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    So I'm doing the Safari Tents, was sold on the on-site accomodations, easy access, golf carts between stages, and separate viewing areas for access. What's the experience like overall? I haven't been able to find a whole lot of feedback so I'm going in relatively cold, but I'm sure it will be an amazing time.

    Anyone done this before and want to comment on the whole experience?

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    isn't the drinking with your pinky up version of Coachella.

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    bump. fiance and I are coming for weekend 2 for our honeymoon. found some old reviews but would love to get a review from someone that went recently.

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    Anything specific you want to know?

    1. 24 Concierge Desk
    The people that work the desk are super friendly and go out of the way to assist when they can. The desk is stocked with ear plugs, ice, soft drinks, water, gatorade, lollies, chips etc.

    They also added a smaller concierge desk at the back of Main Stage last year as well which was great.

    2. Health & Beauty
    Yoga and Pilates is on each morning, there is a masseuse on site (you need to book) and also a beautician bus.

    3. Communal Tent (air-conditioned)
    This is where the breakfast and late night snacks are served - they really upped the food game last year, although the only thing missing was a barista (if you're reading this, it's not too late ). Also in the tent is a bar and DJ (shout out DJ Gabe Real!).

    4. Facilities
    They have nicer bathrooms and shower trailers (both air-conditioned) on site and there is rarely a lineup to use them and are cleaned regularly.

    5. Tents
    The tents size wise fit two queen sized beds with a bedside table in the middle. They have an inbuilt air-conditioning unit and wooden floors. There is enough outlets to charge a couple of phones and cameras at once. There is also a mini fridge and esky's provided.

    The only thing I would add here is to bring gaffe tape to tape the sides down to prevent the sides of the tent flapping when its windy. I'd also bring a lock to secure it.

    The golf cart access between stages/viewing areas is a huge bonus. It allows you to see an extra 3-4 acts per day.

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    Thanks! Great stuff! Can you tell me anything about the VIP areas for each stage. How close are you? Where are you allowed/not allowed to go? How crowded do they get? Does anyone have pics?

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    To the left of every stage (right for Outdoor stage), there is a separate area right up the front that you get access to. It's for people who have Empire, Artist and Guest (what you get with Safari Tent) passes. You can't get in with VIP passes here.

    They are fairly decent sized and you shouldn't have too much trouble getting in. Had no issues last year, however the last time I recall it getting locked down was for Drake and we were literally the last people in before it got shut down (Beibs was behind us and we all know what happened there). Still plan for it being busy and don't just assume you can just wander in midway through a headline act.

    You can basically go anywhere in the festival with the exception of on stage, where they set up back stage production and the photo pit.

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    Thanks for the details, I'm excited to send off my 9th Coachella in 13 years by doing Safari this year. Not sure when I'll get out there for #10, but it'll likely be a few years.
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    How does the check in work for the Safari tents. Is there a separate parking area. Can we leave to go out and visit someone for a few hours or get some food and come back to the parking area. Also will we be allowed to bring any alcohol to our tent from the outside. Also, what about security for the tents and our personal stuff. Is there a way to lock the tent. Thanks... First time to coming... Sorry for so many questions.

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    You check in at La Quinta Resort where you pick up your wristbands and Safari sticker for your car. They then escort you down to the separate Safari Tent car park which is adjacent to the tents. You are free to come and go as you please.

    Upon arrival into the Safari car park you are subject to the same search as everyone else who visits the campgrounds, although as its a dedicated entry point there is no lineup so its a very quick process.

    You can lock the tents with any sort of combination lock. We've had no issues with security in the years we've been, I just lock any valuables in my suitcase. They check wristbands on the way in the car park and again when you enter the safari camp grounds. On the way to any of the stages they check wristbands at least two to the three times as well. There is heaps of security dedicated to the Safari and I've seen local police stationed on the perimeter as well.

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    Safari is great, wish I was doing it again this year but decided too late, apparently sold out before Christmas this year (I wonder how many who bought due to Beyonce rumors at the time are rich first timers who are now pissed they've spent all that money...)

