OAT to Tanzania/Kenya


Jul 1st, 2005, 10:32 AM
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Thanks Leely. I'm going to need it. After looking at that blog, I am now back to square one in terms of where to go!! His shots from the Masai villages and such and the Serengeti look so dang cool! Arghhhh!!!
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Jul 1st, 2005, 10:50 AM
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I did the OAT trip to Tanzania last June and enjoyed it so much that I took a group back there in February using the same outfitter, Kibo Safaris.

First, Kibo uses Land Rovers or Land Cruisers with tops that flip outward, no pop-tops. The viewing is great, but the sun can be a bit strong in Feb. You definitely do not sit three across! On this last trip, our vehicles held a maximum of 5 persons per vehicle. I believe Kibo is no longer using the longer versions that hold 7.

Arusha NP is a gem that is quite beautiful. It's the only place you'll see the black and white colobus monkeys and walk to a waterfall. There are usually views of Mt. Kili and Mt. Meru.

On one day in Tarangire this February, we saw 200 elephants, so I wouldn't worry that you won't see game there. In the River Camp one night, 2 bull eles came through, feeding as they went. I stood at my tent window and watched them from 15 feet away...a super experience!

The Farmhouse is a beautiful property. The rooms are huge, with a cozy sitting area. It's just outside the entrance of the Ngorongoro CA. The drive is a bit longer than if you were staying on the rim, but they are implementing new rules this month that restricts time in the Crater to 6 hours, so you should have as much time as anyone else, I should think.

The tented camp is a wonderful experience with some of the best food I've had anywhere. We were sited in the Ndutu area, close to the Migration in Feb. Of course, the Migration had decided to move, looking for more water, so we took a day trip to see them.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend OAT's Tanzania trip, given that Kibo does such a great job.
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Jul 1st, 2005, 11:07 AM
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Indeed, cooncat. The Sinya area (or West Kilimanjaro) is very special. The Maasai visits there are far less touristy than near Ngorongoro. If you can make it over there, don't miss it!

Evelyn, now that ShayTay has confirmed Kibo Safaris as the ground operator, you should contact them direct to see if you can get a private safari instead of the group tour. They are highly respected in Tanzania. I have not seen regular Kibo vehicles with 3-3 arrangements! It's normaly 2 - 3 with the rarely used middle seat in the back.

Tarangire River Camp and the Kibo seasonal camps are wonderful options.

There are better options than the Farm House (Plantation Lodge for example or the rim properties) but if you can get a discount for going with all Kibo properties then go for it!

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Jul 1st, 2005, 12:14 PM
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I EMailed Kibo about their vehicles and will let you know their response.

Since I am going with a girlfriend rather than my husband, I prefer a group tour. I want us to stay friends after the journey and being with others will help break the intensity.

I have emailed Kibo asking about their vehicles and their tours.

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Jul 7th, 2005, 01:56 PM
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So that others are not mislead, OAT has confirmed that the vehicles used are three rows of two seats so that everyone has a window. The original salesperson and the person she contacted for the information, gave me incorrect information.
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Jul 7th, 2005, 02:04 PM
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My friend and I just booked out trip to Tanzania with OAT. I finally got hold of someone who checked and confirmed that the vehicles had 3 rows of two seats each (everyone gets a window) just as so many of you thought. That was really good news. The other salesperson I spoke to really gave me wrong information.

After much talk and reasearch, my friend and I decided that we would be better off going on a group tour rather than on a private tour. In addition, Roy's did not have space in Ndutu. That narrowed it down to 2Afrika or OAT. OAT stays in some tented camps and 2 Afrika is all lodges. OAT has a smaller group and has two really nice extensions (we have to think about these). In addition, there were only 6 spaces left for February and my friend is leaving for Costa Rica tomorrow so we bit the bullet and signed on. I'll ask my experts on this forum their opinions about the options of these extensions on a new post.

Cooncat, have you made a decision?
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Jul 7th, 2005, 02:19 PM
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About the extensions, I don't know if you've come across Eben's post on the West Kilimanjaro area, might help you decide -

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Jul 7th, 2005, 03:02 PM
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Good for you! I'm sure you'll have an amazing time.
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Jul 8th, 2005, 05:42 AM
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Evelyn - I posted on your other thread, too, but no, I have not made a decision. OAT is still very high on my list; I just do not know where to go. One day I am thinking East Africa with a part of that to Gorilla or chimp tracking. The next day I am looking at everyone's Botswana/Zambia photos and thinking this is IT! I am TERRIBLE at making decisions anyway, but I know I need to narrow it down soon. I think you're going to have a great trip. I'll keep everyone posted!
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