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  1. Long story but I've found that I have some holiday to use up at the start of March. I'm currently looking at Asilia deals, core of the trip would be 3 nights Tarangire, Olivers Camp 4 Nights Namiri Plains Camp, Serengeti 2 questions 1. What's the game viewing like this time of year? 2. How is the Visas experience at Arusha/Kilimanjaro? We have a 2 hour window between arrival and our internal flight, I get twitchy when I'm stuck in a queue. Should we buy on arrival or get in advance (there's someone in the UK charges around £125 per passport to turn them around in 5 days).
  2. A: Me, now. I'm not as clever with my words as @michael-ibkand @pault, but I have some surprises up my sleeve for my trip report. Most days held new treats; some of which I'm still trying to track down the answers. A little background information for new readers: I agonized for months about my first trip to Africa until finally surrendering to the fact that I would have to leave hubby Harry home in June 2017. A colleague and I, along with our teenage daughters, went to Kenya for two weeks. When I had to cancel my second, previously arranged safari to Zimbabwe scheduled for early November due to Harry's unforeseen foot surgery in late October, I hoped that we might get to travel to Africa while his foot healed before returning to work. All of the stars aligned, and we knocked out a trip in less than a week, and took off three or four weeks later. So... Will I finally see the migration after missing it in the Maasai Mara by two days? Any new species on the list? Which cats played a prominent role? Have I improved my photography skills? Any new friends made? My first question of this post: How old is the cub below and where is mama? Did she end up as a meal? Still no answers. Tarangire National Park. (Lion was tenderly grooming the cub; looked like he was tasting her.)
  3. Hi, Looking for some advice here on tipping. I travel to Tanzania a few times a year and always have the same private guide who is excellent by the way. If I'm traveling alone I usually tip him around 150 USD per day. My average stay is 15 days. I thought I 150 per day was fair until today. The person who has guided me for the last 4-5 years moved to a new camp this year so rather than losing him as my guide I'm staying with his new camp. When I received the quote it included a line item for the private guide tip of 250.00 USD per day. I'm traveling alone and staying 16 days so the uncharge is 4000.00. When I inquired about the charge the camp told me the entire fee is passed directly to my guide and that they keep none of it for themselves. This is a reputable camp so I believe that they pass it through. Is 250.00 per day the average tip for private camp guide? Thanks in advance for providing input ...
  4. Hubby and I, along with along with two of our favorite travelling friends, will be doing our first safari this June. We have 3 weeks and have contacted several tour operators for quotes through KATO. Not sure if we are being over-ambitious because we do enjoy road trips and can't see spending so much more for private flights. However, if the roads are really bad, then that takes the fun out of seeing the countryside and nobody likes 10-12 hrs driving days. We are looking to see the big 5, along with all the other critters and birds that East Africa has to offer, especially monkeys and cats.. I'm the photog of the group and hubby is the birder. Sue keeps the party going and Dave is our lightning rod (if anything goes wrong, it happens to him). We're celebrating my membership to the fifth decade as I'm the last one to join! We also want to experience the varying landscapes, culture, and food. We camp every year at home, so will enjoy a mix of both lodge and camp experiences (although the camp pictures I've seen are quite a bit nicer than the camping we usually do!) Our favorite (thus far) has an itinerary as follows: 1) June 3 arrive Nairobi - Best Western or Intercontinental (I have free nights at both but not sure if the CBD is a great area to stay?) 2) Drive to Ol Pejeta - Porini Rhino Camp 3) Ol Pejeta - Porini Rhino Camp 4) Drive to Lake Nakuru - Sopa Lodge 5) Drive to Maasi Mara - Entim Camp 6) Maasi Mara - Entim Camp 7) Maasi Mara - Entim Camp 8) Drive to Serengeti - Kubu Kubu Camp 9) Serengeti - Kubu Kubu Camp 10) Drive to Ngorongoro - Sopa Lodge 11) Ngorongoro - Sopa Lodge 12) Drive to Tarangire - Mawe Ninga 13) Tarangire - Mawe Ninga 14) Drive to Amboseli - Kibo Camp 15) Amboseli -Kibo Camp 16) Drive to Mombasa- Voyager Beach Hotel (we're also avid divers and hope to do some dive/snorkle trips from here) 17- 20) Mombasa - Voyager Beach 21) June 24 - Head home Trip is inclusive of all meals, game park and conservation fees, airport and border transfers, services of experienced driver/ guide. Some questions that I have are: - Will the drive days be ok? 6-8 hrs is pretty much max we'd want to do. I have specifically requested a 4x4 Landcruiser for the entire trip as I'm on the small (ok: short) side and am afraid the minibus won't do. - Can anyone give first hand experience on the accomodations listed? Most of my research shows these are good choices, but its hard with the overwhelming amount of questionable reviews on other websites. - Do the lodges offer laundry service? We'd like to pack just 7 days of clothes and do laundry as needed. This was really easy and cheap when we were in SE Asia, so hoping its similar in Africa. - Can anyone recommend the Olduvai museum? I did my undergrad in anthropology/archaeology and am interested whether or not its worth the stop. That's all I can think of at the moment. There will be more, so thanks in advance!
