I am heading to Tanzania for two weeks at the end of July. I want to go on a Safari and have read all about the Serengeti. It looks fantastic but my boyfriend and I are a little worried that it may be too touristy. I dont want to be in a traffic jam throughout my safari. Can anyone recommend specific operators, lodges, camps to stay at? Perhaps the Serengeti is not the best place to do a safari? Any tips or recommendations would be much appreciated.
Hi again Aoife,
I met a guy on Kili who had just spent 2 weeks on safari. He reckoned the Serengeti was quite busy - people on radios all the time, reporting sightings of animals and then rushing off in their jeeps to be the first to see them.
It maybe depends on your operator. He also said the best place was the Tarangire (http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/tarangire.htm), much quieter and just as good, but then he and his groups slept in dusty tents rather than posh lodges!
Safaris in the northern circuit are no doubdt touristy, Both serengeti , ngorongoro, Manyara and Tarangire a single cast of an animal is surounded by several cars this is the tradition with the Northern circuit.
Even if clients sleep in special campsites where they dont mix it does not help as the game drives are not private.
If you dont need places that are congested there is the western circuit that includes Mahale, Katavi and Rubondo these parks are witha lot of animals and the tourist population is very low while animals are seen in every few meters of game drive
Also the southern circuit is far much beter in terms of being touristy , there are so many animals in Ruaha, selous, mikumi and the others in the circuit, so very much important if you intend to see the north the matter of being tourist alergic must not be in your ming