On the Trail of the Gray Ghost of the Himalayas

Searching for Snow Leopards in India

India

12 Days

From $7,595

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Track snow leopards in the Himalayas of Ladakh, the best place in the world to find these near-mythical cats in the wild. The prime season for sightings is winter, when high-altitude mountain goats descend to the valleys, bringing the cats with them. In the austere beauty of Ladakh&#39;s winter landscape, we head out with local Ladakhi trackers to search for the &#8220;gray ghost.&#8221; We&#39;ll be based in a comfortable lodge at 13,000 feet in the village of Ulley, which has partnered with the Snow Leopard Conservancy to assure that by protecting their former adversary (the snow leopard), the local people generate income and benefits for the entire community. At journey&#39;s end, join our extension to Kanha National Park, India&#39;s most renowned Project Tiger reserve, with a stay in our award-winning lodge.<\/p>","Long_Description":"

Join us for an extraordinary wildlife expedition on the trail of the near-mythical snow leopards of the Himalayas and the Bengal tigers in legendary Kanha and Pench national parks! We&#39;ll seek the elusive snow leopard in the high Himalayas of Ladakh, where soaring peaks glitter with snow and prayer flags flutter from whitewashed monasteries. Ladakh is a magical place&mdash;and the best on the planet to see a snow leopard in the wild. We&#39;ve timed our visit for the winter months, when leopards come down from the snowy heights to follow their main prey, ibex and blue sheep. (Sightings of snow leopard have been excellent from November to March and are not dependent on snow conditions in the mountains). We&#39;ll be based in the remote village of Ulley (13,000'), where a comfortable mountain lodge will welcome us (no camping!). Each day, our expert naturalist and local trackers, who know all the haunts of the &#8220;gray ghost,&#8221; will get us to the ideal locations to spot these rare creatures. We&#39;ll also be on the lookout for other wildlife including Tibetan wolf, red fox, and Himalayan griffon vulture. A dramatic change of scene finds us in the subtropical world of Kanha National Park, India&#39;s great tiger reserve, where prime teak forests are home to royal Bengal tigers. Spotting one of these magnificent predators is a true privilege, and the park is also home to a rich array of other Indian wildlife. From our award-winning lodge, we have exclusive access at the remote north gate of the park. With fewer travelers around, it means we&#39;ll have a chance for more tiger sightings as well as leopards and Indian wild dog! We invite you on the ultimate experience of the great cats of India!<\/p>","ActivityHighlight":"Rugged road travel with occasional light hikes, cold weather in Ladakh, altitudes between 11,000-14,000 feet, wildlife viewing by vehicle","TripType":"Small Group Adventure","HeaderImage":"","HeaderImageAltTag":"","ThumbnailImage":"http:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/thumb-SNOWTIGE-snow-leopard-ulley-ladakh-india.jpg","MapImage":"http:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/snowtige-map.jpg","MapImageAltTag":"","FloatingImage":"","VideoLink":"","GroupSize":"","tripURL":"customercases.petitserif.com\/trip\/India\/ladakh-snow-leopard-wildlife-trip","ThisYear_Year":"","ThisYear_PriceDetails":"","ThisYear_PriceDetails2":"","Price":"0","SingleSupplementPrice1":"0","SingleSupplementPrice2":"0","SingleSupplementPrice1Caption":"","SingleSupplementPrice2Caption":"","AirPrice":"0","AirPriceCaption":"","FeePrice1":"0","FeePrice2":"0","FeePrice3":"0","FeeName1":"","FeeName2":"","FeeName3":"","ShowNextYearsPrice":true,"NextYear_Year":"Fall 2023 - Spring 2024","NextYear_PriceDetails":"$7,595 (8-14 members)
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The caravan journey was an arduous two-month trek between the Punjab, in India, and the Central Asian market towns of Yarkand and Khotan in China, with Leh the perfect midway point on the rugged crossing.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":3,"DayTo":3,"Headline":"Acclimatization \/ Leh Palace \/ Shanti Stupa","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"This is a crucial acclimatization day&mdash;we&apos;ll drink lots of water or tea and take a walk around Leh&apos;s bazaar. Later, we head out to the Sankar Gompa, a Buddhist monastery just outside Leh, where we&apos;ll climb the steps up to the assembly hall and view the interior walls, hand painted with vibrantly colored mandalas. Just before sunset, we visit the Leh Palace, a great spot from which to photograph the white-domed Shanti Stupa across the valley, illuminated by the rays of the setting sun. Overnight at the Grand Dragon Hotel.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":4,"DayTo":4,"Headline":"Leh \/ Ulley","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"A drive of about three hours brings us out into the beautiful Indus Valley following a route along the Indus River. We&apos;ll pass through the small town of Nimmu, near the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers, where in summer, irrigated fields produce a patchwork of wheat fields and fruit orchards. In winter, the surrounding mountains are sparkling with snow and the skies are usually clear. We also pass Likir, home to the Likir Gompa, known for its 75-foot-high statue of Maitreya, the Buddha-to-come, rising above terraced fields. Turning off on a dirt road, we head up a narrow valley following the Ulley Chhu (chhu means water), with our guides on the lookout for wildlife. This is excellent ibex country, and there are few more evocative sights than a magnificently horned male ibex standing vigil on an impossibly narrow outcrop.\r\n\r\nOur accommodation, the Snow Leopard Lodge (13,000&apos;), is located in Ulley, a hamlet of just about seven houses, beyond which are high summer pastures where yaks and dzo graze. It is the only purpose-built wildlife lodge in Ladakh and originated as a homestay property owned by one of Ladakh&apos;s top snow leopard trackers, Tchewang Norbu. The huge advantage of our lodge is that we don&apos;t have to camp in the cold winter weather, as required at Ladakh&apos;s other snow leopard tracking area, which is also becoming crowded with groups. It is a basic lodge, but significantly more comfortable than camping. We'll have a lounge area where we can savor hot tea as our naturalist leaders give talks and shows films on the wildlife of the Himalaya. Don't expect luxury, but the opportunity to be indoors makes a huge difference to your experience. With access to three different valleys, we&apos;ll be far from other travelers. This is one of the best areas in all Ladakh to see ibex, urial (wild sheep), wolf, red fox, bearded and Himalayan griffon vulture, and golden eagle.