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					             YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO JOIN

                 THE SAN DIEGO ZOO
    ON A PROJECT ELEPHANT FOOTPRINT WILDLIFE SAFARI TO
                       BOTSWANA
                            FEATURING:
DR. MIKE CHASE & HIS ELEPHANT CONSERVATION WORK, OKAVANGO DELTA,
               KWANDO CONCESSION & VICTORIA FALLS

                      JUNE 11 TO 25, 2010
        Schedules, accommodations, and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




SAVING ELEPHANTS BEYOND BORDERS
The San Diego Zoo has partnered with Botswana­based Elephants Without Borders to protect nearly half of Africa’s
remaining elephants. Through our Project Elephant Footprint, we are supporting the conservation efforts of Dr. Mike
Chase, a world­renowned elephant ecologist and the founder of Elephants Without Borders. Dr. Chase has discovered
the world’s largest and longest elephant migration in Botswana and the surrounding region, and is studying and
working to protect the elephants in this 50,000­square­mile area. This tour has been specially designed so participants
will be able to spend time in the field with Dr. Chase to learn about the important conservation work we are doing on
behalf of elephants.

Director/Founder, Elephants Without Borders
                                  Mike Chase, (PhD), has been studying the ecology of elephants in Botswana for
                                  nearly ten years, and in 2007, was the first Motswana to earn a Ph.D. specifically in
                                  elephant ecology. Much of his childhood was spent in the bush accompanying his
                                  father on safaris. Eager to conserve Africa’s wildlife and wild places, Dr. Chase
                                  embarked on an academic career in conservation ecology. After earning a Bachelor’s
                                  and Master’s degree from the University of Natal, he returned home to Botswana,
                                  where he spent eight years with Conservation International working to conserve the
                                  Okavango Delta and its rich wildlife. It was his passion for elephants which, in 2001,
                                  ultimately led him to start an ambitious study on the ecology and movements of
                                  elephants. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in natural
resources and wildlife conservation.

Dr. Chase has provided new data on the status of elephants and has published his work in scientific journals, magazines
and news articles. At present, he is the Henderson Endowed Conservation Research Postdoctoral Fellow at the San
Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research.

Director/Program Manager, Elephants Without Borders
Kelly Landen joined the project in February 2003. Her enthusiasm for wildlife
inspired her to a dedicated career in conservation. She began as a volunteer,
monitoring and collecting data on a variety of wildlife species for several conservation
projects, as well as, worked as a naturalist/field guide in Alaska, Central America,
and South America. Kelly is a licensed marine Captain, and crewed for several years
as part of the UNOLS fleet of oceanographic research vessels, including Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institute and Scripps Institute of Oceanography. The variety of
projects she has worked with, have given her a well­rounded knowledge of field
operations, organizational skills, and logistics.

Kelly oversees the project’s operations and manages public relations. She participates in all aspects of field work, is an
aerial survey observer, and conducts the photo analysis of surveys. Kelly is a professional photographer and her work
has been featured in a number of prestigious magazines, web sites, scientific publications and journals and news articles.
        Schedules, accommodations, and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




YOUR SPECIALIST GUIDE IN BOTSWANA ~ TINA CHASE
                                Tina Chase is one of those lucky individuals who has been “on safari” for all of her life.

                                She was born in Arusha, Tanzania just the other day. She is the oldest child of John and Tina
                                Bekker, who brought her and her two brothers to live in Botswana when she was still a
                                teenager. Tina and her new and old families have made their homes in the bush in more
                                places than most of us have had hot breakfasts. Her knowledge of Botswana is phenomenal
                                and there are not many places inside her borders that she has not seen. Tina has many years
                                experience in setting up super comfortable camps, and her natural flair and attention to
                                detail ensures that your stay in one of her camps will be luxurious and memorable.

                            As far as hostesses go, this woman is indeed in a class of her own. Unlike most people who
                            entertain professionally, Tina LOVES catering and she LOVES people, and it shows. She
                            loves showing people a good time while they marvel at the wonders of the African bush, and
                            why she and her tried and trusted team are so good at it. To do it well out in the “sticks” is
                            no task for the faint hearted, and her special talents will be much appreciated by all who are
lucky enough to sit at her dinner table.

Tina is no slouch out of base camp either, and you are in for another treat once you join her while she is in her most
favorite persona. This is when she has a pair of binoculars in one hand, and a Toyota Landcruiser in the other. She has a
special love of Africa’s impressive array of birds and trees, and is a Professional Guide with a huge wealth of knowledge
and experience.
        Schedules, accommodations, and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




YOUR ITINERARY
DAY 1~FRIDAY~JUNE 11
SAN DIEGO/ WASHINGTON D.C./EN ROUTE
Your journey begins as you board your South African Airways overnight flight on the east coast, after your flight from
San Diego. (Meals Aloft)

                                                             DAY 2~SATURDAY~JUNE 12
                                                             JOHANNESBURG
                                                             Upon arrival at the Johannesburg International Airport this afternoon,
                                                             you will be met and escorted to your hotel. Often called Jo'burg,
                                                             Johannesburg is the country's largest city and financial center with
                                                             ultra modern skyscrapers and a bustling way of life. It is the city of
                                                             gold, as its claim to fame is the gold that was discovered nearby.

