For determined travellers there has never been a better time to travel to Eastern and Southern Africa, thousands of miles from the Ebola-affected” areas of Western Africa. The masses are staying away in droves, while Globetrotters have seen a great opportunity. The well-travelled know Africa is one gigantic continent, not a tiny island, and Brazil and Spain are closer to the affected region than the rest of Africa. The capital of Kenya, Nairobi is 5,000 kilometers and 10 countries away from any Ebola affected country. We’ll admit we’re sad to see Africa hurting economically as tourism has dried up, but for those in the know – there are deals to be had! Here is a rundown of just some of the deals available, from discounts, extra amenities, room upgrades and more which we’ve negotiated with our African partners to help them and help you!
For travelers wanting to experience Kenya, savings of $300 per person are offered on the popular 8-day Royal Concorde, a first class safari experience. We’ve also secured added value in the form of VIP meet & greet on arrival, an upgrade 4 x 4 vehicle, complimentary room upgrade in your Nairobi hotel, bottles of wine while at the Mount Kenya Safari Club and the Mara Safari Club, a night drive in the Masai Mara plus credit towards other optional activities!
One of the most sought after itineraries in East Africa now has 10 special departures, with savings of approximately $2600 per couple travelling. This trip, the 14 day East Africa Safari is popular for a reason, visiting both Kenya and Tanzania. For single or solo travellers, this particular trip now has no single supplement on 4 of the 10 departures, meaning you could have a room to yourself, saving at least $900!
South Africa has also seen tourism drop off the map, and there are deals to be had too. One already exceptionally valued route is exploring South Africa’s ‘garden route’, the stunning coastal city of Cape Town and a private game reserve in Kariega, on the 11 day Cape Highlights and Safari. There are only 8 departures this upcoming year, with a $300 per person discount, 4 nights in Cape Town, 3 nights in Kariega, and 3 nights in small hotels along the garden route. As an added bonus, the entire region is malaria free, meaning no medication during your trip!
The 15-day South Africa Surprise starts at only $1,626 USD or $1,724 CAD per person! With only has three departures this year, it’s a comprehensive tour of South Africa, and despite media headlines, we know space will disappear pretty quickly on this one.
An absolutely pristine country with a policy of low impact tourism and high value conservation programs, Botswana is Southern Africa at its finest, and has earned a reputation for impressing even the most discerning travellers. For those who’ve yearned to experience the Okavango Delta in luxury lodges, this is the year to do it. On the 9-day Best of Botswana in Luxury, this “all- inclusive” itinerary includes 2 nights in Livingstone, 2 nights in Chobe National Park (More elephants than any park in Africa), 2 nights in the Linyanti and 2 nights in the Okavango Delta, perhaps the most intimate and precious wildlife refuge on Earth. Marked down by roughly $1000 per person, this top package starts from $6922 USD, or $7734 CAD, and these prices are valid for travel up until 31 March 2015.
NORTH AFRICA, SELECT MIDDLE-EAST & SEYCHELLES
The award winning Emirates Airlines has recently started double daily flights from Dubai to the Seychelles. We’ve negotiated savings of $500 per couple on a 10-day Dubai and Seychelles Vacation when flying with Emirates (perfect winter escape!), with accommodation in the Seychelles at the utterly magnificent Mahe Kempinski property.
We even can’t help forgetting that countries like Egypt or Morocco are in Africa! But Morocco is actually one country offering some great opportunities to travel now. Back by popular demand is the ‘Super Special’ 8 day Imperial Morocco. Starting from $1,850 USD, or $2,209 CAD, this incredible deal includes return flights from New York or Toronto (other airports can be added-on) and 8-days in Morocco including meals and all sightseeing.
Though Jordan and the U.A.E. are not part of Africa in a geographical sense, an article discussing exceptional specials would not be complete without mentioning two remarkable offers which we’re well aware of. The Discover Jordan takes in the highlights of Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea and Madaba. This 9-day special includes flights from New York or Toronto and starts from $2,599 USD or $2,199 CAD.
There are great opportunities to visit the UAE right now, home to the modern and flourishing cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. We’ve negotiated a 6 day escape called Best of the Emirates including return-airfare on Emirates Airlines within first class or deluxe accommodation, flying out of several American cities. Prices start at $1695 from Houston, Dallas, or Chicago, $1795 from New York, and $1965 from Los Angeles!