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The Great Migration

Dubbed the Greatest Show on Earth, to rival any of Andrew Lloyd Weber's famous West-end musicals, the migration of millions of wildlife in the Serengeti ecosystem (comprising Serengeti and Maasai Mara), is a spectacle like no other in the world.

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Mount Kilimanjaro Treks

Very few people haven't heard of this majestic and mysterious snow-capped mountain, Africa's highest peak, standing 3 degrees south of the Equator.



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The Serengeti

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The Serengeti is famous for its endless grassy plains and islands of rock or "kopjes", the "big cats" and millions of migratory wildebeest and zebra. This is the largest national park in the north of Tanzania, and covers an area of 14,763 square kilometres (slightly larger than Northern Ireland or roughly the size of Kuwait).

The Serengeti National Park is just a small part of the greater Serengeti ecosystem which comprises seven main regions: the Serengeti National Park, Grumeti and Ikongoro Controlled Areas to the west, Loliondo Controlled Area to the north east, the Maasai Mara Game Reserve to the north, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the east and the Maswa Game reserve to the south.

The Park itself has 3 distinct areas - the Seronera area (roughly in the middle), which has a number of resident game all year round, the northern and western corridors, and the southern areas bordering Ndutu which are more interesting when the migratory herds are in these areas. The Grumeti River in the western corridor and the Mara River in the north also offer visitors glimpses of Africa's largest crocodiles (for those daring enough, there is a rope bridge across the Grumeti River that one can attempt to cross, whilst the ever-watchful crocs laze on the banks below dreamily...)

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The Ngorongoro Crater

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Described as one of the wonders of the world, this unique and world-famous caldera is the most remarkable feature in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, consisting of a huge range of wildlife and diverse geographical habitats - from a soda lake to the Lerai Forest ("Lerai" is the Maasai word for "yellow fever trees" - you'll see why...) to the table mountain and the open plains.

There are hyena and jackal dens, a hippo pool and a variety of rich plant, animal and birdlife within the confines of this gigantic bowl, once the heart of this ancient volcano.

With a diameter of about 20kms across, a depth of 600 metres and an area of approximately 300 sq kms, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder, dubbed the Eight Wonder of the World. Scientific study reveals that the Ngorongoro was probably as high as Kilimanjaro and its caldera was formed as a result of a violent and explosive eruption, which blew its top away. The rich pasture supports over 25,000 animals, predominantly grazing animals, including some of East Africa's last black rhinos. Big tuskers roam the floor and even though animals are free to leave or enter the Crater, most remain because of the plentiful water and food available on the Crater floor throughout the year.


Conservation Area



Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area occupies an area of 8,300 sq kms and is bordered by Serengeti to the west and north, the active volcano Oldo inyo Lengai (Maasai for ''mountain of God'') and Lake Natron to the north east, Lake Manyara to the south east and Lake Eyasi to the south west. Entry into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is via the Loduare Gate from the southeast, or Naabi Hill gate from Serengeti. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is shared by conservation, pastoralism and tourism with careful management of resources that have so far proved to be successful. The Salei plains between the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park, is part of the greater biosphere hosting the annual migration of wildebeest. Indeed, the Ndutu area, which is part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, is the main breeding grounds for the massive herds of wildebeest. The soil and green pastures around the Ndutu area provide nursing wildebeest mothers with the essential nutrients to feed their young, this usually occurs between February and April of each year.

hippo and zebras inside Ngorongoro CraterFor those wanting to spend more time in Ngorongoro, there are a number of places to tour in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Ngorongoro Crater is only one of a string of 7 volcanoes in the area - Empakaai, Olmoti, Oldeani, Makarut, Losirau and Loolmasin volcanoes. The landscape of Ngorongoro Conservation Area has been shaped by volcanic activity caused by the formation of the Gregory Rift and the Eyasi Rift, the main geological features of the region. During a process which ran its course over a period of four million years, seven volcanoes were created by the lava flows. Some of them collapsed into calderas and established what is now called the Crater Highlands. Only one of them, Oldonyo Lengai, the Maasai Mountain Of God, just outside the borders of NCA, is still active.

Circle Hike along Ngorongoro Crater RimEnergetic visitors can climb the steep slopes to gain a spectacular view at the top. At times this crater is deep but in recent years the ash has bubbled over the lower rim leaving shimmering white trails, which can be seen from the surrounding areas.

