Our family of four recently returned from a terrific trip to the Northern Circuit.
I have seen many reports on this forum and did use the suggestions in the top right hand corner to find operators to communicate with.
I found the forum a terrific resource when planning what turned out to be a short Tanzanian Safari.
After many emails we did settle on East African Safari and Touring Company. We found Simon very quick to respond and what was a major key for us was his indepth knowledge and the way he would come up with great suggestions for our trip.
Briefly we flew into Nairobi and then after a night at the Silver Springs Hotel headed to Arusha where we stayed a night as well to settle in before heading off.
Our first day was a trip to Ngorongoro Crater passing many villages on the way and being able to see a bit of the local tribes.
We spent the night here at the Wildlife lodge. We had a terrific view of the Crater not only from our room but also from the verandah. The next day we did out first real game drive into the crater and were lucky to spot Black Rhino and lions at a kill.
We had debated about an early start and were glad we did. Staying where we were was also great for this early start.
I think we wouldnt have seen so much if we hadn't been early. We noticed that the sun can be pretty hot during the middle of the day and most animals also like us headed for shade.
In the mid afternoon we departed for our camp in the Serengeti. We saw many animals on the way, mainly lions again and plenty of hyena. This was a great delight to our children.
The camp was made up of two tents each with shower and ensuite toilet, hot water on demand, that is if you wanted a shower you went to the rough bush kitchen and asked the cook to heat you up some.
This was a good way to also get a good cup of African coffee and talk with the cook and watch him prepare terrific meals in a very simple way.
We stayed three nights total in this camp and used it to explore the Serengeti.
It had been raining on and off so the grass was pretty green and there were animals everywhere. I think our favourite was Topi even though we did see a leopard in a flat topped Acacia one morning. The highlight of these three days was the interaction with the guide and camp staff, as we were the only group at the campsite at the time we were there. The children really loved the campfire atmosphere, listening to the sounds of the night as well as watching the stars.
We thought washing our few clothes would be a problem but the cooks and camp staff offered to wash them one day for us. No charge I might add.
I will write a list in another post of our wildlife highlights and we were now fast becoming bird watchers as well.
part two Manyara and Boundary Hill lodge in Tarangire to come.Edited: 08 May 2012, 4:06