Mother and baby gorilla in the forests of Rwanda.
Mother and baby gorilla in the forests of Rwanda. Ian Gow

Go on an animal adventure

1. Gorilla trek, Rwanda

Come face-to-face with gentle giants on a gorilla trek through the lush green forests in Rwanda.

The last remaining mountain gorillas live in the Parc des Volcans, which is on the border of Rwanda and Uganda, just one hour's flight from Nairobi and accessed by road from the capital Kigali.

This three-day trek includes one night at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge with all meals, one night at the Manor Hotel Kigali with some meals, transport by 4WD vehicle, English speaking driver, one gorilla trekking permit, park fees and return airport transfers to Kigali.

Priced from $2629 per person twin share.

Treks depart on selected dates between January 1 and December 31, 2013.

Valid for sale until November 30, 2013 unless booked out.

Price is subject to change and availability at the time of purchase.

Phone Escape Travel on 1300 939 414 or see escapetravel.com.au for more details.

2. Zebra safari, Zambia

Get suited up for a four-day safari in eastern Zambia where you can spot zebras and giraffes by day and enjoy the creature comforts of a luxury abode at night.

Sanctuary Zebra Plains is a 5-star luxury tented campsite in the remote region of South Luangwa National Park that has four stylish tents to accommodate only six guests.

Each tent is equipped with real beds, furniture, mosquito nets, flushing toilets and outdoor showers, while gourmet meals are served under the stars at selected vantage points.

This four-day package includes three nights' accommodation, two walking safaris daily, transfer flights from Lusaka to Mfuwe, return airport transfers, all meals, some drinks, national park fees and laundry.

Priced from $2685 per person twin share.

Package is valid for travel until October 31, 2012.

Valid for sale until October 31, 2012 unless booked out.

Price is subject to change and availability at the time of purchase.

Phone Escape Travel on 1300 939 414 or see escapetravel.com.au for more details.

 

3. Tortoises and birds on the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Swim with seals, get up close to iguanas or watch the wide variety of birdlife on a trip in the Galapagos Islands.

The seven-day trip spends three nights on board M.Y. San Jose cruise boat, travelling to Las Bachas to see pelicans, frigate birds and blue-footed boobies, with possibilities to see rare giant Galapagos tortoises.

Passengers will also have the chance to explore the volcanic craters of Rabida, swim with fur seals on Santiago Island, hike to the top of the volcanic island of Bartolome and visit Charles Darwin Station.

Priced from $2835 per person twin share, including three nights in a hotel, three nights aboard M.Y. San Jose with six breakfasts, four lunches and three dinners, zodiac and shore excursions, services of an expert naturalist guide and a crew of eight on board the Galapagos vessel.

Return flights from Quito to the Galapagos Islands and arrival transfers are also included.

Valid for travel until December 30, 2012 and available to book until October 31, 2012.

Price is subject to change and availability at the time of purchase.

Phone Escape Travel on 1300 939 414 or see escapetravel.com.au for more details.

 

4. Panda breeding clinic, China

Watch giant pandas at Chengdu on this tour from Beijing to Hong Kong.

The 18-day Essence of China tour visits Chengdu's Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, the Great Wall of China and Terracotta Warriors in Xian, gorges of the Yangtze River and the limestone karsts of Yangshuo.

Travellers will spend 11 nights in a comfortable hotel, three nights on a cruise boat and three nights on a sleeper train from Guangzhou to Guilin, Yichang to Xian and Xian to Beijing.

Prices start from $3765* per person twin share, including 17 nights' accommodation, 13 breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners, an expert tour leader, some local guides, arrival transfer and a local flight from Guilin to Chengdu.

Valid for travel November 11, 2012 and available to book before November 10, 2012.

*Price is subject to change and availability at the time of purchase.

Phone Escape Travel on 1300 939 414 or see escapetravel.com.au for more details.

 

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