NEW YORK--For companies selling African safaris, President
Clinton's trip to Africa last spring and his exuberant comments
about the game viewing in Botswana were a boon.
The publicity that surrounded Clinton's trip has triggered a
renewed interest in an adventure that typically ranks high on the
wish lists of even experienced travelers, the operators said.
The following is a sampling of safari packages. Most have
departures several times monthly through year's end. Prices are per
person, based on double occupancy.The Tree Where Man Was Born, a photo safari to Kenya, is among
the most popular itineraries offered by Big Five Tours &
Expeditions, based in Nairobi, Kenya with offices in Stuart, Fla.
The firm is in its 25th year of operating safaris in East
"Pricing is what makes the program attractive," said marketing
director Raj Sanghrajka, who noted that the air-inclusive package
features accommodations in deluxe hotels, lodges and tented camps
at major game reserves and national parks. Prices run from $3,395,
including air travel from New York and most meals.
The eight-day Kenya trip includes three game drives during two
days at the Masai Mara Game Reserve, a night game drive at the
Sweetwaters Game Reserve, stays at the Ark in Aberdare National
Park, the Mount Kenya Safari Club and Lion Hill Lodge in Lake
Nakuru National Park, a bird sanctuary.Abercrombie & Kent's 10-night Out of Africa itinerary takes
travelers to private game ranches for a more active vacation, said
vice president of sales John Webley.
Big Five Tours & Expeditions
Phone: (800) 445-7002
"It gives a real flavor of Africa untouched because it doesn't
move on the mass tourism circuit. And it keeps more of an active
adventure focus, with horseback riding, walking, fishing, hiking
and night game driving. You're in the middle of a country well
known for its tourism yet in very remote areas," Webley said.
The tour includes two nights at Tortilis Camp for wildlife
viewing at Amboseli National Park; three nights in a tented camp in
the Masai Mara; two nights at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy for
night game drives, game walks and horseback riding; fishing,
bird-watching and game viewing at Loldia Ranch on the north shore
of Lake Naivasha, and an optional excursion to Lake Nakuru, famed
for its pink flamingos.
Land price is $5,490, including most meals.The nine-night Botswana Explorer is the only fully
participatory Africa camping program offered by Contiki Holidays,
Garden Grove, Calif., a specialist in travel for ages 18 to
Abercrombie & Kent
Phone: (800) 323-7308
"Basically you set up your own [two-person] tents, and you might
help cook dinner one night," said Lorraine Sharp, vice president of
sales and marketing. I've done safaris four times. Nothing came
close to what we saw on that tour."
Trip highlights include exploration by canoe of the channels and
lagoons of the Okavango Delta; game drives in the Moremi Wildlife
Reserve; wildlife viewing in the big game country of Savuti within
Chobe National Park and on the Chobe River, and a one-night stay at
Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
The price is from $999, including domestic flights and most
meals.Park East Tours' two-week Imperial Safari offers travelers a
blend of experiences, said Eric Gordon, president of the New
Phone: (800) 466-0610
"It includes a lot of flying, so you avoid the long drives. You
have lodge stays and tenting, so it gives you a good feel for
everything. You stay at hotels in Nairobi, a great lodge in
Tanzania and at a tented camp in the Masai Mara."
Tour highlights include three nights in the Masai Mara with game
drives by Land-Rover; an optional dawn hot air balloon ride;
fishing at Lake Victoria; wildlife viewing in Tarangire National
Park, home to more than 300 species of birds; game drives in
Ngorongoro Crater, and daily game drives, including a walking
safari, during three days in the Serengeti.
The price is from $6,995, including air travel from New York,
six flights within Africa and all meals in Africa.
Park East Tours
Phone: (800) 223-6078