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Old 04-10-2007, 10:57 PM   #1
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Hey all,

My fiancee and I are thinking about going on an African safari for our honeymoon. Problem is, everytime we look at safari packages online, we get bogged down by a flood of information, differing packages, countries we don't know much about, and some wild variations in cost.

What we'd like is about 7 or 8 days seeing a good variety of nature and wildlife -- and without roughing it too much, or at all.

We're trying to do our research here, but *you* are a big part of our research. Does anyone have any particular experience with this? Any recommendations on tour companies, packages, countries that must be seen, wildlife experiences we must not pass up? Thanks in advance for your input.
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Old 04-11-2007, 12:07 PM   #2
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I don't really have any experience in this, but I would say stick to Kenya (not Nairobi), and make sure you look at what countries are safe for travelers down there.

As for safari's, maybe you should focus on hotels, many hotels offer day trips and expeditions.
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Package deals from travel agencies are very, very pricey. On my safari(s) during my two weeks in southern Africa last Fall, I decided to do it myself. And it is very doable, IMO. You can check out my South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho travelogs on my site below, for a recounting of my experiences.

However, here's some highlights:
South African National Parks website. You can pick any park (for example, Kruger) and actually book your campsites or huts up to a year ahead of time). You can book night drives -- all kinds of stuff -- online. There's an extensive message boards, too, with all kinds of advice.
http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/

The Baz Bus:
This is a cool way to get around the country (if you choose South Africa).
http://www.bazbus.com

Swaziland National Parks website:
http://www.biggameparks.org/index.html
I stayed at Mlilwane park. You can do lots of hiking where you get pretty close to warthog, zebra, all types of antelope, hippo -- really cool. There's a hostel right on the premises that was real fun to stay at, too.

I've also heard (but not been there), that if you wait till you get to Kenya, and book your safari in Nairobi, you can save tons of money. Be careful, though, it's not nicknamed Nai-robbery for nothing!

Feel free to ask any questions, too. I had a great time in my 2 weeks, there...even despite the attempted mugging...!

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It's statements like "We had fun despite the attempted mugging" that will make my fiancee unhappy to see this thread.

Thanks so much for the info, though, and if anyone else has any advice or wisdom to impart, we're open to it.
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look you can get mugged anywhere! I got mugged in Liverpool a few days before christmas at the cashpoint 200 pounds to be precise.
Im off to Tanzania for the summer and will be flying in to Nairobbery (as Mike likes to call it lol) and i will be there on my own as a single white female! I believe that Tanzania (according to my volunteer company) is one of the safest countries to visit.
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It's statements like "We had fun despite the attempted mugging" that will make my fiancee unhappy to see this thread.
I can picture it now: "It's ok honey, it was only an attempted mugging"
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