APT have introduced two new itineraries, a river cruise safari and a number of private luxury game reserves to its Africa itinerary in 2016.
One of the new featured tours, the nine-day Kenyan Discovery tour, takes guests to the Samburu Game Reserve and Masai Mara, with the opportunity to visit local villages to learn more about customs, culture and daily life. It also features two nights at the Fairmont Mt Kenya Safari Club, a bush dinner in the Masai Mara and the chance to experience a private performance by the Kenyan Boy’s Choir.
Also new is the 12-day East Africa, which journeys to Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park, Ngorogo Crater and the Serengeti National Park before crossing to Kenya to visit the Masai Mara and Nairobi. Guests stay in luxury camps and game lodges, including Coffee Lodge on a plantation in Arusha, Tarangire Balloon Camp, the Four Seasons Safari Lodge in the Serengeti and Karen Blixen Camp in the Masai Mara.
Travel agents can also offer clients exclusive access to APT’s new three night river cruises on the Chobe River, which feature on ten of the itineraries in APT’s Africa portfolio.With just 14 suites, the Zambezi Queen features internet access, plunge pool, sun deck and shaded area, as well as an open restaurant and lounge area with windows for viewing the animals. In 2016 these will be available for two and three night cruises.
Three new private game parks have been added to APT’s South African tours: Msenge Bush Lodge at the Pumba Private Game Reserve, Madikwe Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve and Lion Sands River Lodge at Tinga Lodge.
Commenting on the new program, APT Chief Marketing Officer, Debra Fox, said, “Africa is really special. No matter where guests travel, they are sure to experience unforgettable moments; from game viewing, which we now feature on every itinerary, to the chance to meet local people to learn about their history, way of life and local customs. We’re really excited about our new Africa program and we look forward to working with our industry partners to open up the doors to one of the world’s most magical destinations.”
Extensions for 2016/17 include a Rovos Rail journey from Pretoria to Cape Town, an Elephant Interaction at Stanley’s Camp in the Okavango Delta, a four day Rwandan Gorilla Encounter, the chance to have breakfast with the giraffes at Nairobi’s Giraffe Manor and four-day beach break in Zanzibar.
APT’s group sizes are limited to 28 guests in Africa, with a maximum of six guests on 4WD game drives. A long list of guaranteed inclusions feature across all journeys, including all flights within Africa, a local Tour Director, sightseeing, accommodation, most meals, and all tipping, airport transfers, game park fees and porterage.
Two APT SuperDeals are available, a ‘Companion Fly Free, including air taxes’; and an ‘Air Credit’ on select Africa itineraries.