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The Heart of the Outback: Kakadu, Larapinta, and Mystical Uluru with James Fuss

Hiking Australia’s Northern Territory

Australia

14 Days

From $11,795

Level 3+

Moderate

Overview

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    Overview

    It's impossible not to be moved by the surreal landscapes of Australia's “Red Center,” one of the most spellbinding places on our planet. With our native Aussie Trip Leader James Fuss, we'll hike and explore the heart of the outback, from Kakadu National Park, famed for indigenous rock art, cascading waterfalls, and saltwater crocodiles, to the iconic sandstone monolith of Uluru and majestic domes of Kata Tjuta. Along the way, we'll hike the most scenic trails, meet indigenous elders, visit sacred sites, taste the best food and wines, and swim in pristine desert waterholes. Our hikes include sections of the famed Larapinta Trail and the classic rim hike at majestic Kings Canyon, and we'll savor two nights in a desert eco-camp under the starry Southern Sky.

    Arrive: Darwin, Australia

    Depart: Yulara, Australia

    Highlights

    • Feel the surreal magic of the Australia's “Red Center” and its ancient outback culture
    • Explore tropical Kakadu, with its Aboriginal art sites, cascading waterfalls, and crocodiles
    • Hike the spectacular Larapinta Trail in the remote MacDonnell Ranges
    • Watch sunset at Uluru, walk the Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta
    • Camp below Mt. Sonder under the starry Southern Sky

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      Itinerary

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      In Kakadu National Park, explore World Heritage-listed Aboriginal rock art sites, look for saltwater crocs at Cahills Crossing, and take a sunset cruise along the Yellow Water Wetlands. One of our hikes is in Maguk Gorge, where we can swim in a pristine rock pool. Return to Darwin on Day 5 via Litchfield National Park.
      Flying to Alice Springs, capital of the Outback, we head into the remote East MacDonnell Ranges for a hike below the quartzite cliffs of Trephina Gorge. Our hike on the Larapinta Trail brings us to the stunning gorge called Simpsons Gap, and we'll meet the Arrernte people on their traditional land at Standley Chasm. At the nearby Ochre Pits, we’ll learn the important role of ochre in Aboriginal culture for paintings and body decoration. At Ormiston Gorge, we hike between towering red walls with spectacular views of the MacDonnell Ranges.
      Our last hike on the Larapinta Trail lets us watch sunrise across the faces of Mt. Sonder with epic Outback views, and at vast Kings Canyon, nestled in Watarrka National Park, we'll make the classic Rim Walk circling the entire canyon rim.
      Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is recognized as one of the scenic wonders of the world. We'll take the perimeter walk around Uluru, then head out to Kata Tjuta for an Outback sunrise breakfast in the field, followed by a hike in the sublime Valley of the Winds. Depart from Yulara to Sydney or Melbourne on Day 14.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $600
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: $600 per person
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels and Larapinta camps
      • All meals except 2 dinners and 1 lunch as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Vibe Hotel

      Day 1 (1 night)

      This hotel right on Darwin's lively seafront promenade is within walking distance of cafes, pubs, and shopping, and it's just a few minutes' walk to the city center itself. The hotel has contemporary-style décor, an on-site café, and a long outdoor pool with a poolside bar.

      Cooinda Lodge

      Kakadu, Australia

      Days 2-4 (3 nights)

      Cooinda is a village-style property shaded by trees along Yellow Water Billabong. Guest rooms have air conditioning and interiors are furnished to reflect the Kakadu bushscape. The lodge offers an inviting shaded swimming pool, bistro-style dining, bars, a petrol station, and a shop offering locally made crafts as well as...

      Vibe Hotel

      Day 5 (1 night)

      This hotel right on Darwin's lively seafront promenade is within walking distance of cafes, pubs, and shopping, and it's just a few minutes' walk to the city center itself. The hotel has contemporary-style décor, an on-site café, and a long outdoor pool with a poolside bar.

      DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs

      Days 6-7 (2 nights)

      Located between the Todd River and Alice Springs Golf Club, with the MacDonnell Ranges as a backdrop, the DoubleTree by Hilton offers comfortable rooms, two on-site restaurants, two bars, a fitness center, tennis courts, and a heated outdoor pool.

