Take an Adventure to Botswana!
You are cordially invited to join the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association on this wildlife safari, escorted by L.A. Zoo Director John Lewis.
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This amazing journey begins in Johannesburg with a day spent relaxing and exploring the city. You then travel to Botswana, where your adventure includes visiting the Okavango Delta and the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve. There are optional extension trips before and after the main tour. The pre-extension opportunity will allow you to explore Cape Town, South Africa; its beaches, mountains, and winelands - as well as a trip to Robben Island. The post-extension excursion will take you to Livingstone and Victoria Falls, Zambia.
Truly a trip of a lifetime!
May 29 to June 8, 2014
If you are interested in joining the trip, or would like more information, please call (323) 644-4792.
Botswana: Animal Kingdom's Water Wilderness
DAY 1~THURSDAY~MAY 29
LOS ANGELES/EN ROUTE
Your journey begins as you board your overnight flight to Johannesburg. (Meals Aloft)
DAY 2~FRIDAY ~MAY 30
Upon arrival at the Johannesburg International Airport, you will be met by your Classic Escapes representative 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 close-by. There are many things to do in Johannesburg – relax, shop, sightsee and take in the local flavor.
D'Oreale Grande is situated near Johannesburg International Airport, boasting luxurious accommodation, with palatial buildings set in a display of gardens, fountains and statues. Richly cloaked surroundings such as marble floors, plush carpets, magnificent stained glass domes, highly decorated murals and frescos, sculptures, intricate mosaics and Roman columns and arches contribute to an atmosphere of intimacy, classical elegance and lavish opulence.
Overnight at D’OREALE GRANDE. (Meals Aloft) www.doreale.com/
DAYS 3/4/5~SATURDAY/SUNDAY/MONDAY~MAY 31~ JUNE 1/2
MAUN/OKAVANGO DELTA/BANOKA CAMP
Today you will fly to Maun, Botswana. Then board light aircraft for your flight to the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta is the largest inland water system on Earth. Its headwaters start in Angola’s western highlands. Numerous tributaries join to form the Cubango River, which then flows through Namibia (called the Kavango) and finally enters Botswana. Here it is 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 savannah.
While at Banoka, duties permitting, Dr. Tico McNutt will join you to discuss his work with the Botswana Wild Dog Project, the longest running such project on these creatures which are the second most endangered carnivores in Africa after the Ethiopian wolf. Tico, born in Seattle, has made wild dogs his life’s work, and has been studying these fascinating mammals since the late 1980s. He will give you insights into their complex family structure, and habits, and make you love these misunderstood carnivores. Dr. McNutt and his wife Lesley Boggs are the authors of Running Wild: Dispelling the Myths of the African Wild Dog, a wonderful table book on wild dogs, beautifully photographed by Helene Heldring and Dave Hamman. If time allows, Tico will go out on a wildlife run with you to find some of his study subjects.
Your home for the next three days, Banoka Bush Camp is situated in the Khwai Community Concession in a private area in the northeastern parts of the beautiful Okavango Delta. Accommodation consists of ten tented units with en-suite facilities. The main camp area boasts a lounge as well as a dining area offering beautiful views. The camp is named in honor of the River San, or Banoka, ancestors of the Khoi and the earliest settlers of the Okavango Delta. The magnificent location of Banoka Bush Camp offers fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. The narrow Khwai Channel is home to large mammals such as hippo and crocodile, with buffalo and red lechwe grazing along the fringe. Elusive roan antelope often come to the river to drink. Mopane woodland and permanent water attract large numbers of elephants to the area. Larger predators include lion, wild dog and spotted hyena, and birdlife found here is just as varied thanks to the wide array of habitats. Some 450 bird species can be seen in the area. Your daily morning and afternoon game drives will give you the opportunity to experience and appreciate first-hand the harshness and beauty of this area.
Overnights at BANOKA BUSH CAMP. (All Meals Daily) www.wilderness-safaris.com
DAYS 6/7~TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY~JUNE 3/4
OKAVANGO DELTA/SEBA CAMP
Today’s flight takes you to Seba Camp, which blends beautifully into the ancient riverine forest of majestic hardwood trees – predominantly sycamore fig, magosteen and leadwood, against which it is built. It is comprised of eight well-appointed and spacious elevated tents, each with en-suite bathroom and a private deck on which to relax and observe the passing wildlife, and each vibrantly decorated celebrating the different tribes of Botswana. Well-lit paths lead to the communal dining area and a lounge-library replete with reference and pictorial books. There is a secluded swimming pool enabling guests to refresh themselves and relax. The dining and bar areas are also set on a raised saligna deck with spectacular views. Gourmet meals are served, usually al fresco, in the dining area: five-star cuisine and superb dinners follow cocktails shared by guests, researchers and guides around a traditional campfire.
