Discover the Gardens, Wildlife and History of
South Africa with Walter Reeves!
January 18-28, 2014
SOLD OUT – Please call to be placed on our waitlist, 1-800-723-8454!
“We are SPEECHLESS!! We’ll never be able to really vividly share all of the incredible experiences
we had — there aren’t enough words in the English language!!”
Former South African Guest, Susie Rucker
Join Walter Reeves and explore the lush gardens of Johannesburg, South Africa’s stunning national parks and the gorgeous flora of Cape Town. In addition, you’ll discover the dramatic landscape of the Cape of Good Hope and visit Mandela’s prison on Robben Island. Sip velvety smooth wines in South Africa’s premier wine region and stay in the Dutch colonial town of Stellenbosch. Your journey will culminate at the Bakubung Bush Lodge where you’ll ride into the bush in an open 4X4 safari vehicle with Swazi trackers and African rangers for an intimate viewing of South Africa’s lions, leopards, rhinos and elephants. A post-tour adventure to Botswana and Victoria Falls is also available. Don’t miss out, visit the Cape Floristic Region, one of the world’s five Mediterranean hot spots and home to the greatest non-tropical concentration of higher plant species in the world. Space is limited–so reserve now!
TRIP AT A GLANCE
1 Night Overnight flight to South Africa
2 Nights Johannesburg
3 Nights Cape Town Waterfront
2 Nights Stellenbosch, Colonial Dutch Town
2 Nights Safari: Pilanesberg National Park
5 Night Post-Tour extension to Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls
1 Night Return flight home
JOURNEY & GARDEN HIGHLIGHTS
- Numerous privately guided garden visits
- Visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, a treasure trove of plants
- Cape Town, one of the world’s most beautiful, culturally diverse cities, with plenty to see, taste and experience
- Cable-car ride to the top of Table Mountain with stunning views over the Peninsula and Atlantic Ocean
- Taste fine South African wines in the glorious Cape Winelands
- Enjoy a true First Class South African Safari and sightings of Africa’s “Big Five”
- A night of African drumming
- A small group of soon to be friends and garden lovers
- Travel with garden guru Walter Reeves, host of “The Lawn and Garden Show with Walter Reeves” on NewsTalk 750 WSB
- Fully guided by expert local guides and park rangers
- All breakfasts and eleven additional multi-course meals
- Accommodations in 4- and 5- star centrally located hotels, inns and safari lodges
- Two magical evenings in the outback of Africa while on Safari with
three included safari outings (with African rangers in open air jeeps).
- Entrances to numerous private and botanical gardens
- Private wine tastings with the producers
- Gratuities for guides and drivers
- Roundtrip air from Atlanta plus domestic flights
- Domestic flight tickets while in South Africa (included in group ticket)
- Transport by air-conditioned motor coach
- Airport transfers while in South Africa
- Country and city maps
- Special “Walter Alumni” discounts of $100 on future trips with Earthbound Expeditions
- A trip to Robben Island (the infamous prison island)
- A small group of fellow garden lovers
TRIP FACTS – SOLD OUT – Please call to be placed on our waitlist, 1-800-723-8454!
13 Days/ 12 Nights
$5,795.00 PP Dbl Occupancy Land w/ domesitc and international flights
$995.00 Single supplement (waived if willing to share)
Expedition departs Atlanta on Delta Airlines (non-stop) on January 18, 2014
Expedition returns (non-stop) to Atlanta on Delta Airlines on January 29-
Post-tour to Victoria Falls only returns to Atlanta on January 31-
Post-tour to Botswana & Victoria Falls returns to Atlanta on February 3-
Limited to 32 garden lovers
Not Included: Trip insurance and any items not mentioned in the group itinerary
About Group Air: Air has been reserved on Delta Airlines and is direct from Atlanta to Johannesburg.
Price includes all fuel, taxes, domestic flights and airport transfers in South Africa. If you wish to make your own way to Africa (perhaps you have mileage points?) then you may deduct $1,540- from the price listed above.
WAYS TO SAVE 275!
Pay by check: Pay your final balance by check or money order and save $100 per person.
Alumni Discounts: All alumni of Earthbound Expeditions will receive $100 off the published journey price (private trips may be excluded). If Earthbound Expeditions has other discounts available, participants may choose the greatest available discount.
