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If the cost of airfare has kept you out of Africa, this deal gets you there (to South Africa and Zambia), sleeps you in three luxury resorts, feeds you breakfast and helps you explore. South African Airways Vacations’ Route of the African Sun includes round-trip coach flights on South African Airways from Washington Dulles or New York City to South Africa and domestic and regional flights as indicated on the 10-day itinerary. The package includes ground transfers, eight nights’ bed and breakfast at five-star Sun International Resorts at Cape Town, Sun City and Victoria Falls, and a Zambezi sundowner cruise, a Winelands Tour and a tour of Cape Peninsula. The deal: $4,599 per person double occupancy for travel by Sept. 30. Itinerary is available through Dec. 9 at slightly higher rates. High season begins Dec. 10. South Africa Airways Vacations, 855-359-7228,

50% off in Hawaii

Hawaii has blossomed with shoulder season deals through mid-December, making now an ideal time to hula to the islands. Travelers can save as much as 50 percent on hotels and resorts across such islands as Oahu, Maui and Kauai. While Waikiki Beach in Oahu is the most iconic, with its surfers and sunbathers, Travelzoo’s Steve Clarke also encourages travelers to check out Wailea and Kihei in Maui. “There’s less wind, good beaches and some great resorts,” he said. For more information and deals to Hawaii, visit

An offer for Maui

Save money by booking now for a future stay in a suite or villa at the oceanfront Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, Maui. The Book Now, Save Later deal saves guests as much as 40 percent off the best available rate for a one-bedroom suite or a two- or three-bedroom villa this fall and on select dates in 2014. Rates start at $323 a night, plus tax, for a one-bedroom suite. A refundable deposit for two nights, including tax, is required to hold a reservation. The deal is good for dates through Dec. 20, April 30-June 30, 2014; and Aug. 22-Dec. 21, 2014, subject to availability. Fairmont Kea Lani; 808-875-4100,

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