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Safaris -- Unique Adventures

 

Safaris

Swain?s Southern Africa In-Style
A ten-night immersion into the best that South Africa has to offer. The first three nights are spent in Cape Town, touring the iconic Table Mountain and seeing the African penguins at Cape Peninsula National Park. Next, the trip moves to Kapama Private Game Reserve where you will see the renowned Big Five--lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo, and elephants--in their natural habitat. Watch lions stalk the plains and elephants bathe in watering holes. Afterward, spend a night in Johannesburg, the “City of Gold,” taking in the eclectic, local culture. Conclude your journey by visiting the thunderous Victoria Falls--one of the Seven Natural World Wonders.
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Ecuador Galapagos Adventure Cruise on EcoGalaxy/Endemic
7 Days of swimming, snorkeling, and easy walking and hiking on terrain that is varied and uneven, plus one day of touring in Quito.
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Thailand Discovered
Rambunctious cities, religious sanctuaries, ancient kingdoms and tropical beaches contribute to this well-rounded Thailand trip. Explore the bustling city of Bangkok, visiting temples, a floating market and cruise the extensive canals. Chill out in Chiang Mai, a tranquil town in northern Thailand; the perfect place to visit elaborate temples and feast at a local night market. Relax in Phuket, a Thai beach haven with incredible views of the famed limestone structures, isolated beaches and top notch snorkeling. Thailand Discovers combines all of the best of Thailand all into one extensive itinerary to make sure you won’t miss anything in this beautiful country!
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Five Star Rail Journeys on Rovos Rail
Recapture the romance of a bygone era as you step aboard your elegant wood-paneled coach and journey in five-star luxury through the heart of Africa.
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Etosha Safari (ETOSHA BY ROAD - First Class)
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Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Adventure
A truly exhilarating experience, Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Adventure allows you to come face to face with the largest primates in the world. Take in the sights of Rwanda’s picturesque countryside, visiting Volcanoes National Park, and catching a glimpse of gorillas in the wild and the Virungas, 9 impossibly steep volcanoes, while traversing on foot. Enjoy knowledgeable guides, giving you all the information you need to know about these incredible animals.
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Wild Landscapes of Kimberley & South-East Asia
Give in to the temptation of an all-new expedition cruise between the wild and grandiose landscapes of the Kimberley region and the sublime islands of East Timor and Indonesia. Set sail aboard Le Lapérouse for an unforgettable 15-day cruise from Broome to Bali.
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Alaska & Yukon Tatshenshini River Rafting
This is a moderate river rafting trip. You should be comfortable rafting up to 29 miles over the course of 6 hours per day for 8 days on class II – III rapids. We will also hike up to 6 hours, with 2,600’ of elevation gain and loss. Hiking is optional! Previous river rafting experience is recommended, and you should be in good physical condition. Due to the remote nature of this trip, vehicle support is not available.
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Australia Uncovered
Discover the hidden heritage of Down Under as you travel to unique Aussie locations and link up with Aboriginal guides. Visit the chic city of Melbourne and explore her metropolitan highlights as well as encounter unique Aussie wildlife on the outskirts of the city. Marvel at the magnificent Ayers Rock, a sight sure to overwhelm all of your senses as you begin to understand why it's so treasured by the local cultures. End your adventure in the iconic city of Sydney as you explore the famed sights and landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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The Essence of Southern Africa
Explore the Selinda Reserve, one of northern Botswana's most prolific wildlife areas, with staggering wildlife populations year-round.Experience the essence of luxury, refinement and exceptional service at the elegant Ellerman House.Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over the unreachable, wilderness regions of the Okavango Delta, a World Heritage Site.
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Family Safari in South Africa
Explore the wildlife rich Shamwari Game Reserve, home to the coveted Big Five and other enchanting creatures. Learn about wildlife conservation at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.Discover Grootbos Nature Reserve on a variety of nature-based guided adventures. Treasure hunt in Milkwood forests, go on horse and pony rides, and explore secret beach caves.Experience an eco-boat cruise in search of South Africa's Marine Big Five, southern right whales, great white sharks, bottlenose dolphins, Cape fur seals and African penguins.Enjoy gingerbread decorating, Africa-themed story-time, special kiddies' bath-time toys and menus while at the Cape Grace.
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Adventure in Madagascar
