India

INDIA WILDLIFE SAFARI 2016

Land of the Tiger

18 – DAY ITINERARY – OPTIONAL 5-DAY ASSAM/KAZIRANGA EXTENSION

Morning mist hugs the ground as the warning cry of a Peacock echoes through the monsoon jungles of India – the land of the Tiger. EcoQuest Travel is proud to offer an incredible journey to this extraordinary country. India is a tapestry of diversity both culturally and biologically. The Land of Kipling is rich in history, flush with color and full of exotic sights and smells. Remarkable architecture, bustling markets and ancient temples grace India’s cities and its incredible cuisine is found everywhere. Tucked away within India’s vast national parks are a spectacular variety of animals including more large mammals than anywhere else outside of Africa. We will begin in Delhi before traveling to the bird filled lakes of Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the Chambal River Wildlife Sanctuary and Agra for the magnificence of the Taj Mahal. From there we will explore Kanha, Pench and Tadoba National Parks – the best places on earth to see a Tiger in the wild! We will also offer an extension to Kaziranga National Park in Assam where we will ride Elephants into the grasslands in search of Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, Wild Water Buffalo, Asian Elephants and Barasingha (Swamp Deer). We invite you to join us as we explore the national parks, cultural sites and majesty that is the Indian subcontinent.


Days 1 & 2 Sunday and Monday, March 20 & 21: The US to Delhi, India

The flight from our US gateway city to Delhi, India will likely depart in the early evening so you should have plenty of time to reach our US gateway city from your home cities. Please plan to arrive at our departure gate for Delhi no later than two hours prior to our scheduled departure time. The flight from the US to Delhi is a long one and we will arrive in Delhi the night of March 21st. After clearing customs and immigration we will transfer to the comfort of the Claridges Hotel for a night of much needed rest. The Claridges is a beautiful first class hotel and will be a welcome retreat while we are in Delhi.

Day 3 Tuesday, March 22: Delhi to Bharatpur (Keoladeo Ghana) National Park

After breakfast we begin the 4 hour journey across the Gangetic plains to Bharatpur National Park. We will arrive at our accommodations at the Bagh Hotel in time for lunch. The Bagh is a beautiful hotel and the grounds were formally a royal orchard. The rooms are elegant, the food is delicious and the service is first class. It also has ten acres of gardens filled with birds. After lunch we will have an afternoon to begin our explorations of Bharatpur National Park before we return to the Bagh Hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Wednesday, March 23: Bharatpur (Keoladeo Ghana) National Park

We will have a full day to explore Bharatpur – one of the world’s most important bird sanctuaries. An unbelievable 425 species of birds breed in, or migrate to, this Park. The park consists of 29 square kilometers of wetlands, shallow lakes and woodlands. Eurasian Spoonbill, Painted Storks, Purple Herons, Sarus Cranes and Pheasant-tailed Jacanas are just a few of the birds that breed in the Park. Dalmatian Pelicans, Bar-headed Geese and White-tailed Lapwings are among the birds that winter in the Park. Along with the staggering diversity of birds Bharatpur is also home to Blackbuck and Nilgai Antelope, Indian Pythons, Wild Boar, Mongoose, Otters and Striped Hyenas. This sanctuary just teems with life and the photographic opportunities abound. We will access the park with cycle rickshaws, and on foot, which will add to the charm of the experience. After a full day in the Park we will have dinner and overnight at the Bagh Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Thursday, March 24: Bharatpur to Fatehpur Sikri and on to Chambal River Wildlife Sanctuary

