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    I've posted on this topic several times, but I'll say it again its definitely worth it.

    The pro's definitely outweigh the con's - as mentioned the only really con is that it can be a little noisy if you're near the food tent (which we were in 2012), but ear plugs can sort that out. Didn't go this year, but the addition of the pool and free-ish massages last year were an added bonus.

    Looking forward to returning in 2014.

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    Two CrazyCanucks here,

    This is one for our bucket list which we booked a few weeks ago,

    how close to the main stage are you for headliners ? and how early would you suggest getting there before lets say the ac/dc and jack white shows? are you actually right at the very front? any idea how many guest passes there are floating around ? we talking hundreds or competing for stage space with thousands?

    Also how loud at 4 pm by the food tents is it ? we do intend on bringing earplugs and most likely sleeping pills , if we arrive at the checkin hotel say noon thursday (when they open) would we get choice of spots ? ( if food tent/lounge is bad what would be the best? cant hurt to ask)

    also is security on you everytime you come back and forth ? ie emptying your water bottle if you are back and forth a fair bit? or maybe a wineskin etc etc....

    any positive responses would be appreciated.

    Cheers from Canada EH !!

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    We have booked one this year as well and can't wait! (bucket list) there's a couple of good threads on them worth searching for on the board.

    Hard to say on the number of guest passes out there but what I do know is that there are approx 100 safari tents (see image on link below and look for the star shape in the bottom right - then you have guests of artists and of course golden voice themselves plus sponsors.

    You do get right to the front of the stage and from the outside looking in at previous years, the area was pretty empty during the day and then busier at night for headliners etc.

    I believe security checks are pretty much non existent once you are in - no checks to go through to the field each morning just jump on a cart and name your stage!

    We are also going to try and get there early Thursday to get a spot away from the safari lounge - again the image below will give you a feel of layout

    Enjoy and maybe see you there!

    http://i.imgur.com/YLxtQZT.jpg

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    GREAT SHOT OF THE GROUNDS !!!
    AND YES LOOK US UP WHEN YOU ARE THERE , WE WILL BE THE TENT WITH A FEW CANADA FLAGS HANGING FROM THE DOORS.
    MIGHT EVEN HAVE A COLD ONE WAITING FOR YOU IF WE GET THERE FIRST

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    Hi! I've purchased Safari pass before (2012, but did not camp with the sellers, I have my own camp) and I love the access! Would you be opposed to me purchasing an add on Safari spot with your order? I am just looking for the stage access, not the campground (although it is nice). Just secure all your stuff inside the tent in case the dust storms get bad again this year. 2012 some of the safari tents were just wrecked, and people's chairs and stuff they had sitting outside blew away.

    Happy Coachella!

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    Oh and PS: in 2012 the tents were preassigned. There is a tent lounge in your compound with breakfast, snacks, and drinks, too. You have kind of a private "highway" walking/cart path all along the outer edge of the fairgrounds so it's easy to get from stage to stage. Also have access to the artist compound. hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazycanucks View Post
    Two CrazyCanucks here,

    This is one for our bucket list which we booked a few weeks ago,

    how close to the main stage are you for headliners ? and how early would you suggest getting there before lets say the ac/dc and jack white shows? are you actually right at the very front? any idea how many guest passes there are floating around ? we talking hundreds or competing for stage space with thousands?

    Also how loud at 4 pm by the food tents is it ? we do intend on bringing earplugs and most likely sleeping pills , if we arrive at the checkin hotel say noon thursday (when they open) would we get choice of spots ? ( if food tent/lounge is bad what would be the best? cant hurt to ask)

    also is security on you everytime you come back and forth ? ie emptying your water bottle if you are back and forth a fair bit? or maybe a wineskin etc etc....

    any positive responses would be appreciated.

    Cheers from Canada EH !!
    The viewing area for the all but the Outdoor Stage is on the left hand side. For the Outdoor it is on the right. On the satellite picture in Riflesmile's post you can see them at both stages. At each stage/tent it is up front and is the left or right 1/3 of the stage.

