A comprehensive itinerary taking in a selection of islands where you will have maximum opportunities to view and enjoy the amazing wildlife that is the hallmark of these very special and unique islands. And, what better way to do it, than on board our luxury expedition ship.
Note: this itinerary is only operative until March 2017
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
Arrive and stay at JW Marriot Hotel in Quito, including breakfast. Evening tour of Quito's historic city highlights.3Day
Morning flight from Quito to Baltra Island and transfer to Silver Galapagos4Day
We will make two landings on this very special island. The first on the sandy beach at Darwin Bay. This is one of the main nesting sites for the rare red-footed booby and you will walk close to lots of these birds, as well as frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, night herons, gulls and many more. There are also seals basking on the rocks and inland. Later we will climb Prince Philip's steps for a longer walk across the volcanic landscape and see nesting Nazca boobies and more frigate birds and be on the lookout for the elusive short-eared owl.
We will find time for optional snorkelling and kayaking too.
This small island is home to an amazing profusion of wildlife, with two species of frigatebird, blue-footed boobies, brown noddies and more. Sealions doze on the beach and on the rocks and bothe marine and colourful land iguanas patrol the beach and surroundings.
On the east coast of Santiago Island, we land on the beach or on lava rocks, distinctive for their swirly appearance. As the day heats up, we will cool off with some welcome snorkelling.
Rabida is distinctive for its red rocks and almost maroon coloured beach. Here we look for Darwin's finches,lava lizards and Galapagos mockingbirds. We have opportunities for spectacular snorkelling with sealions, reef sharks, marine iguanas and myriad tropical fish. Alternatively, kayak along the shoreline and spot birds on the cliffs.
Later at Eden Islet off Santa Cruz, we can do more snorkelling and kayaking. We see great blue herons, blue-footed boobies and more here.
At Galapaguera Cerro Colorado reserve, there has been a successful breeding programme for the Galapagos giant tortoise and here we can see adults and young in a natural environment.
Elsewhere on the island, we wet land at Punta Pitt, where there are breeding colonies of red and blue footed and Nazca boobies as well as great and magnificent frigatebirds. We will climb the cliff for some scenic views.
Espanola is the ldlest island in the archipelago. At Gardiner Bay, we can swim off the beach with sealions, a delightful experience. Further out, there is great snorkelling and kayaking. A varied and relaxing morning.
In the afternoon, we go to Punta Suarez to watch the boobies and gulls soaring above the cliffs. This is the only breeding place of the waved albatross, which can be seen here from April to December. Mockingbirds, doves and Galapagos hawks can also be spotted here.
Santa Cruz is the most populated island and also has the biggest town, Puerto Ayora. We go ashore to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, whose principal project is the restoration of Galapagos giant tortoises - here we will see and learn about he different species to be found on specific islands. We will also see land iguanas - a breeding programme for these has rescued numbers after predation by dogs and cats. Some rare time for a little souvenir shopping in town before heading back to ship.
In the afternoon, we sail round to the small and picturesque island of Santa Cruz, with its prickly pear cactus and the red-coloured sesuvium plant. We see nesting swallow-tailed gulls as well as iguanas and sealions.
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for flight to Guayaquil.See All Itinerary