Contiki revamps Africa itineraries

NEW YORK--Garden Grove, Calif.-based Contiki Tours revamped their Africa program to offer tours for up to 50 percent lower than 1998.

Elephants in East Africa. 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
  • Serengeti Zebras. 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 included.

    Commissions on Contiki tours start at 10%.

    Contiki Tours

    Phone: (800)CONTIKI

    E-mail: [email protected]

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