44 F O R R E S E R V A T I O N S C A L L U S O N 0845 130 6982 Lake Manyara National Park Hemingway described Lake Manyara National Park's magnificent hunting country in "The Green Hills of Africa". Mahogany, and Sausage Trees are alive with Blue, and Vervet Monkeys, Elephants feed off fallen fruit, while Bushbuck, Common Waterbuck, baboons and Leopard all make their home in the forest. Manyara is also a sanctuary to Hippo, giraffe, impala, zebra, the elusive Cape buffalo and, its most famous residents - tree climbing Lions. Lake Manyara itself is a magnet for birdlife and a kaleidoscope of different species can be found around its shores, including sizeable flocks of flamingoes. The park is often just seen as a stopping off point on the popular ‘northern circuit’ of Tanzania, yet this small and interesting park definitely warrants a visit. Lake Manyara Serena is not of the same standard as the Crater or Serengeti Serena but comfortable and predictable. The lodge stands on top of the rift overlooking the lake. The lodge is designed as a traditional Maasai Boma with 67 en-suite rooms. The swimming pool has the best view overlooking the rift valley below. Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, the only lodge in the park, is located in beautiful forest about 45 kilometres from the main gate. It has been designed as a tree house. The large rooms are on a wooden platform with a verandah and some rooms are built around existing trees. The lodge has a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. Kirurumu is a permanent tented lodge with spectacular views out over the Rift Valley. The open-sided dining room and bar make the most of view! The meals are all home cooked and most of the fresh ingredients come from their own organic garden. E Unoto is a Maasai-run property nestled into the escarpment of the Rift. It has a terrific outlook and the beds are sumptuous. The rooms are well spaced and designed in the shape of a traditional Maasai home. The staff are very proud of their lodge and if you want to stay somewhere that is a bit different on your way to or from the highlands it is a great option. Arusha National Park Aldous Huxley said that Arusha was the jewel of African national parks and it is easy to see why. Set between the towering peaks of Mount Meru and snow-capped Kilimanjaro, the Park comprises lush montane forest, the beautiful Momella Lakes and the tranquil craters of Ngurdoto and Mount Meru. There are few parks with such variety. The Momella Lakes host a variety of water birds including ibises, spoonbills, ducks and a rich variety of waders. An occasional Hippo will belch rudely as it breaks the waters from its sub-surface daytime retreat, and Common Waterbuck and Kirk's Dik Dik loiter beside their drinking pools. From lookout points on the forested rim of the Ngurdoto Crater, Warthogs, Cape Buffalo and other mammals may be observed as they feed on the grasslands of the crater floor, whilst monkeys and more elusive creatures hide in the forests. In and around Arusha itself there are a number of very pleasant places to stay… Kigongoni Lodge consists of 18 cottages each with an open fire and a balcony looking towards Mt Kilimanjaro. The lodge has been developed by The Sibusiso Foundation a centre for improving the quality of life for mentally handicapped children which directly benefits from its revenues. The location of Mountain Village Lodge is stunning. The gardens and lake are delightful and it is ideally placed for an overnight stay following your arrival at Kilimanjaro airport. The rooms are all individual rondavels overlooking either Mt Kilimanjaro or Mt Meru. Mount Meru Game Lodge is nestled amongst a grove of enormous old Mango trees. It is approximately half an hour from Kilimanjaro airport making it an ideal lodge to stay in following a long flight. The game sanctuary here provides a safe haven to Eland, ostriches, waterbuck, zebra, small carnivores and of course an enormous variety of birdlife. Greater Kudu Suggested itineraries Almost all of our itineraries in Tanzania are tailor-made – it is a classic safari destination which is growing in popularity due to the remoteness of the camps and lodges, and the quality of the game-viewing here. We generally fly our guests into Tanzania on Kenya Airways via Nairobi, with a short hop down to Kilimanjaro (Arusha) from where many safaris begin, or on KLM via Amsterdam also into Arusha. There is little to be said by way of ‘advantage’ in either having your short hop from the UK to Amsterdam (to pick up the KLM flight to Arusha) or having the short hop from Nairobi to Arusha – this is very much down to personal choice, or perhaps flight availability. If you simply wanted to visit the southern or western parts of the country then we would generally make use of the regular British Airways flights to Dar-es-Salaam. Discover Tanzania Day 1. Depart the UK for Arusha via Nairobi Day 2. Lake Manyara, 1-night [L, D] Day 3. Serengeti, 2-nights [B, L, D] Day 5. Ngorongoro Crater, 1-nights [B, L, D] Day 6. Tarangire, 2-nights [B, L, D] Day 8. Depart Arusha for the UK via Nairobi [B, L] Day 9. Arrive home The Spirit of Tanzania Day 1. Depart the UK for Arusha via Nairobi Day 2. Tarangire, 2-nights [B,L,D] Day 4. Lake Manyara, 1-night [B,L,D] Day 5. Ngorongoro Highlands, 1-night [B,L,D] Day 4. Ngorongoro Crater, 1-night [B,L,D] Day 6. Serengeti, 3-nights [B,L,D] Day 9. Fly to Arusha and depart for the UK via Nairobi [B,L] Day 10. Arrive home Cost per person: Jan to Mar, 1 Jun to 10 Jul, 22 Aug to 8 Dec, 25 to 31 Dec £2,695 Apr & May £2,395 11 Jul to 21 Aug £3,150 9 to 24 Dec £3,095 Single supplement: Available on request What is included: Flights, transfers, meals as indicated, guided activities. Accommodation: Safari Lodges Departure dates: Daily, throughout the year Cost per person: Jan & Feb, 28 May to 10 Jul, 22 Aug to Oct £1,795 Mar, Nov to 8 Dec £1,695 Apr to 27 May £1,595 11 Jul to 21 Aug, 9 to 24 Dec £2,195 Single supplement: Available on request What is included: Flights, transfers, meals as indicated, guided activities. Accommodation: Safari Lodges Departure dates: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, throughout the year