    For the main acts if you want to be up front, you will need to get there at least one act early and work your way to the front. However, the entire area is pretty close so as long as you are in the viewing area you are good. For some shows the area can get completely filled where they will not allow anyone else in. As for number of wristbands, there are roughly 100 Safari Tents that can have 2-4 people. There are also close to 200 acts and who knows how many wristbands they get. Then add in the production wristbands that go to workers and sponsors. I would say well over 1000.

    The tents are assigned before you get there. As for noise, it can be loud at night as the main safari tent will have a DJ and bar until at least 2am. After 2am it usually gets fairly quiet. I've never had a problem sleeping, but I am usually pretty tired by the end of the day.

    Security is strict every time you go come into the area. You could walk out to your car, the security person never lose sight of you and they will still want to see your wristband when you come back through the gates. When you are leaving they will not allow you to take alcohol, but the do not really check anything. A water bottle with vodka would not be a problem, a can of beer would be.

    If you look a the Riflesmile's picture the Safari area is the down toward the bottom right. It is laid out like a "*" with the arm at the 1:30 position missing. If I get my requested spot, my tent should be facing the parking lot and be in the 3 o'clock row. I will have a large, green inflatable dinosaur tied up in front. Stop by and say hi if you want. You're in for a great weekend.

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    See you there, again.
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    Just back home after weekend one (depressed) and thought I would share my experience of the safari tent for those who may be thinking about it going forward....

    Honestly, it was worth stumping up every penny of the extra cash over regular/VIP passes plus a hotel etc. We loved every moment of it and whilst we live in Ireland and don't get to go to Coachella every year, if and when we get back, I don't think I could ever do anything but safari..

    We arrived on Thursday afternoon at La Quinta, check in was smooth, got our pre activated guest passes and then escorted to the car park and safari campground on site. Golf carts immediately came and grabbed all our gear - staff were SUPER friendly and appeared genuinely happy to be there and to help us have a great weekend. There were ZERO security checks on our stuff.

    There were four of us in a tent and we were all pleasantly surprised by the size of the tent - it didn't feel too cramped but at the same time we didn't lug all our cases etc out of the car and just took small bags with what we would need (your car is a two minute walk from your tent anyway) The tent was great, with two comfortable beds, all linens, fresh towels, a tray of goodies including cool Coachella branded water bottles, the fridge was a much better size than I expected, the air con worked a treat and I really can't fault anything in it.

    The safari lounge was nice, I didn't think there was much noise from it (and we were only four tents away) but then we crashed out most nights straight after the last band. They provided bins full of free water / gatorade / coke etc and the food in the lounge was pretty decent, if not anything special. Breakfast had plenty of hot / cold food options and fresh coffee and juices etc and the late night snacks were much more than I expected but very welcome after a long day. There was a cash bar in there but we only used it to get our Heineken wristbands before going into the grounds.

    There is a safari concierge area and all the staff were nothing but helpful and nothing was too much trouble - you got fresh towels each day, they brought big bags of ice to your tent and when we ran short on beers and vodka we just gave them a grocery list and they went to the store and brought the stuff straight to us along with our change. They had snacks and cold drinks on hand before you jumped into a cart to hit the field as well.

    The restrooms - not great if I am being honest, they could / should have been cleaned more regularly. The shower trailers were good with plenty of hot water.

    The other people staying at safari - most people were super chilled and clearly really happy to be there, some people seemed up their own ass, but we met a few nice people along the way. Most people kept themselves to themselves. On a side note, Tommy Lee had a lounge tent in safari this year so the ban has clearly been lifted!

