During our 18-day tour we plan to visit key sites for the numerous Angolan endemics and near-endemics, from the fabled Gabela Forests to the spectacular Tundavala Escarpment, which drops more than 1,000m (3,300ft) onto the coastal plains below. Habitats we will cover range from the parched Namib deserts to misty scarp forests and tracts of pristine, broad-leaved Miombo woodlands. We can expect to find many birds seen by very few ornithologists and explorers and possibilities still remain for rediscovering several species – or perhaps even finding new species! Our itinerary has been expanded to include sites for the recently rediscovered Swierstra’s Francolin, Braun’s Bushshrike and beautiful White-headed Robin-Chat. Join us for what will be a truly exciting tour of this stunning and little-explored country!
THE TOUR AT A GLANCE…
Tour Dates - 4th to 21st September (18 days)
Tour Price - ZAR TBA per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in ZAR, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size - Max 10 participants with 2 M17026 leaders
4th September - Arrival in Lubango and transfer to Tundavala
5th September - Tundavala Escarpment
6th September - Day trip to Namibe
7th September - Tundavala to Benguela camp
8th September - Benguela camp to Mount Moco
9th & 10th September - Mount Moco
11th September - Mount Moco to Kumbira Forest, Gabela
12th & 13th September - Kumbira Forest
14th September - Kumbira Forest to Tombingo Forest (N’Dalatando)
15th September - Tombingo Forest to Kinjila (Calandula)
16th September - Kinjila region
17th September - Kinjila to Damengola Forest (Quitexe)
18th September - Damengola Forest
19th September - Damengola Forest to south Kissama NP
20th September - Kissama NP (South to North)
21st September - Kissama NP to Cuanza River, Luanda, and then transfer to the airport for departure flights home
The fee for the Endemics Overland Adventure tour is ZAR TBA per person sharing.
The single supplement cost is ZAR TBA and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.
Should you wish to pay for this tour in Great British Pound (£), Euro (€), or US Dollar (US$), please refer to our website for the current exchange rate (once the tour price has been confirmed).
The tour price includes:
•All birding activities from arrival until departure;
•Use of three 4x4 vehicles throughout;
•All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 18;
•All park entries and guide fees;
•All guiding services (including local guides and tour leaders); and
•Tips for local guides and services.
•Passport and visa fees;
•Any drinks besides water;
•Special gratuities; and
•Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (South Africa Rands), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) The same applies with approximate domestic flight (where applicable) and single supplement rates, which are also quoted in the respective fixed currencies.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 8 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to major foreign exchange fluctuations and unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and/or designated M17026 leader at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, camp staff etc) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your M17026 leader/s. If, therefore, you feel that he/they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.
•What with the markedly improved road network throughout the country, this is no longer a strenuous trip, with the long drives now on good tar roads. (About 90% of the trip is on such roads). All nights will be spent camping in often remote areas. However, the tents are spacious and every possible necessity is brought along with us to make this as comfortable as possible. This includes a portable shower (with hot water!) and even a portable toilet. Finally, this tour is conducted at a fairly quick pace in order to track down as many Angolan endemics and specialties as possible within our allotted time span. Nonetheless, the rewards of exploring and birding Angola are truly tremendous for those with a sense of adventure who are prepared to rough it for a few weeks in one of the least birded countries in the world!
•A fair amount of our time is spent in vehicles as we do have to cover long distances in order to get to the best birding areas. The more luggage you pack the less room there is in the vehicle, so it is important for your comfort and your fellow travelers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20 kg (44 lb) for check in luggage and 8 kg (+-18 lb) for hand luggage.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DETAILS:
This tour does not include ANY airfares. The tour will depart from Lubango International Airport by midday on day 1; kindly arrive in advance of this time or arrive the day before. Further details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course.
The tour will conclude at Luanda International Airport on the afternoon of day 18. (Please note: You are requested to arrange your international flights back home to be scheduled after 14:00.)
If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the M17026 office.
Luanda is the main port of entry for international flights in Angola and is serviced by some major airlines. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. However, please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the M17026 office for confirmation on the status of the tour.
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