If You Only Have a Week

Feb 11th, 2009, 05:48 PM
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a couple things to consider. i work closely with wilderness safaris and i am familiar with their rate structures. since your last journey two years ago, november has now been rolled into high season. for mombo, the rack rate is $1770 per person per night (pppn) in november versus $1470 pppn low season (dec-may). the differential (by percent) is MUCH greater with classic camps as the classic camps are $600 pppn low and $900 pppn high (jun-nov).

if money is a little tight and you can only go a week in november (6 nights), then you can actually afford to go for nine nights in december for the exact same price ($600*9 = $900*6). i recommend you wait until early december. you need to time it right because the airlines go into xmas fare structures on december 6. this applies to delta and saa.


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Feb 11th, 2009, 07:17 PM
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First of all, if I had only a week ..... a week is still a week!!!

Next, gameviewing is different Mombo and Serian. You just cannot compare the two!!! I've been to both - Serian will win it hands down for me!

Next important factor - Serian's rate includes a private vehicle for each booking. A huge swing in it's favour in my opinion. With a week - you can combine the Serian camp (main or ngare) with a combination of their fly camp/mobile camp location.
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Feb 11th, 2009, 07:51 PM
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Let's see, $1770pppn, 2 persons, 6 nights works out to - $21,240. Not in my budget this year!!!! Hope that includes cokes, beer, wine .

regards - tom
ps - or next year, or the year after that
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Feb 11th, 2009, 08:31 PM
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Hari - what was it about the wildlife which made Serian better for you than Mombo? Was it cheetah action? From what I have read Mombo offers great diversity but then so does the Mara. Certainly the private vehicle at Serian is a big plus along with the ability to stay at 2 locations but I am interested in the difference between the two locations as regards to wildlife viewing.
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Feb 11th, 2009, 08:45 PM
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Hi Twaffle,

While Mombo was the place of plenty - in particular the famed wild dogs packs ....... in more recent times, apparently Lions and Hyena have taken over in large numbers. SO, just the ever changing dynamics in the wild.

Serian was very appealing to me in terms of the way they operate - flexibility, private vehicle, in tune with nature and surroundings and just the way they do things out there. The Mara (even without the main migration) delivered in plenty in terms of the game viewing - I had great viewing - Lions, Cheetah, Leopard, Black Rhino and plenty of plains game including the no-often mentioned Loita wing of the migration which was right around the camp area.

Twaffle, you might find a full trip report from Serian that I have in the reports section on ST.

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Feb 11th, 2009, 08:46 PM
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Feb 11th, 2009, 11:06 PM
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Thanks Hari, I'll go searching.
I do like the sound of everything I've heard about Serian. Hopefully it is still as good when I can get there.
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Feb 12th, 2009, 04:57 AM
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Mombo and Botswana are the best! My favorite! I'd do five days at Mombo and Capetown for two.
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