Africa Natural Tours

Africa natural Tours

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Serengeti National Park

National Park

6 Day Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Day1: Game drive in Tarangire National Park. Today we drive to Tarangire National Park, for excellent game viewing. Tarangire is a small park which offers some excellent sights. Generally in the dry seasons Tarangire comes alive as wildlife and birdlife congregate on the Tarangire River, which is a permanent source of water. We spend the night in our lodge beautifully set inside the park with stunning views and a unique atmosphere. In the late afternoon we make a short journey from the park to our special tented camp. Day2: Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Today we drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day of game drives. This is one of Tanzania’s smaller parks but still offers a rewarding and diverse safari experience. The lakeshore at Manyara teems with birdlife, and while you are looking for the birds, you might spot one of the elusive tree-climbing lions. There are a surprising number of other large mammals and the striking cliffs on the Rift escarpment form a dramatic backdrop. Late afternoon we make a short journey from the park to our Luxury lodge at Karatu. Day3: Game drive in Serengeti National Park. We head towards the Serengeti National Park. En route there is an opportunity to visit Olduvai Gorge. It is within this steep sided ravine that Louis and Mary Leakey made some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries in the 1950s. Here in a small museum we are able to see evidence of our ancestors that have been dated back 2.5 million years. After lunch we drive into the Serengeti itself and the rest of the afternoon is spent game viewing in the vast plains that are broken only by stands of acacia trees and the occasional kopje. In December, January and February we will normally meet the migration with large herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle. There are always plenty of resident animals, such as giraffe, buffalo, and elephant, and many large predators such as lion, cheetah, and leopard. We return to our special tented camp for the night at Serengeti. Day4: Serengeti Hot Air Balloon Safari. Serengeti Balloon Safari is probably the most beautiful balloon flight in the world and the ultimate Safari Experience which makes you enjoy the most beautiful migration of wildebeests through the endless plain of Serengeti. 5:00 am, Serengeti Balloon Safaris will collect you from your central Serengeti lodge or camp, and transfer you by Land rover to our launch site near Masai Kopjes. Here you will meet your pilot, receive a briefing and watch the inflation of your balloon. At dawn we take off, rising as the sun rises and float in whichever direction the winds of the morning take us. Your pilot can precisely control the altitude of your balloon: sometimes flying at treetop height, sometimes lower, offering a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities of the wildlife below. After breakfast, you are taken to the rendezvous point to meet with your driver guide and continue with your full day game drives. Day5: Masai Experience tour in Ngorongoro. We start the day with an early morning game drive before heading to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro is a special place in that it is a Conservation Area, not a National Park; this means that the whole area is managed for both the animals and the local Masai people who graze their cattle alongside the indigenous wildlife. During the drive in Ngorongoro we have a chance to glimpse something of the Masai way of life. After stopping at the entrance gate, where there is a chance to learn more about this fascinating volcanic landscape, we will drive around the rim of the Crater itself, and from here we can look down and see the herd of wildebeest and buffaloes. Day6: Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Crater provides great game-viewing all year-round. The wildlife here makes up a permanent population because grazing and water supplies are plentiful throughout the seasons. Finally we descend into the crater. The crater walls provide a natural sanctuary for the animals, which means there is plenty to see: lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino and leopard (if you are lucky). The only animal you won’t see in here is a giraffe, whose long legs are unable to cope with the steeps sides of the crater. Late afternoon we travel just outside of Ngorongoro Conservation Area to MOSHI Safari Include: • Full board accommodation whilst on safari in the above mentioned en suite tented camps and lodges • Private safari driver guide • Private 4 x 4 safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing • Transfers in both directions between the International Airport • All meals while on safari • All Park fees • Crater fees • One day hot air Balloon Safari • Masai Experience Tour in Ngorongoro Highland • Airport Arrival and Departure Transfers • On safari – Vehicles equipped with ice chest with mineral water and wildlife guidebooks • Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals • Membership in Flying Doctor Service Safari Excludes: • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.) • Meals not listed above • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc) • Tips and any items of personal nature.

