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1 Day SAFARI: Lake Manyara, Tarangire or Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast at your hotel, we will pick up and drive to Lake Manyara or Tarangire with a picnic lunch packed for the day. 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. Continuing on the escarpment, are patches of enchanting evergreen forests, which are sustained by perennial groundwater springs issuing from the base of the escarpment. Lake Manyara’s game includes good numbers of elephant, buffalo and wildebeest along with plenty of giraffe. Look more carefully for zebra, warthog, impala, Kirk’s dik-dik, waterbuck in marshy areas near some of the springs, and klipspringer on the slopes of the escarpment. The broken forests and escarpment make it good landscape for leopard, while Manyara’s healthy lion population are famous for their tree-climbing acrobatics. There are huge troops of baboons – which often number several hundred and are widely regarded as Africa’s largest. As with the big game, the birdlife here is exceptionally varied. In the middle of the lake you’ll often see flocks of pelicans and the pink-shading of distant flamingos, while the margins and floodplains feed innumerable herons, egrets, stilts, stalks, spoonbills and other waders. With so much water around, the woodlands are equally productive, but it’s the evergreen forests where you’ll spot some more entertaining species such as the noisy silvery-cheeked hornbills, crowned eagles and crested guineafowl. In the evening we make our way back into town where your Safari will be complete. We return to the town of Arusha.
After breakfast at the hotel, or Safari Driver will greet you and we drive to Ngorongoro Crater and descend into the Crater. You’ll enjoy a full day Crater game drive with a picnic lunch. Included among the 7 Natural Wonders, this extinct volcano collapsed eons ago turning it into a beautiful natural enclosure. The showpiece of the conservation area is undoubtedly the Ngorongoro Crater itself. It measures about 12 Miles~19km in diameter, with walls of 1900 ‘~610m in height. However you measure it, it’s no wonder that this Crater is numbered among the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. The mineral-rich floor of this spectacular bowl is largely flat, open and covered in nutritious grasses –enjoyed by large herds of zebra and wildebeest which graze here. These extensive open plains are also home to herds of buffalo, Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle and topi. You’ll also find East Africa’s best population of black rhino here which can be seen in open grasslands. Breeding herds of elephant pass through the Ngorongoro Crater itself only rarely, but you will see a scattering of old bulls, including some of the biggest tuskers remaining in Africa today. No Ngorongoro safari would be complete without the predators, which are often highly visible on the crater floor. The Crater’s lion population varies significantly over time, the one constant being their complete adaptation for safari vehicles as evident with their hunting within yards of a vehicle, and when exhausted even seek their shade beside it. Spotted hyena are even more common here, often competing with the lion, and there’s are a small but growing number of cheetah. Leopards are around, especially in the vicinity of the Lerai Forest – a small forest of fever trees notable for their yellow bark. Side-striped and the lovely golden jackal are often seen skulking around, while bat-eared foxes area rarer sight. In the evening we make our way back into town where your Safari will be complete. We return to the town of Arusha.