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A unique expedition in Eastern Greenland is being offered by Lindblad Travel Inc., with groups departing March 23 and April 2, 12, and 22, 1981. The 15-day tour, limited to 12 people, departs from New York for Reykjavik, Iceland.

After a short flight from Reykjavik, the expedition begins in the port city of Angmagssalik, Greenland, where travelers spend a practice day of sledging across the fjord and climbing to Lake Zordlortoq. Each member is provided with his own dog sled, drawn by 10 to 12 huskies, and an expert Eskimo driver. Throughout the two weeks, expedition members will sledge to Ikateq, the Eskimo fishing settlement, and travel over the sea ice of fjords and frozen lakes to reach the coastal trading city of Tiniqilaq. Nights will be spent in schoolhouses, hunting shelters, and Eskimo homes.

Cost of the 15-day expedition is $3,475 per person, including hotel accommodations on a shared basis, all meals, tips, taxes and transfers. Air fare is not included.

For more information, contact Lindblad Travel Inc., 8 Wright Street, Westport , Conn. 06880.

US visitor volume to South Africa rose 15.74 percent in the first six months of this year, the South African Corporation reports. "Most of this is straightforward pleasure travel," said Satour eastern manager Dale Pretorius. "Business travel historically represents about 30 percent of our volume. Hunters are a small percentage, though their numbers are rising fast because South Africa's conservation policies have created a surplus of game, where other lands are having to ban all hunting."

Though trailing the US, other South African tourist markets are also up -- Europe by 11 percent; Asia by 9 percent.

The chance not only to take a visit to France, but actually to live there, is the feature of a new "stay put" program for people in the over-50 age group. For periods of up to eight weeks, modern residences in Paris and Nice offer the conveniences of home with hotel services at reasonable rates.

In Paris, the Charles Dullun Apartments, in the heart of Montmartre, feature modern studio apartments with furnishings for two, including fully equipped kitchen. The base price of $993 per person by two weeks includes round-trip air farE, from New York, airport transfers in Paris, and a Paris Metro and bus pass.

Two first-class hotels in Nice, the Gounod and Splendid, offer a similar opportunity for an extended vacation on the French Riviera. They are in the center of town, and are equipped with mini-refrigerators in each room, plus pool and sauna facilities. Stays of two weeks begin at $968 per person, double occupancy, which includes air fare from New York, airport transfers in Nice, and daily continental breakfast.

Departures to Paris begin Oct. 27 and continue biweekly year round. To Nice, departures begin on Oct. 6 and continue through May 11. To brook a "stay u," contact Air France or your travel agent.

The large boat exhibitions, the US SAilboat and US Powerboat shows, will be the center of attraction at the City Dock, Annapolis, Md., as they run back-to-back weekends in October. The 11th annual US Sailboat Show will run from Friday, Oct. 10, through Monday, Oct. 13. More than 250 boats will be displayed in the water of the City Dock, with several hundred more shown on land. In addition to a number of displays from major US and foreign manufacturers, including Finland, France, Britain, Canada, West Germany, and Korea several boats will be making their international debut in Annapolis. The ninth annual Powerboat Show will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, through Sunday, Oct. 19, featuring many new models among the more than 150 boats displayed in the water and on land. Additional information for both shows is available at PO Box 1631, Annapolis, Md. 21404.

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