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    Question East Africa Safari 2013


    I am planning a trip that will take 2 months from mid July to mid September that will take in Eastern Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya returning via Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique. The route will take in Chobe, Victoria Falls, Kafue, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Masa Mara, Lake Baringo, Nakuru, Amboseli, Tsavo, Selous game parks. we will be calling in at Livingstone, Lusaka, Arusha, Kericho, Nakuru, Nairobi, Malindi, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam Blantyre, Vilanculous and Maputo to name but a few.There will be three adults in our vehicle and we would welcome anyone who can join us for part or all of our trip with their own vehicles. The budget is work in progress with fuel a major cost factor, there will be some camping, some self catering and some B&B, there are border costs and conservation costs and cost per person based on 3 in a vehicle will be in the order of R800 per person per day.

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    Hi Punchy,
    welcome to the 4x4 community!

    My first impression:
    the route is much too long for two months.

    I can only advise you to by the T4A maps
    and plan the route in steps.

    The complete Africa Map is R 790
    and you can download it here

    We travelled in 2011 from Cape Town to Murchinson Falls
    and back with 4 month and 27.000 km.

    What are your preferences, seeing animals
    meeting people, seeing landscapes?

    What vehicle do you have?

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    Hmmmm sounds tempting , please keep the info coming

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    I agree with Beattie that you are trying to cover too much ground. Once you leave southern africa (ie Botswana in terms of your route) you will find you cover much less distance in a day and the roads become increasingly hard work. Even on main roads you will get shocking potholes, slow/stuck trucks, and too many people/animals to drive safely with any speed.

    Also bear in mind that fuel being one of the major expenses the further you go in the time you have the more expensive it becomes. Slower = cheaper!

    You would have a much more relaxed 2 month trip if you were to travel up as far as the north of Zambia/Malawi and back. Or if you really want to sample a bit of east Africa turn around in Tanzania. Many (including me) prefer the parks in the south to the Serengeti but no doubt you'll want to get up there if you make it that far.

    I'd say your budget is on the low side. With around 80% camping/20% self catering we were still spending more than that but a lot will come down to the number of days you are in game parks. 24 hours in the Serengeti will be $250 for 3 of you and the car. And $450 for a day/night in Ngorongoro if you include a crater visit.

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    Ive listed our 2011 itinerary here,
    we covered an average of 44 km per hour,
    game drives excluded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heine View Post
    hmmmm sounds tempting , please keep the info coming
    +1 ;d

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    Really appreciate the inputs which are invaluable especially the itinerary posted by Southern Dreams and the average speeds achieved, I agree with Itchy Feet the budget is already stretched and we are praying for a stronger Rand, reduced petrol prices en route so we can feed the Prado VX' s thirst. The more you research the trip the more one has to revise one's thinking, but we will be going that is for sure.

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    Hi Punchy,,,
    Is this trip still on??

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    Hi there,

    If you are passing through Kasane please come and do a Pangolin photo safari on the river. We have specialised boats and vehicles and we supply all the cameras too free of charge. You can book in advance through the website www.pangolinphoto.com or go and see Guts at the pangolin house which is on the right as you drive in to Kasane from Kazangula - there is a huge sign, cant miss it. Guts runs the operations there and has been guiding through Bots for around 15 years. There is very little he doesnt know!!

    As the very least i am sure they will make you a decent cup of coffee.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushballie View Post
    Hi Punchy,,,
    Is this trip still on??
    Hi Bush Ballie, trip is most definitely still on, reservations that are essential at key points have been made, leaving on 15th July. Like to join us? Budget has changed due to Rand/Dollar exchange rate and petrol prices. Sorry for delay have been in hospital and recuperating.

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    Serengeti and Ngorongoro entry must be paid for in advance at the bank in Arusha. If you turn up at the gate, they will refuse you entry.
    Serengeti is paid is CRDB or Exim bank, you are supposed to have a smart card to load the fees onto, which costs $1. the bank will issue it.
    Crater is paid at Barclays - the teller knows the account number.....
    give yourself a day in arusha to sort it all out.

    Kenyan parks also have a smart card, but you can pay on arrival, although they were not letting foreign registered vehicles in. had to be kenyan. stupid rule and there were lots of complaints about it.

    Linda

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    Serengeti and Ngorongoro entry must be paid for in advance at the bank in Arusha. If you turn up at the gate, they will refuse you entry.
    Serengeti is paid is CRDB or Exim bank, you are supposed to have a smart card to load the fees onto, which costs $1. the bank will issue it.
    Crater is paid at Barclays - the teller knows the account number.....
    give yourself a day in arusha to sort it all out.

    Kenyan parks also have a smart card, but you can pay on arrival, although they were not letting foreign registered vehicles in. had to be kenyan. stupid rule and there were lots of complaints about it.

    Linda

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