YOUR SAFETY DURING COVID-19
Your health and safety is our number one priority on any trip. But during the pandemic caused by Covid-19 we have strengthened our hygiene levels to ensure we reduce risk and provide a safe and enjoyable travel experience.
Some of the measures we have introduced :
Drivers will greet you wearing a mask and gloves. Their vehicle will have been sanitised** prior to meeting you. The driver will sanitise** your luggage before placing it in the vehicle. You will be provided with a wipe to sanitise your hands and any surfaces you personally wish to clean. You will be provided with a mask and requested to use it to safeguard the driver.
We will only select hotels that have a strict hygiene protocol that includes regular staff testing for Covid-19. The hotels will provide deep-clean sanitising** of all rooms and public areas using hospital grade disinfectant.
We are working closely with all lodges to create a unified approach to hygiene standards. The lodges are remote and with only a handful of rooms, so social distancing is easy. Staff will wear masks and gloves when in contact with guests and practice social distancing. The lodges will implement a deep-clean sanitising** of all rooms and public areas using hospital grade disinfectant. Meals will no longer be served buffet style and all meals will be served plated. Depending on numbers there way be staggered mealtimes or served in alternative locations or in rooms. Vehicles and boats will be sanitised.
Guides will wear a mask and gloves when with guests and practice social distancing.
Sanitising will be using hospital grade disinfectants. Normal cleaning of surfaces will be enhanced by a further sanitising by electrostatic sprayer offering an industry best-practice level of sanitising all surfaces including soft furnishings, mattresses and pillows.
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About this trip
This women-only group tour has been designed for like-minded women travellers and is escorted by our very own local female guide, Shebana Daniels. Our trip in Guyana visits many of its highlights and we meet some of Guyana’s strongest female personalities in conservation, tourism and indigenous community development.
We take a culinary journey in Georgetown with Chef Delven Adams, including a street-food breakfast and market tour to choose ingredients for a delicious lunch with him at his eclectic Backyard Café. Our city tour also includes a visit to a local boutique jewellery store specialising in Guyanese collections inspired by local myths, wildlife and scenery, plus the chance to handfeed manatees in the National Park. We then enjoy a welcome dinner with local friends who will share insights into modern day Guyana.
Our journey continues with a cooking demonstration and farm-to-table lunch at Waikin Ranch, before continuing to Karanambu Lodge. This is the former home of the late Diane McTurk, one of the great female pioneers of tourism and conservation in Guyana and offers excellent opportunities to observe the Giant Anteater, Giant River Otter and experiencing the blooming of the Victoria Amazonica while sipping on a rum punch.
On March 8th, International Women’s Day, we journey by river and road to Surama village. Here you will experience Guyana through the eyes of a local, learning local cooking and handicraft skills and experiencing Macushi songs and dances before going out on the river in search of colourful wildlife. Travel deeper into the rainforest, stopping to look for the bright orange Guianan Cock-of-the-rock bird, to Atta Rainforest Lodge. Set in a clearing, the lodge has charming accommodation and humming-bird gardens, with unrivalled views of the forest from the nearby Iwokrama Canopy Walkway.
The last rainforest stop on our women-only tour is Iwokrama River Lodge, where we will go on boat-trips, walk trails and hear about the important conservation work done here from local female guides and conservationists. We will then board a flight to Kaieteur Falls to enjoy the amazing views and scenery of this unknown waterfall, five times the height of Niagara.
Market & Culinary Experience
Indigenous Community Tourism
Shebana Daniels, our guide
Day 1 - Arrival in Guyana. Overnight at Cara Lodge.
Friday 4th March 2022 - Pick up and transfer from the airport to Cara Lodge Overnight at Cara Lodge.
Day 2 - Street food breakfast, market and city tour. Lunch at Backyard Café. Botanical gardens. Drinks and dinner with local speakers. Overnight at Cara Lodge.
