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LAKE VICTORIA TRIP IDEAS FOR YOUR TANZANIA SAFARI
When visiting Lake Victoria, we recommend experiencing some of the surrounding Lake Victoria - Mwanza attractions and cultural activities after your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration).
TRIP IDEA & SAMPLE ITINERARY FOR YOUR SAFARI IN LAKE VICTORIA
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
On your arrival in northern Tanzania, we recommend spending 1 or 2 nights in the suburbs of Arusha to unwind but also to give you an opportunity to experience the rich historical and cultural heritage of this diverse city. The town is located at the base of Mount Meru offering endless vistas of this iconic highland, as well as the roof of Africa -- Mount Kilimanjaro.
Safari Tier 1 - Arusha Coffee LodgeNestled within one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations is Arusha Coffee Lodge, a premier hotel in Arusha. The design of the lodge is an elegant blend of wood, brick and glass set within the foothills of Mount Meru. Within this splendid setting are 30 Plantation Houses with 12 Plantation Suites and 18 Plantation Rooms that reflect the historical architecture of the original 1900’s house.
Safari Tier 2 - Hatari LodgeHatari Lodge is situated on the edge of Arusha National Park, giving you access to one of Tanzania’s majestic wilderness areas for your African safari, offering inordinate panoramas of the mighty Kilimanjaro mountain and striking Mount Meru amidst diverse terrestrial fauna. The two best ways to explore the park are via game drives and walking safaris supplemented with canoeing experience at Momella Lakes.
Safari Tier 3 - Arusha Safari LodgeLocated only 20 minutes from the city, Arusha Safari Lodge is a conveniently-located and personable hotel in Arusha. The accommodation was formerly known as “Safari Spa” until the welcoming rebranding. When you arrive, the professional and courteous staff greets you with a refreshing glass of fresh juice and warm face towels. When you arrange your travel, you may choose from any of the 2 guest rooms in the main building or any 7 poolside cottages situated by the gardens.
TOUR EXPERIENCES OF ARUSHA
Proceed to Tarangire National Park for the next 2 nights. The tributaries and swamps of the Tarangire River 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 from June to October with a more varied mix of ungulates.
Safari Tier 1 - Tarangire TreetopsTarangire Treetops is an adult dream and a childhood fantasy. As African safaris go, that is a pretty potent combination. Take the adult yearning for freedom, wilderness and untamed wildlife. Then graft it onto your inner child’s fairy tale tree house up in the air and far from every-day reality. There you have Treetops, stilted premier residences high amongst the branches of ancient baobab trees, overlooking the dense dry vegetation awash with fascinating wildlife to the farthest horizon.
Safari Tier 2 - Kikoti Safari CampKikoti Safari Camp offers a unique Tanzanian safari holiday experience to travelers who value the thrill of wilderness living, far from the usual tourist haunts, down a long, adventurous trail from Arusha, through lightly wooded savannah to the heart of a private game concession of thirty thousand acres owned by the Maasai people. There is so much to see and do on tour in Tarangire that you could spend a day exploring the Tarangire River, where hundreds of elephant dig for water.
Safari Tier 3 - Kirurumu Tarangire LodgeKirurumu Tarangire Lodge is designed for safe and comfortable wilderness living. It is a perfect value African safari accommodation, on the Northern edge of Tarangire National Park, 75 miles from Arusha outskirts, with all necessary amenities for budget aware adventurers who appreciate under canvas authenticity and natural beauty. You can take walks, ride mountain bikes, or enjoy night game-viewing drives which are not permitted within the park itself. Herds of zebra and wildebeest can be daunting in proximity.
TOUR EXPERIENCES OF TARANGIRE
Proceed to Ngorongoro for the next 2 nights with a combo-game drive at the spectacular Great Rift Valley lake - Manyara, and also on the Ngorongoro Crater floor. Home to the densest concentration of wild animals in Africa, Ngorongoro Crater is sited within 100 square miles of varied micro-climates, encompassing over 30,000 mammals, half of them rangy wildebeest and well-rounded zebra, together with their many predators, lordly lion, lithe cheetah, retiring leopard, opportunist jackal and skulking hyena, with a vast cast of smaller mammals and birds, form a compelling destination for a dream tour of Tanzania.
