Recommendations for safari tour operators in Kenya/Tarzania


nutek

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Hi, looking at going for an Africa safari for honeymoon (both my wife and myself are avid photographers).

Many of the safari operators are based overseas, so not very sure if they can be trusted or or reliable.

Does anyone have any recommendations on which tour operators (local or otherwise) you have gone before, and would recommend us to go with? We are looking probably at around 14+ days, preferably in Kenya/Tarzania area. Budget-limited, so wouldn't mind camping safaris; as long as can see much good stuff is fine :)

Do PM me if you have any recommendations!
Thanks in advance :)

Galant
 

2manydjs

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Hi

We are going to Tanzania, and the Kessy brothers were highly recommended. We booked for next month, will let you know it was!
 

locoloco

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I'm also going to Tanzania after CNY with a trip planned by KIBO Safari..Party of 2, private vehicle for 17 days. Photographic safari - start shooting at 6 am and finish at 6 pm. every day Out all day. Picnic lunch all the days. PM me after March 8 and I'll let you know how the trip went!

Winston
 

locoloco

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Hi

We are going to Tanzania, and the Kessy brothers were highly recommended. We booked for next month, will let you know it was!

What are your travel dates and itinerary? Perhaps we can meet up sometime. PM me thanks.

Winston
 

zwangski

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hi congrats on your newly start family.

We have been to Tanzania for a short safari in 2010 dry season. 4 person 1 4x4, private tour.

Here are some info that I can share:

1, we used focus-in-africa tour, they are not only a tour business, also a charity organizer. This way the cost is kept down. But not sure if they also handle Kenya, you need to check.

2, it's a billion dollar business in TZ and KY for the safari, with hundreds of tour companies. There is a HUGE price difference. Now let me try to explain why:

3, basically whatever you pay, the weather, and the terrain are the same. This means, when it rains, you get wet or cannot even open the roof for shooting, the shitty roads to and in the parks will give you an African massage all the time, and mosquito bites will risk malaria for everyone. What money makes a difference is: hotel accommodation OUTSIDE the park; where you have camping, log, or full hotel; food everyday, fresh cooked or picnic lunchbox; and condition of the vehicle you ride.

4, for the two of you, to hire a private vehicle results in, very likely, additional charges. Camping is even better, 'cause they have dedicated camping sites, it's not that wild and definitely safe during nights. And can save you lots on budget.

5, for 14 day safari, I believe you can go yo Serengeti and stay in for a couple of days. No idea how it is handled inside that huge vast park, as far as i know, there are individual camping sites inside the park just like other ones outside the smaller parks.

6, we took one of the cheapest tours, that is, 100usd per person per day. However, nothing felt cheap. It was about as expected, plus we had a wonderful cook and a wonderful driver who is very experienced. It's important, because you need a good guide to get you to the location of a kill in time, otherwise you only see ruins of a zebra with a crowd of vultures.

7, I dont know when are you planning to visit, but please check first, the high season might be more expensive, but it sure has its reasons. We arrived one week after the great migration, there were only about 100 zebras left in the whole ngorongoro national park... I would need to pay another S$5k to see the migration again...

Overall speaking, enjoy and good luck:)
 

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Thanks everyone for their inputs :)
One of the factors directly affecting us though is the current airfare. SIN - NBO (Nairobi), at $2.2k sgd per person for Qatar/Emirates, put quite a damper on our budget. Or should we be considering South Africa instead (e.g. Kruger national park) for hopefully more affordable options?

Cheers, and thanks,
Galant
 

zwangski

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cheapest airfair is s$1664 by emirates and ethiopian air from singapore to kilimanjaro/da les salam.



Thanks everyone for their inputs :)
One of the factors directly affecting us though is the current airfare. SIN - NBO (Nairobi), at $2.2k sgd per person for Qatar/Emirates, put quite a damper on our budget. Or should we be considering South Africa instead (e.g. Kruger national park) for hopefully more affordable options?

Cheers, and thanks,
Galant