  5. We recently returned from a 9 day/8 night trip to Tanzania in February 2017. We have had the pleasure and good fortune for this to be our 8th trip to the continent, starting with our honeymoon years ago. Our honeymoon was both a blessing and a curse. A curse in the sense that once we visited we found out we are like the many people who talked about how it gets into your blood, and how no trip will ever compare. When planning every subsequent vacation, we ask ourselves, will this live up to Africa?? In most cases we believe the answer is no, and we find ourselves facing the large expense to return. I can say, however, that we have never returned and thought that it wasn't worth every penny. Retirement is going to have to wait!! As many of you also know, the blessing of visiting Africa takes many forms. Starting with the obvious, the beautiful landscapes, the amazing wildlife that never fails to amazing and bewilder, exposure to new and wonderful foods. The understanding of new cultures, viewpoints, ways of life. Making new friends, experiencing the mishaps that inevitably occur and somehow surviving without your "stuff" for a few days. Learning to appreciate how lucky you are to have the things you have and how random life is that you were born where you were. Noticing the subtle and larger changes you make to your life after returning- maybe wasting less, helping more, just appreciating the natural world. But always returning home wondering how, when, and where we'll be able to get back!
  6. Hi SafariTalk! Monday again so here is a new Memory. This weeks picture is from 2015 and a nice gamedrive in Seronera Serengeti when I got surrounded by 26 Lions. I got it on Video as well, if somebody is interested. Have a great week! /SAFARILEGEND
  7. Hi all As some of you on here know, my wife and I were planning a trip to Zambia for July this year (previous post in this section) , but we had to back out of it following the follow-up scan Rachel ( my wife) had, which required further chemo treatment and follow-up surgery. It turns out the chemo worked so well that no surgery is required, and currently no further treatment, although another scan in three months time could change that. This has left us with the opportunity to have a much needed holiday in this period and so we plan to go to Northern Tanzania in October, which means we have very little time to sort everything out. We've excluded the Zambia option because we wanted to go there when it was greener, and not so hot, and so we have settled on Northern Tanzania because we researched it a lot a couple of years ago (prior to chosing south and west Tanzania back then), and went on safari to Northern Tanzania back in January 2001, meaning we know enough already to decide where want to stay, etc. Therefore we have already decided precisely what we want to do and intend to get that booked with ATR this coming week. I'll post details of our intinery in a couple of days time when its sorted (we intend to stay in Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti), but we do have a few questions that we really would like answers to quickly, so your advice would be very much appreciated. Flights Plastic bags in Kenya - Flying from the UK it seems most flights transit through Nairobi ( at least on the return flight even if not on the outward). Does the Kenya plastic bags ban affect people in transit through Kenya ( ie plastic bags in your luggage) ? We could use BA flights which go out via Qatar but they still go back via Nairobi. Which flights/routes would any of you recommend going from the UK? Electronics on Planes Are there any restrictions on flights from UK to Tanzania regarding travelling with cameras, etc on the plane? Any recent new restrictions? Luggage restrictions on light aircraft We will be having a few air transfers - Is restriction still 15Kg total per person, and do they weigh it in Kilimanjaro/Arusha ( wherever first departure point is)? Yellow Fever Although only transiting through Kenya, is this likely to be checked? ( it wasnt when we traveled two years ago. We have certs but it was done in 2006 and cert states valid for 10 years , even though we have been assured we do not require another vaccination as ours was the same as vac currently used, and is now valid for life) Also is the Cholera outbreak in Kenya of any significance if transiting through? VISAS Any issues experienced with obtaining a Tanzanian visa by post (ie delays)? Weather Conditions We will be there second half of October - are we actually likely to experience much rainfall? What has the Northern Tanzania weather been like this year ( ie typical or rather unusual)? Tsetse Flies Are they likely to be a problem in October? What anti-histamine would be helpful ( Rachel got quite a bad reaction to these bites on our last safari)? Currency/Tipping We took US $ ( all bills later than 2006) for all cash purchases and tipping two years ago . Is this still OK? First day- overnight Arusha We intend to spend our first night in lodge/hotel in Arusha to catch up on sleep as flight highly likely to be overnight flight. Any recommendations? Also our first air transfer will need to be to to Lake Manyara airstrip - Do these transfers go from Arusha or Kilimanjaro or both? Locations Anything specific/unusual/ problems/etc happening recently that we should be aware of in Manyara/Ngorongoro /Serengeti?