    Anyway, a few more tips:

    If it's like last year, if you stay for the end of a headliner, there is a decent chance you will miss or get the last dregs of the midnight snack bar. I hope they change this but they were already wrapping up the catering at 1am each night (12pm Sun). I was pissed about this, so ridiculous to end it before people are all back from headliner.

    There are a few "real" bathrooms along the fence line backstage between Sahara and Outdoor - great for ducking into if you don't want to deal with the regular porto-potties. (Also there is a walking path backstage you can use to get between stages faster even you don't or can't flag down a cart).

    Bring a scarf or mask, it is dusty when riding the carts backstage.

    Unlike an above post, in my 2 times doing Safari, my car has never been searched. Also you are never searched when going from Safari tents to the grounds, you just have to get your wristband scanned. This could always change of course...

    Expect the "Guest" viewing area to be very packed for any popular act past 8pm, especially the headliners. Plan to get in there early if you want a good spot esp for main stage. The main stage area is big but if you get there late you'll be way way out to the left side and honestly you're better off going into the crowd. I found myself skipping the area for most headliners, but it is great to see other daytime bands up close.

    Tent life: the above post about gaffer tape is a good one, wish I had thought of that. If it gets windy your tent will blow around. Lots of tents had issues with their front vestibules blowing down last year and yeah the sides flap around a fair bit in wind.

    Tent life 2: I brought some tapestries and large metal clips which I used to clip them to ceiling to try and block the sun as it comes up early and makes your tent real bright (or I guess an eye mask would be smarter and easier) but we discovered an added benefit...all these little fleas start flying around the top of your tent and eventually land or die on your bed (yes you are still camping despite spending all that money)...by hanging the tapestries so that they hung down in the middle above our bed, we were able to pretty much eliminate the bugs on bed issue as the tapestries caught most of them.

    Tent life 3: If it's a hot one, the a/c eventually will have trouble keeping up. Actually it's really a matter of time. If it's more than 100, expect things to get rough by 10:30, but if it's in the low 90s it might not be uncomfortable until 12:30 or later. Just an fyi that eventually it gets a little uncomfortable in the tent, which is fine because you'll be wanting to go to the fest! And you can always still cool off in main tent. Similarly, it gets pretty damn cold at night, especially if you need to venture out to pee, so have something warm and easy to slip on for that. And don't leave you a/c on too high when you leave for the day or you'll come back to an icebox!

    Tent life 4: the minifridge is small, if you're bringing a lot of beer plus other drinks, you should bring a good cooler. You can request ice refills from the concierge!

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    Thank u so much for the info. This is my first time and I want to make it a great experience. All of your tips are great. Appreciate any other tips that people are willing to offer. Thanks everyone

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    I'm going back again to Safari this year after such a great time in 2015. I'm too lazy to repeat how great it is - my comments etc are on this thread which is also a good read

    https://www.coachella.com/forum/show...Tents-Opinions

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    Another question for you Safari vets. I saw a video with a couple documenting their Safari experience. Fairly usual millennial couple doing the ususal things but one thing caught my eye. There was a part in the video where they were inside the polo fields in the morning and they were listening to a headliner (can't remember which) soundcheck! Anybody have any experience with this or know when bands soundcheck? Would love to be able to hear a Radiohead soundcheck as they often play new or rare songs during their soundcheck.

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    Hi - they must have won something or been journalists because you don't get access for soundchecks

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    Oh! Well, that's a bummer. So you can't get onto the fields until they open the gates? Can you get near enough to hear before that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by delatao View Post
    Oh! Well, that's a bummer. So you can't get onto the fields until they open the gates? Can you get near enough to hear before that?
    You definitely get in a little earlier than the regular gates. Keep it in mind on the Friday morning if you want to snag merch and posters etc before the crowds pour in !

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    Radiohead will most likely be doing their soundcheck on Thursday? Maybe early Friday morning. Either way it should be able to be heard from the campground lots closest to the venue, unless people are blaring music haha.
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    LCD's soundcheck Thursday afternoon last year you could hear fairly clearly from the safari grounds, but yeah, no access to sound checks. Then again, we didn't try to get into the grounds on thursday or before gates opened any of the days...

