Apr 222014
 

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Leaving so soon?

Enjoy a safari while you’re here. You do not want to miss out on our world class safari destinations – Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti National Park. Tanzania is a mecca for game viewing, with more protected areas than any other African country, with more than 25% of its land is comprised of national parks, game reserves and conservation areas.

Expore nature on our private safaris, ranging from one to seven day itineraries. Our expert guides will take you on an amazing journey into the heart of Tanzania’s wildlife.

http://www.ultimatekilimanjaro.com/safari.htm

Apr 072009
 

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Many who venture to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro extend their stay to enjoy a safari.  And for good reason – Tanzania is the mecca for wildlife viewing, with national parks, game reserves and conservation areas comprising more than 25% of its land.

The Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the most famous park in the world, with the highest concentration of plains game in the world.  Contrary to popular belief, the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti does not only occur over a certain season, but rather it occurs continuously.

As shown in the illustration, the migration follows a clockwise movement throughout the year.  The important part to note is that between August and October, the herd crosses into the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya.  Therefore, if you are intent on seeing the migration as part of your Northern Tanzania safari, fall is not the ideal time to visit.  Of course, that runs counter to some of the best months to climb Kilimanjaro.  But not to worry, if you do come during the fall, there will still be plenty of animals to see.  Only half of the animal population participates in the migration, meaning half are still available for viewing.  In other words, don’t let it stop you from visiting the Serengeti

Dec 012007
 

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While in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will have the opportunity to visit a Masai village, known as a boma.  It typically costs about $50 per vehicle, although the fee is negotiable.  Whether or not a boma visit is worthwhile is dependent on the expectations of the observer.  If you are looking for a chance to see how the Masai actually live, go inside their huts, speak with a few, and view a traditional dance, you should enjoy it.  If you are expecting a 100% authentic interaction, you will be disappointed.

The boma visit experience is a bit contrived. Think of it as a performance – the dancing, the school visit, the inside of a hut, with a tour guide, followed by the gift shop. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that the experience is fake, because it’s not like the Masai change into jeans and watch television after all the visitors have left. The village would be there whether or not any cars stopped there.

And I believe it is reasonable for them to charge money for tourists to visit. Can you imagine if strangers kept stopping by your house to take photos?