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New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Travel Business News Africa / Middle East) Jan 8, 2012

Abercrombie & Kent Abercrombie & Kent Offers 50th Anniversary Safari in Kenya. Abercrombie & Kent is celebrating its 50-year anniversary with a safari tour of KenyaOs best-known wildlife reserves -- Amboseli, Laikipia and the Masai Mara. Amboseli has diverse habitats from acacia woodlands to freshwater swamps, scrub brush and open plains and is home to a variety of wildlife, including hundreds of bird species, elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion and cheetah. The Laikipia Plateau, a private conservancy in the foothills of Mount Kenya, is the setting for a Hemingway-style tented safari. The final stop is the Masai Mara. Each day of the anniversary safari is filled with Oinsider accessO experiences. Highlights include a chance to adopt at Daphne Sheldrick's Baby Elephant Orphanage; Karen BlixenOs Mbogani House, the farmhouse where the author of OOut of AfricaO lived; a visit to the Amboseli Elephant Research Project; a private meeting with wildlife documentary filmmaker and photographer Alan Root; hot air ballooning at sunrise over the Masai Mara Game Reserve, followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush; and private plane charters from Amboseli National Park to the Laikipia Plateau and to Masai Mara. Scheduled for Sept. 28 to Oct. 9, the 12-day trip is priced from USD12,295 per person, double occupancy. Internal air is USD1,995. For more information, call 800-554-7094. Jan 3, 2012

Abercrombie & Kent Abercrombie & Kent Offers MoroccoOs Imperial Cities. Abercrombie & Kent is offering a new Morocco program called Imperial Cities, a nine-day small group escorted journey priced from USD2,380 that explores the countryOs history, going back almost 10,000 years, and including Roman legions, Berber caravans and Muslim scholars. The tour features visits to the countryOs imperial cities, including Rabat, Fez, Meknes and Marrakech, each of which served as the capital under different ruling dynasties. In Rabat, clients visit Oudaya Kasbah, built on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. In Fez, clients visit Fez el-Bali (OOld FezO), one of the most ancient and untouched city neighborhoods in the world. The city of Meknes was built in the 17th century by the powerful sultan Moulay Ismail to rival the court of French contemporary Louis XIV. Departure dates are June 20 to 28, July 4 to 12 and Aug. 22 to 30. The program includes one night in Casablanca at Le Royal Mansour Mridien, two nights in Fez at Sofitel Fes Palais Jamai, and three nights in Marrakech at Sofitel Marrakech Lounge & Spa. For more information, call 800-554-7094. Jan 5, 2012

African Travel African Travel Offers Wildlife Viewing in Southern Africa. African Travel is offering a program called Wild Kingdoms of Southern Africa that includes wildlife viewing in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Clients stay at the Somalisa Camp in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, which is near Ngweshla Pan, the home of large herds of elephant and buffalo. All around the pan is grassland that is home to zebra, kudu, impala, ostrich and wildebeest as well as prides of lion. Muchenje Safari Lodge, which provides the safari accommodation in Botswana, is on the western edge of Chobe National Park and offers opportunities to view large herds of elephant and buffalo, and many predators, including lions, leopards and wild dogs, as well as a diversity of plains game and an array of bird species. Also included is a visit to Victoria Falls. The 10-day program is priced from USD4,595 per person, land only. It includes one night in Johannesburg, two nights at the Ilala Hotel at Victoria Falls, three nights at Somalisa Camp in Zimbabwe and three nights in Botswana. For more information, call 800-421-8907. Jan 3, 2012

Collette Collette's Canadian Division Reports Strong Groups Business. Collette Vacations is seeing strong demand from Canadian affinity groups, especially for faith-based tours and African tours. ColletteOs most popular tour for groups seeking travel to Africa is The Plains of Africa,...

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