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Southern India 2021

Southern India 2021

Discover the backwaters, tea plantations, spice markets, incredible temples and the wildlife in the National Parks in search of tigers, elephants and more in this amazing trip, get yourself ready as you experience the highlights of Southern India. Our expedition is designed to let you experience it all, the diverse wildlife and the unique local culture.
Max Group Size: Only 12 participants!
Departure: February 14, 2021

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

 


Highlights:

  • Bangalore
  • Mysore
  • 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

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.

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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The expedition is limited to 12 participants, and will be led by an NPE Senior Leader and a local Master Guide.

Itinerary in Brief

Getting there:

Your expedition package does not include your international flight ticket. The latest that you should arrive in Lima is during PM on day 1. It is never a bad idea to arrive a day or two earlier. New Paths Expeditions will be glad to arrange extra hotel overnights and activities.

Day 1. January 9: Arrive in Lima

Most ights from the US land in Lima after 8 pm. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and escorted to Casa Andina Private Collection Mira ores Hotel.

We have selected this 5-star hotel because of its location, just blocks away from lively Parque Kenedy, the heart of Mira ores district. A short stroll away you can nd many great restaurants, the wonderful Mercado de Surquillo -where most great chefs buy their fresh products and the best and biggest arts and crafts market in South America.

Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Mira ores Hotel (Meals aloft)

Day 2. January 10: The Southern Coast

After breakfast, the day begins with a drive through the Southern Coastal desert of Peru, crossing fertile valleys and oasis.

After the very interesting 2 hours and 45-minute drive, we will visit El Carmen town, the heart of the Afro Peruvian community of Peru. Afro Peruvians are an important component of Peru’s identity.

Later on, we will enjoy lunch at the beautiful Hacienda San Jose, built during the seventeenth century. This was the heart of Colonial cotton production and of the slave trade of the time, considered as one of the last colonial architectural treasures in the Peruvian coast.

After lunch, we will explore Hacienda San Jose before driving for an hour to the Paracas Bay, where we will lodge at Hotel La Hacienda. A fine dinner with Pisco Sours included follows.

Overnight: La Hacienda Bahia Paracas (B, L, D)

Day 3. January 11: The Nasca Lines, The Paracas Pre-Inca Culture, Pisco, Paso Fino & more.

After breakfast, we will drive 20 minutes to the Pisco airport to embark in one of the most enigmatic experiences in the world, an overflight over the Nasca Lines.

The lines started to be drawn 4000 years ago by the Paracas pre-Inca culture, but it was 2000 years ago when the descendants of the Paracas, the Nascas used the 12000 square mile desert plateau as a canvas to draw thousands of lines, including 10 mile straight lines, trapezoids, triangles, and spirals. For reasons unknown until now, at the intersections of these lines they draw many zoomorphic complex gures.

Our 1 hour and 30-minute flight will take us to enjoy good sightings of the most elaborated gures of the Nasca and Palpa plateaus. At the last, you will be able to observe the anthropomorphic gures -believed to be drawn in the early stages- including that known as the astronaut.

After this unique and unforgettable experience, we will drive 30 minutes to the Julio C. Tello Museum.

We will then continue to the beautiful Tacama vineyard and factory, the best in the country, to learn the secrets of the production of Pisco –the Peruvian traditional spirit, similar to brandy- in a more than beautiful setting. There, we will also enjoy lunch followed by a Peruvian Paso Fino horse show and a Pisco and wine sampling session.

We will then return to the hotel to enjoy the coast of Peru and freshen up before dinner. Overnight: La Hacienda Bahia Paracas (B, L, D).

Day 4. January 12: Ballestas Islands, Natural History Paradise, and Pachacamac.

We will start the day with a 2-hour speed boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands, part of the Paracas National Reserve, Peru’s largest coastal wildlife sanctuary. The Islands are home to thousands of resident and migratory sea birds, including several endangered or threatened South American species. We will be looking for Red-legged Cormorants, Guanay Cormorants, Peruvian Pelicans, Band-tailed Gulls, Inca Terns, Humboldt Penguins, Otters, and South American Sea Lions, among many other species. It is truly a great natural history experience, and this time of the year, blue skies promise superb photographic opportunities.

We will then drive back to Lima arriving in time for lunch at Hacienda Los Ficus where you will be in contact with nature, with horses being bred in the pasture while enjoying typical Peruvian avors.

