Search the Community

Showing results for tags 'Tarangire'.

More search options

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


  • Articles
    • Forum Integration
    • Frontpage
  • Pages
  • Miscellaneous
    • Databases
    • Templates
    • Media


  • New Features
  • Other


  • Travel Talk
    • Safari talk
    • Lodge, camp and operator news
    • Trip reports
    • Trip Planning
    • Self driving
    • Health issues
    • Travel News
  • Trip Resources
  • WildlifeTalk
    • African wildlife
    • Indian wildlife
    • World wildlife
    • Birding
    • Research / scientific papers
    • Newsletters
    • Organisations and NGOs
  • Photography Talk
    • General discussion
    • Your Africa images
    • Your India images
    • Wildlife images from around the world
    • Articles
    • Your Videos
  • Features
    • Interviews
    • Articles
    • Safaritalk Debates
    • Park talk
  • Safaritalk - site information
    • Forum Help topics
    • General information
    • Site news, updates, development

Found 21 results

  1. 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.)
  2. 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!
  3. Hello to my new friends at Safari talk! Someone would do well to write a book entitled 'Safaris for Dummies' because I have a lot of first-timer questions. We are hoping to do the Northern Circuit in late June. I don't see a lot of trip reports for this particular month. Wondering if it is because we will see more tsetse flies than wildebeests? We live in mosquito heaven, I've been known to wear a mosquito net over my hat to weed the garden so we are used to biting insects but really they are incredibly annoying and likely more so if you are trying to focus your camera on a lion feasting on a gazelle. Does Deep Woods Off work to keep them away? I have read that tsetse flies are actually attracted to the smell or is that a wives tale? We have limited time away since we are tagging this trip onto a visit to the UK - hey, it's half way and if I'm going to travel to England might as well carry on Our itinerary at the moment looks something like this: After a restless night in Arusha trying to adjust our internal clocks we head off to Tarangire for 2 nights. 1st day game drive, 2nd day walking around hopefully gawking at elephants. Elephants are a huge (see what I did there?) reason I want to go on safari, which is why I think 2 nights here would be a good choice for us. The next bit is a little hazy, could use some advice; either we travel to Ngorongoro for the night and hit the crater the following morning OR go to the central Serengeti and stop at the crater on the way back. I sort of think I would like to see the migration though when I read a TR about the wildebeest with the broken back in the river I wondered if I had the intestinal fortitude for that. If we stay in central Serengeti will it be a long, hot, dusty trip to the Grumeti river and back? Should we think about staying nearer to the Grumeti than Seronera? Will it be another long sad day of driving to go all the way back to Arusha from here to catch a flight to Zanzibar? Zanzibar - another dilemma. We really only have time for 2 nights there. Rather than hitting a beach resort I am thinking we could spend both nights in Stone Town, one night to sample the food at Forodhani garden night market, a day of snorkelling (the only reason Zanzibar is on my radar), the day of departure to tour the town. Will June be a decent time to snorkel or will the waters be murky? I would cross that off the list to spend more time in the Serengeti if we won't be able to see underwater - but checking out the sea life in the Indian Ocean would be important to me if there is something to see. Miscellaneous: we like to tipple. Aperitifs, wine with dinner, after dinner cocktails, (mostly for my husband all of the aforementioned involve wine.) Should we pick up a case in Arusha to haul around with us? I prefer a G&T, because the tonic helps with malaria of course. Same, can I bring my own or will that be frowned upon at the camps? My main concern ncern is that our luggage will be overweight with all the shillings we'll need for our bar bill. Can we use credit cards at camps?
