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Safari on a budget!

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Hi, myself and a friend have an opportunity this summer to travel for 2/3 months (budget dictating timeline) so we are planning a trip to Africa to include a safari.

We have a budget of approx. €10,000 for the entire time and while we appreciate that a sizeable chunk of this will go on the safari, we would like to only pay what we need to have the best safari experience without the unnecessary luxuries.

We would like to do a good safari – I see this as being by far our biggest cost. My friend is eager to do one of the better tours where you stay very close to/in the parks rather than waste much of our time getting into/from the parks. The problem is that this naturally more expensive and often comes with expensive accommodation. The most reasonable of these trips that we found a couple of years ago when we looked into this (were planning African safari then but was too expensive) were Roy’s Safaris and Good Earth Tours which were €4,000 - €6,000 for the following itinerary (approx. 2 weeks Safari and Zanzibar ex international flights)

• 2 nights Arusha
• 1 night Tarangire National Park
• 1 night Lake Manyara National Park
• 1/2 nights Ngorongoro
• 3 nights Serengeti National Park
• 1/2 nights in Stone Town
• 3 nights beach resort

We plan to travel June, July, August - is any time better for a safari as set out above?

I would really appreciate your advice as to whether we do need to spend this much to do a good safari – we may never do one again so do want to do it properly, or is there any way we can reduce these costs without compromising on experience (we don’t need the luxuries).

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