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We are itching to get back to Africa. We are thinking about a trip to Tanzania or Botswana.

Our last safari was in Kruger (at a private reserve). We were able to drive off-road, we were many times not just within a few yards of lions, but at one time could look down at them as they laid just a few feet from the vehicle. All the vehicles held 6 people, 2 across in three tiers so no one had a blocked view. We were able to get close to Buffalos and Elephants. In general we did not need to use binoculars except for the few eagles and birds and photography was a snap. No pun intended.

We have heard and read that Tanzania is much different. No off road. We viewed You Tube's that show cases where vehicles are close to game, even one where a Buffalo is covered with lions and they are right up against the vehicle. But it is obvious that the vehicle is on a road, even if unpaved.

We don't want to be disappointed since we were able to get so up close and personal in Kruger, What we'd like to know first, is not being able to go off road an issue? How easy is it to get close, or do you have to wait for them to want to get close to you? Are there any camps that are able to go off-road? And, in Botswana, how does that compare on the issue, does anyone have experience there?

Lastly, what is the best time to go in the dry season. We were thinking of September.

Appreciate any suggestions.

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