Over many millennia, the ash of many eruptions has been deposited by the prevailing easterly winds to form the fertile plains of Ndutu and the Serengeti National park - all part of the greater Serengeti ecosystem and biosphere through which millions of wildebeest trail in their annual cyclical journey in search of greener pastures and water.

Highlands



Highlands

The Ngorongoro highlands are great for trekking; there are also many interesting Maasai villages to visit where one can learn about the cultures of these famous pastoralists.

OLMOTI CRATER
Olmoti Crater is situated north of Ngorongoro Crater, and lies at an altitude of 3,700 metres but the crater itself is relatively shallow and home to many grazing animals. The crater can be accessed via Nainokanoka Maasai village (also a beautiful village to visit where one can gain a cultural insight into the daily lives of the Maasai tribe). Water cascades from a spring inside the crater to form a beautiful waterfall, which flows to form the Munge River feeding the Mwagusi Swamp in the Ngorongoro Crater. Guided treks around the rim of the Olmoti Crater and its fringing forest can be arranged (trek takes about 3 hours). It is also possible to have a longer trek from Olmoti Crater to the Salei plains and have a driver/guide meet you enroute to Serengeti.

EMPAKAAI CRATER
Empakaai (Embakai) Crater, 300 meters deep and six kms in diameter, is another collapsed volcanic caldera which is dominated by a soda lake occupying about 75% of the crater floor. This is a truly beautiful, more isolated crater supporting a variety of unique aquatic birdlife including flamingo and pelicans, and much larger mammals such as buffalo, waterbuck and leopard. Very few people visit this crater compared to its more famous neighbour Ngornogoro Crater. Guided treks can be arranged to the floor from the rim through dense rainforest, which is occupied by all sorts of wildlife – big and small, including buffalo, gazelle, monkeys, leopard and other animals. From the rim of the crater, one can see the conical active volcano Oldo inyo Lengai ( Mountain of God ).
A lovely experience is camping in one of two special/private campsites on the crater rim, and waking up to a stunning dawn overlooking the soda lake in the crater and the beckoning peak of Oldo inyo Lengai.
For guests who are interested in an eco-friendly walking safaris, 3 to 5 day treks can be arranged from Empakaai Crater to Lake Natron . Visitors are given the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Maasai, fly camping near Maasai settlements or in the heart of the bush land. A trek to the top of Oldo inyo Lengai can be arranged at the end of the walking safari. For those who only have a couple of days to spare in Ngorongoro, a full day to visit Empakaai and Olmoti Craters is very worthwhile giving guests the opportunity to explore off-the-beaten-path areas and the magnificent beauty of the Ngorongoro Highlands.

MOUNTS MAKARUT/LEMAGRUT & OLDEANI
These lie within a range of the Oldo inyo Ildatwa mountains, which can be scaled in 4-6 hours following an hour’s drive from Ngorongoro Crater. Mount Oldeani is 3216 metres high. This excursion offers guests the opportunity to stretch their legs in the middle of their safari experience, whilst affording a spectacular view over the Crater highlands and surrounding areas.
The remote and ecologically fragile Gol Mountains are divided by the valley of Ang’ata Kiti which leads to the Salei Plains. A fascinating area to explore by four-wheel vehicle or by foot and a chance to revel in solitude and peace.

SHIFTING SANDS
North of Olduvai Gorge lays a mysterious long, dark crescent-shaped sand dune, formed by prevailing easterly winds. The dune moves an average of 17m a year. A trip to the Shifting Sands dune offers guests the opportunity to stretch their legs and scale the escarpment. The dune also has important religious significance to the local Maasai.

THE OL KARIEN GORGE
The sheer walls of this narrow gorge in the Gol Mountains provide rainy-season breeding sites for hundreds of Ruppell's Griffon Vultures. In the dry season it is a crucial water source for Maasai and their livestock.

NASERA ROCK
This huge monolith stands 80 metres high and towers over the surrounding short grass plains west of the Gol Mountains . There is evidence of prehistoric man sheltering here for thousands of years.

