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Tanzania Safari Extensions

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While Mount Kilimanjaro is the magnet which attracts the majority of our clients to East Africa, many trekkers take advantage of spending some time on a wildlife safari either before, or usually after, their Kilimanjaro climb. Tanzania is a mecca for game viewing. It would be a shame to come all the way here and not take advantage of the wildlife viewing opportunities. The country has 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.

Ultimate Kilimanjaro offers private safaris with one to seven day itineraries. We would be glad to work with you in extending your stay in Tanzania. Our safaris include accommodations in lodges and permanent tented camps, strategically located in the heart of the action in Serengeti National Park and in Karatu, an ideal base for excursions into Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Eyasi and Lake Manyara.

Our clients tour Tanzania in four wheel drive Toyota Land Cruisers - the standard for safaris in Africa. We have a fleet of 22 well maintained vehicles with custom pop up roofs for the best game viewing experience. Our Land Cruisers can seat from four to seven passengers.

Staffed by professional safari guides who have intimate knowledge of the National Parks of Northern Tanzania, our experts know where to find the wildlife, either through experience or through a network of communication with other guides. They can spot animals from great distances and do their best to bring you close for an unforgettable encounter with Africa's majestic animals.

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Safari Itineraries

Below are our safari itineraries, descriptions of the main parks, and accomodations. Our safaris begin around 8AM on day one and end in the midafternoon on the last day, in Moshi. They are private (we do not operate group safaris). You decide what you want to see and for how long. You can depart on any day, for any period of time. A minimum of three days is recommended, and the five day itinerary is the most popular choice amongst our clients.

1 Day (Arusha National Park)
Day 1 - Drive to Arusha National Park for a game drive with picnic lunch. Return to Arusha.

2 Days (Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater)
Day 1 - Drive to Lake Manyara for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 - Breakfast, Proceed to Ngorongoro for crater game drive with picnic lunch. Return to Arusha.

3 Days (Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire)
Day 1 - Drive to Lake Manyara for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 - Breakfast, Proceed to Ngorongoro Crater for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3 - Breakfast, Proceed to Tarangire for game drive with picnic lunch. Return to Arusha.

4 Days (Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater)
Day 1 - Drive to Tarangire for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 - Breakfast, Proceed to Serengeti with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3 - Breakfast, game drive in Serengeti. Return to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4 - Breakfast, Drive to Ngorongoro Crater for game drive with picnic lunch. Return to Arusha.

Note that we do not visit the Serengeti on itineraries less than 4 days. The Serengeti is an 8-hour direct drive from Arusha, and shorter itineraries do not allow time to travel and view game. Our 5 day safari is our most popular itinerary. It visits four parks and is highly recommended.

5 Days (Lake Manyara, Olduvai gorge, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire)
Day 1 - Drive to Lake Manyara for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 - Breakfast, Drive to Olduvai Gorge for picnic lunch. Proceed to Serengeti for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 - Breakfast, Full day game drive in Serengeti. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4 - Breakfast, Proceed to Ngorongoro Crater for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5 - Breakfast, Game drive in Tarangire with picnic lunch. Return to Arusha.

6 Days (Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire)
Day 1 - Drive to Lake Manyara for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 - Breakfast, Drive to Olduvai Gorge with picnic lunch. Proceed to Serengeti. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3 - Breakfast, Full day game drive in Serengeti. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4 - Breakfast, Full day game drive in Serengeti. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5 - Breakfast, Proceed to Ngorongoro Crater for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6 - Breakfast, Game drive in Tarangire with picnic lunch. Return to Arusha.

7 Days (Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire)
Day 1 - Drive to Lake Manyara for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 - Breakfast, Drive to Olduvai Gorge with picnic lunch. Proceed to Serengeti. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3 - Breakfast, Full day game drive in Serengeti. Picnic Lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4 - Breakfast, Full day game drive in Serengeti. Picnic Lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5 - Breakfast, Full day game drive in Serengeti. Picnic Lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6 - Breakfast, Proceed to Ngorongoro Crater for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7 - Breakfast, Game drive at Tarangire with picnic lunch. Return to Arusha.

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Parks, Reserves & Conservation Areas

Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park, although a rather small park measuring 53 square miles (137 square km), is remarkable for its range of habitats. Located 16 miles northeast of Arusha, between Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, Arusha National Park features a miniature volcanic crater (Ngurduto Crater), a river (Jekukumia River), a highland rain forest, acacia woodlands and a string of crater lakes (Momella Lakes). The park is a home to Colobus monkeys, velvet monkeys, buffalo, hippos, elephants, and giraffe. Waterfowl is abundant here as well. Arusha National Park offers many beautiful panoramic views, including spectacular views of both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.

Lake Manyara National Park

The park is located 75 miles (125 kms) west of Arusha between the cliff of Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara. The park is 205 square miles (330 square kms) and 70% of that is covered by Lake Manyara itself. The park contains a large variety of habitats - such as rift wall, acacia woodlands, and an area of open grasslands. The most famous spectacle in the park are the tree climbing lions, which are occasionally seen on the branches of acacia trees. Other animal are found in the area includes large herd of buffalo's, elephants, giraffes, impalas, monkeys, baboons, hippos, as well as million pelicans and flamingos. A great variety of smaller animals which can be observed in the course of the single day.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Located in the great rift valley, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a gigantic fracture of the earth crust. Within this beautiful and unique landscape lies alkaline soda lakes, a series of peaks and volcanoes, dense rain forests, vast plains, acheological sites and Masai villages. This protected area is the land of the semi-nomadic Masai, who can be seen grazing their vast herds of cattle. Although the Tanzanian government has tried to encourage the Masai to give up their customs and adapt to modern African life, the proud Masai have resisted. During your visit, it is possible to visit nearby Masai villages, called boma, to observe their traditional dance and to go inside their mud and dung huts.

