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Safari Newsletter Dated August 19, 2015
Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
In this newsletter, I'll tell you about the five best destinations
for an African safari
. Click the links below to see itineraries that
visit that destination, with departure dates and rates.
Serengeti National Park
in this east African country is perhaps the world's most famous game
reserve. It's one of the best places on the continent to view prides of
lions. Southeast of the Serengeti,
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
-- also called "Africa's Garden of Eden" -- is home to a dense
population of animals, including zebras, wildebeests, gazelles and their
predators. It features a caldera formed by the collapse of an ancient
volcano, and safari participants descend nearly 2,000 feet into the
crater to see the wildlife.
Tanzania safaris are available year-round, but many safari-goers like to
time their visit during the
the annual movement of nearly 2 million animals, primarily wildebeest
and zebras, between the plains of Tanzania's Serengeti and the Masai
Mara National Reserve in Kenya. 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).
to see all safaris that visit Tanzania.
This Southern African nation is nearly the size of Texas but has only
1.7 million residents. Its wildlife reserves in the Okavango Delta and
Kalahari Desert are vast and remote, and one must fly bush planes to
Chobe National Park
protects an enormous elephant herd, while
Moremi Game Reserve
has an incredible predator population of lions, hyenas, leopards,
cheetahs and wild dogs.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
is the second-largest reserve in the world and was originally set aside
in 1961 for the San people, or Bushmen, as a place where they could
continue their traditional methods of hunting and gathering. Most of the
San have moved on, and now it's a prime spot for viewing elands,
giraffes and ostriches.
Botswana safaris are available all year, but you'll find that the best
game-viewing periods are during the winter dry season of May through
August and the spring months of September and October.
to see all safaris that visit Botswana.
3) South Africa
The wildlife in South Africa ranges from waddling penguins to the "Big
Five" -- lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants and rhinos. It's home to
one of the world's first conservation areas,
Kruger National Park
which was established in 1898 and is South Africa's largest reserve.
Kruger boasts a rich abundance of animals, including about 150 mammal
species and more than 500 bird species. Smaller preserves surround
also host to the Big Five and many smaller animals such as hyenas,
jackals and cheetahs.
In the bustling city of
two oceans meet at Cape Point Peninsula, and the mingling warm and cool
waters support a diverse cast of marine life. Many South Africa
itineraries include a stop at Boulders Beach, where the aforementioned
South Africa safaris are offered throughout the year. Game-viewing in
northern preserves is best during the winter season of May through
August, when temperatures are mild and animals gather at water sources.
Peak travel in the southern regions takes place during the summer months
of October to March.
to see all safaris that visit South Africa.
Masai Mara National Reserve
is a top destination in Kenya. It's on the route of the Great Migration;
the animals make their way to this preserve typically in August or
September. You'll find the Big Five here, along with hippos, crocodiles,
impalas, hyenas and cheetahs.
Amboseli National Park
is the place to seek big game like elephants, lions and cheetahs, while
Samburu National Reserve
on the Uaso Nyiro River boasts rare species like the Grevy's zebra,
beisa oryx and reticulated giraffe. More than 450 bird species have been
identified at Samburu, too.
Thousands of flamingos flock to the alkaline waters of
Lake Nakuru National Park
Cormorants, pelicans and hornbills also can be viewed at the lake, along
with black and white rhinos.
Kenya safaris are available year-round. The prime game-viewing periods
are during the dry winter months of May through August and the warmer
spring months of September and October.
to see all safaris that visit Kenya.
This southern African country is known for its surreal yet beautiful
landscapes. The red sand dunes at
are the tallest in the world, their lines and shadows shifting against
the blue skies.
Fish River Canyon
is bested in size only by the Grand Canyon; hot springs on the canyon's
floor form pools of water that attract waterbirds like Egyptian geese
and black storks. The Skeleton Coast is eerily sparse -- foggy and
littered with shipwrecks and giant whale bones.
Etosha National Park
is home to endangered black rhinos, and it's also a popular destination
for nighttime wildlife viewing. The preserve contains a shallow,
75-mile-long salt pan known as the Etosha Pan. Though dry for most of
the year, the pan collects water after heavy rains and attracts a
variety of game, including elephants, lions and antelope.
Our Namibia safaris are offered throughout the year. May through
September (winter) is best for game-viewing. Winter temperatures can dip
below freezing at night, though, and spring or fall months (October or
April) are the mildest.
to see all safaris that visit Namibia.
Top 10 Africa vacations
1) Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls
12 days with Globus
Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg with visits to Cape Point
Nature Reserve, Kapama Private Game Reserve and Victoria Falls. Save
Starting at $3,919. Departures from January 10 through December
2) South Africa Discoverer
10 days with G Adventures
Begins in Durban and ends in Cape Town with visits to Chintsa, Addo
Elephant National Park and Tsitsikamma National Park. Starting at
$1,249. Departures from September 5, 2015 through January 30, 2016.
3) Serengeti to Victoria Falls Adventure
20 days with G Adventures
Begins in Nairobi and ends in Livingstone with visits to Serengeti
National Park, Zanzibar and Lake Malawi. Save 15%.
$2,949. Departs October 26, November 9 & 30 and December 14, 2015.
4) Gorillas, Chimps & Game Parks
16 days with Intrepid Travel
Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to Lake Nakuru, Kibale Forest
National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Starting at $3,420.
Departures from September 5, 2015 through December 31, 2016.
5) Tanzania Private Safari
9 days with Monograms
Begins and ends in Arusha with visits to Tarangire National Park, the
Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. Starting at $4,029. Daily
departures from January 3, 2016 through March 26, 2017.
6) Kenya Discovery Safari Vacation
7 days with African Travel
Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to Samburu National Reserve,
Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara Game Reserve. Starting at $4,185. Daily departures from
September 5 through December 12, 2015.
7) Affordable Botswana
9 days with SITA Tours
Begins in Victoria Falls and ends in Maun with visits to Chobe
National Park, the Okavango Delta and Sango Safari Camp. Starting at
$4,800. Daily departures from August 31 through November 23, 2015.
8) Kenya Safari in Style
10 days with Abercrombie & Kent
Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to Amboseli National Park, Lewa
Wildlife Conservancy and Masai Mara Game Reserve. Starting at $8,295.
Departures from January 15 through December 23, 2016.
9) Uganda & Rwanda in Depth
11 days with SITA Tours
Begins in Entebbe and ends in Kigali with visits to Murchison Falls
National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable
National Park. Starting at $8,945.
Daily departures from September 10 through December 31, 2015.
10) Golden Trails of East Africa
19 days with AmaWaterways
Begins in Johannesburg and ends in Arusha with visits to Chobe
National Park, Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.
Starting at $13,495.
Departures from September 13 through November 8, 2015.
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