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Hey there! I am booked along with 2 other people on a Tanzanian safari, 8 days (7 nights) Its with Agama Tours and Safaris. My friend recommended me and also they have good reviews. If we get more people to join us the price can go more down. It starts June 29 morning in Arusha. Safari details: Day1 Tarangire, overgnight at Panorama Safari Camp Day2 Lake Manyara, overnight at Panorama Inn(hotel in Karatu) Day3 Hadzabe, Datoga tribe, overnight at Coffee Resthouse bordering Ngorongoro Conservation Area Day4 Coffee Plantation Resthouse, cultural day. Coffee Resthouse Day5 Serengeti, camping Day6 Serengeti, camping Day7 Serengeti, camping Day8 Ngorongoro Crater, back to Arusha If anybody's interested to join please let me know! -Tom
  8. Back from the first visit to Tarangire and Serengeti North. Another fantastic trip! Amd yes I did see many I have had my fill for a while. Firstly a quick summary of the itinerary Amsterdam-Kilimanjaro direct flights (on return a stop at Dar to pick up passengers) Overnight Moivaro Lodge Arusha 2 nights Tarangire Muwe Ninga Camp with private guide and vehicle Coastal flight Kuro via Arusha to Kogatende 4 nights Serengeti Mara Lemala Mara Camp Coastal flight Kogatende to Kilimanjaro I left a grey, cold, rainy Amsterdam and headed for the sun. As I was waiting at the gate I looked up and above the plane I saw the beginning of a rainbow. It quickly developed into a full rainbow Then for a fleeting few seconds it was a double rainbow. Surely this was a good omen for my trip. After a relatively hassle free flight I landed at Kilimanjaro. I then had to run the gauntlet of the immigration system. First to this window, then to another queue only to be told on reaching the window I was supposed to be at another. At least I am getting the hang of the first 4 fingers, then thumb and repeat with the other hand process. After a somewhat lengthy wait I had my visa and I was officially in Tanzania. A quick car journey to Arusha and I arrived at the lodge. I cannot tell you too much about the Moivaro Lodge as I arrived at approx 9pm and left the next morning at 8am. What I can say is that my dinner of green banana soup was excellent (too late for much more), the rooms clean and spacious and the breakfast would satisfy all tastes. The next morning was an 8am start to head to Tarangire. For this part of the trip I had a private vehicle. The previous evening I had discussed various options with my guide Samwel. He advised there would be enough to see especially around the waterholes and the river and I decided to head into the park and stay out until late afternoon. We would leave arriving at camp until as late as possible to maximise game viewing. We had lunch boxes, lots of water so we were ready for whatever the day would bring. On the drive to Tarangire I went past several large farms, especially those for coffee. Also small holdings which had a good mix of crops. Along the road I saw new Maasai warriors on a couple of occassions. Their faces painted with white chalk, dressed in black cloaks having completed their circumcision ceremony. We also passed by thatched Maasai houses, the idea of covering them with cow dung to keep the warm in or the cold out and it also acting as a deterrent for tsetse flies seemed like a very good idea. Even more so after a few more days experience of said tsetse flies! Open channels in the ground were an indication of the problems of building houses and growing crops in this area. The sun sucking moisture out of the ground leading to highly unstable earth which would open up into big channels. Impossible to use. It was the dry season and dotted along the road there were still a few waterholes. With cattle and goats being driven to them to get to the precious water. We soon reached the park entrance. And there was my first baobab tree. In my reading before the trip I had found out that Tarangire was known for these strange trees. There within a few seconds of my arrival was my first one. Bereft of leaves, it did look like it was upside down with its roots pointing up into the sky. The baobab trees are going to be a lasting memory of Tarangire. After completing the paperwork and paying the park fees, binoculars were placed around my neck and the big lens was afixed to my camera and the safari began.
