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Looking for last minute travel inspiration this summer?

Good things come to those who wait ...

Your reward is a host of great specials offered by our favorite safari camps! So it's not too late to book the trip of a lifetime .. at a special price! Here is our list of the top 3 most unique, family-friendly journeys to jumpstart your vacation planning. Bonus, procrastinators: They are ALL great value for money! Just a reminder, June - October is a fantastic time to be traveling thru Africa. So, what are you waiting for? Close your eyes and pick one. Then, let us do the rest!

1. Wildlife Travel: Catch the Migration in Kenya

From July 15 - October 31, 2016, Great Plains Conservation, known for their ultra-luxurious camps, will open their brand new, seasonal, Mara migration camp located within a secluded site in Kenya's Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Mara Expedition Camp is an authentic bush camp with just four canvas tents, raised on a deck overlooking the Ntiakitiak River with an ensuite with bucket shower and flush-toilet. It will be 100% solar powered. It's only $800 per person per night, including park fees!

We recommend combining Mara Expedition Camp with Ol Donyo, a luxury lodge located between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks, adjacent to Chyulu Hills. Ol Donyo does not have the large herds and amount of animal diversity you found in the Mara .. however, since you were just in the Mara, relax and enjoy what Ol Donyo does very well - authentic cultural interactions with local Maasai, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and game viewing. Spend time relaxing at the pool, enjoying a massage or sleeping outdoors in one of the star beds. This is the ultimate combo for a well-rounded safari experience.

*Children from 8 years are welcome at Mara Expedition Camp. Families will be joined by other guests on all scheduled game viewing activities. Private game drive vehicle hire is not available at this camp.

2. Active Travel: Walking Safari in Zambia

From June 30 - October 31, 2016, take advantage of a special when you combine 7 nights at The Bushcamps in conjunction with Chiawa Camp in the Lower Zambezi. We recommend 3 nights at Chiawa and 4 nights at any of The Bushcamps (we like them all!). It comes out to almost 30% off!

In Zambia's iconic South Luangwa National Park, The Bushcamp Company operates six exclusive Bushcamps in the remote south of the park, as well as the breathtaking Chindeni and Chamilandu. Set out from any of these secluded, intimate camps and you will be guaranteed an unrivalled wildlife experience in one of the last unspoiled wilderness regions of Africa - the very place where the African walking safari was pioneered.

Chiawa is a great combo with The Bushcamps because it offers a variety of other activities including game drives, cruises, canoeing and tiger fishing. Chiawa is a well-run and stylish property with great atmosphere and excellent food. There are nine raise rooms located either in the Mahogany Forest or facing the Zambezi River. They are spacious with wooden floors and luxurious bathrooms with both baths and showers. For those who want even larger tents and more privacy, we recommend staying in one of the three superior suites.

3. Cultural Travel: Participate in a Unique Cultural festival in Zimbabwe

Visit Zimbabwe with two iconic guides. From September 22 - September 30, 2016, you can experience the yearly Machangana Culture and Arts festival to celebrate the unique and vibrant social culture of the Machangana (Shangaan) people of the South Eastern lowveld of Zimbabwe. After the festival, you will continue onto the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and the Matobo National Park, which is another fascinating and truly rewarding area of Zimbabwe to visit.

You will spend 4 nights at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge in Gonarezhou National Park. Elevated atop a cliff, Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge has fantastic views over the Save River and the Park below. The game viewing is excellent and Chilo's visionary founder Clive Stockil will be your guide for this part of the trip. Then, Paul Hubbard, the pre-eminent authority on the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, will take over for the duration of your stay at Great Zimbabwe and Camp Amalinda. Having these two great guides to three truly amazing parts of Zimbabwe plus the Cultural Festival is an amazing opportunity and the price is a great value. Click here to see the full itinerary.

*In order to celebrate the festival, the dates are set; however, please don't hesitate to reach out to us for additional dates or if you are interested in a customized version of this program.

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