Overall Rating : Excellent
Operator: Good Earth Tours
Where: Tarangire/Lake Manyara/Central Serengeti/W Serengeti/Ng Crater
When June 2011
Vehicle: 4x4 w/pop up roof
Type: Private Safari
Our guide Ben really made our trip. We found his professionalism, 15 yrs experience, knowledge, attention to detail, character and guiding skills to be well above expectations. Our 1st day in Tarangire we found ourselves in the middle of a lion pride hunting. Paying little attention to us, a dozen lions stalked their prey as we watched. Some of the time we were in the middle as they decoyed Zebras with their cubs and teens as the lionesses circled from the rear. We might have seen an attempt on the prey, but the big mouthed male roared and frightened the Zebras away. Other than that, we enjoyed, a whole host of great sightings in Tarangire. We overnighted at the Tarangire Safari Lodge, where we cont'd to have great sightings from the camp.
Lake Manyara- Im glad we added LM to our safari. The rainforest background was a welcome compliment to the previous days dry Tarangire. It was stunning to watch a herd of elephants trample entire sections of trees as they made their way through the forest. We had fewer sightings than in Tarangire, but what sightings we had were up close quality ones. Highlight was 30 or so Ostriches running in synchronicity. Overnight Kirirumu Tented Camp
Serengeti- 6 days:
Wow! Incredible sightings. Where do I begin?
100s of elephants, some we were literally face to face with from our pop up
100's of giraffes- again, face to face in some cases
Wildebeest migration- troops of these animals rushing Northwards is a scene that has to be witnessed
Lions, so many lions.
Leopards- We saw 11 different leopards. We have video of what we are told is rare. One walking out in the open for several hundred yards.
Cheetahs- We saw 4, and just missed a chase of an Impala by 3 minutes
Lots of Birds, some defending their nests from several jackals, too many hyenas, of course Zebras Black Buffalo, gazelles, antelopes etc...Overnighted 2 nights at the Serengeti Sopa where monkeys and giraffes kept thesightings till dark. Mbalageti Camp kept the sounds of the life all through the night. All this in the amazing backdrop of the various landscapes of the Serengeti
Almost too easy- lots of everything and a fresh Hippo kill by a pride of lions. We watched as hyenas tried to move in on the kill. Highlight was the Black Rhino
Cultural Visit- Fishing Village on Lake Victoria. I have mixed feelings on this as their problems are more than economic. Their social system allows men to fish all morning, drink all afternoon and have children they dont take responsibility for. I feel the proceeds from the tourists only reinforces this cycle of despair. I must say though, its reality