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Confused understatement First time Safari Kenya - Tanzania solo traveler

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In spite that I have traveled extensively, I have never encountered so much confusion trying to figuring out how to find and booked a safari from US. I am planning to travel for about 22 days at the most.

My destinations Kenya Masai - Nakuru 3 days
Tanzania - Serengeti - Nrongor\ - Tarangire
Zanzibar
At first I was planning going to both countries using one tour operators, but after doing some research I found out that it was wiser to hire two independent tour operators from each respective country, something about vehicles from the other side of the border not able to conduct a tour on neighboring country.

I have a budget for camping budget safaris. And its very hard to find a tour operator that offers a tour for a single traveler, unless I'm willing to go on a private tour. I have told them that I was willing to join a group, but most of TO said no. And the few that said yes, told me that I had to book it as a private, and only if they found more people I could go in a group; otherwise, if they didn't I would go on a private tour.

I don't want to travel wit the unknown. I'd hate to get to NBO and being told that there was no tour. However, I found one operator that has daily departures, and I could join a group. The TO is Australken, anybody familiar with this company? I am allowing 2 days in NBO after returning from Masai.

I found its even worse trying to find a tour operator in Tanzania for a single traveler to go on a group tour, not a private. Yes, I realize the prices are higher than Kenya but the majorities of tour operators are quoting private tour, but after I send a deposit they will start looking for more people, but not guarantee.

I got a quote from Rangefinders for a solo traveler $1,400. But I can't believe that I only have one quote, anybody familiar with this operator.

The bottom line, am I using the right strategy to hire two different tour operators, take a couple of days in NBO, then travel to Arusha on my own and go on a 6 days safari?
I am open for any suggestions.

Also how important the tour operators are members of TATO or KATO ? . I have seen several websites and I pay a lot attention in the "About Us", and a lot of them don't say much about the company or how long they have been in business

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