The Magnificent Rock Islands, Peleliu, and Jellyfish Lake

Palau Snorkeling and Sea Kayaking

Palau

10 Days

From $6,495

Level 3

Moderate

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Our first foray into this fascinating realm is Nikko Bay, sheltered by the castle-like limestone walls of the Rock Islands. The bay&apos;s calm waters provide idyllic sea kayaking opportunities in rare &ldquo;old-growth coral forests.&rdquo; Our kayak adventures begin with a paddle into a hidden world known as Disney Lake, entering by way of a marine tunnel that is only exposed at low tide. Here we discover reefs that are many thousands of years old, protected by limestone walls that prevent surge and wind from disturbing the delicate marine environment. The big theme for this first day is geology, and these wondrous islands present a dramatic example of how an uplifted ancient reef eroded away into 300 islands, lakes, lagoons, undercuts, and archways. Our first camp is usually at a place known as Lee Marvin Beach, with its great birding and exotic night sounds (endemic owls and burrowing frogs!). Beautiful green sea turtles nest here in season. 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Our grand finale today is an unbelievable sight&mdash;a salt-water waterfall spilling into a turquoise oasis. One of the most bizarre phenomena in Palau, the waterfall is created as tidal waters flow out of an enclosed marine lake, spilling into Mandarin Fish Bay. Our snorkeling focus is on juvenile fish, and on our paddle excursions, we should see baby sharks and rays in tranquil little nursery bays. 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Giant Clam Beach, home to Palau&apos;s largest bivalves, has stacks of 500-pound clams simply piled on top of one another, and no one dares to touch these ancient leviathans, now protected in this marine preserve. We continue to Jellyfish Lake, a place truly beyond description&mdash;here, millions of non-stinging jellyfish bounce off our bodies as we snorkel among them. This is one of the only two places in the world where stingless jellyfish exist. Later, we make impromptu stops including a foray into the jungle to see hidden treasures that only Wilderness Travel trip members ever see! 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We hope to be able to take this scenic flight, but in the case of non-operation, we&apos;ll return to Koror by boat (45 minutes) and your internal airfare cost will be refunded.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":10,"DayTo":10,"Headline":"Koror \/ Depart","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"The morning is free to enjoy the facilities at Palau Carolines Resort, or to explore Koror on your own. Check-out time is at 12:00 pm (noon). Transfer to the Koror Airport and depart on homeward-bound flights.*\r\n\r\n*Please Note: Many flights depart Koror in the early morning (12:00 am to 5:00 am). If your flight departs in the early morning hours of Day 10, you will transfer to the Koror Airport just after the Farewell Dinner on Day 9, to connect with flights departing early morning on Day 10. 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I have never had so much fun in my entire life."},{"GuestNames":"Erik C.","GuestLocation":"Pacifica, CA","GuestReview":"An amazing trip in an amazing area."},{"GuestNames":"Gene H.","GuestLocation":"Indianapolis, IN","GuestReview":"We enjoyed the trip so much in March 2010, that we decided to do it again in March 2011. This is the first time we&#8217;ve repeated a trip!"},{"GuestNames":"George F.","GuestLocation":"Pleasanton, CA","GuestReview":"Palau was nothing less than a snorkeler's paradise! Our leader guided us each day to places where he knew Mother Nature would reveal a new canvas of coral and crystal-clear water and paint it with a kaleidoscope of tropical marine life. What a treat for the eyes!"},{"GuestNames":"Jane H.","GuestLocation":"Boulder, CO","GuestReview":"One of the best trips we have ever taken. We got so much more out of our trip to Palau than someone just coming on their own."},{"GuestNames":"Jim J.","GuestLocation":"Ojai, CA","GuestReview":"Great itinerary&#8212;well planned, and the food at camp was beyond expectations. My family and I had a terrific time."},{"GuestNames":"Karen L.","GuestLocation":"Blue Mountains, Australia","GuestReview":"A beautiful place and wonderful people."},{"GuestNames":"Katriona H.","GuestLocation":"Blackheath NSW, Australia","GuestReview":"We have travelled for over 40 years and this would rate amongst our most memorable, enjoyable experiences."},{"GuestNames":"Lori K.","GuestLocation":"Boulder, CO","GuestReview":"Wilderness Travel is tops when it comes to adventure travel. Food, lodging, and attention to detail are always exceptional!"},{"GuestNames":"Lynn B.","GuestLocation":"Portland, OR","GuestReview":"Is there a rating above 'Excellent?' This trip far exceeded our expectations. It was so well planned and thought out."},{"GuestNames":"Ralph S. and Karen P.","GuestLocation":"Playa del Rey, CA","GuestReview":"Wonderful&#8212;one of our very best trips with WT."},{"GuestNames":"Robert C.","GuestLocation":"Concord, MA","GuestReview":"Ron's knowledge of the natural wonders of Palau, its people, and its history coupled with his spirit of fun and enthusiastic delivery made the trip a delight and an intense learning experience at the same time."},{"GuestNames":"Robert R.","GuestLocation":"Park City, UT","GuestReview":"This trip exceeded my expectations in all regards."},{"GuestNames":"Sally L.","GuestLocation":"Oakland, CA","GuestReview":"Everything about this trip was fantastic! The resort was beautiful, the camps beyond expectations, the staff so knowledgeable and helpful. And Palau, WOW! I hadn't expected such an abundance of beauty. The coral and the fish were a sight to behold."},{"GuestNames":"Sandra T.","GuestLocation":"Simi Valley, CA","GuestReview":"The beaches were like paradise. Our trip Leader's knowledge of tides, currents, reefs, wildlife, and local culture was amazing and made the trip exceptional in every way. The crew's attention to detail in camp setup and amenities was amazing. We were all so inspired by Palau and so grateful to experience this trip with Wilderness."},{"GuestNames":"Sherry D.","GuestLocation":"Dillon, CO","GuestReview":"This was my second time to Palau, and it was just as fabulous!"},{"GuestNames":"Sue B.","GuestLocation":"Te Anau, New Zealand","GuestReview":"Palau is a fantastic and diverse destination, with the kayaking, snorkeling, and WW2 history, and Ron and the team just brought it all to life for us."},{"GuestNames":"Tom H.","GuestLocation":"Shoreline, WA","GuestReview":"Thanks for another fabulous Wilderness adventure!"},{"GuestNames":"Victoria O.","GuestLocation":"Boulder, CO","GuestReview":"This is my second WT trip to Palau. 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Overview

