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Please add your details to this topic if you are looking for an extra person/s to go on safari with you.

 

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Please include when and where you are going, the itinerary, predicted costs, how many people you are looking to accompany you, whether male/female, ie., to share accomodation and cut single supplement charges, what your interests are, ie birding, hiking, cultural etc., and any other pertinent details about your plans.

 

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I feel like this thread was made for me right now.

 

I've been trying a number of different avenues to get back on safari for this year but just can't seem to find any other people to commit.

 

Ideally I'd like to go on safari to Bots for 10 days with Unlimited (www.unlimitedsafari.com) to hit Moremi, Khwai and Savuti. If I can get even 1 other person to join it'll be about $3750 per person but totally happy to have several people come with. Don't care how young or how old, male/female/other - it doesn't matter. As far as when - I am keeping it open to try and get someone else on board (really anywhere between mid may to mid september)

 

If I can't make that work - maybe this is a good time to see if anyone is looking to add me instead as I'm pretty open to a number of different things. I just want to get back on safari this year and don't want to have to pay a single supplement. Primary interest is Botswana and then Zim and really enjoy the bush, adventure, camping, etc. If you are looking for an addition to a group please let me know as it's getting very late to book anything this year.

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Well I will post a few areas that I am keen to visit/revisit:

 

Ethiopia:

 

Made enquiries but never got further than this outline tour itinerary in 2013, never even go a price on it, was thinking about trying to go in November this year perhaps..

 

Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa, refresh yourself and leave for Lake Langano with birding and lunch stops en route. O/n Bishangari Lodge

 

Day 2: Around Bishangari. o/n Bishangari Lodge

Day 3: Drive to Bale Mountains NP, with first stop at Dinsho.o/n Dinsho Lodge

 

Day 4: Morning explore the Geysey area and leave for Goba to stay two nights at Goba Wabe Shebelle Hotel

 

Day 6: Drive to Arba Minch with various stops en route. o/n Paradise Lodge Lodge

Day 7: Morning boat trip on Lake Chamo and trekking on Nech Sar National Park. Afternoon, visit to Dorze Village. o/n Paradise Lodge

Day 8: Drive to Awassa visiting Senkele Sanctuary and local houses en route. United Africa Hotel

Day 9: After morning birding on Lake Awassa leave for Awash NP. o/n Awash Falls Lodge.

Day 10: Full day at Awash National Park. o/n Awash Falls Lodge

Day 11: Excursion to Bilen Lodge. o/n Awash Falls Lodge

Day 12: Return to Addis Ababa. o/n Jupiter Hotel

Day 13: Fly to Gonder and leave for Simien Mountains National Park. o/n Simien Lodge

Day 14: Full day in Simine.o/n Simien Lodge

Day 15: Morning Simien Mountains, and afternoon back to Gonder, city tour. o/n Goha Hotel

Day 16: Fly back to Addis Ababa, day room and shopping and evening transfer to the airport for final departure.

 

 

Other areas, well If anyone is confident with driving abroad and would like someone to share costs and camp chores I would be very interested in anywhere in Africa, especially e.g. Kgalagadi, CKGR, Namibia, Kruger - particularly keen to see some of the rarer nocturnal mammals.

 

Similarly, I hear that Hokkaido is actually quite doable on a self drive or even public transport basis, if anyone is up for an adventure I really want to see Stellers sea eagles, cranes and snow monkeys.

 

USA/Canada is also an area that can be done self drive and would be interested in teaming up there too.

 

I also really want to Go back to Brazil, preferably with Pantanal Trackers and visit the Porto Joffre area, barranco alto and the monastery where they feed the maned wolves.

 

If any of this sounds of interest, please PM me.

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So,

 

Haven't really had the best start to 2015 but hopefully over the worst now so time to start thinking about going somewhere. Following on from my above post, here is a revised itinerary for Ethiopia.

 

Basically this trip would only be financially feasible for me if I could find one or two more people to join, preferably a female share. Following in the footsteps of Coke Smith and planning to use his guide: http://www.cokesmithphototravel.com/expedition-to-wild-ethiopia.html

 

I originally looked into this for 2013, but pushed it back in favour of other destinations.

