Billings, MT, May 21, 2012– Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA - http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure vacations standards on five continents, will expand its footprint in Southern Africa and offer distinctive African adventures operated by Wilderness Safaris (http://www.wilderness-safaris.com), southern Africa’s leader in responsible travel.
The new relationship will greatly expand ALA’s current Africa tour offerings, adding four active luxury safari itineraries with pre-set departures in Namibia and Botswana. ALA is now fully enabled to offer private, custom safari planning services utilizing Wilderness Safari’s vast network of camps, guides and overland safaris in Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, the Seychelles, Kenya and the Congo.
“While we have been offering our guests Africa for some time now, we are excited about teaming up with Wilderness Safaris to enhance our African programming. It was a natural for us to forge a close relationship with like-minded folks who also share our vision and small group commitment to quality, value and giving back to the local communities we visit,” explains Dan Austin, ALA’ founder and director. “We are thrilled to now be aligned with Africa’s most experienced and trusted name in expedition travel and responsible tourism.”
Austin notes that Wilderness Safaris is part of the Wilderness organization, a group of ecotourism companies supporting conservation and community development initiatives that together endeavor to use tourism to build sustainable conservation economies in Africa.
“Matched with our own efforts with our nonprofit Wheels of Change organization, our safari guests will travel with confidence knowing that their extraordinary adventures in Africa will serve to enrich and benefit the communities and individuals we encounter,” Austin said.
This month Austin will travel to Namibia with Wilderness Safaris and representatives of the World Wildlife Foundation to investigate additional ways to engage local communities in wildlife conservation, ecotourism and sustainable development. Austin says that he will also be on the lookout for expanded partnership opportunities and ways his company might continue to make a difference in Africa in collaboration with Wilderness Safaris.
Austin Adventures website now lists four unique southern Africa safari itineraries from Wilderness Safaris affording maximum diversity of guest activities, seclusion and authentic experiences specifically designed for the discerning ALA guest. They include:
Botswana - Migration Routes – Tracing through Botswana’s most renowned regions, participants bear witness to the stunning beauty and continually moving game of northern Botswana from walking on islands in the jewel of the Kalahari, the Okavango Delta, to the diverse, wildlife-filled Linyanti concession, with its seasonal elephant herds. 10 days/9 nights from $4, 978 per person.
Botswana - Great Wilderness Journey –This offers an opportunity to explore Botswana's contrasts and extremes in prime wildlife viewing areas where few people travel. This is a nostalgic, first class camping / lodge safari that recreates the sense of a game-viewing adventure reminiscent of the great African explorers. 11 days/10 nights from $7,898 per person.
Diverse Namibia– This is an active adventure exploring the iconic areas of the vast Namibian countryside – its dunes, desert, plains and superb wildlife – enhanced by exclusive accommodation in private reserves and concessions. 10 days/9 nights from $3,768 per person.
Namibia - The Great Journey – From the dunes of Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert, the stark beauty and diversity of the Skeleton Coast, amazing marine life just off Swakopmund, the volcanic rock-strewn landscape of Damaraland and the game-filled Etosha National Park make this an unforgettable adventure. 13 days/12 nights from: $7,548 per person.
Privately guided and tailored family and small group explorations can also be crafted for the most personalized and ultimate African guided experience.
About Austin Adventures
Austin Adventures, with a 38-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on five continents building an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in The Americas, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, and biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms. Small group trips feature exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning and a money-back satisfaction guarantee.
About Wilderness Safaris
Established in 1983, Wilderness Safaris is a conservation organization and ecotourism company that specializes in memorable wildlife experiences in some of the most remote and pristine areas in southern Africa. In this way, it offers its guests private access to southern Africa’s finest wildlife reserves, while remaining fiercely committed to protecting our planet’s precious natural and cultural resources. Recognizing that conservation is as much about people as about the environment, the company has pursued important goals through its Children in the Wilderness program, as well as through the Wilderness Safaris Wildlife Trust, which have helped change the face of nature-based tourism in southern Africa.
Wilderness Safaris is privileged to operate privately on over 3 million hectares (8 million acres) of southern Africa's finest wildlife reserves in more than 70 lodges and camps. The company employs approximately 2,800 staff members across seven countries, 85 per cent of whom hail from neighboring communities. The company operates via regional offices in each country as well as its head office located in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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