Safaris: TANZANIA
 


Mount Kilimanjaro

The highest in Africa just 330 kms. South of Equator in Northern Tanzania. It is composed of two dormant volcanoes Mawenzi (5,149 mt.) and the permanent snow caped Kibo, the highest peak 19, 330 feet (5,895 mt). The total area of the Park is 755 sq. kms. Kilimanjaro also one of the world's highest solitary mountain can be climbed at any time of the year except during the long rains from March to May. The ascent can be made by any normal fit person with assistance of guides and porters via Marangu route. The route usually requires 5 to 6 days. This mountain apart from featuring breath taking landscape is also notable for its birdlife and beautiful rain forest.

Those who reach Uhuru Peak, the actual summit or Gillman's Point on the lip of the Crater will have earned their climbing certificate and their memories.

Best time: Whole year except April and May rainy seasons.

How to get there: From Arusha, 2 Hour drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport 1 our drive. From Moshi 30 Min Drive

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Manyara National Park

Within the Greatest African Rift Valley, the Lake Manyara National Park covers an area of 325 sq. kms. and consists five distinct vegetation zones with a wide range of flora. The park is famous for its tree climbing lions that often laze on the branches of acacia trees.
Manyara Park is sanctuary to elusive buffalos and hippos, giraffes, impalas, zebras, troops of baboons, elephants, reedbuck, waterbuck, blue and vervet monkeys and many more.  

Lake Manyara itself is a magnet for large varieties of birdlife, other species can be found around its shores, including huge flocks of flamingoes.

The Hotels and Lodges are situated at the top of rift walls offering comfortable accommodations and spectacular views of the Park and the Lake. The park is ideal for a day trip, a four-wheel drive is recommended during the rains. The dry season is from June to September and January to February.

Best time: Whole year

How to get there: From Arusha 2 1/2 hour drive or 1 hour charter

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Ngorongoro Crater

This vast protected area stretches from Lake Natron (the breeding ground for East Africa's flamingos) in the northeast, to Lake Enyasi in the south, and Lake Manyara to the east. Eight million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater was an active volcano but its cone collapsed, forming the crater that is 610 meters deep, 20 kilometers in diameter, and covers an area of 311 sq. km. Spectacular as it is, the crater accounts for just a tenth of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The crater is home to many species of wild game and birds. With the exception of impala and topi (due to fierce competition with the wildebeest) and the giraffe (because there is not much to eat at tree level), almost every species of African plains mammal lives in the crater, including the endangered black rhino, and the densest population of predators in Africa.

A strange thing is that the crater elephants are mainly bulls. The birdlife, which includes the flamingo, is mainly seasonal, and is also affected by the ratio of soda to fresh water in Lake Magadi on the crater floor. Views from the rim of the crater are sensational. On the crater floor, grassland blends into swamps, lakes, rivers, woodland and mountains. You can descend to the floor of the crater in a four-wheel drive vehicle. Only 4WD vehicles are allowed into the crater and game rangers are compulsory for all.

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Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park, with an area of 2600 sq. kms, situated only 120 km from Arusha, is famous for its dense wildlife population. The park offers splendid view over the savannah, interpassed with acacia and baobab trees includes the swamps, rivers, and rock outcrops. The area is engulfed by several hills. Between June and December during this time of the year thousands of animals migrate from the dry Maasai steppe to Tarangire river looking for water.

Among species to be seen in Tarangire are buffalo, elephant, lion, warthog, eland, the fringe-eared , and a large number of impalas and gazelles. Tarangire National Park is also famous for tree climbing pythons and abundant bird life.  

Best Time to Visit: From June to February.

How to get there: From Arusha to 2 hour drive or 35 minutes charter Flight.

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Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park is one of the world's last great wildlife refuge. This vast area of land covering 14,763 sq. kms. Supports the greatest remaining concentration of plain game in Africa, on a scale unparalleled anywhere else in the world. The name Serengeti comes from the Maasai 'Siringet', meaning endless plains, the park contains an estimated three million large animals, most of which take part in a seasonal migration that is one of nature's wonders.

The Park is the center of the Serengeti ecosystem, roughly defined as the annual 'wildebeest migration' that serves as pasture for wild animals. The migration of more than 1.5 million Wildebeests accompanied by hundreds of thousands of Zebras and Gazelles help to preserve the species.  

Predators such as Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Hyenas and Crocodiles are too glutted to take advantage of all the opportunities. Vultures, marabou stocks and other eagles clear the skies to accumulate at the feast. There are some creatures living in the Kopjes.

The land of Serengeti is mainly covered with short and grasses, the area varies from the vast treeless central Serengeti plain and savannah type stretches dotted with flat topped acacia trees to riverine bush, thick scrub and forest in the North.

Best Time: For the migration from December to May in the South of the Park and from June to October to the Western Corridor and to the North.

How to Get there: From Arusha 5 hour drive or 1hr30 Charter flight

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Selous Rufiji River Camp

The wide, Meandering Rufiji River is one of the largest water system in East Africa. With it associated wetland, lake and swamps; it is on be of the most outstanding ecological systems in the whole of eastern Africa walking and boat safaris as well as game drives are on offer to visitor to the Selous' small and remote camps and lodge, with little chance of bumping into any sign of human life. Fly camping, or mobile walking safaris, are becoming a popular option for intrepid visitors intent to see the best of Africa on foot, unhampered by the closed~ in atmosphere of a safari van. 
Boat Trips and longer safaris down the spectacular Rufiji River visitors a chance to see hippos, bird life and even crocodiles up close During a game driver or walk one might be lucky enough to see a pack of African Wild Dog, disappearing throughout Africa but thriving in the Selous. These complex and fascinating mammals show little fear of vehicles, and its is often possible to observe their intense social life from close proximity.

Although the Selous is best known for its spectacular large mammals it is equally celebrated for its abundant and varied birds. The most conspicuous bird life is to be found around the constantly-changing pattern of sandbanks, oxbow lakes, lagoons and channels along the Rufiji River. The river scenery is made all the more spectacular by the groves of Brasses palms. an indigenous species whose tall front sway majestically in the Africa breezes .Ancient baobabs, a tree held sacred by many tribal groups, stand majestically against the far-reaching horizon. Their dead, hollow, leafless trunks provide vantage points for fish eagles and nest site for Egyptian Greece and Dickinson’s

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