The camp is named after Seba, one of the elephants that was released from nearby Abu Camp. As a baby, Seba starred in the Walt Disney movie, Whispers, that was filmed in the area. The word "seba" means whisper in the language of Botswana. A number of elephants that were released back into the wild have formed their own herd. The interaction between these and the wild herds in the area provides rich fodder for research teams from Bristol University in the UK. Guests can observe the researchers at work, often in close proximity to the elephant herds. Guides are always happy to drive visitors to see a released elephant and its wild companions when they are in the vicinity of the camp. Apart from the large elephant population, there is a seasonal abundance of wildlife in the area including giraffe, zebra, impala, wildebeest, tsessebe and lechwe. Lion frequent the greater area and herds of buffalo are occasional visitors too. For bird enthusiasts, some 380 different species are found in the region. During winter, thanks to the high water levels, Seba is transformed into a water camp, with water-based activities taking precedence, such as mokoro, motorboat excursions and fishing, as well as walks and the usual morning and afternoon wildlife drives.
Overnights at SEBA CAMP. (All Meals Daily) www.wilderness-safaris.com
LINYANTI WILDLIFE RESERVE ~ DUMATAU CAMP
Another opportunity to enjoy the abundant wildlife of the Delta this morning before you depart on your flight to Duma Tau is located in a private reserve in the Linyanti/Savuti Channel area in the northern part of Botswana, on the western boundary of Chobe National Park. The source of the Savuti Channel is within this private reserve. The Linyanti Reserve consists of 308,880 acres of prime wildlife countryside. The region has all the diversity to make it a paradise for wildlife. Inland there are enormous acacia and mopane forests, which sustain large numbers of elephants in the winter months. The Savuti area is famous for its lions which have been documented in National Geographic films, one of the most exciting being the Joubert’s Eternal Enemies which depicts the conflicts between lions and hyenas. Elephants are one of the area's biggest attractions along with the red lechwe antelope, zebra, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, sable, roan antelope, and eland as well as giraffe, baboon, monkey, warthog, crocodile and buffalo. Then, there are the predators – lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hyena and the nocturnal animals – bushbabies, spring hare, aardwolf, serval, genet, pangolin and the smaller predators.
DumaTau Camp itself is built under a shady grove of mangosteen trees, overlooking a large hippo-filled lagoon within the Linyanti waterway system. Its large, luxurious rooms are raised off the ground on polished wooden decks. They are set under thatch with canvas walls, allowing guests to enjoy the night sounds of Africa from the comfort of their beds. The bathroom facilities are en-suite, and each room also features an outdoor shower. There is a dining room, living room, bar area and plunge pool, also raised on wooden decks, with fabulous views. Activities at DumaTau mainly focus on the wildlife of the area, with day and night drives offering fabulous opportunities to view firsthand, and at close range, Africa's whole spectrum of diurnal and nocturnal creatures. With the exception of rhinos, virtually all other species of African animals are represented in good numbers on the reserve. Nature walks allow for closer inspection of some of the smaller aspects of the eco-system, while the camp's pontoon facilitates access to the Linyanti River, and a different perspective on animals as they come to the river to drink. You will also have the opportunity to wait at hides, where you can view and photograph animals at close range without disturbance.
Overnights at DUMATAU CAMP. (All Meals Daily) www.wilderness-safaris.com/camps
DAY 10~SATURDAY~JUNE 7
Enjoy a last wildlife run this morning and a hearty breakfast before flying back to Johannesburg via Maun where you connect with your overnight flight to the U.S.A. (B, Meals Aloft)
DAY 11~SUNDAY~JUNE 8
This morning you land in the USA and connect with your flight to Los Angeles, bringing with you the memories of all the wonderful sights of Southern Africa. (Meals Aloft)
OPTIONAL PRE-EXTENSION TO CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
DAY 1~SUNDAY~MAY 25
LOS ANGELES /EN ROUTE
Your journey begins as you board your overnight flight to Johannesburg. (Meals Aloft)
DAY 2~MONDAY~MAY 26
Upon arrival at the Johannesburg International Airport you will connect with your flight to Cape Town, South Africa’s “Mother City”. Upon arrival, you will be met and escorted to your hotel. The provincial capital, Cape Town, is a sophisticated city with plenty to see and do, particularly around the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront area, where delightful buildings of the Cape Dutch and Victorian-era architecture have been restored as shops, restaurants, museums and pubs, as the busy water traffic of the docks goes on unabated. Cape Town, which faces north across Table Bay, has thrived from its birth, first as a Dutch settlement in 1652 when Jan van Ribeeck established it as a supply station for ships of the Dutch East India Company, and later, under the British as a port supplying ships with food and fresh water from the perennial mountain streams.
