“All the animals living in Serengeti should come up with verifiable justification for them to continue living within Serengeti boundaries.” Otherwise, they should seek other parks to stay in, within Tanzania. There are many parks they can run to; any time, day or night. There is Ngorongoro conservation, Tarangire park, Manyara park, Arusha national park, Mkomazi park, Saadan park, Katavi park, Mwalimu Nyerere park, Gombe park, Mahale park, Rubondo Island park, Mikumi park, Mt Kilimanjaro park, Ruaha park, Rumanyika park, or any other park, Udzungwa park, Burigi Chato, or any other of ones choice. Just to give a hint: “all animals living within my Serengeti Empire should show something unique to themselves, admirable, unbeatable in this world”, stressed the King. The judgement will be made by King himself, assisted by the Fox, that cunning animal, nick named “kiherehere”. And Kiherehere will be summoning the animals one after another to appear before the king for the interview. The message was sent all over the vast plains of Serengeti, acknowledged by all animals without exception. First to appear was the giraffe: ” I know you have heard the condition, now tell me, giraffe, why do you think you should continue staying in Serengeti park? “Your majesty”, the giraffe started “…………….
A safari to Lake Natron is unique. Lake Natron is a breeding place for Flamingos. It is the largest breeding place in the whole of East Africa.The nests are are constructed on the islets located in middle of the shallow lake. The idea is to keep them safe from egg eaters. Unless by air, the eggs and the young birds are unreachable. While enjoying the colorful flocks of the flamingos, there is a sight of a dormant volcanic Mt Oldoinyo Lengai. It take one night to get up there and come down. It last smoked in 2009. Natron river, oh yes, another attraction. Trekking along the sloppy rocky sides of the gorge all the way to Natron waterfalls, that is another entertainment of its kind.
A balloon flight will enable you to see the vast plains of Serengeti from above. A view of the wildebeest migration from aloft is very exiting. The migration might be just grazing in south Serengeti (Ndutu area) or on the move towards the north or south, depending on the season and rain patterns at a particular time. Balloon flights are best enjoyable in dry season, when there are no clouds or rains to obscure the visibility. Vast area of the park are seen within a short time. A balloon safari in Serengeti and Tarangire will show you some areas where the safari can not drive to. Currently there are three balloon companies. Serengeti Balloon Safaris, Adventure Aloft Balloon Safaris and Miracle Experience Balloon Safaris.
Wldebeest migration in Serengeti continues year after year. This year, the pattern of migration is more or less the same. The rains, that translates in green grass for the wildebeest, is the major determinant of the movement. This year, the Serengeti has experienced less rains than usual. That being the case, the movement from south Serengeti to north Serengeti has started earlier, and, crossing Mara River might be earlier as well.
There is a good number of domestic flights in Tanzania. Tanzania is a large country. Currently, the airlines operating within Tanzania are: Air Tanzania, Precision Air, Flightlink, Coastal Travels, Air Excel, Regional Air, and Tropical Air. These operate airplanes of various passenger capacities, from three seats upwards. These airlines operate schedule flights as well as charter flights. Not all parts of Tanzania are served by schedule flights – some as reached by small charter flights. For instance, Mahale National Park, that island in Lake Tanganyika where chimpanzees dwell, is reached by boat and small charter flights.
Casual, comfortable clothes are recommended. It is good to travel light. There are no extreme temperatures in Tanzania, except at Kilimanjaro Mountain where the temperature will be around 20C at the bottom while at the peak it is below 0C with snow. Casual wear advisable, shorts are quite ok. Khaki wear, whether short or long, will be ok for the entire safari. If you are planning to do a guided trek in the park, walking shoes will be needed. In short, khaki shorts and long, a cotton shirt preferably in brown colour with multiple pockets (some routes are quite dusty), will do. Hats, sunglasses, may be needed, individually. Insect repellents are recommended, especially if you intend to spend sometime outside the ten/lodge to enjoy the night sky.
Tanzania safari costs are varied, depending on the following: (1). The park(s) to be visited. Some parks are far from the starting point (Arusha in this case) an some are not far. (2). The number of days on safari. The number of safari days can be one, two, three, ….. even to more than a month. Your choice (3) The standard and type of accommodation. The type of accommodation may be basic camping tents, permanent canvas camps, seasonal camping tents, tented lodges and concrete building lodges. The amenities, location, season will determine the cost of accommodation. The cost of simple camping tent may be as low as $100per person per night, while top most super luxury lodge
costs $2,000 per person per nigh. (4). Park entry fees, also known as conservation fees. (5) Means of transport. Mostly by Safari Cars, but there may be extra activity like horse ride, boat ride, cycling, flights (airplanes , helicopters, and balloons) and quad bikes. (6) Extras while on safari – cultural visit, walking (trekking), special site visits, local village visits, etc etc. All these will attract additional payment in various amounts.
|National Park||Entry Fee per Adult/day||Entry Fee per Child (5-15 years)/day|
|Serengeti National Park||$70||$20|
|Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area (24 Hour Single Entry)||$60||$20|
|Arusha, Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks||$50||$15|
2022 park entry fee in some parks in Tanzania. Please note the following: The fees are paid on single entry basis, valid for twenty four hours or part thereof . In case the accommodation will be outside the park, the latest time to exit the park is at 1800. Like wise, the earliest time to enter the park is at 0600. If the accommodation will be inside the park, one can stay in the park till the time one entered the park the day(s) before. Additionally, the cost of descend down to the crater floor is $250 per car. And lastly, all these costs are subject to VAT, currently standing at 18%.
Wildebeest Migration, as usual, has already started to move from south Serengeti towards the north. The crossing of Mara river is expected to start early due to the fact that the expected long rain is less than usual this year. Therefore, Mara river crossing is expected to take place in early July onwards. Please contact us for latest information.