Mini Safari Tarangire - Ngorongoro

UA mini safari is suitable for those who also want to have time to relax for a few days in the beautiful islands of the Tanzanian archipelagos. It is suitable for those who fear that game drives are very demanding and want to do things calmly. It is suitable for those visiting Tanzania for the first time and want to get a 'taste' of what it means to go on a safari in the savannah.

Trip program

Day 1 : KIA-ARUSHA

Meeting with the guide at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) and transfer to Arusha. Dinner and overnight in the city.

Day 2 : TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Departure for the Tarangire National Park, famous for baobabs and elephants, but with many other peculiarities. Game drive. Dinner and overnight in the park.

Day 3 : NGORONGORO

Game drive in the crater where the animals are numerous and the environment is enchanting. Dinner and overnight in Karatu village

Day 4 : RETURN TO ARUSHA

Return to Arusha with packed lunch or in a typical restaurant. Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) for the return international flight. End of services.

Giorno 5 : RITORNO A ARUSHA 

Rientro ad Arusha, pranzo in un ristorante tipico e trasferimento all’Aeroporto Internazionale del Kilimanjaro (KIA) per il volo internazionale di ritorno. Fine dei servizi.

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Day of arrival

The safari starts at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) where you will meet the guide who will remain in your company for the whole trip and who will welcome you with a shrill ‘jambo!’ It is the special greeting for you, the guest, followed by ‘karibu Tanzania’, 'welcome to Tanzania'.
From Kia you are taken by car to the city of Arusha, the undisputed capital of safaris in Tanzania. The road is good, paved, and the journey takes about 45 minutes.
Arusha is located at about 1,400 meters above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Meru which stands in the national park that takes its name from the city, and the climate is mild all year round.
If the flight arrived in late morning or early afternoon, you can plan to take a tour of the city, to eat in a typical restaurant, to acclimate to the African climate and landscape. 

" Karibu Tanzania - Welcome to Tanzania "

Tarangire National Park

This park is one of the most beautiful of the northern circuit. Its name derives from the Mbugwe language, the language of the tribe that traditionally lived in this area. It is crossed by the Tarangire River: a source of life for plants and animals. This park is famous for its large communities of huge elephants and baobabs and the legend that an astonishing number of pythons stand on tree branches to rest while digesting their preys. That's probably true, but it's not easy to see them. The real name of the baobab is Adansonia Digitata by the gentleman who discovered it, a certain Mister Adanson, in the eighteenth century. It is a massive tree and of a truly incredible size, but that is not all. It seems that it can live up to 3,000 years and can retain a disproportionate number of liters of water to deal with periods of drought, during which it is completely bare. How does it? With a sophisticated shallow root system that absorbs the rare rains quickly. The flower is white and fragrant. The fruit is a sort of huge walnut, about 15 centimeters, covered with filaments. Inside there is a kind of white, sour and edible pulp. In addition to being of great taste, it contains large amounts of vitamin C. For Africans, especially bush-dwelling tribes, it's a microworld. Villages are created around the baobab. Inside, shelter is taken, food is deposited and, at times, the dead are buried. 

It is easy to understand how, in a moment, this giant becomes an integral part of the life of the community and how easy it is to create stories and legends or personifications of what is fully considered as one of the members of the group.
The reality is that it serves everyone in one way or another. Nothing is thrown away. Leaves and fruits are eaten, the toasted seeds are used to make a drink and the spongy bark provides material for making ropes, mats and baskets. Perhaps, however, the most important use lies in being a meeting place, the landmark of the village. In the shade of its branches you can rest, wait for the time of hunting and make important decisions.
It seems a simple life, but it follows very precise rules handed down from generation to generation. The roots of the baobab are the roots of the community, the tradition that regulates life.
Much easy it is to observe hundreds of bird species. Among them the beautiful and sweet lovebirds. Their story is almost unbelievable. They choose a mate and remain monogamous for life, inseparable indeed.
It is possible to find grasslands and marshes in the southern part of the park which offer the visitor exceptional views.
The park covers an area of about 2,600 square kilometers and the river is central to the life inside it: during the dry season it is possible to witness a small migration of wildebeests and zebras towards its waters and in general it guarantees a high concentration of animals.
It is 120 kilometers from Arusha and this means that it is quite easily accessible.
For lunch you stop at the viewpoint over the river on the tables of the picnic area. The diversion is given by the spiteful vervet monkeys that wander among the tables waiting to steal something from the tourists. One day it is a fruit, another a piece of cake, in short a definitely lively lunch.
Feeding animals is strictly forbidden in all parks in Tanzania, but this is a unique situation because it is directly controlled by the mischievous monkeys.
Each park in Tanzania is a small world. It is not possible to choose the best or the most beautiful: everyone is special.
The Tarangire lodges are all very beautiful and welcoming, often in bungalows on the ground or on stilts. Some are positioned on migratory corridors and the sunset sundowner on the terrace can truly become unforgettable. 