The perfect blend of heritage and modern luxury epitomizes the Taj Cape Town. Located in the city center, the hotel is steps from the popular area of St George's Mall which is a vibrant pedestrian precinct with wonderful pavement cafés and bars and is surrounded by significant historic buildings which include the St. George's Cathedral, the House of Parliament, the Castle of Good Hope, the Company's Gardens and many of Cape Town's national museums. All rooms are beautifully decorated and complete with every exclusive amenity. The Taj Cape Town has two spectacular restaurants - Mint and The Bombay Brasserie - and an unforgettable seafood, champagne and oyster bar known as The Twankey. The Jiva Grand Spa combines the wisdom and heritage of the respected Asian and Indian philosophies, surrounding wellness and wellbeing, to create an unrivaled treatment experience. The hotel prides itself on providing unobtrusive and efficient service from a staff that genuinely delights in making guests feel at home.
Overnight at THE TAJ CAPE TOWN HOTEL. (Meals Aloft) www.tajhotels.com
DAY 3~TUESDAY~MAY 27
CAPE TOWN/CAPE PENINSULA
Your luxury motorcoach takes you on a breathtaking coastal drive to the Cape of Good Hope. You are surrounded by spectacular mountains, rugged shorelines, and the blue sea below. See Devil's Peak, Lion's Head, Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles. Pass quaint seaside towns as you continue to Cape Point where the stormy waters of the Atlantic meet up with the calm waters of the Indian Ocean. At Cape Point, climb the steps or ride a funicular to the top where you can explore a lighthouse, enjoy the views or even indulge in a bit of shopping. Take a close look at the ocean where you may see dolphins and a variety of seabirds. You will also have the chance to explore the Cape Point Nature Reserve which is host to approximately half of the 2,700 species of indigenous plants contained in the Cape Peninsula. Look for the distinctive orange found in leucospermums, one of the rarest types of proteas – the mimites, marvel at the helicrysums and pelarganium calcullums, and enjoy the ericas, phenacomas and fine bush which the Dutch called “fynbos.” There are 250 species of birds in the reserve, ranging from ostriches to minuscule sunbirds. Caracal, chacma baboon, a wide variety of buck and various other mammal species may be seen, including Cape Mountain zebra and the bontebok which is endemic to this part of the world. The baboons feed occasionally on marine foods which they garner at low tide. At Olifants Bay, look for Oystercatchers, and enjoy some superb birding.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and continue to Boulders Beach where the African (Jackass) Penguins can be seen – also known as the Black-footed Penguins. These flightless seabirds are found only on the coast of Southern Africa and the only penguins found on this continent. Enjoy a delightful walk on a specially-built platform onto the little sheltered beach where they nest among the rocks, and "waddle" up and down into and out of the sea. Since the penguins are accustomed to human presence you can safely get within a few feet of them as you stand on the platform, and it is sometimes possible to view them nesting behind rocks and bushes.
Return to Cape Town in the evening, where you have another chance to discover one of the numerous restaurants that Cape Town has to offer.
Overnight at Overnight at THE TAJ CAPE TOWN HOTEL. (B,L)
DAY 4~WEDNESDAY~MAY 28
CAPE TOWN: TABLE MOUNTAIN/WINELANDS
Get a feel of what Cape Town is all about by taking the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, the signature of this city, easily one of the most recognizable mountains. This tour is very dependent on the wind factor, as well as the clouds. Many times a cloud covers this flat-topped mountain, which rises to 3,563 feet above sea level and the locals affectionately say it’s a white tablecloth. Legend has it that a retired pirate, on climbing the mountain met up with the devil. In order to preserve his soul, the pirate challenged the devil in a smoking contest. So they stoked up their pipes and have been smoking ever since. For centuries Table Mountain has been a guiding beacon to mariners rounding the Cape of Southern Africa. Sir Francis Drake described it as "the most stately thing and the fairest cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth." Despite its formidable appearance, it is possible to hike up Table Mountain. The first recorded ascent was in 1503 by the Portuguese navigator Antonio da Saldanha who, confused by the Cape Peninsula geography, climbed to the summit via the frontal cleft, now known as Platteklip Gorge. For nature lovers, the birding is awesome, and the wild flowers include agapanthus, watsonias and red nerines which poke out from rock crevices amid a scrub of ericas and gnarled proteas. More than 1,400 species of flowering plants have been recorded on the mountain which makes it a spectacular sight in the spring. Cute guinea pig-like creatures known as rock dassies, or hyraxes, (genetically, the closest living relatives to elephants) scuttle everywhere. They are not afraid and scamper among the tourists seeking to be fed.