  8. Well, before I forget how to upload pictures from Flickr again, I thought I would post the latest trip. A little bit different trip this time. One where I accompanied 5 veterinary students on a short faculty-led study abroad trip. This is the second such trip, the first being in 2011. Prior to the trip, students spend time in the classroom reviewing various topics ranging from the culture of Tanzania, wildlife conservation, and animal and zoonotic diseases of the region. This was followed by a two week tour in Tanzania over their Christmas break. We left the US on December 31st, flying Delta to Amsterdam and on to Kilimanjaro. No surprises along the way and everyone’s luggage arrived. Yay!! We were picked up at the airport by a driver from Mvuli Hotel and taken to Mvuli Hotel in Arusha. This is a lovely, small hotel that was well within the budget of a student tour and has some of the best service I have ever experienced. Nothing was too difficult and the transport to the hotel was only $40, which is less than the usual fare charged for transport from the airport to Arusha. The rooms are very clean and the air conditioning works great. WiFi in certain parts of the hotel. I may have even had it in my room, but I can’t remember for sure. We are up early the next morning as we will be flying to Seronera (central Serengeti) with Coastal Aviation shortly after 7 am. We have breakfast and are taken to the Arusha airport for a fee of $20. We get checked in at the airport. Fortunately I had remembered to print off all of the tickets. Not sure what would have happened if I hadn’t. Luggage was weighed. The students were all extremely good about limiting what they had brought, but we did have some extra things that we would need later that Mvuli stored for us as we would be returning to the hotel. Although all of the students have traveled internationally, some to under developed countries, none of them had ever been to Africa or flown on a small plane. And they loved it!! We were the only people on the plane out of Arusha, then picked up a couple at Manyara. Before taking off from Manyara, the pilot asks the students if someone would like to be the co-pilot. One immediately jumped at the chance. Next stop Kuro airstrip (for those going to or coming from Tarangire). Then onto Seronera. The excitement grows as the students see many giraffe lined up along the airstip in Seronera. We land and the pilot announces, “your co-pilot welcomes you to Seronera”. The student co-pilot said “that was the best thing ever and that she could go home right now and her trip would have been a success”. We are met at the airstrip by George Mbwambo, the guide I have used for the previous trips, including the one with students. We load into a very nice land cruiser that George has leased for us. Normally we go in George’s land cruiser, but since there are six of us, we needed the 7-seater version. George has it well-stocked with water, snacks, and coffee for me, as he knows it is never too hot or too late in the day for my coffee break. We spend a full day game driving, eating box lunches that George has brought from Osupuko Serengeti camp where we will be spending the next 2 nights. Seronera does not to disappoint, but how could it when you are in a car full of people who have never been on an African safari. Nothing compares to the first time. Young giraffe practicing their sparring skills That evening we check into Osupuko Serengeti, which is in the Rongai Hills area. The camp is a basic mobile camp but very will set up, with really nice tents and a beautiful location. The service and food are exceptional. I have stayed at several mobile camps in the Serengeti and I think this might be one of my favorites, and it is very reasonably priced. The students really hit it off with the camp staff and a good time was had by all. Plus that added experience of the bucket shower for the uninitiated. On the second night here the students introduced George to roasting marsh mellows. This was something mentioned on a previous trip with students and George had no idea what a marsh mellow was, so we told him we would bring some. So George and the camp staff tried them, but were not impressed. Too sweet for their liking. But it was fun none the less. Tents at Osupuko Serengeti Camp Dining and Lounge Tent Day 3 arrives and we are on our way to Ndutu, taking it slow and doing a game drive on the way. George getting the car ready Leopard sightings this trip were, sadly, all quite distant A stop at the hippo pool proved especially entertaining this time. They were very active, with lots of young ones, and we were the only people there. That's it for now. Much more to come in the next few days.
