I'm in the earliest stage of planning a trip that, if I can finance it, will include Southern Africa, Ngorongoro Crater and the Seregenti. An imminent change in life circumstances may prevent me from visiting Africa again, so I'd like to visit both Southern Africa (Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Zululand in South Africa, and some destinations of interest in Lesotho, Mozambique and/or Swaziland) and Eastern Africa (the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater) if I can manage it over a period of 3 to 3.5 weeks. I have four preliminary questions for you sage TripAdvisor Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti safari experts:
1) Would I be at greater risk of contracting malaria or another disease on an East African safari in July than I would in Kruger National Park?
2) What are some Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti safari options that are known to be especially hospitable to solo travelers or people in their late twenties and early thirties? I have in mind a safari that would last between 4 and 6 days, cost no more than $1,500 excluding miscellaneous expenses (i.e., my flight or bus ride to Arusha), include food service and a guide who is educated about the fauna, and accommodate a group of at least four people. As I'd likely be traveling alone, I prefer a group tour/safari that promotes social interaction. I don't mind tents or public restrooms as long as using them doesn't require an extreme compromise of lower middle-class American health and safety standards. The last thing I need is to return to the U.S. with a new and unfamiliar illness.
3) I'm a fan of the sort of wildlife documentaries involving lions and crocodiles fighting wildebeests for their calf and don't want to pass days with only a few animal sightings. Given that and my other stated interests, are there any reasons why I might prefer Kruger National Park over the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti?
4) Is there a (generally) cost-efficient route that you recommend for a trip that includes the destinations I mention in both Eastern and Southern Africa?
Please advise. :)
RamonEdited: 6:13 pm, March 05, 2013