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  • The Elephants and Bees Project in Tanzania
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    The Elephants and Bees Project in Tanzania
    Currently in the news is that that certain bee species were placed under the protection of the Endangered Species Act recently, which highlights how important the article below is in terms of positive conservation.

    People living near the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania are enlisting the help of bees to reduce escalating tensions between them and elephants that trample their crops. As a result, a fence made of beehives is being built around a 500m2 smallholdings close to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area as part of the pilot project to see if the buzzing of bees will deter the elephants.

    The bee fence concept has been deployed in Kenya and Botswana.

    As natural habitat is converted into farmland, elephants go there either to eat the crops or simply because their traditional migratory routes passed through the area. People who attempt to drive them out with firecrackers or gunshots can provoke an aggressive reaction from startled elephants, leading to deaths on both sides.

    Conservationists have searched for nonviolent remedies to such human- animal conflicts, which also exist in India and Sri Lanka, such as planting chilies near crops or using drones to scare elephants away.

    But the bee fence could be the most promising idea of all, with a coalition of groups looking to roll out the concept in the tourist haven of northern Tanzania, which includes Serengeti’s 1.5-million-strong wildebeest annual migration and the Ngorongoro Crater which teems with wildlife, including the big five – lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes.

    A farm near these neighbouring World Heritage sites will be surrounded by a wire strung between tall wooden polls. Beehives will be hung on the wires and the bees will be alerted to the presence of elephants when the wires are disturbed.

    The idea was conceived by zoologist Lucy King, who grew up in East Africa and the pilot study is being funded by a $6 000 grant from the Ian Somerhalder Foundation.

    Hayley Adams, a United States veterinarian working on the project, said: “Once the bees vocalise, the elephants will be alerted and run away.

    “Elephants are highly cognitive, so if they have been stung before, you’ll see an extreme reaction to the sound of bees. It’s a cliché but elephants have good memories. Some of the younger elephants don’t realise and get stung on their ears, which are very sensitive, so they remember not to go near there again.”

    Adams said the year-long trial, if successful, could be expanded across the region and prove beneficial to people living in these areas by not only reducing altercations with elephants but also supplying them with honey for consumption or sale.

    “This is far better than firing in the air or using sticks to hit elephants, which just makes them aggressive,” she said. “We need a holistic approach that benefits both people and elephants.”

    Adams’s non-profit group, the Silent Heroes, which supports wildlife conservation in 13 countries, will also be involved in the launch of Tanzania’s first elephant orphanage. The Ivory Orphans Project, which is set to open this month, is located near Arusha and will be able to care for up to 40 young elephants whose kin were slaughtered by the worsening poaching crisis in Africa.

    About 30 000 African elephants are killed each year by poachers for their ivory. In Tanzania, elephants are being lost at a rate of about 60 a day, although the government insists it is now on top of the problem.

    “There are a lot of gaps in the system in looking after orphaned elephants,” Adams said. “I have seen a lot of orphans suffer a lot of behavioural issues; there are a lot of parallels with veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. “We need to step up the care, not just medically but socially and emotionally.”

    Written by Oliver Milman of the Guardian News & Media 2016

    http://elephantsandbees.com/

  • The Ju hoansi Bushmen Experience
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    The Ju hoansi Bushmen Experience

    The "Bushmen", politically correct called the "San are certainly one of the oldest indigenous populations on our planet. They have been around for more than 20,000 years, with a history of living in small family bands. They never cared about riches or personal possessions; everything was shared among their people. Day-to-day existence was secured through hunting and gathering, although this was never easy in the desert and semi-desert environment of the wider Kalahari.


    Obviously, things have changed with the advent of the modern world and the doubtful benefits of "civilization". Today, most San live scattered over many Southern African countries, far away from their original traditional hunting grounds. Some of them are city "squatters", some farm labourers, and some have been resettled by their respective Governments to specific ghettos. Their passivity and lethargy appears to be very different from their traditional lifestyle, and many of them have been forgotten by greater society. One tribe in particular is unique among the displaced San populations, since they still continue to occupy their ancestral land in the remote area of Nyae Nyae: the "Ju hoansi". These Bushmen of the Western Kalahari are a people that are only slightly touched by the onslaught of Western civilization and there are only 1,400 Ju hoansi left, living in about 36 villages which comprise their traditional living area.


