Safari Newsletter Dated June 19, 2019
Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
we offer a huge selection of safaris, making it easy to find just the
experience you're looking for. We represent 20 outstanding safari
operators in eastern and southern Africa. In order of increasing
price and quality, their safaris are rated as budget, first class or
Below, you'll find a brief description of each safari operator we represent. Click any company name for a list of available safaris.
Abercrombie & Kent -- Founded in 1962 as a safari operator in Kenya, Abercrombie & Kent is recognized as a leader in deluxe African travel. A&K guests stay in small, private lodges, elegant tented accommodations and mobile camps that are set up close to prime game-viewing areas. A&K safaris are offered throughout southern and eastern Africa and include a few family-themed trips.
Adventures by Disney -- Adventures by Disney operates family-friendly safaris in South Africa, packed with game drives and excursions that children, parents and grandparents can enjoy. Due to the nature of the itinerary, the minimum age allowed is 6 years old, and the suggested age is 8 years or older.
African Travel -- African Travel has operated on the continent since 1976 and has itineraries in all the major safari regions. It offers individual departures where you can start your trip on any day and travel independently.
Alexander+Roberts -- Alexander+Roberts offers a solid selection of well-planned, in-depth safaris that explore diverse landscapes. Daily departures are available for many of them. Itineraries range in length from three to 23 days, and group sizes are kept to no more than 16 guests.
AmaWaterways -- This river cruise operator offers four-night sailings on the Chobe River in Botswana combined with land touring, game park drives and visits to spectacular Victoria Falls. Some departures incorporate a three-night ride on the luxury Rovos Rail. On board the 28-passenger MS Zambezi Queen, enjoy gourmet dining and staterooms with private balconies.
Collette -- Founded in 1918, Collette is among the oldest and most respected tour operators in the United States. The company's itineraries offer a diverse mix of experiences. In addition to game drives in world-famous wildlife parks, you might also visit a giraffe sanctuary in Kenya or go to a wine tasting and lunch at a South African vineyard.
Contiki -- This tour operator specializes in budget-friendly vacations for travelers ages 18-35. Itineraries are styled to encourage guests to get to know each other through included activities and plenty of free time. Many of the company's customers travel solo. Options include gorilla treks in Uganda and Tanzania tours.
Cosmos -- Cosmos has catered to budget-conscious travelers since 1961. It offers itineraries in Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania, some with extensions in Dubai. Participate in game drives in open-air safari vehicles, ride a cable car to the top of Cape Town's Table Mountain or visit an elephant orphanage in Kenya.
CroisiEurope -- These itineraries of nine and 12 days include riverboat cruising in southern Africa, hotel and lodge stays and visits to Victoria Falls and Namibia's Impalila Island. Guests join game drives in jeeps and board small craft for water safaris. The three-night cruise portion of the trip takes place on the 16-passenger African Dream, an intimate ship with a restaurant, lounge with bar and sundeck.
G Adventures -- G Adventures advocates low-impact, sustainable travel and selects accommodations according to this philosophy. You might overnight at simple yet comfortable hotels, lodges or campsites. Groups average 10 people per trip, with a variety of itineraries in top safari countries.
Gate 1 Travel -- Gate 1 is known for its competitively priced safaris that provide tremendous value while delivering extraordinary experiences. The company operates safaris throughout southern and eastern Africa; some include a river cruising component. Among the offerings are Discovery Tours, which are small-group departures limited to 22 travelers or fewer.
Globus -- Founded in 1928, Globus has been a leader in escorted travel for generations. The company's itineraries take in Africa's top safari destinations as well as sites of historical interest, such as the Apartheid Museum and Nelson Mandela's home in Johannesburg. The four-wheel-drive vehicles used on game drives carry a maximum of six passengers, so everyone gets plenty of opportunities for unobstructed wildlife viewing.
