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Lake Manyara National Park- Tanzania Safaris, Attractions, Activities, Accommodation

January 12, 2013

Lake Manyara National Park- Safaris, Attractions, Activities, Accommodation.

Lake Manyara National Park- Tanzania Safaris, Attractions, Activities, Accommodation

Located in Tanzania’s northern tourism circuit, lake Manyara is a lovely scenic gem, a lush green paradise enjoying spectacular settings against the a back-drop of 600 m high rift-valley escarpments.    Though receiving less than 800ml of rainfall much of the park is covered by the ever green ground water forest.  The ground water  forest resembles a rain forest with tall large trees, lianas, struggling fig trees and canopy.  The ground ever green forest is home to a variety of wildlife. Primates thriving in the forest include the blue monkeys, baboons and vervet monkey.  Forest birds like the silvery-cheecked horn-bills abound. Also found here are the guinea fowls.

Lake Manyara is also a perfect bird watcher’s paradise with 400 species of birds recorded.  The star of this afivauna are the large flocks of pink feathered flamingos on the lake shores.  The availability of geothermal heated hot-springs makes it possible for the green algae, spiralina (food of flamingos) to thrive. Other wanders (water birds) to be found on the lake shores are pelicans, storks, jacanas, egrets, plovers, ducks and geese. Elephants and other mammals do visit the forest too.

Found in lake Manyara are the tree climbing lions.  Tree climbing lions are also to be found in Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Serengeti Parks.  In Uganda, will find them in Isasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National park. They climb up the trees to avoid the often painful bite of the tsetse flies.

Other big mammals in the park include buffaloes, zebra, giraffe, impala, waterbucks, klipspringer ( on the cliffs), leopards, warthogs, mongoose.

Another attraction in Lake Manyara is the Mto wa Mbu, a multi-ethnic with lively colourful markets and thriving cultural tourism programmes.  The central market is quite impressive with all the local produce including the Masai beads and shukas.  The cultural tourism programe includes visits to shambas (Farms). This visits the local farms where you will witness and even participate in making of banana beer (mbege).  Other excursions from Mto wa Mbu includes hikes to Lake Miwaleni, Balaa Hill or Njoro hotsprings.  Canoeing is also available on the west side of the lake when the water is high.

If you happen to be around on 22 of any month, visit the mnada, the animal auction market which attracts buyers from all over the country.

Activities in Lake Manyara National Park

Besides bird watching and game drives one can enjoy canoeing, mountain biking, micro lifting, night game drives, bush dinners, forest walks, birding. Outside the park one can enjoy the local cultural tourism programs.

Getting To Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara is approximately 120 Km from Arusha.  Give it  a 2 hours drive.  The park is best visited from June to September.  A 4×4 car is recommended. 

Accommodation in Lake Manyara

Most of accommodation facilities are outside the park within Mto wa Mbu and the surrounding area. Inside the park accommodation is limited to campsites.

Lodge and Luxury Accommodation

High class accommodation is available at the following lodges and tented camps.  Expect to pay about USD 210 per person per night on full board.

  • Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

  • Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

  • Kirurumu Tented Lodge

  • Lake Manyara Hotel

  • Migunga Forest Camp

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An Enchanting Odyssey > Serengeti Migration Gorilla Trekking And Tracking Safari 10 days

December 8, 2012

An Enchanting Odyssey -Serengeti Migration Gorilla Trekking Safari 10 days.

This 10 days 9 nights gorilla tracking safari in Rwanda and Tanzania can be organized from any corner of the world.  Connecting flights are available from Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Sydney, Dubai.  Flights connect via Johannesburg in South Africa, Nairobi Kenya and Kilimanjaro Tanzania.

