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Safari Newsletter Dated August 21, 2014

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

This week, I'll highlight five of our best-selling safaris in South Africa and tell you about some of the experiences and sights that await travelers to this country.

First, here are the most popular itineraries. Click the links for day-by-day details, departure dates and rates.

12 Day Classic South Africa, 12 days with Gate 1 Travel
Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls, 12 days with Globus
Botswana, South Africa & Zambia (BBC Earth Journey), 12 days with Tauck
Highlights of South Africa, Zambia & Botswana, 22 days with G Adventures
Splendors of Africa, 12 days with SITA Tours

South Africa safaris often feature the country's best-known preserve, Kruger National Park. It's one of Africa's largest wildlife reserves, with an abundance of animals, plant life and natural scenery, as well as archaeological findings. The "Big Five" dwell here -- lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos, as do cheetahs, giraffes, hippos, spotted hyenas and much more. About 145 mammal species can be counted here.

Kruger borders or encompasses several smaller, private wildlife-rich havens, like the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, also home to the Big Five, and Thornybush Private Game Reserve, beloved for its 500-plus bird species.

The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve protects endangered black and white rhinos; look for elephants here as well. You can see pachyderms up close at Addo Elephant National Park. Founded in 1931 to shelter 16 area elephants, it now houses more than 600 of the gentle giants.

In the bustling city of Cape Town, safari participants can ride the cable car up Table Mountain for magnificent views of the city and the sea. Cape Town also is a gateway for excursions to Cape Point Nature Reserve -- a lookout for whales and dolphins -- and Boulders Beach, where penguins dwell. You also might cruise to Seal Island for intimate views of its fur seals.

With a Mediterranean-like climate and rich soil, the Western Cape is home to South Africa's wine-producing region. On some safaris in South Africa, guests visit wine estates amid the vineyards of Stellenbosch (where there are more than 60 wineries) and Franschhoek (which was settled by French Huguenot refugees and today is billed as the "gourmet capital of South Africa").

Many itineraries follow the famous Garden Route to Knysna. Here, you can visit an elephant sanctuary or cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Accessible only by ferry, Featherbed encompasses sandstone cliffs, sea caves and coastal forests; you might spot the rare blue duiker here, one of the smallest antelope species.

During time in Johannesburg, tour guests usually visit the Apartheid Museum and the Soweto township on the city's outskirts. South Africa tours also may highlight sites associated with Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

You even can add a luxury, overnight rail trip to your safari in South Africa, aboard the Blue Train or the Rovos Rail.

South Africa safaris are offered throughout the year. Game-viewing in northern preserves is best from May through August, when temperatures are mild and animals gather at water sources. Peak travel in the southern regions takes place during the months of October to March.

Click here to see all safaris that visit South Africa, from the world's leading safari operators, along with any available discounts and deals.



Top 10 Africa vacations

1) South African Sojourn, 9 days with Monograms. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg with visits to Table Mountain, the Cape Point Nature Reserve and the Kruger National Park area. Receive $500 per couple in air credit when you purchase a tour and flights. Starting at $2,549. Departures from January 3 through December 26, 2015.

2) Experience Southern Africa, 15 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins and ends in Johannesburg with visits to Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park. Starting at $2,910. Departures from September 21, 2014 through December 20, 2015.

3) Kenya Wildlife Safari, 9 days with Abercrombie & Kent. Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Samburu Game Reserve and Masai Mara National Reserve. Starting at $3,995. Departures from January 19 through December 7, 2015.

4) South Africa: A World in One Country, 14 days with SITA Tours. Begins in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town with visits to Blyde River Canyon, Kruger National Park and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Save up to $2,000 per couple. Starting at $4,045. Departures from September 7 through December 28, 2014.

5) Mt Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure, 14 days with G Adventures. Begins in Moshi and ends in Arusha with visits to Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Starting at $4,249. Departures from September 27, 2014 through December 26, 2015.

6) East Africa Discovery, 11 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to Masai Mara National Reserve, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Starting at $4,455. Departures from December 21, 2014 through December 20, 2015.

7) East Africa: In Search of the Big Five, 12 days with Globus. Begins in Arusha and ends in Nairobi with visits to Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve. Receive $500 per couple in air credit when you purchase a tour and flights. Starting at $5,319. Departures from January 12 through November 2, 2015.

8) Botswana's Wild Open Safari Spaces, 9 days with Alluring Africa. Begins in Maun and ends in Johannesburg with visits to the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. Starting at $5,845. Daily departures from September 13 through November 8, 2014.

9) Kruger, Falls & Botswana Safari, 19 days with G Adventures. Begins in Johannesburg and ends in Livingstone with visits to Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park. Starting at $6,549. Departures from March 3 through December 22, 2015.

10) Uganda & Rwanda in Depth, 11 days with SITA Tours. Begins in Entebbe and ends in Kigali with visits to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Volcanoes National Park. Starting at $8,700. Daily departures from September 10 through December 31, 2014.

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Sincerely,

Alan Fox
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