SAFARI TANZANIA CAMPING OR LODGE

One of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in Tanzania, is the Serengeti which flows into the Maasai Mara, home to migrant birds, about 57 different species of birds of prey and wildlife in abundance. On arrival, one is immediately struck by the large herds of elephant, shuffling about almost the grasslands. Due to the prolific amount of game, it is not surprising that lion, cheetah and leopard find an ongoing source of food here. Within the Mara river, hippo wallow.

However, by far the most spectacular sight in the Serengeti, is the massive migration of animals to new grazing pastures each year. Between July and August each year, literally millions of wildebeest, head in their droves from the Serengeti in search of fresh grasslands further north towards the Maasai Mara in Kenya.

Tanzania has so much to offer her visitors. She is home to one of the 7 summits - Kilimanjaro, has several game parks teeming with animals including Meru National Park, home to Mt Meru, and Tanzania is home to the annual migration of the wildebeest and has pristine beach and dive areas on the coast line.

For any safari in Tanzania, you can either chose from a few examples on our site, or tailor your own tour. You can also choose from a range of accommodation from camping, the luxury game lodges. Note that it is not possible to get to the Serengeti on a 3 day safari. You need a minimum of 5. Add a safari tour onto the end of your Kilimanjaro or Mt Meru Climb and unwind as your travel through the Serengeti.

Itinerary 3 Day Tanzania Safari

Day-1: Lake Munyara

After breakfast, we drive away from Moshi to Lake Munyara. By comparison with Ngorongoro and Tarangire, Manyara is much smaller but no less scenic. It is situated between the escarpment formed by the rift valley and the soda water Lake Manyara. It is an ideal spot for bird lovers and home to large groups of elephant and the tree climbing lion. Large numbers of buffalo, grazing giraffe and wildebeest are found in the area along with the chattering monkeys and rummaging warthogs.

Day-2: Ngorongoro Crater

We drive to and tour the Ngorongoro. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest intact caldera, forming an incredible bowl shape with sides of about 600m deep, and covering a distance of about 270km square. Various habitats form a complete microcosm within the crater floor, from grasslands to forest, swamps and Lake Makat. It is home to some 20 000 wild animals and although the animals move in and out of the area consistently, the vegetation in the crater floor provides an ongoing food supply attracting the gazers, and predators as well. We enjoy a lunch in the crater and later, proceed to the lodge to spend the evening.

Day-3: Tarangire

This morning we head to Tarangire National Park south of the Ngorongoro. It covers about 2600 sq km of floodplains, grassland and tall woodlands of acacia. It is home to the famous Baobab trees, hundreds of years old. During the drier winter months of July to September, a large number of migrant animals flock to the plains, which tend to be less concentrated with game in the months of April and May when there is more rain.  Tarangire is known for its elephants as large numbers pour into the area around June, along with many buck species, wildebeest, and  zebra. The area is rich in bird life as well as a few resident lion who tend to remain all year round. At the end of the day, interrupted only by watching game and taking in a picnic lunch, we drive back to Moshi

Itinerary 5 Day Tanzania Safari

Day-1: Lake Munyara

After breakfast, we drive away from Moshi to Lake Munyara. By comparison with Ngorongoro and Tarangire, Manyara is much smaller but no less scenic. It is situated between the escarpment formed by the rift valley and the soda water Lake Manyara. It is an ideal spot for bird lovers and home to large groups of elephant and the tree climbing lion. Large numbers of buffalo, grazing giraffe and wildebeest are found in the area along with the chattering monkeys and rummaging warthogs.

Day-2: Serengeti

After breakfast drive to and tour Serengeti. The areas is particularly famous for the massive migration of 1.5million Wildebeest, and several thousand Gazelle and Zebra all heading for greener pastures and improved grazing area's, risking life and limb to predators such as Lion and Crocodile. The National Park is broadly divided into three areas, the Seronera Valley and Seronera River, the Western Corridor and the Northern 'Lobo' area that extends northwards to join the Masai Mara.

