

No wi-fi at the hotel.

Departure

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2021 Prices

NPE Club members are eligible for a 5% discount. Please contact us for details.
If you are interested in doing the extension, please contact us for availability.
Call us at (+1) 888 832 7280 or
send us an email to expeditionadvisor@npexpeditions.com
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 airline.
**The expedition and extension needs 5 guests to depart.

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Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • 24/7 services of a Senior Leader 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).
  • Safari vehicles excursions.
  • Accommodations as noted.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Bottled water at included 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.
  • Gratuities 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 $1500.00 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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Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

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Pantanal Expedition 2021 & 2022

Jaguar Pantanal Expedition Safari Tour

Pantanal Expedition

Go deep into the Pantanal, to the heart of Jaguar country, in search of South America ‘Big Six’. Also, one of the best birding destinations of the Planet. Led by Senior Naturalist Leader Helder Brandao.
Small-Group Max Size: 12 participants
Departures: June 7 & October 11, 2021 – October 3, 2022
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Pantanal Expedition

We are proud to present to you one of the greatest wildlife adventures of the world: an expedition to the heart of the Brazilian Pantanal in search of the South America ‘Big Six’ – Jaguar, Giant River Otter, Giant Anteater, Capybara, South American Tapir, and Anaconda. Your chances to enjoy good sightings and photograph all of them are quite high!

With nearly 60,000 square miles, the Pantanal (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is the largest tropical wetland in the world, and harbors some of the most unique wildlife found anywhere.

It lies mainly in Brazil, but also spills over into Paraguay and Bolivia. The Brazilian Pantanal comprises the Mato Grosso (North), and Southern Mato Grosso regions. Both of them are a deep natural experience in an unspoiled and primeval world like no other.

During the main expedition you will explore the Northern Pantanal Wetlands and Rivers as deep as it is possible, using safari vehicles, boats and on foot. Here you will have higher chances to spot all Big 6. Northern Pantanal is today’s Jaguar hotspot!

During the Southern Pantanal Extension, you will find yourself on a private preserve that offers one of the best birding destinations on the planet. The centerpiece of this 14,000 acre preserve is the award-winning Caiman Lodge. The lodge not only offers excellent accommodations (bordering luxury) but is also a supporter of a number of research and conservation efforts designed at preserving this unique ecosystem, including the Hyacinth Macaw Reproduction Project.

New Paths Expeditions have crafted a truly comprehensive Pantanal expedition, and we are proud to announce that the two most experienced naturalists in the Pantanal, Cassiano Zaporoli (Zapa) and Helder Brandao will be leading the NPE Expeditions. Their familiarity with the Pantanal will assure you of a successful and enjoyable expedition.


Highlights

  • Visit the UNESCO world largest tropical wetland
  • Superb Wildlife observation looking for “the Big Six.”
  • Jaguars Guaranteed
  • Extensive birding opportunities
  • Many endemics species
  • Accompanied by a Senior Leader and a Head Naturalist Guide
  • Upscale Pre-Extension at the Belmond Das Cataratas in Iguassu Falls
  • Post-Extension at the award-winning Caiman Lodge

Pantanal Main Expedition

Details in Brief

Duration: 10 days in country (Plus a 5-day Extension)

Leader: Helder Brandão

Maximum Number of Participants: 12

Is this the right expedition for you?: This involves wildlife excursions by boat and safari vehicles (Easy to board). Short (1-hour) hikes in flat terrain (Possibility for longer hikes available – Terrain could be muddy). Rides on bumpy and dusty roads (Transport vehicles other than boats and safari trucks have air conditioning). Warm temperatures. Unexpected cold fronts are a remote possibility. Short Showers are possible and expected. The accommodations were selected based on their wildlife proximity, but some could as basic. All have air conditioning, are clean and comfortable.


Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Arrive in Cuiaba, Brazil.

