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Tanzania birding and wildlife trip: proposed itinerary

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We are in the early stages of planning a two week Tanzania trip for either August 2012 or February 2013 (I'm leaning towards February because of the migration possibility, but it seems an awfully long time to wait. Because of spouse's work these are really our only windows of opportunity.)

We are serious birders and therefore need to travel with a birding guide, so we are planning with Birding and Beyond in Tanzania http://www.tanzaniabirding.com/ My first question is whether anyone has used them? (doubtful on this forum, but may as well ask!) I am also a serious photographer.

My bigger question for Fodor's folk regards the itinerary. The first proposal they sent included the Usambara mountains (a lot of endemic birds) but I felt it was too far in the opposite direction to fit into a two-week trip, so we've ditched it. Maybe next time..

I asked for mid-range accommodations. I did specifically ask for Ndutu based on great reviews on this forum (although now wondering based on cary999's poor experience this year (crowds.) Still--I think its worth keeping.

The new proposal is this:

Day 1: Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport,meet and transfer to Arusha night in Arusha –Korona House Bed & Breakfast
Day 2: Arusha NP Birding & big Game. Night in Arusha at Korona House
Day 3: Drive to Tarangire,birding & Big game viewing ,Night at Tarangire Safari Lodge
Day 4:Tarangire Birding & Big game viewing – Night ata Tarangire Safari Lodge
Day 5: Tarangire Birding & Big game viewing – Night ata Tarangire Safari Lodge
Day 6: Drive to Ndutu area ,Night at Ndutu Lodge
Day 7: Ndutu area / Night at Ndutu Lodge
Day 8: Ndutu area / Night at Ndutu Lodge
Day 9: Drive to Central Serengeti Night at Seronera Lodge
Day 10: Central Serengeti,night at Seronera Lodge
Day 11: Serengeti,Night at Seronera Lodge
Day 12: Drive to Ngorongoro,Night at Rhino Lodge
Day13: Full day Crater Tour, night at Rhino Lodge
Day14: Drive to Gibbs farm, walking and Lunch and afternoon drive to Arusha to catch evening International Flight OUT

My questions--I may ask for another day in Arusha to do the lark plains area (this was in our first proposal but got deleted with the change.) If so, where do I remove one night? (or, I may just add one more night as I think we could swing it.)

Wondering if Seronera is a good choice for the central area? Is it too close to Ndutu? Is the habitat different? Also, Seronera gets pretty mediocre reviews on TA. Is there another option in the same price-range?

Finally, Rhino Lodge looks really basic. Should we spring for a bit more money to upgrade this?

Any comments appreciated.

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