BALA CYNWYD, Pa. -- Family safaris, new itineraries to South Africa
and shorter tours for people with limited time and budgets were
added to the product line at United Touring Co., an Africa
specialist here that entered the safari market more than 50 years
The company guarantees all departures when full payment is
confirmed, and rates are per person, double, and inclusive of
roundtrip economy air from New York.
Prices for all trips include airport transfers in Africa, expert
local guides and game viewing in custom-designed safari vehicles
with roof hatches for easy photography.
The 11-night Kenya Family Safari includes game drives in Samburu
National Reserve and Masai Mara Reserve; a night drive in a private
game sanctuary, and a boat trip on Lake Naivasha that features two
nights in a tented camp and a visit to a chimpanzee sanctuary.
The program is priced from $4,295 for adults, $2,045 for
children ages 7 to 11 and $2,945 for those ages 12 to 18.
The South Africa Family Safari begins in Johannesburg, where
kids can learn about tribal cultures at the Lesedi Cultural
The safari continues to Sun City, where families can visit a
Game viewing is at Kruger National Park.
The group then visits Ratanga Junction Theme Park in Cape Town,
where youngsters and adults can ride the Table Mountain funicular
to the mountaintop.
Rates for the 11-night program begin at $3,995 for adults;
$2,195 for kids ages 7 to 11. (There is no discount for 12- to
18-year-olds on this program.) Departures are on Saturdays.
The 12-night Tanzania Family Safari features game viewing at
Arusha National Park at Kilimanjaro; Tarangire National Park; the
Serengeti; the Ngo-rongoro Crater and Conservation area, and Lake
Manyara National Park.
Families will have the opportunity to experience Tanzania by
camel, on foot and via Safari Cruiser.
Prices begin at $4,695 for adults, $2,445 for kids ages 7 to 11
and $4,295 for those ages 12 to 18. Departures are on Mondays, and
a Zanzibar extension is available.
United Touring is offering two new South Africa safaris this
The 13-night South Africa Royale makes the journey from
Johannesburg to Sun City, followed by a flight to Sabi Sabi for two
days at a private game reserve.
An overnight trip aboard the Rovos Rail brings clients to the
Mkhaya Reserve in Swaziland, where guests can participate in game
drives in open vehicles, and have dinner in the bush.
The itinerary covers a night in the port of Durban and three
nights in Cape Town before the flight home.
The program is priced from $6,695.
The second safari, called In the Footsteps of Livingstone,
focuses on the regions in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe
visited by David Livingstone, the Scottish explorer.
The itinerary includes Johannesburg; a sunset cruise and two
days exploring Victoria Falls; game drives and two nights in Chobe
National Park; a game-viewing trek via four-by-four vehicle or boat
through Okavango Delta, and four nights in Cape Town.
The 14-night package starts at $6,895.
United Touring designed several new shorter itineraries for
travelers with limited vacation time.
The trips address the trend to shorter vacations but are
designed to ensure travelers still experience the highlights of
Kenya and Tanzania, the firm said.
Rates for a nine-night, air-inclusive safari from New York start
at $2,495 per person, double.
"Many travelers believe that a safari is an extravagant,
once-in-a-lifetime trip," said Jeannie Rodgers, president of United
"Many of our clients want to enjoy a safari but aren't able to
spend three weeks out of the office. These trips are planned to
maximize a shorter visit."
For more information, contact the company at (800) 223-6486; fax
(610) 617-3300, or e-mail [email protected].
The firm's Web site, at www.unitedtouring.com, offers full details of