Arrive today’s afternoon on a flight from the US (Via Sao Paulo). Meet you Senior Leader and drive to the town of Pocone and then to Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel over the Transpantaneira “Highway”. Multiple stops for wildlife spotting will include abundant Yacare Caimans, Capybara, and Jabiru Storks, among many other species. (B,L,D)

Day 2: To Porto Jofre on the Transpantaneira

Enjoy a morning boat excursion on the Pixaim River in search of Giant River Otters. Then drive to the deepest point in the Northern Pantanal, Porto Jofre. Check in at Porto Jofre Hotel (best in the area) and go out on your first wildlife excursion. (B, L, D)

Day 3 to 5: Jaguar and the ‘Big Six’ Search

Using excursion boats explore the Cuiaba, Tres Imaoes, and Piguiri Rivers in search of the ‘Big Six’. This is Jaguar territory, and your chances of spotting and photographing this species in the wild are estimated at 95%! Safari vehicle explorations, short hikes, night excursions and top quality lectures by your Senior Leader will also fill up the days. (B, L, D)

Day 6: To Araras Eco Lodge Private Reserve plus Superb Birding

Drive to the Araras Eco Lodge and arrive in time for lunch. Then enjoy some of the best birding in the world at the lodges canopy towers. (B, L, D)

Day 7 & 8: Araras Wildlife Reserve Exploration

The Araras private nature preserve consists of 7,500 acres that include three main ecosystems: wetlands, savanna, and forest. On short hikes and safari vehicle excursions explore the surrounding countryside. Superb birding encounters with Capuchin, Howler, and Marmoset monkeys and even some of the ‘Big Six’ species await you. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Enjoy a Morning Wildlife Excursion – Drive to Cuiaba – Fly Home or Continue with the Upscale Southern Pantanal Extension.

Accommodations

Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel

We selected this hotel because of its excellent position on the Pixain River. The river is a hotspot for Giant River Otters as well as a plethora of birds. The Mato Grosso Hotel has hot running water, air conditioning, decent food, and clean, basic rooms as well as granting you greater access to wildlife.

Porto Jofre Hotel

You will find that despite its remote location in the heart of the Pantanal that the Porto Jofre Hotel provides comfortable accommodations. The rooms are clean with hot water and air conditioning, and the food is fresh. This is one of the best places to observe the Pantanal wildlife, and there is an excellent chance for Jaguar sightings. You will be able to see Macaws and Toucans right on the hotel grounds. The lodge is the best place to stay when you’re in the heart of the Pantanal.

Araras Eco Lodge

Built in harmony with the environment, but without renouncing comfort, Araras Eco Lodge rooms feature air conditioning, ceiling fans and hot running water. The three distinct ecosystems in the adjacent area provide great opportunities for wildlife observation, especially birds. Canopy towers provide access to the upper reaches of the forest, and a boardwalk meanders through the wetlands towards the nearby forest.

Grand Park Hotel

While the Grand Park Hotel is only a stopover between expeditions, it will still provide a memorable stay due to its modern and comfortable rooms, excellent dining facilities, and nearby shopping opportunities. The hotel includes a gym, sauna, and Wi-Fi among its many services. This city hotel has a 4-star rating and it is considered the best in town.

Refugio Caiman (Caiman Lodge)

The Caiman Lodge is considered to be the best eco-lodge in South America. You will find that the rooms are charming and modern and are situated in groups of 5 or 6 to provide a more personalized and private atmosphere. The service at the Caiman Lodge is perfect and the food excellent. The tourism operations at the lodge are the best available in the Pantanal. The lodge provides among the best opportunities for wildlife observation in the world.

Departures

 

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2021 Prices

Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy.
* Domestic Air Prices may change without prior notice due to airlines’ policies.
 The expedition and the extension needs 4 guests to depart.

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Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • 24/7 services of a Senior Expedition Leader during the expedition.
  • Services of English-speaking local guides.
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers)
  • Accommodations as noted
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, excursions, and visits as noted.
  • Group photography fees.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Bottled water at included meals, transfers, and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.

Not Included:

  • International and domestic flights.
  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Excess baggage charges, departure fees, and airport taxes.
  • Gratuities for Local Guides; Driver 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.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Deposits and final payments:

  • A deposit of US$ 1500.00 is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining expedition cost will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.
Download the Complete Expedition Details
Pantanal Expedition 2016 Small Group

Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

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Madagascar Expedition 2021

Lemur Madagascar Safari Tour Expedition

Madagascar Expedition 2021

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
  • Coquerel Sifaka Lemur

Madagascar, the Island of Endemics

Set like a jewel in the western Indian Ocean, the Island of Madagascar holds the World record in 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. The Madagascar Expedition is limited to only 12 participants, has been crafted in detail and will truly amaze wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike.


