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

Trip Information


Inclusions

Breakfast and dinner daily. Lunches are also included in some locales at wildlife lodges (refer to tour itinerary for daily meal plan). All accommodation, transport, internal flights, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, local guides, restaurant staff, and porters. Airport transfers for "Land & Air" customers arriving / departing on tour dates, or arriving early / departing late and extra hotel nights booked through us.

Exclusions

Tour Leader gratuities, some lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable) and domestic air taxes ($220), visa fees (see below), and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, visas, an locally paid departure taxes.

VISAS: We assist in acquiring, or supply instructions and information needed to apply. You must have convenient access to Internet and email as most of the visa process relies on electronic communication and documents.

Seasonality and Weather

The timing for this tour was based on the best time to visit several regions covered by this trip whose climate exhibits considerable seasonal variation. Because transport, sightseeing, and quality of experience can suffer during the wet season in Mozambique and Malawi, we have selected September, the optimal time to visit both. Conditions are generally dry and comfortable temperature-wise.

Sao Tome has a warm tropical climate year round. Our visit coincides with the tail-end of the dry season.

Cape Verde experiences most of its rainfall August - October, though this should not impact us as the climate is still very arid on average, even during the "wetter" time of year. Temperatures are uniform and tropical year round.

Overall, we can expect warm daytime temperatures with cool-cold nights/mornings in Mozambique and Malawi. Layered clothing is important. The latter part of the tour will enjoy tropical conditions with the possibility of a shower now and then.

Transport and Travel Conditions

** This is tour is currently being re-designed **

The nature of local transport used on this tour reflects the tremendous diversity of the territories visited and the isolated and unspoiled nature of many of the locales on our itinerary.

In general, long road journeys are surprisingly few in occurance as we are able to avail ourselves of scheduled air services that have only recently opened up previously inaccessible areas.

One must remember that outside major towns and cities, road transport will not enjoy the luxury of air-conditioning. Though this tour occurs at the more comfortable time of year in most locations, one must be prepared for some heat and dust.

Our game drives in Mozambique, Malawi & Gabon will also be accomplished using 4x4 safari-type vehicles. Generally, in towns and cities, for sightseeing and airport transfers -- ie Libreville, Johannesburg, Sao Tome, Cape Verde -- we will be likely using one large bus for the group which will have provision for air-conditioning.

You will note as well, that quite a few greater distances are covered by flights provided by local scheduled carriers. Flights are generally well-scheduled at convenient times and are relatively short, with the exception of Mozambique to Gabon, which is necessarily convoluted owing to a lack of flights. The flight from Sao Tome to Cape Verde is our longest at roughly 5 hours.

Aside from the above considerations, the touring itself and our activities throughout cannot be considered "strenuous." This said, it is an ambitious program with lots of moving around, remote locations, airports at which you must manage your own baggage, some long days, heat, dust and bad roads. An adventurous spirit and flexibility are important items to pack!

Accommodation

Accommodation provided on this tour varies greatly depending on the remoteness of our location. Generally, however, hotels and lodges are of a mid-range standard -- comfortable, but not luxurious. The tour features no camping. Even at wildlife parks, lodge accommodation is surprisingly comfortable with services and amenities to which foreign visitors are accustomed. Hotels in larger towns and cities are well-located, secure and modern properties of international standard.

Staff and Support

Professional drivers, driver-guides, lodge staff, naturalist guides provide a wealth of local knowledge and expertise.

Group Size

10-18 plus Tour Leader