In honor of Earth Day this weekend, we were inspired to find a list of earth-friendly African safaris to get your clients out into the wilds of Tanzania, Kenya and Namibia.
Take a time-out at Jongomero Camp, where instead of being face-to-face with their mobile devices and TV sets, travelers will encounter wildlife during walking safaris and game-viewing drives in an open-sided 4×4 vehicle.
Located in a remote southwestern section of Ruaha National Park, Tanzania—where we would like to point out, there is no cell phone reception, fortunately—Jongomero Camp offers a welcoming family atmosphere with eight luxury tents, communal first-class dining and a pool.
Through July and August, Africa Odyssey is partnering with Jongomero Camp to offer a 5-night package deal, inclusive of accommodations, internal flights, activities as per itinerary, concessions and park entrance fees. Rates start at $2,985 pp. For more information, call (866) 356-4691 or visit africaodyssey.com.
Offered through Kensington Tours, your clients can enjoy an 8-day Kenya Family Discovery safari through Nairobi, Laikipia, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara, where animal-sighting opportunities offer the chance to spot lions, hippos, flamingos, leopards, chimpanzees and rhinos.
Special elements of the itinerary include visits to the Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center in Nairobi, where your clients may be able to feed the animals themselves; a boat tour of Crescent Island in Naivasha; tours of Laikipia and Masai Mara private reserves; and both morning and afternoon game drives throughout the tour, as well as optional activities.
Package rates start at $1,999 pp for a family of four, and include 7-night accommodations; activities, transfers, meals, and fees as per itinerary; and local and international traveler assistance during tour. For more information, call (888) 903-2001 or visit kensingtontours.com.
But it’s Namibia that offers rare opportunities for sightseeing, and African Travel is ready to take your clients there with its 8-day Best of Namibia package.
After one night in Windhoek, travelers along for this ride will spend six nights on a safari visiting the red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the Twyfelfontein engravings in Damaraland, and Etosha—known for its wildlife. And like other African safari tours, African Travel promises travelers game drives where they can spot cheetah, lions and elephants—however, they step it up a notch with the chance to see lesser-known hartebeest, springbok and gemsbok; the desert-adapted elephant and the rare white rhino.
Pre- and post-excursions are also available to visit Okavango Delta, Botswana, or Cape Town, South Africa. Package rates start at $6,395 pp dbl land-only. For more information, call (800) 421-8907 or visit africantravelinc.com.