Arusha National Park

Tarangire National Park

Manyara National Park

Plantation Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater

Serengeti National Park

Ndarakwai Ranch

Tanzania Photo Safari - June 2007

Along with two other couples we went to Tanzania on a Photo Safari. Including the two days of travel on each end, the trip was 2 1/2 weeks long.

We flew Houston to Newark to Amsterdam to Nairobi. We overnighted in Nairobi and then flew to Kilimanjaro and drove to Arusha, Tanzania. The other couples met us in Arusha.

       Safari route

During the next two weeks we visited:

  • Arusha National Park. We stayed at the Arumeru River Lodge; we saw zebras, giraffes, crested cranes and baboons.
  • Tarangire National Park. We stayed at the Kikoti Safari Camp; we saw zebras, elephants and baobab trees.
  • Manyara National Park. On the way to Plantation Lodge, we stopped in Manyara National Park for a few hours; we saw elephants, baboons and lions in trees.
  • Plantation Lodge. We spent two nights at a hill country guest house called Plantation Lodge. We went out from there and visited bush men camps and villages.
  • Ngorongoro Crater. From Plantation Lodge, we drove to the Sopa Lodge that is on the rim of the Nororngoro Crater. We made three trips down into the crater. We saw rhinos, lions, wildebeest, zebras, warthogs, lions and elephants.
  • Serengeti National Park. From the Ngorongoro Crater, we drove (all day) to the Serengeti National Park. Along the way we stopped at Olduvai Gorge and toured the museum there. In the Serengeti we stayed in a mobile camp (real tents), but the food and serice were the best of the entire trip. Out on the plains we saw everything - lions, cheetas, wildbeest, gazelles, a leopard taking a gazelle, zebras, hippos, etc.
  • Ndarakwai Ranch. From the Serengeti, we flew back to Arusha and drove to Ndarakwai Ranch. This is a private game preserve where you can get out of your vehicle and get closer to the elephants (but the guide has a rifle). We saw elephants, giraffe, zebra, and a Maasai village with Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background.
If you want to read the day by day details of the trip, you can download the journal that I kept while we were there.

C. Brandon Jones
email: Brandon "at"
updated November 12, 2007