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Are safari TO's always private? What if I prefer group?

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Are safari TO's always private? What if I prefer group?

Hello All!

Are their safari companies or lodges/tented camps that do group safari in Serengeti? They seem to be private from what I seeing.

If any of you have been to the game reserves in the South Africa in Kruger area, you stay at a full board small lodge and you are on a game drive and meal schedule with the others that are staying there. I am looking for something like that. Mainly, because 1) I may not want to go out on game drive every morning and night but my husband probably will. I like to sleep in once in awhile! :-) and I would not want him to be alone. 2) We like meeting people from around the globe! It is more fun experiencing it with others.

Note: so far, i've only reached out to tour operators. If I reached out to lodge or tented camp directly might it be different?

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melbourne
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1. Re: Are safari TO's always private? What if I prefer group?

Ask a TO or agent if you can do a safari on a game drive basis, you will fly from lodge to lodge and do game drives with the camp vehicle and guide and with other guests.

You can also contact agents and tell them you want to join a group, Kibo Safaris for example.

Overseas Adventure Travel might have a group you can join.

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2. Re: Are safari TO's always private? What if I prefer group?

I could suggest private safari isteand of join group safari

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3. Re: Are safari TO's always private? What if I prefer group?

There are fly in camps in Tanzania that operate similarly to those in South Africa. One benefit of fly in is you might get an open vehicle like you have had in South Africa (which I much prefer). Look at Asilia's camps, for example. Or Nomad, or Lemala.

Some TO's might just be trying to sell you a private safari by road because that's what they make more money on. If they seem reluctant to offer you what you want, then I'd find a TO that specialises in fly in trips. In general with these camps, the operators that send more guests will get better rates. So it's better to find a TO that offers a lot of fly in trips than one that mainly does road trips. There are plenty of people who do such trips. I combined Namiri Plains with Ruaha and Selous last year, and almost all the guests at Namiri were fly in guests.

I'd rather do fly in than join a group on a road trip- at least with fly in if you do end up in a vehicle with someone who drives you crazy, you can ask to switch or at least you will only be stuck with them for a few days. If you join a group you will end up with the same people for every drive and every meal for the whole trip.

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Iringa Region, Tanzania
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Selous Game Reserve
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4. Re: Are safari TO's always private? What if I prefer group?

Thank you all!

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5. Re: Are safari TO's always private? What if I prefer group?

Another recommendation would be Nasikia Camps & Tanganyika Wilderness Camps with a good connection of camps and lodges.

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