A first time poster here. We are planning a Tanzania northern circuit safari in mid-May 2017. This will be our first trip to Tanzania and we could use your collective expertise and advice in planning this trip. We have contacted a few trip operators and are considering the following itinerary.
Day 1: JRO to Arusha (African Tulip)
Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire (Maramboi Tented Lodge)
Day 3: Tarangire to Serengeti National Park (Kubukubu tented camp)
Day 4: Serengeti National Park (Kubukubu tented camp)
Day 5: Serengeti National Park ( Kubukubu tented camp)
Day 6: Serengeti National Park to Western Corridor (Mbalageti Safari Lodge tented chalet)
Day 7: Western Corridor (Mbalageti Safari Lodge tented chalet)
Day 8: Western Corridor to Ngorogoro Conservation Area (Ngorogoro Sopa Lodge)
Day 9: drive back to Arusha for 11:30 AM international flight
For budget reasons, we are considering reducing one day (if we do, where would you cut?).
A few questions:
- Is this a balanced itinerary? Any changes you would make? For mid to late May, is it worth going to the Western Corridor and up to Grumeti? Would you consider Ntudu during this time instead?
- What do you think of the lodges/camps that are listed above and would you recommend any changes (that are comparable in price)?
- Another itinerary has us doing Lake Manyara, but we read that during this time, Lake Manyara and Tarangire may not be at their best. Would you omit both and add this time to Serengeti?
Looking forward to your thoughts and thanks in advance!