See the world’s rarest and most endangered species with incredible wildlife holidays from Titan Travel
Titan (0800 988 5873, www.titantravel.co.uk), the multi-award-winning travel company, is constantly seeking out new and culturally exciting destinations for its escorted tours and cruises. With Endangered Species Day on May 19th 2017, the spotlight will be on the world’s most threatened animals and what we can do to preserve them, and with this in mind, Titan’s range of sensitively put together escorted tours offers the chance to see some of the rarest creatures on the planet in their natural habitat and in small groups to minimise the impact to the wildlife and landscapes.
The ring-tailed lemur of Madagascar is one of the planet’s most threatened species, with a recent report estimating that their population may have declined by as much as 95% since 2000*. Among the many small group adventures on offer from Titan is the stunning ‘Land of the Lemur’ itinerary, offering the opportunity to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat and to learn about the efforts being made to protect them, as well as tours offering the chance to observe critically endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in Uganda, and unforgettable holiday experiences taking in the majestic polar bears of the Arctic, also vulnerable according to the WWF’s endangered list, and the many unique species of the breathtaking Galapagos Islands.
In 2017 Madagascar makes its debut in the Titan range, with the new 15-day ‘Land of the Lemur’ escorted tour. The biodiversity and the numbers of unique inhabitants that exist only in Madagascar are astounding, making a visit to this enchanting island an experience that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world. In small groups of a maximum of 18, this remarkable holiday visits Madagascar’s cooler highlands, dry savannahs and warmer tropical rainforests, seeking out Madagascar’s world-renowned icons of nature, including many birds, diverse species of chameleon and of course the wonderful lemur, thought to be the most endangered mammals on Earth. Prices start from £3,699 per person, with departures in April, June, August, October and November 2018.
Continuing Titan’s range of incredible small group tours, the new 12-day ‘Great Apes of Uganda’ itinerary offers an unbeatable collection of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. In small groups of a maximum of 16 travellers per departure, this escorted tour takes in everything from the open savannah to rainforest, dense papyrus swamps and crater lakes, to the vast Lake Edward, offering the chance to experience game drives, nature walks and boat rides to search for the countless mammals, reptiles, birds and butterflies that reside in this amazing country. The truly unforgettable highlight, however, are the hikes to observe chimpanzees and a powerful troop of magnificent mountain gorillas – both listed as endangered species – in their natural habitat. Gorilla trekking permits are restricted to a few hundred per day, to protect these amazing creatures from mass tourism, and this tour visits their habitat in groups of no more than eight travellers, minimising stress to the animals and providing a peaceful and intimate encounter. Prices start from £3,899 per person based on 30 January 2018 departure.
Further north, the incredible new 8-day ‘Spitsbergen and Polar Bear Adventure’ small-ship adventure offers an amazing opportunity to explore the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, experience the midnight sun, sail along wide fjords, passing vast glaciers and islands home to walruses and a variety of Arctic bird species, and see a host of wonderful Arctic animals including endangered polar bears and Svalbard reindeer, all aboard the nostalgic MS Nordstjernen. With shore excursions in the company of expert naturalists, this is the perfect itinerary for those looking for the chance to see the unique wildlife of the Arctic at first hand. Prices start from £3,399 per person with three departure dates in July 2017.
And for a truly unforgettable wildlife experience, the 13-day ‘Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands’ itinerary cannot be beaten. With a rich native Amerindian and Spanish colonial heritage, snow-capped volcanic peaks, dense Amazonian jungle and Andean highlands, Ecuador is one of South America’s most exciting and rewarding destinations. With a maximum group size of just 22, after exploring Ecuador this tour embarks on a four-night cruise through the incomparable Galapagos Islands, which hold a pivotal place in the history of science. Little changed since Charles Darwin first stepped ashore in 1835, this remote archipelago is home to unique wildlife, including many endangered species, which have evolved over millennia to suit these particular habitats. Darwin’s research here culminated in his landmark work, ‘On the Origin of Species,’ and a visit to these astounding islands is the ultimate adventure for any nature lover. Prices start from £4,999 per person with departures from September 2017 to June 2018.
For details or to book call Titan on 0800 988 5873 or visit www.titantravel.co.uk
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