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Safari in Tanzania

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Safari in Tanzania

Hello and thank you in advance for any advice.

I am planning a trip to Africa and I want to safari for about 4 or 5 days in Tanzania. I am ignorant to where the good places are to safari in Tanzania so any advice is helpful. Where are some good places! And are there any safaris that anyone knows of that takes you from Tanzania to Kenya? Thanks a ton!

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1. Re: Safari in Tanzania

Hi Michael,

Do you plan to visit both Kenya and Tanzania in 4-5 days? You would need more time for this.

What time of the year are you looking to go on a safari? You will get better recommendations of where to visit on your safari if people know time of the year you will be visiting.

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Suggest you get a good guide book such as Bradt's Northern Tanzania and read trip reports on this forum to get ideas for your trip. Many travel the northern circuit to see a variety of wildlife in parks/areas in northern portion of country. Time available will determine parks visited. Four or five days precludes doing both countries. Strongly suggest doing only Tanzania and with such limited time may not only need to pare down areas to visit but also considering flying a segment of the trip.

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Hi Michael,

Solid plan in the works for you! I suggest you contact Chris Liebenberg. He is the owner of Piper & Heath, a safari specialist agency/tour operator, right there in San Diego. Chris is a good friend and fierce competitor. He travels to Tanzania and Kenya all the time and works directly with almost all the upscale properties in both countries. He is a wealth of knowledge and can also offer you comparisons of East Africa vs. Southern Africa. He will be able to tell you how to cross the border using two convenient flights to get from the Mara to the Serengeti in the middle of the day (roughly between the morning and afternoon game drive).

My 2 cents: 4-5 days is really short and I and more inclined to recommend that you choose one country and stick with it. But, based solely on what you asked, I recommend going July-October and spending 2 nights in Tarangire and 3 nights in the Northern Serengeti. Some good combos would be Olivers Camp and Sayari (Asilia) or Kuru and Lamai (Nomad).

Good luck.

Craig Beal – owner – Travel Beyond

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Dear Michael,4 to 5days will not be much enough to cover either Tanzania or Kenya destinations Safari. If your in a bit travel duration, Recommend to stay on one Country destination parks and to add at least 2days be a total program tour 6 or 7days will enjoy much to the country offering wildlife tour to their coming estemeed visitors.Tanzania top destination parks are, Serengeti park, Tarangire,Ngorongoro crater, Lake Manyara Park All are located on northern circuit safari Tanzania. For Kenya destinations, Masai mara game reserve, Ambosele national park, Lake Nakuru,Tsavo east and West Park. Tanzania is the best option a Home of mount Kilimanjaro,and Wildbeest migratioan Serengeti. Hopeful this advice will help You for start and select your which visit Africa next destination.

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Thanks for the great info! I look forward to contacting your friend!

Michael

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5 days safari is not short maybe visit

Tarangire national park

Lake manyara national park

Ngorongoro crater tour

Lake eyasi for culture tour

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We're also looking for people's experience with some of the tour companies for our safari. My wife and I are an active couple in our 60's and we're planning on doing our trip early to late September. Abercrombie & Kent and Kensington tours are being touted as who we should book with, so anyone's personal experience with these operators would be welcome! We also wanted to hear of anyone out there had experience with a hot air balloon dawn flight either at Serengeti Plains or Masai Mara and if it is worth the added $$. We are told we will typically go out to see the wildlife in a 6 person vehicle with a guide, and do fellow travelers think this is too crowded for photo opportunities?

Chuck and Elisia S.

Edited: 11:02 am, December 21, 2016
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Hi Chuck and Elisia

I have done hot air ballooning flights in Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania. I think they are a great addition to a safari. If you are unsure, you can always hold off booking the flight till you are on site and make a call then based on what other lodge guests are telling you about recent flights. The only downside then is that it may not be available though this is rare in both the Serengeti and the Masai Mara.

Not sure how serious you are as photographers but there are options for private vehicles and even especially adapted photographic vehicles (generally heavily over engineered) for the serious enthusiast. Generally though, unless you are using a big 600mm or other large profile lens, you will be ok sharing and a good guide will be able to generally cater to everyone's needs.

Chris Liebenberg - owner - Piper & Heath Travel

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I looked at both of those companies when I first started considering a trip to Africa. I did not know any better and thought those types of companies were needed. What I found was a 100-300% mark-up with those types of companies compared to local companies.

You might consider starting a new thread and will get more direct answers. I would look at the FAQ's on the right side of the screen at the tip. Particularly pay attention to #1 and #4. Then send requests to 5-8 tour operators on the list and get quotes. You will find a huge discount compared to what you are getting with Kensington and A&K. Same wildlife, same parks, same scenery and likely same or similar places to stay.

In addition, I would consider a private safari, not a group, if you are in to Photography. It is very frustrating to not be able to get to the correct side of the vehicle or to sit and stare at something you no longer want to view or to move on before you are ready because of others in the group.

Yes, 6 in a standard vehicle will prohibit some photography and be somewhat crowded. Do a private safari if possible. My guess is you could do a private safari for less than these companies are quoting a group rate.

Good luck.

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I agree with Stephen. You can get a private safari for a very reasonable price with a company who knows the local area more intimately. You will get flexibility in time and more choice of where to stop or detour, especially for photography. I would also consider a longer period of time. I had 11 days and it still seemed tight. I would also choose one country to focus on. I used Shidolya Safaris, but there are many other local companies that provide quality trips. I would contact and get quotes from 8-10, then work with the one who has the best prices, and best communication.