Released on Monday, 01 November 2010 16:19
Africa Tour Line-up Emphasizes Value and Luxury
Billings, MT, November 2, 2010
– When Travel + Leisure
magazine’s World’s Best Safari and Tour Operator
Austin Adventures (http://www.austinlehman.com/
) asked its alumni where their number one dream vacation destination was, 80 percent responded: “Africa
.” But the survey went on to show that the two things holding most travelers back from taking the African safari were: “the daunting task of planning a vacation in far-off Africa”, and “the historically high cost of such a vacation.”
claims that it has solved this dilemma through exhaustive research to identify the best receptive operators, guides, camps and itineraries and then working with suppliers direct to avoid having to go through a “middleman” which in the end offers their clients the lowest price and best value possible.
“As we finalized dates and rates for the 2011 Africa safari season,” explains Dan Austin, Co-Founder and Director, “we made the conscious decision to keep our pricing as low as possible to allow more travelers the opportunity to experience the award-winning services of Austin Adventures. Our guests are well traveled and well educated, and when they shop around they will see that ALA offers exceptional value to the consumer.”
It wasn’t all just game viewing, hot tubs and gourmet cuisine while doing the extensive research Austin points out. “When visiting and befriending the communities I visited, I found myself eating Mopane Worms in Windhoek, dining on Wart Hog in Pamwag and sampling Eland in Katima. I hiked, drove, boated and biked my way across five countries all to understand and incorporate what I believe is the best of the best.”
Africa Family - Zambezi to Victoria Falls
Billed as a “wildlife and waterfall extravaganza” this family-focused 9-Day safari covers portions of four countries by foot, truck, mountain bike, macoro and houseboat. Memorable moments include visiting with teachers and children at a local school in Namibia, cruising by deluxe houseboat along the Zambezi and Chobe rivers, a Big Five game drive in Chobe National Park,
mountain biking based from ALA’s sponsored Bicycles For Humanity Bicycle Empowerment Center in Ngoma, and getting wet from the mist of Victoria Falls. 9 Days from $3,898 per person, double occupancy. 2011 Schedule: Trips depart weekly with a minimum of just four participants, call 800-575-1540 for details and availability.
This family-friendly adventure starts in Cape Town and ends in Kruger National Park, where open vehicles and bush walks get you up-close with Africa's abundant wildlife, including giraffe, zebra, lion, hippo and rhino. Focused on South Africa adventure travel
home-grown guides proudly share the region’s wealth of natural beauty, culture and heritage. Ride a tram up Table Mountain, visit Nelson Mandela's prison cell on Robben Island, pedal from Stellenbosch into Africa's rolling wine country, kayak with African penguins, float an arm's length from a 50-ton Southern Right Whale and ride horseback through coastal forests of fynbos.
At night, guests will enjoy South Africa's fine regional cuisine before retreating to a luxury guesthouse or game preserve lodge. 11 Days from $6,268 per person, double occupancy. 2011 trip dates: Feb. 20-Mar. 2 (Family Trip), Jul. 31-Aug. 10, and Sep. 11-Sep 21.
Sweeping deserts, traditional culture and remarkable flora and fauna mark this Namibian safari. Highlights include; tracking the desert-adapted black rhino, elephant, zebra, giraffe and kudu and predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard and spotted hyena on a 4x4 safari on the Palmwag Concession, relaxing under the swaying palms of a desert oasis, viewing bushmen engravings at the Living Museum of the Damara, getting up-close with cheetah and leopard on a visit to AfriCat, a foundation that’s rescued over 1000 predators over the past 17 years and dining in an open-air lapa at Okonjima’s luxury bush camp. 10 Days from $6,798 per person, double occupancy. 2011 trip dates: Apr. 10-Apr. 19, Jun. 19-Jun. 28, and Oct. 23-Nov. 1.
About Austin Adventures
, with a 35-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on four continents. ALA has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe, the South Pacific, Middle East and Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture, and geography’s natural beauty. Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning. ALA offers each traveler a money back satisfaction guarantee.
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