Canoeing at Lake Manyara National Park

Enjoy an adventurous experience of waterside game viewing at Lake Manyara. From the safe shallow waters of this beautiful soda lake, paddle silently along the shoreline on two-man canoes. Drifting past buffalo, giraffe and elephants on the banks and walloping hippo and fabulous aquatic bird life in the water, this is the most unusual and memorable safari adventure seeing wildlife from a whole new perspective. “Wildlife from Water”

What is included: Transfer to and from the launching site.  This includes a game drive along the way.  A total of one and a half to two hours will be spent on the water, with one qualified, experience guide per group; quality two-man canoes, dry bags, back rests, paddles and foot wash.  Transfer to and from Lake Manyara National Park.

What to expect: A guide will lead you to the launching site, which is only a gentle stroll from the hotel.  Here you will go aboard a stable two-man canoe.  The guide will escort you along the shores of the lake, all the way around, and back to the launching site.  During this leisurely paddle, you will encounter interesting bird life, experience the awesome beauty of this secluded portion of serene nature and breathe the fresh African air.

Length of entire excursion: Approximately 5 hours of which 1½ to 2 hours are spent canoeing.

Cost: Per Person U.S. $ 60.00 + Park Entrance Fees U.S. $ 40.00 Per Adult / U.S.$ 10.00 Per Child

Children Policy: Below 5 years not charged. Children from 5 to 11 years old get 50% discount. Children 12 years and older will pay the full price

Hot Air Balloon Safari at Lake Manyara

Hot Air Balloon Safari U.S. $ 350.00 Per Head (Adult/Child = Same Price)

Enjoy Tarangire from the air without the need to drive inside the park. Pick up can be arranged from hotels/Lodges around Tarangire or Manyara area (Hotels/Lodges located in the park will attract Park Entrance fees for vehicle and driver and cost of transfer which will be split among participants). Hotels/Lodges further than 1½ hour drive will attract transfer cost.

This will be an intimate flight experience because the balloon only accommodated 8 passengers (Minimum 2 Passengers). Private flight can also be arranged with only you as participant. The VIP bush breakfast is located on top of Sunset Hill, from where one can enjoy the panoramic views Small Serengeti (an open plains landscape similar to Serengeti. Hence the name) and Tarangire Swamp before continuing your days other arranged activity. Don’t miss out on an exclusive and convenient balloon safari Experience!

Hot Air Balloon Safari at Tarangire National Park

Hot Air Balloon safari at Tarangire cost U.S. $ 410:00 per head, adult/child same price. (Minimum 2 Persons Required. For added comfort Maximum 8 Passengers for 12 sitter A-250 Balloon and Maximum 6 Passengers for 8 Sitter N-180 Balloon)

Balloon flights reporting time at Launching Site is 06h00 and take off is at 06h15. Passengers arrive in time to watch the balloon inflation as the pilots torch the colored fabric to life. The flight is for approximately 1 hour, each one different path and following the days prevailing winds. A Balloon flight allows passengers to float over the world’s most spectacular Tarangire National Park, where you will find two of the `Giants of African Wilderness’: the Elephants and the Baobab Trees. On landing, the balloon crew set up a full champagne breakfast complete with “Bloody Marys”. Each passenger then receives a certificate from their pilot as a special memoir of their flight. A game drive (provided by our vehicle) en route from/to the lodge or the main gate ends a special morning.

Pick up/drop off provided by Africa balloon Safari: Chem Chem, Elephant Lodge, Kirurumu-Tarangire, Tarangire River Camp, Lake Burunge Lodge, Maromboi tented Lodge, Minjingu Village and Paradise Camp Site. Transfer rates may apply depending on where you will be spending the night (Your Preferred Lodge)

Night Game Drive at Lake Manyara National Park

The Game drive starts from Lake Manyara National Park entrance gate at 7:30 pm. Here you will be introduced to your guides and be given a briefing about the game drive and the ‘do’s and don’ts’ while on a night game drive. Your drive should start around 8:00 pm from where you head in to the thick ground-water forest of Lake Manyara. Porcupines, genets and civet cats are frequent visitors to the forest. From the forest you head down towards the lake following the Simba River to the hippo pools. Hippos are nocturnal animals (active by night) and it is highly likely to see many of these beasts grazing on the side of the road. It is a rare sight to see a hippo out of the water. Your drive will return back through the ground water forest and have you back at the park gate around 22h30.