 

November is one of the best time of the year for our main target, Ethiopian wolf and we will also include night drives for nocturnal mammals, birding rift valley lakes, game drives in Awash NP and visit to see the Gelada baboons.
Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa, refresh yourself and leave for Lake Langano with birding and lunch stops en route. O/n Bishangari Lodge
Day 2: Around Bishangari. o/n Bishangari Lodge
Day 3: Drive to Bale Mountains NP, with first stop at Dinsho. o/n Dinsho Lodge
Day 4: Morning explore the Geysey area and leave for Goba to stay two nights at Goba Wabe Shebelle Hotel
Day 5: Around Sanette Plateau. o/n Wabe Shebelle Hotel
Day 6: Drive to Arba Minch with various stops en route. o/n Paradise Lodge Lodge
Day 7: Morning boat trip on Lake Chamo and trekking on Nech Sar National Park. o/n Paradise Lodge
Day 8: Drive to Awassa visiting Senkele Sanctuary en route. United Africa Hotel
Day 9: After morning birding on Lake Awassa leave for Awash NP. o/n Awash Falls Lodge.
Day 10: Full day at Awash National Park. Night drive. o/n Awash Falls Lodge
Day 11: Excursion to Bilen Lodge. o/n Awash Falls Lodge
Day 12: Return to Addis Ababa. o/n Jupiter Hotel
Day 13: Fly to Gonder and leave for Simien Mountains National Park. o/n Simien Lodge
Day 14: Full day in Simien. o/n Simien Lodge
Day 15: Another day in Simien Mountains. o/n Simien Lodge

 

Day 16: Drive to Gonder to fly back to Addis Ababa, day room and evening transfer to the airport for final departure.
The trip can run with a max of four people travelling, but two to three would be better, the main issue being if there are four one person will seat/rotate in the middle of the back seat where there is no window seat.
If all travellers need window seat at all-time three people would be ideal. I think we will be doing quite a lot of viewing on foot as well.
Prices are:
  • US$3830pp for two pax
  • US$3035pp for three pax
  • US$2640pp for four pax
  • Single room supplement is US$740
This represents good value for money, when compared to shorter group tours. For a price comparison and to read some tour reports of where this trip will take place have a look at: http://www.naturetrek.co.uk/tour.aspx?id=124
Costs include:
1) All internal travel using 4x4 vehicles, transfers, tours and excursions, boat trip etc.
2) Accommodation at the hotels specified on single bed breakfast basis.
3) Local Guides' fees (it is mandatory to have them in most places), scout fees, etc
4) Escort guide fees throughout
5) All entrance fees (except for photography)
6) Airport facilitation, meeting and greetings etc
7) all local taxes.

 

Cost excludes:

 

Airfare - International allow £575 for direct from London with Ethiopian airways, less with indirect flights if going with e.g. Turkish.

Airfare- Internal- If you use Ethiopian airlines in your international flight the cost is around US $160 and if you use other flight the cost is around US $300

 

Proposed dates for this tour would be November 12 to 29th but I'm flexible. Failing that, I would most likely be happy to delay to Nov 2016 if there is some firm interest.

 

 

As mentioned above if anyone is planning to do any cheaper self drive trips e.g. Southern Africa over the summer I would be very interested in sharing costs, especially if there is no interest in the above!

 

Regards

 

Jo

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I am planning a trip for end January/early February 2016 for just one week to Vic Falls and Chobe (maybe Moremi, too) with my partner. We are considering either trekking around (Moremi to Vic Falls via Savuti if do-able) or renting a house in the area of Vic Falls and touring. Any suggestions? Anyone also interested in something like this?

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@@pypekamp Welcome to Safaritalk: please take a moment to introduce yourself by starting a new topic here.

 

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@@Novelectro A friend and I are planning on going on safari in southern Africa for 8-10 days in June and we could always add an extra person. I am working planning now. We want to do 2-3 days in Kruger/Sabi Sands and then head to either Botswana, Zambia, or Zimbabwe for the remaining time. We too are also interested in the more active safaris, camping etc. I am a female and my friend is a male, both from the US. I am really interested in seeing the big cats, especially leopard.

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I am in the midst of finalising my return trip to the NCA and Ndutu Lodge in particular

 

as some of you might remember, in 2014 I was extremely sucessful, with focussing on cheetah and spotting 29 individual cats, one day 15 alone and witnessing seven different kills over a course of nine nights

 

I have already pre-booked a room for February, arriving on the 15th and departing on the 26th (hoping to be able to not only observe more cheetah kills but also some wildebeest calving), so the dates are pretty much set

 

the idea is to split costs for the private vehicle which is 200 US$ per day and which I use to the fullest: depart at sunrise and return at sunset, having breakfast and lunch in the bush

 

I will also do a road transfer between JRO / Arusha and Ndutu so obviously a companion there would be welcome as well

 

depending on gender and / or personal chemistry sharing the room is an option, too

 

feel free to PM me if you need any addt'l info

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*** Cross-posted as an individual topic ***

 

Hi,

We're 2 backpackers travelling in Tanzania and on (or close after) June 11th we plan to visit Empakaai Crater, Olmoti Crater and Ol Doinyo Lengai in the Crater Highlands and the incredible Lake Natron. To make things affordable we'd love to team up with other visitors. In short the plan (which is open for discussion) is:

Day 1: Drive from Arusha, visit Olmoti Crater, camp.
Day 2: Hike Empakaai Crater, camp.
Day 3: Visit Lake Natron and waterfalls, camp.
Day 4: Hike Ol Doinyo Lengai and drive back to Arusha.

