Best places for a safari?

Old May 5th, 2011, 05:33 PM
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Best places for a safari?

I am a 26 year old male and my parents and I would love to go on a safari. We were thinking about spending two weeks in Africa, spending others days in different countries not on safari. We wan to go to Kenya and Tanzania for our Safari. Zambia for Victoria falls. Namibia, Tunisia, Rwanda, Uganda.
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Do you have a budget (per person) for spending?

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Old May 5th, 2011, 05:42 PM
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probably the cheapest for the best experience.
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probably the cheapest for the best experience.
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probably the cheapest for the best experience.
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Pezlord, either you really want to emphasize that you are on a tight budget or the submit button went a little crazy.

Kenya and Tanzania would indeed be good countries for a safari. The other countries you mention would also be good for wildlife, although I know nothing about Tunisia.

If you have two weeks for the total trip, I would concentrate on one or two countries.

If you are intent on going to Victoria Falls, you may want to do your safari activities in southern Africa.
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"cheapest for the best experience"
So you're looking for good value.
Aren't we all.
So, suggest you forget Kenya and Tanzania and go to Kruger National Park, South Africa. Best bang-for-the-buck safari in the world !!!!

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With the oh so usual SPASTIC Fodors response it is easy to wonder what Fodors will do next !!! Nice and user friendly, thanks Fodors . . . NOT!!!
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Thanks Tom! My parents and I checked it out, it looks amazing!! We decided we will give this place try. I know Namibia,Botswana and Mozambique are close by, what is there to do there?? Can we make it to Victoria falls, or is that too far?? Thanks!!
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If you self drive, South Africa becomes even more economical.
With 2 weeks, I'd just stay in South Africa, along with a trip to Vic Falls, which seemed like a must for you.

South Africa not only has safari opportunities, but you can visit Cape Town, see Great White Sharks (or dive in a cage for better views), visit penguins, safely go on an escorted walk with baboons, visit vineyards, and the spectacular scenery of the Cape Nature Reserve.

You'll have a great family trip.
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P22 - just a few more words to get you started with Kruger. You probably already know the official Kruger web site -
http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/

You're in USA, so fly into JNB. Stay overnight near JNB and next morning rent a car from AVIS at JNB, drive to Kruger, takes about 6 hours. Best to have Kruger camp/room reservations made ahead of time, can be busy at some camps. Rooms/huts/bungalows are more than adequate, not expensive $110 night for the bungalow. Every camp has extensive facilities including a restaurant. All expenses with car, two bungalows, meals, for three of you should be about $150 a day per person. Every day you drive out on the extensive road network and you never know when or where you will find elephants, lions, buffalo, leopard, impala, hyena, giraffe, zebra, the list goes on and on. We love Kruger, been there three times and will go back. We also love the private camps in the greater Kruger area in the Timbavati and Sabi Sand reserves. But be ready to spend upwards of $400 per night per person for private camps.

After your Kruger safari drive to one of those private camps or back to JNB. Catch flight to Vic Falls, Botswana, or home, etc.

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http://www.baboonmatters.org.za/walk_with_baboons.html -> looks like it is put on hold
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www.travelzoo.com/vacations/africa/1004339

Best Values are in South Africa

Porini.com EcoCamps more $$$ but tonnes of fun.
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Hi Pezlord22,

Combining East and Southern Africa will increase your costs fairly substantially. The flights within Africa can be costly, in both time and money.

If it is your very first trip to Africa, I would probably recommend South Africa or Namibia. The infrastructure in these countries is good, making it easier to self-drive and therefore it is more economical. Namibia/South Africa combine easily with Zimbabwe/Zambia for Victoria Falls.

You might find this blog helpful: http://www.mysafari.com/blog/doing-i...safari-37-view

Also when planning your holiday it's important to have an idea of your preferred budget as this can have an impact on your chosen destination: http://www.mysafari.com/blog/how-to-...oliday-82-view
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Thanks for the baboon walk info, Skimmer. I am sorry to learn about that and hope the walks can return some day.
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Well, with only 2/weeks you sure can't visit all those on your list... they're all over the place. Have you looked at a map? And know that Africa is a very very large continent with not the best internal flight schedules besides the fact these are rather expensive.

So, it's either East Africa or Southern Africa countries. If budget is tight (which figure is unknown), it'll probably be less expensive visiting South Africa with better overall infrastructure. This can be done as a self-drive.

If also wanting to include Victoria Falls, a flight would be needed to/from, plus Visa... this can be an expensive add-on, when you also add your hotel (even a cheap one) where visitors only spend maybe 2/days. Stick to SA.
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