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
Edited by Game Warden, 20 September 2013 - 08:51 PM.