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5 Rivers Safari Special Extended Through April

Wednesday, 31 December 2008 12:11 by BillGiven

The outstanding 5 Rivers Safari special, formerly December through March has been extended to encompass the full shoulder season month of April, one of the most pleasant times to be in Botswana.  The special now includes the new Kwando Safaris Nxai Pan Camp and Tau Pan Camp for exploring the Kalahari along with previously included stellar camps, Kwando Lagoon, Lebala, and Kwara Camp.  Excellent independently owned camps Deception Valley Lodge and Xakanaxa Camp in the Moremi Game Reserve are included as well.  We are selling these camps for $315 per person per night and there is no single supplement making it ideal for single safari goers.

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Tanzania Safari Deals

Saturday, 27 December 2008 10:11 by BillGiven

My recent blog post on safari special offers in Botswana has already received a lot of interest. It is clear that knowing the deals and special offers in the current economic climate is critical and I will continue to post deals as they become available on this blog. Signing up for our monthly newsletter: The Roar is another way to keep current on special offers. There are some outstanding deals in Tanzania right now and many of them do include the prime times and locations for viewing the migration. Normally far in advance planning is recommended during popular times such as the February calving season but even at this late date I am seeing some availability and if you are flexible enough to plan a trip with short lead time before your departure there are sensational last minute safari deals, such as 50% off when booking within 30 days of travel. The following are current deals offered in Tanzania.


Nomad Tanzania

Nomad Tanzania: skilled guides, remote parks, great camps

Nomad is an exceptional operator with camps throughout Tanzania, including the finest camps in some of the most remote parks. Nomad has the most skilled guides on staff in the region due to dedicated training and continuing education. Rates include a private vehicle and guide for activities ensuring that all of the camps deliver the best experience. The Nomad Camps are Chada Katavi, Greystoke Mahale, Kiba Point, Nduara Loliondo, Nomad Tarangire, Sand Rivers Selous, Serengeti Safari Camp, and Selous Walking Safaris.


  • Last Minute Safari Deal - 50% off the high season rack rate when a trip occurs within 30 days of the first enquiry. Good at all camps throughout 2009
  • Long Stay Deals, Pay 5 and Stay 6 or Pay 10 and Stay 12 - This can apply to single camps or multiple camps in which case the free nights will come from the lowest priced property. Daily park fees will still be charged.
  • The Wild Source exclusive Nomad Special Any stay of 5 nights or more in Nomad camps will receive a discount of 5% off the rack rate, higher discounts may apply but will be done on a custom itinerary basis so please contact us for a quote.
  • Katavi/Mahale Combo Deal - The flight connecting Katavi and Mahale is now complimentary, lowering the itinerary price by $370 per person plus a free night of fly camping at Katavi is included (value of $150 per person) which is an unforgettable experience.

Asilia Lodges and Camps

Asilia Camps are small and luxurious

Asilia has small camps in phenomenal locations, with an excellent level of comfort and luxury without going over the top. The camps just feel like the perfect place to be for a classic safari experience. Asilia has worked with me to provide some very aggressively discounted specials, The Wild Source Exclusive Asilia Specials are time sensitive so they need to be booked quickly. Camps include Sayari Camp, Sayari South Camp, Olakira Camp, Suyan Camp, Oliver’s Camp, and Matemwe on Zanzibar.

  • 20% off nightly rack rate - With a stay of 8 nights or more between 2 or more camps. Valid for travel throughout 2009 but must be booked by January 31, 2009.
  • 15% off nightly rack rate - With a stay of 5 to 7 nights between 2 or more camps. Valid for travel throughout 2009 but must be booked by January 31, 2009.
  • Late Booking Special – Perfect for this years migration calving season, the prime time to be there. 15% off nightly rack rate with a stay of 5 nights or more between 2 or more camps. Valid for travel through March 31, 2009 and may be booked anytime between now and the end of the deal.
  • The Wild Source exclusive Asilia Special Any stay of 5 nights or more in Asilia camps will receive a discount of 10% off the rack rate, higher discounts may apply but will be done on a custom itinerary basis so please contact us for a quote.

&Beyond Safaris

&Beyond offers a lot of fantastic camp offerings across Tanzania

&Beyond has a tremendous portfolio of camps in Tanzania, including Serengeti Under Canvas, Grumeti River Camp, Klein’s Camp, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Mnemba Island, and Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, and all can be included in these valuable savings.

  • Pay for 4 nights and stay for 6 garnering a 33% discount - You may use any combination of &Beyond (formerly CC Africa) camps within Tanzania, as well as Botswana, Kenya, and Zimbabwe and your first and last nights are free with a 6 night or more stay for travel. This deal runs through June 30th, 2009.
  • Pay for 3 nights and stay for 4 garnering a 25% discount - You may use any combination of &Beyond camps within Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. This deal runs through June 30th, 2009.
  • Serengeti Safari Special Offer - Pay 4 and stay 5 nights for a 20% discount. You may use a combination of Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, Grumeti River Camp, Klein’s Camp, and Serengeti Under Canvas. Deal is valid from January to May, and October to December.

