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ET African Journeys -- too good to be true?

Alexandria, Virginia
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ET African Journeys -- too good to be true?

Seeing a trip offered by a company called ET African Journeys which their website describes as a joint venture by Ethiopian Airlines and Group IST. They claim that Group IST has 30 years of planning trips for churches, museums, organizations and universities.

Anyone heard of them? They have a trip that includes airfare on Ethiopian airlines at what seems like an amazing price: $3000,

Roundtrip flights on Ethiopian Airlines brand new Boeing 777 from Washington D.C. to Mt. Kilimanjaro inclusive of fuel surcharges

All lodgings at deluxe hotels and lodges with excellent locations in the National Parks.

One night at the Serena Mountain Village in Arusha

One night at Serena Lodge located on an escarpment overlooking Lake Manyara.

Two nights at Serena Lodge with commanding panoramic views across the Serengeti.

Two nights at Serena Lodge which clings on the rim of magnificent Ngorongoro Crater

Numerous wildlife safari game drives per the itinerary

Guaranteed window seats on 4x4 Safari Vehicles with pop-up roof

Receive a Special Certificate from the Tanzanian Government commemorating their 50th Anniversary of Independence.

6 Breakfast, 5 Lunch and 5 Dinner

Findlay, Ohio
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1. Re: ET African Journeys -- too good to be true?

Sounds like a deal to me. This is a group safari and you will be put in vehicles with others, but if that doesn't bother you then perhaps this is a good deal for you. I have flown to Tz on Ethiopian Air and it's a good airline. The 777 will fly from Washington DC to Addis, then you will have another flight to Kilimanjaro airport.

If you are satisfied with what the group itinerary does then it will probably be a good deal for you.

nyc
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2. Re: ET African Journeys -- too good to be true?

It's a very standard itinerary, using Serena Lodges (no camps), over a 6/day period. At $3K, with air costing just short of $1K, this averages abut $400/person/day. While fuel charges are included, does this include the taxes on the ticket which can be in the $200+/person range?

It appear to be a group departure, but ask whether they will conduct same itinerary if only 2/pax traveling? If so, what is the price adjustment upwards?

Isle of Man, United...
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3. Re: ET African Journeys -- too good to be true?

ET is the Airline code for Ethiopian so it looks like this is a spin off from them. If they are adding their name to it then I guess you are relatively assured of quality for the price.

Adelaide, Australia
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4. Re: ET African Journeys -- too good to be true?

We just did a tour in Ethiopia organised by ET - and also at an amazing price. We were very happy. I would go for it.

San Francisco...
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5. Re: ET African Journeys -- too good to be true?

I'm looking into the same tour through Livingsocial.com. I understand that it's a group tour (pricing is based pp regardless of the number you book) but is it totally commercialized? If I'm going on safari, I want it to be authentic and not like something out of Jurassic Park.

Pasadena, California
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6. Re: ET African Journeys -- too good to be true?

I don't know any of these companies, but then I don't know much. But I do know that when you are in the national parks, no matter who you are with, it is authentic, it is wild and it is what it is. It just sometimes looks like a movie set, cause that is just the way it is.

Plum

nyc
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7. Re: ET African Journeys -- too good to be true?

>>'commercialized"<<

... meaning what?

The itinerary is posted, it's a standard safari itinerary for 6/days (rather short I'd say), with some of my comments above. If looking for something different that you can customize yourselves - where to visit, how many days, select accommodations - you can do so thru a tour operator in your home country or an in-country outfitter - many names can be found in the column right hand side of this Forum.

Isle of Man, United...
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8. Re: ET African Journeys -- too good to be true?

commercialized or Commercialised. When folks charge for a service it is a commercial offering. I would guess that 2 folks (minimum) or more will be sat in a 4x4 Cruiser with Pop top and taken around the various National parks to see 'genuine, original and real life' wildlife. This is no Disney trip. This is no canned offering or Tourist experience.

You are in Africa.

It's for real! The bumpy roads and the dirt and dust are real. You will find the bumpy roads are real enough and the dust is genuine African dust. So are the flies and bugs which are not an optional extra although there is no charge for the bites.

It's all real so go ahead and enjoy it! It will be the time of your life.

Toronto
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9. Re: ET African Journeys -- too good to be true?

Hey how u doin? Is your picture a badger or a skunk? LOL. How do you feel the disabled would do on a gorilla trek in Uganda or Rwanda?

Adelaide, Australia
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10. Re: ET African Journeys -- too good to be true?

I cant answer for Mufwe - BUT I think it would be very difficult for a person with a physical disabilty to do a gorilla trek in Rwanda.