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Savannah-woodland, rainforest and lake combine to put on a show of elephants, tree-climbing lions, primates and birds
Lake Manyara makes a perfect start to a safari, just a 1.5-hour drive west of Arusha in northern Tanzania, on the way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. It gives you a chance to see plains game, primates and up to 400 bird species in a 50-kilometre strip of rainforest and savannah-woodland between the Great Rift Valley’s Gregory Rift and the soda lake of Lake Manyara.
The park is well protected between these two natural boundaries. Lake Manyara was originally proclaimed to protect elephants, and the small Manyara elephants with their short tusks still roam the rain and fever tree forests in abundance.
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Visit Tanzania during the calving season to see wildebeest calves join the massive herds making their way through the Serengeti for the great migration.
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Travelling to Tanzania during the calving season is a sight to behold and something unique to the region
This four-in-one calving season safari includes not only the Serengeti, but Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the Ngorogoro Crater
Visit Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorogoro Crater and Serengeti for a four-in-one safari you'll remember forever
This is the stage on which the greatest wildlife show on earth and plays out, as it is by far the greatest mass movement of land mammals on the entire globe.
With all of this diversity on offer, the most difficult part of your Tanzanian holiday experience is likely to be deciding where to go!
If the great migration is on your travel bucket list, then this memorable safari in Tanzania is ideal for you.
Enjoy the wildlife of Tanzania as well as the paradise of Zanzibar
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The wildebeest migration, is one of the “Seven New Wonder of the World” and also known as The World Cup of Wildlife. If there is a safari you should go on, this has to be it!
Lake Manyara is a wonderful first park to visit in Tanzania. It shows you a great variety of species, plains game, primates, elephant and even cats if you're lucky. It's very scenic during the rainy seasons and a wonderful park to kick off your safari. Even when Tarangire is too wet, Manyara is always there to rely on.
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The groundwater forest as you enter the park from the north is perfect if you're interested in forest birds and primates, with vervet and Sykes' monkeys and olive baboons in the area. You'll hear and see silvery-cheeked hornbills and crowned hornbills up in the branches. Around the hot springs, you might see tree-climbing lions and even leopard if you're lucky.
Other wildlife attractions are plains game in the form of gazelle, wildebeest, giraffe and buffalo, while hippo and water birds are aplenty at the hippo pool lookout. Highlights include pelicans and storks as well as thousands of pink-hued flamingos when the lake's water level and algae concentrations are right. Spend a night inside the park for the full Lake Manyara experience of early morning and late afternoon; going on a night drive or early morning walk are some of the Manyara's most enjoyable activities.
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June to September, during the dry season. The wildlife is easier to spot - since they congregate around the water sources. However, migratory birds can be found. go there.
January and February and from June to August after the rains. The wildlife stay within the park since there is still plenty of water - making it easier to spot the animals as well as the migratory birds are present. go there.
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After initially contacting Discover Africa, Karl Svendsen contacted me and we started the process of getting a quote and defining an itinerary for a safari to Tanzania. Karl was extremely professional and timely in his responses and in short…
Fantastic safari and excellent logistics!
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I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…
We had the most wonderful time in Tanzania. We left yesterday and miss it already. We saw the big 5 and felt super lucky to see the lions and leopard with their kill. Our guide was also wonderful. Thank YOU for planning our trip of a…
All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.
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We had a wonderful experience with the Discover Africa team on our trip to Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. Due to unforeseen circumstances we needed to head down early and their team were most helpful in arranging exciting new options for us while…
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Our trip was arranged by Carel Verhoef at discoverafrica.com and was perfectly organised. We flew into the Masai Mara from Nairobi and all flight connections and transfers were arranged for us and went like clockwork. Carel was also very…
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