Safari Tier 1 - The Manor At NgorongoroSet amidst tranquil gardens within a 1500 acre coffee farm in Northern Tanzania, the Manor at Ngorongoro combines bygone Colonial charm with East African hospitality at its best. For a truly luxurious taste of Cape Dutch style and modern Elewana comfort with all the drama of African adventure, the Manor at Ngorongoro safari cannot be beaten. Adjacent to the borders of Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, in verdant highlands, it makes a memorable home-base from which to explore the entire range of the volcanic uplands and the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater itself, a collapsed volcano which contains the densest and most diverse wildlife to be found on a tour to Africa.
Safari Tier 2 - Ngorongoro Serena LodgeNgorongoro Serena Lodge is a superbly camouflaged safari haven set high on the largest caldera in the world and cushioned in the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Tanzania. It offers AfricanMecca guests a convenient base from which to explore the varied, self-contained biosphere of what is arguably the most densely populated wildlife conservancy in the world. The Ngorongoro Serena Lodge safari experience combines an unforgettable setting, massive, boulder-built walls and ponderously dramatic accommodation, with unbeatable year-round game-viewing opportunities in a veritable paradise for photographers, adventurers and enthusiastic bird-watchers alike.
Safari Tier 3 - Ngorongoro Farm HouseNgorongoro Farm House is a hugely successful, popular African travel lodge set on a 500 acre coffee farm a few miles from the Lolduare Gate to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, with views of the massive Oldeano Volcano towering to 9,000 feet on the edge of the Great African Rift Valley. Like its smaller sister, Tloma Lodge, a short distance away, it offers comfortable Tanganyika Wilderness accommodations set amidst beautiful and productive gardens, with decor reminiscent of the Colonial era.
TOUR EXPERIENCES OF NGORONGORO CRATER
You will proceed to the Seronera Valley in Central Serengeti for the next two nights, a year-round game-viewing mecca with impressive populations of herbivores and predators which remain even after the spectacular hordes of rutting wildebeest and zebra have gone. Across the vast plains of the Serengeti National Park range a fantastic cast of wild creatures including impressive numbers of hoofed herbivores, predators and avi-fauna. Amongst them, the principal actors are the blue wildebeest (gnu) and the stalking predators, determining the nature of the ecosystem by their spectacular annual Great Migration, The Greatest Show Of The Natural World.
Safari Tier 1 - Serengeti Pioneer CampSerengeti Pioneer Camp is an addition to a collection of Elewana lodges, camps and hotels located in East Africa. This camp specifically is located within the Moru Kopjes area in the southern end of the central sector of the Serengeti in Tanzania. Situated close to the breeding plains of the wildebeest, near the start of their dramatic yearly mass migration, it is ideally placed to observe this world famous event. Over a million wildebeest set off every year on a year round trip following the rains for succulent grazing attended by several hundreds of thousands of gazelle, zebra and other hooved animals, together with thousands more predators who feed off the young, the stragglers and the weak.
Safari Tier 2 - Soroi Serengeti LodgeSoroi Serengeti Lodge is located in the western side of central sector of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It is a superbly built luxury Mbali Mbali safari accommodation, a must stop for discerning adventurers who travel in Africa. Set high on a majestic granite rocky outcrop overlooking the Musabi plains panorama and shading distant and nearby hills; it is cushioned by the breath-taking views over the Serengeti plains and its fantastic wildlife, the Soroi is a safari accommodation and location to be prized for its own sake on your AfricanMecca vacation in Tanzania.
Safari Tier 3 - Kati Kati CampYou have not experienced the true nature of safaris in Africa until you have tried an authentic bush tented camp such as the Kati Kati Camp overlooking the vast rolling grass plains in Central Serengeti. The camp provides an ecologically responsible way to get back to your roots during your tour in Tanzania with AfricanMecca. Ecologically sound, because the management takes care in minimizing footprint to the ecology from their activities by re-sitting the tents periodically to provide former sites to naturally renew..
