Win a Safari!
Always thought about going to Africa but never made travel plans? Need a boost to make your Africa dream trip into reality?
Enter our 'Africa Awaits' contest for a chance to win a 5 day/4 night stay at a top-notch African lodge or camp, inclusive of meals and daily game drives.
You will need to submit a photo of yourself engaging in active fun while traveling, as well as a short statement as to why you have always wanted to go to Africa. Be creative and make us want to send you there!
Submissions must be received by December 31st, 2011. Drawing will be held on January 15th, 2011 for travel in 2012.
Please download our official submission form and submit with your photo by mail to:Go Africa Adventures, 4160 SE International Way Suite D106, Portland OR 97222
Contest Terms and Conditions:
The prize is a 4-night /5-day stay (double-occupancy) at one of our premium African Lodge locations in South Africa or Namibia for travel in 2012. This package is fully upgradeable for additional stay and touring. This total package prize is worth $4,200. Accommodation includes all meals and guided game drives daily. Any beverages other than water are not included nor are gratuities. Airfare to and from Africa and ground transportation to the lodge is not included. Blackout dates may apply at the discretion of Go Africa Adventures. Availability is subject to restrictions due to seasonal occupancies and the ability of Go Africa Adventures to provide space for your chosen travel dates.
All submitted materials become the property of Go Africa Adventures, Inc. and may be used in future marketing and promotional materials. By submitting an entry to this contest, your name will be added to our marketing mailing lists. Only one contest entry per person is allowed. You must be 18 years of age to be eligible to win. This prize is transferable to another person. Once your arrangements have been made, penalties will apply for all changes and/or cancelations regardless of circumstance.
Kruger National Park
Kruger Park has the largest bio-diversity of mammals on the planet. Kruger is the largest as well as the oldest wildlife sanctuary in South Africa. There is no place in the world with as many mammalian species coexisting in one area. Game drives through the park are a fantastic way to see the local wildlife, however the well-maintained roads through the park make it an easy destination for the self-drive adventurist. Night drives provide a window into the life of nocturnal creatures, including the big cats. Lions and leopards often prowl the park after nightfall, and the South African Park Service offers guided night drives in the safety of their own vehicles.
Considered by many as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town with its surrounding winelands and coastline is surprisingly affordable. Come enjoy this scenic gem of Africa with us and explore its multiple attractions and adventures.
With its sunny weather and cobalt blue oceans, the white sandy beaches in and around the city set a backdrop for some real "me time". Ride the Table Mountain Cable Car,explore the Victoria and Alfred Waterftont, ferry to Robben Island.. then take a quick tour of the three Cape Town wine routes surrounding the city... Durbanville, Helderberg, or Constantia - and taste the wine that this area is world famous for.
These caves are a definite must on any visit to the Garden Route on the Western Cape of South Africa.
Very near to Oudtshoorn, at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lie the spectacular underground wonders of the Klein Karoo: the Cango Caves. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns with their vast halls and towering formations. The first cavern “discovered” in 1780 is named for a local farmer, Mr. Van Zyl. Archeological exploration has revealed that people once lived in the caves during the early and middle Stone Age.
The Garden Route
South Africa's fabled Garden Route stretches 200 km from Heidelberg in the Western Cape to the Storms River and includes charming towns such as Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay, Nature's Valley, and George. Take a leisurely ramble and discover a picturesque highway considered one of the great coastal drives of the world. Stop by Hermanus for whale watching from the land or on a boat and Oudtshoorn for ostrich farms; golf or ride a steam train. Adventure activities also abound, including but are not limited to: scuba diving, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, biking, hiking, fhang-gliding, paragliding, bungee jumping, ballooning, and parachuting.
Great White Shark Cage Diving
Experience the heartpounding thrill of getting up close to the world's fiercest predator.
Sharks are quite possibly the world's most feared animals. From the smallest sand shark to the enormous whale shark, they are sleek, muscled, and some are almost as agile as a dolphin. There is no doubt that they are the most evolved predators in the ocean. Imagine the opportunity to meet a Great White Shark face-to-face and on your own terms.
Addo Elephant Park
Originally formed in 1931 to protect a remaining 11 elephants in the region, Addo Elephant Park, located near Port Elizabeth, is now South Africa's third largest National Park and home to over 450 elephants, lions, Cape buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, antelope, zebra, and the rare Addo flightless dung beetle. The park also includes Bird Island, home to the world's largest breeding colony of gannets (about 120, 000 birds) and the second largest colony of African penguins.
Activities at the park include horseback and elephant-back safaris, guided walks, hiking, 4WD ecoadventure rails, bird watching, sunset river cruises, and canoeing. Game Drives utilizing open-top landrovers and trucks with knowledgeable guides are available at sunrise, during the day, at sunset and at night. You may also wish to visit the local cheetah breeding project and crocodile farm.
Elephant Ride Safari
For an entirely different safari perspective, hop onto the back of an elephant and view things from 6 feet up in the air. Your professional elephant handler will get you situated into a comfortable saddle and after a first few apprehensive minutes, you will begin an incredible adventure.
When game viewing from the back of an elephant, you will have the chance to get closer to wildlife that you would otherwise. Other animals will only notice the elephant and you can calmly be one with the peaceful landscape that surrounds you on this journey of the moment.
Get up close and personal alongside the migrating Southern Right Whales that navigate these waters.
Pods of southern right whales, or suidkapers as the locals call them, travel in the cold Benguela current just off the coast of South Africa. This yearly migration has made the coastal town of Hermanus one of the world's premier whale-watching sites. Due to a thicker-than-average layer of blubber, southern right whales cannot swim across the warm equatorial waters, and can therefore only be seen from a few southern hemisphere locations. The town of Hermanus is situated on a rocky shoreline, making close encounters possible even from dry land!
Visit historic vineyards in the "Boland" winelands just outside Cape Town.
Did you know the wine industry in South Africa dates back to 1659? That's when Cape Town's founder, Jan van Riebeeck, recorded the first bottle of wine.
The Cape Wine Lands are set in three intersecting valleys; the towering mountains look down on the fruitful vineyards below. Many of South Africa's wines have become world famous and have won awards on the international level. Private tastings and guided tours of the vineyards are among the activities no wine lover should miss.
Hot Air Balloon Safari
There is only one thing better than a hot air balloon flight, and that is going up and being on safari at the same time.
Taking to the skies at dawn, there is no more peaceful way to view the creatures of the bushveld. The balloons float high over the savannah, while you sip on a glass of South African sparkling wine and behold the various species below. A hot air balloon safari is a rare opportunity to view plains game from the point-of-view of a blue crane, the national bird of South Africa.