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Lake Manyara National Park

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Lake Manyara National Park is located at the foot of the up to 600 m high, in some places almost vertically sloping Rift Valley. The park is about 330 square kilometers - about 35 km long and an average of 4 km wide - where two-thirds of the area accounted for by the alkaline Lake Manyara.

Set beneath the spectacular backdrop of the Great Rift Valley's steep western escarpment, this long, narrow park protects an area between the escarpment and Lake Manyara. The parks namesake is a shallow, alkaline lake which expands and contracts with the seasons within a long, silvery bowl of salt deposits. Adjacent to it are wide, grassy floodplains and, further away, bands of mixed acacia woodlands. Further still, next to the escarpment, are patches of enchanting evergreen forests, which are sustained by perennial groundwater springs issuing from the base of the escarpment.
Many birds such as greater and lesser flamingos, pelicans, storks, ostriches, hornbills and eagles can be discovered in the reserve.

Animals
Lake Manyara National Park is known for its on tree branches dozing lions. However, elephants, buffaloes, hippos, leopards, jackals, monkeys, giraffes and impalas, zebras, gnus, mongoose, water and bushbuck can be seen here, too.

Birds
In Manyara one get to know Tanzania's birdlife in an ideal manner. More than 400 species have been recorded. These include ostriches, vultures, ospreys, pelicans, flamingos, herons, storks, hornbills and Egyptian geese.

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Attractions

  • Hippo pools: Worth a visit are the Hippo Pools. Big hippo families are wallowing in the fresh water part of Lake Manyara.
  • Hot springs:The thermal activity in Rift Valley is impressively demonstrated by the hot springs in the center and south of the park. One can boil even eggs in up to 80°C hot, sulphurous water.
  • "Lions on trees": Probably to get away from the annoying bites of tsetse flies, the lion climb in Lake Manyara National Park on trees with horizontally spreading branches, mainly in the central part of the park.
  • Ground water forest: This part of the reserve impresses with its jungle-like character: More than 30 different species of trees and plants can be identified here, and above all the incessant chirping sounds of crickets. Baboons lounging nonchalantly on the ground and vervet monkeys jumping nimbly through the trees.


Entrances

  • Main Gate: Lake Manyara National Park has one main entrance, which can be reached around 126 km from Arusha, in about 1.5 hours.
  • South Gate: The entrance in the south is mostly for exit only.

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Animals
In Ngorongoro Crater one can see buffalos, elephants, leopards, lions and black rhinos as well as cheetahs, wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, elands and hippos. Outside of the crater you will also meet Masai giraffes that not overcome the steep crater walls.

Birds
Approximately 400 species of birds can be observed in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. These include flamingos, pelicans, Egyptian geese, cormorants, ibises, storks and swallows as well as ostriches, kori bustards, vultures, eagles and kites.


Attractions

  • Ngorongoro-Crater: The view from the crater rim to the 600 m deeper crater level with the Lake Magadi is overwhelming. But a game drive inside the crater in between thousands of wildlife and birds is even much more fascinating.
  • Ol Duvai Gorge: Olduvai Gorge is considered as "cradle of mankind":  Anthropologist Mary Leakey and Louis discovered here numerous fossils of up to 2 million years old hominid. But also 3.7 million years old footprints of three hominids can be seen, next to a variety of other artifacts marvel.
  • Ol Doinyo Lengai: The 2,960 m high, active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai is regarded by the Masai as the home of their God Engai.
    An ascent of the mountain is possible, but one will usually start at night, to avoid climbing during the heat of the
    day. Inside the approximately 280 m in diameter, almost circular crater seething "cold", deep black lava, with about 500°C.
  • Traditional Masai village: To the west of the Ngorongoro Crater one can take the possibility to visit a Masai village and learn about the rituals, traditions and the way of life of this people and its songs and dances.
  • Thomb of Bernhard and Michael Grzimek: On the southern edge of the Ngorongoro Crater is the grave of zoologists and animal filmmaker Bernhard Grzimek and his son Michael, know from the movie "Serengeti Shall Not Die". Bernhard was killed in a plane crash shortly before the movie was completed.
    Especially Bernhard Grzimek commitment it is to
    thank that the ecosystem Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area have been preserved in their present size as protected areas.


