Safari in Tanzania: 2-10. November 2022
We arrived by air from Amsterdam, and stayed overnight near Kilimanjaro Airport. Next day we drove to Lake Manyara for an afternoon game drive. After checking into our lodge we had an evening game drive in the park. The following morning we left for the north-western corridor in the Serengeti National Park, crossing the Ngorongoro highlands. Before the rainy season it was very dry with very dusty roads in worse condition than in 2006. After 3 days with game drives in Serengeti on terrible roads we drove south to Ngorongoro for a game drive and pic-nic lunch before continuing to Karatu for the last two nights. I skipped the tuk-tuk tour in Karatu, preferring to stay at the pool enjoying the sun before returning to Norway. On the way to the Kilimanjaro airport we stopped at IsoItok Camp Manyara to visit a Maasai settlement and have lunch. Thereafter we headed for the airport for our return flight to Norway.
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2. November – day 1: Oslo to Tanzania via Amsterdam
Very early start from home for a 6 AM departure from Oslo to Schiphol airport, Amsterdam. After a few hours in transit we departed at about 2:30 PM with another KLM flight towards Tanzania. This was a day-flight, and I was able to follow a Nile crossing in Egypt. We landed at the Kilimanjaro airport at about 9 PM – after darkness. Minibuses drove our group of 21 to the KIA Kilimanjaro Airport Lodge on the other side of the runway for an overnight stay. After leaving our luggage in our bungalows we had a late buffet dinner. It was good to be back in Africa with mild weather and all the night sounds. I had a good night’s sleep under a mosquito net.
3. Nov – day 2 (a): Kilimanjaro Airport to Lake Manyara
After a good breakfast we started our tour with the Remote Safari Company in 3 safari-type Landcruisers from our KIA Kilimanjaro Airport Lodge. It was overcast, but it cleared after a few hours and got very warm. We drove north through Arusha towards the Lake Manyara National Park. The roads were good, with not too much traffic. First stop was at some shops with a nearby restaurant with ‘wash room’, to meet our local tour representative, before we continued to Lake Manyara.
The small rainy season had not started yet, so it was very dry. In 2006 it had rained on our way to Lake Manyara and the landscape was very green.
3. Nov – day 2 (b): Game Drives in Lake Manyara National Park
After driving from Kilimanjaro Airport we started directly on a game drive in the Lake Manyara National Park. We watched some animals before heading for the pic-nic area.
After lunch we continued the game drive for a few hours. Thereafter we drove to our lodge on the top of the Rift Valley escarpment. After following a bad dirt road for 15 minutes we did not expect to find a 4-5 star lodge – the Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge. We each got our own fantastic bungalow, which we unfortunately did not have much time to enjoy, because after dinner some of us joined an evening game drive in the park.
4. Nov – day 3 (a): Driving from Lake Manyara to Serengeti Gate
After leaving early from our Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge, we had a stop at a curio shop. Then we continued north to the Ngorongoro Highlands. From the main gate the roads were very dusty and bumpy. Because the rainy season had not started yet we were soon covered with dust. After a quick stop at a Ngorongoro panoramic viewpoint we continued down to the plain on the north side. We started seeing animals on the crater rim, and they increased in numbers as we came closer to Serengeti. After a ‘wash room’ stop at the junction to the Oldupai Gorge we continued over the flat plain to the gate at the border between Ngorongoro conservation area and Serengeti. Just after passing the gate we came across our first lions at the roadside. We continued to the Naabi Hill – the Serengeti main gate with a pic-nic area.
4 Nov – day 3 (b): Serengeti Gate to Camp
5 Nov – day 4: Serengeti Game Drive 1
6 Nov – day 5: Serengeti Game Drive 2
7 Nov – day 6: Serengeti to Karatu via Ngorongoro
8 Nov – day 7: Karatu – the ‘Farm of Dreams Lodge’ and show
9 Nov – day 8: Maasai settlement and departure to Norway
After a good breakfast in our Karatu lodge we drove south past Lake Manyara. I took only still photos along the road (see Flickr photos below). We took off from the highway and followed dirt road a short distance up in the hillside. A few hundred meters after passing a Maasai Boma we parked outside the Isoitok Camp Manyara. We were welcomed by a local guide who gave us an introduction to the camp and the Maasais’ ways of living. Thereafter we visited the nearby small school, and walked a few minutes down to the Maasai Boma. Here we met the Maasais, and were allowed to see and hear about their living. We returned to the camp and were served an excellent bush-lunch. After lunch we continued to the Kilimanjaro airport for our return flight to Norway.
10. November – day 9: 6 hours transit in Amsterdam.
November 2022 – Some photos from the Tanzania Safari
Click on the photo to open Flickr, then press the <slide show> button in the upper right-hand corner (the small “TV” symbol).