  9. I was very pleased to see a familiar face in one of this morning's papers amongst the winners of this year’s Tusk Conservation Awards, the winner of the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa 2017 is Rian Labuschagne, a very worthy winner of this lifetime achievement award. For six years from 2010 he was the Director of Zakouma National Park in Chad. The security plan that he put in place completely transformed the situation for the park’s elephants from a point where their numbers had dropped to under 450 and herds were so stressed that they were no longer breeding, to the situation now where their population is rising and has passed 500. Were it not Rian and Lorna and African Parks, Zakouma’s elephants (and much of its other wildlife) could have been lost and with them one of Africa’s great national parks. Last year they left Zakouma and returned to work for the Frankfurt Zoological Society in the Serengeti in Tanzania, where they had been based before moving to Chad. While in Tanzania Rian helped to improve the protection one of the country’s last black rhino populations the Ngorongoro Crater and prior to that he was instrumental in seeing black rhinos reintroduced to Malawi, to the rhino sanctuary established in Liwonde NP. I’ve no doubt that he could not have done so much for the conservation of Africa’s wildlife without the help of his wife Lorna, what they have together achieved is just extraordinary. While not everyone here on ST will have the good fortune to visit Zakouma, many will be able to visit (or already have visited) Ngorongoro and the Serengeti and should you be fortunate enough to see a black rhino when you're there, it will in part be thanks to Rian’s hard work. Tusk Conservation Awards - Rian Labuschagne Rian giving a bull elephant a drink in Zakouma Here are a couple more Tusk videos and if you go to YouTube you can find more videos on the other winners and finalists at this year’s awards.
  10. The Road Not Taken Two roads diverged in a yellow wood And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that, the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost
  11. Between October and November we spent 10 days in the Serengeti. 5 days at Dunia Camp and another 5 at Sayari. We had a really wonderful time and had some great sightings. I was a bit worried about visiting in "shoulder season" but in the end it was a very good time to visit. We had quite a bit of rain in the Northern Serengeti but we enjoyed it a lot - quite something to see the clouds rolling in, and wet cats But most of the time it was beautiful and sunny. Here is a short video trip report by Mr Cheetah80.
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  13. Hello, I'm planning a return trip to the Serengeti, self-driving and camping again, but this time in June of 2018. I understand that the migration movement has been very erratic last year and herds arrived earlier than normal at the spots in their merry-go-around. Any predictions of what will happen when this year? I'm considering spending a night or two camping in the Ndutu area of the Serengeti, but.... Only if there is a reasonable chance of seeing wildlife. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but by June, the bulk of the migration should be in the western corridor, as per normal? Would you skip Ndutu in June and rather spend more time around Seronera? Time is not an issue, as we will be spending a total of 22 nights in Tarangire, LM, and Serengeti NPs. Hope one or more of you with experience or an opinion will write back. Thanks, KaliCA
  14. Hi All It’s took 44 years to get myself into a position to start planning my first actual Safari and although I am very excited and “buzzing”, I am also very nervous too. Nervous about making the wrong choices in regards to travel, parks and camps. Also nervous about security (safari security as opposed to Country security!). Also taking my 13 year old Autistic Son too so it is important I get this trip as perfect as possible for him too The above is the reason why I have joined this forum – to try and obtain as much guidance and advice as possible from both professionals Safari companies and independent travellers alike to enable my Son and I to have the best time possible on our first trip. After all due to health and finances, it may be my only opportunity. I may not be able to repeat this type of trip again, so I have one shot at getting this right. Therefore, any help, advice and guidance anyone can offer would be very much appreciated. So, the type of advice I am looking for is the following: · Camps – Looking for solid structure accommodation as opposed to a tent that looks like it has “been thrown into the middle of a field”. Also customer service has to be second to none. Absolutely hate staff who cannot be bothered or have a poor attitude. · Masai Mara or Serengeti? – Everything considered, which one do people prefer? I suppose on my trip the importance is the “Big 5” as not really a bird fan. · Fly or drive transfers between airport and camps? Pro’s and Cons for both? · How strict are Safari link on baggage allowance? If my bag weighed 18kg (for example), would they turn a blind eye to the extra 3kg, make me pay for the extra 3kg or insist that I reduce the weight by 3kg meaning I will have to “bin” some items? · Best to book the whole lot (flights, camps, transfers etc) with a tour operator or use separate airline and Safari companies (if so, any recommendations)? · What can I actually expect on my first Safari as opposed to public perception? · Anything you think I may need to know that I may not have thought of to make my trip enjoyable? Any help, guidance or advice would most appreciated Thanks
  15. Per the below found on ATTA's website the it may be possible at some point in the future to legally cross between the Triangle and the Serengeti. I have mixed feelings as this would be a great way to see both parks and allow access (from the Kaogatende airstrip) to other parks in Tanzania. I am however a bit concerned that it may cause an influx of min-busses from Tanzania into the Triangle during the migration period. (If they allow drivers from one country to guide in the other). I'm already planning an itinerary should the boarder ever actually be opened... - fly into Nairobi, stay in the Mara Triangle and Serengeti for a few days; flyi to Lake Manyara from Kogatende (Manyara NP and a crater visit); drive down to Arusha NP, fly from KIA back to JKIA.
