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Classic Polar Bear Adventure Tanzania Migration Safari


CLASSIC POLAR BEAR ADVENTURE
Classic Polar Bear Adventury

Dear Adventure Traveler, we have posted the full eQuilter Polar Bear Tour itinerary and details below on this page, including contact details for our eQuilter adventure specialist Aly, at Natural Habitat.

You will find some additional information on our Nov 14-20 trip also at this link: http://www.nathab.com/polar-bear-tours/classic-polar-bear-expedition/

(Please note: these dates are tentative and will be confirmed around Jan 1.)

You can find photos from my previous tours, on this page. Aerial photos were taken from the optional helicopter tour on the last day, which I highly recommend! (I will definitely want to do the helicopter tour again this time!)

Because of my crazy travel/business schedule, I want to give you Dana as your eQuilter contact person: service@eQuilter.com

If you want to send me a question, please direct it through Dana, so she can chase me down for the answer in case I am out of the office. Due to the high volume of emails that I receive, and my travel schedule, you are more likely to get a timely response if you email Dana.

You will receive some Polar Bear and Snow-themed fabrics in your Traveler Welcome Package prior to the trip, but if you just can’t wait, check out our current stock of Arctic-themed fabrics here.

Space for this special trip is VERY LIMITED so please understand that to guarantee your place on this tour, you need to call our eQuilter agent at NatHab to give a $500 down payment.

We are so lucky to have Aly Jacobsen (Senior Adventure Specialist at Natural Habitat) as our wonderful coordinator for this adventure, and if we fill the trip (which I am sure we will!) we will be able to plan some special activities related to the textile arts of the Churchill area and their native people.

I will arrive in Winnipeg one day early, so we can meet for dinner the night before the tour starts.  As the trip fills and we nail down our plans, I will keep you posted. Also every confirmed traveler on this trip will receive a special packet of polar bear/ snow-themed fabrics, in your welcome package.

Natural Habitat

Please do contact Aly directly at NatHab, for extra special treatment as an eQuilter friend/customer.
Her direct line is – 800-543-8917 Email: alyj@nathab.com

Thank you for your interest, and I hope to see you in October!
Best wishes, Luana

Classic Polar Bear Adventury

November 14-20, 2018

Daily Itinerary

We highly recommend arriving a day early in case of inclement weather delays. We offer an ‘Extra Day in Winnipeg’ excursion, which includes hotel, meals, and a tour of the Winnipeg area, including the FortWhyte Alive or Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and the Manitoba Museum. For details and/or to book this Extra Day Program, please call us at 800-543-8917.

Day 1: approximately November 14, Winnipeg, Manitoba Arrive in Winnipeg, once a fur-trading post and boomtown for the Canadian Pacific Railway, today Manitoba’s cultural and commercial capital at the eastern edge of Canada’s vast prairies. Collect your luggage, proceed through Customs (if applicable), and make your way to the Natural Habitat Adventures booth inside the terminal.

If you are arriving on an international flight, turn left after exiting customs and the international arrivals area. From here, make your way toward the exit near the escalator where you will find the NHA booth.

If your flight into Winnipeg originates in, or connects through, another Canadian city, you will claim your bags in the domestic arrivals area. From here, make your way toward the exit near the escalator where you will find the NHA booth.

A Nat Hab representative will meet passengers at the NHA booth. Occasionally, there are multiple travelers arriving into Winnipeg at around the same time and the NHA representative will be momentarily away from the desk assisting another traveler. If you do not see the representative at the desk after about five minutes, please call our Winnipeg office at 204-926-6553. The shuttle will then transfer you to the Fort Garry Hotel downtown. This French-style chateau is a National Historic Site, built in 1913 by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and still the grande dame of Winnipeg, offering first-class hospitality. After checking in, you will be free to relax until we gather at approximately 7 pm with our Natural Habitat Adventures Expedition Leaders for an informal welcome dinner and orientation at the hotel.

Overnight Fort Garry Hotel

Day 2: approximately November 15, Winnipeg / Churchill

Fly by chartered plane to Churchill this morning. This hospitable frontier town, originally a Hudson’s Bay Company fur-trading post, is our base for adventure. We often see polar bears from the bus as we leave the airport, even before boarding our Polar Rover. Our trip opens with an evening presentation on polar bears and the northern environment by our professional staff of naturalists and scientists.

