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Safari Newsletter Dated August 15, 2016
Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
For most travelers on safari in Africa, the wildlife is the main
attraction. But often the accommodations selected by safari operators
are unique experiences in their own right.
For example, your safari might feature accommodations in tented camps --
but that doesn't necessarily mean you'll be roughing it. There are many
deluxe properties where well-appointed guest tents have en-suite
bathrooms, high quality furnishings and private verandas. For example,
Kirawira Serena Camp
in Tanzania, tents are on raised platforms and have four-poster beds,
Edwardian-style furniture and mahogany-paneled bathrooms with twin
marble basins and hot and cold running water. The tents are made of
canvas, with mosquito netting for windows and a front door that zips
open to a wooden front porch.
Other examples of tented camps include
in Kenya's Masai Mara Game Reserve,
Maramboi Tented Camp
in Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania, and
Pom Pom Camp
in Botswana's Okavango Delta.
Tented camps and bush lodges don't have walls or fences to keep out the
wildlife, and animals can and do wander onto the grounds. One evening at
Tarangire Sopa Lodge
in Tanzania, I saw two elephants barreling through the brush no more
than 50 feet away.
In October and November, the
in Zambia welcomes a parade of elephants -- right through its lobby. To
the delight of human guests, this family of pachyderms regularly walks
up some steps and through the reception area en route to a large,
enticing wild mango tree on the hotel's grounds.
in Kenya is adjacent to a large salt lick and waterhole that draws
elephants, rhinos, buffalo and lions. Decks overlook the site, and a
ground-level bunker provides excellent up-close photo opportunities.
It's illuminated by floodlights at night, and a buzzer in your room can
be set to alert you when there is something special to see, like a
leopard that's approached the waterhole. (The buzzer, which is sounded
by a game-spotter on duty, can be switched off if you don't wish to be
Serena Mountain Lodge
in Kenya has a tunnel leading to a hidden game-viewing shelter situated
next to a popular watering hole for local wildlife.
Each of the five suites at
Sanctuary Baines' Camp
at the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana has a bed on wheels, and the
staff will roll it out to your private deck at night if you wish. The
Kulala Desert Lodge
near the red Sossusvlei dunes of Namibia, have rooftop decks for
sleeping under the stars.
Many safari accommodations have stunning natural settings. The
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
is carved into the circular rim of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.
Balconies overlook the floor of the caldera, which lies 2,000 feet below
and contains an unbelievable array of wildlife.
in southern Zambia also boasts an incredible location. It looks out over
the crocodile-infested waters of the wide, blue Zambezi River (here,
there is an electric fence and rock barrier to separate guests from
whatever might crawl out of the water). Downstream, the river drops out
of sight and becomes part of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural
Wonders of the World. The cascades plunge 360 feet into the gorge and
send up a mighty spray that can be seen from the hotel's lawn.
Arusha Coffee Lodge
is built on the grounds of Tanzania's largest working coffee plantation.
Coffee-makers are provided in each suite, so guests can make fresh brew
from beans that were plucked right outside their windows.
A lack of electricity creates a rustic yet romantic ambiance at
perched at the rim of a volcanic crater in Uganda. Its eight
thatched-roof bungalows have solar-powered lights -- which last long
enough for guests to shower and get into bed in the evening -- but the
main lodge and dining hall are illuminated only by candlelight after dark.
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