The Olduvai Gorge



The Olduvai Gorge

At the edge of the Salei Plains and about 30kms west of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Olduvai Gorge is a historical site, the ''Cradle of Mankind'', world-famous since the discovery of the prehistoric remains of Zinjanthropus Boisei, now extinct wildlife and various stone-age tools. Excavations carried out in the Olduvai Gorge, have resulted in the discovery of one of our more distant ancestors, Homo habilis or Australopithecus Boisei (dubbed the Nutcracker Man). One of the more fascinating discoveries by Mary Leakey was that of 3.75 million-year-old hominid footprints naturally preserved in wet volcanic ash (of a family of 2 adults and one child accompanied by a three-toed horse) at nearby Laetoli. This discovery proved that hominids were walking upright much earlier than previously claimed. The original footsteps have been covered again but plaster casts can be viewed at the museum.

More recently the Naisiusiu Beds have uncovered tools and a skeleton of Homo Sapiens (modern man) who appeared about 50,000 years ago.

The gorge gets its name from the cactus-like plant species Oldupai, which is abundantly found around the gorge. Magnificent rock strata on either side of the gorge have exposed the fossilized remains of animals (including giant mammoths) and hominids dating back almost two million years. This is a treasure trove for most archaeologists, with immeasurable historical significance, offering an insight into the origins and daily lives of early humans.

The Olduvai Museum is open daily offering packed with a huge amount of information on finds from the gorge and surrounding areas. There is a shady picnic area outside the museum overlooking the Olduvai Gorge, where a museum curator will offer a half-hour lecture about the various findings and historical evidence gleaned from the gorge. A wide variety of birds can be identified whilst picnicking, including the yellow barbet, superb starling and lilac breasted rollers.

Olduvai Gorge can be visited at all times of the year, enroute to Serengeti from the Ngorongoro Crater.

For information on how to get to Olduvai Gorge, or for a safari to include a visit to Olduvai Gorge, contact Aim4Africa.

Oldo Inyo Lengai



Oldo Inyo Lengai

Tanzania’s youngest and active volcano, Mount Oldo-inyo-Lengai (or “ mountain of God” as the Maasai refer to it), lies between Empakaai Crater and Lake Natron.

he only active volcano left in East Africa, Oldo inyo Lengai (or Oldonyo L’engai) is a sacred site for the Maasai who make pilgrimages to the mountain to pray for rain, cattle and barren women offer sacrifices in the hope that En’gai (God) will grant them children.

Oldo inyo Lengai is a volcano with a difference: the lowest temperature lava, at 500 deg Centigrade, is dark grey (with a consistency almost like cement) which quickly cools when exposed to air and sets to a lighter grey. The volcano is 2889m high (7,650ft), and can be scaled in 7-10 hours.

For the ultimate thrill and a great adrenaline rush, trek to the summit of Oldo-inyo-Lengai. The crater summit is awesome, almost lunar like with huge hornitos nursing boiling cauldrons of lava waiting to burst forth into gushing rivers of flowing dark grey.

Summiting the volcano to the lunar-like crater and frequently erupting lava vents is like no other experience on earth! Oldo inyo Lengai is the world’s most unique volcano, with frequent bursts of dark grey natrocarbonatite lava flows at temperatures of about 500 °C (unlike the red hot appearance of normal basalt lava which is around double this temperature). For those lucky enough to photograph volcanic eruptions at night, the sight is nothing short of spectacular. During the day, lava flows like rivers of molten chocolate – the viscosity is the lowest possible (similar to olive oil).

Treks begin at midnight, when it is cool, and takes around 7-10 hours to the summit. Not for the faint-hearted, the mountain is steep with deep ravines running on either side of the path to the summit, and a 200m steep concrete-like wall just before you reach the floor of the active crater with its awesome bubbling hornitos and spectacular geological extrusions formed from rapidly cooling lava bursts. The steep walls of the conical volcano appear white because of the cooled natrocarbonatite lava that hardens to form a concrete like brittle substance, giving it a glacial-like appearance. The trek is non-technical, but climbers are warned to be extra vigilant especially on the crater floor in view of the fragile hornitos that nurse melting pots of molten lava waiting to explode.

The Maasai hold Oldo inyo Lengai in high esteem and is a revered place of worship and sacrifice. Barren women will sacrifice a goat through “windows” in the mountain where En’gai (God) will accept the gift and grant the woman a child. The Maasai also pay homage to Lengai in times of drought and for protection of their cattle.

