Eastern @ Southern/Leopard vs. CC Africa

Old Dec 15th, 2007, 08:31 AM
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I noticed the same as Khakif in 2005 - very fast driving and a lack of safari 'etiquette'.

We're off to Tanzania on Thursday, so I'll let you know what I notice this year!
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Old Dec 17th, 2007, 02:47 PM
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OK, all you safari veterans...I've been reading all your comments and I'm now, more than ever, totally confused. As you know, for the first-timer the choices are overwhelming. Every time I think I've made a decision I read something that changes my mind. So, I'm going to throw this out there and I'll be interested to see what, if anything, you suggest:
- I'm 54, female, in good health, recently separated after 24 years of marrage, and will be travelling alone. I would prefer having the company of a small group on my trip.
- I've dreamed of going to Africa my entire life, since I was seven. This is huge for me.
- I'm spending my savings to make this trip happen (carpe diem!) and don't expect to be lucky enough to see Africa a second time.
- I have 2 weeks for the trip and can go pretty much anytime of year.
- I'm an artist and working photographer. I'm a serious animal person. I want to see the "best" wildlife and scenery. (I must admit I keep seeing Kili in the distance...)
- I don't want to spend the entire trip jumping from park to park. I'd rather see a few of the better ones and have a chance to really experience them.
- I love the idea of tent camps as long as I have the basics of toilet and hot water...
- I loath the idea of tour buses and dueling jeeps jockeying for position around mating lions.
- When I google "safaris" the choices are endless. How does one choose/find a reputable operator or travel agent?
- And finally, I've even considered doing a volunteer stint, (i.e. where I'd assist on a wildlife reserve) but those choices are also endless. And, again, how does one know which of these programs are reputable and safe?

So there you have it. It's clear I need assistance. Ah, but for the good old days of experienced travel agents! I've got Fodor's and Frommer's and Sierra Club books on East and South Africa all over my house but I'm really starting to stress over this - and this is definitely not how I want things to be. I could really use some direction...
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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 06:03 AM
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aknards -

First, I'd suggest you start your own thread, with new title. Just recopy your post above and those with information to assist will jump right in.

This way you will have your queries and replies in one place. Those who respond can follow the progress.
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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 06:28 AM
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The guide we had from Leopard Safaris this year in Arusha NP told me I was looking at a Pied Kingfisher when it was a Giant Kingfisher, I think this goes to prove that they are not up too scratch.
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oops, sorry for barging in like that and thanks, Sandi, for the correction. I'm now in the appropriate place.
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Too funny ..... RE the pied KF. But atleast, your guide mentioned cheetah if he saw one?

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