                                                             A great, relaxing place to begin your journey into southern Africa, the
                                                             luxurious Airport Sun Intercontinental Hotel is a short walk from the
                                                             arrivals terminal. The restaurants are open until the early hours of the
                                                             morning, and there is a pool at the hotel, as well as golf, tennis and an
                                                             IMAX cinema nearby.
                                                             Overnight at THE AIRPORT SUN INTERCONTINENTAL. (Meals
                                                             Aloft)

DAYS 3/4/5~SUNDAY/MONDAY/TUESDAY~JUNE 13/14/15
MAUN/ OKAVANGO DELTA/KWARA CAMP
Today you will fly to Maun, Botswana, where upon arrival you will board your light aircraft for your flight to one of the
world’s most distinctive regions, the Okavango Delta – earth’s largest inland water system. Its headwaters start in
Angola’s western highlands, with numerous
tributaries joining to form the Cubango River, which
then flows through Namibia (called the Kavango) and
finally enters Botswana, where it is then called the
Okavango. Millions of years ago the Okavango River
used to flow into a large inland lake called Lake
Makgadikgadi (now Makgadikgadi Pans). Tectonic
activity and faulting interrupted the flow of the river
causing it to backup and form what is now the
Okavango Delta. This has created a unique system of
water ways that now supports a vast array of animal
and plant life that would have otherwise been a dry
Kalahari savanna.

Spend the next three nights at Kwara Camp situated in
the 432,434­acre private Kwara Concession in the
remote northern part of the Okavango Delta. The area
is one of permanent Delta water, and this unspoiled pristine wilderness has a variety of habitats ranging from reed and
papyrus­lined waterways to rolling grasslands and ancient forests. The camp is situated in a forested island under tall
trees overlooking a lagoon in the open flood plains of the 3.9 million­acre Okavango Delta. At Kwara, you will discover
why the Okavango Delta is considered one of the jewels of Africa and, indeed, the world. It is mysterious, calming,
unpredictable, and very wild. Facing west across a lagoon, the eight tents enjoy spectacular sunsets. The tents are built
on raised teak decks each with ensuite facilities. The intimate dining and lounge area is under thatch, built around a
large shade tree overlooking the lagoon. Due to the specific location of the camp, Kwara is able to offer power boating,
makoro (dug out canoe) trips, walks and wildlife drives all year round. The presence of permanent water ensures year
round game viewing and also allows makoro trips in shallow water throughout the year. Kwara has a double­deck
        Schedules, accommodations, and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




pontoon boat which allows guests to get very
close to birds and animals for excellent
photography opportunities and wildlife viewing.
Well­trained guides will also conduct walks
through the islands of the Delta and transfer
their knowledge to their guests. Fishing at
Kwara is also superb and the famed tiger fish, as
well as bream, catfish and pike are frequent
catches. Kwando Safaris subscribes to the catch
and release policy. The area is home to an
astounding array of mammal and bird life,
including lions, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs and
wild dogs. There are large populations of
elephants, buffalos, zebras, and rare sable
antelopes, and over 300 species of birds.
Overnights at KWARA CAMP. (All Meals
Daily)

DAYS 6/7/8~WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY/FRIDAY~JUNE 16/17/18
KWANDO CONCESSION/LEBALA CAMP
This morning’s flight takes you to Lebala Camp, situated in the southern part of the 895,757­square­ mile Kwando
Concession. Lebala Camp is situatated on a peninsula that juts out into the Linyanti Marshes that surround the camp.
The Kwando River disperses into the marsh, which is a permanent patchwork of reed beds, wetlands, palm­covered
islands, and open plains.

“Lebala” is the Tswana word for “wide open plains”, which are home to herds of wildlife and the ever­attendant
                                                                                predators. Lebala offers regular
                                                                                sightings of lions, wild dogs,
                                                                                leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, giraffes,
                                                                                zebras, kudu, lechwes, impalas,
                                                                                wildebeest and waterbucks. Lebala is
                                                                                famous for its elephant sightings; in
                                                                                fact, the Kwando Reserve is home to
                                                                                more elephants than the entire
                                                                                country of South Africa. There are
                                                                                large numbers of impalas, tsessebes,
                                                                                sable antelope, roan antelope,
                                                                                buffalos, and bushbucks. Kwando
                                                                                also provides refuge to red lechwe,
                                                                                warthogs and the shy sitatunga
                                                                                antelope. The reed and papyrus
                                                                                swamps are ideal for the numerous
                                                                                and diverse species of birds.

                                                                                   After dark, spotlights are switched
                                                                                   on and the game drives expose the
                                                                                   guests to nocturnal sightings of rare
and elusive species such as, leopards, selous mongoose, small spotted genets, and aardwolves. Nocturnal bird species
that are encountered include several species of owls, natal nightjars and pennant­winged nightjar.
       Schedules, accommodations, and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




Lebala Camp has eight secluded luxurious tents, built on raised Zimbabwe teak decks, designed to offer expansive
views over the surrounding plains while also affording privacy. Each tent comprises a spacious bedroom area, bathroom
including a Victorian ball and claw bath tub and double basin, outside reed
enclosed open­air shower, dressing area, and side entrance to preserve privacy.
The hot water is provided by propane heating and therefore is hot all day, every
day. Mouth­watering fare is prepared by the camp’s chefs and served in the open­
sided dining room. After dinner you can sip coffee or enjoy a nightcap around a
blazing campfire. As you drift off to sleep, you will often hear hippos grazing out
of water near your tent. The camp balances understated elegance with untamed
Africa to perfection.
Overnights at LEBALA CAMP. (All Meals Daily)

DAYS 9/10/11~SATURDAY/SUNDAY/MONDAY~JUNE 19/20/21
CHOBE NATIONAL PARK/MOBILE CAMP
Board your flight to Kasane this morning and transfer by road to the mobile camp,
which is set specifically for your group at Chobe National Park, where Dr. Chase
and Ms. Landen will join you for the rest of your trip.

