Wildlife Safari

The beauty of Lake Manyara

 

Although Lake Manyara is quite small compared to the Serengeti or to Tarangire National Park it's home of a diverse set of landscapes and wildlife. The Rift Valley escarpment as backdrop will not disappoint you. Around 300 bird species can be found here and the panoramas over the lake can be spectacular. If you don't have the time or the budget to visit the Serengeti, Lake Manyara is a good alternative!

Lake Ndutu

 

Lake Ndutu forms a shallow basin where water accumulates from the nearby areas of slightly higher altitude. The water in the lake is extremely saline, too saline for human consumption but Lake Ndutu becomes alive with animals during the migration because it is surrounded by the Ndutu woodlands and the Short Grass Plains, which provide ample cover and food.

The amazing Ngorongoro Crater

 

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is a conservation area and UNESCO World Heritage Site most famous for the Ngorongoro Crater. El-Nkoronkoro means 'Gift of Life' in Maasai language and the Maasai have been living here in a permanent settlement since 1800. They are not the oldest habitants. Fossil evidence found in the Olduvai Gorge suggest that 'hominid' species have occupied the area for 3 million years.

The Conservation Area has a healthy resident population of most species of wildlife and the annual migration passes here.

 

The Ngorongoro Crater is the main feature of the NCA, it is the world's largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic crater. It is 610 metres (2,000 feet) deep and its floor covers 260 km2 (100 sq miles). The Crater consists of mainly grassland with small wooded areas and a salt lake. The natural enclose (the elevation of the crater floor is 1,800 metres (5,900 feet) above sea level) makes it a permanent habitat for a wide variety of wildlife and it is estimated that depending on the season 25.000 large animals live in the crater.

 

Whether you want to go on a 2 or a 6 day safari, we always schedule in the Ngorongoro Crater. There is simply no place like it anywhere in the world!

Lake Eyasi - Hadzabe and Datoga tribes

 

Lake Eyasi is a scenic soda lake found on the southern border of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This less visited lake lies at the base of the Eyasi escarpment on the western rift valley wall. To the northeast, as far as your eyes can see, the horizon is dominated by impressive Crater Highlands, and to the north the plains of the Serengeti. Lake Eyasi is inhabited by small groups of Bushmen, in particular the Hadzabe & Datoga Tribes.

 

Hadzabe: An ethnic group who live in groups hunting with bow and arrows and gathering roots, tubers and wild fruits much as humankind lived in the Stone Age.

 

Datoga: The Datoga are nomadic cattle herders who also live around the lake. They are blacksmiths by trade and supply the Hadzabe with heads for their arrows and both the Hadzabe as well as the Masai with various ornaments and jewellery.

 

The people of these indigenous tribes are probably the last living in true harmony with nature and have a wealth of Fauna and Flora knowledge to share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The big 5 and the great migration

 

All year round you can spot the big 5 and many other wild animals and exotic birds in their natural habitat. And if you are lucky you can even witness the great migration; zebra’s, wildebeests and gazelles moving by the thousands to find fresh pastures. Would you like to go on a 1 day-trip or on a full 10 day game drive or anywhere in between? Magufwa Safaris & Tours knows where to go to make sure you get the most out of your Tanzanian wildlife and cultural experience.

Choose your safari, anything is possible

 

We customize our itineraries to suit your needs. To see what is possible, please have a look at the suggestions below. If you can’t see the safari you’re looking for, don’t worry! Just send us an email and we will quickly and easily arrange the perfect safari for you. It's also possible to make a combination with any of the day trips we offer like a visit to a Maasai village or a hike to the Sapuku waterfalls. Please contact us to see how we can help you.

 

2 day safari: Tarangire or Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater

3 day safari: Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara

4/5 day safari: Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater

6 day safari: Tarangire or Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Eyasi

7 day safari: Safari Highlights

8 day safari: Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti & Hike Sapuku Waterfalls & Maasai village

10 day safari: Culture & Wildlife

The endless plains of the Serengeti

 

In Maasai language Serengeti (Siringit) literally means endless plains and it sure feels like it when you are there. This enormous ecosystem covers around 30.000 km2 (12.000 sq miles) and goes all the way to Kenya where it is called the Maasai Mara. This region is famous for hosting the largest mammal migration in the world and is therefore considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. It is not just 'endless plains' but in fact very diverse with riverine forrests, swamps, hills and woodlands. This makes it the perfect habitat for about 70 different mammals (including a large lion population) and 500 bird species. The Serengeti is the best place to go if you have some time to spend!

Tarangire - a small Serengeti

 

Tarangire National Park is located 115 km south of Arusha. It is a long and narrow park that follows the banks of the river Tarangire. The river is the only source of water for the wild animals during the dry season. The park is famous for its large number of elephants, baobab trees and tree climbing African pythons. During the dry months the concentration of animals around the Tarangire river is almost as diverse and reliable as in the Ngorongoro Crater.

Arusha National Park

 

Arusha National Park is one of the smaller parks but it's certainly a nice park. It is often forgotten by the tourists who go to the larger parks, while it is a beautiful park with amazing scenery and a large population of animals. The park is divided into three parts: Mount Meru, Ngurdoto Crater and Momella Lakes. This park is very suitable for a one-day safari. After a game drive through the park it's nice to do a guided walking safari. During the walk you can enjoy the sight of giraffes, buffaloes and other animals.

 

 

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