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In february I'm going back to Tanzania again. This will be my 4th time, after spending 2 safaris in the northern circuit and 1 in Selous/Ruaha previously.
This time I will be bringing my girlfriend and hope she will fall in love with safari and africa as well :)

We are going on a self drive (arranged via Safari Drive) and I'm looking for some tips and advice from other self drivers or just otherwise knowledged/experienced people ;)

Our itinerary is;

2-Feb - Fly from Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro, overnight at River Trees Lodge
3-Feb - Pick up the car and get instructions, relax or perhaps already do some shopping. Overnight at River Trees Lodge
4-Feb - Drive to Tarangire. Most likely spent the morning shopping and stocking the car and have lunch at Tarangire Safari Lodge, then game driving to our private camp spot; Mibuyu Mingi Special Campsite
5-Feb - Full day game driving in Tarangire, overnight at Mibuyu Mingi Special Campsite
6-Feb - Morning gamedrive in Tarangire, then drive to Ngorogoro crater. Relax or walk in the afternoon. Overnight at Ngorongoro Crater Simba Public Campsite
7-Feb - Game drive on the crater floor. Overnight at Ngorongoro Crater Simba Public Campsite
8-Feb - Drive to Nainokanoka village, go on a walking safari near Empakai crater. Fly camp
9-Feb - Walking safari Empakai Crater. Fly camp
10-Feb - Drive to Serengeti Moru Kopjes. Overnight at private campsite, Moru 4 Campsite Serengeti National Park
11-Feb - Game driving in Serengeti. Overnight at Moru 4 Campsite Serengeti National Park
12-Feb - Game driving and drive to Simiyu. Overnight at Simiyu Special Campsite.
13-Feb - Game driving. Overnight at Simiyu Special Campsite
14-Feb - Game driving. Overnight at Simiyu Special Campsite
15-Feb - Game drive. Drive to Karatu. Overnight at Gibbs Farm.
16-Feb - Return vehicle and fly back home.

One of the things I'm wondering about is how to arrange payment for park fees. Apparently the Ngorongoro fees need to be payed up front, but do we really need to take the rest of the money in dollars as hard cash with us?
Furthermore I'm curious to hear the experiences about how you spent the days. Did you 'cook' during lunch to avoid atrackting unwanted guests at your campsite? How safe did you feel and how did you manage the 'toilet' (a shovel) at night?
etc. etc. ;)

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