After lunch, we will drive only 4 miles to the Pachacamac Pre-Inca and Inca remains in the Lurin Valley. This is a huge adobe citadel, where, in pre-Inca times, the oracle Pachacamac was consulted and later, under Inca conquest, it became the main commercial and administrative city in the coast of South America and where Wiracocha, the sun god was adored. The brand new site museum is superb, and we will also visit the main sites of the 4 square mile remains.

After the visit, we will drive one hour or so to Lima.

Overnight Casa Andina Private Collection. B, L (Dinner on your own. Your leader will propose great options)

Day 5. January 13: Culinary and Pre-Inca Lima.

After a leisurely breakfast, we will visit a very well kept market, located over the Lima cli that overlooks the beautiful Lima bay. There we will see and taste and learn about the impressive array of local products including potatoes, fruits, seafood and others that together with local creativity have shaped Peruvian cuisine into one of the nest of the world.

We will then drive for 20 minutes to a private culinary experience local where you will learn to prepare and taste in small portions multiple avors from all over Peru. This is truly a feast!

After the Peruvian cuisine complete experience, you will have free time to shop at the huge Handicraft Market of the city, walk at the heart of the lively Mira ores district, visit LarcoMar shopping mall that overlooks the Lima bay and has superb Alpaca and Vicuna shops, or just relax at the hotel. There are many options at walking distance for you to enjoy thanks to the great location of our 5-star hotel.

Dinner will be enjoyed today at Huaca Pucllana, a beautiful restaurant located overlooking a well restored and beautifully illuminated pre-Inca temple right in Mira ores district. A perfect way to say goodbye to Lima, the “City of the Kings”

Overnight Casa Andina Private Collection. B, L, D

Day 6. January 14: To Chiclayo, North of Peru.

In the morning, we will drive to the Lima airport and y north, 1 hour, to Chiclayo. The ight is beautiful, providing great views of the “Cordillera Blanca” mountains, a massive that includes Huascaran, the highest peak of Peru. Upon arrival, we will check in at the Hotel Casa Andina Select, the best hotel in town, and enjoy lunch.

In the afternoon, we will visit Tucume, a complex of 26 pyramids of the Lambayeque culture located in the middle of a beautiful Equatorial Dry Forest, one of the most endangered habitats of the world.

Upon arrival we will walk around some of the pyramids, understanding the cultures of Northern Peru. We will also visit the site museum before moving to Horcones Hotel and Restaurant.

Overnight Casa Andina Classic. B, L, D.

Day 7. January 15: Bosque de Pomac & the Lord of Sipan Museum

Early in the morning, we will drive one hour to Pomac forest, a reserve that combines some of the best-preserved patches of Equatorial Dry Forest, providing great birding for endemics.

The forest is dotted with dozens of ancient pyramids belonging to the Sican culture, descendants of the Moche. The site was rst excavated in 1978 by the Japanese archaeologist and anthropologist Izumi Shimada, but it wasn’t until 1992 that his team discovered a tomb of an elite member of Sican society. From this grave, 1.2 tonnes of precious metals in the form of jewelry and religious artifacts were removed, now stored in the National Sican Museum.

Upon our early arrival to Pomac, we will birdwatch for endemics, including the endangered Peruvian Platcutter, Long-tailed Mockingbird, Fasciated Wren, the delicate Amazilia Hummingbird, and the tiny Tumbes Tyrannulet.

We will then continue with some people to people experiences and crafts shopping. An opportunity to see the Pre-Inca pyramids from an overview point will provide great photographic opportunities.

Back in Chiclayo, we will enjoy lunch at Fiesta Restaurant, considered one of the best in the whole country and Latin America. Some consider that the best ceviche in the world is served here!

Later we will return to the hotel and enjoy time to freshen up before departing to visit the Lord of Sipan Museum.

After the complete Lord of Sipan experience, we will enjoy dinner at a basic but traditional restaurant while enjoying a traditional “Pena Nortea”, our rst exposure to the music and dances of the north coast of Peru. This is a night of fun and celebration!

Overnight Casa Andina Classic. B, L, D.

Day 8. January 16: Chaparri Reserve.

After breakfast, we will drive two hours to Chaparri Reserve, the greatest communal conservation project in Peru. Along the way, we will stop at Tinajones reservoir where we may nd Great Grebe, Black-faced Ibis, Chilean Flamingo, waders and other water birds.

