An extraordinary journey in the heart of East Africa, with Safaris in the most famous National Parks of Tanzania - Serengeti, N'Gorongoro Conservation Area, Manyara Lake, Tarangire.
1 ) Serengeti National Park
Classified as one of the main sites of the World Heritage by the UNESCO, Serengeti is the largest National Park of Tanzania (5,700 square miles), the oldest (created in 1951), and with good reason the most famous of Eastern Africa. His name comes from Masaï dialect, meaning "endless plains". Serengeti savannahs, forests and immense plains, criss-crossed by many rivers with very fertile banks, accommodate the largest herds of herbivores of our planet : 1,5 million gnus, 400,000 zebras, 200,000 Thomson gazelles, which yearly migrations to water holes, followed by their predators, offer one of the most impressive scene of the world. Serengeti also accommodate immense herds of buffaloes, elephants and giraffes, bubals, impalas and Grant gazelles, hippos. Predators, drawn by these millions of herbivores, find there a perfect hunting land : lions (about 3,000 in the Park), leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, and smaller predators like servals, are the lords of savannah and acacias woods.
2 ) N'Gorongoro Conservation Area
Classified as one of the main sites of the World Heritage by the UNESCO, with a surface of 60 square miles and edges rising between 1,000 and 2,000 feet above the crater, NGorongoro crater, paradise for keen photographers, is a real Noah's ark. Its vast plains, strewn with volcanic domes, small craters and tropical forests, accommodate the main animal species of Eastern Africa - lions, elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, cheetahs, zebras, gazelles, gnus, hyenas, jackals - in all about 30,000 animals according to the Park Rangers countings. The safari you will make there in special sun roofs Land-Rovers, one of the most beautiful one can make in Africa, will bring you as close as possible of the animals, deep in steppes and savannas.
N'Gorongoro as one main asset : the abundance of pools permits to the animal life to stay in the crater all year long, without suffering excessively from the dry season. Thus, unlike most parts of Serengeti National Park which are depopulated, from June to October, due to the migration of gnus, zebras, gazelles and their predators, N'Gorongoro keeps its animal life all year long.
3 ) Lake Manyara National Park
Manyara National Park is a real ornithological paradise, gazetted as a National Park in 1960, and declared as Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1981. During your Safari, you may observe pink flamingos and many species of lakeside birds, but also the surprising spectacle of lionesses sleeping high in the trees, not far from blue monkeys.
The very varied vegetation of the Park - swamps strewn with reeds, Rift's valley steppes and hills covered with thornbushes, clearings and their acacias - also accommodate many giraffes, elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos; these are opportunities for very impressive encounters during the Safari.
4 ) Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is considered as a arid haven for migrants, with more than 3,000 elephants living in the Park with buffaloes, hartebeests, wilde-beests, plain zebras, gazelles, elands, oryxes during the dry season, from June to November, coming down to drink by the banks of Tarangire river. All these animals drift out of the Park from November to June, unlike giraffes, Kirk's dik-diks, warthogs, kudus, impalas, waterbucks, who are resident all year long just like 450 species of birds, including 49 raptor species. Tarangire National Park is also famous for the beauty of its baobabs trees.
In case of a mass migration of the animals out of Tarangire National Park, thus strongly reducing the interest of a Safari in the Park, this Safari day in Tarangire National Park will be replaced by an extra Safari day in Serengeti National Park.
High Quality services during Safaris :
a ) during Watching Wildlife Safaris, each off-road vehicle is driven by a professional Tanzanian Guide, expert in Parks' Animal Life and Flora, graduated of the College of African Wildlife of Mweka, Tanzania ( www.mwekawildlife.org ).
b ) we only use Toyota and Land-Rover sun roof 4 wheel drive off-road vehicles, which allow us to come closer to animals on river banks or near pools, going up and down through steep slopes and mud. This is not possible for local agencies who use 2 wheel drive cars or mini buses, and have to stay on flat and dry trails, far from a lot of animals. Each of our Toyota and Land-Rover sun roof 4 wheel drive off-road vehicles is equipped with a fridge to stock cold drinks.
c ) the perfect maintenance of our Toyota and Land-Rover off-road vehicles allows us to drive quickly on asphalted roads, from Arusha to Parks and between the Parks, gaining time for the Safaris. In the same time, many tourists get swindled by a few local agencies who crowd them together in old 4 wheel drive off-road vehicles running out of steam, moving at a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour on perfectly flat asphalted roads ...
d ) the tents used for Safari are "Bow Tents". Spacious (you can stand upright in a Bow tent) and equipped with two comfortable camp beds with mosquito nets, they resist to the short but heavy rains which may fall in the evening.
e ) your private cook will follow you from camps to camps. He will prepare and serve breakfast, 5 o'clock tea, and dinner. Lunch is a cold pic-nic to be eaten in the pic-nic places built by the Rangers in the Parks.