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Safari Newsletter Dated January 25, 2016

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

In this newsletter, I'll tell you about some of the amazing wildlife experiences that await on safaris in east and south Africa. They range from seeing huge numbers of zebras and wildebeest on the move during the Great Migration to trekking rare mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

Many safari travelers seek the "Big Five" -- lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos. Some of the best places to see these animals, and many other species, are Kruger National Park in South Africa, the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

Ngorongoro Crater, also in Tanzania, is another superb site for spotting the Big Five. It's home to more than 25,000 large animals and the greatest concentration of mammalian predators in the world. My family and I spent time at Ngorongoro Crater on our first safari in Africa, and we were amazed by the density of wildlife. On one game drive, we saw rhinos, hippos, lions, hyenas, jackals and herds of wildebeest, zebras, gazelles and buffalo.

Some safari-goers like to time their visit with the Great Migration, the annual progress of nearly 2 million creatures, primarily wildebeest and zebras, between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara preserve. While the exact timing of this movement can't be precisely predicted, there is a general pattern (the link above will lead you to a description of their path).

Some game parks are notable for their populations of specific animals. You'll have a good chance of spotting rhinos in South Africa's Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and Namibia's Etosha National Park. For close-up looks at pachyderms, consider itineraries that visit Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa or Chobe National Park in Botswana. Chimpanzees and other primate species thrive in the evergreen forests of Kibale National Park in Uganda.

Endangered mountain gorillas are the star attraction in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park and Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You'll trek through thick forest with a guide to locate family groups of these majestic creatures, then spend time observing them.

Birdlife flourishes in Kenya's Lake Nakuru National Park, which draws thousands of flamingos as well as cormorants, pelicans and hornbills, and in Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park, where you might spot fish eagles and Meyer's parrots.

And at Cape Point Peninsula in South Africa, there are opportunities to see marine life. Itineraries that spend time in Cape Town may venture to Boulders Beach to observe penguins or Seal Island to see fur seals.

And finally, many lodges and safari camps offer incredible opportunities to see wildlife up close. For example, each October and November, a family of elephants parades through the open-air lobby of the Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia; they're en route to a large wild mango tree on the property. Elephants, buffalo and lions are drawn to a waterhole right outside the Ark Lodge in Kenya.

While staying at the Royal Livingstone hotel on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia, I saw zebras and baboons on the grounds and hippos and crocs in the water. A troupe of mischievous vervet monkeys lived there, too -- one even snagged a candy bar from a guest room where the door had been left open.

Top 10 Africa vacations

1) Wilds of Botswana & Victoria Falls, 11 days with Monograms. Begins and ends in Johannesburg. Save 10%. Starting at $4,769. Daily departures from February 14 through December 25, 2016.

2) Kenya Wildlife Safari, 8 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Starting at $1,145. Departures from February 13, 2016 through December 16, 2017.

3) Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure, 10 days with G Adventures. Begins in Arusha and ends in Stone Town. Save $200 per couple off the land price or save $300 per couple off the air-inclusive price. Starting at $2,149. Departures from March 4 through July 29, 2016.

4) Cape Explorer, 7 days with SITA Tours. Begins and ends in Cape Town. Save $1,200 per couple. Starting at $3,345. Daily departures from February 12 through December 30, 2016.

5) Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls, 12 days with Globus. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg. Save 5%. Starting at $3,919. Departures from April 10, 2016 through March 19, 2017.

6) Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla Discovery (National Geographic Journey), 9 days with G Adventures. Begins in Kigali and ends in Entebbe. Save $200 per couple off the land price or save $300 per couple off the air-inclusive price. Starting at $5,249. Departs July 2 & 23, 2016.

7) Splendors of Africa, 12 days with SITA Tours. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg. Save $1,000 per couple. Starting at $5,745. Daily departures from February 23 through December 13, 2016.

8) Kenya & Tanzania: A Classic Safari (BBC Earth Journey), 13 days with Tauck. Begins in Arusha and ends in Nairobi. Starting at $8,465. Departures from February 20 through December 24, 2016.

9) Discover Africa, 10 days with AmaWaterways. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg. Save $2,000 per couple. Starting at $8,499. Departs April 8, June 17, July 8 and August 19, 2016.

10) Botswana Safari in Style, 10 days with Abercrombie & Kent. Begins and ends in Johannesburg. Save $2,600 per couple. Starting at $13,295. Departures from July 13 through August 31, 2016.

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