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    Overview

    Enter an aquamarine world of old-growth coral gardens, saltwater waterfalls, and outer-reef “drop-offs” teeming with brilliant tropical fish. Snorkel over the wreck of a Zero fighter plane from World War II, paddle across the cream-colored waters of the Milky Way Lagoon, kayak beneath mangrove canopies draped with hanging orchids, and learn about Palau's rich culture. On this unique WT adventure, our Trip Leaders are natural teachers and Palau's phenomenally scenic Rock Islands provide a stunning backdrop. Our deluxe private beach camps offer special access to this natural history paradise, along with barbecues and crimson sunsets.

    Arrive: Koror, Palau

    Depart: Koror, Palau

    Highlights

    • Exclusive private beach camps, complete with walk-in tents, solar showers, bathroom facilities, and an alfresco dining area
    • Snorkel, kayak, hike, and boat in the Rock Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of spectacular limestone islands and healthy coral reefs
    • Experience Palau's marine biodiversity, with hundreds of coral species and 1,500 species of reef fish
    • Learn about traditional Micronesian culture, swim with stingless jellyfish, explore Peleliu Island and its World War II relics
    • Meet the islanders of Palau in their homes and bais (village meeting houses)

    Itinerary

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    On volcanic Babeldaob Island, we hike to a magnificent waterfall and learn about ancient Palauan culture as we visit a traditional men's meeting house. Heading to the celebrated Rock Islands, with their extraordinary marine lakes, we explore Nikko Bay, paddling over ancient coral forests. Risong Bay is filled with isolated turquoise bays, and we'll snorkel in the Blue Devil Gardens, where schools of blue devil damselfish shimmer between the corals.
    Snorkeling over a World War II Zero fighter airplane in shallow waters is a thrill, and we'll explore multicolored Einstein's Garden (named for its proliferation of giant lobophyllia brain corals). Kayaking through mangroves brings us into mile-long Long Lake, a nursery for baby eagle rays and turtles.
    Millions of stingless jellyfish await us at Jellyfish Lake—and snorkeling among them is surreal. At the Big Drop-Off (Palau's legendary Ngemelis Wall), we find a kaleidoscopic world of tube sponges, Moorish idols, pyramid butterflyfish, sergeant majors, and yellowtail fusiliers. After visiting World War II battle sites on Peleliu, return to Koror and depart on Day 10, or extend to search for Palau's “Big Five” marine species.