We will have the early morning to look for birds in the hotel gardens before breakfast. After breakfast we depart for Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary. Along the way we will stop at the impressive fortified ruins of Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory) was built in the second half of the 16th century by Mughal Emperor Akbar and remained the capital of the empire for only 10 years. It is believed that the city was abandoned due to lack of water. The deserted palace buildings and mosques are in a remarkable state of preservation and we should have some incredible photo opportunities during our visit. From Fatehpur Sikri we will continue to Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary, along the Chambal River provides critical habitat for several endangered species including Ganges River Dolphin, Red-crowned Roof Turtle, Smooth-coated Otter and the incredible Gharial. In fact this stretch of river holds the largest population left of this strange fish-eating crocodilian. Once we arrive we will take a boat trip in search of these species and could also see Muggar Crocodile, Bengal Monitor Lizard, Wild Boar, Indian Wolf, Golden Jackal, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat and Nilgai Antelope. The river is also a haven for birds including the rare Indian Skimmer. Some of the other species we hope to see include Sarus Crane, Pallas Fish-Eagle, Lesser and Greater Flamingos, Great Thick-Knee and Indian Courser. After our boat trip we will transfer to our accommodations at the Chambal Safari Lodge. This rustic, but comfortable, lodge is perfectly situated close to the sanctuary and will allow us to dine outdoors amidst the surrounding farmland. There are Indian Flying Foxes roosting in the trees near the lodge and we also will have the opportunity to search for nocturnal birds and mammals like Indian Civets, Brown Hawk-Owl and Spotted Owlet all of which are commonly seen near the lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Friday, March 25: Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary and on to Agra and the Agra Fort

Early morning is the best time to observe the splendor of Chambal and we will have another boat ride early this morning on the Chambal River to look for wildlife. After our two to three hour boat trip we will return to Chambal Safari Lodge for lunch. After lunch we will depart for the city of Agra. Once we arrive in Agra we will check into the Trident Agra Hotel before departing to visit Agra Fort. Agra Fort is a massive complex consisting of the red-sandstone fort and several palaces. Originally built, along the banks of the Yamuna River, as a military fort by Shah Jahan’s grandfather Emperor Akbar, the Fort was subsequently used to house the palaces of three of the most powerful Mughal rulers. After visiting the fort we will spend the late afternoon and early evening in Mehtab Bagh Park. This park recreates a Mughal-style garden and is located along the Yamuna River. It has a splendid view of the back of the Taj Mahal and its paths offer a quiet, less touristy, way to view and photograph the great mausoleum. The park is also home to a variety of birds and butterflies. As the sun sets and the gleaming marble walls of the Taj Mahal fade into darkness we will return to our hotel for dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Saturday, March 26: Taj Mahal and on to Delhi

This morning we will get up early to witness sunrise at the spectacular Taj Mahal. The early morning light often turns the white marble of the mausoleum into shades of pink and gold. India’s most recognized structure has nearly flawless architectural design and Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore attempted to describe its beauty by calling it ‘a teardrop on the face of eternity’. Completed in 1653 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his second wife, the Taj Mahal is surely the most extravagant monument ever built for love. After spending the early morning at the Taj we will return to our hotel, gather our belongings and depart for Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi we will check into the Claridges Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Sunday, March 27: Fly from Delhi to Jabalpur and on to Kanha National Park

This morning we will arise early and transfer to the airport for our flight from Delhi to Jabalpur in the State of Madhya Pradesh. Once in Jabalpur we will transfer to our vehicles for the long journey to Kanha National Park. We will arrive at Kanha in time for a late afternoon/early evening game drive before settling into our accommodations at Kipling Camp. Kipling Camp is nestled in the Sal forests near the park entrance and is full of character. The rooms are located in separate cabins that ooze charm and will provide a comfortable base for the next three nights as we explore Kanha National Park. (B,L,D)

Days 9 & 10 Monday & Tuesday, March 28 & 29: Kanha National Park

For the next two days we will have the privilege of exploring arguably India’s finest national park. Kanha is extraordinarily rich in wildlife and one of the best places in the world to see Tiger in the wild. Each day we will have both a morning and an afternoon game drive. Kanha is covered by rolling hills which are draped in mixed deciduous forest that give way to Sal forest on the lower slopes and valleys. The wide valleys that follow streams are dominated by grassy plains flanked by Sal forests and thickets of bamboo. This habitat variation is responsible for Kanha’s rich biodiversity. Indeed, Kanha is home to 43 species of mammals, nearly 300 species of birds, 26 species of reptiles, 600 species of flowering plants and numerous amphibians, insects and other arthropods. Beyond the overall diversity of the park, Kanha is famous for Tigers. There are many Tigers in the park and Tiger sightings are frequent, but the park is quite large leading to less density per area than Tadoba. While we search for Tiger we will be on the lookout for the other wildlife that Kanha is famous for. Leopard, Dhole (Asiatic Wild Dog) and Sloth Bear are sometimes seen. Supporting all these predators is a rich array of herbivores. Sambar and Chital (spotted deer) are abundant in the grasslands and the rare Barasingha, or swamp deer, is found throughout the wetlands. Huge blue Nilgai antelope share the same habitat with the diminutive Chousingha, or Four-horned Antelope. Gigantic Gaur, the world’s largest species of wild cattle, and Muntjac (Barking Deer) frequent the more forested sections of Kanha. Langur Monkeys act as sentinels in the trees and cough out warning cries at the first sight of a predator. Although justifiably famous for its mammals, Kanha also supports an abundance of bird species. Male Peafowl should be dancing their intricate mating displays and Long-billed Vultures, Racket-tailed Drongos, Laggar Falcons, Spot-bellied Eagle-Owls, Indian Pittas, Paradise Flycatchers and Malabar Hornbills are some of the other birds we could spot. With two full days to explore this incredible Park we maximize our chances to see the full diversity of its wildlife. We will overnight each night, and have our meals, at Kipling Camp. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Wednesday, March 30: Kanha National Park to Pench National Park