Highlights:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Details in Brief:

Duration: 14 days in country (Plus a 5-day Extension)

Leader: ALAOY LOVA Idriss

Maximum Number of Participants: 12

Departures: September 19

Is this the right expedition for you? The Madagascar expedition involves multiple wildlife search hikes that last up to 2 hours, but cover short lengths of terrain. The trails are mostly flat and easy, though at Andasibe, some inclined terrain could be involved. Trails could be muddy.

Rides on bumpy and dusty roads are part of the expedition. The longest one being 4 hours. We use top class tourist busses (With air conditioning) and 4×4’s (With air conditioning). Bottled water is provided throughout the expedition.

There is a combination of warm weather with occasional cold fronts. At Andasibe high humidity and cool nights are expected. Short rains are a possibility as well as unexpected cold fronts. During October, the temperatures are warmer than in September.

Accommodations were selected based on their proximity to top wildlife habitats. Some could be rated as basic. Some have air conditioning and all are clean and comfortable. Do note that Camp Amoureux (1 night) is a basic camp. Hotel Colbert is the best hotel in Antananarivo and we have secured superior rooms for the expedition participants. The Hotel Colbert is a 4-star property.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Arrive Antananarivo (Tana)map-mad

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 it 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, maybe 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 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 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.

Nosy Be Northern Island Extension

Details in Brief

Duration: 5 days in country
Leader: Local Naturalist Guide
Maximum Number of Participants: 12


Itinerary in Brief:
Day 14: Fly to Nosy Be

Today, fly from Antananarivo to Nosy Be Island, located on the northwest coast of Madagascar. Nosy Be is considered a natural paradise of beautiful beaches, supreme natural diversity -both on the ground and underwater, and welcoming locals. (B,L,D)

Day 15: Lokobe Natural Reserve

Lokobe is considered one of the most beautiful and well managed Natural Parks in Madagascar. Spend a full day exploring it in search of unique wildlife, including the endemic Black Lemur and the Panther Chameleon. (B, L, D)

Day 16: Snorkel at Tanikely Marine Reserve

In the morning, take a boat ride to Tanikely Marine Reserve, consider the greatest one in Madagascar, and enjoy top-class snorkeling in the Indian Ocean.

Enjoy the afternoon relaxing while enjoying Malagasy hospitality at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 17: Fly to Antananarivo

After breakfast fly to Antananarivo and check-in at the Palissandre Hotel. (B, L)

Day 18: Fly back home

Breakfast is included for your convenience. Transfer to the airport and fly back home.


Important Note

The Madagascar Expedition has been crafted in detail, following the ideal pacing for the destination. However, unpredictable circumstances such as weather, flight delays or cancellations, labor strikes, road conditions, traffic, hotel overbookings, and other factors may force adjusting the program on-site. These events or realities are out of our control and an inherent risk when traveling, especially on expeditions to this kind of remote destinations. Your Expedition Leader might also decide to alter the program in case opportunities to improve the cultural or wildlife experiences are found. Please note that the expedition leader and hotels could change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Accommodations

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.

 


RAVINTSARA WELLNESS HOTEL

The Ravintsara Wellness Hotel has 20 bungalows (sea and garden view) and all are equipped with air- conditioning, fan, safe, minibar, flat screen TV with satellite channels, Internet, telephone, king size bed, and a desk. The comfortable bathrooms are equipped with double sinks, a jacuzzi, and a shower as well as a separate toilet.

Departure

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2021 Prices

Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy.
Domestic Air Prices may change without prior notice due to airlines’ policies.
The extension needs 4 guests to depart.
NPE Club members are eligible for a 5% discount. Please contact us for details.

Would you like to become a club member?
Call us now at 888 832 7280 or click here


Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • 24/7 services of a Senior Expedition Leader during the expedition.
  • 24/7 services of a Malagasy Naturalist Guide.
  • Services of English-speaking local guides.
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers)
  • Accommodations as noted.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, excursions, and visits as noted.
  • Group photography fees.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Bottled water at included meals, transfers and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.
  • Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistants and restaurant staff.