TOUR EXPERIENCES OF SERENGETI CENTRAL
SERENGETI - SOUTH, NORTH, WEST & EAST
After your stay in Central Serengeti, you will proceed for 3 nights to the polar direction of where the migrating wildebeests are located, moving from or towards the area (view Serengeti wildebeest migration map), and choosing a strategic Serengeti accommodation to maximize on your migration tracking activities, predator-prey interactions and other diverse terrestrial, aquatic and avian fauna viewing opportunities. The Great Migration of the wildebeest in the Serengeti is the largest single movement of wild animals in the world, deservedly listed as one of the “Natural Wonders Of The World”, and a superb reason for a dream tour of Tanzania with AfricanMecca.Serengeti South Safari with AfricanMecca, from December to March, you can follow the wildebeest in at Kusini, in the Serengeti National Park, at Ndutu in the similar Serengeti ecology of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and at the bordering Maswe Game Reserve. On the rich grasslands from Ndutu to Kusini, the gnu produce 8,000 calves a day for three weeks. Predatory lion, leopard, cheetah, jackals and hyena eat their fill, but the majority survive. Nearby lakes attract colorful flamingos. Acacia woodlands provide homes for hundreds of birds, monkeys and small mammals. Grassland erupts with wildflowers and fascinating insect life.
TOUR EXPERIENCES OF SERENGETI SOUTH, NORTH, WEST & EAST
RECOMMENDED PRE AND POST SAFARI AND BEACH EXTENSIONS IN TANZANIA
After your Northern Tanzania safari, we recommend a combination off-beat extension to Lake Victoria (Rubondo or Mwanza), Southern or Western Tanzania depending on your safari activity and wildlife preferences. Thereafter, harmoniously conclude with a beach rest and relaxation visit to the Eastern coast of Tanzania with varied seashore, cultural and historic experiences available, including the spice island of Zanzibar, the secluded Ras Kutani beach, idyllic private islands of Mnemba, Fanjove and Lazy Lagoon or a bush and beach experience at Saadani National Park. The options are endless!
LAKE VICTORIA SAFARI EXPERIENCE - RECOMMENDED FOR 3 NIGHTS STAY
SOUTHERN TANZANIA SAFARI EXPERIENCE - RECOMMENDED FOR 3 NIGHTS STAY
WESTERN TANZANIA SAFARI EXPERIENCE - RECOMMENDED FOR 4 NIGHTS STAY
EASTERN TANZANIA BEACH EXPERIENCE - RECOMMENDED FOR 3 TO 6 NIGHTS STAYTanzania’s Eastern coastline and surrounding islands have come a long way from its tempestuous history of imperialists from many nations vying for control of this priceless gem on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Today, its peaceful and tranquil environment offers you a dream beach vacation where turtles are nesting, completely oblivious to humans, cream beautiful deserted sands and waves caressing them under the warmth of the tropical sun. The only sounds that greet you are that of the waves softly stroking the sand and the sea breeze rustling through the Indian Ocean palm trees on your secluded beach. Complement your beach holiday with Swahili cultural and historic experiences in Zanzibar, Bagamoyo and Kilwa.
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WHERE TO STAY IN LAKE VICTORIA
You can stay in Mwanza at Hotel Tilapia, Ryan's Bay Hotel or Malaika Beach Resort. For an authentic lake safari experience, we recommend Rubondo Island Camp with its eight cottages and a tree house.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN LAKE VICTORIA
One of the finest Tanzanian aquatic destinations for Lake Victoria is Rubondo Island National Park. Here, you may partake of walking and boating safaris, bird watching, fishing, tribal village visits etc.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT LAKE VICTORIA
You may consider the season of year as the weather may impact your Lake Victoria experience and activities. Average temperatures range from 66-80 F (19-27 C), a range that is comfortable for most visitors.
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