Saturday 5th March 2022 -This morning you will meet Shebana Daniels, your local female tour escort who will accompany you throughout your women-only tour of Guyana. Shebana joined the Wilderness Explorers team in May of 2018 having worked as a tour guide and assistant manager at Kabalebo Nature Resort in Suriname for 5 years. An adventurer at heart, she brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience along with her infectious friendly personality and enthusiasm. She has a passion for hospitality and prides herself on going the extra mile to satisfy her clients’ requests. Her patience and humour make her a delightful guide. She enjoys sport fishing and mountain climbing, among other outdoor activities.
Today we will have a street food breakfast with Chef Delven Adams who will then take us on a tour of the Guyana Store and Bourda Market to purchase ingredients for a delicious lunch he will cook for you in his Backyard Café. Whilst Delven prepares the meal, you will enjoy a city tour of Georgetown’s most famous buildings and sights, guided by our local guide who will bring the history of the capital to life. Join Delven at his hideaway restaurant where you have the opportunity to learn about tropical fruits and vegetables and how to prepare them. Sit under the lush arbour and sip unique blends of juice or enjoy a cool beer while taking in the sounds and smells of the mouth-watering lunch that he is preparing for you.
After lunch, visit the Botanical Gardens and National Park where you may feed the local manatees. Later this afternoon we will head over to the tropical backyard of the Wilderness Explorers office where we will sample local refreshments and dinner whilst we talk to some key local speakers who will share insights into the history of Guyana and life here today.
Overnight at Cara Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 3 - Fly to the savannahs. Cookery class and lunch at Waikin Ranch. Giant River Otters and Waterlilies. Dinner and talk about Diane McTurk. Overnight at Karanambu Lodge.
Sunday 6th March 2022 - Fly to Lethem. Transfer to Waikin Ranch for culinary demonstration and farm-to-table lunch and discussion with the owner of the ranch about life in the savannahs. Onward road journey to Karanambu Ranch.
Karanambu is situated where the north savannah grassland, swamp and flood forest meet on the Rupununi River. From Karanambu, vast horse flats stretch north and west towards the Pakaraima Mountains and into Brazil. The lodge offers visitors a remarkable opportunity to experience the abundant and pristine nature of the Rupununi wetlands. During your time you are likely to spot some of Amazonia’s most endangered species, such as giant river otter, black caiman and the majestically bushy giant anteater. Nearby Simoni Pond is one of Guyana’s richest wildlife and fishing areas. The number of species found here is much higher than expected given its size with at least 600 species of bird, and over 200 species of mammals. The seasonally flooded savannahs and forests also draw substantial fish migrations with as many as 700 species of fish.
Afternoon wildlife excursion on the river, looking for birds and animals along the river bank, such as Giant River Otters, Capybaras and Agami Herons, one of the most beautiful herons. As the sun goes down, sip a rum punch and watch the giant waterlilies open and nature explode around you before returning to the lodge, spotlighting along the way for nocturnal birds, tree snakes and Black and Spectacled Caiman.
Overnight at Karanambu Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 4 - Early morning search for Giant Anteater. Explore the savannahs and rivers. Overnight at Karanambu Lodge.
Monday 7th March 2022 - This morning we make an early start to an area of rolling grasslands, home to a population of Giant Anteaters. With luck we shall locate one of these six-foot long animals excavating its breakfast from one of the termite mounds that stud the savannah. Though Giant Anteaters live in overlapping home ranges they are mostly solitary except during mother-offspring relationships, aggressive interactions between males, and when mating. Mother anteaters carry their offspring on their backs until weaning them. The savannah offers a great opportunity to see savannah birds and seedeaters. The ones to look for are the rare Bearded Tachuri and the Pinnated Bittern near the edges of the ponds.
Afternoon river excursion or explore woodland patches or gallery forest along the river. Possibility for an evening walk along the airstrip, home to seven species of nightjar. Dinner with your host and more opportunity to hear about life in the savannahs and the legacy of the late Diane McTurk.
