United Touring Company designs safari plan for families

BALA CYNWYD, Pa. -- United Touring Company here has launched a safari program geared to families with children and added an extra feature -- a visit to a Masai village -- to existing safaris.

RhinoThe safari program is specifically designed for families who would like to experience Africa together. Children must be at least 7 years of age. Kids under 12 who share a room with two fully paying adults receive a 50% discount on land costs for east African safaris.

Jeannie Rodgers, president of United Touring Company, noticed a growing trend of families who wanted to go on safari and share the experience with their children or grandchildren.

"We have responded by making child-friendly programs featuring camps and lodges with activities geared toward children. For adults, we make sure all of the logistical details are handled and provide other peace-of-mind services, such as the Flying Doctors' Medical Evacuation Service," she said.

Safaris are available throughout eastern and southern Africa and can be customized to make it easy to travel with other families or arrange reunions for extended families.

ImageOne of the most popular safaris for families is Highlights of Kenya, a 10-day program exploring Nairobi, the Aberdares and Masai Mara Game Reserve. Rates for this safari begin at $2,775 per person, including economy air from New York and most meals.

Masai Colors, United Touring Company's other new itinerary, was arranged in collaboration with the tribe and brings clients to a working village where they can interact with the Masai people.

"The Masai Colors village gives [United Touring Company's] travelers the opportunity to learn firsthand how Africans live, how they harness the medical value of plants, build a village and become warriors," Rodgers said. This new feature is incorporated on all the safaris to the Masai Mara Game Reserve and involves about a one-hour stop at the village.

United Touring has released its 1999-2000 brochure of safaris, and a variety of rates and trip lengths are available.

A sampling follows:

  • Kenya Classic. This is an 11-day package that stops at the former home of Karen Blixen (better known as Isak Dinesen who was the author of "Out of Africa"), drives through the Samburu Game Reserve and the Masai Mara. Rates start at $3,795, including air.
  • Splendors of East Africa is an 18-day tour, combining the best of Kenya and Tanzania, includes drives through the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, as well as stops in Samburu Game Reserve and Masai Mara. Rates start at $5,495, including air.
  • Highlights of Africa targets travelers with limited time. This 10-day tour offers game drives and a boat ride on Lake Naivasha for hippo viewing. Rates start at $2,775, including air.
  • Best of Kenya is a 14-day tour that covers the area between Nairobi and Samburu, with views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the flamingos of Nakuru. Rates start at $3,765 including air.
  • Commission on all safaris is 10%.

    United Touring Company

    Phone: (800) 223-6486

    Fax: (610) 617-3300

    E-mail: [email protected]

    Web: www.unitedtour.com

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