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Thomson Safaris? Deeper Africa? other safari planners?

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Thomson Safaris? Deeper Africa? other safari planners?

We are beginning to plan a trip in Tanzania for 2013, looking at the many camps (thanks TA people for all the reviews!). We'll need to choose a company to make our bookings, i.e. plan the safari, do the logistics. We won't be driving ourselves, may want to do some flights between parks. Any recommendations for safari/tour operators?

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3. Re: Thomson Safaris? Deeper Africa? other safari planners?

Take a look at the Top Questions on the right hand of the screen. The 4th topic down is one that discusses safari operators that is usually a good starting point. You could also try typing Thomson and Deeper Africa into the search box and see if there is any feedback on them. I do know Thomson has been discussed here and on other travel forums a lot.

The other piece of advice I would give you, is no matter what forum I am in, when I look at recommendations for operators, I take a look at the person posting, how many posts they have, and what those posts have been. Then I make a judgement about whether I think this is a "real" traveler or someone who works for the company trying to drum up business. I have run into this whether I was going to Tanzania or Peru. So hang out on the forums, read lots of posts and take your time doing your research!

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4. Re: Thomson Safaris? Deeper Africa? other safari planners?

It is fascinating to look into past posts, Irongrl. I find some folks who seem to be sympatico-type travelers and their ratings get weighted strongly. And I've not been shy about mentioning my TO, who I like a lot and who is on the list you mention in the right hand column.

On the other hand, some folks seem to simply be touts for companies, just sliding their promo for the company into whatever thread allows for it. I always promise myself NOT to use the company touted... maybe unfair to the company, but...

You are correct - this is becoming endemic on TA and folks new to the process deserve excellent advice like that you have given. When seeking advice on companies, hotels, and services, one must always consider the source...

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6. Re: Thomson Safaris? Deeper Africa? other safari planners?

Such as the post above, an obvious person doing some self promotion. Five posts; all touting his company.

Another thing to judge is whether they have something to compare their safari to, is this their first safari (of course it should be considered that they were satisfied) but when they say they are the best, how does one know unless they know more then one safari company. It's good to find out that someone used ABC safari company and were satisfied with their service and that is useful information; but it is not comparative information.

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