I am planning a trip to Africa within the next year and I am debating on whether to join an overland safari or travel independently. I will have around two or three months and about USD3000$ once I'm there, and would like to do Egypt, then Kenya overland to South Africa. The main things I would like to do and see include Cairo, Giza, Luxor, and possibly dive in the Red Sea. And the Great Rift Valley, Masai Mara, Zanzibar Island, Dar es Salaam, Victoria Falls, Kruger National Park, and Mt. Kilimanjaro in the rest of the south-eastern countries. I've heard all the negatives about overland groups, such as rushing through certain things and being stuck with the same people and chores, but convenience and safety are my biggest concerns as far as travelling alone. Does anyone have any advice? Thanks in advance.
If travelling only in Egypt and from Kenya to South Africa I would do it myself. I guess Nairobi or Dar es Salaam would be one of the more 'dangerous' places to go, the rest is not a problem.
Only when travelling all the way through Africa I would choose a tour operator, for example when travelling in countries like Sudan, Nigeria, Central African Republic etc.
Why would you see Dar es Salaam by the way?
I always travel independently, because I like my freedom and space.
Yes, there is plenty of inconvenience. But I just think of that as part of the experience.
Safety: The way I maximise my chances of travelling safely is to find out as much as I can about the places I will go, and read as much as I can about safety issues and ask as many people as possible about what to expect. This method has served me well. I have never yet been in a too dangerous a situation.
The Lonely Planet books give good and accurate safety advise and instructions. They are a good investment, if u intend to travel independently. They will also help u to minimise inconveniences u will encounter. They are available in most book shops around the world, and have books to cover most countries.
Thank you both for the replies. I've travelled independently everywhere I've been, but Africa intimidates me for some reason. I thought Dar es Salaam was the gateway to Zanzibar Island... am I completely wrong or is there another route? Do buses pretty much run between all the places I mentioned? Also, do you guys think 3000US$ is enough money for all this? Thanks again