Your questions


My sister and I would like to do a tour of Tanzania and/or Kenya in January/February, taking in the Serengeti. Can you recommend reputable companies that run tours for budget travellers?

- L. Gotlieb, Maroubra.


A good starting point would be STA Travel (, which works with reputable operators and has a good selection of trips.

Expect to pay upwards of $2000 for two weeks on a budget trip incorporating the Serengeti.

Kumuka ( has some of the cheapest trips incorporating the Serengeti, along with the well-known budget operator Acacia Africa, which is sold by Adventure World (

Gecko's Grassroots Adventures (, which is part of the Peregrine Adventures group, would definitely be worth a look.

They have a 15-day East Africa safari for about $2500 a person, including the Serengeti Plains, the Masai Mara and the Ngorongoro Crater, along with visits to a school and orphanage.

Gap Adventures ( is another option, although only some of their trips include the Serengeti.

Depending on how much time you have, I would recommend including a gorilla trek in Uganda. There are many trips that combine gorillas with the Serengeti and other wildlife viewing in Kenya and Tanzania.

Something to note: nearly all Africa trips include a "local payment", which can be a large amount.

- Jane E. Fraser

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