Monday, 25 February 2013

Tanzania Dreaming - Part 6: Into the Serengeti

Photo's don't do justice to the migration.
Moving from Ndutu to the Serengeti  presents another irritating ‘rule’. With fees valid for 24 hours, you need to check in to the Serengeti 2 hours before you actually get there! The drive to the Serengeti however, makes up the for irritating rules. 

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Tanzania Dreaming - Part 5: Ndutu and the migration

Flat featureless plains packed with migrating wildebeest. 
Ndutu was our next destination, still within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) and calving grounds of the annual wildebeest migrating. Once a year with the rains, Ndutu comes to life when the migrating herds stop to calve and feed on the nutrient rich grasses. Nudutu features a alkaline and fresh water lake, but the main attraction is the open plains packed with game. 

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Tanzania Dreaming - Part 4: The Ngorongoro Crater amazes

Crater floor from the rim

Back in Moshi the next day to hook up with Makasa, (tour operator and very reliable local company), to check out the highlight of the trip. First stop was the Ngorongoro crater for lunch and a half day drive. Nothing can really compare to the view of the crater which is a fully intact caldera. From the crater rim, with a set of bins, you can pick out game on the crater floor.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Tanzania Dreaming - Part 3: Arusha and surrounds

Feeding time
We had a couple of days planning and getting logistics ready for the road trip up north. The first part of the road trip would be on our own checking out some of the more accessible parks on the Northern circuit followed by a guided safari to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater and finally a couple of days in the hills of Lushoto.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Tanzania Dreaming - Part 2: Zanzibar

Zanzibar door - Indian trader
Couple of days later we were off to Zanzibar for a couple of days staying at Stone Town. Even for an experienced traveler Zanzibar offers something unique. Stone Town is a maze of narrow alleys with a variety of shops selling just about anything but one of the interesting aspects is the locals going about their everyday activities in this place like no other.  

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Tanzania dreaming - Part 1: Arriving in Dar es Salaam

Essential planing tools

Tanzania offers a wide range of attractions from wildlife to beaches to fishing and diving and mountain climbing. Amongst the many choices to explore, the Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater, Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar are a must do for first time visitors.