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!
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 New Zealand 114 South Island Fly-drive 18 days London to London Days 1 to 4. Christchurch/Kaikoura Depart London for Christchurch, flying via Los Angeles and Auckland. On arrival on Day 3, collect your hire car and drive to the Charlotte Jane Hotel for a 2-night stay. Christchurch is known as the ‘most English City outside England’ or the ‘garden city’. The city was planned around the Canterbury Cathedral, whose 65-metre spire dominates almost any view of the city. From the unique Summit Road there is a magnificent view of the Canterbury Plains, bounded on the west by the Southern Alps and on the east by the Lyttleton Harbour and the Banks Peninsula. On Day 4, drive to Kaikoura (approximately 183 kilometres) for a few hours of whale-watching. Days 5 & 6. Arthurs Pass [B, D] Today you make your way to Arthur’s Pass, for a 2- night stay at the Wilderness Lodge (approximately 140 kilometres). In the heart of the Southern Alps, Arthur's Pass National Park has an incredible landscape and diversity of flora. Eastern beech-clad hills and tussock valleys give way to luxuriant rainforest in the west. The highest mountains have glaciers and surrounding them are tussock basins, flowering herbs and alpine grasses. Spend your time exploring the twenty kilometres of easy walking tracks radiating from the lodge. Maps allow guests to explore these tracks on their own, or a guide may be hired for a half or full day. There are also some shorter guided tours included during your stay such as the mustering and shearing of Merino Sheep and canoeing. Days 7 & 8. Hokitika & Fox Glacier [B] Continue to Hokitika (approximately 140 kilometres) for an overnight stay at Kapitea Ridge. You may wish to explore the Paparoa National Park and Punakaiki, which is best known for its Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. On Day 8 drive on to Fox Glacier and Westland National Park (approximately 175 kilometres) for a 1-night stay at the Te Weheka Inn. This magnificent park is home to the famous Fox, and Franz Josef Glaciers, recognised as the only glaciers in the world that descend from crisp, clear snowfields into lush, temperate rainforest. Days 9 & 10. Lake Moeraki [B, D] Lake Moeraki is your destination today (approximately 100 kilometres), where you spend two nights at the Wilderness Lodge in the heart of the 2.7 million hectare world heritage area, Te Wahi Pounamu. Spectacular beaches, untouched lowland rainforests, pristine lakes and rivers all make the setting absolutely unique. Activities on offer here include rainforest and coastal walks as well as canoeing on Lake Moeraki and the Moeraki River. A team of guides will introduce you to Crested Penguins, New Zealand Fur Seals, giant Tame Eels and New Zealand's unique birdlife and ancient forests. Kiwi Wilderness Lodge, Lake Moeraki