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Safari Newsletter Dated September 19, 2016

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

This week, I'll highlight five of our best-selling safaris in Tanzania. I traveled to Tanzania for my first safari and would recommend it to anyone looking for an unforgettable introduction to Africa's amazing array of wildlife.

I'll outline the highlights of Tanzania safaris below, but first, here are the most popular itineraries. Click the links for day-by-day details, departure dates and rates.

Kenya & Tanzania: A Classic Safari (BBC Earth Journey), 13 days with Tauck
Safari in Kenya & Tanzania (National Geographic Journey), 13 days with G Adventures
Tanzania Deluxe Safari, 7 days with SITA Tours
Kenya & Tanzania: the Safari Experience With Nairobi & Zanzibar, 18 days with Globus
Tanzania Private Safari, 9 days with Monograms Travel

One of the world's most famous game reserves, 5,700-square-mile Serengeti National Park is located in Tanzania. It's one of the best places on the continent to view lion prides. On my safari I saw zebras gathering at watering holes, leopards lounging on tree limbs and lions feasting on a freshly killed meal here.

We also came upon a sea of animals in the midst of the Great Migration, the annual movement of nearly 2 million wildebeest and zebras and other animals across open savannas. Seasonal rains and droughts drive the migration, and if you schedule your visit correctly, you'll be treated to extraordinary wildlife viewing. June and July are the best months for witnessing the migration in Tanzania's Serengeti.

Another memorable moment was an early-morning hot-air balloon ride over the Serengeti. We floated above the plains, rising to 500 feet for broad vistas and dipping down to tree level for up-close views. We also passed over great herds of wildebeest and zebras.

Tanzania safaris typically spend time at Ngorongoro Crater, which has been called Africa's "Garden of Eden." The floor of the caldera encompasses more than 100 square miles of desert, grasslands, forests, lakes and streams. It's a contained ecosystem with more than 25,000 large animals and the world's greatest concentration of mammalian predators. We saw endangered black rhinos, elephants, hippos, lions and herds of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles here.

Many Tanzania itineraries stop at Lake Manyara National Park, known for its massive baboon populations; Tarangire National Park, home to many large elephant herds; and Arusha National Park, where black-and-white colobus monkeys dwell.

You also may visit Olduvai Gorge, where Drs. Louis and Mary Leakey discovered 2 million-year-old bones and tools from what some believe were the earliest humans.

Those seeking a challenge can climb Mount Kilimanjaro while in northeast Tanzania. At 19,400 feet, it's the world's tallest freestanding mountain. I 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.

Your safari also may offer an opportunity to visit a Maasai village or spend time with the children of a Maasai elementary school.

Accommodations on our Tanzania 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.

Safaris that visit Tanzania are available year-round, but generally the best time for game-viewing is during the dry winter season from May through August. The temperatures are mild, and animals are concentrated at rivers and other water sources.

Click here to see all safaris that visit Tanzania, from the world's leading safari operators.

Top 10 Africa vacations

1) Affordable South Africa In-Depth, 10 days with SITA Tours. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg. Save $800 per couple. Starting at $3,445. Departures from October 3 through December 30, 2016.

2) Kenya Wildlife Safari, 8 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Starting at $1,040. Departures from January 14 through December 23, 2017.

3) Botswana and Victoria Falls Adventure, 8 days with G Adventures. Begins in Windhoek and ends in Livingstone. Starting at $1,749. Departures from October 15, 2016 through December 23, 2017.

4) Gorillas & Game Parks, 16 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Starting at $3,030. Departures from January 7 through December 30, 2017.

5) Tanzania: The Serengeti & Beyond, 10 days with Globus. Begins and ends in Arusha. Save 5%. Starting at $3,879. Departures from January 11 through October 11, 2017.

6) East African Explorer, 13 days with SITA Tours. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Starting at $5,145. Departures from January 3 through December 28, 2017.

7) Botswana Safari Experience (National Geographic Journey), 10 days with G Adventures. Begins and ends in Victoria Falls. Starting at $5,149. Departures from October 26, 2016 through December 27, 2017.

8) Wild Kingdoms of Southern Africa, 10 days with African Travel. Begins and ends in Johannesburg. Starting at $5,355. Daily departures from January 11 through December 13, 2017.

9) Botswana Safari in Style, 10 days with Abercrombie & Kent. Begins and ends in Johannesburg. Save $2,000 per couple. Starting at $7,995. Departures from January 18 through April 19, 2017.

10) Discover Africa, 10 days with AmaWaterways. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg. Save $1,000 to $2,000 per couple. Starting at $8,799. Departures from March 10 through November 17, 2017.

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Alan Fox
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