Has anyone been on an african safari?

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  1. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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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
     


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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.
     


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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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    I went on one in Kenya 2 years ago. Flew in from a 2 week trip from Ethiopia (which was incredible). I skipped on going in S. Africa last summer since my wife was pregnant and probably would be pissed if I stayed another week for fun w/out her.
     


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    Does it suck that your mother has bigger balls than you? [​IMG]

    Seriously though, what are you afraid of?


    Highly recommend Tanzania - very beautiful.

    iammatt - why are you so afraid of Africa?


    Like Conne, I am a bit of a pussy. I don't like having to think about diseases or run around looking for yellow fever shots.
     


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    Just need to get a few shots before the trip and you'll be fine. Some people react strangely to malaria pills though (most common side effect I heard around me is related to vivid dreams and nightmares)
     


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    Just need to get a few shots before the trip and you'll be fine. Some people react strangely to malaria pills though (most common side effect I heard around me is related to vivid dreams and nightmares)

    Mefloquine can have fairly serious side-effects affecting up to 25% of people that take it, iirc. Most doctors these days will proscribe a new drug called Malarone if you're going for a fairly short stay. You start taking it the day before you enter the malaria zone and for 7 days after you leave. Malarone has absolutely no side effects for most people. The advantage of mefloquine vs malarone on the other hand is that it is cheaper and only has to be taken once per week, which is great for people staying in africa for months instead of weeks at a time. Mefloquine can cause everything from drowsiness and nausea, to hallucinations and temporary blindness.
     


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    Will you be shooting me something endangered?
     


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