  9. Hi everyone, My husband and I are planning our first safari this coming September in Northern Tanzania and would appreciate any advice from ST'ers! I already posted a question regarding 2 specific camps in the Seregenti but I figured I would seek your advice and insights about the overall trip as well. A bit of background about us: We are a couple in our early 30's, have traveled quite a lot but never to Africa. We are looking for a 10/12 day trip in Northern Tanzania and our main focus is * see as much wildlife as possible ( especially big cats, elephants, rhino, hippo ) * in an environment that is ideally not too overcrowded * with freedom to choose what we do each day without outside constraint The migration is a great addition but not on top of the list. The luxury part is a nice touch but not as important to us and we would rather have a top notch guide and an exclusive surrounding than a private butler! But it seems that a lot of places offer both making them really pricy. I have contacted an agent who has been very helpful so far (Gondwana). They are based in Botswana but also organise Tanzania trips. Here is my tentative itinerary 1 night in Arusha 2 nights @ Oliver's Camp, Tarangire 2 nights @ Rhino Lodge or Plantation Camp , Ngorongoro 4 nights @ Sayari Camp or Alex Walker's Serian in northern Serengeti We spend most our budget on Serengeti as this is the place where the location matters most in terms of game viewing and if anything we will try to save money on the hotels in Arusha and Ngorongoro. I would love to know your thoughts about the general itinerary and whether or not it fits our goals well. I also have a few questions on top of my head: 1/ What do you think of the length of the trip ? Should I add 1 or 2 days in the Serengeti to maximize our experience (budget permitting...)? 2/ Should I split the Serengeti part into 2 camps (2 days each ) or is it better to stay longer at the same camp? 3/ I have read that Ngorongoro is really packed and there s no way to avoid the crowd( I am a bit scared to be honest) but a must-do. For this reason I tried to choose "cheaper" hotels for this part of the trip. Does the location really matter and should I reconsider my hotel choice? 4/ I mentionned this in another post but I am really torn between Sayari Camp and Alex Walker's Serian mobile Camp in Northern Serengeti. They are bot priced similarly but AW'S provides a private guide whereas we have to share a vehicle in Sayari (not sure how many people). They both look good though and are well located (I think). Any opinion? 5/ We also initially considered Singita Grumeti because we liked the idea of doing off road and having a private concession. But the prices are a bit prohibitive and it means we will probably have to make mores sacrifices for other parts of the trip. Do you think Sayari or Alex Walker's Serian can provide a wildlife viewing experience on par with Singita? I love doing research but the more I search the more questions I have and the amount of info can be a bit overwhelming, so I appreciate any of your insights! Thank you so much for your help!
  10. Too much is never enough. - David Bowie My wife has been to Africa with me four times. That’s a lot. She has thoroughly enjoyed each trip, and she looks forward to going back at some point in the future – just, just not now again. There are other places in the world she would like to see before going back to Africa. You see, she is reasonable – normal, one would say. I am not. In the midst of enjoying a delightfully sub-zero, cheery, long winter in Connecticut, I am summoned to attend some conservation meetings in Tanzania in February. Chances of my missing that? Slim and none. Chances of my somehow not weaseling this into an extended safari? Less than zero. Firstly, I must address some domestic sensitivities (you see, before these meetings came up, we had been talking about maybe heading down to the Caribbean)… Dear Love of My Life, You know Sweets that I should attend these meetings. I really don’t want to travel that far, but I figure I gotta do it for nature. You should join me, but I know you said you don’t want to go back to Africa so soon. Say, my cousin Linda has been begging me to travel with her to Africa as you know. I am wondering if this might not be the perfect opportunity to weave in a safari. Yeah, the long-term weather forecast for CT is… well. I recently read somewhere that snow has insulative properties. That’s right! Snow actually keeps things warmer! … So, here I go again. Mkomazi, Tarangire, Serengeti and Manyara Ranch, in that chronological order. In this missive, however, I come out with guns blazing: Serengeti first. Serengeti National Park Serengeti National Park is the premier wilderness area of Tanzania encompassing 14,763 km2 and harboring about 1.5 million wilde… ok, let me stop there. After all, what more can one say about Serengeti? Other than that it is the living library of life? Verbiage, in this instance, is superfluous. This will be more of a pictorial report. The Serengeti itinerary originally consisted of three nights at Nduara Loliondo (located outside the park to the east); two nights at the historic Ndutu Lodge; and three nights at Dunia Camp in the Moru Kopjes area. Due to almost unprecedented dryness in the short-grass plains area of the Serengeti ecosystem (Nduara is on the edge of the