Ngorongoro
conservation area

The main Tanzanian islaThis place is one of the most famous in the entire African continent and one of the most filmed in the world.
It covers an area of 8,292 square kilometers and you have to look out over that railing overlooking the Ngorongoro crater if you really want to understand the power of nature. What we see today is the consequence of a terrible explosion that occurred about two and a half million years ago of the volcanoes that then stood here and that collapsed on themselves creating the depressions that we can admire today with so much amazement. There are three craters: Olmoti, Empakaai and that of Ngorongoro which has a diameter of 19 km, an area of 300 square kilometers and a depth of 600 meters: the largest intact caldera in the world and one of the uniqueness in all Africa. In the crater there is a vast grassy plain and the Lerai forest, south of Lake Magadi, which is positioned in the center of this plain. The yellow acacia, or fever tree, is the characteristic plant of this forest. The walls to the West have shrub vegetation, those to the East are covered with montane forests. The upper part, the Rim, reaches a height of more than 3,500 meters in some places. The concentration of fauna is impressive: more than 3,000 mammals, including the very rare and highly sought-after black rhino. The black rhino is a sweet, shy, solitary animal. In Tanzania it is at risk of extinction and it is a real shame because it is an incredible mammal. It is massive, roughly a ton in weight, with legs that look like columns, and carries two horns which it uses primarily for defense, intimidation, or for digging in search of roots. 

They are huge: the front one can measure up to eighty centimeters. He has poor eyesight, but he compensates very well with excellent hearing and smell. It cannot be said it’s aggressive without reason, but, if disturbed for no reason, it can charge and prove to be very dangerous. When it loads its head touches the ground and its tail is raised. One of the main activities of the rhino is to roll around in the mud. There are two purposes: lower the temperature and get rid of the parasites that afflict many animals. nds are Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia. Unguja, the key island of Zanzibar archipelago, hosts the capital city Stone Town. The economy of this island flourished thanks to the cultivation of cloves as well as slave and ivory trade encouraged by Omani Arabs. In the old town you can admire many historical buildings: the Arab Fort, the House of Wonders, the Sultan’s Palace with its Museum explaining the history of the sultans and many others. Moreover, Stone Town is also famous for its wonderful lavishly carved doors representing the wealth of the owners, as well as its spices, which play a key role in exportation, and the Taarab music, a mixture of Arabic tunes and Swahili lyrics. To sum up, this island offers not only marvellous beaches and scuba-diving experiences, but also a lot of culture, history and art. Not to forget the dark period of slavery, beside the Anglican cathedral Church of Christ and next to the place where the slave market took place, a memorial to victims of this trade was erected. Spice tours are organized by every resort on the island, together with other land and sea excursions. The southern area hosts the Jozani Forest, a lovely tropical forest, almost 2,500 hectares large, where there is still the vegetation that originally covered the island. Pemba is 48 km far from Zanzibar and it is located in front of the city of Tanga. Here tourism is fairly moderate and the island provides amazing scuba-diving and enjoyable beaches. Pemba’s capital city is Chake Chake. Just a curiosity: the island is home to an interesting endemic animal. It is called flying fox, but it is only one of the many species of bat. The island of Mafia, together with Chole, Juani and Jibondo, belongs to an enchanting archipelago. The ocean ecosystem surrounding it is so varied that it was established as Marine Park in 1995. Available scuba-diving activities are the most incredible of Eastern Africa. Mafia’s capital city is Kilindoni, where an interesting Maulid – ceremony dedicated to the Prophet Muhammad’s birth – takes place during summer months. Mafia is also inhabited by lemurs, otherwise present in Madagascar. There are still a handful of them in the Serengeti and in Ngorongoro Crater, but the greatest concentration is in Selous and in Mkomazi National Park sanctuary. The rules for visiting inside the crater are very strict: you cannot stay in for more than six consecutive hours to avoid too much concentration of vehicles. It is also possible to visit a Maasai village, the only tribe allowed to live in this area. This is the ancestral land of the Maasai and a warrior accompanies the visit showing their fascinating culture, unchanged for hundreds of years. When traveling in northern Tanzania, encounters with the Maasai are inevitable. The tribe has Nilotic origins and they are nomadic shepherds with customs and traditions that have been handed down for centuries. They have a patriarchal social structure and the elderly are held in high esteem because they are the custodians of wisdom.

While women play a secondary role, warriors form the backbone of the whole tribe. The Morans, or young warriors, protect the tribe's herds. To become warriors it is necessary that they undergo difficult initiation rites and spend a few months in the savannah alone to prove their worth. They are recognizable because they are dressed in black and have white decorations on their faces that make them a bit spooky. They live in villages with huts traditionally called manyattas. Both the hut and the village have a circular shape and are surrounded by poisonous plants that keep predators away. Even the Maasai, like all tribes, have their traditional dances, very involving. The overnight stay after a safari can be in a lodge inside the crater or in the village of Karatu. Staying inside the crater, of course, you can enjoy the spectacular view and the sunsets that descend to the horizon from the top of the rim. A dinner in front of this show is certainly an unforgettable and fascinating experience. The village of Karatu offers splendid lodge alternatives set in equally beautiful gardens and with a very high quality of service. 

Day of return from safari to Arusha and transfer to KIA

On the last day, the road traveled to reach these places is retraced backwards, this time with a new spirit and awareness and the eyes with which you look at the panorama have changed. Upon returning, you look with your heart, you notice different things, you focus more on details that at first sight seemed insignificant. Yes, because Tanzania is all beautiful. The parks are a flagship for the care with which they are managed, but the villages and the people are also terrific. Your guide will escort you to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) for your return journey, but it will be a painful farewell. Our guides are extraordinary, professionally and humanly. They carry out their work with passion and dedication: it is not possible not to become attached to them.
The flight ladder will bring you back to reality and everyday life, but it is certain that Tanzania will remain in your heart as one of the most extraordinary journeys ever. 

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