Day 1. Arusha – Ngorongoro Safari
Distance: 190 km (4 hrs.)
On arrival you will be met by the representatives of and driven to Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area crossing on the way the small villages of Mto Wa Mbu and Karatu with unique views of the high altitude rain forest surrounding the ring. Dinner & overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge/ Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge-B/L/D

Often described as the “Eighth” Wonder of the World, the Ngorongoro crater is so spectacular that it touches all the senses. A volcanic crater of over 259 square kilometres with surrounding walls rising 609 metres above it, the crater is a natural sanctuary for over 25,000 animals, including the black rhino. It is also a conservation area inhabited by the Masai tribe.

Day 2. Ngorongoro Safari full day
Breakfast and departure for a full day of game viewing discovering the beauty and abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Picnic lunch. Dinner & overnight at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge/Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, B, L,D.

Day 3. Ngorongoro – Serengeti Safari
Distance: 145 km (3 hrs 30 min.).
After breakfast, depart to Serengeti stopping on the way at Olduvai Gorge , the archaeological site made famous by Louis & Mary Leakey. Lunch and afternoon game drive in the most famous of all the sanctuaries and one of the last great strongholds of wildlife in the world. Dinner & overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge/Serengeti Sopa Lodge, B, L,D.

Day 4. Serengeti Safari full day
Morning and afternoon game drive in the park, with its huge concentration of plain game. All meals and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge/Serengeti Sopa LodgeB/ L/D.

Day 5. Serengeti – Lake Manyara Safari
Distance: 205 km (4 hrs.). After breakfast depart to Manyara. Lunch and afternoon game drive in this superb scenic park set around Lake Manyara , most famous for the tree climbing lions. Dinner & overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge B/ L/D.

Day 6. Lake Manyara-Arusha
Distance: 130 km (2 hrs. 30 min.).
Breakfast and return to Arusha to catch your flight to Kigali.

Arrival Kigali

On arrival at Kigali airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight.-Kigali Serena/Chez Lando.

Day7 Kigali City Tour – Kinigi

Breakfast in your hotel is followed by the city tour.  The city tour visits various attractions like the Kandt’s Museum, Kaplaki, Dancing pots and finally the genocide memorial of Gisozi.  Lunch at a city restaurant and drive to Kinigi, the base of gorilla tracking.  This 2Hrs drive takes you through the beautifully terraced hilly countryside of Rwanda to Ruhengeri and further to Kinigi.  Brief stopovers are provided on the way for photography.  Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/  Kinigi Guest House / Sabyinyo Silverback Community Lodge (B/L/D)

Day8  Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda Volcanoes National Park( Parc des Volcans) 

An early morning breakfast is followed by a drive to Kinigi park headquarters for group, guide allocation and briefing. This is followed by a drive to the trailheads where hiking and trekking up the hills to the bamboo zone begins.  Hiking, trekking and tracking gorillas may take 2-3 hours.  Sight and stay with the Gorillas for one hour. Descend to your hotel for lunch.  In the afternoon visit Lakes Burela and Ruhondo community.  Return to Kinigi in time for dinner. Overnight at  Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/  Kinigi Guest House / Sabyinyo Silverback Community Lodge  (B/L/D) (This tour of Lakes  possible if guests finish tracking  on time at no extra cost).

Day9  Gorilla  Tracking Rwanda Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast, drive to Kinigi Park headquarters for  guide, group allocation and briefing.  This is followed by a drive to the trail heads where hiking/ trekking begins.  Gorilla Tracking begins upon sighting of the previous night’s nests.  Stay with the gorillas for an hour and return to the base hotel for lunch. In the afternoon drive to Gisenyi on the shores of Lake Kivu.  Overnight Kivu Serena Hotel  (B/L/D)

Day10  Ruhengeri / Gisenyi – Kigali-Home

After breakfast drive to Kigali .  Have a city tour followed by lunch.   In the afternoon transfer to the airport for home flight.

