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Safari Newsletter Dated May 20, 2015

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

In today's newsletter, I'd like to tell you about -- and show you -- some of the top sights of our African safaris. Click the links below to view photos of the continent's diverse wildlife and natural wonders.

Most safari guests travel to Africa with hopes of photographing the Big Five -- lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants and rhinos, which roam the game parks throughout the eastern and southern parts of the continent. But the biggest spectacle is the Great Migration, the annual journey of some 2 million wildebeest and zebras through Tanzania and Kenya. Click here for a description of the animals' route and to see safari itineraries that are timed to take advantage of the best viewing opportunities.

Endangered mountain gorillas are the star attraction in Rwanda and Uganda. You'll trek through thick forest with a guide to locate family groups of these majestic creatures, then spend time observing them. Click here for gorilla treks in Rwanda and Uganda.

Africa is home to some of the world's most photogenic landscapes. Nineteenth-century explorer David Livingstone was the first European to see the splendid Victoria Falls, which lie at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The cascades measure nearly a mile wide and plummet 360 feet into the gorges below, sending up a spray that can be seen for miles. The local Kololo people call it "The Smoke That Thunders." Click here for safaris that include an excursion to Victoria Falls.

Another soaring sight: Mount Kilimanjaro in northeast Tanzania. At 19,400 feet, it's the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. You can choose an itinerary that climbs to the summit or make arrangements to ascend partway up before or after your safari -- either way, a high level of physical fitness is required. Click here for itineraries that visit Kilimanjaro.

Namibia is home to the starkly beautiful, orange-red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the tallest in the world. They are most photogenic in the early morning and late afternoon, when light and shadow shift across their surfaces. Click here for safaris that spend time at Sossusvlei.

Many South Africa safaris spend time in Cape Town, where you can ride the tram to the top of Table Mountain for sweeping views of the city and sea. The Cape's Mediterranean-like climate and rich soil have helped make South Africa a major wine producer, and some itineraries include visits to the vineyards of towns like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Click here to see South Africa itineraries that visit Cape Town. Click here for trips that venture to Stellenbosch, and here for trips that visit Franschhoek.

A few trips spend time on the "spice island" of Zanzibar, 22 miles off the coast of mainland Tanzania. Here you can explore historic Stone Town, lounge on the beach, snorkel, dive or tour plantations where cinnamon, vanilla and cloves grow. Click here for itineraries that include a stay in Zanzibar.



Top 10 Africa vacations

1) Highlights of Namibia, 11 days with SITA Tours. Begins and ends in Windhoek with visits to Etosha National Park, Damaraland and Sossusvlei. Starting at $3,445. Departures from June 15 through November 16, 2015.

2) Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure, 10 days with G Adventures. Begins in Arusha and ends in Stone Town with visits to Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Nungwi Beach. Starting at $2,049. Departures from June 19, 2015 through January 27, 2017.

3) Culture & Wildlife of Uganda & Rwanda, 10 days with G Adventures. Begins in Kampala and ends in Kigali with visits to Jinja, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Volcanoes National Park. Starting at $2,449. Departures from June 18 through December 17, 2016.

4) Gorillas, Chimps & Game Parks, 16 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo. Save 15% to 30%. Starting at $3,620. Departures from June 20 through September 26, 2015.

5) Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls, 12 days with Globus. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg with visits to Boulders Beach, Kapama Private Game Reserve and Victoria Falls. Starting at $3,939. Departures from September 27, 2015 through March 20, 2016.

6) Kenya Private Safari, 10 days with Monograms. Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to Amboseli National Park, Samburu National Reserve and Masai Mara National Reserve. Save $300 per couple. Starting at $4,259. Departures from July 18 through December 26, 2015.

7) Southern Explorer, 10 days with African Travel. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg with visits to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Kruger Private Reserve and Victoria Falls. Save up to $2,900 per couple. Starting at $6,235. Daily departures from June 4 through December 17, 2015.

8) Botswana In Depth, 11 days with SITA Tours. Begins in Victoria Falls and ends in Maun with visits to Chobe National Park, Moremi Wildlife Reserve and Makgadikgadi National Park. Starting at $6,425. Daily departures from June 4 through November 19, 2015.

9) Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife Safari, 12 days with Abercrombie & Kent. Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to Ngorongoro Crater, 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.

10) Waterways of Africa, 11 days with AmaWaterways. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg with visits to Table Mountain, Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls. Save $500 per couple. Starting at $9,995. Departures from March 11 through November 4, 2016.

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Sincerely,

Alan Fox
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