  16. I'm in the middle of planning our October Safari in Tanzania and Kenya. Does anyone have any recent experience they could share with me about crossing the border between Tanzania and Kenya in Isebania and flying to/from and driving between Tarime and Migori? I'm wondering if that is just a giant waste of time and we should skip it. I requested the TA to look into it as I'd really like to avoid wasting a night in Nairobi. I may be making my trip too complicated!
  17. We have the following itinerary for this coming February 2017 Arrive Kiliminjaro Airport 8:30pm 1 night at Treetops Lodge in Arusha 3 nights Serian Kusini 4 nights Serian Kassekio (Serengeti South) Fly out 9:45pm from Kilimanjaro on the final day we have been presented with the option of driving from the southern serengeti to the Ngorogoro crater as a day trip. Has anyone done this and then continued on to Arusha? It certainly would make for a really long day given that we would fly out late that night. How long is the ride to and from the crater? One thought is we could get a day room in Arusha to shower and have dinner on the tail end of the trip before heading to the airport for our late flight. this will be our 3rd trip to east africa but we have never made it to the crater. We are very aware of the negative aspects of it (the crowds etc..) but we do have some desire to witness one of the natural wonders of the world. We very much appreciate opinions and any data on distances/times. thanks
  18. Hello everyone, I've been away from the forum for a while, missed you all. In the meantime I made a trip to Namibia and KTP last May, will start a report when I find time, but need to finish first my Madikwe and Entabeni game reserves 2015 South African TR. At the moment I am thinking of visiting the Ndutu area in NCA in mid February with the idea to try to catch the wildebeest calving, or at least the migration there. I realize that I am quite late for booking, but doesn't hurt to send queries to various safari outfitters and camps which offer also packages. Would you recommend such outfitters and/or camps that you or friends of yours have used. A am looking at the lower end (as far as there is such a term for Ndutu in February) of the market. Could use an advise regarding itinerary, as well: If there is availability and the prices are OK for me, I am thinking of something like: Feb. 14 - arriving at 03:20 in the morning at Kilimandjaro airport. Transfer to a lodge / camp in Ndutu area (Ndutu Safari Lodge or some of the mobile camps - Angata, Ndutu Wildlands, Flycatcher Lagarja etc.). We are looking for the cheapest option, which provides en-suite toilet and shower and facilities to charge our camera batteries and laptop computers. Game drive and overnight at Ndutu area. Feb. 15 - full day game drive and overnight at Ndutu area. Feb. 16 - full day game drive and overnight at Ndutu area. Feb. 17 - full day game drive possibly to Moru Kopjies in Serengeti NP and back to NCA for overnight at Ndutu area. Feb. 18 - full day game drive and overnight at Ndutu area. Feb. 19 - full day game drive and overnight at Ndutu area. Feb. 20 - morning game drive in Ndutu area, then transfer to Ngorongoro crater, overnight there (en-suite toilet and shower) accommodation. Feb. 21 - early morning descent to the crater floor and full day game drive there. After that - transfer to Kilimandjaro airport to catch our flight at 02:30 in the morning (on Feb. 22). If the price is acceptable (by my standards), I am thinking of adding a couple of days somewhere in Seronera area at the beginning of the trip. I am aware that most likely the migration will be gone from there by mid-February, but perhaps it would be a good idea to change the scenery (see Moru kopjies, for example). Any advise will be greatly appreciated. Cheers and thanks in advance for your time!