Overnight at Karanambu Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 5 - International Women’s Day. River trip. Lunch at Pakaraima Mountain Inn. Peanut butter co-operative. Village walk and evening nature trail. Discussion with a representative from Surama. Overnight at Surama Eco-lodge.
Tuesday 8th March - This morning, a chance to see giant anteater if you were not lucky the day before. After breakfast, river journey to Ginep Landing which offers an excellent opportunity to look for giant river otters as there are several family groups which live along this stretch of the Rupununi River. Travel north by road from Ginep Landing to Pakaraima Mountain Inn, which sits in the Aranaputa Valley, just outside the village of Yakarinta. Enjoy a home-cooked lunch on the veranda along with fascinating stories from local character and host, Charlie De Freitas, continue transfer to the village of Aranaputa and their community operated Peanut Butter Factory. The area is suited to peanut growing, but a long way to the markets of Georgetown, and so this cottage industry provides local farmers with a viable market for their produce. Operated by a co-operative of local ladies they manufacture organic peanut butter which along with cassava bread is supplied to local schools. Continue by road to Bina Hill which is the gathering place of the North Rupununi Amerindian communities and houses the North Rupununi Development Board and offers a vocational centre for secondary school Amerindian children. The Institute also has a radio station which we may visit to see how it operates and even be invited for an interview.
From here we journey to the indigenous community of Surama which is set in five square miles of savannah which is ringed by the forest-covered Pakaraima Mountains.
More The villagers of Surama are mainly from the Macushi tribe and still observe many of the traditional practices of their ancestors. The Surama Eco Lodge is owned and operated by the entire community. The Village Council serves as the Board of Directors and through consultation, they decide how the profits from the tourism business are to be spent to benefit the entire community.
On arrival in Surama you will receive a warm welcome and settle into your accommodation at the lodge. A guide will escort you for a short walk on trails to observe the forest and bird life. As the afternoon cools your guide will take you on a tour of the village. Tonight, enjoy an educational walk to observe wildlife and experience the mystique of the forest after dark. Make sure to bring your flashlights to look for the eyeshine of the creatures of the night.
The evening we will enjoy a talk hosted by Jacqueline Allicock or one of the representatives of Surama.
Overnight at Surama Eco-lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 6 - Village kitchen gardening and culinary tour. Crafts. Burro Burro River Trip. Cultural experience. Overnight at Surama Eco-lodge.
Wednesday 9th March - Visit the home of Jean and Glenn Allicock, and learn about their lifestyle. Jean will take you through her fascinating kitchen garden where you can select items to be used to prepare your lunch. You can help Jean in preparing a local lunch or relax in a hammock. After lunch Jean and Glenn will show you how they make local handi-crafts and you can try your hand at making something yourself.
Take a three mile walk across the savannah and through the rainforest to the Burro Burro River. Your guides will then paddle you on the Burro Burro River for opportunities to observe Giant River Otters, Tapir, Tayra, Spider Monkeys and many more species. Return to the lodge for sunset.
This evening enjoy an enchanting cultural presentation. In costumes made of home grown and spun cotton, beads and other forest seeds, and beautiful feathered headdresses, the cast of dancers and musicians perform about songs and poems about their Macushi culture and folklore. The dances are all derived from their traditional history and are explained by the leader of the group.
Overnight at Surama Eco-lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 7 - Dawn walk. Cock-of-the-rock bird and medicinal plants trail. Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge.
