World-Exclusive Safari with GPS Tagging of Giraffes

Namibia: Giraffe Conservation Safari

Namibia

13 Days

From $9,595

Level 3

Moderate

Overview

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    Overview

    Join field conservationists and vets from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and work alongside them for the thrilling experience of tracking and attaching GPS tags to giraffes in the wild—be prepared to be awed! We have two tagging days with the GCF staff and pioneering conservation scientist Dr. Julian Fennessy for an adventure in a unique country that is one of Africa's greatest wildlife conservation stories. Encounters with the giraffe will be unforgettable, but we'll also radio-track leopard at famed AfriCat, track desert-dwelling black rhino with rangers at the Save the Rhino Trust, and meet the nomadic Himba people of the remote Kaokoveld.

    Arrive: Windhoek, Namibia

    Depart: Windhoek, Namibia

    Highlights

    • Just 6 participants—and led by Jason Nott, one of Namibia's most respected safari guides
    • Hands-on participation in GPS tagging of giraffe with Dr. Julian Fennessy—an incredible experience!
    • Track leopard at AfriCat, track endangered rhino in Damaraland with the Save the Rhino Trust
    • Stay in gorgeous game lodges and wonderfully remote camps

    Overview

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      Itinerary

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      We head out for Okonjima, home of AfriCat, the world's largest center for the rehabilitation of Africa's big cats, where we can radio-track leopards as they roam the Okonjima Nature Reserve.
      In our exclusive semi-permanent “under canvas” camp in wild Damaraland, we search for rare desert-adapted wildlife, including black rhino. WT is proud to support the vital anti-poaching work of the Save the Rhino Trust—Namibia now has the only growing black rhino population in Africa.
      We'll feel like we're on another planet amid the sand dunes and towering mountains of theKaokoveld in northwest Namibia. From our mobile camp, we look for desert-adapted wildlife, meet the nomadic Himba, and learn about Namibia's conservation practices on communal land.
      We have the extraordinary—and world exclusive—opportunity to be part of a GPS team tagging giraffe in the wild. We'll work alongside them, assisting with tagging and

      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: $1,000
      120 days prior to departure: Balance

      *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: $1,000 per person
      119 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
      • Accommodations in hotels, permanent camps, and mobile camp
      • All meals
      • 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
      • Gratuities and tips for staff and porters
      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 and assistant guide
      • 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.

      Galton House

      Windhoek, Namibia

      Day 1 (1 night)

      This welcoming nine-room hotel, just a 10-minute shuttle drive from the center of town, offers a personal and informal atmosphere. Guest rooms are decorated in an inviting modern style, with wildlife photography adorning the walls. Communal areas include a large lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a small swimming...

      Okonjima Bush Camp

      Omboroko Mountains, Namibia

      Days 2-3 (2 nights)

      Home to the AfriCat Foundation, this luxury bush camp features eight thatched, African-style chalets decorated in earthy tones. The chalets are very spacious, have en suite bathrooms, and can be opened wide during the day for enjoying the views and watching birds in the garden right from your room....

      Huab Under Canvas

      Damaraland, Namibia

      Days 4-5 (2 nights)

      Located in a desert-adapted black rhino area in the //Huab Conservancy in Damaraland, this semi-mobile camp has a wonderfully light environmental footprint. We will have this camp for our exclusive use. Each spacious tent is equipped with single beds, solar lighting, and a bathroom with a toilet, bucket shower, and...

      Expedition Mobile Camp

      Days 6-8 (3 nights)

      Our Mobile Expedition camps are fully serviced and equipped to keep you in comfort in a remote setting. They are not permanent and are designed to be set up quickly in some of the most inaccessible corners of the country, normally for just two...

      Onduli Ridge

      Damaraland, Namibia

      Days 9-11 (3 nights)

      Nestled among boulders on a private concession in the heart of Damaraland, the camp's six open-air suites feature incredible views of Namibia's highest mountain, the Brandberg, and out across the plains to the cathedral-like granite inselbergs (isolated small rock mountains). Each suite has a partially open-air bathroom with a flush...

      Galton House

      Windhoek, Namibia

      Day 12 (1 night)

      This welcoming nine-room hotel, just a 10-minute shuttle drive from the center of town, offers a personal and informal atmosphere. Guest rooms are decorated in an inviting modern style, with wildlife photography adorning the walls. Communal areas include a large lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a small swimming...

      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.

