GARDEN GROVE, Calif. -- Contiki Tours has revamped its Africa
program to offer tours at prices up to 50% lower than 1998 rates.
Targeting the 18- to 35-year-old traveler, Contiki's 1999-2000
Africa tour program offers packages ranging from game drives in
national parks and wildlife reserves to sunset biking over desert
dunes. Contiki recently partnered with Wilderness Safaris, one of
the oldest tour organizations in Africa.
Their five new itineraries cover South Africa, Zimbabwe,
Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zanzibar and eastern Africa. Tours are
available as land only or with round-trip air fare from New York or
Miami. Tour dates are available for New Year's Eve 1999.
A sampling of Contiki's tours follows:Rainbow Nation: Five-, eight- or 12-day itineraries are
available. This South Africa tour takes clients between
Johannesburg and Cape Town and features big game in the Motswari
Game Reserve, Kruger National Park and Mlilwane Game Reserve. The
Rainbow Nation tour overnights in three national parks as well as
Kwazulu Natal, where clients can enjoy an evening of local
hospitality in traditional huts. The cost of the 12-day tour starts
at $1,299.A 15-day Desert and Delta package combines the scenery of the
desert and large wildlife reserve of Namibia with the wilderness of
Botswana. Clients travel between Victoria Falls and Windhoek, and
the tour features a variety of stops. In Sossusvlei, passengers can
climb dunes for spectacular desert views. In Etosha National Park,
clients experience one of the best views of wildlife in South
Africa. And a three-day camping safari is planned for Okavango
Delta in Botswana. Prices start at $1,355 per person,
land-only.The 12-day Zambezi Discovery takes travelers to Zimbabwe and
Zambia, exploring the region by land and water. The tour features a
three-day canoe safari, enabling clients to view wildlife feeding
along the banks of the Chongwe River. Also featured on the Zambezi
Discovery tour are two days aboard a houseboat in Lake Kariba,
another spot that is popular for viewing a variety of grazing game.
With a look to the region's history and culture, the tour features
visits to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Bulawayo and Harare. Prices
start at $1,345 per person, land only.The Serengeti & Spice package is available in eight- and
14-day versions. This tour features two days in the Serengeti
Plain, one of the world's finest wildlife sanctuaries. The trip
begins in Nairobi and includes time in Tarangire Wildlife
Conservation Area, Lake Manyara and a day inside the Ngorongoro
Crater. On the eighth day, passengers can end the tour by returning
to Nairobi or continuing on for a Mount Kilimanjaro tour in
Tanzania. The eight-day itinerary starts at $1,175.
Prices for Contiki's Africa itineraries include daily breakfast
and most dinners as well as three meals a day while camping in
national parks or game reserves.
Accommodations include hotels and lodges, pre-erected tented
villages and mobile two-person tents. Entrance fees to all national
parks and campgrounds are included. Commissions on Contiki tours
start at 10%.
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