Arusha National Park

This national park lies about 45km east of Arusha town. It is therefore the closest national park to the safari capital of Tanzania. This park is home to Mt Meru, Tanzania’s “other mountain” standing at 4565m, Ngurdoto Crater and the Momella Lakes. Despite its relatively small size, this park has a lot to offer such as Colobus monkeys, flamingos, elephants, giraffes, buffalos, plus a variety of bird and plant species.

How to get to Arusha National Park: From Arusha, it is roughly a one-hour drive.

Activities: Walking safari, climbing Mount Meru, game drives to Ngurdoto Crater and the Momella lakes. At dawn or late afternoon one can see Mt. Kilimanjaro quite clearly.

There are a number of options within Arusha National park and its vicinity. Due to its closeness to Arusha one can also opt to stay in the town and drive to the park. For those wishing to stay within the vicinity of the park we recommend the following

Serengeti National Park

Conservation Status : National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Established : 1951 (Tanzania’s Oldest National Park)
Location : Northern Tanzania, 335 Kms from Arusha

Size :14,763 Km² (Tanzania’s Second Largest National Park)

Maximum Length :210 Kms from South to North

Height A.S.L. : 1,200 (Western end) – 2,000 m (Eastern and Northern parts). Seronera 1,520 m, Ndutu 1,630 m, open plains in the Southeast 1,700 – 1,750 m, Lobo slightly less than 2,000 m

Seasonal Variation :
Two well-defined seasons – dry season from late May to October / November, wet season from October / November to May (less rainy in January – February). Best chances for a visitor to see a big migration are from November / December to May. Main roads in the park are passable all year around.

Precipitation :
Mean annual rainfall 650 (South) – 1,150 mm (North). Very low from June to September, practically rainless in the south, most rainy from November to May (highest monthly avg. in April, ≥ 150 mm)

Temperatures :
Monthly average 20 – 25°C. Daytime 27 – 32°C, night time 13 – 16°C. Temperatures slightly higher in the rainy seasons. Coolest season from May to August, with night sometimes < 10°C. Activities : Game drives, Maasai rock paintings, Musical rocks and Balloon safari Declared by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites, the Serengeti National Park at 14,700 sq km is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and breathtaking display of wildlife everywhere. Known by the Maasai people as “siringit-endless plains”, it is a land of vast grassland plains, acacia-studded savannas, wooded hills and mountains. Contiguous with the Maasai Mara National Reserve on the Kenyan side of the border, the Serengeti National Park is one of the world’s greatest wildlife refuges. At any point in time, the park’s vast grassland plains and savannas are speckled with herds of grazing zebras, giraffes, gazelles, wildebeest and topi. The acacia forests abound with birds and monkeys; elephants and buffaloes in the swamps; and rivers brimming with hippos and crocodiles. The Seronera Valley is famous for its abundant lions and leopards. The Serengeti is an African paradise that contains one of the oldest eco-systems on Earth. Interesting features such as the fauna, climate and vegetation have barely changed in the past million years. The plains are most famous as a stage for the great wildebeest migration, estimated to include over a million wildebeest and around 200,000 zebra, however, when witnessing this magical event there do seem to be far greater numbers. These great herds are engaged in a never ending journey through diverse landscapes, so strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, pride of lion or crocodile infested river can hold them back. The Serengeti National Park is broadly divided into three distinct areas, the Seronera Valley and Seronera River, the Western Corridor and the Northern Lobo area that extends northwards to join the Maasai Mara. The Seronera Valley : The most popular entrance to the Serengeti is the southern Naabi Hill Gate, which opens onto the Seronera Valley, a vibrant wildlife area at the heart of the Serengeti. It is characterized by wide open grassy plains patched together within a network of rivers that ensure year-round water supplies and keep this region incredibly rich in wildlife. This region in particular is studded with distinctive rock kopjies, random collections of huge granite rocks, a haven of shade and water for all animals through the dry season. The Seronera Valley has resident herds of buffalo, topi, hartebeest and impala, waterbuck, reedbuck and dikdik, giraffe, warthog, and birdlife of all colours and sizes. The large prides of lion here are renowned in this area, rolling southern plains down to the Naabi Gate is the area in which you are most likely to encounter cheetah. The lines of sausage trees along the Seronera riverbanks provide the perfect environment for leopards to camouflage themselves on sun-dappled branches. The Western Corridor : To the west of the Seronera the Serengeti branches out along the westerly reaches of the Grumeti River, in an area called the Western Corridor. This area is more wooded than the Seronera, and has a good population of resident game. This region is particularly known and is a prime location for the wildebeest migration from mid June to July, before they head North East for the Mara River and the Masai Mara. The Northern Serengeti and Lobo area : The landscape changes as you head north from Seronera. Beyond the Orangi River the land opens out into wide open plains, clear and sun-baked and seemingly perfect cheetah terrain, although they are rarely spotted here. The route continues like this for about three hours, until you reach the hills and huge worn-smooth rock kopjies of the Lobo area. Further north is the Mara River, which marks the border between the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Balloon safari : The Serengeti is the jewel of Africa and one of Tanzania’s most spectacular protected areas over which to enjoy a hot air balloon ride. A popular option to gain a bird’s-eye view of the wildlife below is from a hot-air balloon. An early morning departure, gentle lift-off, the lush rolling expanse of the Serengeti plains below, and a romantic champagne breakfast to complete this very special and unforgettable Serengeti experience. Witnessing this most unbelievable of natural wonders has to be the most remarkable safari experience there is. A Serengeti safari is one of Africa’s pure untamed wildlife experiences. . [one_third position=”last”]

