I am trying to plan for a trip in September for my wife and her sister to the northern parks of Tz.
The plan is to go from Arusha to Tarangire, then to Ngorongoro and from there to Serengeti and finally back to Arusha. We are planning for a 7 days (+/- 1 day) safari.
I would like advise on the following:
1) Is it correct that we have to look into finding a place in the northern part of Serengeti because in Sep the migration might have left for Masai Mara but hopefully there would be plenty of game still left in the northern part of Serengeti? Is it even worth going to Serengeti in Sep - any suggestions to go elsewhere since Serengeti is expensive and so if there are only few animals that time of the year it might be better spending more days another place?
2) We would like to stay at smaller places (avoid the big hotels) like tented camps. Any suggestions for the parks we intend to visit? My wife and I are residents of Tz so I would like to hear if anyone know of any lodge/place which has resident price to help our budget?
3) I left out Lake Manyara as my wife and I have been there before and did not find it very interesting. But that means long transport going back to Arusha from Serengeti - any suggestions for interesting stop somewhere along the way?
4) I have never been to Tarangire so I would like to know how many days would be recommendable to spend in that park?