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GEEKS: Tanzania. Panorama Camp. Friday 3 July. Week 11, Days 83.

For a very pleasant change this was a very short day’s travel from Tarangire to just outside Lake Manyara NP. Panorama Camp is easy to locate on T4A.

ROUTE: Tarangire NP – Dodoma to Arusha road – Makuyuni – Mto wa Mbu – Panorama Camp.

Distance and time taken.

From Tarangire main gate to Panorama Camp, 72km, 1hr 20min.

The road was tar all the way.


Camping US$ 10pppn.

The campsite and facilities are a little ramshackle, but the fantastic view from the height of the escarpment onto Lake Manyara compensated and made our stay there worthwhile.

The drinks, coffee, smoothies and basic meals were reasonably priced.




Hi Stan, thanx for your reply on the Ruaha post. Reading your blog brings back only the good memories of our 2012 2 month Zambia/Tanzania trip. I was a bit disappointed by Tarangire in that we had fewer sightings of the plains animals than you, with the exception of elephants which were plentiful. We were there during the beginning of April and were told that we were a month late as the gnu's and zebra's (never sure if this is right or is it just zebra?) had started to move off to the Serengeti. It was still a great Park and must not be missed if in the area.

We camp at the old camp site (no new ablutions) close to the big "lapa" seen in one of your photo's adjacent to the steel cage which is constructed for one to store your goodies and not be bothered by the apes or baboons. We had close encounters with elies all the time were there.

I hope your cruiser is now sorted and no further issues. Are you going to Lake Victoria? Tip if you are: going west, on the way there &beyond run the Grumeti river lodge. We decided to pop in there as we had been there in 2007 and wanted to see if things had changed. It still is a great place with special roads and sightings. We had lunch (there were no clients) although the MD and FD of &beyond were on an inspection trip and we were offered to stay at a huge discount to the normal rate I recall $150pppd full board and 2 daily trips. This would have been a great spoil as we had been in Tarangire, Manyara, Ngoro, Serengeti in special campsites (other than Simba camp at Ngoro) for almost 3 weeks of roughing it. We opted to spoil ourselves along the beach of Lake Victoria- wrong choice.

I am off to Mana this Friday and I will miss your read and experiences. Just have to make my own.

Hi Tron, always good to hear from you and thanks for the info. Enjoy Mana, always special, just be wary of the Chitake lions as you know.

We will obviously still be travelling when you get back.

Regards, Stan.