Overnight Churchill Hotel/Seaport Hotel/Polar Inn or similar

Days 3 & 4: approximately November 16 & 17, Polar Bear Viewing

Uniquely designed Polar Rovers are our mobile means for spending time among the bears. Though they are built to accommodate up to 35 passengers, we take a maximum of just 17 guests, ensuring everyone a window seat. Our Expedition Leaders know the best places to observe polar bears, which congregate in the region each fall as they wait for Hudson Bay to freeze, signaling the start of the winter seal-hunting season. As we watch them interact, we’re delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. From the warmth of our vehicle, we may see mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting, or a lone bear ambling over the tundra in solitary majesty. Our knowledgeable Expedition Leader offers interpretation along the way, explaining the bears’ behavior and how they thrive in such a harsh environment. In the evenings, we’ll meet for dinner and presentations on wildlife or local cultures.

Overnight Churchill Hotel/Seaport Hotel/Polar Inn or similar

Day 5: approximately November 18, Explore Around Churchill / Evening on the Tundra

We tour historic Churchill today, then head out to the tundra for evening bear viewing and dinner aboard the vehicle. During the day we may explore the coast road en route to Cape Merry, where we often see Arctic fox and Arctic hare. Keep a close out for them, as their winter-white coats offer excellent camouflage later in the season when the ground is white. If the skies are clear, our nighttime tundra excursion might reveal one of nature’s most exhilarating experiences—a chance to view the northern lights away from the glare of town. Though never predictable or promised, the auroral display often starts as a pale glow in the northern sky, then the lights begin to flicker and dance in shimmering curtains of color, most typically green but occasionally red.

Overnight Churchill Hotel/Seaport Hotel/Polar Inn or similar

Day 6: approximately November 19, Churchill—Dog Sledding / Winnipeg

Our return flight to Winnipeg is scheduled to depart in the mid- to late afternoon, to offer as much time as possible for exploring Churchill today. A highlight this morning is an authentic dog sled excursion. We’ll drive just outside town to meet a local musher and his team, spending time with the lively and affectionate dogs before taking turns riding behind them on an exhilarating trot through the boreal forest. If time permits, you may be able to pick up last-minute native-made handicrafts and souvenirs or take an optional helicopter tour over the tundra before we depart. We’ll have a farewell lunch together before flying back to Winnipeg, where we have a final reception before our adventure concludes.

Overnight Fort Garry Hotel

Day 7: approximately November 20, Winnipeg / Depart

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.

Please note: Occasionally, the schedule for the nighttime tundra trip alternates between Day 4 and Day 5.

Since our adventures focus on wildlife, we make every effort to plan itineraries where wildlife is known to inhabit. However, since wild animals live and roam freely, we cannot fully predict or control their movements (nor would we want to). In an attempt to locate wildlife that may have deviated from its normal patterns, or in the interest of traveler comfort or safety, or due to other factors beyond our control, we must occasionally make reasonable changes to itineraries. The very definition of adventure—”an exciting or remarkable undertaking involving the unknown”—requires that we recognize the above itinerary as a general approximation of what we hope to encounter, but it may change. Your guide will determine your final routing and activities in the best interest of the safety of the group and the success of the trip.

 Classic Polar Bear Adventure

Adventure Information

ADVENTURE FEE & DEPOSIT

$7195 per person, based on double or shared occupancy

We welcome guests traveling solo, however we do not have guaranteed single rooms available on this trip. Every guest traveling solo must be willing to share a room with another traveler of the same gender, and will be booked at the double occupancy rate listed above.

Over the years, we’ve found that matching solo guests works out very well. Most of our guests have a lot in common, with similar interests in conservation, wildlife, and in this case quilting! Some even meet new friends to travel with again down the road.

It’s highly likely that we will find a roommate to match with every solo traveler. In the unlikely event that we are unable to find a roommate to match for a solo traveler, there will be an additional fee of $475. for that guest.

A $500 per person deposit is required to confirm your space on this trip. Please call Aly Jacobsen at 800-543-9817 to make a booking. You may also email Aly with questions at alyj@nathab.com.

