Dear friends having decided that me and my husband would like to do a Tanzanian safari in February. I have a budget of $ 2000 excluding flight and other overheads like tip and stuff. As suggested I have mailed operators and some have got back to me. What I have understood is most are offering basic camping at campsites in different locations. Do you think I can push for something more in my budget which like I mentioned is $2000 flight excluded. I have the questions as listed below. Some may be naive but this is my first trip so would really appreciate help.
1) What is the difference between lodges, camping & tented camps? What would be the toilet facilities in basic camping like? Please elaborate on the same.
2) Is there an option of having private camping/basic camping with en-suite toilet? Or in a public campsite can one extra to have a private toilet?
3)MY rough itinerary....suggestions please. There might be a better order to do things so kindly give me feedback or suggestions to cut cost.
Arusha along with a day at Arusha National Park.
Tarangire or Lake Manyara or should I do both. I read somewhere that Tarangire is not great in February. Is it true? Hoe many days for each. Was thinking one each? Is it sufficient? Or should I drop one and spend two in the other instead?
South Serengiti & Ndutu- was thinking three days...should it be more.
Ngorongo Crater & Conservation Area- two days ...is one enough?
Visit to visit Masai community or some walking tour.
Back to Arusha or Kilimanjaro and fly back.
4) I want to do atleast one nice lodge at any of the above just to indulge. Possible??? Nd where???
Please help in any way possible. I have the list of operators but more than that the list of accomodations would be really helpful. Thanks in advance.