    Dates & Pricing

    Payment & Cancel Schedule

    $600 due at time of reservation
    90 days prior to departure: Balance

    Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

    Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
    61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
    46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
    45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

    Included
    • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
    • Accommodations in beach resorts and full-service camping (full-sized walk-in tents)
    • All meals included except 1 dinner as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    • Group camping equipment
    • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
    • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    • Kayaks, paddles, PFDs (life jackets), and boat safety gear
    Not Included
    • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
    • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
    • Optional travel insurance
    • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
    • Snorkeling equipment (wetsuit, snorkel, mask, fins)

    Accommodations

    Listed below are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

    Palau Carolines Resort

    Days 1-2 (2 nights)

    Eight private bungalows with views of the rock islands across the bay are situated in a quiet spot where you'll awake to the warble of birds and the ocean breeze. Built from mahogany, mangrove, and bamboo, each bungalow features air conditioning, a separate sitting area, and a private bathroom. Several of the bungalows also have a private balcony. Walk along the jungle path to the terrace and bar, and enjoy a continental breakfast delivered to your door each morning.

    Palau Camps

    Days 3-8 (6 nights)

    On the phenomenally beautiful Rock Islands, we enjoy our own wonderful campsites chosen for their beauty and access to fantastic snorkeling. Our private, full-service camps have walk-in tents, a toilet structure, solar shower, and a dining tent set with table and chairs. After full days of physical activity, we'll have good appetites, and our camp cooks provide delicious meals. Typical breakfasts include fresh papaya, pineapple, eggs, pancakes, or Palauan specialties. Lunch is usually picnic style, featuring sandwiches and fruit. Dinner is usually a beach barbecue with fresh-grilled fish or chicken, vegetables, and baked local desserts while we savor the sunset. Our support boat goes ahead to each new campsite with our gear so that our new camp is set up and awaiting our arrival.

    Palau Carolines Resort

    Day 9 (1 night)

    Eight private bungalows with views of the rock islands across the bay are situated in a quiet spot where you'll awake to the warble of birds and the ocean breeze. Built from mahogany, mangrove, and bamboo, each bungalow features air conditioning, a separate sitting area, and a private bathroom. Several of the bungalows also have a private balcony. Walk along the jungle path to the terrace and bar, and enjoy a continental breakfast delivered to your door each morning.

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    What the Trip is Like

    This trip is rated Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. You need to be comfortable kayaking for up to 2 hours at a time and up to 5 hours in a day, and snorkeling in a variety of conditions, including drift snorkels with strong currents. While kayaking and snorkeling is usually at your own pace, it is sometimes necessary to be able to keep up with the group.

    Average Day

    • 4-5 hours kayaking
    • 1-3 hours snorkeling
    • Occasional short hikes

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    Palau has a warm, humid tropical climate with some of the most uniform year-round temperatures in the world. The average humidity is a balmy 78 percent. Water temperatures range between 82 and 86°F. Rainfall can occur throughout the year, but is heaviest in June and July.
    In Koror, we will stay in comfortable bungalows located up on a hill, with views of the jungle and the Rock Islands. While in the Rock Islands, we will stay at three different campsites, all of which are located on the beach. While not luxurious, they are comfortable and well located to begin each day's activities. There are walk-in tents with a cot and an inflatable mattress pad, a composting toilet facility, a solar shower strung from the palm trees, and a dining tent.
    Breakfast and dinner are served at the campsites, and include a variety of Palauan and Western meals. Breakfasts usually include fresh fruit and eggs. Lunch is picnic-style and typically includes sandwiches. Dinner is usually a barbecue with fresh-caught fish or chicken and vegetables. There are a variety of vegetarian options.
    Transportation on our Babeldoab tour is in an air conditioned van. Our kayaks are sit-on-top Mission XStream 400 Kayaks with carbon fiber paddles and high back seats. While kayaking and camping, there is a 33 foot Yamaha support boat with covered seating that we use to access the farther sites, and can also be used to opt out of kayaking or snorkeling.

