Conservation-led luxury travel company andBeyond continues to 30th-anniversary celebrations with a fresh batch of limited-edition itineraries ranging from India to Africa.
Designed to highlight its commitment not only to the preservation of wildlife and the environment but also to educating travellers on the role of sustainable travel in conservation, the three exclusive itineraries range from getting to know about tiger conservation in India to discovering the origins of Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta and learning the art of guiding andBeyond-style while exploring the Serengeti on foot. Led by the top experts in their field, each of the itineraries is scheduled to take place in 2022.
Hosted by award-winning naturalist, conservationist and wildlife photographer Aditya Panda, the 50 Year Anniversary of Project Tiger expedition celebrates half a century of tiger conservation in India. Travellers will explore three of India’s most thriving national parks, from the famous tiger sanctuary of Ranthambore to Kanha, one of India’s largest conservation areas, and the diverse Kaziranga National Park.
Guests will enjoy the unique opportunity to set out in search of eight of the most endangered wildlife species in India, from the magnificent tiger to the Asian elephant, one-horned rhino and Asiatic lion to the wild dog, blackbuck, barasingha and wild buffalo. Along the way, they will meet Dr Raghu Chundawat, one of India’s best-known tiger experts, who will share fascinating insights from his decades of wildlife research. A visit to the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation will provide a first-hand glimpse into the rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals.
The itinerary has two departure dates, December 1-15, 2022, and January 12-26, 2023, with a maximum of six to eight guests.
From wildlife conservation to the preservation of one of the world’s key watershed areas, the Care of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, its Wildlife and People expedition examines the miracle of water in the desert. It begins along the banks of the Chobe River with the opportunity to explore the thriving wildlife that rely on the river for their survival. Accompanied throughout by one of andBeyond’s Regional Guide Trainers, guests will go off the beaten path and disconnect from the world at a rustic semi-permanent camp and get to know the animals of the Chobe by road and by boat.
They will then travel to the unexpected oasis of the Okavango Delta, the world’s only inland delta, a marvel of lush waterways amongst the dry sands of the Kalahari. Delve into the Delta in the company of Map Ives, one of the first professional guides to begin unravelling the secrets of this unique ecosystem decades ago. Travel by traditional canoe along the twisting waterways and explore even deeper in the company of a local Bushman who will introduce you to the long-lost lore of the wild. Venture out with the research teams studying wild dogs in the dense heart of the Delta and find out about the elephant herds that inhabit it. Meet some of the local communities and learn about the delicate balance between their needs and the preservation of this magical environment.
This itinerary is run for a maximum of four guests and has three set departure dates in June, July and September 2022.
Walking in the Footsteps of a Tanzanian Guide is a nine-day adventure that provides the opportunity to explore parts of Tanzania’s renowned Serengeti National Park on foot while learning some of the skills taught at andBeyond’s guiding schools.
Accompanied by a andBeyond Ranger Trainer and a Maasai guide, guests will explore diverse terrain, encounter iconic wildlife, enjoy unforgettable community interactions and traverse the Serengeti on foot in an educational, informative and entertaining way. They will learn some of the tips and tricks of the guiding trade, from plant and animal identification to tracking, bird and bird call identification, how to use camera traps for research and much more.
Setting off from Arusha, the itinerary begins at andBeyond Klein’s Camp, where travellers will learn about the daily lives of Maasai villagers, as well as spend some time at andBeyond’s Mwewe Ranger Training School. After experiencing a series of daily walks, guests move to andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas, where they will enjoy a classical safari experience, complete with hot air balloon flights over the vast plains. Moving on, they will stay at the freshly rebuilt and reopened andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge. Here, they will assist the researchers in studying the annual migration of topi antelope, a phenomenon far less known than that of the Great Migration of zebras and wildebeest, but no less fascinating.
Designed for a maximum of six guests, this itinerary travels from November 8-16, 2022 and tariffs include a donation to the Africa Foundations Community Leaders Education Fund, a program that provides tertiary education bursaries to students from rural communities
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