                                                                                     You’ll spend the next three days on wildlife drives
                                                                                     and boat activities with Dr. Chase, learning
                                                                                     firsthand about his important elephant studies
                                                                                     and conservation efforts in the area. Dr. Chase
                                                                                     and Ms. Landen will share insights about the
                                                                                     challenges of their research, advocacy, and
                                                                                     conservation activities and will introduce you to
                                                                                     their world of elephants. Chobe, which is world
                                                                                     renowned for its wildlife, is the second largest
                                                                                     park in Botswana, and the first declared national
                                                                                     park. It can be divided into four main focal
                                                                                     points: Chobe River front with floodplains and
                                                                                     teak forest, Savuti Marsh in the west, the Linyanti
                                                                                     swamps in the northwest, and the hot, dry
                                                                                     hinterland in between. You will be at the Chobe
                                                                                     River front, near the town of Kasane, the heart of
                                                                                     a road network which gives access to Zambia,
        Schedules, accommodations, and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




Zimbabwe, and the Caprivi Strip of Namibia. With a wide diversity of habitats, the park supports a variety of wildlife,
which ranges from water animals such as hippos, crocodiles, otters and fish, to forest and dry land species such as ,
buffalos, giraffes, zebras, eland, and, of course, elephants. In all areas predators’ abound–lions, leopards, cheetahs, and
hyenas are plentiful. In the open grasslands of the pans, one can find the rare oribi and occasional reedbuck. Puku, an
antelope associated with this park, can often be seen in herds around the edge of the river. The Chobe River is also well
known for its magnificent bird viewing, with over 400 different species, ranging from eagles and marabou storks to
kingfishers and bee­eaters. Occasionally, Carmine bee­eaters build colonies in the sand banks of the floodplains where
they nest in their thousands. In addition, there are over 90 species of fish in the local waters.

                                                                          A major feature of Chobe National Park is its
                                                                          abundance of elephant, often seen at the river
                                                                          front bathing in the water. Vast numbers of
                                                                          elephant come down to drink in the late
                                                                          afternoons and it is possible to see as many as
                                                                          one thousand of these magnificent animals in a
                                                                          two­hour game drive. The Chobe elephant
                                                                          population comprises part of what is the
                                                                          largest surviving continuous elephant
                                                                          population, covering most of northern
                                                                          Botswana and northwestern Zimbabwe.
                                                                          Botswana's elephant population is currently
                                                                          estimated at around 150,000, which has built
                                                                          up steadily from numbering a few thousand in
                                                                          the early 1900s and escaped the ivory wars
                                                                          take that decimated other populations in the
                                                                          1970s and 1980s. These elephants are
                                                                          migratory, making seasonal movements from
the Chobe and Linyanti rivers, to the rain fed waterholes some as far as 186.7 miles from the river.

The John Chase mobile camp offers twin­bedded luxury accommodations in spacious Meru­style tents, with bush­
bucket showers and bush toilettes ensuite. Each tent measures approximately 9.8 feet x 13 feet. The camp is set up prior
to your arrival. Experienced camp staff will be available all day to see to your every need and ensure your comfort at all
times. Relax in style, and indulge in some of the finest cuisine in the bush.

Before a light breakfast wash basins are placed outside your tent filled with hot water to freshen up before you begin
another day of adventure. On your return to the camp from your morning activity you will have an excellent brunch,
and time to relax. Afternoon showers are strongly recommended as the evening and morning can be quite cold. Tea is
served later in the afternoon and additional activities are followed by cold drinks and snacks by the campfire, and then a
delicious dinner. The evening is spent around the fire listening to the sounds of the wild, and discussing the events of
the day with Dr. Chase.
Overnight at JOHN CHASE SAFARIS MOBILE CAMP. (All Meals)
        Schedules, accommodations, and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




DAYS 12/13~TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY~JUNE 22/23
CHOBE NATIONAL PARK/VICTORIA FALLS
Today a new adventure awaits you as you drive,
accompanied by Dr. Chase and Ms. Landen, to Victoria
Falls. At more than twice the size of Niagara Falls it’s no
surprise that Victoria Falls are among the Seven
Wonders of the World. Mosi­oa­Tunya―The Smoke that
Thunders, derived from the towering column of spray
when the Zambezi River runs high, is the name that
Zimbabwe's local people have given to this awesome
natural phenomenon. The name is probably more
appropriate and descriptive than "Victoria", which has a
far too calm and composed ring to it to do justice to the
masses of thundering, swirling water of these
spectacular falls. Most likely all Dr. David Livingstone
thought of when he named the falls after his Queen in
1855 was his royal duty. Five separate falls make up this incredible spectacle that plunges more than 300 feet into a
sheer­sided chasm which separates Zimbabwe from Zambia. The awe­inspiring abyss is spanned by a 1905 Edwardian
bridge, which links the two countries. The masses of water plunging down the falls and into the gorge below originate
from the mighty Zambezi River that meanders through more than 1,677 miles of African countryside.




