A very late trip report but I suppose better late than never and there are a few people to thank. Thanks to Karl and all the contribitors for help with our itineary and special thanks to Achmed and Basecamp for a terrific few days. They really are excellent.
I travelled in September last year with my girlfriend and had a great trip. Once we arrived in Dar es Saleem we transferred straight to Kilimanjaro when we were met by our driver / guide. On our way to the lodge L'oasis we ran out of petrol on the main road. As any of you who have been will know there are lots of people walking the roads who helped but it was a little intimidating at the start when you have never been and you don't know what they are saying. Our poor driver got a slagging th efollowing day but after the early hick up he and his cook were excellent.
We saw everything and have fantastic photographs, mostly thanks to our eagle eyed guide. The hightlight was our 4 cubs in the Serengeti. They played right in front of us for about an half an hour with not another person or jeep in sight, fair play to him for finding them and working so hard for us. Because it was September we skipped Manyara and went to Tarangire instead as recommended. I loved this park and it was a real highlight which I would recommend. From there we went to the Serengiti and then Norongoro with a few stops on the way. The funniest photos are the first ones where you see an animal in the distance and are delighted but wondering if you will get that close again but after a while you stop taking photos even when they are right beside you because you have so many. We never dreamed we would see so much and the scenery is breathtaking.
On the stops I would recommend them but they are expensive. We stopped at a tribal village and learned a lot but don't be afraid to ask any questions even the hard ones. We also stopped in one of the towns for a cultural visit which is very nice but the walk can be hot.
The parks are amazing and really wild but this also applies to the camps. They are perfect for a couple of nights are are the only way to go but after a few dyas of cold showers and living out of a bag and tent it is hard.
Thanks again to Basecamp and all his staff, I'm sure the regular posters are sick of seeing all the praise for him and when you guys all meet the english fecker probably rubs it in but I have to say it. Thanks Achmed for meeting for a drink on the final night, it was great to catch up and hear the stories.
After this we moved onto Zanzibar for a week afterwards which is lovely. We stayed in the town for two nights which is plenty and also did a spice tour from here. I recommend the food in the main square for one night and the sunset in Africa house. Here we stayed in Zanzibar Coffee House which is a lovely spot and quite resonable. They gave us loads of tips and organised a very good shared taxi to Nungwi.
After that we moved onto Nungwi for 5 nights and stayed in Langi Langi. I would recommend it and also pay a little extra for the ocean view rooms. We sat on the balcony several evenings watching the sun set with a beer. For the price range it is the best place to stay as it is beside everything and also within the closed village area. The sea comes right in under the restaurant when the tide is in and the staff were fishing for calamari off the raised area which was fun to try. Nungwi was very relaxing and we did a couple of day trips like snorkling and walking the area.
One thing I would say about Zanzibar is it is not a five star island so be prepared to haggle for everything and to have people offering to sell you anything on the streets. If you like fish it is your kind of place and the beers are resonable. One thing I will remember is being stopped at a roadblock on the way back from Nungwi and the driver had to drop money on the road for the policeman, the next roadblock we met he told the policeman there he had already paid up the road and his reply was it's my turn tomorrow.
Sorry for the late report but hopefully it will help a few planning for this year.
My best to all here and if you are travelling this year I know you will have a ball.