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Rundown for the week of 8/1/98

South African Game Tour
Whether your notion of an African safari means roughing it in the bush like Hemingway, or enjoying a civilized cup of tea on the verandah of a 5-star game lodge, South Africa offers a wide selection of both private and public game reserves to suit every taste and budget. The Savvy Traveler's Tom Verde takes us along as he visits a range of game reserves, from exclusive, top-of-the-line lodges to inexpensive national parks.

Additional information about the game tours: Honeyguide Tented Safari Camp
For reservations, call or write: Lodges of Manyaleti, PO Box 786064, Sandton 2146, South Africa
Tel: 27-11-880-3912 Fax: 27-11-447-4326
e-mail: hguide@global.co.za

Mala Mala Game Reserve
Reservations: PO Box 2575, Randberg 2125, South Africa
Tel: 27 11 789 2677 Fax: 27 11 886 4382
e-mail: jhb@malamala.com

Shamwari Game Reserve
Reservations: PO Box 32017, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, 6019, South Africa
Tel: 27 42 203 1111 Fax: 27 42 235 1224
e-mail: shamwari@global.co.za

Kruger National Park
Reservations: South Africa National Parks, PO Box 787, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Tel: 27 12 343 1991 Fax: 27 12 343 0905
e-mail: reservations@parks-sa.co.za

Air Carriers:
South African Airways, in partnership with American Airlines, has direct flights from the United States (New York and Miami) to Johannesberg. Call 800-722-9675.

Other carriers to South Africa, via European cities, include:
British Airways, Air France, SwissAir, KLM, Northwest

For more information on game reserves, safaris, and travel to South Africa, call or write to The South African Tourism Board: 747 Third Ave. 20th Fl.
New York, NY 10017
212-838-8841 or 800-822-5368
9841 Airport Blvd. Suite 1524
Los Angeles, CA 90045-5431
310-641-8444 or 800-782-9772

Q & A I -- Travel Scams
Sometimes it pays to look before you leap. This week, Rudy hears listeners' stories about travel "deals" they've encountered that were too good to be true.

John Lurie Interview
You may not have heard of John Lurie, but if you've ever seen those mid-1980s Jim Jarmusch films Stranger Than Paradise and Down By Law, you've seen Lurie. If you're a jazz fan, you might have heard his band The Lounge Lizards, who've just released a new CD. Or maybe you caught up with Lurie on his Independent Film Channel series, Fishing with John, in which he travels to places like Jamaica and Thailand with buddies like Tom Waits, Dennis Hopper, and Matt Dillon to check out some of the world's best fishing holes. We managed to catch up with John Lurie in between projects to find out, in all his travels, which place has left the strongest impression on him. Rudy talks with Lurie about the details of fishing with the famous and samples a little music from the new CD.

Deal of the Week : London and Paris
To promote its new, non-stop service between Denver and London's Gatwick Airport, British Air is offering tickets for $99 each way for travel between September 1 and November 28. You have to buy your ticket by August 2 and you have to stay over a Saturday night.

Travel mid-week on Air France
between November 1 and December 11 and you can fly round trip from New York for only $338; between Chicago and Paris, it's only $428; LA or San Francisco and Paris costs $518. Even when you add the ridiculous taxes of $70 or so a ticket, it's still a bargain. You can also claim these prices between January 11 and March 24.

Two of the most popular destinations in the world on sale_that's the Deal of the Week!

Q & A II -- General Questions
Rudy takes listeners' general questions about travel. He mentions:

Things to do in Chicago:
Visit the Art Institute, Museum of Science and Industry, the John Hancock Center, and the Sears Tower. The Chicago Architecture and Foundation Shop and Tour Center offers tours, including boat tours, of the city: 312-922-8687.
Spirit of Chicago is another lake tour operator: 312-836-7888.

Eats: Carson's has six Chicago locations and specializes in BBQ baby back ribs: 312-280-9200
www.ribs.com e-mail:info@ribs.com

Morton's is famous for its steaks: 312-266-4820
www.mortons.com Night life: blues at Andy's jazz bar, Rosa's, and the Blue Chicago; comedy at the Improv and Second City; drama at the Steppenwolf Theater.

Tracing the trail of the Lewis and Clark expedition:
Lewis and Clark Heritage Foundation: 406-454-1234
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, MT: 406-727-8733 Along the way, don't miss a canoe trip to the White Chalk Cliffs:
Montana River Outfitters 800-800-8218
Montana River Expeditions 800-500-4538 Couriers that fly between New York and Paris:
Halbart Express 718-656-8189
Now Voyager 212-431-1616 For students only: Council Travel 800-226-8624

B& Bs in Annapolis, Maryland:
Flag House Inn B&B 800-437-4825
Chez Amis 888-224-6455 Annapolis restaurants:
Cafe Normandie 410-263-3382
Harry Browne's 410-263-2641

St. Michael's, Maryland: the Eastern Shore, home to longshoremen and farmers who still till the soil to earn their keep. It's where James Michener wrote Chesapeake. Rudy recommends eating at the Bistro St. Michael: 410-745-9111.

Alaska Railway Postcard
A postcard from up north...where the transportation is a bit more accommodating than most places in the world:
"You can hail the iron mastodon most anywhere along the line and the beast will actually halt and pick you up - the last flag-stop service in the country. Way easier than getting a taxi in Manhattan."
Ride the rails of Alaska with writer Geo Beach. Beach gets off the beaten track in Sky magazine.

Alaska Railroad:
www.akrr.com reservations@akrr.com
Railw ay Brewing Co.:

Next Week on The Savvy Traveler
We take an impressionist's tour through Europe as we follow the footsteps of Claude Monet through the places he traveled to paint: "He literally builds his own world, a space in which ideas and sensations and wonder exist, and he's able to translate those ideas and sensations into paint." Chasing the wonder of Monet's world. And we'll speak with another artist, travel author Pico Iyer about the places that have inspired him to write: "I think the most elevating, moving and purifying place I've ever been was Tibet, and going there I really did feel as if I was leaving the world and the self that I knew and stepping onto some kind of balcony of long horizons; it was very transporting." The inspirational stories of Pico Iyer, plus your calls about the places you've studied and always longed to see...that and more in next week's voyage with the Savvy Traveler. I hope you'll join us.

For tapes of the show...
If you want your very own copy of The Savvy Traveler, order an audio cassette. It's easy. Just call 303-823-8000. The price is $15. As Rudy says, it's a steal.

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