AFRICA | SOUTH AFRICA & MOZAMBIQUE Or visit us on the web www. wildlifeworldwide. com49 SUGGESTED ITINERARY Day 1 Depart UK for Johannesburg Day 2 Gorongosa National Park, 2- nights, Gorongosa Safari Camp. Short sunset drive and relaxing in camp upon arrival ( D) Day 3 Bush walks with a naturalist guide, afternoon and evening game drives exploring different areas of the park ( BLD) Day 4 Gorongosa National Park, 1- night, Bushcamp. Today will be a day mixed of driving, walking, exploring and an exciting wild camp! ( BLD) Day 5 Gorongosa National Park, 1- night, Gorongosa Safari Camp ( BLD) Day 6 Gorongosa National Park, 1- night, Bushcamp. Explore the area around Mt. Gorongosa ( BLD) Day 7 Gorongosa National Park, 2- nights, Gorongosa Safari Camp. Investigate the areas where the initial relocations are taking place ( BLD) Day 9 Depart Mozambique for UK, via Johannesburg Day 10 Arrive UK GORONGOSA EXPLORER This is a fantastic itinerary exploring the main and hidden reaches of Gorongosa National Park, allowing you to discover all about the wildlife and project to re-introduce it to the park. This itinerary can be done on a tailor- made basis, with variations if you wish, or extensions to some of the wonderful beaches on the pristine Indian Ocean coastline. We're also planning to run this trip as a group tour in late 2010 with Chris - please call us for further details. TAILOR- MADE Departure dates Throughout the year Cost per person Please call us for further details What's included Flights, transfers, meals as indicated, seven nights camping, guided activities Mozambique After more than two decades of devastating internal confl ict, Mozambique is once again rising from the ashes to reclaim its rightful spot as the ultimate beach and bush travel destination in southern Africa. The parks and reserves, which were once home to huge populations of buffalo and wildebeest, elephant and antelope, are now being restored to their former glory. National parks like Gorongosa and Limpopo, the Maputo Elephant Reserve, Niassa Reserve and a handful of others, are all fi nding ways to reintroduce wildlife, control poaching, restore balance between man and the environment, and generally get Mozambique's big- name parks back to the state they were in. Gorongosa National Park The restoration of Gorongosa National Park is possibly one of the most exciting conservation and sustainable development projects in the sub- region. Once termed the ' Serengeti of the South', Gorongosa was home to tens of thousands of mega- herbivores such as buffalo, zebra, wildebeest and elephant. It had the highest density of lions of any park in Africa before the confl ict. Now, the park is being restored beyond its former state to a point where it is providing benefi ts beyond its boundaries to communities living in the region. This involves re- introduction of many species, some from Tanzania and Botswana and the fi rst elephants, wildebeest and buffalo from Kruger National Park have already arrived - come and see for yourself! Gorongosa Safari Camp HIGH Opened in 2009, this unfenced tented camp is a luxury camp situated in the heart of the park in an area known for great lion activity and excellent birding. The camp currently caters for eight guests in four eco- tents with ' en- suite' waterless loos, hot bucket showers and basins. Food is all locally sourced and the staff are part of a greater hospitality skills development programme in the park. Being the fi rst and only private operator in the park, Explore Gorongosa has special license to explore the park on foot and on night drives, as well as permission to lead trips up nearby Mt. Gorongosa and to accompany any re-introduction of game that takes place as part of the restoration project.
Madagascar 50 Madagascar's vibrant capital city is amongst the most unusual and attractive capitals in the developing world. Built on a series of hills, many of the old buildings and narrow cobbled streets retain an almost medieval quality. There is the incongruous juxtaposition of old and modern as zebu carts laden with produce plod slowly along the same roads as cars and buses. At the heart of the city is the old ' High Town' from where the views are commanding. Far below is Avenue de l'Independence, the hub of the lower part of town with the impressive old train station at the far end. Hotel le Royale Palissandre MID This elegant hotel is located in the bustling centre of Antananarivo. In spite of its modern feel, there is plenty about it that is traditionally Madagascan - the welcome, the food and of course the beautiful views over the city. It has 46 air- conditioned rooms, a restaurant and bar, and fi rst- class health club. Residence Lapasoa MID This is a relatively new family- run hotel housed in a large colonial- style mansion with an attractive brick façade and iron balconies. Each of the ten rooms is large, airy and uncluttered, with wooden fl oors, white- washed walls, wooden- framed beds and views across the city. Attached to the hotel is one of the best restaurants in Antananarivo, Ku- De- Ta, whose excellent Franco- Malagasy fusion menu is complemented by the décor and fabulous atmosphere. La Pavillion de L'Emeryne HIGH OUR CHOICE This lovely boutique hotel is located in the historic upper part of Antananarivo. It is unique in occupying a traditional 1930' s house with high ceilings and polished fl oors. Each of the 12 rooms is quite different, but throughout the hotel there are elegant and complementary furnishings. Madagascar is a country like no other. So often are the words " unique" and " bizarre" used when describing the world's fourth- largest island that they have become synonymous. Coupled with all that makes it unusual, Madagascar also displays great diversity with distinct areas of rainforest, deciduous forest, high mountains and deserts. And it is the extraordinary array of wildlife that these habitats support, the majority of which is found nowhere else in the world that is Madagascar's feature attraction. In short, Madagascar is intoxicating - a destination brimming with intrigue and excitement. It offers a strange and incongruous mix of wildlife and culture that combine to produce a country unlike any other. Memories of the friendly people, unique habitats and bizarre wildlife will linger and the overriding experience will be of an island lost in time. Talk to an expert 0845 130 6982 Antananarivo