Your exciting visit will include a guided tour of the falls on the Zimbabwean side followed by an afternoon sundowner
cruise along the Zambezi River, watching hippos snort, elephants drink on the riverbank, and monkeys jump from
branch to branch. Enjoy a cocktail, or drink of choice, and see a panoramic sunset as the sun dips below the horizon,
painting the whole area in brilliant reds, yellows, purples, and mauves. You will also enjoy an unusual elephant­back
safari along ancient game trails in Victoria Falls National Park, where you will see a variety of wildlife including giraffes,
zebras, and waterbuck.
        Schedules, accommodations, and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




                                                                            The Victoria Falls Hotel is the “Grand Dame”
                                                                            of Victoria Falls. For almost 100 years,
                                                                            members of the royal families, international
                                                                            and local statesmen, and celebrities worldwide,
                                                                            have flocked to the Victoria Falls Hotel, where
                                                                            they are assured of privacy and care in an
                                                                            atmosphere steeped in history, combining the
                                                                            charm of the old with all the comfort and
                                                                            convenience of today. It is one hotel that can
truly claim to be unique. Through the years, the “Vic Falls Hotel” has enjoyed various renovations, but has lost none of
its earlier charm. In fact, much of the hotel has been meticulously brought back to its former grandeur using original
photos and plans. The architecture reflects Edwardian style at its height with numerous corridors, archways, and
columns, and extensive wood paneling. The hotel is set on verdant lawns, adorned with beautiful flowers, shrubs and
indigenous trees. There is a lovely brick terrace at the top of the garden where guests can relax in deep wicker chairs and
look out to the famous railway bridge enveloped in the mist of the falls. The ensuite bedrooms are also constructed in
the style of the Edwardian era, many with period antiques. Well decorated and very comfortable, they are a welcome
reward after a full­day of sightseeing and adventures. The Edwardian theme is further reflected in the bathroom's black
and white tiling, and claw foot bathtub.
Overnights at the VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL. (B)

DAY 14~THURSDAY~JUNE 24
VICTORIA FALLS/JOHANNESBURG / EN ROUTE
Enjoy a last wildlife run this morning and a hearty breakfast before flying back to Johannesburg where you connect with
your South African Airways overnight flight to the U.S.A. (B, Meals Aloft)

DAY 15~FRIDAY~JUNE 25
WASHINGTON D.C. /SAN DIEGO
This morning you land in the USA, bringing with you the memories of all the wonderful sights of southern Africa.
(Meals Aloft)
      Schedules, accommodations, and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




INCLUSIONS
  ·   Flight between Johannesburg and Maun as well as Victoria Falls and Johannesburg. All flights between the
      Botswana camps.
  ·   Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
  ·   All meals while on safari. Other meals as specified in itinerary.
  ·   All wildlife viewing by private 4X4 open vehicles, driven by professional driver/guides.
  ·   Complimentary bottled water in vehicles throughout the tour.
  ·   All applicable hotel and lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling.
  ·   All park entry fees and sightseeing as specified.
  ·   Visa fees into Zimbabwe.




EXCLUSIONS
  ·   Roundtrip air transportation from San Diego to Johannesburg. (Quoted separately).
  ·   U.S. and foreign airport taxes.
  ·   Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas. No visas are required for South Africa or
      Botswana.
  ·   Gratuities to driver/guides, specialist­guide and other conveyance attendants.
  ·   Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
  ·   Meals and beverages, other than specified.
  ·   Laundry, other than specified and other items of a personal nature.
  ·   Personal and baggage insurance.
  ·   Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.
  ·   Optional insurance coverage is available for Baggage, Accident and Trip Cancellation/Interruption.

  The San Diego Zoo provides emergency medical and evacuation insurance at no cost. You may purchase optional
  supplemental medical, lost luggage, and trip cancellation insurance at an additional cost. Information will
  accompany your confirmation deposit. It is important that you purchase insurance soon after making a deposit in
  order to waive preexisting conditions and to qualify for the cancel­for­any reason coverage. We strongly recommend
  that you obtain the optional insurance policy.


                     Please Note That The Itinerary Sequence Is Correct At The Time Of Writing,
                                              But Is Subject To Change.
        Schedules, accommodations, and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BOTSWANA & ZIMBABWE

Participants:
    · Must be able to climb in and out of safari 4x4 vehicles, small aircrafts and boats/mokoros unassisted. People
        need to be willing to rotate seats.
    · Must be able to stand and/or walk moderate distances when visiting villages, towns, or other sites. This
        walking will be on uneven ground or uphill, often at altitudes many people are not used to.
    · Should generally be in good health and prepared to travel in locations without medical facilities.

In general, this trip requires:
    · Flexibility and good humor – unexpected changes and/or glitches will occur
    · A spirit of adventure and curiosity
    · Interest in and willingness to appreciate a destination with uneven infrastructure and a bending definition of
       comfort. That being said, some locations are nestled in absolute luxury where pampering is the norm.

Air Schedules
Choosing the best possible air arrangements for our travelers is always a challenge. We work with many airlines that
offer the best level of service, routings and value for our programs. While there may indeed be more direct routings
available with another airline, the cost of these flights may not be within the budget that allows us to give you the best
value possible. If you prefer to purchase your own international air, please feel free to choose the "land only" rate for this
program. The start and the end city for this program is Johannesburg.

Upon registration, you must provide your full legal name as it appears on your passport. In the event an airline ticket is issued with
incorrect information you have provided, you will be responsible for charges associated with reissuing the ticket.
       Schedules, accommodations, and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




YOUR JOURNEY AT A GLANCE
INCLUDING: JOHANNESBURG, MAUN, OKAVANGO DELTA, KWANDO CONCESSION, CHOBE NATIONAL PARK & VICTORIA FALLS,
ZIMBABWE
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: SAN DIEGO ZOO
DATES: JUNE 11 TO 25, 2010
COST:
  PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY                                                 BASED ON 14 TRAVELERS
  LAND PACKAGE & INTERNAL AIR WITHIN SOUTHERN AFRICA          $9,995 PER PERSON**
  SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT**                                    $2,995 PER PERSON ADDITIONAL
  INTERNATIONAL AIR FROM SAN DIEGO, ECONOMY, ROUND­TRIP $1,900 PER PERSON
  INTERNATIONAL TAXES & FUEL SURCHARGES                       $496 PER PERSON ADDITIONAL
**SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: RATES ARE VALID FOR FIRST TWO SINGLE ROOMS BOOKED. IF MORE THAN TWO SINGLE ROOMS, ADDITIONAL
SUPPLEMENT WILL APPLY. SINGLES ARE ASSIGNED ON A FIRST COME/FIRST SERVE BASIS.