This morning we will have one more game drive in Kanha before we return to Kipling Camp to pack, check out and have lunch. After lunch we will depart for the three hour journey south to Pench National Park. We should arrive at Tuli Tiger Corridor, our accommodations for the next two nights, in the late afternoon/early evening with plenty of time to settle into our rooms before dinner. The accommodations at Tuli consist of spacious permanent tents with all the comforts of a hotel room, including full ensuite bathrooms. (B,L,D)

Day 12 Thursday, March 31: Pench National Park

Pench National Park was immortalized by Rudyard Kipling, who set Mowgli’s adventures in “Jungle Book” within its forests. Today we will have a full day to explore this atmospheric park. Teak forests, punctuated by gnarled Ghost Trees, dominate the landscape and huge herds of Gaur, Spotted Deer and Sambar provide the prey base for a rich assortment of predators including Tiger, Leopard, Dhole (Wild Dog), Golden Jackal, Striped Hyena and Indian Wolf. There are plenty of smaller carnivores as well such as Jungle Cat, Ruddy Mongoose, Ratel (Honey Badger) and the rarely seen Rusty-spotted Cat. After both morning and afternoon game drives we will return to Tuli. (B,L,D)

Day 13 Friday, April 1: Pench National Park to Tadoba National Park

Today we will have one morning game in Pench before returning to Tuli to pack up and have lunch. After lunch we will depart south for the State of Maharashtra and Tadoba National Park. It will take us about four hours to reach Tadoba and upon arrival we will check into our accommodations at Svasara Jungle Lodge. Svasara is a conservation-focused lodge located only 300 yards from Tadoba’s entrance gate. The luxurious air conditioned suites have elegant bathrooms, comfortable beds and a private outdoor veranda. The restaurant offers excellent multi-cuisine dining including Indian, Continental and local Varadi specialties. (B,L,D)

Days 14 & 15 Saturday & Sunday, April 2 & 3: Tadoba National Park

Tadoba is less visited than the parks further north in Madhya Pradesh. The parks relatively small size and abundant prey-base has led to one of the highest density of Tigers in the world. We will continue to look for Tiger, but, if we have seen them in Kanha and Pench, we will concentrate on some of the other species many of which are easier to see in Tadoba. Leopard, Dhole and Sloth Bear are all easier to see here and we will concentrate on finding them. While we focus on the predators we should see plenty of other wildlife including Chital (Spotted Deer), Sambar Deer, Nilgai Antelope, Indian Gazelle, Wild Boar, Striped Hyena, Golden Jackal and perhaps even a Ratel or Honey Badger. Our pattern for visiting the park will be similar to Kanha and Pench with morning and afternoon game drives. (B,L,D)

Day 16 Monday, April 4: Tadoba to Nagpur and Fly Back to Delhi

After a last morning game drive in Tadoba, and an early lunch, we will depart for the drive to Nagpur. Once in Nagpur we will transfer to our flight to Delhi. After we arrive in Delhi we will transfer to the Claridges Hotel for a chance to rest before we prepare to embark on the rest of our adventure. (B,L,D)

Day 17 Tuesday, April 5: Delhi and Either Departure for the US or Overnight in Delhi

