I need your help in finalizing my self-drive itinerary for August 2015 through northern TZ. We will be two couples exploring TZ for the first time, after having self-driven to Nam, Bots, and Kruger. After some back and forth with an out-fitter, this is what I have. Any and all comments on how to improve this plan are greatly appreciated.
Day 0 .Arrive in Arusha hand over Land Rover overnight Outpost Hotel
Day 1 . Drive to Arusha Park overnight Public Camp Site
Day 2 Game drive Arusha Park then Drive to Manyara Overnight
Migunga Tented Camp Site or camp site outside the Park
Day 3. Manyara Park overnight Public Camp Site in the Park .
Day 4. Drive to Lake Natron Overnight Lake Natron Tented Camp the
facilities of the Lodge can be used by campers .
Day 5. Lake Natron Overnight Lake Natron Tented Camp
Day 6. Drive to Serengeti Overnight Lobo Public Camp Site
Day 7. Lobo Public Camp or special camp site closer to Mara river if available.
Day 8. Lobo Public Camp site
Day 9-11 Seronera Public Camp site
Day 12. Game Drive in the Morning then Leave the Serengeti in the Late
afternoon for NCA Overnight Rhino Lodge
Day 13.Early morning drive in the Crater, after a full day leave the NCA
drive to Karatu.
Day 14.drive to Lake Eyasi Kisima Ngeda Camp Site
Day 15. Lake Eyasi Kisima Ngeda Camp Site, visit tribes
Day 16. Drive to Tarangiere Overnight Special Camp Site Mbweha
Day 17. Tarangiere Overnight Special Camp Mbweha
Day 18. Tarangiere in the Afternoon drive to Arusha Overnight Out Post
Day 19. Flight back
Please let me know what you think of this plan for a self-drive tour, camping in roof tent and self-catering.
1. I am debating whether to go to Lake Natron at all. Main reason to go would be avoid traffic and fees for driving through NCA to reach Serengeti, also the drive up to Lake Natron is supposed to be scenic and have flamingos? My husband thinks it is worth driving into and out of the Serengeti the same way ( entering and leaving Serengeti via Naabi Hill Gate), because we will be inside 2 parks and see more wildlife.
2. Is Mbweha campsite location in Tarangire worth paying more for? Is it close to the river?
3. Please feel free to comment on route and order of visiting parks that makes the most sense.
Thank you all very much!