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Tailormade holidays: Argentina & Zambia

Last-minute Tailormade Holidays to Argentina & Zambia

If you are thinking of taking a spontaneous last-minute wildlife holiday, Naturetrek Tailormade can help … and we have some fantastic tours to offer you. We are often asked to put together such last-minute itineraries and will always try our very best to assist, even if you want to depart just a couple of days or so after the initial enquiry. To give you a flavour of the sort of tours we can arrange at short notice, below you will find two sample itineraries for two contrasting destinations – Argentina and Zambia – that are perfect should you wish to escape during the next few months. Alternatively, if you would prefer to arrange a last-minute holiday elsewhere in the world, please do let us know.

Cactus forest in los Cardones National Park near Cachi, Argentina

Los Cardones National Park, Argentina

Argentina’s Andean North-west  – Andean scenery, birds, culture & wines!

This fantastic holiday combines superb wildlife (particularly birds), stunning scenery (from cloudforest to high-altitude saltpans lined with pink flamingoes), unique Andean culture and the chance to sample some of the world’s finest wines. All this while travelling with your own private specialist naturalist/birding guide in a private vehicle.
 
Your tour begins in the provincial capital of Salta where you will enjoy the wildlife of the Yungas cloudforest and its many avian highlights such as Yungas Screech-owl, Tucumán (Alder) Parrot and Slender-tailed Woodstar. It then takes you into the high Andes, where the iconic Andean Condor can be seen soaring over craggy peaks. Here you can visit deserted high-altitude saltplans and soda lakes, where packed masses of flamingoes shimmer in the fresh mountain air. Lower down, the World Heritage Site of Humahuaca Canyon can be enjoyed whilst taking in the abundant birdlife. The Los Cardones National Park is another hauntingly beautiful location and the nearby towns of Payogasta and Cachi are also worthy of a visit. The Calchaqui Valley offers further outstanding birding, whilst the vineyards surrounding the town of Cafayate offer some of the best wine on the planet. Your final night is spent on the outskirts of Salta, having enjoyed the many delights of this exciting, yet relatively little-visited, region of Argentina.


Day
      Depart London
2/3    Salta and surrounding area – Yungas cloudforest and Chaco woodlands
4/5    Tilcara village – scenery, wildlife and culture of the high Andes
6       San Lorenzo – search for Torrent Duck and the rare Rufous-throated Dipper
7       Los Cardones National Park
8/9    Cafayate – Puna and Monte Desert habitats, plus Calchaqui Valley
10     Depart Salta
11     Arrive London

Price: £2,995 per person based on two people sharing, for travel from May to August 2016 (excluding July), and January to April 2017. Travel is not recommended outside these months.
Price includes: all flights, accommodation, a private specialist naturalist/birding guide, meals on a full board basis and all internal travel.

To make a booking or to request a detailed itinerary, please contact Robin Smith on 01962 733051 or email robin@naturetrek.co.uk

 

Lions, Zambia, Jonas Christiansen

Lions, Zambia, Jonas Christiansen

Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park

This 11-day holiday offers outstanding value! You’ll spend a total of eight nights in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, including five nights in the luxurious Kafunta River Lodge where you will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. The other three nights are spent in the small and exclusive Island Bush Camp, from where you can explore the park on exciting walking safaris which offer a totally different perspective on the African bush.
 
South Luangwa can lay claim to being one of the finest reserves in the whole of Africa. This is Africa at its untamed and wild best, with sweeping grasslands, lush miombo forests, meandering rivers, placid ox-bow lakes and vibrant wetlands. There are high numbers of predators here such as Lion, African Wild Dog, Spotted Hyena and Leopard (South Luangwa is arguably the best place in the world to see Leopard!), plus numerous herbivores including herds of African Elephant, Plains (Crawshay’s) Zebra, Thornicroft’s Giraffe, Puku and Impala. The birdlife is equally abundant and diverse, with such species as Saddle-billed Stork, Martial Eagle, Southern Ground Hornbill, Purple-crested Turaco, Broad-tailed Paradise Whydah and the spectacular Pennant-winged Nightjar amongst the highlights. Between August and November, the banks of the Luangwa River are ablaze with colourful colonies of Southern Carmine Bee-eaters, which nest in the river’s sandy banks when water levels are low.

Day
1      Depart London
2/4   Kafunta River Lodge – enjoy twice-daily game drives
5/7   Island Bush Camp – a combination of exciting bush walks and game drives
8/9   Return to Kafunta River Lodge for 2 nights – enjoy twice-daily game drives
10    Depart Mfuwe
11    Arrive London

Price: £4,195 per person based on two people sharing, for travel in 2016. June to October recommended. Reductions for Green Season travel (November to March) available on request.
Price includes: all flights, accommodation, game drives and walks, meals on a full board basis, all drinks (excluding premium alcoholic brands) and all internal travel.

To make a booking or to request a detailed itinerary, please contact Kerrie Porteous on 01962 733051 or email kerrie@naturetrek.co.uk