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Safari Newsletter Dated February 17, 2015
Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
In this newsletter, I'll tell you about Africa's best safari
reserves for observing wildlife
. There are several distinct regions
that offer varying landscapes and specific game-viewing opportunities,
as well as unique experiences that aren't related to the animals. Click
any link to see a list of itineraries that visit that destination.
Follow the Great Migration.
offer unparalleled wildlife viewing during the
the annual movement of nearly 2 million animals (mostly wildebeest and
zebras) between Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara National
Reserve. Many safaris visit both of these countries.
Serengeti National Park
in Tanzania is perhaps the world's most famous game reserve. It's one of
the best places on the continent to view prides of lions. Look for
leopards in acacia trees and cheetahs and spotted hyenas on the plains.
For a unique perspective, we can set you up on an unforgettable hot air
balloon flight over the Serengeti as the sun rises.
Masai Mara National Reserve
offers some of the best opportunities to see the "Big Five" -- lions,
leopards, buffalo, elephants and rhinos. Other creatures to seek include
hippos, Grant's gazelles and topis (a type of antelope).
See Africa's "Garden of Eden."
This is the name given to the
a caldera in Tanzania formed by the collapse of an ancient volcano. It
is home to a dense wildlife population. More than 25,000 large animals
live within its 100 square miles of desert, grasslands, forests, lakes
and streams, and safari guests descend nearly 2,000 feet into the crater
to see them.
Go where the flamingos flock.
In Kenya, thousands of these
long-legged pink birds gather at the shores of
where they feed on algae. This also is an ideal spot for spotting
cormorants and hornbills, and it has a small population of black
Explore South Africa's first national park.
Kruger National Park
is one of the largest wildlife reserves in Africa, with a rich abundance
of animals, plant life and natural scenery, as well as archaeological
a smaller preserve bordering Kruger, also hosts the Big Five and many
smaller mammals such as hyenas, jackals and cheetahs.
Don't forget the marine wildlife.
In the bustling South African
two oceans meet at Cape Point Peninsula. The mingling warm and cool
waters support a diverse cast of marine life including whales and fur
seals. Many South Africa itineraries include a stop at the penguin
colony of Boulders Beach.
View brilliant birds.
Rose-hued carmine bee eaters, green-fronted
Meyer's parrots and black-and-white trumpeter hornbills are among the
species to watch for in
Lower Zambezi National Park
a top preserve in
that's known for its rich birdlife. To the north is another favorite
park that's often featured on Zambia itineraries,
South Luangwa National Park
home to baboons, vervet monkeys and crocodiles.
Marvel at "the smoke that thunders."
at the Zambia border often is incorporated into southern Africa
safaris. It's the world's largest waterfall, based on height and width
of the water sheet during the rainy period. During the peak of flooding,
the spray from the falls rises high above the gorge and is visible from
about 30 miles away, hence the original name, Mosi-oa-Tunya
"the smoke that thunders." Near the falls, visitors can spot a variety
of wildlife or take an elephant-back safari. The best game viewing is
during the dry season from June to October.
Visit remote preserves.
is nearly the size of Texas but has only about 2.15 million residents.
Its game preserves are so vast and isolated that one must fly bush
planes to and between them. The
Moremi Game Reserve
boasts an incredible predator population of lions, hyenas, leopards,
cheetahs and wild dogs.
Chobe National Park
houses an enormous elephant herd. Meanwhile, the
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
is the second-largest preserve in the world, where you can spot elands,
giraffes and ostriches.
Track black rhinos.
safari itineraries visit
Etosha National Park
which is home to endangered black rhinos that gather at watering holes.
Etosha also is a popular spot for nocturnal wildlife viewing. Namibia
safaris may also travel to the southern end of the country to explore
Fish River Canyon
bested in size only by the Grand Canyon. Hot springs on the canyon's
floor form pools that attract waterbirds like Egyptian geese, olive
thrushes and black storks. Mountain zebras, jackals and leopards also
Meet mountain gorillas.
see the rare mountain gorillas studied by zoologist Dian Fossey. Most
Rwanda safaris center on
Volcanoes National Park
where visitors follow trackers through the thick forests to locate
families of these magnificent creatures, and then spend an hour
You also can come face-to-face with gorillas in
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Chimpanzees and other primate species thrive in the evergreen forests of
Kibale National Park
Uganda's most-visited preserve is
Queen Elizabeth National Park
with nearly 100 mammal species and more than 600 bird species. Safari
travelers often board a boat for a cruise along the Kazinga Channel to
spot Nile crocodiles, hippos and elephants.
Top 10 Africa vacations
1) Namibia Getaway
15 days with Intrepid Travel
Begins and ends in Windhoek with visits to Luderitz, Sossusvlei and
Etosha National Park. Starting at $2,762. Departures from May 2, 2015
through December 17, 2016.
2) South Africa Escapade Safari Vacation
8 days with African Travel
Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg with visits to
Pilanesburg National Park. Starting at $1,899. Daily departures from
April 25 through October 5, 2015.
3) Masai Footsteps
7 days with SITA Tours
Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake
Nakuru National Park and Amboseli National Park. Save $200 to $300
Starting at $2,350. Departures from March 5 through
October 24, 2015.
4) Kenya Private Safari
10 days with Monograms
Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to Samburu National Reserve,
Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve. Save $300
Starting at $4,049. Departures from March 7 through
December 26, 2015.
5) Tanzania Lodge Safari
8 days with Intrepid Travel
Begins and ends in Arusha with visits to Lake Manyara National Park,
Serengeti National Park and Tarangire National Park. Starting at $4,355.
Departures from June 21, 2015 through December 11, 2016.
6) Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla
& Chimp Adventure
, 9 days with G Adventures
Begins in Kigali and ends in Entebbe with visits to Volcanoes National
Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Starting
at $4,949. Departures from July 4 through December 19, 2015.
7) East Africa: In Search of the Big Five
12 days with Globus
Begins in Arusha and ends in Nairobi with visits to Serengeti National
Park, Amboseli National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve.
Receive $500 per couple in air credit.
Starting at $5,319.
Departures from June 15 through November 2, 2015.
8) South Africa: An Elegant Adventure (BBC Earth Journey)
12 days with Tauck
Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg with visits to Kruger
National Park, Sabi Sands Game Reserve and Zambezi National Park.
Starting at $7,090. Departures from March 27 through December 18, 2015.
9) Signature Uganda
9 days with Abercrombie & Kent
Begins and ends in Entebbe with visits to Kibale National Park, Queen
Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Save $1,000 per person when you book four or more people.
Starting at $7,195. Departures from March 18 through October 23, 2015.
10) Stars of South Africa
16 days with AmaWaterways
Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg with visits to Chobe
National Park, Victoria Falls and Greater Kruger National Park. Starting
at $11,295. Departures from March 13 through November 6, 2015.
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