Galloping Gnus Newsletter

Focus on Zimbabwe! The ultimate Safari destination

– The unity government is now in place. Will travel!
– The guides are the most experienced and well-trained on the continent.
– The camps are a varied mix of permanent tented camps and upscale lodges.
– Game highlights include black rhino, wild dog and huge tuskers!
– The parks in Zimbabwe function well and your park fees go directly to each park, benefiting the park rangers, camp guides and staff and ultimately conserving the wildlife.

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Nick Murray – Guide Bio
We would like to take the opportunity to highlight one of our favorite specialist guides – Nick Murray. Nick was born in Zimbabwe and he has guided throughout the country. At the young age of 3, he knew that he wanted to be a guide and continued his schooling to achieve this. He will personally guide you on a journey down the Zambezi River in Mana Pools National Park.

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12-Day “CALL OF THE WILD” SAFARI
Victoria Falls/Matusadona/Mana Pools
Priced from $4,850.00 per person sharing
Day 01+02: Travel.
Day 03+04: Victoria Falls. 2 nights Ilala Lodge
Day 05+06: Matusadona. 2 nights Rhino Lodge
Day 07-10: Mana Pools. 4 nights Vundu Camp. Canoeing + walking safaris
Day 11+12: Travel
12-DAY LEGENDS FLYING SAFARI
Hwange/Mana Pools/Victoria Falls
Priced from $4,295.00 per person sharing
Day 01+02: Travel.
Day 03-05: Hwange. 3 nights Makalolo Plains.
Day 06-08: Mana Pools. 3 nights Ruckomechi
Day 09+10: Victoria Falls. 2 nights Ilala Lodge
Day 11+12: Travel
“…Overall, it was a truly awe-inspiring experience, with our time in Mana Pools and the unforgettable Nick being one of the many outstanding highlights. What a great guy and what an amazing place!! We a re so very happy that we decided to go to Zimbabwe!…We then went on to Mana Pools in Zimbabwe, a most gorgeous area framed by the tall mountains of the Rift Valley, where we paddled in our canoes 48 miles in 3-1/2 days along the shores of the Zambezi…” Nadja and Matt Brandt, Sept 2008 (Bloomberg Markets article January 2009)
Making a difference – Visit AAC Blog on website
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March 2009www.childreninthewilderness.com – The Africa Adventure Company has recently made a notable donation to three schools adjacent to Hwange National Park. 450 children are being fed daily in an area of Zimbabwe severely affected by drought and famine. A donation of $4.00 a month will feed these children one meal a day at school ensuring they continue their education and have food.
www.gainusa.org – send meals to Zimbabwe children – 10 cents each
One of Africa’s best-kept secrets, Singita Pamushana Lodge is found within the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in southeastern Zimbabwe adjacent to Gonarezhou Park. 4 night extension priced from $3200.00 per person and 50% of the 4th night is donated to one of the community development projects in the region

Safaris that SIZZLE!
Here it is! Our list of the hottest destinations and NEW safari programs that have it all! These programs will take you places you could only dream of”adventures of epic proportion w hile respecting low-impact travel. So sit back and let us help transport you to places that SIZZLE!
15-Day Legends of Kenya
Highlights ~ Meru * Tsavo West * Rift Valley near  Lake Natron * t he Maasai Mara

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– Drives in open vehicles, diverse activities day and
night game,  walking, hikes, exploration  on horseback or camel
– Fantastic accommodations plus the chance to see the Big Five at an incredible value
Priced from $9550.00 per person double
19-Day Explore Uganda
Highlights ~ Murchison Falls *Semliki * Kibale * Lake Mburo* Queen Elizabeth * Bwindi

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– This itinerary offers the best of Uganda and explores remote
and hidden corners far off the normal traveler’s path.
from $8695.00 per person

