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African Travel, Inc. Celebrated World Philanthropy Day with Updated Collection of Altruistic Offerings

November 16th, 2016, by Cesar Peñaranda

African Travel, Inc. Celebrated World Philanthropy Day with Updated Collection of Altruistic Offerings

~ New partnership with ME to WE promotes “travel with a purpose” ~

DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Nov. 16, 2016 – African Travel, Inc.’s recent 2017 brochure launch features an enhanced collection of volunteer travel opportunities, including an all-new Kenya itinerary in partnership with ME to WE. African Travel’s award-winning product is renowned for providing numerous opportunities for guests to invest in Africa’s future , and this altruistic ethos is echoed by ME to WE, an innovative social enterprise empowering people to change the world with their consumer choices.

“World Philanthropy Day is celebrated each November in the spirit of recognizing the significant contributions of the philanthropic community,” said Sherwin Banda, president of African Travel, “and we are proud to include ourselves in that category. We invite all of our travelers to volunteer during their stays, and a significant portion of our guests choose to donate their time, expertise and physical labor to a variety of projects across Africa.”

African Travel’s newest philanthropic offer, “ME to WE Kenya Community Experience,” is an unforgettable community experience in the northern Maasai Mara. Guests are immersed in Kenya’s vibrant culture and landscape on this sustainable and transformative journey, leaving behind a positive impact and taking away a new perspective of the world. Travelers gain a better understanding of daily life during a water walk and visit to the market, a walking tour of a local primary school, and a sunrise hike with Maasai guides. Guests also learn the art of traditional Maasai beading from community mothers and learn how ME to WE’s charity partner and its newest project, the Baraka Health Centre, is enhancing local lives.

Other add-on opportunities for guests to give back to Africa include “Volunteer Southern Africa," and “Volunteer East Africa,” both one-day excursions meant to broaden horizons and make a difference in the lives of the African people (and the travelers).

For more information and to book the safari of your dreams, contact your favorite Travel Professional, call African Travel, Inc. at (800) 727-7207, or visit www.africantravelinc.com. CST 2071444-20

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African Travel, Inc. Unveils Six New Itineraries for 2017

October 20th, 2016, by Sherwin Banda

 African Travel, Inc. Unveils Six New Itineraries for 2017

Oct. 20, 2016 – African Travel, Inc.’s recent brochure launch highlights six new itineraries for 2017, including two “new and improved” safaris and an unforgettable four-day community experience in the northern Maasai Mara. These itineraries, venturing from South Africa to Mozambique, were developed to accommodate popular demand and suggestions from both agents and their clients.

“We place the highest importance on our guests’ experience, and are constantly following up throughout the process to ensure the highest levels of satisfaction,” said Sherwin Banda, president of African Travel, Inc. “When our guests and their agents recommend additional destinations and experiences for safaris, we listen and make it happen.”

New offerings for 2017 include:

ME to WE Kenya Community Experience: African Travel, Inc. partners with ME to WE to provide this immersive and transformative volunteer experience. Guests delve into Kenya’s vibrant culture and landscape while contributing to the community by participating in a “water walk,” learning the art of traditional Maasai beading, and assisting with the building of a new school. Other unforgettable highlights include a sunrise hike with Maasai guides, a guided tour of a local primary school, and a visit to the local market. 

Best of Botswana: This exceptional journey explores the diverse range of wildlife and landscapes that make up this special corner of Africa. Guests discover the spectacular Victoria Falls, one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders, and experience the thrill of morning and afternoon safari activities in the immense Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Under Kenyan Skies: Guests on this safari absorb the best of Kenya’s wildlife and culture in the finest eco-luxury accommodations. Highlights include exploration in two iconic wildlife regions, Laikipia and the Maasai Mara, in open vehicle day and night game drives, guided walks, horseback safaris, and visits to community and conservation projects. Guests enjoy the serenity of sleeping under a blanket of stars in handcrafted four-poster beds and are introduced to an orphaned foster elephant at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

South African Adventure: This comprehensive journey features a thoughtful mix of deluxe and luxury properties. Guests discover Cape Town’s diverse culture, urban sophistication and stunning scenery before exploring two different private Kruger area game reserves with professional rangers who are passionately committed to the conservation of Africa’s wildlife. 

African Romance: As a “new and improved” itinerary, “African Romance” now includes a longer four-night beach stay in Mozambique and a fourth night in Cape Town to accommodate a full day private winelands excursion. The safari features the same three-night safari in Kruger private reserve but has removed the winelands stay to allow less travel time.

Marine and Wildlife Encounter: This popular journey has been updated for 2017 to include a new three-night stay at Grootbos Garden Lodge. Guests explore the wildlife-rich Shamwari Game Reserve, home to the coveted Big Five and one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa, as well as the beautiful Cape Peninsula on a series of active and nature-based adventures.

For more information and to book an exciting dream safari for your clients, contact African Travel, Inc. at (800) 421-8907, or visit www.africantravelinc.com.

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World Elephant Day

August 12th, 2016, by Sherwin Banda

World Elephant Day 2016

DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Aug. 9, 2016 – World Elephant Day falls on Aug. 12, a day dedicated to spreading awareness about the critical threats these creatures face and supporting organizations working to ensure their survival. African Travel, Inc. is proud to continue its legacy of supporting the defense and conservation of elephants and other wildlife through a variety of initiatives and partnerships.

“Africa is home to a diverse collection of wildlife, but nothing is more iconic than the Big Five, and elephants are truly one of the most magnificent creatures in existence,” said Sherwin Banda, president, African Travel, Inc. “As an organization, we are committed to improving the local communities where we operate and improving sustainability efforts across the entire African continent. ‘World Elephant Day’ is a special reminder that even the world’s biggest creatures need defending.”

As one of the founding members of The TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established by parent company The Travel Corporation (TTC), African Travel is an active supporter of WildAidand TreadRight’s other projects. WildAid focuses on reducing the demand for endangered specieslike elephants by specifically targeting consumers with engaging public service announcements and education initiatives. The campaigns use sophisticated and compelling announcements to deliver the message: “When the buying stops, the killing can too.”

African Travel also understands many safari guests wish to show support for these causes throughvolunteer work. Safari Specialists can facilitate those who want to donate their time, expertise, and physical labor to a variety of projects in East and Southern Africa, including volunteering in the conservation field, working in a medical clinic, or helping to build a shelter or school. 

Due to African Travel’s conservation partners, guests support these initiatives simply by booking a safari. Rapid human encroachment and unprecedented levels of poaching are causing some experts to voice the concern of a not-too-distant-future elephant extinction, so guests are encouraged to witness these exquisite creatures now. African Travel’s “The Last Refuge” is a connoisseur’s safari adventure through Botswana, including the Okavango Delta (home to thriving populations of elephants) and the Kalahari Desert. 

“The Last Refuge” is a nine-day exploration of Johannesburg, Linyanti, Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Pans. Prices start from $8,825 per person.

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