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Solo travellers booking a Safari in Tanzania

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1. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I will be travelling solo in Tanzania in February of 2005. I would like to go on a safari, probably a 5 day safari. Would love to do Ngorogoro, Serengeti and potentially one of the other national parks. Also would love to do a cultural tour, but could do that as a side trip. Wouldn't mind seeing the Olduvai Gorge.

Firstly, if anyone is going to be there and likes the iternery, if we can get 4 folks together that'd be cool. I arrive in Arusha on Feb 21st, climb Kili from the 23rd-29th and probably would look at Safari from the 31st/1st.

Otherwise, as a single traveller how hard is it to book the safari I want and still keep the costs reasonable?

What are people's thoughts on group safaris?

Is it better to try and find people in Arusha when I am there to make up a 4some for a private safari? How hard is it to find people?

Also, I tried doing a search but couldn't find anything - is there a list of tips to booking a safari? What are the key points that one should look for when comparing operators (other, obviously, then cost)?

Thanks,
Greg

2. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I did a couple of five week tours when I was in Africa a few years ago and had a great time. There were a few people on the trips that had a few complaints but I think they were the type of people who just liked complaining (one woman was moaning that we spent too long at Victoria Falls - even though the tour was called the Vic Falls Tour!)

Personally, I prefer bigger groups because then there's more of a party atmosphere on the trip, but places like the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti are so brilliant that however you see them, and whoever you go with, you'll have a class time.

3. Posted by satrav (Full Member 27 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi!

I am from Johannesburg, South Africa and have just come back from a fantastic safari to Ngorogoro and Serengeti! It was totally unplanned - just arrived in Dar es Salaam and was found by one of the "flycatchers" who said he was a tour operator and within an hour we had booked and paid for everything! We were in Zanzibar first so for a flight from Zanzibar to Arusha then our own private 4x4 and guide for 3 days plus the flight back from Arusha to Dar only cost us about US 700! You can get really good accomodation as well at the crater and Serengeti for about $150 all inclusive per night. It is the most breathtakingly beautiful place I have ever been to and I would recommend it! If you want contact details of the tour operator etc just send my a msg through the system. I would love to help you!

Tonya