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Trip Report: GAP Serengeti Experience

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Tour: 8-day participation camping
Local Operator: Bobby Camping Safari
Tent: heavy-duty canvas, hut or dome, big
Vehicle: LandCruiser

Day 1 Nairobi to Mesenari Snake Park
Campsite: Mesenari Snake Park
Ground: dirt
Condition: very dusty, we also got rain
Lodging upgrade: no
Drinks: onsite bar
Electricity: at bar
Shower: electric heating, not working for us

Day 2 Lake Manyara
Campsite: Twiga (in town)
Ground: grass
Condition: very nice
Lodging upgrade: $25 for a very nice room
Drinks: onsite bar
Electricity: 5 outlets in the bar
Shower: electric heater, working!
Highlights: lion family, hippo, beautiful landscape
Notes: Laundry service is available and, if no rain, they will be dry when you come back from the park. Dancing and acrobat show by local people at night

Day 3 Transfer to Serengeti NP, visit Oldupai Gorge on the way
Campsite: Tumbili public campsite in Serengeti
Ground: dirt
Condition: warm, open, no fence
Lodging upgrade: None
Drinks: None
Electricity: None
Shower: Cold, but feels OK
Highlights: leopard on the tree on our way in
Notes: Buy water before hand. Road is very dusty beyond Ngorongoro.

Day 4 full day in Serengeti NP
Campsite: same as Day 3
Highlights: Leopard climbing tree with his prey; lion family

Day 5 Morning in Serengeti, afternoon transfer to Ngorongoro
Campsite: Simba public campsite in Ngorongoro
Ground: grass
Condition: windy, cold & misty at night
Lodging upgrade: None
Drinks: None
Electricity: 6PM-11PM, by power generator, which was broken at the time
Shower: electric heater – no electricity when we were there
Highlights (in Serengeti): eating lion, cheetah

Day 6 Ngorongoro, late afternoon transfer to Karatu
Campsite: Ngorongoro Safari Resort (in town)
Ground: grass
Condition: very nice, warm
Lodging upgrade: $30 for a very nice room
Drinks: on-site bar
Electricity: yes
Shower: hot
Highlights: lion hunting zebra, followed by gathering of 14 family members
Notes: It is quite cold in the morning but hot at noon under the sun

Day 7 Transfer to Marangu, 2-hour hike
Campsite: Nakara Hotel
Ground: grass
Condition: cool and dry, very nice
Lodging upgrade: $30 for a very nice room
Drinks: onsite bar
Electricity: yes
Shower: hot
Notes: Kilimanjaro is in the cloud until dark

Day 8 Morning view of Kilimanjaro and then back to Nairobi
Notes: short walk in the morning. Nice clear view of Kilimanjaro

1. Road is unpaved between Ngorongoro and Serengeti; not as bumpy as in Kenya. The only really rough stretch is the 5 km to Oldupai Gorge

2. Be prepared for dust. The amount of dust you will get is as amazing as the wild life you will see. For clothes, you would want those that do not look too bad with a lot of dust, easy to wash and dry (it took just a few hours to dry in Samburu). For cameras, make sure you have an air brush. I would recommend an air duster. A mask will help you breathe in the vehicle.

3. Your need sturdy luggage. They will be tightly packed at the back of the vehicle or on top of the car. Mine was torn a little on the first day. Luckily we got it fixed in the campsite.

4. Sandals are must. Fleece and hat are needed for Ngorongoro at night.

5. You need a good zoom lens. 600mm will do well.

I’ve posted the report for Masai Mara Experience separately.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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