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Safari Newsletter Dated September 19, 2016
Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
This week, I'll highlight five of our best-selling safaris in
. I traveled to Tanzania for my first safari and 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.
Kenya & Tanzania: A Classic Safari (BBC Earth Journey)
13 days with Tauck
Safari in Kenya & Tanzania (National Geographic Journey)
13 days with G Adventures
Tanzania Deluxe Safari
7 days with SITA Tours
Kenya & Tanzania: the Safari Experience With Nairobi & Zanzibar
18 days with Globus
Tanzania Private Safari
9 days with Monograms Travel
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. On my safari I 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 was an early-morning hot-air balloon
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. I 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
Affordable South Africa In-Depth
10 days with SITA Tours. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg.
Save $800 per couple.
Starting at $3,445. Departures from October
3 through December 30, 2016.
Kenya Wildlife Safari
8 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Starting at
$1,040. Departures from January 14 through December 23, 2017.
Botswana and Victoria Falls Adventure
8 days with G Adventures. Begins in Windhoek and ends in Livingstone.
Starting at $1,749. Departures from October 15, 2016 through December
Gorillas & Game Parks
16 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Starting at
$3,030. Departures from January 7 through December 30, 2017.
Tanzania: The Serengeti & Beyond
10 days with Globus. Begins and ends in Arusha. Save 5%.
at $3,879. Departures from January 11 through October 11, 2017.
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.
Botswana Safari Experience (National Geographic Journey)
10 days with G Adventures. Begins and ends in Victoria Falls. Starting
at $5,149. Departures from October 26, 2016 through December 27, 2017.
Wild Kingdoms of Southern Africa
10 days with African Travel. Begins and ends in Johannesburg. Starting
at $5,355. Daily departures from January 11 through December 13, 2017.
Botswana Safari in Style
10 days with Abercrombie & Kent. Begins and ends in Johannesburg.
Save $2,000 per couple.
Starting at $7,995. Departures from
January 18 through April 19, 2017.
10 days with AmaWaterways. Begins in Cape Town and ends in
Johannesburg. Save $1,000 to $2,000 per couple.
$8,799. Departures from March 10 through November 17, 2017.
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