short-grass plains biome), however, a last-minute switch was made to trade the last night at Nduara for a night at Nomad Tanzania’s Serengeti Safari Camp located on the shore of Lake Masek. We are guided by Craig Doria, a long-time friend and my go-to man in Tanzania. Never mind for the moment Craig’s intimate bush knowledge, which is second to none. I just never tire of Craig’s perspective on Africa’s history and culture and the spine-tingling stories about his stint with the ANC (Mandela’s party) as a young white South African and of course his Luangwa Valley days. Kennedy Koskey (or “Kennedy John” or “Ken”) is our driver/guide, and, quite simply, an amazing dude! February 13 10:56am – We are driving from Ndutu to our destination, southern Loliondo. It hasn’t rained in weeks. The Ndutu area should be green, black and tawny with fresh grass, wildebeests and wildebeest calves but is totally devoid of them. The herds are in the woodlands to the southwest, and we are heading away from them. Grant’s gazelles don’t mind the dryness though. A male Grant’s gazelle struts amongst his kind and Thomson’s gazelles, picking off herbs on a desiccated plain just east of Ndutu. 11:18am – The short-grass plains area of Serengeti is the best place to observe golden jackals. 12:02pm – Spotted hyenas inhabit the various creases and burrows on the plains. 12:36pm – I am convinced that if we could somehow harness the energy from the Thomsons’ gazelles’ wagging of their tails, Tanzania would solve its electricity shortage issue. 1.21 gigawatts! 1:14pm – Unable to gallop very fast, elands need a head start to avoid harm. They have the farthest “flight distance” amongst Serengeti’s ungulates. 4:37pm – A newborn Tommie is curled up out in the open. The mother has eaten the afterbirth and licked the calf all over in order to rid it of scent. Lying motionless until it is able to walk is the calf’s only defense. (Don't) see me, feel me, touch me, heal me. 7:20pm – After a long, hot, dry, dusty day, a yurt-styled mess tent at Nduara Loliondo welcomes. 7:23pm – Apertif? How civilized! 7:38pm - One of the askaris by the fire.
  11. As some of you will know I started looking at a quick trip for the end of August or sometime in September 2015. The idea was that it would be a trip to tide me over until I viist Zambia at the end of October. I had various initial ideas but they didn't come to fruition and then I had to put the whole trip on hold. Well the possibility of a trip is back on (yes the saga continues ) Having spoken to a new travel company Northern Tanzania seems like a really good possibility. I am getting rather excited about a trip there (which is always a good sign that I am on the right track idea wise.) They have come up with various itineraries/ideas but the two which appeal the most are as follows Itinerary 1 Norongoro/Serengeti Mara day 1 arrive Kilimanjoro transfer to Ngorongoro (not stopping at Tarangire or Manyara on the way. Overnight Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge Day 2 Full day (with private guide) in the crater. Overnight Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge Day 3 Fly Manyara to Kogatende early am. Overnight Lemala Mara Camp Days 4 and 5 Shared drives. Overnight Lemala Mara Camp Day 6 Late afternoon flight Kogatende to Kilimanjaro. Fly home that evening. Itineray 2 Tarangire/Serengeti Mara day 1 arrive Kilimanjaro transfer to Tarangire (not stopping at Manyara on the way. Overnight Mawe Ninga Camp Day 2 Full day (with private guide) in Tarangire. Overnight Mawe Ninga Camp Day 3 Fly Kuro to Kogatende via Arusha late am. Overnight Lemala Mara Camp Days 4 and 5 Shared drives. Overnight Lemala Mara Camp Day 6 Late afternoon flight Kogatende to Kilimanjaro. Fly home that evening. I am seriously considering adding another night in Serengeti Mara. Good idea or is 3 nights sufficient? Is it better to fly from Kili to Arusha and then be met there by your guide? This would certainly cut out a few hours driving on the first day. Has anyone any advice regarding the choice between Tarangire and the crater? Tarangeri would hopefully be quieter and somewhat of a wilder park but with limited wildife(?) Crater lots more wildlife, iconic setting, has to be seen. But it would be busier. It seems to me more likely that there is more likelihood that I will be able to retun to visit Tarangire than the crater. The latter being somewhat of a stopping off point to the Serengeti. I am also doubting of it is a good idea to be staying further from the crater. If I stay closer I could get in there earlier and try and beat the crowds. Any ideas regarding camps/lodges nearer the crater rim? I have seen Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge. I would love to combine all three but am not too sure I can get that many days off work especially if I add an extra night in the Serengeti. Plus I have no idea what this would do the cost (yet to ask!) especially as I would want to do the crater with a private guide/vehicle to maximise flexibility. The original budget has already been blown but over the last few days/week I have come to realise that this is it, we (probably) only live once therefore I have to grab all the opportunities I can. Therefore the budget can be extended Way too many questions there, sorry! But if anyone has any advice/ideas/opinions I would love to hear them. Many thanks!