Intrepid Travel -- Intrepid focuses on the cultures and traditions of the destinations it visits. It is committed to the principles of sustainable travel and averages 10 guests per departure. You can learn about the customs of Botswana's Kalahari Bushmen or stay in a remote island camp in Botswana's Okavango Delta.
Luxury Gold by Insight -- This company offers small-group journeys with exceptional dining, luxury hotels and the services of a personal Traveling Concierge. Its South Africa itineraries provide VIP experiences, like a private ride to the top of Table Mountain, where you'll enjoy sunset drinks while looking out over Cape Town.
Monograms -- Daily, year-round departures ensure maximum flexibility on a Monograms safari. Travelers are in private vehicles with only members of their own party, along with a driver/guide who can help you spot wildlife. In cities visited during non-safari portions of the trip, guests can rely on the help of a local host for advice on restaurants and attractions.
Natural Habitat Adventures -- This operator is the travel partner of the World Wildlife Fund and draws on that organization's resources and expertise to create itineraries and train its tour guides. It utilizes private wildlife reserves and remote, distinctive lodges and camps that are located where animal viewing is best. Offerings include photo safaris.
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours -- Scenic offers unique itineraries that combine safaris and lodge stays in southern and eastern Africa with Nile River cruising and sightseeing in Egypt; some trips add an extension in Jordan. You can go from spotting lions, leopards and elephants in the Thornybush and Masai Mara game reserves to viewing the Great Pyramids and Luxor Temple.
SITA -- Founded in 1933, SITA travels to more than 30 countries, and its trips to Africa are among the company's most popular itineraries. The maximum number of participants for any SITA tour in Africa is 15. The company has numerous safari options in the southern and eastern parts of the continent.
Tauck -- Deluxe tour company Tauck utilizes well-appointed tented camps and fine hotels and lodges on its safaris. The company has partnered with BBC Earth for itineraries that give guests the technology to see natural wonders in a unique way; for example, use night-vision goggles and thermal imaging to observe nocturnal life in game parks.
Trafalgar -- Established in 1947, this company offers well-crafted safaris in South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania and more. Lodges and hotels are selected for their inviting ambiences and exceptional service. Itineraries include activities like a ride in a mokoro, or traditional canoe, to spot wildlife in Botswana's waterways and spending time with a local family in a Namibia township.
Top 10 Africa vacations
1) East African Explorer,
13 days with SITA Tours. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Starting at $6,325.
Departures from July 4, 2019 through March 31, 2020.
2) Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure, 9 days with G Adventures. Begins in Arusha and ends in Zanzibar. Save up to 30%. Starting at $1,419. Departures from July 20 through September 14, 2019.
3) Kruger to Vic Falls, 8 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins in Johannesburg and ends in Victoria Falls. Starting at $1,565. Departures from July 21, 2019 through December 27, 2020.
4) Best of South Africa, 9 days with Cosmos. Begins in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town. Save $100 per couple. Starting at $2,419. Departs January 18, February 15 and March 14, 2020.
5) Kenya Private Safari, 8 days with Monograms Travel. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Starting at $3,389. Daily departures from September 9 through December 30, 2019.
6) South Luangwa Experience, 5 days with SITA Tours. Begins and ends in Lusaka. Starting at $3,925. Daily departures from July 10 through December 25, 2019.
7) Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana (Explorations), 14 days with Collette. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg. Save $600 per couple. Starting at $5,533. Departures from September 28, 2019 through April 8, 2020.
8) African Safari Adventure, 14 days with Trafalgar. Begins in Nairobi and ends in Arusha. Save up to 5%. Starting at $5,983. Departures from December 19, 2019 through December 19, 2020.
9) Spectacular South Africa, 9 days with Luxury Gold. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Kruger National Park. Starting at $8,925. Departs August 9, October 27 and November 15 & 29, 2019.
10) Kenya & Tanzania: A Classic Safari (BBC Earth Journey), 13 days with Tauck. Begins in Arusha and ends in Nairobi. Starting at $9,990. Departures from July 13 through December 18, 2019.
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