Want Expeditions – Wildlife and Nature Travel

Dear LinnAreaPhotoClub.org,

It is our pleasure to celebrate the New Year by offering two brand new trips for you for 2011! One of them is the fantastic ‘Sri Lanka and the Maldives Safari', and the other one is one of the most amazing remote experiences on Earth – our ‘Central Africa Wildlife Expedition'. Please read more about the trips below and be the first to sign up! We have USD 150.- early booking discount offered on both trips until Jan 31st.

We also have our first 2012 trips offered on our website! Our classic ‘East Africa Safari' begins on Jan 23, almost the same date as this year, maximizing our chances for wildlife viewing, unique photography and best weather. Same price as in 2011! And, of course, this trip is unimaginable without the popular Uganda Mountain Gorillas Extension.

And last but not least, we have a few early booking discounts for 2011 trips that have not expired just yet! It is not too late, you can still join us on several of our fascinating 2011 departures. Come back to us, reply to our message, let us know your interest and we will guide you through your decision making process!

Those of you waiting for our new “membership” page with all of its great services and featured: please stay tuned, we are in the final testing stage!

On behalf of our entire team and partners, we wish you a prosperous New Year rich in travels and worldwide experiences.

Newly announced trips:
Sri Lanka and the Maldives Safari is open for booking!
Our legendary Central Africa Wildlife Expedition is open for booking!

2012 special offers:
Our classic East Africa Safari 2012 is open for booking!
Do not miss the Mountain Gorilla Extension, if you are coming to East Africa!

Conservation news
Reusable WANT Expeditions water bottles saving us from 27.000 plastic bottles!

Newly announced trips

‘Sri Lanka and the Maldives' Safari

May 24 – Jun 05, 2011

Unbeknownst to many, Sri Lanka, an island nation off the southern tip of India, is an exciting and exotic destination just waiting to be explored. Sri Lanka boasts the largest concentration of leopards, wild elephants and sloth bears in Asia, making it (together with hundreds of other species and some outstanding national parks) a unique safari destination. If culture is your thing, Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, has been for centuries a center of convergence for Buddhism, Hindusim and several other ancient beliefs. Not only that, the country lays claim to a long and colorful history of over three thousand year – one of the longest documented histories in the world! Home to some of the most magnificent beaches, tropical forests, mountain ranges and rich soil on the subcontinent, Sri Lanka served as an important shipping center for tea, coffee, coconuts, rubber and cinnamon. So, its no wonder that this “pearl of the Indian Ocean” was sought after by Portugal, the Netherlands and the British Empire. Still not convinced about this tour? On top off all the above, we'll enjoy three relaxing days at the world’s most premier beach holiday destination (Maldives) – a place that nobody can say no to. WANT is waiting to take you here. Sign up today!
USD 150.- early booking discount until Jan 31!

Central Africa Wildlife Expedition

Nov 02 – Nov 14, 2011

Natural history documentaries often feature an opening somewhere in the African jungles, frequented by an enormous amount of forest inhabitants. Due to their forest diet, they are all starving for minerals, and the best way for them to get what they want is to simply eat and drink the mineral-rich muddy waters of these forest openings. There are hundreds of species, but they all come for the same reason. Swarming butterflies form a brown carpet over the scene, huge groups of forest elephants come from any and all directions, red river hogs wade in the muddiest spots, rare sitatungas and bongo antelopes mind their steps behind the scarce cover, unique species of monkeys and birds come by, and if we were lucky, the king of these jungles, the majestic forest gorilla silverback will bring his entire family to the feast.
If you ever thought that one day you would visit such a remote and incredible natural beauty, your chance has come! WANT Expeditions just pioneered the very best and most comfortable way to do so, and spiced it with exciting trekking of gorilla families in the surrounding forests, with a visit to the elusive Ba’aka pygmy tribe and with real Indiana Jones-style boat trips down the majestic Sangha River. Don’t wait, join us, this trip is a rare beauty and fills up very fast! See you in the African jungles!
USD 150.- early booking discount until Jan 31!

2012 special offers

East Africa Wildlife Safari

Jan 23 – Feb 03, 2012

If you ever asked us what are the two most breathtaking natural phenomena of East Africa, we don't have to think long about the answer: The Wildebeest migration in the Serengeti National Park and the majestic snow-capped Kilimanjaro. Combining these two into one single trip to East Africa and spicing it with such gems as Lake Nakuru of Kenya and the world famous Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, we know you'll have a classic, unforgettable experience unlike anywhere else in the world. This schedule is a must for all wildlife lovers and photographers, so why wouldn't you join us on this trip that will be a milestone in your lifetime of travels?
Be the first to book this fantastic world-class African Safari for 2012 at 2011 prices!

Uganda Mountain Gorilla Extension

Jan 18 – Jan 23, 2012

Throughout the past 40 years, monumental efforts have been made to save the critically endangered mountain gorillas, and for many of us the chance of seeing them in our lifetime, other than in zoos, still remains a remote possibility. However, if you have ever dreamed of the magical experience of interacting with these great beasts, and seeing them as close up as the photos in wildlife magazines, your chance has come.
A visit to this special place will be an experience that your children's children will talk about, and space is extremely limited. Only 24 permits to see the gorillas are issued per day, and they are divided into three groups of eight, which makes your experience a once in a lifetime opportunity and ensures that you will share this moment only with those closest to you. See you in Uganda!
“When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future.” Diane Fossey

Conservation newsAre you keeping with your New Year’s Resolution? We are, and right now we’re just proud as peacocks, because we’ve just ordered our first shipment of reusable stainless steel water bottles for use on all WANT Expeditions. On any of our expeditions, access to clean, fresh drinking water is paramount for all our guests and staff, and for like most travel companies, unfortunately this came at the cost of using plastic water bottles, often in high numbers. It didn’t take long for us to see the environmental dilemma we were creating, particularly in regions where recycling opportunities were none existent, or in places like Midway Atoll, where sea birds chicks are dying from plastics being fed to them by their parents.
At WANT Expeditions, we don’t want to be part of the problem; we want to be part of the solution. So, after a great deal of thought and effort on behalf of all our wonderful staff and affiliates from around the world, we resolved that one of the ways to truly stand out above the crowd and keep our claim as a conservation oriented company, was that starting January 2011, all WANT Expedition guests would be equipped with a reusable stainless steel water bottle for use not just on all WANT Expeditions, but also to take home and use for every day purposes. You already know that by choosing WANT Expeditions, you are actively conserving the world's resources. But did you know, that by switching to a reusable water flask, you’ll be helping to reduce the carbon footprint of all WANT Expeditioners by over 27,500 plastic water bottles every year just on our trips alone? We'll drink to that!

Thank you for traveling with us,

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