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Ngorongoro Crater

This vast protected area stretches from Lake Natron (the breeding ground for East Africa’s flamingos) in the northeast, to Lake Enyasi in the south, and Lake Manyara to the east. The area includes the still active Ol-Ndoinyo Lengai (meaning “Mountain of God” in Maa, the language of the Masaai) volcano (which last erupted in 2007. Olduvai Gorge and the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera in the world. It has been described as one of the great natural wonders of the world. Eight million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater was an active volcano but its cone collapsed, forming the crater that is 610 meters deep, 20 kilometres in diameter, and covers an area of 311 sq. km. Spectacular as it is, the crater accounts for just a tenth of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

The crater is home to many species of wild game and birds. With the exception of impala and topi (due to fierce competition with the wildebeest) and the giraffe (because there is not much to eat at tree level), almost every species of African plains mammal lives in the crater, including the endangered black rhino, and the densest population of predators in Africa. A strange thing is that the crater elephants are mainly bulls. The birdlife, which includes the flamingo, is mainly seasonal, and is also affected by the ratio of soda to fresh water in Lake Magadi on the crater floor.

In the northern, remote area of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area are the Olmoti and Empaakai craters, Lake Natron and Oldoinyo Lengai.

The mysterious Engakura Ruins, the remains of a terraced city and a complex irrigation system, lie on the Eastern side of Empakaai Crater. Their origins are a mystery as there is no tradition of stone building in this part of Africa.

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 Masai are permitted to water their cattle at the permanent lake and can be seen leading their animals in and out of the crater.

Lake Manyara National Park

Location: Lake Manyara is located 126 kilometres from Arusha town, and covers a total of 330 square kilometres. The Park is set in a natural Crater, creating a beautiful environment for Safari.

Attractions: Manyara National park is famous in Tanzania for many reasons, including the lions that climb the trees there. The park attracts a lot of visitors due to it being the natural habitat of many different species of beautiful bird, who spend their days searching the lake for food. In total there are over 400 species of bird living in the park.

There are also many animals that inhabit the park, such as; Elephants, Lions, Buffalo’s, Leopards, Baboons, Zebra’s, and many other herbivores. Adding to the beauty of the park is a hot spring. Water comes up from the ground bubbling, and they flow all year round in all seasons.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is located approximately 110 km Southwest of Arusha about two hours drive, covering an area of approximately 2,600 sq km.
During the dry season from June to October, this park has a particularly high concentration of wildlife, which mainly congregates along the mighty Tarangire River for water and hunting. The park is also an ornithologist’s paradise offering shelter to more than 300 species of birds, including the largest bird in the world, rare spotted species, the ostrich and the heaviest bird that can fly, the Kori Bustard.

Animals that inhabit the Park range from; lions, buffalos, cheetahs, wild dogs, wilderbeests, leopards to zebra, gazelles and many more. The best game viewing months are between July and December, but for bird viewing it is best to come between October and May

KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK

Kilimanjaro. The name itself is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not. The local people, the Wachagga, don’t even have a name for the whole massif, only Kipoo (now known as Kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, the summit of Africa.

Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet).

Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman’s Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates.
And their memories.