Continue to the wine lands region situated below the spectacular Boland Mountains only 50 minutes from the city. Discover the internationally acclaimed vineyards of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franshhoek on the Western Cape, along a most scenic route. You will visit the historic estate of Boschendal with some of the most brilliantly preserved Cape Dutch buildings in the Cape, and its collection of priceless period furniture. You will also visit Franschhoek with its lovely antique shops and gardens, nestled in the "Valley of the Huguenots" where the French first settled in 1688. All the wine estates you will be visiting in the region offer tastings and cellar tours and you will enjoy lunch in one of them. This afternoon, explore the university town of Stellenbosch, the oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town, undoubtedly the most scenic and historically-preserved town in Southern Africa. Oak-lined streets next to water furrows compliment the many fine examples of elegant Cape Dutch, Victorian and Georgian architecture - all part of this unique "Town of Oaks".
Overnight at Overnight at THE TAJ CAPE TOWN HOTEL. (B,L)
DAY 5~THURSDAY~MAY 29
CAPE TOWN: ROBBEN ISLAND /KHAYELITSHA (NEW HOME)
Your day begins as you visit one of the most symbolically significant and moving sights in South Africa, Robben Island. For nearly 400 years, Robben Island was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. It was here that rulers sent those they regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society. During the apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. The duty of those who ran the Island and its prison was to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale. Some freedom fighters, including former President Nelson Mandela, spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs. Those imprisoned on the Island succeeded on a psychological and political level in turning a prison 'hell-hole' into a symbol of freedom and personal liberation. In1997 Robben Island became a National Museum and National Monument. The Museum is a dynamic institution, which runs educational programs for schools, youths and adults, facilitates tourism development, conducts ongoing research related to the Island and fulfills an archiving function. It was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. Tours are conducted by former prisoners of Robben Island, who bring to life this South African heritage, which speaks of heroic endurance and triumph of the human spirit in the face of enormous hardship and adversity.
Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, sampling typical African food and hospitality in an authentic setting. Then, head to the settlement of Khayelitsha, on the Cape Flats. Khayelitsha means "new home" and was established in 1984 during the tribal war outbreak in informal settlements. Like many other townships, it was created during the apartheid era as a dormitory area for the working class. Today residents continue to face challenges of HIV/AIDS and poverty in post-apartheid South Africa.
You will meet your guide, founder Vivian Zilo, and spend time with her gaining a personal insight into her work in the community and learning more about the area in which they live. Vivian established the Iliso Care Society in June 2005 when she solicited the help of four other women to begin providing services to her community. The mission of the Iliso Care Society is to fight poverty, encourage community empowerment, organize workshops for youth, provide safety and care for orphans and vulnerable children, the elderly and school children. ICS started giving meals to over 100 beneficiaries once a day from Monday through Friday, but the numbers were increasing each and every day. Today, Vivian brings new hope to the people of Khayelitsha and you will get a chance to experience this first hand.
