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In this camping safari, you will explore the best of northern Tanzania, including Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, and the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater. Spectacular wildlife watching is mixed with impressive landscapes, bushy picturesque forests, steep hanging craters, and seemingly endless grass savannahs. This is the perfect way to get close to nature and experience wildlife!
On the first night of the safari, you will stay at Mc-Ellys Hotel in Arusha. Then you will spend the next two nights at Twiga Campsite and another three nights at Serengeti public campsite in the Serengeti. For your last night, Ngorongoro Simba Campsite will be your home.
Located in the City Centre along Wasukuma Street Arusha Tanzania, the Hotel is near Arusha Airport & only 45Kms near Kilimanjaro Airport. Nearby Health and Fitness Clubs in Arusha and the Hotel is only 15mins walking distance to Arusha International Conference Centre, Forex Bureaus, Shopping Malls, and Curio Shops.
Twiga Campsite are located at Mto Wa Mbu, one and a half hour drive from Arusha town. Its extensive facilities and beautiful setting have made Twiga a very popular stopover along the route to many Northern Circuit tourist attractions. Walkers and cyclists might be pleased to note that the excellent site and provides fresh air and good views of the wonderful surroundings. You can choose to sleep in public campsite. Please make sure to send an inquiry to learn more about the changing accommodation arrangement in this campsite.
Serengeti campsite strategically situated in central Serengeti, ideal for exploring the extensive Serengeti plains. In its dome comfortable tents, one will feel completely immersed in the surroundings and one can enjoy the rich animal life and vegetation of the area.
Located a two-hour drive along a panoramic route from the Olduvai Museum and the river Grumeti, two of the indispensable visits for all travelers to Tanzania.
The camp has been designed in the middle of the Serengeti without a fence. All of the infrastructures are mobile and the philosophy of the company is not to leave anything behind.
Simba Campsite lies on the very rim of Ngorongoro Crater and has an excellent view across the caldera. A fantastic sunrise over the crater rim opposite makes a fine breakfast scene. Often there are elephants wandering around the camp! This campsite is guarded. Tents have mats and bathrooms are outside of the tent.
Facilities at Simba Campsite are basic but this is more than made up for by the atmosphere of this camp in the clouds.
After arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will be warmly welcomed by one of the experienced driver-guides, ready to greet and escort you to your hotel in Arusha. He will introduce you to this wonderful city and country.
The city even has its own natural attraction close by, Arusha National Park. Named after the Wa-arusha residents of the town, this busy agricultural, administrative, and tourist center is the perfect place to relax after a long journey and before you set off on safari, the holiday of a lifetime. Overnight at Africana Grand hotel. Bed; Breakfast
After a short briefing, your luggage is loaded onto the vehicle, and you will head in the direction of the Tarangire National Park. The giant Baobab trees, the bush savannah, and the seasonal marshes add to the wonder of this nature reserve. The park covers approximately 2,600 square kilometers and is roughly the size of Luxemburg.
The Tarangire National Park is considered as one of the best places in East Africa to see elephants up close. One reason is that there are approximately 4,000 animals in the region, and another is that the elephants are not too bothered by the presence of motor vehicles.
In addition to observing elephants, you will also have a chance to see the beautiful Maasai giraffe, various gazelles and antelopes, buffalos, lions, leopards, baboons, and over a hundred different species of birds. After a day of wildlife watching, you will stay in the park in the late afternoon and drive to the Savannah Campsite, where you will overnight. Lunch; Dinner.
After breakfast, the journey continues to the village of Mto wa Mbu. After a short briefing, your guide will take you on a walk through the village. From banana plantations to rice fields, from the local medicine man to the local brewery, and from the paint and woodcraft workshop to the local school, the village walk gives you an insight into the daily village life.
Lunch is prepared by a communal women’s group and served at a local compound. It consists of a wide variety of African dishes, giving you the opportunity to taste the traditional food. After this wonderful experience, you will visit Lake Manyara National Park. The protected area encloses a large part of the alkaline lake of the same name.