**NOTE: ABOVE RATES ARE BASED ON MINIMUMS INDICATED FOR EACH BRACKET. SHOULD THERE BE LESS TRAVELERS, PRICES WILL
INCREASE AS FOLLOWS:
MAIN TRIP: BETWEEN 10­13 TRAVELERS, COST OF TOUR IS $10,795 PER PERSON
          BETWEEN 6­9 TRAVELERS, COST OF TOUR IS $12,995 PER PERSON
INITIAL INVOICING WILL BE IN THE COST OF THE TOURS INDICATED IN ABOVE BOX. SHOULD THE MINIMUMS NOT BE REACHED,
INDIVIDUALS WILL BE RE­INVOICED FOR APPROPRIATE AMOUNT APPROXIMATELY THREE MONTHS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE.

DEPARTURE CITY: SAN DIEGO
(OTHER DEPARTURE CITIES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST AT ADDITIONAL COST)
         Schedules, accommodations, and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




CONDITIONS OF TRAVEL:
HOW TO BOOK: Fill out the reservation form below and send it to Classic Escapes, 58­25 Queens Blvd. Woodside, NY 11377,
together with a deposit of $1,000 per person. On receipt of your signed reservation form and deposit, we will, subject to availability,
reserve your place on your safari. When we send off your confirmation invoice, your booking is confirmed and accepted by us. Final
payment is due not later than 95 days prior to departure (March 8, 2010) Final documents will be sent to you approximately two
weeks prior to departure.
OPTIONAL AIR TRANSPORTATION: Roundtrip economy­class jet transportation from SAN DIEGO via SOUTH AFRICAN
AIRWAYS and /or other IATAN carriers. Rates based on special promotional fares and cancellation fees apply once tickets are
issued. Departures from other cities in the USA are possible at additional cost. Kindly inquire at the time of reservation.
AIRLINE SEATING: For South African Airways, we request seats together for the group. All planes are non­smoking. We can request a
seating preference on your behalf, however this is only a request and not guaranteed. Requests should be made in writing no later than 60
days prior to departure. Bulkhead and/or emergency row seats can only be requested at airport check­in on the day of departure. Boarding
passes will only be issued at the airport on the day of departure. You may inquire during check­in to have a seating change made, however
this change is based on availability and is at the sole discretion of airport staff.
FREQUENT FLYER MILEAGE: At time of publication, South African Airways is partners with Air Tanzania, Air Canada, Air New
Zealand, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, BMI British Midland, El Al, Emirates, Lot Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Qantas, South African Airlink, South
African Express Airways, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Spanair, SriLankan Airlines, Swiss Air, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways, United Airlines, US
Airways, Varig and Virgin Atlantic. Present your frequent flyer card for all flight check­ins and keep the boarding passes until you receive a
statement with the mileage credit.
BAGGAGE: International flights from the U.S. allow two pieces of checked luggage, each not exceeding 50 lbs. However we recommend
you travel as light as you can manage, as it is more comfortable for you. Also, the size and the structure of the bag is limited. Soft
duffel bags are ideal as they stow best in vehicles. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU OBTAIN THE OPTIONAL
INSURANCE POLICY.
ACCOMMODATIONS: You will marvel at the wonderful accommodations provided throughout your tour. All rooms have
private facilities, and all rates are based on double occupancy. Most rooms are twin­bedded, but king­size beds are occasionally
available and should be requested in advance. Accommodations listed in this itinerary are correct at time of writing, but on rare
occasions can change for similar lodging.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Rate quoted is valid for first two single rooms booked. If more than two single rooms, additional
supplement will apply. Singles are assigned on a first come/first serve basis. Single accommodations are not guaranteed, but will be
provided at additional cost if available (see reservation form for cost.) The single room supplement pays for privacy, not better
accommodations. On occasion, in smaller lodges and camps, you may be required to share with other members of your tour group if
single rooms are not available upon check­in. If this is the situation, appropriate per diem refunds are made to passengers in the
event they paid for a single room but had to share during any portion of their trip. For passengers who are traveling alone and wish
to share a room with another tour member, we will do our best to provide a roommate. However, if this is not possible, you will be
required to pay the single room supplement prior to your departure from the USA.
MEALS: American breakfast daily. All other meals as specified in the itinerary.
TRANSFERS: Roundtrip transfer of travelers between airports and hotels are included in the tour when arriving on group flights. If
travelers make their own air arrangements, they will be subject to extra transfer fees.
TIPS AND TAXES: Gratuities for baggage handling, service charges and taxes imposed by hotels, lodges and tented camps, and
entrance fees to all reserves as outlined in the itinerary are included. U.S. and foreign airport taxes are included in the air cost and
are subject to change prior to issuance of tickets. Tips to driver/guides and specialist­guide are not included.
INOCULATIONS: We would suggest you contact your personal physician or local health department for their recommendations as
to inoculations. At the time of printing, no vaccinations are required for entry into South Africa. However, it is also a sensible
precaution for visitors to take one of the preventive pills that are in common use against malaria. Water is generally not safe to
drink, so you should always drink bottled water.
RATES: All rates quoted are based on tariffs and value of foreign currencies in relation to the U.S. dollar in effect as of June 30, 2009,
and are subject to change. Rates are based on a minimum of 14 passengers traveling together (with a maximum of 14 passengers,
including San Diego Zoo escort). The right is reserved to levy a surcharge if minimum is not met, but that is rarely done. We will do
our utmost to keep to the prices as published. Should increases be forced on us by airlines, exchange rates, etc., we reserve the right
to surcharge.
ESCORT: Group will be accompanied by a San Diego Zoo escort with a minimum of 6 passengers.
         Schedules, accommodations, and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




