Planemannyc From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 997 posts, RR: 8 Posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2868 times:
My close friend is getting married in April and wants to take his new wife to Rome and then a Safari trip to Kenya / Tanzania. Thinking I am a member of a.net, he came running to me for advice. Unfortunately, I don't have much of an idea how to select a travel agent that can help with his plans. The itinerary is going to be NYC-ROME-EAST AFRICA-NYC (via ROME is fine). Any help you guys can give would be much appreciated.
RiverVisualNYC From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 930 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2838 times:
Wasim: I have no firsthand experience, but I have heard from various sources, travel press, etc that companies like Micato Safaris and Abercrombie & Kent are reputable and offer some well-respected safari packages. You or your friends can check them out online, they both have pretty fancy websites.
SafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 16 Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2694 times:
I know someone who went to Africa, in the Kenya/Tanzania area, but not with a tour operator or anything (although he did know someone in the area). He went with BA from LHR (I know that they have quite a few destinations); KLM, SNBrussels (is that the current one? ), LH (I think) all have service to NBO, for Tanzania, you would most likely have to fly into NBO and connect.
For your friend, it might be best to do it with a travel group. Kenya has a fairly large assortment of animals, but they are very used to humans. I have heard that Tanzania and Uganda are better, and the animals are much more in their natural habitat.
Aerlingusa330 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 349 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2672 times:
My family and I traveled to South Africa for Safari and used the Abercrombie and Kent travel agency. Very professional and highly recommendable. South African Airways is also a very good choice. If you would like more information, I'd be glad to talk to you about it.
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Mariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 23974 posts, RR: 86 Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2644 times:
There are several good safari agencies, including those named above. Try a Google search (Africa safari), and check out the results. Almost any agency booking safari tours from here will be good.
It isn't such a good idea to use a specifically local Nairobi company unless (like me) you want a real adventure.
If you go to Kenya, avoid Amboselli. It's the closest to Nairobi, and is full of would-be Clark Gables, all dressed in new safari gear and drinking gin & tonic. I once saw two dozen tourist vans chasing one baby elephant.
In eastern Kenya, Tsavo National Park is tremendous - the hotel is built overlooking a watering hole.
At sunset animals come there in their thousands (literally) to drink. You don't have to go anywhere - they come to you.
Serenegeti, Tanzani is also wonderful, but sometimes to have to drive a long way to find large groups of animals.
Kruger, in South Africa, is excellent, probably the best organized.
ACB777 From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 350 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2627 times:
In July 2001 I went on a safari in Masai Mara, Kenya. Since I have friends there, they chartered a van just for us (friend's family and my family) and a van driver from the Nairobi travel agency called "Going Places." Although Serengetti in Tanzania has slightly more wildlife, I'd go for Masai Mara. You have to pay an entrance fee to get into Masai Mara at the gate. In Masai Mara, I stayed at the Serena Hotel Masai Mara overnight. Its a luxurious hotel, so I really reccomend you stay there. I remember seeing the sunrise and animals from my hotel window. To go to Masai Mara, you can fly into Nairobi and take a van from Nairobi to Masai Mara. Even though the ride is hours long, its fun! I remember stopping places for a drink and more!
SafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 16 Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2549 times:
My advice, fly from jfk to johannesburg, direct non stop flight on a brand new saa 346.
then go to the kruger national park in south africa.
The infrastructure and everything is top class here.
Trust me you will enjoy it more here. (in South Africa)
Hmm...re-read the post...he's not going, his friend is going to Italy and then Africa, and for this type of trip, flights are some what the last thing on your mind.
Also, with all due respect to South Africa, South Africa is totally different than the other countries, Kenya especially.
For the thread-starter: For a safari in that area, I would say to stick with Kenya.
P.S. Get your friend to check out guidebooks, the "Lonely Planet" series would be the best.
Picarus From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 299 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2528 times:
Sort of coincidentally, I am headed to East Africa to get married, trek up Kili, and safari in March. We're flying r/t from DEN-MSP-AMS-JRO-AMS-MSP-DEN. Our safari will take us to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Manyara. I agree with all other comments here regarding use of a local guide service--use one!!!
We paid USD $1100/pp for airfare through a consolidator. KLM seems to offer the best overall coverage of East Africa from Europe. If you're not going to safari in Kenya, I would avoid NBO--it's a long bus ride into Tanzania. South Africa also sounds like a great option.
ETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 8 Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2456 times:
For those of you posting info about South Africa, a reminder that South Africa and East Africa are thousands of miles away from eachother! East Africa is made up of countries around and including Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, Burundi and Djibouti.
As for getting to East Africa from Rome (FCO), the only direct flights are on East African Safari Air to Nairobi (none to Dar Es Salaam). These are the options available for connecting flights:
- Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa
- British Airways/Kenya Airways/East African Safari Air via London
- KLM/Kenya Airways via Amsterdam
- Swiss via Zurich
- Corsair/East African Safari Air via Paris
- Egypt Air via Cairo
- SN Brussels via Brussels
To Dar Es Salaam:
- Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa
- British Airways via London
- KLM via Amsterdam
- Swiss via Zurich
- Egypt Air via Cairo
As others mentioned, the best way to make arrangements for safaris are through a reputable travel agency.
Lufthansa pulled out of NBO and DAR years ago, so did Air France.
Nonrvsmdmf From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 186 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2435 times:
I spent 3 weeks in South Africa for vacation last year.
I highly recommend Krueger. I spent almost a week in Krueger and
did not see even a 10th of it because it is so big. It was an
amazing experience. Never want to go to a zoo again.
The drive from Joburg to Krueger can be kinda long, but after you
get about 45 minutes east of Pretoria the hill country is
South Africa is dirt cheap for everything. Capetown is the
best place. It was great to see lions one day and a few
days later seeing whales, seals and penguins. Domestic
flights are really cheap between Joburg and Capetown.
I did not forget...I just misplaced the thought...