Press release


Tuesday 19 March 2013

Gone are the days when it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to view Africa’s inspirational landscapes and unique wildlife

Today, 71%* of adventurous travellers who plan to take an African tour or getaway with over 50s specialist Saga Travel have already discovered this inspirational continent -not just once, but at least twice.

“Saga’s bookings for 2013 show that many customers are inspired to discover Africa time and time again. Once they’ve got a taste for a safari taking in the wildlife they see on TV, they can’t help but come back for more. Africa is such a diverse continent that each trip brings incredibly rewarding new experiences,” said Susan Hooper, Chief Executive of Saga Travel.

Named Best Overall Safari, Wildlife and Nature Tour Operator at the 2012 British Travel Awards, Saga is offering new tours to Africa, as well as destinations which remain firm favourites.

Mjejane River Lodge from £1799pp departing June 2013
Stay in an intimate lodge overlooking the waters of Crocodile River in South Africa for 9 nights on a full-board basis.
View some of Africa’s most exciting wildlife including elephants, lions, pied kingfishers and an array of other exotic birdlife. Enjoy a game drive and two excursions to the Sudwala Caves in the Drakensberg escarpment and Skukuza in Kruger National Park with the chance to see warthogs, thick-tailed bushbabies, spotted hyenas and vervet monkeys.

Where Oceans Meet from 2249pp departing June 2013
This new 15-night escorted tour takes travellers to a world of wildlife paired with South Africa’s breathtaking coastline and mountains. Take a game drive in search of lions, cheetahs, giraffe and antelopes and visit Boulders Bay to discover a unique species of African penguin. Staying in luxury accommodation in the heart of the spectacular Garden Route, discover outstanding natural beauty, vineyards, ancient forests and mountains. All breakfasts, dinners and six lunches included.

Nambia- Where the Desert Meets the Sea from £2799 departing June 2014
This new 15 night escorted tour travels into Namibia’s national parks, taking travellers on wild safaris over the sun-seared deserts and silvery sand dunes in search of exotic wildlife including elephants, cheetahs, lions, leopards, the incredible oryx, reptiles and spectacular birds and flamingos. Stay in a lodge overlooking a watering hole for indigenous wildlife and experience the beauty of Etosha National Park, one of Africa’s prime game viewing regions boasting unrivalled game viewing opportunities. All breakfasts, six lunches and all dinners

A Last Great Wilderness from £2999pp departing December 2013
This 12-night, full-board, escorted tour is ideal for travellers who are passionate about wildlife and looking for an all-new adventure. Staying in a lodge originally built for a former Zambian president, experience the unspoilt wilderness of South Luangwa National Park on game safaris, as well as night and walking safaris, in the home of 60 animal species including the Thornicroft giraffe and more than 400 bird species. This tour also includes a stay on Lake Malawi at the southern end of the Great Rift Valley.

All escorted tours and getaways, above, include VIP door-to-door travel service, return flights and travel insurance, hotel porterage, the services of a Saga tour manager and all excursions as described.

To book a Saga Holiday visit or call 0800 504 555

Editor’s Notes:
Saga Travel is part of the Saga Group, which is the UK’s leading provider of holidays, products and services specifically designed for people aged 50 and over. With over 2 million customers, Saga provides insurance, financial services and holidays and publishes the monthly Saga Magazine.

Saga Holidays are available exclusively for people aged 50 and over, with a travelling partner of 40 or over. Single rooms are available at no extra cost on many hotel stays and tours and include welcome drink, porterage of luggage and cancellation cover. If Saga Holidays reduce the price of a holiday once it has been confirmed, the value of the saving will automatically be passed on to customers, which ensures that early bookers never miss out. This is the Saga promise. Saga Holidays also guarantee that the price of a holiday will not be subject to any surcharges, regardless of what may happen to fuel prices or exchange rates.

*Populus interviewed 8,402 Saga customers, all aged 50+, online between 14-20 December 2012.