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nov 16 2010

Ask Trip Coach: Safaris

The next Trip Coach topic is a biggie—big in terms of complications and expense, and big in terms of an amazing experience like none other.

On a trip as epic as an African safari, you really want to get all the details right. And to do that, you need to be well-informed about every part of the experience, from booking your trip to tipping your guides and everything in between. With that in mind, please send us all of your safari-related questions, and we'll answer the best, most pertinent and pressing ones in an upcoming Trip Coach column. You might be wondering about topics such as:

Which are the easiest safari destinations to reach?

How about the best overall spots to go on safari?

Which destinations offer the most scenery and animal sightings for the money?

Are tour packages the way to go? If so, what are the best options?

Is a DIY safari even possible? If so, how does one even get started?

How much should one expect to pay, and are there any good strategies for saving money?

What are the pros and cons of various lodging options in Africa's national parks and reserves?

What should one expect in terms of shots, paperwork, and other prep work in advance of a safari?

What are the big mistakes commonly made by first-timers that I should be sure to avoid?

Now it's your turn: Voice your concerns and ask whatever questions you have regarding safaris. (To get in the safari frame of mind, it might help to browse some of BT's safari stories in the links below.) We'll do our best to provide answers and guide you every step of the way in an upcoming issue of Budget Travel.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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