For those seeking the ultimate challenge, this active volcano in Northern Tanzania is the epitome of adrenaline-pumping adventure, offering as a reward sights greater than anything on earth.

Walking Itinery



Walking Itinery

The change in elevation is from 3,000 metres at Embakai to 600 metres at Lake Natron. There is a corresponding change in temperatures from 15 Celsius at Embakai to 30-40 Celsius at Natron depending on the time of year. Itineraries can be reversed, starting from Natron and ending at Ngorongoro.

There is approximately six hours of walking each day. The distance from the rim of Embakai Crater to Lake Natron is 44 kms walk, or 230 kms by road. It is downhill for most of the way. Fly camps are basic and water is scarce. If you are up to it, there is the option of climbing Oldoinyo L'Engai at the end of the hike.

DAY DESCRIPTION
1 Drive to Empakaai Crater trail head. A Maasai guide will be waiting near the small village of Sandwi. The eastern part of Empakaai is heavily forested. Optional descent into Embakai Crater (an additional three hours). Spectacular views from the rim of Embakai of the Rift Valley and the active volcano of Oldoinyo L'Engai. Overnight basic fly camp.
2 The vehicle will return to Ngorongoro Crater and then continue to Lake Natron. You can leave all unwanted baggage in the vehicle, which will meet up with you on Day 3 at Lake Natron. After breakfast, hike down from Embakai toward the small village of Naiyopi. Overnight basic fly camp at Lerai.
3 Early morning start. Breakfast en route. After lunch, if time allows, hike up the Engare Sero gorge to the waterfalls (recommended). The water is normally crystal clear and a delight to bathe in. Overnight Lake Natron Camp. (Optional midnight trek up Oldo inyo Lengai approx 7-10 hours guided trek)

CAMPING ON HIKES
Donkeys or porters are used to carry equipment, food and water to the camp. You will be required to carry your own daypack, lunch box, drinking water and personal effects. Carry lightweight rain gear. Please keep your baggage to a limit of about 10 kgs for the hike.

Camping will be basic, utilising equipment that can be carried by donkeys. Tents are small back packing style tents with foam pad and bedding (sleeping bags or blankets). Sheets and towels are provided. Table and chairs are not provided. Mats are provided for sitting on the ground. A washbowl is provided but not showers. All water has to be packed on the donkeys. Bottled drinking water is available.


Lake Manyara

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Lake Manyara National Park covers an area of 330 square kilometres, of which 200 sq.kms is covered by the soda lake. The park is situated between the 600 m high escarpment of the Great Rift Valley and the lake itself and is 130 km (approximately 2 hours drive) from Arusha.

The park is usually incorporated into a longer northern Tanzanian Safari circuit, or can be done as a day trip from Arusha for those who are pressed for time following a Kilimanjaro trek.

The park is famous for its millions of colourful flamingo, pelicans, storks, kingfishers and a variety of hornbills (over 400 species of birds can be found in this park), as well as being well-known for its tree-climbing lions (only one of two groups of tree climbing lions in the world can be found here). The park is included in popular itineraries in order to give visitors a view of a different landscape and an appreciation of the rift valley escarpment with all its natural beauty. The park is predominantly forest and is home to a wide species of birdlife, antelope and monkeys including large troops of baboon and the more elusive blue monkey. There are many elephant herds, giraffe, zebra, hippopotamus and a host of other wildlife.
One game drive is usually enough to see most of the park, though with more time and with prior arrangement it is possible to visit the hot springs ("maji moto") on the far side of the park. The Lake itself is in the middle of the Rift Valley depression and all of the hotels and lodges are on the rim of the Rift Valley, so offering great views over the lake and the park. For those who can spend more than a day in the park, an added bonus is to be able to walk or cycle around the top of the Rift Valley, through the forests, to get spectacular views across the Rift and surrounding areas.

For the more adventurous, there are a number of excursions that can be incorporated into the basic safari program - allowing one to experience the natural surroundings in different ways - choose from: a forest hike or mountain biking along the Great Rift Valley, a night game drive with delicious bush dinner or even horse riding! One can even undertake a cultural tour at the nearby village of Mto-wa-Mbu where one can visit homesteads, schools, learn about the village development project and sample a home cooked traditional meal. See our Excursions and Cultural Programs pages for more details.