We've researched options on how to do this organized and how to do it ourselves. If you're interested please let us know. Communication may be a bit limited because of our 4 day Serengeti / Ngorongoro Crater safari, but I've been told there's access in some places so I will check for your post or message.

BTW, one of the options is connecting our safari with the above mentioned plan. In that case we could leave on the evening of June 10th if that suits you better.

Tnx!

drftr

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@@drftr is this trip 2015 or 2016? Thanks.

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@wilddog: 2015, so if you're anywhere near you're most welcome!

 

drftr

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Thank you @@drftr but no. I know how tough that mountain is and am I am now a bit old for mountain climbing. Blue Bird is a friend of mine and he did it earlier this year. You probably read his report. If it had been 2016 I would have tipped him off in case he wanted to do if again. ☺

 

Have a fantastic trip, take care and I hope you will tell us all about it when you get back.

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So,

 

Haven't really had the best start to 2015 but hopefully over the worst now so time to start thinking about going somewhere. Following on from my above post, here is a revised itinerary for Ethiopia.

 

Basically this trip would only be financially feasible for me if I could find one or two more people to join, preferably a female share. Following in the footsteps of Coke Smith and planning to use his guide: http://www.cokesmithphototravel.com/expedition-to-wild-ethiopia.html

 

I originally looked into this for 2013, but pushed it back in favour of other destinations.

 

November is one of the best time of the year for our main target, Ethiopian wolf and we will also include night drives for nocturnal mammals, birding rift valley lakes, game drives in Awash NP and visit to see the Gelada baboons.

 

Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa, refresh yourself and leave for Lake Langano with birding and lunch stops en route. O/n Bishangari Lodge

Day 2: Around Bishangari. o/n Bishangari Lodge

Day 3: Drive to Bale Mountains NP, with first stop at Dinsho. o/n Dinsho Lodge

Day 4: Morning explore the Geysey area and leave for Goba to stay two nights at Goba Wabe Shebelle Hotel

Day 5: Around Sanette Plateau. o/n Wabe Shebelle Hotel

Day 6: Drive to Arba Minch with various stops en route. o/n Paradise Lodge Lodge

Day 7: Morning boat trip on Lake Chamo and trekking on Nech Sar National Park. o/n Paradise Lodge

Day 8: Drive to Awassa visiting Senkele Sanctuary en route. United Africa Hotel

Day 9: After morning birding on Lake Awassa leave for Awash NP. o/n Awash Falls Lodge.

Day 10: Full day at Awash National Park. Night drive. o/n Awash Falls Lodge

Day 11: Excursion to Bilen Lodge. o/n Awash Falls Lodge

Day 12: Return to Addis Ababa. o/n Jupiter Hotel

Day 13: Fly to Gonder and leave for Simien Mountains National Park. o/n Simien Lodge

Day 14: Full day in Simien. o/n Simien Lodge

Day 15: Another day in Simien Mountains. o/n Simien Lodge

 

Day 16: Drive to Gonder to fly back to Addis Ababa, day room and evening transfer to the airport for final departure.

 

 

 

The trip can run with a max of four people travelling, but two to three would be better, the main issue being if there are four one person will seat/rotate in the middle of the back seat where there is no window seat.

 

If all travellers need window seat at all-time three people would be ideal. I think we will be doing quite a lot of viewing on foot as well.

 

Prices are:

 

 

  • US$3830pp for two pax
  • US$3035pp for three pax
  • US$2640pp for four pax
  • Single room supplement is US$740
This represents good value for money, when compared to shorter group tours. For a price comparison and to read some tour reports of where this trip will take place have a look at: http://www.naturetrek.co.uk/tour.aspx?id=124

 

Costs include:

 

 

1) All internal travel using 4x4 vehicles, transfers, tours and excursions, boat trip etc.

2) Accommodation at the hotels specified on single bed breakfast basis.

