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Old 05-16-2014, 09:47 AM
 
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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?
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:50 AM
 
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Guides, housing, meals, alcohol, park entry fees, transportation to and from the airport, etc. I've seen them as little as $250 per person, per day, but the accomodations will be more spartan. The ones that run $1000 per day include luxury accomodation, gourmet food, spa services, and more.
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:00 PM
 
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We have traveled with this company (though not to Africa) and found them very good, especially given the prices.

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I've heard from friends that have done Africa with Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT), saying that they were reasonably priced, but I've no personal experience with them.
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:12 PM
 
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Yes, but it was in 1976. I guess you can still do it, but the daily fees in the national parks are up to $100 per day per person, so you can't cut it any lower than that. Fees for each park are online.

Four of us rented a sedan and a tent in Nairobi, and spent ten days touring the Tanzania parks. The campgrounds are pretty cheap, but you can often also sleep in bunks in a rondavel compound used by the drivers and guides, which cost a tiny fraction of the room rates in the tourist lodges and hotels. We also took along a lot of basic staple foods and a rented cookstove. Take along binoculars (indispensable), and do your homework from various printed guides about where and how to find the animals. We saw every major mammal except cheetah, but saw hippos only submerged in water. Wildlife is easy to find, and we saw plenty every day. Giraffes on the side of the highway just outside Nairobi.

If you do it self-guided, follow safety precautions, and do not get out of the car except in safe places. The animals there eat people.

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Old 05-16-2014, 01:17 PM
 
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FYI--I have had two friends cancel booked trips to Kenya for sarais over the past two weeks due to escalating violence against US cisitzens and safety concerns in general. One has been there before, and it was heartbreaking to cancel, but she didn't want to feel uneasy through the entire trip. While State isn't telling people flat out not to go, they have posted some pretty strenuous comments about the concern for safety in Kenya right now.

With so many other places in the world to explore, I would probably look elsewhere at this juncture. Tazmania and Australia might be good second choices.
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Old 05-16-2014, 05:31 PM
 
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FYI--I have had two friends cancel booked trips to Kenya for sarais over the past two weeks due to escalating violence against US cisitzens and safety concerns in general. One has been there before, and it was heartbreaking to cancel, but she didn't want to feel uneasy through the entire trip. While State isn't telling people flat out not to go, they have posted some pretty strenuous comments about the concern for safety in Kenya right now.

With so many other places in the world to explore, I would probably look elsewhere at this juncture. Tazmania and Australia might be good second choices.
South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia are safe places to travel if a person wants to go on a safari. Although I'm sure Australia would be a great place as well,
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Old 05-16-2014, 05:33 PM
 
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just walk around at night in the jungle. free!
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Old 05-16-2014, 05:35 PM
 
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South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia are safe places to travel if a person wants to go on a safari. Although I'm sure Australia would be a great place as well,
In terms of being on the Safari, those would be no safer than Tanzania. In and out of Nairobi airport would be the only questionable safety issue in East Africa. Just make arrangements to be transported directly from the airport to Arusha, which is certainly as safe as anywhere in southern Africa.

There are shuttle operators that will collect you at Nairobi Airport and transport you directly to Arusha, about $25 each way. That's about a 4-hour drive, and the airport is right out on the Arusha highway. You will not be exposed to anything in Kenya outside the airport and the shuttle bus. Arusha is a clean, modern Tanzanian town that is very solicitous of the safety of travelers, who spend millions of dollars there visiting the game parks..

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Old 05-17-2014, 05:55 AM
 
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South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia are safe places to travel if a person wants to go on a safari. Although I'm sure Australia would be a great place as well,
Some years ago, I went to Gabarone (the capital of Botswana) to visit someone who was working there temporarily. During my stay I was taken to a safari lodge in Northern Botswana and there via my local visiting person's contacts, he arranged for us to go on a local land safari in the morning and a local river (the Zambezi) safari in the afternoon. Besides this I was also taken to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Safari site (near Johannesburg) in South Africa and this was done simply on our own by paying the entrance fee (and using a rented car).

BTW, before I went to Botswana I had been told by a South African woman that I met in the USA that Botswana was considered the "Jewel of (southern) Africa".
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Old 05-17-2014, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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just walk around at night in the jungle. free!
With the extra added bonus to your next of kin, who may be able to get a refund on your unused return airplane ticket!
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