Late February and March 2012- 26 days in Northern Tanzania

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Birding Landanai, A golden Breasted Starling and Lake Naton Camp       

Buffalos relax in Lake Manyara

After nearly 30 years of exploring I am still enjoying new places. Longer safaris were more normal in the 50s and 60s, travelers came to linger and explore. Since the mid 70s safaris have become shorter, snappier and less difficult to get around. Cell phones and ipads have replaced HF and VHF radios, and superb modern ones have replaced slow uncomfortable vehicles. Camps and lodges are comfort stops, places where your every whim is catered for.  What’s wrong with bad roads in wilderness, sleeping under canvas and using a short drop toilet? To be out of cell phone range and driving in areas where you see no others visitors is a blessing, right?

Moonset over Landanai and an African hawk eagle

Today’s best safaris mix these elements but many a visitor needs to be in touch and near cell coverage. Most need recharging stations for their many gadgets. That’s OK – stay at the bigger camps/lodges in the well-visited areas then.

Leave the ‘Tanzanian outback’ to us folk!

March birds

This 26 day camping trip started with comfort in Ndarakwai Ranch, moved onto small tents along the Pangani River, then crossed the Maasai Steppe to Tarangire, stopping en-route for 3 nights at Landanai continued onto Southern Manyara and onto a not so comfortable camp at Lake Natron. We finished on a friends’ Farm near Lolkisale.  Why you might ask?  It’s all about the birds at the very best time in ideal conditions and getting to spots of interior Northern Tanzania where few visitors go. Indeed we stayed in comfort in-between ‘roughing it’ but mix it up folks! Challenge yourself a little! Overall costs can be diluted per night with different standards of accommodations.

We also enjoyed the bigger wildlife as well as the small, elephants to sunbirds, giraffe to citicolas, migrating waders to golden-breasted starlings to lesser kudu. These are some of our most beautiful birds and antelopes. Mix up the accommodations and the wildlife variety. Be interested in it all.  Of course it helps to be with a good guide!

Lake Manyara Avocets

We were rewarded a plenty. Had adventure after adventure and saw incredible wildlife scenes in wild and fascinating country.  If you want to know more about such ‘Tanzanian outback’ safaris just email me at

Kilimanjaro from Nyumba ya Mungu

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