Mt Kilimanjaro National Park

National Park

Machame route 6 Days For those who only have six days to climb Kilimanjaro, the Machame route is the best choice because of its acclimatization profile. Compared to other six day routes, the Machame route exposes the climber to higher elevations quicker (day three) which kickstarts the body's adaptation to altitude. However, this route requires that a person be in good shape to be able to tackle the challenging elevation gains and losses.The six day Machame variation is a difficult route. In particular, day four combined with day five makes for a very hard schedule. Day four is a full day of hiking from Barranco to Barafu. Then after dinner and a partial night's sleep, the very long and strenuous summit day begins around midnight. The 6 day Machame route requires 19-24 hours of demanding walking, at extremely high elevation, with only 4-6 hours of sleep. 1 day: Machame Gate to Machame Camp .Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft .,Distance: 11 km ,Hiking,Time: 5-7 hours and Habitat: Rain Forest The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp. 2 days Machame Camp to Shira Camp Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft ,Distance: 5 km ,Hiking Time: 4-6 hours Habitat: Moorland After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite. 3 days :Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp, Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft ,Distance: 10 km ,Hiking Time: 6-8 hours andHabitat: Semi Desert From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day. 4 day:|Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft,Distance: 9km,Hiking Time: 8-10 hours andHabitat: Alpine Desert After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position. 5 days: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft) ,Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent Habitat: Arctic Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy screed towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep. 6 days: Mweka Camp to Moshi Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft ,Distance: 10 km ,Hiking Time: 3-4 hours angHabitat: Rain Forest After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi. Included o Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees o 18% VAT on tour fees & services o 3 Season mountain tents o Double layered Sleeping Mats o Transportation to & from the mountain gate o Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters o 3 meals daily while on the mountain o Filtered water throughout the trek o Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the Parkview Inn o Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO) o 2- way private airport transfers Not Included o Flights o Tips to mountain crew o Items of a personal nature o Laundry Services o A doctor for the group o Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$70 per toilet + toilet tent)

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Serengeti Safari Camp

Tented Camp

7 Day Safari (Lake Manyara / Serengeti Plains / Ngorogoro Crater / Tarangire) The travel itinerary below is a suggested or sample safari itinerary – it can be adapted to suite your own personal needs and preferences or to any seasonal changes and migratory animal movements. As with all our Tanzanian safaris, we have offered you a variety of accommodation options – directly impacting on the total safari costs – in order to offer you – the widest possible tour budget options. Please do not hesitate to contact one of our travel consultants directly. Tour Overview Day 1 Moshi – Lake Manyara Non game-viewing travel time: 3½ hours Distance: 220 km Pick up from Moshi and transfer to Lake Manyara National Park. We arrive in time for lunch time after lunch we head into the Lake Manyara National Park for an afternoon game drive. This national 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), located 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, Lake Manyara’s unique tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake. Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested. Day 2 Lake Manyara National Park – Serengeti Plains Non game-viewing travel time: 6 hours Distance: 205 km After breakfast we head towards the Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, we 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. We 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. We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park. Dinner and overnight in the Seronera area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested. Day 3 Serengeti Plains Be one of only a few fortunate people to glide in a Hot Air Balloon over the Serengeti Plains (available at supplementary cost by pre-arrangement). Floating silently above the awakening bush, while spotting wildlife and enjoying the amazing scenery of Africa, across rivers and over numerous small villages. We do an after breakfast game viewing drive along the Sogore River Circuit, which loops into the plains south of the Seronera River, and which is good for possible lion, Thomson gazelle, topi, ostrich and cheetah sightings. The visitor’s centre not far from the Serengeti Seronera Lodge and public campsites is well worth a visit after the morning’s game drive. This nicely designed centre, offers some interesting wildlife displays as well as a gift shop selling information leaflets and maps of the area. The centre also has a shop where cold drinks and snacks can be purchased, as well as a picnic area and information trail up and around a nearby kopje. We will enjoy a relaxed picnic lunch at the centre in the shade of the giant acacia trees. In the afternoon we will follow the Kopjes Circuit, which goes anti-clockwise around the Maasai Kopjes, which usually attract a number of lion and some formidably large cobras. Kopjes are weathered granite outcrops, scattered around the plains, most of which are miniature ecosystems, providing shade and drinking water in pools left in the rock after the rains. This makes the kopjes particularly good for spotting wildlife in the dry seasons – including lions, which like to lie in wait for animals coming to drink! Dinner and overnight in the Seronera area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested. Day 4 Serengeti Plains – Ngorongoro Crater Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours Distance: 145 km After breakfast at the lodge do we depart to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We will stopover at Olduvai Gorge, boasting with a history dating back to the dawn of time. It was here, that the anthropologists Drs. Lois and Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of the’Nutcracker Man’ and ‘Handy Man’, both very significant links in the chain of human evolution. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge/camp and spend the afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested on the crater rim, no accommodation available inside the crater Day 5 Ngorongoro Crater After breakfast we descend 600m into this magnificent crater for a full-day game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast 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 huge population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard. We will enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor. Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested on outside the crater. Day 6 Ngorongoro Crater – Tarangire National Park Non game-viewing travel time: 3½ hours Distance: 155 km After breakfast we depart for the Tarangire National Park. The park runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Its natural vegetation mainly consists of Acacia woodland and giant African Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals, during Tanzania’s dry season. The Tarangire National Park is reputed to contain some of the largest elephant herds in Africa. This African National Park is also home to three rare species of animals – the Greater Kudu, the Fringed-eared Oryx, as well as a few Ashy Starlings. After a picnic lunch we do an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight in the Tarangire National Park area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested. Day 7 Tarangire National Park – Arusha Non game-viewing travel time: 2 hours Distance: 120 km We enjoy an early morning game drive in the Tarangire National Park, followed by breakfast at your accommodation area. In the afternoon we will then transfer back to Moshi. You will be taken to your hotel, which ends our safari services. Departure dates The departure dates for all our safaris and tours are totally flexible according to your own personal needs. Please contact us for further and more detailed info. Safari Include: 1. Full board accommodation whilst on safari in the above mentioned en suite tented camps and lodges 2. Private safari guide 3. Maasai Experience tour 4. Extended Toyota Land Cruiser 5. Private 4 x 4 safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing 6. Transfers in both directions between the International Airport and Moshi. 7. All entrance Park fees 8. Ngorongoro Crater fees 9. 18% VAT to our entrance fees. 10. All meals while on safari. 11. One night Hotel accommodation in Moshi/Arusha. 12. Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals Safari Exclude: 1. Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival, USA and CANADA passport holders USD.100 2. Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.) 3. Meals not listed above 4. Optional Tours (balloon rides USD. 540 per person etc) 5. Tips and any items of personal nature

