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Help planning a first safari on a budget?

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I've wanted to visit Africa for awhile now and finally have the chance to do it, thanks to an unexpected large gift from a relative. I really want to go on a safari (want to see lots of animals, especially zebra) but would also like a few chances to have "cultural" experiences. I was thinking mostly Kenya and Tanzania. I'm 28, female, and would be traveling by myself.

Budget: $5,000 (for everything including airfare, tips, spending money, etc.)
Duration: at least 2 weeks - 3 would be even better!
Timeframe: ideally over Christmas and New Years, but I can be flexible here

Being my first (and possibly only) trip to Africa, I've been looking for trips that cram everything in - masai mara, serengeti, ngongoro crater, zanzibar, and victoria falls are what i'd really like to see. I had picked this gap adventures trip out http://www.gapadventures.com/trips/nairobi-to-victoria-falls-adventure/DNV/2011/ but looking at the detailed itinerary, I'm not so sure I'd enjoy spending so much time driving (over 100 hours!) and I am definitely not too keen on participation camping for so many nights.

I really want to see Africa but I'm a little nervous because I've never been camping and almost all of the traveling I've done so far has been on cruises. I would really appreciate even slightly nicer accommodations than participation camping, and it might be a nice idea to fly into vic falls to save on travel time, but I'm not sure my budget will allow for those things. I'm not quite sure which aspects/parts of the trip to change to get the best overall experience. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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