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This joining safari is suitable for budget travelers who wish to discover the top safari destinations in the northern circuit of Tanzania including Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, and Lake Manyara National Park. The vast area of the northern circuit offers diverse safaris with their different landscapes. A guide that will also be your driver and a chef will take good care of you with fresh delicious meals and put the tents up at the public campsites. Opportunities for great wildlife sightings and spectacular scenery are bound!
The accommodation is public campsite so there might be a lot of people or not. But everyone has their own tent. The tents will be used for couples sharing.
Fanaka Campsite is a budgeted campsite, the camping area is secluded, spacious, and under the shade of trees. Lodge accommodations cover triple rooms, double rooms with king-size bed and twin bed size to a single room. All rooms are en-suite with hot shower bathrooms, toilets and mosquito net. Some rooms have a self balcony to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful natural trees and vegetation.
Nyani Campsite is one of the most frequented public campsites in the Seronera area, located a few kilometers east of the tourist information center. Although most of the campsites in the area are similar, it is one of few that are on level ground and well-sheltered from winds, meaning less cold nights. It is a tents-only camp with the only facilities provided being separate kitchen and dining areas, a water supply, along with modern toilets and bathrooms - with a separate side for men and women. The kitchen operates on a self-catering basis.
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.
You will be camping on public campsites, under the stars and the sound of wild animals during the night. Uprise Africa Explorer's staff provides tents, matrasses, and pillows. There are toilets available, mostly sitting toilets, in some cases standing toilets. Toilet paper is not always provided, make sure you bring your own. Campsites in the rural areas, do not always provide for showers with hot water. The budget option takes you back to the basics and let you reconnect to nature and its surroundings.
After breakfast, the tour departs. First stop is Arusha Town for any last-minute purchases before you head off on safari. Afterward, you head towards the Tarangire National Park for a game drive with picnic lunch at the park. Tarangire is well known for its huge elephant population and baobab trees. It forms the center of an annual migratory cycle that includes up to 3,000 elephants, 25,000 wildebeest, and 30,000 zebras. Dinner and overnight at Fanaka campsite.
After breakfast, depart for Serengeti National Park via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, you descend into the heart of wild Africa - the Serengeti National Park - with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. Then head to the central park area, known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. Arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti national park. Dinner and overnight at Nyani campsite for camping safari.
Early morning game drive and after depart to Ngorongoro Conservation area with game drive. In the late afternoon, transfer to Ngorongoro Simba Camp where you will have dinner and overnight.
After an early breakfast, you will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife. Supported by year-round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area supports an avast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs, and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot.
You will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually be seen here. In the late afternoon, transfer to Lake Manyara for dinner and overnight at Fanaka Campsite.
After breakfast, you will meet a professional tour guide driver in the lodge. Departing to Lake Manyara National Park with a lunch box, you head into game drive. This impressive park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake. In the late afternoon, you will transfer to Moshi or Arusha.
Tarangire National Park is the sixth-largest national park in Tanzania with 20,000 square kilometers range. The sensational baobab trees and different landscapes such as small hills and savannah are the home to varied animal populations.
Because of the permanent water supply of the Tarangire River, hundreds of animals migrate from Manyara to Tarangire. Especially during the dry season herds of zebra, elephant, giraffe, hippo impala, warthog gathering together around the waterholes. Tarangire’s pythons climb trees, also do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches of the sausage tree. It is also an excellent place for birdwatching. The best birdwatching months are from October to May.
The most famous park in Tanzania is Serengeti National Park. It’s the oldest park, covering an area of 14,763 square kilometers, equal in size to Northern Ireland. Its name comes from the Masai word Siringet, meaning 'endless plains'. It is the sanctuary of an estimated four million different animals and birds.
Serengeti is well known for the big migration, spectacular huge herds of wild zebra, antelopes, move to other areas of the park in search of greener grazing grounds (requiring over 4,000 tons of grass each day) and water. Because of its high population of these species, it’s a perfect place for the big predators, the lions, leopards, and hyenas are commonly seen while sleeping or hunting.
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 square kilometers. Spectacular as it is, the crater accounts for just a tenth of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. 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.
The crater is home to many species of wildlife and birds. Almost every species of African plains mammal lives in the crater, including the endangered black rhino. The densest population of predators in Africa can be seen here, lion, leopard, hyena. The birdlife, which includes the flamingo, is mainly seasonal, mostly seen in Lake Magadi on the crater floor.
Covered under the massive area of the Great Rift Valley, with 325 square meters, this park is fully surrounded by a green landscape and the alkaline lake. This relatively small park is divided into five distinct vegetation zones: ground-water forest, marshland, reed beds, open grasslands, and acacia woodland.
The vegetation of groundwater forest, where blue monkeys, baboons, and the curious-looking silvery-cheeked hornbill live, among the more than 350 bird species, the most profuse being the flamingo. In a single day, you may see elephant, buffalo, zebra, hippo and the curious lions which have a habit of resting in trees.
All food during the tour is included in the price. A personal chef will make fresh self-made meals, ever day. You will be also provided with one liter of bottled water/daily/person in the vehicle.
The nearest airport is Moshi Airport (QSI). Please send an inquiry to Uprise Africa Explorer for further information.
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