Upon arrival at Chaparri, we will check in, enjoy lunch and meet the local rangers.

Chaparri is a true natural history highlight of South America. The Ecological Reserve is a private community- owned and managed protected area that encompasses some 38,412 hectares, covering an altitudinal range from 150 m to 1350 m, which contain a range of habitats, including semi-desert, sparse dry forest, lowland Prosopis- dominated forest, and foothill dry forest. It is home to 21 species of mammals, and 126 species of birds – with 46 endemics, being White-winged Guan, feared extinct for nearly a century, the best prize of the reserve.

In the afternoon we will enjoy a comfortable hike along the “Huachuma” trail, where we may nd several Tumbesian endemics and other birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and where we will analyze the ora of the unique ecosystem. The walk should be crowned with a good sight of Spectacle Bears.

In the evening, and after dinner, a night birding walk follows, along the main track, looking for Scrub Nightjar, Pacific Pygmy-Owl, West Peruvian Screech-Owl, and endemic insect species.

Overnight Chaparri Ecolodge. B, L, D.

Day 9. January 17: Chaparri and back to Chiclayo.

We will start the day near the lodge, watching hummingbirds bath in the stream. After breakfast, we will embark on another hike looking for wildlife and enjoy lunch at the lodge.

In the afternoon we will drive back to Chiclayo with birding and panoramic stops along the way. Overnight Casa Andina Classic. B, L, D.

Day 10. January 18: Lady of Cao and Trujillo

Today we will drive south, towards Trujillo. Lunch will be enjoyed at the old and charming coastal town of Pacasmayo, one of the countries world famous sur ng spots.

We will then continue crossing deserts and valleys until reaching Cao. It is here that the Lady of Cao was discovered. We will visit the archeological site and first class museum and meet the researchers.

After Cao, we will drive to the colonial city of Trujillo, one of the rst Spanish cities in South America, and where the Spanish Conqueror, Francisco Pizarro, first disembarked. We will check in at the fine Casa Andina Private Collection hotel.

Dinner will be enjoyed at the hotel tonight.

Day 11. January 19: Trujillo: UNESCO Chan Chan, Arcoiris, Cooking Class and Huanchaco Ree Rafts.

After breakfast, we will visit Chan Chan, the biggest mud citadel of the World, known as the “Machu Picchu of the North”.

We will then continue to Huanchaco beach, where we will enjoy a Cebiche and Pisco Sour cooking class at the best restaurant in town, with great ocean views.

After lunch, we will walk to the beach to meet local shermen and their “Caballitos de Torora”.

We will return to the hotel to freshen up. During the good light hours, we will visit Trujillo main square to photograph the beautiful colonial center (We have arranged a small surprise for you during that time), before dinner at the classic members-only Club Central, where the leading members of Trujillo’s society have been gathering for a century. It is located inside the beautiful Iturregui Palace.

Overnight Casa Andina Private Collection. B, L, D.

Day 12. January 20: Huacas del Sol y la Luna. Farewell Lunch. Transfer to Airport. Fly the US.

In the morning we will visit the Temples of the Sun and the Moon, remains of the capital city of the Mochicas, the most ancient culture that ruled the north.

We will first visit the small, but well displayed Moche Huacas museum, which has an architectural design that represents the building traditions of the Moche culture.

Then, we will be impressed with the visit to “Huaca de la Luna”. In English “Pyramid of the Moon”, is a masterpiece of human creative genius. Its 12,000 square meters of polychrome murals are an outstanding example of the construction techniques that the Moche mastered.

After the visit, we will enjoy a wonderful lunch of modern Peruvian delicacies before transferring to the airport to fly to Lima and connect with ights back home.

NOTE: Late checkouts have been requested to the hotel and will be con rmed closer to the departure date.

Accommodations

Casa Andina Private Collection – Miraflores, Lima 5*

With a strategic location in the heart of Miraflores, the Private Collection Miraflores has been designed to express the local flavor with all the amenities, facilities and services of a first class hotel. The Private Collection Miraflores provides an unmistakable local style, and includes an exquisite collection of contemporary art, which along with valuable colonial antiques, decorates the rooms and common areas.

