Northern Circuit in mid-Sept

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Feb 16th, 2013, 01:51 AM
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Northern Circuit in mid-Sept

DH & I are thinking of 7/8 days in the Northern circuit mid-Sept, say around the 10th, and would like your suggestions. Ngorongoro, Manyara and Tarangire are on my wish list, though we probably won't have time to do all three. Where would the migration be at that time, would like to catch it if possible. We'll be flying in and out of Nairobi.

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Feb 16th, 2013, 05:25 AM
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I think you would have time for those 3 parks. You don't need more than 2 nights at most for the crater, 2-3 for Manyara and Tarangire each. The migration will not be in those areas - you'd need to be in the Serengeti and earlier. By mid Sept most will be in Masai Mara in Kenya, although some stragglers might still be in the northern Serengeti.
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Feb 16th, 2013, 10:19 AM
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Replied to your thread on Trip Advisor.
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Feb 16th, 2013, 12:46 PM
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Here's my suggestion, by day:
1 - Arusha to Tarangire. Afternoon game drive.
2 - Tarangire - Full day in park (take picnic lunch)
3 - Tarangire - Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge on Crater rim
(Could visit a Maasai village near Tarangire or school or orphanage near Karatu on the way)
4 - Ngorongoro Crater (half day or full day if allowed)
5 - Backtrack to airstrip above Lake Manyara and fly to Kogatende airstrip in northern Serengeti. Stay in Lamai Wedge area at a camp such as Serengeti Mara Camp. While many of the Migration herds have moved into Kenya, the Lemai Wedge has substantial numbers that are resident year-round. Also, if the rains start early as they did on my trip in 2008, the herds will be moving back into the northern Serengeti.
8 - Fly back to Arusha

Skip Lake Manyara; you'll have much better game viewing in the other areas. Researchers say that up to half of the Migration herds never leave Tanzania, so you have a good chance of seeing them in the Lemai Wedge area. The Mara River flows through that area. Who knows? You might even see a crossing!
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Feb 16th, 2013, 03:41 PM
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If you have not booked your overseas flights your should consider flying directly to JRO, rather than via Nairobi.
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Feb 16th, 2013, 05:22 PM
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I agree with ShayTay on Lake Manyara, it sounds wonderful but really lacking in wildlife, if that's your prime objective here.

Yes it's pretty however a drive thru to somewhere else is really all that's needed.
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Feb 17th, 2013, 09:58 AM
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ShayTay -
FYI - Serengeti Mara in Lamai is taking on a 'second' name - Olakira Lamai... who can keep up?

Only issue with the wedge is possible rain as these past season when the bridge was out and visitors couldn't get to/from. Unless the bridge is repaired/raised or whatever... can be a problem.
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Feb 18th, 2013, 06:31 PM
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Thanks, Sandi. Did Asilia buy the camp from Afrika Afrika? Nothing is showing on the internet about the change.
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Feb 19th, 2013, 02:12 PM
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No, it wasn't sold per se. Each are selling the camp under the individual names: Olakira Lamai by Asilia and Serengeti Mara by ArikaAfrika. At least for the time being.
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Feb 24th, 2013, 01:32 AM
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Thanks a lot for your suggestions, Sahay Tay, take your point about Manyara. LeslieC, we have to be in Nairobi on work, hence can't fly straight to JRO. Am now considering doing a couple of nights at Masai Mara and then crossing the border into TZ, will keep coming back for your input, thanks again!
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Feb 25th, 2013, 12:23 PM
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Crossing the border isn't as easy as it sounds. You can't go directly from the Mara to the Serengeti. You'll lose a day going back to Nairobi and on to JRO or doing flights and road transfers west of the parks. Still, the Mara will be great in mid-September. If you are already in Kenya for work, perhaps you could do your whole safari there - Amboseli, Samburu, Meru NP, Laikipia, the Mara... all are great destinations. Staying in some of the private reserves next to the parks offer you game viewing without the crowds.
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