Jambo, I am headed on camping safari with wife and 9-year-old daughter on July 1 from Arusha.
I'm an experienced traveler in the region but mostly for work and rarely on safari, so I have a couple of questions. The collective intelligence of this forum seems amazing.
-- We are finalizing a 4 day camping itinerary (Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongoro, Arusha NP walking) and have fairly comparable bids around $2400 from Victoria Expeditions, Klub Afriko, and Nature Discovery, all recommended by friends or guidebooks.
Then we have a really nice proposed itinerary for 6 days/5 nights from Active Tanzania, for about the same price. They have been super responsive on e-mail and are recommended in the LP guide.
??1) So my first question is for feedback on the 4 companies above, especially Active Tanzania.
-- Also suggestions for the best public campsites we should advocate for at Taangire and Manyara. Based on other travelers tales I am advocating for Panorama at Manyara, and returning to Panorama after Nogornogoro instead of freezing on the crater rim.
??2) Good plan?
-- And finally, one safari company wants to book us into "The Giraffe Motel" in Arusha and I can't find anything about it on the web.
??3) Anyone know anything about it? Got a better suggestion for a $75 hotel ok for a family, preferably quiet and garden-y?
Asanta sana marafiki.
I'd also like to give some special shout outs to some amazing websites I have found in my searches.
Photos of all lodges and campsites, and maps of the area:
GORP has an amazingly deep area-by-area overview of Lake Manyara Park.
List of moderately priced hotels in Arusha.
Tanzania birding hotspots