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Old 09-07-2007, 11:55 AM   #21
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Interesting! I looked at Australian Intrepid and their total for a comparable 14 day safari would be about $2178, not including airfare from the States. So about $4200. The website doesn't have any information about lodges or camps or the safari company; have to write to ask. The OAT price from Denver would be about $5200. Neither price includes trip insurance or taxes or tips. It gets expensive. Thanks for the info!
You could frequently save additional 20% off $2178 if you are flexible with your departure date - subscribe to their newsletter and wait for your trip to go on sale - for example right now the trip you want to take is not on sale, but they offer 20% off Tanzania Adventure one. You can check it on their website: Special Promotions - Intrepid Travel
Also you might want to check your air line ticket prices, can get to NBO (JRO $200 more) for $1300 from ATL. Add $200 for Denver and it's still 1.5k with taxes included ( ~$700 cheaper than flight in your calculations I believe)

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I've actually traveled with Intrepid and they are great! I highly recommend them and my next trip to Africa will probably be with them. However, they are definitely more of a "budget-minded" travel company as they don't stay at the upscale safari camps.
They now have a line of "upscale tours" too - look for their "comfort" style tours - Our Trips Styles - Intrepid Travel

And not - I'm not affiliated with them - just a happy past customer.
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Old 09-08-2007, 05:22 PM   #22
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The Intrepid upscale tour is similar to the OAT trip I took.

Intrepid costs for 12 days (same length, same kinds of lodges as OAT) $3966 = plus airfare. I multiplied their 6 day tour costs X 2. Works out to be about the same price as OAT.

I don't think there's a substantially cheaper way to go on a reasonably comfortable safari to Tanzania. Then again, if you don't mind camping with no frills, go for it! I saw the Gecko tour bus on the Serengeti and it looked like a good time for those younger travelers. Everyone on my OAT tour was over 55. Some, like me!, felt they were on a real adventure just being in a tent on the Serengeti.
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Old 09-08-2007, 10:53 PM   #23
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I would encourage anyone who is thinking about going to do it.
Me three! Went a couple years back -- the whole trip was phenomenal. If you have the desire climb Kilimanjaro first consider that as well. Hike of a lifetime.

Thanks for the memories, Oldbabe!
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OAT trips are great

We have been to China with OAT and heading to Thailand and Cambodia in November with them. Our friends also went on the Serengeti/Tanzania trip this summer and loved it. That will probably be our next big one for 08.
Glad you loved your trip. Any hints or tips that OAT didn't mention?
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We have been to China with OAT and heading to Thailand and Cambodia in November with them. Our friends also went on the Serengeti/Tanzania trip this summer and loved it. That will probably be our next big one for 08.
Glad you loved your trip. Any hints or tips that OAT didn't mention?
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I can't think of anything. OAT is very thorough in their pre-trip information. I just wish that I had opted for the pre- and post-trip extensions. It would have been worth the extra $$$ for sure.
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Old Babe,

Really happy to read about your great great trip. I am leaving for Kenya and Tanzania in 2 weeks. After reading your posts, I am much less aprehensive. Adding a few days on the island of Zanzibar to recover from my vacation. Looking forward to it more and more as it gets closer.
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