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Northern Tanzania: Safari destination

With years of experience in planning and leading customized safari expeditions throughout Tanzania, we at Ngaiza Adventures are passionate about what we do. Whether it is our custom designed safaris, our scheduled departure safaris, or our private guided safaris, we are committed to providing unforgettable experiences for our guests.We offer a wide range of itineraries to suit anyone’s expectations, including luxury lodge safaris, private guides for small groups, camping safaris for the more adventurous and migration safaris to the Serengeti and Masai MaraThe northern circuit is the home of the classic safari experience from the endless short-grass plain of Serengeti to the dense river lying forest of Tarangire to the lushy blended ecosystem of Ngorongoro an abundance of wildlife the perfectly capture the safari experience.

Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park can be reached by means of an easy 60-minute drive north west from Moshi. Despite the closeness of this National Park to Arusha, this National Park is probably one of the least visited, making it a wonderful and rewarding off-the beaten-track excursion. Covering 137 sq km, the Arusha National Park has three major attractions which can all be visited in the course of a day outing.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is probably the least visited of the northern Tanzanian game parks, and retains a real air of undiscovered Africa, particularly in the south of the park. Much of the park is grassland together with swamplands and flood plains, which feed the Tarangire River. Large baobab trees, particularly in the northern section of the park, stand dotted across the landscape dominating the scenery. Many of the trees are hundreds of years old. Elsewhere there is acacia woodland, open bush and groves of palm trees.

Lake Manyara National Park

Covering about 330km², of which about two-thirds is underwater, Lake Manyara National Park is small by African standards. However, it’s also very beautiful and contains a tremendous diversity of habitats and wildlife. Set beneath the spectacular backdrop of the Great Rift Valley’s steep western escarpment, this long, narrow park protects an area between the escarpment and Lake Manyara.

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro conservation area covers 2286sq km and encompasses the volcanic area around the Ngorongoro crater including the still active Oldonyo Lengai, and the famous Olduvai Gorge. The Ngorongoro conservation area is quite simply the most spectacular tourist destination in Africa unequaled in its magnificence, its wildlife and its atmosphere. Added to the beautiful scenery, the archaeological wealth and the wildlife, is a proud people – the Masai- a pastoral tribe.

Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park has probably been the subject of more books, television documentaries, pictures, photos and digital images on African wildlife animals, than any other African national park. Hosting the annual wildebeest migration across its grassy plains – arguably the world’s greatest wildlife animals spectacle – this park is without a doubt a defining image of East Africa and more specifically Tanzania.


Safari Checklist

Clothing

Your clothing should be lightweight, breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying.

  • Shorts, mid-thigh or longer
  • Long pants (zip-off pants are very useful)
  • Short-sleeved shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Undergarments, socks
  • Sport bras for women (roads can be bumpy)
  • Rain jacket and pants or rain poncho
  • Sun hat with brim and chin strap
  • Bandana (for dust, washing, etc.)
  • Belt
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit (and cover up for women)
  • Sweater, jacket, windbreaker
  • Clothes line, sink stopper, detergent
  • Footwear

  • Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes, closed toe, preferably waterproof
  • Tennis shoes, sandals, dressy shoes, and/or flip flops
  • Comfortable, breathable socks
  • Baggage

  • Suitcase or duffel (20kg/44lb max for internal flights)
  • Day pack for daily activities and easy access (rain cover is nice)
  • Waterproof plastic bags for storing clothing and gear (ziplocs work)
  • Packing cube, compression bag, clear toiletry bag for airplane
  • Money belt, security pouch, document organizer
  • Electronics

    Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double bagged if possible).

  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera, lenses, filters, memory disks (you will not be able to download
  • Video camera, tapes/disks
  • Tripod
  • Cell phone
  • Batteries
  • GPS (for Geocaching)
  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator (for currency conversion)
  • Electricity adapter
  • Safari

  • Strong binoculars
  • Quality camera with long lens
  • Wide brimmed hat with strap
  • Animal and bird guide books
  • On your safari, take along any items you need for the day in a separate day pack: sunglasses, camera and video (lenses, batteries, disks, tapes), binoculars, water, snacks, bandana, hat, wet-wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Camping safaris: Sleeping bag
  • Toiletries

  • Soap
  • Shampoo, conditioner
  • Shaving supplies
  • Nail clippers, file, brush
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Deodorant
  • Moist towelettes (handi-wipes)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lotion (Badger foot balm is also helpful)
  • Hairbrush, comb, mirror
  • Small towel and washcloth
  • Toilet paper
  • Facial tissue
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Q-tips
  • Sewing kit
  • Feminine products
  • Cosmetics
  • Kids

  • Games, toys, books
  • Swim toys
  • Gifts for local children
  • First Aid

    You really only need one first aid kit in your travel group, so coordinate with your travel companions.

  • Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen
  • Band aids/plasters
  • Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment
  • Gauze bandages and tape
  • Throat lozenges
  • Vitamins
  • Diahrea medicine
  • Antihistamines
  • Ace bandage
  • Melatonin, Acetazolamide, or other sleep aid
  • Malaria pills (talk to doctor)
  • Antibiotics (talk to doctor)
  • Prescription drugs (talk to doctor)
  • Documents

  • Document organizer
  • Passport
  • Visas for all countries as necessary
  • Airline tickets, e-tickets (make sure name on ticket matches name on passport)
  • Copy of Almak Tours’ travel itinerary
  • Medical insurance card
  • Address book
  • Business cards
  • Make copies of passport, visas, drivers license, airline tickets/schedule, travel itinerary, credit cards (front and back), travelers checks’ numbers, frequent flyer numbers, travel insurance, and emergency contact information. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a travel companion’s luggage and email them to yourself (or Google Docs).
  • Yellow fever certificate and vaccination records
  • Beach

  • Swimsuit and cover-up
  • Beach sandals
  • Reef shoes (for sharp rocks and coral)
  • SCUBA/snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit)
  • Underwater camera
  • Other

  • Sunglasses with straps
  • Eyeglasses, contacts, solution
  • Binoculars
  • Pocket knife
  • Notebook, pencil and pen
  • Playing cards, games, crossword puzzles, books, Frisbee, football, kite
  • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
  • Duct tape (can be wrapped around water bottle)
  • Matches or lighter
  • Cash, travelers checks, credit cards (including some small bills, U.S. dollars must be newer than 2002)
  • Guide books, maps, language books
  • Umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season
  • Salt, pepper for bland food, flavoring for coffee
  • Water bottles and Camelback (useful on bumpy roads)
  • Steripen, water filter, iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets
  • Bottled water is also available for purchase at hotels and markets
  • Gifts for Guides, Local People
  • Shoes, t-shirts, hats, warm clothing
  • Nerf football, frisbees
  • Candy, energy bars
  • Pens, school supplies
  • Packing for the flight

  • U-shaped neck pillow (blow-up)
  • Books, magazines, e-reader
  • Toiletries (3 ounces/container, 1 quart clear bag)
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle (empty through security)
  • Cell phone
  • Eye shades, ear plugs
  • Melatonin or other sleep aid


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