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We went on a 3-day safari in Mikumi National Park and it was a perfect safari experience. It is only about a 5-hour drive from Dar (it all depends on traffic–Fridays and Mondays take longer) but there were not many tourists once we got there, so you have the park to yourself to track down various animals. We were lucky enough to see male lions, female lions and their cubs as well as any other animal you could think of including birds! We saw elephants in a watering hole as well as hippos at another watering hole where you could get out and walk around. The park was beautiful and well-maintained. It stormed one night but overall the weather was perfect and the cloud formations out on the plains made for amazing photographs. There were one or two nice lodges (with restaurants) as well as outdoor camping options and cabin-type accommodations (with a small kitchen and local cooks associated with it). Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and it’s a great alternative to flying all the way to Arusha just for a short safari.
Little-known Mikumi, an extension of the vast Selous ecosystem, is the country’s fourth-largest national park, and a popular goal for weekend breaks out of the port city Dar es Salaam, or as an initial pit stop on a more extensive safari through southern Tanzania. However, because it is bisected by the surfaced main road connecting Dar es Salaam to Zambia, it has less of a wilderness feel than some other reserves in Tanzania, and it is often seen as a slightly second rate option. This, in my view, is grossly unfair: away from that single ribbon of asphalt, Mikumi supports some impressive volumes of wildlife, particularly on the Mkata floodplain, which recalls the Serengeti in scenic feel, and often hosts large herds of giraffe, elephant, buffalo, zebra, eland and other antelope. Predators sightings are less frequent than in some parks, but lions are often seen lazing below shady acacias (on our most recent visit we actually found two different pairs mating less than 1km apart) and spotted hyenas are vociferous by night. Endangered African wild dogs occasionally range across to Mikumi from the Selous, but less regularly than they did a few years back. All in all, it is a great little reserve, offering some good wildlife viewing and – away from the road – an untrammelled feel bolstered by the very low tourist traffic.
Mikumi is my favourite stop-over when driving to Ruaha National Park. The park isn’t very scenic and the highway running through it kills the wilderness appeal, which is the main attraction of the other parks in Southern Tanzania. Having said that, the game viewing is good in Mikumi. Arguably better than in Ruaha. It is easy to find lions and there is always a good number of general game around. The man-made waterhole is a magnet for animals coming to drink including huge herds of buffalo. Reedbuck is very common and unusual antelopes like eland and greater kudu are often spotted as well. The game drive circuit is quite small, so one or two game drives is all you really need here. The park is often visited by rowdy crowds from Dar-es-Salaam which can spoil the experience at crucial points like the waterhole and picnic sites. Therefore, weekends are not the best time to visit especialy in high season.
For most safari tourists in northern Tanzania the Ngorongoro Conservation Area essentially means the Ngorongoro Crater. This world renowned extinct volcanic crater covers a simply enormous 260km sq and is the largest intact volcanic caldera on the planet, but visitors don’t come here merely for the geology (although first views of this crater, from one of the viewpoints as you drive into the park, will leave you speechless) but for what has to be, alongside the nearby Serengeti, the greatest wildlife show in Africa. The floor of the crater is a flat carpet of lush grasses and eternal pools of fresh water and this has attracted animals in their thousands including all of the Big Five. It’s been said before but driving down the tightly forested crater walls onto the floor of the crater itself really is like entering a lost world and while you’re driving around down here the animal action comes on pretty much non-stop.
But there’s so much more to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area than the crater and, sadly, most visitors, dazzled with wonder at the wildlife show of the crater floor never really notice or take advantage of the rest of the conservation area. In total the conservation area covers over 8000km sq and takes in a number of other volcanic calderas as well as soaring volcanic peaks some of which are still hissing, steaming and bubbling away, there are large areas of tangled forest through which monkeys swing and colourful forest birds flit, there are high altitude grasslands grazed by zebra and the cattle owned by the local Maasai communities and, at its western end the conservation area slopes gently down to the golden grass seas of the Serengeti. It’s here, on the borders of the conservation area and the Serengeti National Park, that life begins in earnest. In the Olduvai Gorge half the history of ancient human-kind has been uncovered. Fossilised remains and stone tools from some of our earliest hominoid ancestors have been discovered littering the ground here and the gorge and surrounding areas can rightly claim to be one of the birthplaces of humanity. Other births also take place close to here because this is the wildebeest calving grounds and every year between about January and March tens of thousands of wildebeest move into this region to give birth while a stream of predators take advantage of the seasonal glut of food. To see these calving grounds crowded with wildebeest is a spectacle that, in my opinion, even exceeds the action on the crater floor.
