There's no need to travel overseas for a safari encounter. Just outside of Monterey, travelers can bunk up in an African-style bungalow for $102 per night -- a savings of 40% on current rates.
Unique stays at the Vision Quest Ranch are available Sundays-Thursdays through February. African tent-style bungalows dot this 51-acre ranch and include full bathrooms and small refrigerators. Overnight stays include an hourlong guided tour of the animals and continental breakfast for two delivered by an African elephant each morning.
Home to more than 100 species of animals and birds, domestic and exotic, the ranch provides educational tours and opportunities to encounter big cats such as tigers and leopards.