CST 401: Selous Game Reserve

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Departs daily at 09.30am.

Day 1. Arusha - Ngorongoro Crater
Distance: 190 km (4 hrs.). Pick up from your hotel in Arusha. Drive to the crater with unique views of the high altitude rain forest surrounding the ring. Dinner & overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge/Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge/Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, L,D

Day 2. Ngorongoro Crater
Breakfast and departure for a full day of game viewing discovering the beauty and abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Picnic lunch. Dinner & overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge/Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge/Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, B, L,D.

Day 3. Ngorongoro - Lake Manyara National Park
Distance: 60 km (1 hr. 30 min.). After breakfast depart to Manyara. Lunch and afternoon game drive in this superb scenic park set around Lake Manyara, most famous for the tree climbing lions. Dinner & overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge/Lake Manyara Hotel, B, L,D.

Day 4. Lake Manyara - Arusha
Distance: 130 km (2 hrs. 30 min.) Breakfast and return to Arusha, B

Safari Price: US$ 1350 per person sharing. Single room supplement: US$ 210

Tour price includes:
-Guarantee price/guarantee safari on confirmation
-Ground transport on safari in a comfortable safari land cruiser equipped for game viewing
-Full board accommodation whilst on safari
-Meal plan as described, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
-Accommodation in double/twin/triple room
-All park entrance fees to include government taxes
-Service of an English speaking professional driver/guide
-Game drives as detailed in the itinerary
-Crater tour
-Start and end in Arusha

Tour price excludes:
-Airport transfers, US$ 75 per vehicle one way
-International flights
-Visas to Kenya/Tanzania
-Optional extras and items of a personal nature
-Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
Departs daily except on Tuesday and Saturday
Day 1. Dar-es-Salaam - Selous
Transfer to Dar-es-Salaam airport for morning flight to Selous. Meals & overnight at Selous Safari camp or Rufiji River Camp, L,D.

Days 2 & 3. Selous
Full days at leisure for game viewing by vehicle, boat or walking safaris. Full board at the Selous Safari camp or Rufiji River Camp, B,L,D.

Day 4. Selous - Dar-es-Salaam
After breakfast fly back to Dar-es-Salaam, B.

Tour price: US$ 2120 Per person sharing. Single room supplement: US$ 810

-Domestic flight Dar es Salaam - Selous, Selous - Dar es Salaam
-All tours as per itinerary
-Services of a professional safari guide
-All meals on Safari including mineral water, soft drinks
-All wildlife reserve entry fees
-All accommodations as per itinerary, all meals included
-Ground activities with the safari camp

Not included
-International airfare & flights
-All items of a personal nature
-Gratuities for safari guide and staff
-Airport departure tax
-Travel insurance
-Visa and Passport fees
-Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and beverages in lodges

Selous Game Reserve:
Selous Game Reserve is Africa's largest protected area uninhabited by man, where Tanzania's greatest population of elephants wander in an area bigger than Switzerland! The Selous (pronounced “Seloo”) is considered important enough to be World Heritage Site, in which the lucky few can experience a safari in absolutely wild and unspoiled bush.
The park is named after Englishman, Frederick Courtney Selous - conservationist, hunter, explorer and author, whose adventure books on Africa became best sellers in Victorian England.

The park varies from rolling grassy woodlands and plains, to rocky outcrops cut by the Rufiji River - the lifeblood of the park,

whose tributaries form a network of lakes, lagoons and channels. Volcanic hot springs even burst forth in places. The Rufiji offers a superb method of game viewing especially during the dry season when animals congregate.

Selous contains about one third of all the wild dogs (often called painted dogs), in the world. Their need to roam vast areas and their formidable hunting skills have caused many to be shot by farmers, but here in Selous they have boundless woodlands and savannahs in which to roam.

Along the Rufiji River, an array of grazing antelopes, crocodiles and hippos are commonly seen as well as black and white colobus monkeys in the riverine forests. During the dry season from June to October, the concentration of animals along the river is astonishing. Linked to the Rufii is Lake Tagalala where waterbuck, reedbuck and bushbuck gather at the water's edge. Magnificent sickle-horned sable and curly-horned greater kudu tend to keep to the longer grass and wooded shrubby areas.

