Goway Travel also has some incredible bargain programs in South Africa that should stir more than a little interest in your reluctant clientele. “One of Goway’s strengths in our AFRICAExperts division is the depth and range of our product,” explains Moira Smith, Africa manager for Goway. “ And while we can offer accommodations in all categories from budget to deluxe, we consistently negotiate excellent deals, thus some of our current upmarket deals are really inexpensive, though they are not necessarily in budget accommodations.”
She, too, says this is an ideal time to plan a trip to South Africa as the strength of the U.S. dollar provides excellent value for visitors in destination. “It also means that many of our South Africa rates have been reduced. For example, our most popular small group touring idea from AFRICAExperts, the 14-day Best of South Africa tour, has been reduced by over $600 per couple to $2,608 pp, and also includes a free Soweto tour.”
This is an incredible buy since this program takes in pretty much the whole of the country starting in Cape Town and going to the Cape Winelands, the Cape Peninsula, the Garden area, Oudtshoorn, Knysna, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Zulu country and Swaziland, a full day safari in Kruger National Park, and visits to Johannesburg, Pretoria and the Lowveld and Panorama Route.
There’s still more value with a second passenger discount of 25 percent, which equates to savings of up to $703. This promotion applies to some of the most popular tours, including the 14-day World in One Country, priced from $2,809, the 4-day Magnificent Garden Route, priced from $878, and the 3-day Hluhluwe, Zulu Culture and Big Game Safari from $616.
“Perhaps one of the most interesting, unusual and value-packed ways to explore South Africa is on board the Shongololo Express—a fully serviced traveling hotel train that travels with its own sightseeing vehicles,” Smith says. “On this tour, we travel at night and have the whole day to explore. Currently, we are offering savings of $1,022 pp on the 17-day Good Hope Journey, which offers a comprehensive view of South Africa and incorporates almost every internationally regarded ‘must-see’ sight. Moving farther northeast,” she adds, “we have negotiated excellent savings of up to $630 pp on certain departures on our 8-day Classic Kenya Safari. So for under $2,000, clients can visit some of the best parks in Africa, including Samburu, Mount Kenya National Park, Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara.”
The traditional Classic Egypt tour includes Cairo sightseeing and a 4-night Nile River cruise. This 9-day tour is affordably priced from $1,181 and offers the flexibility of adding extensions to Abu Simbel, Alexandria, Red Sea beach stays or a visit to Israel and Jordan. Optional add-ons are the 5-day Jordan tour starting from $929.
“And finally,” Smith explains, “we have two fabulous budget options in Tunisia and Morocco.” The 10-day Tunisia Explorer starts from only $818 and offers a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle and culture of the Tunisian people with many included excursions, as well as a Sahara Jeep safari. The 7-day Imperial Cities tour in Morocco is priced from $1,024 and includes time in Casablanca, Marrakech, Meknes and Fes, all of which have served as the capital of Morocco at some point in its rich history.