Tours Target Budget-Minded, Time Conscious Traveler

Reed Travel Features

NEW YORK -- New tour offerings from operators specializing in Africa are aimed at the budget-minded and time-constrained traveler.

And in keeping with the trend toward shorter trips, wholesalers are developing packages that can get clients to Africa and back in less than two weeks.

British Airways Holidays has Affordable Africa safaris, which feature two 12-day excursions to Kenya and Tanzania, with prices beginning at $2,899 and $3,179 per person, respectively.

Included are roundtrip air on British Airways from the U.S., hotel accommodations, most meals and the services of a professional safari guide.

In addition, BA Holidays is introducing a sojourn to Zanzibar as a three-night extension to its Tanzania trip.

The excursion, priced at $739 to $889 per person, double, includes accommodations at the Mapenzi Beach Hotel, most meals, air fare and transfers.

BA Holidays' tours this season include a 13-day trip to South Africa, priced at $4,899 to $5,099 per person, double.

New this year is a Chobe Adventure extension for clients going to southern Africa that offers three nights at the Botswana game park for $799 per person, double.

Additional information is available from British Airways Holidays at (800) Fly VP BA.

In other tour operator news:

* Big Five Tours and Expeditions said it will knock $700 off the regular price of its 11-day Wild Heritage program to Zimbabwe, bringing the total cost to $2,995 per person.

The price, good through May, includes roundtrip air from the U.S. on South African Airways, deluxe accommodations, all meals and beverages.

Bookings are commissionable to agents at 12%.

The tour includes stays at Lake Kariba, Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls, with game viewing, white-water rafting and other activities.

Weekly departures are available; additional information can be obtained from Big Five, Stuart, Fla.; call (800) 244-3483 or (561) 287-7995; fax (561) 287-5990.

* Blue Heart Tours has an 11-day Good Hope itinerary to South Africa that features Cape Town, Pretoria, Gold Reef City, Kruger National Park and the eastern Transvaal region, including Blyde River Canyon.

The package is priced at $2,899 per person, including roundtrip air on SAA, first class hotel accommodations, breakfast and one other meal daily, plus other amenities.

Further information is available from Blue Heart at (800) 882-0025 or (202) 466-8382; fax (202) 466-8309.

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