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post #1 of 76
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Which country did you go to? I'm planning on going at the end of august and am open to suggestions. I'm sure Kenya will be safe by then but what are other good options (that aren't crazy expensive). I'm thinking max $5k per person with airfare.
post #2 of 76
I highly recommend South African and Tanzania. South Africa will likely be more expensive. In Tanzania I suggest looking at packages in the Ngorongoro Crater.
post #3 of 76
I suggest the inside of edmorel's pants.
post #4 of 76
I've been, but can't really recomend where I have been - I did it as an add on to working and business trips. there have to be better places. Kenya is actually very easy to get around and very easy to see some cool stuff. I would highly recomend a safari

glad to se that you are getting around a lot lately. good for you.
post #5 of 76
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Originally Posted by globetrotter View Post
I've been, but can't really recomend where I have been - I did it as an add on to working and business trips. there have to be better places. Kenya is actually very easy to get around and very easy to see some cool stuff. I would highly recomend a safari

glad to se that you are getting around a lot lately. good for you.

Thanks. I don't know why I haven't had much urge to travel in the past few years. Once you start it becomes addictive though. I've got so many places on my list... I will probably blow all my money on travel over the next year and a bit. After that it will be time to buckle-down.
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I suggest the inside of edmorel's pants.
You won't see much more than a pygmy snake in there.
post #7 of 76
Is this going to be a hunting or non-hunting safari? These days I think $5000 could get you into a bare-bones 5-day plains-game hunt in Namibia, Zambia, or RSA. Non-hunting you that money would go quite a bit further. I'd personally avoid RSA- it's nearly impossible to find a non-canned hunt there these days. Zimbabwe is not a good choice currently, for obvious reasons.

If this is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime type trip, you need to make it Tanzania. Ive been around Africa, and Tanzania is the wild place you dream about or read in Hemmingway. Late August in the Selous or Masailand you will likely see 500-1000 strong herd of Buffalo- quite a sight. They grow some big cats there too (one of which is now a my rug^^) The entire place just an order of magnitude more remote and unspoiled than the rest of southern Africa. You couldn't hunt Tanzania for $5000, but you could probably spend time there.

I would strongly recommend hooking up with your local safari club before deciding anything. You'll meet old-timers and professional hunters who have made dozens of trips to Africa in their lives. Their knowledge could save you a lot of grief, and believe me there is a lot of potential for grief in Africa. Don't travel there with some mickey-mouse outfit.

I also recommend the forums at www.accuratereloading.com. It's the biggest online community of big-game hunters, but there is a wealth of knowledge there for non-hunters too.
post #8 of 76
I went on a safari in Kenya 10 years ago with a friend and my parents. We had a great time. We went with Kuoni out of London. The cost of our Safari, which included round trip travel from London, domestic (Kenya) travel, lodges and meals, was less than the cost of round trip airfare alone from California to Nairobi. I understand it costs more these days. I found out about the trip from a coworker of mine. She has been back recently and added Tanzania to the itinerary; she likes Kenya better.
post #9 of 76
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Originally Posted by GQgeek View Post
Which country did you go to? I'm planning on going at the end of august and am open to suggestions. I'm sure Kenya will be safe by then but what are other good options (that aren't crazy expensive). I'm thinking max $5k per person with airfare.

I've been to safaris in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and (I think) Botswana or Angola.

Kruger's the best, but that might have changed. Wouldn't go to Kenya right now the way things are going.
post #10 of 76
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Originally Posted by Pennglock View Post
Is this going to be a hunting or non-hunting safari? These days I think $5000 could get you into a bare-bones 5-day plains-game hunt in Namibia, Zambia, or RSA. Non-hunting you that money would go quite a bit further. I'd personally avoid RSA- it's nearly impossible to find a non-canned hunt there these days. Zimbabwe is not a good choice currently, for obvious reasons.

If this is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime type trip, you need to make it Tanzania. Ive been around Africa, and Tanzania is the wild place you dream about or read in Hemmingway. Late August in the Selous or Masailand you will likely see 500-1000 strong herd of Buffalo- quite a sight. They grow some big cats there too (one of which is now a my rug^^) The entire place just an order of magnitude more remote and unspoiled than the rest of southern Africa. You couldn't hunt Tanzania for $5000, but you could probably spend time there.

I would strongly recommend hooking up with your local safari club before deciding anything. You'll meet old-timers and professional hunters who have made dozens of trips to Africa in their lives. Their knowledge could save you a lot of grief, and believe me there is a lot of potential for grief in Africa. Don't travel there with some mickey-mouse outfit.

I also recommend the forums at www.accuratereloading.com. It's the biggest online community of big-game hunters, but there is a wealth of knowledge there for non-hunters too.

I'll be shooting with an Olympus e-3, not a rifle. I'd rather shoot people than lions and elephants. They're more deserving in general. :P

I guess I'll start looking in to SA and Tanzania. August sounds like a good time to go. It would be very cool to see a herd that big. The biggest thing for me are the elephants and the big cats though. I want to get nice and close for some good photos.
post #11 of 76
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Thanks. I don't know why I haven't had much urge to travel in the past few years. Once you start it becomes addictive though. I've got so many places on my list... I will probably blow all my money on travel over the next year and a bit. After that it will be time to buckle-down.

Careful:

http://www.awayawhile.com/index.php?offset=0#44
post #12 of 76
I'll +1 on the Tanzania. My mother went a few years back with a group on helping teach some of the kids how to speak English, and on that 10 week trip they got to spend 1 week just doing fun, safari-like stuff compared to working. She loved every minute of it.
post #13 of 76
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I'll +1 on the Tanzania. My mother went a few years back with a group on helping teach some of the kids how to speak English, and on that 10 week trip they got to spend 1 week just doing fun, safari-like stuff compared to working. She loved every minute of it.
My mother is heading there in a few weeks for the migration of the wildebeast. You would have to put me in a clear plastic bubble to get me to go to Africa, even on the most luxurious safari.
post #14 of 76
If you go to Tanzania (which I highly recommend), I'd suggest to stay away from the most visited areas in the North and go for the similarly fantastic but far less touristy areas of the South (Selous is beautiful for a lush landscape, Ruaha fantastic for a more arrid environment). These are places where you will be able to spend days of safaris drives without ever seeing another rover or other tourists.

The crater has an amazing concentration of wildlife but is a bit of a zoo, with rovers roaming around and follwing each other... feels more like Disneyland at times than a wilderness experience IMO
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Wow. How much money did he start with I wonder? I was thinking a couple months of travelling, not 4 years. :P
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