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The Basics of African Elephant Migration

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

When thinking about Africa, one of the first ideas that pops into our mind is a safari, many people tend to associate Africa with adventure-filled safaris and exotic animals. Nothing seems more exotic or African than the giant gentle elephants.  Although elephants are not only found in Africa, it has come to be one of Africa’s well known symbols as they roam over many African forests and deserts freely.  Elephants are known to live in groups or herds; they do almost everything in groups, one of the habits that Africa’s elephants are known for are their migratory travels. Here are some basics of the African elephant migration:

The group is usually led by the oldest female or the matriarch; she guides the group on where to go and what do and is constantly on guard for whenever a threat to the group’s safety is detected.  She sees to it that the little ones are kept well fed and safe and that the group remains intact.

African elephants are natural travelers. They love to travel with their group over large distances in search of a land where there is plenty of food. Elephants are herbivores and can live on chewing grass of the ground and leaves from the trees, but with the African weather or low rainfall, it means that plants don’t grow quickly enough where it can feed a family of elephants for very long without having to change location, thus the great African elephant migration.

Although migration is not a new thing for elephants, there can also be a time that unnatural circumstances may be the reason for an African elephant migration.  There are a lot of factors that could cause elephants to move to another location.  For starters, a lack of food due to human expansion may be a cause for elephants to seek safer and more peaceful lands; drought and fire are other reasons why a herd moves on.

Although thankfully to a lesser degree now the Ivory trade and human’s greed was also another reason for an African elephant migration to happen. It used to be that an elephant’s tusks were valuable, especially in the black market now it is illegal. There had been a time when almost two-thirds of Africa’s elephant population was wiped out due to massive poaching and it was only when the Big Ivory Fire was done that poachers started to think twice before doing any ivory harvesting.

The beauty of the African elephant migration is something that should be enjoyed; it should serve as an example of what we could miss if we keep on doing what we do to destroy mother earth.

Tanzania’s Natural Beauty Attracts Animals And Tourists Alike

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Because of its natural beauty, Tanzania is becoming one of the most popular tourist spots in the world. In addition to the wild life sanctuaries in the north, there are many more sights Tanzania has to offer to the tourists.

Most trekking and tour packages include the awe inspiring animal migration from Kenya to Tanzania. As tourism increases, there are growing ecological problems too especially at Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Kilimanjaro. So the government is taking steps to divert the tourists from these places to other destinations in Tanzania. There are wild life sanctuaries in the northern part of Tanzania where animals from Kenya migrate every year. The migration of wild animals on such a large scale is not found anywhere else in the world.  The region of Ngorongoro Caldera is so beautiful and it can be seen from crater edges where most tourists camp for the night. Tarangire is a thickly forested area whereas Serengeti is an open plain land. The peculiar tree climbing lions are found around the Lake Manyara and this area is suitable for adventure tourism.

Tanzania offers a lot more than merely Serenegei and Ngorongoro Crater safaris. We also travel over to the traditional western Tanzania, home to the wonderful Katavi National Park. Any time you really want to experience the African continent such as the original explorers did long ago then this is where to go. You will find the Selous Game wildlife reserve in the Southern region which is large, even though more obtainable compared to Katavi. The restrictions on no permanent structures means that the wildlife in the reserve is undomesticated they are yet to get used to people as well as the sounds of automobiles.

There is a long list of places to visit in Tanzania. It’s just a matter of finding your own adventure!

African safari holidays are one of the most family friendly travelling encounters available

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Family Safari with Masai and baby goatAfrica safari holidays are one of the greatest holidays on most families list and provide an excellent possibility to be closest to the largest wild animal reserve in the world to observe wildlife within their natural habitat.  Numerous parents who may have never considered taking African safari holidays with their children, you could possibly be amazed to find out that family safaris are among the most popular kinds of vacations for children, from the age range of four years old to eighteen.

Child with Masai Boy and GoatsYou will find different holiday packages readily available and that we can assist you to plan your African Safari to your preferred African Safari destination.  Corto Safaris offer you family African safari tours to

Your family safari could be enjoyed in variety of different wildlife areas and with several different accommodation choices take a look at the family safari accommodation available.

Family in a 4x4 during a game drive

Your African family safari can be something that your family will never forget.  The advantages of a safari include things like observing amazing wild animals within their natural habitat, looking at stunning sunsets, and experiencing the breathtaking scenery and surroundings discovered only in Africa.  Even though famous for its great adventure, Africa family safari is just a thimble of the list of exciting and enjoyable activities in Africa.

Children friendly camps provide activities for the entire family.  Children understand more about care and conservation of wildlife.  Children act as if they’ve seen everything, and in lots of ways they may have, most have watch tv loop, sought out You Tube video clip, seen the amazing things of nature in HD-clarity on Planet Earth Dvd videos, read items and studied wild animals in school however the experience they’re going to have to be on ground level with Africa’s wild beasts is definitely an adventure they are going to relive and tell for a lifetime. The secret to touring with kids on the family holiday would be to engage all of their senses.

African Safari with your Family

An African family safari may bring family members a great deal closer when they experience the safaris alongside one another and without the children realizing they discover more about Africa as well as wildlife that roams around them. Also for the children they’re going to discover how to be environmentally responsible and socially responsible as they are exposed to the simple lifestyle of Masai people.