    Most of our kayaking and sailing is in calm, protected waters. We have a few short crossings (both in the boat and on kayak) over the open ocean, and the sea can be rough if it is windy or stormy.

    In general, we choose routes that are largely protected from high winds and strong currents, and we run the trips at the times of year when the weather is most reliable. We also adapt our daily schedule to local conditions.

    As one of the primary activities on this trip is snorkeling, we strongly recommend bringing your own snorkeling equipment to ensure a proper fit. You can rent equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit) in Palau if you prefer, though we cannot guarantee that your size will be available. The shallow water in the Rock Islands is generally warm, but a 2-3mm shorty wetsuit is recommended if you get cold easily, or at least a lycra skin for sun protection.

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    Client Testimonials

    "The most beautiful tropical paradise trip I have ever done. It's absolutely stunning and being out in the natural beauty of the environment with only our group, often alone, was amazing. Fantastic—beyond lovely!"

    Alison J.

    Santa Barbara, CA

    "The Palau trip is my idea of the ideal vacation. That is why I have taken it three times!"

    Bob G.

    Elizabethtown, PA

    "An incredible journey. The reefs were amazing—the best I’ve encountered yet, and an elegant camping experience. Well done!!"

    Carole L.

    Port Townsend, WA

    "The trip was fantastic and I was treated like royalty by everyone involved. I am not used to such luxury camping and having everything done for me!"

    Cathy H.

    Lumsden, Saskatchewan

    "This was definitely a ‘bucket list’ trip and it did not disappoint. The snorkeling, kayaking, and scenery were absolutely magnificent. The ability to experience different environments—marine lakes, patch reefs, secluded bays, and the outer reef—without a crush of other tourists at popular spots like Jellyfish Lake, made this a truly memorable trip. The land excursions to WWII sites, ancient villages, and a Yapese stone money added an important human dimension to the trip."

    David S.

    Arlington, VA

    "This trip ranks as one of my top three nature experiences in my lifetime."

    Dawn M.

    Playa Del Rey, CA

    "The camping locations were far beyond expectations, and sunrises and sunsets beyond imagination. The balance between kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, and WW II history was perfect."

    Dean W.

    Sorrento, BC

    "This was the trip of a lifetime—over the top wonderful! Every day the trip became more interesting and amazing. I still wake up dreaming I am in my kayak! I have never had so much fun in my entire life."

    Diane H.

    Brandon, SD

    "An amazing trip in an amazing area."

    Erik C.

    Pacifica, CA

    "We enjoyed the trip so much in March 2010, that we decided to do it again in March 2011. This is the first time we’ve repeated a trip!"

    Gene H.

    Indianapolis, IN

    "Palau was nothing less than a snorkeler's paradise! Our leader guided us each day to places where he knew Mother Nature would reveal a new canvas of coral and crystal-clear water and paint it with a kaleidoscope of tropical marine life. What a treat for the eyes!"

    George F.

    Pleasanton, CA

    "One of the best trips we have ever taken. We got so much more out of our trip to Palau than someone just coming on their own."

    Jane H.

    Boulder, CO

    "Great itinerary—well planned, and the food at camp was beyond expectations. My family and I had a terrific time."

    Jim J.

    Ojai, CA

    "A beautiful place and wonderful people."

    Karen L.

    Blue Mountains, Australia

    "We have travelled for over 40 years and this would rate amongst our most memorable, enjoyable experiences."

    Katriona H.

    Blackheath NSW, Australia

    "Wilderness Travel is tops when it comes to adventure travel. Food, lodging, and attention to detail are always exceptional!"

    Lori K.

    Boulder, CO

    "Is there a rating above 'Excellent?' This trip far exceeded our expectations. It was so well planned and thought out."

    Lynn B.

    Portland, OR

    "Wonderful—one of our very best trips with WT."

    Ralph S. and Karen P.

    Playa del Rey, CA

    "Ron's knowledge of the natural wonders of Palau, its people, and its history coupled with his spirit of fun and enthusiastic delivery made the trip a delight and an intense learning experience at the same time."

    Robert C.

    Concord, MA

    "This trip exceeded my expectations in all regards."

