Tanzania in March 2006

Dec 5th, 2006, 10:56 PM
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Tanzania in March 2006

I am planning a trip to Tanzania in March 2006
read fodors heaps of times but this is the first time to post

I have been given a itinerery which includes
fishing for barracuda at Tanga as i am going with my 14 year old son this appeals to us
camping on the coast with 2 days fishing this is part of a 21 day trip from Dar es salaam to the Serengeti
has anybody been fishing at tanga who can advise on this part of the trip
also Mkomazi is it worth it camping two night
and Tarangire we have been offered Boundary Hill Lodge has anybody stayed there
we are talking to two operators in tanzania and both seem equally as good
thanks for your help
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Dec 5th, 2006, 11:11 PM
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If you post your full itinerary offered by your TA, some fodorites may be able to help in terms of your specific time-frame of travel and suitable recommendations.

Dec 8th, 2006, 01:47 AM
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Hi sorry I took so long in replying
here is the full itinerery as provided by the TA we favour
day 1 dar es salaam Sea Cliff Hotel
day 2,3,4 Sadaani Game reserve camping
day 5,6,7 Peponi beach tanga accom. beach bungalow - fishing
day 8,9 Mkomazi game reserve Babus camp
day 10,11 Tarangire-Boundary Hill lodge
day 12,13 Ngorongoro Crater -Sopa Lodge
day 14,15,16 Serengeti Nat. Park - Camping
day 17 drive to Lake Victoria o/n hotel Musoma
day 18, 19,20,Lukuba Island - Lukuba Island lodge
day 21 flight from Musoma to Zanzibar
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hari have you stayed at any of these places and is Mkomazi worth a visit as few people go there
also what about Boundary Hill Lodge the TA says it is half the price of Tarangire Treetops and lot closer to the gate we do a night game drive there.
Has anybody stayed on Lukuba Island?
Is it worth a visit?
thanks in advance for any input
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Dec 8th, 2006, 02:33 AM
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Hi David,

Sorry.......my knowledge on East Africa isnt enough. I was suggesting you list your schedule as there are plenty of East Africa experts on these boards. Let's hope Eben or Sandi or anybody else takes a look at this.

Dec 8th, 2006, 10:08 AM
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Wow, that sounds like an interesting trip. A number of us on this board have been waiting to hear from someone who has Saadani on his/her itinerary.

Do a search here for comments about Boundary Hill Lodge; I know I've seen it mentioned before, but can't recall whether good or bad or mixed.

I haven't been in March, but I'd be inclined to lengthen your time in the Serengeti; if you're lucky you could witness wildebeest calving season.

How are you getting from point A to points B and C and D etc., in this itinerary? If driving, how long are the drives? Some questions for your TA.

Have you had a look at go-safari.com, an excellent reference for people traveling to safari destinations in East Africa?

Hopefully some of the TZ experts will see this post and help you further. Good luck!
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Dec 8th, 2006, 06:45 PM
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Hi folks
talked to one TA will probably add an extra day at Tanga and not go to lake Victoria fishing
but rather spend the time in the serengeti the extra days saved we will spend in the Serengeti camping and trying to follow the migration
we think if camping we can be more flexible dont know if this is true or not
but still flying from Lake Victoria to ZNB
but probably now from Mwanza
what do you think
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Dec 9th, 2006, 11:00 PM
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Hi David,

I guess you mean March 2007 (?)

I know some friends who went to Boundary Hill Lodge a couple of months ago. They said it was fantastic and very good service, food etc.

I'm planning to go there myself hopefully in 2007.

Have you seen the follwing web page about Boundary Hill: http://www.tarangireconservation.com/boundary.htm

I like the idea of having 50% local ownership. So many people make money out of Third World countries, it is good to see the locals also benefiting.


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Dec 10th, 2006, 12:38 AM
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Hi Malapa
I do mean march 2007
I did check out the site for Boundary Hill Lodge and thought it looked good especially as it is so close to the park gate also quite cheap by comparison
so am probably going there but still havent finalised my itinerery yet
What about Sadaani really keen to go there have you been there as well it seems most people havent
Leely I did talk to the TA's about the traveling and we will be driving from Dar es Salaam to the Serengeti in our own vehicle with the driver /guide and the cook so basically their is a day of travelling between each point
which is fine as we can see a lot of the countryside as we go along
really looking fwd to the fishing at tanga also the places that most people havent been to yet are a real bonus
thanks david
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Dec 14th, 2006, 04:56 PM
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Want to respond to the last posting that says "there's a DAY of traveling between Dar and Serengeti". Uh, more than a day unless they are calling 1 day equal to 24 hours. 7 - 9 hours from Dar to Arusha and then Serengeti another 6 (maybe 5) from there.
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Dec 15th, 2006, 01:03 AM
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have finalised the first half of my trip havent got an operator yet
but have the travel times worked out
day 1 o/n Dar es Salaam
day 2 drive to Saadani have been told by two operators that this is about 3 hours so that is great o/n at Saadani Game Reserve camping
day 3 and 4 looking for animals etc at Saadani
day 5 drive from Saadani to Peponi
both TA's said it is also 3 hours
days 6 and 7 fishing at peponi
day 8 drive from Peponi to Mkomazi both TA's have said it is about 4 hours drive
not bad
then 9 and 10 camping at Mkomazi
day 11 drive to Tarangire via Arusha
this should be about 5 to 6 hours drive
this part of the trip is finalised
two TA's are willing to do this and the quotes are about the same
from here dont know yet where to go
I prefer Boundary Hill Lodge but only one TA has quoted me to stay there for the 3 nights
Tarangire Treetops is the alternative but is almost twice as expensive
$700 at TT for the two us as compared to $400 at Boundary Hill lodge
this is per night
what shall I do
the TA's that have the best response so far are
Sunny Safaris
East African Safaris (Eastco)
Good Earth Safaris
I have checked all the comments on the board and have read the trip reports
gone through the guide books pretty
will go with the TA that can provide what I want
after Tarangire will probably go for Lobo and try and visit some schools there as well also camping at Seronera valley
and staying at Sopa lodge on the crater
will post a final itinerary when Tarangire is sorted out
thanks for the help

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