Tarangire

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Covering an area of 2400 sq kms, Tarangire is one of the larger parks in northern Tanzania, after the Serengeti, famed for its large and ferocious prides of lion, frequent sightings of the elusive leopard and huge elephant herds.

The park is stunningly beautiful, dotted with large, ancient baobabs, thorny acacias and ''sausage'' trees (ideal sanctuary for tree-loving leopards) - the quintessential African landscape which is part-forest and part plains.

Tarangire is easily incorporated into a long tour of the Northern Tanzanian game viewing areas, or due to its close promixity to Arusha (about 2.5 hours drive), a day trip can be easily achieved. However we would recommend at least two days in this park to allow for more relaxed game viewing and time to take in the surroundings especially at night when the nocturnal creatures awake and the skies are ablaze with stars from different galaxies - Tarangire exudes an aura of pure magic and one comes to truly appreciate the sheer natural beauty of this wild and wonderful park.

Sunset over AcaciasIt is not unlikely to come across a variety of snakes - the African Python (who can stretch to over 9 metres in length), the spitting cobra, gaboon vipers, puff adders and the notorious and deadly black mamba. In addition, about 50 of the 60 raptor species found in Tanzania can be found in Tarangire - tawny and snake eagles, chanting goshawks, African harrier-hawk, augur buzzards and the secretary birds make their home in this huge habitat.

Hollow Baobab in TarangireThe Tarangire River snakes its way across the park, offering wildlife a constant source of fresh water. Tarangire is best visited in the dry season, between July and September when the park becomes home to impressive concentrations of migratory wildlife species. During this period the Tarangire River is one of the few sources of permanent water in the area and consequently attracts large numbers of wildebeest, zebra, elephant, eland and oryx which gather in the area until the onset of the rains which sends the wildlife dispersing again to the adjoining grazing areas in the Maasai Steppes. Views over the vast Silale swamp to Ol Donyo Sambu hill are beautiful and the area attracts great concentrations of animals as the park dries out.

Landcruiser under acacia ¨C Tarangire (dots in background are wildebeest)In Tarangire, one can experience the true wilderness in relative isolation, as the park is not frequented by as many tourists as the other parks in the north.

Accommodation is varied and located inside and on the park boundaries. There are a number of campsites (both public and special campsites), medium range lodges and more exclusive, luxurious lodges and tented camps all of which offer great views of the park and its surrounding areas.
Some of the lodges and tented camps situated outside the park boundaries offer night game drives in open-topped jeeps, where one can have fleeting glimpses of nocturnal creatures from great, hulking silhouettes of elephants to the wide-eyed gazes of bushbabies, in the midst of a cacophony of crickets and the thrill of gleaming golden eyes, ever watchful, ever waiting . . . the sheer anticipation and theatre of night life in Tarangire is another aspect of this wonderfully diverse and active ecosystem. Nocturnal animals can be found going about their daily activities and foraging for food (it is not possible to drive inside any of the national parks between 6pm-6am).

Walking safaris and ethno-botanical tours are offered by some of the lodges and tented camps situated just outside the park boundaries. These excursions offer one the opportunity to learn more about the natural wonders around you - the medicinal and cultural uses of a variety of plants and trees including the bitter bark of the cinchona tree (used to extract quinine - an active antimalarial) and taste the fruit of the amarula plant (famed for its delicious creamy liqueur, also loved by elephants).
There are a number of beautiful lodges and campsites at Tarangire and the landscape of the park is a must for those wanting to view the different terrains and experience a night in the wild.

Arusha National Park

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This is a little known, yet interesting and beautiful national park, which lies between the peaks of Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru . The park, lying at the foothills of Mt Meru, covers an area of 147 square kilometres, approximately an hour’s drive from Arusha town.

Wonderfully tranquil and extremely scenic, the park encompasses the serene Momella Lakes - teeming with hippopotami, a host of flamingo and other birdlife, the Ngurdoto Crater- a smaller crater compared to the massive Ngorongoro Crater, but nonetheless offers a spectacular view of resident game such as buffalo, zebra, ostrich, elephant and antelope. It is also one of the few places where one can appreciate the tranquility and wonder of this montane landscape.