This morning after breakfast we will visit some of the important sites of New and Old Delhi. We will begin with a visit to Humayun’s tomb, a stunning example of Mughal style architecture with dome, mausoleum and plinth perfectly proportioned. Next we will see the Qutab Minar, an immense tower, started in the 12th century to commemorate the Muslim conquest of Delhi. The tower is 238 feet tall and is built of fluted red sandstone. After stopping for lunch we will depart for the Presidents House and walk on the Rajpath that runs between the Secretariat Buildings and the India Gate – India’s War Memorial. From this area of New Delhi we will drive to the old section of the city to visit the Red Fort. From the Red Fort we will explore the bustling ancient market of Chandni Chowk which should offer a riot of colorful exoticism and frenetic activity. With stalls displaying a variety of goods, from fish and poultry to gemstones and turbans the market is a fascinating experience. The covered Gadodial Market is the wholesale spice market and the counters of anise, turmeric, pomegranate, dried mangos, ginger, saffron, lotus seeds, sugars and chutneys will assault the senses. After a day of touring Delhi we will return to the Claridges for dinner. After dinner we will prepare for either our late night international departure or our early morning departure for the extension to Assam. Those departing for the US will have day rooms to facilitate packing and freshening up before transferring to the airport. Those participating in the extension to Assam will overnight at the Claridges. (B,L,D)

Day 18 Wednesday, April 6: Departure for the US or the Optional Extension

For those not participating on the optional extension to Kaziranga National Park in Assam, you will transfer to the airport for your early morning departure (you will likely depart Delhi for the US between 12:00 midnight and 1:00 AM) and will fly overnight arriving in your US gateway city the morning of the 6th. From your US gateway city you will transfer to your flights home.

* Please note that EcoQuest Travel will make every effort to adhere to this itinerary, but dates, times, activities and prices are subject to change depending on scheduling and availability.

OPTIONAL 5-DAY EXTENSION TO KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK IN ASSAM

Day 18 Wednesday, April 6: Fly from Delhi to Guwahati and on to Kaziranga National Park

This morning, after an early breakfast, we will transfer to the airport for our flight from Delhi to Guwahati in the far eastern State of Assam. After our arrival in Guwahati we will board our vehicles for the five-hour drive to Kaziranga National Park. We should arrive at our accommodations by mid afternoon and after having a chance to rest we will have our first game drive in Kaziranga National Park. After our game drive we will have dinner and overnight at the Diphlu River Lodge. The accommodations at Diphlu consist of cozy stilted bungalows overlooking the Diphlu River and Kaziranga National Park on the opposite bank. The bungalows are comfortable and the location is great – sometimes wildlife is observed across the river and there is abundant birdlife among the grounds. The Diphlu will provide a safari-like retreat during our stay at Kaziranga. (B,D)

Days 1 – 3 Thursday – Saturday, April 7 – 9: Kaziranga National Park

We will have three full days to explore the richness of Kaziranga National Park. Kaziranga has often been compared with African parks due to the quality of game viewing. Lying along the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River, the Park is home to many species of mammals including the rare Indian One-horned Rhinoceros. Nothing can compare to riding an Elephant out into the mists of Kaziranga’s swamps and grasslands to see the Rhinos – a truly thrilling experience which we will partake of one morning! Wild Water Buffalo, Asian Elephants, Hog Deer and Tigers also abound and the forested southern slopes are home to two rare primates, the beautiful and shy Capped Langur Monkey and India’s only ape, the Hoolock Gibbon. Barasingha and Wild Boar are also common and Leopard and Gaur are sometimes seen. Kaziranga is also home to an amazing variety of birds, many which cannot be seen elsewhere in India, like the Bengal Florican, Spot-billed Pelican and the Yellow Weaver. Crested Serpent Eagles, Pied Marsh Harriers and Adjutant Storks soar overhead while Swamp Francolin, Red Jungle Fowl and Bronze-winged Jacanas strut through the grasses. We will have morning and afternoon game drives to maximize our wildlife viewing opportunities. During one of the days we will travel to the Gibbon Sanctuary to look for many of India’s primate species. This small, but critically important, forest sanctuary was originally set aside to protect the Hoolock Gibbon, but it is also home to seven additional primate species making it the most diverse in India. We will depart very early for the two-hour drive to the sanctuary in order to arrive just after dawn. The haunting territorial songs of the Gibbons should greet us as we arrive. In addition to the Gibbons we will search for Capped Langurs, and four species of Macaques – Pig-tailed, Stump-tailed, Assamese and Rhesus. After our visit to the Gibbon Sanctuary we will return to Kaziranga in time for an afternoon game drive. Our trip to this incredible park will certainly create memories to last a lifetime. We will have our meals and overnight at the Diphlu River Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Sunday, April 10: Kaziranga NP to Guwahati and Fly to Delhi

