Tanzania trip - 2016
   
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Arriving at Kilimanjaro Airport in the eveneing, it took about one hour to get throught all the hassle. Three booths and one extra luggage security scan later, I was picked up by Tanzania Adventure, and driven to the Oasis Lodge, where I spent the first night. Co incedently, this was the same company I treveled with on my last visit in 2007. Back then I booked my travel online directly form the Tanzanian company, while this time a Norwegian travel agency helped me with the booking. Strange, since there are virtually hundreds of safari companies in Arusha. Anyway, I got to spend the first night at a lodge where I had been earlier.

The next morning, it took >2 h to drive to the first destination, Tarangire National Park. There we spent about 5 h, before heading for an afternoon drive to Karatu and overnight stay at the Country Lodge. A very nice place indeed, with luxurious rooms and good food. On day two, there was a relatively long drive to Serengeti, where we arrived around lunch-time. After day-time safari drive, we headed towards the Mapito Tented Camp in the afternoon. This afternoon it was raining heavily, and the road was partly flooded. On the mud-track from the main road to the camp-site, the guide struggled a bit with all-wheel skid on the soaked savannah. This camp is situated outside the Serengeti National Park, and to the west of the park. From central Serengeti (Seronera area) to Mapito there is a 2 h drive. It is not optimal to stay that far outside the park. The next morning we started out at 6 o'clock, hoping to see active predators. However, we did not come across any fresh kills that day. So a bit disapointing, but still a great full-day game drive in Serengeti. On the last day in Serengeti, I was a bit reduced due to a troubling stomach, so this was a low day for photography. In the evening, we arrived for overnight at the Rhino Lodge, located on the Ngorongoro Crater rim. The last safari day again so us start early, and we arrived at the crater floor around 7 am. Luckily, because this day we came across a feesh lion kill with the cats still actively feeding. In the afternoon we left the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for a second night at the Country Lodge in Karatu. Finally, on day six the guide drove me to Arusha Domestic Airport for the flight to Dar Es Salaam. Where I was picked up by crew from the Bomani beach Bungalows.

I spent one week at the lodge north of Dar Es Salaam, relaxing after the strenous safari. All in all a nice 14 days in Tanzania. On this web page I show some impressions from the trip.

 

 
Scenic Serengeti

Street in Arusha near Oasis Lodge where I was spending my first night

 

Arusha street

Interestingly, the roads around Arusha are superior to most roads in Norway. Maybe NORAD (=Norwegian taxpayers) or the Chinese has been involved?

 

Tarangire National Park entrance

Safari photography reality. It is often difficult to obtain good pictures of the animals, as with this dik-dik. Especially from closed safari vehicles. Animals are often hidden in the bush, and once the car stop, it can be next to impossible to get decent photos of the wildlife

 

Birds are in particular difficult, as they often fly away even before you have time to rise the camera. For example, we saw numerous Pygmy Falcons close by, but I never managed to get a decent photo of the species. This is a Nubian Woodpecker (Campethera nubica)

Tarangire National Park road

 

Tsetse fly trap near the Tarangire National Park entrance. I was bitten many times by tsetse flies on this trip, particularly in Tarangire NP and around the Mapito Tented Camp in Serengeti NP. Nasty bugs!

Heading toward Serengeti NP, one has to pass the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Entrance

 

 

The Crater rim road goes through lush forest

Masai goat herder

 

Masai goat herder

A Cape Buffalo on the Ngorongoro Crater rim road

 

Masai kids with painted faced, to become warriers

Masai village in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

 

 

Road work near Serengeti

"The Goal" - Serengeti National Park entrance coming from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

 

Serengeti south entrance

Mapito Tented Camp, just outside Serengeti National Park

 

Mapito Tented Camp, quite luxurious

Mapito Tented Camp, view from inside. Outside was soaking wet, as it had been raining heavily

 

Having dinner in the Mapito Tented Camp

The safari vehicle, a Toyota Landcruiser

 

Safari guide, a 20 year veteran on the Northern Circuit

Serengeti road block

 

Serengeti view with pop-top roof hatch

Heavy November rain in Serengeti National Park

 

Serengeti National Park flooded raod

Serengeti Ikoma Entrance Gate at sunrise

 

At the Ikoma Gate

Seronera picnic area, Serengeti NP

 

Rain is coming, south of Serengeti

Safari selfie

 

Crater view

On our way out of the crater

 

Ngorongoro Crater - View from the eastern rim

Country Lodge room. Relatively high standard, and good food. Spent 2 nights here

 

Country Lodge, Karatu

Safari summary, at the Country Lodge, Karatu

 

Local supermarket

Karatu roadside

 

Near Karatu

Banana business

 

Traditional hut

These motocycle taxi's, called bajaj, are very common in Tanzania

 

On his way to the market

Manyara roadside sale

 

Headcarrying

Arusha Domestic Airport

 

Zanzibar stopover. Here a mosque from the air

Dar Es Salaam roadside business

 

Mangrove beach

Village band

 

Dancing kids

Village medicine man

 

 

Village kids

Village school

 

Classroom with blackboard

On the way to Sadaani. Here the locals produce charcoal for sale. In Africa, over 80% of the population still depends on firewood and charcoal for cooking

 

Charcoal delivery. On their way to Dar Es Salaam with charcoal. One bag was worth an estimated 7000 Tanzanian shilling ($3,2), according to my driver

More roadside business north of Bagamoyo

 

Bagamoyo garage, where we stopped for oil refill

Wami River outlet into the Indian Ocean

 

Boat stuck in croc-infested water in Wami River, Sadaani National Park. The guides looked very nervous jumping into the river to help push the boat free