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World Odyssey / Uganda / Tanzania

World Odyssey / Uganda / Tanzania

Old Oct 2nd 2002, 1:52 pm
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McAndrew
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Question World Odyssey / Uganda / Tanzania

My wife and I are very close to booking a two week trips with World Odyssey (www.world-odyssey.com) to see the Mountain Gorillas of Uganda and participate in a camping safari in Tanzania.
- Has anyone booked with this company before?

It is my first time to Africa, and am quite confused by the great number of outfitters, and options available.

If no one has heard of World Odyssey, please coment on the agenda they have set up for us:
2 nights in Queen Elizabeth National Park
1 night at Volcanoes Camp in Bwindi
1 night at Lake Victoria Hotel in Entebbe
Fly to Nairobi and drive to Arusha
1 night at Moivaro Coffee Plantation
5 night camping safari to Tarangire Wildlife Consevation Area, Serengeti - staying at Seronera Camp, Ngorongoro Simba camp for 2 nights.

Total price of the trip is US$4357/person from London. We will arrange our own air from Los Angeles.

Does this sound resonable? Any advice?

Thank you,
Mike McAndrew
 
Old Oct 6th 2002, 6:39 am
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Chessie
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Default Re: World Odyssey / Uganda / Tanzania

Mike,

I haven't been to either Tanzania or Uganda (I've been to Botswana,
South Africa, Zambia, and Namibia)but I've been reading & researching
Uganda for a possible next trip, but this note is more advice about
itineraries for those on their first trip to Africa.)

I don't know Odyssey, but, for my taste, this itinerary looks like
it's trying to cram way too much into too short a time. There will be
so much driving for each of your 3 nights in Uganda (I'm guessing that
the night at Entebbe is just to get you to the airport?), and from
what I have read, the drives between these places are long-- depending
on road conditions & weather, it could be a whole day. I believe each
of these places is worth much more time. You should check really
closely into how much of the each day is devoted to travel...for
example, your two nights in QE Park may yield only 1 full day of
activities if you arrive really late the first day and have to leave
early the last morning.

In the cases where I had 2 night stays at camp, I ALWAYS wished I had
more time. (And transfers are easier in Botswana, where they are by
small plane, and in Zambia, where three of the 4 camps I visited had
transfers within South Luangwa Park, so even the transfer was just
regular game drive...with my luggage.) I've never done a one night
stay, and won't because I don't want to spend my time on transfers, I
want to spend it in the bush. If I only had 14 days, I'd chose one
country, and do that more intensively. If you possibly can...take more
time. The flight from LA is so long (I also am on the West Coast) it's
really best to spend as much time as you can possibly can once you are
there. And my personal preference is to spend the first day/night on
arrival getting adjusted to local time in a hotel near the airport
before going off on safari. On my first trip, I was so jet-lagged my
first day that I had a difficult time staying awake on my first game
drives!

One more piece of advice: the message from other on the web, as well
as from my very experienced travel agent, who specializes in Africa:
If you really want to see gorillas, BE ABSOLUTELY SURE the operator
has gorilla permits IN HAND before you book anything. Some travellers
on the web have reported that they were told they would get
permits...but when they arrived, there was a "problem"-- no permits.
So no gorillas.
My travel agent said, "Pick your possible dates...we get the gorilla
permits first. Then we plan the rest of the trip around that."




wrote in message news:...
    > My wife and I are very close to booking a two week trips with World
    > Odyssey (www.world-odyssey.com) to see
    > the Mountain Gorillas of Uganda
    > and participate in a camping safari in Tanzania.
    > - Has anyone booked with this company before?
    > It is my first time to Africa, and am quite confused by the great number
    > of outfitters, and options available.
    > If no one has heard of World Odyssey, please coment on the agenda they
    > have set up for us:
    > 2 nights in Queen Elizabeth National Park
    > 1 night at Volcanoes Camp in Bwindi
    > 1 night at Lake Victoria Hotel in Entebbe
    > Fly to Nairobi and drive to Arusha
    > 1 night at Moivaro Coffee Plantation
    > 5 night camping safari to Tarangire Wildlife Consevation Area, Serengeti
    > - staying at Seronera Camp, Ngorongoro Simba camp for 2 nights.
    > Total price of the trip is US$4357/person from London. We will arrange
    > our own air from Los Angeles.
    > Does this sound resonable? Any advice?
    > Thank you,
    > Mike McAndrew
 

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