Cost: Per Person U.S.$ 70.00 + Park Entrance Fees U.S.$ 55.00 for the night Game Drive APART from the normal Day time Game Drive.

Children Policy: Below 5 years not charged. Children from 5 to 11 years old get 50% discount. Children 12 years and older will pay the full price

Olduvai Gorge

Olduvai Gorge is a steep-sided ravine in the Great Rift Valley that stretches through eastern Africa. It is in the eastern Serengeti Plains in Arusha Region, Tanzania and is about 48 km (30 mi) long. It is located 45 km (28 mi) from the Laetoli archaeological site. The name is a misspelling of Oldupai Gorge, which was adopted as the official name in 2005. Oldupai is the Maasai word for the wild sisal plant Sansevieria ehrenbergii, which grows in the gorge

In the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a site of our Neanderthal Man – the Zinjanthropus. In 1959, the Zinj skull was discovered by Dr. Leaky at the Olduvai Gorge. Zinjanthropus is believed to have lived 1.8 million years ago. In the 1970’s, the footprints of animals and early hominids dating back 3.5 million years were found by Mary Leaky at Laetoli some 45 kms. South of Olduvai Gorge.

In 1974 some fossils of the hominid tooth were discovered, dating back 2.4 million years. Between half a million and a million years ago, “Homo Erectus”, a type of man, wandered around making use of hand axes. Many such tools were found at Olduvai.

More than 150 different species of extinct mammals have been identified from the fossils, as well as many birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. An on-site Museum explains the archeological significance of the discoveries. This area indeed is the “Cradle of Mankind”.

Hot Air Balloon at Serengeti National Park

Hot Air Balloon safari operated in Central Serengeti: U.S. $ 480:00 Per Person. (Maximum 32 seats – 2 Baskets of 16 seats per basket)

Hot Air Balloon safari operated in Serengeti’s Western Corridor: U.S. $ 480:00 Per Person. (Maximum 12 seats)

5:30 AM you will be given tea/coffee and cookies at the hotel while waiting to be picked up and driven to the hot air balloon launching site.

Pick-up time will be at approximately 06h30. As the sun rise so will the hot air balloon.

The flight duration is approximately 1 hour (Depending on wind speed). Upon landing you will be received with champagne and later driven to a location under a tree where you will be served with full breakfast in open Serengeti plains.

At Around 8:30 or 9:30 you will be dropped at Seronera Wildlife Lodge for those in Central Serengeti and those in Western Corridor will be dropped at their respective lodge where you will be staying.

Each participant will be awarded with a Certificate. Thereafter you will continue with Serengeti Game drive for the remainder of the day or as per your itinerary. Children under 7 years are not allowed on these flights.

Maasai Village

Visit Maasai Village – Ngorongoro. Per vehicle U.S. $ 70:00

The Maasai are a Nilotic ethnic group of semi-nomadic people located in Northern Tanzania. They are among the best known of African ethnic groups due to their distinctive customs and dress. They are member of the Nilo-Saharan family that is related to Dinka and Nuer and are also educated in the official languages of Tanzania: Swahili and English.

The Tanzanian governments have instituted programs to encourage the Maasai to abandon their traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle, but the people have continued their age-old customs. Recently, Oxfam has claimed that the lifestyle of the Maasai should be embraced as a response to climate change because of their ability to farm in deserts and scrublands. Many Maasai tribes throughout Tanzania welcome visits to their village to experience their culture, traditions, and lifestyle.