Thursday 10th March - Enjoy a dawn walk and breakfast before driving through the rainforest to a short trail in search of the stunning bright orange Guianan Cock-of-the-rock. The trail to its rocky nest location is through pristine rainforest and your guides will explain how they use the rainforest as their natural pharmacy and supermarket. We continue to Atta Rainforest Lodge, home of the Iwokrama canopy Walkway which is situated near the southern boundary of the Iwokrama Reserve in central Guyana. The walkway has four suspension bridges leading to three platforms, the highest of which is over 30 metres above the ground. The lodge is 500 metres from the base of the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, offering comfortable private-room accommodation with ensuite garden bathrooms, delicious home-cooked meals, and traditional Amerindian hospitality. The communal building houses the bar, dining area and kitchen and is open sided with views across the gardens to the towering forest, which completely surrounds the lodge. Hammocks and outdoor benches enhance the lovely gardens which include a variety of heliconias that attract hummingbirds, close enough for the perfect photo.
This afternoon we will head to the canopy walkway where we can birdwatch easily and from this treetop vantage, you can sometimes see Red Howler and Black Spider Monkeys. The walkway has four suspension bridges leading to three platforms, the highest of which is over 30 metres above the ground, and these will allow great looks at a range of canopy species, many of which you would struggle to see well from the forest floor.
Amongst the likely highlights are Painted, Brown-throated and Golden-winged Parakeets, Caica Parrot, Guianan Puffbird, Waved and Golden-collared Woodpeckers and Spot-tailed, Todd’s and Ash-winged Antwrens.
The walkway is also an excellent place to look for various species of cotinga including the poorly known and range-restricted Dusky Purpletuft and if there are any suitable fruiting trees nearby, you stand a good chance of seeing this bird, as well as the more widespread Purple-breasted Cotinga. As darkness falls on the canopy walkway, you may even see the White-winged Potoo.
Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 8 - Day to explore and be immersed in the rainforest. Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge.
Friday, 11 March 2022 - Before dawn we will return to the canopy where we can birdwatch easily and from this tree top vantage you can sometimes see Red Howler and Black Spider Monkeys. Apart from the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway itself you can enjoy wildlife and birdwatching walks on the trails around the area. For those interested in botany many of the trails have the key tree species marked. Many bird species, stunning insects, noisy amphibians, and playful primates make the surrounding forest their home. Deer, Tapir and agouti are also regular visitors to the lodge. Serious birders will want to search the undergrowth for the rarely seen Rufous-winged Ground-cuckoo.
More - Another area where we will want to spend some time is the clearing around the lodge, as this is one of the best places to see another of Guyana’s “must see” birds, the Crimson Fruitcrow. This species is seen here on a reasonably regular basis, as it often comes to feed in some of the nearby trees. The clearing is also a reliable site for Black Curassow as there is a family party which has become habituated to people and regularly passes through the clearing.
Night walks are also possible and something interesting or new always seems to pop on to the scene including the occasional jaguar (panthera onca) along the transnational road near the lodge.
Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 9 - Jaguar drive through Iwokrama Rainforest. Wildlife trails. Overnight at Iwokrama Rainforest Lodge.
Saturday 12th March - Welcome the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway. After breakfast, drive along the only north-south road access in Guyana in search of the elusive jaguar. Traffic is only occasional and wildlife is often seen along the road, such as Agouti, Tayra, Tapir and Black Curassow. The journey ends at Iwokrama Rainforest Lodge. More – The Iwokrama River Lodge is set overlooking the Essequibo River. Accommodation is offered in eight spacious timber cabins with ensuite and verandas overlooking the river. Electricity is provided by a combination of solar and diesel generator systems, and wireless internet access is provided for free in the main building. Meals are served buffet-style in the Fred Allicock dining hall. The lodge is located to the north of the Iwokrama Rainforest Reserve which is a vast wilderness of one million acres. This protected area was established in 1996 as the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development. The Iwokrama Forest is in the heart of one of four last untouched tropical forests of the world - The Guiana Shield of North-Eastern South America. Iwokrama was established as a living laboratory for tropical forest management.
From research to business, Iwokrama ensures local economic and social benefits from forest use and conservation. The forest is in the homeland of the Makushi people, who have lived here and used the forest for thousands of years.
