African safaris! 1, 2, or 3
Dates are somewhat flexible. I'm planning on booking private, guided tours in all cases to allow for custom dates and itinerary. I've done my homework and have a good sense of local tour companies that have good reviews. I've got estimates of costs for a solo traveller...which is far more expensive than if even one other person joins me! Here's what I am thinking.
Leg 1: Namibia and Botswana to Victoria Falls (could be done as two trips)
~16 days (10 days Namibia, 5 days Botswana, 1 day Vic Falls)
Departing from Windhoek no earlier than May 8 (flexible up to May 12)
Sesriem/ Sossusvlei area -Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45, Sossusvlei, Deadvlei
Swakopmund- Walvis bay, other activities
Skeleton Coast and Damaraland– Twyfelfontein, Brandberg, Cape Cross Seal Reserve, Skeleton Coast NP, Petrified Forest
* I would like to be in Victoria Falls the evening of May 23
TOUR OPERATOR: Likely Wild Wind Safaris, vehicle and guide
ACCOMMODATION: So far I've enquired about camping options to keep costs down. I would be willing to consider lodges instead. Most meals are included, but there are a few places in the towns where lunch or dinner would be separate
COST: The quotes I've received suggest that if I go alone its about $8000 CAD (5324 EUROS) for the camping option...the cost goes WAY down with additional people and I'd be open to traveling with as many as can fit in the vehicle!
Leg 2: Tanzania (Northern Circuit)
Dates somewhat flexible but departing on safari no earlier than May 27 and I must be back in Canada by June 10
~10 days departing from Kilimanjaro airport/Arusha
TOUR OPERATOR: Bright Africa Safaris; private safari vehicle and guide
ACCOMMODATION: lodges and luxury safari tents; meals included
COST: The cost for one person is ~ 6092 EUROS and drops to ~4500 per person with two and ~3800 with three people if we all squeeze in a room ...Up to three more people can join (so total four and we would then have 2 rooms)
Final notes: I can't check two age options. I prefer to go with someone 30 years or older. Just be mature, respectful, interested in nature...
I am just a few days away from booking so contact me sooner than later! Until I book, there is a lot flexibility! After I book, you'll have to "fit in" to my plan.
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