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North & South Tanzania: Arusha, N. Serengeti, Mahale, Katavi, Tarangire

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Dec 10th, 2011, 03:03 AM
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atravelynn, what an amazing safari! I love that you find wonder in everything...it is really evident in your trip report and photos. Where to next?
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Dec 10th, 2011, 06:12 AM
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jczinn, I responded on your thread. Lots of wonder going on in Tanzania!

Where to next? I think the FL panhandle and maybe a little further south if we are ambitious. My husband would go with me on that one and we'd drive. We hope to stop at Metropolis, IL on the way back, which has capitalized on its name as the home of Superman. The biggest Superman museum in the world is there. We like to check out my husband's brick every now and then. I bought him a brick with his name on it that is placed below the Superman statue in front of the Metropolis courthouse. His brick is very near Tom Brokaw's! Also in Metropolis is the grave of the Birdman of Alcatraz. Nowhere else do you find a combination of attractions like that.
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Dec 10th, 2011, 11:17 AM
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Great trip report and photos (as always!) I'm glad to hear that you didn't have much trouble with Tsetses in Katavi and good sighting there. I'd like to return some day.
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Dec 10th, 2011, 03:55 PM
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Thanks Femi and ShayTay. Maybe that return could take the form of a Katavi walking/mobile type of safari.

If you read this ShayTay, you could comment on Tarangire in Feb and maybe share photos with jczinn.

http://www.fodors.com/community/afri...-itinerary.cfm
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Dec 10th, 2011, 06:53 PM
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Great report---colorful (both literally and figuratively), detailed and, as we've come to expect, humorous---and loved your photos!! Been thinking about Ruaha for next year and might have to add Katavi after reading your report/seeing your pics. Steve
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Dec 11th, 2011, 04:54 PM
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I'd given up on Tanzania as a destination because of Tsetse flies, but you've made me start to consider it all over again.
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Dec 12th, 2011, 10:41 AM
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Re: jczinn's thread... done. Femi, about the only place I remember encountering Tsetses in Tanzania is Katavi. They had put out the "black and blue" banners to try to eradicate them. Perhaps it's working! Tanzania is still one of my favorite safari destinations. I'm returning to the northern circuit again next year, my fifth safari there. I've got a few friends that are "southern Africa" aficionados. I wanted to introduce them to East Africa.
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Dec 12th, 2011, 05:52 PM
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Thanks ShayTay. Does anyone know if there are any zones in which tsetse flies are consistently absent? Those are the only places I would consider visiting (like the crater). I was so miserable in the Serengeti I actually skipped some game drives.
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Dec 12th, 2011, 06:22 PM
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Femi, where were you in the Serengeti? I only recall tsetses in the western corridor (in June). Parts of Tarangire but not all. I encountered tsetses in the Mara, where most people never see them, but this was again in June, different year. I wonder if they are worse certain times of the year.
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Dec 13th, 2011, 05:08 AM
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I was also in the Western corridor in June. No flies in the mara at the same time. Seems like they move around and sometimes are worse than others.

This does remind me that I swore never to return to Sydney (once again because of the flies) after my first visit. I was forced to spend a layover there a decade later, and not a single fly. Go figure.

Seems there's no way to predict fly behaviour, and so if encountered I'll have to suck it up and get on with it, but I'm doing all I can to avoid such a situation.
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Dec 13th, 2011, 07:00 AM
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Where in Serengeti?
Seronera, Lobo, Bolongonja, Kogatende--a few tse tse flies in Bolongonja and Kogatende.

Katavi--more flies than Serengeti in a few spots, but not all over and none at Flycatchers camp.

I asked and learned about tse tse behavior. They are less active in the heat of the day, just like the animals. They are attracted to moving objects, such as a vehicle. When the vehicle stopped in tse tse infested areas and we sat still, we had very few problems. I definitely witnessed their attraction to dark colors. I also noted that they were worse for the driver in a poptop vehicle where the front seat is more enclosed so that the tse tses that found their way into the vehicle seemed trapped--Meru in a minibus. There is a correlation between dry and reduced tse tses and between woodlands and increased tse tses.

I brought my Buzz-off mosquito netting on this trip just in case. At one point in Katavi after about 10 minutes of driving through pesky flies, I did put it on and it helped. About 3 minutes later we drove out of the infested area. So there I was in a shared vehicle with my headnet and no bugs. Talk about all dressed up and no place to go, a somewhat self-concsious moment. I took off the headgear. Nobody else I encountered had mosquito netting. But if the flies really bother you, invest in some Buzz-off attire.

Tarangire, I could count the tse tses on one hand.

Problemsome tse tses: parts of Kafue, Zambia; parts of South Luangwa, Zambia; much of Meru, Kenya but not at Kinnas bandas.

No tse tses, at least none that I encountered in East Africa: Samburu, Laikipia, Aberdare, Mt. Kenya, Mara (but apparently they found you Femi), Amboseli, Manyara, Aberdare, Mahale.
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Dec 13th, 2011, 07:01 AM
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Aursha--no tse tses
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Dec 13th, 2011, 06:58 PM
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Thanks for the fly details It rather confirms my suspicions about both Tanzania and Zambia (I didn't encounter any in Kenya), so after my upcoming trip to Uganda looks like it'll be back to Southern Africa for any safaris in the near future.
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Dec 14th, 2011, 07:20 AM
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Looks great. I'll be back to read it later.
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Jan 1st, 2012, 08:21 PM
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What an entertaining read of another great trip report!

Loved the pictures and writing style that allowed the reader to truly get a sense of being there (wish I could've).

When and where is your next African adventure?
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Jan 3rd, 2012, 08:20 AM
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If Zimbabwe elections timing works out, I'd like to go to Mana Pools about August 2012.
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Jan 3rd, 2012, 09:56 PM
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Wow! Had to google that one---looks like an interesting and beautiful destination.

Wonder if Mana has a special meaning to Africans? In Hawaiian, "mana" means supernatural or divine power.
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Jan 5th, 2012, 06:29 PM
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In the Shona language Mana means 4. There are 4 main pools of water there.

The atmosphere in Mana Pools is sort of other-world and supernatural with the dappled light peeking through draped Acacia trees.

Mahalo for the lanugage lesson, Live_Aloha!
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Oct 4th, 2012, 04:09 PM
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Lynn, another great trip report. Now you are making me want to convince husband to add chimps on the hypothetical possible trip I've been planning in my head for some time in the future to at least Rwanda and Selous. He wants to see bonobos instead but I think they're only in the DRC and not sure it's safe to travel there?

Would love to see the photos from this one as these can no longer be seen (as we were talking about on the thread in the Lounge) - I can try to find your report on SafariTalk as I see people refer to it being posted there and I'm sure the pictures are in there.
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Oct 4th, 2012, 04:57 PM
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I see you found the Bonobo report, what timing!

Here is the safaritalk link.

http://safaritalk.net/topic/7679-north-south-tanzania/
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