First safari

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Mar 5th, 2012, 03:05 PM
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First safari

I am in the beginning stages of planning an African safari. At this point, there are two of us traveling but will likely be at least another two couples. I have narrowed it down to one country - Tanzania. My next step is to determine how long I would want to spend on a safari, I'm guessing no more than six days, only because I would also like to visit some other parts of Africa (i.e. Cape Town, Johannesburg and Zanzibar). Am I being too adventerous? Willing to spend $5-8K per person but would like some recommendations on when to travel and various travel agencies/groups/organizations that provide private tours/drives for 2-8 individuals. We are adventerous and really don't like the "cattle call (herd) tours". Have found - Africa Dream Safaris and a few others but so far ADS is the only with private tours and customization.
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Mar 5th, 2012, 04:31 PM
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Actually, you'd want to spend more like 10 - 12 days on safari. That would be about right for Tanzania's northern circuit. Then, add a few days in Zanzibar (perhaps 4.) I wouldn't try to go to South Africa from East Africa. As for the time of year, I think that June - August is a nice time to go. It's cooler than February - March and you have a good chance of seeing the Migration herds in the Serengeti. I'm headed to Tanzania in July with 7 other women and am using Bill Given of "The Wild Source." I highly recommend him because he's a wildlife biologist in addition to being a safari planner and has hand-picked some great guides.
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Mar 5th, 2012, 05:09 PM
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Most anytime the wildebeest migration will be somewhere in the Serengeti. June-Aug is a good time for the other Tanz parks too. Late Jan- early Mar, the wildes tend to concentrate in the south of the Serengeti and give birth.

Zanzibar can be tacked on to a Tanzania safari easily, but Cape Town and Joburg are across the continent.

Most Africa safari specialists customize so that is not rare. With 6-8 people you can get a good price.

I think you'd want to include the Serengeti, crater, and Tarangire in your trip. If you could stay longer than 6 days, that would be better.

I've used Eben Schoeman Signature Safaris, The Africa Adventure Co, Flycatchers. All great.

Other companies mentioned that had good trips include Good Earth, Africa Serendipity, Roys.

Check out several and I bet you'll find better pricing for a private trip than ADS, which always seems to be high.
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Mar 5th, 2012, 05:11 PM
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Here's a currently active report that used Africa Travel Resource.

http://www.fodors.com/community/afri...rip-report.cfm
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