\r\n\r\nEach day we explore and track in different valleys. We track mainly by vehicle, which allows us to cover a lot more ground than those who are hiking out of campsites. When we reach a possible sighting area, we hike up to ridgelines or high points for the best chances of viewing wildlife. Our trackers and spotters interact closely with the local people, using their network of sources to identify likely sites for snow leopard movement each day. 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After watching the sunrise over the Himalaya, we walk down to the lodge for breakfast around 8:30 am. Our Trip Leader will work together with the local trackers to discuss any snow leopard sightings in nearby valleys. The snow leopard has a distinct pattern of movement, which is closely monitored every morning. Based on current information from the trackers, we visit different valleys by vehicle. The roads are mostly paved, and we will hike from the vehicles to reach nearby ridges for the best chance of viewing the animals. We can accommodate different lengths of hikes. For the best sightings, you will need to hike to high points, but the trackers at the vehicles will have spotting scopes. Lunch will be at the lodge or in the field. We return to the lodge in the afternoon, with a talk in the sitting room over tea and coffee about the great creatures who inhabit this austere landscape and the measures being taken to ensure their survival. Dinners and overnights at the lodge. each day\r\n\r\nNote on Wildlife Viewing: Seeing a snow leopard in the wild cannot be guaranteed. They are wild and elusive by nature, with no fixed routine, and finding them requires not only the skill and patience of the trackers, but also considerable luck! Our trackers have had great success in past seasons, not only with snow leopard but also with Marco Polo sheep and Tibetan wolf.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":10,"DayTo":10,"Headline":"Leh","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We bid farewell to our game spotters and head back to Leh, arriving in the afternoon. 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Overnight at the Courtyard Marriott in Raipur.\r\nPlease Note: extra baggage, including your cold-weather gear, can be left at our hotel in Delhi and picked up upon your return, at the end of the trip.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":12,"DayTo":12,"Headline":"Kanha National Park","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"This morning we head to Kanha National Park, arriving in the late afternoon. Kanha is one of the oldest, largest, and most scenic national parks in India and an ideal habitat for both tigers and their prey. The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows, and ravines shelter a significant population of tiger, leopard, sloth bear, and Indian wild dog, to name a few of the species found here, along with fantastic avian life.\r\n\r\nThe Royal Bengal tiger, India&apos;s proud symbol and an integral part of Indian mythology and culture, is the big draw at Kanha, and Kanha is the best place in India to see them. Bengal tigers are solitary animals who hunt nocturnally, traveling long distances to feed on buffalo, deer, and other mammals. Female tigers have litters of two to six cubs, which they raise with little help from the males. Cubs begin to hunt when they are about 18 months old and remain with their mothers for two to three years, after which they find their own territory. Kanha National Park is vast&mdash;350 square miles of mixed forests interspersed with meadows watered by perennial streams that provide a source of water for the wildlife. The park is particularly well known for its endangered swamp deer, also known as barasingha, found only at Kanha. They populate the large open tracks of grass amid the forests of teak and bamboo. Brought back from the brink of extinction, these handsome animals are a remarkable conservation success story for Kanha. On arrival, we&apos;ll enjoy a 4WD jeep safari with a resident naturalist and forest guide, returning to our lodge for dinner. Overnight at Kanha Jungle Lodge.\r\nApproximate driving time: 5 hours\r\n\r\nSpecial Note: All National Parks in Madhya Pradesh (Central India) are closed on Wednesday afternoons, including Kanha, meaning game drives will not be available. If our departure falls over a Wednesday, we will enjoy activities at our lodge, including nature walks and cooking demonstrations, or visit a nearby school in the afternoon.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":13,"DayTo":15,"Headline":"Kanha National Park","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Each day, our early morning wake-up call is a friendly knock on the door as coffee or tea is delivered to our rooms. The misty morning and sounds of birds calling make for an unforgettable start to the day. When dawn breaks, we head out on safari by 4WD jeep (hiking is not allowed in the national park), accompanied by a resident naturalist and park guides. Dawn is the best time to see wildlife, including tigers, and the light is absolutely beautiful at this hour. A picnic breakfast will be served al fresco in the field, after which we return to our lodge by late morning. In the middle of the day, the wildlife is not as easy to see, as most animals and birds rest and sleep during the hotter hours, so we enjoy time at camp for nature walks, visits to a nearby village or school, or participating in a cooking demonstration at the lodge. In the late afternoons, when it cools down, we head out again by 4WD vehicle, following tracks and rivers in search of tigers! Evenings are time for relaxed dinners and stargazing, as well as talks by our expert naturalist guide about efforts to ensure the survival of this extraordinary creature, and recent developments in conservation and habitat protection. 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Despite its large distributional range, the population of snow leopards across the world is still dwindling, making it one of the most endangered cats in the world. Spotting a snow leopard on the hunt, perched on a crag, or sighting a mother with her cubs, is a fantastic, even spiritual, natural history experience. Our trip directly supports local community efforts for the survival of this iconic animal. We return to Leh on Day 10. 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Overview

