ALPINE ASCENTS KILIMANJARO SAFARI LOCATIONS
Following our climb, we begin a four-day safari to the spectacular game parks of Tanzania. Throughout the safari, we lodge in luxurious hotels and travel by Land Cruiser across the Great Rift Valley, following wildebeests, lions and other indigenous wildlife. See safari slideshow below.
The Ngorongoro Crater
The largest intact crater in the world and second largest extinct crater in the world, the area around Ngorongoro Crater has a spectacular concentration of wildlife. Ngorongoro was an active volcano some 8 million years ago whose cone collapsed, leaving a crater. The crater rim is wooded with mountain forest vegetation. It is oval in shape and 20 km in diameter. It is blooming in acres of flowers like blue, pink, and white lupines; candle white lilies; blue hyacinth; and many more. The view from the crater rim is breathtaking and as you descend deep into the belly of the crater, you will encounter almost every animal species found in East Africa.
The Tarangire River and National Park
South of Lake Manyara, Tarangire is a huge wildlife retreat during the dry season. This park is scattered with baobab trees, alternating with open acacia woodland, open bush, plains, swamps, rivers, and stands of palm trees. Big game and birds are abundant, and we usually sight animals such as kongoni, wildebeest, and zebra. With any luck, safarists will also see rhino and leopard amongst a variety of gazelle, giraffe, elephant, and impala. It also has extremely rich and varied bird life.
Serengeti National Park
Tanzania’s signature park, Serengeti covers nearly 15,000 square miles and spans into Kenya where it connects to the Masai Mara reserve. The word Serengeti conjures images of wild African game in all its glory. The abundance of animals running at will creates an overwhelming experience and fulfills the dream of life before the “great white hunters.” The sheer mass of animals is both staggering and long-remembered.
My initial thought was that the cost of this trip was significantly higher than competing companies and I wondered what the “value” was in a premium trip. I now know the value is about on-going safety of clients on the mountain, a high degree of luxury on the safari (especially needed after the mountain experience) and the fact that logistically, I had every assurance all details were looked after.