PONANT invites you on a brand-new expedition cruise in the Indian Ocean to discover "the island continent" of Madagascar. From the Seychelles to Mauritius, set off for 16 days aboard Le Jacques-Cartier, between beaches, dives, encounters with local populations and the discovery of endemic fauna and flora in rarely visited places of stunning natural beauty.
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Secrets of Jordan
Prized for its strategic location, Jordan has endured the presence of numerous civilizations and each has left its historical marks.
Lindblad National Geographic Sea Bird
Wild Baja Escape: The Whales of Magdalena Bay
Spend several extraordinary days in the company of majestic gray whales in Mexico's Bahía Magdalena, one of the best places in the world to witness interactions between gray whale mothers and their curious calves. On this compact trip, we'll navigate the length of the bay aboard our nimble expedition ship, and set out by Zodiac for thrilling, up-close encounters.
Classic India In-Style
Get ready to be awestruck by this incredible country as we take you to Classic India In-Style. Taking you all over this one-of-a kind country, you’ll discover the contributing factors that make this country so alluring. Marvel at the grandeur of the Taj Majal and discover the dynamic city of Mumbai. Bustling, flavorful and full of color, you’ll see India from the inside out on this journey through its history, sights, monuments and more.
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Aussie Adventure
Get ready to say G'Day with this captivating Aussie Adventure. Embark on an experience highlighting Australia's most famed regions and iconic land marks. Embrace native heritage and local wildlife as you trek through the Outback in search of your very own cultural awakening. Dive into nature's largest underwater eco-system as you step off the white sand island beaches and into the Great Barrier Reef. Wrap up your Down Under sojourn with a visit to Australia's premier city, Sydney, to explore the renowned Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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Enchanting East Africa
Explore the wildlife-rich plains of the Masai Mara - Kenya's premier game reserve and home to all of the big five.Discover the spice island of Zanzibar - the perfect place to unwind at the end of a safari.Experience the magic of the Seronera valley in the heart of the central Serengeti, and enjoy direct access to the wildlife and bush from your luxury unfenced camp.Enjoy an unparalleled experience with the giraffes vying for your attention at the breakfast table, the front door and even your bedroom window.
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Ethiopia Simien Mountains Hiking
There will be three days with strenuous hiking ranging from 3 to 7 hours at elevation over 10,000ft. The hiking trails will be diverse terrain.
Group excursion in Sisimiut, Greenland
Iceland's Wild West Coast to East Greenland
Sail the route of early Viking explorers and discover a region of epic ice home to the Arctic's iconic creatures: polar bears, whales, and vast seabird colonies. We will also be on the lookout for the Northern Lights along Greenland and Iceland at this time of year.
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Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau
Explore Alaska on an active, exciting expedition to see the region's iconic wildlife and epic landscapes in the compact timeframe of one work week. Take long hikes on world-class trails through forests of towering trees, kayak long routes deep into glacially carved fjords, and raft to an ancient Alaska native village-all with our nimble expedition ship as your moving basecamp.
Swain?s Southern Africa Highlights
A ten-night immersion into the best that South Africa has to offer. The first three nights are spent in Cape Town, touring the iconic Table Mountain and seeing the African penguins at Cape Peninsula National Park. Next, the trip moves to Kapama Private Game Reserve where you will see the renowned Big Five--lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo, and elephants--in their natural habitat. Watch lions stalk the plains and elephants bathe in watering holes. Afterward, spend a night in Johannesburg, the “City of Gold,” taking in the eclectic, local culture. Conclude your journey by visiting the thunderous Victoria Falls--one of the Seven Natural World Wonders.
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Chobe, Valley of the Elephants
Extraordinary elephant viewing is the reason for this safari into Chobe National Park.
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Ultimate Southern Africa Safari
Visit the best big game reserves in all of southern Africa to see the planet’s most unbelievable creatures on the Ultimate Southern Africa Safari. Discover the ultimate safari experience in ultimate luxury. Staying at some of the most fabulous lodges in Africa, you will be surrounded by the African plains and big game. There will be no shortage of safari drives, relaxation and excellence as you uncover the beauty of southern Africa.
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Under Kenyan Skies
Explore two distinct iconic wildlife regions, Laikipia and the Masai Mara in open vehicle day and night game drives, guided walks, horseback safaris, and visits to community and conservation projects.Discover the unique customs, colorful adornments and evolving culture of the friendly Maasai and Samburu tribes.Experience the serenity of sleeping under the endless night sky in handcrafted four poster beds on raised wooden platforms.Enjoy meeting your orphaned foster elephant at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (online adoption required).
