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.
I cannot think of one negative thing. Everything worked so well, the logistics had to be challenging, yet everything came off as if it were a piece of cake. Even the air travel was smooth, efficient, and well organized. Strengths? You have the best people available. I just can’t articulate well enough how appreciative and pleased I was with the trip.