      Jason Nott

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      What the Trip is Like

      The trip is Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. This is a camping and lodge safari with game viewing by 4WD vehicle, nature walks, and long driving days. There will be some sections of walking through sand dunes or on rough, hilly terrain with loose scree. Although this is not a particularly rigorous trip, we still recommend you undertake a preparatory program of physical conditioning. Daily walking or regular hiking, jogging, and stair-climbing are excellent preparatory exercises. Any African safari is an adventure, and the traveler should bring along flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.
      Review Trip Level Details
      Namibia has a typical desert climate: hot in the day, and cool at night, mostly sunny and dry. Between November and April, daytime temperatures can be in the low 90s, with night temperatures dropping to the 50s. Between May and October, daytime temperatures generally reach the mid-70s and can drop to as low as 40 at night. The coastal region is cool and dry throughout the year.
      Our accommodations are in hotels (2 nights), superb permanent camps (8 nights), and in one expedition mobile camp (3 nights), which offers incredible access to the giraffe habitat and has basic domed tents outfitted with cots, linens, en suite bathroom facilities, a shade canopy, and chairs. Meals are prepared over open fires by our camp crew at the mobile expedition camp and served at a dining table with comfortable canvas-backed chairs.
      While on safari, most breakfasts and evening meals will be taken at the lodge or camp you are staying at. Lunches while traveling between destinations will be served picnic-style en route or at a café or restaurant if there is not a suitable picnic site. Bottled water, soft drinks, juice, house wine, and beer are included throughout the trip. All vehicles are equipped with a fridge or cool box stocked with bottled water. Tea and coffee are offered at most accommodations free of charge with meals and at afternoon tea time.
      Due to Namibia's vast distances, an integral part of any Namibia safari is driving, and this is part of the adventure. The Trip Leader will make the road journeys very interesting and point out many highlights en route. While the driving times may appear long, there is a lot to see and the scenery is dramatic and beautiful. The road journeys are essentially game drives since Namibia's wildlife isn't restricted to parks. Our vehicles are very comfortable and have supplies for tea, picnic lunches, etc.

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      Client Testimonials

      "As a first-time, unique, conservation-oriented trip it was impressive! Julian Fennessy and the GCF team went overboard in their interaction with us—before, during, and after the field work. We never felt we were intruding or hindering them. This positive interaction was a true highlight of the trip."

      David and Audrey N.

      Albuquerque, NM

      "This trip far exceeded our expectations, largely due to Jason’s leadership, passion for his country and its wild places, and intimate knowledge and participation in conservation projects around the country."

      Heather L.