LIFE & LEGEND ON THE BERING SEA
Bering Sea Wilderness: Pribilofs, Katmai, and Kodiak
Traverse the depth and breadth of the iconic Bering Strait and venture deep into the two distinct worlds it joins.
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Ethiopian Experience - Radisson Blu
With a culture and traditions dating back over 3000 years, Ethiopia is a land of religious fervor, a glorious history, vibrant celebrations and endless festivals. Add to that a range of natural beauty that includes Afro-Alpine highlands, soaring to around 14,000 feet, the Great Rift Valley, white-water rivers and a Savannah teeming with game.
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Ultimate South Africa with Victoria Falls
Explore beautiful Cape Town on privately guided sightseeing tours, including a spectacular helicopter flight along the sparkling coastline.Discover ultra luxury at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, where elegant interiors, enhanced by the surrounding African bush, makes for a complete sensory experience of light, sound, flow, wood, water and air.Experience the thrill of searching for Africa's wildlife, on twice-daily game drives on Lion Sands Private Game Reserve.Enjoy the serenity of your very own treehouse suite on an exclusive island in the middle of the mighty Zambezi River.
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls Safari Club
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Classic India
Get ready to be awestruck by this incredible country as we take you to Classic India. Taking you all over this one-of-a kind country, you’ll discover the contributing factors that make this country so alluring. Marvel at the grandeur of the Taj Majal and discover the dynamic city of Mumbai. Bustling, flavorful and full of color, you’ll see India from the inside out on this journey through its history, sights, monuments and more.
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Regal Rajasthan
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
For a complete Botswana picture, this add on to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is the perfect complement to our Best of Botswana safari.
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Remote Mauritius - Constance Prince Maurice
Visit this volcanic Indian Ocean island, surrounded by turquoise water, deepening to indigo, with palm-fringed beaches of white sand.
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Uganda Gorilla Safari
The hikes to see the mountain gorillas can last anywhere from 30mins to 7 hours over moderately steep, thickly forested, and uneven terrain, and the climate will be hot and humid. There are some long driving days over rough roads and dusty dirt tracks. Morning and afternoon game drives in our 4WD vehicles.
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Livingstone Sampler
A journey filled with animal interaction and astonishing nature, Livingstone Sampler, is your gateway to adventure. Cruise down the Zambezi River taking in the incredible vistas of the raw African Bush. Marvel at Victoria Falls as 650 million liters of water crash into the chasm below. There is no shortage of animals to lay your eyes on; be on the lookout for crocs, hippos and diverse bird life. This extension is the perfect addition to your Swain Destinations African itinerary.
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Thermal Wonders
Fresh air, magnificent scenery and outdoor activities are just some of the attractions that await you in ‘the land of the long white cloud'.
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Southern Africa Wildlife Wonderland
Explore the striking scenery and prolific wildlife from your private game lodge on twice-daily game activities. Don't forget your binoculars!Discover the intriguing world of the Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland delta, as you explore by mokoro, motorboat and open safari vehicle.Experience the breathtaking scenery of the Cape of Good Hope and see the amusing antics of the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach.Enjoy a leisurely sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River, and join in the end-of-day ritual which sees wildlife head to the river for their last drink of the day.
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Australia and Fiji
Concrete meets sand in this combined itinerary featuring the breathtaking island of Fiji and some of Australia's most fascinating cities. Start off the journey by exploring the famed cosmopolitans of Australia. Travel to Melbourne and experience Aussie wildlife and the energy that makes up this vibrant and fast-paced city. Next, take off to the iconic city of Sydney and see the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and some of the best views in town. After your Aussie adventure, wind down with a retreat to Fiji. Spend your days lazing away under the Fijian sun and lapping in the crystal clear waters of this island paradise. You are sure to discover the perfect combination of bustling ...
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Cape to Cairo
This comprehensive adventure features the most sought-after highlights on the African continent including the cosmopolitan sights of Cape Town, the grandeur of Victoria Falls and the mighty Zambezi River, the endless game viewing opportunities in Kenya's Maasai Mara and the towering Great Pyramids of ancient Egypt.
