I am Overwhelmed...

May 19th, 2008, 07:35 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 73
I am Overwhelmed...

My DH , just decided last night that a safari is in order for our anniversary.
We want to go in the fall, Sept or Oct. late planning, I know.
I've researched and planned many trips, much of it here on Fodors.
I simply don't feel up to the planning adventure. Can I just pick a tour company and go forward with them? What countries should I go to, how long should I go for, is fourteen days a good time?
I will probably only go on one safari in my life, there is always more to see in other parts of the world.
We like luxury, is there a better company for that? We don't have a time or budget set, just what ever the trips calls for.
Can anyone point to a site that gives me a clean start. Thank you n advance.
cmarlin20 is offline  
May 19th, 2008, 08:19 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 312
Karibu cmarlin20!

Many here know exactly how you feel, even if experienced at something, at any given moment one can benefit from an extra jumpstart from those who have tread where you have not.

Since you are familiar with Fodor’s, you know some Africa & the Middle East accomplished travelers will be with you shortly. In the meantime, to get you started so they can better advise you, do you have a particular region of Africa in mind?

If not, here are a few links with Travel Reports that may help you decide:

NEW EAST AFRICA Trip Report Index
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34860283


Southern Africa Trip Report Index
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34858382


I don't know how to get started planning my trip...
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=35095477


I thought there was an instructional post for first time safari goers? But I can't find it - did I dream it up?
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=35131218

Enjoy!
Denbasking is offline  
May 19th, 2008, 08:28 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 312
I meant to say… Happy Anniversary!

We have just celebrated our 30th!
Can it be? Still seems like it was just yesterday tho!

Den
Denbasking is offline  
May 19th, 2008, 09:59 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 14,440
Happy Anniversary Cmarlin! Your 20th? Happy 30th Denbasking.

The links Denbasking has provided will answer most of your questions. You may have to click links within links.

14 days is a good time

Sure you can just pick a tour. You can also find a tour that looks good and see how it would work for just the two of you if space is available.
----
Highest end tours:
Micato (Kenya and Tanzania)
A&K
Tauk
---
This next tier is less than the above:
Scheduled departures with The Africa Adventure Company, Natural Habitat and Wilderness Travel (the Wilderness in CA.) Af Adv Co and Nat Hab do private trips too. Maybe Wilderness.
----
Wilderness Safaris in Botswana and CC Africa in South Africa have high end properties with excellent guiding at non-budget prices. Wilderness is mostly in Southern Africa, primarily Botswana and CC Africa has camps throughout Africa.

Both Wilderness and CC Africa offer some mobile group departures and you could do a custom trip using their properties--even mixing and matching them.

You can work directly with CC Africa or use an agent--same price. For Wilderness you must use an agent. Here are some agents that handle Wilderness (and also would do CC Africa):

Africa Adventure in Ft. Lauderdale--I've used with great success for a variety of trips

Eyes on Africa in Chicago--I've used with great success
Fish Eagle in Houston--Never used, but very helpful on phone and great info, others have been happy with prices and service

Based on what you've written about your timing, budget, and wants, I'd try the Wilderness or CC Africa approach with one of the above agents or another agent you are comfortable with. Keep in mind Botswana in Oct can be extremely hot.
---------

People have gone on scheduled trips with 2Afrika, Globus, Good Earth, and OAT. These would be less expensive.
---------
Don't try to feel you have to find the one right trip. There are many wonderful options in Africa.
atravelynn is offline  
May 19th, 2008, 11:57 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 28
I travelled to Tanzania with OAT last October. I found the trip to have an excellent price/performance ratio. The accomodations were very pleasant and comfortable, but not luxury. We had very good game viewing (over 100 lions, 7 cheetahs, 4 leopards, black rhino, etc.). The guides were pleasant but(the good spotting not withstanding) not up to the caliber I encountered when staying at Wilderness Lodges in Zimbabwe. Wilderness Lodges definitely qualify as luxury - so does their price.
lilbschaps is offline  
May 19th, 2008, 12:55 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 1,354
"Highest end tours:
Micato (Kenya and Tanzania)
A&K
Tauk
---
This next tier is less than the abovequot;

Can someone please clarify what the above means?
climbhighsleeplow is offline  
May 19th, 2008, 01:47 PM
  #7  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 73
Thanks for the quick replies.
I've already emailed CCA, maybe a combo with an agent will be good too.
I'm gong to contact an agent and see how that goes.
BTW, it will be 40years!!
Still reading all your links Denbasking.
cmarlin20 is offline  
May 19th, 2008, 02:37 PM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 14,440
Cmarlin, Well 40 is twice as good.

Next tier...

I believe the below companies would offer group departures that would be less expensive than Micato, Tauk, A&K.

Scheduled departures with The Africa Adventure Company, Natural Habitat and Wilderness Travel (the Wilderness in CA.) Af Adv Co and Nat Hab do private trips too. Maybe Wilderness.

Good luck cmarlin20.
atravelynn is offline  
May 20th, 2008, 05:23 PM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,087
Beware for price does not equal luxury...

I recently visited arguably the most expensive private lodge in SA, widely regarded as the most luxurious.. NOT.
Unsophisticated staff, unenergetic safaris, if the game couldn't be seen it was not pursued, zero tracking, zip, nadda, nothing. I think the tracker only moved to serve drinks.

didn't see lion because they crossed the boundary... and this was one of those larger concession properties... The price tag is a hoax and so called luxury IMO equates to "all arse and zero class.."

define what luxury means to you and pursue the operator that matches those criteria.. be objective and you could well be enjoying the comfort of lesser known and better priced properties, however you will not return wearing the cap nor boasting of the glossies so called finest.

mkhonzo is offline  
May 24th, 2008, 06:25 PM
  #10  
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 312
Lynn, thanks for the anniversary wish!

Wow cmarlin20, congrats again!
Denbasking is offline  
May 25th, 2008, 03:28 PM
  #11  
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 138
I highly recommend the Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa. Elephant Plains Lodge is really nice but not over the top expensive (which is why you have to book early).

I also recommend Rikke at www.go2africa.com ([email protected]). Very reputable company. Tell them your "desires" and a budget range and they will do the rest. They are based in South Africa.

ca_vol in Florida, USA
ca_vol is offline  
May 26th, 2008, 07:07 AM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 14,440
ca_vol

Can you give your personal experience at Elephant Plains. It keeps popping up as a good Sabi Sands option and the couple of people who went there were happy. Looking for more specific feedback.

Thanks.
atravelynn is offline  
May 26th, 2008, 08:26 AM
  #13  
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 138
Elephant Plains was awesome! I wrote a very comprehensive trip report and posted it on the Trip Advisor message forums. This link SHOULD take you to it, but I've never given the link outside of those forums. There is lots of info on EP at the end of Part I and all of Part II. Let me know if it works.


http://tinyurl.com/68f8xr
ca_vol is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Cateyes555
Africa & the Middle East
0
Dec 19th, 2010 04:34 AM
Travcarib
Africa & the Middle East
14
Mar 26th, 2007 09:23 AM
MelissaBeckoff
Africa & the Middle East
10
Apr 8th, 2006 09:36 AM
646wyck
Africa & the Middle East
6
Mar 12th, 2006 08:24 AM
Chiquita
Africa & the Middle East
6
Jun 16th, 2005 05:37 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:44 AM.