Africa: Experiencing the continent firsthand

Africa can be a hard sell to clients. Safaris and ground tours can be expensive and many people don't know what to expect. Also, newspapers tend to focus more on the unrest in the continent rather than its expansive game reserves, further prohibiting prospective travelers. Fam trips are a great way for agents to look at a specific region in-depth and paint clients a realistic picture.

Below, a listing of recent fams to Africa:

  • Botswana/South Africa
  • Botswana is known for it's large number of elephants.Departures: Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from New York via South African Airways. Length: Seven nights. Sponsor: African Travel, Glendale, Calif. Cost: $2,895 per person, double. Includes roundtrip air, accommodations, all meals while on safari, game drives, park fees, transfers, taxes and service charges. Trip: Spends two nights each at three Orient Express Gametrackers camps in the Okavanga Delta in Botswana. Also spends an overnight in Johannesburg, South Africa. Noteworthy: Payment must be made by MasterCard. Contact: (800) 421-8907 or (818) 507-7893; fax (818) 507-5802.

  • Botswana/Zimbabwe
  • Departure: Oct. 5 via British Airways from any U.S. gateway. Length: 13 nights. Sponsor: Big Five Tours & Expeditions, Stuart, Fla. Cost: $1,995 per person, double. Includes roundtrip air, accommodations, some meals, sightseeing and transfers. Trip: Visits the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Kariba, Mana Pools, Hwange National Park, Chobe Game Reserve and Victoria Falls. Contact: (800) 244-3483.

  • Botswana/Zimbabwe/Egypt
  • Departure: Oct. 10 from New York. Length: 11 nights. Sponsor: HLO Tours, Lake Mead, Fla. Cost: $2,593 per person, double. Includes roundtrip air, hotel accommodations, most meals, all transfers and private game tours. Trip: Visits Chobe, Botswana; Hwange and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and Cairo, Egypt. Noteworthy: Companions are eligible. Contact: (800) 736-4456 or (407) 330-3464; fax (407) 322-3691.

  • Kenya
  • Wildebeest are plentiful in Kenya.Departures: Nov. 1, 3, 5 and 23 from Nairobi, land only. Length: Seven nights. Sponsor: Micato Safaris, New York. Cost: $945 per person, double. Includes two flights while on safari; hotel and lodge accommodations; most meals; all park and sightseeing entrance fees; the services of the Flying Doctors' Society; a safari bag, flashlight and bush hat, and gratuities to stewards, porters and waiters. Trip: Visits "Out of Africa" author Karen Blixen's home, Giraffe Centre, Samburu/Shaba National Reserve, Mount Kenya Safari Club and Masai Mara. Noteworthy: Companions are eligible. The single supplement is $350 additional. Micato will refund the full amount of the safari to agents who book three or more couples within 12 months of departure. Contact: (212) 545-7111.

  • Tanzania/Kenya
  • Baboons can be seen throughout East Africa.Departures: Oct. 31 and Nov. 3 and 6 from Nairobi, land only. Length: Eight nights. Sponsor: Micato Safaris, New York. Cost: $1,295 per person, double. Includes cocktails and dinner at the home of hosts Felix and Jane Pinto; hotel and lodge accommodations; most meals; all park and sightseeing entrance fees; the services of the Flying Doctors' Society; a safari bag, flashlight and bush hat, and gratuities to stewards, porters and waiters. Trip: Visits "Out of Africa" author Karen von Blixen's home, Giraffe Centre, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Arusha in Tanzania, and Samburu/Shaba National Reserve, Mount Kenya Safari Club and Masai Mara in Kenya. Noteworthy: Companions are eligible for $1,495. The single supplement is $425 additional. Micato will refund the full amount of the safari if agents book three or more couples within 12 months of departure. Contact: (212) 545-7111; fax (212) 545-8297.

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