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Travel

  • Brazil's Amazon
    $4,372/Person
    (Double-occupancy; does NOT include international air or domestic flights between Manaus and Tefe. Average international air averages $1,000 to $1,100 and domestic air is around $350. EcoQuest Travel will help you arrange these flights)
    A Journey to the Flooded Forest of Mamiraua Reserve
    June 11 through June 22, 2019
    An extraordinary 12 adventure through Mamiraua, Brazil's first sustainably developed reserve and the home of some of the most dramatic and amazing wildlife viewing in all of South America. This June excursion explores Mamiraua during the annual floods, when the animals of the forest—sloths, jaguars, monkeys, and more—flock to the treetops. Imagine cannoning through the forest alongside all manner of wildlife, including the rare White Uakari Monkey.

    Travelers will search for pink dolphins swimming inside the forest and will spend an entire day exploring the flooded forest in the company of a wildlife research team studying Jaguars. The team has placed radio-tracking collars on a number of Jaguars and will be using radio-receivers to search for their study cats. The birdlife is amazing and the accommodations inside the reserve are spectacular.

    You will stay in Uakari Floating Lodge - an award-winning, community-operated lodge that floats up and down the water level. A trip that you will cherish and talk about for years to come.
    Download a detailed itinerary of the trip here: Mamiraua Itinerary
    Please contact Jayne Parker (336.879.7273) for reservation information.
  • Wild Alaska
    $8795/Person
    (Double-occupancy; does NOT include international airfare.)
    Alaska Wild
    August 27 - September 5, 2020
    An amazing journey to Alaska, the wildest of wild America, land of the midnight sun with Zoo Director Emeritus David Jones and his wife Janet. Scheduled to align with autumnal changes in Denali and the grizzly bears' pre-winter gorging on migrating salmon.

    The trip explores the beautiful Kenai Peninsula in search of terrestrial and marine wildlife; flies to a remote part of Denali National Park ,a hundred miles from the crowded main entrance to watch grizzlies hunting and waiting for leaping salmon. The journey will highlight both the interior and the coastline of this remarkable part of our country.

    Expect to see Brown (Grizzly) and Black Bears, Caribou, Moose and—with luck—wolves on land and whales, porpoises, otters and sea lions in the water. These and an array of birds and wild flowers specifically adapted to flourish in the short northern summer. Only a few openings remain in the August 27 through September 5th trip. .

    Download a detailed description of the trip here: Alaska Please contact Jayne Parker (336.879.7273) for reservation information.

 

  • South Africa $7,899/Person*
    (Double-occupancy; includes international airfare between Africa and Charlotte)
    Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana
    An option three-night pre-tour Extension to Dubai
    October 26 - November 8, 2019
    Your flight leaves Charlotte Airport on October 26 and lands in Cape Town, South Africa, the following day. Once on the ground, you will tour Table Mountain, Lions Head, Entabeni Conservancy, Victora Falls, Chobe National Park, the winelands on the Western Cape, and so much more. On safari, expect to encounter exotic landscapes teeming with wildlife: elephants, lions and leopards, antelope, zebra, and other exotic creatures.
    International airfare from Charlotte to Cape Town and from Johannesburg to Charlotte is included, and travelers are invited to park their cars at the Zoo on the departure date to ride a free shuttle to Charlotte Airport. A return shuttle will bring travelers back to the Zoo when they return from Africa.
    International airfare is not included for the pre-extension trip to Dubai.

    *Save $200 by booking before March 31, 2019.
    Please downloa the itineary here. Please email Jayne Parker if you have questions.
  • Australia
    $8,349/Person*
    (Double-occupancy; includes international airfare from Charlotte)
    Explore Australia,
    Including the Barossa Valley Wine Region.
    April 24 - May 11, 2020
    Spend 17 fun filled days on the trip of a lifetime to explore some of Australia's most vibrant cities, coastal gems, captivating Outback, and so much more! Along with the cultural experience of dining and attending a performance at the Sydney Opera House, you meet the Warlpiri Aboriginal people during a "Dreamtime Tour and visit Uluru, Australia's iconic and sacred red rock formation. Other experiences include excursions to Melbourne and the Great Barrier Reef and an unforgettable ride above the rainforest canopy in Cairns.

    A post-extension trip to Fiji is yours, too, for an additional fee of $1,099/person.
    International airfare is included. Travelers can choose to meet and park at the North Carolina Zoo to enjoy shuttle service to Charlotte Airport and back to Asheboro when their trip ends.

    *Save $500 by booking before October 25, 2019.
    Please downloa the itineary here. Please email Jayne Parker if you have questions.