Northern Tanzania and Zanzibar Tour, October 2010
After months of planning our itinerary with Paul, Peter and Rozy we were finally on our way to Tanzania. The three of us were quite apprehensive as to whether our flights from different UK airports would synchronise with our booked flight from Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro in Northern Tanzania. [ Click to read more ]
Thank goodness all went well and we arrived at Kilimanjaro to be met by Peter our guide and Benson our driver for the next few days and were taken to our lodge close to Arusha for our first night.
The following morning we were up bright early to start our tour of the Northern Parks taking in the Little Serengeti, the Ngorogoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Olduvai Gorge (where fossilised footprints of pre-human hominids were found in the late 1950’s).
Albert, our cook had now joined us and we set out with our camping and cooking equipment on the roof of our 4X4 safari vehicle.
What great organisation and teamwork. Each day we would drop off Albert at our campsite and when we returned from our game drives/expeditions our tents had been erected and delicious food was on the table!!
My travelling companions and I consider ourselves to be hardened travellers in Southern Africa having travelled extensively in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. We were not disappointed with our excursions since the game drives were certainly en par if not better than other large parks we had experienced eg Kruger, Etosha, Chobe, Moremi, and the Okavango Delta.
Animals and birds were in abundance and the only disappointment was that we failed to track down rhino although since our tour Peter managed to do so for friends of mine who visited in January. We were simply unlucky.
It was truly an experience to be guided by Peter who was so knowledgeable imparting his experiences and taking us for an overnight stay to the Masaai village where he was born and brought up.
We then flew from Arusha to Zanzibar where we were met by Paul who guided us around this amazing island. We experienced island life at its best – from sandy beaches, turquoise seas and turtles in the North, spice farms in the central area, giant tortoise at Prison Island, caves on the west coast from where slaves were transported to the historical capital Stone Town (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with its famous slave market and wonderful carved wooden doors.
From here a short flight to Dar es Salaam where we spent a few days with Paul before our flight home.
A holiday that I have no hesitation in recommending.
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