For me another huge feather in the bow of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is that long hikes can be made through the cold and spectacular crater highlands and, because the Maasai still live here in a fairly traditional manner, there’re lots of possibilities for cultural interaction. All up the Ngorongoro Conservation Area offers an almost unsurpassed combination of wildlife viewing, scenic beauty, adventurous walking and human interest.
I felt completely spellbound on my first trip to Ngorongoro Crater. The rim was shrouded in cloud but as we descended the 600 metres down to the crater floor, this vast caldera opened up before our eyes absolutely teeming with animals – a truly spectacular vista. Roughly 30,000 animals share the 260 sq km of verdant grassy plains, including all the Big Five. Giraffes however are absent, mainly because there’s little food for them at tree level but also because the rim is said to be too steep to descend. It’s almost a Disney-esque scene here – the wildlife is so used to humans, it can sometimes seem totally unconcerned by us, although this isn’t necessarily the case and care should be taken not to cause distress. The downside is the number of tourists in safari vehicles that want to do exactly what you’re doing. They can be avoided by going very early in the morning or by visiting in the wet season, provided the roads are passable.
Sure there will be plenty of other tourists and vehicles bumping and bouncing around inside the crater with you, but there is good reason for this: Ngorongoro is an incredible wildlife area. If you are allergic to crowds and the thought of joining the safari hordes makes you quake in your proverbial boots, then this might not be the best destination for you; but, for everyone else, this will surely be the safari experience of a lifetime. This is a Big Five reserve that offers so much more … The views from the lodges perched on the crater rim are superlative, a vast array of wildlife carpets the floor below and, while on safari, the backdrop of lush green walls climbing skywards is jaw-droppingly impressive. I saw elephant bulls here that must be amongst the biggest tuskers in all of Africa; when they stopped to relax, they simply dropped their heads and rested their long tusks on the ground! It’s not unusual to see lion, cheetah, elephant, rhino and a host of other species in a single drive here. First-timers will love this place, but Ngorongoro Crater should blow even the most hardened and experienced safari goers clean out the water. (Apart from its popularity, my only other negative comment would be that like most other Tanzanian reserves, this is a game drive only park and the lack of alternative safari activities might disappoint the more active and energetic safari goers).…
We were taken here by Traveltanzania as complimentary Tour prior to our flight to Zanzibar. I was impressed by the quality of artworks in the Art Center. I love paintings so much and seeing those paintings from various artists in Tanzania made me really happy. I spent almost an hour appreciating the stunning art pieces. I would surely visit this place again if given the opportunity. It’s a pity this place is not well advertised. I would have spent more time.
My experience with Traveltanzania was impeccable. They made my African trip with family just perfect. Our guide Mathew was SO GOOD. He just knew answers to every question we had about wildlife, africa and was so knowledgeable. He made our trip what it was. We went to Ndutu, Manyara, Serengati and Ngorongoro. We spotted all the big five. Highlights of our trip – wildebeest birthing, 50 lions, giraffes neckfighting, and since it was baby season – we saw so many cubs – lion cubs, leopard cubs, tiny zebras, wildebeest learning to standup! It was fabulous. Our stays were just perfect – African Tulip hotel, Sopa Lodge, Bush house, Retreat at Ngorongoro all perfect! When our bags got delayed and arrived next day – Traveltanzania made sure to take care of it and didn’t let it bother our vacation. If i ever go to Tanzania again, I’d go with Traveltanzania without a doubt.
One of the best trips I’ve ever taken. Our guides, transportation, and accommodation were all great. Traveltanzania did an amazing job coordinating all of it and after 3 weeks we did it into a single program. The Kili porters and guides seemed well treated and were wonderful, our safari guides were incredibly knowledgeable and the whole experience was just amazing. Would definitely recommend them to anyone
We are a family of four (My parents, boyfriend and me) and we booked the tour online from Germany.
The booking process went smooth and easy and Mr. Michael from Tanzaniatravel helped us every step along the way.
When we arrived at Arusha airport we got picked up by our personal guide Salim. From there we where taken straight to the Traveltanzania office in Arusha where we got a very detailed briefing by two staff members of Traveltanzania. They made sure that we felt comfortable and that there where no questions open on our side.