  19. My wife and I are just back from 2 wonderful weeks in Zanzibar and Tanzania. The trip was as follows 20-25 December The Z hotel, Nungwi, Zanzibar 25 - 27 December Tarangire Safari Lodge 27 - 29 December Wilderness Ndutu Tented Camp (not to be confused with Wilderness Safaris in Southern Africa) 29 - 31 December Wilderness Serengeti Tented Camp 31 - 1 January Sopa Ngorongoro 1 January Day room at Ilboru Safari Lodge, Arusha 2 January Back to Denmark We booked Zanzibar ourselves. The safari part was booked with Base Camp Tanzania in Arusha. After having shopped around I ended up using the services of Achmed Philips at BaseCamp. He was very responsive and came up with some very good suggestions as well as very reasonable prices. We deceided to go against the flow starting in Zanzibar and finishing with the safari as one Means of avoiding the crowds. It seemed to Work but I had forgotten how much Work it is to be on safari so we were very tired by the time we returned to Denmark. We had a great time in Zanzibar. I can hihly recommend the Z hotel. Great rooms, great service and a superb restaurant where we ended up eating most nights. In Nungwi there are two Turtle sanctuaries. We visited one and had some very nice interaction with the rescued Green Turtles that later will be reintroduced in the wild. No trip to Zanzibar is complete without a trip to Jozani National Forest to look for the endemic Red Colobus Monkeys. We arrived in the afternoon and entered the forest with a very professional Ranger. It did not take long before we encountered the Red Colobus monkeys.
  20. Well, it’s taken me longer to get this started than expected! Let’s just say that life has gotten in the way and really slowed me down, I only finished processing my photos a couple of weeks ago (4 months after returning, ugh). I obviously had expected to get to this quicker, based on my previous post a couple of days after getting back (! Thankfully, @@Atravelynn and @@africawild presented their awesome trip reports from visits they made around the same time; in fact, maybe it’s good to be delayed, given how great their reports were. For anyone who hangs around the Tanzania/Rwanda TripAdvisor forums (hi there @amybatt), I posted a lightly edited version of my travel journal on there already, mostly to give people contemplating their first safari an idea of what it’s like. This report will be for more advanced travelers. I expect it will be heavily photo focused, although my last (Australia) trip report completely morphed from what I had planned to what I actually did, so we’ll see. In any case, I know myself well enough that once I get this started I will get through it, so let’s begin. Tarangire Sunrise
  21. My wife and I (in our 60's) are planning our third trip to Africa for September 2017. This will be our second trip to Tanzania having done the northern circuit in February 2016. We are using Access 2 Tanzania as our trip planner and were very pleased with them on our last trip. Our itinerary looks like this: Fly Arusha to Seronera and spend three nights at Namiri Plains. Then fly to Kogatende and meet our guide Willy from Access (fantastic guide who was with us on our last trip) (Namiri requires you to use their guides) and we will stay three nights at Lemala Mara to few the migration and Mara area. Then we will fly to Ruaha for 4 nights private at Kichaka and then fly to Dar for the end of trip. We have a couple of questions. Our main question For those who have been to Namiri would you recommend spending the extra money for a private driver/guide or is shared vehicle ok? Any other thoughts on Namiri? Any other thoughts about our itinerary? Would of liked to stay longer at Kichaka but are sandwiched between two bookings. Would you spend some more days in Ruaha? If so Kwihala or their future camp Jabali which should be ready next summer) or the new camp Ikuka or any other suggestions. We are pretty much set but always welcome suggestions. We really like the information on this site. Thanks
  22. Hi, I'm planning on a safari trip in early December to the northern circuit. Since we are really close to December already, we urgently need to finalize our trip. However, I'm scratching my head a little bit about the Serengeti portion. We intend to stay 7 nights in the Serengeti/Ndutu area before we flight out from either central or northern Serengeti. My issue is how to properly allocate our 7 nights. I initially thought we would just do 4 days in Ndutu and 3 days Seronera since the migration will likely be down there during that time of the year. However, I then read some people saying northern Serengeti has different terrains and it's great all year around. It should not be missed regardless. I then changed our itinerary to 3 days in Ndutu, 2 days in Seronera and 2 days in northern Serengeti. Many tour operators are telling me it's not worth it to drive to northern Serengeti for an early December trip and I should stay down south/central my entire time while a couple of others are telling me northern Serengeti (where Sayari is) is great regardless. This is a very expensive and propbably a once a life time trip for us. We really want to get it right. I sincerely ask you guys who have been to northern Serengeti in early December to help me out here. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
