LOS ANGELES, August 18, 2009 â€“ From lions to leopards, white rhinos to wildebeest, a record number of safaris will highlight African wildlife with Crystal Cruisesâ€™ 2010 World Cruise. Eighteen Crystal Overland Adventures allow adventurous guests to closely encounter Africaâ€™s â€œBig Fiveâ€ â€“ lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo â€“ throughout Namibia, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kenya. The two- to five-night adventures take guests from port to some of the most celebrated game reserves in Africa, and then return them to the ship in another port. The 21-day cruise aboard Crystal Serenity departs Cape Town for Mumbai February 9, 2010, the third segment of the epic 108-day World Cruise.
- Okavango Delta, Botswana â€“ A haven for rare species, this is the only place in Botswana where endangered white rhinos can be seen in their natural habitat;
- Boulders Lodge at Singita Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa â€“ The Singita Sabi Sand Reserve offers intimate views of leopard, zebra, elephant and giraffe living in the African bush, as well as indulgences like reflexology and hot stone therapy.
- Mala Mala Game Reserve, Rattrays â€“ Sharing an unfenced border with Kruger National Park, Mala Malaâ€™s spotlight safaris showcase the nocturnal animals on their nightly hunts;
- Ngorongoro Crater & Lake Manyara, Nairobi â€“ Along with the vast 102-square-mile crater, guests will visit elephant and rhino orphanages established in Nairobi National Park, and Lake Manyara for a close look at hippos and giraffes;
â€œEach distinctly unique, the safari excursions are carefully planned at dusk and dawn to allow guests to explore the regionâ€™s wildlife in profoundly authentic ways,â€ says John Stoll, director, land programs. â€œWhether itâ€™s watching the animals migrate from Tanzania to Kenya or lionsâ€™ nightly hunts, guests can immerse themselves in the African wild.â€
The voyage visits Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Zanzibar, Tanzania; Mombasa, Kenya; MalÃ©, Republic of Maldives; MahÃ©/Victoria, Seychelles; Cochin, Marmagao and Mumbai, India. Cruise fares start at $13,190 per person, double occupancy, and include a $500 per person All Inclusive â€“ As You Wish shipboard spending credit. The Crystal Overland Adventure safaris are available from $3,055 per person, double occupancy, while partial day safaris start at $155 per person.
For terms and conditions or Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit crystalcruises.com.