Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
In today's newsletter, I'd like to tell you about -- and show you -- some of the top sights of our African safaris. Click the links below to view photos of the continent's diverse wildlife and natural wonders.
Most safari guests travel to Africa with hopes of photographing the Big Five -- lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants and rhinos, which roam the game parks throughout the eastern and southern parts of the continent. But the biggest spectacle is the Great Migration, the annual journey of some 2 million wildebeest and zebras through Tanzania and Kenya. Read a description of the animals' route and see safari itineraries that are timed to take advantage of the best viewing opportunities.
Endangered mountain gorillas are the star attraction in Rwanda and Uganda. You'll trek through thick forest with a guide to locate family groups of these majestic creatures, then spend time observing them. See gorilla treks in Rwanda and Uganda.
Africa is home to some of the world's most photogenic landscapes. Nineteenth-century explorer David Livingstone was the first European to see splendid Victoria Falls, which lie at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The cascades measure nearly a mile wide and plummet 360 feet into the gorges below, sending up a spray that can be seen for miles. The local Kololo people call it "The Smoke That Thunders." View safaris that go to Victoria Falls.
Another soaring sight: Mount Kilimanjaro in northeastern Tanzania. At 19,400 feet, it's the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. You can choose an itinerary that climbs to the summit or make arrangements to ascend partway up before or after your safari -- either way, a high level of physical fitness is required. Here are itineraries that visit Kilimanjaro.
Namibia is home to the starkly beautiful, orange-red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the tallest in the world. They are most photogenic in the early morning and late afternoon, when light and shadow shift across their surfaces. Go to safaris that spend time at Sossusvlei.
Many South Africa safaris spend time in Cape Town, where you can ride the tram to the summit of flat-topped Table Mountain for sweeping views of the city and sea. See South Africa trips that visit Cape Town.
The Cape's Mediterranean-like climate and rich soil have helped make South Africa a major wine producer, and some itineraries include visits to the vineyards of towns like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. View our itineraries that go to Stellenbosch, and our trips that visit Franschhoek.
Some vacations spend time on the "spice island" of Zanzibar, 22 miles off the coast of mainland Tanzania. Here you can explore historic Stone Town, lounge on the beach, snorkel, dive or tour plantations where cinnamon, vanilla and cloves grow. Check out itineraries that stay in Zanzibar.
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