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Africa Southern Africa's New Enticements Michelle Marie Arean We've got a sprinkling of new tours and lodges in Southern Africa for a range of clients, whether they're looking for a dream safari vacation, a budget-friendly travel experience, or tours made specifically for those with a disability. Goway Makes Africa Accessible For clients with a disability, be it mobility, visual, hearing impairment, or even those needing oxygen or kidney dialysis, recommend Goway's Accessible Africa tours, offering scheduled departure tours, including on the 10-day Best of Botswana Accessible Safari (starting at $7,458). These tours allow an individual or group to join a set itinerary, and then have the option for private safaris tailored to fit the guest's specific needs. According to Moira Smith, Goway's general manager, Africa, Europe & Middle East, these tours are made for those who have "dreamed of going on safari, but due to the accessibility of the region, may not have thought it possible. We [now] have exciting offers that can be tailor-made to the customer's needs." Goway has also enhanced its 2016 12day Magic of Africa itinerary, which now includes two nights aboard the Zambezi Queen, offering guests a different view of the Chobe River. Guests stay in a private suite 34 may 2016 and enjoy experiences such as water-based game viewing on smaller boats that enable up-close viewing, as well as land-based 4x4 game-viewing in Botswana's Chobe National Park, seasonal tiger fishing, and cultural tours of local villages. Rates start at $10,309 with dates departing on July 15 and Aug. 26, 2016, as well as Jan. 15 and Feb. 24, 2017. In addition, Spectacular South Africa was recently launched to meet the demand for small group experiences. This journey is unique because it's limited to seven guests who explore the area in a luxury vehicle; and accommodations are in exclusively selected boutique-class properties and lodges. This 15-day itinerary offers exclusive value-adds for the first two bookings on each departure, including a complimentary curry buffet at Oyster Box, a complimentary bottle of local wine over dinner at Lone Creek River Lodge, a complimentary upgrade to Spa Suites at Kapama River Lodge, plus a 45-minute head, neck and shoulder spa treatment. Rates start at $2,801 including accommodations, sightseeing and some meals. Explore & Stay in Botswana This spring, Desert & Delta Safaris is expected to complete the rebuild of Camp Okavango, a new camp located in Botswana. Camp Okavango's guestrooms feature a blend of timber and canvas that helps achieve the best use of ventilation and light, and all are raised off the ground to offer guests expansive views of the Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Clients can spread out in a foyer and lounge, a bedroom and an en-suite bathroom with a double vanity and shower, as well as their own deck. And for families, the Family Suite comes with an additional bedroom with its own entrance to the bathroom area. While exploring the camp, guests meander through lush trees as they walk along elevated walkways that connect the rooms and the public areas. This year, Botswana is celebrating 50 years of freedom, and to honor that important milestone, CW Safaris is highlighting two immersive safari packages with departures May to November 2016. The 9-day Best of Botswana itinerary is an ideal choice for the active group. This program provides travelers with an up-close view of African wildlife: there are canoe rides among hippos and bathing elephants; walking tours across the savannah; and excursions among lions, hyenas and other predators. Guests will also take part in night drives, nature walks, and boating among open lagoons and papyruscovered islands viewing over 400 animals and the unique fauna of the Okavango Delta. On excursions to nearby villages and

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend May 2016

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk: On the Waterfront
Tour Talk: A Peek at Our Peaks
All-Inclusives: Raising the Bar
Onsite Review: Puerto Vallarta’s Hotel Scene
Onsite Review: Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Onsite Review: Iberostar Playa Mita
Onsite Review: Moon Palace Jamaica Grande
Hotel and Experience Pairings
New Properties Beckon
Onsite Review: Cambodia
Southern Africa’s New Enticements
Onsite Review: Rail Europe
New Frontiers in Travel
Innovation on the High Seas
Mountain Resort Vacations
What’s New in Orlando
Onsite Review: Escape to Discovery Cove
Official Florida Travel Industry Education Program–Family Course

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