Comoros: Wildlife Expedition

9 Days | A remote African island paradise bursting with biodiversity

4.8 out of 5 based on 4 reviews submitted.
Expedition
Wildlife
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Join the few lucky souls who have ever visited Comoros, a small archipelagic country off Africa’s east coast. On this 9-day wildlife expedition, split your time between two islands and encounter the many sea and land critters that call these islands home, including green sea turtles, Livingstone bats, humpback whales, lemurs, sharks, tropical fish, manta rays and more. Learn from local guides, wildlife experts and national park eco-guards who reveal insights into ongoing conservation efforts and how island communities and their visitors play a role in protecting these fragile ecosystems. Along the way, you’ll meet Comorians eager to share the vibrancy of these remote islands, leaving you to wonder why it took you so long to discover this hidden gem.

Trip overview

Map of Comoros: Wildlife Expedition including Comoros
Start
Moroni, Comoros Islands
Finish
Moroni, Comoros Islands
Theme
Expedition, Wildlife
Destinations
Comoros Islands
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
YCSO
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Explore the Mwali UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, home to the second highest marine diversity in the world. Spot humpback whales and spinner dolphins; snorkel among vibrant coral reefs, parrot fish, manta rays, wrasses, fusiliers, reef sharks and maybe even dugongs.
  • Take a short a hiking experience in the subtropical tropical rain forest to observe one of the world’s largest bats, the critically endangered Livingstone flying fox.
  • Stay in community operated beachside bungalows in Itsamia, visit one of the largest Green turtle nesting sites of the world where Turtles nest year-round and learn from various local wildlife experts about ongoing conservation efforts.
  • Enjoy a seafood lunch served in a giant clam shell at Miki’s Place, cooked for you by Miki himself, a colourful local Rastafarian, in his lean-to “restaurant” under a baobab next to the sea.
  • Walk among homesteads, meeting villagers with beautiful welcoming smiles, and stroll through the surrounding gardens to see how local foods are produced.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is an expedition trip and is new to our range this year. Despite rigorous planning and research, new itineraries and destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a welcome surprise, but every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.
  • The country is relatively untouched by tourism which in many ways is a good thing, but it also means that you’ll need to have a little more patience and flexibility. Don't expect this to be your traditional touring experience.
  • Medical facilities are limited, particularly on Moheli and the smaller islands. During this journey the group will spend time in remote areas without home comforts or easy access to medical facilities. You will need to have excellent physical health to join this trip and consult with your doctor before travelling if you have any ongoing illnesses or injuries.

Itinerary

Map of Comoros: Wildlife Expedition including Comoros

Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Private Vehicle, Boat, Plane

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights), Basic Beach Bungalow (1 night), Lodge (4 nights)

Activities
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Moheli - Ylang-Ylang Farm Visit
  • Moheli - Village walk
  • Moheli Marine Park - Snorkelling & Islands Tour
  • Moheli - Park Ranger Conservation Presentation
  • Moheli - Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip
  • Moheli - Forest Hike and Livingstone Bat Observation
  • Itsamia - Turtle Nesting Observation
  • Itsamia - National Park Eco-guard Conservation Presentation
  • Grande Comore - Dos du Dragon Viewpoint
  • Trou du Prophète - Local lunch Experience
  • Iconi - Walking Tour
  • Moroni - Walking Tour of Medina and Markets
  • Complimentary Airport Departure Transfer
Add on activities
  • Moheli - Forest Hike to Waterfall - Free
  • Moheli - Kayak Rental - Free

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Important notes

1. There are only a small number of flights in and out of Moroni and limited transport options so we have included a complimentary group arrival and departure transfer on this trip; valid if you are arriving on Day 1, and departing on Day 9. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel. Transfers are available for purchase if you are arriving earlier or departing later.

2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 6 in the Itsamia Bungalows where you will be in shared village bungalow accommodation.

3. We require your passport information at the time of booking to in order for us to book the domestic flights included on this trip. We are unable to book your flights without your passport information.

4. This trip includes two internal flights. Checked luggage is restricted to 20kg checked-in and 5kg for hand luggage.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 4 reviews submitted.
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Nils Fredrik · Traveled October 2023
Exciting and fun trip to an unexplored destination. Fantastic wildlife, especially underwater - loved snorkelling with Manta rays. Flexibility needed, but everything solved perfectly. Issa was an amazing guide.
Review submitted 19 Oct 2023

Alexander · Traveled October 2023
A fascinating country with much to offer to anyone with a sense of adventure who is willing to risk things not going quite to plan (we covered everything in the itinerary but not necessarily in the order stated).
Review submitted 12 Nov 2023

Justin · Traveled August 2023
Comoros is a wildlife lovers PARADISE. We saw so many amazing things, but my highlights would have to be swimming with the manta rays, and seeing the baby sea turtles hatching and scurrying down the beach to the ocean.
Review submitted 01 Sep 2023

danielle · Traveled August 2023
Comoros is amazing! The scenery is amazing, and the snorkeling is the best - manta rays, turtles, fish, the reefs. If you're scuba certified, even better! The lemurs, bats, and whales are pretty spectacular, too. It's important to be realistic about the economic conditions (including waste management) of the country and the newness of the tourism industry there, but if you're flexible and up for an adventure, this is one journey that should not be missed.
Review submitted 08 Sep 2023
Comoros: Wildlife Expedition
From
USD $3,218