The safari Price Prices / Costs

The price are based on per person sharing basis for two

  • Mid range USD 5289 PP Sharing Twin
  • Budget USD 4740 PP Sharing Twin

Enquiries

Contact Gorilla safaris Rwanda

Email: rnxploresafaris@gmail.com / info@gorillasafarisrwanda.com

Tel: +254723684974

Included in the package

  • Accommodation cost per person sharing on full board basis.
  • All Meals at hotel-  Meals indicated as B-Breakfast; L-lunch; D-Dinner
  • Transportation on 4WD fully fuelled and chauffeured
  • All park entry fees
  • Airport Transfers
  • Driver’s Allowance’s allowance
  • 2 Gorilla permits per person
  • Park Entrance fee
  • Use of ranger guides while tracking
  • Complementary tour of Lake Kivu on day 2 if you finish tracking on time.
  • All government taxes
  • Complimentary tour of Genocide memorial of Gisozi the last day if time allow.
  • Plenty of mineral water during your tour.
  • Evacuation cover- This cover by AAR  It covers you for 15 days while in East Africa-  Kenya, Uganda , Rwanda , and Tanzania

The price does not include the following

  • Tips& Gratuities to guides, drivers and hotel staff , Beverages ,Extra meals ,Optional tours, Air fares, Visa fees and Travel Insurance. Guests are advised to take a comprehensive travel insurance prior to arrival

Malindi Beach Hotels, Accommodation, Villas, Car Hire,

September 5, 2012

Malindi Beach Hotels | Malindi Accommodation | Malindi Hotels | Malindi Car Hire,

Tempo Point Beach Hotel

Malindi Hotels Malindi Beach Hotels / Malindi Villas:  Malindi is one of the premier beach resorts in Kenya.  The town located 120 Km north of Mombasa has witnessed unprecedented growth in the hotels  industry.  Malindi town has numerous high class hotels kissing the palm rindged beaches of the Indian Ocean.  Along Malindi’s Casuarina Roada are numerouss guest houses, private villas, self catering apartments and cottages all accepting paying guests on full time or temporally. Among the best hotels are Kilili  Baharini Resort popular with the creme de la creme of Kenya.  The planHotel/ Sandies resorts include Africa Dream Village, Tropical Village,  Coconut Village and Malindi Beach. Among the memorable of  Malindi hotels are Coral Key, Drift wood, Africa Dream Village and Scorpio Villas. Enjoy our Best / Discount offer for Beach Hotels and  Car Rental/Hire in Malindi Kenya.

Malindi Airport Car Hire Rental 4x4

4×4 Car Hire Malindi Airport Kenya

Our Car hire / rental locations (locations de voitures) in Malindi include-Malindi City Centre Office, Malindi International Airport (MYD) serving the whole of the Kenya Coast.  Other locations in  Kenya are Nairobi City, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) Mombasa, Mombasa Moi International Airport (MBA), Kisumu, Nakuru  They  open from 08:00to 18:00 hrs from Monday to Saturday.  Rental Cars can be returned at the point of pick up, at  Malindi International Airport, Hotels in Arusha, Dar Es Salaam.  In the rest of East Africa rental locations (locations des voiture)  are Dar Es Salaam, Dar Es Salaam Airport Coded (DAR) , Arusha, Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO),  Dodoma and Zanzibar (Tanzania) , Kigali (Rwanda),  Kampala , Jinja and Entebbe (Uganda),  Bujumbura (Burundi).

Samburu National Park Lodges | Reserve Accommodation Hotels, Tented Camps, Kenya Safaris

May 4, 2012

Samburu National Park Lodges | Reserve Accommodation Hotels, Tented Camps, Kenya Safaris.

Samburu National Par Insert an Imagek/ Reserve has a variety of accommodation facilities to suit different categories of travelers. Safari lodges, luxury tented camps and public camps caters for luxury, mid range and budget holiday makers.  Luxury safari lodges in Samburu National park include- Samburu Serena Lodge, Samburu Siba Lodge, Samburu Saruni Lodge, Sasaab Lodge and Samburu Sopa Lodge. Elephant bedroom is an exclusive tented camp for those interested in elephant and lion tracking.  Other tented camps include Samburu Intrepids, Bedouin Camp and Larsen’s Camp.  One can also stay at Joy’s Camp in the nearby Shaba National Reserve.