S E E U S O N T H E W E B AT wildlifeworldwide.com 45 Africa / Tanzania Tarangire National Park Tarangire National Park, dominated by the Tarangire River is a grossly under-rated park and one of the best-kept secrets in Africa. Perhaps this is because it does not fit so conveniently into a week’s safari, or because it lies just off the ‘northern circuit’. Whatever the reason, it means that Tarangire is a superb wildlife destination for the enthusiast, particularly welcoming when added on after the busy ‘northern circuit’ of Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti. The river attracts enormous herds of Elephants and the landscape is a rich and varied mix of Baobab trees, acacia bush, plains, swamps and rocky outcrops. The wildlife here is superb and the area actually experiences its own migration – although smaller in scale than the one further north. Elephants are virtually guaranteed here, and Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, jackal and occasionally Wild Dog hunt the herds of Cape Buffalo as well as Grant’s, and Thompson’s Gazelle, Burchell’s Zebra, giraffe and Warthog. The area is excellent for birds of prey and provides superb habitats for hundreds of other species. The park is within half a day’s drive of Arusha and Lake Manyara so it is an easy add-on to any northern circuit safari. Tarangire Treetops is located just outside the park boundary and is a great place for resident Elephants. The 10 tree-house style rooms are large and airy and some of them are built on stilts allowing game to pass freely underneath. The central area built around a giant Baobab overlooks a waterhole. Tarangire River Camp is located near the main entrance to Tarangire in a fantastic position overlooking a tributary of the Tarangire River where you can sit and take in your surroundings with views across to the park. It has 10 roomy tents. Tarangire Safari Lodge is a permanent lodge combining both tents and bungalows. You can’t beat sitting on the large deck outside the lounge and dining room of this lodge with a pair of binoculars watching the excitement in the river below. Selous Game Reserve Selous Game Reserve is named after Frederick Courtney Selous, the famous 19th century hunter and explorer whose books were bestsellers in Victorian England. The Selous is the largest wildlife sanctuary on the African continent covering a staggering 54,600 square kilometres. It consists of vast tracts of archetypal East African wilderness containing perhaps the greatest concentration of big game left on earth. Only in its northern extremity in the area of forest set around the mighty Rufiji River, has the Selous suffered the incursion of man, and it is still home to a bewildering array of birds and mammals. This is the Africa experienced by many of its early explorers – raw and untouched. Gamedrives may take you to the lakes where, in the dry season, the herbivores gather to drink and the carnivores lie in wait. Walks accompanied by an armed guide offer the opportunity to see Cape Buffalo, Elephant and perhaps a Lion, and a boat safari provides you with the thrill of getting close to Hippos and Nile Crocodiles. Although poaching has in the past affected the Elephant population careful management and conservation schemes have brought their numbers back to a healthy level. There are also large numbers of Wild Dog, Lion, Leopard and many other species. Selous Safari Camp has a prime position on the shores of Lake Tagalala close to the Rufiji River. The camp is unfenced and designed to blend in with the spectacular natural scenery. Each of the 12 safari tents are sighted on a timber platform offering great views of the lake. They are colourful with an airy feel. Both the bar and dining room are also raised on wooden platforms above the ground. The camp also has a good-sized swimming pool – very welcome as it can get hot in the Selous. Selous Impala Camp has just seven tents constructed on a high wooden decking with magnificent views of the river and the forest beyond. The tents are spread over a large area ensuring privacy and a real bush feel. Rufiji River Camp has a fantastic location high on a bank above the Rufiji River, in a stretch of woodland populated by monkeys and numerous birds. The views from the front of the camp are wonderful and it is a great place to watch out for some of the many Hippos and crocs that relax in the water during the heat of the day. The camp, which has 20 tents, has a rustic African feel to it, with thatch roofs, stone floors and the occasional carved piece of furniture. Rufiji is not a luxurious camp, however it has a pleasant unpretentious feel. Lying on the banks of the Rufiji River, Sand Rivers is an idyllic place from which to explore the Selous. Sand Rivers’ main public area designed using local wood and stone set in the shade of a large baobab tree. There are just eight rooms set in pairs along the riverbank. Each room is open fronted, with extensive views directly onto the River. Tarangire Treetops Selous Safari Camp, Selous National Park At Wildlife Worldwide we specialise in tailor-making our holidays. It is what we started doing in 1992, it has been our philosophy right from the start. A tailor-made journey gives you the freedom and flexibility to travel how, when and where you want to. And of course, you are unconstrained by the wishes of a group. Throughout the brochure we show a series of itineraries to whet your appetite. These are all suggestions and ideas, none are cast in stone. We can change the properties, extend or shorten your trip, combine destinations and countries, fly you in Business Class, organise car rental and of course offer advice and suggestions from a wealth of experience that we have gained over many years. Call us on 0845 130 6982 and we will be happy to discuss the options with you! Tailor-made holidays – a unique journey designed just for you!