In the dry season an ancient migration of elephants takes place between the Selous and Mozambique's Niassa Game Reserves. This is one of the largest natural trans-boundary eco-systems in Africa and at the last consensus it was estimated that 64,400 elephants roam the two parks, with 84% on the Tanzanian side.

Fierce tiger fish and smooth slippery vandu catfish are caught in the rivers. The latter is equipped with primitive lungs allowing it to cross land for short distance in an attempt to find water water during the dry season.

Dry Season: The dry season sets in during June to November and is the best time for game viewing along the rivers. Elephants come out of the bush at that time and predators are more commonly seen.
Rainy Season: January to April is wonderful for birdlife ad lush scenery but many roads become impassable after heavy rains. December to February is still good for game viewing but can be rather hot and humid. The safari lodges are usually closed from March to May.

• Rare and endangered Wild Dog
• Boat game viewing
• Fishing
• Thousands of migrating elephants
• Walking safaris
• Huge wilderness

-This massive stretch of land is the second largest game reserve in Africa. At over 21,000 miles² (55,000 km²) it is almost four times the size of the Serengeti.
-The only human habitations allowed are limited tourist facilities.
-Road access is only possible during the dry season and most visitors fly in from Dar es Salaam by charter aircraft.
-Safari lodges are restricted to the top 20% of the reserve.
-This is a malarial area.

Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area:
The Ngorongoro Crater is often called ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World,’ a visit to the crater is a main drawcard for tourists coming to Tanzania and a definite world-class attraction. Within the crater rim, large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist. Just outside the crater’s ridge, tall Masaai herd their cattle and goats over green pastures through the highland slopes, living alongside the wildlife as they have for centuries.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area includes its eponymous famous crater, Olduvai Gorge, and huge expanses of highland plains, scrub bush, and forests that cover approximately 8300 square kilometres. A protected area, only indigenous tribes such as the Masaai are allowed to live within its borders. Lake Ndutu and Masek, both alkaline soda lakes are home to rich game populations, as well as a series of peaks and volcanoes and make the Conservation Area a unique and beautiful landscape. Of course, the crater itself, actually a type of collapsed volcano called a caldera, is the main attraction. Accommodation is located on its ridges and after a beautiful descent down the crater rim, passing lush rain forest and thick vegetation, the flora opens to grassy plains throughout the crater floor. The game viewing is truly incredible, and the topography and views of the surrounding Crater Highlands out of this world.

This truly magical place is home to Olduvai Gorge, where the Leakeys discovered the hominoid remains of a 1.8 million year old skeleton of Australopithecus boisei, one of the distinct links of the human evolutionary chain. In a small canyon just north of the crater, the Leakeys and their team of international archaeologists unearthed the ruins of at least three distinct hominoid species, and also came upon a complete series of hominoid footprints estimated to be over 3.7 million years old. Evacuated fossils show that the area is one of the oldest sites of hominoid habitation in the world.

The Ngorongoro Crater and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area are without a doubt some of the most beautiful parts of Tanzania, steeped in history and teeming with wildlife. Besides vehicle safaris to Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, and surrounding attractions, hiking treks through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area are becoming increasingly popular options. Either way you choose to visit, the Crater Highlands are an unforgettable part of the Tanzanian experience.

Tarangire National Park:
Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of elephants anywhere in Tanzania, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a beautiful and special location. Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife are allowed to move freely throughout.

Before the rains, droves of gazelle, wildebeest, zebra, and giraffes migrate to Tarangire National Park’s scrub plains where the last grazing land still remains. Tarangire offers unparalleled game viewing, and during the dry season elephants abound. Families of the pachyderms play around the ancient trunks of baobab trees and strip acacia bark from the thorn trees for their afternoon meal. Breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south make a stop at Tarangire a memorable experience.

