112 F O R R E S E R V A T I O N S C A L L U S O N 0845 130 6982 Western Self-drive 16 days London to London Days 1 to 5. Perth & Rottnest Island [B (Days 4 & 5 only)] Depart London for Perth flying via Asia. On arrival on Day 3 make your way to the Goodearth Hotel where you spend three nights. Perth is a sparkling, attractive city, dominated by an idyllic riverside location and views of the distant Darling Ranges. During your stay here you may have time for botanising in Kings Park or visiting Rottnest Island, approximately twenty kilometres from the coast. With its crystal clear waters, sandy beaches and bays, Rottnest Island is perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and birdwatching. It is also home to the endearing Quokka. A full day cruise is included here, the boat journey not only providing a pleasant trip down the Swan River from Perth to the Indian Ocean, but it may also offer sightings of seabirds and Humpback Whales. Day 6. Cape Naturaliste [B] A morning’s drive south lies the stunning coastline of Cape Naturaliste and the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Here, at the right season, you will be able to watch migrating Humpback Whales, resident Bottle-nosed Dolphins, abundant Western Grey Kangaroos, an excellent variety of seabirds that includes Black-browed, and Yellow-nosed Albatrosses, and Australia’s southernmost colony of Red-tailed Tropicbirds. Apart from wildlife-viewing, you may also wish to explore the spectacular caves that are found in the area, and enjoy the magnificent white, sandy beaches and wineries. Your base is the Best Western for 1-night. Days 7 to 9. Albany [B (Days 8 & 9 only)] The drive to Albany will allow you to enjoy the giant Karri forests – a spectacle not to be missed. From Albany spend a day enjoying the unique vegetation of the Stirling Range National Park (a stunning display of colourful wild flowers in spring), search for the endangered Noisy Scrub-bird at Two Peoples Bay, or watch the Southern Right Whales which winter in nearby waters. Spend three nights at the Esplanade Hotel in Albany. Days 10 & 11. Esperance [B] On the drive eastwards to the town of Esperance you may enjoy some of the birds and plants of the Fitzgerald River National Park’s hills and heathlands. During your stay at the Esperance Bay Resort, take a boat to the offshore islands where Cape Barren Geese, White-bellied Sea Eagles and a variety of dolphins and whales are regularly seen. Nearby, Cape Le Grand National Park offers good walks, beaches and fine coastal scenery. Days 12 to 14. Wheatbelt & Wave Rock [B] The 2-day journey to Perth via Wave Rock is long but interesting, providing an insight into the lifestyles of the rural farming communities. Spend two nights at the Hyde Hotel in Hyden, and your final night back at the Goodearth Hotel in Perth. Days 15 & 16. Homeward [B (Day 15 only)] Head home today on an overnight flight, or perhaps fly up to Shark Bay, the Ningaloo Reef or the Kimberleys. Southern Wine & Wildlife 14 days London to London Days 1 to 5. Kangaroo Island [B, L, D (Days 2 to 5 only)] Depart London arriving in Adelaide late on Day 2 and connect with a short flight to Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island has a spectacular coastline and hosts a variety of wildlife including Southern Fur Seals, Australian Sea Lions, Koalas, Western Grey Kangaroos, Tammar Wallabies and Echidnas. You will be based at a traditional homestead for three nights. Days 6 & 7. Clare Valley [B, L, D] Return to Adelaide and head north into the vineyards of the Barossa, and Clare Valleys. Spend two nights at the magnificent Federation Homestead. Days 8 & 9. Gawler Ranges [B, L, D] Transfer north to the Gawler Ranges, which provide one of the most prolific wildlife experiences in Australia, Red, and Grey Kangaroos and Emus set amongst spectacular scenery with rarely a person in sight. Spend your evenings under canvas and enjoy the canopy of stars. Days 10 & 11. Baird Bay [B, L, D] Transfer south to the Great Australian Blight and Baird Bay, where you spend two nights at a beautifully appointed beach lodge. Watch Southern Right Whales swim with dolphins and sealions in the shallow waters of Baird Bay, or simply go on long beach walks. Days 12 to 14. Homeward [B,L,D (Days 12 to 13 only)] Transfer along the coastline back to Adelaide. On the way you should get good views of Southern Right Whales (May to October) and their calves. Overnight in Adelaide before heading home. Arrive on Day 14. Cost per person: From £3,795 Single supplement: Available on request What is included: Flights, meals as indicated, transfers, guided activities Accommodation: Homesteads, lodges, Camps Departure dates: Daily Kimberley Wildlife Why not explore the Kimberleys, perhaps Australia’s least discovered region. This entire area is virgin country for naturalists and with the help of expert guides lookout for endangered wildlife such as the Purple-Crowned Fairywren and Brush-tailed Possums. Land or sea based programmes exploring the coastline are on the agenda. Ask one of our consultants for more details. Cost per person: From £1,895 Single supplement: Available on request What is included: Flights, vehicle hire (including unlimited mileage & CDW) & meals as indicated Accommodation: Hotels & guesthouses Departure dates: Daily, throughout the year Please note that car hire does not include the bond (deposit), petrol, government stamp duty and excess insurance costs. The Wheatbelt Esperance
