World Expeditions expands its Africa and Middle East program
World Expeditions’ has expanded its Africa and Middle East range of trips, launching 16 new itineraries, including family trips, alternative routes on Mt Kilimanjaro as well as treks in Uganda, Morocco and Ethiopia, a new trip taking in two Ethiopian cultural festivals and exciting new combinations of walking, cycling and wildlife safaris.
The company’s new Africa range offers opportunities to trek, climb, cycle, kayak, cruise and explore Africa in virtually any combination in an expanded number of destinations and with a broader choice of accommodation styles, from luxury to rustic.
World Expeditions has a long history in evolving the concepts of African adventures for its discerning and active travellers, having pioneered the first commercial treks of Mount Kilimanjaro‘s Remote Northern Circuit and Shira Routes, while keeping the choices diverse with the Lemosho, Machame and the Rongai routes also on offfer.
Interest in mountain trekking has expanded from just Kilimanjaro to include Mount Kenya, new trekking routes in Uganda’s Mountains of the Moon – the Rwenzoris, Morocco’s High Atlas and the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia.
In recognition of the fact that Africa is a bucket list destination, World Expeditions makes it easy to combining experiences such as climbing Kilimanjaro, a Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater safari and some down time in Zanzibar. The company has made these modules very easy to group together and many operate for a minimum of only two.
Stand-out new trips include Festivals of Ethiopia, which takes in two of the country’s most important and fascinating festivals, the Genna and Timket Festivals; two new trips on the Zambezi River – the Mana Canoe Safari and the Mana Walking Safari, a South Africa Cycling Adventure and a Serengeti Fly-In Safari.
Two new family trips – the South Africa Pilanesberg Family Safari and the Eastern Cape Family Safari are designed specifically for adventurous families, with shorter transfers and plenty of opportunities for big game spotting.
World Expeditions also offers custom itineraries, which can be designed for extended family groups or groups of friends, clubs, schools and fundraising groups and allow complete flexibility with style of activity, accommodation and experience.
According to World Expeditions’ CEO, Sue Badyari, the growth in demand for custom itineraries has been significant, as travellers realize they can choose whatever activities in whatever regions with whatever style of accommodation that suits.
“There is virtually no limit to what’s possible with a customised itinerary, which can be designed for extended family groups or groups of friends, clubs, schools and fundraising groups,” she said. “We’re hearing that clients love the flexibility to choose exactly what they want and the value for money our trips offer, with essential items like meals, sightseeing and national park fees or camping equipment always included in trip costs.”
“Our staff are trained to advise the best options according to the aspirations of different travellers,” she said.
Ms Badyari said the other factors central to World Expeditions operations in Africa are the quality of the guiding teams, the standard of equipment, the fact the company doesn’t charge single supplements for single travellers and clients’ expectations that travel with us adheres to Responsible Travel practices, which are at the heart of every program on offer.
“We minimise our impact on the natural environment by practicing the ‘7 Principals of Leave No Trace'; our adventures support local economies by employing guides and staff from local communities; Our Animal Welfare Code of Conduct, Child Welfare Code of Conduct and Porter Welfare Policy ensure the well-being of animals and children we encounter, as well as the porters we employ on Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, Mount Kenya and in the Rwenzori Mountains,” she said.
World Expeditions’ top 5 trekking adventures are one of six routes on Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Margherita Peak (Mountains of the Moon) Uganda, Simien Mountains Ethiopia, South Africa Walking Adventure and the High Atlas Trek in Morocco.
The top 5 safari adventures are the African Wilderness in Comfort, Botswana Delta and Wildlife in Comfort, Kenya, and Tanzania Wildlife Discoverer, Primates, and Wildlife of Uganda and the Madagascar Adventurer.
More information at www.worldexpeditions.com or phone 1300 720 000.