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  • Dear Bill, well I must start by saying that it exceeded our highest hopes and expectations. Gaye and I have safaried in Kenya four times before and so had standards by which to judge the visit. The travel arrangements worked without a hitch. Serian was absolutely perfect for our family. Roisin and her team looked after us so well, food and drink excellent. The guides and drivers were very knowledgeable and had razor sharp eyes. And so, reluctantly leaving Serian, on to Ras Nungwi. Luxury and great comfort. Apart from the difficulty of ordering food for 16 people we were very well looked after. A very good hotel with superb location. We could not have enjoyed our holiday more and thank you so much for your highly efficient organisation.

    Hugh and Susan travelled as an extended family group to the Masai Mara and Zanzibar
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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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