The Complete African Safari Planner

October 19, 2008|By Chicago Tribune

Fodor's

$27.95

This hefty first edition covers the African countries of Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Kenya. It defines the various tour operators or travel agents who specialize in Africa (African safari operators, African tour operators, air consolidators, retail travel agents) and offers descriptions of individual tour operators who specialize in safari tours. It features questions - many of them sobering - that prospective visitors should ask a safari specialist, from "Have you ever visited Africa yourself?" to "What is your contingency plan in case of war or terrorism?"

The guide discusses what to expect while on safari, including lodging (luxury lodging, tented camps, national park accommodations), transportation (open-sided Land Rovers, pop tops, minivans, small planes) and the types of safaris (luxury lodge-based safaris, fly-in safaris, walking safaris, self-drive safaris). It discusses wildlife safety and has sections on Mount Kilimanjaro, African music and the Namibia Dunes. Don't miss the clever and useful what-to-wear and what-not-to-wear illustrations.

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