I am in the very preliminary stages of researching a possible Tanzania safari for my family (2 adults, 3 children who would be 8-11 at the earliest time of travel).
To be able to see multiple areas, it seems a safari operator is the way to go in Tanzania. However, at 2 of our desired locations (Four Seasons Serengeti and TBD Tarangire lodging) the lodges have open game drive vehicles available. In those locations, I would prefer to use the open vehicles vs. the safari operator pop-up tops , although that seems like a waste of $ having already paid for a safari operator for the duration of the trip.
Ideally I'd like to just hire a private driving transfer between the lodges and then use the lodge game drive vehicles once at my destination. Is flying the only way to travel between lodges without booking a full trip safari operator?