    The current grandparent generation is THE VERY LAST of the great line of knowledge gathering and information passing. For various reasons there exists a knowledge gap between the grandparent and parent generations, and the parent and child generations, so wide, that the knowledge will almost certainly be lost forever; it is not a science, it is an art.


    The immense library of information that these elders carry with them defies belief. Their tracking skills, so honed after decades of experience, are second to none. The hunting skills of the men and the foraging skills of the women in the harsh environment of the Kalahari ensure their survival. Their complicated language is characterized by the typical clicking sounds which can be found in all San languages, some of which are similar to the "plop" of a wine bottle just having been uncorked.


    An expedition to visit and spend time with these amazing people is an unmissable chance to catch the last of thousands of years of soon-to-disappear history. Just imagine, after your day spent with the Ju hoansi Bushmen, you’ve showered, eaten and rested a bit, then it starts…, just off in the distance…, but close enough to hear… As you walk over to their camp, the stars are out, the fire glows an eerie orange, the women are clapping and chanting, the men are dancing, the babies are silent, almost asleep, and you’re day’s journey from the nearest signs of formal civilization.


    Soon enough, one of the men falls into a trance. The women control his movement through their perfect beat and beautiful voice, and he controls his level of trance through his breathing. Never has something felt so alien, and never have you felt so involved in anything so ancient and sacred. Experience this wonderful group of ancient people in their environment, which is harsh only to our untrained eyes.


    The only way to visit the Ju hoansi Bushmen is by mobile safari. There is an airstrip into which you will fly, to be met by a vehicle which will take you to camp, from where you will start to explore the area and, most importantly, get to meet these remarkable people.


    Route: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Chobe Waterfront, Xai Xai anthropological safari


    Rate: From $700.00 per person per night sharing


    Includes: Rates are fully inclusive of all meals, laundry, game-viewing activities by open-sided game-viewing vehicle, beverages (excluding premium and imported drinks), return transfer by road between Maun or Kasane (Chobe waterfront) airport or local airstrip and mobile camp, park entry fees, camping fees, services of a professional guide(s), SATIB 24 Crisis Call.


    Excludes: International and regional flights, premium imports, travel insurance, visas, items of a personal nature and gratuities.


    When to travel: It is recommended to visit the Kalahari during the summer rainy season (November – April), as the game viewing is generally most spectacular then, whilst the Moremi, and Chobe are best visited during the dry season (May-October).


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  • What is a mobile safari?
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    What is a mobile safari?
    Mobile safaris are used to access National Parks, Game Reserves and Wildlife Concessions. They are the best way to discover many of the various animals, habitats, terrains and wilderness areas on offer. A mobile safari is a go-anywhere, see-anything, experience-all way to travel. Giving the mobility of an entire fully-equipped camp on wheels, this intimate method is an excellent way for a private group to be in an exclusive camp, with furnished tents, en-suite bathrooms, a private chef, camp staff and vehicles for your sole use and of course, your own private guide.

    At breakfast around the fire, the sounds of the previous night and the tracks of the various animals that may have passed through the camp can be used as clues in planning the day’s exploration of the surrounding bush; and by night the day’s sightings can be recollected with a drink by the fire under the starry African sky.

    Lunch in the mess tent (typically buffet-style) and dinner under the stars (typically three courses) are both served by experienced and friendly camp staff. A fully-stocked bar is on offer and there are always cold drinks, tea, coffee and drinking water available throughout the day. Now isn’t that a unique way to see the African bush!
  • THE GREATEST SHOAL ON EARTH!
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    THE GREATEST SHOAL ON EARTH!
    The Sardine Run Expedition is a unique wildlife encounter, following the annual Sardine migration along South Africa’s beautifully rugged coastline.

