David Attenborough’s six-part series, Africa, drew to a close this week but if Wednesday night won’t be the same, Wildlife Worldwide has a host of holidays to get you up close and personal with the animals of the incredible continent.
Episode 1: Kalahari
The 12-day Faces of Namibia tour is an active adventure featuring all the key areas of this vast country – dunes, desert and plains – plus its iconic wildlife. Staying at private reserves, you can see Sossusvlei’s soaring dunes, take a boat trip at Swakopmund, explore the desert in Damaraland, and marvel at Etosha’s prolific wildlife.
Price: From £2,240 without flights or £3,380 with flights, including transfers, most meals, nine nights’ fixed camp/lodge accommodation and guided activities.
Episode 2: Sanannah
A highlight of this episode was the shoebill with its prehistoric looks and extraordinary sibling rivalry for survival. A nine-day Shoebills, Lechwe & Luangwa group tour discovers the three unexplored habitats of South Luangwa National Park, Kasanka and Bangweulu in Zambia.
Price: From £4190, including international and domestic flights, transfers, most meals, six nights’ tented camp/lodge accommodation, and all guided activities. Departing May 5, 2013.
Episode 3: Congo
There are two brand new Congo camps that offer the easiest way both to appreciate this great Central African rainforest and to view forest elephants and western lowland gorillas. A nine-day Great Ape Encounter in the Congo costs from £4695 without flights or £5995 with flights, including day and night game drives, guided walks, boat trips, catch-and-release fishing, gorilla tracking, birding walks and game-viewing from hides, and mostly full board accommodation.
Episode 4: Cape
South Africa’s sardine run in June sees the the biggest gathering of predators on the planet. Millions of sardines migrate north forming a gigantic smorgasbord that attracts bottlenosed dolphins, dusky black-tip and bull sharks, tuna, seals and game fish, even occasional orcas, humpback and Brydes whales – Africa’s largest predator.
The Sardine Run Adventure costs from £1495 without flights and from £2495 with flights, including all transfers, seven nights’ B&B accommodation, two dives at Aliwal Shoal, five days’ Sardine Run Action, tanks and weights with Dive Worldwide (0845 1306980, www.diveworldwide.com).
Episode 5: Sahara
When it comes to the creation of an oasis in a very dry desert area, the Okavango Delta, surrounded by the Kalahari Desert, is one of the most spectacular. Wildlife Worldwide offers a Highlights of Northern Botswana tour, with nights spent in comfortable mobile tented camps within the Delta to see the very best of the game that is constantly on the move. The adventure encompasses northern Botswana’s prime wildlife areas and, with the expertise of first rate guides, the photographic opportunities are excellent.
A 13-day group tour costs from £2795 without international flights or £3590 with international flights, including domestic flights, transfers, all meals, and nine nights’ mobile tented camp and one in lodge accommodation.
Episode 6: The Future
In the final episode we were warned of the potential risk to the future of the continent’s wildlife and the importance of conservation effort. In Amboseli and the Masai Mara, a nine-day Kenya Camping Adventure sees guests stay in exclusive private conservancies run by the local community, thus ensuring a sustainable holiday.
From £1295 with domestic flights or from £1720 with international and domestic flights, including transfers, most meals, six nights’ accommodation (bring your own sleeping bag) and guided activities.
Click here to book with www.wildlifeworldwide.com