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Highlights of Tanzania
Explore the famed Serengeti plains, the greatest wildlife region of East Africa, in search of migratory herds of zebras and wildebeest and their territorial predators: lion, leopard and cheetah.Discover the spectacular scenery created by gigantic baobabs silhouetted against the African sky.Experience the descent into the most unique caldera in the world: Ngorongoro Crater, often called the Eden of Africa.Enjoy wildlife viewing in Lake Manyara renowned for its seasonal pink flamingos coloring its shores, as for its nimble monkeys and fabled tree climbing lions.
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Delta, Rivers and Falls
This wildlife safari highlights some of the best destinations in Southern Africa.
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Natural New Zealand
Travel the North and South Islands of New Zealand and experience the natural wonders and heritage of this diverse and magical land. Meet local people, walk along deserted beaches and through ancient rain forests, view Pacific Island glaciers and experience the stillness in magnificent Milford Sound. Visit national parks, walk on the beaches that Captain Cook strode on, and visit the South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area. As you continue through this beautiful country, discover the Bay of Plenty, Coromandel Peninsula and Rotorua, before you explore Arthur's Pass National Park, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, Lake Moeraki, Queenstown and Milford Sound. This one-of-a-kind experience will ...
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Sydney, Reef and Rainforest
Visit some of Australia's favorite icons - stay on an island in the Whitsundays surrounded by brilliant white sand and stunning clear ocean. Spend time in the world's oldest rainforest and fall asleep to the sounds of Australian wildlife. Visit Sydney for an exciting city stay, right on beautiful Sydney Harbour with the sparkling Opera House as the backdrop.
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Society Islands Explorer
Experience the full flavor of the Society Islands' elegant communities and perpetual sensuality on Society Islands Explorer. Marvel at the beauty of Moorea as you horseback ride along the beach, hike to hidden waterfalls or rest in the tranquil waters. Find yourself as you relax in Bora Bora, a tiny emerald island set amidst the truly turquoise waters. Swim with the sea life, taste the local flavors and feel inspired by the allure of these Pacific island treasures.
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Kiwi Highlights
Natural beauty and culture are in full effect on this Kiwi adventure, a 10 night itinerary showcasing the highlights of the Kiwi way of life. Envelope yourself in culture with a “Hangi” dinner and concert and a Twilight Cultural Tour. Become one with nature as you transcend into the grand Waitomo Caves filled with phenomenal glowworms, marvel at the overwhelming beauty of the glaciers at Franz Josef and take in the sweeping vistas at Milford Sound. Get adventurous as you journey through Kiwi Highlights.
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Namibia Desert Escape
Explore the pristine Skeleton Coast from above, viewing wildlife and the incredible scenery on a flight excursion.Discover the desert-adapted animals that live in this stark environment, like the unique lions and the conservation efforts to try and ensure their survival.Experience the thrill of tracking rhino with your expert rangers and learn about the work being done by Save the Rhino Trust.Enjoy Namibian hospitality at well-equipped and ideally-situated tented camps.
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Secret Seychelles Islands
Embark with PONANT on an expedition cruise to discover the most beautiful islands of the Seychelles. This 13-day itinerary aboard Le Bougainville will be an opportunity to discover little-known places of breathtaking natural beauty and an original fauna and flora.
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South Africa, Regal Retreat
Explore beautiful Cape Town on privately guided sightseeing tours, including a scenic drive along the sparkling coastline of the Cape PeninsulaDiscover an oasis of calm at the iconic Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, set at the foot of Table Mountain.Experience the joy of interacting with Camp Jabulani's resident elephant herd. Spend time watching them and learning about their individual stories.Enjoy the rhythm of Africa on close wildlife encounters in the Kapama Private Game Reserve.
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South Africa in Ultimate Luxury
Explore all that Cape Town has to offer, potential activities are limited only by the imagination.Discover timeless glamour and contemporary luxury at The Silo set high above the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.Experience the thrill of searching for Africa's wildlife, on twice-daily game drives in the untouched wilderness of Thornybush Nature Reserve.Enjoy the nostalgia and romance of yesteryear at Saseka Tented Camp, with all the luxurious comforts of 21st century design.

 

October in South Africa

October 9 - 17, 2017 (7 Days/6 Nights in Southern Africa)

with Optional Extension to Victoria Falls

October 16 - 20, 2017 (4 Days/3 Nights in Southern Africa

with Optional Extension to Chobe

October 19 - 22, 2017 (3 Days/2 Nights in Botswana)