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    Hi all,

    start planning my third trip to Africa, and this time, I'm thinking about Kenya / Tanzania.

    What are the steps to book campsites (4x4 w. RTT) in Maasai Mara and Serengeti NP ?
    Also planning Amboseli and Ngorongoro.

    Is there an oficial site ?

    Many thanks again.

    Best regards from Brazil,
    Itamar
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    Hi Itamar and welcome back,

    Dawie (FreeflyD)is the member who has most recently posted about this, but he is unfortunately missing in action somewhere on Egypt at the moment. Have a look at his running thread "FreeflyD's Cape to Cornwall overland trip" on the overland section for some info. The campsites in both reserves are pretty basic, and in the past you simply pitched up and grabbed a spot. Not sure what the situation is now.

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    Hi,

    I haven't been yet but am in planning stages for Tanzania at least. We are driving overland up from Zambia back to the UK and should be in Tanzania in Feb/March and Kenya thereafter.

    Tanzania is not really geared up to independent travellers. The vast majority of traffic through the National Parks is via organised tours. That said you should be able to book direct with TANAPA. You will have to persevere to get info such as where the special camps are located. If you want to stay in a special camp (see below) in the Serengeti do some research as to where the game is likely to be concentrated when you are there and know the rough area of the park you want to stay (ie south, west etc)

    Their website is here

    http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/

    In all the parks they have public campsites for $30pppn and "special" campsites for $50ppn. The latter are just designated areas - no facilities ie no water/ablutions and are exclusive to you/your group. Whereas the public ones are for all takers and facilities are apparently pretty grim. TANAPA may well tell you you don't need to book the public sites but will be allocated one at the gate.

    Park entry ranges from $20pppn to $50pppn for Serengeti and Selous. vehicles are $40 per day.

    Ngorongoro is a conservation area - not run by TANAPA but google it and you should find the relevant body to book with. It is pricey ($200 for a 24hr period including camping and a 6 hr permit to visit the crater bottom) but most visitors say it is pretty special.

    Hope that helps re Tanzania - haven't yet done much research on Kenya I'm afraid.

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    Tony and itchyfeet,

    thanks for the valuable information as always !
    I will check TANAPA ASAP.

    I hope some more comments about Kenya Parks so I can decide between Mara AND Serengeti or only Kenya (perhaps Mara and Amboseli, etc..)

    P.S.: My english is not so good to write a trip report, but the image language is universal. Here are some photos from my trips.
    Namibia: http://www.flickr.com/photos/itamar-...7625333957984/
    Botswana: http://www.flickr.com/photos/itamar-...7606953473401/
    And I can be sure: these trips are only possible because people like you and many others overlanders in this forum.

    Kindest regards,
    Itamar
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    @Itamar
    Fantastic Namibia & Botswana photos!

    About Kenya.
    We have only done private lodge/tentedcamp safaris in Kenya before, but have found this website about the Mara Triangle (the Northwestern section of the Masai Mara) very helpful when it comes to campsites, calender & availability, fees, booking, maps etc. Here`s the link:
    http://www.maratriangle.org/book-a-campsite/

    Hope this helps a bit & good luck!

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    Namibia & South Africa selfdrive 2007/2008: http://www.flickr.com/photos/peteran...7603625892819/

    Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar 2009/2010: http://www.flickr.com/photos/peteran...7623078708993/
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    For public/private campsites in other national parks in Kenya, for example Amboseli, Im sure the people at Kenya Wildlife Service can help with your questions/bookings if you drop them an e-mail or even call:
    http://www.kws.org/tourism/camping.html

    And park/campsite fees for 2011 for nationalparks operated by KWS, for example Amboseli: http://www.kws.org/export/sites/kws/...-_Dec_2011.pdf


    Regards, Safarigirl
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    @Safarigirl,

    the Mara Triangle site is great !
    I'll dig into it.

    And what a great sighting of TWO leopards in Tanzania ! !
    Great trips in your Flickr gallery.

    Regards,
    Itamar

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    @Itamar
    Thanks for your comments! Have you decided more on your route yet, any progress and did you find out more about campsite options?

    We`re just back from a fantastic week on safari in the Masai Mara (we stayed at Mara Serena Lodge the whole time)!