    Typically, the annual migration of the Sardines from their beginnings in the Southern Cape to being sighted off shore on South Africa’s Wild Coast starts in June each year. As the shoals of Sardines move north wards up the coast the size of the Sardines shoals tend to grow, ultimately forming the ‘greatest shoal on earth’ . This amazing journey attracts a multitude of predators that track and follow the Sardines migration, exploiting this localized and abundant food source. It is hard to describe the excitement of the Dolphins, numerous bird species, Whales, Cape Fur Seals and Sharks as they ‘hunt’ the Sardines. You can actually hear the excited squeals of the thousands of Common and Bottlenose Dolphins as they travel in large breaching waves to pursue their prey, long before you see them. Attracted by the Sardines, game fish such as Shad and Garrick pursue the Sardine Shoals and provide another food source for the Dolphins. Contributing to the noise and surface action are the birds, Cape Gannets, Albatross (yellow nose and black browed), Terns and Petrels, diving into the shoals of Sardines from a great height.

    Humpback Southern Right and Brydes Whales can also be seen in pursuit of this moving feast.
    Below the surface the action continues with the Sharks feasting on the Sardines and other marine life. The Cape Fur seals actually sleep with one eye open, ready to react should they see a large shark in their vicinity.

    The Dolphins and Sharks look for opportunities to herd the Sardines into balls, this is the Sardines natural reaction to feeling threatened as they perceive there to be safety in numbers.
    These ‘bait balls’ vary in size and frequency, with the action on some of the larger ones lasting hours.
    After several weeks of migrating northwards, the sardines swim out to sea and are carried along the inner edge of the Agulhas current back to the southern Cape to spawn. It must be mentioned at this point that the Sardine Run is a natural phenomenon; therefore the exact timing cannot be predicted. Typically the best times to see the ‘run’ is June to July.

    Dates: May to July 2017
    Cost: From ZAR 4 600, 00 per diver per day sharing and ZAR 5 000.00 single, per day.
    Included: 6/7/10 night’s en-suite accommodation; Dinner, Breakfast and packed Lunch; 5 to 9 days Sardine Run; weather permitting; cylinder weights and Marine permit; experienced skippers and dive master
    Excluded: International flights into Johannesburg South Africa and internal flights/transfers on to departure point; bar, items of a personal nature, gratuities; Insurances; any required SA visas.

    Example of Itinerary for 5 day / 6 night’s expedition


    Day 1

    Arrive at either King Shaka International Airport – Durban with a 6.5 hour road transfer to Bulls Inn, Mpame, or

    East London Airport with a 5 hour road transfer to Bulls Inn, Mpame, or

    Umtata Airport a 1.5 hour road transfer to Bulls Inn, Mpame, (own arrangements)

    Overnight stay at Bulls Inn, Mpame, on a full board basis


    Day 2 to 6

    After a light breakfast we launch the boat and spend the day at sea looking for the sardine run “action”, weather permitting. Typically we will be at sea from around 8am till 3pm daily depending on the sea conditions and the activity seen. With a surf launch, long boat rides and the amount of time spent at sea we suggest that the clients ensure their fitness to participate ( an average level of fitness is sufficient). Packed lunches and hot and cold drinks will be served on board.

    When the sardines are spotted, depending on whether they are fast moving or not, we will decide to either snorkel or scuba dive.


    A full dinner will be served in the evenings with the menu changing daily.

    Overnight at Bulls Inn, Mpame on a full board basis.


    Day 7

    After breakfast you will transfer back to Umtata Airport, or East London Airport or King Shaka International Airport Durban to continue your South African adventure.


    It seems crazy to come all this way to Africa and not to do a wildlife safari at any one of our top Game lodges located throughout the country, so please click here to contact one of our consultants to assist you with a comprehensive itinerary

  • GIVING RHINOS A FUTURE
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    GIVING RHINOS A FUTURE
    Rhino Conservation Botswana (RCB) announced this past week that Prince Harry of Wales has become a Patron of RCB… to help raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s rhino, both black and white, which are being poached to death.

    The Prince, who has long held a close relationship with Botswana, and who has spent time in the field alongside anti-poaching teams, will add his voice to that of Botswana’s Honourable Minister Tshekedi Khama tohelp inspire positive action.

    Prince Harry said: “I’ve been lucky enough to visit Botswana for more than 20 years and am incredibly fortunate to be able to call it my second home. Being Patron of RCB is an opportunity to give something back to a country that has given so much to me. It’s about time we start celebrating and supporting the countries that are taking the lead in conservation.”

    According to a news release from RCB, Prince Harry visited Botswana last September where he joined RCB Director Map Ives and Kai Collins in the Okavango Delta on a sensitive operation to fit state-of-the-art electronic tracking devices to critically endangered black rhinos.

