Tour At A Glance

Cost:

7250.00

Deposit:

1500.00

Single Room Supplement:

400.00

Tour Code:

Intensive with early starts and long days in the field

Group Size:

Eight plus leaders

Black-bellied Bustard Northern Red Bishop Grey Crowned Cranes Red and Yellow Barbet Kori Bustard Hamerkop Blacksmith Plover White-bellied Goawaybird Bataleur

Northern Tanzania - The Greatest Wildlife Spectacle on Earth

Date: 5th - 18th November 2020 (SPACES)
Leaders: Jason Moss & local guide

Introduction

 

 

The Serengeti, meaning "extended place" in the Maasai language, is a vast unspoiled rolling Savannah of grasslands and open acacia woodlands which hosts the most spectacular concentration of animals on our planet. This world-famous area is a remarkable experience at any time of the year, but in particular for the phenomenal gathering of over one million Wildebeests (along with a half-million Thomson's Gazelles and a quarter million Common Zebras) in their annual migration around this huge ecosystem. In November they should be making their way south in huge wandering herds and long lines through the acacia bush country of the north-east of Serengeti as they head towards the short-grass plains and their calving grounds. They follow each other in often seemingly endless lines meandering across wide areas or forming close groups to feed. Lions are in large prides — it is not unusual to see over 20 in a single day! Spotted Hyenas appear in marauding packs, and scavengers such as jackals and vultures are ever present and easily seen at this time of plenty. Leopards, Cheetahs and smaller predators are present in smaller numbers. Although never precisely predictable, we should be in the best areas of the Serengeti at the best time to capture this world-class spectacle, with plenty of opportunity to savour the big game and find many classic East African birds. Equally world-renowned is the Ngorongoro Crater and nearby Olduvai Gorge — the "Cradle of Mankind," where Leakey discovered remains of primitive hominids dating back over three million years. Mankind could not have chosen a more spectacular starting point. Ngorongoro is the largest unbroken volcanic caldera in the world — 10 miles across and 2000 feet deep. Lush forests clad the crater rim where our lodge is situated, overlooking the grasslands and lakes of the Crater below. This is "Africa in microcosm." Apart from the breathtaking scenery, superb birding and great wildlife, it is particularly good for excellent photographic opportunities and one of the few safe havens in Africa for the endangered Black Rhinoceros, which should be found here. En route to these superb sites, we visit other fine National Parks. Tarangire National Parks justly famed for its heavy scattering of bizarre Baobab trees — absurdly thick-trunked and ill-proportioned. Here too are the best Elephant-watching opportunities of the tour, with large herds roaming the open woodland habitats and riverbeds. We should have great opportunities to watch the matriarchal family lives of this unique creature. Manyara and Arusha National Parks offer additional special and distinctly different habitats to bring the bird list well over 300 species (I have recorded a total of 615 species over my 32 previous tours).

 

Tanzanian lodge accommodation and food are of a very good standard. We use roomy, purpose-built 4x4 Toyota Landcruisers driven by experienced local driver/guides. There is space in each vehicle for six passengers with everyone having a window seat and of course a pop-up roof for you to stand up and view game in the Parks.

 

By the end of the tour, apart from a large bird list including such bright, distinctive species as francolins, storks, ibises, vultures, eagles, bustards, coursers, sandgrouse, turacos, barbets, rollers, bee-eaters, hornbills, kingfishers, lovebirds, bush-shrikes, sunbirds, weavers, bishops and whydahs,   we would expect to have seen 40+ species of mammals including Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, and other classic African big game animals. This itinerary is adapted from tours that I have carefully designed over 27 years of travel and tour-leading in Tanzania. It focuses on the very best areas for wildlife at what is usually the very best times of year to be in those specific areas. In particular we aim to coincide with the large Wildebeest migration.

 

 

 

 

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