Day-3: Serengeti

Tour of the Serengeti park and overnight at camp

Day-4: Ngorongoro Crater

We drive to the Ngorongoro Crater via Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world. Overnight Ngorongoro Crater

Day-5

This morning we will descend into and tour Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest intact caldera, forming an incredible bowl shape with sides of about 600m deep, and covering a distance of about 270km square. Various habitats form a complete microcosm within the crater floor, from grasslands to forest, swamps and Lake Makat. It is home to some 20 000 wild animals and although the animals move in and out of the area consistently, the vegetation in the crater floor provides an ongoing food supply attracting the gazers, and predators as well. We enjoy a lunch in the crater and later, proceed back to Moshi.

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Itinerary 6 Day Tanzania Safari

Day-1: Lake Munyara

After breakfast, we drive away from Moshi to Lake Munyara. By comparison with Ngorongoro and Tarangire, Manyara is much smaller but no less scenic. It is situated between the escarpment formed by the rift valley and the soda water Lake Manyara. It is an ideal spot for bird lovers and home to large groups of elephant and the tree climbing lion. Large numbers of buffalo, grazing giraffe and wildebeest are found in the area along with the chattering monkeys and rummaging warthogs.

Day-2: Serengeti

After breakfast drive to and tour Serengeti. The areas is particularly famous for the massive migration of 1.5million Wildebeest, and several thousand Gazelle and Zebra all heading for greener pastures and improved grazing area's, risking life and limb to predators such as Lion and Crocodile. The National Park is broadly divided into three areas, the Seronera Valley and Seronera River, the Western Corridor and the Northern 'Lobo' area that extends northwards to join the Masai Mara.

Day-3: Serengeti

Tour of the Serengeti park and overnight at camp

Day-4: Ngorongoro Crater

We drive to the Ngorongoro Crater via Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world. Overnight Ngorongoro Crater

Day-5: Ngorongoro Crater

This morning we will descend into and tour Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest intact caldera, forming an incredible bowl shape with sides of about 600m deep, and covering a distance of about 270km square. Various habitats form a complete microcosm within the crater floor, from grasslands to forest, swamps and Lake Makat. It is home to some 20 000 wild animals and although the animals move in and out of the area consistently, the vegetation in the crater floor provides an ongoing food supply attracting the gazers, and predators as well. We enjoy a lunch in the crater and later, overnight Ngorongoro Crater.

Day-6: Tarangire

This morning we head to Tarangire National Park south of the Ngorongoro. It covers about 2600 sq km of floodplains, grassland and tall woodlands of acacia. It is home to the famous Baobab trees, hundreds of years old. During the drier winter months of July to September, a large number of migrant animals flock to the plains, which tend to be less concentrated with game in the months of April and May when there is more rain.  Tarangire is known for its elephants as large numbers pour into the area around June, along with many buck species, wildebeest, and  zebra. The area is rich in bird life as well as a few resident lion who tend to remain all year round. At the end of the day, interrupted only by watching game and taking in a picnic lunch, we drive back to Moshi

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Itinerary 7 Day Tanzania Safari

Day-1: Lake Munyara

After breakfast, we drive away from Moshi to Lake Munyara. By comparison with Ngorongoro and Tarangire, Manyara is much smaller but no less scenic. It is situated between the escarpment formed by the rift valley and the soda water Lake Manyara. It is an ideal spot for bird lovers and home to large groups of elephant and the tree climbing lion. Large numbers of buffalo, grazing giraffe and wildebeest are found in the area along with the chattering monkeys and rummaging warthogs.

Day-2: Serengeti

After breakfast drive to and tour Serengeti. The areas is particularly famous for the massive migration of 1.5million Wildebeest, and several thousand Gazelle and Zebra all heading for greener pastures and improved grazing area's, risking life and limb to predators such as Lion and Crocodile. The National Park is broadly divided into three areas, the Seronera Valley and Seronera River, the Western Corridor and the Northern 'Lobo' area that extends northwards to join the Masai Mara.

Day-2: Serengeti

Tour of the Serengeti park and overnight at camp

Day-4: Ngorongoro Crater

We drive to the Ngorongoro Crater via Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world. Overnight Ngorongoro Crater

Day-5: Ngorongoro Crater

This morning we will descend into and tour Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest intact caldera, forming an incredible bowl shape with sides of about 600m deep, and covering a distance of about 270km square. Various habitats form a complete microcosm within the crater floor, from grasslands to forest, swamps and Lake Makat. It is home to some 20 000 wild animals and although the animals move in and out of the area consistently, the vegetation in the crater floor provides an ongoing food supply attracting the gazers, and predators as well. We enjoy a lunch in the crater and later, overnight Ngorongoro Crater.

