… And the end of the busy season always comes with mixed feelings: Phew, chill time vs I’m going to miss the safari life after just a week!
It was a wonderful season again starting way back in February which, for some reason, always feels like it was last year. The two February safaris fulfilled all our normal hopes and expectations – the wildebeest migration was exactly where it was meant to be on the short grass plains at Mwiba.
They had their calves just as they should have done too, so we were able to witness that again.
We did some walking on the plains and in the wooded areas on the edge and, as it always is at that time of year, the landscape was inspiring in its strong vibrant emerald greens. That Mwiba area is such classic East Africa.
There were also a couple of spectacular rain showers on the short grass plains and because we didn’t use the Mwiba Airstrip, we had to make a wild, wet, muddy dash across the plains to Ndutu Airstrip.
Once the dry season started it was pretty much flat-out with three consecutive safaris with wonderful families from New York. We did Mwiba again and moved our Serengeti Mobile Camp up to the Western Corridor to stick with the ever-moving migration. It was also fun to use the Grumeti Reserve’s grand lodge Sasakwa twice.
By the time the Quinns came back for their second safari we had again moved the Mobile Camp to Wogakuria in the north near to the Mara River. Somehow its always green up there in the Lake Victoria basin. They say the lake is so big that it creates its own weather system!
The Clements also returned for a second safari and an epic Kili Climb.
The season wrapped up with two big safaris of over twenty days each and both parties were repeat visitors to us. Now that’s the way to REALLY do it! Moyowosi Swamps, Malagarasi River, Natron, Maswa, Ugalla, Mahale Mountain Chimps – we went everywhere and had wonderful times and made fantastic memories.
The Taylors were very keen photographers and took all our photography to new levels – we set up a blind for crocodile, we reconstructed a giraffe skeleton and we visited a Maasai market.
And of course the chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains all made for the best photographs I’ve taken.
Mwiba has been a great draw-card on every safari this year, mostly because of the freedom it offers us to walk, enjoy sun-downers, bush breakfasts, the tree platform and night drives.
It is a tremendous advantage to spend time out of the car, even when it is an open vehicle. Natron has the same advantages with stunning scenery to match. From now on I am going to try to persuade people to include more of our own private concessions in their safari plans. They are a little more expensive but offer privacy and freedom that you cannot find in a National Park.
It seems to be a winning combination to mix the ever popular national Parks like Serengeti and Ngorongoro with our private concessions. There are no other operators offering these private concessions and private camps.
Right – let’s start with Maswa Mbono Camp. Who wants to go there next year? A private camp for just your group, a private concession for just your group! And bordering on the Serengeti.
So thank you to all our faithful and enthusiastic safari goers for another wonderful year. Thank you for choosing us and don’t forget to spread the word. All my marketing is done through word of mouth – so tell ALL your friends to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
People can also follow us on facebook and Instagram – Craig Doria Safaris.
I’m coming to the USA from about 18 January till about 3 February and will probably do a week in Texas and a week in New York / Connecticut area. So if anyone wants to meet up for a chat or if you know anyone who may be interested in a safari, let’s arrange it.
Fond regards to all