Explore the trails around the lodge with an Iwokrama Ranger. Iwokrama is home to many bird species including Capuchin bird, Black Nunbird, Chestnut-rumped Woodcreeper, Gray Antbird, and Strong-billed Woodcreeper. The forest is also home to many mammals and you may see Red-rumped Agouti and various species of monkey including Red Howler, Black Spider, Wedge-capped and Brown Capuchins.
This evening we will enjoy a fascinating conservation talk hosted by Dr. Raquel Thomas-Caesar or one of the team at Iwokrama.
Overnight at Iwokrama River Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 10 - Hike Turtle Mountain. Fly to Kaieteur Falls. Fly to Georgetown. Overnight Cara Lodge.
Sunday, 13 March 2022 - Leave the lodge by boat, birdwatching along the way, for the hike to Turtle Mountain. A well-maintained trail winds through the forest before an exhilarating climb up the mountain to its summit at 935ft (approx. 360m). It takes 1 3/4hrs to walk up the mountain, but the effort is more than worth it for the breathtaking views over the forest canopy when you get there and chances of Green Aracari, White Bellbird or a fly-by of one of five types of eagles. This trail is also a great location for seeing Black Spider and Red Howler monkeys. If you think this hike may be too strenuous you can take an alternative boat trip to Stanley Lake to search for Giant River Otters and Black Caiman. Fly to the breath-taking Kaieteur Falls, spending 2 hours on the ground. Kaieteur thunders over a precipice, plummeting 224 m (741 feet), making it the longest single drop waterfall in the world and five times the height of Niagara. This is Guyana's scenic jewel in the crown and one of the most impressive and beautiful sights in the country, with its perpendicular drop into cascading foam and spray over the great boulders at the foot of the cliff, producing breathtaking rainbows across the gorge if the weather is clear. Kaieteur supports a unique micro environment with Tank Bromeliads, the largest in the world, in which the tiny Golden frog spends its entire life and the rarely seen Guiana Cock- of-the-rock nesting close by. The lucky visitor may also see the famous flights of the Kaieteur Swifts or Makonaima Birds which nest under the vast shelf of rock carved by the centuries of water, hidden behind the eternal curtain of falling water. A tour around the Kaieteur Park will prove to be a truly fascinating experience. You will get the chance to view the Kaieteur Falls from several vantage points that offer excellent photo opportunities. The knowledgeable tour guide is a vault of information that is simply incredible. With stealth and a little patience, you can get a close- up view of the beautiful, but poisonous ‘golden frog’ and, if you’re lucky you’ll catch another glimpse of the brilliantly-coloured, orange ‘Cock-of-the-rock’. You will also make the acquaintance of several pretty carnivores’ plants, some of which feed on insects. There are lots of beautiful, wild flowers, including the decorative Heliconia.
Reboard the plane to Georgetown. Drinks and local snacks at the home of Annette Arjon-Martins, a well-known local conservationist, pilot, local airline executive and Amerindian culture expert. Annette will enthrall us with a discussion on the native Amerindian way of life in Guyana, and she will provide insights into the Guyanese culture in a light-hearted way.
Annette has been pivotal in turtle-conservation work in Guyana, and in creating economic opportunities for Amerindian women in the north-west of the country. She also served as Chairperson on a mangrove restoration project, for sea defense, on Guyana's northern coastline. Annette is the full-time General Manager of Air Services Limited, and has also produced a coffee-table book on the Amerindian culture in Guyana. She describes herself as "a country girl who is very passionate about Guyana, and wouldn't want to live anywhere else."
Her husband Dave Martins is known across the Caribbean as the founder-leader of the Tradewinds band that became popular in the 1970s with songs written by Dave about the vibrant ways of Caribbean living which he also writes about weekly in the Stabroek News. He has been awarded Guyana's Golden Arrow of Achievement (GAA) for "contribution to music."
Farewell dinner at Aagman’s, Georgetown’s favourite Indian restaurant.
