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Safari Newsletter Dated June 17, 2015
Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
An African safari is the trip of a lifetime, and while getting there is
never cheap, the safaris vary considerably in cost and level of service
in order to accommodate a wide range of travelers.
we offer the widest selection of safaris, making it easy to find just
the experience you're looking for. We represent 15 of the world's best
safari operators in eastern and southern Africa. In order of increasing
price and quality, their safaris are rated as budget, first class or
In this newsletter, you'll find a brief description of each of the
safari operators we represent. Click any company name for a list of
available safaris, then click any safari name for departure dates, rates
and day-by-day itinerary details.
Abercrombie & Kent
-- Founded in 1962 as a safari operator in Kenya, Abercrombie & Kent
is recognized as a leader in deluxe African travel. A&K 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 trips.
Adventures by Disney
-- Adventures by Disney operates one family-friendly safari itinerary in
South Africa. The trip is packed with activities that children, teens,
parents and grandparents can enjoy. During a vineyard visit, for
example, adults can indulge in a wine-tasting session while the kids get
a lesson in falconry. Due to the nature of the itinerary, the minimum
age allowed is 6 years old, and the suggested age is 8 years or
-- African Travel has operated on the continent for more than 35 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 a few years ago and highly recommend the company.
-- Alexander+Roberts, formerly General Tours, offers a solid selection
of well-planned, in-depth safaris in south and east Africa that explore
the continent's diverse landscapes and cosmopolitan centers. Itineraries
range in length from three to 23 days, and group sizes are limited to 16
-- This company offers attractively priced itineraries in Tanzania,
Kenya, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. It also can customize a
safari vacation. Alluring Africa aims to provide memorable experiences
and an intimate understanding of the destinations.
-- AmaWaterways, a company best known for its river cruises in Europe
and Southeast Asia, offers four-night cruises on the Chobe River in
Botswana combined with land touring and game park drives in eastern or
southern Africa. On board the 28-passenger MS Zambezi Queen, enjoy
gourmet dining, excellent service and staterooms with private balconies.
-- Founded in 1918, Collette is among the oldest and most respected tour
operators in the United States. The company's itineraries in eastern and
southern Africa offer a diverse mix of experiences. In addition to game
drives in world-famous wildlife parks, you might also visit a giraffe
sanctuary, a local school or a vineyard, or be treated to a performance
of traditional dance and storytelling.
-- G Adventures advocates low-impact, sustainable travel. Accommodations
are selected according to this philosophy, and you could overnight at
simple yet comfortable hotels, guest houses, lodges or cabins, or at
campsites where travelers participate in the preparation of meals and
other camp duties. Group sizes usually are kept to 12 to 16 people per
trip. G Adventures offers many itineraries in the top safari countries.
Gate 1 Travel
-- Gate 1 is known for its competitively priced safaris that provide
tremendous value while also delivering an extraordinary experience. The
company operates safaris in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and
Tanzania. Among the offerings are Discovery Tours, which are small-group
departures limited to 22 travelers or fewer.
-- Founded in 1928, Globus has been a leader in escorted travel for 85
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.
-- This tour operator focuses its itineraries on the cultures and
traditions of the destinations visited in east and south Africa, making
use of locally owned restaurants and lodgings.
You can learn about the culture and customs of Botswana's Kalahari
Bushmen on a community project stay or set up camp on a cattle ranch in
South Africa. Groups are small, usually averaging about 10 travelers each.
-- Daily, year-round departures and a choice of hotels, lodges and
tented camps ensure maximum flexibility for those choosing a Monograms
safari. 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, guests can rely
on the help of a local host for advice on restaurants and attractions.
Natural Habitat Adventures
-- This operator is the travel partner of the World Wildlife Fund and
draws on that organization's resources and expertise to create
itineraries and train its tour guides. Dedicated to conservation and
sustainable tourism, the company's offerings include family-themed trips
and photo safaris led by naturalists who also are photography pros.
Natural Habitat keeps groups small, usually averaging eight or nine
travelers. It utilizes private wildlife reserves and remote, distinctive
lodges and camps that are located where wildlife viewing is best.
-- Founded in 1933, SITA specializes in travel to exotic destinations,
and its trips to Africa are among the company's most popular
itineraries. The maximum number of participants for any SITA tour in
Africa is 15. The company has numerous safari options in south and east
Africa. I traveled to Uganda and Rwanda with SITA, on a trip that
featured two treks to see endangered mountain gorillas, and it was an
-- Deluxe tour company Tauck utilizes well-appointed tented camps and
the finest hotels and lodges on its safaris. The company has partnered
with BBC Earth for special itineraries in east and south Africa 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 game parks. My first, unforgettable trip to
Africa was a Tauck safari in Tanzania, and I highly recommend this
Top 10 Africa vacations
1) Kenya Private Safari
10 days with Monograms
Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to Amboseli National Park, Lake
Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve. Save $300 per
Starting at $4,259. Departures from August 15 through
December 26, 2015.
2) Tanzania Deluxe Safari
7 days with SITA Tours
Begins and ends in Arusha with visits to Lake Manyara National Park,
Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Starting at $3,000.
Departures from July 2 through December 24, 2015.
3) Dunes, Deltas & Falls Discoverer
18 days with G Adventures
Begins in Livingstone and ends in Cape Town with visits to the
Okavango Delta, Etosha National Park and Fish River Canyon. Save
Starting at $3,149. Departures from August 1 through December
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. Starting at $3,420.
Departures from July 4, 2015 through December 31, 2016.
5) 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 July 16 through November 19, 2015.
6) East Africa: In Search of the Big Five
12 days with Globus
Begins in Arusha and ends in Nairobi with visits to Lake Manyara
National Park, Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve.
Starting at $5,699. Departures from August 24, 2015 through March 7,
7) Splendors of Africa
12 days with SITA Tours
Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg with visits to Kruger
National Park, Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park. Starting at
$5,700. Departures from June 29 through December 14, 2015.
8) Wild Kingdoms of Southern Africa
10 days with African Travel
Begins and ends in Johannesburg with visits to Hwange National Park,
Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park. Starting at $6,695. Daily
departures from July 2 through December 31, 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
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 the Cape
of Good Hope Nature Reserve, 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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