TRIP INFORMATION: Upon receipt of your application, instructions will be sent to you concerning all aspects of your trip, such as
itinerary, photographic equipment, documents, clothing, insurance, etc.
INVOICING: Final invoicing of your trip will be done approximately four months prior to departure. Final payment is due 95 days
prior to departure (March 8, 2010).
FINAL DOCUMENTS: Final documents and tickets will be sent to you approximately two weeks prior to departure. We regret to
advise that no documents can be released if final payments are not received.
PAYMENT SCHEDULE: A deposit of $1,000 per person must be submitted with each application. Deposits may be paid by check or
charged to American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover. Final payment is payable by check or money order ONLY and is due no
later than 95 days prior to departure (March 8, 2010).
CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations are only effective on receipt of written notification. The following per person fees are applicable
on this safari:
    ·     Up to 95 days prior to departure, $250 per person handling fee, plus $250 nonrefundable deposits made to overseas
          suppliers.
    ·     94­60 days prior to departure, less 50% of tour cost.
    ·     Less than 60 days prior to departure, 100% penalty, unless any refund is recoverable from overseas suppliers.
These cancellation fees are also in addition to any imposed by airlines. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU OBTAIN THE
OPTIONAL INSURANCE POLICY. INFORMATION WILL BE SENT TO YOU UPON RECEIPT OF RESERVATION FORM.
INSURANCE PREMIUMS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.
DEVIATIONS: Should additional reservations be required, including extensions in other countries in Asia, we will happy to make
all the arrangements. However, there will be an extra charge of $150 per person for such deviations, over and above the cost of the
services required.
CHANGE FEES: Once you reserve your tour, changes are possible subject to availability of air or land space at the time of request.
Should there be any change fees imposed by airlines or ground operators, or additional costs incurred due to availability of any
space, this cost will be invoiced to you.
NOT INCLUDED: Cost of passport and visa fees, and service charges for obtaining visa fees; excess baggage charges levied by
airlines; beverages and meals not specified in itinerary; gratuities to driver/guides and specialist­guide, and other conveyance
attendants; laundry and other items of a personal nature; gratuities not imposed by hotels and/or restaurants for included services;
optional personal, baggage and tour cancellation insurance policy; U.S. and foreign airport taxes; cost for anything not specifically
included in listing above.
WILD ANIMALS: Please be aware that this safari may take you into close contact with wild animals. Attacks by wild animals are
rare, but no safari into the wilderness can guarantee that this will not occur. Neither the company, nor their employees, nor agents
can be held responsible for any injury or incident on the safari. Please note that not all camps are fenced.
PASSPORT & VISAS: The onus is upon the guest to ensure that passports and visas are valid for the countries visited. The
company, their staff and their agents cannot be held liable for any visas, etc. not held by the guests, nor the cost of visas.
RESPONSIBILITY: Neither Classic Escapes (the Company) nor any person or agent acting for, through, or on behalf of the
Company shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from any cause whatsoever and without restricting the generality
of the aforegoing shall particularly not be responsible for loss or damage arising from any errors or omissions contained in its
brochure or other literature, loss or damage caused by delays, sickness, theft, injury or death. In addition, the Company shall have
the right at any time at its discretion to cancel any safari or the remainder thereof or make any alteration in route, accommodation,
price, or other details, and, in the event of any safari being rendered impossible, illegal, or inadvisable by weather, strike, war,
government, or interference or any other cause whatsoever, the extra expenses incurred as a result thereof shall be the responsibility
of the passenger. The Company may at its discretion and without liability or cost to itself at any time cancel or terminate the guest’s
booking, and in particular without limiting the generality of the aforegoing, it shall be entitled to do so in the event of the illness or
the illegal or incompatible behavior of the guest, who shall in such circumstances not be entitled to any refund. The person making
any booking will, by the making of such booking, warrant that he or she has authority to enter into a contract on behalf of the other
person included in such a booking, and in the event of the failure of any or all of the other persons so included to make payment, the
person making the booking shall by his/her signature thereof assume personal liability for the total price of all bookings made by
him/her.
PHOTOGRAPHY: The Company reserves the right without further notice to make use of any photograph or film taken on the safari
by our photographers without payment or permission. We guarantee that no photographs of a compromising nature will be used.
CHANGES TO SCHEDULES: Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules it should be borne in mind that the Company
reserves the right and in fact is obliged to occasionally change routes and camps on safaris as dictated by changing conditions. Such
         Schedules, accommodations, and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




