Tanzania itinerary and lodges help

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Aug 1st, 2004, 03:21 PM
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Ngorongoro to Migration camp is a 6 to 7 hour drive (half of it through the park), about an hour longer than Serena Serengeti but the extra distance is worth it. The camp is remote, next to Grumeti River and is much smaller than the other lodges.

To reduce cost you could stay 2 nights at the underrated Lobo Lodge, often slated for its unsympathetic architecture and dated accommodation, but it does have the most gorgeous views of the plains from its elevated position and has access to exquisite wilderness which see little human traffic but plenty of wildebeest and general wildlife action in June, July and November when the migration is passing through. I have stayed a few times at Lobo and would do so again.

Your itinerary could be 2 nights Tarangire (try to visit Lake Manyara Park on the way to Ngorongoro from Tarangire), 2 nights Ngorongoro and 4 nights Serengeti which can be divided between Migration Camp and Lobo. Then fly back to Arusha. You can reduce your cost further by not staying on the rim of the crater. The last time I was in Tanzania I stayed at Ngorongoro Farm House, which is about 45 minutes from the rim. However this would add to your journey time to Serengeti.

Sandi is right that Feb is the calving season but that has not stopped me from going to Serengeti in November to catch the migration returning from the Mara. My sightings in the Lobo and Migration areas have included numerous lion prides, leopards, hyena, elephants... I have been less fortunate with the cheetah near Lobo but have seen it in the the central area accompanied by a few other vans.

Really anytime is a good time to go to Serengeti except perhaps April and May when the rains can be heavy.
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Aug 2nd, 2004, 03:44 AM
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Ruthie - Sensible, schmensible - whatever one calls it - I just think you wouldn't feel so restricted on the money end if you gave your self the extra few months to fill the piggy bank. If you'll be going in Oct or Nov you'll have to pay in Aug or Sept, whereas, for a late-Jan or February, you'll have till Nov or Dec - every months adds more money to the pot.

In the end, you'll make the decision that works for you. Keep us posted.
 
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Aug 9th, 2004, 07:53 PM
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Sounds terrific....I was there in January, stayed at treetops at Tarangire (just outside the park.) Thought it was fabulous. Also spent one night at Gibbs Farm on the way to Ngorogoro...has been described as the napa valley of tanzania..very much like tuscany...the food was, by far, the best we had on the whole trip..including what we had at kirawira. I seem to recall its about an hour from the crater..not far.
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