  23. We currently have a 7 night safari on hold in the southern serengeti for this coming February: itinerary is 3 nights at Serian Kusini and 4 nights at Serian Kakessio We have previously done a trip at Ngare Serian, Serian Nkorombo and Serian Serengeti North which was first rate guiding, food and lodging with the private vehicle being included being a huge plus. We have not been to this area of Tanzania yet and this should be prime migration and calving season in these locations. The other two itineraries we are considering are 4 nights Nomad's Greystoke Mahale/3 or 4 nights Ruaha (probably Nomad Kigelia camp to get any deals they might offer for longer stays) but kichaka is on my list as well 4 nights Greystoke/3 nights Chada Katavi (chada closes in November so strike this!) I think we clearly can't go wrong here but i was wondering if the super helpful crowd has any strong feelings on FEBRUARY at Greystoke, Ruaha or Chada Katavi. We will probably encounter some rain in serengeti south but that is why the migration will be there. I'm just not sure how the game viewing will be in the other locations I always appreciate the generosity of everyone on this site so thank you in advance for any thoughts
  24. Sorry for this repost. I put the original under the wrong post listing. My wife and I (in our 60's) are planning our third trip to Africa for September 2017. This will be our second trip to Tanzania having done the northern circuit in February 2016. We are using Access 2 Tanzania as our trip planner and were very pleased with them on our last trip. Our itinerary looks like this: Fly Arusha to Seronera and spend three nights at Namiri Plains. (Namiri requires use of their guides) Then fly to Kogatende and meet our guide Willy from Access (fantastic guide who was with us on our last trip) and we will stay three nights at Lemala Mara to view the migration and Mara area. Then we will fly to Ruaha for 4 nights private at Kichaka and then fly to Dar for the end of trip. We have a couple of questions: For those who have been to Namiri would you recommend spending the extra money for a private driver/guide or is shared vehicle ok? Any other thoughts on Namiri? In Ruaha we would of liked to stay longer at Kichaka but we are sandwiched between two bookings and there were only 4 nights available for when we could go. Would you spend some more days in Ruaha? If so Asilia Kwihala or their future camp Jabali (which should be ready next September) or the new camp Ikuka or any other camp suggestions? Any other thoughts about our itinerary? We are pretty much set but always welcome suggestions. We really like the information on this site. Thanks
  25. Hi All, I self-drived this route with my wife and 3 kids in a Prado last October. We camped for 4 nights in Serengeti. 1in Kogatende, then 2 in Lobo and 1 in Seronera, then back to Musoma / lake Victoria through the western corridor. Please see the attached map for the route from Masai Mara to Serengeti via Tarime and lamai gate. A very unused route for those who lokk for quietness in the Serengeti. IN addition, we had plenty of wildebeasts in the Lamai wedge, and lions hunting with a rainbow in the background. . As the copy-paste function doesn't work well here, I include a short description, but the attached map is very detailed. day 1 : from Nairobi or from Masai Mara to Tarime, via Isebania border. 1 full day. Day 2 : from Tarime, join Nyamwaga, turn right to go down the escarpment to the mara gold mine. There, stick to the main roads towards Mugumu, and after around 20 km south, find a clear T junction and turn let, heading east to a village called Gisondo. from this village turn right and reach lamai gate. 2,5 hrs from Tarime on good dirt road in great landscape. The road from the mara gold mine to lamai is not on any map that I found, but you can spot it on google earth (not on google maps). From lamai gate to kogatende, 2hrs of Superb game drive, all alone. Make sure the bridge on Mara river is not overflooded to reach Kogatende. There, you will always find a place to camp, even if the special campsites are reportedly booked, the rangers will find a place for you around their place. Day 3 : full day to Lobo Day 4 : lobo only Day 5 : Lobo to Seronera Day 6 : Seronera to Musoma, via grumeti corridor. + a flat tire in front of 2 lions... day 7 : lake Victoria on boat Day 8 : back to Nairobi. 1full day. Map - Mara to Serengeti by road.pdf

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