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Flexibility, lower cost (notice how I didn't say low cost as I don't think that is possible lol), maximum viewing chance...can I (still) have it all?
I will be a solo traveller by circumstance not choice
Below you will find some assumptions that I have made which may very well be incorrect.
1) I am planning a big trip around this migration time because I have come to believe the hype about this migration so that may be the first place to set me straight. How much better is it than someplace else or some other time for viewing Africa's big mammals and cats?(Sorry but I am not really interested in most birds)
2) I want to keep my cost as low as possible so that means camping i think which is something I enjoy anyway
3) But I want to maximize my visual and photo experience so that means some sunrise/sunset and some offroad opportunities and therefore a private safari
So if these are true, what would you recommend for a safari for me in February ?
Here is my first crack at it without knowing anything about permits, hours of operation, gates, camp availability, etc. I have been in contact with a few operators but still don't know what I don't know so probably haven't asked all the right questions. Hopefully I am getting close!
Reserve a private safari with guide and cook
Day 1 Go from Ashura to Ngorongoro ( go via Lake Manyara ? does it cost more than the $35/day per non-resident?) , get a good view of the crater and set up camp on the rim at Simba campsite while the driver gets the crater permit for the next morning (sometimes the cashiers don't show until 7 or 8 am ?)
Day 2 Start driving in the dark to get to the crater gate for 6 am when it opens. Have bfast in the crater and lunch and then head to a public (Seronera?) campsite in Serengeti to st up before dark
Day 3 -4 Spend two days out of here in case the herd is dispersed and there are lots of wildebeest in this area like this past year.
End of second day go to a special camp close to Ndutu area if there is something that still has availability and enjoy a bit of luxury after the earlier camping days.(No public campsites in this area?)
Day 5 Spend 1 full day here, with another early start in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where offroading is possible? and where wildebeest and cats 'normally' are.
Day 6 Early morning game drive and then return to Ashura.
Next day (or later if I have to recover lol ) rent a 4x4 on my own and go to Tarangire and return that night.
So...what do you think???
Hopefully you can make it soooo good that it will attract some safari companion(s) to join me and help me reduce the cost and enhance the experience by sharing it !
BTW, I am on the Lonely Planet forum too and have posted there looking for safari companions.
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