conditions may be brought about by seasonal rainfall on bush tracks, airfields, and in wildlife areas, by wildlife migrations from one
region to another, or airline or other booking problems, etc.
REFUNDS: While the Company uses its best endeavors to ensure that all anticipated accommodation is available as planned, there
shall be no claim of any nature whatsoever against the Company for a refund, either in the whole or part, if any accommodation or
excursion is unavailable and a reasonable alternative is not found. If the guest is unable to use any service provided in the itinerary,
then there are no refunds due.
AIRLINE CLAUSE: The airlines concerned are not to be held liable for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are
not on board their planes or conveyance. The passengers’ tickets in use by the airline or by other carriers concerned when issued shall
constitute the sole contract between the airlines and the purchaser of these tickets and/or passengers.
DELAYS: We cannot be held liable for any delays or additional costs incurred as a result of airlines not running to schedule.
If one of our guides is unable to take a safari due to illness, etc., we reserve the right to substitute with another guide.
This agreement is made subject to and shall be governed by and construed according to the laws of the country in which the safari
takes place. Classic Escapes acts merely as an agent for the operating companies. To the best of our knowledge the itinerary is correct
at the time of printing. We cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies or number of changes that may occur after printing.
CONSENT: The payment of the deposit OR any other partial payment for a reservation on a safari constitutes consent by all guests
covered by that payment to all provisions of the conditions and general information contained in this brochure whether the guest has
signed the booking form or not. The terms, under which you agree to take this safari, cannot be changed or amended except in
writing signed by an authorized director of the Company.
INSURANCE: It is a condition of booking that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct
comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants/traveling companions for the duration
of their trip to Botswana. This insurance should include coverage in respect of, but not limited to, the following eventualities:
cancellation or curtailment of the trip; emergency evacuation expenses; medical expenses; repatriation expenses; and
damage/theft/loss of personal baggage, money, and goods. Classic Escapes, including their representatives, employees, and agents,
will take no responsibility for any costs, losses incurred or suffered by the guest or guest’s dependants or traveling companions, with
regards to, but not limited to, any of the above mentioned eventualities. Guests will be charged directly by the relevant service
providers for any emergency services they may require, and they may find themselves in a position unable to access such services
should they not be carrying the relevant insurance coverage. You must be medically able to travel when you pay your premium.

The San Diego Zoo provides emergency medical and evacuation insurance at no cost. Optional insurance information will
accompany your confirmation of deposit. It is important that you purchase insurance within 14 days from the date of your
confirmation of deposit issuance in order to waive preexisting conditions.
                                     WILDLIFE SAFARI TO BOTSWANA
                                            June 11 to 25, 2010
                      SPONSORED BY THE SAN DIEGO ZOO’S WORLDWILD TOURS PROGRAM

                                           RELEASE AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK
 Please read the following very carefully. As a condition of travel, we must have an initialed and signed copy of this liability release
form for each traveler prior to departure. Please initial and sign the release form and return it to Classic Escapes, keeping a copy for
your records. Each participant must sign this statement, and parents must sign for their minor children.


         I have read the schedule of activities and other information in this brochure for the Botswana trip. I may
accompany, and recognize and accept all risks thereof. I am aware that some aspects of this tour may not be appropriate
for travelers with health concerns or disabilities. Individual countries have their own standards of accessibility for
travelers with disabilities. I am aware that during the expedition I am participating in under the arrangements of the
San Diego Zoo and its agents or associates, certain risks and dangers may occur, including but not limited to the hazards
of traveling over rugged terrain, accident or illness in remote places without medical facilities or availability of timely
medical response, the forces of nature, unpredictable wild animals, and travel by air, train, boat, automobile, or other
conveyances. I am aware that the activities described in this paragraph are hazardous activities. I am voluntarily
participating in these hazardous activities with knowledge of the danger involved, and I hereby agree to accept and
assume any and all risk of injury or death, and verify this statement by placing my initials here:
                                                                           Initial______ Initial_______

        Photography: The San Diego Zoo reserves the right without further notice to make use of any photography or
film taken on the tour and of tour participants by our accompanying San Diego Zoo representative, without payment or
permission. We guarantee that no photographs of a compromising nature will be used.

         As consideration for being permitted by the San Diego Zoo or any of its affiliated organizations to participate in
these activities and use its facilities and equipment, I hereby agree that I, my assignees, heirs, distributees, guardians,
and legal representatives will not make a claim against, sue, or attach the property of the San Diego Zoo or any of its
affiliated organizations for injury or damage resulting from my participation in the activities described in this document,
or from the willful or negligent acts or omissions of any transportation supplier, hotel operator, or other supplier
hereunder. I have and do assume all the risk of the activities described in this document and will hold the San Diego
Zoo harmless from any and all actions, claims, or demands of any kind and nature whatsoever which I or my assignees,
heirs, distributees, guardians, and legal representatives now have or which may arise out of or in conjunction with my
trip or participation in any activities arranged for me by the San Diego Zoo and its agents or associates.

          I have carefully read this document and fully understand its contents. I am aware that this is a release of
liability and a contract between myself and the San Diego Zoo and/or its affiliated organizations, and I sign it of my
own free will. I have read, understand, and agree to all portions of the brochure, specifically those portions pertaining
to terms and conditions, including the policy on cancellations and refunds, and I certify that I have consulted my
physician and I do not have any mental or physical condition that would create a hazard for myself or other passengers.
 I recognize that the San Diego Zoo acts only as a conduit between the expedition participants and Classic Escapes and
has no other responsibility, contractual or otherwise, to anyone in connection with this tour.
Note: As a condition of travel, each participant must initial the sections above and sign this statement.


_____________________________________                                   _______________________________
Print Name―Passenger 1                                                  Signature                                    Date


_____________________________________                                   _______________________________
Print Name―Passenger 2                                                  Signature                                    Date
RESERVATION FORM:                                         (Please Print)     SAN DIEGO                              BOTSWANA                                           10AFZ0611/SDZS

Enclosed is my deposit for $ ______________ ($1,000 per person) to hold __________ place(s) on the Safari to Botswana departing on June 11, 2010. Cost is
$9,995 per person, double occupancy, land only. Additional international air from San Diego is $1,900, plus $496 in departure taxes & fuel surcharges.
(As of June 30, 2009­ subject to change). Please check the page titled “Your Journey at a Glance” for important information regarding the prices, should
the minimum amounts for the main trip and the extensions not be reached. Travelers will be re­invoiced approximately three months prior to departure
for the appropriate amount indicated. Travelers will be re­invoiced approximately three months prior to departure for the appropriate amount indicated.

