What must go? Kenya or Tanzania

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Mar 25th, 2012, 03:12 PM
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What must go? Kenya or Tanzania

Hi folks,
I am realizing that I cannot have all the candy in the candy store. I have a limited amount of time and money for my "once in a lifetime trip". We have 14-15 days on ground in Africa- at least 4-5 days will (hopefully) be spent in Rwanda with the gorillas and the rest in Tanz/Kenya. I think we are traveling in June although November is a (remote) possibility.
Our desires are NG crater, Serengeti, View of Kili, Sheldrick/Giraffe manor, lots of elephants, zebras, flamingos, wild dogs (although I own one), cats of all sizes--you know the drill. I am not so interested in kills/crossings/ kitsch. Many years ago (25?), my mother and I looked at a CE flyer for veterinarians staying at the Treetop in Tarangire. The price was doable, however we did not go. She died not long after. I am sure you see where this is going....
I am calculating $6000. for Rwanda including gorilla permits.
Ideas? Which country should I savor?
Should I book this myself? stay at one place? go through a local operator in Kenya/Tanzania?
Thank you for helping
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Mar 26th, 2012, 02:14 PM
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The reports are that the Rwanda gorilla trekking permits will be raised June 1 to $750. You'd want to go 2 days to (hopefully) ensure seeing them. So, that's $1500 out of your budget before any travel expenses such as flights to and from Rwanda, transportation, lodging, guides, etc. That doesn't leave much for a safari. Since you'll most likely be going through Kenya, you might consider doing a safari there. In June the Migration herds are still in Tanzania, though. I'd suggest contacting a safari planner such as Bill Given at The Wild Source and get an idea of what the gorilla trip will cost and see if that's feasible along with a safari at your budget. I don't know that it is, at least for the length of time you say you have.
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Mar 26th, 2012, 04:31 PM
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Thanks ShayTay.
I think Bill is unavailable at this time. (Budget of $6000 is for Rwanda alone-IF I can get gorilla permits at $500/pp/d ) Kenya/Tanzania would be additional.
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Mar 26th, 2012, 08:01 PM
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June is low or mid-season many places in Kenya. Mid or high-season in Tanzania. It is also (generally) less expensive to fly to Nairobi than Kilimanjaro from the US or Europe.

The gorillas will be a budget buster so I'd definitely try to figure out how much that will cost including flights.

I'd price out airfare to/from Kigali from Nairobi, JRO and...help me out here someone, didn't I read one can now fly to Kigali straight from...someplace near the western Serengeti? I am forgetting. pollydill, search for that info. I know I've seen it recently, either here or on safaritalk.net.

Off the top of my head, I think that Kenya will be a more reasonable option given the high cost of gorilla trekking. I am biased, though, because I fell in LOVE with Kenya on my last trip and am no longer interested in chasing the migration.

Tanzania is also wonderful, but can be tough on the wallet.
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Mar 27th, 2012, 12:47 PM
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If Bill is out of the office, contact his Ops manager, Shannon (shannon at thewildsource dot com.) Leely2, Kayak is showing a nonstop Rwandair flight from JRO to Kigale for $281 one way, should Pollydill want to go to Tanzania. There are lots of options, pricewise, in Tanzania. It doesn't have to be a wallet buster.
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Mar 27th, 2012, 01:12 PM
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Thanks Leely2,
I reread your wonderful trip report today...Now I am trying to squeeze in Ithumba.

Thanks for checking Kayak Shaytay!
I did hear from Bill, so that is good. I think I first heard of him through your posts.

Planning is dizzying but fun. If only I would win Megamillions tonight!
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Mar 30th, 2012, 05:40 PM
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It was on safaritalk that I read about flying from the Serengeti to Rwanda. It's Coastal Air. Do not know about prices.

http://safaritalk.net/topic/7828-tan...for-2013-help/

Scroll down to posts 11, 12, 13 for details.
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