Samburu Serena Lodge

Samburu National Park accommodation-lodges, hotels, tented camps, serena lodge

Top on the list of properties found in Samburu is the Samburu Serena Lodge.  A property of Serena Lodges and Hotels, the samburu serena is currently under renovations.

Samburu Simba Lodge

Samburu Simba lodge is overlooks Buffalo springs and the Uaso Nyiro River. Guest rooms have a fantastic views over the plains teaming with elephants, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa orynx and long-necked gerunuk and other animals.  The comprise of Seven villas of ten rooms each – six on the ground floor and four on the first floor of which two rooms are interconnected. Lodge Facilities: 2 swimming pools, Pool side bar, Safes available at the reception, Telephone calls through the operator, Television – satellite TV: CNN, BBC Super Sport at Ibis Pub, Doctor on call, Health Club, Laundry Service

Attractions/ Activities Things to do in Samburu National Park

  • Day and night game drives

  • Visits to local Maasai, Samburu, Turkana and Boran homesteads

  • Camel and horse riding in the private ranches

  • Nature walks conducted by local Maasai/ Samburu warriors

  • River rafting when season permits in Ewaso Ng’iro river

  • Nature walks to the Ngare Ndare and Makogondo forest conducted by the local guides

  • Aerial safaris in some of the lodges.

  • Events like Lewa safaricom Marathon, Maralal Camel Derby

  • Swimming either in the lodges or numerous private houses.

  • Farm Tours

  • Game viewing on camel/ horse back in the ranches

  • Exploring Il lolokwe, Mathews Range (Nyiro Ndoto Mountains) mountains

  • Camping in open skies, bush meals and sundowners in the private/community ranches.

Samburu National Park Safaris:

Safaris can be organized to samburu alone or in combination with other parks.  Some good combination safaris include

Samburu can also be visiting in combination of the nearby ranches in Laikipia.

The vast Laikipia district of Kenya comprises of large community, group and private ranches all with Eco-tourism activities.  The ranches include Borana, Lewa, Ol Ari Nyiro, Lekurruki, Il Ngwsei, Ol Pejeta, Sweet Waters, El Karama,  Ole Lentille, Ol Malo, Loisaba, Mugie  etc.

The Eco-lodges in these ranches  include-Il Ngwesi, Borana and Tassia.  Other facilities include Lewa Safari Camp, Lewa House, Ol Pejeta Ranch House, Sweet Waters Tented Camp, Kitich Tented Camp, Elephant Watch, Laragai,  Mutamaiyu House, Loisaba Wilderness Lodge, Sabuk Lodge, Mukutan Retreat, Makena’s Hill, El Karama Bandas, Rutundu Log Cabins, Koija star beds, The Sanctuary at Ole Lentille and many others.


Gorilla Tracking Uganda | Bwindi Gorilla Trekking , Hiking Safaris 4 days

April 24, 2012

 

Mother gorilla with twin babies

Gorilla Tracking Uganda | Bwindi Gorilla Trekking , Hiking Safaris 4 days.

Gorilla Tracking/ Trekking Uganda 4 days

Gorilla tracking is a clean (eco friendly), multi million dollar adventure with immense economic benefits to the local community, without which the mountain gorilla conservation would be a liability.  Rules and regulations have been put in place for the safety of the trackers, the gorillas and to check adverse environmental impacts. Besides these rules and regulations guarantees the continued existence of the gorilla as species, that is to avoid the extinction of the gorillas.  This daily adventure has made the mountain gorilla one of the most expensive animals though not in league of the teddy bears.

The 4 days gorilla tracking adventures in Uganda takes place Bwindi Forest national Park and Mgahinga National Park. The tour also includes visits to the Batwa communities who have contributed much to the conservation of Gorillas.   Guests depart Entebbe or Kampala on day 1 and return on day 4.

