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  • Hi Rob, your itinerary and all arrangements worked superbly. Everything went according to plan. Selous Impala camp was a great finale as the rivers made such a change to the bush game drives. All of the camps were excellent in their different ways. Meals were imaginative, varied and tasty. All of the staff we met were very keen on what they were doing and wanted to ensure that we enjoyed our stay with them. All of our guides seemed to have real passion for the bush. All in all, another excellent trip organised by you and your team, Rob. You have done us proud and clearly have chosen good operators on the ground. Please pass on our thanks to all your team.

    Roger and Judith from Essex travelled to Kenya and Tanzania
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Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park lies in the Great Rift Valley at the foot of the Ngorongoro Highlands. The small 325 sq. km park has a charm which is completely different from the other wildlife areas in the north.  The terrain consists of five distinct vegetational zones: groundwater forest with towering mahogany and fig trees, grassy glades, extensive marshland reeds, parkland scattered with acacia trees and the scrubland of the 305m high Rift Valley wall, plus the 230 sq. km lake itself.

Manyara has a high-density population of elephant, particularly young calves.  The lions are known for their ‘tree-climbing’ habits, but they are not always easy to locate.

Other animals to be found include buffalo, giraffe, leopard, zebra, bushbuck, reedbuck, waterbuck, impala, gazelle, baboon and both vervet and blue monkey.  Near the hot springs, klipspringer can be observed on the rocky outcrops.  Vast numbers of (migratory) water birds can be seen, particularly flamingo, pelican, stork, sacred ibis, grebe and cormorant, when the lake is full. In recent years however, this has only occurred during the rains and for a short time thereafter. The total number of bird species is in excess of 350.

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