11-Day Tanzania and Mozambique Honeymoon
Highlights ~ Selous Game Reserve * Vamizi or Quilalea Islands
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– Combines a remote southern corner of Tanzania’s Selous plus 
and island retreat off Mozambique’s coast.
– The Selous is ideal for adventurers looking to go on more than just game drives.
Walking safaris bring you close to the animals for a true adrenalin rush. 
Boating and fishing are also highlights of your stay
– Mozambique offers the ultimate beach experience with 
crystal  blue water and miles of white sand beaches on your
own island retreat of Quilálea or Vamizi.
Priced from $5075.00 per person double
21-Day Iconic Safari to Southern Africa
Highlights ~ Cape Town * Namibia’s Sossusvlei & Skeleton Coast & Ongava * Botswana’s Okavango Delta & Moremi Reserve * Livingstone – Victoria Falls
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– This is the ultimate Southern Africa safari program!
– It includes the absolute best that this region of the continent has
to offer
Priced from $16,325.00 per person double
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10-Day Spirit of the Namib
Highlights ~ Etosha * Damaraland *Hoanib * Swakopmund  * Namib-Naukluft-Sossusvlei
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– This group safari (limited to 8 people) is an exciting and affordable option for those
wanting to see the wildlife, as well as the epic scenery of Namibia
– Hoanib is one of the new hot spots for adventurers andis home to
desert roaming rhino and elephant
– Accommodations are in adventure style tents plus a fewnights in lodges
and permanent tented camps
from $3995.00 to $4250.00 per person double
10-Day Ethiopia and the Omo River Valley
Highlights ~ 8 days of cultural immersion exploring the villages and hills of the South Omo River
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– Few places are a hotter destination than Ethiopia! It is the last great tribal land
left in the world today, the ultimate cultural immersion
– Some of the tribes you will visit include Muguji,Karo, Mursi,
Hamar, Nyagatom and Dassenech
– Trip Featured in National Geographic Adventure 2009
Departure: Sep 14
Priced from $9950.00 per person (based on 6 travelers)

HOT SPOTS 2009
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Zambia’s South Luangwa – Leopard hunts in darkness 
Intrepid explorers put Zambia on the map as an adventurer’s paradise. One of our favorite destinations is the South Luangwa Valley featuring world class walking safaris, trekking from one bush camp to another. We especially love to combine Tafika and Kaingo, two camps that are the perfect mix of comfortable chalets and bush camps. A high chance of viewing leopard from a game drive vehicle too! Please request our “11 Day Classic Safari in Zambia”, priced from $5825.00 per person double
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Botswana’s Kalahari region – the regal men
The hottest destination in Botswana is not the world-famous Okavango Delta but the rediscovered Kalahari Desert and Nxai Pan National Park. Several new camps have recently opened and travelers get firsthand emersion into the indigenous bushmen’s culture. Some of our favorite new camps include Kalahari Plains Camp, Camp Kalahari and Nxai Pan. Our “4-Day Botswana Desert Adventure” from $1295.00 per person
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Tanzania’s Serengeti Migration – a walk on the wild side
Over a million wildebeest and zebras traversing the Serengeti plains is something to behold. A vehicle is certainly the most common method to experience this but we prefer walking, offered on private land concessions. Our favorite camps that offer walking safaris include Suyan Camp, Klein’s Camp, Nduara Loliondo and the three camps on the Grumeti Reserves, Faru Faru River Lodge, Sabora Plains and Sasakwa Lodge. Please request our selection of progams that focus on the migration in the west and eastern sides of the Serengeti. Priced from 6875.00 per person double
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Kenya’s Ol Donya Wuas – the foothills of Kilimanjaro
Open plains, hills, acacia woodland and a memorable landscape of the Chyulu Hills give life to one of the most beautiful, pristine, wild areas of south east Kenya. Africa “par excellence” always presides with the colossal Mt. Kilimanjaro. Ol Donya Wuas is located on the Maasailand Group Conservancy, a wildlife and tourism partnership with the community that is receiving recognition as a finalist in the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in 2009. Enjoy open vehicle game drives (day and night), walks, and fabulous horseriding safaris. Please request our “10-Day Exclusive Safari priced from $4875.00
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