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  • Hello Michele, many thanks for putting together such a good trip, we have had such a good time and there have been many highlights. We enjoyed all camps/hotels which contrasted very nicely with each other. At Oliver’s Camp on our first morning we saw a cheetah give chase to a reedbuck and bring it down and then, just as it looked as if the reedbuck was breakfast it kicked back and proceeded to chase the cheetah, a leopard with its kill safely up a tree and lions – a very impressive start. In addition, as predicted by Michele, we saw so many elephants, including some tiny ones, which we really enjoyed and we went on a bush walk which gave us a different perspective of the environment. Gibbs Farm was great and we spent 2 idyllic evenings sitting watching the sun go down and the bats come out whilst enjoying the lovely views over the hills. It wasn’t too far away at all from the Ngorongoro crater. We loved the landscape of the crater (and the drive through the highlands the next day was good too) and we had very good sighting of lions, including 6 males walking along in a strung out single file off on a mission and later on 6 cubs with 2 lionesses. Lamai Serengeti was off the scale, at Mkombe House we thought we had died and gone to heaven. On one afternoon we sighted a leopard, tracked him along a riverbed and then watched him as he rested; we then moved on to see a rhino with her calf. We had seen 2 rhinos at a distance at Ngorongoro but this was something else especially as we had a backdrop of a dark thundery sky with sunlight filtering through.  Our last night was our Tanzanian meal finished with a lovely birthday cake accompanied with terrific singing, much appreciated by Nigel, thank you. As you know we are not really beach people so the fact that we enjoyed our time at the Palms is an even greater compliment. The food at the Palms was delicious (lunches were especially good). So as you will see a really, really good trip. Thank you.

    Nigel, Ann, Emma and Charles from London travelled to 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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