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Join this bird watching safari in picturesque Tanzania. This holiday in Africa will take you across Tanzania's Northern Circuit which is a popular destination for safari adventurers. You will visit Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro conservation area and crater, and the famed Serengeti National Park where you will see various species of birds. If you are ready for an exciting safari, then this African holiday is for you.
The Lake Manyara Wildlife lodge is one of the first hotels that opened in Tanzania. Strategically located on the steep edges of the Rift Valley, it has a magnificent view over the whole lake. Elegantly designed as a two levels set, it has a restaurant and a bar with a superb terrace overlooking the Manyara Lake. Recent renovations give charm to the African style decoration.
The spectacular swimming pool in a panoramic setting is an ideal place to enjoy the fresh air and stunning views of Rose Lake. The Lake Manyara Wildlife lodge has 100 spacious rooms, each with a private veranda with a beautiful view overlooking the Manyara Lake.
After enjoying a long leisurely game drive between herds of wild animals and along miles of Africa’s seemingly endless roads, you'll come over a slight rise and see the lodge almost immediately below you. Built to blend with the vastness of its surroundings, Tarangire Sopa Lodge lies hidden among the kopjes, ancient baobab, and grasses of the Tarangire National Park, home to the greatest concentration of elephants in Africa.
Many can be seen around the lodge, allowing visitors a close encounter. Room amenities include mosquito nets, hair dryers, turndown service, special diets, and children's menu.
You will be driven three to four hours from Moshi or Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park with a lunch en route. About 14:00, you will enter the park for an afternoon game viewing in Lake Manyara National Park. Enjoy four hours of game viewing before being driven out of the park to Manyara wildlife lodge or Tiloma lodge where you will have your dinner and stay overnight.
You will be driven three to four hours until you reach the entrance of Serengeti National Park Nabi hill gate where your lunch will be served. In the afternoon, you will have game viewing around the park. You will stay overnight at Kati Kati tented lodge or Sopa Serengeti lodge.
It will be a full day game viewing in Serengeti but you'll have the option to enjoy game viewing at sunrise or sunset. Lunch will be served at the same lodge where you stayed overnight on your arrival, or you may leave with a lunch box for a late return. You'll stay overnight and dine at the same lodge.
You'll enjoy morning game viewing in Serengeti National Park before lunch and depart to Ngorongoro with game viewing en route. You will arrive late in the evening for dinner and overnight stay at Ngorongoro Wildlife lodge or Sopa lodge. Both lodges are found on the rim of Ngorongoro crater.
You'll have a full day game viewing in Ngorongoro Crater. Picnic lunch will be served inside the crater at midday. You will have a late game viewing while you ascend out of the crater to Ngorongoro farmhouse lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, you will leave the farm house for Mto wa Mbu village for culture tourism to get another image of African culture or back to the same nature you had in the previous days. Game viewing will end mid-day to allow enough time for the drive back to Arusha, Moshi, or Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for other destinations.
Human existence in the Ngorongoro conservation area goes back beyond the dawn of history as evidenced by the numerous remains of hominids, mankind's earliest recognizable ancestors. The world's two famous pre-historic archaeological sites Gorge and Laetoli are in the area. The Laetoli footprints of human's remote ancient ancestors, who lived about three and a half million years ago, are found in the area.
The Zinjanthropus man lived about 1.8 million years ago. Homo Habilis to Homo Sapiens were found in Olduvai Gorge. The story of the ancient ancestors of the modern human told by the fossils of Olduvai and Laetoli confirms that the humans and hominids have been living in the area for millions of years. In historic times, humankind in Ngorongoro includes the Hadzabe and pastoral Maasai numbering 52,000 individuals, with their strong insistence on their tradition and customs which attracts many visitors in the area.
The Serengeti National Park, Tanzania's largest national park, is located about 335 kilometers northwest of Arusha town. Most tourists visiting the world famous national park are fascinated by the annual migration. Millions of wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson's gazelles are driven by ancient instinct to migrate to the Maasai Mara in Kenya.
The wildebeest usually moves through the northern woodlands between June and December every year to feed on the long grass found during this season. During February and March, they migrate to the southern plains, where the grass is rich in minerals, to rear their young. When the rain stops, in May and June, the herds are once again forced to migrate to the northwest.
Migratory birds including the stork, pallid harrier, and peregrine falcon also use the southern plains during the season. The Serengeti is also renowned for its wealth of leopards and lions. The vast riches of the park help the black rhino fight extinction and provide a protected breeding ground for the vulnerable cheetah. The Kirawira River with its population of giant Nile crocodiles has made this area very famous worldwide.
The fierce sun sucks the moisture from the landscape, baking the earth a dusty red, the withered grass as brittle as straw. The Tarangire River has shriveled to a shadow of its wet season self. But it is choked with wildlife. Thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometers knowing that here, there is always water.
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem, a smorgasbord for predators and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope, such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk, are regularly observed.
During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 20,000 square kilometers or 12,500 square miles range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire’s mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.
Daily meals are included on this safari holiday.
Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Amazing Usambara Trekking will pick you up from the airport.