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Friday, May 1, 2020

Come to Africa With Academy Safaris in 2021



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

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: In 2021 three Academy Safaris include 10 nights: 4 nights in Cape Town, 3 nights in a private camp in Sabi Sand and 3 nights in a private camp in the vicinity of Kruger National Park. The dates for these 3 safaris are April 17th - 27th; May 2nd - 12th; and October 3rd - 13th. The final 2021 Academy Safari on October 16th - 27th includes 11 nights: 4 nights in Cape Town, 2 nights in Victoria Falls, an overnight in Johannesburg and 4 nights in a luxury camp in the vicinity of Kruger National Park. The cost each safari is $5,995 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 our bush locales we enjoy exclusive use of  private bush camps. 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.

On the safari which goes to Victoria Falls we will tour the magnificent falls and enjoy activities including Zambezi River cruises.

A game drive is a guided excursion in the bush aboard an open Land Cruiser in search of the most interesting wildlife sightings available.

Ra-Ikane Cruise
A Sunset Cruise at Vic Falls
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 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 a 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 the internal flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit for the first three Academy Safaris to be between $300 and $400. For the final Academy Safari, 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. For further information visit our website by clicking here.

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.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Come to Africa with Academy Safaris



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

OUR 2020 SAFARIS HAVE ALL BEEN FILLED 
THIS POST REMAINS SO 2020 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, 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.