Safaris in Tansania
ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK
We love to include Arusha National Park as we are able to offer walking safaris in the foothills of Mt Meru for all budgets.
To get as close to nature as possible, a walking safari is not to be missed. Escape the modern world completely and immerse yourself in pure wilderness and get a taste of safari and adventure the way it used to be done “old style”.
A truly educational experience and a sensory overload awaits you as you carefully trek through the bush and get a sense of how our ancestors used to get about, a feeling very few people in this day and age can achieve. On your hike you are accompanied by an armed ranger, just in case you meet an elephant, buffalo or even a leopard.
we loved Arusha National Park and staying at Momella Wildlife Lodge, with Elephants outside our window it felt like some old world paradise!
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
During a really dry season even the Tarangire River can sink down into the sand and disappear. But it will appear again farther downstream. Even in the driest of years this river does not disappear completely, and it is the Tarangire River that provides the only permanent water for animals in the Maasai-Steppe. At these dry seasons lots of animals gather in large numbers along the river as it is their only water source.
Tarangire National Park is famous for it’s large elephant herds and massive baobab trees.
Literally the moment we entered the park we started having encounters with elephants – very close and very many. The first herd we saw we lost count at over 60 individuals….Amazing experience
LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
At only 320sq.km (of which more than two thirds is taken up by the lake), this is not a huge park, but a masterpiece with its diversified habitats and its five distinct vegetation zones: the rift valley wall with rocky outcrops, the ground water forest, the Acacia woodland, the open grassland and the marshland. This whole area is volcanic with Ol Doinyo Lengai (Mountain of God), almost 3,000m high, still active and only about 75km away.
We managed to see the tree climbing lions of Lake Manyara on our trip but it was the pink hue of thousands of flamingos that really sealed our hearts on Manyara
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Due to the Seronera River, a permanent water-course in the area, Seronera valley is one of Serengeti’s best wildlife viewing spots, where virtually all resident animals can be seen. The place is justly famous for leopard and lion, both of which you can usually photograph here without any difficulty.
We were not lucky enough to see the herds of the wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River but instead saw endless columns grazing or trudging along rather than dramatic TV-style river fordings, it was nonetheless a staggering experience and something I will remember for ever.
NGORONGORO CRATER CONSERVATION AREA
The crater is an extraordinary place, almost like an interactive zoo. Most of the animals never leave it and have no fear of humans so it is possible to have very special and up close sightings.
It was not long until we spotted our first lions (well Juma the driver /guide did), they were just lying next to the road, almost posing for great pictures. They completely ignored us although we were only a few meters away; they are used to safari vehicles.