  12. TRIP BRIEF This is my first trip report, so please bear with me. The photography, while not spectacular, is slowly improving, although I do need to take more landscape/scenery shots and some on the road pictures too. The ramblings may get out of hand at points in the report! The initial plan was 4 nights in Tarangire at Oliver’s Camp over New Years 2015. We were going to drive from Nairobi and back. As we started planning, we decided we wanted to see more of Tanzania, but our time was limited, so the final self-drive trip looked like this: 1 night Kibo Palace Hotel, Arusha 2 nights Oliver’s Camp, Tarangire 3 nights Dunia Camp, Central Serengeti Although we drove into the camps ourselves, once there we used the camp vehicles and guides on safari. I always prefer this, as the camp guides tend to have great local knowledge of their area and of the wildlife. This usually lends itself to superb and unusual sightings.
  13. Introduction After many months of planning and testing the patience of Lenny at Africa Travel Resource, I finally decided that Niyam’s first adventure into Africa would take place in Tanzania. The final itinerary was: · 3 nights in Mkomazi National Park at Babu’s Camp · 5 nights in the southern part of Tarangire National Park at Oliver’s Camp · 7 nights in Katavi National Park at Foxes Katavi Wildlife Camp · 10 nights in the northern part of Serengeti National Park at Alex Walker’s Serian Serengeti North Camp · A final afternoon drive in Arusha National Park This was quite an ambitious plan with a 6-year old in tow and although it was my third visit to Tanzania, every stop on the itinerary presented a new location for me to explore too. My main priority was to ensure that Niyam remained in the best possible health. He had all of the recommended vaccines, a malaria prophylactic and a few other supplements (like chewable multivitamins and acidophilus). I also packed enough medicinal supplies to open my own clinic. Fortunately, he remained in perfect health throughout (apart from the 5-hour flight from Katavi to Serengeti), so I was spared the wrath of his mother. Between us we had a hand baggage allowance of 20kg which was sufficient for the seven cameras and two pairs of binoculars I was carrying but it meant I had to carry it all myself. The flight out was from London Heathrow to Kilimanjaro, via Nairobi with Kenya Airways. The 8-hour overnight flight to Nairobi landed at the scheduled local time of 6:30am – luckily Niyam slept for six of those hours. Niyam's first animal sighting was at Heathrow Airport The scheduled 8:30am connecting flight to Kilimanjaro was delayed by an hour but this didn’t affect our onward plans. During this flight, Niyam was the first passenger to say, “there’s Kilimanjaro” and he was correct resulting in every passenger turning to their left to view this icon through the windows. I was surprised he recognised it! Kilimanjaro bursting through the clouds Fortunately for us, we passed through Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International airport a few days before a fire caused major disruption. During our trip we learnt that Kenya Airways had their services back up and running within a day of the fire, so I was not concerned about the return journey. On arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, an official was checking that everyone had proof of Yellow Fever vaccination. It was the first time I had experienced this. Outside we met Frank, our Asilia guide, who would be with us for the Mkomazi and Tarangire parts of the safari. Frank had been guiding with Asilia for 9 years, including a lengthy residency stint at Sayari Camp, but had never been to Mkomazi before. Actually, apart from Alex Walker at Serian Camp, I never met another person during this trip that had been to Mkomazi! The journey from Kilimanjaro Airport to the Zange gate (the main but not only gate to the National Park) was about two and a half hours (142 km) travelling via Moshi, Lembeni and Same. Within a few minutes of entering the park, Frank was absolutely fascinated and said it was unlike any place he had seen in Tanzania. Our first sighting was a giraffe followed by a lesser kudu bull. I was so excited just to be on an African dirt track again, that I didn’t bother unpacking the camera! Little did I know that I had just passed up my best opportunity to photograph a lesser kudu for the rest of the trip!
