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    I read today on the website www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-livingabroad/travel/tanzania/ that there was an attack on tourists camping in Northern Serengeti and two people were killed. This apparently happened earlier June 2012. We are planning to travel to Serengeti (one vehicle) in three weeks time and would like to know whether anybody have any info on the situation in Serengeti. Will it be better to use public campsites as opposed to private campsites?

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    Hi, there was a thread on this in the Pub. I posted the following there:


    The area in which he was killed is the Ikoma Wildlife Management Area which borders the Ikorongo Game Reserve and controlled area, both of which have a history of attacks on tourists and travellers by bandits in some cases, and local tribespeople angry about land dispossession by coffee farmers, gold miners and other land invaders. It's the area north of the Grumeti River, and is on the migration route, and is absolutely wonderful country, but is well known for being fairly lawless, and I'm surprised there is a permanent camp there.
    We were forced to do a bush camp on the Ikoma Ikorongo border in 1993, and it was a nervous night - about a month later, an overland truck was attacked not far from where we were camped:
    They were camped outside the Serengeti in the Ikorongo controlled area. Just after sunset, arrows began to rain down on their camp. They abandoned their tents, and one camper, a Canadian, began hustling the others onto the truck. Using cushions to stop the spears and arrows, they drove off at high speed, with an arrow sticking out of the Canadian's leg. By the time they reached the nearest mission hospital an hour later, he was dead from the poison on the arrow tip.
    The Kenyan side, particularly in the areas outside the Maasai Mara, has seen sporadic attacks on travellers, usually by bandits carrying AK47s.

    Below is the report from the Daily News in Dar es Salaam:

    A DUTCH tourist and a Tanzanian national were on Thursday killed by suspected bandits after the latter invaded the Ikoma Wildlife Management Area on the outskirts of the Serengeti National Park.
    A statement signed by the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Ambassador Khamisi Kagasheki, says the Dutch tourist has been identified as Eric Brekelmans. The Tanzania national has been identified as Renatus Benard, the Moivaro Camp Assistant Manager.
    "The Ministry expresses its sincere shock over this event that is abnormal. We would like to take this opportunity to assure visitors that every effort is taken to ensure their safety is in place with comfort when they are in the country," the statement reads in part.
    Moivaro Camp is owned by the Moivaro Coffee Lodge Company and the killed tourist was a client of the company's Leopard Tours of Arusha. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism in collaboration with the Leopard Tours and Moivaro Coffee Lodge Company have taken steps to comfort the affected, including the wife of the deceased tourist, Mrs Annelnes Brekelmans.
    During the incident the camp had 40 guests and that they were robbed of their property along with their passports. The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism and that of Home Affairs, Dr Emmanuel Nchimbi have already visited the scene of the incident.
    The Assistant Commissioner of Police delegated to Tourism sector, Mr Kitalike, has also gone using a Police helicopter to strengthen security in the area. The police, wardens of the Department of Wildlife and the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) park wardens have also jointly strengthened security at tourist sites and the manhunt for the suspects have begun.
    Efforts of transporting the body of the deceased to Arusha completed yesterday while preparations for burial are still underway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fcooper View Post
    Will it be better to use public campsites as opposed to private campsites?
    To answer your question, there is absolutely no problem at the campsites inside the Serengeti, this attack was to the west, outside the park, en route to Musoma.

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