This amazing lake is the seasonal home of a giant flamingo colony and many more waterfowl. On the lake shore, you can also observe elephants, hippopotami, buffalos, and numerous types of gazelles. You will leave the park in the evening. Overnight will be at Lake Savannah Campsite. Breakfast; lunch; Dinner.
Today, you will make your way to the vegetation-rich crater highlands. You will continue to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area via Karatu. After passing the crater highlands, you will soon see the plains of the southern Serengeti. On the way to your camp, you will start to understand the meaning of the word "Serengeti", which comes from the Maasai word “Siringitu” and stands for endless plain.
The southern Serengeti plains literally seem to go on forever, stretching to the horizon and only interrupted by the so-called “Kopjes” or “Inselbergs” (strange-looking rock formations). These plains are the ideal hunting ground for cheetahs and other big cats. In the afternoon, you will reach your destination for the day. Depending on the season, you will stay at the Serengeti public Camp inside the park. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Today is set for game viewing, and the Serengeti is at your disposal. The best vantage points and worthwhile areas are chosen to give you the best-possible chance to observe animals and to capture the perfect photo. You have the chance to witness the great migration with hundred thousands of wildebeests and zebras.
During the small rainy season in October and November, you will typically see these herds moving from the Kenyan Maasai Mara through the northwest of the Serengeti to the plains in the south. After the great rainy season in April, May, and June, the herds slowly travel back through the western and northwestern part of the Serengeti.
With fluctuations in rainfall, this timetable can change, resulting in animals migrating during different times and routes. Your guide will know where and when to find the animals and will make sure that you can see the animals from the best spot in the national park. You will spend a night at the public campsite.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
On your outward journey to the Serengeti National Park gate, you will have another chance to observe the beautiful animals of Africa. Leaving behind the wonderful Seronera Valley with its wildebeests and zebras, as well as occasional visitors like lions and other large cats such as cheetahs and leopards, you will exit the Serengeti and drive toward the Ngorongoro Simba campsite where you will stay overnight.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
After breakfast at the camp, you will travel to the adventurous trail that takes you into the crater. Grass steppes and acacia forests are home to almost all the species of animals found in the East African savannah. In only a few hours, you have the chance of spotting the Big Five, including lion, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, and leopard.
After an extensive game viewing and a picnic in the crater, you will leave the highlands of Ngorongoro in the late afternoon and travel back to Arusha for your own hotel choice. Breakfast; Lunch.
On the third day of the safari, you will visit Mto wa Mbu village, where you will experience the rich cultural heritage of Tanzania.
This safari tour will take place in various destinations in Tanzania, including Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
It is the vast number of baobabs that first capture the eye as you enter Tarangire National Park. The gently rolling countryside is dotted with these majestic trees, which seem to dwarf the animals that feed beneath them. The park owes its name to Tarangire River, which flows across the area. It is characterized by dense vegetation of acacia and mixed woodland.
The area around Tarangire River, however, is dominated by huge baobab trees and old doum palm trees to a lesser prominence, as well as black cotton grass. Though it is not as famous as other parks in the north, Tarangire offers the same attractions as other parks in the north. Its unique aspect is the annual animal immigration that takes place during the dry season.
While Serengeti’s animal migration has attained mundane fame, for many tourists, little is known of Tarangire annual migration. The difference with Serengeti, however, is that in Serengeti, animals migrate away from the park during the dry season (June to October).
The opposite happens in Tarangire. Animals migrate from Maasai Steppe to the park during the dry season. They migrate to the park in search of water, which is provided by Tarangire River, and predators migrate along in search for preys. During this period, the park has the largest concentration of animals than in any park in the northern Tanzania.
The Lake Manyara National Park, which encompasses an area of 335 square kilometers, of which 200 square kilometers is a lake, was proclaimed a game reserve in 1957 and registered three years later as a national park. The park is situated between the 600-meter-high escarpment of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara and is 130 kilometers from Arusha.
