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I have scheduled with OAT for their Safari Serengeti.(A 2 week trip). I chose mid-September because I had originally hoped to tack on our own post trip to St Lucia, and on down the coast.
Now I know I cannot do a break-away from this OAT trip, and adding on their Morocco trip (which I had considered) would put us in the desert when it was too hot.

I am wondering if I should back up the trip to mid-August, when it is a bit cooler. That is my simple question!

Does anyone have an opinion on this? I think I had originally avoided August because I thought it was more crowded then. But mostly, I was trying to aim for decent weather on the coast.

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Looking at other options,I could back out of this OAT commitment, choose a different agent for the Tanzania portion, and try to do the southern coastal area after all. I had tried to do that in the first place, but could find no tours comparable to OAT's in length and inclusions for anywhere near OAT's price. (About $5500 each for the two weeks, including air.)

But I hate to travel so far and at such expense then have to leave after 2 weeks. There is so much I want to see and do in Africa!

Could a couple of active seniors safely do the coast on their own? Is their an itinerary and guide you could suggest? Could it be done inexpensively? This would be a scenic and cultural road trip, not a safari. We have no need to stay in luxurious lodging. I just want to see as much as possible. (Next trip will have to be Botswana!)

All suggestions welcome! I REALLY need your help! Sorry for the convoluted questions. I will have to get back to this in a couple of days...leaving on Grandchild trip in the early morning!

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