Discover the magnificent landscapes and unique wildlife of Namibia, where apricot-hued desert sands swirl into towering dunes. Trek to see black rhinos in one of the most breathtaking spots on Earth! Frequent the water holes of Etosha National Park and watch the drama of the bush unfold right in front of your eyes. Bushwalking and drives in 4 x 4 vehicles reward you with amazing wildlife sightings, including lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, and flamingos. Also, meet world-renowned cheetah expert Dr. Laurie Marker, a recipient of San Diego Zoo Global's Lifetime Achievement Conservation award, to learn about conservation efforts in the region.
The landscapes and wildlife of Brazil's Pantanal personify the rich culture of this vast country—eclectic, vivacious, colorful, and inviting. Join our Pantanal expedition, taking in a land where the bounty of birdlife is capable of turning even the most casual wildlife observer into a birding enthusiast. Plus, cruise through a region where high jaguar density and increasing rates of habituation combine for excellent chances to view these majestic cats in their natural habitat. Other animal inhabitants in this wildlife-rich area include capuchin and howler monkeys, capybaras, toucans, anacondas, caimans, anteaters, and tapirs.
Isolation has its advantages, and in Cuba, a half century of relative solitude has left places of pristine beauty and wonder. The guardianship of land and sea for future generations is valued in a place that has been protected from the impetuous advancement of modernity and commercialism. Come see the Caribbean's largest protected wetlands at Cienega de Zapata, observe the isolated habitats of the magotes in the Viñales valley, and discover a large scale ranch where endangered crocodiles are protected. In Cuba, little is taken for granted, be it the first breath of morning, the call of a Tocororo or a kind smile.
This polar bear experience of a lifetime starts in Churchill, Manitoba, known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World! Experienced the cultural aspects of this unique northern town, including a dogsled ride and a visit to the Eskimo Museum. Transfer to the Tundra Buggy Lodge, where you will enjoy stunning sunsets, the dazzling northern lights, and amazing polar bear sightings. You will enjoy daily Tundra Buggy excursions into the Churchill Wildlife Management Area in search of polar bears and other incredible arctic wildlife.
Pre-tour extension to Tibet and post-tour extension to Hong Kong are available.
This grand China tour offers ample opportunities to encounter giant pandas at breeding centers in Chengdu and Dujiangyan. In addition, you'll stroll along the Great Wall and explore Beijing's Forbidden City. Also, marvel at the famous Terra-Cotta Warriors in Xian, cruise down the lovely Yangzi River through the extraordinary Three Gorges, and soak in the cosmopolitan vitality of Shanghai.
During 24 days, you'll explore firsthand the richness the world has to offer, including seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, from the comforts of a private jet. Uncover the secrets of Easter Island and experience the allure of the Taj Mahal. On safari in Tanzania, spend hours surrounded by a vibrant ecosystem. Learn the fascinating stories behind marvels like the Lost City of Petra. The serenity of sunrise at Angkor Wat will stay with you well past the farewell dinner. This journey is truly the opportunity of a lifetime.
Set off on a wildlife adventure and come face-to-face with the world's legendary creatures in their natural habitats. Trek through the verdant bamboo forests of Rwanda in search of the majestic mountain gorilla. Venture deep into India's national parks, one of the last places on Earth where the elusive Bengal tiger freely roams in the wild. Encounter remarkable big cats and great migrating herds on a classic safari across the Serengeti Plain. This 20-day itinerary immerses you in the planet's diverse ecosystems for an up-close look at rare and iconic animals, birds and marine life."