Safaridude's Trip Report - Part II (Tanzania)

Oct 11th, 2006, 04:40 PM
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The nine year hiatus thing is for the birds! Next for me is Ol Donyo Wuas (adjacent property to Campi ya Kanzi), Meru (must go back), Lewa Downs, Sayari (Serengeti) and possibly Ruaha in August '07. Also, Etosha, Vumbura, Kwando Lebala, Busanga (Kafue) and Lunga (Kafue) in '08 -- taking my young children for the first time. More importantly, I am going to get involved somehow in various community-based conservation programs. You haven't heard the last of me yet!
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Oct 11th, 2006, 04:56 PM
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Safaridude,

Thanks for your inputs...

I zeroed in on Kwando, Lebala on your list of future visits.......awesome choice!!!

Hari
 
Oct 12th, 2006, 09:59 AM
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A great report, thanks! Looking forward to hearing about your future travels.
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Oct 12th, 2006, 02:17 PM
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I really enjoyed reading your report and I'm so glad you were able to see the dogs. You didn't say - were you able to get some pictures?

I don't understand the "pay extra for drinks" thing either. When you are in a high priced lodge, it's kind of ridiculous. Do you think they do it so people don't overindulge on the "free" alcohol like we are teenagers on spring break?

The drive across the Serengeti sounds wonderful. As do the plans for your next two trips! Let us know about the conservation programs you research. Thanks for sharing this.
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Oct 12th, 2006, 02:34 PM
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A really great read.

As to the Crater Lodge, have the same feeling, over-the-top in the wrong place. From the crystal chandeliers to those drapes, though I never gave the "water" much thought as I am a bath person, but good point especially considering the drought and power reductions.

Believe me, I like my lux and ott, but this doesn't do it for me.

At Kirawira the beverages, alcoholic and non and laundry should have been included in the price; the asking of your tent number is for inventory purposes. But that shouldn't have to delay checking out and paying for incidentals not included.

Granted Kirawira is larger than Grumeti River and that's a good idea that they break up the camp. But, we've been when the house was full, and we never noticed. There were plenty tables for everyone to take meals at the same time and never did we find the dining area full.

Mbalageti the other lux camp nearby has 26 tented chalets, yet when considering these are the only 3 permanent properties in the Western Corridor and there is still often no room at the inn, any smaller has to be left to whichever seasonal camp decides to set up here.

Again, great report. Thanks.
 
Oct 13th, 2006, 01:30 AM
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Safaridude

See you are planning to visit Sayari on your next trip. Considering what trouble you have with tsetse (saw other thread)I will warn you to go prepared! We were there in early July and they were very very aggresive and numerous including quite a few in camp. We were bitten badly despite lots of precautions, through dense "technical" materials etc. The open-sided vehicles there are lovely but make it easier for the tsetse!
We stayed first in Tarangire in an area well-known for them and survived them happily, then like Leely had more trouble than expected in central / western Serengeti. But they were so bad at Sayari that despite it being a really super camp, I would think twice about going there again (and believe me the tsetse have to be bad for me to say that!)It was a treat at the end of our safari and really the only camp where we had chill-out time in camp in the afternoons and it was a shame that we just couldn't relax properly on the lovely seating/ sofa area outside our tent. When my husband gets bitten he doesn't generally react badly but he did there for the first time - and is now much more sympathetic to my sufferings.
I intend to enquire about the other camps they, Asilia, have or are setting up though - when we can plan another trip.
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Just thought I would warn you!
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Oct 13th, 2006, 03:32 AM
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Thanks for the warning. See my other post on tsetses. I conquered them with my "bugshirt". I got 100% protection with the bugshirt, and it kept me cool. They only bit me on my hands (and Skeeter Beater limited the bites). Next year, I will bring skin-diver gloves. I am ready for those nasty buggers.
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Oct 13th, 2006, 05:26 AM
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I have one of the "bugshirts" that I bought for a trip to Maine and the black flies. It really does work well. http://www.bugshirt.com/
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Oct 13th, 2006, 05:58 AM
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Julie,

Isnt Sayari a semi-mobile camp? If so, maybe just this particular location with the tse tse's? But yes, must hv been quite the experience.....

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Oct 13th, 2006, 07:14 AM
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Hari,
I believe Sayari is now a semi-permanent camp. Check Eben's go-safari.com as he has updated the camp information. If I understand it correctly, Sayari and Sayari South is/will be seasonal but non-mobile whereas Olakira and Suyan change locations. Someone please correct if I'm wrong.

Try to keep up!
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Oct 13th, 2006, 07:42 AM
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Hari

When we were there we were told that there had been a change in policy and the Sayari camp would be staying in that location. I think Patty is correct. However, the manager at that time said that they are going to be setting up small exclusive private mobile camps as well - don't have any more details on that though.

Julie
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Oct 13th, 2006, 08:03 AM
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Safaridude,
Thank you for sharing your insight and experience. Beautiful style and vivid imagery.
Thoroughly enjoyed reading every last bit of it.
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Oct 13th, 2006, 01:40 PM
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Forgot to thank you for writing such a great and thought-provoking report. I enjoyed it very much.
Also, the manager at Sayari (temporary as the usual one had gone off for malaria treatment) was at their camp in the piaya area and said that he watched wild dogs hunting almost every morning there throughout March. Wow! Their website is asilialodges.
Look forward to reading your next trip report!

Julie
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Oct 13th, 2006, 04:20 PM
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Sayari was a temporary camp. The sight went through a tender process, and Asilia Lodges just won it again. So, they will be staying near the Mara River for the time being. There are four new camp sites that opened up just south of Sayari in the Kogatende area. This is where mobile camps (operated by Sayari or CC Africa or whoever) operate. All this due to massive anti-poaching efforts by the park authorities. Ten years ago, one publication recommended that you take an armed ranger if you wanted to go the very northern Serengeti. I hear now you get the Maasai Mara experience without the vehicles (but with tsetse flies -- I'll make that trade any day).
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Thanks Julie and Patty for all the Sayari info......still sounds like a very nice place to visit while in the Serengeti.

Hari
 
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