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NAMIBIA SPECIAL

13 nights guided safari $1830 here

 

ZANZIBAR SPECIALS 

ZANZIBAR LOW SEASON SPECIALS

$ 1000 for 7 nights' half board in an en-suite room with 12 dives click here

$ 1505 for 7 nights luxury accommodation half board and 12 dives, a saving of $370 click here

Pay for 4 nights and stay for 7 at Fundu Lagoon one of Africa's top beach lodges - click here

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Northern Tanzanian Safaris

The North

The so-called Northern Circuit has the world famous and incredible Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti and its massive migration, and the lesser known but most excellent Manyara and Tarangire National Parks. The former is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and home to the lake of the same name with huge flocks of flamingos and pelicans and its famous tree-climbing lions, the latter has its massive and fantasy-world baobab trees, herds of elephants, and over 500 bird species. Both are also excellent for most African mammal species, though the UN World Heritage Site Ngorongoro Crater is the best place to see black rhinos in Tanzania.

The Serengeti (the flat plains in Swahili) offers an open grassland savannah landscape in the south, ideal for viewing the perpetual migration of around 2 million wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson's gazelle, with tree-studded kopjes (rocky outcrops) towards the centre providing shade for felines in the heat of the day. The perpetual challange of predator versus prey plays out here constantly, whether it be the felines or the hyenas preying on the 400,000 juveniles that are born during the foaling season between January and March in the southern plains around Ndutu, or the crocodiles picking off the weaker swimmers as they cross the Grumeti (June-July) and Mara rivers(August-September).

The north also has treks with donkey portage through the Ngorongoro highlands to splendid Lake Natron and its flamingos, the Olduvai Gorge where a 1.8 million year old hominid fossil was unearthed, and Ol Doinyo Lengai, a 2878-metre active volcano. Lake Natron can also be used as a base for day walks to the sites around the area.

If you want a bit more of a climb, you can trek up the 4566-metre Mount Meru in Arusha National Park, first walking through the game-filled savannah with an armed guide, up through the cloud forest zone, and into the heath zone beyond the treeline. Staying in mountain rest huts for the first two nights, you scale the summit for a spectacular view of the sunrise behind Kilimanjaro. Total trip time is four days walking, with three nights in huts.

Of course, there is also the longer climb to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the continent atop Mount Kilimanjaro. A selection of routes are available depending on the season, your ability, and preferences. The more popular routes are also the cheaper routes, and do not provide a very intimate experience. Many trekkers who have done both Meru and Kilimanjaro have a preference for the former due animal encounters, much fewer visitors, the views, and a less expensive trek.

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