The park lies between two giants – the awesome Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru. No other park in East Africa can boast such fabulous views – different lights and seasons provide a varying canvas for the keen photographer.

This is also the home of the famous but rarely seen Black-and-White Colobus Monkey - one can spend hours watching their antics amongst the forest canopy. The drive to this park from Arusha town takes only about an hour.

Arusha National Park is a botanist’s paradise – hundreds of plant species ranging from large wild date palms to a variety of ferns, orchids and bearded lichens hanging from trees in the dense forests. It is also an orthinological and entomological haven – many interesting bird and insect species can be found here, undisturbed much as they have for years.

There is plenty to do in the park - one can take a short walking safari within metres of herds of buffalo, giraffe and antelope on the way to the lovely waterfalls and a beautiful natural fig tree arch (a hollow in an ancient fig tree that elephant and vehicles can pass through). To get the adrenaline going one can take a canoeing safari on the Great Momella Lakes to get a different perspective of wildlife viewing from the water!

For the ultimate thrill, take a three-day trek up the 4,565m (15,064 ft) dormant Mount Meru (known by the Maasai as "Oldo inyo Orok" - The Black Mountain) which can be arranged together with a safari in the park. Famous points on Mount Meru are the Rhino Point and the fabulous Ash Cone. To get to the summit, one needs to brace oneself for the clamber around the knife-edged rim of the crater (sure to set your heart pumping wildly!) The reward: Spectacular views over the park and surrounding area and Meru’s majestic neighbour Kilimanjaro floating above the clouds which can be observed from the peak of Meru . See the mountain trek section for details of the Mount Meru trek.

Accommodation is available in a variety of lodges – from the humble homely environment of the Meru View Lodge to the luxurious splendour of the Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge with its 18-hole golf course, or the Hatari Lodge where the famous 1960 Hollywood film “Hatari” was shot, starring John Wayne and Hardy Kruger.

For the more adventurous, there are a number of campsites within the park.

Lake Natron

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Lake Natron is the largest alkaline (soda) lake in the Great Rift Valley in the midst of a semi-arid desert, dusty and cracked earth and dry riverbeds; it is a far cry from the lush greenery a few miles away in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti plains.

Lake Natron lies completely in Tanzania with its northern tip on the border with Kenya, and is about 60kms long. The lake has a very high concentration of sodium carbonate (Soda) and magnesite, some of it leached from the lava flows of Mount Oldo inyo Lengai nearby. As a result the lake and the surrounding area is inhospitable but in a rustic kind of way, it is a beautiful and isolated desert.

The lake is the known as the world's most important breeding ground for millions of ¨flame birds¨ or lesser flamingo - a true ornithological paradise. The flamingo (legendary phoenix) were seen by ancient civilizations to be a bird of magical power and the flamingo tongue was a delicacy for ancient Romans. The beautiful delicate pink feathers and long slender pink legs of these fascinating birds are even more beautiful when large flocks huddle together and are reflected off the surface of the soda lake. Seeing flamingo skim over the surface of the water during take off or landing is simply incredible!

At Lake Natron, flamingo courting is enmasse in a synchronized dance much like a spectacular ballet. The flamingo feed off masses of microscopic algae that cover the surface of the lake making its surface appear red when seen from space. Breeding takes place between August and October, and the flamingo nests resemble mini volcanoes, constructed from mud, to prevent predators from getting to the eggs or little chicks. (They're not just a pretty face after all!)

Popular Programs - Safari Itinerary Ideas

Programme 1



3nights/4days safari to Manyara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro - A4A/S04MNS
DAY DESCRIPTION
1 08h30 Drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Game drive in the park with picnic lunches. Dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
2 After breakfast, with picnic lunches drive to Serengeti. Game viewing en-route the Lodge/campsite for dinner and overnight.
3 06h00 Begin the sunrise game drive followed by late breakfast at around 09h00. (*Alternatively - Serengeti Balloon Safari followed by Champagne Bush Breakfast before returning to Lodge to resume safari). Around 10h30 with picnic lunches continue game viewing enroute to Ngorongoro. Dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.

