I spent the last couple of weeks searching this forum and - thanks to a lot of busy and experienced writers ;) - ended up with two itineraries from two different operators for our journey to Tanzania in december 2013. We have 2 weeks of safari adventure within the Northern Circuit before flying out of Arusha for Zanzibar over New Years. It would be great to get some opinions on the two itineraries as well as the two companies (yes I already did my homework and researched them on the web, but maybe somebody has to add something nevertheless ;)). By the way...we will do a camping trip as it seems a great way to experience African wilderness, plus our budget does make tented lodges or similar almost anfordable.
Acutally the ONLY company that managed to fit a 15 days itinerary including transfer from Nairobi into our budget ist EASTCO. They have a lot of positive reviews but also 2-3 really bad ones in late 2012. Don't want to put too much into that as there is always two sides to it, but I am also happy to hear from people who have traveld with them lately. Nevertheless...EASTCO would be my preference so far cause it seems a bit off the beaten track and not too rushed...and the lodges are a plus.
Day 1 - arrival Nairobi
Day 2 - Nairobi > Ngorongoro Highlands (Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge)
Day 3 - Ngorongoro > Serengeti (camp in Ndutu or Naabi Hill area)
Day 4 - Serengeti (camp in Ndutu or Naabi Hill area)
Day 5 - Serengeti (camp Lobo area)
Day 6 - Serengeti (camp Lobo area)
Day 7 - Serengeti > Lake Natron (camp)
Day 8 - Lake Natron/Ol Doinyo Lengai area (camp)
Day 9 - Lake Manyara (camp)
Day 10 - Lake Manyara (Ol Tukai)
Day 11 - Lake Manyara, Maasai Trek (Ol Tukai)
Day 12 - Tarangire (Boundary Hill Lodge)
Day 13 - Tarangire (Boundary Hill Lodge)
Day 14 - Tarangire
Day 15 > Arusha
The 2nd option would be slightly shorter trip with African Scenic Safaris, who seem to be a younger safari company but received good reviews. It's camping all nights.
Day 1 - Tarangire
Day 2 - Tarangire
Day 3 - Tarangire - Lake Manyara - Lake Eyasi
Day 4 - visit Hadzabe tribe @ Lake Eyasi > Ngorongoro
Day 5 - Ngorongoro
Day 6 - Ngorongoro > Serengeti (Olduvai Gorge)
Day 7 - Serengeti
Day 8 - Serengeti > Lake Natron
Day 9 - Lake Natron
Day 10 - Lake Natron > Maasai Village
Day 11 - Maasai Village > Arusha
Would be great if somebody had some suggestions on companies or itineraries or both.
Thanks a lot ;)!!!