Lemala Luxury Camps

Lemala Luxury Camps - New and Fantastic

The Wild Source is offering our own special for one of Tanzania’s newest and most impressive operations, the Lemala Luxury Camps. We will discount each night 5% when staying five nights or more including both Ngorongoro Camp and the Serengeti camp.

Please note that this blog entry is a quick summary of deals and in no way a binding quote as terms and conditions may change at anytime. The Wild Source exclusive deals do not apply to any applicable single supplements.

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Botswana Safari Deals

Friday, 19 December 2008 10:21 by BillGiven

In our current economic climate I have lots of people enquiring about safari deals. There are quite a number of them popping up in every safari country, and some are very good. Due the heightened interest I am going to endeavor to post the best deals that I have received listed by country over the next few blog posts and then I will continue to post new deals as I receive them. Sign up for our monthly newsletter as another way to keep current on special offers. Many of the deals coming from safari operators are not including the high season so I am developing a few of my own deals that are specifically offered by The Wild Source only, encompassing some of my favorite properties throughout the prime season for wildlife viewing. The following are current deals offered in Botswana:


Footsteps in Africa

  • Kalahari Summer Special remains one of the best, travel during December through March 2009 and the rate is $290 per person per night and there is no single supplement on accommodation. This special includes many camps including Mapula Lodge, Grassland Bushman Lodge, Delta Camp, and others.
  • The Wild Source exclusive Footsteps Special. For travel from April through November to include all of the high season and shoulder seasons we will discount all accommodation in Footsteps in Africa camps by 10% for any itinerary that includes six nights or more in Footsteps camps, including the new Sankuyo Plains Camp and Deception Valley Lodge.

Kwando Safaris

  • 5 Rivers special continues for travel during December through March and the rate is $315 per person per night with no single supplement on accommodation. This special includes Kwara, Lebala, Lagoon, and the new camps Nxai Pan and Tau Pan once they open as well as Deception Valley Lodge.
  • The Wild Source exclusive Kwando Special. For travel during the high season of June through October we will discount all accommodation in Kwando camps by 10% for any itinerary that includes six nights or more in a combination of Kwara, Little Kwara, Lagoon, and Lebala Camps. Additionally, with 6 nights between any of the aforementioned camps we will offer nights at the new Nxai Pan and Tau Pan camps for a discounted $315 per person per night (regular rack rate is $480).

& Beyond Safaris

  • Pay for 4 nights and stay for 6 garnering a 33% discount. You may use any combination of &Beyond camps within Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya, and Zimbabwe and your first and last nights are free with a 6 night or more stay for travel. This deal runs through June 30th, 2009.
  • Pay for 3 nights and stay for 4 garnering a 25% discount. You may use any combination of &Beyond camps within Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. This deal runs through June 30th, 2009.
  • Pay for 4 nights and stay for 5 garnering a 20% discount. You may use any combination of &Beyond camps within Botswana only. This special is for travel between January 7th and May 31st, as well as in November and December.

Wilderness Safaris

  • Pay for 7 nights and receive an 8th free (depending on camps about 12.5% discount). Abu and Mombo are not eligible for the deal and the free night must take place at one of the camps already on the itinerary. This deal must be booked by the end of February 2009 and travel is during now through June 30th as well as in November.

Please note that this blog entry is a quick summary of deals and in no way a binding quote as terms and conditions may change at anytime. The Wild Source exclusive deals do not apply to any applicable single supplements.

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New Mahale Chimpanzee Blog Reveals Fascinating Behavior

Thursday, 11 December 2008 11:47 by BillGiven

One of my ultimate experiences has been trekking with chimpanzees in Mahale National Park, Tanzania. I led a group there to visit the 'M' Group of approximately 60 chimpanzees and we stayed at the one of a kind Greystoke Camp perched on a beautiful white sand beach on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. You quickly learn how to recognize some of the individual chimps and their interesting personality traits. Just recently Greystoke has begun producing a blog that is frequently updated with reports direct from the field by their outstanding guides. I am excited by this as I can now keep up with what is happening in the M Group and know what the latest is with some of the chimps that really impacted me. The latest blog entry I found partcularly fascinating as it detailed an interaction between chimps and a warthog. The guide reports that after the warthog went in its burrow two of the male chimps stood behind the burrow and smacked the ground with their hands until eventually the warthog came rocketing out and ran away.


Chimpanzee Looking at his Hand

Mahale Chimpanzee Orion inspects his hand

Reading this account I was immediately struck by how similar this sounded to how the Kalahari bushmen hunt warthogs. They have described to me their methods and they also stand behind the burrow, this way if the warthog charges out it does not collide with you. Then they tap a stick over and over the same way the chimps were slapping their hands. The bushmen say the warthog cannot ignore the tapping and eventually it will either come up for a look or go running out and the bushman is poised with his club when the warthog makes a move.


Bushmen Hunting for Warthog

Bushman brandishes a club

This could simply be a coincidence but with the number of links in physiology and behavior between humans and chimpanzees such events make you think about our evolution and how some of our survival skills developed.