Wildlife Tour Operator Naturetrek Launches 8 New Tours For 2015/16

Naturetrek, the UK’s leading wildlife tour operator, has extended its programme of expert-escorted trips to include eight, new, carefully devised itineraries. Trips range from a rewarding foray into Abruzzo National Park, Italy, in search of Marsican Brown Bears, Apennine Wolves, Wild Boar and more, to a unique safari in Zambia, focusing on the animals of South Luangwa National Park and the annual migration of five million fruit bats into Kasanka National Park.

Naturetrek offers unrivalled expertise, gained through almost 30 years’ experience of providing the very best, responsibly created wildlife holidays. As ever, each tour is expertly guided by a leading naturalist, botanist or ornithologist.

NEW tours for 2015/16:

Europe

St Kilda & the Hebrides – Islands on the Edge of the Atlantic, seven days – from £1,595 pp

Scotland is blessed with some of the most spectacular scenery and seabird colonies in the North Atlantic. This unusual cruise, exclusively chartered by Naturetrek, visits its isolated islands, including the rare chance to land on the remote – and stunning – outpost of St Kilda, while seeking out birds such as Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Arctic Skuas, Puffins and White-tailed Eagles, as well as cetaceans, seals and otters. Departs 4 June 2016.

Abruzzo in Autumn, eight days – from £1,395 pp

As the summer scorch eases, this beautiful and little-known park bursts with the fruitfulness of autumn, and mammals and birds begin to prepare for the coming winter. Day forays from a family-run hotel base (armed with a delicious lunch made from local produce) should result in sightings of Red Deer, Chamois, and birds of prey that include Golden Eagle and Griffon Vulture, and Brown Marsican Bears as they ‘fatten up’ on berries before hibernating. Departs 13 September 2015.

Sicily in Autumn, seven days – from £1,395 pp

Scenic Sicily is a stopover point for migrating birds journeying south for winter, and this birdwatching itinerary has been planned to coincide with the influx. A former winery in the picturesque coastal town of Siracusa serves as an ideal base; the headlands here host recently arrived migrants and the nearby wetlands are home to Spoonbill and Greater Flamingos among others. The group will also search the lava flows of Mount Etna for Sicilian Rock Partridge and take a cable car to the crater. Departs 16 September 2015.

Africa

Selous & Ruaha – Undiscovered Tanzania, 11 days – from £5,195 pp

Explore two of Tanzania’s hidden wildlife jewels – Selous and Ruaha National Parks – where the lodges are small and visitor numbers are low but the landscapes are vast. Game walks, boat trips and traditional vehicle safaris all feature on this action-packed itinerary. Expect a wealth of mammals, including Wild Dog, Elephant, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard, as well as abundant birdlife. Departs 1 October 2015.

Zambia – Kasanka’s Bats & South Luangwa, 13 days – from £5,495 pp

Witness five million Straw-coloured Fruit Bats fill the sky as they emerge from their roost sites in the beautiful Kasanka National Park. The bats migrate into this little-visited corner of northern Zambia during November and December, and this trip is perfectly timed to observe this extraordinary spectacle. Other highlights include the game-rich South Luangwa National Park and the spectacular Victoria Falls. Departs 11 November 2015.

Ethiopia’s Endemic Birds & Mammals, 17 days – from £3,995 pp

Quite unlike any other country in Africa, or indeed the world, Ethiopia offers a wonderfully varied landscape that embraces both hot deserts and towering mountains, and an astonishingly rich flora and fauna, much of which is unique to the country. Endemics on the agenda include Gelada Baboons and an array of birdlife, from White-winged Cliff Chats to White-billed Starlings. Departs 30 October 2015.

The Americas

Autumn Colours of New England, 13 days – from £2,995 pp

Soak up the beguiling autumn colours of the eastern seaboard of the US, as well as its intriguing array of birds, mammals and sea life. Starting in Boston, the group will seek out Humpback Whales among other cetaceans, before driving north (with birding stops on the way, including hummingbirds) along the scenic coast of Maine. In the Moosehead Lake region, participants will explore the boreal forests by canoe, minibus and on foot, looking out for American Mink, Striped Skunk and Canadian Lynx. Departs 9 October 2015.

Colombia, 16 days – from £4,695 pp

A birder’s dream destination, Colombia boasts no less than 1,900 bird species, as well as a new and stable democracy. This exciting trip focuses on the Andean forests of the north-west and lowland forests of the Amazon and Orinoco, searching for woodpeckers, hummingbirds, barbets, coronets, parrots and much more. Departs 11 February 2016.

Asia

India – Ranthambore, Bharatpur & Chambal, 13 days – from £1,595 pp

A great introduction to the diverse attractions of northern India, including three iconic nature reserves, which are home to some of the subcontinent’s most enthralling wildlife. Sightings of Tiger, Sloth Bear and Leopard are all possible, and Ranthambore alone is home to over 300 bird species. Departs 8 November 2015 and 7 February 2016.

*All prices are based on two sharing and include flights (London), transport on the tour, comfortable accommodation with all or most meals and expert guiding.

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