Africa & the Middle East Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Umbria Writers Needed
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 16, 15 at 03:13 PM
  • Writers Need for New Zealand Guide
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 15, 15 at 03:11 PM
View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 Will you send my son a postcard?
  2. 2 Connection Time from the US to CPT from JNB?
  3. 3 Two Safari questions--one photography and one about gratuities
  4. 4 Wondering how much US Dollars to change to Kenyan Shillings?
  5. 5 Safari photography help
  6. 6 20 days, Family who loves Adventure, over the Holidays
  7. 7 Travel within Africa
  8. 8 Last minute invite to Kenya - need reasonablebSafari tour operators
  9. 9 Flights to Uganda & Kenya
  10. 10 Why no mention of the beautuful lion...
  11. 11 Namibia--fly-in or guided drive?
  12. 12 Best time to visit 2016 -
  13. 13 Can Anyone Say Anything Positive About Ethiopia Air?
  14. 14 Trip Report Southern Africa Safari Trip—Best Vacation Ever!!
  15. 15 Tanzania trip Advice
  16. 16 day trip fes to chefchaouen
  17. 17 What company for gorilla trekking?
  18. 18 Trip Report Trip Report: Madagascar and Rwanda
  19. 19 1st time Africa: Zambezi Rafting & more - what do I need to know?
  20. 20 el gouna or soma bay????
  21. 21 Morocco - Chefchaouen, Ait Benhaddou
  22. 22 What is a normal price for driver from Amman airport to Petra
  23. 23 Israel itinerary
  24. 24 Malawi with kiddos
  25. 25 Porini Mara & Porini Lion in October 2016
View next 25 » Back to the top

First Safari? Time of Year? Where?

Jump to last reply

Sorry, yet another first-timer post but we are having a really difficult time even approaching this trip. We are 3 women planning our first trip to Africa, some time in 2014. We will fly from Vancouver or Seattle and want one stopover each leg, for 1 or 2 days, perhaps NYC or London or Rome, depending on carrier (we can handle budgeting and building these add-ons). We've done a bit of reading about Botswana and South Africa and are thoroughly confused. Our criteria:
- not too hot. One of us is sensitive to heat, and would prefer 20 to maybe 25 C max during the day;
- elephants, giraffes, some cats and whatever else we happen to see;
- no Victoria Falls, perhaps a couple of days in Capetown;
- at least one safari with a 3 to 4 star level of comfort. However, we each have a $10 K budget including airfare and hotels in NYC/London (I'm estimating $3K for this) and I haven't found anything yet for the remaining $7K and my friend's comfort level;
- happier flying into camp rather than driving for hours;
- or maybe we should consider other countries as Botswana seems fantastic but expensive...;
- am I right that we would be best served getting a safari packager to assist us?

Thanks in advance for all of your help!

50 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement