Cost to Arusha?

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Jun 6th, 2003, 10:29 AM
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Roderick-
Thanks for the lead. I emailed Air Brokers yesterday. Somehow I overlooked it before. Already working with Bob on a great rate. We'll see if the price stays at $1500 or jumps as he actually tries to book it.

Dick-Haven't heard back from your gal yet with a quote. Liz
 
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Jun 7th, 2003, 05:55 AM
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Dick- Thanks for the reminders of Africa. It is always the colors and smells I long for. Smoke is a good one, I'm immediately back around the campfire looking at the African sky. I wish I could capture that smell and feeling in a bottle.

I'm hoping to hear from Karen at least next week. My airfare ended up being $1700. I had hoped for around $1400, so will keep looking. Anyone have any ideas? I'm calling Premier on Monday, but I think $1700 is just too high.
Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the help. We just learn so much from each other. Priceless! Liz
 
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Jun 7th, 2003, 11:20 AM
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Hi Liz!

I was just suggesting spending a day or two in Dar as a way to break up the long trip home. I agree with you, that being out in the bush is the primary goal of a trip to Africa. What I miss most are the sounds: the distant laughter of women and children while bathing or doing laundry near the river; the cow bells signaling the Masai are moving their herd of cattle; the grunts of hippo at night; even the occasional screech of a bush baby; the morning sounds of camp coming alive to meet the new day - I miss it all.
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Jun 7th, 2003, 07:44 PM
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Oh, especially the hippos at night. Right outside your tent at the Mara River Camp, huh! I know why you love it. I also love the distant hyenas cry, and the lions roaring early in the morning. Ahhhhhhhh----
 
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Jun 7th, 2003, 07:49 PM
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Joey-
Sorry, I sorta hijacked your thread. Its just that whenever Susan and I get together we go into this wild Africa craze of memories. Please forgive us.

So back to airfare. Airbrokers turned out to be higher than they promised, and Airdiscounters came back after their servers crashed. Looks like they are in the lead with around $1400.00 round trip KLM, Las Vegas to Kilimanjaro. I'll keep you posted. Liz
 
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Jun 9th, 2003, 06:58 PM
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Here's how it ends up. They all (ticket consolidators), started at between $1400 and $1500 for the tickets we wanted, then they end up at $1600 and $1700. Just too high.
Today Karen came back after being away and within an hour I'd purchased air tickets on KLM to Kilimanjaro for $1550.00 per person. That is round trip of course and by the way includes two add ons for weekend travel on each end. So I am extremely pleased and really liked dealing with her. I will earn airline frequent flyer miles on NWA and there is only a $350.00 cancellation fee. It isn't a consolidator ticked, it is a wholesale ticket. I learned more in this process than I could have imagined about airline tickets, consolidators and their contracts with specific airlines, and most importantly, how they add on detail charges at the end that are different from agent to agent.
I will start with Karen next time. Who would have thought that a small town travel agent could get the best deal. I don't even think she has a website.
Thanks a lot Dick. Liz
 
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Jun 10th, 2003, 03:47 PM
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Liz, you are most welcome. Once again Fodorites helping each other out. And, thanks to Joey for starting the thread.
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