    Now for the golf carts - OMG - talk about spoilt, carts were always on hand at the safari area, drivers were generally really cool and you could get to any stage in minutes (main stage the longest at about 7/8 mins drive) Each stage had a safari pick up area and it was really cool to see the festival from behind the scenes and how much is going on behind those stages! They also only take safari guests - twice over the weekend the driver refused people with artist wristbands and one asshole with an artist pass actually tried to jump us in the Q and the driver told him no - the guy then had a real hissy fit and starting whining about how his artist pass should give him priority over us (I don't actually think he was in a band) But the moral of the story is that the safari carts really are for safari guests!

    Stage access - What can I say??? You jump off your cart and are in the front viewing area within two minutes. Generally the areas were really quiet and it was truly brilliant to be able to get up close instantly - a killer perk. Headliners were busy and you needed to be there early for a good spot and they do reach capacity for some acts (take note Justin Bieber) As a separate point, they did seem to allow VIP passes into the Gobi viewing area quite a lot, certainly on the Friday as Gorgon City was rammed - but were far tighter at other stages. I like EDM but I am outside the general Sahara demographic so the front viewing area for that tent was especially great as you actually had HEAPS of room to dance etc.

    The Artist Compound was cool and they had water etc and a nice little lake/pond area to chill at - lots of bands hanging around and LOTS of hangers on hanging around too - it was a nice spot to chill for 10 minutes between bands. Of course you have access to the two VIP areas as well but honestly, every year I come back these areas are more awful than ever and anyone who buys a VIP pass is throwing their money away - the bar at night was sometimes 6 people deep!!! Next time we go, if it aint safari, we will be GA passes all the way. They seriously need to rethink that VIP proposition.... Guest passes are the true VIP experience.

    We aren't super rich people, we saved hard for this experience and for anyone thinking of it, if you have the disposable or the time to save, I cant recommend it enough - it is amazing and cash allowing, it would be hard to go back to anything but safari!

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    thanks for the nice write up, Riflesmile! that makes me really want to try safari one day.
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    Thanks for the detailed review Rifle... appreciated : )

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    Safari has been my dream for Coachella for years now! But if I ever do it I am afraid I couldn't go back to GA or VIP..But I have been every year and I am now 61 so maybe sometime in the future I may require Safari!

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    Quote Originally Posted by momof5 View Post
    Safari has been my dream for Coachella for years now! But if I ever do it I am afraid I couldn't go back to GA or VIP..But I have been every year and I am now 61 so maybe sometime in the future I may require Safari!
    Yeah it would be tough but if you can then go for it at least once!

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    Safari folks, at what point in time did you purchase your Safari tent? I don't think I could commit the $$ until after the lineup is announced, but wouldn't want to miss the opportunity. Someone about mentioned "waiting list" or "interested list" - is that a thing?

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    I'm not aware of any waiting list Bud. We booked ours last summer as we couldn't wait for the line up due to travelling from Europe and flight prices going up / time off work arranged etc. I think there were still some empty on weekend one (not many but pretty sure there were a couple) so don't think you would have an issue if you moved quickly after the line up dropped.

    Also bear in mind if you do go for it - there is no instalment / payment plan - full payment up front. I think if we do go back to Safari we will try and wait for the line up next time however...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riflesmile View Post
    I'm not aware of any waiting list Bud. We booked ours last summer as we couldn't wait for the line up due to travelling from Europe and flight prices going up / time off work arranged etc. I think there were still some empty on weekend one (not many but pretty sure there were a couple) so don't think you would have an issue if you moved quickly after the line up dropped.

    Also bear in mind if you do go for it - there is no instalment / payment plan - full payment up front. I think if we do go back to Safari we will try and wait for the line up next time however...
    We booked our tent at least a month after the lineup was announced. For the last 3 years, Safari tents were available for sale after lineup was announced and general admission tix sold out in pre-sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddha99 View Post
    We booked our tent at least a month after the lineup was announced. For the last 3 years, Safari tents were available for sale after lineup was announced and general admission tix sold out in pre-sale.
    Buddha - Ignoring the no artist pass / side stage thing, as a matter of interest how did you find the whole experience this year (my first) vs previous years?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riflesmile View Post
    Buddha - Ignoring the no artist pass / side stage thing, as a matter of interest how did you find the whole experience this year (my first) vs previous years?
    Every year, the safari tent experience has improved (other than this year's men's washroom by the parking lot entrance. One of two sit-down toilets was broken and was covered in wet shit on the outside of the bowl. It wasn't cleaned all weekend. We were told it was a private company responsible for the mobile washrooms. In previous years, there was an attendant on duty and the washrooms were immaculate.)

