Tanzania safari holiday in the Serengeti
Description of Tanzania safari holiday in the Serengeti
This Tanzania safari holiday in the Serengeti is a brilliantly time-efficient way to discover the vast plains and abundant wildlife of this beautiful East African country. Travelling by road, you’ll first arrive at Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its tree climbing lions. Spend two nights here in a tented lodge with panoramic views eastwards over Lake Manyara. Next, head to the vast and breath-taking Serengeti. Millions of animals roam here and, depending on when you travel, you have the chance to witness the Great Migration of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle moving across the plains in search of fresh grazing. Stay in a traditional lodge here for a further two nights, before visiting the Olduvai Gorge, also known as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’, on your way to the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. You’ll spend half a day touring the crater, before your final night in an atmospheric, colonial style coffee plantation farm house. Throughout, you’ll be accompanied by an English speaking driver guide.
PlanetTanganyika Wilderness Camps (TWC) is committed to the long-term conservation of the environment and wildlife in Tanzania. It is very active supporting local schools and different environmental projects, managing donations from guests and contributing to the management of school projects. TWC works closely with the local communities in order to help improve the living conditions of the people.
It's not possible to develop any projects in Africa without partnering with the local communities. The long-term conservation of wildlife in Africa will only be possible if the local people are directly involved in the projects and directly benefit from them.
As a result of this policy, the camps have established local joint ventures such as the creation of very efficient anti-poaching units.
The wildlife is protected and visitors have the satisfaction of knowing that they have made a tangible contribution in paying conservation and development fees to the community, whilst the community is educated as a direct result of this support.
PeopleNational parks are not viable without the migration corridors and dispersal areas outside them. If the land use of areas outside and bordering parks change from pastoralism to agriculture, then wildlife gets squeezed out and over time Parks can become isolated islands. Most Kenyan and Tanzanian Parks and protected areas were originally the home of the Maasai. Prolific wild life inside and outside parks and reserves can be attributed to the fact that historically and to this day, for cultural reasons most Maasai do not kill or consume wild animals.
However as human populations grow there is increasing pressure to grow crops or to keep more livestock than the land can reasonably hold, leading to environmental degradation. In national terms the Maasai are small in numbers and have less access to safe clean water, health care and good education than many of their countrymen.
Tourism in areas outside the parks is a means by which pastoral communities like the Maasai can earn income from the wildlife that they have co-existed with for aeons, without changing land use or cultural norms. Tourism is increasingly providing much needed income for communal needs such as safe clean water, schools etc. and Hoopoe is one of the pioneers in Community based Tourism and also supports the efforts of other like minded companies in East Africa with a similar ethos to us by using their camps in areas we are not operative.
There are many advantages in these arrangements as activities that are restricted in parks, like walking and night game drives are possible there while serendipitous meetings with Maasai warriors out herding their much loved cattle and livestock are part of a day in the life of a safari. This is Africa much the way it was in the past, and where past meets present.
In each area the efforts are also strongly directed to the improvement of the schooling conditions, and providing several villages with fresh water.
Close to Ngorongoro Farm House and Tloma Lodge at Bashay School, located in Karatu, the following projects have recently been completed with help of the Tanzania camps:
The construction of a classroom at Bashay Secondary School in Karatu.
The construction of a complete school at Kambi ya Nyoka in Karatu.