"Aagman" is derived from India's ancient Sanskrit script, which means 'arrival' or 'beginning'. The Aagman food philosophy is driven by a desire to present an eclectic and expansive Indian repertoire, bursting with flavours and originality, as a multi-sensory dining experience. Experience the epicurean Mughlai Cuisine from the imperial kitchens of India. Enjoy the authentic flavours of creations achieved through the use of the finest ingredients and cooking techniques, in elegant surroundings.
Overnight at Cara Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 11 - Depart
Monday 14th March - Pick up and transfer to airport. Breakfast included
|Length of trip||11 days / 10 nights|
|Tour suitable for||Women of reasonable fitness level who enjoy wildlife, nature, culture, cuisine and pristine environments.|
|Minimum # of persons||4|
|Maximum # of persons||12|
|Minimum age recommended||12 Years recommended|
|Language of guides||English with English speaking female guide throughout.|
|Transportation||Transportation on this journey includes cars, minibus, light aircraft, 4x4 vehicles, and boats.|
|Accommodation||Guests are accommodated in a mix of city heritage hotel, rainforest and savannah lodges, and indigenous community lodges.|
|Meals included||9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 8 dinners|
- Guyana dollars
Transportation on this journey includes cars, minibus, light aircraft, 4x4 vehicles and boats.
Guests are accommodated in a mix of a heritage house hotel, rainforest and savannah lodges and indigenous community lodges.
The tour includes 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners
The following countries do not need a visa: Commonwealth countries, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. Visa requirements should be checked as requirements can change at any time.
Wilderness Explorers can assist in obtaining permission for a visa on arrival at an additional fee. However, the granting of visas remains at the discretions of the Ministry of Citizenship.
Our number one priority is your safety and welfare. We always get the question is Guyana safe? Like any big city, Georgetown has areas that are to be avoided by visitors. But we only use hotels that have good standards and are safe. Most of the time in Georgetown you will be accompanied by our experienced guides and drivers who live in the city. During your free time if you want to visit a bar or restaurant in the evening we recommend a taxi, which is inexpensive. Your hotel will be happy to call one for you.
Once out of Georgetown and into what we call the interior, it is a different scenario. You will be in areas with small villages where everyone greets you with a smile and you will be perfectly safe. Some lodges don’t even have locks on the doors as there is no need. There will always be an experienced guide close by to accompany you on your excursions and bring the rainforest and savannah to life and share their knowledge and experience.
Generally, you will find the Guyanese people extremely friendly and only too willing to help you enjoy their country.
Malaria - Many of the areas you visit in Guyana’s interior will have no malaria. However, it is recommended to take malaria Prophylactics as a precaution on some trips. Please consult your physician before your departure. All beds in the interior have mosquito nets, and on camping trips, hammocks with specially fitted mosquito nets are provided. It is advisable to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and long trousers at night. The mosquitoes are often more prevalent at dusk and dawn.
Yellow Fever - A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers coming from or transiting from a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission. Vaccination must be undertaken at least 10 days before travel to, or through Suriname. Suriname recognizes the Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is valid for life starting 10 days after vaccination. Children over 1 year of age are required to have a vaccination certificate. Travellers should carry their vaccination card (Yellow Fever) with them at all times.
In the interior wear casual, comfortable clothing. A shirt with a collar helps protect you from the sun, and a hat and sunglasses are vital. During the day shorts and shirt are fine. In the evening you would want long trousers and a shirt with long sleeves. There is no need to dress up in the interior. You can leave any travel or city clothes in your city hotel or with our office when you are travelling around the interior.