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).
  • 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.

Deposits and final payments:

In order to guarantee your space on the Madagascar Expedition, a deposit of $1,500 is required at the time of booking.

The remaining cost will be charged 120 before the expedition begins.

Using these funds, New Paths Expeditions will make a deposit of 30% of the cost of your domestic air tickets to guarantee your seats in the needed flights. Please note that even though New Paths Expeditions will make the mentioned deposit, the domestic air tickets are not included and their cost will be added to your final invoice. In case you cancel your expedition, due to airline policies, we will not be able to refund the cost of the tickets, nor we will be able to transfer them to another expedition participant.

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Madagascar Expedition 2017 Small Group

Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

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Ethiopia Expedition 2021 & 2022

Ethiopia Expedition Safari Tour

Ethiopia Expedition

Africa’s best-kept secret! A complete expedition to the north and south. Gelada Baboons, Simien Mountains, Source of the Blue Nile, Lalibela rock-hewn churches, Meskel Festival, superb endemic birds, and mammals.
Departure: September 24, 2021 & 2022
Group Size: Only 12 participants.
  • Ethiopia Expedition Safari Tour
    Gelada Baboon

Ethiopia, cradle of mankind and unique wildlife
Africa’s best kept secret!

Our meticulously crafted journey into Ethiopia offers deep insight into this remarkable part of the globe. For just over two weeks, we wander the road less traveled exploring remote villages, colorful markets, cultural treasures and endemic wildlife habitats.

In Ethiopia, we discover a stirring variety of culture and landscape. Landlocked on the Horn of Africa, this is one of the oldest nations in the world and the first independent African nation. Its archeological significance has also earned it the name “The Cradle of Mankind.”

This Ethiopia expedition is reserved for the truly experienced traveler. We ask you to please download the expedition dossier and read it in detail before booking.

We begin in the capital, Addis Ababa, which means “new flower” in Aramaic. After an early morning arrival, you will have time to recover from the international flight and adapt to the altitude (Addis Ababa is at 7546 feet). At around 4 pm, we will have a complete pre-departure briefing and an Ethiopia introduction lecture before our welcome dinner.

On our second day, we tour the city, visiting the archeological museum, city landmarks, and climb Mount Entoto for great views of the city (and to help in our acclimatization process).

From Addis, we fly north to Lalibela, with its eleven 12th-century rock-hewn churches. Here we will arrive in time to enjoy the Saint Mary day festivities, one of the most impressive religious festivals of the world, full of colors, scents, and sounds and visited by very few tourists. Lalibela is a true highlight of our expedition, and we will spend two nights here.

We continue to Gondar where we will enjoy a tour of the city UNESCO World Heritage sites and then climb up to the jaw- dropping Simien Mountains National Park where we will spend two nights. At Simien, we will look for Geladas (Aka Gelada Baboons), Walia Ibex, the elusive Ethiopian wolf and multiple bird species. Walking among Geladas and getting truly close to them is one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth.

After Simien, we will drive towards Bahirdar, located right beside Lake Tana, origin of the Blue Nile. We will explore the lake islands and monasteries, look for bird life and enjoy wonderful views of the origin of the Blue Nile.

We then fly back to Addis Ababa, to break the expedition with a day with western style comforts in preparation for the next leg of our expedition, the primitive cultures of the Lower Omo Valley. This leg starts with a beautiful and impressive private chartered flight over the Great Rift Valley down south to the remote village of Murulle, from where we will drive to the secluded towns of Turmi and Jinka. We will meet no less than seven different tribes, including the Mursi, a distinctive and colorful group of pastoralists, most recognizable for their famous lip plates, the Karo, who are celebrated for their elaborate hairstyles and the Hamer, famous for their bull jump male initiation ceremony, each presentation laden with meaning. After spending four nights in the Lower Omo Valley, we will take a chartered flight back to Addis Ababa and enjoy some rest time in preparation for our flight back to the US.


