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TunaTrip
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African Safari - Sabi Sands, Inyati, Cape Town
Taking the kids on this trip next year and looking for tips, and to gauge if it’s reasonably priced.

I know someone who went on this exact trip. The accommodations are luxury, meals are great and guides are seasoned.

Trip is 9k, including flights. Most meals included.

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Day 1, Wednesday, June 17 – Depart from Baton Rouge or other home airports.
Day 2, Thursday, June 18 – Johannesburg, South Africa – Arrive in Johannesburg and overnight in airport hotel. Johannesburg is the commercial and air center of Africa. Much of the world’s gold has come from under Johannesburg.
Day 3, Friday, June 19 – Chobe Nat’l Park, Botswana – Morning flight to Chobe (located on the Chobe River), our home for 3 nights. Afternoon fabulous riverboat safari. See many elephants coming to the river, plus much more. Chobe National Park has the largest number of elephants in the world.
Day 4, Saturday, June 20 - Chobe – Both land and river safari – many different animals and birds. Day 5, Sunday, June 21 – Chobe – Day tour to Victoria Falls. An “up close” experience at one of the largest and most spectacular falls in the world.
Day 6, Monday, June 22 – Johannesburg – Fly from Chobe to Johannesburg for overnight.
Day 7, Tuesday, June 23 – Nkomazi Game Reserve - Today we drive to Nkomazi. This private game reserve is surrounded by towering mountains, broad river valleys and impressive grasslands, offering spectacular game viewing and a unique safari experience. We stay in luxury state-of-the-art tents, each furnished in an “Out of Africa” style with all the comforts of luxury accommodations. Day 8, Wednesday, June 24– Nkomazi Game Reserve – Enjoy interactive morning and evening game drives in open game-viewing vehicles plus more.
Day 9, Thursday, June 25 – Nkomazi Game Reserve – Our third and final day here.
Day 10 – Friday, June 26 – Sabi Sands – Travel to Sabi Sands for three unbelievable safari nights. Sabi Sands is a large private reserve that is part of Kruger. The wildlife here is incredible – lions, leopards, rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra, kudu, cheetah, hyena, cape buffalo, warthog – all face to face with you. Our beautiful lodges are located in the midst of all these animals and more. Morning and late afternoon viewing in open Land Rover type vehicles with tracker and ranger/guide. Up close encounters with exotic animals.
Day 11 – Saturday, June 27 – Sabi Sands - More game viewing in the area.
Day 12 – Sunday, June 28 – Cape Town – Today we fly to Cape Town, one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
Day 13, Monday, June 29 – Cape Town – A full day – Cape Town tour with ride to top of Table Mountain (weather permitting). Visit impressive Fisherman’s Wharf, the major shopping and restaurant area.
Day 14, Tuesday, June 30 – Cape Town – Full day excursion to Cape of Good Hope – beautiful seascape, where two oceans come together. See hundreds of penguins at Boulders Beach – best penguin viewing in the world. Visit seal rock. Day 15, Wednesday, July 1 – Fly home from Cape Town, arriving the same day.
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Teddy Ruxpin
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re: African Safari - Sabi Sands, Inyati, Cape Town
I did Cape Town and Sabi Sands last year. There is a pretty long review in the sticky thread I did. You'll see all that stuff in Sabi. If you're lucky a cheetah but rare in the area.

Would be nice if you had 3 instead of 2 days in Cape Town to maybe get out to Franschhoek but I understand.

Chobe should be a highlight. Haven't been but my guide in Sabi said Botswana "is the shit" and his favorite place for that.
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Botswana "is the shit" and his favorite place for that.


Can Confirm

Can't speak for the back half of that trip but the first few days are really similar to the schedule I did when I went.

Botswana was amazing. one of the thing's I'll never forget is everyone having to walk across this gross tiny sponge sitting in this Oil-looking substance that got microbes or diseases off our shoes so as to not bring them into the country from Zimbabwe

Chobe was breathaking. real life lion king shite. forget Disneyworld. This is the real deal Holyfield.

So many elephants crossed the road in front of us as we were driving around.


I went at about this same time and the weather was like 40's at night and the place we stayed had a fire to heat the water for the shower and I took the coldest shower of my life in Zimbabwe one morning but the Lions were growling as our wake- up call.

Your kids will thank you for this trip.
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TunaTrip
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re: African Safari - Sabi Sands, Inyati, Cape Town
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Chobe should be a highlight. Haven't been but my guide in Sabi said Botswana "is the shit" and his favorite place for that.


Awesome. Excited to hear this because the couple that i know who went on this trip, most enjoyed their stay at Inyati in Sabi Sands. Sounds like the trip is well balanced.

question... the price point of 9k/person. Does this sound reasonable including flights and most meals?


TunaTrip
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re: African Safari - Sabi Sands, Inyati, Cape Town
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Your kids will thank you for this trip.