My Dad wasn’t so good on foot at that time, so we were a bit concerned on how comfortable he would be during the safari. As it turned out it wasn’t a problem at all. The small walking tour we did was arranged to be a little less demanding so that we all could enjoy it together and the rest of the safari was mostly done by car (a spacious Toyota SUV with sunroof and coolbox!). From the office our guide took us to our first beautiful hotel (all the hotels we stayed in where quaint, with perfect service and friendly staff). The next day our long expected Safari (btw. Safari means journey in Swahili) started. Our first destination was Lake Manyara National park, the home of the famous tree climbing lions. Our wonderful guide Salim did not only manage to show us all of the big five but kept us entertained on the long drives between Parks. We could ask him anything about everything. Not only did he know all there was to know about animals, but he also about Tanzanian history, politics and culture. He taught us some words in Swahili and in return we thought him some german. When we left Serengeti National Park on day 3 we had already seen 4 of the big five and had a very close encounter with a cheetah on the back of our car. Salim always seemed to know exactly where to find certain animals. He was never satisfied until he had taken us at arm’s length with lions, Buffalos, Giraffes and many more. Still we felt safe at every moment. This holiday my Family and I, surely will never forget!
A brief feedback.
We were accompanied by Agrey! An amazing Guide that I couldnt possibly ask for a better one. Very professional, always was taking care of us, always helpful And polite. He made us ready for the Summit in the Best possible way. Always explaining the difficulties that we could face, the need to eat properly, sleep enough And watch the pace. Really good manners And genuine !
The same was for the rest of the team, Chef being a major surprise! Delicious food, Well balanced ( I am a nutritionist so I do take care of that) And nicely served!
11points!!! Out of 10! 🙂
This was my first trip out of the U.S. and I was more than a little nervous about visiting such a far away place. After countless hours of research I ended up selecting Tanzania-Experience as my tour operator and I could not be more satisfied with this decision.
Every member of the company I dealt with was top notch. Mr Michael in the office answer every single question and was always prompt in returning my emails. Our cook Elias always made sure our group was full and was able to whip up fantastic meals with limited resources. Our guide David was definitely one of the many highlights of the trips. He was knowledgeable about every animal we came across and was able to provide unique insight into the local culture.
The animals we saw made this trip well worth the price and then some. We saw well over fifty lions along with hundreds of elephants and giraffes just to name a few. This was truly the trip of a lifetime and I couldn’t have done it without Traveltanzania. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to make it back to east Africa, but if I ever do I wouldn’t work with anyone but them.
I booked this tour having only very few days before the travel date… I was very lucky to find this tour starting and ending exactly on the same days I was planning to stay in Tanzania!!
It was an amazing experience!!! Although I was skeptical to be a solo female traveling to Africa for the first time and didn’t know what to expect, the team made me feel very safe and welcome and I also made a very good friend on the tour!!
I was very happy with our driver/guide for making the trip even more worthwhile. He is very experienced, decent and super charismatic.
The tented lodges where we stayed offered excellent facilities and the hospitality was more than expected.
I surely recommend this tour to everyone looking for a short safari tour for the northern circuit in Tanzania!
We were on an overland tour with Nomard, and they contract the Serengeti/Ngorongoro Package with Traveltanzania. Our driver was Ziggy, and our experience was top notch. Ziggy was very professional, knowledgeable about animals and Tanzania, and did everything to ensure we had a wonderful time. His driving was very safe, and he was very confident with the roads/parks. He was very personable, and friendly and made us feel very comfortable. We were able to see the big 5 between the 2 parks, and even saw 3 cheetahs very close. While we did not book directly with Traveltanzania, I would highly recommend the company based of the experience that we had with them. Truly a highlight of our trip and the best safari that was went on while on our trip!
We booked our 5 day group safari through African Tour Operator and got Traveltanzania. I am so happy we did. Our driver/guide, Davidl, was super interesting, knowledgeable and was able to spot animals you’d never guess were hiding in the bush. he always made us get the best view, the best picture, and was patient and kind towards all our questions and requests.
thank you so much. would do it again and again!
We spent over a month in Africa, and this tour company gave us the best service of the whole trip. Our tour went over 3 days, where we had a small group tour with one guide. The guides were so incredibly knowledgable and really made such an effort to give us the perfect Serengeti experience! They communicated to other guides to always make sure we got to view every animal possible. We saw so much wildlife on our tour, which would obviously vary each day and would depend on which time of the year you went. Our tour guides name was Annook, and he had so much knowledge and wisdom to share with us. You could tell just how much he loved the animals and his job! The food we got throughout the tour was always good, especially when it came to dinner time. Our tents were always already set up for us, which was extremely helpful after a long day of sight seeing. I would definitely 100% recommend this tour company to go through if ever visiting the Serengeti!