    Ives said this week: “Prince Harry has seen at first-hand the cruel and senseless damage inflicted on these endangered animals by poachers. I know that His Royal Highness’s support for our work will make a real difference to rhino conservation. We are hugely grateful for the work and support Prince Harry has already extended to RCB, and look forward to working with him in the future as our Patron.”

    In a short film released with the announcement (watch below), Prince Harry said whilst in Botswana: “The rhino is one of Africa’s most iconic species. This is a black rhino, an animal that deserves the utmost respect, so to be able to be sitting next to her is incredibly special. The black rhino has been reintroduced into Botswana and its numbers are increasing here, while numbers are decreasing elsewhere. If we can’t save these animals, what can we save? “

    RCB is on a mission to monitor and protect black and white rhinos that it helps rescue from poaching hotspots across southern Africa and move to Botswana.

    Ives explains: “Across Africa, rhinos are being poached for their horns at a rate that could make them extinct in the wild within 10 years. It’s a senseless trade; rhino horn has no proven medicinal value. Even so, demand is increasing. Today, rhino horn is worth more than gold …

    “RCB’s message is one of hope. Together, we can stop rhinos from going extinct and build a safer future for these magnificent animals.”

    Rhinos could be extinct in the wild within 10 years if they continue to decline at the current rate. We cannot save every individual in peril, but we can help move a significant number to Botswana and keep them safe here. In time, our population will grow to become one of the last great hopes for rhinos in Africa. This is our dream. And you can help.

    Every donation – large or small – goes directly to support our efforts to protect black and white rhinos in the wild in Botswana, where they can raise calves and lead full and natural lives.

    To donate and give rhinos a future, please visit RCB:

    www.rhinoconservationbotswana.com/donate

  • Unrivalled Vistas and Landscapes
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    Unrivalled Vistas and Landscapes
    Namibia has become a favourite amongst both fly in and self-drive travellers to Southern Africa, leaving one with everlasting impression of this unique country, with her abundant wildlife, rich bio diversity and photographic opportunities around every corner. For the adventurer at heart, Namibia is a kaleidoscope of experiences in one country.

    Namibia takes her name from the 80 million year old Namib Desert, one of the driest places on earth which stretches along the entire west coast of the country, covering the 800 mile Skeleton Coast. The Kalahari Desert, although named a desert is really semi-arid savannah, runs along its south-eastern border with Botswana. Windhoek is the capital city and is well connected to the rest of Southern Africa by means of daily flights and an excellent road network.

    Why travel to Namibia?


    • Unrivalled vistas and landscapes – Namibia offers some of the most varied landscapes for visitors to enjoy – Fish River Canyon, Damaraland, the Skeleton Coast and Sossusvlei are amongst some of the most popular.

    • Ship Wrecks - the Skeleton Coasts is the last resting place of over a thousand wrecks all with interesting stories behind them.

    • Wildlife – Etosha is Namibia top wild life destination, home to Africa’s tallest elephants, the endangered black rhino, and 91 other species of mammal. Etosha National Park is one of the biggest game reserves on the African continent and does not disappoint when it comes to wildlife viewing. Etosha is famous for its “white ghosts” – Elephants with a thick coating of white dust that lets them blend in with the landscape, a sight to behold!

    • Sunny Climate – with winter temperatures reaching up to 23 degrees, and hot summer months of 40 degrees, Namibia makes for a great all year destination. Keep in mind that in winter the desert can cool down dramatically at night.

    • Photographic Paradise – from the budding amateur to the serious professional, Namibia’s dramatic landscapes and spectacular wildlife will keep photographers occupied for hours on end. Etosha is especially popular with photographers in the dry season who flock to the waterholes (along with the wildlife).


    When to go:
    Namibia has a dry climate typical of a semi desert country where droughts are a regular occurrence. Days are mostly warm to very hot and nights are generally cool. Sporadic rain falls in summer from November to March, and travelling at this time can be extremely hot!
  • Hartley’s Featured Lodge - Hoanib Skeleton Coast
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    Hartley’s Featured Lodge - Hoanib Skeleton Coast
    Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is scenically located in a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries of the dry Hoanib River in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession. Its location thus straddles the Palmwag area and the iconic Skeleton Coast National Park, in one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld.