Entrances

  • Lodoare Gate: Approximately 160 km from Arusha, you can reach the Lodoare Gate after around 2,5 hours drive on paved roads.
  • Naabi Hill Gate: Located in Serengeti National Park, the gate is also responsible for immigration formalities from Serengeti to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From here it is around 100 km to the Ngorongoro Crater and 277 km to Arusha.

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Serengeti National Park

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The name Serengeti comes from the Masai word Siringitu, which means "large expanse, endless plain". Thus, the 14,763 square kilometer Serengeti National Park is described admirably: Broad, flat grasslands in the south and hilly, slightly forested plains in the north. The central Savannah is almost treeless. In some places protrude gigantic granite boulders, called kopjes, out of the ground.
The Serengeti is famous for the annual migration, when more than 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson gazelles are on the way for fresh pastures. This large number of grazers also attracts a big number of predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas, and with good luck one can see them while hunting.

Wildlife
The Serengeti is the national park with the most wildlife in the world: wildebeest, zebras, gazelles and antelopes, make up more than two-thirds. But even buffalo, elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, warthogs, hyenas, hippos and Nile crocodiles are so abundant that they all may get to see at a longer safari.

Birds
Birdlife is enormous with 600 species in Serengeti National Park.
In addition to eagles, vultures, hawks and buzzards also ostriches, bustards, herons, weaver birds and Parakeets are found.

Attractions

  • The Migration: No matter what time of year you come to the Serengeti to watch these gigantic herds, every time is an awesome experience.
  • Kopjes: Like monuments from long ago seem large, polished granite stones in the vast plain and offer both small animals and reptiles ideal living conditions, but also lions shade pitches and preferred viewpoints. At Moru Kopjes about 100 years old rock paintings of Maasai can be visited .
  • Balloon Safaris: Experience the infinite expanses of the Serengeti like a bird and hovering over thousands of wild animals with a balloon: An unforgettable feeling that ends with a champagne breakfast.
  • Seronera area: In the heart of the Serengeti chances to spot leopards are the best. But there is plenty of other wildlife to see, e. g. at the water holes or at the small rivers.


Entrances

  • Naabi Hill Gate: This is the main entrance to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and coming away 277 km from Arusha.
  • Ndabaka Gate: In the West at Lake Victoria is this access.
  • Ikoma Gate: Approximately 40 km north of Seronera Lodge is the Ikoma gate. During the rainy season this is the only access towards Lake Victoria and the border to Kenya.
  • Klein's Gate: This entrance in the Northeast use travelers coming from Loliondo or from Lake Natron to Serengeti.
  • Sand River Gate: The shortest route to Kenya via the Sand River Gate. Despite tough negotiations between Kenya and Tanzania this border crossing is currently closed.

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Tarangire National Park

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Tarangire River is the lifeline in the 2,600 square kilometers of Tarangire National Park. During the dry season from July to October, the river is one of the last water dispensers for thousands of wild animals, which come from far to its banks. The landscape is characterized by endless tree savannas and seasonal wetlands. In the northeast of the park tightly packed baobab trees impress the visitors by their variety and their colossal look .

Tarangire National Park has one of the highest elephant population in northern Tanzania. In addition, lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, antelopes and many other animals and birds live in this area.
A special feature of the park are the tree-climbing pythons, which are, however, due to their camouflage difficult to detect.

Wildlife
Especially in the dry season one can find in Tarangire National Park large herds of elephants which roam in the dry riverbed for water. Wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, gazelles, gerenuks, elands crowd around the remaining waterholes and are prey to lions, leopards, hyenas and cheetahs.

Birds
Approximately 550 species of birds are in Tarangire, e. g. Maasai ostriches, kori bustards, swamphen, frankolines, Graukopf Lieste, fbarbets, herons, ibises, eagles and vultures.

Attractions

  • Herds of Elephant: A huge spectacle is offered to the viewer when herds of up to 300 elephants stay at the Tarangire River, bathing, drinking or greet each other.
  • Marshes: The marshes provide food for many water birds such as herons, storks and ibises, as well as waterbucks, buffalos and elephants like the wetlands.
  • Pythons: While normally the big pythons live on the ground, at Tarangire National Park they climb trees, for example, in the acacias along the Silale Swamp.

Entrances

  • Main Gate: The main entrance is located in the north of the park and 177 km from Arusha.
  • Sangaiwe Gate: Located in the northwest of the park, the gate giving access to Lake Burungi and the accommodations in this area.
  • Boundary Hill Gate: The gate is located in the northeast of the park and provides access from accommodations in this area.

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