Northern Tanzania - Tanzania

Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. 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. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar and Mafia Marine Park, where whale sharks swim through reefs.

Weather and Climate

The climate of East Africa is typically equatorial with high temperatures year round and little seasonal variation, especially closer to the equator. Large variations in temperature are caused by altitude; it is cooler the higher you get. In Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, daily highs average 25°C annually and lows 13°C. This is mild for an interior region and is due to Nairobi’s elevation. In Mombasa, on the coast and so around sea level, average annual temperatures are 30°C maximum and 22°C minimum.

There are two short rainy seasons in East Africa; one around April time, and the other in October and November. Rainfall is strongly influenced by the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone that streams low pressure around the equator.

NORTHERN CIRCUIT

East Africa or Eastern Africa is the easterly region of the African continent.

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Serengeti National Park is the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world.

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 home to the big 5.

The wildebeest and zebra moreover form the star cast of a unique spectacular - the annual Serengeti migration.

The National Park, with an area of 12,950 square kilometers, is as big as Northern Ireland, but its ecosystem, which includes the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Maswa Game Reserve and the Maasai Mara Game reserve (in Kenya), is roughly the size of Kuwait.

As for wildlife, the Serengeti National Park offers not only all the members of ‘The Big Five' (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo), but also the annual ‘migration' of over one million wildebeest and their attendant cast of predators

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN SERENGETI

Visit Klein’s gate

Serengeti Balloon Safaris

Visit the Ndabaka Gate

Visit Naabi Hill Gate

ACCOMOODATION

MBALAGETI SAFARI LODGE (4*)

Enjoy the gorgeous views over the Serengeti plains and our fantastic friendly service.

Mbalageti Serengeti is located in the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. The Lodge offers a breathtaking 360-degree panorama view of the Serengeti Plain lands and the Mbalageti River, where one of the main attractions is the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.mbalageti.com

SERENGETI SERENA SAFARI LODGE (4*)

Centrally located adjacent to the famous Western Corridor and Grumeti River, the lodge has been designed to blend completely into the living landscape.

Situated close to the world-famous 2-million-year-old paleolithic site of Ol Duvai, ‘birthplace of mankind', the lodge has been styled to offer a showcase of cultural performance, heritage and traditional art, which is best illustrated by the lavish Makonde carvings which decorate both the rooms and the stunning domed dining room. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.serengetinationalpark.com/entries/mbalageti-safari-lodge

SERENGETI SOPA LODGE (5*)

Located on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, home to many thousands of wild and rare animals, Serengeti Sopa Lodge lies within an area of out-standing natural beauty. An oasis of cool relaxation from the equatorial sun. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.sopalodges.com/serengeti-sopa-lodge/

SAYARI MARA CAMP (5*)

Sayari Camp is located in the remote Northern part of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Camp overlooks the vast of Serengeti plains home to staggering wildlife. Sayari is also next and close to the migration Point of Mara River. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: sayaricamp.asiliaafrica.com/

NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

Populations of approximately 25,000 animals live in the crater. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is a conservation area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located 180 km (110 mi) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania.

Known as ‘the eighth wonder of the world' the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa's best-known wildlife arenas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers a unique biosphere, which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Deep within the Crater, enclosed by towering walls, some 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes and forests of ‘the land that time forgot', dominated by enormous bull elephants, rhinos and lions.

SIGHTSEEING/THINGS TO DO IN NGORONGORO

Osterbay Bar

Mwahingo Canteen

Visit Oldupai Museum

Safari to the Ngorongoro Crater

Visit Empakaai Crater

Visit The Engare Sero Footprint Site

ACCOMMODATION

NGORONGORO SERENA SAFARI LODGE

Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 meters below. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.serenahotels.com/serenangorongoro/

NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE (3*)

Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands well over half a kilometer above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.sopalodges.com/ngorongoro-sopa-lodge

LAKE MANYARA

Lake Manyara National Park in northern Tanzania draws visitors both for the the geological splendors of the Great Rift Valley and the embarrassment of wildlife riches in the surrounding forests and plains.

Located in northern Tanzania, Lake Manyara stretches 330 sq. km (127 sq. miles), of which up to 200 sq. km (77 sq. miles) is lake when water levels are high.

The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours (126km/80 miles) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu.

SIGHTSEEING/THINGS TO DO IN LAKE MANYARA

Watch the Abundant birdlife at Lake Manyara.

See the dense forest and tree climbing lions

ACCOMMODATION

LAKE MANYARA SERENA LODGE

Standing high on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of tranquility, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. The unprecedented range of high-adventure sports, meanwhile, include mountain biking, canoeing and forest walks, while cultural choices include tours of the neighboring villages and dance displays by the local Iraqw and sukuma people. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.serenahotels.com/serenalakemanyara/

LAKE MANYARA TREE LODGE (5*)

At Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, you'll enjoy both the epic scenery and the experience of an African safari. And you get to sleep in a tree.

Of course these aren't your childhood tree forts. Each of the 10 stilted suites is tucked away from the others in the mahogany forest canopy. Privacy is guaranteed; good thing, as the exotic setting has been known to spark romance. Each suite has a private game viewing deck, dream-inducing beds, and an overhead fan for those warm, African nights. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.andbeyond.com/lake-manyara-tree-lodge/

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

2850 sq. km (1,096 sq. miles) 118 km (75 miles) southwest of Arusha. Easy drive from Arusha or Lake Manyara following a surfaced road to within 7km (four miles) of the main entrance gate; can continue on to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Charter flights from Arusha and the Serengeti. Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi, Katavi and Mkomazi. The national park is located at Manyara region.

It lies a little distance to the south east of Lake Manyara and covers an area of 2,850 sq. kms (1,100 square miles.) The landscape and vegetation is incredibly diverse with a mix that is not found anywhere else in the northern safari circuit. The hilly landscape is dotted with vast numbers of Baobab trees, dense bush and high grasses.


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