Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

July 21st, 2010
Step Out of the Ordinary: Unique African Tours

From watching lions to relaxing on a safari reserve to sleeping under the stars, Steppin’ Out Adventure offers three tours for every travel style.

Which one is for you?

SOUTH AFRICA AND VICTORIA FALLS: Walking With Lions

When: Departure for Nov. 22- Dec. 1. With extension to Victoria Falls Dec. 2 for 2 or 3 nights depending on options.

What: This trip is active, but none of the activities are over-challenging. We are able to do some activities that you won’t find in other itineraries, such as hike to the Baboon conservation project, kayaking to the penguins, bike along the winelands, hike along the rugged beach and spend two days on safari. The extension to Victoria Falls has you walking with lions on a Lion Conservation Project, rafting the Zambezi river, visiting Chobe National Park in Botswana and visiting the falls. The hotels are very nice, generally equivalent to 3.5 – 4 star ratings. All your activity is rewarded with relaxing around the firepit of your tented private game reserve after safari, and so much more.

NORTH AFRICA: Colors, Culture and Challenges

When: Our proposed dates our Oct. 17-26. Price will be approx. $2900.

What: From the colorful, chaotic medinas to the moody desert landscape, Morocco is a land filled with wonder and rich culture. While you bike the Atlas mountains or other remote pottery villages, the Moroccan hospitality is conveyed through your stays in traditional accommodations (homes with shared bathroom facilities). You’ll leap into this land of extraordinary beauty on a ten-day adventure through crisp mountain scenery, spectacular sheer gorges and picturesque towns, exhilarated by cycling trips, mule treks and canyon explorations, and touched by the warm hospitality of Moroccan villagers and nomads. Plod through the Sahara in a camel convoy, and camping under the stars.  Learn to master Moroccan couscous, ancient pottery techniques and explore a seaside town favored by Jimi Hendrix.

How does this compare to other Africa trips? First, there are no safaris or wild animals. It is more about the culture and using activity such as hiking and biking to explore the different areas. Of the three, this probably has the most opportunities to interact with the people, learn their trades and customs. It is for the person who doesn’t mind a night under the stars, and a little effort to get to some beautiful spots. The trip is also offered in May where you can take part in the Festival of the Roses, but the price will be higher.

EAST AFRICA: TANZANIA, Plus Kilimanjaro Extension

When: Dec. 5-14, 2010 with the Dakota tribe

What: A somewhat unconventional itinerary to explore the landscape of Tanzania and its superb concentrations of diverse wildlife. Game viewing will be intertwined with opportunities to get out of the jeep, meet the tribes and people of this fantastic country, help in an orphanage, hike into glorious reflective craters, go hunting with the tribes that only speak the “click” language, canoe at the base of Mount Meru and walk among giraffes where you are close enough to see their beautiful eye lashes as they gaze upon you. This trip has more game viewing than the other two. The accommodations where you stay are very nice. For those who want to climb Kilimanjaro, they can arrange a 7-day climb prior or after the safari portion, depending on requests. However requests need to be in as soon as possible to reserve.

To start planning your African Adventure, head to Steppin’ Out Adventure here.

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