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Tours and Safari with Kilimanjaro National Park
As wide as all the world great high volcanic mountain, at an altitude of 5,895 m, 19,340 ft, above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest Mountain in Africa, the highest free-standing mountain in the world, and one of the largest volcanoes ever to burst through the earth's crust. The base of this immense mountain measures 50x80 km and the outstanding features are its three major volcanic centres ; Shira in the West (4300m),Mawenzi in the east (5500m) and the snowcapped kibo in the middle (5895).

In the pace of a few days, normally 4 days of climb and 2 days of descent the climber can pass from the Equator to Arctic through tropical rain forest, moorland, alpine desert to snow and ice.
The summit of Kilimanjaro can be reached by any reasonably fit person, with the assistance of
the guides and porters.

Apart from its dramatic geological features and the beautiful montane vegetation. Mount Kilimanjaro is also notable for its birdlife which is plentiful in the rich forest zone. Elephant, buffalo, eland, blue monkey, black and white colobus monkey.
The mountain can be climbed almost any time of the year although it is often wet during the season , especially in April and may. The best time is from August to November.

Tours and Safari with Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is the closest national park from Arusha town - Northern Tourist Portal in Tanzania at about 25Km. About 40-minute drive from Arusha. Approximately 60 km (35 miles) from Kilimanjaro International Airport.  It is a good tourist point for acclimatization before going to climb mount Kilimanjaro or touring other big tourists locations in Tanzania. It is a good place to visit for people who are at hurry, and no enough time to visit other remote parks.

The entrance gate leads into shadowy montane forest inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys and colorful turacos and trogons - the only place on the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white colubus monkey is easily seen. In the midst of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep, rocky cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo and warthog.

In the north, there are grassy hills dominated with the beauty of the Momela Lakes. There area is also shaded pink with thousands of flamingos, the lakes contain rich selection waterfowl, waterbucks, giraffes, pairs of wide-eyed dik-dik, leopards and hyenas

The park also hosts the third highest volcanic peak in Africa, Mount Meru at 4,566 meters (14,990 feet) - that dominates the park's horizon.

Tours and Safari with Ngorongoro Crater
The first view takes your breath away. Ngorongoro is a huge caldera collapsed volcano, 250 square kilometers and 23 kilometers wide. The crater has an average depth of 600 meters. Its spectacular setting and abundance of wildlife combine to make it a wonder of the natural world. The crater alone has over 20,000 large animals including some of Tanzania's last remaining black rhino. Animals are free to leave or enter the crater but most of them stay because of the plentiful water and food available on the crater floor throughout the year. For the best viewing and photography, approach the animals slowly and quietly for the best and memorable photos.

Grassland

This open grassland covers most of the floor. Grass fees most of the 20,000 large grazing animals mainly wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and gazelles and many smaller ones such as mice and grasshoppers. All these animals in the turn support large predators such as lions, hyenas smaller ones such as jackals and birds of prey.

Lake Makat

This soda lake is filled by the munge river. It is a great attractions for flamingoes and other water birds which come to feed here. Predators hide in the marsh to ambush the large animals that come to drink from the pools and river. In the sever dry season, the lake often dries up completely.

Swamps

Most of the large animals in the crater depend on swamps for fresh water and reserve food supplies. Elephants feed on the giant sedges and hippos wallow in the pools. Smaller creatures such as frogs, and several cats find food and shelter in the tall grass.

Leral Forest

Leral ' is a maasai word for yellow barked acacia or fever tree. The small forest patches on the crater floor, are homes to monkeys, baboons, bushbucks, elephants and rhinos.

Tours and Safari With Serengeti National Park
Size: 14,763 sq km (5,700 sq miles).
Location: 335km (208 miles) from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west.
A million wildebeest... each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied three-week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40km (25 mile) long columns plunge through crocodile-infested waters on the annual exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 km (600 mile) pilgrimage begins again.

Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest's trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant's gazelle.

The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania's greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.

But there is more to Serengeti than large mammals. Gaudy agama lizards and rock hyraxes scuffle around the surfaces of the park's isolated granite koppies. A full 100 varieties of dung beetle have been recorded, as have 500-plus bird species, ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills.

As enduring as the game-viewing is the liberating sense of space that characterises the Serengeti Plains, stretching across sunburnt savannah to a shimmering golden horizon at the end of the earth. Yet, after the rains, this golden expanse of grass is transformed into an endless green carpet flecked with wildflowers. And there are also wooded hills and towering termite mounds, rivers lined with fig trees and acacia woodland stained orange by dust.

Popular the Serengeti might be, but it remains so vast that you may be the only human audience when a pride of lions masterminds a siege, focussed unswervingly on its next meal.

Tours and Safari With Lake Manyara National Park
Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara National Park is one of the most beautiful places in Africa. As you enter the gate , the park is dramatically marked off by lush green vegetation consisting of tall trees of the ground water forest which provide home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys.

Further down the forest opens up into woodlands, grassland, swamps and beyond , the soda lake itself where over 400 species of birds including the lovely lesser and greater flamingoes, pelican, stork and vulture can be viewed.
At the southern end of the park are the hot sulphur springs called magmata.

The most famous spectacle in the park are the tree-climbing lions which spend most of the day spread out along branches of acacia trees 6 to 7 metres above the ground. The park is also noted for its numerous buffalo, elephant, giraffe, impala, hippo and a great variety of smaller animals which can be observed in the course of a single day. The park is only 130km away from Arusha.

Tours and Safari With Tarangire National Park
Size: 2,600 sq km (1,005 sq miles).
Location: 118 km (75 miles) southwest of Arusha.
Named after the Tarangire River, Tarangire is the quintessential African park...The rolling savannah, dotted with splendid baobab and acacia trees provide a beautiful backdrop for herds of wildebeest, buffalo, elephant, impala and zebra...Also found within its boundaries are lion, leopard, warthog, eland, ostriches, gazelles, giraffe, hartebeest, tree climbing pythons and abundant birdlife...Some herbivore that are rarely seen in Northern Tanzania inhabit this park too, Oryx, Lesser kudu and in the southernmost areas, gerenuk and Greater kudu.

The park is part of a larger ecosystem that extends as far as Lake Manyara and Lake Natron and includes many game controlled areas in the surrounding Maasai Steppe...The animals migrate out of the park during the wet season, but concentrate in large numbers along the permanent Tarangire River

during the dry season, June to September, making it the best time to visit. Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators - and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared Oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.

 
 
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