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Overland Tour vs. Planning it Out Yourself

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Overland Tour vs. Planning it Out Yourself


I was wondering if anyone has compared the prices of an overland tour (Dagobar, G Adventures, etc) to just planning out the trip on your own. We would have about 3 weeks. The main places I'd want to go are Nairobi, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar, and ideally all the way to Victoria Falls (with some stops on the way if taking a bus). How expensive are flights between places? Buses? Any and all help is appreciated! Thanks!

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1. Re: Overland Tour vs. Planning it Out Yourself

I don't think it's money that's the issue, it's time. Overland truck tours can move at a much faster pace than you can independently. They have their own transport, and everything is organised for you. Travelling in a nice spacious truck is also much more comfortable than by local buses. I don't think you'd want to spend quite as much time on the road travelling by local transport.

Having done overland truck trips in the (distant) past, I think you need to double the time to cover the same itinerary.

Bear in mind also that for some of those things you mention- Serengeti, the Crater, you're going to have to be on a tour or organised trip with a guide anyway.

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2. Re: Overland Tour vs. Planning it Out Yourself

Hey there. Earlier this year a friend and I essentially traveled from Livingstone, Zambia (Victoria Falls) to Mount Kenya in 5 weeks. We planned this trip completely on our own. I personally like figuring out the logistics of local transport in various countries, so for me I very much preferred this option to an organized overland tour. The first portion of this trip was all by bus, connecting Zambia-Malawi-Tanzania. However, once we got into southern Tanzania, we flew from Mbeya to Dar for about $80 on Fastjet (1 hour or so flight vs 16? hour bus ride). Then, from Zanzibar, we flew to Nairobi ($200 flight in Precision, but then another $48 departure tax at the Zanzibar airport), cutting out another couple of days on buses, however skipping all of the attractions/parks in the Arusha area (we instead did a safari in Zambia. My only safari so I have nothing to compare it to, but affordable, great value and pretty much one of my top life experiences). A full week of this trip was spent on Zanzibar and another full week+ in Nanyuki/Mount Kenya area, so if you aren't trying to stay in any one place for an extended period of time, and are willing to perhaps purchase another flight to get you all the way south to Vic Falls a little more quickly, it could be doable in 3 weeks. If you have further questions about specific transportation we took/our budget, feel free to send me a message.

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