looking for Africa safari operators
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Aug 10, 2012 10:50 PM Last Post By: Simsy
Aug 9, 2012 9:21 AM
looking for Africa safari operatorsI am looking for recommendations and advice about Africa safari operators. Thank you in advance for help.
My husband and I were planning a 10 day safari in Tanzania and Kenya early this year. We bought the flights (to arrive at Kilimanjaro airport at 19:35, Sep 1, 2012, and to leave Nairobi airport at 22:30, Sep 11, 2012) several months ago . Since then, unfortunately, both of us caught at our work and seemed that we have to
delay the vacation to next year. However, my work situation turned to better by early this week. Therefore, we start shopping around the safari packages. We are budget travelers and hope to find a reputable safari operator with a decent price. I know that it is late for us to start the searching now. We may have to delay our trip to next year if we couldn't get the price within our budget (under $2000 per person for the safari). SERENGETI , NGORONGORO, NAKURU, and MASAI MARA are in our wish list and we hope to see the Big Five and some other wild life animals and to have luck to see the great migration.
Aug 9, 2012 10:29 AM
1Welcome to TT Lilian,
The most budget safari will set you back USD$170 per day per person in most parks, read Serengeti and the more expensive Ngorongoro. Early September will likely see the Migration crossing the rivers into the Mara in Kenya.
When researching for operators ask for a small group you can join but for the better experience a group of 4 is ideal.
You will definitely see the big 5 in Ngorongoro with the proviso that Leopards are hard to see and they love to lie down in the tall yellow grass each day so can be hard to spot.
I would split my safari into two packages as 10 days straight with budget camping can become an ordeal. My opinion only.
Cheers and good luck.
Aug 10, 2012 2:15 PM
2Thank you so much, Simsy. Your sharing and advice are very valuable to us. After discussing your reply with my husband, we have decided to increase our budget to $2500 or $3000 per person and to split our safari into two packages with both camps and lodges.
Any safari operators to recommend?
Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend.
Aug 10, 2012 10:50 PM
3One of the things you could do would be to look in both the Kenyan and Tanzania country sections here on TT. You will get some recent trip reports and other ideas from those posters.
I live in Moshi now so use a local women I know for my game park trips but now I have my own vehicle then I will travel this way.
If you need actual recommendations after looking through the country posts you can come back and ask away.
Happy hunting. AND yes, it rained last night for the first time in 3 months so its looking fine and crisp and the dust settled.
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