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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
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
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
Some safari-goers like to time their visit with the
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
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
Endangered mountain gorillas
are the star attraction in Rwanda's
Volcanoes National Park
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.
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
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
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
While staying at the
hotel on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia, I saw zebras and
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.
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Kenya Wildlife Safari
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12 days with Globus. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg.
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12 days with SITA Tours. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg.
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Starting at $5,745. Daily departures from
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Kenya & Tanzania: A Classic Safari (BBC Earth Journey)
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17, July 8 and August 19, 2016.
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Starting at $13,295. Departures from July
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