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Serengeti, Ndutu, Ngorongoro, Tarangire Sunny Safaris Dec/2010

Serengeti, Ndutu, Ngorongoro, Tarangire Sunny Safaris Dec/2010

Jan 5th, 2011, 01:21 AM
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Serengeti, Ndutu, Ngorongoro, Tarangire Sunny Safaris Dec/2010

Just returned from a very memorable safari arranged by Sunny Safaris. 24/Dec/2010 - 31/Dec/2010

Visited Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Ndutu & Tarangire. Game drives 8am - 6pm most days, with picnic boxes lodge-arranged, which we devoured at some very pristine spots. Off road driving was feasible outside national park boundaries, especially in the Ndutu area.

Profile:
Self & spouse, 30-34yrs, no kids or pets

Approximate planned spend:
$3000 pp

Itinerary:
Day-1: Arrive LHR-JRO 10.40am Drive to Ngorongoro Crater Rim
Day-2: Ngorongoro crater
Day-3: Ngorongoro crater AM ; Drive to Ndutu area PM
Day-4, 5, 6, 7: Ndutu (off-road) & Serengeti
Day-8: Tarangire

Hotels: Sopa - Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Tarangire; & Ndutu Safari Lodge
* Personally - loved the campfire & proximity to wildlife at the Ndutu Safari Lodge
* Sopa has excellent facilities, & staff strive to please you

Photographs:
Lionesses & cubs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0Wx3c94_qk
Lions mating: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6YFPKFmqts
Cheetahs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JA4KFUySkiY
Lion pride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=314a3K894k0
Leopard siesta: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQPhJ64SsAM
Lion pride siesta: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjSmIGBbuEQ
Baboons & Monkeys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk_NkRKUTL8
Landscape vistas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCP21ebEIf4
Elephants, Gazelle, Zebra, Wildebeest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB-a42ef2OM
Lions lazing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K0fBJlGfzM

Travel guide: Abdul, Sunny Safaris - +255 789 295 767 deserves a very special mention.

Arrangements: Jamal, Sunny Safaris, deserves a pat on the back, for seamless execution.

1. Unambiguous & timely communication on itinerary while planning
2. Friendly, participative, understanding & jovial all through
3. Knowledgeable about local flora & fauna - and terrain, with field-guide references readily available in the vehicle
4. Drove off-road where feasible, which ensured a ring-side view often
5. Consistently spotted rarer species with his "eagle eyes" which added tremendous value to the experience
6. Safe driver, with a healthy respect for the wildlife, while on game-drives
7. Did not count his time, whilst clearly communicating park authority guidelines, and obeying them.
8. Transparent in all material matters
9. Resourceful in pro-actively obtaining / sharing "wildlife intel" from other driver-guides
10. Maintained the vehicle in good working order throughout.


** Takeaway:
Off-road driving (e.g. Ndutu) a key differentiator. Worth checking if Serengeti / other parks allow off-road permissions for the next trip

Thanks,
BR/SS

London, UK
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Jan 5th, 2011, 06:35 AM
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in regards of the off-road driving; As far as I know this is NOT allowed in the National Parks, but it IS allowed in the conservation area's and (most?) private parks.
Ndutu is in the Ngorogoro Conservation Area, thats why you were allowed off-road
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Jan 5th, 2011, 06:56 AM
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Nice stuff, thanks for sharing. I will be there in 3 weeks...can't wait.

Did you end up seeing the migration ? Has it reached Ndutu/Kusini? Everything appears to be lush green....great !
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Jan 5th, 2011, 10:49 AM
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The wildebeest/zebra herds were mostly near Naabi, though several had reached the Ndutu marsh area & Kusini (where we spotted Cheetah)

RE - driving off-road:
While park authorities emailed us saying off-road driving is "discouraged", we heard conflicting versions locally - in that Serengeti likely allows off-road permissions at additional cost. Worth checking if that's indeed true.
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Jan 5th, 2011, 01:19 PM
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Yes, it is true about the Serengeti permits. IIRC, it is $200 per vehicle or so (off-roading). Filming permits are costlier and give more privileges, you can kick other people from the scene .
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