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Safari Newsletter Dated July 23, 2015

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

This week, I'll highlight five of our best-selling safaris in Tanzania. My family and I traveled to Tanzania for our first safari, and I 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.

East Africa: In Search of the Big Five, 12 days with Globus
East African Explorer, 13 days with SITA Tours
Tanzania Safari in Style, 8 or 9 days with Abercrombie & Kent
Kenya & Tanzania: A Classic Safari (BBC Earth Journey), 13 days with Tauck
Tanzania Camping Adventure, 7 days with G Adventures

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. We 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 for my family 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. 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.

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) South African Sojourn with Victoria Falls, 11 days with Monograms. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg with visits to Cape Point Nature Reserve, the Kruger National Park area and Soweto. Save $400 per couple. Starting at $2,949. Daily departures from January 3 through December 25, 2016.

2) Road to Zanzibar, 14 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins in Nairobi and ends in Stone Town with visits to Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Dar es Salaam. Starting at $2,490. Departures from August 16, 2015 through December 25, 2016.

3) Highlights of Namibia, 11 days with SITA Tours. Begins and ends in Windhoek with visits to Etosha National Park, Swakopmund and Sossusvlei. Starting at $3,445. Departures from August 17 through November 16, 2015.

4) Culture, Great Whites and Wildlife, 8 days with African Travel. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg with visits to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Dyer Island and Karongwe Private Game Reserve. Starting at $3,875. Daily departures from August 8 through December 26, 2015.

5) Kenya & Tanzania Camping Safari, 15 days with G Adventures. Begins in Nairobi and ends in Arusha with visits to Samburu Game Reserve, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. Save 15%. Starting at $4,049. Departures from August 30 through November 27, 2015.

6) 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 August 13 through November 19, 2015.

7) Kenya & Tanzania: the Safari Experience, 15 days with Globus. Begins in Nairobi and ends in Arusha with visits to Masai Mara National Reserve, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. Save 5%. Starting at $5,669. Departures from January 9 through December 3, 2016.

8) Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife Safari, 12 days with Abercrombie & Kent. Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to Amboseli National Park, 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.

9) Uganda & Rwanda in Depth, 11 days with SITA Tours. Begins in Entebbe and ends in Kigali with visits to Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Starting at $8,945. Daily departures from August 13 through December 31, 2015.

10) Stars of South Africa, 16 days with AmaWaterways. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg with visits to Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls and Greater Kruger National Park. Starting at $11,695. Departures from August 14 through November 6, 2015.

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Alan Fox
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