Galloping Gnus Newsletter

Experts in Africa

For over 24 years The Africa Adventure Company (AAC) has continued to offer travelers an authentic safari experience. Our desire to have you see, feel and taste Africa means that you get off the standard tourist path and out into the bush.

We frequently get calls from new clients explaining that they have been shopping around the web for the perfect safari and they are exhausted. We can see why. With so many competitors in the Safari Industry it’s hard to know who you can trust. AAC offers value to weary travelers who want to know they will be taken care of – from that initial call to discuss the safari, to a heartfelt “Welcome Home” at the end of their adventure.

It is true comfort knowing that your safari investme nt of time and money is being protected by our passionate staff. We realize this may be your only trip to Africa and we want it to be the most amazing experience of your life!
We have a balanced menu of programs. Set itineraries that are great value, our “Best of” and “Classic” programs that give you choices of accommodations in the parks so you can make decisions that suit your personal style of travel and budget.

Our Signature Safaris are exclusive AAC departures with select guides We have featured four of our “Signature Safaris” to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Uganda below, which we hope will entice you to expand your horizons and see why we are still galloping ahead of the herds!

Botswana – Beauty and the Cats
Botswana has become one of the most popular safari destinations in the past few years. Pristine game areas such as the Okavango Delta, Moremi, Linyanti and the Central Kalahari, Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans, offer an all year-round game viewing experience.Maximum wildlife viewing opportunities and eco-friendly accommodations – the Delta and Desert adventure is for the taking!

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10-Day Call of the Wild – for those who want to see Cats,
Cats, Cats! This safari is a winner! First, we start with some of the best guides in Botswana (Brian Gibson and Alwyn Myburgh) who will be exclusive to your private group. Game viewing takes place in your own vehicle in the remote Khwai Concession for 3 nights (which borders the Okavango Delta) and Moremi Reserve for 3 nights. Accommodations are in a luxury mobile camp shared with other AAC guests. It is truly an adventure for all your senses with the focus on photographing the cats!

From $5,895.00 per person based on 4 in party
2011 Call of the Wild Departures – May 31 / June 22 / Jul 01, 19/
Aug 03, 09,/ Sep 05, 21, 27
Kalahari Desert departures – request basis January – May

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The guides and mobile camp featured in the 10-Day Call of the Wild. Kyle Witten (below) with habituated meerkats in the Kalahari

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Safari Consultant Kyle Witten traveled on two separate trips – one in October and one in April. “The big cats would walk right through our camp each night. Having one dedicated guide is the ultimate as they know what you have seen the day before so there is no repeating game experience. Being able to sit and really observe the game was the highlight for me! Seeing leopards, lions, unprecedented cheetah sightings and habituated meerkats makes traveling to Botswana possible all months of the year. We were camping and game viewing on private game concessions where there are no crowds! This truly is the forward direction of conservation – local communities working with the government to run the national parks.”

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Zimbabwe – Eyes on Elephants Safari
Zimbabwe is making a big comeback and is one of the most exciting destinations for an active adventure. We are combining the game viewing activities of day and night game drives in open vehicles, plus walking in Northern Hwange and canoeing & walking in Mana Pools.

Nic Polenakis, Dave Carsons and Nick Murray are three of the best guides on the continent and they have committed to spending more time guiding in Zimbabwe for the 2011 season. Experience small camps and the enjoyment of photographic opportunities you would only dream of! Join up now – only 6 persons per departure.
 
15-Day Eyes on Elephants Safari – $6,450.00 per person
2011 Departure dates – May 31, Jun 23, Jul 02, Jul 19, Aug 04, Aug 09, Sep 22, Sep 27

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Mark Nolting, President of AAC on his trip in Jul/Aug 2010 “During our recent two days with Dave Carsons and Nic Polenakis in northwestern Hwange National Park, we watched, unnoticed from a high ridge, a large herd of elephants dig for fresh water and drink (photo left). The following morning we tracked black rhino on foot. That afternoon, we spotted a number of vultures circling in the distance, drove to the area, and walked up to a kill were we found three hyena on a dead giraffe. We had sundowners at a dam with dozens of elephant, giraffe and a herd of over 200 buffalo as company. What a phenomenal two days! We classify these guys as “guide’s guides” and consider them two of the very best on the continent. Nic and Dave’s enthusiasm is contagious, and their humor will have you enjoying your adventures all day long.

