Africa & the Middle East Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Trip Advice Needed for First Time Visitor to Africa

Jump to last reply

I will be traveling to Djibouti, on a government assignment, for 6 months in the Fall. Based on what I'll be doing for work, I don't believe I'll have many opportunities to do sightseeing outside of Djibouti for most of my trip. However, I have learned from others who have recently worked where I'm headed that I'll likely get one week during some portion of while I'm there to do some traveling of my choice. For me, that "break" will probably come sometime around February or March 2010. My understanding is that some folks go to Mt. Kilamanjaro, others on safari to the Serengeti, and still others to Mombasa. There's a part of me that has always wanted to go on a safari. I've been reading all of the information I can find on this forum and still have questions.

Here's what I'm wondering. Based on my travel restrictions, I'll probably only have enough time to do a 4-5 day safari. Is it still worth it to do one if it's that short? Will I still see animals? Most of the folks I've talked to (in my situation) have based their initial travel out of Nairobi, Kenya, so I'd probably be looking to do something similar.

I'm looking to do this 4-5 day safari for under $1500/person (not including airfare). Is this possible? I don't need posh accommodations but am interested in finding a reputable safari company and would like to stay somewhere with shower/bathroom facilities, if possible. I've read about several safari companies on this board, but many of the postings are not recent. Can you recommend a company in my price range? Also, when I go to several companies' websites, I see pricing information, but it's typically based on at least 7 days. Are safari companies willing to do shorter trips?

Finally, if I only have a good 4-5 days of travel time, would Mombasa or Mount Kilimanjaro be a better bet? Really, I enjoy all types of travel. I'm not much of a shopper - much prefer seeing wildlife or hiking or hanging out at the beach. Thanks!

8 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Fodor's Go List 2015 Has Been Announced
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Dec 19, 14 at 05:08 PM
View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania
  2. 2 Trip Report Zambia Impressions
  3. 3 Taste of Dubai
  4. 4 Now is the Time fo Egypt...
  5. 5 Morocco floods - areas affected
  6. 6 Trip Report Zanzibar - from a resident's perspective
  7. 7 Magnificent wedding in the Masai Mara
  8. 8 Johannesburg to Cape Town
  9. 9 Trip Report Travel Report for Malawi - A Great Place To Relax
  10. 10 Serengeti Photo Safari - April 2015
  11. 11 Johannesburg to Cape Town
  12. 12 Comments on Botswana itinerary with Wilderness Travel
  13. 13 Trip Report SOUTH AFRICA WESTERN CAPE TRIP REPORT: SEPT/OCT 2013
  14. 14 Dubai first time
  15. 15 Mauritius September 2015 - Silver Beach Resort or Emeraude Beach Attitude?
  16. 16 Trip Report Don't go to Morrocco!
  17. 17 Where to spend extra night; Merzouga or Skoura?
  18. 18 Canoe Safari Jan - Feb
  19. 19 Dubai and/or Oman
  20. 20 Good travel company to book an 8 day trip to Egypt
  21. 21 Need advice on which camera lenses for safari
  22. 22 Morocco Advice
  23. 23 Trip Report MOROCCO SOLO
  24. 24 Guide for Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Jan 2015
  25. 25 Suggestions for a group tour
View next 25 » Back to the top