*NOTE: THIS ITINERARY CAN BE ADJUSTED TO TAKE IN TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK INSTEAD OF MANYARA (ESPECIALLY DURING THE DRY SEASON JULY-OCTOBER)

Programme 2



4nights/5days Safari to Manyara, Serengeti, Olduvai & Ngorongoro - A4A/S05MNS
DAY DESCRIPTION
1 08h30 Drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Game drive in the park with picnic lunches. Dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
2 After breakfast, with picnic lunches drive via Olduvai Gorge to Serengeti. Game viewing en-route the Lodge/campsite for dinner and overnight.
3 06h00 Begin the Sunrise game drive followed by late breakfast at around 09h00. (*Alternatively - Serengeti Balloon Safari followed by Champagne Bush Breakfast before returning to Lodge to resume safari). 10h30 With picnic lunches continue game viewing for the rest of the day.Dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
4 After breakfast, drive with picnic lunches to Ngorongoro & descend the crater for an afternoon tour. Dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
5 After breakfast, descend the crater for a morning crater tour then with picnic lunches drive back to Arusha.

*NOTE: THIS ITINERARY CAN BE ADJUSTED TO TAKE IN TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK INSTEAD OF MANYARA (ESPECIALLY DURING THE DRY SEASON JULY-OCTOBER)

Programme 3



5nights/6days Safari to Manyara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro - A4A/S06MNS
DAY DESCRIPTION
1 08h30 Drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Game drive in the park with picnic lunches. Dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
2 After breakfast, with picnic lunches drive to Serengeti. Game viewing en-route the Lodge/campsite for dinner and overnight.
3 06h00 Begin the Sunrise game drive followed by late breakfast at around 09h00. (*Alternatively - Serengeti Balloon Safari followed by Champagne Bush Breakfast before returning to Lodge to resume safari). 10h30 With picnic lunches continue game viewing for the rest of the day.Dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
4 After breakfast, game viewing in Serengeti and later with picnic lunches drive to Ngorongoro for dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
5 After breakfast, descend the crater for a tour of the crater, dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
6 After breakfast, descend the crater for a morning crater tour then with picnic lunches drive back to Arusha.

*NOTE: THIS ITINERARY CAN BE ADJUSTED TO TAKE IN TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK INSTEAD OF MANYARA (ESPECIALLY DURING THE DRY SEASON JULY-OCTOBER)

Programme 4



6nights/7days Safari to Manyara, Ngorongoro & Serengeti - A4A/S07MNS
DAY DESCRIPTION
1 08h30 Drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Game drive in the park with picnic lunches. Dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
2 After breakfast, with picnic lunches drive to Serengeti. Game viewing en-route the Lodge/campsite for dinner and overnight.
3 06h00 Begin the Sunrise game drive followed by late breakfast at around 09h00. (*Alternatively - Serengeti Balloon Safari followed by Champagne Bush Breakfast before returning to Lodge to resume safari). 10h30 With picnic lunches continue game viewing for the rest of the day.Dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
4 Another full day of game drive in Serengeti. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
5 After breakfast, game viewing in Serengeti and later with picnic lunches drive to Ngorongoro for dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
6 After breakfast, descend the crater for a tour of the crater, dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
7 After breakfast, descend the crater for a morning crater tour then with picnic lunches drive back to Arusha.

*NOTE: THIS ITINERARY CAN BE ADJUSTED TO TAKE IN TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK INSTEAD OF MANYARA (ESPECIALLY DURING THE DRY SEASON JULY-OCTOBER)

Programme 5



6nights/7days Safari to Manyara, Tarangire, Ngorongoroi & Ngorongoro - A4A/S07MNST
DAY DESCRIPTION
1 08h30 Drive to Tarangire National Park. Game drive in the park with picnic lunches. Dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
2 After breakfast, drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Game drive in the park with picnic lunches. Dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
3 After breakfast, with picnic lunches drive to Serengeti. Game viewing en-route the Lodge/campsite for dinner and overnight.
4 06h00 Begin the Sunrise game drive followed by late breakfast at about 09h00. (*Alternatively - Serengeti Balloon Safari followed by Champagne Bush Breakfast before returning to Lodge to resume safari). Around 10h30 with picnic lunches, continue game viewing for the rest of the day.Dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
5 Another full day of game drive in Serengeti. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
6 After breakfast, game viewing in Serengeti and later with picnic lunches drive to Ngorongoro (*via Olduvai Gorge) for dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
7 After breakfast, descend the crater for a tour of the crater with packed lunches. Late afternoon drive back to Arusha.