They're very excited. The oldest (14 now) has gone once with his grandmother a year ago. He's been all over the world and to our surprise, this was the most impactful, impressive trip he's ever been on. And that's saying a lot as he's been to Spain, France, Italy, Norway, Alaska, Belize, Roatan, an more. He's begged us to take him back to Sabi, and for his little brother to see the things he's seen. This kid doesn't get excited about much so I believe it's the real deal! His grandmother agrees.

Also excited about the cooler weather. I definitely think long days of safari would be less appetizing with higher temps.


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Also excited about the cooler weather. I definitely think long days of safari would be less appetizing with higher temps


On some tough days at work, my mind sometimes wanders back in time to riding across the bush in an open air Land Rover as the breeze hits my face as Lions and warthogs and zebras roam around and seeing an early African sunrise ..

Good stuff. I’m jealous as I would kill to go back .


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OldHickory
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re: African Safari - Sabi Sands, Inyati, Cape Town
Big Tuna, did you plan this on your own or is this through a tour company?


TunaTrip
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re: African Safari - Sabi Sands, Inyati, Cape Town
Tour company based in Baton Rouge area that specializes in these small boutique luxury trips. The guide is Israeli, living in South Africa now, and excellent at what he does. Mother in law has used them for many trips.



r3lay3r
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re: African Safari - Sabi Sands, Inyati, Cape Town
9K per person?


TunaTrip
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re: African Safari - Sabi Sands, Inyati, Cape Town
Yes including flights, transportation, lodging, tips, and most meals. Basically all inclusive but with a smaller private group.

Bad deal?


r3lay3r
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re: African Safari - Sabi Sands, Inyati, Cape Town
Probably not. A couple I know went earlier this year and I think their cost was slightly lower, but it wasn't the same itinerary.

I've done some initial investigations and tours are about $5200-$6500 not including airfare to Africa (Collette). Others were more expensive and more towards the luxury end.


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Teddy Ruxpin
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re: African Safari - Sabi Sands, Inyati, Cape Town
Hard for me to judge as I don't know what y'all are all paying for. For example, Botswana is generally more expensive than Sabi for safari, but within both of those areas your options run the gamut of simple to ultra luxe.

I know I didn't pay near 9k per person but I can't compare apples to oranges and number of days.
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TunaTrip
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re: African Safari - Sabi Sands, Inyati, Cape Town
If I had the choice to cut out one location and make it a 10 day instead of 14 I would. Probably save 1500~ per person or so.




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Rollwave034
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re: African Safari - Sabi Sands, Inyati, Cape Town
I just did a similar itinerary and it cost about $7500 with everything, but I wanted to do some tented safari time, so not all luxury.


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quadfest
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re: African Safari - Sabi Sands, Inyati, Cape Town
Looks like a great trip. Wish we had done Botswana. Agree w trying to find time for Stellenbosch/frenschhoek (sp?). We did capetown 3 days, wine country 3 days, sabi sabi 3 days, and Victoria falls 2 days. Trip of a lifetime (wife had been sick and I swore I would take her on an amazing trip when better, so went luxe). Your price point is pretty solid (ours was around 9k a piece + flight - did points to fly biz). Have a great time!


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BamaGradinTn
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re: African Safari - Sabi Sands, Inyati, Cape Town
In 1993-95 I visited the Chobe twice and stayed at the Cresta Mowana Lodge. It was amazing. You're right about the elephants...the park may still be overpopulated. We had a choice every morning and evening of either a land rover excursion or a boat ride. I did the boat ride a couple of times...you get to see hippos. One afternoon there was a herd of elephants crossing the river, and the dominant male was shunning another male...would not let it come with the rest of the herd across the river. Fascinating if you enjoy watching wildlife. You won't be able to help but see elephants. It's amazing just to see the sheer amount of damage they do to trees and vegetation just on their daily trips down to the river.

I actually flew into Vic Falls and stayed a night at the hotel right there by the falls. The Cresta Mowana sent a van to pick us up.


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BamaGradinTn
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re: African Safari - Sabi Sands, Inyati, Cape Town
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Yes including flights, transportation, lodging, tips, and most meals. Basically all inclusive but with a smaller private group.

Bad deal?


You can probably do it much cheaper on your own. I just checked the Cresta Mowana website, and two people can stay there, with breakfast, for about $600 a night for two. The excursions are probably extra. It's a beautiful setting, right on the river.

Cresta Mowana

You can probably fly from the US to Cape Town for $1,500-1,800 per person.

Renting cars and driving in South Africa isn't difficult at all, or at least it wasn't when I did it 20 years ago.


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1860pissed
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re: African Safari - Sabi Sands, Inyati, Cape Town
What's the name of the tour company if you don't mind me asking?


TunaTrip
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Teddy Ruxpin
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re: African Safari - Sabi Sands, Inyati, Cape Town
Were you in a coma?

Did you refund or reschedule?

What a shitty year.


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