The 2011 trip to Tanzania was a life changing experience. I traveled extensively in many parts of the world but I had never been in Africa. Tanzania’s culture, nature and wildlife are very interesting and radically different from anything I had ever seen and opened new horizons to my travel approach. This trip triggered a desire to visit every corner of earth and see how people and wildlife live.
Since then, I managed to visit some other interesting places, like Iceland and India, but I often discussed with my partner our wish to return to Tanzania soon. This time, our focus would be on wildlife. We started planning in October and decided to spend one full week in the Serengeti area to see the big cats and the migration. Being in the region, I wanted to include the big apes in the schedule. You can see chimps in west Tanzania (in Gombe) but it is remote and expensive, so we decided to go for Uganda and combine a gorilla safari in Bwindi impenetrable forest and the Chimps in Kimbale forest.
I contacted Ole, our guide in the previous trip and put together a 7-day safari in central Serengeti and Ndutu. For Uganda, I contacted Churchill Safaris and designed a 8-day itinerary that covered Bwindi, Kimbale, Kampala and Jinja. Both were very helpful and professional. It took about 3 weeks to finalize the schedule and bookings and before Christmas we were ready for a departure at the end of January.
I can now say that this was our best trip, at least until the next. We had a wonderful time, got very lucky in our Serengeti safari and saw a lot of action, had no bad surprises and fell completely in love with east Africa. So much that I am very seriously thinking to setup a business there.
Here is complete list of the travelogues from this trip. Start reading here or click on any link to read the relevant post.