Back from our safari! Everything was perfect! I have a trip report with 7 photos albums here http://tinyurl.com/lc6gw7c. Tanzania was better than we even dared to hope.
We stayed at The African Tulip, Tarangire Safari Lodge, Rhino Lodge and Serengeti Wilderness Lodge. We booked with (and highly recommend!) Access2Tanzania. We did a private safari for just our family, 2 adults and 2 teenagers.
Some safari tips:
Bring a baby receiving blanket for each traveler. Use it on the plane to cover your face while you sleep. Also, use it in the safari truck to cover your camera as you drive along. It’s very dusty! I sat with my camera in my lap as we drove and just draped the blanket over it.
Bring a baggie with a flattened roll of toilet paper and wet wipes from home. Also bring hand sanitizer. Keep it in the vehicle and take it with you to public restrooms.
Bathrooms are icky. Ladies, prepare to squat. There was often no more than a hole in the ground.
Bring a simple stocking hat and lightweight gloves. Mornings can be cool and a hat will keep your core temp comfortable.
Bring a cheap shower cap. The water pressure and quantity isn’t always good. Instead of washing hair every day, put it up in a cap and just wash your body. Wash your hair when you have access to a good shower. We also brought a dry shampoo to help between washes.
If you have seasonal allergies at home, bring your allergy meds with, even if it is off season at home.
Thanks to everyone who is active on this board! You're a wealth of information!!