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A typical Zara Tanzania safari

On arrival in the Springlands Hotel, Moshi, a time will be arranged for a safari briefing. During this your program will be outlined and you can ask about aspects such as equipment, special food requirements, equipment etc. The following day you will meet your driver/guide (and your cook if on a camping safari) and you will set off. Vehicles used are generally long wheel based land rovers or Toyota Landcruisers with removable roofs for game viewing. (If the vehicle does not have a trailer the roof area might sometimes be used for equipment during transit between locations so the vehicle may need to be off-loaded before this can be done. Most game drives are done in the morning or evening before the vehicle is loaded).

Game-viewing takes place along the journey, then after arrival at your camp or lodge the vehicle is off-loaded and after you have relaxed an afternoon game drive is arranged if time and location allow. Similarly an early morning game drive can be arranged before or after breakfast. Generally your cook (if camping) or the lodge will arrange an early tea and biscuits if you decide on a pre-breakfast game drive. On camping safaris packed lunches are provided, if on a lodge safari there is an option to either eat at the lodge or to take a packed lunch. Menus.

There is a fairly logical route to follow on safari because of the layout of roads and parks in Northern Tanzania. A good tarmac road leads to the Ngorongoro park gate which can be reached in a 4 to 5 hour drive from Moshi. Along the way lies Lake Manyara National Park and slightly out of the way Tarangire Park. Time allowing one of these can be visited on the drive to Ngorongoro and the other on the drive back to Moshi. Tarangire is particularly worth visiting after a long dry spell when animals are attracted to it by the Tarangire river.

As park regulations only allow a half day visit to the Ngorongoro it is just possible to visit the Crater on a two day safari from Moshi. However this would involve a lot of driving and not be a very relaxing way of doing the trip. It is best to allow 3 days.

Accommodation along this section includes:
Luxury lodges: Serena Manyara Lodge, Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Serena, Ngorongoro Sopa, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge (CC).
Standard lodges: Lake Manyara Hotel, High View Hotel (from August 2006).
Tented Lodges: Tarangire Safari Lodge, Kirurumo Manyara Tented Camp, Treetops in Tarangire.
Campsites: Jambo and Twiga campsites at Mto wa Mbu, Kongioni campsite near Tarangire, Simba in the Ngorongoro, other campsites in the parks are very basic and lack any facilities.

If 5 or more days are available it is possible to drive beyond the Ngorongoro to the Serengeti. The Seronera area is one of the more popular areas to visit on account of its relative ease of access, year-round fairly abundant game, pleasant scenery and varied, good facilities. A 4 day trip could reach the Seronera area. If you would like to see wilder areas of the park and maybe go for some game walks 5 or better 6 days are required this would allow you to visit Ikoma Wild Camp or even return by the wilder northern route via Lake Natron, avoiding returning via the Ngorongoro.

The journey to and from the Serengeti via Ngorongoro may be broken up in several ways:

  • A game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater (allow up to 6 hours).
  • A guided walk to Olmoti Crater and Waterfalls in the Ngorongoro Highlands (2 hours walking, 3 hours extra driving time).
  • A visit to the Maasai Village between the Crater and Olduvai Gorge.
  • A visit to Olduvai Gorge to see the museum and maybe take a guided walk in the gorge itself.

As might be expected all the above involve extra fees to be paid but these are all included in our safari prices.

Accommodation along this section includes:
Luxury lodges: Serengeti Serena Lodge, Klein's Camp (CC).
Standard lodges: Lobo Lodge,
Tented Lodges: Mbuzi Mawe, Ikoma Wild Camp (from July 2006).
Campsites: Seronera campsites, Lobo campsite, Wasso (Loliondo), Moivera Camp (Lake Natron).


 

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