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I'm pretty sure Dr_Andrea is quoted in tomorrow's New York Times in an article titled

I'm pretty sure Dr_Andrea is quoted in tomorrow's New York Times in an article titled

Old Jan 12th, 2008, 03:13 PM
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I'm pretty sure Dr_Andrea is quoted in tomorrow's New York Times in an article titled

"Uncertainty in the Shadow of Unrest", which is about itinerary changes in response to turmoil in Kenya
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Old Jan 12th, 2008, 03:30 PM
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Two someone's already posted links to this article a couple of days ago ... http://travel.nytimes.com/2008/01/13...tml?ref=travel
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Holy cow! I hate to seem like a rube, but how does a two-week safari manage to cost $30k?
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Old Jan 12th, 2008, 04:56 PM
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Wrong TA?

Seriously, I guess it's $15k, and the author told us the total price for Andrea and her husband.
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Ok, but even at $15k... Well, I guess I am a rube. I'm now embarassed that I even asked the board about Kenya, Tanzania AND the Seychelles for $7k! I had no idea quality safaris cost so much.

That might be an interesting poll: I'd love to know how much posters here usually spend pp on their trips.
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Well, the ever popular MalaMala is $575 pppn for main camp. Sable and Rattrays much more. That rate is kinda in the middle I'd say. Easy to spend twice that, but not so easy to spend only half that

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Old Jan 12th, 2008, 06:21 PM
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Well I agree than 15K is quite alot, but the internatinal and africa fights should be included, still it would be more or less around 900$ ppp day which is a bit more, maybe they are flying business class...... Sonali
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Old Jan 12th, 2008, 07:42 PM
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how does a two-week safari manage to cost $30k?

Probably staying at the high-end lodges/camps that run $1,200 - $1,800 per night, and mostly flying between camps.

I had no idea quality safaris cost so much.

We take what I consider "quality safaris" for a fraction of that price in Tanzania, with a private jeep and staying in mid-range lodges. For what we are after (photography) I feel our trip is higher quality than the more expensive ones that have to share a jeep at camps and in some cases are not in the best places for game viewing.

You can do a trip similar to ours for even less by staying at somewhat less expensive lodges or splitting the jeep with more people or going with a lesser-known company. There are ways ...

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Old Jan 13th, 2008, 05:05 AM
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$15K/person or $30K/couple - Andrea originally selected high-end properties (Bateleur Camp in Masai Mara, etc.) in Kenya's high-season, with similar properties throughout, which run in the $800+/person/nt. With lots of flights, visiting 3/countries. Rwanda which she booked separately then Kenya, ending on Zanzibar island.

When she changed her itinerary, cancelling the Kenya segment, instead visiting Tanzania, also at high-end camps during the peak-season.
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Easy to spend $15K plus. Business class air can easily cost $6500++ per person and that's a good price.
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I seem to remember her saying that they were using DL FF miles for their biz tkts to Africa but staying at all high end camps/lodges.
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Old Jan 13th, 2008, 12:55 PM
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Yes, Dr Andrea used miles for their tickets, so the $30K is just the safari.

CarleenD,
This is an example of an ultra high end safari and you certainly don't have to spend so much. We've never spent more than $5K pp and our longest trip has been 19 nights. If you're a solo traveler, you'll end up spending more on a pp basis because of single supplements, etc.
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Thanks for that info Patti - I really thought I was slumming!
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