With hundreds of huge baobabs scattered across this dry landscape, large herds of elephants pass through here in search of food. The Tarangire River provides the major lifeline for all the game. It then runs into huge swamps in the south. To the northwest, the lush Lake Manyara National Park with its prolific birdlife provides a forest home to thousands of monkeys and tree climbing lions.
Ruaha National Park is the second largest national park in Tanzania. It covers an area of about 12,950 km. sq. located in the middle of Tanzania, about 130 km. from Iringa. The park is part of a more extensive ecosystem which includes the Rungwa and Usangu Game Reserves.
This unspoiled wilderness derives its name from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its south-eastern margin and is the focus for game viewing. Driving along the Ruaha River with its rocky gorges and deep pools provides a wonderful scenic backdrop to look for large cats, elephants, roan and sable antelope. Guests can stay in one of the six lodges and camps which are found here. The park can be reached by car via Iringa or there is an airstrip at Msembe park headquarters.
Covering an area of 264 km. sq., this is the largest caldera in the world and has an abundance of wildlife permanently residing on the crater floor. Approaching the crater is a unique experience, the road winds upwards through a beautiful area of montane forests and flowering meadows, before a final bend which then reveals the crater 2,000 ft. below in all its incomparable glory.
A unique ecosystem where one can observe Africa’s predator and prey unfold their daily ritual at close quarters. The crater floor with its grasslands, salt pans and stands of Acacia forest hosts a fascinating diversity of large mammal species
The Serengeti is undoubtedly the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and greatest concentration of plains game anywhere.
Covering 14,500 km. sq., it is renowned for its lions and other predators which in turn thrive on the vast herds of wildebeest, zebra and antelopes.
Calving takes place in January in the southern sector before the wildebeest embark on their arduous trek north in search of fresh grazing. The Western Corridor, a narrow strip of dense vegetation, provides one of the biggest migratory barriers. In search of grass they must cross the murky crocodile infested Grumeti River, en route north to the Masai Mara. The herds pass through here in April and May reaching Northern Serengeti in June
As you approach Lake Manyara National Park your first view is spectacular, regardless of direction. When you approach it from the east, the Rift Valley Escarpment looms on the horizon forming an impressive backdrop to the lake. Approaching from the west and viewing from the top of the escarpment, the park lies in a green strip below, the shallow alkaline lake reflecting the sunlight. Thousands of flamingoes and pelicans use this lake as one of the stopping off points on the Rift Valley’s aerial highway. The large variety of mammals, reptiles and birds in the park, all within a small area, make Lake Manyara a diverse and particularly memorable place to visit en route to Ngorongoro and Serengeti.
Situated in the southwest corner of Rwanda extending for 1000 km. sq. is Nyungwe Forest, one of the largest montane forests in East and Central Africa. Dating back to before the ice age with its prehistoric atmosphere it’s incredibly rich in biodiversity.
Nyungwe harbors 13 species of primates including chimpanzees, l’hoests, monkey, colobus and mangabeys.
With several endemic bird species the forest also supports 250 types of trees, shrubs and flowering plants including 100 species of orchid and giant lobelia standing like sentinels, as if extraterrestrial.
Surely one of the most awesome, breathtaking wildlife experiences on earth is to sit and observe a huge silverback mountain gorilla advertising his presence amongst the rain forest slopes of the Virungas. Observing gorilla families at close quarters creates an unforgettable experience and the Virungas is home to more than half of the world’s remaining 650 mountain gorillas.
Carefully monitored conservation and protection practices have enabled these huge, shy animals to tolerate the presence of humans in their natural domain.
Guests can also track the little known golden monkeys on the lower slopes.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most popular game reserve for safaris and certainly one of the most scenic. Extending for nearly 2000 km. sq. it stretches from the crater dotted foothills of the Ruwenzori range in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River in the south. The region incorporates a wide variety of habitats that range from savanna and wetlands to gallery and lowland forest. This remarkable diversity is reflected in its bird list of over 550 species, the largest of any protected area in Africa. The park showcases its chimpanzees in the northern sector and the tree climbing lions of Ishasha Gorge.
Wake up in the coolness of the early morning and watch the first few rays of the sun hit the blue Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s greates mountain. Satao Elerai is an eco friendly luxury camp tucked away in the corner of the famous Amboseli Ecosystem, close to the famous Amboseli National Park.
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Kenya has something to offer everyone. The diversity of the landscape is reflected in its ecology, the lives of its people and the various adventures available. Karisia offers unique, tailor-made journeys through this diverse and spectacular countryside. Specialising in walking safaris and photographic trips to the less travelled areas of this region, natural history is a major focus, with biologists, photographers and experienced safari guides providing the kind of safari to remember forever.