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NORTHERN SAFARI CIRCUIT

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The Northern Safari Parks Circuit of northeast Tanzania covers an area that is stupefyingly rich in natural features, wildlife and historical association, from the snows of Kilimanjaro and the fires of Ol Doinyo Lengai, to the hominid excavations at Olduvai Gorge, part of the Ngorongoro and Serengeti ecology to the fishing waters of Lake Victoria leading up to Rubondo Island. The southern plains of west Kilimanjaro are part of the elephant movement corridor from Kenya’s Amboseli National Park in search of fresh foliage and greater water availability from the glacier streams of the highest mountain in Africa. It is a little known multi-use area, home to diverse herbivores from wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, elands, buffalos and other ungulates, as well as the cattle of Maasai pastoralists who are embracing the eco-friendly African cultural travel industry while helping to conserve and live in mutual harmony. Mount Kilimanjaro National Park also offers access to the harder and varied splendid routes to climb the majestic snow-capped mountain, which rears its lone head to 5895 meters as the highest stand-alone mountain in the world. Arusha National Park contains a fascinating diversity of habitats, surprisingly neglected by visitors on a well-rounded tour in Tanzania with AfricanMecca. Montane forest shelters playful black and white Colobus monkeys and encloses steep walls of the Ngurdoto Crater with its marsh floor. The beautiful green and blue Momella Lakes are ideal for canoeing, teeming with pink flamingos while lyre-horned waterbuck, butt circle waterbuck, elegant giraffe and agile dik-diks roam the shores and plains. There are few elephants and no lions here, but spotted hyenas and leopard have been spotted but infrequent. Central Mount Meru is a smaller version of Kilimanjaro, which can be seen to advantage from slopes where glorious tropical forest gives way to heathland studded with giant lobelia and carpeted with white everlasting daisies.

Tarangire, in the northern ecosystem, is the site of a spectacular dry season elephant migration as mobs of behemoths dig up dry river beds in search of underground water, attended by thirsty buffalo, impala, eland, and gazelle with hundreds of thousands of migratory hoofed and horned relatives, all prey to numerous predators, including tree-climbing lions and pythons. Rare straight necked gerenuk and patch-faced oryx roam the dry grassland. An avian expedition of Tarangire in the wet is a bird-watcher’s dream, with the world’s largest number of breeding species. From here, like-minded AfricanMecca guests can visit Barabaig and Maasai communities, or view the stone paintings at Kolo Rocks in the Kondoa highlands caves. Gorgeous alkaline Lake Manyara gleams for 50 kilometers, colored by a pink fringe of flamingos, below 500 meter golden cliffs of the Great African Rift Valley escarpment. An extensive Manyara nature tour through grassy floodplains reveals old tusker elephants and tree-climbing lions as you head for steaming volcanic springs at the south end of the soda lake. A highlands trip to the unbroken caldera of Ngorongoro Crater, which forms a protective rim to grassland, swamps and central Lake Magadi, reveals habitats for dense concentrations of wildlife, including extremely rare black rhino and prides of inbred lions. Lake Natron is the most alkaline of the Rift Valley lakes, which makes it perfect for more than two million lesser flamingos to build mud platform nests, protected from predators by toxic waters bright red with phytoplankton which feed the flamingos and provide their deep pink-red hues.

The prime Serengeti plains spread all the way to the north onto Kenya’s Masai Mara, prime scene of the epic gnu migration. Predators such as lions, hyenas, cheetahs and leopards trail the thirsty hordes which cover the plains, while giant crocodiles lie in wait at hazardous Mara and Grumeti Rivers crossings. In between Serengeti and Ngorongoro is where prehistoric man, his tracks, bones and tools revealed in over three million year old rocks at Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli, began his ascent to civilization. The plains have been home to successive tribes, of whom the Maasai are last to arrive and claim the area as their homeland, where they are now heading the sustainable integration of human settlements with wildlife conservation and ecotourism. On a Tanzanian aquatic holiday off the shores of Lake Victoria, delightful beaches that hold fascinating anthropological sites. Visit Rubondo Island National Park or the formerly a gazetted island wildlife sanctuary, the tiny new Saanane Island National Park. The area is major breeding ground for Tilapia, Nile perch and other fish species as well as migratory birds, hippos and crocodiles, and is especially known for its African fish eagles and papyrus swamps. After spending the dry, cool season in the north, uncountable herds of wildebeest return to calve on the southern Ndutu plains, synchronously dropping over a three week period, a half a million joyous bundles of new life to outface ever hungry predators and ensure the survival of a new generation. It is impossible to take in the amazing scenic diversity of the Northern Safari Circuit in one visit, but a Tarangire or Serengeti balloon safari could give you a good overview. Whatever you want to see on your safari vacation in northern Tanzania, AfricanMecca can arrange a seamless and flawless customized itinerary especially for you.

