Safaris & Expeditions
Go on an Exciting African Safari or Expedition Today
Planning a safari can be overwhelming. Ralph Iantosca is your safari expert who will make the planning fun, as president of APTA for many years (Assoc. for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa, Dallas Chapter) developed “Africa 101”. Ralph has been traveling to Africa since 2000 and has hands on expertise and personal knowledge that will make the entire process seamless.
Our agency’s relationships are with the best of the best which will help you enjoy the perfect safari. During your consultation you will discuss the best time to visit, the right camp or lodge for you, Private concessions, Parks, Reserves, Game, wine country, cities, actives and more. His concierge service will help with packing, gratuities, visas, inoculation requirements, airline mileage awards, and more. You will not receive an upscale Safari service like what Ralph offers from anyone else. Ralph organizes Safaris to Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Getting Started, pricing and how it we work.
Custom itinerary Planning fee is from $250 per hour. Most safaris in our portfolio of camps and lodges start at $2000 per person per day which are inclusive of game drives, meals, park entrance fees, conservation fees, accommodations, and taxes. Flights between camps, international airfare, insurance are additional.
Ralph specializes in Trekking of Silverback gorillas of Rwanda. World Gorilla Day happens to fall on Ralph’s birthday.
In Rwanda, Gorilla Trekking permits are $1500 per person per day(permit is not private, you will be trekking in small groups assigned at the visitor center) in addition to the all-inclusive rate, they are non-transferable, and you are not confirmed on the trip until the permit is purchased. Trekking can also be organized privately. Trekking can be strenuous, there are many different levels of difficulty. You will be led by professional guides and trekkers to see habituated Gorillas living in the wild.
Expedition travel can be an exciting way to travel. We recommend this type of travel if you are someone who doesn’t want to write the ending of your trip. If you enjoy the anticipation of the unexpected, wildlife, new cultures, remote destinations, intimate settings traveling with a small group of travelers, then this is for you. Expedition cruising will take you up close and personal to incredible destinations in a safe, comfortable way. Expedition cruising is exciting and perfect for families. Expedition cruises have a wonderful staff and are led by biologists, geologists, anthropologists, historians, and other specialists who can identify the local cultures, local wildlife of the place you are exploring.
Think of this type of cruising as a “soft adventure” sailing on smaller vessels normally with less than 200 guests to very remote places like Antarctica, the Galapagos islands, places a big ship couldn’t visit. The onboard ambiance is very casual. Today, expedition ships have stepped up their game with very luxurious accommodations, dining venues, and many amenities like gyms, libraries, lounges and spas. Do not look for big ship entertainment like casino’s, dancing and shows. Instead, you will enjoy lectures, photography workshops, and enjoy traveling with like-minded passengers who have similar interests as yours. Expedition travel is busy! If you like to relax by the pool, this isn’t for you. You’ll find the price higher however please know that you have your excursions included and are traveling with far fewer passengers to share the cost of the trip. Ralph says that these are especially good values based upon all-inclusiveness. Most expedition cruising is from $1100++ per person per day (depending on what room type you choose). Expedition ships offer excursions onboard Zodiacs, splitting up the passengers into small groups, going ashore with your guides, enjoying intimate one on one conversations. The itineraries are flexible in most cases allowing time for special experiences you might come upon like whale watching, birding, glaciers calving, festivals, and more.
Agency Owner Ralph Iantosca has sailed on many expeditions and has been to Antarctica, Alaska, Baja, Galapagos as well as other destinations many times. Booking this type of travel with an expert like Ralph Iantosca will be easier, he can share his personal experience firsthand, help you with packing, what to expect, and more. Ralph not only knows all of the ships and their itineraries, his has insider knowledge, expertise, and relationships with the executives bring a special added bonus to our client’s experience. This photo is taken while Ralph was in Antarctica, the excursion was to a former whaling station.
The ship is Silver Cloud by Silversea, a traditional luxury cruise liner that has now been converted to an expedition vessel. Now our clients enjoy suites, verandahs, butler service, gourmet dining with multiple venues while exploring amazing Antarctica in zodiacs with only 200 guests onboard.
There are many new expedition vessels that have recently been purpose-built for these remote beautiful destinations. Multigenerational Family Travel is perfect for the Galapagos. Ask for the promotion “bring the kids” where discounts for kids or grandkids under 18 are available. If you haven’t thought about inviting your parents, then please ask them to go along with! Sharing expeditions to the Galapagos with all generations will leave priceless memories of a lifetime.