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Friday, February 8, 2019

Come to Africa with Academy Safaris



TO: West Point Grads
FROM: Pete and Camilla Grimm (USMA 1969)

RESERVE YOUR PLACE IN OUR ONE REMAINING 2020 SAFARI TODAY

Dear Academy Grads,

Is a safari to South Africa on your bucket list? If so, jump on this chance to share your adventure with an intimate group of Academy grads, their spouses and/or family and friends. The camaraderie will be wonderful.

Leopard
A Leopard on a Limb
The best way to experience Africa is on one of our small luxury safaris. Each has only five couples including us (we personally host each safari). Seize this opportunity to reserve your place today.

Safari Details: To insure you have a choice of African Adventures, each with a good sampling of the many splendors Southern Africa offers, our remaining April 28- May 10, 2020 safari includes in 12 nights: 4 nights in the Cape Town vicinity, 3 nights in Victoria Falls, an overnight in Johannesburg and 4 nights in a luxury camp in the vicinity of Kruger National Park. The cost of this safari is $5,795 per person sharing (excluding airfare).

View from Villa
The View from a Bedroom in Our Villa
In historic Cape Town, we occupy a villa overlooking False Bay. The villa affords each couple a private ensuite bedroom with an ocean view. From the villa, we tour historic downtown Cape Town and the surrounding area. Planned excursions include Table Mountain, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the African Penguin Colony, Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope and the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch wine regions, and more. We take full advantage of many fine dining opportunities along the way. To get from Cape Town to our other locales we fly all the way across the country.


Encounter with Ellie
Close Encounter on a Game Drive
In Victoria Falls we will tour the magnificent falls and enjoy a full schedule of activities including Zambezi River cruises.

In our bush locale we enjoy exclusive use of a luxurious, private bush camp (estate). Each couple has an individual en suite chalet. In the bush all meals, local beer and wines and two game drives each day are included.

A game drive is a guided excursion in the bush aboard an open Land Cruiser in search of the most interesting wildlife sightings available. Not
Ra-Ikane Cruise
A Sunset Cruise at Vic Falls
every drive is equally successful, but before your visit is over you can expect exciting, close encounters with African elephant, lions, rhino, giraffe and many other creatures unique to Africa. Be sure to bring a good digital camera with good zoom capability. Opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime pics on our photo safari will abound. Our professional guides will make these wonderfully educational as well. 

At the end of the safari, we take you back to the Hoedspruit airport for your flight(s) back to the United States, or alternately, we encourage you to extend your stay to see more of Africa.

Our Exclusive Bush Camp
Our Exclusive Bush Camp
Accommodations, ground transport, scheduled activities (like dinner cruises), parks fees, all breakfasts and one catered dinner at our Cape Town villa are included. Accommodations, ground transport, scheduled activities, parks fees, all meals and local beer and wines at bush camp(s) are included. All air transport, tips in all locations, meals taken away from our lodgings and any hard liquor you may wish to consume are not included.

For your planning purposes, the current cost of round trip coach flights from most places in the US to Cape Town is between $900 and $1300 (not included). To insure the group travels together, we will make the flight arrangements from Cape Town to other locations in Africa for the group and invoice you separately (We estimate the cost of your flights from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, back to Johannesburg and on to Hoedspruit to be $700). Additional guidance on the specific airline reservations you must personally make; a more detailed itinerary and suggested equipment list will follow.

A deposit of half of the cost per person is required at the time of reservation. The second half of the cost, plus the cost of the internal flights we will make for you, is payable 60 days before the safari begins. We request payments by bank transfer or personal check to Pete Grimm at 4111 East Madison St., Ste 69, Seattle, WA 98112. We also strongly suggest trip insurance because your payment  is non-refundable if you cancel and your place is unable to be filled. 

Camilla and I have traveled extensively in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana and managed our daughter's wildlife sanctuary, Lapolosa Wilderness, for two years. During this time we hosted numerous trips by Lapolosa Wilderness volunteers and other visitors to Kruger National Park and Big 5 reserves. Six years ago we began hosting safaris for Academy grads, their friends and families. To date we have enjoyed safaris with members of classes from 1963 through 1980 and some of their friends and family.

Click on this Testimonials link to read some of the wonderful things participants have to say about their experience. Call or email any questions you may have right away to 206-617-6487 or petegrimm3@gmail.com.

Let's go to Africa together!

Pete and Camilla Grimm
USMA 1969

Academy Safaris reserves the right to cancel or reschedule safaris that are not full. In this eventuality deposits are completely refundable or may be applied to rescheduled dates.

