Next step was finding a tour operator. When you book a private tour for the Northern parks a lot of your trip will really depend on your guide. In the Southern Parks if you choose to fly in, which we did, you are using the camp guides. So in fact this was a much easier trip to book. We found a site that had all the prices and promos like book 4 nights pay for 3, figured out we wanted to divide our time between 3 sites then just sent out to ask for quotes knowing that we should get 3 nights free. Different operators had helped us out along the way with a few questions, but in the end it came down to finding the best price since we would get the same camp experience no matter who we booked through, as well we really wanted to use an operator that did not support hunting. This actually opened up a heated thread on Trip Advisor that was very insightful as I pointed some of the operators to the thread for their response. Anyway in the end we went with ETrip Africa. It was amazing the difference in the pricing we got for the exact same itineraries. All communication with them has been fantastic so far.
After we booked our flights our friends Ron and Nancy asked if they could come along, or course! This is actually the perfect safari to go as a group since you may be asked to share your safari vehicle since you are using the camps vehicles, so what fun to experience with friends.
|My sisters amazing peanut butter cookies, yummy!|
|Trying out selfies on my new camera|
|Ready to get this trip started!|
|Looking forward to some swiss chocolate along with 3 meals of airline food (NOT!)|
|Passed on the $9.00 coffee in Zurich|
|Flight #2 getting ready, Zurich to Dar, with a short stop in Nairobi|
We will overnight in Dar, end then off to start our safari on Monday. So, 4 days, 4 flights, this is a long journey, but we kind of know what to expect on the other side and it is so worth it. Ron and Nancy don’t know what excitement lies in front of them, and you really can't explain it to anyone that hasn't been, we are actually kind of jealous of them seeing everything for the first time.