    We actually had a look at the public campsite at Oloololo gate in the Mara Triangle, it was quite simple, but there were abulution blocks with showers, toilets and sinks! Mongooses roamed the campsite and zebras and topis were grazing there! A lion family with 12 cubs had its territory not far from there and we did see them on several occassions plus we had good leopard sightings nearby!

    AND most of all: the scenery is amazingly beautiful in this part of the Mara with golden savannah plains as far as the eye can see and single acacia trees here and there - and plenty of wildlife around! Maybe Oloololo campsite could be an alternative?

    Photos from our trip
    Kenya, March 2011: http://www.flickr.com/photos/peteran...7626257157732/

    Hope this helps a bit!
    Would love to hear more about your Kenya itinerary plans!
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    Hi Annika !
    Looking at the slideshow in Flickr I can see it was a wonderfull trip !
    Beautiful sunsets and so many animals in just a week !
    That leopard with the kil in the top of the tree is really something.
    Great.

    I changed the plans a little bit, and our plan for now is:
    July 31 - Arrive in Nairobi and sleep in Nairobi (Kenya comfort Hotel) http://www.kenyacomfort.com/
    Arrive Aug 1 to departure Aug 4 th - Amboseli Park (Kimbo safari camp)
    Arrive Aug 4th to departure Aug 7th - (Tsavo Park) http://www.tsavosafaricamp.com/
    Arrive Aug 7th to departure Aug 10th -Nakuru Lake park (Hotel water) http://www.hotelwaterbuck.com/
    Arrive Aug 10th to departure Aug 17th - Masai Mara Park (Mara spring) http://www.mountainrockkenya.com/marasprings.htm
    Aug 18 - came back in Nairobi (Kenya comfort hotel) - from Nairobi to Johannesburg
    Departure Aug 19 – from Johannesburg to Brazil

    It's a little dificult to deal with the car rental company to get the voucher and formal things, but I think it's ok (I hope)

    Good to hear from you.

    Regards,
    Itamar

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    By the way...
    I've been in Botswana in 2008 and it was the best trip ever.
    Crossed part of Kalahari, and visited Moremi, Chobe and Victoria Falls.
    You can see some pictures here http://www.flickr.com/photos/itamar-...7606953473401/

    If you need some information, I can help.

    Regards,
    Itamar

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    Hi again!
    Thanks for your nice comments regarding our pics!

    Your Kenya safari itinerary for August sounds exciting & also sooo many days in the Mara during the migration! Im sure you`ll have a great time!
    Hope everything will be sorted with your car rental company & can`t wait to see your pics when you return!

    Many greetings & safari njema (have a good trip)!
    Safarigirl


    p.s.: Thanks for your offer regarding advice about Botswana/Zimbabwe, Im sure Ill need it further ahead! Your pics are really amazing! You`re a talented photographer! Im sure Ill contact you with lots of Botswana questions when our planned trip gets closer (still about a year to go and Im missing Africa dearly already)!
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    Thanks for this info.

    We are considering a trip like this: Masai Mara, Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater next year. Flying into Nairobi and hiring a 4x4 doing a self drive.

    Need more info please?

    Where to stay etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohanJvV View Post
    Thanks for this info.

    We are considering a trip like this: Masai Mara, Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater next year. Flying into Nairobi and hiring a 4x4 doing a self drive.

    Need more info please?

    Where to stay etc.
    Drive up I might even join you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tgwinduna View Post
    Drive up I might even join you.
    Would love it, but dont have enough time school holidays restrict me.

    Safarigirl, any trip reports of your visits somewhere?
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    Thanks for sharing the pictures. I've been dreaming of going to Namibia for quite a while combined with a short Nairobi visit. Can't wait til it happens
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    Hi,
    my tips:
    Serengeti Seronera area DikDik Campsite
    Serengeti Lobo area Lobo Campsite
    Mara Conservancy Public CS next to Oloololo Gate
    Mara National Reserve (outside, next to Talek) Aruba Mara Camp
    Amboseli National Park - Amboseli Community Campsite

    It is not true that you must pay twice entrance fees at Masai Mara if you are going from one part to the other.
    You only pay where you sleep.

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