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Safari Newsletter Dated April 11, 2016
Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
In this newsletter, I'll tell you about Africa's best safari
reserves for observing wildlife
. There are several distinct regions
that offer varying landscapes and specific game-viewing opportunities,
as well as unique experiences that aren't related to the animals. Click
any link to see a list of itineraries that visit that destination.
Follow the Great Migration.
offer unparalleled wildlife viewing during the
the annual movement of nearly 2 million animals (mostly wildebeest and
zebras) between Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara National
Reserve. Many safaris visit both of these countries.
Serengeti National Park
in Tanzania is perhaps the world's most famous game reserve. It's one of
the best places on the continent to view prides of lions. Look for
leopards in acacia trees and cheetahs and spotted hyenas on the plains.
For a unique perspective, we can set you up on an unforgettable hot-air
balloon flight over the Serengeti as the sun rises.
Masai Mara National Reserve
offers some of the best opportunities to see the "Big Five" -- lions,
leopards, buffalo, elephants and rhinos. Other creatures to seek include
hippos, Grant's gazelles and topis (a type of antelope).
See Africa's "Garden of Eden."
This is the name given to the
a caldera in Tanzania formed by the collapse of an ancient volcano. It
is home to a dense wildlife population. More than 25,000 large animals
live within its 100 square miles of desert, grasslands, forests, lakes
and streams, and safari guests descend nearly 2,000 feet into the crater
to see them.
Go where the flamingos flock.
In Kenya, thousands of these
long-legged pink birds gather at the shores of
where they feed on algae. This also is an ideal spot for spotting
cormorants and hornbills, and it has a small population of black
Explore South Africa's first national park.
Kruger National Park
is one of the largest wildlife reserves in Africa, with a rich abundance
of animals, plant life and natural scenery, as well as archaeological
a small private preserve bordering Kruger, also hosts the Big Five and
many smaller mammals such as hyenas, jackals and cheetahs.
Don't forget the marine wildlife.
In the bustling South African
two oceans meet at Cape Point Peninsula. The mingling warm and cool
waters support a diverse cast of marine life including whales and fur
seals. Many South Africa itineraries include a stop at the penguin
colony of Boulders Beach.
View brilliant birds.
Rose-hued carmine bee eaters, green-fronted
Meyer's parrots and black-and-white trumpeter hornbills are among the
species to watch for in
Lower Zambezi National Park
a top preserve in
that's known for its rich birdlife. To the north is another favorite
park that's often featured on Zambia itineraries,
South Luangwa National Park
home to baboons, vervet monkeys and crocodiles.
Marvel at "the smoke that thunders."
at the Zambia border often is incorporated into southern Africa safaris.
It's the world's largest waterfall, based on height and width of the
water sheet during the rainy period. During the peak of flooding, the
spray from the falls rises high above the gorge and is visible from
about 30 miles away, hence the original name, Mosi-oa-Tunya
"the smoke that thunders." Near the falls, visitors can spot a variety
of wildlife or take an elephant-back safari. The best game viewing is
during the dry season from June to October.
Visit remote preserves.
is nearly the size of Texas but has only about 2.18 million residents.
Its game preserves are so vast and isolated that one must fly bush
planes to and between them. The
Moremi Game Reserve
boasts an incredible predator population of lions, hyenas, leopards,
cheetahs and wild dogs.
Chobe National Park
houses an enormous elephant herd. Meanwhile, the
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
is the second-largest preserve in the world, where you can spot elands,
giraffes and ostriches.
Track black rhinos.
safari itineraries visit
Etosha National Park
which is home to endangered black rhinos that gather at watering holes.
Etosha also is a popular spot for nocturnal wildlife viewing. Namibia
safaris also may travel to the southern end of the country to explore
Fish River Canyon
bested in size only by the Grand Canyon. Hot springs on the canyon's
floor form pools that attract waterbirds like Egyptian geese, olive
thrushes and black storks. Mountain zebras, jackals and leopards also
Meet mountain gorillas.
see the rare mountain gorillas studied by zoologist Dian Fossey. Most
Rwanda safaris center on
Volcanoes National Park
where visitors follow trackers through the thick forests to locate
families of these magnificent creatures, and then spend an hour
You also can come face-to-face with gorillas in
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Chimpanzees and other primate species thrive in the evergreen forests of
Kibale National Park
Uganda's most-visited preserve is
Queen Elizabeth National Park
with nearly 100 mammal species and more than 600 bird species. Safari
travelers often board a boat for a cruise along the Kazinga Channel to
spot Nile crocodiles, hippos and elephants.
Top 10 Africa vacations
1) South Africa: A World in One Country
days with SITA Tours. Begins in Johannesburg and ends in Cape
Town. Save $1,000 per couple.
Starting at $3,045. Departures from
April 10 through December 25,
2) Culture & Wildlife of Uganda & Rwanda
days with G Adventures. Begins in Kampala and ends in Kigali. Starting
at $2,949. Departures from June 11, 2016 through December 16,
3) South African Sojourn with Victoria Falls
days with Monograms. Begins in Cape Town and ends
in Johannesburg. Save 10%.
Starting at $2,949. Daily departures
from April 10 through December 25,
4) Gorillas, Chimps & Game Parks
days with Intrepid Travel. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Starting
at $3,280. Departures from May 14, 2016 through December 23,
5) Tanzania: the Serengeti & Beyond
days with Globus. Begins and ends in Arusha. Save 5%.
at $3,629. Departures from May 18, 2016 through March 8,
6) Southern Explorer
days with African Travel. Begins in Cape Town and ends
in Johannesburg. Save $600 per couple.
Starting at $3,895. Daily
departures from April 4 through December 17,
7) Safari in Kenya & Tanzania (National Geographic Journey)
13 days with G Adventures. Begins in Nairobi and ends in Arusha.
Starting at $6,449. Departures from June 13, 2016 through December 23,
8) Splendors of Africa
18 days with SITA Tours. Begins in Cape Town and ends in
Nairobi. Save $1,000 per couple.
Starting at $9,425. Daily
departures from April 5 through December 13,
9) Botswana Safari in Style
days with Abercrombie & Kent. Begins and ends in Johannesburg. Save
$2,600 per couple.
Starting at $13,295. Departures from July 13
through August 31,
10) Golden Trails of Africa
days with AmaWaterways. Begins in Johannesburg and ends in
Arusha. Save $1,000 to $2,000 per couple.
Starting at $13,495.
Departures from April 10 through November 6, 2016.
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