This board has become addictive. :) I check it WAY too many times each day to see what else I can glean from you well informed Tanzania experts. Many thanks for all of the helpful posts I have already read. We are traveling from July 19 through August 9 of next year with two kids who will be 10 & 12. This is the rough itinerary we are considering, though we haven’t yet finalized or chosen a TO. I’ve gotten a variety of quotes from some very helpful operators, though it is difficult to really compare apples to apples. I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
Day 1 – Arriving 1:10 a.m.; transfer to Arusha or KIA
Day 2 – Arusha. Rest and recuperate for a day. River Trees/Twiga/Mt. Meru/Bay Leaf??
Day 3 – Arusha. Visit Arusha N.P. Hike and/or canoe.
Day 4 – Arusha. Day hike somewhere on Kilimanjaro? Londrossi? Not sure about this. Worthwhile? Better to spend the day in Serengeti or elsewhere?
Day 5 – Travel to Tarangire. Tarangire Safari Lodge.
Day 6 – Tarangire. Tarangire Safari Lodge.
Day 7 – Tarangire. Tarangire Safari Lodge.
Day 8 – Travel to Manyara, then to Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Day 9 – Ngorongoro. Crater drive. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Day 10 – Travel to Central Serengeti. Options include Kati Kati Tented Camp/Ronjo Camp/Lemala Ewanjan/Kirurumu/Wayo Green camp (some big price differentials).
Day 11 – Central Serengeti.
Day 12 – Travel to Northern Serengeti. Options include North Wilderness Camp/Olikira Mara Camp/Kimburu Camp/Lemala Mara Camp/Wayo Green. Where else?
Day 13 – Northern Serengeti.
Day 14 – Another day in either Central or Northern Serengeti, probably Northern.
Day 15 – Fly from Northern Serengeti to Selous Game Reserve. Rufiji River Camp or possibly Selous Impala Camp.
Day 16 – Selous. Rufiji River Camp or Selous Impala Camp.
Day 17 – Selous. Rufiji River Camp or Selous Impala Camp.
Day 18 – Fly to Zanzibar. Sunshine Hotel, Zanzibar Retreat or Pongwe Beach Hotel. All look nice. Thoughts. Still considering Mafia Island instead.
Day 19 – Zanzibar
Day 20 – Zanzibar
Day 21 – Zanzibar
Day 22 – Fly Zanzibar to JRO arriving in the afternoon. Stay at KIA Lodge.
Day (Night?) 23 – Depart JRO at 2:30 a.m.
So there you have it. Mixed in with these travels, I am hoping to schedule a number of school and village type visits. Lake Eyasi has some appeal as well. I’m really looking forward to what you have to day!