    Robert R.

    Park City, UT

    "Everything about this trip was fantastic! The resort was beautiful, the camps beyond expectations, the staff so knowledgeable and helpful. And Palau, WOW! I hadn't expected such an abundance of beauty. The coral and the fish were a sight to behold."

    Sally L.

    Oakland, CA

    "The beaches were like paradise. Our trip Leader's knowledge of tides, currents, reefs, wildlife, and local culture was amazing and made the trip exceptional in every way. The crew's attention to detail in camp setup and amenities was amazing. We were all so inspired by Palau and so grateful to experience this trip with Wilderness."

    Sandra T.

    Simi Valley, CA

    "This was my second time to Palau, and it was just as fabulous!"

    Sherry D.

    Dillon, CO

    "Palau is a fantastic and diverse destination, with the kayaking, snorkeling, and WW2 history, and Ron and the team just brought it all to life for us."

    Sue B.

    Te Anau, New Zealand

    "Thanks for another fabulous Wilderness adventure!"

    Tom H.

    Shoreline, WA

    "This is my second WT trip to Palau. All my trips with WT have been great, but I have to rate Palau #1."

    Victoria O.

    Boulder, CO

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    Trip Levels

    With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

    Level 1 – Easiest

    Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

    Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

    Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

     

    Level 3 – Moderate

    Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

    Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

     

    Level 5 – Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

    Level 6 – Very Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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I have never had so much fun in my entire life."},{"GuestNames":"Erik C.","GuestLocation":"Pacifica, CA","GuestReview":"An amazing trip in an amazing area."},{"GuestNames":"Gene H.","GuestLocation":"Indianapolis, IN","GuestReview":"We enjoyed the trip so much in March 2010, that we decided to do it again in March 2011. This is the first time we&#8217;ve repeated a trip!"},{"GuestNames":"George F.","GuestLocation":"Pleasanton, CA","GuestReview":"Palau was nothing less than a snorkeler's paradise! Our leader guided us each day to places where he knew Mother Nature would reveal a new canvas of coral and crystal-clear water and paint it with a kaleidoscope of tropical marine life. What a treat for the eyes!"},{"GuestNames":"Jane H.","GuestLocation":"Boulder, CO","GuestReview":"One of the best trips we have ever taken. We got so much more out of our trip to Palau than someone just coming on their own."},{"GuestNames":"Jim J.","GuestLocation":"Ojai, CA","GuestReview":"Great itinerary&#8212;well planned, and the food at camp was beyond expectations. My family and I had a terrific time."},{"GuestNames":"Karen L.","GuestLocation":"Blue Mountains, Australia","GuestReview":"A beautiful place and wonderful people."},{"GuestNames":"Katriona H.","GuestLocation":"Blackheath NSW, Australia","GuestReview":"We have travelled for over 40 years and this would rate amongst our most memorable, enjoyable experiences."},{"GuestNames":"Lori K.","GuestLocation":"Boulder, CO","GuestReview":"Wilderness Travel is tops when it comes to adventure travel. Food, lodging, and attention to detail are always exceptional!"},{"GuestNames":"Lynn B.","GuestLocation":"Portland, OR","GuestReview":"Is there a rating above 'Excellent?' This trip far exceeded our expectations. It was so well planned and thought out."},{"GuestNames":"Ralph S. and Karen P.","GuestLocation":"Playa del Rey, CA","GuestReview":"Wonderful&#8212;one of our very best trips with WT."},{"GuestNames":"Robert C.","GuestLocation":"Concord, MA","GuestReview":"Ron's knowledge of the natural wonders of Palau, its people, and its history coupled with his spirit of fun and enthusiastic delivery made the trip a delight and an intense learning experience at the same time."},{"GuestNames":"Robert R.","GuestLocation":"Park City, UT","GuestReview":"This trip exceeded my expectations in all regards."},{"GuestNames":"Sally L.","GuestLocation":"Oakland, CA","GuestReview":"Everything about this trip was fantastic! The resort was beautiful, the camps beyond expectations, the staff so knowledgeable and helpful. And Palau, WOW! I hadn't expected such an abundance of beauty. 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See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit our web page and click on &#8220;Trip Leaders&#8221;<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body><p>$600 due at time of reservation <br \/>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p><\/body>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}