*Other than being a service provided by and for Academy graduates, and its many happy USMA grad couples/guests, Academy Safaris is not affiliated with or endorsed by the United States Military Academy.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

We Have Added Two Safaris Which Include Victoria Falls



TO: West Point Grads
FROM: Pete and Camilla Grimm (USMA 1969)

OUR 2019 SAFARIS HAVE ALL BEEN FILLED
THIS POST REMAINS SO 2019 SAFARI GOERS CAN USE IT
AS A REFERENCE

Dear Academy Grads,

Is a safari to South Africa on your bucket list? If so, jump on this chance to share your adventure with an intimate group of Academy grads and their spouses. The camaraderie will be wonderful.

Leopard
A Leopard on a Limb
The best way to experience Africa is on one of our small, luxury safaris. Each has only five couples including us (we personally host each safari). There are NO SPOTS left our in our 2019 safaris. Click here to see the schedule.   

Safari Details: To insure your adventure comprises a good sampling of the many splendors Southern Africa offers, both of our remaining safaris include three separate locales. We spend four nights in Cape Town; two nights in the World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe;  and four nights in a private reserve in the vicinity of Kruger Park. We will also overnight in Johannesburg enroute to our private reserve (See the post below for an outline of our normal itinerary).    

View from Villa
The View from a Bedroom in Our Villa
In historic Cape Town, we occupy a villa overlooking False Bay. The villa affords each couple a private ensuite bedroom with an ocean view. From the villa, we tour historic downtown Cape Town and the surrounding area. Planned excursions include Table Mountain, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the African Penguin Colony, Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope and the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch wine regions, and more. We take full advantage of many fine dining opportunities along the way. 

To get to Victoria Falls we fly from Cape Town via Johannesburg. We fly back from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg (spending the night enroute) and on to Hoedspruit to get to our final bush location. Transport to and from airports and our bush camp is by private ground transport.  

Encounter with Ellie
Close Encounter on a Game Drive
In Victoria Falls we will walk along the Falls and enjoy a Zambezi River sunset dinner cruise, high tea on the Stanley Terrace of the Victoria Falls Hotel and the Ra-Ikane sunset cruise and game viewing.

In our next locale we enjoy exclusive use of a luxurious private bush camp with individual en suite chalets.   All meals, local beer and wines and two game drives each day are included.




Ra-Ikane Cruise
Ra-Ikane Cruise at Vic Falls
A game drive is a guided excursion in the bush aboard an open Land Cruiser in search of the most interesting wildlife viewing available. Not every drive is equally successful, but before your visit is over you can expect exciting, close encounters with African elephant, lions, rhino, giraffe and many other creatures unique to Africa. Be sure to bring a digital camera with good zoom capability. Opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime pics on our photo safari will abound. Our professional guides will make these wonderfully educational as well.       

At the end of the safari, we take you back to the airport for your flight(s) back to the United States, or alternately, we encourage you to extend your stay to see more of Africa.
Our Exclusive Bush Camp
Our Exclusive Bush Camp

The cost of the two remaining 2019's safaris is $5,495 per person sharing. Accommodations, ground transport, scheduled activities, parks fees, all breakfasts and one catered dinner at our Cape Town villa are included. Accommodations, ground transport, scheduled activities, parks fees, all meals and local beer and wines at bush camp are included. Airfare within Africa (Cape Town to Victoria Falls and back and on to our bush locale) is included. Airfare from the US to Cape Town and back, tips in all locations, meals out in Cape Town  and Victoria Falls and any hard liquor you may wish to consume are not included.

A deposit of half of the cost per person ($2,747.50) is required at the time of reservation. The second half of the cost is payable 60 days before the safari begins. We request payments by bank transfer or personal check to Pete Grimm at 4111 East Madison St., Ste 69, Seattle, WA 98112. We also strongly suggest trip insurance because your payment  is non-refundable if you cancel and your place is unable to be filled.  For your planning purposes, the current cost of round trip coach flights from most places in the US to Cape Town is between $900 and $1400 (not included).  To insure the group travels together, we will  make the flight arrangement to and from Victoria Falls for the group (included). Additional guidance on the specific airline reservations you must personally make; a more detailed itinerary and suggested equipment list, subject to change as circumstances dictate, will follow.

Camilla and I have traveled extensively in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana and managed our daughter's wildlife sanctuary, Lapolosa Wilderness, for two years. During this time we hosted numerous trips by Lapolosa Wilderness volunteers and other visitors to Kruger National Park and Big 5 reserves. Five years ago we began hosting safaris for Academy grads, their friends and families. To date we have enjoyed safaris with members of classes from 1963 through 1980 and some of their friends and family. 

Click on this Testimonials link to read the wonderful things participants have to say about their experience.  Call or email any questions you may have right away to 206-617-6487 or petegrimm3@gmail.com.

Let's go to Africa together!

Pete and Camilla Grimm

USMA 1969


Academy Safaris  *We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule safaris that are not full. In this eventuality deposits are completely refundable or may be applied to rescheduled dates.

*Other than being a service provided by and for Academy graduates, and its many happy USMA grad couples/guests, Academy Safaris is not affiliated with or endorsed by the United States Military Academy.