      South San Francisco, CA

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      Itinerary

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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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Your participation in this safari contributes to the vital work that Save the Rhino Trust does protecting and advocating for a species that has walked this land for over 14 million years. Unfortunately, both rhino and elephant poaching have hit dangerously high levels in neighboring South Africa, making the conservation efforts of SRT all the more vital today. Wilderness Travel is also playing an active role in conservation efforts, as we&apos;ve recently donated funds to outfit an entire mobile camp of rhino rangers, the guardians of this rare and ancient species. After&nbsp;returning to camp for some R&R, we&apos;ll head out for an evening drive or bush walk with Jason to watch the life of the night unfold. Overnight at camp.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":6,"DayTo":6,"Headline":"Mobile Expedition Camp \/ North West Kaokoveld \/ Desert Giraffe Habitat","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We drive deep into the Kaokoveld region, with a picnic lunch en route. The afternoon will be spent on an extended scenic drive as we make our way to our Expedition Camp, a mobile camp set up specifically for us in the heart of desert giraffe habitat. Along the way, we&apos;ll visit a local Himba settlement. The Himba are semi-nomads who live in scattered settlements throughout the Kunene Region. They are a tall, slender, and statuesque people, characterized especially by their proud yet friendly bearing. The women especially are noted for their unusual sculptural beauty, enhanced by intricate hairstyles and traditional adornments. They rub their bodies with red ochre and fat, a treatment that protects their skin against the harsh desert climate. The homes of the Himba of Kaokoland are simple, cone-shaped structures of saplings, bound together with palm leaves and plastered with mud and dung. The men build the structures, while the women mix the clay and do the plastering. Men, women and children wear body adornments made from iron and shell beads.&nbsp;Our guide&apos;s presence and contacts with the local community will ensure we will be welcomed as a &ldquo;friend of a friend&rdquo; and that we will be able to spend considerable time there learning about these fascinating nomadic pastoralists. There has been virtually no modern influence on these communities, which makes for a fascinating cultural exchange.\r\n\r\nLeaving the Himba, we keep an eye out for wildlife as we approach our expedition camp. The camp is set up specifically for us in the heart of desert giraffe habitat. Hot bucket showers will be awaiting upon arrival! This evening at the mobile camp, we meet with&nbsp;the field crew of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF).&nbsp;Overnight at the mobile expedition camp.\r\n\r\nThe Giraffe Conservation Foundation: Founded in 2009, the GCF is the only international charity solely dedicated to the conservation of giraffe in the wild and currently supports giraffe conservation initiatives on all subspecies of giraffe across the African continent in more than ten countries. Giraffe numbers have plummeted from 140,000 in the late 1990s to less than 80,000 today. In the past 30 years, giraffe have become extinct in at least seven African countries. This dramatic loss has gone largely unnoticed&mdash;and has been termed &ldquo;a silent extinction.&rdquo; \u00adThe main threats are habitat loss and fragmentation, disease, and increasingly, illegal hunting\/poaching. At the crux of all this is human population growth in Africa and the demand for land. GCF&apos;s giraffe conservation program in northwest Namibia is the first long-term ecological monitoring effort of the desert-dwelling Angolan giraffe. The project collects, collates, and disseminates information, both popular and scientific. This information is used locally and internationally for government, NGOs, communal conservancies, and other interested partners to help with the conservation and management of giraffe. Surprisingly, this is one of the first-ever long-term ecological monitoring efforts of giraffe in Africa. For more information, visit www.giraffeconservation.org.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":7,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"Mobile Camp \/ Desert Giraffe Habitat","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"The next two days are spent with GCF field crew, setting the tone for the tagging operation that will take place at Onduli Ridge. We will learn more about the Giraffe Conservation Foundation&nbsp;and discuss&nbsp;conservancies and the conservation that takes place on communal land. In this area local people have decided to live with wildlife and the troubles it brings, and this is a good time to discuss human wildlife conflict, along with the growth of wildlife, such as the desert adapted elephant, in these communal areas. Overnight at the mobile expedition camp. each day\r\n\r\nDesert-Adapted Elephant: In habitats with sufficient water, an adult elephant consumes as much as 60 gallons of water every day of its life. Consider what a herd of them would drink in a week or a month or a year. An African elephant in a desert? Well, yes, and not only elephant, but other large mammals as well, such as black rhinoceros and giraffe. Seven river courses northwards from the Ugab provide them with possible routes across the desert, right to the Skeleton Coast. Desert-adapted elephant in Kaokoland and the Namib walk further for water and fodder than any other elephant in Africa&mdash;the distances between waterholes and feeding grounds can be as great as 42 miles. The typical home range of a family herd is larger than 770 square miles, or eight times as big as ranges in central Africa where rainfall is much higher. They walk and feed at night and rest during the day. Not a separate species or even a subspecies, they are an ecotype unique to Namibia in Africa, behaviorally adapted to hyper-arid conditions.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":9,"DayTo":9,"Headline":"Onduli Ridge \/ Damaraland","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We get an early start for a drive into the heart of Damaraland, a remote region typified by displays of color, magnificent table-topped mountains, rock formations, and bizarre-looking vegetation. The variety and loneliness of the area and its scenic splendor will reward and astound you, giving you an authentic understanding of the word &ldquo;wilderness.&rdquo; Our accommodation is Onduli Ridge, named after the resident giraffe of the area. This stylish camp was built at the base of two south-facing granite outcrops connected by a ridge. This location allows for magnificent views of Namibia&apos;s highest mountain, the Brandberg. The camp&apos;s suites are hidden among the granite boulders, with louvered shutters that can be opened completely, blurring the lines between the indoors and nature, or closed for complete privacy. The king-sized bed in each suite is the perfect place for afternoon siestas and can be rolled out onto your private deck as a &ldquo;star bed&rdquo; for a night under a billion stars.&nbsp;In the evening, we meet up with Dr. Julian Fennessy and his crew to talk around the campfire in preparation for tomorrow&apos;s giraffe GPS satellite tagging operation. 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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 on this trip.<\/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. 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":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T13:27:44 --><p><strong>COVID-19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:<\/strong> Please double-check COVID-19 entry requirements for any countries you may be traveling to or transiting through, on this website: <a href=\"apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions\">apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions<\/a><\/p>","System_Pre-Trip_Safety":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:37:06 --><p><strong>PRE-TRIP SAFETY:<\/strong> In the next weeks, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy. 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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_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.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.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":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body><p>At time of reservation: $1,000<br>120 days prior to departure: Balance <br><br><em>*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p><\/body>","CancelSchedule":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body><p>Minimum fee: $1,000 per person<br>119 days or less: 100% of trip cost<\/p><p><em>*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p><\/body>"}}