Thanks in advance for reading, and any advice you may have.
My husband and I are planning our first trip to Africa and I need some help.
I'll be honest and say that a trip to Africa has been a dream of mine since I can remember (as a child I dreamed of learning Swahili, a dream I've never realized). As such, I've got high expectations for the trip.
After researching, ideally, we'd like to visit Zimbabwe for Mana Pools for a walking/canoeing Safari and Victoria falls for white water rafting; Rwanda for mountain gorilla trekking; Tanzania for the Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater, and Manyara (Tarangire and Kilimanjaro sound great too); Kenya for Masai Mara, David Sheldrick, and Diani Beach (I'm sure Kenya has a lot more to offer).
We're both very active travelers, so we really like the idea of Zimbabwe for the canoeing and white water rafting. Additionally, I really want to see the gorillas in Rwanda.
We can take up to 25 days of vacation (this has to include international flights).
1. For the number of days we have, is this too much to expect to see? I don't want to travel so much within Africa that we miss actually spending time in Africa (if that makes sense).
2. What should I expect a trip like this to cost? We have a budget in mind, but we're not sure how realistic it is.
Any other thoughts and advice are appreciated.
P.S. I'm not sure how to cross post this to other forums. Can someone advise?