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Safari Newsletter Dated June 13, 2016

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

This week, I'll highlight five of our best-selling safaris in Kenya and tell you about some of the game parks and experiences that await travelers to the East African country.

First, here are the most popular itineraries. Click the links for day-by-day details, departure dates and rates.

Safari in Kenya & Tanzania (National Geographic Journey), 13 days with G Adventures
Kenya & Tanzania: A Classic Safari (BBC Earth Journey), 13 days with Tauck
Kenya & Tanzania: the Safari Experience with Nairobi & Zanzibar, 18 days with Globus
7 Day Essential Kenya, seven days with Gate 1 Travel
The Great Migration Safari in Style, 14 days with Abercrombie & Kent

The Masai Mara National Reserve is the highlight of many Kenya safaris. Its varied landscapes range from vast, open grasslands to woodlands and riverine forests. The preserve is a key destination in the Great Migration, when nearly 2 million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles move annually to Masai Mara, typically in August or September, from the parched plains of neighboring Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The "Big Five" (lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants and rhinos) can be seen here, along with hippos, crocodiles, impalas, hyenas and cheetahs.

Southeast of Masai Mara, Amboseli National Park is the place to spot big game like elephants, lions and cheetahs. Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's tallest freestanding mountain at 19,340 feet, provides an impressive backdrop to Amboseli's savannahs, acacia forests and marshes.

Samburu National Reserve is located along the Uaso Nyiro River, and large concentrations of wildlife are drawn to the lush vegetation along the waterway. Rare species to look for include the Grevy's zebra, beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and reticulated giraffe. More than 450 bird species have been identified at Samburu, like the taita falcon and the martial eagle.

Lake Nakuru National Park has long held a reputation as being a fantastic bird-watching destination. The lake's alkaline waters attract thousands of flamingos; the dazzling pink display makes a terrific photo opportunity. Cormorants, pelicans and hornbills also can be viewed in the preserve. Keep an eye out for black and white rhinos as well.

Some itineraries visit the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. Currently, 108 black rhinos reside here, as do the species of the Big Five.

Most Kenya safaris travel through Nairobi, which grew from a late 19th-century camp for railway construction workers to a cosmopolitan capital city. While here, safari-goers might visit the Karen Blixen Museum, housed in the former farmhouse once owned by the author of "Out of Africa."

And, safari operators often incorporate a visit to a Masai village into their itineraries, where guests can interact with local cattle-herders.

Accommodations on our Kenya safaris range from traditional hotels to lodges overlooking the reserves to luxurious tented camps. Some budget companies offer itineraries with participation camping, where travelers help in the preparation of meals and other duties.

Kenya safaris are available year-round, although the best game-viewing periods are during the dry winter months of May through August and the warmer spring months of September and October.

Click here to see all safaris that visit Kenya, from the world's leading safari operators, along with any available discounts and deals.

Top 10 Africa vacations

1) Affordable South Africa In-Depth, 10 days with SITA Tours. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg. Starting at $3,250. Departures from June 27 through December 30, 2016. 

2) Kenya Safari Experience (National Geographic Journey), 8 days with G Adventures. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Starting at $3,094. Departures from July 4, 2016 through December 24, 2017.

3) Tanzania: the Serengeti & Beyond, 10 days with Globus. Begins and ends in Arusha. Starting at $4,189. Departures from July 20, 2016 through March 8, 2017. 

4) Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure, 16 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins in Marangu and ends in Nairobi. Starting at $4,370. Departures from July 2, 2016 through December 16, 2017. 

5) Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla Discovery (National Geographic Journey), 9 days with G Adventures. Begins in Kigali and ends in Entebbe. Starting at $4,949. Departures from July 2, 2016 through December 29, 2018.

6) East African Explorer, 13 days with SITA Tours. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Starting at $5,525. Departures from June 30 through December 29, 2016.

7) Wilds of Botswana & Victoria Falls with Cape Town, 14 days with Monograms Travel. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg. Save 10%. Starting at $5,909. Daily departures from July 3 through December 25, 2016. 

8) Zambia: Leopards, Lions and Tiger Fish, 8 days with African Travel. Begins and ends in Lusaka. Starting at $7,925. Daily departures from July 8 through November 11, 2016. 

9) Discover Africa, 10 days with AmaWaterways. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg. Save $1,000 per couple. Starting at $8,799. Departures from March 10 through November 17, 2017.

10) Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife Safari, 12 days with Abercrombie & Kent. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Save $2,500 per couple.Starting at $9,295. Departs October 11 and November 8, 2016. 

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Alan Fox
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