AF6 Hidden Gems Of Africa

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Game viewing safaris in some of Africa's most remote and least-visited places; Huge range of landscapes, climates, wildlife, languages and cultures; Great variety in local cuisines, many with intriguing influences from Europe and Africa; Friendly local peoples, as yet unaccustomed to mass tourism

Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.


Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Tue 01 Sep 2015Sat 19 Sep 2015 $8880

Optional Single Supplement: $2390 (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $1190, if twin-sharing accommodation is unavailable.


Tour Overview


With parts of North Africa unsettled during the recent past and most of Southern and East Africa very much on the regular tourist circuits, we have worked hard to put together a new tour to some of Africa's least visited countries. This exploratory itinerary takes you to places where tourism is in a completely embryonic stage. Some destinations have had a troubled history but are now completely safe for group travel and have good hotels and lodges while the island nations of Sao Tome & Principe and Cape Verde remain two of Africa's most peaceful nations.

Join our first Mozambique, Gabon, Malawi, Sao Tome and Cape Verde adventure to travel to places where the annual number of foreign visitors is measured in dozens and not in the ten of thousands. From Gorongosa National Park, one of Africa's newest wildlife protection success stories to the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mozambique Island, one time capital of Portuguese East Africa, we will travel up the length of Mozambique.

Then its off to the Atlantic coast and the peaceful and prosperous country of Gabon before we fly to to Sao Tome, Africa's second smallest nation, located almost directly on the Equator in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Central Africa. Visits to coffee and cocoa plantations, isolated beaches with local fishermen for company and a glimpse into Portuguese colonial history in one of Africa's backwaters will be part of our exploration of this hidden corner of Africa.

From Sao Tome, we fly north to Cape Verde, a group of islands located in the Atlantic 500 km off the coast of Senegal inhabited mostly by a mixed African-Portuguese mestizo population. Long beaches of endless white sand, a historic mix of colonial style towns like Ribeira Grande, a World Heritage Site, and a wide variety of landscapes from dramatic volcanic to verdant landscapes, characterizes these islands. The islands were discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century and subsequently became a trading centre for African slaves and later an important coaling and resupply stop for whaling ships. Santiago island, with the capital Praia, is the most African of the islands, and provides a fascinating mix of culture, mountain scenery and tropical plantations. Known for its vibrant nightlife and colourful market, the island is a popular travel choice with more variety than the other Cape Verde islands. A flight north will conclude our adventure exploring the culture, landscape, history and wildlife of four of Africa's least visited countries.

** Please note that this tour is currently being re-designed for 2015 **

Regions visited: Southern Africa and North / West Africa
Countries visited: Malawi; Mozambique; South Africa; Gabon; Sao Tome & Principe and Cape Verde


Testimonials


Douglas N. (Los Angeles, CA, US)

The excursions on this tour were good. The transportation was good. Jonathan is the best--three trips with him this year--I would go out of my way to take one of his tours, provided it included places I want to visit--he is calm and organized --he is great at communicating plans and time scheduling in advance--he is keyed into everyone's individual quirks, desires, and needs and is very helpful--he is well-prepared with knowledge in depth of each place visited--I cannot really think of any area where he needs to improve.

Ernest G. (Surrey, BC, CA)

All the excursions were good. Our tour leader Jonathan was great! His knowledge of the history in each region was awesome. I really appreciate the history aspect of every tour!

Jean-Denis P. (Longueuil, QC, CA)

Particularly enjoyed Gorongosa Park and Malawi National Park. Jonathan our tour leader was Warm, empathic, always helpfull. Patient. Ressourcefull, methodical, well prepared and organised. A gem. Very positive tour.

Malca L. (Santa Barbara, CA, US)

I especially enjoyed Malawi. Jonathan was always helpful in many ways and responsive to expressed wishes and suggestions of group. He obviously researched the specific lacales and augmented local guides commentaries with relevant, interesting information. I enjoyed the trip, the other tour members, and Jonathan.