I am back again, hunting for a good opportunity for a Tanzanian Safari. Here are the constraints: we are a family of 3 (2 adults, one 5-year old), and a relatively short trip (6 nights, excluding an overnight in Arusha).
First, how does Kenya compare against Tanzania for this time of the year (cost, "migration calendar", crowds, etc). We are debating this mainly because the distances (from one park to another) look shorter in Kenya... at least on the map. The three parks in Kenya, based on cursory reading, were Maasai Mara, Amboseli and Lake Nakuru.
Assuming the experts here vote for Tanzania :), here is what my prelim itinerary looks like:
Day 0: Arusha
Day 1,2: Tarangire
Day 3,4,5: Serengeti
Day 6: Ngorogoro Crater.
It's pretty standard, but it is still very confusing :).
First, what part in Serengeti is best for mid Sept (central vs. northern)? For mid Oct?
Second, is it advisable to break the Tarangire-Serengeti trip by staying overnight in Karatu? Even if we are going to central Serengeti?
I have emailed 4-5 operators, and the price range is generally about $2500-$3000 per adult and $1500 for the child (total is approx $6500)... mid-range accommodations everywhere.