  14. Lemala Camps operate some of Tanzania's premier camps in the best locations for viewing wildlife. Wildlife Photography Africa have worked closely with Lemala to create 3 safari itineraries for 2015 that will put you in the right place at the right time. February 2015 - we'll be in Serengeti Ndutu for the wildebeest calving and the start of the great migration. 22 February – Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area June 2015 - we visit Lake Manyara before spending 6 days in the Serengeti with our time divided between the Seronera area and Grumeti in the Western corridor where we should again find ourselves in the midst of the migrating herds as the move northwards. 21 June – Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Grumeti and Ngorongoro Crater September 2015 - 4 days in the magnificent Tarangire NP, renowned for its huge elephant herds, before we fly to Serengeti Mara where we should again encounter the wildebeest as they move back and forth across the Mara river. 20 September – Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Each of these itineraries will be escorted by Martin Dunn, the founder of Wildlife Photography Africa. Martin has been leading safaris in Africa for 30 years and his passion for the continent remains as strong as ever. Working together with our experienced Tanzanian guides, he will endeavour to put you right at the heart of the action. Martin is an experienced wildlife photographer who will share with you many invaluable tips on making the most of your wildlife encounters. Key Points: Designed for photographers by photographers Maximum group size will be 6 people. Extra weight allowance on domestic flights - Baggage on domestic flights is usually limited to 15kg per person. With photographers in mind we have purchased additional baggage allowance on all domestic flights so you don't have to choose between camera gear and clothes. For the avoidance of confusion; this post was deleted and re-posted as I needed to make an update to the pricing information for 2015.
  15. If you want to see the astounding variety of Africa's birdlife there are few better countries than Tanzania. Our "Birding in Tanzania" brings together 3 of the best parks for birds. Great camps, great guides, great value
  16. 1) Name of property: Tarangire River Camp, Tarangire NP 2) Website address if known: 3) Date of stay, including whether Green Season, Shoulder season or High season pricing (if known) Jan 2013, shoulder season 4) Length of stay: 1 nt 5) Why did you choose this camp or lodge to stay in? Based upon what? It was part of the itinerary for a group I was escorting 6) How did you book the property, direct or agent? Were your enquiries dealt with quickly and efficiently? I had nothing to do with the booking 7) How many times have you been on Safari? Ah, it is too many. Approx 4 times a year since 1980 8) To which countries? Nigeria, Cameroon, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Egypt, Oman, Yemen 9) Which properties have you been to previously that you are comparing this one to? Lemala camps, Serengeti, Elepphant bedroom Camp, Samburu Mara Ngenche Camp, Maasai Mara 10) Was the property fenced? I didn't see one 11) What tent or room did you stay in? Did it have a good view? Was it overlooked or private? All tents are erected on cliff overlooking Tarangire river. This gives views of the river (dry most of the year) and into the park itself 12) How comfortable was the bed - were suitable amounts of blankets/duvets/pillows provided? No complaints, everything was comfortable and the plumbing worked well 13) Did you like the food? If yes, please state why. If no, please state why. Food was excellent. Freshly prepared from local produce with some original recipes 14) Was there a varied menu offering multiple choice? If vegetarian was a suitable alternative offered? (Did you have to request this in advance?) Breakfast was a mixture of self service (toast, cereals etc) and cooked stuff to order. Lunch was a set lunch and dinner had a choice of main course. 15) Can you choose where you eat, ie privately or with other guests, guides? Single tables or communal dining? We ate as a group in the dining room, as did the other group staying there at the same time. I am sure that it would be possible for a couple to request that their table be laid out on the lower deck. 16) How good were the packed breakfasts/lunches if staying out on game drives? Didn't use one 17) What are the game drive vehicles? Please include photo if possible. We had our own vehicles and I get the impression that the camp does not have a fleet of its own. 18) How many guests per row? N/a 19) How long were the game drives and were they varied in the routes taken? It was our safari so they were as long as we wanted them to be 20) Are game drive times flexible: ie, if agreed in advance, can you go out earlier than suggested and stay out later, ie not returning for lunch but taking supplies with you? Not really applicable 21) What wildlife is this property known for? Did you get good sightings? Tarangire is known for huge numbers of elephants, and we saw plenty. Birdlife is also superb. 22) How was the standard of guiding? N/a 23) If you had a bad experience with a guide, why? Did you report the issue to management, and if so, how did they deal with the issue? N/a 24) If you had a very good experience with your guide, please give reasons why: n/a 25) Were staff attentive to your requests/needs? yes 26) Trip report link: 27) Any other pertinent details you wish to add: The camp is located outside the NP. This means a 20 minute drive to reach the gate every time. When we stay more than 1 night we usually take a packed lunch and spend the whol eday in the park so we can get to the more remote locations and away from most of the traffic. 28) Please add your photographs of the property below, with headings.