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SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
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SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Across the vast Serengeti plains, a fantastic cast of wild fauna including impressive numbers of hooved herbivores, predators and avi-fauna. Amongst them, the principal actors are wildebeests.

NGORONGORO CRATER
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NGORONGORO CRATER

Sited in the Great Rift Valley in northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area includes the wondrous Ngorongoro Crater, home to the densest concentration of wild animals in Africa.

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
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TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

The river and swamps of Tarangire provide permanent water sources when surrounding shallow lakes dry up, thus attracting a migratory movement of up to 250,000 mammals during the dry season.

LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
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LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

Lake Manyara is one of the smallest parks, but encloses within its numerous microclimates a diverse range of landscapes and animal populations which mirror those of different parts of Tanzania in miniature.

KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK
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KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK

Kilimanjaro, the shining mountain, floats in a wreath of cloud above the vast South Amboseli plains (a.ka the Western Kilimanjaro wilderness), offering an amazingly diverse series of fauna and habitats.

ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK
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ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK

Situated in northern Tanzania is the little-known treasure of Arusha National Park that features a variety of ecosystems, such as grasslands, swamps, crater lakes, highland forest and more.

RUBONDO ISLAND NATIONAL PARK
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RUBONDO ISLAND NATIONAL PARK

Rubondo Island National Park is located in the southwestern region of Lake Victoria (northern Tanzania) - the largest in Africa, second largest lake in the world and the source of the Nile River.

LAKE EYASI
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LAKE EYASI

In the southwest corner of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and home of the ancient Hadzabe and Datoga tribes is the beautiful Lake Eyasi, a soda lake that is fed by the Sibiti and Baray Rivers.

LAKE NATRON
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LAKE NATRON

Located just seventy miles northwest of Arusha is the alkaline Lake Natron. The lake is the breeding ground for lesser flamingo, with more than two million individual birds flocking to the area.

LAKE VICTORIA
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LAKE VICTORIA

The largest lake in Africa and the largest tropical lake in the world, Lake Victoria, offers you two thousand miles of beautiful coastline for your lake safari in northern Tanzania with AfricanMecca.

SELOUS GAME RESERVE
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SELOUS GAME RESERVE

Selous is Tanzania's richest, yet little known and unfrequented wilderness area, where it is still possible to feel the isolation, the vastness and the splendor of authentic travel in Africa as it once was.

RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
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RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

Ruaha in southern Tanzania is one of the most awe-inspiring and untouched African safari destinations. An incredible total of 64 mammal species inhabit the park, including varied predators and prey.

MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK
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MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK

Although Mikumi National Park, part of the northern Selous ecosystem, is one of the oldest and fourth largest in Tanzania, it has not become a focus of mass wildlife tourism, despite its ease of access.

UDZUNGWA NATIONAL PARK
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UDZUNGWA NATIONAL PARK

Known as The Galapagos of Africa, Udzungwa Mountains National Park in southern Tanzania covers more than 770 square miles of incredible diversity of tropical flora and fauna species.

MAHALE NATIONAL PARK
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MAHALE NATIONAL PARK

Mahale Mountains National Park in western Tanzania is an outstanding African wilderness on many counts. The park is justly famous for over 800 wild chimpanzees, more than any other park in Africa.

KATAVI NATIONAL PARK
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KATAVI NATIONAL PARK

Only a few hundred privileged and seasoned African safari enthusiasts can visit Katavi National Park each year. Arguably the most remote, finest and unspoiled wildlife haven in Tanzania.