Footwear - Comfortable walking shoes or boots and sandals.
|English speaking female escort throughout.||Items of personal nature|
|Double or twin accommodation||Alcoholic drinks|
|Meals as listed||Visas|
|All road & river transfers||Departure tax|
|Activities as described|
|Value Added Tax|
|Kaieteur National Park Fee|
|Iwokrama Forest User fee|
|Iwokrama Canopy Walkway Fee|
At all times the decision of the company or its representative will be final on all matters likely to endanger the safety, well being and enjoyment of the tour. Clients must at all times strictly comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited. Should the client fail to comply with the above or commit any illegal act when on tour or, if in the company’s opinion, the client behaviour causes or is likely to cause danger, distress or annoyance to others we may terminate that client’s travel arrangements without any liability on the company’s part.
The client must be in possession of a valid passport (valid 6 months past the return date), visa (where necessary), permits and certificates including vaccinations certificates, insurance policies required for the journey – the client accepts the responsibility of obtaining these. Any information or advice given by the company on visas, vaccinations, clothing, special equipment, baggage, climate, etc. is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the company.
You have selected a tour that is, in part, in remote areas. This adds to the adventure and opportunity to enjoy a true nature experience. However, due to the nature of the terrain, weather, road conditions, and other elements beyond our control, some elements of tours may have to be altered. Times of some activities may need to change or even cancelled due to the conditions. If an activity is cancelled it will be replaced with an alternative activity that is more appropriate for the conditions. Advance notice will be given for any changes where possible, although at times changes may be made whilst the tour is in progress.
With any trip involving wildlife, it is impossible to guarantee a sighting, but each trip is designed around known habitats. Wilderness Explorers will make every effort to ensure a sighting, but cannot be held responsible if no sighting is made due to the wildlife itself, weather, or any other elements beyond our control.
Many of the areas to be visited are remote and cultures of the people most likely different from what you are accustomed to. These communities welcome visitors under the conditions that their customs, habits and rituals are respected at all times. Wilderness Explorers will endeavour to provide appropriate guidance to visitors as to correct behaviour whilst in these communities. The company reserves the right to cancel a visitor’s tour, at any time, should their behaviour be inappropriate and offensive to the local communities.
ACCEPTANCE OF RISK & RESPONSIBILITY
Nature and adventure travel is by character, an activity that requires travelling in areas that are often remote and the terrain difficult. Whilst every precaution is taken to ensure the comfort and safety of our customers, these trips do have elements of risk. By taking part in this tour you acknowledge that there are inherent risks and that you are fully aware of the conditions of travel, accommodation and activities offered. You accept that Wilderness Explorers, its staff and sub-contractors cannot be held liable for any accident, illness or similar occurrence. You hereby accept all such risk and release the company from all claims and causes of action arising from any injuries or damages resulting from these inherent risks.
The company will do its best to minimise the effects of matters outside its control but cannot accept liability of these matters which include political disputes, industrial action, refusal of visas, border closures, unforeseeable climatic events, epidemics and pandemics, delayed or cancelled flights etc. Wilderness Explorers may change, modify, rebook or cancel a trip for defined force majeure events
It is the client’s responsibility to obtain adequate personal travel insurance. This insurance should, at a minimum, cover personal accident, medical expenses and repatriation expenses. It is recommended that the coverage extends to include loss of effects, curtailment, cancellation and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to the client.
All rates are quoted in US dollars unless otherwise stated. Rates are correct at the time of publishing, but are subject to change without notice. Due to fluctuating world fuel prices, internal airfares cannot be guaranteed and the rate is therefore subject to change. Every effort will be made to maintain the quoted rate. A deposit of 20% is required to confirm any booking and balance of payment is due 30 days before commencement of the trip.
CANCELLATION BY THE CLIENT
Any cancellation by the client must be in writing and acknowledged by Wilderness Explorers. The date on which the correspondence is received will determine the loss of any monies applicable.
• Cancelled more than 90 days before arrival - full refund, less any money transfer fees.
• Cancelled 60 to 90 days before arrival - 5% administration fee.
• Cancelled 41 to 59 days before arrival – 20%
• Cancelled 31 to 40 days before arrival - 50%.
• Cancelled 2 to 30 days before arrival or no show - 100%.
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