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    Oh yes, bugs sound fun. Will you post a picture as to how you hung the tapestry. I don't like bugs so any chance of eliminating a few from my bed would be fabulous!! Thank you

    Also, for the beauty bus, do you know what they offer and if you have to make an appointment. If not, no worries.

    Thanks for your review!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mofomofo View Post
    LCD's soundcheck Thursday afternoon last year you could hear fairly clearly from the safari grounds, but yeah, no access to sound checks. Then again, we didn't try to get into the grounds on thursday or before gates opened any of the days...
    It's all locked down these days, even for those of us staying in the RV lot next to the outdoor theater. Man, I miss the days of cruising up Thursday night, walking onto the fields and seeing the likes of Paul McCartney, Jay Z, etc. soundchecking to a crowd of 100 or less, along with checking out all the art on an empty field. Was always the best night to shroom haha.

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    This year I'll be staying in a Safari Tent (weekend 2) as a 40th Birthday present to myself and I have a question about an email I received from Festival Ticketing.com. Does anyone have any idea what the below might mean or if I need to do anything?

    Thank you for your purchase!
    Thank you for updating your order. Below are the details of the changes that were made for Coachella 2017 Weekend 2 - Travel Packages.

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    -2 Safari Wristbands (PP) - Safari Wristband (PP)
    I put in a ticket with Festival Ticketing asking for clarification because as far as I know, no changes were made to my purchase. However, they closed my ticket as "Solved" with zero comment or response.

    I then contacted Valley Music Travel to ask for an explanation and they said they didn't know what it meant or why I got it. I'm not the type the generally spends $7000 on anything because I saved up for this year's experience to be a special one- naturally I'm a bit confused and anxious.

    I guess since this is the first time I've ever done the Safari Tent, I'm not 100% sure what to expect, but when I get an email that says your order is now "-2 Passes" when it was only for 2 Passes in the first place, that's potentially problematic given the recent security shenanigans.

    As far as I can tell from my credit card company, the charge hasn't been reversed (I ordered in November) and I'm expecting an email / call back from VMT whilst I'm waiting on the line for Festival Ticketing to answer the phone.

    So, anyone else get such an email or happen to know what it might mean?
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    Update: Just got off the phone with Festival Ticketing and they confirmed it was a legit email, no hacks, but that it was a result of "some updating they were doing on the back end and it is nothing to worry about".

    I'm still not happy that my initial ticket asking what was up was closed with no response as Solved and frankly, I'm a bit sketched out that I go the email at all, but I thought I'd share in case anyone else runs into the same issue.

    I guess I'll be seeing some of you in Indio in a couple weeks. Cheers!

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    I'm curious to hear how the setup was this year with the new layout, mainly wondering where the carts could take you and if it made any sense to use them as much as before the expansion.

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    Let me tell you something. I heard bugs and heat in this thread and there is something else you have to know. This has been one of the rainiest seasons in the valley so this weekend expect a lot of bugs because it will be very hot. The bugs were not that bad week 1 because there was a light breeze and the whole weekend was very nice and fresh (90s). This weekend though will be another story. It will hit the 100s by Saturday.

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    More heat = more bugs? Didn't figure that
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    Quote Originally Posted by LiquidL View Post
    More heat = more bugs? Didn't figure that
    I think they meant to say: 1) it's been rainy, expect bugs AND 2) it will be hot.

    The 2 have nothing to do with each other (speaking as someone who lives in the desert), unless maybe, and this is stretching, the lack of breeze makes it feel hotter and bugs can swarm easier?

    I don't know, I give up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmavila02 View Post
    This has been one of the rainiest seasons in the valley so this weekend expect a lot of bugs because it will be very hot.
    not to nitpick but they are clearly stating increased bugs due to heat
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    Well, I'm here, it's awesome, no bug problems... Yet.

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    Can you camp in the Sahara tent? Isn't it kinda loud?

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