    The actual safari tents get nicer every year. The mattresses were great and the flooring was much better (I had splinters in my feet last year.) Having a fridge in the tent makes life great (I think they added that feature 2 years ago.)

    I agree with you about the golf carts. For me, I get to see so many more acts with the service. When you can get from the front section of the Main stage to the front of the Gobi in less than 10 mins, you have a lot less conflicts. And Safari guests get priority on the safari golf carts. In a previous year, they booted John Legend and his model wife out of a cart for me to ride solo (I offered to share the ride but driver wouldn't let the couple stay on.)

    Security was much cooler this year - not so much in the safari tents & artists area, but in the exits to the general admission areas. Last year, I was always forced to dump my water bottles when leaving beer tents or VIP areas. This year, my water bottles stayed full until I drank them.

    The organizers really have this service dialled in...

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    Great to hear

    Totally agree on that washroom - the only negative I had the whole weekend and such a simple thing for them to be on top of - it was a surprise the state they let that one get into...

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    Who is he asshole that leaves it in that state? Privileges should be revoked if caught.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustSteve View Post
    Who is he asshole that leaves it in that state? Privileges should be revoked if caught.
    Forgive me for digressing, but I think I was standing next to you for the Orwells. I think you may have been there with your daughter (I recognized you from a forum-posted pic. I think your child was wearing headphones in said pic.)

    I was going to introduce myself but I doubted myself as I thought "that guy looks pretty healthy & fit. He can't have rebounded from his medical/lung issues that well."

    If it was you, congrats. You looked great. Your friends & family must be ecstatic...

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    Be glad you didn't, 'twas not I, haha. Although I did kick ass and dominated those fields with my walking, never needing to slow down for the first time in my 12 straight years of attendance. Was only there to Kasabian, with some Run the Jewels and Jack White as bookends.

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    These write-ups have me doing all sorts of bargaining with myself and my bank account: "... I guess it's not really that much more than VIP and a car and a house/hotel ..."

    Will have to do it one of these years for a 'landmark' birthday present.

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    Smoking weed in the tents? Possible? A little sketchy? Do they not give a fuck since you're paying so much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ods.. View Post
    Smoking weed in the tents? Possible? A little sketchy? Do they not give a fuck since you're paying so much?
    No issue at all from what I saw.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustSteve View Post
    Be glad you didn't, 'twas not I, haha. Although I did kick ass and dominated those fields with my walking, never needing to slow down for the first time in my 12 straight years of attendance. Was only there to Kasabian, with some Run the Jewels and Jack White as bookends.
    I am glad I didn't embarrass myself but it's even better to read your progress...

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshc View Post
    These write-ups have me doing all sorts of bargaining with myself and my bank account: "... I guess it's not really that much more than VIP and a car and a house/hotel ..."

    Will have to do it one of these years for a 'landmark' birthday present.

    My cousin came to Coachella this year as a 'landmark' birthday gift. He thought we were going to Vegas for a weekend get-away. At dinner the night before we flew out, his wife surprised him with the news that we were actually going to Coachella and he was staying in a Safari tent for the weekend. He choked up and I may have seen a tear in his eye...

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    that's awesome... i'm strongly considering safari for next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazzz2007 View Post
    that's awesome... i'm strongly considering safari for next year.
    PM me if you have any questions...

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    Thinking of doing this for my 30th in 2 years. It sounds like it's worth to be every penny spent.

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