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    Hi everybody

    We are currently on a trip to the Serengeti from Pretoria and we would like to share our blog with you:

    http://wildetye.co.za/trip/tanzania2017

    We will also try to post here every now and then.

    Any thoughts about our itinerary etc are welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daafvader View Post
    Hi everybody

    We are currently on a trip to the Serengeti from Pretoria and we would like to share our blog with you:

    http://wildetye.co.za/trip/tanzania2017

    We will also try to post here every now and then.

    Any thoughts about our itinerary etc are welcome.
    Yet another distraction from work. Looking forward to follow this.

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    Will follow with interest.

    When booking special campsites in Serengeti try to base some of those locations on where the wildebeest and zebra herds are. The staff at the TANAPA offices will not be able to help you too much, so do your own research. I would guess north of Lobo near Kogatende would be a consideration. Your timing may be right for the migration crossing of the Mara River there. I guess you probably know that already!

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    Will follow with interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan Weakley View Post
    Will follow with interest.

    When booking special campsites in Serengeti try to base some of those locations on where the wildebeest and zebra herds are. The staff at the TANAPA offices will not be able to help you too much, so do your own research. I would guess north of Lobo near Kogatende would be a consideration. Your timing may be right for the migration crossing of the Mara River there. I guess you probably know that already!

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    Thanks. Yes, the plan was to be in the north for possible crossings, but i was hoping to get info from Tanapa office. Will try and get info from travellers going the other way. I am hoping there are some special campsites closer to the mara river - it looks like quite a drive from lobo.
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    Enjoy and all of the best. We did the trip in 2004 and plan to do so again next Winter so I will be following your steps closely.

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    There are indeed special campsites north-west of Lobo towards the Mara River in Serengeti. The staff at TANAPA did not have much idea where the various special campsites are or even the areas they are in. However you might have more luck. In the far north you will want to look for special campsites in the Kogatende area and in the region north-west of the Bolongonja River. Many of the special campsites will have been occupied well beforehand by tour operators. See if you can find out before going to do your bookings where the herds are. This is a good site https://www.discoverafrica.com/herdtracker/
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    Hi there,

    I will recommend on your way to Makuzi from Lilongwe to take the road thru Mponela-Ntchisi- Mbobo-Nkhotakota. That road is very nice and not busy at all.
    In case you need to do any proper shopping better to do it in Chipata or Lilongwe. After that you have only Mzuzu till you reach Arusha.
    I did recently the Lilongwe-Kigali trip. Will advise you for the trip from Chitimba lodge to Old farmhouse Kisolanza will to plan at least 10 hours.
    - First you have on your way the Jarawe bridge which was wash away from the rains in April. At the moment they building new bridge but till it is ready the trafic goes on one way temporarary bridge. If you ae lucku you will pass it without waiting or you might wait 20-40 minutes.
    - The road between Karonga and Songwe is in bad conditions due to the rains. There are some constructions on it so that may slows you down.
    - Plan at least 2 hours to do tha paiper work on the border.
    - At the moment the road between Mbeya and Iringa is on rehab.


    Enjoy the rest of you trip!
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    Thanks for the advice guys, will definitely keep it in mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daafvader View Post
    Thanks. Yes, the plan was to be in the north for possible crossings, but i was hoping to get info from Tanapa office. Will try and get info from travellers going the other way. I am hoping there are some special campsites closer to the mara river - it looks like quite a drive from lobo.
    Hi Daafvader,

    Stan is right . Most of the camps next to the Mara will be by now already taken by Tour operators special at migration time. The closest you will get will be some of the Woga sites, and those are quite far. From Lobo you reach The Mara quite easily and fast (4 hrs - game drive speed!) if you get into the Bolongonja road. The last edition of T4A has got it! A good & reliable map that will help you a lot will be the GT Map Serengeti. Try to get hold of one on the road. VR´s maps are quite outdated.

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    Nice blog by the way. Keep it coming!!!

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    The serengetu is one if my absolute must do bucket list trips... will be nice to follow this

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    Will follow. A,trip that I also want to do

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    Iansto: we took your advice except we skipped lilongwe and took the m18 about 40kms after the malawi border. Worked out well - good road most of the way. Also, thanks for the updates on the roads, it will be very helpful.

    We are now at makuzi beach. It is an amazing place. We'll try and update the blog soon with more details.
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    Thanks apfac and Stan, so it seems Lobo will be fine then. We'll save a few dollars as well.
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    Hi there,

    Interesting blog and many details, appreciated the effort and the posting here.

    What I am amazed of is that you guys are camping in a flimsy nylon tent on the ground. I would have thought a RTT would suit the purpose and for costs, well "yes" but compared to the vehicle / mods / add-ons and equipment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalahari Safari View Post
    What I am amazed of is that you guys are camping in a flimsy nylon tent on the ground. I would have thought a RTT would suit the purpose and for costs, well "yes" but compared to the vehicle / mods / add-ons and equipment
    Thanks for the feedback! The flimsy, 3 second tent is for overnight stays. We have a larger canvas ground tent for longer stays Also, I am not very fond of rooftop tents - just personal preference.
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    Posted a new section on Makuzi beach and some last words on South Luangwa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daafvader View Post
    Thanks for the feedback! The flimsy, 3 second tent is for overnight stays. We have a larger canvas ground tent for longer stays Also, I am not very fond of rooftop tents - just personal preference.
    Same for us (without the larger tent ).
    Thanks for the blog!

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    Hi guys. Sorry for the silence, the internet has been very slow or nonexistent the past week or two. We are currently at Irente farm campsite near lushoto. We've posted some details of Ruaha and Peponi on the blog. Photos are coming soon if the internet cooperates.
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    I heard one can now pay for ngorongoro at the gate with a card. Can anyone confirm that?
    Also heard the herds were still in the west near ndabaka gate a week or so ago. Anyone with newer info?
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