Refer a Friend: Refer a friend and save an additional $75 for each person new to Earthbound who travels with you on an Earthbound Expedition. “Refer a Friend” discounts may be combined with other discounts.
“The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.”
George Bernard Shaw
YOUR GARDEN JOURNEY BEGINS…
DAY 1: Saturday, January 18, 2014
Depart Atlanta for South Africa
DAY 2: Sunday, January 19
Arrive in Johannesburg
Transfer to hotel which is located in a popular shopping precinct, with a multitude of shops, cafes, restaurants and cinemas. This evening, enjoy a welcome orientation with your guide and host followed by dinner. Overnight: Johannesburg
DAY 3: Monday, January 20
After breakfast, we visit the world famous Little Brenthurst Gardens in the heart of one of Johannesburg’s most opulent suburbs. The gardens (tended by 45 gardeners), range from beautifully manicured lawns, several miniature forests, fountains and sculptures, a recently designed “prairie” garden and a large Zen garden planned by Strilli Oppenheimer, who employs organic gardening principles. Lunch will be at the amazing Safari Garden Centre, the largest nursery in Gauteng. This will give you an idea of what is available to local gardeners and you will also be able to compare the prices with those back home. Enjoy dinner together this evening. Overnight: Johannesburg
DAY 4: Tuesday, January 21
South to Cape Town
We check out of our hotel after breakfast and transfer to Tambo International airport for our two hour flight south to historic Cape Town.
Upon arrival in Cape Town we visit Kirstenbosch Botanical garden. Kirstenbosch, headquarters of the South African National Botanical Institute, is the most important botanical treasure house in South Africa. This planned garden is an excellent introduction to the Cape Floral Kingdom and is home to more than 8000 botanical specimens, many of them endemic to specific regions. Visit the Glass House with plants from the Drakensberg Mountains, the dry Knersvlakte, and the East and West Coasts. A baobab tree found in the Northern Cape and specially transferred by road to Kirstenbosch is a feature of this exhibit.
In the late afternoon, we arrive at our five star hotel. After settling in, we’ll walk down to the Victoria and Alfred waterfront (just two short blocks away) and stroll through the many shops, markets and cafes. Dinner tonight on the wharf. Overnight: Cape Town
DAY 5: Wednesday, January 22
Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope
An exciting day exploring this famous city starts with a trip in a revolving cable car up Table Mountain (weather permitting). This famous backdrop to Cape Town forms part of the recently declared Table Mountain National Park, a world heritage site and home to more plant species than are found in the whole of the United Kingdom. The viewing decks offer breathtaking vistas of Cape Town and its surroundings. On our way to the Cape Point Nature Reserve we visit “Bustari la Mawe” (Place of Rocks), a prizewinning Hout Bay garden planned by Judy Conway (landscape architect and noted Cape Town artist). Many established alien pines were removed. The exposed rocks were incorporated in this colourful indigenous garden. The owner’s sense of fun and colour is reflected in the grouping of plants and artifacts with garden “rooms” and water features creating a restful atmosphere. Enjoy refreshments in the outdoor entertainment area.
Next, visit Cape Point Nature Reserve – the southernmost tip of the Cape Peninsula – home to a unique Chacma Baboon troop which harvests seafood during the dry winter months when food is scarce. This reserve has been re-stocked with buck and zebra originally found in this area. Use the funicular to reach the summit of Cape Point for The Cape of Good Hope: a sanctuary for indigenous plants with 1100 specimens occurring in 77 square kilometres of Reserve. Time permitting; we’ll visit a colony of Cape Penguins. Return to Cape Town for dinner. Overnight: Cape Town
DAY 6: Thursday, January 23
A Day of Exploration on Robben Island
This morning we depart by ferry for a tour of Robben Island. For nearly 400 years, Robben Island, 12 kilometres from Cape Town, was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. It was here that rulers sent those they regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society.
During the apartheid years, Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. The duty of those who ran the Island and its prison was to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs. This morning you’ll cruise to the island by boat, enjoy a complete tour and then return in the early afternoon.
