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:email@example.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.