Ethiopia Expedition Highlights

  • Travel during good weather, but when there are few tourists.
  • Northern route with Lalibela Saint Mary festivity (Even better than the other, better known by tourists, festivals)
  • Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela in detail.
  • We have reduced the driving times to the minimum possible.
  • Spend two nights at the impressive Semien Mountains Park (UNESCO Biosphere Reserve)
  • Walk among hundreds of Gelada Baboons, one of the greatest wildlife experiences of the planet.
  • Lake Tana and Blue Nile Falls, the origin of the Blue Nile, with great birding.
  • Chartered flight over the Rift Valley, directly to the heart of the Omo Valley (Avoiding very long drive days). These flights are a true highlight in themselves.
  • Meet over eight tribes of the Omo Valley, including the Mursi.
  • Escorted by a New Paths Expeditions Senior Leader, a Master Local Guide plus local guides at each destination.
  • The best hotels and transport are available.
  • Window seat guaranteed when using 4×4 (Omo Valley). 4×4’s are the most modern in the country and truly comfortable.
  • Superb endemics wildlife extension at the Bale Mountains. A wildlife photographers dream.

Trip Grade: Moderate Expedition to Rigorous Touring

In Ethiopia, most services and facilities, including transportation and tourism, are relatively underdeveloped. As a result, you may encounter different situations along the way that you would not expect in other destinations. Ethiopia also has an extremely wide variety of cultures, which are unique — and to be an ethical tourist requires a certain sensitivity to the local customs, traditions and realities.

Although these factors make for a unique experience, they may, at times, conspire to create circumstances that may become frustrating. It is important that visitors to Ethiopia remain patient and keep an open mind. If you come to Ethiopia with a spirit of adventure and a positive and flexible attitude, you will surely have tons of good memories to take home with you.

We ask you to please read the expedition details fully before booking. Ethiopia is one of the most diverse and spectacular destinations on our planet, remaining reserved for the open-minded and experienced traveler.

The highest sleeping altitudes are 7546 feet, in Addis; and 10696 feet in the Simien Mountains. The highest excursion altitude is almost 11,200 feet in the Simien Mountains. Even though we have designed the itinerary to help you acclimatize before exploring the Simien Mountains and we have had zero altitude sickness problems in previous expeditions, we do recommend that you consult with your physician to make sure you can safely manage the altitudes. Also, we highly recommend that you increase the amount of beans and beef you regularly eat, at least a month before the expedition so that you increase the amount of red blood cells in your body, which will be of much help when exploring high altitude destinations.

Many Ethiopian tourist facilities are extremely basic and not to be compared with Western standards. All travelers must be in good health and prepared for travel into regions without medical facilities. You must be able to climb into and out of small aircraft and 4×4 vehicles unaided, and to negotiate uneven, steep steps without handrails. You should be capable of walking moderate distances over rough terrain at an easy pace and be able to withstand long, bumpy rides in 4-wheel-drive vehicles. Per airline safety regulations, travelers over 220 pounds must purchase an extra seat on internal flights.

A release of liability is required from all expedition participants.


 

Expedition Leader

Jorge Salas, a Senior Leader with over 25 years of experience leading expeditions in all continents. Jorge is a great lecturer, a passionate wildlife and travel photographer, and a favorite among our guests. He has been published by Smithsonian, WWF, Nature Conservancy and many other international media.

Itinerary in Brief

 

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Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa

Meet with our representative upon arrival at the Bole International Airport and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at Sheraton Hotel. (D)

 

Day 2: Explore Addis Ababa

City tour including the Trinity Catedral and the National Museum where we will meet “Lucy”, the oldest hominid ever discovered. After lunch, we will drive to Mount Entoto that reaches 9600 ft from where we will enjoy stunning Panoramic View. Then visit the famous Saint Mary Church where Menelik II was crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in 1889.

Overnight at Sheraton Hotel (B, L, D)

 

Day 3 & 4: Lalibela Rock-Hewn Churches and outstanding Saint Mary festival

Fly to visit another World Heritage Site, the ancient rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. Our visit to Lalibela will coincide with Saint Mary day festivities, which will provide unique cultural experiences and superb photographic opportunities.

While in Lalibela, we marvel at 9 of the 13 churches, which are grouped into 4 clusters. Among them is Bete Emanuel, a 36-foot-high monolith.

We will also visit a local family to participate in a traditional coffee ceremony and share a very special moment with the family.

