The Real Deal: This safari adventure includes one night at the Tokkie Lodge or a similar property in Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe; camping in two-person tents for one night in Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls National Park, two nights on the banks of Botswana's Chobe River, one night in Maun, two nights in the Okavango Delta, and one night back in Maun; seven breakfasts, six lunches, and six dinners; all camping fees and equipment; a boat cruise on the Chobe River; a three-day mokoro (dugout canoe) excursion in the delta; game drives in Chobe; an arrival transfer; transportation in a fully equipped expedition vehicle; and the services of an English-speaking tour leader, a driver, and a cook; for $1,114 per person—including hotel taxes, road taxes, tolls, and all other fees.
When: Depart every other Saturday May 1, 2010–Sept. 3, 2011.
The fine print: Airfare is not included. The starting rate includes a local payment of $335, which must be paid in cash on the first day of the tour. You must bring your own sleeping bag and roll mat. Based on double occupancy; solo travelers will be paired up in tents with another person of the same sex. Group size ranges from 18 to 25 participants. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline; based on availability.
Contact: On the Go Tours, 866/377-6147, onthegotours.com.
Why it's a deal: The cost of the Elephants and Falls package breaks down to less than $140 a night and includes a one-night hotel stay; seven nights' camping; most meals; a boat cruise, game drives and other sightseeing; ground transportation; and all other taxes and fees. Plus, you'll be accompanied by a cook, a driver, and a guide who will make your trip enjoyable, informed, and hassle-free.
More: Optional activities include a helicopter ride over Victoria Falls ($115 per person) or an overnight sleep-out adventure in Chobe National Park ($125 per person). Additional nights at the Tokkie Lodge in Victoria Falls town start from about $23 per person for a twin or double room.