The itinerary (beginning July 9, 2011)
Day 1: Arrive Arusha. Overnight Snow Crest Hotel
Day 2: Drive to Esilalei Maasai Boma to participate in traditional activities. O/N at boma.
Day 3: Esilalei Boma to Serengeti. O/N Lemala Mara Camp
Day 4: Full day Serengeti. O/N Lemala Mara Camp
Day 5: Full day Serengeti. O/N Kati Kati Camp
Day 6: Full day central Serengeti. O/N Kati Kati Camp
Day 7: Drive to Ngorongoro O/N Lemala Ngorongoro Camp
Day 8: Crater tour. O/N Farmhouse
Day 9: Drive to Tarangire. O/N Lake Burunge
Day 10: Full day Tarangire. O/N Lake Burunge
Day 11: Return to Arusha to exchange guides. Drive to West Kili. O/N Kambi ya Tembo
Day 12: Full day west Kili. O/N Kambi ya Tembo
Day 13: Drive to Mkomazi. O/N Babu's Camp
Day 14: Full day Mkomazi. O/N Babu's Camp
Day 15: Drive to Pangani. O/N Emayani Lodge
Day 16: Full day Pangani beach. O/N Emayani Lodge
Day 17: Drive to Tanga. O/N Tanga Beach Hotel
Day 18: Drive to Arusha. O/N Snow Crest Hotel
Day 19: Return home
I was lucky enough to have my daughter Dreezy accompany me again on this trip as I did on the previous two. We share a common interest in/love of East Africa which makes Dreezy the ideal travelling buddy.
With two previous African adventures under our belts we felt we could probably write an instructional manual on the finer points of planning and packing for a safari. So we smugly managed to organize all our essentials plus a couple of non-essentials (such as the books we never seem to get a chance to read while on safari, and the sun screen that never seems to get applied) into one small duffle bag each. Then we not-so-smugly unpacked these into larger duffles when we realized that our cheeky planning did not allow any room to bring home the treasures we knew we wanted to shop for! Alas, the instructional manual is on hold until further refinement of the planning and packing takes place (probably requiring at least 2 more trips in advance of publication).
Having flown Canada/London/Nairobi/Arusha (Air Canada/Kenya Airways/Precision Air) on our previous trips, we decided to mix it up a bit this time and fly through Amsterdam to Arusha via KLM. From home in Canada either of these routes costs about the same and each has it's pros and cons:
• Schiphol in Amsterdam is an easy airport to navigate whereas transitioning through Heathrow requires a change in terminals which is an added hassle.
• The connections in Amsterdam are better (shorter wait times) than those through Heathrow.
• In our opinions, the service and food on KLM are not as good
• KLM unexpectedly separated the two of us on the Amsterdam to KIA flight as we boarded the plane (and already had our seat assignments)! Did our reputation as obnoxious passengers preceed us?
• By not transiting through London we missed out on spending time with our beloved Kennedy (owner of Waymark Safaris, and our guide for our time in Nairobi), seeing the sights and shopping in Nairobi
Note: Either route is tough without a stop-over!
Edited by Calo, 05 June 2012 - 11:29 AM.