Wildlife Safari in Kanha, Pench, Bandhavgarh and Beyond

Central India: In the Realm of the Tiger

India

15 Days

From $7,295

Overview

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    Overview

    This one-of-a-kind safari visits four of India's Project Tiger reserves, where we'll search not only for tiger, but also for leopard, sloth bear, dhole (Indian wild dog), and the endemic barasingha deer. We begin in Bandhavgarh, a small national park with a thriving tiger population, then head to renowned Kanha, which became part of Project Tiger in 1973. Moving to the lush & "Kipling country" of Pench National Park, we might, with luck, catch a glimpse of its leopards and jungle cats, and we finish our safari at Reni Pani, a luxury property at Satpura National Park, for game walks, village and school visits, and canoe safaris. As we travel, we'll be welcomed by our local hosts and the communities they are connected to.

    Arrive: Delhi, India

    Depart: Delhi, India

    Highlights

    • Explore four of India's Project Tiger reserves with an expert naturalist Trip Leader
    • Stay in welcoming, boutique-style game lodges operated by pioneers in wildlife conservation
    • Enjoy game drives, game walks, and visits to local villages and schools
    • Witness the amazing diversity of Indian wildlife, from tiger and endangered barasingha deer to leopard, sloth bear, gaur (Indian bison), and jungle cat

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      After an overnight in Delhi, we head to Bandhavgarh, a Project Tiger reserve and one of India's most beautiful national parks, with its temples and 10th century shrines. It boasts one of the highest densities of tiger anywhere in the world. From our welcoming lodge, we head out for safaris by open 4WD vehicle. The forests and grasslands are also home to over 150 species of colorful birds, including golden orioles and purple sunbirds.
      The Bengal tiger is the big draw at Kanha, an iconic Project Tiger reserve, but it's also the only place in the world to see the golden-hued barasingha. This magnificent species of deer, once near-extinct due to poaching, was rescued through remarkable conservation efforts in this park. Kanha recently celebrated the survival of the barasingha by naming it the park's official mascot. At the lodge, we can take a cooking lesson and visit a local school. In the evenings, we'll share stories by the fire pit, listen to talks by our guide, and stargaze.
      The subtropical landscape at Pench is known as the fictional home of Mowgli, the main character in Kipling's The Jungle Book. The park's name comes from the meandering Pench River, sprawling through dry broadleaf teak forests and tropical deciduous forests. Our award-winning lodge features 10 safari-style en suite tented rooms overlooking the forest.
      Our grand finale is a luxury lodge at Satpura National Park, where we might see leopard, four-horned antelope, wild boar, and bear. Options include guided game walks and canoe safaris, and walks to the local village and primary school are a highlight. Depart on Day 15 via Delhi.

      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

      Up to 121 days prior to departure: No charge!
      91-120 days prior to departure: $600 per person
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      60 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 lodges
      • All meals included except 2 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from arrival 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.)
      • Visa fees

      Accommodations

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

      Andaz Delhi

      New Delhi, India

      Day 1 (1 night)

      Located just a few miles from the international airport, you can watch the planes come and go from this contemporary hotel. Grab a gin and tonic at the Juniper Bar, which offers 35 types of gin and tonic infusions, or if you feel like jumping into an even livelier scene,...

      Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge

      Bandhavgarh, India

      Days 2-4 (3 nights)

      With 14 spacious cottages set around an inner courtyard, Bandhavgarh has the welcoming feel of a village. Each cottage has a private bathroom and a spacious deck. The common area features a comfortable lounge warmed by a fire, and meals  are served in a spacious thatched dining room that becomes...

      Kanha Jungle Lodge

      Kanha National Park, India

      Days 5-7 (3 nights)

      Kanha Jungle Lodge, built in 1987 and family-run, provides an environmentally friendly experience of the untamed beauty of Kanha, with 18 well-appointed rooms. It is close to the Mukki entrance gate to the park, so the sounds of wildlife, including the occasional roar of a tiger or alarm call of...

      Jamtara Wilderness Camp

      Pench National Park, India

      Days 8-10 (3 nights)

      Jamtara has 10 safari-style tents with king or twin beds, and each tent has a private bathroom.The tents are designed to feel light and open-air, with the option of rolling up the front panels for optimum views of nature while still maintaining privacy. The camp has an infinity pool for...

      Reni Pani Jungle Lodge

      Satpura, India

      Days 11-13 (3 nights)

      At Reni Pani, named for the neighboring tribal village, guests are accommodated in 12 stylish air-conditioned cottages featuring large bay windows and shaded private decks. Each cottage has a luxurious bathroom as well as a private outdoor shower. Common areas at the lodge include a comfortable bar and lounge,...

      Trip Leaders

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is Level 2, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system. This is a lodge- or tented camp-based safari with game viewing by open 4WD vehicle. Although the trip is not rigorous, it does involve some long driving days over rough roads and rugged game tracks—you will enjoy it more if you are in good shape and good health. Any safari is an adventure, and the traveler to India should bring along flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.
      Review Trip Level Details

      In the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, February-March are warm months, with average temperatures ranging from highs of 91F to lows of 60F, sometimes dropping into the 40s at dawn. Because water sources are more scarce during this time, it can be easier to find the wildlife.

      October-November, the last months of the post monsoon-autumn, it is slightly less hot, with temperature averaging highs of 82F and lows of 50F. The forest is generally more beautiful at this time, but the wildlife may be a bit harder to spot among the greenery.

      In the early dawn, when we start our morning safari drives, it can often be quite cold (40-45F) and you will need a warm jacket, hat, and gloves for these early drives in an open jeep. By 11:00 am, it will warm up considerably, and by mid-day, it will be 80-90F, with high humidity. Again in the evening, it cools off and you will need a light jacket. Because of the varied temperatures each day, it is best to dress in layers.

