An Ecological Hotspot with Thrilling Endemic Species

Madagascar: Off the Beaten Path

Madagascar

15 Days

From $7,795

Overview

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    Overview

    Madagascar has been isolated from mainland Africa since the time of the dinosaurs and possesses rare life forms found nowhere else, from over 100 species of lemur to wildly colorful chameleons (ranging from thumbnail-sized to two feet long!). In this unique world, we bring you into seven environments, from sandstone canyons to mountain rainforests. We maximize your experience with your choice of guided walks each day, whether a photo-paced ramble or an invigorating hike. You'll hear the haunting calls of the “singing indri” deep in the forest, meet wildlife researchers, visit reforestation projects—and even plant a seedling on the famed Avenue of the Baobabs!

    Arrive: Antananarivo, Madagascar

    Depart: Antananarivo, Madagascar

    Highlights

    • Choice of hiking options and early morning birding outings
    • Outstanding Trip Leaders, extra local naturalist guides at each park
    • Sunset at Avenue of the Baobabs
    • Fly on three private charters to maximize time in parks
    • Visit a local school, sample traditional Malagasy cuisine

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      Itinerary

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      From “Tana,” the capital, we head to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, a rainforest reserve created to protect the indri, the largest living lemur species, whose treetop calls carry for miles. Common brown, grey bamboo, and woolly lemurs are also found here. We'll also visit Lemur Island, a sanctuary for orphaned lemurs—the lemurs here are habituated to people, allowing great photo opportunities.
      Flying by private charter to seaside Morondava, we visit the Avenue of the Baobabs. Here we plant a seedling and sip Malagasy sundowners as the sun sets over these majestic natural monuments, some more than 800 years old. In Kirindy Reserve, we look for the elusive cat-like fossa, a host of endemic chameleons, and primates including Verreaux's sifaka.
      A charter flight and road journey bring us to stunning Ranomafana National Park, one of the most biodiverse rainforests on the planet. Twelve lemur species have been recorded here, including the rare golden bamboo lemur. One evening, we enjoy a private talk with a wildlife researcher.
      We'll get eye to eye with the friendly ring-tailed lemurs at community-run Anja Reserve, and hike in the sandstone gorges of Isalo. Fly by private charter to Antananarivo and depart on Day 15.

      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

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

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      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

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels and wildlife lodges
      • All meals included except 1 dinner 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 Leader
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fee

      Accommodations

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

      Hotel Carlton

      Antananarivo, Madagascar

      Day 1 (1 night)

      Set along the shores of Anosy Lake, this contemporary hotel is just a few minutes' walk from the historic city center. Guest rooms have air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi, and there is a swimming pool and shaded garden area where you can shift into relax mode, tucked away from the...

      Mantadia Lodge

      Andasibe National Park, Madagascar

      Days 2-4 (3 nights)

      The modern Mantadia Lodge has a beautiful setting on a high ridge overlooking a private rainforest. Guest bungalows have sliding doors opening onto a private patio, and the lodge's restaurant was designed with large windows to take in the spectacular views. There is also a lounge, large outdoor terrace, and...

      Hotel Carlton

      Antananarivo, Madagascar

      Day 5 (1 night)

      Set along the shores of Anosy Lake, this contemporary hotel is just a few minutes' walk from the historic city center. Guest rooms have air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi, and there is a swimming pool and shaded garden area where you can shift into relax mode, tucked away from the...

      Hotel Palissandre Cote Ouest

      Morondava, Madagascar

      Days 6-7 (2 nights)

      Ideally located on Nosy Kely beach, this beach hotel offers a relaxing atmosphere, with clean and spacious air-conditioned, thatch-roofed beachside bungalows featuring lovely views of the sea. Enjoy a swim in the small swimming pool, and linger a while after dinner to gaze at the sunset and the glittering night...

      Hotel Thermal

      Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar

      Days 8-9 (2 nights)

      Set on the edge of Ranomafana National Park, this comfortable 21-room hotel was formerly a health resort. Spacious guestrooms are air-conditioned and feature amenities including TV, safe, and mini-bar. Make time to take a stroll on the lovely grounds. The hotel is committed to sustainable tourism development in cooperation with...