Access2Tanzania

Safari

5 Day Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park The Northern Tanzania Our five day camping safari captivates those who experience its enchanting beauty. The four parks are located in Tanzania, a region that has preserved its purity on the ancient African continent. We will discover Lake Manyara National Park which features the largest concentration of baboons. The alkaline waters of Lake Manyara are encrusted with rosy feathered flamingos. Tarangire is famous for having one of the largest elephant populations in Africa. The Serengeti conjures up images of exploration, dramatic landscapes and exhilarating w denoted as ‘Africa’s garden of Eden’. TOUR ITINERARY Day One: Moshi to Tarangire National Park to Mto wa Mbu You will depart from Moshi in the morning and drive to the Tarangire National Park where you will discover the true enormity of the deserted termite mounds and ancient baobab trees. The colossal herds of African elephants dominate the golden savannah and screeching flocks of the striking yellow collared lovebird can be heard from miles away. The wildlife that roams the scenic landscape of the Tarangire includes lions, giraffes, warthogs, ostriches, impalas, cheetah, mongoose, buffaloes and baboons. You will spend your first night at the Fanaka Camp; comprehensive camping facilities are on offer. There will be a tantalising dinner served in the evening. Day Two: Mto wa Mbu to Serengeti National Park We will depart for the Serengeti National park once you have finished your appetising breakfast. If you are lucky you may encounter the odd animal on route because we pass via the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Tanzania's oldest and most frequented national park, that is also a world heritage site and recently branded as one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Serengeti is renowned for the annual migration of the herds and ever growing wildlife population. We will enjoy a picnic lunch on one of the kopjes (rock outcropping). Our game drive will venture further into the park. After the game drive, we will proceed to the Serengeti Camp where you will be provided with comprehensive camping facilities and an appetising meal. Day Three: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater We will begin our day with an early morning game drive in the central Serengeti. The savannah is an active landscape and the air is flooded with the melodies the birds create as the regenerated sunlight starts to illuminate the full landscape. Your guide will study the prints on the ground to pursue predators. We will travel to the Simba campsite, located near the rim of the crater. You will be provided with dinner and satisfactory camping facilities. Day Four: Ngorongoro Crater to Lake Manyara National Park A scarce amount safari destination produce the same experience as the Ngorongoro Crater – the game viewing is simply effortless. Most animals remain within the crater due to its high walls. This is the perfect location to view every member of ‘The Big 5’ in one day. We will have a wonderful picnic lunch inside the crater. The unfilled caldera is also home to hyenas, hippo, zebra, wildebeest and an impressive variety of water birds. Your guide will enlighten you by sharing facts about the animals, vegetation and locating hidden animals. Fanaka Camp will provide competent camping facilities. Day Five: Lake Manyara National Park to Moshi Nestled at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara National Park provides picturesque, varying scenery. We will have a picnic lunch in the beautiful park. Assorted habitats including rainforests, the Soda Lake and the savannah support the highly diverse ecosystem. With over four hundred bird species, some of which are migratory, the reserve is a birdwatcher's delight. Lake Manyara houses the legendary tree climbing lions as well as buffalo, elephants, giraffe, impalas and hippos. We will proceed to Moshi in the late afternoon. Arrangements for transportation to the airport can be made on request. Safari Package Includes • Transport (4x4 Land Cruiser) with open roof • Camping & park fees • Tent & mattress • Professional English speaking safari guide & chef • 4 breakfasts; 5 lunches; 4 dinners • 1,5 bottle of water per day; tea and coffee with meals Not Included • Flights • Travel insurance • Visa and passport fees • Increases in park fees where applicable • Accommodation & meals in Moshi • Personal items • Sleeping bag • Tips for safari guide & chef • Soda and Alcoholic beverages • Extra activities (Hot Air Ballooning in Serengeti & Maasai Village)