      Our accommodations are top-notch wildlife lodges ideally located for wildlife viewing. Each lodge is unique and comes with its own special touches, but delicious food and comfortable sleeping arrangements can be expected throughout your journey.
      Fresh food, much of it locally sourced, is prepared daily at each of our lodges. It will be a mix of Indian and Western cuisine, customized for the Western palate. It will be mild and not spicy (unless requested). A few of our dinners will be al fresco, served by candlelight in lovely settings. Because we start our safari drives very early, we will generally have picnic breakfasts on our drives—they may include fresh muffins, cookies, eggs, samosas, sandwiches, juice, tea, and coffee. Cooking classes at some of our lodges will offer lessons and tips in preparing Indian cuisine. Special diets (gluten-free, dairy-free) can be accommodated but please advise us in advance.
      Our safari vehicles have two rows for travelers, with two passengers per row, for a maximum of four trip members per vehicle. Each vehicle is attended by a certified driver as well as one of our expert naturalist guides. Our vehicles are open-roofed, so travelers can turn around for 360-degree wildlife viewing. In Delhi and on transfers between parks, we use comfortable vehicles with AC. Depending on the group size, vehicles range from a minivan that can accommodate up to three travelers and their luggage, to a minibus that can accommodate up to fourteen travelers and their luggage.

      A typical day begins with an early morning wake-up call (5:00-5:45 am), when tea and coffee are brought to our rooms. We head out by 4WD vehicle for a morning safari. We'll stop at a scenic spot for a picnic-style breakfast, and return to the lodge for lunch, with a second 4WD safari in the afternoon. Game walks are not allowed in any of the national parks except Satpura, where we have options for guided game walks.

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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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Before dinner in the evenings, there will be talks with our naturalists about what we saw during the day as well as discussions about the innovative conservation efforts in the area. Overnights at Jamtara Wilderness Camp. each day\r\n\r\nThe &ldquo;Star Bed&rdquo; Concept: Jamtara Wilderness Camp believes in supporting the local community, so one special option at Jamtara is spending a night in a private machan&mdash;a &ldquo;star bed&rdquo;&mdash;on the land of a local farmer. Set on a raised platform, it is complete with a four-poster bed enclosed in mosquito netting! It&apos;s a great way to stargaze and truly experience the Indian night. There is only one &ldquo;star bed&rdquo; at the camp, which we will offer as a single night stay on a first-come first-serve basis when participants sign up. This comes with an extra fee, but gives you the opportunity to sleep out amid the live orchestra of crickets, owls, frogs, and jackals, punctuated by the alarm calls of the spotted deer. 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Satpura is unique because in addition to game drives, we are allowed to enjoy game walks and take a canoe safari on the beautiful Tawa Reservoir.\r\n\r\nReni Pani Jungle Lodge is a conservation-focused luxury property surrounded by 30 acres of forest close to the park. Accommodation is in 12 air-conditioned cottages with private decks. A lot of wildlife visits the lodge grounds, including spotted deer, wild pig, langur monkey, rhesus macaque, jungle cat, palm civet, and occasionally wild dog, leopard, and sloth bear.\r\n\r\nReni Pani has adopted the local village&apos;s primary school, sending their naturalists there to conduct wildlife awareness workshops with the children. In a highly populated country like India, acceptance of wildlife among forest dwelling communities plays a crucial role in the conservation process. After checking in, we can walk to the local village to see its market and shops, watch the cows coming back into town at sunset, or just relax at the lodge. 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Please make sure that you also have a printed copy of your international flight itinerary. <br><br>You must apply for this ETA through India's Ministry of Home Affairs at the following <a href=\"https:\/\/indianvisaonline.gov.in\/evisa\/tvoa.html\">website<\/a>. <br><br>All applicants will need to upload a recent passport photo as part of the application process. <br><br>The ETA application will ask for a &ldquo;Reference Name in India,&rdquo; as well as a &ldquo;Reference Name in United States of America.&rdquo; For this, please put the following:<br><strong><br><\/strong><strong> Reference Name in India<\/strong><br> Name: Encounters Asia<br>Address: Suite # 206, Rakeshdeep Building<br>11 Commercial Complex<br>Gulmohar Enclave<br>New Delhi, 110049, India<br>India Phone: Phone: (+91) 11 2685-3760 <br><br><strong>Reference Name in the United States<\/strong><br> Name: Wilderness Travel<br>Address: 1102 Ninth St<br>Berkeley, CA, 94710<br>USA<br>Phone: +1-510-558-2488 <br><br>For more details on the process, including instructions and ETA fees, please visit the official website.<br><strong><br>2.) 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Do not casually take water from these springs. It is best to receive permission from a local person. If there is no one nearby, then follow these guidelines: Use only a very clean utensil to draw water. Do not drink directly from this utensil or from the spring. Do not brush your teeth or wash anything near the spring. Carry water 20 feet or more away from the spring before washing. If the water source becomes polluted by careless practice, the consequences for the village are disastrous. <br><br><strong>Shrines: <\/strong>Along almost every street and trail you will find temples and shrines of all sorts. Regardless of their size, they are revered with great devotion. When entering a temple, ask about or observe local practice. In some temples, shoes must be removed. In some, it is forbidden to wear leather of any kind (such as a leather belt) or to eat. <br><br><strong>Begging: <\/strong>Begging is a tradition in India and can be difficult for westerners to confront. 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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. 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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. 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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>Up to 121 days prior to departure: No charge!<br>91-120 days prior to departure: $600 per person<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>60 days or less: 100% of trip cost<\/p><p><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}