GOMBE STREAM NATIONAL PARK
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GOMBE STREAM NATIONAL PARK

Pioneered by the works of Dr. Jane Goodall, Gombe is a dream chimpanzee wilderness where it is possible to take guided treks to watch wild chimps both at play and interacting socially.

LAKE TANGANYIKA
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LAKE TANGANYIKA

Tanganyika is arguably the most beautiful Great Lake in Africa, formed in the Great African Rift Valley, with long, deserted beaches of silver sand backed by tropical forest on chimpanzee habitat mountains.

SAADANI NATIONAL PARK
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SAADANI NATIONAL PARK

Saadani is the only Tanzanian Park with a coastal boundary, offering a radically different safari experience by reason of the variety of habitats and unspoiled beach wilderness on the east coast.

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SAFARI PRICES FOR TANZANIA
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SAFARI PRICES FOR TANZANIA

Review Tanzania detailed itineraries and prices of our recommended safaris with the option of customizing your Africa tour based on your preferences and needs.

AFRICA TRIP IDEAS FOR TANZANIA
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AFRICA TRIP IDEAS FOR TANZANIA

Review experiences available in Tanzania from photo wildlife safari, chimpanzee tour, bush walk, family to honeymoon beach vacation, snorkeling, diving etc.

PARKS & RESERVES IN TANZANIA
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PARKS & RESERVES IN TANZANIA

Review information on wildlife parks and reserves in Tanzania i.e. Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Ruaha, Manyara, Selous, Katavi Gombe, Mahale and more.

ACCOMMODATIONS IN TANZANIA
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ACCOMMODATIONS IN TANZANIA

Review information on safari camps, lodges, city hotels, beachfront resorts in Tanzania's pristine wilderness, cities, Swahili coastal shores and idyllic islands.

BEST TIME TO VISIT TANZANIA
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BEST TIME TO VISIT TANZANIA

Review details on the best time to go to Tanzania to visit its various wildlife outback, lakes, rivers, beaches, islands, mountains, forests and other wildernesses.

BEACHES & ISLANDS OF TANZANIA
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BEACHES & ISLANDS OF TANZANIA

Review Tanzania's unspoiled white, sandy coastal beaches and idyllic islands backed by tropical forests that are lapped by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean.

TANZANIA COUNTRY PROFILE
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TANZANIA COUNTRY PROFILE

Review country information and travel tips on Tanzania i.e. climate, history, geography, culture, entry requirements, what to pack and wear, tipping guide and more.

CITY DAY TOURS FOR TANZANIA
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CITY DAY TOURS FOR TANZANIA

Review city tour recommendations on full or half day options in Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Zanzibar. Experiences can be customized around your vacation travels.

TANZANIA SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS
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TANZANIA SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS

Review Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram real time social media news for Tanzania parks, beaches, islands, towns, Kilimanjaro climbs and more.

AFRICANMECCA REVIEWS

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  • Jambo Raza, We all had a fantastic time on our Tanzania safari. Accommodations were excellent and we loved our guide - Rodgers. We will definitely recommend this safari to others. Thanks for all your help making the arrangements.
    Dr Thomas Davis, Methodist Hospital, Minnesota, United States
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  • Thanks again to you for arranging a wonderful trip for us. Everything was great from the fantastic wildlife, the scenery, the people, the accommodations and the food. The safari was everything we had hoped for.
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  • I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
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  • We have returned from our African adventure and would like to thank you very much for your part in making this such a wonderful experience. We were lucky enough to time the Great Migration from the Serengeti, which was amazing.
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  • We had an absolutely amazing trip in Arusha, Serengeti and Gombe - everything went smooth as silk. Thank you so much Raza for making this trip, the trip of a lifetime. We had an absolutely brilliant time.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI & TOUR HOLIDAY IDEA FOR TANZANIA

When visiting Tanzania, we recommend combining your safari to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Lake Manyara with an extension out to Southern or Western parks like Selous, Ruaha, Katavi or Mahale - Gombe ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia or Fanjove. You can also day trek or climb the highest mountain in Africa - Kilimanjaro.

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