Geology Based Safaris

Tanzania is a superb location for a safari combining Geology with the excellent game a bird watching. Please have a look at the itinerary below.

Volcanoes, Lakes & the Rift Valley (combines geological features and superb game viewing)

Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met and transferred to Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Transfer to Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara is a shallow lake in the Natron-Balangida branch of the East African Rift. It was said by Hemingway to be the "loveliest ... in Africa,". You will have a picnic lunch in the park at a scenic viewpoint looking at the Rift. After a leisurely afternoon game drive you will transfer to Lake Manyara Serena Lode on the edge of the Rift.

Day 3: Transfer to the Ngorongoro Crater, descend into the Crater for a game drive. Spectacular scenery, great game viewing. Dinner and overnight at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge on the Crater Rim.

Day 4: Transfer to Olduvai Gorge early hominid site. Visit the museum. Then drive on to the Shifting Sands. The sand in these dunes consists of fine volcanic ash blown in from the active Oldonyo Lengai. Despite standing only about 9m high and measuring about 100m long. These are examples of barchan dunes.These crescent-shaped shifting dunes are convex on the windward side, where the wind pushes the sand up the slope, and steeper, more concave on the leeward side, where the sand topples over the rim. The prevailing wind on the Serengeti plains blows from the east, pushing the dune to the west at about 17 m a year. Concrete markers to the east of Shifting Sands mark its progress. Drive on into the Serengeti Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge.

Day 5: Full day exploring Serengeti. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge.

Day 6: Transfer to Lake Natron. The Soda Lake in the Shadow of Oldoinyo Lengai - the only active carboniferous volcano in the world. Settle into Lake Natron Tented Camp. Begin to climb Lengai (activity permitting!) at midnight to summit just before dawn.

Day 7: Descend Lengai early and return to Lake Natron Tented Camp for a much needed rest.

Day 8: Transfer to either Arusha to prepare for a 4 day hike up Mt Meru or to Moshi to prepare for a 6 day ascent of Mt Kilimanjaro... (less active clients can just visit the base of each of these or take a trip to Some of the Eastern Arc Mountains like the Usambaras.....

After the climb there are various options for the coral Islands of Zanzibar, Pemba or the silt and coral Mafia for some beach relaxation of diving (including whale sharks on Mafia!).

If you are interested in combining geology and wildlife please contact us and let us know when you wish to visit Tanzania and we will tailor your itinerary to give you the best value for money.

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