3 Days Lake Manyara - Ngorongoro Camping Safari
Day 1: Arusha - Lake Manyara
After breakfast depart at 0830hrs and proceed to Lake manyara park on the base of the great rift valley. This small park contains five distinct vegetation zones. Thus supporting a large variety of bird life and abundant wildlife. The park is also famous for its large flocks of flamingos. Dinner and overnight at Jambo Campsite.
Day 2: Ngorongoro crater
After breakfast leave for Ngorongoro crater taking a picnic lunch with you descend 2,000ft (670m) in to the crater floor for game viewing Break for lunch at Ngoitoktok spring picnic sites it will be an unforgettable experience, elephants, buffaloes and leopards can be seen. Dinner and overnight at Simba Campsite.
Day 3: Ngorongoro - Arusha
After breakfast drive to Arusha for lunch
- Transportation in a custom safari minibus with
pop-up roof ideal for game viewing and sightseeing
- Services of a trained and experienced English speaking driver/guide
- All camping equipments except sleeping bags
- Three meals per day prepared by our safari cook
- Bottled water for use during the safari
- Game drives and park entry fees
- International air transportation to and from Nairobi
- Expenses of personal nature such as visas, travel/baggage insurance, laundry, beverages, tips etc
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Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park is a national park in Arusha Region, Tanzania. The majority of the land area of the park is a narrow strip running between the Gregory Rift wall to the west and Lake Manyara, an alkaline or soda-lake, to the east.
The park consists of 330 km2 (130 sq miles) of arid land, forest, and a soda-lake which covers as much as 200 km2 (77 sq miles) of land during the wet season but is nearly nonexistent during the dry season.
Lake Manyara National Park is known for the flamingos that inhabit the lake. During the wet season they inhabit the edges of the lake in flocks of thousands but they are not so present during the dry season.
More than 400 species of birds inhabit the park and many remain throughout the year. Because of this Lake Manyara National Park is a good spot for bird watching. Visitors to the park can expect to see upwards of 100 different species of bird on any day.
Leopards, lions, elephants, blue monkeys, dik-dik, gazelle, hippo, giraffe, impala, and more inhabit the park and many can be seen throughout the year. There is a hippo pond at one end of the park where visitors can get out of their cars and observe from a safe distance. The leopards and lions are both known to lounge in the trees while not hunting for prey.
Ngorongoro Crater is a large, unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera. The crater, which formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago, is 610 m (2,000 ft) deep and its floor covers 260 km2 (100 sq miles).Estimates of the height of the original volcano range from fifteen to nineteen thousand feet (4500 to 5800 metres) high.
The crater highlands on the side facing the easterly trade winds receives 800–1200 mm of rain a year and is covered largely in montane forest, while the less-steep west wall receives only 400–600 mm; this side is grassland and bushland dotted with Euphorbia bussei trees. The crater floor is mostly open grassland with two small wooded areas dominated by Acacia xanthophloea.
The Munge Stream drains Olmoti Crater to the north, and is the main water source draining into the seasonal salt lake in the center of the crater. This lake is known by two names: Makat as the Maasai called it, meaning salt; and Magadi. The Lerai Stream drains the humid forests to the south of the Crater, and it feeds the Lerai Forest on the crater floor - when there is enough rain, the Lerai drains into Lake Magadi as well. Extraction of water by lodges and NCA headquarters reduces the amount of water entering Lerai by around 25%.
The other major water source in the crater is the Ngoitokitok Spring, near the eastern crater wall. There is a picnic site here open to tourists and a huge swamp fed by the spring, and the area is inhabited by hippopotamus, elephants, lions, and many others. Many other small springs can be found around the crater's floor, and these are important water supplies for the animals and local Masaai, especially during times of drought.
Aside from herds of zebra, gazelle, and wildebeest, the crater is home to the "big five" of rhinoceros, lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo. The crater plays host to almost every individual species of wildlife in East Africa, with an estimated 25,000 animals within the crater.
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