NEW YORK--Garden Grove, Calif.-based Contiki Tours revamped their
Africa program to offer tours for up to 50 percent lower than 1998.
Targeting the 18 to 35-year-old traveler, Contiki's 1999-2000
Africa tour program offers a range 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 an inclusive
round-trip air from New York or Miami. Tour departures coincide
with New Year's Eve, 1999.
A sampling of their tours follows:Rainbow Nation: 12 days, 8 days or 5 days
This South Africa tour takes clients between Johannesburg and
Capetown and features big game in the Motswari Game Reserve, Kruger
National Park and Mlilwane Game Reserve. The tour overnights in
three national parks, as well as Kwazulu Natal where clients can
enjoy an evening of local hospitality in traditional huts. The
12-day tour starts at $1,299.Desert and Delta: 15 days
This package combines the desert scenery and large wildlife
reserve of Namibia with the wilderness of Botswana. This tour
travels between Windhoek and Victoria Falls and features a variety
of stops. In Sossusvlei, passengers can climb dunes for spectacular
desert views. In Etosha National Park clients can see some of the
best 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.Zambezi Discovery: 12 days
This journey to Zimbabwe and Zambia explores 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 is two days spent aboard a houseboat in Lake
Kariba, another spot 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.Serengeti & Spice: 8 and 14 days
This tour boasts the ultimate safari experience, featuring two days
in the Serengeti Plain, one of the worlds' 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 continue on for a Mount
Kilimanjara tour.The eight-day itinerary starts at $1,175.
Prices for Contiki's Africa itineraries include daily breakfast
and most dinners, and include 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 feels to all national parks and campgrounds are
Commissions on Contiki tours start at 10%.
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