S E E U S O N T H E W E B AT wildlifeworldwide.com 113 Australasia / Australia & Papua New Guinea Paradise in PNG! 15 days London to London Days 1 & 2. Singapore Depart London for Singapore arriving early the following morning. Make your way to your hotel where the day is free to explore. Day 3 & 4. Mount Hagen [B, L, D (Day 4 only)] Fly overnight to Port Moresby and onward to Mount Hagen where you will be met and transferred to the Rondon Ridge Hotel for three nights. Days 5 & 6. Mt Hagen [B, L, D] Enjoy walking around the nature trails near Mount Rondon. This area is extremely rich in plant, mammal and birdlife. Birds of paradise and bower birds, including the Superb Bird of Paradise, Stephanie's Astrapia, Macgregor's Bowerbird, Brown Sicklebill, Short-tailed Paradigalla, and the Raggiana Bird of Paradise can all be found in the gardens of the lodge. Days 7 to 10. Mt Hagen/Tari [B, L, D] This morning you take a short flight to Tari, where you spend the next four nights at Ambua Lodge situated some 2100 metres above sea level in the remote Southern Highlands. The Tari Gap moss forests are stunted and patchy and interspersed with vast expanses of natural grasslands making home for an rich variety of flora and fauna. A beautiful Dendrobium orchid, that produces vivid red, orange and yellow flowers, is particularly common and easily seen on rock faces or tree fern trunks. A wealth of butterflies, moths, cicadas, beetles and other insects live within these forests and the valley is home to an amazing variety of birds, including thirteen species of the 48 birds of paradise. It is the rich fauna of this area that naturalists and birdwatchers come from all over the world to see. A total of some 180 species have been recorded from Tari, around the Ambua Lodge area and upwards to the Tari Gap. Birds commonly seen include the Buff-banded Rail, Long-tailed Shrike, Pied Chat, Orange-crowned Fairywren, Mountain Peltops, Friendly Faintail, Blue-grey Robin, and Hooded Mannikin. Day 11. Karawari [B, L, D] This morning fly to Karawari and transfer by boat to Karawari Lodge, where you spend the next two nights. The indigenous Sepik peoples are thought to have originated in hills behind the Blackwater and Karawari Rivers where they once lived semi-nomadic lives hunting, foraging, fishing in mountain streams and warding off headhunting raids from their neighbours. Days 12. Karawari [B, L, D] Karawari is an excellent location from which to explore the lowland rainforest and birds with around 225 species occurring here. Forest dwelling birds include cassowaries, brush-turkeys and scrub fowls, rails, lorikeets, parrots and cockatoos, owls and frogmouths, kingfishers, bee-eaters, hornbills, flycatchers, honeyeaters, mannikins, mynas, bowerbirds and four species of birds of paradise! Day 13. Port Moresby [B, L, D] This morning you return to Port Moresby via Mt Hagen where you spend one night at the Airways Hotel. The following day you take a half-day city tour which includes the National Museum and the National Botanic Gardens. Days 14 & 15. Port Moresby/Homeward [B, L] After lunch return to Singapore for the night before flying back home the following day. Cost per person: Jan to Mar £3,795 5 to 15 Apr, Jul & Aug £4,150 16 Apr to Jun £3,995 Sep to 9 Dec £4,095 11 to 23 Dec £4,295 Single supplement: Available on request What is included: Flights, meals as indicated, transfers, guided activities Accommodation: Hotels & lodges Departure dates: Saturdays throughout the year Papua New Guinea At Wildlife Worldwide we specialise in tailor-making our holidays. It is what we started doing in 1992, it has been our philosophy right from the start. A tailor-made journey gives you the freedom and flexibility to travel how, when and where you want to. And of course, you are unconstrained by the wishes of a group. Throughout the brochure we show a series of itineraries to whet your appetite. These are all suggestions and ideas, none are cast in stone. We can change the properties, extend or shorten your trip, combine destinations and countries, fly you in Business Class, organise car rental and of course offer advice and suggestions from a wealth of experience that we have gained over many years. Call us on 0845 130 6982 and we will be happy to discuss the options with you! Tailor-made holidays – a unique journey designed just for you!