Tanzania 2007 safari - impressions

Here are some photos from a trip to Northern Tanzania in 2007. Overall, the 14 days safari was great, and much better in terms of observed wildlife than my 2004 safari in Southern Africa (Botswana and Namibia). This time I decided to pay extra to be the only guest in the car. This was very expensive, but well worth the money in terms of wildlife viewing and photography.

After some initial failures to communicate, I got along well enough with the guide and the cook. I even managed to help the cook become a safari guide after returning home. At his request, I wrote him a recommendation letter before leaving Arusha. After returning home, he sent me an email, and told me, based on my recommendation and one recommendation by a Danish guy, he got a certified to operate as a safari guide. This of course was a big step up for him, because the safari guides and drivers were kind of "king of the road" in Tanzania. All in all, and after having visited Kenya again in 2010, I think the people of Tanzania are among the nicest and most friendly in Africa. The guide played songs by Tabu Ley Rochereau all day and all night on the car stereo. When setting up camp, he always played the same song. So, whenever I think about my 2007 Tanzania trip, I imagine hearing the song "Ibeba" by the great Tabu Ley. During my 14 days in Northern Tanzania, I guess I heard the song playing at least 50 times.


Yellow-billed Stork and White Pelican at Lake Manyara National Park


The safari car, a Toyota Landcruiser - toward Lake Natron


Local villages collect fees from tourists. This is the Monduli District Council Engaruka gate on the way from Manyara to Lake Natron


The "road" between Manyara and Lake Natron is rough ...


Lake Natron with flamingo's and Ol Doinyo Lengai (Oldoinyo Lengai), "Mountain of God" in the Maasai language. This is an active volcano located in the Gregory Rift just south of Lake Natron


At the Lake Natron campsite


Ngare Sero River trail, Lake Natron area


Old human rock shelter. Walking the Ngaresero River trail with Peter, the maasai guide


Swimming in the Ngaresero River


Maybe Desert Rose (Adenium obesum), Ngaresero River trail


The crew, the cook (left) and driver/guide (right)


Kamakia - River Campsite, Lake Natron


Very basic accomodation, here at the Lake Natron Campsite


Dinner area at Kamakia Campsite


Lake Natron village


Lake Natron village


Lake Natron


Lake Natron dried out


Shepherds. This strech of "road" was rather rough


Northern Tanzania


Village in northern Tanzania between Lake Natron and Serengeti NP, with safari vehicles


Main raod between Lake Natron and Serengeti NP


Serengeti entrance


Vervet monkey youngster


In Northern Serengeti we ran into the front of the great migration coming from Masai Mara, an impressive view


Front of the great migration, here in the Grumeti Region


Grumeti River in Serengeti


Grumeti River


Serengeti sunrise


Lion-safe dinner at the Nyani campsite in Seronera, Serengeti


Roof hatch wildlife watching


Safari congestion


Lamadi, a small town located on the shore of Lake Victoria


Refreshment, a tusker for me, city of Lamadi next to Lake Victoria


Lake Victoria fishing village


Fishing village market, with vegetbles and charcoal


The witchdoctor's remedies, spears and bird heads!


The witchdoctor in a village west of Lamadi, he was good predicting my future, I must admit


Fishermen at Lake Victoria


Fishing trip on Lake Victoria


Safari gear, here at Serengeti Stop-Over Logde


Safari gear, part 2


Camping at the Serengeti Stop-Over Logde, near the western Serengeti Ndabake Gate


The cook in action at Serengeti Stop-Over Logde, all food were made on charcoal


Serengeti in a nutshell


A Leopard in Serengeti, probably the most sought-after animal on many safaris


Seronera River


The top predators are always sought-after on safaris. This male lion has been in a fight


Flat tire! Seronera repair chop


Serengeti plain seen from the southern entrance


Typical safari view


Cape Buffalo skull


Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important human fossil sites in Africa. In 1959, Mary Leaky found the Australopithecus boisei (now Paranthropus boisei) at the Frida Leakey Korongo (FLK) site near the red cliffs at the center of the image


The museum at Olduvai Gorge


Homo habilis remains, Olduvai Gorge


Olduvai Gorge


Maasai on the Ngorongoro Crater rim


Ngorongoro campsite, at the rim of the vulcano


Campsite at Karatu


The raod leading to Lake Eyasi


Lake Eyasi is a seasonal shallow endorheic (no outlet) salt lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley


Sunset at Lake Eyasi


Hadzabe bushmen around the campfire early morning


Hadzabe hunter with berries for breakfast ..


I had to try the bushman bow and poisonous arrow, without too big success


Bushman landscape north of Lake Eyasi


Landscape near Lake Eyasi


Bushman landscape, the guy who was hunting with me is seen in the riverbed


Entertainment at the Tarangiri National Park campsite


Tarangiri National Park


Staple Tanzanian safari beer


In Arusha with the guide and cook after the safari