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renting a jeep?

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renting a jeep?

Is it at all possible to rent a jeep, hire a guide, bring one's own tent, stove, food, water, and see the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, that way? We have 2 children, and I thought it might allow us to go at a slower pace. Am I totally out of touch?

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1. Re: renting a jeep?

You can try Naaz Hotle or Travel Mate.

But really do you want to be carting all of that extra luggage around when most companies can supply all of this?

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2. Re: renting a jeep?

It is possible to rent a land rover or other 4 x 4. It is also possible to hire guides. You can bring your own tent and buy food, water etc in the main towns. Most people however go on a private safari and then have their own guide and 4 x 4 and can travel at their own pace.

The advantage of a private safari is the operator will arrange everything for you including park fees, tents if camping a driver guide and cook.

Then you can relax enjoy the trip choose the time you want game drives or walks or whatever. The safari is yours and the guide should be there for you.

But in answer to your first question you are not totally out of touch but it is easier sometimes to go on your own private safari. It is often cheaper than a group tour sold by overseas agents.

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4. Re: renting a jeep?

I'm just thinking it might be much less expensive. With two adults and two children the cost of a "safari" is huge. It seems like renting a jeep, hiring a guide, paying park costs would be much cheaper.

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5. Re: renting a jeep?

Private safari, whether camping (with own guide/vehicle & cook) with tents provided, doesn't have to be all that expensive. Even if choosing to stay in lodges. As to the children, depending on their ages, are often at discounted prices.

As above, you set the schedule - where, # of days, type of lodging (or camping) - and go at whatever pace that works, just at long as you're at wherever you'll be placing your head by sunset.

If doing it on your own, be aware there are no road signs and little tarmac. Transiting thru the parks is on dirt, gravel and sometimes muddy roads. And, distances can be great.

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6. Re: renting a jeep?

I can see what you are trying to do but it is never as simple as it seems.

Add together the cost of renting a Vehicle , hiring a Driver/guide, plus park Fees, Fuel buying Food etc., and you will be at virtually the same costs as buying them as a package. Bringing your own stuff may shade the cost down a bit but you will have to balance that with the 'cost' of lugging the stuff to Africa, wear and tear in a fairly harsh environment.,

It is far more practical to simply entrust this to a local firm based in Arusha, plenty names on here, and let them do all the running about. They are good at it and if you specify a Budget they will adhere to it (or tell you it is impractical)

Don't think all Safaris are top end Bells & Whistles events. You will be surprised at how reasonably priced a good package can be put together just for you and your family.

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7. Re: renting a jeep?

If you want to make some comparisons try e-mails several local companies and get their quotes; then google Fortes Auto hire in Arusha and go to their web site and contact them. They are in the business of renting out vehicles for those who want to do a self drive safari. Then you will know if you want to go it on your own or have someone else do it for you. Fortes will be able to furnish a driver/guide for you and have all the equipment you will need.

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8. Re: renting a jeep?

By the way you don't want a Jeep in Tanzania, they don't hold up well. What you will want to get is a Toyota Land Cruiser especially equipped for safaris.

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