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    We are a family of three from East Lothian in Scotland and are very keen to plan a self drive trip in Tanzania next July (2012). We did a trip last year from Joburg to Vic Falls, camping/lodges in CKGR, Moremi, Savuti and Chobe - unforgetable and totally addictive. We would like to hire a fully kitted Defender and be as independant as possible. We are not sure if this is possible, but we know that the members of the 4 x 4 community are our best bet. Any suggestions...

    Love the website and check in nearly every day for my African fix...

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    There are endless possibilities, but hiring is expensive. If you could raise the capital, it might be worth buying a vehicle then re-selling it at the end of your trip.

    It wouldn't just be July, would it, your trip? If it is, you need more time or less distance......

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    Mike, would a month not be enough to travel just Tanzania?
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    Hi Fergie,

    AFAIK a lot of the East African hire companies only hire out with their own driver. If that is still the case (it was when I hired a few times on fly-in jobs in the mid to late 90s) you might want to look at hiring in Zambia, with the necessary papers for crossing into Tanzania.

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    Would it be possible to hire in Kenya and crossing into Tanzania then repeating on the way home. We only have two weeks..... unless we win the lottery, which is not likely as we never buy a ticket...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spook View Post
    Mike, would a month not be enough to travel just Tanzania?
    Yes.......my mistake. I was misreading this as a trip up from SA to Tanzania, and therefore a month would be plenty to have a look around.

    Don't forget that Tanzania's great parks (Ngorogoro, the Serengeti etc) cost an absolute fortune...hundreds of dollars a day.

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    if you only have two weeks, I would advise negotiating a package with a mobile safari operator.

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    Thanks Tony, we have someone looking at that option for us. Have you or any other member spent any time in the area between Arusha and the coast at Tanga. Is this a good area to explore for two weeks ?

    Fergie

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    Hi Fergie

    Have you looked at Safara Drive? They are a UK company but provide fully fitted out vehicles in Tanzania, amongst other countries. We will be using them when we make our self drive trips to Botswana and Tanzania. The one thing I have gathered from research is that Tanzania is very expensive so we will probably only plan to go for about 17 days

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    Try Shaw Safaris. Another option is to hire a 4x4 out of Kenya where they are generally a bit less expensive.
    Last edited by luangwablondes; 2011/08/13 at 06:23 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fergie View Post
    Thanks Tony, we have someone looking at that option for us. Have you or any other member spent any time in the area between Arusha and the coast at Tanga. Is this a good area to explore for two weeks ?
    Fergie
    Hi Fergie,

    The Usambara Mountains, either from the "wilder" side of Amani, or from the "Switzerland in Africa" side of Lushoto, is a beautiful area, but not for two weeks. A couple of days at most. You might want to check whether or not there are any visitor facilities yet at the Mkomazi Game Reserve, between Moshi and Lushoto. Tony Fitzjohn (author of "Born Wild") has been busy rehabilitating the park for several years now, although he divides his time between there and Kora in Kenya. I hosted him at the launch of his book in Cape Town in October last year, and he said then that visitor facilities were being set up, but he wasn't sure at what stage they were. It is a magnificent area between the South Pare Mountains and Tsavo National Park in Kenya, with an unfenced border with Tsavo, and plenty of big game. Lovely terrain and relatively unknown.

    Tony

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