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Find rhinos, lions and more African wildlife at Zimbabwe's national parks

Los Angeles Times

The eight-day trip includes walking safaris, hiking and a chance to track black or white rhinos. The Adventure Life trip, called Hidden Zimbabwe, explores seldom-visited parts of the country. Highlights include lodging in a safari camp near the UNESCO World Heritage site of Matobo Hills, a tour of the Great Zimbabwe Monument outside Masvingo and a visit to Gonarezhou National Park. Includes accommodations, guide service, most meals, internal flights and international arrival and departure transfers. Cruise Critic editors select Carnival Vista as 2016's best new cruise ship; Seabourn, best luxury line Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights will feature attractions based on popular movies and TV shows and a new horror concept from filmmaker Eli Roth.


TripAdvisor will stop selling tickets for some animal attractions over concern for their welfare

Los Angeles Times

TripAdvisor has decided to stop selling tickets for elephant rides, tiger-petting sessions and dolphin swims over concerns for the welfare of the animals. In addition, it plans to launch an online portal aimed at educating travelers about how to make choices about their trips with wildlife conservation in mind. The company and its Viator brand announced Wednesday that it "will no longer sell tickets to hundreds of attractions where travelers come into contact with wild animals or endangered species held in captivity." The company made the move after hearing from animal groups and organizations, spokesman Troy Livingston wrote in an email. Activities such as horseback riding, children's petting zoos, aquarium touch pools (under supervision of a zoo, aquarium, etc.) and volunteering excursions involving animals are exempt.


After first snow blasts the Sierra, one ski resort plans to open on Halloween

Los Angeles Times

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe in Nevada plans to be the first California-Nevada ski resort to open for the season. After 7 to 18 inches of snow fell in the first storm of the season, the resort 25 miles south of Reno announced Tuesday that it plans to open Oct. 31. The resort has a base elevation of more than 8,000 feet, the highest in the Lake Tahoe area. Mt. Rose will start making snow, which will continue until the opening, the announcement says. Last year Mr. Rose opened Nov. 4 and remained open until early May, one of its longest seasons ever.


Hurricane Matthew: Disney World, Orlando theme parks reopen; cruise ships alter itineraries

Los Angeles Times

Walt Disney World, which shut down Friday for only the fourth time its 45-year history, reopened its parks Saturday. But cruise ships continue to cancel and alter Caribbean itineraries in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Disney Springs, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom opened 8 a.m. Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks opened at 10 a.m. The parks had closed early Thursday and all day Friday because of the hurricane.


Where to make like a mermaid (tails included), from San Diego to Florida and Hawaii

Los Angeles Times

Mermaids are the new princesses for girls of a certain age. Now anyone can realize their fantasy of learning to swim like one -- from coast to coast and beyond. Tails are included as instructors lead children and grownups through underwater adventures sure to create a lasting memory. "The attraction of swimming with a mermaid tail is the opportunity to do what so many young girls dream of," Joe O'Rourke, owner of Florida's Mermaid Academy says. He offers mermaid swims at 14 resorts in the Orlando area.