      Betsileo Country Lodge

      Ambalavao, Madagascar

      Day 10 (1 night)

      Nestled amid foothills of the mountains stands the Betsileo Country Lodge. Guest rooms range from bungalows set in the peaceful garden to standard rooms attached to the main building. All rooms have airy windows, nice beds, and en-suite bathrooms. The staff is friendly and helpful, and there is a nice...

      Hotel Le Jardin Du Roy

      Isalo National Park, Madagascar

      Days 11-13 (3 nights)

      The park-like setting and thoughtful design of Jardin du Roy makes it blend beautifully into the landscape. Architectural details include Madagascan motifs worked into stone-built walls. Guest rooms are large, clean, and comfortable, with mosquito nets and a veranda or balcony. The high-ceilinged open lobby has hand-crafted stonework, with a...

      Hotel Carlton

      Antananarivo, Madagascar

      Day 14 (1 night)

      Set along the shores of Anosy Lake, this contemporary hotel is just a few minutes' walk from the historic city center. Guest rooms have air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi, and there is a swimming pool and shaded garden area where you can shift into relax mode, tucked away from the...

      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.

      Felantsoa Navalona

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      What the Trip is Like

      The trip is Level 2+, Easy to Moderate. It features day hikes in national parks, with accommodations that range from city hotels to basic wildlife lodges. You should be fit, healthy, and ready for adventure because the walking trails in Madagascar's parks can be quite slippery and muddy and temperatures can be extreme. Several of the travel days involve long drives and road conditions can be rough.
      Review Trip Level Details
      Madagascar has a tropical climate with many microclimates, so the weather can vary greatly depending on the time of year and region of the country. The north and south tend to be warm and dry, while the highlands, including the capital, Antananarivo, are cooler. Daily temperatures typically range from the low 60s to the high 80s. Our departures are set for the dry season (April-November), where you can expect warm weather (don't forget your sun protection), but also some rain and muddy road conditions.
      Traveling in Madagascar is always an adventure! Changes and delays are all part of the experience. We will make every effort to follow the Detailed Itinerary as described, but please note it may be rearranged due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, including internal flights that are often subject to delay, cancellation, and last-minute schedule changes. In addition, travelers should be aware that there is a scarcity of medical facilities outside of Antananarivo and they may not be up to international standards. A spirit of adventure and a flexible, cooperative attitude are musts. Your reward is an unparalleled experience of one of the world's most intriguing countries and its fascinating wildlife.

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      Client Testimonials

      "This was an excellent experience. We learned a lot and were able to observe the distinctive animals and plants that we had only read about."

      Doug M.

      Providence, RI

      "Both pre-trip preparation and on the ground trip management were excellent, which translated out to make an overall delightful fulfilling experience"

      Elsie M.

      Providence, RI

      "A very interesting trip, with a great variety of sights and experiences and a very knowledgeable guide."

      Joe C.

      Escondido, CA

      "The trip was excellent, I'd highly recommend it. Really fun—the local guides and Trip Leader were all wonderful. I am so glad Wilderness took care of everything."

      Kathy W.

      Minneapolis, MN

      "Our trip leader was amazing. We couldn't figure out how he timed everything so perfectly! He's a treasure and a fabulous representative of WT and Madagascar."

      Laurie B.

      Washington, NJ

      "The trip was interesting and a lot of fun. A great adventure!"

      Linda H.

      Olympia, WA

      "I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. There was a great mix of experiences in Madagascar. Obviously a lot of planning went into making it a memorable trip. Thank you!"

      Marilyn G.

      Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

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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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Activities and driving times noted in the itinerary may vary, depending on weather, road\/trail conditions, and other local factors beyond our control (for example the recent typhoon may have affected road conditions). In this remote part of the world, it is very important that you make a special effort to be flexible and bring a spirit of adventure to this unique tour. Take pleasure in the knowledge that you will be visiting a fascinating part of the world in the company of an expert Trip Leader. With a truly adventurous attitude, we feel that your trip will be most rewarding and enjoyable.<br \/><\/p>","Custom_FB_Additional_Notes_-_MISC_2":"<strong>CONJUNCTIVITIS OUTBREAK:<\/strong> There is an outbreak of Conjunctivitis, also known as \"pink eye\", in Madagascar. It is not considered a dangerous illness and is easily cured. We recommend you discuss preventative measures with your doctor. Also during the trip try to avoid rubbing your eyes. 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If they are unable to reach you directly, please instruct them to call our office in Berkeley, California, and we will get a message to you as soon as possible. In case of emergency, if they need to reach you outside of our office hours, we ask that they reach out to your Trip Leader (contact information is listed below) and also leave a message with our Berkeley office, so that we can follow up with our team on the ground. <br><br>We recommend using <a href=\"https:\/\/www.whatsapp.com\/\">WhatsApp<\/a> and downloading the free app on your phone, and entering the below local 24\/7 emergency contact in advance of your trip.<\/p><\/body>","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Left":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-30T22:35:23 --><p><strong>TRIP LEADER <\/strong><br \/>VY RAHARINOSY <br \/>Email: vyra104@yahoo.fr<br \/>Cell # +261 34 09 544 73 <br \/><\/p>","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Right":"","Custom_name_slug":"madagascar-baobab-wildlife-tour","Custom_Meta_Description":"Madagascar's remote reserves are renowned for endemic biodiversity. 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That routing may resume in the future but is currently not available.<br \/><br \/><strong>We recommend:<br \/>Ethiopian Airlines<\/strong> offers several flights a week from Addis to Antananarivo. <a href=\"https:\/\/www.ethiopianairlines.com\/us\">www.ethiopianairlines.com<\/a><br \/><br \/><strong>Kenya Airways<\/strong> offers several flights a week from Nairobi to Antananarivo (Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays). <a href=\"https:\/\/www.kenya-airways.com\/plan-and-book\/en\/\">www.kenya-airways.com<\/a><br \/><br \/><strong>Air France<\/strong> offers several flights a week. Air France sometimes has flight schedule changes or cancelled flights so you may need to be flexible in the event of schedule changes. <a href=\"https:\/\/wwws.airfrance.us\/\">www.airfrance.us<\/a><br \/><br \/>There are many online consolidators for booking travel, but for more personal help arranging air transport, you can contact Exito Travel at 1-800-655-4053 in the US or 1-800-670-2605 in Canada, or <a href=\"https:\/\/exitotravel.com\/\">www.exitotravel.com<\/a>.<br \/><br \/>Depending on your routing, it is necessary to depart from the US one or possibly two days prior to Day 1 of the trip itinerary. 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You can contact a local Madagascar consulate to purchase your visa for $37 (subject to change). For a list of the consulates, please check this <a href=\"http:\/\/www.madagascar-consulate.org\/embassies-usa.html\">website<\/a>. <br><br>For expedited service, you may contact our recommended service, <a href=\"http:\/\/www.passportvisasexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">Passport Visas Express<\/a> (PVE). PVE can also be reached by phone at 888-596-6028. Let them know you are booked on a Wilderness Travel trip. <br><br>If you are a citizen of any country other than the US, check with a local consulate for entry requirements.","Custom_Money":"The currency in Madagascar is the Malagasy ariary (MGA). We suggest you bring your funds in US cash in smaller denominations and in bills dated from 2009 and newer. You can exchange money at the bank next to the Hotel Carlton. There is an ATM in the hotel lobby so you can easily obtain Malagasy ariary at that time. Your trip leader is also happy to assist you if needed. <br><br>ATMs are also available in the capital, Tana, but not elsewhere, and they only accept Visa-branded ATM cards (not HSBC or other brands). Traveler's checks are not accepted. Credit cards are accepted at the larger hotels but not accepted in Ranomafana. To use an ATM internationally, you must have a four-digit PIN. If you plan to use your credit cards, inform your credit card company before your departure that you will be using the card abroad. <br><br>You will need to budget spending money for gratuities, any meals or beverages not included in the trip itinerary, and for personal items such as snacks, phone calls, etc. <br><br>Please do not put any of your cash or valuables in your checked bag. Also lock your luggage before checking it in on the international or internal flights. There have recently been some incidents at the local airports of petty theft. 