Track snow leopards in the Himalayas of Ladakh, the best place in the world to find these near-mythical cats in the wild. The prime season for sightings is winter, when high-altitude mountain goats descend to the valleys, bringing the cats with them. In the austere beauty of Ladakh's winter landscape, we head out with local Ladakhi trackers to search for the “gray ghost.” We'll be based in a comfortable lodge at 13,000 feet in the village of Ulley, which has partnered with the Snow Leopard Conservancy to assure that by protecting their former adversary (the snow leopard), the local people generate income and benefits for the entire community. At journey's end, join our extension to Kanha National Park, India's most renowned Project Tiger reserve, with a stay in our award-winning lodge.

Arrive: Delhi, India

Depart: Delhi, India

Highlights

  • Track snow leopard in the high Himalayas, supporting a community-based Himalayan wildlife conservation project
  • Experience Ladakh's breathtaking landscapes and traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture
  • Extend your journey to include Kanha National Park, known for tiger and leopard sightings

Itinerary

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Fly to Leh (11,500'), Ladakh's capital. Set along India's border with Tibet, the Ladakh region has a spectacular Himalayan setting. We'll have a crucial acclimatization day with time to explore Leh's bazaar and visit the Sankar Gompa, a Buddhist monastery just outside Leh.
In the traditional village of Ulley, with its prayer flags and yak corrals, our community-owned lodge puts us in the best spot to track snow leopard in three valleys renowned for sightings. We track first by vehicle, then set out on foot to prime viewing spots. Keeping an eye out for ibex, Tibetan wolf, and soaring griffon vultures in this magnificent landscape, we follow our trackers to high points for the best viewing opportunities. Despite its large distributional range, the population of snow leopards across the world is still dwindling, making it one of the most endangered cats in the world. Spotting a snow leopard on the hunt, perched on a crag, or sighting a mother with her cubs, is a fantastic, even spiritual, natural history experience. Our trip directly supports local community efforts for the survival of this iconic animal. We return to Leh on Day 10. Depart on Day 12 via Delhi, or join our tiger-viewing extension in Kanha National Park.

Dates & Pricing

Payment & Cancel Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
150 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
90 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

Up to 175 days prior to departure: No charge!
91-174 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
90 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

Included
  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations in mountain lodges, hotels, and jungle lodges
  • All meals included except 2 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
  • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
  • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
  • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
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.)
  • Visa fees

Accommodations

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

Andaz Delhi

Day 1 (1 night)

Located just a few miles from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, you can watch the planes come and go from this contemporary city hotel. Grab a gin and tonic at the Juniper Bar (India's first gin bar), which offers 35 types of gin and tonic infusions, or if you feel like jumping into an even livelier scene, you can head to the multilevel Hong Kong Club for Cantonese food and a Chinese zodiac-inspired cocktail. The hotel restaurant serves a range of European and Indian food using locally-sourced produce, and there is a small café where you can get a seasonal salad or flavored flatbread. There is also a spa, fitness center, and an outdoor swimming pool.

