Special Deals in June/July?

Jan 8th, 2009, 11:31 AM
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Special Deals in June/July?

I'm trying to reconcile two competing factors. On the one hand, everyone recommends booking as far in advance as possible, particularly for high season travel. On the other hand, when I look at specific sites such as &Beyond, I mostly see specials that expire in the next few months. I can't even determine what specials (if any) might be available in June or July when I'll be traveling. Any suggestions?
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Jan 8th, 2009, 12:59 PM
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for africa july/august is absolutely peak season because the whole lot of europeans have their school holidays: supply and demand is the clue.

the only year long special i know of is the new kicheche laikipia camp which lasts until christmas 09. here you get the third night for free.
that could be combined with their mid season which goes thru to june.

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Jan 8th, 2009, 01:00 PM
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....that could be combined with their MARA CAMPS mid season which goes thru to june.

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Jan 8th, 2009, 01:28 PM
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Depending on who's offering the specials, many do end by June as peak-season is the summer - months of July - Aug, whether for Europeans or Americans/Canadians.

Other offers, have to be booked by end-March and are good thru mid-December.

Still others are offering stay x#/nights pay for x#/nights.

They're all different.

Where are you going?
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Jan 8th, 2009, 02:21 PM
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hi hothitter,

when we were in SA in summer 2006, despite it being european school summer hols, it was definitely low season. lower prices for accommodations, shorter queues for sights, even most popular ones, no need to book restaurants, etc.

I can't answer for anywhere else in africa though.

and in summer 2009, SA will be full of rugger-buggers as they are hosting the rugby world cup. mid-july should be ok - they'll all have gone home.

summer 2010 - football [soccer] world cup.

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Jan 8th, 2009, 08:16 PM
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SA summer - is that Jan or July?

regards - tom
ps - I don't know of any good way to root out special deals. A good travel agent should know. Know any?
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Jan 9th, 2009, 04:31 AM
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Mbali Mbali is offering specials all 2009 - book 3 nights and get the 4th one free!
Available in Katavi National Park, Mahale and Gombe National Parks, includes game drives, chimpanzee trekking, etc.
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Jan 9th, 2009, 08:34 AM
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As Sandi pointed out, I should have mentioned where I'm going. I'm interested in South Africa, and possibly Botswana, though clearly the latter is difficult during June/July in terms of availability and pricing. Unless I can get a deal I may need to confine myself to South Africa.

Thank you all for the responses so far.
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Jan 9th, 2009, 08:53 AM
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oh, what an idiot I am. I meant uk summer - ie june-july-aug = winter in SA.

so the world cups take place in june/july 2009, and 2010.

regards, ann
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Jan 9th, 2009, 09:26 AM
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Ann

Your correct that's it the low season except for safari's where it's the high season.

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Jan 9th, 2009, 02:29 PM
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June/July is high season for Botswana and Zambia, but not for South Africa, from my experience. Therefore, you'll probably find some good deals or off-season specials for SA then. The game viewing is just as good in SA, though. It will be quite chilly after the sun goes down, so be prepared (in any part of southern Africa.)
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Jan 9th, 2009, 03:43 PM
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June/July in South Africa is a good deal that I recently caught on to. The wildlife in Sabi Sands and Phinda was great and for once I was not paying high season pricing. The temps were fine--a little cool, but hot midday.

This year specials may be popping up last minute more than other years because of the economy.
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Jan 10th, 2009, 02:26 PM
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I checked with the Zambian
Safari Company in Lusaka. Seems there are no specials in LZNP, or for that matter Kutandala and Mwaleshi in NLNP. But they do have discounts for places in other areas.
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Jan 11th, 2009, 02:35 PM
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But Kutandala is always "special."
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Jan 13th, 2009, 09:20 AM
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Lyn

Interesting, in talking with management at MM, they reckon that winter through the beginning of the rains, is now their high season, though of course the poularity of SA as a winter schedule from Europe means that Jan, Feb still get lots of action. In years past the summer months in SA were clearly the high season, but that is not the case now for safari.

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Jan 15th, 2009, 04:36 AM
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I will admit to not reading every single post in this thread, but here are some specials for SA valid May - August

Spend 3 nights at Hamiltons Camp (5 star) and get 3 free nights in Cape Town or the winelands at Cape Milner, Mandela Rhodes or Le Franschhoek

Spend 2 nights at Jocks Safari lodge and get 3 free nights in Cape Town or Winelands at any of the Last Word Properties or Radisson Hotel

Spend 3 nights at Lion Sands River Lodge and get 2 free nights at the Cape Cadogan in Cape Town.

Savanna Lodge in the Sabi Sands is offering a special rate of R3395 per person per night (usually R3995). Valid until 15 March.

&Beyond do have specials in June/July in South Africa as well.
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