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1. Posted by Dee1979 (Full Member 83 posts) 11y

I want to go on Safari for one week. I have booked all my other trips and have a week left. Can anyone tell me if they have gone on Safari and where is a good place to go. Also what is the best time of year to go.

Any help appreciated.

Cheers

Deirdre

2. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Depends where you are and what you want to see. Tanzania is very good, I've been told there's an Elephant, Lion and Rhino guarantee. I did a volunteer project for ten weeks in Zambia, in the very North. The country has some smaller but very nice National Parks, in South Luangwa there is some chance to see a Leopard (as always with Leopards, chances are very slim though).
Tanzania is nice, if you're into deserts, but it's also got some Savannah area, I think.
And of course there is South Africa, with all it's big Gameparks and National parks. So, depending on where you are there plenty of opportunities, but it won't come cheap.
In Southern Africa the raining season usually starts in December until March/April, so that wouldn't be a good time to go, as most of the places are closed, roads are inaccessible and so on. October till December is the hot dry season, a lot of animals will wander off to follow the rain, but it's easier to see the animals as the vegetation is dried out and the grass is low...
But it always depends on the country itself, this information is on Zambia, which is at the very top of Southern Africa, with lots of influence from Central Africa.

3. Posted by buttmunch (Inactive 77 posts) 11y

Namibia is a gem! I did a tour of Africa and of all of the parks we went to, Etosha was my favorite. You can sit and watch the animals at the floodlit water holes all night if you want to. It was also especially good for Black Rhino. In a week, you would probably have time to see the sand dunes in Sossusvlei and to go to Swakopmond too. If this in the wrong direction, the Masai Mara was another firm favourite! x

4. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 11y

My personal favorite is the safari at Masai Mara in Kenya. I saw lions at unbelievably near distances out in the open. I saw a ton of other animals too. It is a treat. Do not miss it. If you need accomodation, check out Keekorok Hotel. It is the best. Hope this helps.

Pranav

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Having only been on one safari, I can't really compare it to other safari's, but if you want to read about my experience in Tanzania in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Manyara parks, find it here.

6. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting GregW

Having only been on one safari, I can't really compare it to other safari's, but if you want to read about my experience in Tanzania in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Manyara parks, find it here.

Greg...when is a good time of the year to take the hike in Kilimanjaro and do the safari there? I cant go January thru April so I was thinking May, June. Is it rainy then? Is it a good time to go for a safari in Tanzania?

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

There are two rainy seasons in East Africa - the long rains is from April through to June and the short rains from late November through to December.

As for when to go, I've gotten two pieces of advice. Some people say that the dry seasons is generally better for game viewing when the game concentrates around the water sources, and the grasses are short and thus easy to see the game. Others have said that the wet season is better because there is more water and grasses around, and thus the animals are more plentiful.

You also might want to take into account the Wildebeest migration. "The migration of the Serengeti wildebeest is one of the best-known and most studied migrations in Africa. Almost a million wildebeest make the seasonal movement from their wet season range on the open plains to their dry season refuge in the woodlands, a round trip of about 400 km. The pattern of movement can vary somewhat from year to year depending on rainfall and the resultant food supply. It is common for up to several hundred thousand Thomson’s gazelle and up to a quarter of a million zebra to make the journey with the wildebeest." (source: Wildebeest page)

A good resource is the www.africatravelsresource.com page. You will find information on where the wildebeests will be during what month. Or google to find other resources.

8. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Thanks for the advice Greg! You are the best!

9. Posted by Dee1979 (Full Member 83 posts) 11y

Greg,
Thank you so much for your advice. Going to look into it. It's something I have always dreamed of. Maybe I'll wait til January and go for longer as it seems it would be a waste not to explore a little more and a week might not give me enough time to do what is recommended.

Have been reading your site. It's excellent. By the way, the fainting with the coke episode happened me to years ago. Hit my head off the washing machine! Dangerous thing: coke.

Anyway cheers. Hope someday to be in Toronto visiting my uncle so I might drop you a line.
Take care
Dee

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