Lake Manyara National Park
Located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views. Located on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park is well worth a stop in its own right. Its ground water forests, bush plains, baobob strewn cliffs, and algae-streaked hot springs offer incredible ecological variety in a small area, rich in wildlife and incredible numbers of birds.

The alkaline soda of Lake Manyara is home to an incredible array of bird life that thrives on its brackish waters. Pink flamingo stoop and graze by the thousands, colourful specks against the grey minerals of the lake shore. Yellow-billed storks swoop and corkscrew on thermal winds rising up from the escarpment, and herons flap their wings against the sun-drenched sky. Even reluctant bird-watchers will find something to watch and marvel at within the national park.

Lake Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions are another reason to pay this park a visit. The only kind of their species in the world, they make the ancient mahogany and elegant acacias their home during the rainy season, and are a well-known but rather rare feature of the northern park. In addition to the lions, the national park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world -- a fact that makes for interesting game viewing of large families of the primates.

Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater - African Safaris
African safaris and Adventures is an expert safari and tour operator in Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania. Our range of safaris in ngorongoro include ngorongoro crater safaris, ngorongoro budget safaris, ngorongoro lodge safari, ngorongoro family safari, ngorongoro camping safari, ngorongoro Tanzania air and flying safaris to ngorongoro crater, luxury safari tented camps and lodge accommodation in ngorongoro,safari for budget backpacker, student and college safaris in camps in Ngorongoro Ngorongoro Conservation Area stretches from the Karatu Highlands to the Serengeti and covers an area of around 8300 sq km. Formed by the same immense geological upheavals as the Great Rift Valley, Ngorongoro crater was once a mountain as high as Kilimanjaro. About 3 million years ago, it blew up, covering the Serengeti in ash. The crater floor sank leaving the rim to form a natural enclosure 2,285 metres high. Ngorongoro Safari the most amazing experience.

As your vehicle slowly ascends through mountain forests you will feel it getting colder and colder. Eventually you reach the rim, and dropping sharply off in front of you is Ngorongoro Crater.

Ngorongoro Crater safari offers the best self-contained safaris location in Africa. The world's largest unbroken caldera; it is often referred to as the 'Garden of Eden'. The rich pasture and permanent water of the crater floor shelters a large population of animals. In fact, the crater floor is one of the most densely crowded game areas in the world and is home to about 30,000 animals.
Ngorongoro crater is definitely the best safari location for tourists looking for luxury family and honeymoon safaris. With one of the largest unique unbroken caldera, as well as home to huge wildlife animals. Ngorongoro Crater can be reached by use of safari vehicles accompanied by our tour Guide through Northern Tanzania by road. Reaching Ngorongoro may be an additional reward for your safari to reach other parks like Serengeti and Manyara. A flying air safari option can also be arranged for those who do not want to take much time driving to Ngorongoro Reaching Ngorongoro main gate from Arusha might take you 4 hours on now tarmaced quality roads. This becomes one of the most interesting places to drive and pass through a very pretty scenery 15000ft at Mount Meru, with other dormant volcanic hills like Burka Monduli and Lossimingor at just over 8000ft across the Rift Valley floor and Lake Manyara National Park close end. Finally, to a 2000ft escarpment where you can have a stop over stunning views of Manyara.

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Lake Manyara National Park
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A Lake Manyara Safari is often overlooked. Many people pass Lake Manyara National Park in their rush to the Serengeti. However, we recommend you consider this enchanting and interesting park. Although small, it is one of the prettiest and most game rich parks in the country.

Lake Manyara is a long thin park only about 330 sq km in size. Two thirds of the park consists of water, with the Great Rift Valley Escarpment rising sharply and dramatically along the western side.

Remember to keep looking up while you are in the park. Lake Manyara is well known for its tree climbing lions and there are also plenty of leopards. You'll need some luck to see them though, so don't be disappointed if they elude you.

Lake Manyara is a great safari spot for bird viewing and also has a healthy population of ungulates such as buffalo and wildebeest. Many animals can be seen grazing the new shoots on the floodplain and wallowing in the shallows of the lake, while further out pods of hippos bob.

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