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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
. 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
, 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
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
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
, home to many large elephant herds; and Arusha National
, 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
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.
to see all safaris that visit Tanzania, from the world's leading safari
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
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%.
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%.
$4,349. Departures from August 13 through November 19, 2015.
& 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
Starting at $5,669. Departures from January 9 through December
& 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
Starting at $8,495. Departs October 13 & 20, November 3
and December 8, 2015.
& 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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