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Safari Newsletter Dated November 14, 2016

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

Safari operators have released their itineraries for next year, and below I've listed 14 companies whose 2017 departures are now available on Vacations To Go's safari site, AfricaSafari.com. From budget to deluxe, this is the widest selection of safaris you'll find anywhere.

Just click any company name below for a list of departure dates and prices. I've also provided information on some money-saving offers for our customers from a few of these operators.

African Travel -- African Travel has operated on the continent for 40 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 and highly recommend the company.

Globus -- Founded in 1928, Globus has been a leader in escorted travel for 88 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.
  • Save 5% off select safaris with Globus.
SITA -- Trips to Africa are among the most popular itineraries for this company, which was founded in 1933 and specializes in exotic destinations. It offers numerous safari options. The maximum number of participants for any SITA tour in Africa is 15. I traveled to Uganda and Rwanda with SITA, on a trip that featured two treks to see endangered mountain gorillas, and I can highly recommend this company.

Abercrombie & Kent -- A&K was founded in 1962 as a safari operator in Kenya. On these deluxe trips, 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 departures. Collette -- Founded in 1918, Collette is among the oldest and most respected tour operators in the United States. The company's itineraries offer a diverse mix of experiences. In addition to taking game drives in world-famous wildlife parks, you might visit a local school or explore the winelands of South Africa.

Adventures by Disney -- Adventures by Disney offers a family-friendly safari itinerary in South Africa. The trip is packed with activities that children, teens, parents and grandparents can enjoy. The minimum age allowed is 6 years old, but the suggested age is 8 years or older. G Adventures -- G Adventures advocates low-impact, sustainable travel. Accommodations are selected according to this philosophy -- simple yet comfortable hotels, guest houses, lodges and cabins. Group sizes can reach up to 15 travelers, but the average is 10 guests per departure. G Adventures offers many itineraries in the top safari countries.
  • Save 15% to 20% off select G Adventures departures when you book by November 30.
Tauck -- Deluxe tour company Tauck utilizes well-appointed tented camps and the finest hotels and lodges on its safaris. It partnered with BBC Earth to create itineraries 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 the game parks. Family-themed departures are available as well. My first, unforgettable trip to Africa was a Tauck safari in Tanzania, and I highly recommend this company. Gate 1 Travel -- Gate 1 is known for its competitively priced safaris that provide terrific value while also delivering an exceptional experience. The company operates safaris of seven to 22 days in Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, South Africa and Namibia, and several itineraries visit stunning Victoria Falls, a nearly mile-wide curtain of water that plummets 360 feet into gorges below.

Alexander+Roberts -- Alexander+Roberts offers a nice selection of well-planned, in-depth safaris that spend time in renowned game parks such as Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater, dubbed Africa's Eden, and Botswana's Chobe National Park, home to a very large elephant population. Group sizes are limited to 16 guests. Intrepid Travel -- Intrepid focuses on the cultures and traditions of the destinations visited in east and south Africa, making use of locally owned restaurants and lodgings. It specializes in small-group, sustainable travel that limits the physical impact on the destinations visited. Groups are kept to 10 to 24 travelers; on average there are 10 guests per Intrepid departure.

Monograms -- A Monograms safari provides maximum flexibility, with daily, year-round departures and a choice of hotels, lodges and tented camps. 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 (like Cape Town and Johannesburg), guests can rely on the help of a local host for advice on restaurants and attractions.
  • Save 10% off select private safaris with Monograms when you book by November 30.
Natural Habitat Adventures -- This operator is the travel partner of the World Wildlife Fund, and it draws on that organization's resources and expertise to create itineraries and train tour guides. Among the itineraries are photo safaris led by naturalists who also are photography pros. Natural Habitat keeps groups small, usually averaging eight or nine travelers. It makes use of private wildlife reserves and distinctive lodges and camps that are located where wildlife viewing is best.

AmaWaterways -- These trips combine a four-night cruise on the Chobe River in Botswana with land touring and game park drives in southern Africa. There's also an option that adds three nights on the luxury Rovos Rail. On board the 28-passenger MS Zambezi Queen, enjoy gourmet dining, excellent service and staterooms with private balconies.


Top 10 Africa vacations

1) Botswana and Victoria Falls Adventure, 8 days with G Adventures. Begins in Windhoek and ends in Livingstone. Starting at $1,749. Departures from January 21 through December 23, 2017.

2) Serengeti Trail, 8 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Starting at $1,510. Departures from January 7 through December 30, 2017.

3) South Africa: A World in One Country, 14 days with SITA Tours. Begins in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town. Starting at $3,100. Departures from January 8 through December 17, 2017.

4) 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.

5) 13 Day Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Adventure (Discovery Tour), 13 days with Gate 1 Travel. Begins in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town. Starting at $4,199. Departures from February 25 through November 18, 2017.

6) Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure, 16 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins in Marangu and ends in Nairobi. Starting at $4,585. Departures from January 7 through December 16, 2017.

7) 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.

8) Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla Discovery (National Geographic Journey), 9 days with G Adventures. Begins in Kigali and ends in Entebbe. Starting at $5,349. Departures from June 3, 2017 through December 29, 2018.

9) Kenya Safari in Style, 10 days with Abercrombie & Kent. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Starting at $6,995. Departures from January 12 through December 21, 2017.

10) Golden Trails of East Africa, 17 days with AmaWaterways. Begins in Johannesburg and ends in Arusha. Save $1,000 to $2,000 per couple. Starting at $14,495. Departures from March 12 through November 19, 2017.

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Please e-mail me your comments, suggestions and questions at alanfox@africasafari.com and I will respond the same day.

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Sincerely,

Alan Fox
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