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With this in mind, please inform us at least eight weeks before your trip if you have a special diet, and any food allergies in particular, so we can do our best to meet your needs.","Custom_Communications":"<strong>Telephone<\/strong><br>The international dialing code for Madagascar is 261. Please contact your cell phone company for specific instructions for international use.<br><strong><br>Email &amp; Internet Access<\/strong><br>Internet access should be available at all the lodges.","Custom_Electricity":"Madagascar has 220-volt current and uses both the type C and type E plugs (both have two round pins).","Custom_Laundry":"Laundry services are available for cash purchase at all lodges. The average cost is $2 per item.","Custom_Ship_Notes":"","Custom_Inoculations":"Entry requirements are subject to change; check with the Centers for Disease Control for updates. All shots should be entered on your International Health Card (yellow card), which is provided by the facility giving the shots. Keep it with your passport while traveling. This provides an important personal record for you to refer to when making future travel plans. We recommend you discuss the following with your physician:<br><br><br><strong>Yellow Fever<\/strong><br>Although yellow fever is not a disease risk in Madagascar, the government requires travelers arriving from countries where yellow fever is present to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. If you will be traveling to one of these countries where yellow fever is present before arriving in Madagascar, this requirement must be taken into consideration. This includes an overnight in transit in such countries, but does not include a layover where you don't exit the airport. Health officials at borders often (but not always) request proof of the shot. 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Use repellent containing DEET. <br><br>If, after returning from your trip, you have a persistent fever with chills, muscle aches, and headache, report to your doctor the possibility of exposure to malaria. <br><br>For further malaria information, consult your doctor or the CDC Malaria Hotline (<a href=\"https:\/\/www.cdc.gov\/malaria\/travelers\/\">cdc.gov\/malaria\/travelers<\/a>) or by phone at 888-232-3228.","Custom_Staying_Healthy":"In hotels, don't brush your teeth with tap water; use bottled water. Don't use ice in your drinks unless you are sure it was made with treated water. When in doubt, ask your Trip Leader for guidelines. Wilderness Travel will provide bottled water for your entire stay in Madagascar.","Custom_Getting_In_Shape":"","Custom_Medical_Care":"","Custom_Altitude_Considerations":"","Custom_Covid-19":"","Custom_Reading_List":"Elevate your travel experience by delving into this curated collection of books tailored to your upcoming adventure. They will not only entertain but also provide invaluable insights into the history, culture, cuisine, wildlife, mountain trails, or even folklore of the places you're about to explore. Discover the perfect companions for your journey ahead by <a href=\"https:\/\/bookshop.org\/lists\/wilderness-travel-madagascar\">following the link<\/a> or scanning the QR code.","Custom_Photography":"","Custom_Cultural_Considerations":"","Custom_Giving_Back":"<strong>School Donations<\/strong><br>During the trip we plan to visit a unique school, located outside of Tana, run by a local Malagasy couple. The schoolchildren's parents are employees of the school's on-site metal workshop, which displays beautiful artisanal crafts, an important income generating activity for the community. The school is building an English library for all students from primary school to high school. They have requested English books for any of these levels (English picture books are great). 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Please do not put any of your cash or valuables in your checked bag. Also lock your luggage before checking it in on the international or internal flights. Wilderness Travel is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.<br><br>Should your luggage be delayed, you must file a claim with the airline at the airport in Antananarivo prior to leaving the airport. You must also sign a &#8220;power of attorney&#8221; document to be used by our local representative (limited to this instance only) so that he or she can retrieve your bags and forward them to you as soon as possible in case you leave the capital before your luggage arrives.<br><br><strong>Baggage Restrictions on Internal Flights<\/strong><br>There are some private charters on your trip. For these flights the maximum weight allowance for all baggage (including handbags and photo gear) is 44 pounds, so please pack lightly. Your baggage will be weighed before boarding the flight. Soft-sided luggage is preferred (no hard luggage). 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Your reward is an unparalleled experience of one of the world's most intriguing countries and its fascinating wildlife.","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>$600 due at time of reservation <br \/>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<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<br><\/p>"}}