The deposit is due by February 1, 2018 – but to guarantee your spot book early because spaces are limited and the trip will SELL OUT!

Final payment due 90 days prior to the trip’s start date (roughly mid-August 2018).

For all trip payments, we accept Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express. Payment plans can be arranged with Aly at NatHab!

INCLUDED IN YOUR ADVENTURE COST

Round-trip flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, accommodations, all meals, drinking water throughout the trip, dog sledding excursion, cold-weather gear including a parka and boots during your trip, services of NHA's professional Expedition Leaders and assistants, some gratuities, all activities/entrance fees, evening wildlife and cultural presentations, all taxes and service charges.

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR ADVENTURE COST

Travel to and from Winnipeg, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, travel insurance, items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, etc.), and optional activities with Luana Rubin.



Tanzania Migration Safari –

New Years Eve 2017/ New Years Day 2018



Tanzania - photo by David Luck

.(Photo: David Luck)

Join Luana Rubin to toast on New Years Eve 2017
on the Serengeti Plains of Africa!

____________________________________

Dear Adventure Traveler, we have posted the full eQuilter Tanzania Migration Safari itinerary and details below on this page, including contact details for our eQuilter adventure specialist Aly, at Natural Habitat.

This will be the 4th trip I have taken with Natural Habitat. (Previous trips to see the Polar Bears in Churchill Canada) Natural Habitat Adventures has been a leader in responsible adventure travel and ecotourism since 1985. Their excellent guides have consistently impressed me with their knowledge and professionalism. You will find additional information on our Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018  trip also at this link:

http://www.nathab.com/africa/tanzania-migration/

Because of my busy  travel schedule, I want to give you Dana as your eQuilter contact person: service@eQuilter.com

If you want to send me a question, please direct it through Dana, so she can chase me down for the answer in case I am out of the office. Due to the high volume of emails that I receive, you are more likely to get a timely response if you email Dana.

Space for this special trip is VERY LIMITED so please understand that to guarantee your place on this tour, you need to call our eQuilter agent ASAP at NatHab to give a $500 per person non-refundable deposit to hold your place.

We are so lucky to have Aly Jacobsen (Senior Adventure Specialist at Natural Habitat) as our wonderful coordinator for this adventure, and we are looking into a possible extra day before the tour, to have a local village/craft/textile  experience.

Also, I will be doing the Ngorongoro Crater Extension post-trip, so if you want to join me, we can spend a few more days together!

Every confirmed traveler on this trip will receive a special packet of African wildlife-themed fabrics, in your pre-trip final document package. Thank you for your interest, and I hope to see you for New Years Eve 2017 on the Serengeti!

Best wishes,

Luana

nathab Please do contact Aly directly at NatHab, for extra special treatment as an eQuilter friend/customer. Her phone number is 800-543-8917 

Email: alyj@nathab.com


Tanzania - photos by Justin Gibson, Patrick Endres and Matt Goddard


(Photos, L to R: Justin Gibson, Patrick Endres, Matt Goddard)



Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018

DAILY ITINERARY

The Great Tanzania Migration Safari

A Luxury Mobile Tented Safari Across the Serengeti in the Midst of the Herds

tanzaniamap

Day 1: Arusha, Tanzania Arrive in Arusha and transfer to Machweo, a luxury boutique inn perched on a quiet hillside high above the bustle of the town below. Enjoy the terraced gardens that offer a relaxing respite after your long travels, take a dip in the pool, or relax with a drink and admire the panoramic vistas. This evening, we gather for a welcome dinner.

Days 2–4: East Central Serengeti—Namiri Plains The legendary Serengeti derives its name from a Maasai word meaning “endless plains.” We fly to Serengeti National Park, where vistas of golden savanna stretching to the horizon beneath deep blue skies provide iconic images of Africa. Meeting our safari vehicles and drivers, we set out on our first wildlife drive.

Our destination is Namiri Plains, a newly accessible area located in a remote sector of the Serengeti that has previously been off-limits to visitors for two decades. Surveying open grasslands and kopjes—rock outcrops— the camp offers fabulous wildlife viewing in diverse habitats, particularly of the abundant feline predators that live and hunt in this area. In fact, Namiri means “big cat ” in Swahili.