Day-6: Tarangire

This morning we head to Tarangire National Park south of the Ngorongoro. It covers about 2600 sq km of floodplains, grassland and tall woodlands of acacia. It is home to the famous Baobab trees, hundreds of years old. During the drier winter months of July to September, a large number of migrant animals flock to the plains, which tend to be less concentrated with game in the months of April and May when there is more rain.  Tarangire is known for its elephants as large numbers pour into the area around June, along with many buck species, wildebeest, and  zebra. The area is rich in bird life as well as a few resident lion who tend to remain all year round. At the end of the day, interrupted only by watching game and taking in a picnic lunch, and overnight Tarangire.

Day-7: Tarangire

This morning we tour through the Tarangire and then make our way back to Moshi

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Overview of the National Parks

Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania' s smaller parks. Its vegetation is diverse, ranging from savannah to marshes to evergreen forest. Created to protect its magnificent elephant herds, Manyara National Park is equally famous for the unusual behaviour of its tree-climbing lions as for the flocks of pink flamingos that inhabit the lake's shores.

The reserve is considered to have the highest density of the olive baboon with troops of up to 200 members. The acacia dominated woodlands around Lake Manyara provide the perfect habitat for the Maasai giraffe.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), measuring 8,300 square kilometres, is also the only place on earth where mankind and wild animals co-exist in harmony. Had it not become the world's sixth-largest unbroken caldera, then what is now known as the Ngorongoro crater could have been a towering volcanic mountain, as high as Kilimanjaro.

There are 7,000 wildebeests, 4,000 zebras, 3,000 eland and 3,000 Grant's and Thomson's gazelles. The crater also has the densest known population of lions, numbering 62. Higher up, in the rainforests of the crater rim, are leopards, about 30 large elephants, mountain reedbuck and more than 4,000 buffalos, spotted hyenas, jackals, rare wild dogs, cheetahs, and other felines

Serengeti National Park is at the heart the larger Serengeti ecosystem, which is defined by the area covered by the annual migration. The vast plains of the Serengeti comprise 1.5 million ha of savannah. The annual migration to permanent water holes of vast herds of herbivores (wildebeest, gazelles and zebras), followed by their predators, is one of the most impressive natural events in the world. It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous.

Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back.

The closest national park to Arusha town is Arusha National Park - a multi-faceted jewel, often overlooked by safari goers, despite offering the opportunity to explore a beguiling diversity of habitats within a few hours.

The entrance gate leads into shadowy montane forest inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys and colourful turacos and trogons - the only place on the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey is easily seen. It is also home to Mount Meru - at 4,566 metres

At 5,895 m, Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa. This volcanic massif stands in splendid isolation above the surrounding plains, with its snowy peak looming over the savannah. The mountain is encircled by mountain forest. Numerous mammals, many of them endangered species, live in the park.

Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania, it is located in Manyara Region. It is most famous for its elephant migration, birding and authentic safari atmosphere. With it being roughly roughly ten times the size Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire is a little gem on the Northern safari circuit not to be missed.



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Like Tanzania, Kenya is a magnificent place for a safari. The difference is that the scenery from one national park to the other is so diverse that you would easy believe you were in a different county. The best place from which to view the mass migration of zebra and wildebeest is from the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
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It is not only Kenya and Tanzania that have spectacular game parks, Uganda too. It offers up an amazingly diverse array of park to suit everyone from bird watchers to big cat lovers. It also gives you a chance to visit a rhino sanctuary and track the rhino in their natural habitat. But best of all, it is home to resident chimpanzee and mountain gorilla species, must do visits on anyones' bucket list.
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Visiting the mountain gorilla in Uganda in the heart of the Virunga mountains is a unique opportunity to see these magnificent creatures close up. These tours are done over 5 days, with only one day of hiking to see these magnificent creatures.
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In Rwanda, you may only track gorilla within Volcanoes National Park, a section of the bigger Virunga mountains. Approximately 480 mountain gorillas live in the Virunga complex and reside on the altitude range of 2,300 to 4,500 meters in the southern area of Virunga National Park. Tours are just three days in total with one day of trekking to see the Mountain Gorilla  
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