Day 1 - Onsea House ....very nice, charming place though our stop was only overnight.
Day 2, 3 - Tarangire /Oliver's Camp. A great park with a good va riety of animals. Our guide, Alex, was outstanding and renewed our recognition and understanding of the diversity of animals and birds in Africa. The setting for the camp was not the most scenic, but the staff and facility was excellent and it was a great introduction for those family members who had not been on Safari before. Overall, a great 'kickoff' for our trip.
Day 4, 5 - Lake Manyara/Maasai Village/Ngorongoro/Plantation House. Although Lake Manyara was interesting, it did not match any of the subsequent safari Plantation House was beautiful. The food and staff were excellent, but it did feel more like a hotel than an outdoor adventure. We had a wonderful house to ourselves with four bedrooms...a delight for one daughter.
The Maasai Village visit was well worthwhile. We were warmly greeted and got a full tour, including one of the 'houses' and the school. We brought books, pens, pencils, etc to distribute to the school. The Ngorongoro Crater was spectacular, both in vista and the quantity and variety of game. We did not see any rhino, but we heard from subsequent visitors at another camp that they had seen several rhino there. Due to the stop at the Maasai Village, we only had about 5 hours in the park, which unfortunately could have warranted a full day or two. In retrospect, we could have skipped Lake Manyara and spent the two days at Ngorongoro including a stop at the Ma asai Village.
Day 6,7,8 - Central Serengeti/Dunia Camp. This was our overall favorite camp. We had both a regular guide (Harry) and a trainee (Thompson). Both were outstanding and perhaps the most knowledgeable guides of any of our camps on either of our safaris. They were as much wildlife educators as they were outstanding guides. The camp was cozy and friendly, the staf f was outstanding, the food was excellent and the setting panoramic. After a day, we all felt right at home in the daily routine. The atmosphere seemed to be catching with all the visitors and we had even more interchange around the evening fire than at O liver's Camp.
Day 9,10,11 - Northern Serengeti/Sayari Camp. The game viewing in this area was spectacular. The wildebeest crossing of the Mara was the highlight, but we had sightings of a lion pride with cubs, cheetah, leopard, hippo, croc's, etc. If we had been able to stop in only one area for game viewing, this would probably be the winner. Our guide ,Frank, was excellent, but not our favorite.
Day 12 - Kia Lodge ....this place needs some renovation, but the air conditioning made up for the 'tired' deccor
Sayari Camp was our 'most beautiful camp and setting' with a wonderful panoramic view from our tent. The tents were beautiful, with a great shower and bathtub and outside sitting area. The 'tent', however, had a wooden floor that, although it initially looked great, I believe the gaps in the floorboards were the primary access point for the 'critters', that b it us each night. Also our 'tents' were at least 400 yds from the common areas making for long daily 'hike'. There also seemed to be either very few visitors or everyone keep to themselves since few people used the common areas or attended the evening fir e. Probably a good camp for a honeymoon couple.Read More