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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. 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
  3. All, My wife and I are heading to Tanzania for 14 nights across May and June for our second safari and I'm looking for recommendations to round out our camera lenses. Our experience with wildlife photography is in settings where we were able to get closer than we probably will be in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Manyara, so I'm not exactly sure how to supplement what we have. When we were in Sabi Sands and Timbavati our 70-300 was sufficient for nearly every circumstance. The only problem we had was the reach for some birds. Tanzania will probably be very different I imagine. We have two DSLR camera bodies, Nikon D100 and D7000. The D100 is currently at Nikon getting the auto-focus worked on, but we plan to take both with us along with an Olympus Tough for video. Our current lenses are a Nikon 70-200 VR, 70-300 VR II, and a 18-55mm. My plan was to bring one of the two VR's to use with the D100 and then rent something with greater reach for the D7000. I was initially thinking of the Nikon 200-400 f4 VR II, but someone suggested to me that I might be able to get similar results using a teleconverter with my 70-300. I've also read some reviews that suggest other options such as the nikon 400mm f2.8. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  4. Wishing you all a Happy World Lion Day! Let us hope that the recent uproar around the world for Cecil carrys on and the situation for lions in Africa starts to improve. I thought it would be fun to post the very first lion photo I ever took. This was in Lake Manyara in 2007–my very first day of my very first safari. Feels like a lifetime ago but I remewmber the mopment like it was yesterday. Sitting in the truck under the famous Lake Manyara tree climbing lions was a mind bending expereince. They were so close...and it was not lost on me that this fellow could have pee'd on me! This was one of the first dozen or so wildlife photos I had ever taken and while it is a bit of a mess-burned highlights with bad post production repairs, it holds a special place iin my heart. Little did I know that Africa would become an addiction, wildlife photography would be come a passion leaning towards a profession and my savings account would forever be in the negative! There have been many, many lions since and I hope there are many more to come! (I posted a World Lion Day celebration honouring all the cubs out there over here. Anyone else have a special lion photo to share? Cheers, NJ
  5. 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.
  6. 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

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