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If I were able to persuade the DH, what would be my options for a CHEAP safari, likely East Africa, likely <2 weeks?

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Aug 2nd, 2005, 02:21 PM
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 02:59 PM
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Kavey -- For what you are looking for, after reading "alwaysafrica"'s itinerary & comments, I think if you took the first 5 days of that itinerary and then add in days 12 & 13, you'd end up with a GREAT one-week safari with excellent game-viewing, probably well-within your budget even with next year's park fee increases, meeting what you are looking for in terms of accommodations, and you could probably even throw in a couple of nights in Nairobi to see your friends. I'm not familiar with that operator but it all sounds just terrific and I think you'd have a tough time beating it.
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 03:18 PM
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I should then, Mitch, have compared you to Goethe, not Shakespeare.

Your website is actually incredible -- what a resource.

Do you have any info on Kgalagadi. There's not much info on the Internet, and my posts come up empty, although I have received some good info on Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree.

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Aug 6th, 2005, 09:30 AM
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Well, I'm poring through a guide book and also going to work through all my old issues of Travel Africa (have every single one since the start) and try and pin down more exactly where I want to go now I've been reassured by you all that we CAN do this within the budget!
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Aug 9th, 2005, 12:31 PM
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Well, what an enjoyable few days (on the safari planning front, anyways)...

I have been reading through all my back issues of Travel Africa to glean any and all information on any game reserve/ park/ conservancy area in Tanzania and Kenya and jotting notes into a Word document. I started at issue 1 and am on 27 now so only the last year to go!

I've also visited the main national parks sites for both countries and read up on each park there, found a couple of such sites that I missed via Mitch's portal and read up on those and added notes from both into my quickly growing document.

Next is to go through my travel articles clippings box and my other travel magazines that I have saved for any relevant articles.

Of course every park has it's delights and this isn't making it easier to narrow down - it's actually adding more and more options.

But, oddly, I find it easiest narrowing down when I have as complete as possible a list to narrow down.

So... a bit more legwork on my own notes file (all info other people already know but assembled into one place for my own purposes) and then I can make that all important decision on when and where.

Only then will I start contacting operators to see what they can do for me...
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Aug 9th, 2005, 06:30 PM
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I agree...it's so hard to narrow down if you aren't sure you know what all the options are....

I am really excited to hear what you come up with. I think a lot of us here start by thinking that we want to stick to a certain budget, find out that it's not so easy to do, and eventually cave in and spend more than we'd planned -- it would be nice to have a role model to point to and say, "See, it doesn't have to be so expensive." Heck, anybody can plan a safari for $10,000 -- there's no challenge in that. I can't wait to see what you put together!

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Aug 9th, 2005, 08:12 PM
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Grand total for my 11 night Zambian safari last year...$5,500 including light air transfers.

I was in no financial position to go on a safari, yet there was no way I could do without it. I snuck in just before the high season rates started and enjoyed an itinerary of

Kulefu, LZNP (4)
Kaingo, SLNP (4)
Chichele, SLNP (3)

This was an add-on to an obligatory Italy trip with my wife's family.

Although $250 per person per night sharing does not sound that inexpensive, for the level of lodges above, it was a great deal. Used frequent flier points to go from London-Joburg-Lusaka and back.

Although it is nice to find good deals, it is also kind of nice to not stress about it and just book it. Hopefully being in such a position will not dull my senses any and I will still be able to find great deals to share on Fodors.
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Aug 10th, 2005, 01:08 AM
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Lisa,
Thanks for the encouragement.
Oddly enough, we haven't got an absolutely set budget as it's a little far out. As we're both self-employed it depends a lot on how well we do over the next few months. I'm trying not to judge by this month's performance as it's a traditionally very quiet month for freelance IT Trainers.
But my working budget for initial planning is definitely £3k including flights. Having done minimal initial flight research I'm setting aside £1k for 2 return flights and assuming £1k each left for the internal trip - that's GBP.
What I'm thinking of doing though is finding an itinerary that works in this budget, and let's me do, let's say y nights. IF we find we can add just a little more to the budget, I'd use it to add a couple of nights on rather than upgrade what I already had. I think.
But I do want this to be a budget trip even if we have a good quarter as we've a lot of house projects that get neglected for sake of holidays! The urgent ones (like very old roof needing replacing) get done but the cosmetic ones tend not to!
Rocco, thanks for your support also.
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Aug 10th, 2005, 10:42 AM
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Dear Kavey,
I agree with you on the correlation between house improvements and holidays.

We're currently converting a scenic garden "shack" into a habitable guest "cottage" while it will improve the holiday acommodation for my family it's crimping our travelling style!
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Aug 10th, 2005, 11:25 AM
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I was just telling my husband this morning that if we really want a new patio door, we'd better order it this weekend. Otherwise the funds earmarked for it will end up paying for another vacation!
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Aug 11th, 2005, 12:35 AM
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He he he tell me about it!

Of course I'm now at the stage where it's harder not easier (though i know that will pass) because I have so MANY places on the list that sound SOOO good!

It's fun though!
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