Low-costs deals to southern Africa are in abundance this winter, so you can do a lot more than just contemplate a safari or city tour: At these prices, you can start planning.
2Afrika (tel. 866/462-2374; www.2afrika.com) has a child-friendly "African Inspiration for a New Generation" trip to Botswana and Victoria Falls that includes a 25% discount for children. The ten-day, seven-night trip (the plane journey is long) includes an available extension on the airline ticket, all airport transfers including a meet and greet with a 2Afrika representative at the airport, seven nights' accommodations, eleven meals, sightseeing to Victoria Falls, an elephant safari, a vast amount of game viewing on wildlife preserves, Namibian village walk, and full-time tour guide. Airfare is out of New York or Washington, D.C. with flights going into Johannesburg. Prices through March 31, 2007 start at $2,995 plus $295 in taxes and fees per person (double occupancy).
Elite World Tours (tel. 888/723-0208; www.eliteworldtours.com) also offers a solid deal to South Africa with a special nine-day, eight-night self-drive package around Port Elizabeth and Cape Town starting at $1,479 for the land-only package and $2,799 with airfare. The package includes eight nights' lodging at four different hotels, twelve meals including two lunches and two dinners, car rental with full insurance, a meet and assist with an Elite World representative upon arrival in Cape Town, and a detailed itinerary. Enjoy the beach life and bohemian feel of the artsy coastal Cape Town, before heading into the countryside to ostrich farms and vineyards.
For a Cape Town special, Go-Today (tel. 800/227-2235; www.go-today.com) has a three-day vacation package departing from New York starting at $1,589. Travel is good through March 25, 2007 with a booking deadline of February 8, 2007. Available hotels at the starting price include the Park Inn Greenmarket Square, a centrally located 165-room suite-type hotel in a grand Greek Revival building. The hotel has a heated swimming pool and a cigar bar and Internet access is available in the room. Cape Town is a sophisticated town with a buzzing beach area and small cafes, art galleries and fashion boutiques scattered about the small side streets.
For a camping safari, Djoser (tel. 877/356-7376; www.djoser.com) has a nineteen-day Botswana Safari visiting Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta, Moremi, Chobe, Johannesburg, and Nxai Pans. This package trip has travelers spending most of their trip in Botswana. Here, all but 17% of the country is national parkland, and Djoser's package takes you through swamps, bush, jungle, and wide-open savannahs. In addition to hotels and guest houses in settled towns, accommodations for this trip are on designated and private campgrounds. A meal kitty of approximately $332 goes towards meals that include local cuisine and Western-oriented vittles while in remote locations. Costs of this nineteen-day authentic safari adventure start at $4,990 per person out of New York. A Los Angeles departure costs approximately $5,220.
The Adventure Center (tel. 800/228-8747; www.adventurecenter.com) has a fifteen-day Botswana Wildlife Safari with departures starting in March for $2,410. The trip includes all accommodation including nine nights of camping and almost all meals. Transportation is in a four-wheel drive bush vehicle with some travel in a motor boat to traverse jungle rivers. Group size is normally from nine to twelve people. If you book this trip for departures before March 30, 2007, you'll receive a $100 voucher per person towards your next trip with the Adventure Center and $20 will go towards a local Botswana AIDS charity.
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