    The camp consists of seven large tents and one family unit, each comprising stylish en-suite bedrooms with shaded outdoor decks. Flanked to the east and west by rugged hills, the camp looks out over stunning, starkly beautiful scenery and offers guests all the luxuries and amenities for an unforgettable stay.

    Things to do at Hoanib Skeleton Coast

    Game drives:
    Nature drives showcase the magnitude of the landscape and offer the best possibilities of seeing desert-adapted wildlife. Morning or afternoon drives are available as well as full-day excursions.

    Nature walks:
    Nature walks from camp take in the magnificent surrounds as well as glimpse the vestiges of who dwelt here hundreds of years ago: the Strandlopers (Beachcombers). It is also a good opportunity to study the smaller creatures and the fascinating plant life of the concession.

    Skeleton Coast excursion:
    On a stay of three nights (or more) full-day excursions to the Skeleton Coast are offered. The fascinating 4x4 trip to the coast takes you via the wilderness and wildlife of the Hoanib River and floodplain, the dune fields and Klein Oasis, while the Skeleton Coast itself reveals a rocky coastline with its huge Cape fur seal colony and a few shipwreck remains. Weather dependent, a scenic flight back to camp offers a magnificent perspective of your journey from the air.

    Day trips to Desert Oases:
    Day trips to Klein Oase and Auses Spring can be organised. These oases are a fascinating respite from the dry surrounds of the desert and offer the chance of seeing wildlife coming to drink as well as plenty of birdlife. These full-day trips are done in our semi-closed game drive vehicles, with a stop for a picnic at a scenic spot along the way.

    Interaction with wildlife researchers:
    Presentations and interaction with wildlife researchers at the Hoanib Research Centre are on offer when researchers are in camp. These cover all current research being supported at Hoanib, in particular the vital work being done by Dr Flip Stander and his team on the unique desert-adapted lion.
  • Journey Through the Dune-Filled Desert and the Skeleton Coast
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    Journey Through the Dune-Filled Desert and the Skeleton Coast
    The dunes of Sossusvlei are not to be missed and therefore we begin our journey here. This Exploration also takes in the amazing marine life just off Swakopmund, the secluded and dramatic coastline of the Skeleton Coast littered with historic remnants of shipwrecks and the rugged and rocky landscape of Palmwag where the last free-roaming black rhino rove. Aside from wildlife and activities, meet the native people of Namibia, from those who work at our camps to many others, such as local fishermen and vendors.

    Desert Dune Safari Itinerary

    The vast horizons of Namibia are showcased in this Exploration as you drive and fly between locations. Areas of interest are pointed out along the way, giving you a real taste of Namibia as a magnificent and remarkable country.


    Days 1 & 2:

    From Windhoek we drive to Kulala Desert Lodge in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Here we explore the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei and the moon-like landscape of Dead Vlei.


    Days 3 & 4:

    We take a scenic flight to Swakopmund, a picturesque town that blends European and African culture. We’ll explore the Atlantic coast with a private boat cruise from Walvis Bay to Sandwich Harbour (weather permitting) to see diverse pelagic (ocean-going) birdlife, Cape fur seals and rare Heaviside's dolphins up close. We stay at the grand Hansa Hotel.


    Day 5:

    Travel up the legendary Skeleton Coast where you can expect to see the fascinating lichen plains at Wlotskasbaken and remains of shipwrecks along the way. We also take in the ghostly disused diamond mine near Toscanini and overnight at Terrace Bay Lodge in Skeleton Coast National Park.


    Days 6 & 7:

    We continue through the Skeleton Coast National Park to the Möwe Bay Museum and then head inland to other attractions including two oases, an intriguing “roaring” dune and spectacular desert scenery combined with whatever wildlife presents itself. We spend two nights at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.


    Days 8 & 9:

    Another exciting day is spent on the road to Desert Rhino Camp. The rugged, rocky and mountainous Palmwag Concession brings with it the opportunity of seeing giraffe, gemsbok (oryx) and springbok. We bed down at Desert Rhino Camp and spend two days tracking the rare desert-adapted black rhino which are monitored and protected by the Save the Rhino Trust.