Enjoy lunch on the waterfront before setting out to explore yet another phenomenal garden. Enjoy a guided tour of “Stellenberg,” a classic garden surrounding a beautiful Cape Dutch homestead. The garden consists of different rooms, including a sunken garden designed by David Hicks. We proceed to the historic Groot Constantia Estate for a visit to the manor house furnished with Dutch furniture. The fascinating wine museum is housed in the original wine cellar which produced wine for Emperor Napoleon during his last years as a prisoner of the British. Here we will taste some of the highly acclaimed wines. Overnight: Cape Town
DAY 7: Friday, January 24
Cape Winelands and Lush Gardens
We leave Cape Town for colonial Stellenbosch, heart of the Cape Winelands region, surrounded by magnificent mountain ranges, orchards and vineyards. But first we visit a greening project in a black Township, where residents and especially school children, are taught gardening skills (and an appreciation of plants) enabling them to provide vegetables for their families.
From there, we travel to the historic Vergelegen Estate, established by Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel in the beginning of the 18th century. It has a beautifully restored and preserved Dutch manor house and outbuildings with a famous octagonal garden, a rose garden, a white garden as well as an herb garden with lush green lawns edged with a camphor tree forest. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip have visited the Estate twice. President and Mrs. Clinton and President Bush are a few of the famous guests who have visited Vergelegen. Vergelegen has been a gardener’s paradise from the time the land was first farmed by Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel in1700. Willem Adriaan was also a botanist, a forester, a horticulturist and also wrote the “The African Gardeners’ and Agriculturists’ Calendar.” Much of which he wrote centuries ago, is still relevant to this day. Evidence of his interests are still visible at Vergelegen – the five camphor trees he imported from the East (declared historic monuments), gracing the front of the Homestead, the oldest oak tree in South Africa and an ancient mulberry tree. Van der Stel understood that the territory was suitable for vines and Vergelegen wines are now universally accepted as outstanding.
We’ll have time for an optional wine tasting here, after which we check into our historic hotel, conveniently situated in the center of Stellenbosch. We’ll dine on regional cuisine this evening. Overnight: Stellenbosch
DAY 8: Saturday, January 25
Colonial Towns & the Cape Winelands
Stellenbosch, known as the “village of the oaks,” is the second oldest town in South Africa and today is a vibrant university town. Admire the charm and harmony of Cape Dutch, British and Edwardian architecture. We’ll stop at Oom Samie se Winkel (Uncle Sam’s Shop), a store stocked with articles of yesteryear, that is reminiscent of a simpler lifestyle. We also visit the Village Museum, which comprises four houses, each depicting a different period in the early history of the Cape.
From there, we drive over the scenic Helshoogte (“Hell’s Heights”) mountains to the picturesque town of Franschhoek (“French Corner”). We’ll enjoy a wine tasting at the Moreson Winery. The owners not only produce superb wine, but also cure their own hams and sausages, as well as bake delicious bread daily- all of which can be enjoyed with a glass of chilled wine. After lunch, visit the Huguenot Monument honoring the French settlers who fled from France to South Africa in 1688 after the Edict of Nantes was revoked, settling in this area to assist South Africa’s fledgling wine industry.
Enjoy a multi-course feast this evening with Walter and your guide. Overnight: Stellenbosch
DAY 9: Sunday, January 26
Soweto and North to Your Safari Lodge
Today you will be transferred from your hotel to Cape Town Airport for your flight north to Johannesburg. On arrival at Johannesburg Airport you will be met and taken on a tour of Soweto (SOuth WEstern TOwnship), which is the largest black residential area in South Africa. This “city within a city” consists of 50 suburbs and essentially acts as a labor reservoir for the greater metropolitan area.
In many ways, the story of Soweto is the story of South Africa; this is where the seeds of South African freedom took root. Our tour includes all the major points of interest, such as the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Baragwanath taxi rank, Freedom Square, Hector Pietersen Memorial and Nelson Mandela’s former home. This sprawling township was the scene of the tragic riots of 1976. Despite crowded, chaotic conditions, there is a tangible sense of community in these neighborhoods which the ordered, walled suburbs lack. It is virtually impossible not to be moved by what you will witness.
After the walk through Soweto, you will be taken by coach to Ivory Tree Game Lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park, which also borders on the entertainment capital of South Africa, Sun City.