And for the consummate experience, there is no better guide than Nick Murray, with whom our family spent 5 days of non-stop adventure and fun at Vundu Camp. With Nick, you can have experiences that you never thought possible in Africa. We sat under a tree and were approached by 3 bull elephants, one of which came within about 10 feet of us (photo right). We “bum-crawled “ up to within about 20 feeet of a pack of 11 African wild (painted) dogs A real highlight was canoeing on the Zambezi River – and no-one knows the river better than Nick. Canoeing up to elephant, herds of buffalo and other wildlife coming to drink along the shoreline, and even pulling ashore and approaching big game on foot is too exciting for words. Mana Pools is the best park in Africa for combining game drives with walking and canoeing activities.”

 
Uganda – The Pearl of Africa!

Uganda is one of Africa’s hidden gems offering far more than seeing the gorillas! There is chimp trekking in Kibale to tree climbing lions in Ishasha-Queen Elizabeth to white-water rafting the Nile. Visit Uganda before the rest of the world discovers it!
 

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12-Day Chimp and Gorilla Safari to Uganda, priced from $5,295.00
Experience the ultimate thrill – gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest! You will also visit the most beautiful parks of Queen Elizabeth and Kibale Forest where you will go chimp trekking.
Group set departure dates – Feb, Jul, Sep

Alison Nolting, Co-owner of AAC on her return on her return – “Uganda truly is a destination that needs 7-10 days on the ground to visit! I was able to see first hand how the gorilla permit money has benefited the conservation of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with a visit to the new Nkuringo group whilst staying at Clouds Lodge on the southern side of the park. We eagerly support community sponsored projects that benefit the local people living around the forest. I am truly passionate about increasing support of small village schools, clinics and private enterprise!”

Tanzania – Guiding the Serengeti Migration

As a trip outfitter we have a core group of guides on the Northern Tanzania circuit dedicated to our Africa Adventure clients. Having one of our select guides can make every day on safari exciting! From finding and following the Serengeti Migration, to discussing bird migratory patterns, to how lions stalk their prey, the guides are passionate about sharing their knowledge with you.

Working guides are happy guides so we guarantee each guide on our team over 100 days of guiding. Our relationship extends to their families with now 29 of their children being sponsored in school as part of our client/guide donation program in Tanzania. Their happiness and loyalty benefits you as they strive to give all of our clients the best possible guiding experience!

 The 12-Day Serengeti Explored Group Safari – $6,675.00 per person
Our best guides lead you through the game viewing regions including the foothills of Kilimanjaro, Tarangire, the Rift Valley, Ngorongoro Crater and finishing with four nights in the Serengeti. Enjoy a seasonal tented camp that will put you in the right spot for the migration herds. Group size is up to 12 persons in two vehicles.
2011 Departure dates – Jan 22 / Feb 12 / Mar 05 / Jun 11 / Jul 09, 23 / Aug 06, 27 / Sep 17 / Oct 08 / Dec 17
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A migration crossing sighting on the Mara River  may take a full day of patient sitting in the vehicle!
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Shared seasonal camp-sleeping tent with en-suite bathroom
Safari Consultant Szilvia Hegyi traveled on this itinerary this past year – “This program offers it all! It is an amazing combination of accommodations, well paced time in the parks, PLUS outstanding guides, and over the top cultural experience with the Maasai and other tribes. It truly is the best of Tanzania!”
My Private Tanzanian Safari – Kicking it up a Notch! By Szilvia Hegyi
On a recent safari to Tanzania I had the privilege of having my own guide for 2 weeks. Jadim is a member of our fantastic team of top-notch guides in Tanzania and I saw first hand the benefits of a private vehicle which is excellent value and enhances your game viewing experience. Game viewing with other people on a group safari is a lot of fun for the first time traveler to Africa. If however, you enjoy flexibility or have a specific interest (photographer, birder) and would prefer to safari at your own speed, then having a private guide is the way to go!
 
The two programs featured below have a private guide option. There is a misconception that having a private guide on safari is a budget-breaker. Not so for AAC clients traveling in Tanzania. This will allow you to be driven from park to park on your own game viewing schedule! Think of it as one of the most important investments you are making for your safari plans.

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11-Day Plains of the Serengeti from $4,375.00 per person 
Offers an affordable safari with your own PRIVATE guide  and vehicle as you explore the Serengeti from our mobile seasonal camp which is really our favorite way for our  clients to experience the “great plains”. Ideal for families  and friends traveling together!
14-Day Best of Tanzania from $5,575.00 per person
For the discerning traveler, we recommend a longer trip. This program visits four parks and allows you a menu choice of accommodations and also the flexibility to customize your own itinerary if you prefer.
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