    Day 10:

    We bid farewell to our adventure as we transfer to the Doro Nawas Airstrip to return to Windhoek.


    Highlights of this include climbing some of the world’s tallest dunes, rhino tracking, a motorboat lagoon trip at Walvis Bay and viewing shipwreck remains along the dramatic coastline. Endless landscapes and places of interest are seen along the way, with a scenic flight from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund (weather permitting) being a highlight. At the much-revered Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, an isolated wilderness and dry riverbed reveals Namibia’s unique desert-adapted wildlife, from elephant and giraffe to the uncommon "desert lion."


    What does it cost?
    01 June 2016 to 31 October 2016 - ZAR 65,072

    01 November 2016 to 20 November 2016 - ZAR 57,333

    01 January 2017 to 31 May 2017 - ZAR 68,673

    01 June 2017 to 31 October 2017 - ZAR 79,153

    01 November 2017 to 31 December 2017 - ZAR 68,673

    As a set-departure guided journey, the Desert Dune Safari fully inclusive rates comprise the expertise of one knowledgeable and professional guide who leads you from beginning to end, combined with tailor-made services like logistics, sightseeing and accommodation in our camps. 



    Our rates include: 

    Accommodation; All meals (excluding dinner on the second evening in Swakopmund); A reasonable amount of soft drinks, mineral water, fruit juice, house wine and beer, as well as local spirits such as gin and Amarula while at the Wilderness Camps; National Park fees; Laundry (excluded at Hansa Hotel & Terrace Bay Lodge); Scheduled activities;  Road transfers;  All internal charters on a seat-rate basis as specified in the detailed safari itinerary



    Our rates exclude: 

    Flights (other than specified in the detailed safari itinerary); Visas; Compulsory comprehensive insurance; All drinks at the Hansa Hotel & Terrace Bay Lodge; Gratuities; All personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors, telephone calls, etc.); Optional extra activities; All other travel arrangements pre and post the safari; Any new Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control.

  • ‘The one land that all men desire to see….’ India!
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    ‘The one land that all men desire to see….’ India!
    Complex and infinitely fascinating, it is surely one of the world’s most intriguing countries to visit!
    This special Hartley’s India Tour has been designed by Hartley’s India Specialist and ‘travel friend’ for independent first time travelers to India and includes some of her favourite destinations and hotels.
    Agra, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur, Delhi & Pushkar……. including one or two unique destinations in between!

    • You’ll be met on arrival in Delhi, travel in superior comfort with your own vehicle and driver, and stay in a variety of charming heritage boutique hotels including a 14th century fort and a remote royal hunting lodge.

    • You’ll see the sights of vibrant Jaipur and the ancient blue city of Jodhpur. You’ll see the sun rise on the incomparable Taj Mahal and watch the sun set over the picturesque Aravalli Hills surrounding Udaipur’s mirror-like lakes.

    • There will be elephants and camels to ride, Ayurvedic massages to indulge in and a timeless rural village to explore.

    • Walking barefoot in serene Hindu temples, wandering the courtyards and battlements of massive Mughal forts, dining on excellent Indian cuisine and bargaining for textiles and kurtas in the crowded bazaars is a uniquely India experience and not to be missed! 

    • You’ll also have guides to accompany you for sightseeing at the major destinations, and you will be in constant contact with our exclusive India Agent throughout your stay in India.


    Includes - All transport in a good a/c car for 2 - 4 persons with excellent driver. Sightseeing tours with local English speaking guides - Entry tickets to monuments included - Elephant ride in Jaipur. - Daily breakfast & dinners at the hotels where guests stay - Boat ride on Lake Pichola. - Mineral water, during car journeys.


    Hotel Accommodation: Twin or double room sharing.

    International Airfares not included and will be costed according to city of departure.


    Validity: 1st April – end September 2017



    • Cost Based on 02 -04 pax = US $ 1990.00 per person.

    • Cost Based on 05 -09 pax = US $ 1900.00 per person.

    • Cost Based on 10 -15 pax   = US $ 1800.00 per person.

    • Single Supplement shall be US $ 710.00

    • Flight  Cost  shall be  Extra:

      daipur  to  Delhi: USD  120 .00 pp for Travel in  economy class


    The  above  cost  is based on room, breakfast  & Dinner  basis only.  Lunches are not included although they are mentioned in the program.



