Gombe National Park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located African wildlife animals areas, consisting of a shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. Lake Manyara National Park’s varied shoreline contains a wide variety of habitats, which include lush groundwater forests, a swampy fan delta, acacia woodlands and a small grassy plain. This varied habitat attracts a wide variety of wildlife animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, and the algae growing in the lake, attract large flocks of flamingos. This African National Wildlife Park therefore supports a great variety of animals. Lake Manyara’s main safari attraction is its rich bird life, its tree-climbing lions and its hippos and other animals, which can be observed here, at very close range. In his book “The Green Hills of Africa” Hemingway describes his African animals trophy hunting expeditions into the African Lake Manyara National Park area, which used to be prime wildlife animals hunting country many years ago. The national park is very picturesque but the dense groundwater forest areas can make spotting animals more difficult – but undoubtedly an exciting safari adventure. It is therefore a good idea to visit the game park at the start of your safari, before you become to jaded with wildlife. A day trip is sufficient to see most of the parks sights and animals. Please refer to the map below for further details, and safari information guide on this awesome and picturesque wildlife game park in Tanzania.
The agricultural and fresh produce market town of Mto Wa Mbu, is situated next to the entrance of the Lake Manyara National Park. The enormous amount of groundwater pouring through the rock of the escarpment in this area, has created the ideal habitat for fresh produce and the local farmers grow everything ranging from bananas to maize. The town is a souvenir hunters paradise, harbouring thousands souvenir salesmen – ready to pounce at the slightest invitation. Mto Wa Mbu, which literally means “mosquito creek”, is very malarial, so make sure you put on lots of insect repellent.
After breakfast, drive to Arusha Airport for a flight to Kigoma. Pickup upon arrival at Kigoma and drive to restaurant for lunch. After lunch, go to Kigoma Hilltop Hotel for relaxation and enjoying the beautiful view ofLake Tanganyika as the sun goes down. Transfer to the booked hotel for overnight.
In the morning, drive to Lake Tanganyika for a boat trip to Mahale with packed lunch. After lunch, you can do some snorkeling to cool off in the water while catching a glimpse of the beautiful lake. Transfer to the booked hotel for overnight.
Leave shortly after breakfast to track chimpanzees in the mountains. Spend time with the creatures, watching them play amongst themselves. Break for lunch and proceed with game viewing and hiking admiring the beautiful mountains. Return to the hotel for accommodations.
After breakfast, take a boat safari to Kigoma town. Have lunch in the town and prepare for a boat cruise to Gombe. Arrive in the late afternoon and drive to the booked hotel for overnight stay.
Early morning, depart for the chimpanzee tracking in the mountainous forest. The chimpanzees are the major animals dominating in the forest. After lunch, climb the Kakombe Waterfalls for a spectacular view. Return to the booked hotel for overnight stay.
Checkout of the hotel and transfer to the lake for a boat safari to Kigoma. Upon arrival, transfer to the airstrip to catch a flight back to Arusha.
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