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gem and stu   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: February 2008 Reviewed: Oct 26, 2011

20-35 years of age

Big beasts, big leaves, big spices
Overall rating
5/5

Day one of our trek proper and we were picked up early by our guide (Beerman), who was going to be our driver and tracker for the next three days. We also had our first experience with “African Time” – tell the chef you need breakfast early because you are leaving at 7.30 – “no problems, we will be ready at 7″, only for it to arrive at 8.15 (it was only fruit and muesli!!!)

Anyway, we still didn’t really know what to expect – so we met with our guide for the three day safari (Beerman) and rode off towards the Serengeti National Park. The drive up took about 5 hours and we first had to go through the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation area (Ngorongoro means “cowbell” in Masai because apparently that is what the word sounds like.) We didn’t go into the crater on the first day, instead we drove around the rim and down into the plains of the Serengeti. First of all we were so excited to see anything we stopped to take pictures of whatever we saw, no matter how far away they were. But once we got down onto the vast plain, there were no shortage of things to look at – especially wildebeest, impala and zebra, which are in total abundance.

Approaching dusk, we pulled into our campsite for the night – not exactly completely in the bush (there was at least a toilet (long drop, not very pleasant) but there was no fences and nothing to stop the animals coming in…

Beerman and some others from the safari company cooked us dinner and we were a little disconcerted that they slept in the caged off area that served as the kitchen while we were out in the open!! We managed not to get eaten alive although everyone (apart from me) heard a pride of Lion killing a buffalo scarily close to our campsite.

And that was just day one!!!Day two in the Serengeti started (after swapping stories of hearing lion in the night – some other group got a little over-excited and claimed that the lion were walking in between our tents!!!) with an early morning game drive – we left about 6.30 so any notion of this being a relaxing holiday soon got abandoned.

It wasn’t looking like being a terribly successful morning – we saw a herd of elephant in the distance, a water buck and some interesting birds (as well as the ever present impala and a few buffalo).

Then possibly the highlight of our tour thus far; going back through the main plains of the serengeti we spotted a cheetah in the distance. There were three about two hundred metres to our left and we watched them walking for about 10 minutes. Then, when we thought they were just going to wander off, they suddenly changed direction and headed towards the road. It turns out that they had spotted an Impala standing on a termite mound 300 metres to the right of our road. We watched them, a mother and two young, cross the road right in front of us and then slowly approach and stalk the impala right up until the final chase. The kill happened just over the brow of the hill so we did not see that (and neither impala or cheetah were seen again so we new they had made the kill) but that didn’t stop it being an amazing site!!!

That night we camped on the crater rim, which was alot colder than we had been used to. Also the campsite (another bush camp) was also occupied by an old (and grumpy) buffalo who grazed the site during the night and chased anybody who dared to go to the loo.

Surviving the night on the Crater rim with the not-so-friendly buffalo, day three of our Serengeti excursion started early again (6am) and straight after breakfast we descended through the mist into the crater itself, a massive caldera. David Attenborough could possibly tell you why but there is but there is an unbelievably amount of animals in the one location. Unlike the plains of the Serengeti, these animals do not migrate so there is always alot to see. The first thing we say as soon as we reached the bottom was this massive bull elephant. We had a distant view of a black Rhine, saw some Zebra giving themselves a sandbath and then spotted the aftermath of a lion kill. The Hyena were fighting over the carcass.

Ron van de Leijgraaf   –  
Netherlands NL
Visited: June 2011 Reviewed: Oct 2, 2011

Email Ron van de Leijgraaf  |  35-50 years of age

Overall rating
5/5

Everything you ever want from a safari can be found in Tanzania. The scenery really gives you the true African feel and you can find wildlife almost everywhere.

jonnyboy1403   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: October 2010 Reviewed: Sep 27, 2011

Email jonnyboy1403  |  35-50 years of age

Overall rating
5/5

There is everything there to see, but you might just have to be a little more patient and observation than in some other safari's, but that just makes all it more worthwhile

DennisK   –  
United States US
Visited: January 2011 Reviewed: Sep 22, 2011

65+ years of age

Tanzania's gift to the world is it's park system of undeveloped nature and undisturbed wildlife.
Overall rating
5/5

Tanzania has a park system that is commercially undisturbed. Although, some areas are not lush, the absence of any human remodeling allows you to see it's beauty. When you see animals, there is no zoo like atmosphere. Their Hotels blend into the local landscape; they are are quiet; their staff are warm and the food excellent.

ETS   –  
Tanzania TZ
Visited: March 2011 Reviewed: Sep 19, 2011

Email ETS  |  35-50 years of age

Overall rating
5/5

The undeveloped nature of the African Bush in Tanzania gives you the feeling of really being in the wild.

aserlemitsos   –  
United States US
Visited: March 2011 Reviewed: Sep 19, 2011

Email aserlemitsos  |  under20 years of age

Overall rating
5/5

Tanzania has numerous national parks and game reserve that have some of the greatest wildlife in the world. Other than the famous Serengeti, Arusha, and Ngorogoro Crater, Tanzania has places like Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, and Mikumi National Park that offer game viewing that is just as spectacular but also offer a little more privacy with the animals.

squishsquish Visited: August 2009 Reviewed: Sep 9, 2011

Overall rating
4/5

Tanzania was a fantastic safari destination - it is less congested than other locales and offers good value for money.

Ezequiel   –  
Argentina AR
Visited: August 2010 Reviewed: Sep 9, 2011

20-35 years of age

Amazing wildlife, but among crowds of people
Overall rating
4/5

Tanzania is a wonderful country to visit, I stayed over a month, and could see just a corner. Besides the well known parks in the north corridor, there´s the more tranquil parks in the south, some of them scarcely visited, and of course Zanzibar is a mandatory destination, and many more places worth your time if you are in the mood for some adventure. Unfortunately, wherever there´s a main tourist attraction, entry fees are extremely high. Outside the north corridor, distances are long and travel is slow. Public transportation leaves room for desire. Wildlife is just unbelievable. Accomodation ranges from very poor to extremely luxurious, you can stay by very cheaply (outside the parks) or enjoy an incredible confort in amazing locations, but in this cases -inside the national parks- prices are very high by any standart. BE careful when choosing your safari company.

Tonymavideo   –  
Mexico MX
Visited: May 2010 Reviewed: Sep 6, 2011

Email Tonymavideo  |  35-50 years of age

Overall rating
5/5

There are so many options and there is something for everyone.

griggs99jiml   –  
United States US
Visited: May 2011 Reviewed: Sep 5, 2011

Email griggs99jiml  |  50-65 years of age

Overall rating
5/5

Parks are not too crowded and are kept wild, for now.

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