I thought I would post our trip notes here it is not a report as such. I hope it is of interest, and useful to future visitors to what we found to be a beautiful country with beautiful people.
These notes were compiled by the whole family by the way.
Our first glimpse of Lake Victoria was as the plane started to descend to Mwanza airport, a small dinky unsophisticated airport, located right on the lake shore. Our guide for the safari, Bernard was waiting outside, and at that point we did not realize how much of a friend he would be over the next few weeks. Mwanza is built amongst these giant standing rocks, in the lake and on the shoreline, and on the slopes of rocky hills. This was our first taste of real Africa, and even though it is a large city, the cultural difference was startling, especially from Nairobi, and as we later saw from Arusha. We spent the rest of the day exploring the area, going on a boat cruise on the lake and visiting the Sese Islands, which Bernard tells us is to be Tanzania’s newest National Park. The hotel this night was the Tilapia, overlooking the lake, and very relaxing. The food was good, without being extravagant and the staff where friendly. It was definitely a nice relaxing way to start the safari and recover from the long overseas flight.
The next morning we headed north along the lake shore to the Ndabaka gate, which was about 2 hours drive, and was a real eye opener, small fishing villages dotted the shoreline, and the glimpses of the lake with dug- out canoes and fisherman, and great monolithic rocks was different world. We entered the Serengeti and almost immediately we started seeing zebras and impalas, quite amazingly close to such a main road. The first part of the drive was almost open plains, before we started heading into the Grumeti River valley ( hopefull correct), with a low range of hills on our right, and the plains turning into an acacia forest, with the occasional herd of elephant and buffalo. We stopped for a picnic lunch overlooking the Grumeti, and was advised not to get out of the car, and fair enough to, as basking in the sun on the river bank were a couple of smallish crocodiles!
We arrived at the camp late in the afternoon, with a welcoming fruit juice being on offer! The camp in the Serengeti was something else, although very simple, and not extravagant in furnishings, we really appreciated it and were surprised how close we where to nature and the wildlife.
Russ and the rest of the crew.