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Old October 20th, 2009, 09:10 AM
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My wife, 5 year old son and I are heading to Tanzania next year for about 3 months. Anybody been? Any suggestions of what to do while there? Anything Land Rover specific?

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Old October 20th, 2009, 10:56 AM
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Should be a good time! Once in lifetime opportunity- Andrea's going to teach Dermatology to the local docs, MAx is going to an International School, and I'm sure I'll find something to do!
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I used to live in Kenya, so I have been to Arusha a few times. The best thing you can do is climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, since you will only be a few miles from it (not easy though!). Other than that, find yourself a diesel 110 and go see the Ngorongoro crater - it's miles across and full of wildlife. Land Rovers were made for Africa!
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It's a great place to visit. Will you climbing Kili or going on safari? I have been a few years ago on a dental mission. A friend and I helped to start a dental clinic and work with orphans in Tarime, Tanzania. I should be going again in December 2010 to do some more work.
Arusha is a blast. Some interesting nightlife too. Make sure you go to Ngorongoro Crater if you do a safari.
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Found a few pics of a well used Rover in Tanzania. Apparently hit something substantial!
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What time frame you going to be there T?
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January through March 2010. Thanks for all of the input! The crater is on the list.
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Found a few pics of a well used Rover in Tanzania. Apparently hit something substantial!
like roof to ground contact.
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Damn. Guess I won't be able to look you up over there in the summer then.
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Hey my dad and sister just hiked Kili and visited Arusha and Stonetown. Checkout wanderingafrica.blogspot.com to check out thier travels. One of my favorite places on earth ... I know they will enjoy!

Also feel free to PM and I'll pass along their email ..
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I have spent several months flying in Tanzania and stayed in Arusha most of the time. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro may be out with a 5 year old but you should be sure to book a Land Rover trip to the Serengeti National Park. There are several lodges you can overnight in. Lobo lodge comes to mind. it sits just south of the Kenya border and is in prime savannah. I would also highly recommend taking a short Twin Otter flight down to Zanzibar. Well worth a few nights.



I have not been to Tanzania in about 10 months but I still have several Professional Hunter (PH) friends that base in Arusha. They could put you face to face with a large Cape buffalo if you’re into that, or if you’re willing to buy the Scotch you can spend hours just listening to stories.



The Impala hotel probably has the most tourist traffic coming and going and is a great place to meet other travelers. It also has a great Indian restaurant in back. The Kibo Palace Hotel is probably the nicest in Arusha but does not have that “Your in Africa” feel to it.



If you have any questions please feel free to PM or email me directly
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Trevor, I've done some traveling and a bit of guiding in Tanzania. Arusha is a really nice town for a base. I agree you should see Ngorongoro; it's expensive and can be crowded, but it's worth it.

For a more remote, but cheaper, experience, consider a loop through the northern section of the Selous. It's an awesome place.

For an excellent tented camp stay, and a peak into what's happening in community conservation efforts in the Rift Valley, look into Whistling Thorn Camp, owned by a Maasai friend of ours, Hagai Kissila. It's just outside Tarangire National Park, which is definitely worth a visit. (Just type in whistling thorn camp dot com.)

Finally, a visit to Zanzibar should be a high priority. It's beautiful and rich in history.

Oh - unless Lobo Lodge has changed a great deal since the last time I stayed there (when most of our party came down with food poisoning), I wouldn't recommend it. It was in pretty shabby shape. However, that was three years ago, and William's information might be more current. It has spectacular views, for sure. And you'll see more rock hyraxes than you'll ever want to see again; they're all over the place.

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I just realised I never followed up on our trip. In a short summary, it was incredible. Working and living in Moshi for 3 months, pulling out of our driveway with Kili looming over us, trips to Arusha using our 110 diesel, learning a new language, meeting people from all over the world. Finished up with 4 days in Zanzibar/ Stonetown and a 110 TDi for a 10 day safari into Lake Manyara, Ngorogoro, the southern Serengetti during migration.
Here's a link to pix:
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The first 5 pages are of my wife and her girlfriend climbing Kilimanjaro, and then on to Zanzibar. I had plenty more Rover pix but they were accidentally erased....

Ck out the 167th pic: that was how close we were to a lion in the tall grass! All of our attention was on the three lionesses that were hunting a warthog on the other side of the trail in the Crater. Only saw him when one of the Toyotas made a move to go around the group and suddenly stopped!
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It looks like you had a wonderful time, Trevor. Thanks for the photos.
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