We'd like to plan a safari to Kenya, Tanzania or South Africa on our own, without a travel agent. Any suggestions on arranging a first-class trip? Also, what are the best times to visit?
If you'd prefer to contact a tour operator, companies such as Abercrombie & Kent (abercrom biekent.com) and Mountain Travel Sobek (mtso bek.com) offer safaris ranging from a four-day trip to Kruger National Park in South Africa starting at $2,390 per person to a 15-day safari in east Africa that includes Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara Game Reserve for $15,000.
Or visit the Kruger National Park site (www.krugerpark.co.za) for lodging from campsites to chalets that can be coupled with different safari options or day trips to the park.
Best times: The dry winter months from June to September are optimal for South Africa.
Reserve May to August for east Africa. Also, the wildebeest migration between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara - said to be one of the great wildlife wonders - is best viewed from June to August.
Can you tell us how to get from the train station in Naples, Italy, to Positano, on the Amalfi coast? We were told to pick up a hydrofoil.
A hydrofoil is certainly the fastest, most cost-efficient way to reach Positano, but the service is seasonal: April 13 to Oct. 15.
A taxi can transport you from Naples' Stazione Centrale train station to Molo Beverello port for about 10 euros (a little more than $13). Metro del Mare hydrofoils depart four times a day starting at 8:25 a.m. Cost is 9 euros per person (about $12); the ride takes a little more than an hour, depending on how many stops it makes. Information: metrodelmare.com/inglese/home.htm.
You can also get to Positano by bus or limousine. SITA buses leave the Porto Immacolatella depot at 8:45 a.m. and 9:10 a.m. and arrive in Positano two hours later. Expect to pay about 100 euros ($133) to travel by limo.