3) Local Guides' fees (it is mandatory to have them in most places), scout fees, etc

4) Escort guide fees throughout

5) All entrance fees (except for photography)

6) Airport facilitation, meeting and greetings etc

7) all local taxes.

 

 

Cost excludes:

 

Airfare - International allow £575 for direct from London with Ethiopian airways, less with indirect flights if going with e.g. Turkish.

Airfare- Internal- If you use Ethiopian airlines in your international flight the cost is around US $160 and if you use other flight the cost is around US $300

 

Proposed dates for this tour would be November 12 to 29th but I'm flexible. Failing that, I would most likely be happy to delay to Nov 2016 if there is some firm interest.

 

 

As mentioned above if anyone is planning to do any cheaper self drive trips e.g. Southern Africa over the summer I would be very interested in sharing costs, especially if there is no interest in the above!

 

Regards

 

Jo

I have had a few people mention an interest in this trip. The guide I was hoping to use is fully booked for November but has offered to find a suitable substitute. I am ideally looking for a female share.

 

I have asked about swapping out the Simiens for a site for gelada baboons that is about a 2 hour drive from Addis which may bring the cost down and allow us more time at Awash and bale.

 

All the best

 

Jo

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I'm generally travelling on difficult safaris to challenging remote destinations. I'm always happy for any like minded safari-goers to join. In 2016 I am doing a trip to the East and Central D.R.C national parks (Virunga, Kahuzi Biega, Okapi, Ruwenzori Mountains, Garamba, Salonga). Also to some of the remote parks of C.A.R. (Dzangha Sangha, Manovo-Gounda St. Floris, Chinko reserve and possibly others).

 

So if anyone happens to be crazy enough to be interested, feel free to send me a PM.

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@@dubessbe

 

I'd love to go to for some of these places, but sadly can't travel in 2016 (too busy already). I look forward to trip reports you provide, as they'll be of great use when I eventually go (Kahuzi-Biega and Chinko are high on my list). Although I have only been to Dzanga Sangha on your list, I know people who have been to some of the other areas, so wanted to offer a few recommendations.

 

Most of your destinations in DRC are probably doable in 2016, maybe except Salonga. At any rate, unless you went to Lui Kotale Research Station (just S of Salonga), if you really wanted to target Bonobo and the inner Congo Basin's endemic primates, Lomako and Kokolopori/Wamba are probably better. I think there is already a station where you can camp in Lomako (a birdquest tour group is going this year) and I suspect there's one in Kokolopori too.

 

Regarding CAR, I'm not sure Manovo-Gounda St Floris NP is worth a visit. Most publications suggest population declines of large mammals across the board (see Bouche 2010, 2011) and many hunting operators had their camps looted and trashed (so they left the area) prior to the events of 2013; I'm aware of some incidents involving PH's running into poachers, bandits, armed cattle herders, etc. in hunting concessions near MGSFNP and much of the park has been taken over by these guys. If you do go to the area, hunting concessions bordering MGSFNP and Bamingui-Bangoran park may be better for large mammals than the park itself (Giraffe, Elephant, Tiang, Eland, Lion, Wild Dog, Hyena, Buffalo, Leopard, Bongo, GF Hog, RR Hog, Roan, Lelwel, maybe Cheetah, still present in reasonable numbers), but security will still be a concern, as will access (not sure who's going to be willing to fly you up there - those regions are still largely held by rebels).

 

Hope this is of some use...

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@@Novelectro Just wondering if you did get away on safari?

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Looking at heading back down in November. Thinking about Ethiopia for 2-3 weeks if anyone is free. Otherwise considering Tanzania Selous, Ruaha and Tarangire.

Thanks, Sam

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Looking at the possibility of a Travel Companion. Mana Pools/Chewore around September 2016.......dates dependent on availability of exclusive camp sites in Mana Pools. Will hire fully equiped 4x4 with two roof top tents via Harare. Minimum 10 days. Split costs 50/50 via Harare return.

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Looking at the possibility of a Travel Companion. Mana Pools/Chewore around September 2016.......dates dependent on availability of exclusive camp sites in Mana Pools. Will hire fully equiped 4x4 with two roof top tents via Harare. Minimum 10 days. Split costs 50/50 via Harare return.

Might you want to canoe too?

 

If you ever wanted to canoe the Zambezi in Mana Pools, you need no experience with this trip. Looking for 1 other person.

 

Sept 28, 29, 30 Leave the River Oct 1 in the morning

 

I am staying at Natureways Mobile on Sept 27 and I'm sure there would be a spot for you in the camp. Doug MacDonald will make the necessary arrangements.