Overnight at Tukul Village Hotel or similar for 2 nights (B, L, D)

 

Day 5 & 6: Two full days exploring the beautiful Simien Mountains with truly close encounters with Gelada Baboons and other endemic wildlife

The Simien Mountains are one of Africa’s largest ranges, with over a dozen peaks higher than 12,000 ft, including Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopia. The western side of the range was designated as a national park in 1969, and the entire range was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. You will look for the endemic and impressive Geledas and observe the Afro-Alpine flora, look for Walia Ibex and birds.

Overnight at Simiens Mountain Lodge for 2 nights (B, L, D)

 

Day 7: Medival Gondar

Drive to Gondar. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Debre Birhan Selassie Church wich walls and ceilings have been decorated with scenes of Biblical lore and medieval Ethiopian history.

Overnight at Mayleko Lodge or similar (B, L, D)

 

Day 8 & 9: Drive to the source of the Blue Nile, explore by boat Lake Tana and visit the Blue Nile Falls with birdwatching

With a surface area of 2,282 square miles, Lake Tana is the largest lake in Ethiopia and is also the source of the Blue Nile, a connection that explains many of Ethiopia’s links with the ancient world. The lake is dotted with islands, many of which shelter isolated monasteries containing the remains of ancient Ethiopian emperors and treasures of the Ethiopian Church. You will also enjoy an incredible birding at the Blue Nile falls.

Overnight at Kuriftu Resort or similar for 2 nights (B, L, D)

 

Day 10: A day in Addis Ababa

Fly back to the capital city. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy some shopping. The guide will be at our disposal.

Radisson Blu or similar (B, L, D)

 

Day 11: Fly over the Rift Valley to the heart of the Southern Omo Valley

Fly to Weito and drive to Jinka including tribes encounters on the way.

In the afternoon, we will visit the South Omo Research Centre and Museum to inspect their collections of tribal artifacts and learn more about the interactions and history among tribes of the area.

Overnight at the Eco Omo Lodge (B, L, D)

 

Day 12: Through the Mago National Park to visit the remote Mursi Tribe

We leave early morning to the Mago National Park and visit a Mursi village that lies along the Mago River in the heart of the park.

When we are back in Jinka, we will attend the colorful local market.

Overnight at the Eco Omo Lodge (B, L, D)

 

Day 13: Encounter with the Bena and Hammar tribes

Today, we will drive to Turmi. We will stop along the way to visit the Benna tribe who reside along the bounds of the Lower Omo River.  The Benna incorporate rich cultural symbolism into their rituals and use impressive ornate body art.

Then check-in at the lodge, and after a rest time we will visit one of the close-to-town striking Hamer villages. 

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

 

Day 14: Visit the Desanech tribe

The Dessanech are the most remote of the Omo tribes, living just north of Kenya’s Lake Turkana. The tribe is typical in that it is not strictly defined by ethnicity, anyone will be admitted, and this makes into a very interesting mix of traditions and believes.

We will spend the afternoon at the lively Turmi market.

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

 

Day 15: Fly back to Addis. Farewell dinner and fly back to the U.S, or continue with the Bale Endemic Wildlife Extension.

Before leaving the Omo Valley, we will visit a Karo tribe village. They paint themselves daily with colored ochre, white chalk, yellow mineral rock, charcoal, and pulverized iron ore.

Fly back to Addis Ababa and rest time until the fabulous farewell dinner.

Then transfer to the airport to catch your flight to the U.S.

Day-use (or overnight if you take the recommended Bale extension) at the Radisson Blu (B, L, D)

Bale Endemics Wildlife Extension

Day 1. Drive to Bale Mountains National Park

Depart early in the morning on 4×4 vehicles with air conditioning and drive 240 miles to Bale Mountain National Park. Upon arrival spend your time in Dinsho, the headquarters of the park inhabited by the Oromo people, looking for three of the endemic mammals: Menelik’s Bush- buck, Semien Fox, and Mountain Nyala. Then transfer to the lodge for the overnight stay.

