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NEW EAST AFRICA Trip Report Index

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Even though this report goes back to 1999, it is definitely one that should be read by anyone going on their first safari – it is an incredibly detailed and informative report with plenty of packing tips, camp, lodge, money, photo and more tips in general. (just like the title says – TC sure didn’t lie!) TC booked his upscale small group/mostly-flying safari with BIG FIVE INC.


Nairobi - Norfolk Hotel
Serengeti - Kirawira Tented Camp
Ngorongoro CA - Serena Lodge
Tarangire - Oliver’s Camp
Nairobi - Norfolk Hotel
Samburu - Larsen’s Camp
Mt Kenya Safari Club
Maasai Mara - Little Governor’s Camp
Nairobi - Norfolk Hotel

TC has given us some wonderful details on all the camps and lodges, the costs of the trip, the vehicles, the animal sightings, clothes, meds, bugs, - the whole works!


This is a report of Ruth and her husband’s awesome trip on the not-so-well-traveled southern circuit in Tanzania. Booked through FOXES OF AFRICA, their itinerary was:

Dar Es Salaam
Mikumi NP - Fox Camp
Iringa - Foxes Farm (60 miles s.w. of Iringa)
Ruaha NP - Ruaha River Lodge

Ruth’s husband has given us very detailed camp and game drive descriptions along the way in his journal. A bonus is the discussions on Foxes of Africa after her report, it gives us good insight into how their camps work, and how concerned they are for everyone having a good experience with them.


This is an incredible report from Michael on his ‘off the beaten path’ trek to see the gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda. Booked through VOLCANOES SAFARIS, Michael’s itinerary along with his guide Frederick included:

Nairobi - Stanley Hotel
Entebbe, Uganda
Queen Elizabeth National Park - Mweya Safari Lodge for a chimpanzee trek
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for a gorilla trek
Ruhengeri, Rwanda - Mountains Gorilla Nest – for another gorilla trek
Samburu NP - Serena Lodge for a few days on safari.

His vivid descriptions of his amazing encounters on the treks will surely make you book your own trip to see the gorillas!


Lisa has written a short, but informative account of her and her husband’s trip to Tanzania booked through BUSHTRACKS, with NOMAD TANZANIA as their ground operator. Their itinerary took them from:

Arusha - Rivertree Inn
Lake Manyara - Tree Lodge
Ngorongoro CA - Plantation Lodge – as the Serena was overbooked
Serengeti - mobile tented camps in the Ndutu area and the northern part
Arusha - Rivertree Inn

There are plenty of animal sightings in this report to keep all of us animal lovers dreaming!


In the first thread, Kavey gives us her itinerary for her exciting trip to Kenya for the first annual FESTIVAL OF WILDLIFE. In the second thread she has just returned and is pumped for all sorts of information on her exciting wildlife photography safari. Staying at Governors Camp in the Masai Mara, Kavey and her dad had the privilege of attending workshops, field experience and lectures with John and Angie Scott (of the Big Cat Diaries fame), wildlife photographers Nina and Ian Bailey, and David Shepherd from the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. Kavey’s report will make you want to book the very next one of these wonderful safaris!


Here is a really detailed trip report from Freddy on his self-booked group drive African safari, using BEST CAMPING TOURS in Nairobi for the Kenya ground operator, and TANZANIA SERENGETI ADVENTURES in Arusha for the Tanzania portion. With a good mix of camping and lodges, Freddy and his wife’s itinerary was:

Nairobi - PanAfric Hotel
Mara - Best Camping Campsite
Lake Nakuru - Hotel Stem
Amboseli - Amboseli Lodge
Arusha - Arusha Cottage
Tarangire - Tarangire River Camp & Sopa Lodge
Ngorongoro CA - Sopa Lodge
Serengeti - Sopa Lodge

Freddy describes some great animal sightings, as well as giving us some great tips, some lodge descriptions and a section of ‘what worked and what didn’t’ that contains all sorts of good details for us!


Leely opens her report with ‘not a trip report’, but under pressure from the rest of the Fodorites she gives in and posts a trip report, much to every one’s delight. Her safari with her friend was a low budget, last-minute adventure camping trip/drive-only safari booked through EASY TRAVEL, using a local operator she found on TATO. From a ‘not so nice but clean’ guest house in Nairobi, Leely and her friend take a shuttle with to Arusha (Impala Hotel) to start their safari. Along with their private guide, extended Land Rover and a cook, they made their way through Tarangire (campsite), and other spots in Tanzania. It’s not finished yet, but even at this later date, we are hoping Leely will finish it!

SUSANLYNNE – KENYA & TANZANIA OCTOBER 2004 (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

In three separate threads, SusanLynne gives us an in-depth trip report of her and her husband’s very special return trip to Africa. Well written, this report reads like a good book – in SusanLynne’s own words ‘it comes from the heart’. Traveling back to Africa, they carried her mom’s ashes to disperse over the land; it’s guaranteed you will have a tear in your eye when you read about Momma Irma. Their itinerary took them from:

Arusha - a friend’s house
Tarangire - Kokoti Camp
Lake Manyara - for a game drive only
Karatu - Plantation Lodge
Ngorongoro CA - Serena
Serengeti - Serena Lodge, Migration Camp, and Klein’s Camp

There are lots of details and amazing stories on animal sightings, lodgings, as well as some really good info on Elsa, the lion of the ‘Born Free’ fame.

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