Thus, it can be visited on a day excursion from this center. At the southern end of the park are hot sulfur springs known as Majimoto. Further along the forest, the area opens up into woodlands, grassland, swamps, and beyond, the soda lake itself.
Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park is recognized for its incredible beauty. Wildlife at Lake Manyara is not restricted to birdlife only. Many game animals such as buffalo, elephant, giraffe, impala, hippo, and a great variety of smaller animals also inhabit the park.
Lake Manyara is also renowned for its tree-climbing lions which spend most of the day spread out along the branches of acacia trees six to seven meters above the ground. The park contains the most pachyderms per kilometer square in Tanzania. As visitors enter the gate, they pass into the lush forest, home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys.
Buffalo and hippo lurch in the adjacent hippo pool. The vegetation eventually merges into flat-topped acacia woodland where, in the heat of the day, entire prides of lion can be seen stretched on the branches of these trees, a habit prevalent to Manyara lions.
Along with these amazing tree-climbing lions, there are the usual browsers and grazers as well as the curios-looking banded mongoose. Two-thirds of the park are dominated by the slightly alkaline lake, which is home to a huge variety of waterbirds.
The Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a seventh worldwide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebras and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing.
Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa, great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala, and Grant’s gazelle.
The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.
There is more to Serengeti than large mammals. Gaudy agama lizards and rock hyraxes scuffle around the surfaces of the park’s isolated granite koppies. A full 100 varieties of dung beetle have been recorded, as have 500 plus bird species, ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills.
As enduring as the game viewing is the liberating sense of space that characterizes the Serengeti Plains, stretching across the sunburnt savannah to a shimmering golden horizon at the end of the earth. Yet after the rains, this golden expanse of grass is transformed into an endless green carpet flecked with wildflowers. And there are also wooded hills and towering termite mounds, rivers lined with fig trees and acacia woodland stained orange by dust.
Popular the Serengeti might be, but it remains so vast that you may be the only human audience when a pride of lions masterminds a siege, focused unswervingly on its next meal.
In nearly three million years ago, Ngorongoro towered alongside Mount Kilimanjaro as one of the highest peaks in Africa. Forged during the tumultuous birth of the Rift Valley, its volcanic top erupted at the time that ancient man first walked the plains.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) covers some 8,300 square kilometers. It boasts the finest blend of landscapes, wildlife, people, and archaeological sites in Africa. It is also a pioneering experiment in multiple land use. The concept of multiple land use in conservation perspective is a deviation from a traditional approach of regarding conservation as complete absenteeism of human interference.
Today, Ngorongoro’s caldera shelters the most beautiful wildlife haven on earth. The rich pasture and permanent water of the crater floor supports a resident population of some 20,000 to 25,000 large mammals. They are not confined by the crater walls and can leave freely. They stay because conditions are favorable.
Since most of the crater floor is grassland, grazing animals predominate, including gnu, zebra, gazelles, buffalo, eland and kongoni (Coke’s hartebeest), and warthogs. The swamp and forest provide additional resources for hippos, some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhinos, giant-tusked elephants, waterbucks, reedbucks and bushbucks, baboons, and vervets.
The steep inner slopes provide a habitat for dik-dik and the rare mountain reedbuck. Towering euphorbias cling to the crater walls, and on the floor, fever tree and fig tree forests give shade to an awe-inspiring array of creatures. All these animals, in turn, support large predators such as lion and leopard and scavengers such as hyena and jackals. For the best viewing and photography, approach the animals slowly and quietly and stay on the official tracks.
You will be served three meals daily. To avoid health problems, it is advised that you use only bottled or filtered water for drinking and brushing your teeth. Bottled water is cheap and readily available in Tanzania, and all lodges and restaurants will have it available. The safari vehicles of Kiliholidays Tours & Safaris always come stocked with plenty of bottled water to ensure you remain hydrated while on safari.
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