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Starting in late July 2016 plan to join an unforgettable 18-day adventure to African and Indian Ocean venues of superb natural history in stunning marine environments. Fly to the Island of Madagascar and its extraordinary endemic wildlife, from lemurs & chameleons to bird-like moths. Relentless habitat destruction is pushing many species over the edge into extinction—see it all while you can. Fly to Antananarivo, the capital of the Malagasy Republic (Madagascar) and rendezvous in the old French Colonial city of Diego Suarez (Antsiranana) located on one of the world's great natural harbors at the northern tip of the island. By 4WD and daily 3 to 4-hour hikes, explore Ankarana National Park, home to subterranean crocodies that populate the largest known underground cave system in Africa, vast fields of sword-like limestone pinnacles called "tsingey", and forests shielding a wealth of unique fauna and flora. Segue to the islands of Nosy Be and Nosy Komba famous for birds, beaches and black lemurs. Head east to Daraina where one of the world's rarest primates, the golden-crowned lemur, was recently discovered. Continue astonishing encounters with surreal wildlife from incredible blue-beaked vangas to the indri-indri (the largest lemur in the world) in the remote forests of Marjejy, the Masola Peninsula and as far south as Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. Accommodations range from small but lush 4-star beachfront resorts in Nosy Be to rustic ecolodges and mobile safari tents in the remote areas where infrastructure is non-existent. Group members must be fit and flexible to best enjoy these outdoor adventures on land & sea.

Fly to Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, formerly known as Lourenço Marques. Tour the city with its impressive legacy from Portuguese Colonial times, then fly via Pemba to Ibo island in the Quirimbas Archipelago. A cluster of 32 coral islands with white powder beaches and spectacular reefs, the Quirimbas are a Mozambique National Park within a marine sanctuary that stretches for 250 km along the country's northern coast. By small aircraft hop to two other of these beautiful islands where Arabian, African and Portuguese influences plus chronicles of piracy and slavery have created a marvelously spicy travel chowder. Continue to the Bazaruto Archipelago, five islands along the southern coast that are Indian Ocean jewels starting to appear on major international tourism radar. Base at Benguerra Island and explore this second of Mozambique's Indian Ocean National Parks amd marine sanctuaries. Accommodations in both archepelagoes are at guesthouses and upscale 4-star beachfront lodges. A 4-day extension is available to Lake Malawi in the Rift Valley to snorkel/dive and photograph innumerable cichlid species.

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