  17. I had been to Tanzania 3 times before; 2 times the northern circuit, and 1 time Selous + Ruaha. All 3 times were private safari in luxurious tented camps. I fell absolutely in love with Tanzania and safari in particular and wanted to share this with my girlfriend, who hadn't been to Africa before. This being the 4th trip I started to look into a self drive. It seemed to be regular to do in SA and Namibia, but not so in Tanzania. But as I didn't know for sure if my girlfriend would enjoy the whole 'safari routine' and she likes a bit of variation in her trip I thought it would be best to do a self drive. Especially as I liked to do something different as well, and self driving seemed quite adventurous. So I booked a trip with Safari Drive and we both absolutely loved it! Especially since there are not many self drivers in Tanzania, I'd like to share an in depth trip report and hope it can be of some use to anyone I didn't have time yet to sort out all my pictures, but some can be viewed here: and the night time pictures: Some of the highlights: - Getting scared by an elephant 'sneaking up' on us at our campsite, that was only 3 meters away - Heaving our car break down and getting it repaired - Have 5 nights on different spots in Moru Kopjes, even 2 nights right ON a kopje! - See a big herd of the migration running in from our campsite - Be right in the MIDDLE of the migration and see tiny wildebeest and even one being born - Getting 'lost' in the serengeti and driving over 30kilometers off road to get back to Moru - Geting scared into our tent at 20:15 as some buffelo get very close and keep staring right back at us, no matter what we do - Enjoy the lovely night sky (astronomy is my hobby) - Running into Jean DuPlesis (from Wayo Africa) who was filming for his next series and getting invited into his lovely camp. We booked the selfdrive with Safari Drive and I can only say they have been great! In preparing our trip as well as the support 'on the ground' of Liz and her mechanic. They were very helpful to say the least and every little problem was sorted out in good fashion. Itinerary Our itinerary was: 2-Feb - Fly from Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro, overnight at River Trees Lodge 3-Feb - Pick up the car and get instructions, relax or perhaps already do some shopping. Overnight at River Trees Lodge 4-Feb - Drive to Tarangire. Most likely spent the morning shopping and stocking the car and have lunch at Tarangire Safari Lodge, then game driving to our private camp spot; Mibuyu Mingi Special Campsite 5-Feb - Full day game driving in Tarangire, overnight at Mibuyu Mingi Special Campsite 6-Feb - Morning gamedrive in Tarangire, then drive to Ngorogoro crater. Relax or walk in the afternoon. Overnight at Ngorongoro Crater Simba Public Campsite 7-Feb - Game drive on the crater floor. Overnight at Ngorongoro Crater Simba Public Campsite 8-Feb - Drive to Nainokanoka village, go on a walking safari near Empakai crater. Fly camp 9-Feb - Walking safari Empakai Crater. Fly camp 10-Feb - Drive to Serengeti Moru Kopjes. Overnight at private campsite, Moru 4 Campsite Serengeti National Park 11-Feb - Game driving in Serengeti. Overnight at Moru 4 Campsite Serengeti National Park 12-Feb - Game driving and drive to Simiyu. Overnight at Simiyu Special Campsite. 13-Feb - Game driving. Overnight at Simiyu Special Campsite 14-Feb - Game driving. Overnight at Simiyu Special Campsite 15-Feb - Game drive. Drive to Karatu. Overnight at Gibbs Farm. 16-Feb - Return vehicle and fly back home. Some comments on the itinerary: River Trees Lodge (I think it's officially named River Trees country inn) was absolutely lovely. I'm very glad that we booked 2 nights here so we had a day to relax a bit as well. If we would have had more than 14 days than I would even have booked a 3rd night here so we would have been able to do an activity as well. (walking/canoeing