Tucked in the expanses of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park, Ivory Tree Game Lodge offers the best of both worlds when combining the peaceful bush environment with luxury and comfort. The lodge offers plush rooms, each with air-conditioning, DStv, and en-suite bathrooms. The rooms are decorated to reflect the mood and ambiance of the bush and are equipped with the necessary amenities to ensure supreme comfort. Enjoy a fine dinner in the restaurant terrace overlooking the vastness of the game reserve. Accommodation: Ivory Tree Game Lodge
DAY 10: Monday, January 27
Two Safari Outings: In Search of Africa’s BIG FIVE Game
Rise and shine! At the crack of dawn you’ll be climbing into an open air jeep for the journey of a lifetime.
Along with an expert park ranger, you’ll be looking for Africa’s BIG FIVE game and chances are you’ll be spotting zebras, elephants, lions and more! After several hours in the African bush you’ll return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast (and swap stories with your fellow travelers), then have the opportunity to relax by the pool or if you like head to Sun City for an elephant ride. In the late afternoon you’ll enjoy your second safari outing, which returns to the lodge in the early evening. Dinner tonight is a our farewell feast with Walter and your guide. Accommodation: Ivory Tree Game Lodge
About Pilanesberg National Park
DAY 11: Tuesday, January 28
Depart for home or continue to Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls
For those guests flying home today, another game drive has been included for you early this morning. After your safari outing, you’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast at the lodge, then in the early afternoon, depart for Johannesburg airport for your evening flight home.
Post Tour Note: It’s an early departure for those continuing on to Victoria Falls and Botswana today. We’ll arrive in Victoria Falls just after lunch. For more information about this day, refer to the section below: “Post-Tour Adventure.”
DAY 12: Wednesday, January 29
Arrive home with a lifetime of memories!
-Itinerary Subject to Change -
“Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”
H. M. Stanley in October 1871
POST-TOUR ADVENTURE BEGINS…
3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS
Dates: Beginning Tuesday, January 28
Arriving home on Friday, January 31
$1,690.00 PP Double Occupancy
$200.00 Single Supplement
CHOBE AND VICTORIA FALLS
6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS
Dates: Beginning Tuesday, January 28
Arriving home on Monday, February 3
3 Nights Chobe National Park, Botswana
2 Nights Victoria Falls Lodge
$2,675.00 PP Double Occupancy
$690.00 Single Supplement
INCLUDED IN POST TOUR EXTENSION
- Regional Round trip Airfare Johannesburg-Victoria Falls
- All services as specified: breakfasts and dinners in Chobe and breakfast only in Victoria Falls
- Accommodation in four and five star hotels
- Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles, including qualified drivers
- Sight-seeing as per itinerary led by qualified English speaking guide
- Entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated above
- Earthbound Expeditions representative Meet and Greet upon arrival
- Porterage for 1 reasonable size bag per person
POST-TOUR EXTENSION HIGHLIGHTS – BOTSWANA & VICTORIA FALLS
*Zambezi River cruise * Victoria Falls and surrounding rainforest * Early morning safaris and sunset evening cruises in Chobe National Park in Botswana, home to 450 species of birds and the largest concentration of elephants in Africa.
Gratuities for your post-tour guides and trackers * Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, etc. * Cost of obtaining Passports or Visa * Some meals not mentioned * Alcoholic beverages * Travel insurance * Airline baggage fees
ABOUT THE MIGHTY VICTORIA FALLS
Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Statistically speaking, it is the largest waterfall in the world. This recognition comes from combining the height and width together to create the largest single sheet of flowing water.
Victoria Falls is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and travelers can access the falls through either Livingstone, Zambia or Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The falls are also close to the border of Botswana. The Zambezi River, which originates in northern Zambia, serves as the fall’s water source. The name Victoria Falls was given to the falls by the Scottish explorer Dr. David Livingstone. He named the falls after the reining queen at the time. The locals called the falls Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “smoke that thunders.” Many people still refer to this nickname, which accurately defines the falls.
ABOUT CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
Chobe is your gateway to a truly unique African wildlife experience. The park is ideally situated for exploration of the surrounding areas. It is only 50 miles from the Victoria Falls and is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square kilometers. The Park has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent. Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers a safari experience of a lifetime. A major feature of Chobe National Park is its elephant population. The Chobe elephant comprises part of what is probably the largest surviving continuous elephant population. This population covers most of northern Botswana plus northwestern Zimbabwe. The Botswana’s elephant population is currently estimated at around 120,000.