But there is so much more to Kili than her summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the Arctic.
Even before you cross the national park boundary (at the 2,700m contour), the cultivated footslopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates. Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with otherworldly giant lobelias.

Above 4,000m, a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few hardy mosses and lichen. Then, finally, the last vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow – and the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent.

About Kilimanjaro National Park
Size: 1668 sq km 641 sq miles).
Location: Northern Tanzania, near the town of Moshi.

Getting there
128 km (80 miles) from Arusha.
About one hour’s drive from Kilimanjaro airport.

West Kilimanjaro

West Kilimanjaro is a remote wilderness area of 250 square kilometres in size.

The land is leased from the local Maasai and is a true wilderness area with open plains, acacia woodland and above all, spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Wildlife of West Kilimanjaro

Contiguous with the Amboseli National Park, in Kenya, this unspoilt area has good populations of elephant as well as species such as lesser kudu, gerenuk, bat-eared fox and striped hyena. As well as commitment to conservation and wildlife the concession works closely with the Maasai from whom the land is leased.
Local Maasai culture

The local community receives bed-night fees for all guests that stay in the concession and these, as well as annual lease payments and other support have provided funding for school classrooms and teachers houses.

A stay at West Kilimanjaro is as much about the community as it is about wildlife and a short stay will allow time spent with Maasai communities and an insight to their remarkable culture.

LAKE NATRON AND OLDOINYO LENGAI

Located in the beautiful Masai Steppe, the Lake Natron Game Controlled Area is marked by the two volcanoes, Mount Gelai and Lengai. Lake Natron itself is a soda lake that attracts an abundance of bird life including thousands of flamingos. The area hosts a pristine forest reserve and grass plains that extend into the Rift Valley. The Natron plains area is covered with classic flat-topped acacia trees, interspersed by mountains, rocky hills and scenic sand rivers.

This Masailand area is known for its Grant’s gazelle, gerenuk, lesser kudu, fringe-eared oryx, leopard, Thomson’s gazelle, dik-dik, zebra, wildebeest, ostrich, impala, klipspringer, eland, steinbuck, jackal, baboon and Chandler’s mountain reedbuck

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Lake Eyasi

Lake Eyasi is a mildly alkaline lake stretching for about 50 km (31 miles) to the southwest. To the northeast, as far as your eyes can see, the horizon is dominated by the impressive Crater Highlands, to the north the plains of the Serengeti.

This area is inhabited by small groups of bushmen – the Hadza and Watindiga. who live in groups hunting with bow and arrows and gathering roots, tubers and wild fruits much as humankind lived in the Stone Age. Over 100 years ago, when the stronger Masai tribes moved into the Ngorongoro and Serengeti, the tribes made the area around Lake Eyasi their home. Another interesting tribe in the area is the Datoga. These are the last remaining tribes of bushmen in East Africa.

Since we are in contact with these natives since many years, they permit to accompany us and show us their daily life and hunting methods.

MKOMAZI NATIONAL PARK

Mkomazi is vital refuge for two highly endangered species, the charismatic black rhino and sociable African wild dog, both of which were successfully reintroduced in the 1990s. Nomadic by nature, wild dog might be seen almost anywhere in the park, but black rhino are restricted to a fenced sanctuary, ensuring their safe keeping for future generations enjoyment and prosperity. One of the less visited National Parks in Northern Tanzania

Mkomazi supports several dry – country specialists species that are rare elsewhere in Tanzania; these include the spectacular fringe – eared oryx, with its long back – sweeping horns, and the handsome spiral – horned lesser kudu. Oddest of all is the gerenuk, a gazelle distinguished by its slender neck, bizarre alien – like head, and habit of standing tall on its hind legs stretch for acacia leaves that other browsers cannot reach.

A game reserve since 1951, this new National Park takes its name from Pare tribe’s word for “scoop of water”, referring to little water. It is a fantastic destination for birdwatchers, with more than 450 avian species recorded, among them dry – country endemics such as the cobalt – chested vulturine guineafowl, other large ground birds such as ostrich, kori bustard, secretary bird, ground hornbill and some migratory species including Eurasian roller.

About the Mkomazi National Park
Size: 3,245 sq km (1,240 sq miles)

Location: Northern Tanzania split between Kilimanjaro and Tanga administrative regions. The park also borders Tsavo west National Park in Kenya. The Zange entrance gate lies 112 km (69 miles) from Moshi, 550 km (341 miles) from Mwalimu J. K. Nyerere International Airport – Dar es Salaam, 142 km (88.7 miles) from Kilimanjaro International Airport, 120 km (75 miles) from Kilimanjaro National Park – the roof of Africa and 6 km (3.7 miles) from the town of Same.