Families which enjoy viewing the wildlife documentaries could possibly find that organizing an African family safari could be the experience of a lifetime, or Families with small children who love watching the Lion King could possibly discover that planning their Africa family safari is making the lion king a reality, in either case kids age vary widely in their maturity and levels of interest in Africa and its wildlife.  This marvellous and fascinating combination means you have a wide selection of choices when it comes to planning your holiday to Africa.

African family safari vacations becoming increasingly popular, it might sound adventurous or seem like a totally different world. Well, both are right and that’s why it’s worth considering, contact us today and let us help you plan your family adventure in Africa.

New in 2011! Corto to Open a Camp in Tarangire Park: Kanga Camp

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Corto will be launching in 2011 a new camp in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania : The Kanga Tarangire Camp.

This new camp will be joining the Family of Camps that Corto own and manage, including:

Check out the Page for our Tented Camps in Northern Tanzania here, and the page for the new Kanga Tarangire Camp here

You may also check out our Camp Pictures on Facebook here.

Have a look at its location on the map.

Tarangire National park was established in 1970 is today considered one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuary in the country. It covers an area of 2,600 sq km ; an average altitude of 1,100 m and is particularly worth visiting during the months of September and October. It comprises of 9 zones of vegetation including acacia and baobab Tortillas. The Tarangire River that runs through the park never dries up and during the dry season all the animals of Maasai country come to drink from it. Several private camps and lodges located inside and outside the Park welcome visitors.

Serengeti Great Migration Update

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

The Serengeti Great Migration Pack has now clearly moved South, and it is time for our teams to dismantle our North Serengeti Camp and to move South, towards Piaya, near the Gols Mountains, and to prepare the new upcoming season with a new camp.

This new camp will be ready from the middle of December, to welcome our valued customers during this new phase of the Great Migration.

Every year, between January and May, the impressive mass of the Wildebeests and other herbivores gathers in the South-East of the Serengeti Plains, called by a very powerful animal instinct. It is during this time, and in a spirit of species conservation, that the females will give birth to their little ones, in group! This is to ensure the survival of the young ones, as they know the predators are there, ready to take any chance to snatch a young prey!

Click here for a full Safari program focusing on the Births of the Great Migration in Tanzania.

News Update on the Serengeti Migration

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Since early September, the Serengeti Great Migration pack of animals has already started its return South towards the Tanzanian plains. We have anticipated this natural movement and our camp, based on the Mara river since the end of June has been moved to Lobo. (see map on the left hand side).

The last Mara river crossings can still be observed from this base, within 1 hour drive, but here in Lobo, you will be at the heart of this natural animal movement during your Migration Safari in Tanzania.

Towards the end of October, early November, our camp will move southwards and will be operational at the end of December near Piaya, when the wilderbeests, zebras and other herbivores will have returned South to give birth.

Find out more about Corto’s Migration Camps in Serengeti, Tanzania.

Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Do you know the Great Rift Valley? No, not the Grand Canyon, but a huge geological trench spreading allover Africa. Its presence in Tanzania is the reason why we can admire here such wonderfully varied landscapes, such as the Kilimanjaro Mountain, the Mount Meru, lakes such as the Natron, volcanoes such as the Lengai, the Empakai and the famous Ngorongoro.

This trench is also located in the midst of the most popular Tanzanian National Parks, and has a very rich animal life.

For more information on this area of numerous eco-systems, see the Great Rift Vally on Corto Safaris’ website, the partner of your Tanzania Safari.

Tanzania Safari and Kilimanjaro Climbs – Group Departures

Friday, July 30th, 2010

A new service from Corto. We invite you to come and visit our list of group departures for Tanzania Safari and Kilimanjaro Climbs. This list is kept up to date on our Facebook page and allows you to check available departure dates, itineraries and simply to add yourself to the participants list. Sharing your adventure with other people will have a great positive impact on your trip’s cost, saving you lots of money!!

Click here to see the Corto Facebook Event page

North Serengeti – Migration Safaris with Corto

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Our first customers have arrived at the Mara River Corto Private Camp this month and had a lot of fun… Indeed for the first time ever, Corto has set up a camp at the Kenyan border. on the shores of the Mara River.  This new observation post has allowed our customers to take some wonderful pictures. Come and see them on our Facebook page.

See all Migration Safari Pictures

The mass of Wildebeests, Zebras and other herbivores comes up the Serengeti plains and crosses the River from South to North on its way to the Kenyan Masai Mara.

For the true lovers of this intense animal activity, we have put online a 4 day Migration Safari in Tanzania. This will take you straight to the Serengeti, from Arusha, by plane.

See this itinerary

A Luxury Safari in Tanzania

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Un Hébergement de Luxe au SerengetiA new Tanzania Safari special Migration with Corto. Find yourself at the heart of the Great Wildebeests Migration in the Serengeti – and do it in style – with top quality accommodation – such as the Tarangire Treetops, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, the Kempinski Bilila Lodge and the Asilia Sayari Camp. Our very experimented guides, our know-how and our very well equipped 4×4 vehicles are as always there during your stay.

Check the full online program and contact us for a customized quotation…

http://www.cortosafaristanzania.com/luxury-safari-migration-7-days.php