      Sonder Camp

      Mount Sonder, Australia

      Days 8-9 (2 nights)

      An eco-camp in the dramatic West MacDonnell Ranges, Sonder Camp is set in Rocky Bar Gap, near the base of iconic Mount Sonder and towards the end of the Larapinta Trail. Guest tents are furnished with two cots and are large enough to stand up in. The camp has a...

      Kings Creek Station

      Petermann, Australia

      Days 10-11 (2 nights)

      At Kings Creek Station, the accommodations known as Drovers Dream are 10 “glamping” tents with all the creature comforts built in. They are beautifully appointed with a queen bed, reverse cycle air-conditioning, a walk-in en suite shower, and private deck. Surrounding the tents are vistas of the incredible rocky outcrops...

      Desert Gardens Hotel

      Days 12-13 (2 nights)

      The Desert Gardens Hotel in Ayers Rock Resort boasts the only hotel rooms with views of Uluru. Set in an oasis of native gardens, Ayers Rock Resort is an Aboriginal-owned enterprise on native land about 12 miles from Uluru. The 218 guest rooms provide a relaxing retreat from a day...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

      James Fuss

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated a Level 3+, Moderate to Strenuous, according to our trip grading system. You will need to be comfortable hiking 5-8 miles a day on uneven surfaces including up and down steep rock surfaces. Although you carry only a daypack, there are some steep ascents and descents and many sections that cross rough or rocky trails. Trail conditions, weather, and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.

      Average Hiking Day
      • 2-3 hours
      • 3-5 miles
      • 450 feet gain/loss

      Challenge Days
      • Day 10: 10 miles, 6 hours, and 950 feet gain/loss (this hiking day begins around 3:00 am)
      • Day 13: 6.5 miles, 4 hours, and 1,500 feet gain/loss
      Review Trip Level Details
      The terrain of the Larapinta, Kings Canyon, and Kata Tjuta is extremely rocky. Some trails are not “groomed” but follow the natural contours of the land and are therefore uneven. Some sections of trail are on uneven stairs built out of natural rocks, other sections are across smooth and solid rock, so it’s important to have good boot traction. Above-the-ankle boots and hiking poles are strongly recommended. There is one brief section of Valley of the Winds hike (Kata Tjuta) that is a particularly steep incline up a rock face. On Day 9’s hike through Ormiston Gorge, there is a required river crossing. The water is cold and waist-deep at the deepest section and we will have to carry our boots and daypacks over our heads as we cross the river. Bring a swimsuit or suitable under layers for this day. Teva-type sandals are good for this river crossing. The Ormiston Gorge hike is one of the very best along the Larapinta Trail, so wading the river is entirely worth it and it adds an element of adventure to the trail.
      We strongly urge you to train for your trip, as your enjoyment will be highly dependent on your level of fitness. The best training for a hike is to hike, especially over hills or rough terrain. Next best are running, swimming, bicycling, or other cardiovascular exercise. Stair climbing machines are excellent preparation for hiking uphill. Your feet should also be well prepared—make sure your hiking boots are sturdy, comfortable, and thoroughly broken-in. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed because we always have a staff member hiking in the lead as well as one behind with the slowest hiker in our group.
      The Darwin/Kakadu/Litchfield portion of the trip will be hot and humid, ranging from high 80s/low 90s in the day to mid-60s/low 70s in the evenings. The Outback portion of the trip (Alice Springs and Yulara/Uluru) is an arid environment, and it will be winter. The evenings and mornings will likely dip below freezing, so it important to bring multiple light layers to add/remove, especially for the nights of camping, stargazing, and pre-dawn hiking. Daytimes will typically be very mild in the mid-60s, but the sun will still be strong. Lightweight, long, sun-protective layers and wide-brimmed hats are encouraged.
      We stay in excellent hotels throughout the trip. However, there are two special overnights while we are on the Larapinta that are at an eco-camp in the outback: Sonder Camp. This camp will be reserved for our group alone and operates with sustainable technologies such as composting toilets, solar lighting, and a hybrid grey-water disposal system designed for the arid environment. The camp is semi-permanent, and taken down off-season to allow the land to recover. Sonder Camp’s tents are large enough to stand up in. There are two cots per tent, each with a foam mattress, sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, and a pillow. Nights are cold in camp, but the sleeping bags are very effective. The camp’s bathrooms are shared, and have a composting toilet with sinks and soap nearby. There are two one-person shower tents at the camp. Hot water for the shower is heated using a “Donkey” hot water boiler, and guests have a bucket of warm water to use in the shower, enough water to run for about two minutes. At the communal dining area, set on a raised platform, restaurant-style gas burners provide heating at night, along with the open fire traditionally lit outdoors at the camps. There are eight USB 12V camera/phone battery charging ports in the communal couch area, powered through our solar system. There is no cell phone reception.
      Meals will be taken at the hotels and camps where we are staying or at restaurants in nearby towns. Australian cuisine includes a lot of grilled meats but there is also a huge Asian influence and well as a British influence. Breakfasts at hotels will generally be very familiar cuisine, and on the Larapinta trail will mostly be yogurts, granola, oatmeal, bagels, eggs, etc. Lunches on the trail are typically sandwiches with chutney, veggies, and sliced meat, as well as a variety of salads such as Asian noodle or quinoa/chicken/spinach.
      Our transport during the trip will be in a comfortable 20-passenger bus that is fitted for rugged dirt roads and has large windows for viewing scenery and wildlife. There will be water and snacks available in our vehicle when we are traveling, and on travel days, we’ll make stops at points of interest along the way. Our support vehicle will transport the group’s luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.).