Grand Dragon Ladakh

Days 2-3 (2 nights)

The Grand Dragon has well-maintained rooms with central heating and a great location just below Old Town, within easy walking distance of Leh's main bazaar. The balconies on each floor offer views across the Indus Valley.

Snow Leopard Lodge

Days 4-9 (6 nights)

This community-built lodge is located in Ulley (13,000'), surrounded by one of Ladakh's finest snow leopard habitats. Although the lodge is basic, it is cozy and offers a great alternative to camping in the cold winter weather. There is a kitchen where hot meals are prepared, a sitting room, five simple bedrooms, and two bathrooms. There are gas heaters available, and hot drinks and snacks are on offer to keep guests comfortable.

Grand Dragon Ladakh

Day 10 (1 night)

The Grand Dragon has well-maintained rooms with central heating and a great location just below Old Town, within easy walking distance of Leh's main bazaar. The balconies on each floor offer views across the Indus Valley.

Andaz Delhi

Day 11 (1 night)

Located just a few miles from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, you can watch the planes come and go from this contemporary city hotel. Grab a gin and tonic at the Juniper Bar (India's first gin bar), which offers 35 types of gin and tonic infusions, or if you feel like jumping into an even livelier scene, you can head to the multilevel Hong Kong Club for Cantonese food and a Chinese zodiac-inspired cocktail. The hotel restaurant serves a range of European and Indian food using locally-sourced produce, and there is a small café where you can get a seasonal salad or flavored flatbread. There is also a spa, fitness center, and an outdoor swimming pool.

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Trip Leaders

Gulzar Hussain

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Imran Hussain

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Indrajit Latey

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 4+, Moderate to Strenuous. In Ladakh, you'll be outdoors in cold winter weather during the day as you track snow leopards, but with proper winter boots and layers of clothing, you should be comfortable. In general, the most important requirements for this journey are a spirit of adventure and the understanding that you are visiting remote and fascinating regions of India.
Review Trip Level Details

When our trackers spot wildlife, we will hike varying distances to get the best views, and at high altitudes (14,000 feet or higher), hiking can feel strenuous. For your own enjoyment, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition.

While Ladakh's skies are often blue and sunny in winter, it is quite cold because of the high altitude (average 13,000-14,000 feet). Daytime highs in Ladakh in March average in the low 40s, with average nighttime temperatures in the low 10s . November temperatures average 40-60°F in the daytime and 25-35°F at night, but our lodge is heated. Ladakh is at high altitude, and the air is quite dry. There is always the possibility of snow.

Our lodge, in Ulley is simple but it is comfortable and heated (and a fantastic alternative to camping). Our rooms are simple rooms with beds, sheets, and blankets. Some rooms do not have power outlets, but every room has a light.  There is no running water at the lodge as pipes will freeze in the winter. Bathroom facilities have a toilet and bucket bath (hot water will be provided if you wish to bathe). Please be prepared for limited bathing.

Ladakh is an exciting destination, and while tourism is growing, the infrastructure remains limited (particularly felt by travelers on the bumpy roads!). Essential requirements for travel in Ladakh are flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity, enthusiasm about new peoples and places, 和一个意想不到的开放.

Client Testimonials

"The trip operation was seamless for the guests. The trip leader and the assistant leader, as well as all the ground staff, made this trip easy to navigate, understand, and enjoy, making it a highly successful experience."

Carol B.

Novato, CA

"The opportunity to see both snow leopards and tigers on one itinerary makes this a very special trip. The Snow Leopard Conservancy visit was fantastic as we learned about their important work, and then saw it in action at the Snow Leopard Lodge and surrounding valleys. That work is critical and we were so pleased to have a portion of our fee go to that organization. And while wildlife sightings are never guaranteed, we were fortunate to have the best team possible to help boost our odds."

Cheryl K.

San Jose, CA

"A wonderful trip! So much more than a chance to catch a photo of a snow leopard or tiger, this was the rare opportunity to really learn about these two cats, their environments, and the ongoing conservation efforts being made to save them."

Mimi G.

Durango, 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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Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions -- even if it's just the two of you -- yet still enjoy a guided adventure.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"","System_Social_Media":"

SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"

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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":"

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@ petitserif.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":"

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