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Safari Newsletter Dated June 17, 2015

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

An African safari is the trip of a lifetime, and while getting there is never cheap, the safaris vary considerably in cost and level of service in order to accommodate a wide range of travelers.

At AfricaSafari.com we offer the widest selection of safaris, making it easy to find just the experience you're looking for. We represent 15 of the world's best safari operators in eastern and southern Africa. In order of increasing price and quality, their safaris are rated as budget, first class or deluxe.

In this newsletter, you'll find a brief description of each of the safari operators we represent. Click any company name for a list of available safaris, then click any safari name for departure dates, rates and day-by-day itinerary details.

Abercrombie & Kent -- Founded in 1962 as a safari operator in Kenya, Abercrombie & Kent is recognized as a leader in deluxe African travel. A&K guests stay in small, private lodges, elegant tented accommodations and even mobile camps that are set up as close as possible to prime game-viewing areas. A&K safaris are offered throughout south and east Africa and include a few family-themed trips.

Adventures by Disney -- Adventures by Disney operates one family-friendly safari itinerary in South Africa. The trip is packed with activities that children, teens, parents and grandparents can enjoy. During a vineyard visit, for example, adults can indulge in a wine-tasting session while the kids get a lesson in falconry. Due to the nature of the itinerary, the minimum age allowed is 6 years old, and the suggested age is 8 years or older.

African Travel -- African Travel has operated on the continent for more than 35 years and has itineraries in all the major safari regions. It offers individual and small-group safaris as well as customized trips for groups of as few as two people. I visited Botswana and Zambia with African Travel a few years ago and highly recommend the company.

Alexander+Roberts -- Alexander+Roberts, formerly General Tours, offers a solid selection of well-planned, in-depth safaris in south and east Africa that explore the continent's diverse landscapes and cosmopolitan centers. Itineraries range in length from three to 23 days, and group sizes are limited to 16 guests.

Alluring Africa -- This company offers attractively priced itineraries in Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. It also can customize a safari vacation. Alluring Africa aims to provide memorable experiences and an intimate understanding of the destinations.

AmaWaterways -- AmaWaterways, a company best known for its river cruises in Europe and Southeast Asia, offers four-night cruises on the Chobe River in Botswana combined with land touring and game park drives in eastern or southern Africa. On board the 28-passenger MS Zambezi Queen, enjoy gourmet dining, excellent service and staterooms with private balconies.

Collette -- Founded in 1918, Collette is among the oldest and most respected tour operators in the United States. The company's itineraries in eastern and southern Africa offer a diverse mix of experiences. In addition to game drives in world-famous wildlife parks, you might also visit a giraffe sanctuary, a local school or a vineyard, or be treated to a performance of traditional dance and storytelling.

G Adventures -- G Adventures advocates low-impact, sustainable travel. Accommodations are selected according to this philosophy, and you could overnight at simple yet comfortable hotels, guest houses, lodges or cabins, or at campsites where travelers participate in the preparation of meals and other camp duties. Group sizes usually are kept to 12 to 16 people per trip. G Adventures offers many itineraries in the top safari countries.

Gate 1 Travel -- Gate 1 is known for its competitively priced safaris that provide tremendous value while also delivering an extraordinary experience. The company operates safaris in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Tanzania. Among the offerings are Discovery Tours, which are small-group departures limited to 22 travelers or fewer.

Globus -- Founded in 1928, Globus has been a leader in escorted travel for 85 years. The company's itineraries take in the most sought-after sights in Africa's top safari destinations. The four-wheel-drive vehicles used on game drives carry a maximum of six passengers, so everyone gets plenty of opportunities for unobstructed wildlife viewing.

Intrepid Travel -- This tour operator focuses its itineraries on the cultures and traditions of the destinations visited in east and south Africa, making use of locally owned restaurants and lodgings. You can learn about the culture and customs of Botswana's Kalahari Bushmen on a community project stay or set up camp on a cattle ranch in South Africa. Groups are small, usually averaging about 10 travelers each.

Monograms -- Daily, year-round departures and a choice of hotels, lodges and tented camps ensure maximum flexibility for those choosing a Monograms safari. Travelers are in private vehicles with only members of their own party, along with a driver/guide who can help you spot wildlife. In cities visited during non-safari portions of the trip, guests can rely on the help of a local host for advice on restaurants and attractions.

Natural Habitat Adventures -- This operator is the travel partner of the World Wildlife Fund and draws on that organization's resources and expertise to create itineraries and train its tour guides. Dedicated to conservation and sustainable tourism, the company's offerings include family-themed trips and photo safaris led by naturalists who also are photography pros. Natural Habitat keeps groups small, usually averaging eight or nine travelers. It utilizes private wildlife reserves and remote, distinctive lodges and camps that are located where wildlife viewing is best.

SITA -- Founded in 1933, SITA specializes in travel to exotic destinations, and its trips to Africa are among the company's most popular itineraries. The maximum number of participants for any SITA tour in Africa is 15. The company has numerous safari options in south and east Africa. I traveled to Uganda and Rwanda with SITA, on a trip that featured two treks to see endangered mountain gorillas, and it was an incredible experience.

Tauck -- Deluxe tour company Tauck utilizes well-appointed tented camps and the finest hotels and lodges on its safaris. The company has partnered with BBC Earth for special itineraries in east and south Africa that give guests the technology to experience natural wonders in a unique way; for example, use night-vision goggles and thermal imaging to observe nocturnal life in game parks. My first, unforgettable trip to Africa was a Tauck safari in Tanzania, and I highly recommend this company.

Top 10 Africa vacations

1) Kenya Private Safari, 10 days with Monograms. Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve. Save $300 per couple. Starting at $4,259. Departures from August 15 through December 26, 2015.

2) Tanzania Deluxe Safari, 7 days with SITA Tours. Begins and ends in Arusha with visits to Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Starting at $3,000. Departures from July 2 through December 24, 2015.

3) Dunes, Deltas & Falls Discoverer, 18 days with G Adventures. Begins in Livingstone and ends in Cape Town with visits to the Okavango Delta, Etosha National Park and Fish River Canyon. Save 15%. Starting at $3,149. Departures from August 1 through December 5, 2015.

4) Gorillas, Chimps & Game Parks, 16 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo. Starting at $3,420. Departures from July 4, 2015 through December 31, 2016.

5) Botswana Safari, 10 days with G Adventures. Begins and ends in Livingstone with visits to Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta. Save 20%. Starting at $4,349. Departures from July 16 through November 19, 2015.

6) East Africa: In Search of the Big Five, 12 days with Globus. Begins in Arusha and ends in Nairobi with visits to Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve. Starting at $5,699. Departures from August 24, 2015 through March 7, 2016.

7) Splendors of Africa, 12 days with SITA Tours. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg with visits to Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park. Starting at $5,700. Departures from June 29 through December 14, 2015.

8) Wild Kingdoms of Southern Africa, 10 days with African Travel. Begins and ends in Johannesburg with visits to Hwange National Park, Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park. Starting at $6,695. Daily departures from July 2 through December 31, 2015.

9) Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife Safari, 12 days with Abercrombie & Kent. Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve. Save $3,000 per couple. Starting at $8,495. Departs October 13 & 20, November 3 and December 8, 2015.

10) Waterways of Africa, 11 days with AmaWaterways. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg with visits to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls. Save $500 per couple. Starting at $9,995. Departures from March 11 through November 4, 2016.

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