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Safari Newsletter Dated January 21, 2015

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

This week, I'd like to share 10 of our best-selling African safaris, based on bookings made by Vacations To Go customers. I've described each safari briefly below. Click the links to see more itinerary details and a full list of dates and prices.

East Africa: In Search of the Big Five -- This is a brand-new tour from Globus, but it's already become one of our top-sellers among customers planning a safari this year. It seeks out the Big Five -- leopards, lions, elephants, rhinos and buffalo -- on more than a dozen game drives in Kenya and Tanzania.

12 Day Classic South Africa -- For this vacation, Gate 1 Travel incorporates game drives in Kruger National Park, the highlights of Cape Town and a full day on the scenic Cape Peninsula. Also look for Nile crocodiles and hippos during a cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary.

Kenya Highlights -- During an eight-day safari from SITA Tours, guests photograph hippos, wildebeest and rhinos in the Masai Mara and stay at The Ark in Aberdare National Park, where animals are drawn to a salt lick and water hole right outside the hotel.

Wilds of Botswana & Victoria Falls -- Travelers on this 11-day vacation from Monograms will join a guided walk with San Bushmen in the Kalahari Game Reserve, explore the diverse landscapes of the Okavango Delta (from wetlands to dry savannas) and take a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

Kruger, Cape Town & Falls -- Hotels, a guest house and comfortable, permanent tents are used as lodging for this 13-day G Adventures itinerary. Visit a school, take game drives in wildlife preserves and see Victoria Falls, a nearly mile-wide swath of thundering cascades. White-water rafting and canoeing trips are optional excursions.

Kenya & Tanzania: A Classic Safari (BBC Earth Journey) -- This collaboration between Tauck and BBC Earth reveals rare sights -- use night-vision goggles to observe nocturnal animals, for example. The 13-day safari visits top-rated game parks, like Masai Mara National Reserve.

Tanzania Deluxe Safari -- This seven-day adventure from SITA Tours highlights Ngorongoro Crater, dubbed Africa's Garden of Eden; Lake Manyara, distinguished by the large flocks of pink flamingos that gather along its shores; and Serengeti National Park, a prime place for viewing lions.

South Africa: An Elegant Adventure (BBC Earth Journey) -- This 12-day Tauck program includes a wine-tasting dinner in the Cape Winelands, a visit to Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years) and a cable-car ride up Cape Town's Table Mountain. There's also a trip to magnificent Victoria Falls.

Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls -- Spend 12 days with Globus learning about this region through special experiences and encounters: Visit a family in their home for a cooking lesson in Cape Town's Malay Quarter, learn how to identify animals by their tracks during a bush walk, visit the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and cruise the Zambezi River.

Botswana, South Africa & Zambia (BBC Earth Journey) -- View great white sharks with underwater cameras, ride in a traditional dugout canoe (called a mokoro) through the Okavango Delta, meet meerkat families and walk with lions who are accustomed to human company. This 12-day Tauck vacation also includes a ride on a vintage steam train, complete with a five-course dinner.

Top 10 Africa vacations

1) Okavango & Beyond, 9 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins in Victoria Falls and ends in Johannesburg with visits to Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta and Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Starting at $1,665. Departures from April 18, 2015 through December 24, 2016.

2) Culture & Wildlife of Uganda & Rwanda, 10 days with G Adventures. Begins in Kampala and ends in Kigali with visits to Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Volcanoes National Park. Starting at $2,449. Departures from June 20 through December 19, 2015.

3) Tanzania Wildlife Safari, 8 days with Abercrombie & Kent. Begins and ends in Arusha with visits to Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. Starting at $3,995. Departures from February 4 through December 28, 2015.

4) Tanzania: The Serengeti & Beyond with Zanzibar, 12 days with Globus. Begins in Arusha and ends in Dar es Salaam with visits to Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park and Stone Town. Starting at $4,239. Departures from May 20, 2015 through March 9, 2016.

5) Diverse Namibian Explorer, 10 days with Alluring Africa. Begins and ends in Windhoek with visits to Swakopmund, Damaraland and Ongava Game Reserve. Starting at $4,442. Departures from March 6 through December 20, 2015.

6) East African Explorer, 13 days with SITA Tours. Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to Masai Mara National Reserve, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Save $350 to $500 per couple. Starting at $4,845. Departures from February 9 through September 19, 2015.

7) South Africa: Epic Family Adventure (BBC Earth Journey, For Families), 10 days with Tauck. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg with visits to the Cape of Good Hope, Plettenberg Bay and the Kruger National Park area. Starting at $6,195. Departs June 13 & 27, July 18, August 1 and December 19, 2015.

8) Southern Explorer, 10 days with African Travel. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg with visits to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, the Kruger Private Reserve and Victoria Falls. Save up to $2,900 per couple. Starting at $6,235. Daily departures from February 12 through December 17, 2015.

9) Kenya Private Safari with Gorilla Trekking, 14 days with Monograms. Begins in Nairobi and ends in Entebbe with visits to Amboseli National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Save $300 per couple. Starting at $7,749. Departures from March 21 through December 26, 2015.

10) Rivers & Rails of Africa, 15 days with AmaWaterways. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg with visits to Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls and Hwange Game Reserve. Starting at $11,895. Departs March 13 & 27, April 24 and May 8, 2015.

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Alan Fox
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