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Flamingos at Ngorogoro Crater Lodge

Northern Safari Circuit, Tanzania

The Serengeti National Park is probably the most famous park in Tanzania, home to the annual migration which is an amazing sight at any time of the year, particularly through the dry months of June to October. The twice a year migration follows the seasonal rains and lush grass lands, covering a staggering 800km. Depending on the time of year you wish to travel, we can ensure that you will visit the area offering you the best views of this natural phenomenon. As well as the wildebeest, gazelle and zebra, Serengeti is also famous for its lions, cheetah, giraffe, gazelle, eland, impala, dik dik, hippo and warthog.

Flamingos at Ngorogoro Crater Lodge

The Ngorongoro Crater was formed by the collapse of a massive volcano creating the largest intact caldera in the world. Incredibly within this space you will find a permanent population of more than 30 000 animals, including the Big Five which you may even see during the course of one game drive! It is an ideal place to take children on safari as the intervals between animals are usually short and the game can be so close you don’t need binoculars. Lake Manyara National Park is set under the wall of the rift valley escarpment. Although a smaller game reserve, it offers a large wide variety of game and bird. Famous for the legendary tree climbing lion, Lake Manyara also offers the visitor thousands of flamingos inhabiting its namesake lake, elephants, large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Masai, giraffe, hippo and impala. Ideal as a combined visit with your stay at Ngorongoro, it is also a perfect park for families with children.

Tarangire has to be looked at as part of a bigger ecosystem, which means that much of the game leave the park between November and May during the great migration. Unlike Lake Manyara’s green forests, Tarangire has areas of dense bush, high grass and baobab trees. When the game returns around June time, it is to quench their thirst from the Tarangire swamps and its river system. At its best, visitors to Tarangire can view herds of elephant, wildebeest, zebra, impala, giraffe and buffalo. Lion and leopard are common too as well as the Spotted Hyena. There are over 500 types of bird, including the beautiful yellow-collared love birds.

An itinerary that incorporates a stay in each of this magnificent locations during June - September makes for an unforgettable trip, combine it with a stay on Zanzibar and it surely will become one-of-a-lifetime.

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