Price From USD 1960 per person sharing for budget travellers to USD 3452 per person sharing for luxury option

Itinerary

DAY 1:Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park.
You will be picked form your hotel by our representative and driven to the western part of Uganda. Lunch en-route and proceed viewing a remarkable scenic view of the well terraced vegetations and long-horned cattle. Dinner and overnight stay at Gorilla Safari Lodge (Luxury), Gorilla Mist Lodge (Mid-Range) or Wagtail Eco-Lodge (Budget).

DAY 2: First Gorilla tracking Adventure.
Have early morning breakfast and head to the park headquarters to be briefed about the “dos and don’ts” while with the gorillas. You will then penetrate through the impenetrable Bwindi forest in search of the gentle giants. This may take about 2-8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. Have a maximum of one hour with the gorillas taking observations, photographs, and watching them feed or playing around. Dinner and overnight stay at Gorilla Safari Lodge (Luxury), Gorilla Mist Lodge (Mid-Range) or Wagtail Eco-Lodge (Budget).

DAY 3: Second Gorilla Tracking.
After breakfast, head to the park headquarters for briefing with your packed lunch. Here you are going back into the impenetrable this time to search for another gorilla group with absolutely different characters and ways of living. Later in the evening, you will then go for a cultural walk in the Batwa (Pygmies) community to see the local brewers, traditional healers, and cultural performances. Dinner and overnight stay at Gorilla Safari Lodge (Luxury), Gorilla Mist Lodge (Mid-Range) or Wagtail Eco-Lodge (Budget).

DAY 4: Departure.
Take your breakfast and drive back to Kampala. You will have lunch en-route in Mbarara town. Make a stopover at the equator for photography and proceed for your flight back home.

Email us rnxploresafaris@gmail.com

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Lake Nakuru National Park Lodges | Accommodation Hotels | Tented camps Safaris

March 28, 2012

Lake Nakuru National Park Lodges | Accommodation Hotels | Tented camps Safaris.

Lake Nakuru Lodge

Lake Nakuru National Park  or  Game Park is an ornithological paradise located two hours drive, 156 Kilometers west of Nairobi on the floor of Rift valley.  The park dates back to 1961 when the southern park of the lake was gazetted as a bird to protect the “greatest bird (ornithological) spectacle on earth“, for the future generations.  In 1964, the whole of the lake was declared a bird sanctuary.  in 1968, the Lake Nakuru shores were added into the sanctuary and the whole area was upgraded to a National Park. In 1974 a northern extension was added to the park increasing its area to the current 188 Km2.  In 1990 Lake Nakuru Game Park  is a  designated a Ramsar site–  for protection of an important international wetland.

Accommodation in Lake Nakuru National is diverse to cater for different categories of visitors.  Visitors have a choice of either sleeping inside the park or outside the park.  Inside the park, there are two safari lodges, one tented camp, a private house , Kws bandas and public campsites.   The two safari lodges in the park are Lake Nakuru Lodge and Lion Hill Lodge.  The two facilities offer mid range to luxury accommodation to their guests.  The only truly mid range property in the park is the Flamingo Hills Tented Camp.  Kws bandas and campsites offer budget alternatives to locals and tourists alike. Nakuru town has both mid range and budget hotels to cater for visitors.

Lake Nakuru National Park Safaris

Lake Nakuru National Park  is a premier tourism destination attracting diverse visitors of different backgrounds and with differing interests. It is the best place to see flamingoes, leopards and rhinos.   Nature lovers from all over the world congregate in the park for relaxation and adventure.  With over 450 species of birds identified, the home of flamingoes is an undisputed ornithological Paradise.  A two nights stay will give you enough time to enjoy the numerous activities on offer-game drives, bird watching, nature walks.  The greatest crowd puller is the annual Cycle With The Rhino Festival.  Lake Nakuru can be visited within a day from Nairobi(See 1 day Lake Nakuru Excursion, 2 Days 1 Night Lake Nakuru Safari) .  A combination of safaris enables one to visit both lake Nakuru and Maasai Mara National Parks (see Nairobi Lake Nakuru Naivasha Maasai Mara 4 days 3 nights.)