    Validity: 1st October 2017– end March 2018



    • Cost Based on 02 -04 pax = US$ 2150.00 per person.

    • Cost Based on 05 -09 pax = US$ 1990.00 per person.

    • Cost Based on 10 -15 pax = US$ 1900.00 per person.

    • Single Supplement shall be US $ 710.00

    • Flight  Cost  shall be  Extra:- 

      Udaipur to Delhi: USD  120.00 pp for Travel in  economy class


    The  above  cost  is based on room , breakfast  & Dinner  basis only.  Lunches are not included although they are mentioned in the program.


    Hotels Envisaged


    Delhi:

    The Surya (5* Deluxe) | Deluxe Room | 01 Night.


    Agra:

    The Jaypee Palace Hotel (5*) | Deluxe room | 02 Nights


    Kesroli:

    The Kesroli Fort (Heritage Hotel) | Heritage Room | 01 Night


    Jaipur:

    The Diggi Palace (Heritage Hotel) | Heritage Room | 02 Nights


    Pushkar:

    The Orchard Resort (Luxury Tents) | 01 Night


    Jodhpur:

    The BAL Samand (Heritage) | Garden View Rooms | 02 Nights   


    Narlai:

    The Rawla Narlai( Heritage) | Classic  room | 01 Night


    Udaipur:

    The Lalit Laxmi Niwas Palace (5*) | Deluxe room | 02 Nights


    Delhi:

    The Surya (5* Deluxe) | Deluxe Room | 01Night



    All prices have been costed according to current rate of exchange and are subject to change accordingly and subject to availability at any time and without prior notice.



    Please click here to book with one of our consultants or to assist you with a comprehensive itinerary …
  • Conservation Chat - Misool
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    Conservation Chat - Misool
    Misool Private Island Resort
    Misool Island Resort is a true tropical hideaway, located in the remote islands of Raja Ampat, Indonesia, lying just south of the equator and fringed with powder-white beaches and pristine coral reefs. With a maximum capacity of just 40 guests and a staff-to-guest ratio of 3 to 1, Misool offers exclusive adventure holidays and transformative experiences in pristine nature.

    Conservation Misool:
    Misool Conservation Centre was created by a group of passionate divers and nature lovers to align the objectives of sustainable tourism and marine conservation. Misool has its own established Marine Protected Area, effectively protecting 1.220 sq km of the world’s richest reefs together with the local villages. This creates unparallel wildlife experiences for guests while maintaining healthy fish stocks for neighbouring communities.

    Without Misool’s dedicated Ranger Patrol, the 1220 sq km Marine Protected Area would be just another paper-park. Their charitable foundation, Misool Baseftin, manages two private No-Take Zones, entirely independent of any government support, and here is a rare conservation success story …….
    Rampant shark finning and unchecked destructive fishing were destroying some of the most important and bio-diverse reefs on earth. In 2005, Misool and the local community reached an agreement to lease the island of Batbitim, which would become the site of the resort. Misool also leased a large area of sea surrounding the resort island. This contract evicted the itinerant shark-finners the area.
    The Misool Foundation has since expanded and now protects a 300,000 acres/1220 sq km Marine Reserve at the heart of global marine biodiversity. This is nearly twice the size of Singapore. The Reserve is comprised of 2 distinct No-Take Zones and a linking restricted-gear blue water corridor.
    The Marine Reserve is patrolled by a team of local Rangers, with backup from Marine Police. The Rangers move between the base camp and Ranger Stations on Yellit, Kalig, and Daram. The Rangers maintain constant vigilance over the Marine Reserve with physical patrols, radar, and drone surveillance. Misool Foundation and the Ranger Patrol do not receive any support from the Raja Ampat government or pin tag system.



    The Misool Manta Projects:
    Established in 2011, The Misool Manta Projects’ key objectives are to study, educate, inspire and protect. The Project teaches guests, engages local community members, and conducts critical research on both Oceanic mantas (Manta birostris) and Reef mantas (Manta alfredi). The Project also provides robust population data to the government, NGO’s, communities and conservationists. This data has been leveraged to push the protection of mantas and ensure the long-term survival of these charismatic megafauna as well as their habitat.




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