Okay, trying to join a short budget camping safari seems to be difficult.
Once you trawl through thirty or so operators' sites, whittle them down to say, ten you think might favour your plans and send maybe ten emails out to them, it becomes apparent this business of joining groups is a fraught process.
For instance, I am in Arusha for around ten days from the 10th November and would like to join a three or four day budget camping safari taking in the Crater, Manyara etc.
I was quoted $550 for three days but on replying to this, the itinerary changed to four days and $1400 plus. (I can only afford $650 max.)
I do appreciate how difficult it must be for operators to accommodate single travellers who want to join up with groups.
Is it a case of patience and perseverance (I know my trip will happen one way or another); am I trying to book too far ahead of my desired dates; or am I simply looking at having to book when I get to Arusha?