HELP! Planning last minute Safari in Tanzania!

Old Jun 14th, 2009, 01:57 PM
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HELP! Planning last minute Safari in Tanzania!

Hi, I am new to this board. I just found out I am going to Tanzania on business the first week in July, and am hoping to tack on a Safari. Unfortunately, I have a few limitations: 1) I don't have of time to research since I leave in 2 weeks!! 2) Can't afford a luxury Safari 3) only have a short time in Africa. Ideal itinerary would be: Weds July 8 afternoon depart Dar, arrive back in Dar in time for 9:00 p.m. flight back to the US on Sat. July 11. (so basically we'd only have Thursday and Friday in the bush). Does anyone have any ideas on how I could make this work? (I'll be with my husband). We don't need to chase the migration, but would like to see some big game. thanks!!
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Old Jun 14th, 2009, 02:04 PM
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check www.basecamptanzania.com for budget camping or lodge safaris. Bring my regards to Achmed who will be very fast to reply to your emails. We used them last year but we were based in Arusha as starting point, a bit far away from Dar.
The not to be missed are Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti NP for the big five !!
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Old Jun 14th, 2009, 02:07 PM
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reaeding better your post you cannot make it from Arusha if you only have 2 full days.... anyway you could try to write them/him and see what happens.
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If you're in DAR, can't go to the northern parks. With only 2/days, then Selous (a southern reserve) or better, Saadani which a north of DAR near the coast.

Check the www.tatotz.com site for an in-country outfitter. Basecamptanzania is an option, but there are others on the TATO site. You'll have to do some work yourself.

Send a request for prices to two or three outfitters with your dates, type of accom (lodges/tent camps), estimated budget. Then compare and decide. With such short notice, outfitter may request payment be wired, or at least a deposit with balance due on arrival. Few outfitters accept credit cards.

Good luck!
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Also consider Mikumi which is closer than Selous and drivable from Dar. Might be easier on the budget too. Foxes Safaris operate 2 camps here http://www.tanzaniasafaris.info/Mikumi/mikumi2sites.htm. You may also want to contact Authentic Tanzania http://www.authentictanzania.com/aut...rnesscamps.htm. Both of these operators are based in Dar rather than Arusha (the starting point for northern Tanzania safaris). You don't really have enough time to head up to the northern parks.

Selous has mostly higher end properties and takes longer to get to or requires a flight but you could consider http://www.rufijirivercamp.com/ or http://www.selouslodge.com/ or possibly http://www.selous-mbega-camp.com/ which are more mid to budget range.

Saadani would give you beach and game viewing and is also drivable from Dar though I'm unsure how common it is to see big game here. Budget accommodations http://www.saadanitouristcamp.com/ and http://www.authentictanzania.com/acc...on/kisampa.htm. There's also http://www.saadani.com/ and http://www.saadanilodge.com/ which are higher priced.

Good luck with your planning!
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thanks, we will check out these closer options too. However, since posting, I have been able to find a few 3 day safari's that would fit our schedule in the north. (see here from Zanzibar):
http://www.tanzania-adventure.com/safaris_overview.htm
this one too
http://www.essafari.co.ke/esst024.htm

hopefully this will work!
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I'd suggest contacting David Barker of "Authentic Tanzania" in Dar es Salaam. He's put together a September safari for several of us Fodorites and could help you out. Also, because he's located in Dar, you can work with him directly when you get there. You can reach him at [email protected].
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While a quick safari in the north is doable, it would entail quite a bit more traveling. You could fly to Arusha/Kilimanjaro Wed afternoon, overnight in Arusha, start a 2 night safari Thu morning and drive back to Arusha/Kilimanjaro in time for your flight back to Dar on Sat. That said, you'd likely see a greater concentration of game somewhere like the Ngorongoro crater vs the southern parks.

Here's a Saadani trip report http://www.fodors.com/community/afri...rip-report.cfm

A Mikumi and Selous report http://www.fodors.com/community/afri...-june-2005.cfm

Another Mikumi and Selous report http://www.fodors.com/community/afri...-june-2007.cfm

And if you look through the East Africa trip report index, you'll find lots of reports containing the Ngorongoro crater http://www.fodors.com/community/afri...port-index.cfm
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