TMCT: Camping Experience
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Day 1 Lake Manyara (L,D)
The trip starts 07:30hrs , pick up at Impala Hotel. Please be on time to meet your driver/guide at the front entrance of the hotel. A brief departure meeting will be held here before setting off to Lake Manyara.
Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”.
The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.
From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.
Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, while the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade. Pairs of klipspringer are often seen silhouetted on the rocks above a field of searing hot springs that steams and bubbles adjacent to the lakeshore in the far south of the park.
Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.
Overnight at your lodge/camp
Day 2 (B,L,D)
Spend the day in Manyara. Late afternoon visit Mto wa Mbu
Here we take part in a cultural walk to learn a little about what a typical village in the area is like. The village has over 18,000 inhabitants from 120 tribes. This two hour tour will take you from the village's local market through several different farms, local huts, and artisan shops, and back to the market, giving you the opportunity to get a true glimpse of northern Tanzanian culture!!
The cultural tourism programme is a community based organization. The Netherlands Development Organization initiated this cultural tourism programme in the year 1996, the village authority of in Mto wa Mbu village blessed the operation of this fantastic community based organization.
Mto wa Mbu ward has three villages and it in these villages the cultural tourism programme in Mto wa Mbu is operating. These villages include Migombani, Losirwa and Barabarani.
In the year 1997 cultural tourism was operating with a full gear under the supervision of the S.N.V experts. Wesley Hans Kileo was the first cultural tour guide in the village, as the industry was growing faster other Eco-tour Guides were invited with an approval from the village authority and it is where terms and conditions were laid down.
The S.N.V experts were providing advisory support, technical support workshops and trainings.
In the World the cultural tourism programmes aren’t only in Tanzania but also other countries especially the third world countries. In Asia, Latin America like Peru Ecuador and so forth and some other African countries like Ghana, Tanzania and so forth. They are caring different names in their respective countries but they all belong to the same philosophy of S.N.V far most each module depends very much on the available resources within its area.
After our walk we have a local traditional lunch before continuing on to Arusha.
Overnight in Manyara
Day 3 Arusha (B)
After breakfast we continue on to Mto wa Mbu which means Mosquito River. Here we take part in a cultural walk to learn a little about what a typical village in the area is like. The village has over 18,000 inhabitants from 120 tribes. This two hour tour will take you from the village's local market through several different farms, local huts, and artisan shops, and back to the market, giving you the opportunity to get a true glimpse of northern Tanzanian culture!! After our walk we have a local traditional lunch before continuing on to Arusha.
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