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Kenya, 6 nights, from $1,399

Travel in April or May to beat the crowds and spot game like elephants and zebras on nine included safari drives.
/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: One night in Nairobi at the Safari Park Hotel & Casino, two nights at the Masai Mara Sopa Lodge in Masai Mara National Reserve, one night at the Lake Nakuru Safari Lodge in Lake Nakuru National Park, and two nights at the Amboseli Sopa Lodge in Amboseli National Park, all transfers and ground transportation; 16 meals; nine safari drives by jeep with a guaranteed window seat; sightseeing excursions; the services of an English-speaking guide; and entrance fees, from $1,399 per person—plus about $195 in taxes.

When: April 1,April 6–May 26, 2010; add $100 for May 27–June 25; $150 through March 31, June 26–Oct. 31; $270 for April 2¿5.

The fine print: Does not include taxes of $195 per person. Airfare is not included. Based on single or double occupancy for April 1–May 26 travel dates; there is a $199 or $299 single supplement for other dates. Each jeep fits up to seven people. 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 trip price breaks down to about $266 per person per night, and that includes accommodations, safaris, entrance fees, sightseeing activities, the services of a guide, and taxes. Note that between April 1 and May 26, there is no single supplement because it's the off-season.

If you're a solo traveler, you'll save up to $299 by going during this time. Even though April and May are known as the wet season in Kenya, the rain is never monsoon-like. According to the 2Afrika staff, the crowds are so thin that you'll be able to see game more clearly, and the likelihood of seeing baby animals is much higher during the spring.