This morning we will drive from Kaziranga to Guwahati and transfer to our flight from Guwahati to Delhi. After our arrival we will transfer to our day rooms at the Nidra Hotel to freshen up and pack prior to dinner and transfer to the airport for our late night international flight. (B,D)

Day 5 Monday, April 11: Delhi to Chicago and Home

We will transfer to the airport for our early morning departure (we depart Delhi for the US between 12:00 midnight and 1:00 AM) and will fly overnight arriving in our US gateway city the morning of the 26th. From our US gateway city we will transfer to our flights home.

* Please note that EcoQuest Travel will make every effort to adhere to this itinerary, but dates, times, activities and prices are subject to change depending on scheduling and availability.

Cost:

$6,258.00/person all-inclusive tour package
The cost for the optional post-trip extension to Kaziranga National Park in Assam is: $2,279.00

Airline Ticketing:

International airline tickets are not included in the above costs. EcoQuest Travel is a full service tour operator and we will gladly assist you with your flights for this tour. We do not charge a service fee for this assistance to clients who book a tour with us. We are aware, however, that clients often prefer to use frequent flyer miles, or points, to purchase tickets or to shop online. Regardless of which method you choose EcoQuest Travel will be happy to help you with ticket prices, scheduling and ticket purchase. If you decide to obtain airline tickets on your own please make sure to check with EcoQuest Travel prior to purchasing your ticket to make sure the flights you have chosen will work with the tour itinerary and that the tour has sufficient participation to operate. Please be aware that once purchased, most airline tickets are non-refundable and carry a financial penalty for any changes. Also, it is essential that we receive a copy of your flight itinerary so that we may track you in case of missed connections, flight delays or other mishaps that might impact your arrival. To help you plan, over the past few years airline tickets from the US to Delhi have averaged $1400.00.
Domestic airline tickets within India have been included in the above costs for both the main trip and the extension. Please understand that the budgeted amounts for our domestic airline tickets ($200.00 for the main trip and $280.00 for the Kaziranga Extension) are estimates and the actual cost may vary until we actually book the tickets. If ticket prices at the time of booking are lower than our estimates the savings will be passed on to you. If ticket prices are higher you will be invoiced the difference.

What’s Included:

  • Land, air and boat transportation within India (please see the above section regarding our domestic flight within India)
  • All accommodations – based upon double occupancy (single supplement is available for an additional $1,610.00 for the main trip and $725.00 for the extension)
  • All tours within the scheduled itinerary
  • Meals are included throughout the trip (except while we are in transit)
  • Permits, entrance fees and guides
  • The leadership services of EcoQuest Travel professionals

What’s Not Included:

  • Airfare from your home city to Delhi, India – please see the Airline Ticketing information above
  • Gratuities (for our Indian drivers and guides)
  • Fees associated with obtaining a passport and the visa to visit India
  • Drinks during meals (though bottled water will be available on our bus)
  • Travel insurance (please see the Travel Insurance Section below)
  • Costs associated with pre-trip medical planning (such as vaccines)
  • Gifts and personal items or expenses

Travel Documents:

A passport valid for at least 6 months after our arrival is required for travel in India. In addition India requires an entry visa available from their embassy in Washington DC. The fee for a tourist visa to visit India is $76.00, but this can and does change so we will update you before you apply. Complete instructions for obtaining a visa and visa application forms are found on the Indian Embassy’s website: www.indianembassy.org. Please note that all visa processing for India has been outsourced to Travisa Outsourcing. There is a link to Travisa on the Embassy’s website.

Group Size:

The trip cost is based on a minimum number of participants – 10 people. Although 10 participants are required in order to make this trip a reality; we are able to accommodate up to a maximum of 14. The cost for the post-trip extension to Kaziranga National Park is based on a minimum of 8 participants. Although eight participants are required, we are able to accommodate up to a maximum of 14. If more than ten people sign up for the extension it is likely that the extension price will drop and the savings will be passed on to you.

