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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #30 on: September 02, 2015, 07:48:07 PM »
Nope per person. Like I said - quite costly

Was thinking per person too, cuz for 3 it sounded too low for what you did.

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #31 on: September 02, 2015, 07:51:50 PM »
You have to realize that besides for the international flight which is costly, we took A LOT of domestic flights and went all over. We crammed in a packed itinerary and did a lot for the time we were there.

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #32 on: September 02, 2015, 08:00:31 PM »
My trip in March came out to $1300 per person inclusive. Flights from us to sa, roundtrip flights to Cape Town, roundtrip flights to Zambia/Zimbabwe, all hotels, restaurants and activities.

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #33 on: September 02, 2015, 08:06:09 PM »
We did a lot of research and nothing came close to that for what we did. We stayed in a private game reserve in South Africa, as well as very nice places everywhere else. Also - I believe this season is a lot more expensive.

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #34 on: September 02, 2015, 08:09:06 PM »
It also helped that our flights from New York to Johannesburg were $291 on Etihad. Roundtrip to Cape Town was about $120 on kulula/mango, roundtrip to Vic falls with BA and tax were equivalent to about $200 plus $50 visa there, $50 park entrance fees. And we did bridge activities there, visiting ZimZam for a day was probably the most expensive day of our trip.

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #35 on: September 02, 2015, 08:12:22 PM »
That definitely helps. Our JFK - JNB flights were about a thousand dollars more than that!
Also - we went through a tour operator and paid them to take care of everything, food included. Though after doing some rough calculations I'm pretty sure we would've paid about the same amount had we done it ourselves.

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #36 on: September 02, 2015, 08:14:15 PM »
That definitely helps. Our JFK - JNB flights were about a thousand dollars more than that!
Also - we went through a tour operator and paid them to take care of everything, food included. Though after doing some rough calculations I'm pretty sure we would've paid about the same amount had we done it ourselves.

I'm sure the tour operator took a nice cut, but that is a service you are paying for. We did all the arranging and planning on our own.

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #37 on: September 02, 2015, 10:14:39 PM »
Anyone hear of these guys? Africanbudgetsafaris.com
I'm also looking to plan a trip.  But nowhere close to 6k pp.


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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #38 on: September 02, 2015, 11:54:41 PM »
Yep definitely economy. The trip was quite costly but worth every penny! I'm not sure of the exact amount yet but around $6500 all inclusive.

ouch!! that hurts.. hindsight 20/20 would you do it again?
If yes.. then someone that can get flights with points in business its a no brainer to take this trip if only food, lodging & safari costs.

Looking forward to part 2.. the more pictures the merrier :)

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #39 on: September 03, 2015, 12:58:22 AM »
1000% would do it again, no question.

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #40 on: September 03, 2015, 12:59:30 AM »
1000% would do it again, no question.
You must not be a large person to mind sitting in economy for that long. That or you be never flown J or F.

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #41 on: September 03, 2015, 01:51:10 AM »
Yep definitely economy. The trip was quite costly but worth every penny! I'm not sure of the exact amount yet but around $6500 all inclusive.
This is what's holding me back from my dream trip. Done properly for me it would cost me in the 10k range pp. Until I get  sponsor or figure out how to do it cheaper I'll holding off

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #42 on: September 03, 2015, 01:52:43 AM »


It also helped that our flights from New York to Johannesburg were $291 on Etihad. Roundtrip to Cape Town was about $120 on kulula/mango, roundtrip to Vic falls with BA and tax were equivalent to about $200 plus $50 visa there, $50 park entrance fees. And we did bridge activities there, visiting ZimZam for a day was probably the most expensive day of our trip.

So all food, hotels, activities, transfers... Was a total of $600? Sounds low, How long were you there?

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #43 on: September 03, 2015, 09:19:25 AM »

So all food, hotels, activities, transfers... Was a total of $600? Sounds low, How long were you there?

We were there for 6 days in South Africa, (plus a day of traveling each way). And Shabbos we with friends in the Jewish community, there are no nice hotels near the Jewish community in joburg. The $600 does not include the bridge activities in ZimZam which were another couple hundred, but includes other activities and chauffeurs.

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #44 on: September 03, 2015, 09:20:44 AM »
We were there for 6 days in South Africa, (plus a day of traveling each way). And Shabbos we with friends in the Jewish community, there are no nice hotels near the Jewish community in joburg. The $600 does not include the bridge activities in ZimZam which were another couple hundred, but includes other activities and chauffeurs.
Includes the hotels?