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  1. 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?
  2. I flew in to Arusha and I was pleasantly surprised how clean and efficient everything was. The weather was beautiful and I stayed at Arusha Coffee Lodge. I had stayed there 10 years ago, but I had no real memory of it. It's a beautiful lodge located in beautiful grounds. There were birds singing everywhere. The rooms were just lovely, the food and the services were both excellent. I slept one night and flew the next day to Katavi National Park. I was staying at Chada Katavi which I felt was simply an outstanding camp. The Tanzanian manager Mwanza was excellent and I couldn't have been more impressed with his kindness, courtesy and enthusiasm. I spent no less than one week here and was fortunate enough to go fly camping twice, and one night drive. I'm not exaggerating when I say that this was without doubt one of the best experiences which I ever had on safari. This was already my 12th safari and my longest safari lasted 2 months and my second longest lasted 6 weeks. The all important wilderness "vibe".I couldn't have been better; elephants were constantly coming into the camp and one could hear their footsteps at night. I also heard lions and many other animals at night. The tents couldn't have been more comfortable and the staff was just excellent as was the food.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. The white-eared barbet Stactolaema leucotis is an eastern forest species found from Kenya down the east coast as far as South Africa. This bird was photographed in the forest on the slopes of Ngurduto Crater in Arusha National Park in Tanzania which is about as far west as this species gets.
  6. I didn't see this posted elsewhere: http://www.eturbonews.com/64016/massive-forest-fire-engulfs-mt-meru-arusha The story says it all, essentially it's alleged that some farmers set fire to the forest on the slopes of Mt. Meru after a dispute with the Forestry Department. Not only is it affecting the wildlife, but according to posts I've seen on Facebook there are issues with the drinking water in the area (not sure how reliable those reports are though). While it's certainly not one of the iconic parks, we really enjoyed our short visit to ANP, and it's disappointing to see it become a pawn in the dispute.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. Does not give much confidence on flying Ethiopian. Luckily no one was hurt. Check out the video. http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/video-stranded-ethiopian-767-extracted-from-arusha-394340/
  10. 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
  11. Did anyone experience any negative effects on the bombing in Arusha and the subsequent protests that shut the city down? http://www.yourafricansafari.com/articles/bomb-attacks-threaten-peace-in-arusha-tanzania I recently got a negative comment on a safari review due to having to change a pick up person at the last minute since our regular driver couldn't get out of the city to get to JRO. Which brings up another topic. When you pick up clients do you tell them about the unrest that is going on or do you try to isolate them so as to not increase their anxiety?
  12. The Black-crowned night heron Nycticorax nycticorax is a beautiful medium sized black, grey and white heron. Usually during the day these birds roost in trees like this one or in reed beds only flying out at dusk or early in the morning to catch fish, frogs crustaceans etc. This species is found along rivers and in freshwater and coastal wetlands throughout much of Sub Saharan Africa as both a resident and a winter visitor from the Palearctic, it is also found from Southern Europe across Southern and South East Asia and also North and South America. This one was photographed at the Momella Lakes in Arusha National Park in Tanzania
  13. My first safari is coming up and I thought I'd tell you all my itinerary. We'll be going with my family (my parents, my girlfriend, my sister and her husband), a total group of 6. It'll be the first safari for 4 of us and the second one for my parents. The basic itinerary looks like this: - Flying in from Amsterdam to Dar es Salaam with 4 of our group - Spending the night in Dar es Salaam, hotel: Southern Sun - On to Sand Rivers in Selous for three nights - One night in Arusha, Onsea house, to meet up with the last two of the group - Three nights in Swala Camp in Tarangire - Two nights in the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge - Three nights in Dunia Camp, Serengeti - Another day at the Onsea house in Arusha - Back home Of course I am looking forward to the whole trip. I'll try to post a trip report with lots of pictures when we return. Taking pictures will be one of the main objectives for two of us.

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