La Hacienda Bahia – Paracas: Pisco, Ica 4*

It is located on the shores of the beautiful Bay of Paracas. Luxury and simplicity blend perfectly. Every room has been designed to provide a comfortable stay and the opportunity to experience the tranquillity of life on the bay. The restaurant, o ers the best view of the bay. Multiple activities are available, from a good spa to water adventure sports, including sailing, fishing and much more.

Casa Andina Select – Chiclayo, Lambayeque 3*

This hotel is the refurbished Hotel de Turistas Chiclayo. A landmark of the city, it o ers its visitor center of the city Location, just minutes from downtown and the airport.

This is a modern and functional hotel, with spacious common areas, terrace, pool and event areas. distributed in 7 floors. Internet center, Wi-Fi and ATM are just some of the services that are o ered to customers. AC Included.

Chaparri Eco-Lodge – Chaparri, Lambayeque. Basic Lodge.

Chaparri Ecolodge is located in the dry forests of northern Peru. It provides a tranquil escape in a spectacular landscape of the foothills of the Andes, with excellent wildlife viewing. It is a communal award-winning project. Even though basic, the sta is truly warm. The 6 Rooms available are clean, feature en suite bathrooms, solar hot water, and electricity. Food is served on a simple terrace. A stream pool and hammocks are available. No AC (One night stay).

Casa Andina Private Collection – Trujillo. 5*

This is a hotel with 147 rooms, distributed in 14 levels, that proposes, through its architecture and decoration, the integration of the Pre-Inca culture symbols and the modern design. This five-star hotel has an ideal location at the entrance of the Golf Urbanization, providing our guests with easy access from the airport and the city center. Internet Center, high-speed Wi-Fi, Fitness Center (open 24 hours), swimming pool, hair salon, and spa are part of the amenities. AC included.

Costa del Sol Wyndham Airport Hotel Lima.

Most international flights to Lima arrive during the late PM. The Lima Airport hotel makes it easy to take the early flights the next morning. The hotel is only a short walk from the gate, and using this hostelry will spare you a 1 to 2-hour drive to the city. The hotel includes a full range of leisure facilities: 24/7 restaurant, bar, and spa. The rooms are modern and very comfortable.

Aranwa Sacred Valley Cusco 5*

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Spa is built on the banks of the Vilcanota River, on the lands of an old colonial hacienda of the 17th century, just one hour and a half from the city of Cusco, and 30 minutes from the train station in Ollantaytambo, en route to Machu Picchu. The hotel rooms are decorated in Colonial, Modern, and Minimalist styles. The gardens, restaurant, bars, and spa are some of the best in the whole country.

Inkaterra Pueblo Machu Picchu 5*

Inkaterra luxury Machu Picchu Hotel is located one of the most bio-diverse spots on Earth. Composed of 81-casitas, the hotel resembles an Andean village secluded in 12 acres of cloud forest. The hotel includes a Spa, first-class restaurant and a large living room filled with fire-places. Natural history activities are included, such as world-class birding excursions, visits to the hotel s Orchid Garden (the biggest in-habitat orchid garden in the world!), walks through the tea plantation, and much more.

Casa Andina Premium – Cusco

Casa Andina Premium Cusco is strategically located and beautiful hotel just a few blocks from the Main Square, ideal place to initiate visits of the surroundings, cultural walks to the tourist places more known like the Cathedral of Cuzco or the convent Santo Domingo and to discover the charms of the historical center. It has 93 rooms that are characterized by a personalized service and all the comforts that our guests may need with free extras like: bu et breakfast, free Wi-Fi, restaurant and bar, concierge service, room service, among others.

Belmond Andean Explorer

There are many different options for train travel in Peru, yet there nothing is quite like the luxury of the Belmond Andean Explorer.

With spacious cabins, decadent furnishings, a piano bar, library and observation carriages (plus delicious food prepared by incredible chefs), it really is something else. As a result, you will experience the best of Peru in utmost comfort, luxury and style.

The Belmond Andean Explorer travels through many di erent areas of Peru including Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Arequipa and Puno.

Titilaka Lodge

Located on a tranquil bay of Lake Titicaca with some of the most amazing views of the lake, this all-inclusive first-class lodge has only 18 ample suites (booking in advance is important to secure your reservation). Service is impeccable, and all excursions, meals, and beverages are included. The lodge has a spa, multiple terraces, as well as kayaks and bicycles for exploration. Titilaka Lodge is a destination in itself that should not be missed.

