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Safari Newsletter Dated September 22, 2015

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

This week, I'll highlight five of our best-selling safaris in South Africa and tell you about some of the experiences and sights that await travelers to this country.

First, here are the most popular South Africa itineraries. Click the links for day-by-day details, departure dates and rates.

Classic South Africa, 12 days with Gate 1 Travel
South African Sojourn, 9 days with Monograms
South Africa: A World in One Country, 14 days with SITA Tours
Botswana, South Africa & Zambia (BBC Earth Journey), 12 days with Tauck
Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls, 12 days with Globus

Kruger National Park is featured on many South Africa safaris; it's one of Africa's largest wildlife reserves. It boasts an abundance of animals, plant life and natural scenery, as well as archaeological findings. The "Big Five" dwell here -- lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos -- as do cheetahs, giraffes, hippos, spotted hyenas and much more. Currently, 147 mammal species can be counted in the park.

Kruger borders or encompasses several smaller, private wildlife-rich havens, like the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, also home to the Big Five, and Thornybush Private Game Reserve, beloved for its 500-plus bird species.

The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve protects endangered black and white rhinos; look for elephants here as well. See pachyderms up close at Addo Elephant National Park. Founded in 1931 to shelter 11 area elephants, it now houses more than 600 of the gentle giants.

In the bustling city of Cape Town, safari participants can ride the cable car up Table Mountain for magnificent views of the city and the sea. Cape Town also is a gateway for excursions to Cape Point Nature Reserve -- a lookout for whales and dolphins -- and Boulders Beach, where penguins dwell.

With a Mediterranean-like climate and rich soil, the Western Cape is home to South Africa's wine-producing region. On some safaris in South Africa, guests visit wine estates amid the vineyards of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

Many itineraries follow the famous Garden Route to Knysna. Here, you can visit an elephant sanctuary or cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Accessible only by ferry, Featherbed encompasses sandstone cliffs, sea caves and coastal forests; you might spot the rare blue duiker here, one of the smallest antelope species.

During time in Johannesburg, tour guests usually visit the Apartheid Museum and the Soweto township on the city's outskirts. South Africa vacations also may highlight sites associated with Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

You even can add a luxury, overnight rail trip to your safari in South Africa, aboard the Blue Train or the Rovos Rail.

South Africa safaris are offered throughout the year. Game-viewing in northern preserves is best from May through August, when temperatures are mild and animals gather at water sources. Peak travel in the southern regions takes place during the months of October to March.

Click here to see all safaris that visit South Africa, from the world's leading safari operators, along with any available discounts and deals.

Top 10 Africa vacations

1) South African Sojourn with Botswana, 13 days with Monograms. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg. Save $400 per couple. Starting at $4,469. Daily departures from January 3 through December 25, 2016.

2) Culture & Wildlife of Uganda & Rwanda, 10 days with G Adventures. Begins in Kampala and ends in Kigali. Starting at $2,449. Departures from January 9 through December 17, 2016.

3) Tanzania Deluxe Safari, 7 days with SITA Tours. Begins and ends in Arusha. Starting at $3,000. Departures from October 8 through December 24, 2015.

4) Gorillas, Chimps & Game Parks, 16 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Starting at $3,450. Departures from October 10, 2015 through December 24, 2016.

5) In the Footsteps of Mandela, 8 days with African Travel. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg. Receive one free post-hotel night in Johannesburg. Starting at $3,995. Daily departures from October 8 through December 31, 2015.

6) Classic Kenya: A Tented Camp Safari, 11 days with Globus. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Starting at $4,469. Departures from January 16, 2016 through March 18, 2017.

7) Splendors of Africa, 12 days with SITA Tours. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg. Starting at $5,800. Departs October 5 & 26, November 9 & 30 and December 14, 2015.

8) Kenya & Tanzania Safari Experience, 13 days with G Adventures. Begins in Nairobi and ends in Arusha. Starting at $6,249. Departures from January 4 through December 26, 2016.

9) Tanzania Safari in Style, 8 days with Abercrombie & Kent. Begins and ends in Arusha. Receive complimentary internal airfare. Starting at $7,495. Departs January 28, February 25, March 17 and June 9, 2016.

10) Discover Africa, 10 days with AmaWaterways. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg. Save $1,000 per couple. Starting at $8,499. Departures from April 8 through November 4, 2016.

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Alan Fox
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