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Arriving One Month Today

St. John's, Canada
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Arriving One Month Today

We arrive in Dar on May 16th. I booked this trip in February, while I was home recovering from ankle surgery. Now it's one month away, and I am feeling a combination of great excitement and something that might be panic! I've just gone through the site here, and copied and pasted all sorts of helpful tips, but I still have some questions.

First though, I would ask for some reassurance (or suggestions for change) to our itinerary. I worry that we should spend another night in the Serengeti. Would it be wise to do that, and spend one less night in Tarangire? Or one less night near the crater? Or is it all personal preference, and we won't know till we've been there...

Here is the plan:

Day 0 (May 16) CANADA to DAR ES SALAAM

Arrive in Dar Es Salaam

Stay at Transit Motel

Day 1 (May 17) JRO TO LAKE MANYARA

Pick up from JRO at 1:00pm

Drive from JRO to Lake Manyara

Afternoon game drive (if arrive in time)

Dinner & Overnight stay at Kirurumu Tented Lodge

Day 2 (May 18) LAKE MANYARA to NGORONGORO

Breakfast at Lodge

Morning Game drive in Lake Manyara

Lunch at Picnic Site

Afternoon drive from Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro

OR

Breakfast at Lodge

Morning drive from Lake Manyara To Ngorongoro

Lunch at Picnic Site

Afternoon Crater Tour & Game Drive

Dinner and overnight stay at Ngorongoro Farmhouse

Day 3 (May 19) NGORONGORO

Early morning breakfast at Lodge

Full-Day, Unlimited Game Drive in the Crater

Lunch at picnic site

Afternoon Game Drive

Dinner & Overnight stay at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge

Day 4 (May 20) NGOROGORO to SERENGETI

Early morning breakfast at Lodge

Morning drive from Ngorongoro to Serengeti

Lunch at picnic site

Afternoon game drive in Serengeti

Dinner and overnight stay at Ikoma Tented Camp

Day 5 (May 21) SERENGETI

Early morning breakfast at Campsite

Morning Game Drive

Lunch at picnic site or back to Camp for hot lunch

Afternoon game drive

Dinner and overnight stay at Ikoma Tented Camp

Day 6 (May 22) SERENGETI to TARANGIRE

Early morning breakfast at Campsite

Morning Drive from Serengeti to Tarangire

Afternoon game drive

Dinner and overnight stay at Kirurumu Tented Lodge

Day 7 (May 23) TARANGIRE

Early morning breakfast at Lodge

Full-Day, Unlimited Game Drive

Dinner and overnight stay at Kirurumu Tented Lodge

Kirurumu Tented Lodge

Day 8 (May 24) TARANGIRE

Early morning breakfast at Lodge

Full-Day, Unlimited Game Drive

Dinner and overnight stay at Kirurumu Tented Lodge

Day 9 (May 25) TARANGIRE to ARUSHA to ZANZIBAR

Early morning breakfast at Lodge

Morning drive from Tarangire to Arusha

Drop-off at Arusha (or JRO) Airport to Zanzibar

Day 9 (May 25) ARUSHA/JRO to ZANZIBAR (STONETOWN)

Afternoon flight to Stonetown

Drop-off at Dhow Palace

(Leisure time in Stonetown (activities/tours can be arranged upon request)

Day 10 (May 26) STONETOWN

Morning breakfast at hotel

Optional Tours & Activities

Dhow Palace

Day 11 (May 27) STONETOWN

Morning breakfast at hotel

Optional Tours & Activities

Dhow Palace

Day 12 (May 28) STONETOWN to DAR

Morning breakfast at Hotel

Leisure time

Late afternoon/Evening Fly ZNZ-DAR

One night at Transit Motel

Day 13 (May 29) Dar

Leave for Airport around 3am

I would love to hear your comments. Thank you.

Debbie

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1. Re: Arriving One Month Today

Your trip looks great! Relax - you'll have a wonderful time :)

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2. Re: Arriving One Month Today

Hi Debbie.

We'll be in the Serengeti at the same time and also Tarangire area, but not same lodges.

I would take another day in Serengeti over Tarangire, but really, it's personal preference in the end. I would also say night of Day 2 at the Lodge to be at the rim, and certainly would not do option 2 Day 2 returning to the Farmhouse after an afternoon Crater drive. Just too much coming and going on one day - and you may still be a little jet lagged.