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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Daytimes will typically be very mild in the mid-60s, but the sun will still be strong. Lightweight, long, sun-protective layers and wide-brimmed hats are encouraged.","Custom_Accommodations":"We stay in excellent hotels throughout the trip. However, there are two special overnights while we are on the Larapinta that are at an eco-camp in the outback: Sonder Camp. This camp will be reserved for our group alone and operates with sustainable technologies such as composting toilets, solar lighting, and a hybrid grey-water disposal system designed for the arid environment. The camp is semi-permanent, and taken down off-season to allow the land to recover. Sonder Camp&rsquo;s tents are large enough to stand up in. There are two cots per tent, each with a foam mattress, sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, and a pillow. Nights are cold in camp, but the sleeping bags are very effective. The camp&rsquo;s bathrooms are shared, and have a composting toilet with sinks and soap nearby. There are two one-person shower tents at the camp. Hot water for the shower is heated using a &#8220;Donkey&#8221; hot water boiler, and guests have a bucket of warm water to use in the shower, enough water to run for about two minutes. At the communal dining area, set on a raised platform, restaurant-style gas burners provide heating at night, along with the open fire traditionally lit outdoors at the camps. There are eight USB 12V camera\/phone battery charging ports in the communal couch area, powered through our solar system. There is no cell phone reception.","Custom_Cuisine":"Meals will be taken at the hotels and camps where we are staying or at restaurants in nearby towns. Australian cuisine includes a lot of grilled meats but there is also a huge Asian influence and well as a British influence. Breakfasts at hotels will generally be very familiar cuisine, and on the Larapinta trail will mostly be yogurts, granola, oatmeal, bagels, eggs, etc. Lunches on the trail are typically sandwiches with chutney, veggies, and sliced meat, as well as a variety of salads such as Asian noodle or quinoa\/chicken\/spinach.","Custom_Transportation":"Our transport during the trip will be in a comfortable 20-passenger bus that is fitted for rugged dirt roads and has large windows for viewing scenery and wildlife. There will be water and snacks available in our vehicle when we are traveling, and on travel days, we&#8217;ll make stops at points of interest along the way. Our support vehicle will transport the group&#8217;s luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.).","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Header_1":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Text_1":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Header_2":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Text_2":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_1":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_2":"","System_Choosing_the_Right_Trip":"<p>Adventure travel often involves exotic destinations, unusual levels of physical exertion, or activities you may not have participated in previously. We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">saito8.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $600<br>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee: $600 per person<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<\/p><p><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}