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Conversation Area houses one of the world's greatest natural spectacles - the Ngorongoro Crater, home to almost 30,000 animals. It is impossible to give a fair description of the crater, for there is nothing with which to compare it. Once an active volcano, Ngorongoro Crater collapsed leaving a caldera 12 miles (20 kms) in diameter. With no breaks at all in its steep walls, this is the largest intact caldera in existence. The bottom of the crater is 165 square miles (265 square kms), dotted with watering holes, shelters an abundance of animals in an area naturally enclosed by the slopes of the volcano. The crater is famous for viewing black rhinos, for which there are very few left. Other animals that can be seen include elephant, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, monkeys, and ever hungry predators including lions and hyenas.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park, covering an immense 9,170 square miles (14,763 square kms), is Tanzania's largest national park and undoubtedly the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world. Over three million large game animals inhabit these rolling grasslands, known as the 'endless plains'. Here one can witness the unique migration of almost 1.5 million wildebeest undertake a circuit of 600 miles (1,000 kms) in search of new pastures, from the central plains to the permanent water holes at the the park corridors. About 35 species of plain animals can be observed including the 'big five' - elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards, buffalos - and large herds of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra.

Olduvai Gorge

Olduvai Gorge is known as the 'cradle of mankind'. Through the excavation of Dr. Louis Leakey and his wife Mary, the gorge has yielded numerous remains dating back almost two million years. The remains of the earliest human were found in this area which revolutionized theories of how man evolved. The historical findings of the famous skull, other fossils and stone artifacts have strengthened the belief that Africa is the birthplace of prehistoric man. There is a small museum here which displays some of the finds from this region. Olduvai Gorge lies between the great wildlife sanctuaries of the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park, and is a common rest stop during the bumpy ride between these parks.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park park covers approximately 2,600 square miles (6,700 square kms), and lies to the south of a large open grass plain in southern Masai land, 70 miles (115 kms) from Arusha. It is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania. Tarangire is commonly famous for its abundant birdlife. Visitors are frequently entertained by encounters with browsing elephants, which inhabit this park in the large herds. Other animals that can be seen include buffalo, giraffe, zebra, elands, warthogs, greter kudu, gernuks and impalas. Huge magnificent baobab trees, the Tarangire River, and volcanic mountain ranges add to the scenic splendor of this unique national park.

Lake Natron

Lake Natron is a salt lake in Tanzania's Rift Valley, located north of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, near the Kenyan border. Ol Doinyo Lengai, an active volcano, dominates the landscape here. The surrounding area is semi-arid and dusty. Though millions of flamingos make their home on the lake, feeding on algae, not much else is supported by this hot, harsh habitat. The only fish in these waters is the alkaline tilapia. The lake is 170 square miles wide and less than 10 feet deep, but the size of the body of water varies depending on the precipitation and evaporation. Between July and October is the flamingo's breeding season and the best time to visit. However, visitors to this place come more for the scenery than for the wildlife.

Lake Eyasi

The meadows along the shores of the mildly alkaline Lake Eyasi are not only home to a wide variety of wildlife including leopard, hippo, monkeys, birds, flamingos, storks and pelicans, the area is also home to the Hadzabe bushmen, the last tribe of hunter-gatherers in East Africa. Some 200 to 400 Hadzabe Bushmen still live much as they have for tens of thousands of years. Their simple shelters are built from grass, branches and earth. During the rainy season they still live in caves. During your visit to Lake Eyasi, you may visit with the Hadzabe Bushmen to witness their primitive way of life, and even accompany them on a early morning hunt.

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Safari Accommodations

Our safari extensions utilize standard hotel lodges and permanent tented camps. The lodges are located in the towns of Arusha and Karatu. The permanent tented camp is located in northwest Serengeti, near the Grumeti River, a perfect spot for migration viewing.

Standard Hotel Lodges

Our standard hotel lodges feature nice, clean rooms with double beds and private bathrooms with hot showers. Linens are included as well as mosquito netting. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in an indoor communal dining hall.

Amenities available at standard hotel lodges include:

^ Telephone services ^ Mosquito netting ^ Swimming pool
^ Wifi internet access ^ Fireplace ^ Television
^ Laundry services ^ Desk and chair ^ Gift shop
^ Safe deposit box ^ Fans ^ Television room
^ Hot water ^ Refridgerator ^ Activities/excursions

Permanent Tented Camps

The permanent tented camps are spacious, comfortable settings with private bathrooms and hot showers. The rooms are furnished with two beds, tables and chairs, linens, mosquito netting and a covered porch. Meals are served in a dining tent.

Luxury Safari Lodges

Upgraded luxury accommodations are available for our safaris.

Serena Hotels and Sopa Lodges provide extensive amenities and unrivaled warmth of personal attention in Tanzania's most beautiful places. The cost to upgrade your accommodations to Serena Hotels and Sopa Lodges is approximately 50% more than our standard safari prices. Please inquire for more information.

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