updated 3/8/2010 8:43:27 AM ET 2010-03-08T13:43:27

The Real Deal: One night each at Serena Mountain Village in Arusha, one night at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, two nights each at the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge and the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, and one night at the Tarangire Sopa Lodge; seven breakfasts, seven lunches, and six dinners; eight game-viewing drives in a four-wheel-drive vehicle with a guaranteed window seat; a morning nature walk around Lake Duluti; an afternoon excursion to the Maasai Manyatta village; a visit to the museum at Olduvai Gorge; all overland transfers; all national park and game reserve entrance fees; complimentary bottled water while on safari; and the services of an English-speaking guide, from $1,749 per person—plus hotel taxes and fees of $195.

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When: Friday and Sunday departures April 1–May 27, 2010; add $450 through March 31, Nov. 1–Dec. 15; $950 for May 28–Oct. 31. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday departures are available for an additional $50 per person; some lodging selections will be different.

The fine print: Airfare is not included. An Easter surcharge of $45 per person per night applies for any itinerary nights that fall over April 2–5. Hotel taxes and fees are an additional $195 per person. Based on single or double occupancy for April 1–May 27; single supplement is $299 through March 31, Nov. 1–Dec. 15; $349 for May 28–Oct. 31. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: 2Afrika, 866/462-2374, 2afrika.com.

Why it's a deal: The cost of this package breaks down to about $278 a night and includes accommodations, most meals, eight safari game-viewing drives, sightseeing excursions, admission fees, all ground transportation, the services of an English-speaking safari driver/guide, and all taxes and fees. Plus, 2Afrika, Inc. offers a service called Another Country Through My Eyes, a free conference call led by the company president; up to 100 people can dial in to learn more about their safari, how to get the most for their money, and what they need to know before they go.

More: Optional excursions include a hike on Mount Kilimanjaro with a side trip to the Maundi Crater from $395 per person, which includes two nights at Springlands Hotel in Moshi, lunch, and transfers (fare code is POL001).

BudgetTravel.com readers can use promo code AFBTKRH01 to save $100 off a hot-air balloon flight over the Serengeti, which is normally $499 per person ($399 per person with the discount). Pre-tour nights are recommended and start from $145 per person per night at the Serena Mountain Village in Arusha.

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