trip to Africa

Jan 24th, 2008, 02:53 PM
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trip to Africa

6-8 of us (from Washington, DC area) are planning our first sub-saharan African trip. We want to do Safari, and beaches for diving. We have about 2 weeks (as many of US workers do!) we are aged 35-40. I was curious if anyone knew of any "socially responsible" tour groups/contacts...as we want to ensure we are supporting African people. We are okay with the camping etc. (well most of us anyway!) yet of course, safety first. We are well traveled couples. thanks!
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Jan 24th, 2008, 03:29 PM
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Are you considering Tanzania? You might want to contact Green Footprint Adventures in Arusha. They planned a wonderful trip for us last October -- a good combination of tented camps and lodges, with day and night game drives, hiking, canoeing, a walking safari, time spent in a local (not touristy) village, and beach time on Zanzibar. We're also in our mid-30s and pretty active, so we thought GF was a perfect fit for us.

If you're thinking of Kenya, I'd highly recommend Eastern & Southern Safaris, in Nairobi. Both companies have good websites and are easy to work with via e-mail.
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Jan 25th, 2008, 08:22 AM
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thank you, we are considering Tanzania, I appreciate the information! We are not looking at Kenya currently considering the political unrest.
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Jan 25th, 2008, 08:44 AM
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I use Kibo Guides, which is owned and run by local Tanzanians, chief among them, Willy Chambulo. They also use several camps and lodges that were built by their affiliated company, Tanganyika Wildness Camps: Maramboi Camp at Tarangire, Ngorongoro Farmhouse near the Crater, and mobile tented camps in the Serengeti. They also have outstanding guides, such as Peter Njau and Allen Mnyenye. I've gone with them three times and would recommend them.
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Jan 25th, 2008, 09:54 AM
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shb -

When do you plan to travel?
Determines where in Tanzania is best

What kind of budget have you allocated, not including Int'l air.

Camping comes in all flavors, from budget with hole in the ground toilets and cold water showers; moves up from there, to pure luxury.


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Jan 25th, 2008, 07:47 PM
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Check out the dive spots too. Zanzibar is ok. Pemba and the island off Kilwa- Mafia Island- is better. I always went up to Nungwi, but that was because of the friends that head there. More of a party atmosphere depending on your lodging. Had some excellent whale shark dives. They seem fairly mellow about all the divers chasing them. I managed to plant myself several times so they had to swim around, or over me. Other then that, was not impressed. I am told there are better places.
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Jan 26th, 2008, 07:51 AM
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Take a look at Mozambique for your diving and beach time. If you safari in Tanzania I believe you can fly via Dar es Salam to the Quirimbas in Northern Mozambique for outstanding diving, sea kayaking, beach, etc.

If you safari in Southern Africa you could easily fly via Joburg to the Bazaruto Archapelago in Mozambique.

As Sandi asked, I think seasonal time and budget will determine your best options.
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Jan 26th, 2008, 07:55 AM
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No edit function! Sorry for spelling should be Dar es Salaam and Archipelago
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Jan 26th, 2008, 02:33 PM
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I'm not familiar with Mozambique, but we're still waiting to learn "when" the group is traveling.

However, I'm with luangwablondes - Pemba, Mafia and Kilwa - are great dive alternatives to Zanzibar
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Jan 26th, 2008, 05:26 PM
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For for sub-Saharan safaris, it's hard to beat the Sabi Sands game reserve in South Africa. CCAfrica camps are well-received and run by a non-profit conservation org. that works with local communities. And if you want luxury (and air-conditioning in the hot months) and superb game-viewing, they are first-rate.
ccafrica.com
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