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Old 05-19-2014, 11:38 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I have seen prices for Safaris as high as $1000/day/person considering that this is game viewing, primiarly you ride in a 4x4 with a guide who spots animals (although they are so abundant in the parks they hardly need any "spotting" per se) what is the reason for the astronomical prices?

Anyone done any budget friendly Safaris priced more in line for those that are not part of the rich and famous?
Back in 1986/87 I paid >$1000 for 27 days. Of course that involved setting up my own tent every night and very primitive conditions. This was with OAT.

I was also in a troop transport with about nine or ten other folks. All the food was prepared for us, though. nothing luxurious, but hearty and filling. To drink we had one beer a day and gritty, but clean, often warm, water from a tank behind the cab of the truck.

Do these 'roughin' it' type safaris still exist or is it all, primo tent camps and lodges with mimosas for breakfast.
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Old 05-19-2014, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Why do you assume that all rental cars in South Africa are "crappy" and all their motels are "crummy"?
This was my crummy rental car;

Anyone did African Safari travel on the cheap?-vroom.jpg

and here's an adjacent hotel. Barely getting by...

The Palace of the Lost City |*Sun City South Africa
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Old 05-19-2014, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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I'm specifically referring to Kenya (Masai Mara, Amboseli NP, Nakuru) and Tanzania (Serengeti, Ngorongoro).

The plan is to do the Kilimanjaro climb (8 days, Lemosho route) from Moshi and then do the above parks for Safari, following that go to Zanzibar to do some SCUBA diving and relaxing. I would also like to make a pitstop in Nanyuki, Kenya at the equator line to take that pic as I have equator pics from Ecuador as well so that would be cool

How many days am I looking at for such a vacation? Is 3 weeks sufficient?
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Old 05-19-2014, 05:50 PM
 
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Yeah but it was the OP asking for budget options.
I guess the word "budget" is relative.
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Old 05-19-2014, 05:55 PM
 
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In full agreement!

There are some places I like a tour mainly due to the access to quality guides. The Amazon was one such place, but in general I'll do it myself and on the fly.
I often DIY--that doesn't mean I need to give up creature comforts. I'm spending two weeks in London next year. Renting a nice flat in Kensington as opposed to staying at the Ritz. I have done this many times in Europe. No guide needed.
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Old 05-19-2014, 05:58 PM
 
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Why do you assume that all rental cars in South Africa are "crappy" and all their motels are "crummy"?
The way it was being described, it was as if you were renting from the African equivelant to "Rent a Wreck" and staying in a motel which wouldn't even warrant a single star in the US. I apologize if I were wrong.

Based on the OP looking for guided tour options on a budget, I don't believe they were looking to go off into the bush on their own.
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Old 05-19-2014, 05:59 PM
 
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This was my crummy rental car;

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and here's an adjacent hotel. Barely getting by...

The Palace of the Lost City |*Sun City South Africa
That's not a motel. Let's be real here. It's also not a budget place.
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:05 PM
 
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I often DIY--that doesn't mean I need to give up creature comforts. I'm spending two weeks in London next year. Renting a nice flat in Kensington as opposed to staying at the Ritz. I have done this many times in Europe. No guide needed.

No, not for someplace like that, but for trying to find snakes in the Amazon, gibbons in Cambodia, or orchids in Borneo, a good guide can be worth a ton.
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Old 05-19-2014, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I think the OP made it pretty clear he was not asking about flying an executive jet into Africa, and sitting in a barcalounger nibbling on pheasant, in a penthouse suite with a guide pointing out the animals out the window. Some people would not consider that to be a travel "experience", much less an "adventure".
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:02 AM
 
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Some people would not consider that to be a travel "experience", much less an "adventure".

Or fun. I've had some great times travelling and one of my most memorable nights was sleeping in a hammock (one with the mosquito netting included in a pop up thing) slung between two trees in SE Asia. Just all the sounds and smells, the forest was loud! I'll take that over 300 thread count (or whatever) sheets any day.
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