TO: West Point Grads
FROM: Pete and Camilla Grimm (USMA 1969)

OUR 2019 SAFARIS HAVE ALL BEEN FILLED
THIS POST REMAINS SO 2019 SAFARI GOERS CAN USE IT
AS A REFERENCE


Dear Academy Grads,

Is a safari to South Africa on your bucket list? If so, jump on this chance to share your adventure with an intimate group of Academy grads and their spouses. The camaraderie will be wonderful.

Leopard
A Leopard on a Limb
The best way to experience Africa is on one of our small, luxury safaris. Each has only five couples including us We personally host each safari. 

There are NO SPOTS left in our  2019 safaris (these have revised itineraries which include Victoria Falls - see post above) For the dates of our 2019 safaris: Click here to see the schedule. 
 
Safari Details:

To insure your adventure comprises a good sample of the many splendors South Africa offers, our regular itinerary includes three separate locales. We spend five nights in Cape Town; three nights in a private lodge within the Big 5 Sabi Sand Reserve and three nights in a private camp in the greater Kruger Park vicinity.

View from Villa
The View from a Bedroom in Our Villa
In historic Cape Town, we occupy a villa overlooking False Bay. The villa affords each couple a private ensuite bedroom with an ocean view. From the villa, we tour historic downtown Cape Town and the surrounding area. Planned excursions include Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the African Penguin Colony, Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope and the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch wine regions. We take full advantage of many fine dining opportunities along the way. 

We fly between Cape Town and our bush locations and transport to and from airports is by private ground transport. We get our first taste of primal Africa on the way to our bush locations.

Encounter with Ellie
Close Encounter with an Elephant
In Sabi Sand we have excluse use of a small private camp with five private, ensuite chalets adjacent to a watering hole where elephant and buffalo come at all times of day. The game viewing in Sabi Sand is reputed to be the best in the world and our prior experiences support that claim. All meals, local beer and wines and two game drives each day at our Sabi Sand lodge are included.

Once again, travel between Sabi Sand and our second bush camp is by private ground transport. There  we enjoy a luxurious private camp with individual en suite chalets/tents. The camp adjoins water where all manner of game come to drink. All meals, local beer and wines and two game drives each day there are also included.

Sabi Sand Accommodation
Our Accommodations in Sabi Sand
A game drive is a guided excursion in the bush aboard an open Land Cruiser in search of the most interesting wildlife viewing available. Not every drive is equally successful, but before your visit is over you can expect exciting, close encounters with African elephant, lions, rhino, giraffe and many other creatures unique to Africa. Be sure to bring a digital camera with good zoom capability. Opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime pics on our photo safari will abound. Our professional guides will make these wonderfully educational as well.
  
At the end of the safari, we take you back to the airport for your flight(s) back to the United States, or alternately, we encourage you to extend your stay to see more of Africa.

Two Lion Cubs Grooming
Two Lion Cubs Grooming
The cost of 2019's safaris is $4,995 per person sharing. Accommodations, ground transport, scheduled activities, parks fees, all breakfasts and one catered dinner at our Cape Town Villa are included. Accommodations, ground transport, scheduled activities, parks fees, all meals and local beer and wines at the two reserves are included. All airfare, tips in all locations, meals out in the Cape Town vicinity and any hard liquor you may wish to consume are not included.

A deposit of half of the cost per person is required at the time of reservation. The second half of the cost is payable 60 days before the safari begins. We request payments by bank transfer or personal check to Pete Grimm at 4111 East Madison St., Ste 69, Seattle, WA 98112. We also strongly suggest trip insurance because your payment  is non-refundable if you cancel and your place is unable to be filled. 

For your planning purposes, the current cost of round trip coach flights from most places in the US to Cape Town plus your flights within SA is between $1400 and $1800 (not included). Additional guidance on the specific airline reservations you will make; a more detailed itinerary and suggested equipment list, subject to change as circumstances dictate, will follow.



Camilla and I have traveled extensively in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana and managed our daughter's wildlife sanctuary, Lapolosa Wilderness, for two years. During this time we hosted numerous trips by Lapolosa Wilderness volunteers and other visitors to Kruger National Park and Big 5 reserves. Five years ago we began hosting safaris for Academy grads, their friends and families. To date we have enjoyed safaris with members of classes from 1963 through 1980 and some of their friends and family. 

Click on this Testimonials link to read the wonderful things participants have to say about their experience. 

Call or email any questions you may have right away to 206-617-6487 or petegrimm3@gmail.com.

Let's go to Africa together!

Pete and Camilla Grimm
USMA 1969
Academy Safaris 

*We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule safaris that are not full. In this eventuality deposits are completely refundable or may be applied to rescheduled dates.

*Other than being a service provided by and for Academy graduates, and its many happy USMA grad couples/guests, Academy Safaris is not affiliated with or endorsed by the United States Military Academy.