How to get there
By road, Mkomazi is easily accessible via Same, which lies on the surfaced highway connecting Arusha to Dar es Salaam. The Park is also easily accessible on special arrangement through Njiro, Kivingo and Umba gates. Park can also be easily accessed from nearby/close existing tourist attractions in Eastern Arc Mountains, Coast and Kilimanjaro Mountain. Charter flights are available to Kisima airstrip.

LAKE VICTORIA

    Lake Victoria (also known as Victoria Nyanza, Ukerewe and Nalubaale) is the world’s second largest fresh water lake by area. It is located in eastern central Africa, straddling the equator, and is shared between the nations of Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. It is generally considered to be the source of the Nile River, the world’s longest river.

Size: 250 miles (400 km) long; 200 miles (320 km) wide;

Area: 26,828 miles2 (69,485 km2) – second largest after Lake Superior

Geographic coordinates: The lake extends between latitudes 0o30′ N and 2o30′ S and between longitudes 31o50′ E 34o10′ E

Surface altitude: 3,720 feet (1,135 m)

Maximum Depth: 265 feet (81 m) – average 132 feet (40m)

Shoreline: 3,440 km (2,138 mi)

Ports: Kisumu in Kenya; Mwanza and Bukoba in Tanzania; and Entebbe, Port Bell, and Jinja in Uganda.

Activities: Excursion by local canoe, mountain biking, birdwatching, walking safaris, and fishing

KONDOA IRANGI – KOLO PAINTS AND CULTURAL TOURS

Kondoa Irangi is referred to as the land of ‘Kolo rock paints’ a world class historical heritage site, an ancient rock art are remarkable not just for their quantity and quality, but for their astonishing time span, – million years ago.

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Activities in the area includes

Rock Paints Tour (2-5 hrs or several days)
One will get an experience of exploring the Kolo rock paints and discover many other rock paint sites in the area. The rock paints are scattered almost all over the Kondoa district. One can arrange to explore the rock paints for up-to five days consecutively. Our local guides knows all the sites to take you and can arrange for your village stay, camping, meals and accommodation during your trip of lifetime in the land of ancient ROCK Paints

Royal Village Tour (2-5 hrs)
Get a chance to stay and interact with the local people explore their lifestyles. Take a walk around Kolo village. This tour will take you to traditional Irangi’s homes with traditional houses. Visit Chief Kimolo, a great and long respected leader during German colonial rule. Get to know the history of Irangi traditional leadership and their culture from a story teller of the chief family.

Village Biking Tour (2-4 hrs)
On your bike, Visit the Sandawe-Semi Bushmen tribe, the clicking language speaking tribe similar to Hadzabe. Participate on various activities including their past is unforgettable experience of Hunting-gathering life. The cycling tour can proceed to Mnenia village where one will explore onion irrigation scheme and get to know about onion farming.

Ntomoko water drops tour (Sambwa Hill)
Treks this hill and visit the amazingly water drops (more than 10 village’s water supply) A marvelous trek in the Sambwa hill to ntomoko water drops, where myth has it, you might catch sight of SATU– Python protector of natural water source.

Kondoa town tour (2-5 hours)
A walking tour starts in the morning to a Reserved Natural forest where supernatural well is located. Get to know the history of the area and local believes surrounding the forest. Explore the sacred areas and enjoy your bird watching and herbs found in the forest. Under a great shade one can enjoy a drink or a picnic lunch. Proceed to a traditional meeting point under a Baobab tree where meetings have been held before Germany colonial rule. On your way down explore the beauty of the Kondoa River. The tour will lead you to the local market and local settlements of the people criss-crossing local pubs and small shopping areas

Canoeing at Lake Munguri (2-3 hrs)
Take a walk to Lake Munguri for your canoeing and interaction with local fishermen experience. Explore the beauty of the lake decorated by water birds and the surrounding landscape. Fish with local fishermen and get to know how the local fish market operates.

Traditional honey harvesting (1-4 hours)
From African Killer –Bees, one of great adventure, climbing trees at night and testing fresh honey from sting bees

A tour to a traditional healer (2 hrs)
Walk to the hill side with medicine woman get to know different tree species that cure several diseases visit a traditional healer will mark your day.