They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Crater. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar and Mafia Marine Park, where whale sharks and dolphins swim through reefs.
Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and scientific value. With more than two million wildebeest, half a million Thomson’s gazelle, and a quarter of a million zebra, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. The wildebeest and zebra moreover form the star cast of a unique spectacular – the annual Serengeti migration.
There is no any better way to spend your day in Serengeti rather than spending an hour floating in the plains and down followed by *out of Africa* full English breakfast under acacia tree.
This is the Home of “earliest humans a great side trip from the gorge, Oldupai Gorge (originally misnamed Olduvai) is the most famous archaeological location in East Africa, and has become an essential visit for travelers to Ngorongoro or Serengeti.
The mixture of forest, canyons, grassland plains, Lakes and marshes provide habitats for a wide range of bird life. The wet months see the arrival of the Eurasian migrants at the pools. White storks, yellow wagtails and swallows mingle with the local inhabitants: stilts, saddle-bill storks, ibis, ruff and various species of duck. Lesser flamingos fly in to feed from their breeding grounds at Lake Natron. Distinctive grassland birds – ostrich, kori bustards and crowned cranes-abound. The rest of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) also has areas which will reward the keen ornithologist.
Walking in and around the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) encouraged, but should be done with guides. Short hikes can be organized with your lodge or the Ngorongoro Conservation Area headquarters. Long walks can be adventurous and rewarding but need some planning. Suitable walking routes include the area from Olmoti Crater to Embakai Highlands and down to the Great Rift Valley, the Northern Highlands Forest Reserve and the Eastern Plains around Nasera Rock, Gol Mountains and Olkarien Gorge.
Had it not become the world’s sixth-largest unbroken caldera, then what is now known as the Ngorongoro crater could have been a towering volcanic mountain, as high as Kilimanjaro. The crater is the flagship tourism feature for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It is a large, unbroken, un-flooded caldera, formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed some three million years ago.
Lake Manyara National Park is a Tanzanian national park located both in Arusha Region and Manyara Region, Tanzania. The two administrative regions have no jurisdiction over the parks. The park is governed by the Tanzania National Parks Authority. The majority of the land area of the park is a narrow strip running between the Gregory Rift wall to the west and Lake Manyara, an alkaline or soda-lake, to the east.
Lake Manyara National Park is known for its wildlife,The best time to go agame drive is in the dry period between July and October. Chances are you will see elephants, because there are many in the park, but be on the lookout for the famous tree climbing lion. We must have not seen one having a holiday in the Serengeti.
December the park is best visited for bird watching. There are about 350 bird pieces in the park. Of course there is the flamingo in the salt water lake, but there are all sort of smaller and less known birds too. Buy a book on eastern African birds and you will know what you see.
Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawensi, and Shira, is an inactive strata volcano in north-eastern Tanzania. Although it does not have the highest elevation, Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain rise in the world, rising 4,600 m (15,100 ft) from its base, and includes the highest peak in Africa at 19,340 feet (5,895 meters), providing a dramatic view from the surrounding plains.
Ringed by some of Africa’s best coral beaches and blessed with one of the most mellifluous names in the world, Zanzibar (Unguja) is the archipelago’s main island. Sitting at its centre is Stone Town with its quasi-medieval medina, balconied merchant’s houses and grand House of Wonders.
To the south, the road cuts through the primeval Jozani forest, home to the rare, red colobus monkey and tiny aders’ duiker. Off Kizimkazi pods of dolphin play, and shoals of luminous fish graze over Chumbe Island’s pristine coral garden, while to the east rural villages snake up the coastline from community-minded Jambiani and traditional Matemwe, where locals harvest seaweed and dhows set sail with divers for the lambent coral reef of Mnemba.
If Zanzibar Town is the archipelago’s heart, Stone Town is its soul. Its magical jumble of cobbled alleyways make it easy to spend days wandering around and getting lost.
There are several great tours including a Spice & Food Tour, Traditional Cooking Classes and Handmade Arts Tour.
Along the way, watch the island’s rich cultural melange come to life: Arabic-style houses with their recessed inner courtyards rub shoulders with Indian-influenced buildings boasting ornate balconies and latticework, and bustling oriental bazaars alternate with street-side vending stalls.
Zanzibar Butterfly Centre (ZBC) is both a NGO and popular tourist attraction located near to Jozani National Park on Unguja island. The exhibit consists of a netted tropical garden with hundreds of butterflies, all of which are native species to Zanzibar. The enclosure is one of Africa’s largest butterfly exhibits and provides residents and tourists of Zanzibar with an interactive and visual environment to learn about butterflies.
Lots of activities are waiting for you on and around Chumbe Island – make sure you bring enough time with you! The whole of Chumbe Island is a nature reserve and you may explore its beauty either under the competent guidance of our experienced rangers or at your leisure. All guided activities are included in your stay and scheduled daily, according to the prevalent tides to ensure snorkelling is conducted when tide conditions are optimal.
Snorkel through our unique shallow water Coral Reef Sanctuary, join guided nature walks and gaze at historical monuments. Take an excursion out SCUBA diving the nearby reefs, or perhaps just allow yourself a lazy day watching dhows and outrigger boats go by.
Dolphin safari offers you the experience of a lifetime, a chance to swim with dolphins in their natural habitat. The seashore of the fishing village Kizimkazi is the home of several pods of humpback and bottlenose dolphins.
In Ngezi Forest there are monkeys, bush babies, fruit bats, all different kinds of birds, flowers, spices and natural lakes. Remnants of an old timber business can also be found in the forest. The forest is an experience for all the senses.
You can also request for a night walk to see the owls. Another special option is a full day hike in the forest – approx. 8 hours.