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Safari in December. Problem if cant book now?

Travel Forums Africa and The Middle East Safari in December. Problem if cant book now?

1. Posted by therookie (Budding Member 18 posts) 9y

I am going to be in Tanzania for work beginning later this month and going till about mid december. I would really like to go on a safari after I am done for about a week or so but the project end date is probably going to be moving around on me up until maybe a few weeks before we are done. So I cant book anything in advance. Am I going to be have a problem getting on a safari with a few weeks (potentially days) of notice? I should be ending up in Dar. I have heard that it is cheaper to book once I am there but am concerned I may end up with a disreputable outfit.

Thanks!

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 8y

You can usually book and be off within a couple of days at the most. I haven't heard of anyone waiting more than 3 days to get going. The biggest problem will be if there aren't enough travellers around, you might have to wait for a couple days for a "group" to assemble that the safari company feels it's worth their overhead to run the tour.

When I was there in January of 2005, I booked and was off the next day.

As for disreputable companies, what I did was researched companies online before I went and checked them out first. Unfortunately, they didn't have any tours going that fit my needs, so I ended up getting an offer from a company I didn't know, so I told them I wanted to check out a couple other places. While I was off "checking" other places out, I went into an internet cafe and spent 1/2 an hour checking out the company online. I checked the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators, as well as reviews online from sites such as this one and Lonely Planet's Thorntree.

Greg

3. Posted by TedHoner (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

December is around the corner. Book your safari now and pay when you arrive. Write an email to www.allseasonssafaris.com. Ask them to send you an itinerary with cost for the days you want to spend in Kenya. They also do Tanzania packages.
All the best buddie!

4. Posted by therookie (Budding Member 18 posts) 8y

Thanks for the reply Greg! (Dont know how I missed that; I got notified of this second response). I am thinking that I wont have the problem of not enough travelers as I will be there in 'high' season. :) My biggest concern is having a room to stay at while I am waiting. Dont want to be sleeping outside!

So is there somewhere on this site that has reviews of companies? I hadnt seen anything like that yet.

And you rolled down there in the middle of high season with nothing booked and it worked out? That is definately encouraging.

@Ted: I cant book anything now as my work end date may shift around.

5. Posted by TedHoner (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

Don't book now but it is always good to make reservations before hand

6. Posted by therookie (Budding Member 18 posts) 8y

I thought that 'making a reservation' involved payment of some sort.

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 8y

Quoting therookie

So is there somewhere on this site that has reviews of companies? I hadnt seen anything like that yet.

Nope, no consolidated place for reviews, but there are a few recommendations in the forums.

Really best to do a search using google, and then look for sites that have travellers opinions. Be suspicious of anyone who has only 1 post that's a recommendation, but otherwise if a frequent poster says it's decent, you should be okay.

Quoting therookie

And you rolled down there in the middle of high season with nothing booked and it worked out? That is definately encouraging.

Yes. The only place I had booked ahead of time was upon arrival, and that's because I had booked my Kilimanjaro climb ahead of time and that included hotel nights before and after. I was able to find accomodation without issue in Arusha and Stone Town. Arriving in Kendwa (north coast of Zanzibar) we found a place, but it wasn't our first choice. That was sold out. However, we were arriving late afternoon, which I always find is taking a chance. I'd prefer to arrive at a place late morning or early afternoon if I am searching for accomodations.

Greg