Namiri Plains Camp provides exceptional seclusion: guests are alone on the vast private concession, and the next camp is a 45-minute drive. The isolated location ensures that we experience our natural setting, rather than tourist crowds. Evoking the classic safari atmosphere of an earlier age, just eight spacious canvas tents offer surprising comfort in a very remote setting.

Set in the shade of giant acacia trees, the camp offers 360-degree views of wildlife traversing savanna and the river with its perennial vegetation and dense green reed beds that attract birds and smaller animal species. Enjoy thrilling animal encounters on wildlife drives and discover a more intimate view of our environs on a walking safari with one of the resident specialist guides. We also have the exclusive opportunity to glean insight from our Expedition Leader on zoologists and cheetah researchers working in the area.

Days 5–7: Southern Serengeti—Natural Habitat’s Migration Base Camp, Serengeti  Depart this morning for the southern Serengeti with a wildlife drive en route. The days of heavy canvas hunting camps set for the likes of Roosevelt and Hemingway were nearly over until photo safaris gained popularity. Natural Habitat’s Migration Base Camp exudes the ambience of old, with silver-service dinners presented on white linen by candlelight. While home to a profusion of wildlife year-round, there is nothing like the Serengeti during the phenomenon of the Great Migration.

We spend three full days among the sea of mammals, following them in open-topped 4-wheel-drive vehicles that offer superb photography access. The vast herds of wildebeest trek annually from Kenya’s Maasai Mara to the southern Serengeti in search of new grass during the short rains, then back again. The wildebeest migrate with thousands of zebra, whose superior vision and hearing serve as an early warning system for predators.

We are in the region just as the 3-week birthing season is typically beginning, when the herds are mostly stationary. We’ll hope to see infants (though timing on the calf drop is weather-dependent), as well as prey interactions. Predators seek out the most vulnerable members of the herds, and we may behold a lion taking down a sick wildebeest or a cheetah overtaking a newborn. Leopard, hyena and jackal also prey on the migrating herds while vultures hang in the air, waiting to feast on carrion. While the spectacle is at times grim, its primal drama is a wonder to behold.

Day 8: Arusha or Ngorongoro Extension / Depart Today our safari concludes, leaving us with a slate of memories to treasure forever. We enjoy breakfast in camp before transferring to the nearest airport. In Arusha, a day room awaits before a transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for evening international departures. Guests continuing on our Ngorongoro Crater extension with Luana will bid farewell to fellow travelers, where they will remain in pursuit of more remarkable wildlife encounters.



Tanzania - photos by Matt Goddard and Greg Courter

(Photos, L to R: Matt Goddard & Greg Courter)

ADVENTURE INFORMATION

ADVENTURE FEE & DEPOSIT

$9295 per person, based on double or shared occupancy.

We welcome guests traveling solo, however we do not have guaranteed single rooms available on this trip. Every guest traveling solo must be willing to share a room with another traveler of the same gender, and will be booked at the double occupancy rate listed above.

Over the years, we’ve found that matching solo guests works out very well. Most of our guests have a lot in common, with similar interests in conservation, wildlife, and in this case quilting! Some even meet new friends to travel with again down the road.

It’s highly likely that we will find a roommate to match with every solo traveler. In the unlikely event that we are unable to find a roommate to match for a solo traveler, there will be an additional single room fee of $420 for that guest.

A $500 per person deposit is required to confirm your space on this trip. Please call Aly Jacobsen at 800-543-9817 by January 15, 2017 to make a booking. You may also email Aly with questions at alyj@nathab.com.

Final payment will be due 90 days prior to the trip’s start date, on September 30, 2017.

For all trip payments, we accept Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express.

The program fee for your adventure includes:

Internal light aircraft flights, accommodations, all meals from dinner Day 1 to lunch on final day, non-alcoholic drinks at camps, with meals, and in vehicles, house alcoholic beverages in camps, services of NHA Expedition Leader, local guides and camp staff, some gratuities, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, permits and entrance fees, and all taxes.

Your program fee does not include:

Travel to and from start and end point of trip, premium alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes, optional travel insurance, required medical evacuation insurance, and optional activities with Luana Rubin.


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