Safari Newsletter Dated May 22, 2018
Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
In this newsletter, I'll tell you about some of the amazing wildlife
experiences that await on safaris in eastern and southern Africa.
They range from seeing huge numbers of zebras and wildebeest on the move
during the Great Migration to trekking rare mountain gorillas in
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 in Tanzania.
Ngorongoro Crater, 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. I spent time at Ngorongoro Crater on my first safari in Africa and was amazed by the density of wildlife. On one game drive, we saw rhinos, hippos, lions, hyenas, jackals and herds of wildebeest, zebras, gazelles and buffalo.
Some safari-goers like to time their visit with the Great Migration, 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 and Namibia's 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 in Uganda.
Endangered mountain gorillas are the star attraction in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park and Uganda's 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.
Birdlife 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 Cape Town 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 Mfuwe Lodge 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 Ark Lodge in Kenya.
While staying at The Royal Livingstone hotel on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia, I saw zebras and baboons 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.
Top 10 Africa vacations
Images of Africa,
5 days with SITA Tours. Begins in Victoria Falls and ends in Kasane.
Starting at $1,525. Daily departures from June 16 through December 29,
2) South Africa from the Cape to Kruger, 14 days with Cosmos. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg. Starting at $2,539. Departures from June 17 through November 18, 2018.
3) Simba Safari, 8 days with African Travel. Begins and ends in Arusha. Starting at $3,595. Departures from June 15 through December 30, 2018.
4) Namibia Discovery, 13 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Windhoek. Starting at $3,600. Departures from June 30, 2018 through December 7, 2019.
5) Kenya Private Safari, 9 days with Monograms Travel. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Starting at $3,879. Daily departures from July 1 through December 30, 2018.
6) Botswana & Zimbabwe Safari (National Geographic Journey), 10 days with G Adventures. Begins in Victoria Falls and ends in Maun. Starting at $4,454. Departures from June 27, 2018 through January 10, 2021.
7) The Plains of Africa, 14 days with Collette. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Starting at $5,221. Departures from June 14, 2018 through April 18, 2019.
8) Uganda Wildlife Safari, 8 days with SITA Tours. Begins and ends in Entebbe. Starting at $5,375. Departures from June 22 through December 20, 2018.
9) Thrilling Adventure in Southern Africa, 11 days with African Travel. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Victoria Falls. Starting at $6,595. Daily departures from June 18 through December 31, 2018.
10) Tanzania: A Grand Family Safari (BBC Earth Journey), 10 days with Tauck. Begins and ends in Arusha. Young travelers receive $500 off per person. Starting at $7,790. Departures from June 5 through December 20, 2019.
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