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Safari Newsletter Dated July 22, 2014

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

Most travelers go on safari in Africa to view the continent's amazing array of wildlife on game drives, but there are many other extraordinary experiences that can take an African vacation to the next level.

For example, you can climb Mount Kilimanjaro while in northeast Tanzania. My family hiked to and past the first base camp (of three), and back down, in a day. Any ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro requires a high level of physical fitness, and it can be difficult to adjust to the extreme altitude. The milder spring and fall months of August through October and January through March are the best times to climb the mountain.

We also took an early-morning hot-air balloon ride over the Serengeti in Tanzania, floating above great herds of wildebeest and zebras in the midst of the Great Migration.

Straddling the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is a nearly mile-wide curtain of water that plummets 360 feet into gorges below, sending up a thick spray. Guides will lead you to the best vantage points, some of which can be very wet (they'll probably hand you raincoats before you set out).

With its Mediterranean climate and rich soil, the Cape is home to South Africa's wine-producing region. On some safaris in South Africa, guests visit wine estates amid the vineyards of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

On safaris that go to Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, you can visit fruit and spice markets and tour a plantation that cultivates cloves, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and lemongrass. You also might spend time at one of the island's beautiful beaches.

Most of the time, game-viewing in Africa's parks is done via four-wheel-drive, open-air vehicles. But sometimes unconventional modes of transport are used. For example, you might ride in a mokoro -- a dugout canoe poled through the reeds by a guide -- for water-level views of the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

You can add a luxury, overnight rail trip to your safari, aboard the Blue Train or the Rovos Rail in South Africa. Or spend a few days on a Chobe River cruise in southern Africa aboard an elegant riverboat.

Some itineraries provide opportunities to visit a local school and spend time with the children there.

And finally, on a single safari itinerary in southern Africa, thrill-seekers can cage dive with sharks, rappel down Table Mountain and zip line over the Zambezi River.



Top 10 Africa vacations

1) Kenya & Tanzania Private Safari, 15 days with Monograms. Begins in Nairobi and ends in Arusha with visits to the Masai Mara National Reserve, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. Save $100 per couple. Starting at $7,099. Daily departures from October 12 through December 28, 2014.

2) Kenya Family - Land of the Maasai, 8 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Navaisha and Masai Mara National Reserve. Starting at $2,245. Departures from August 9, 2014 through December 19, 2015.

3) Cape Town & Kruger Encompassed, 10 days with G Adventures. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg with visits to Blyde River Canyon, Kruger National Park and Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Starting at $2,449. Departures from November 22, 2014 through December 19, 2015.

4) Kenya's Wide Expanses, 7 days with Alluring Africa. Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to Shaba Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve. Starting at $2,680. Departures from August 4 through December 8, 2014.

5) Experience Namibia, 9 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Windhoek with visits to Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei and Swakopmund. Starting at $2,795. Departures from August 16, 2014 through November 21, 2015.

6) Kenya 4WD Safari, 8 days with SITA Tours. Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Lake Nakuru National Park and the Masai Mara National Reserve. Save $100 per couple. Starting at $3,290. Departures from August 9 through December 13, 2014.

7) South Africa: A World in One Country, 14 days with SITA Tours. Begins in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town with visits to Kruger National Park, Swaziland and Boulders Beach. Save up to $2,000 per couple. Starting at $3,745. Departures from August 10 through December 28, 2014.

8) Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls, 12 days with Globus. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg with visits to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls. Receive $500 per couple in air credit when you book a trip and flights. Starting at $3,759. Departures from January 11 through December 13, 2015.

9) Botswana Safari, 10 days with G Adventures. Begins and ends in Livingstone with visits to Chobe National Park, the Moremi Game Reserve area and the Okavango Delta. Starting at $4,249. Departures from October 16, 2014 through December 31, 2015.

10) Tanzania: On Safari from the Sea to Serengeti, 9 days with Abercrombie & Kent. Begins in Dar es Salaam and ends in Arusha with visits to Saadani National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. Starting at $6,995. Departures from January 22 through December 19, 2015.

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Alan Fox
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