Subjugated by an ever-growing human footprint, few countries can claim to have vast expanses of land where animals in large numbers still roam freely. Tanzania is one of them. It is certain that in the ‘land of the endless plains’ comprising Serengeti and Lake Manyara National Parks and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, your amazement will be boundless too.
- Best time to visit:
January to May
- Recommended min. duration:
5 nights/6 days
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
January, the calving season, is when miniature wildebeest and zebra emerge into the savannah, marking the midterm of the migration. Intercepting this advance, you will behold the spectacle of a large number of hooves and horns dominating the landscape.
Apart from the ungulates, Africa’s famed Big Five are an expected draw. Lion prides lie sprawled on the plains while cheetahs go like stink in pursuit of ‘fast food’. Coexisting with the cats, elephants drift gracefully, rhinos stand their ground flaunting snout-top spikes of hair, and plucky warthogs fittingly dubbed the Savannah Express trot across the frame with their piglets in tow in a single file.
In the more aerodynamic class of creatures, the imperious martial eagle and the strikingly designed bateleur eagle reign supreme over the skies. Down below, the magnificent crowned crane and the unique southern ground hornbill lend themselves beautifully to photographs. As many as five varieties of vulture the Ruppell’s, the griffon, the white-backed, the lappet-faced and the hooded form a most effective sanitation team as they sweep the savannah clean of leftovers.
But the most precious treasure will be unearthed in Seronera Valley. Harbouring the mercurial leopard in the giant sausage trees on the banks of the river, where a variety of herbivores are attracted for a drink, this is the best place in East Africa to observe and photograph the most elusive of the continent’s big cats, and is probably the only place in the world that can hold a candle to the prodigious Masai Mara.
LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Centred around the eponymous saline lake famously called “the loveliest in Africa” by nobel laureate, Ernest Hemingway, Lake Manyara National Park is home to diverse wildlife, including an impressive 300 migratory birds in an area of just 327 km2. Although lions and leopards are hard to see, the exceptional birding and the presence of other mammals, such as elephants, buffalo, hippos and giraffes, besides the scenic beauty of the environs of the lake, which occupies 70 percent of the park, make a visit a veritable treat.
NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
With an estimated 25,000 animals within the crater itself, Ngorongoro hosts almost every individual species of wildlife in East Africa. Most notable among the celebrities are the rare black rhino and the cantankerous hippopotamus. Saline lakes fed by shallow streams foster the graceful flamingo.
Lion and cheetah allow delightful atmospheric sightings and bewilderingly large bull elephants, free from competition in the crater, have made this terrain their own, especially once they’re past their prime, to the extent that Ngorongoro is referred to as the ‘old age retirement home for elephants’ a ‘retirement home’!
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For whom is this destination suitable?
Anybody with an interest in wildlife and all the myriad marvels of nature, and is over the age of 18 (unless accompanied by a parent or adult guardian) can go on a personal vacation to this destination
Can I take my children to Tanzania?
You may certainly take your young child, but we don’t recommend taking infants and very small children on safari. Please talk to us for more information.
Is vaccination against yellow fever and polio mandatory?
Yes; the vaccination is mandatory in many countries including India. Please talk to us for advice on how to get one.
Is an earlier vaccination card valid?
Yellow fever vaccination is valid for a period of 10 years from the date of administration, but polio vaccination is valid for only a year. Please check your vaccination card to verify validity. Please note that the vaccination must be valid as on the date of your return to your country after the Vacation.
Will you book my flight tickets if needed?
Certainly! We take care of the flight ticket bookings too.
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