Programme 6



7nights/8days Safari to Tarangire, Manyara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro - A4A/S08MNST
DAY DESCRIPTION
1 08h30 Drive to Tarangire National Park. Game drive in the park with picnic lunches. Dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
2 After breakfast dirve to Manyara National Park. Game viewing with lunch boxes. Dinner & overnight at Lodge/campsite.
3 After breakfast, with picnic lunches drive to Serengeti. Game viewing en-route the Lodge/campsite for dinner and overnight.
4 06h00 Begin the Sunrise game drive followed by late breakfast at around 09h00. (*Alternatively - Serengeti Balloon Safari followed by Champagne Bush Breakfast before returning to Lodge to resume safari). 10h30 With picnic lunches continue game viewing for the rest of the day. Dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
5 Another full day of game drive in Serengeti. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
6 After breakfast, game viewing in Serengeti and later with picnic lunches drive to Ngorongoro for dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
7 After breakfast, descend the crater for a tour of the crater, dinner and overnight at Lodge/campsite.
8 After breakfast, descend the crater for a morning crater tour then with picnic lunches drive back to Arusha.

Programme 7



9nights/10days Safari to West Kilimanjaro, Arusha NP, Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongoro & Ngorongoro - A4A/S10KATMSN
DAY DESCRIPTION
1 From Arusha drive to West Kilimanjaro past maize and coffee plantations to arrive at Kambi ya Tembo or Ndarakwai Ranch. Lunch and afternoon game drive right up to the border with Kenya's Amboseli National Park. Dinner and overnight stay.
2 After breakfast, guided walking safari or visit local Maasai village. Lunch and afternoon game drive. (Option for horse riding available at Ndarakwai). Dinner and overnight at Kambi ya Tembo or Ndarakwai Ranch.
3 Breakfast and drive to the Arusha National Park. Wildlife viewing in the park with picnic lunches. Optional canoeing safari on the Great Momella Lakes or a guided walking safari near the foothills of Mount Meru. Dinner and overnight at the Mount Meru Game Sanctuary or Mountain Village Lodge or The African Tulip
4 Around 08h30 after breakfast, drive to Tarangire National Park. Game drive in the park with picnic lunches. Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge or Sopa Lodge or Tarangire Swala Camp or Olivers Camp or Tarangire Treetops Lodge
5 Breakfast and full day of wildlife viewing in Tarangire. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge or Sopa Lodge or Tarangire Swala Camp or Olivers Camp or Tarangire Treetops Lodge
6 After breakfast drive to the Lake Manyara National Park. Game viewing with picnic lunches. Optional Forest Hike or Cycling Safari along the Great Rift Valley Escarpment. Dinner & overnight at the Kirurumu Tented Lodge or Manyara Serena (Night Game drive available if staying at Manyara). Alternatively stay at Karatu: Tloma Lodge or Ngorongoro Farmhouse or Gibbs Farm or The Manor
7 After breakfast, drive to Serengeti via the historic Olduvai Gorge with picnic lunches. Game viewing en-route to the Serengeti Sopa or Serena Lodge or Mbuzi Mawe Camp or Olakira Camp or Lemala Camp for dinner and overnight.
8 06h00 Begin the Sunrise game drive followed by late breakfast at around 09h00. (*Alternatively - Serengeti Balloon Safari followed by Champagne Bush Breakfast before returning to Lodge to resume safari). 10h30 With picnic lunches continue game viewing for the rest of the day. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa or Serena Lodge or Mbuzi Mawe Camp or Olakira Camp or Lemala Camp for dinner and overnight.
9 After breakfast, game viewing in Serengeti and later with picnic lunches drive to Ngorongoro for dinner and overnight at the Ngorongoro Sopa or Serena Lodge or Ngorongoro Lemala Camp or Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.
10 After breakfast, descend the crater for a morning crater tour then with picnic lunches drive back to Arusha.

Depending on the time of year you travel, we can incorporate a visit to Ndutu to witness the calving season (Jan-March), Western Serengeti to witness the Great Migration (April-June) or Northern Serengeti to witness the Great Migration there (July-September, December). You can also visit Lake Eyasi, Lake Natron, Usambara Mountains or Mkomazi Reserve as extensions of this itinerary.