DAY 11: Tuesday, January 28
Transfer to Victoria Falls and Chobe Marina Lodge, Botswana
Early morning transfer to Johannesburg airport. Once there you will board your morning flight for Victoria Falls. Upon arrival in Victoria Falls, you will be met by an outstanding Earthbound local guide and transferred directly to your hotel at the falls. For those staying on at the falls (and not traveling to Botswana) a welcome drink and brief orientation has been reserved for you. Your stay at the falls also includes a stunning fully guided morning walking tour of Victoria Falls, park entrances and an afternoon cruise on the Zambezi River. On January 30, (the final day of your stay) you will be met by an Earthbound Expeditions representative for your transfer and return flight home. Breakfast is included daily. Sleep at the Victoria Falls Hotel
Note: For guests who have signed up for both the Chobe and Victoria Falls extensions, please note that your journey will continue as we make our way to Kasane, Botswana (Chobe National Park). Upon arrival at the lodge, you’ll enjoy dinner overlooking the river. Accommodation: Chobe Marina Lodge
Note: There is a Multiple Entry Visa charge to enter Zimbabwe of USD$55. CASH per person for USA passport holders. (Visa fees are subject to change without notice.)
DAY 12 and 13: Wednesday & Thursday, January 29 and 30
A day in the African Bush
Enjoy daily early morning game drives and return to the lodge for brunch. Spend the afternoons relaxing by the pool, enjoy the gardens and views of the river or explore the local town. This evening bring your camera and plenty of film. You will witness the vast herds of Africa and abundant wildlife as you enjoy a relaxing evening sunset cruise on the Chobe River. Accommodation: Chobe Marina Lodge (B, D daily)
DAY 13: Friday, January 31
Continue on to Victoria Falls
Enjoy a final day in the African bush, with another early morning game drive. Then transfer by road to Victoria Falls Hotel. (B)
ABOUT VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL
The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the grand old lady of the Falls,” is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, a world heritage site, and is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World group. It is one of only three 1S0-accredited hotels in Zimbabwe. The Edwardian-style five-star hotel, built in 1904, was recently redecorated and refurbished and now combines the charm of the old with the convenience of the new. Set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs, it provides the tranquility and seclusion that many guests seek. The famous Victoria Falls are just a ten-minute walk away using the hotel’s private pathway, and “the smoke that thunders” or “Mosi-O-Tunya” in the local dialect, is clearly audible and visible from this luxurious landmark.
DAY 14: Saturday, February 1
A day in Victoria Falls
After breakfast this morning you will go on a tour of Victoria Falls, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Falls are 1690m wide and have a maximum drop of 103m (the average drop is 92m). This immense curtain of water is broken up by small islands which stand on the lip of the falls, one of which is called Livingstone Island, from where the explorer, David Livingstone, first viewed the Falls. These islands effectively break the Falls into smaller falls, which are known as (from the Zambian side to Zimbabwe side) the Eastern Cataract, The Rainbow Falls, the Horseshoe Falls and the Main Falls. “Rainforests” on either side of the river are sustained entirely by the spray of the Falls. There is a paved path which leads onto the Knife Edge Bridge for a spectacular view up the main gorge and the Eastern Cataract, and numerous other paths which give different views of the Falls and the bridge.
Late in the afternoon, take a Sundowner Cruise along the mighty Zambezi River above the Falls. Enjoy a drink while cruising slowly on the river, viewing the wildlife from a unique vantage point. You’re sure to see hippo and elephants, a variety of other wildlife and many varieties of birds, while your guides describe the flora and fauna, the bird life and wildlife. Accommodation: Victoria Falls Hotel (B)
DAY 15: Sunday, February 2
Victoria Falls to the USA via Johannesburg
This morning you will be transferred by road back to Victoria Falls Airport where you will take your flight back to Johannesburg.
