Tanzania Safari Advice Request

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Oct 2nd, 2007, 11:28 AM
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May your next safari be your African Dream! How did you like Swala and Sayari? How was the game viewing? What month did you go?
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Thank you Gary - I am saving hard for my second "once-in-a-lifetime" safari and the second, and third ...
I am not very good at knowing how to provide a link etc but did you find the post about Sayari v Migration Camp. The only way I know to point you is to click my name at top of this post and a list will appear - about number 8 down the list. Bear in mind that the discussion is all about timing really. There are some useful comments from much more experienced fodorites.
Both camps were lovely. Some comments about Sayari game-viewing in post mentioned. We were there end of first week of July and were a bit too early. If I were to go back I would definitely go later to increase chances of increased density of game. It was beautiful though and I loved the plains landscape up there and the river. I will sound like a real wimp when I say that the ferocity of the Tsetse flies in this area would make me think twice - or at least make me invest in a bee-keepers outfit to wear no matter how hot. Tarangire is supposed to be the place for them and they certainly were there but they were easy to cope with compared with the ones around Sayari - and at Swala we never had them in camp. The upside is that my husband, who has never suffered with bites, was so badly affected for the first time ever that he has finally developed some sympathy for the rest of us lifelong sufferers!
I am not usually one for revisiting the same places (too many new places to see etc) but I can't imagine going back to Tanzania and not going back to Swala. Lovely hosts, good food, pampered, super tents but actually it was the setting and an atmosphere that made it special. I am sure you have seen photos of the "tents" but you can sit on the deck and the impala are grazing and play-fighting near your tent. Many Elephant and waterbuck walking through camp. Usually a lot of monkeys as well. I must admit I probably found it even better because the camp was less than half-full as the camp had only just re-opened I think (end of June) but I am sure the hosts would keep up standards however full. Game viewing was good. The first morning we went out early and took an amazing packed breakfast with us which we ate overlooking the swamps after viewing several quite large herds of Elephant, a pride of lion at a kill, eagles, owls, a leopard resting in a tree and numerous other game. I could just go on and on. Tarangire was a very different landscape to anywhere else we visited. The "birding" is good with lots of species here that we didn't see elsewhere because of the different terrain. Didn't see a tree-climbing python for which the park is known, unfortunately. It is true that you should go here for Elephant. I was actually quite surprised by how few we saw in other parks - mostly just lone bulls occasionally with one really nice "family" in the Serengeti. My husband loves them so I was pleased that I had booked Tarangire as I nearly left it out. We also like to be away from other vehicles and this was easy from Swala.Of course, this was all near the beginning of our first proper safari so may have seemed more impressive but even with hindsight I feel that the general game viewing was very good for us in Tarangire and unique in some ways. When we return I will,however, make more time to just relax there I thnk and take in the special ambience.
Our experience was that you can't rely on game-viewing recommendations - but that is part of the fun, finding it for yourself and not knowing what it will be like! We had our best game viewing during days out from a much lower rated lodge on the supposedly empty short grass plains at a time of year when nobody would recommend that area. May you have much luck ! I am looking forward to your trip report already.

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We wouldn't do the game walk with the armed guard at the Mara River Bridge Crossing again. It was a muddy walk along the river and we had better sightings of hippos and crocodiles near the Mara Serena Lodge. Lots of cheetahs in the Masai Mara. Saw 16 different ones in 9 days!
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Oct 3rd, 2007, 08:25 AM
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Novak, the readers of this thread thank you for your candor. But, you are a threat to the armed Ranger Union and their walking safari gig and their $ 20 per safari income. They will be looking for you on your next safari. So donít go near the Bologonja Ranger Post, but if you must wear a disguise.
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