Final payment due date is: March 3, 2010
Please make check payable to CLASSIC ESCAPES and mail to 58­25 Queens Blvd., Woodside, NY 11377
OR
Charge deposit to: o MasterCard o Visa o American Express o Discover
(Credit Card Authorization form needs to be completed and returned to Classic Escapes via mail or fax to 718­204­4726)
Deposits can be made by credit card; however, all final payments are required to be made by check or money order only.
1) NAME (As appears on passport): o Mr. o Mrs. o Ms.

2) NAME (As appears on passport): o Mr. o Mrs. o Ms.
NAME FOR NAME BADGE IF DIFFERENT FROM ABOVE: 1) _______________________________________ 2)

STREET ADDRESS:

CITY: _____________________________________________________________________________ STATE: _________________ ZIP:
PHONES: HOME: (                 ) __________________________ OFFICE: (                     ) ___________________________ MOBILE: (                        )
E­MAIL ADDRESS: ___________________________________________________________________________FAX: (                                                     )
o           I certify that I have not recently been treated for, nor am I aware of any physical or other condition or liability that would create a hazard to
            myself or the other members of this tour.
o           The two of us above are sharing a room and, where possible, would like a room with: o ONE o TWO Beds (Make one selection only)
o           I am sharing with ____________________________________________________________________________________ (form sent separately)
o           I need assistance in securing a roommate. I understand if San Diego Zoo or the tour operator cannot locate one for me by final payment date, I
            agree to pay the additional single supplement amount of $2,995.       I prefer to share with: o Smoker o Non­smoker
o           I desire single accommodations, if available, and will pay the single supplement additional cost of:
            o $2,995 for the trip

o           Please make my/our round trip air reservations on the group flights from San Diego via South African Airways.
o           Please make domestic round­trip air reservations for me from my home city: ______________________________________ to connect with the
            group flights and let me know the additional cost.

            Please send me information on air upgrades for: o Business/First Class (only one class – business/first – exists)
            Airline Seating Preference o Aisle o Window                       Frequent Flier # ________________________________________________________________
**We can request a seating preference on your behalf, however this is only a request and NOT guaranteed, as some seating assignments may be airport check­in only. Requests should be made in
writing no later than 60 days prior to departure. Bulkhead and/or emergency row seats can only be requested at airport check­in on the day of departure. Also note that even if we do obtain your
preferred seat, it is not guaranteed that the seat will be provided during check­in as there might be equipment changes that nullify our selection.
o           I/We will make own air arrangements and will provide you with an itinerary before trip departure.

How did you hear about this trip?
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

All rates quoted are based on tariffs and value of foreign currencies in relation to the U.S. dollar in effect as of June 30, 2009, and are subject to change. Refund of
deposit is made if cancellation is received in writing up to 95 days prior to departure, less $250 per person handling fee, plus $250 nonrefundable deposits made to
overseas suppliers. Thereafter, refund is made less any cancellation charges levied in accordance with the policy outlined in the accompanying Conditions of
Travel.
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU OBTAIN TRAVEL INSURANCE. RESERVATIONS ARE ACCEPTED SUBJECT TO TOUR CONDITIONS
AND WILL BE CONFIRMED ONLY IF ACCOMPANIED BY COMPLETED FORM SIGNED BY THE TOUR PARTICIPANT(S).




SIGNATURE: ____________________________________________________________________________________ DATE:
________________________________



SIGNATURE: ____________________________________________________________________________________ DATE:
________________________________

                                                                                 CLASSIC ESCAPES INC.
                                                                                   58­25 Queens Blvd.
                                                               Woodside, NY 11377
(We recommend that you keep a copy of your selections as noted above for your future reference




                                                                                         58­ 25 Queens Blvd., Woodside, NY 11377
                                                                                         T: (718) 204­7077; (800) 627­1244
                                                                                         F: (718) 204­4726
                                                                                         E:info@classicescapes.com


CREDIT CARD PAYMENT AUTHORIZATION

Please Note: If you wish to charge your deposit to Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover, this authorization
form MUST be completed and returned to us along with your reservation form before we can process your application.

I authorize (Classic Escapes Inc.) to charge my VISA/MASTERCARD/DISCOVER/AMEX listed below:

Name appearing on credit card:

Card number:                                                                             Expiration date:

Card Verification Number:*                                                               Card Type:

Billing address of credit card:



Amount of transaction:

Services rendered/Items purchased:



Phone number:

Signature:                                                                                       Date:

*How To Locate Your Card Verification Number:
(Visa, MasterCard, Discover: Locate the credit card number on the back of the card above the signature box. Enter the 3
digit number which follows the credit card number. American Express: Enter the 4 digit number found directly above
and to the right of the credit card number.)
I understand that all rates quoted on this tour I am making a payment on are based on tariffs and value of foreign currencies in
relation to the U.S. dollar in effect as of June 30, 2009, and are subject to change. Refund of deposit is made if cancellation is received
in writing up to 95 days prior to departure, less $250 per person handling fee, plus $250 nonrefundable deposits made to overseas
suppliers. Thereafter, refund is made less any cancellation charges levied, based on the following schedule:
·   Up to 95 days prior to departure, less $250 handling fee, plus $250 nonrefundable deposits made to overseas suppliers.
·   94­60 days prior to departure, less 50% of tour cost.
·   Less than 60 days prior to departure, refund is dependent on amount recoverable from overseas suppliers.
·   These cancellation fees are also in addition to any imposed by airlines.

                PLEASE NOTE: At times, our bank requires photocopy of credit card (both sides) and driver’s license or
                                  document showing signature of cardholder, in order to process the charge.
                While it is not required at this time that you include these materials with your deposit, if our bank requests
                                                    it, we will contact you for these copies.

				
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