Overnight at Bale Mountain Lodge. (B, L, D)

 

Day 2. Sanetti Plateau – Birding and The Simien Wolf

A full day looking for wildlife, with picnic lunch, at the 4000osl Sanetti Plateau, with its striking Afro-Alpine flora, such as the Giant Lobelia and Red Hot Poker. It is the best place in Ethiopia to see the Simien Wolf, the rarest canid in the world, while the huge rodent population, including the endemic Giant Mole Rat, supports a variety of raptors. The rare Wattled Crane is often seen while there are a good number of the Spot-breasted Plover.

Overnight at Bale Mountain Lodge. (B, L, D)

 

Day 3. Harenna Forest

Drive to the Harenna forest looking for olive baboons, gureza monkeys, bush buck, bush pig, leopard, lions, wild dogs and to birdwatch for more endemics.

Overnight at Bale Mountain Lodge. (B, L, D)

 

Day 4. Return to Addis Ababa

Early departure on our 4×4 vehicles back to Addis Ababa with panoramic stops along the way. Upon arrival check in at the Addis Ababa Radisson Blu. (7-hour drive).

Overnight at Radisson Blu. (B, L)

 

Day 5. Free Day in Addis Ababa. Fly back to the U.S.

A free day at Addis Ababa until the time of your international flight back to the US. We put at your disposal the services of your Master Guide with a vehicle for half a day so you can choose to continue discovering some hidden parts of Addis Ababa.
You will be transferred to the airport at the most convenient time.

Breakfast is included at the hotel. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

 


 

Important Note

The Ethiopia Expedition has been crafted in detail, following the ideal pacing for the destination. However, unpredictable circumstances such as weather, flight delays or cancellations, labor strikes, road conditions, traffic, hotel overbookings, and other factors may force adjusting the program on site. These events or realities are out of our control and an inherent risk when traveling, specially on expeditions to this kind of remote destinations. Your Expedition Leader might also decide to alter the program in case opportunities to improve the cultural or wildlife experiences are found. Please note that the expedition leader and hotels could change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

 

Accommodations

The Addis Ababa Radisson Blu is a large five-star international hotel with reliable hot water, backup electric generator, and an array of upscale restaurants and amenities.

Standards deviate substantially outside Addis: Guests must be prepared for developing-world conditions, where electricity and hot water in rooms is subject to frequent outages, and fixtures are cheap and often poorly installed and maintained.

In the north, our hotels have modest, basic rooms with en-suite bathroom (flush toilet, basin, and shower or shower bath).

In the south, at Turmi, our lodge has very basic, small rooms with en-suite bathroom (flush toilet, basin, and shower corner, usually without a tub or enclosure). Hot water and electricity can be erratic.

In the Jinka area, our tented camp lodge is on a private campsite, with simple private walk-in canvas tents setup under solid roofs. Each tented room has its own veranda and small en-suite bathroom with shower (Hot water is available though sometimes erratic or could fail completely). The tented lodge has electricity from town and also has its own generator. Despite the last, it is possible that electricity becomes erratic, or that is provided during limited hours. The lodge also has a decent restaurant and bar and the gardens are beautiful.

The Bale Mountain lodge is situated at 7808 feet within a stunning cloud forest which offers access to the Rift Valley and other local attractions. Nestled into the hillside in order to minimize the visual impact on the surrounding area, the lodge was made using local stone. The attached dining room features a thatched roof and a central sunken fireplace, making a cozy area in which to relax in the evenings. All guest rooms are equipped with a wood burning stove to provide warmth and a cosy atmosphere. The furniture has been created locally using sustainable wood and other high-quality, locally-sourced materials.

Departures

 

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Main Expedition Price: US$ 8750.00 (Per person based on double occupancy)
Single Supplement: US$ 1674.00

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Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy.

Domestic Flights: Several domestic flights are needed and are not included in your expedition package. If you purchase your International flights with Air Ethiopia, considerable discounts will apply to domestic flights.

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Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • 24/7 services of a Senior Expedition Leader during the expedition.
  • Services of English-speaking local guides.
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers) in 1 to 3-year-old vehicles with professional drivers.
  • Window seats guaranteed when using 4×4.
  • Accommodations as noted.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Group photography fees.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Bottled water included 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.
  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuity for Local Guides; Driver and Expedition Leader.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancelation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Deposits and final payments:

To guarantee your space on this expedition a deposit of US$ 1500.00 is required at the time of booking. The remaining expedition cost will be charged 90 days before the expedition begins.

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