Gorilla Tracking Rwanda Treks,Hiking And Trekking Safaris

January 28, 2012

4 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tracking Treks,  Hiking And Trekking Safaris.

4 days gorilla tracking safari

Mother gorilla with twins

Tour Highlight:

  • The genocide memorial of Gisozi where you get an insight into the history of modern day Rwanda- Pre-colonial Kingdom, the colonial period, the genocide and post genocide.
  • Volcanoes National park where you experience the thrill of coming within metres of the massive mountain gorillas.
  • Sightseeing in lakes Burela, Ruhondo and Kivu.

Duration: 4 days

Programme

Day1  Arrival, Kigali city and genocide memorial tours, drive to Kinigi for overnight

Day2  Breakfast, gorilla trek and tour lakes Burela and Ruhondo

Day3 Breakfast, gorilla trek and visit lake Kivu

Day4 Breakfast and drive back to Kigali, transfer to airport for home flight.

Accommodation at Kinigi and Prices pp for two sharing

  • Budget at Kinigi Guest USD 1960.00
  • Mid Range at Mt Gorilla View Lodge / La Bambou Lodge USD 2210.00
  • Luxury at Sabyinyo Community Lodge USD 3452.00

Included

  • Transport in 4×4 car for exclusive use
  • Accommodation on full board-all meals included
  • 2 gorilla permits per person
  • Visits to lakes Burela, Ruhondo and Kivu
  • All government taxes
  • English/ french speaking guides

What to bring

  • Hiking boots-not mountain climbers-anything hardy above the ankle is okey

  • Gloves 

  • Water proof container for your camera

  • A warm cardigan

  • If you desire to wear a headgear, a base ball cap is recommended

  • Long trousers and long sleeves are ideal

To book this safari contact

Gorilla Safaris Rwanda

Email: rnxploresafaris@gmail.com

Gorilla Tracking Families

here are seven(7) tourist groups-Susa, Sabyinyo, Amahoro, Kwitonda, Group 13(Agashya), Umubano and Hirwa. To read more on groups or families visit  7gorilla tracking families or groups in Rwanda.

Encounter with Rwanda gorillas  and tracking tips

Gorilla tracking is a clean practice (eco friendly) which ensures minimal impact to the local community, the environment and the gorillas. Gorilla Tracking rules and regulations have been put in place for the safety of the trackers, the gorillas and to check adverse environmental impacts. Besides these rules and regulations guarantees the continued existence of the gorilla as species, that is to avoid the extinction of the gorillas. Read more or rules at Gorilla Tracking Rules And Regulations. (see our blog on gorilla tracking safaris)

4×4 Car Hire Kigali  Rwanda to track gorillas

4x4 Car Hire Kigali Rwanda

Car Hire 4×4 Kigali Airport Rwanda

Our Car hire / rental locations (locations de voitures) include-Kigali City Centre Office, Kigali (Kanombe) International Airport (Coded KGL) serving the whole of Rwanda.  Other locations in Rwanda include Gisenyi, Cyangugu (Kamember Airport), Kibuye, Ruhengeri. They  open from 08:00to 18:00 hrs from Monday to Saturday.  Rental Cars can be returned at the point of pick up, at  Kanombe Airport, Hotels in Kigali, Gisenyi, Cyangugu, Kibuye.  In the rest of East Africa rental locations (locations des voiture) are Nairobi, Mombasa, Malindi (Kenya), Kigali (Rwanda),  Kampala , Jnja and Entebbe (Uganda),  Bujumbura (Burundi) Dares salaam, Dar es Salaam Airport , Arusha ( Tanzania) and Zanzibar.