So, just remember, when you see the Serengeti kopjes and the circular stones perched on each other, the erosion is wind, not glacial. It was something that took a conscious effort for this Canadian mind to get around.

Maybe now is the time to right down an itinerary from your gut. Sleep on it and if you feel the same; Stamp it "done" and don't worry any more. There are always variations, and different people's preferences. All in all, you will have a wonderful trip and somethings may disappoint and others be beyond expectations - luck of the draw, my friend.

Have a wonderful time.

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3. Re: Arriving One Month Today

Only a month! Lucky you! You'll have a blast. My 2 cents -- I agree with QM -- I would look into taking one day from Tarangire for another day in the Serengeti. We stayed three nights in the Serengeti but if I could do it over again, I'd definitely stay longer.

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4. Re: Arriving One Month Today

As others. It looks a bit patchy to me around Days 2 & 3.

Day 2 do option 1. Save the crater til the following day but don't sleep at Farmhouse. Go to the rim on Day 2 so that

Day 3 you get a qiuick entry into the Crater. I don't think you can have a full day down there but you may get lucky. May is Off season.

If you sleep at wildlife Lodge Night 2 this means less one night stands.

My big question is with only one month to go can you actually change anything?

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5. Re: Arriving One Month Today

Oh oh, it's looking like a crowds building! We too will be in the Serengeti and Tarangire on the same dates.

Bring it on!

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6. Re: Arriving One Month Today

Wouldn't that be wonderful to cross paths there! We'll be with Safari Infinity, three of us - my 25 year-old son, my husband and me.

Can I ask what kind of footwear you suggest? Also, do you tip your guide each day, or at the end of the safari?

Thanks from a newbie,

Debbie

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7. Re: Arriving One Month Today

They are going to try and add a third night in the Serengeti, and take a night from Tarangire. And I will inquire about staying both Ngorongoro nights at the Lodge.

Thank you!

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8. Re: Arriving One Month Today

Muscling in on what looks like the makings of a private party, you tip your driver/guide at the end of the trip not daily.

As to crossing tracks with TA mortals, lots of folks fly a ribbon on the wing mirror of the car.

Except KG and IAB who fly LongJohns!

Edited: 17 April 2012, 16:51
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9. Re: Arriving One Month Today

Re. footwear, whatever you would wear at home for a day outside walking/hiking. I wore lightweight running shoes nearly all the time. I'm not a fan of sandals on safari, too many bugs, dirt, plants w/thorns, but many people wear them.

Re. tipping, we always tip at end of our time with a particular guide. In the case of TZ, it was end of trip. It would be kind of awkward to do it daily, I think.

BTW, at the risk of going off topic, what do most people here tip? We heard from our TO that the normal amount is $20 per day, but that really seemed kind of low considering the impact our guide had on our trip, and what we spent otherwise. We ended up going way over that amount but feel good about it :)

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I've decided not to fly anything from antenna. Decided not to alert the accommodations thus having an escort to a computer with the recommendation to write a glowing review. I'm hoping sunddowner conversation will sus out the TA clan. Some have discussed flying leopard print panties - but that was more to solve the laundry drying problems, perhaps.

Footwear - I usually preferred a laceup trek shoe for protection, but if you anticipate standing on the seats with your head poking out of the roof, maybe some kind of slip on for major game drive days helps with the slip on/slip off. BTW, they like you to keep socks on while on the seats. Sandals were only worn around lodges. Also, there can be parasites in dirt - wear shoes.

We were on a tour and recommendation was $10 - 12 for the Tour guide and 7-8 per driver per day - we had 2. For them, from all the 15 of us - that is a big chunk of change for their annual income. Might make up for the numerous weeks this time of year when there is no work coming in. Linjudy, I understand your desire to recompense an unbelievable trip. There would be two perspectives - yours that it was worth every penny and some others might consider it as creating a false expectation from all other travellers. I have started to hear of some pretty gutsy workers asking for more than travellers had to give - and standing in line for a hand out. I'm sure not comfortable with that. I really hated the set up evening where we all had to 'give thanks" verbally and monetarily. Still hate it.