We are looking at a trip to Uganda then Tanzania followed by a few days in Zanzibar from approx. June 20 – July 20 next summer. We plan to fly as much as we can, especially within Tanzania. We would spend 10 – 12 days in Uganda, followed by 10 – 12 days in Tanzania followed by 5 or so days in Zanzibar.
The Tanzania portion would break down something like this:
4 days – Selous – we really liked the idea of fly-camping
4 days – Western Corridor – our best chance to see the migration (?)
3 days – Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai, & Seronera (mostly for the balloon flight)
First question is: does this makes sense? In reading Briggs, the Selous and the Western Corridor appeal much more to us that the Seronera – are we misleading ourselves? Missing something critical? We hope to see the migration in the Western Corridor, we’d be there about the second week of July. (We already put in a reservation with the leaders of the migration herd and they promised to be there for us, throwing themselves at the crocodiles).
A question on costs of lodges. I want to make sure I am interpreting the rates in Briggs’ Tanzania book correctly (these are from p. 184). When it is stated for the Grumeti River camp “US $950pp” I am interpreting that to mean $950 per person for a double room – for my wife & that would be (an astounding) $1900 per night. Including all meals and all activities -- it’s still astounding! Above that on the same page, the Kirawira Tented Camp is stated at “US$950/1,450 sgl/dbl” I am interpreting that to mean $1,450 per night for the two of us. Still well out of our range but I just want to make sure I am interpreting the costs correctly. Of course things may (will) vary once we get a tour operator involved.
That raises another question: do we need a tour operator for Tanzania? From what I have gathered on this site, the operator will make all the reservations and fill in some transportation here and there – a valuable service -- but it seems like that’s all they would do – that’s assuming that I complete my research and have a clear idea how many days and in which places and for which purpose(s). Am I right about that?
Thanks much for your help.