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Vacations and World Travel Visiting our beautiful city? Come stay at the Arbutus Vista - Vancouver's Bed & Breakfast.
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:59 AM   #1
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Tanzania/Uganda/Kenya then Egypt and Amsterdam

So my wife and I are taking a little over 4 week in august for a trip to africa+

doing a planned safari and gorilla trek

seeing the gorillas in Uganda then to Tanzania for the Serengeti and Ngorongro crater

after i think were going to skip on Zanzibar (although i definitely want to go) as we're thinking of going up to Nairobi for a couple days the flying up to Cairo and we want as much time in Egypt as possible.

My wife has been but along time ago.

The plan with Cairo is to do all the major stop but almost more importantly to get some diving in the Red Sea

Then we've book out return out of Amsterdam so the plan was to just get there a couple days before to see the city

Any recommendations for Egypt or quick things to see/do in Amsterdam?

Totally pumped for this trip
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How much did you pay for your Safari? How long is it? Did you pay for a private one or are you able to join a group.

Man I really wanna go to Tanzania this year and do Kilimajaro/Safari/Zanzibar. The longer I wait the more prices seem to shoot up every year .


For Egypt the only advice is that you're going to be hassled non-stop from when you land to when you board the plane. I'm a pretty seasoned traveller but Egypt was on a whole 'nother level. We went in May 2011 right after the revolution so we were like the only Tourists around even at the Pyramids. I hear things haven't improved much since then.
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the safari is ridiculously expensive, i think like $11K per person for the 10 days...now this includes the gorilla trek, flight from uganda into the Serengeti, 2 nights at the ngorongoro crater lodge (look it up, also watch Anthony bourdain in Tanzania), it's also a private guide for the safari part, there's more too, we're doing a hot ballon ride. it's gonna be pretty crazy

my wife's parent are coming for the safari/trek portion and are paying for the VIP upgrade that i would never even contemplate playing so it's a win win for me

my wife wanted to climb kilimajaro, but it's like $2000 and 6 days or something.

i've heard that about egypt but we're pretty seasoned travelers so we know how to handle ourselves.
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When I was in AMS we stayed on the outer rim of the city..I guess south of the “Amsterdam” sign and Van Gogh museum etc.

It’s a chill area to stay however it’s about a 40 minute walk to the RLD..the areas surrounding the RLD are super nice and when walking through those neighborhoods I almost wished I had stayed there/closer to the water
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the safari is ridiculously expensive, i think like $11K per person for the 10 days...now this includes the gorilla trek, flight from uganda into the Serengeti, 2 nights at the ngorongoro crater lodge (look it up, also watch Anthony bourdain in Tanzania), it's also a private guide for the safari part, there's more too, we're doing a hot ballon ride. it's gonna be pretty crazy

my wife's parent are coming for the safari/trek portion and are paying for the VIP upgrade that i would never even contemplate playing so it's a win win for me

my wife wanted to climb kilimajaro, but it's like $2000 and 6 days or something.

i've heard that about egypt but we're pretty seasoned travelers so we know how to handle ourselves.
Jesus the moment I drop 22k for 10 days of travel is the moment I have to reassess my life's priorities. But that sounds awesome, I hope you have a great time!

I've looked at G Adventures that had a combined Kili/Safari (4 days)/Zanzibar which cost about $6K but that's obviously with bare bones camping for the Safari portion. No airfares to and fro Tanzania either. I normally don't do tours but seeing as I'll likely do Solo (Wifey not into animal viewing) I seem to have an issue finding groups I can just join in a safari for. Don't want to be the only one with a driver/guide either.
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off to kili/northern circuit/zanz in a few weeks

which outfitter are you going with for the safari?

how come you're crossing off zanzibar?

if anyone has pointers for photo gear for private jeep during wet season, please chime in...planning to bring two bodies but haven't finalized my lens setup
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oh and it's 11K USD lol, just nuts

not sure of the company, it's a full private catered to our wishes type deal

crossing off zanzibar to allow for more time in egypt
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yeah i didnt bother going on any safaris cause of the price.. would be a cool experience though.
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In Amsterdam, I suggest staying around the Jordaan to avoid the tourist crowd and the area offers a good selection of local restaurant and shops.
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i dove in Egypt and I woke up celebrating my 30th b-day looking at the sun rising over the pyramids.

-Sharm El Sheikh is like cancun for Europeans, they love it there. Had a great time diving there.
-I did the balloon ride and it was 100% worth it; only catch, is to make sure you do the 4 AM trek.
Seeing this getting blown up was EPIC and so awesome for pics.

-must go to abu simbel temple egypt

When I walked from the side and saw this head on, I was blown away on how BIG it was. The design and how it was done totally blown me away.
-if you get a chance, learn how to play dominoes and smoke some shisha with the locals

-please do yourself a favor and go to the musuem in Eqypt. It's not SUPER fancy but you can spend days in there looking at mummies. Again, these are true artifacts and not like British Musuem where all their shit were stole during colonization of other countries.
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looking forward to going to Egypt some time for sure.. my gf wants to do north africa in one trip
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oh and it's 11K USD lol, just nuts

not sure of the company, it's a full private catered to our wishes type deal

crossing off zanzibar to allow for more time in egypt
damn that's like 6 days/country

gorilla trek sounds rad though, let us know how it goes

yeah let's just say this trip is already exceeding all of my travels last year from the wallet's perspective and I'm only doing camping (climb) and stanard lodging (safari)
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damn that's like 6 days/country

gorilla trek sounds rad though, let us know how it goes

yeah let's just say this trip is already exceeding all of my travels last year from the wallet's perspective and I'm only doing camping (climb) and stanard lodging (safari)
Tell us the deets of your trip! Which outfitters are you going with? How much did you pay?
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all the major historical stops in egypt are on the list and 100% of course the museum in cairo

just trying to figure out where to dive for a few days. don't think we'll be making it to the sinai/Sharm El Sheikh
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narrowed down with reviews from TA, then just e-mailed a few for their availabilty and price...safety was a priority so the outfitter must carry emergency backup (ie. oxygen mask)

flights/climb/safari is 6k USD minimum....not including all the crap i still need to process/buy/rent
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