 

I am flying Harare to Mana Pools on Sept 27, and I'm sure there would be a spot for you on the plane. Again, Doug MacDonald will make the necessary arrangements.

 

Canoeing with Natureways was so much fun and the island camping was so beautiful in 2015 that I'm going back again. But it will be better this time because it is later in the season when wind should be less of an issue, the route is starting from Rukomechi and ending at Chikwenya allowing max time in Mana Pools, and the days are primarily weekdays when the water is higher, finally I will request less bologna for lunches.

 

This is a camping trip. No facilities. Spade and TP provided. The guide and camp assistant prepare the food (very tasty) but we can help. Setting up/taking down the tent is very easy and the staff helps as needed. Nothing strenuous or stressful.

 

The cost is around $1700 pp for the 3-night canoe trip trip if 2 people go. Doug can give exact #s for 2 people. We will be a max of 2. This is a private trip. We will have our own tents, so a female or male is welcome to join me.

 

Why just one person? Because our flotilla will be 2 canoes, each with a professional in them. That allows both clients to sit up front in their respective canoes with a guide in the back. The back seat has the most responsibility for maneuvering and steering and cannot gawk and take pictures as much. We won't be in the back, unless we want to. Just 2 canoes also means better viewing of animals along the shore and the ability to drag them over sandbars if needed. Really an ideal situation on the water. Then we get our own island to camp on at night. Splendid combo!

 

Let me know if you are interested and here is the 2015 report that tells all about the canoeing and what I saw.

 

http://safaritalk.net/topic/15504-natureways-70-km-mopane-canoe-trip-sept-4-7-mana-pools-sapi-chewore/

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I am in the midst of finalising my return trip to the NCA and Ndutu Lodge in particular

 

as some of you might remember, in 2014 I was extremely sucessful, with focussing on cheetah and spotting 29 individual cats, one day 15 alone and witnessing seven different kills over a course of nine nights

 

I have already pre-booked a room for February, arriving on the 15th and departing on the 26th (hoping to be able to not only observe more cheetah kills but also some wildebeest calving), so the dates are pretty much set

 

the idea is to split costs for the private vehicle which is 200 US$ per day and which I use to the fullest: depart at sunrise and return at sunset, having breakfast and lunch in the bush

 

I will also do a road transfer between JRO / Arusha and Ndutu so obviously a companion there would be welcome as well

 

depending on gender and / or personal chemistry sharing the room is an option, too

 

feel free to PM me if you need any addt'l info

We'll just miss. Looks like a great itinerary! Almost time for you to go. Did you find a companion?

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But it will be better this time because it is later in the season when wind should be less of an issue, the route is starting from Rukomechi and ending at Chikwenya allowing max time in Mana Pools, and the days are primarily weekdays when the water is higher, finally I will request less bologna for lunches.

 

 

Ok I have to say this piqued my curiosity - it will be better this time because you will request less bologna for lunches?

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But it will be better this time because it is later in the season when wind should be less of an issue, the route is starting from Rukomechi and ending at Chikwenya allowing max time in Mana Pools, and the days are primarily weekdays when the water is higher, finally I will request less bologna for lunches.

 

 

Ok I have to say this piqued my curiosity - it will be better this time because you will request less bologna for lunches?

 

Presumably to be replaced by something else.

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Due to a change there is an opening for 1 person for a small Africa trip. Its a hair over 6 weeks, from Aug 2nd to Sept 17th. $6500! Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. It will be 3 people (that includes you) with 2 vehicles, that price doesnt include your airfare. Contact me for more details.

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I wish I had 6 weeks of vacation!!

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I'm planning a Gonarezhou trip in September 2016 and hoping this will pan out....
- a 2-night at Chilo Lodge estimated $1200 + $550 vehicle transfer from Harare
(this is a camp at the end of eastern Gonarezhou and founded by Clive Stockil: http://chilogorge.com/about/)
this stay will hopefully coincide with the annual Mahenye festival which celebrates the culture and history of the MaChangana people in Gonarezhou, which should be fun! https://wildlifeandwilddogs.wordpress.com/culture/

 

- a 6-night with Ant's Gonarezhou bushcamp around US$3900 (http://www.gonarezhou-bushcamps.com/)
- possibly a 2-night at Pamushana, Malilangwe estimated US$2900 (http://singita.com/lodge/singita-pamushana-lodge-2/)
at the moment, it's a solo trip. But partners, particularly for the 6-night GBC segment which includes 2 nights of fly camping, will be most welcome. It would be lovely to team up with ST-ers. Please PM me if you are interested.
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