Departure 

January 9, 2021


 

Prices from:


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.


Details

Included in Land Cost:
  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • Complete Pre-Departure documents.
  • 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 at each destination).
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Water at included meals, transfers and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local sta .
  • Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistance and restaurant staff.

 

Not Included:
  • International Flights.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuity for Head Guide, 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:

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 120 days before the expedition begins.

This special and by invitation only expedition is limited to 14 participants. There are just a few spaces left and we highly recommend that you book very soon. To do so call us now at 888 832 7280, or email us at contact@npexpeditions.com

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Uganda Expedition 2020 & 2021

Uganda Expedition 2020 & 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 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: February 19, 2020 & September 1, 2020 – 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: February 19, 2020, September 1, 2020 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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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.

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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

Papua New Guinea 2020 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 4, 2020
  • 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 4, 2020

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 04 August 2020: 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 05 August 2020: 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, 06-07 August 2020: 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, 08-09 August 2020: 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 10 August 2020: 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 11 August 2020: 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 12 August 2020: 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 13 August 2020: 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 14 August 2020: 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 15 August 2020: 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 16 August 2020: 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 17 August 2020: 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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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

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)

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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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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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Recomended Programs

Pantanal Expedition 2020

Jaguar Pantanal Expedition Safari Tour

Pantanal Expedition

Go deep into the Pantanal, to the heart of Jaguar country, in search of the 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: October 8, 2020
  • Pantanal Expedition - New Paths Expeditions -
    Hyacinth Macaw

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: 9 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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2020 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.
  • Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistants and restaurant 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 photograph 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 there 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 night to go in search of fruit, and also an impressive number of unique insects and plants.

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

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

Day 5: Fort Dauphin

After breakfast, it will be time to take the drive back to Fort Dauphin. The drive, even though bumpy, provides great views of the Malagasy southern landscape. Upon arrival check into the Croix du Sud Hotel. Built in the French colonial style, the rooms are comfortable and look out over a central garden courtyard. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, and business center. In the afternoon enjoy a short visit to the town market and drive to a beautiful overview point. Use the rest of the day to relax and recharge your batteries for the next stage of the expedition.

Overnight at Croix du Sud Hotel (B, L, D).

Day 6: Fort Dauphin, Nahampoana Reserve & Tana

A journey of little more than 4 miles brings you and your companions to the Nahampoana Reserve. The Nahampoana Reserve is a wonderful place to visit. Set in what is actually a botanical garden, you will be delighted not only at the wildlife you see here but by the unique plants growing in the reserve. Undoubtedly, you will spot a Verreaux’s sifaka, bounding along sideways on its hind feet or see a wooly lemur peeking at you from an octopus tree. A rustling in the undergrowth could well signal the presence of an agonoka tortoise.

If you look closely, the surprising giraffe weevil might be seen trying to avoid entrapment in a Madagascar pitcher plant next to you. Vanilla orchids can also be found in the reserve, along with a number of other fascinating native and introduced plants.

Nahampoana provides you with well-maintained paths that wind through the park. Because a small river surrounds the reserve, it’s quite possible to take a canoe ride for additional wildlife and botanical observations.

After returning to Fort Dauphin and enjoying lunch, it will be off to the airport to return to Tana, where reservations have been made for you at Relais Des Plateaux.

Overnight at Relais Des Plateaux (B, L, D).

Day 7: Tana to Morondava, Kirindy

After travelling to the nearby airport, you will fly to Morondava, a seaside city right in the heart of baobab country. A drive of about one and a half hours then brings you and the group to Kirindy where a very productive nighttime walk will be conducted.

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

Day 8: 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.

You will all admire and photograph the baobabs on the Baobab Avenue at sunset.

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

Day 9: Morondava, Tana

Today drive to Morondava and enjoy a gentle pirogue excursion through the mangroves on the way to a local fishing village for close contact with locals. Enjoy lunch at the best place in town before flying back to Tana.

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

Day 10: 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 (B, L, D).

Day 11: Chameleons & 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 (B, L, D).

Day 12: 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 provide shelter to lemurs that were displaced by the loss of their habitat, mainly by mining activities.

Overnight at Eulophiella (B, L, D).

Day 13: 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 (B, L, D).

Day 14: Fly home

Today, after breakfast, tranfer 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 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, 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

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.
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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.
  • 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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