Please Note: Have your Multiple Entry Visa ready for the Zimbabwe border & USD $25 cash per person for the Airport Departure Tax upon leaving Zimbabwe. (Departure taxes are subject to change without notice). Upon arrival in Johannesburg proceed to International terminal for your flight back home. (B)
DAY 16: Monday, February 3
Arrive Home with a Lifetime of Memories-
BEFORE YOU GO…
Please Note: U.S. passport holders do not require a visa for South Africa for a visit of less than 90 days. All Non-South African passport holders are required to have at least TWO, entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages (i.e. one side of such a page not front and back thereof) in their passport, each time entry is sought into South Africa. These pages are in addition to the endorsement/amendment pages at the back of the passport. South African government regulations prohibit airlines from boarding passengers without the required blank visa pages. Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after intended date of departure.
Click here to view photos from Walters 2010 South Africa Journey
ABOUT YOUR GARDEN HOST
Garden expert, writer, radio and television host Walter Reeves grew up on a small Georgia farm in Fayette County, where his family raised chickens and cows. Walter and his four younger siblings were all expected to tend a large garden for family sustenance. After eighteen years of farm life, he swore that if delivered from tending animals and plants, he would never garden again. Yet, for a guy who longed to see the family farm recede in the rearview mirror as he headed to college, Walter admits that the unrelenting lure of gardening was stronger than he ever anticipated!
Oddly enough, Walter is now the most respected garden guru in the Southeast and the author or co-author of nine books on gardening. For 19 years, Reeves has hosted “The Lawn and Garden Show with Walter Reeves” Saturday mornings on Atlanta’s WSB radio, which is one of the most listened-to radio shows in Atlanta among all 30 competing stations each Saturday morning. He also writes a weekly column for the Thursday Atlanta Journal-Constitution and distributes a bi-weekly e-mail garden newsletter.
Walter hosts “Your Southern Garden” on Georgia Public Television and can also be seen on DIY Network’s “Garden Sense“.
Besides being the authority on gardening in the South, Walter is also the father of Grey, the world’s best 21-year old son.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Health Matters: It is the responsibility of each guest to be aware of their physical abilities or limitations, and to be in sufficient good health to undertake the trip. To make the most of your journey and participate in the various planned group activities, you should be able to be on your feet and walk unassisted for two to three hours (often over uneven cobblestones or pathways) with frequent standing. If you have questions about the physical requirements for your journey, please email or call our travel office. Any preexisting physical, mental, or emotional disability that may require attention must be reported in writing prior to the beginning the journey. Although it is not mandatory to participate in every planned and included group activity, not doing so isn’t cause for a refund. For those desiring additional exercise, our trips allow free time to explore at your own pace. On boats, planes, ships and ferries, guests will need to be able to maneuver unassisted up and down gangways, stairs and in between decks. Smokers may smoke outside and downwind of the group.
Group Size: We pride ourselves on providing a small, shared group experience and Earthbound Expeditions will make every effort to limit the group to the size stated in your itinerary. However, to ensure the departure of an expedition at the lowest price, Earthbound Expeditions has at times found it necessary to overbook a trip by up to three people in order to anticipate the possibility of numerous last minute individual cancellations. Private and hosted journeys may be larger than other trips. Please see the Trip Facts section on your itinerary for details.
Tipping: Savvy travelers know that tipping is expected in most parts of the world, though never knowing when and how much can become a source of stress. To spare our guests hassle and anxiety, Earthbound Expeditions has included all gratuities for guides, drivers, dining room servers and local specialists on nearly all of our journeys. Some travelers like to reward outstanding service with an additional tip, gift or card. Gratuities for hotel staff, boat crew and those serving you while not with the group are not included. Note: Gratuities may not be included on private or hosted trips. Please refer to your specific itinerary for details.
Travel Insurance: Earthbound Expeditions strongly encourages the purchase of Travel Insurance Coverage. We include information on trip insurance in your deposit information. It is important to check with your medical insurance provider to understand your medical benefits and coverage while traveling abroad. Please read our cancellation policy carefully in order to avoid incurring a costly penalty.
Solo Travelers and Single Accommodations: Single accommodations may be requested by paying a single supplement comfort fee; these are limited and based on availability. For those willing to share, Earthbound Expeditions will assist in finding a same-gender roommate, and if one is found, the Single Supplement is waived. If a roommate cannot be found, guests will be asked to pay the Single Supplement comfort fee.
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