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Has anyone been on an african safari?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by GQgeek, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    I knew a woman who nicked her leg in Africa and it resulted in an infection that blew up her leg three times its normal size.

    That's horrible. Which leads to tip number 2: wear pants.

    Jon.
     
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    That's horrible. Which leads to tip number 2: wear pants.

    Jon.


    I don't recall the medicine she used to resolve it. It wasn't anything special or expensive, but without it she would have been a goner.
     
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    Visit a travel doctor before leaving and bring a well-stocked medical kit.
     
  4. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Thanks, I'll look in to those places.
    There are so many safari companies that you could spend months trying to research options.

    I recommend Tanzania Odyssey very highly. They are great and have the best knowledge of Tanzania and all the lodges. Give them dates and a budget and they're arrange everything for you, including domestic air travel, etc... They take their commission from the lodges so you'll get the same rates as advertised by the lodges.

    We used them for our honeymoon and recommended them to a couple of friends and everyone was very happy.

    In Selous, if you can afford it, I'd recommend Beho-Beho. It's a fantastic place and the people there are just awesome
     
  5. Eustace Tilley

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    Highly recommend Tanzania - very beautiful.

    iammatt - why are you so afraid of Africa?
     
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    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

    That's really too bad.
    I was there almost 20 years ago.
    Back then it was a beautiful experience in every possible way.

    I defer to those with more recent experience with Tanzania. . .
     
  7. gdl203

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    That's really too bad.
    I was there almost 20 years ago.
    Back then it was a beautiful experience in every possible way.

    I defer to those with more recent experience with Tanzania. . .


    It's still beautiful but it can get really crowded, which for some people (e.g. me) can detract from the overall experience

    http://theadventureblog.blogspot.com...ari-day-5.html
     
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    It's still beautiful but it can get really crowded, which for some people (e.g. me) can detract from the overall experience

    More than understandable.
     
  9. EL72

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    I spent three and half weeks in South Africa (+ Swaziland & Zimbambwe) in 2001 and South Africa is very easy to travel in independently if that matters to you. The infrastructure is far more developed and it's safer imo than other African countries that may be more off-the-beaten-path.

    Do a couple of nights in an expensive game lodge with guide... and the rest in self-drive in Kruger Park. While it can get a bit crowded, there are plenty of Lions and Rhinos to go around for everyone. I would rather trade-off a few more people for the comforts and convenience of travelling independently in South Africa, which is a beautiful place. Cape Town is a stunning city too. Best time to travel is Oct-Nov or March-April.
     
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    There are so many safari companies that you could spend months trying to research options.

    I recommend Tanzania Odyssey very highly. They are great and have the best knowledge of Tanzania and all the lodges. Give them dates and a budget and they're arrange everything for you, including domestic air travel, etc... They take their commission from the lodges so you'll get the same rates as advertised by the lodges.

    We used them for our honeymoon and recommended them to a couple of friends and everyone was very happy.

    In Selous, if you can afford it, I'd recommend Beho-Beho. It's a fantastic place and the people there are just awesome


    Thanks. I had done a quick search on google and there were too many choices for safari companies. I might just use tanzania odyssey on your recommendation, but I don't think i'll be staying at the Beho beho lodge for $975 per person per night though. I need to stay in the $500-600 region to get my two weeks out of my budget. It's a good thing that there are lots of options for lodges. If reading this correctly TO just sets everything up and the game expeditions are handled by the lodge, correct?
     
  11. GQgeek

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    I spent three and half weeks in South Africa (+ Swaziland & Zimbambwe) in 2001 and South Africa is very easy to travel in independently if that matters to you. The infrastructure is far more developed and it's safer imo than other African countries that may be more off-the-beaten-path.

    Do a couple of nights in an expensive game lodge with guide... and the rest in self-drive in Kruger Park. While it can get a bit crowded, there are plenty of Lions and Rhinos to go around for everyone. I would rather trade-off a few more people for the comforts and convenience of travelling independently in South Africa, which is a beautiful place. Cape Town is a stunning city too. Best time to travel is Oct-Nov or March-April.


    That's an interesting approach because the game lodges certainly are expensive. Unfortunately, I'm fairly constrained as to when I can take my vacations. I have to go in August or wait until the end of december. My brother wants me to visit him in Egypt in April but i'm not sure if I'll be able to make that happen. I can only take so many vacations.
     
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    My brother wants me to visit him in Egypt in April but i'm not sure if I'll be able to make that happen. I can only take so many vacations.

    Is he still off on his jihad?
     
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    Is he still off on his jihad?

    I'm hoping he isn't radicalized. Actually, he's not even muslim or arab, so I can't understand why he cares about the palestinian cause so much. Still, it's fun to poke him with a stick and watch him get all riled up about it.
     
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    Thanks. I had done a quick search on google and there were too many choices for safari companies. I might just use tanzania odyssey on your recommendation, but I don't think i'll be staying at the Beho beho lodge for $975 per person per night though. I need to stay in the $500-600 region to get my two weeks out of my budget. It's a good thing that there are lots of options for lodges. If reading this correctly TO just sets everything up and the game expeditions are handled by the lodge, correct?

    Understand - these luxury lodges can be quite expensive.

    Yes, you're correct. The price per night is all inclusive: all meals and drinks(whether at the lodge or picnics) and all activities (drives, walking safaris, boating safaris...). Most people give a tip to their guide(s) at the end of the trip, but that's pretty much the only incidental
     
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    I have to go in August or wait until the end of december.

    Those are not great times to be visiting that part of the Southern Hemisphere. July-August is the rainy season and December is the middle of summer there so scorching hot.
     
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    Those are not great times to be visiting that part of the Southern Hemisphere. July-August is the rainy season and December is the middle of summer there so scorching hot.

    Rain doesn't bother me as long as I can still see all of the wildlife. Does that mean it will be low season and i will get better rates? ;p
     
  17. gdl203

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    Those are not great times to be visiting that part of the Southern Hemisphere. July-August is the rainy season and December is the middle of summer there so scorching hot.

    That's true in S.A. but not as much in Kenya or Tanzania which are closer to the equator and where the rainy season in April-May. I was there in August and weather was glorious and fairly dry - not too hot but not rainy or chilly

    May to July is the high season because of the Great Migration, so later months can be a good value for money
     
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    I know the feeling. I have loved travel all my life, and while I have been fortunate to visit many beautiful places, there are many sites I have yet to see and experience. An African Safari is certainly towards the top of my list of things to do, but I'd like to visit the Great Pyramids at Giza first (I have wanted to see these since the third grade), as well as visit Mt. Everest (maybe do a trek to base camp). The Himalayas have always intrigued me, and while I came close to Everest (I was about 300 miles east when I was in Lhasa, Tibet), I was too far to see it. I think my next trip will be to Morocco and Tunisia, and then end in Egypt.
     
  19. GQgeek

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    I've already travelled quite a bit in Europe so most of the places on my list, with the glaring exception of Italy, are quite exotic by most peoples' tastes. Actually, there's an idea for a new thread.
     
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    I went to the Madikwe region of South Africa last summer, and highly recommend it. I shot thousands of animals - with my Canon Rebel SLR, that is.

    The lodging food and wine were first rate, and the RSA infrastructure was pretty efficient. I can´t speak about other African country safaris, but I came back very happy.
     

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