By Phil Marty, Special to Tribune Newspapers
January 1, 2014
In addition to Victoria Falls, Africa's Zambezi River is known for its challenging whitewater. An agreement by the governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe to build two dams downriver from the falls would flood the Batoka Gorge below the falls, wiping out that whitewater. Adventure tour company ROAM has put together a new trip that will give whitewater rafters the opportunity to tackle the river before it's too late. The Zambezi River Explorer is scheduled for just two dates in 20014: Sept. 27-Oct. 8 and Oct. 8-19. It begins with two days at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge for game drives and river and walking safaris. Next is a three-day canoeing safari on the Upper Zambezi, followed by the five-day rafting adventure through Batoka Gorge, which is aimed at intermediate to advanced whitewater rafters. Cost of the trip is $4,995 per person double occupancy. Info: 888-639-1114, tinyurl.com/ll54nph
Journeys International has two new trips for 2014 aimed at families looking for adventure. The Belize Jungle Discovery Week for Families features guided exploration of abandoned Mayan ruins, paddling an underground river and viewing birds and other wildlife of the rain forest. The six-night trip is priced at $1,825 for kids younger than 12, $1,970 for ages 12-15 and $2,360 for over 15, with kids' prices based on two adults in a shared room. The Czech Republic Adventure is an active trip that includes hiking, biking and rafting. It explores the cultural and natural wonders and is more appropriate for families with older teens or young adults. It's priced at $4,195 per person double occupancy. Both trips include lodging, most meals, English-speaking guides and local transport. Belize info: tinyurl.com/l4385fs. Czech Republic info: tinyurl.com/lx7fubw.
Baseball Hall of Fame
Seems like it wasn't that long ago that the baseball season ended, but Sports Travel and Tours already is looking ahead to next season with a package tied to the Hall of Fame induction weekend in July at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. Day 1 of the package, July 25, takes in a game at Yankee Stadium with the visiting Toronto Blue Jays and also includes a reception. Day 2 you'll visit the Hall of Fame and Museum, attend the Hall of Fame awards presentation and watch the Hall of Fame Parade of Legends. Day 3 is the induction ceremony, and Day 4 wraps up things with a game between the Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The trip is priced at $1,495 per person double occupancy and includes four nights' lodging, motor coach transportation between cities and events and tickets for the games and Hall of Fame events. Info: 800-662-4424, tinyurl.com/le867bh
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