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mitzi

Safari Question

by mitzi »

My husband and I want to take a safari style trip to Africa.  Can you recommend a travel or tour operator that specializes in this area?  And what country should we pick? We're mostly interested in seeing animals, though seeing tribal sights would also be interesting. 

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drfumblefinger

RE: Safari Question

by drfumblefinger »

I've traveled to Eastern Africa (Tanzania) and Southern Africa (Botswana) for game viewing, and both have wonderful game view options.

If you can visit Eastern Africa to see part of the Million Animal Migration, that would be worth seeing.  Be sure you visit the Ngorongoro Crater, a truly wonderful destination and my favorite place in this trip.  The Massai tribe lives in and around the crater, and it's fairly easy to visit them in their villages (which your guide will arrange).

I do think the best gameviewing experience we had was in the Okavango Delta of Botswana.   The private concessions here are worth paying a little more for because there are no hords of tourist.  At most you'll see a few other people during the game drives, a very pleasant change from the National Parks in East Africa where dozens and dozens of Range Rovers can be seen around the rarer animals.  Also, the guides in the private concessions are allowed to drive off road and get you closer to the animals, so you can see and photograph them better.  It would be convenient to combine this with a visit to Victoria Falls or CapeTown in South Africa.

Our vendor for Southern Africa was 'And Beyond", the finest tour company I've ever dealt with.  The entire experience was absolutely wonderful and their advice extremely helpful.  Here's there link"  http://www.andbeyondafrica.com/  There is no cheap way to get a great wildlife experience in Africa.  It is expensive and as a rule you get what you pay for. That said, I think the finest travel experiences of my life were in Africa, with the African people, enjoying their wonderful wildlife!  It's an experience you won't regret paying for. 

If you're interested in reading more details and seeing some of the hundreds of photos from my experiences, please go to these links:

Botswana: http://drfumblefinger.com/wrdprs/blog/category/aall/africa/botswana/

Tanzania: http://drfumblefinger.com/wrdprs/blog/category/aall/africa/tanzania/

I'll follow the thread if you should have more questions I might be able to help with.  

Tanzania:

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arion

RE: Safari Question

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Contact Twiga Tours in Nairob to see what they can offer you.  We went with them on safari in Kenya and Tanzania and had the most amazing experience of our lives.

 

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mitzi

RE: Safari Question

by mitzi »

Thanks for all the great advice! Much appreciated.

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poker

RE: Safari Question

by poker »

We traveled with Cox & Kings to Kenya and had a wonderful experience. Lots of wildlife viewings, beautiful accommodations, wonderful service, just topnotch all around. I'd highly recommend them. That being said they are pricey. And my brother just came back from a less expensive safari with Lion World Travel, and it sounds like they stayed at some of the same camps we did (we're trying to figure that out). Bottom line: look at both those companies. Hope I'm not posting this too late.

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parisienne

RE: Safari Question

by parisienne »

In Response to Safari Question:[QUOTE]

My husband and I want to take a safari style trip to Africa.  Can you recommend a travel or tour operator that specializes in this area?  And what country should we pick? We're mostly interested in seeing animals, though seeing tribal sights would also be interesting. 


Posted by Mitzi[/QUOTE]


We just returned from a fabulous 17 day trip to northern Tanzania with Bushland Adventure Travel (www.bushlandsafaris.com).   It is a company run by two native Tanzanians who grew up in the Kilimanjaro area and have many years of experience guiding for different companies.  Our guide had studied in the US for two years so his English was perfect, and he taught us about his culture through his knowledge of ours.   We did not want to spend all our time looking at animals, so they designed a marvelous mixture of cultural activities, game drives, and hiking for us, ending with a resort experience in Zanzibar to unwind before returning home.  We were 6 good friends with our private safari.  The accommodations were excellent, and our guide was outstanding.  We saw all of the big 5 and more!!  All this for an excellent price.  So much better than going through an American middle-man.  You will not find a better trip nor a better value.

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Marieke

RE: Safari Question

by Marieke »

Hullo my travel colleques iam happy to read all the responses on this topic, my question is did you go for your trip? If yes please update us how was the trip which operator did you use? Which country did you go? I wish to hear from you.

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amitshir

RE: Safari Question

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Hello Marieke, Yes, I have made somany trips in my life but among all my Petra trip is really memorable for my whole life. I had booked my trip package last year from Mantis tourism & Attraction. I had really enjoyed a lot in my trip. The place is really superb & takes you in historical age. According to me, everyone has to go there once. Thank you
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Eviejones310

RE: Safari Question

by Eviejones310 »

I know this post is over 4 years old, but I just happened to come across this forum by chance when looking for other Safari holidays and wanted to give my input for anyone else who is looking for a safari adventure in future. I've been on 3 safari trips in the last 5 years in different countries and I must admit, they're quickly becoming one of my favourite holiday type. My last trip to Africa was by far my absolute favourite. A friend recommended this Luxury Travel company to me called Berkeley Travel and it still is one of the best decisions we've made as a couple. We stayed in the Mateya Safari Lodge for 6 nights which consist of five air-conditioned thatched suites. http://www.berkeleytravel.co.uk/resorts/mateya-safari-lodge/ Don't get me wrong, it was fairly pricey, but you pay for the excellent tours and stunning accommodation which could be seen as a once in a lifetime opportunity. I'd definitely say check out Berkeley Travel if you're thinking of a Safari holiday, you won't regret it!! 

 

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