or Arusha NP..) Mibuyu Mingi Special Campsite is nicely remote, but also a bit far from the river. This should be taken into consideration, as you have to drive quite a bit to and from your camp. Also, this seems to be considered as a campsite where 2 parties can stay and the rangers/park management book this site accordingly. Although they are right that it is a big campsite, I would rather really be on my own. (that's what you pay for isn't it?) Empaakai; you don't need 2 nights at Empaakai; the walk takes around 5 or 6 hours, and you have to 'find' another walk or arrange something different. Apparently they also do some walks there where you walk from one camp to the other (or site and they setup the camp there), which probably would have liked better. All Moru campsites are great. We didn't stay at Moru 4, but 1 night on 3, one night on the ranger site, 2 nights on a kopje and 1 night at Moru 6. Simiyu is a very remote campsite and we didn't see much game around there. We were lucky to be allowed to stay around Moru by the rangers. Gibbs Farm is very nice obviously and it was a bit of a 'waste' that we couldn't spent a day there. (we arrived late and departed early). Again; If we had more than 14 days available we would probably have spent another night either here, or at River trees I will start the day to day report of the trip, but it might take a few days for me to complete it
  18. Only five tents and 1km downstream from the main camp, overlooking a flood plain of the Minyonyo Pools - expected to open on 1st July 2013.
  19. Following British Airways decision to scrap the London Heathrow to Dar es Salaam flight, I decided to drop Ruaha from my itinerary and replace it with a location in northern Tanzania. This meant I could simply book a return flight from Heathrow to Kilimanjaro. I considered all the northern circuit options (most of which I have experienced before) but in the end chose 3 nights at Mkomazi National Park (Babu's Camp). I was drawn to the fact that it was one of the least visited wilderness areas in Tanzania and was one of the entries on my bucket-list. Another advantage is that we land at Kilimanjaro at 9:40am, so we could get to the camp for lunchtime by road. This part of our safari is being managed by Asilia - their guide will pick us up from the airport, privately guide us in Mkomazi, before driving us to and guiding us at Oliver's Camp in Tarangire for 5 nights. The final itinerary is: 3 nights Mkomazi NP (Babu's Camp) 5 nights Tarangire NP (Oliver's Camp) 7 nights Katavi NP (Katavi Wildlife Camp) 10 nights Serengeti NP (Serian Camp, Serengeti North) Mkomazi is one of Tanzania's best locations for landscape photography, so I can put my new "Twaffle and Safaridude-inspired" area of interest into practice. There may also be a slim chance of visiting the wild dog and black rhino projects being run by Tony Fitzjohn's team.
  20. Tarangire Safari Lodge now offers Bush Walks, Night Drives and Bush Drives! Coming soon...Massage Tarangire Safari Lodge - Activities.pdf
  21. Hi! I was wondering if there is anywhere online that I can find out recent sightings and updates about Wild Dogs in Northern Tanzania? I know sometimes they'll hang out in Tarangire for a while, or Loliondo, or even Manyara or Lake Ndutu.. I also know that often if they are settled in a certain area they will stay there for a while, facilitating the search for them since they are one of the rarer safari species in the area. Is there such source? I also told my Safari company that we are interested in seeing them, but I also told them we are interested in seeing 10s of other animals, some more rare than the wild dogs... So the more homework I can do to help my guide help me see as many different animals as possible - the better. Thanks in advance!!! :-D Tomes

© 2006 - 2017 - Talking Safaris and African Wildlife Conservation since 2006. Passionate about Africa.