Overnight at THE TAJ CAPE TOWN HOTEL. (B,L)
DAY 6~FRIDAY~MAY 30
This morning is devoted to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, arguably one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Founded in 1913, Kirstenbosch lies on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and consists of landscaped gardens of indigenous plants and trees, watered by the Liesbeek River, as well as natural forest that extend up to the lower slopes. Kirstenbosch covers an area of 1,383 acres, 148 of which are cultivated; the remainder is a natural flora reserve. It is a living display featuring 9,000 of the estimated 20,000 species of indigenous South African flora, and close to 50% of the peninsula’s floral wealth. In the cultivated area, related plants are grouped together and radiate from the central lawns like the spokes of a wheel. Among the interesting sections here are the Cycad Amphitheatre, which hosts most species of these “living fossils” found in southern Africa; the famed Protea Garden on the higher slopes, with its profuse growth of silver trees (Leucadendron argenteum); the JV Mathews Rock Garden (named after the first curator) containing succulents of the genera Crassula, Aloe, Lampranthus and Euphorbia; the Erica Garden and the Pelargonium Koppie. Two streams cut through Kirstenbosch, both laced with besembos, red alder and hard fern. Of historical interest is an avenue of camphor trees and fig trees planted by Cecil Rhodes in 1898, and a small section of wild almond (Brabejum stellatifolium) hedge planted by Dutch settler Jan van Riebeeck in 1660. Birds of all sorts can be seen here as well – Dusky and Paradise Flycatchers, sunbirds, Klaas's cuckoos, bulbuls, pigeons, brilliant green and red Cape Sugarbirds (which pollinate the flowers), guinea fowls, and the Cape Batis.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg to meet up with the group arriving from the USA today. (B)
OPTIONAL POST-EXTENSION TO LIVINGSTONE & VICTORIA FALLS, ZAMBIA
DAYS 10/11~SATURDAY/SUNDAY~JUNE 7/8
LIVINGSTONE/VICTORIA FALLS, ZAMBIA
Bid farewell to the rest of the group returning to the USA as you fly to Livingstone on the Zambian side of 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. Mosi-oa-Tunya – 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. But all Dr. David Livingstone probably 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 sheer-sided chasm which separates Zimbabwe from Zambia. The awe-inspiring 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 visit will include a tour of the falls on the Zambian side. An afternoon sundowner cruise on a private boat will be a highlight as you glide along the Zambezi River, watching hippos snort, elephants drink on the riverbank, monkeys jump from branch to branch, birds fly overhead or pose for a photograph on the branches, and much more. Enjoy your gin and tonic, cool beer, or drink of choice, and see a panoramic sunset as the sun dips below the horizon, painting the whole area in unbelievable colors of brilliant reds, yellows, purples and mauves.
You’ll also get a chance to visit a native village. You will be escorted by your English-speaking village guide, seeing a culture and ways of life in this traditional village where a lot of the staff working at your camp live. View their daily rituals, from the women cooking and mending their huts, to the artistic woodcarvings created right in front of you by the village artisans. Smiling children scatter about and you are welcome to mingle and take photographs. Long after you’ve left, this cultural visit will remain with you, and you’ll feel as though you’ve experienced a different part of Africa - quite essential if you’re to understand the complexity of this continent.
Overlooking the mighty Zambezi River and some of its islands, under a shady canopy of jackal berry and water berry trees lies Toka Leya, your accommodation for the next two nights. The islands in front of camp are intriguing and part of the braided channel of the Zambezi with some rapids, a main channel and fringing dense vegetation. The camp consists of 12 safari-style tents, each en-suite with a view of the magnificent Zambezi River and some of its islands. The camp's dining and bar area is set beneath a shaded canopy of trees overlooking the River and a swimming pool.
Overnights at TOKA LEYA CAMP. (B,L,D Daily)
DAY 12~MONDAY~JUNE 9
Last chance to photograph the incredible Falls, visit the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park which also features rhino, or shop at Livingstone, before transferring to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg where you connect with your overnight flight to the U.S.A. (B, Meals Aloft)
DAY 13~TUESDAY~JUNE 10
This morning you land in the USA and connect with your flight home, bringing with you the memories of all the wonderful sights of Southern Africa. (Meals Aloft)
• All flights between the camps.
• Roundtrip flight between Johannesburg and Maun.
• Flight between Livingstone and Johannesburg on the post-extension.
• Roundtrip flight between Johannesburg and Cape Town on the pre-extension.
• 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.
• Naturalist guide will accompany the group with a minimum of 10 travelers.
• John Lewis will accompany the group with a minimum of 10 travelers on the main program and 10 travelers on either extension.
• Gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants.
• Laundry and all local beverages during safari in Botswana except for Champagne and imported spirits.
• Complimentary bottled water in vehicles throughout.
• All applicable hotel and lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling.
• All park entry fees and sightseeing as specified.
• Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallet.
• Roundtrip air transportation from Los Angeles to Johannesburg including departure taxes and fuel surcharges. (Quoted separately).
• Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas. No visas are required for South Africa or Botswana. Visa is required for Zambia and will be obtained upon entry.
• Gratuities to driver/guides 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 at special low cost group rates.
Please Note That The Itinerary Sequence Is Correct At The Time Of Writing, But Is Subject To Change.
CLASSIC ESCAPES CONSERVATION FUND
In keeping with our mission to provide exciting, educational, and fun-filled experiences that nurture and directly support the diverse wildlife and cultures we visit around the world, Classic Escapes has established the Classic Escapes Conservation Fund to ensure that a percentage of all profits go to support conservation and wildlife researchers performing their critical work in the field. Project support has included wild dog, elephant, rhino and cheetah conservation in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia, penguins in Punta San Juan Peru, tiger preservation in India, and sponsoring school children in Kenya, among many other projects around the world. By traveling with Classic Escapes, you are supporting travel as a tool for building the mutual respect, awareness and understanding that are vital to preserving this planet for future generations.