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Tanzania: Ruaha & Selous in June

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I've done a lot of research to plan my first safari and am just about to give the tour operator the OK to finalize everything but I have two nagging concerns, which I figured I'd run past the Fodorites. I contacted 3 tour operators and settled on one who I was most comfortable with, so have done the price comparisons, etc. The trip will be 2 weeks in Tanzania's Ruaha and Selous from June 22-July 5: 4 days in each of these 3 camps: Mwagusi, Lake Manze and Selous Impala.

#1: I am travelling by myself which I've always done and am fine with my own company. However, in reading trip reports from people who've stayed at these camps, a lot of them mention how great it was that they had a vehicle to themselves. I can see that would be a positive but for my situation, how will it be to just have me & the guide? I'd be happy if the guide talked a lot, pointing things out, explaining habitats, etc. since that's what I'm there for! I like to absorb the scenery, listen to the wind, etc, so am OK with some silences but If I didn't get an extroverted guide, I might feel compelled to chatter to fill the silences. I guess what I'm asking is, when I arrive at the camp, is it appropriate to ask the camp owner (manager) if I can be given an outgoing guide? Or, if they can ask other guests if I can join them? (That might annoy the other guests since a vehicle solely for themselves seems a great treat and they might feel obligated to agree to the request).

#2 I'll be flying from New York to Dar and the least expensive flights are on Emirates airline, with a layover in Dubai. I read a few reviews of Emirates where several people mentioned lengthy flight delays in Duba, some of which caused them to miss their connecting flights and poor customer service. I take any on-line reviews with a grain of salt, but since there were more than one like this, I wanted a reality check from Fodorites (who always seem rational!) I was going to schedule my flights so that I stayed in Dar overnight before transferring to Mwagusi, so that provides a bit of a cushion. (I'm arranging the US/Tanzania/US flights myself.)

So, any feedback or insights would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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