Health Requirements:

The Indian Government does not require any vaccinations – with the exception of yellow fever if coming from a country where yellow fever is endemic. Since we will be arriving from the US there is no reason for a yellow fever vaccination for this trip. There are, however, several immunizations that would be prudent to consider prior to traveling to India. These include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Typhoid. One should also check to make sure that vaccines against Tetanus/Diphtheria and Polio are up to date. Malaria is present in India and anti-malarial medications should be considered mandatory for this trip. Please be aware that not all anti-malarial drugs are effective in Southeast Asia so be sure to consult with your physician to insure effective protection. Information on travel related diseases and vaccines to prevent them can be found on the Centers for Disease Control website at: www.cdc.gov/travel

We highly recommend discussing all medical issues related to travel with your doctor well in advance of the proposed travel date (at least 6 months prior to departure).

Payments and Reservations:

A deposit of $1,000.00 per person is required along with your reservation form in order to reserve space on the trip. This will help insure airline seating space and necessary early deposits during this busy time of year. The reservation form is available on our website: www.ecoquesttravel.net and can be filled out online and submitted via email, or downloaded and mailed. We encourage you to send the deposit well in advance of the date the first payment is due, as paying the deposit is the only way to secure your spot. Personal checks, money orders and credit cards are accepted. If paying by personal check it should be made payable to EcoQuest Travel, Inc. and on the memo line please indicate: For India Trip 2016. If paying by credit card please phone your credit card information in to EcoQuest Travel at: (919) 963-3038. EcoQuest Travel accepts Visa, MasterCard and most bank debit cards. After your initial deposit the remaining balance will be invoiced in two payments according to the schedule below.
If you are participating in the main trip only:

If you are participating in the main trip only:

  • A payment of at least $2,629.00 is required no later than October 16, 2015
  • The remainder of the trip expense ($2,629.00) will be due on or before January 29, 2016
  • If you are also participating on the post-trip extension to Kaziranga National Park in Assam:
  • A payment of at least $3,768.00 is required no later than October 16, 2015
  • The remainder of the trip expense ($3,769.00) will be due on or before January 29, 2016

Cancellation:

The initial deposit, as well as subsequent payments, will be used to purchase airline tickets and pay deposits for accommodations, travel arrangements, etc. in India. Therefore, if you must withdraw from the trip, irrespective of reason, a refund will not be possible. We strongly suggest that you protect yourself with the purchase of trip cancellation insurance. We will try to retain a wait list for this trip and it is possible that if you end up not being able to participate we will attempt to find a replacement for you; however, it is your responsibility to find a replacement or to have insurance.

Please note that in the event EcoQuest Travel, Inc. cancels this trip, due to circumstances beyond our control or low trip participant numbers, a refund of the initial deposit and any payments made will be issued.

Travel Insurance

EcoQuest Travel, Inc. partners with Allianz Global Assistance (formerly – Access America) to provide the best possible travel insurance for our clients. They offer trip cancellation and worldwide emergency services (such as emergency evacuation and emergency medical services) as well as a host of other benefits. You can find more information on Allianz’s website (www.allianzassistance.com) including how to get quotes and sign up. You do not have to use Allianz Global Assistance and may choose to use another company. In either case, EcoQuest Travel, Inc. strongly suggests the purchase of trip cancellation/medical insurance. If you do decide to purchase travel insurance from Allianz Global Assistance please give them the following EcoQuest Travel vendor (or ACCAM) number: F031120. This number identifies that you are working with an Allianz Global Assistance partner.

Note: Pre-existing conditions will be waived by Allianz Global Assistance if you purchase travel insurance within 14 calendar days of your initial trip deposit. For more information please see their website.

General Information

Upon receiving your deposit and reservation form you will be sent an information packet containing flight information, baggage requirements, hints on what to bring and other useful information. The climate will be hot and dry in some regions and hot and humid in others. More information on trip conditions will be provided in the final packet. You will want to bring a camera, film and binoculars. Again, a more exhaustive list will be provided after you are registered for the trip.

Trip Leaders:

David Davenport: Zoologist and President – EcoQuest Travel

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