Tanzania

POST-CONFERENCE FIELD EXCURSION

NORTHERN CIRCUIT, TANZANIA

DATES: 11th - 13th MAY 2019

The EAPCE-19 Post Conference excursion to the Northern Circuit will be conducted for three days from 11th to 13th May, 2019. The excursion route will pass through the Neogene Lake Beds and older extrusive rocks that contain olivine basalts and volcanic tuffs in the Eastern branch of the East African Rift System. The delegates will be able to view the Gregory Rift System, the Engaruka Crater, Oldoinyo Lengai Mountain (Mountain of God), Lake Natron, the Oldupai Gorge (the locality of the Human Ancestor - Australopithecus boisei), the Shifting Sands, the famous Ngorongoro Crater, and the Lake Manyara National Park. The trip will also offer an opportunity to view an extensive exposure of the East African Rift System (EARS) which is one of the famous geologic wonders of the world, a place where the earth’s tectonic forces are presently trying to create new plates by splitting apart old ones.

Delegates will be picked from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha for the night at Impala Hotel.


A sketch map showing Geo-tourism sites in the Northern Circuit of Tanzania

 

Day 1

11th May, 2019


After breakfast at the Impala hotel, delegates will be driven from Arusha city to Makuyuni town where they will have a far view of Gregory Rift. At this location, the delegates will view exposed Oolitic and fossiliferous Limestone outcrops (Lake Beds) and then a close view of the rift from Mto wa Mbu location (Figure 2). Thereafter, the delegates will drive parallel along the plane of Gregory border fault towards Engaruka. On the way, the delegates will be able to see the older volcanic rocks (basalts) and younger pyroclastic materials (ashes, tuffs and agglomerate). Then drive to Shimo la Mungu where delegates will view stratigraphic succession of volcanic ashes before heading to active Carbonate volcanic Oldonyo Lengai Mountain (“The Mountain of God”), (Figure 3). Then picnic lunch near Masamburai village and drive to Lake Natron to view a big group of Flamingos around the lake (Figure 4) and drive back to Lake Manyara Serena Hotel for a night.

 

Day 2:

12th May 12, 2019

After breakfast at Lake Manyara Serena Hotel, delegates will visit the Oldupai Gorge which is a very important site for anthropological history. It is famous area for the fossils of a very early human evolution. At this area, the delegates will observe the skull and bones of earlier humankind and a very well preserved oldest sediment succession ranging from 2.1 Ma to 600,000 years ago (Figure 5). The delegates will also have an opportunity to see the magical shifting sands and have an experience of cultural aspects on life styles in the wild with wild animals and the traditional houses from Maasai tribe at Maasai Boma area.

 


A close view of the Gregory fault escarpment at Mto wa Mbu area

 


Oldonyo Lengai, active Carbonate Volcanic Mountain

 


A Lake Natron flanked by a big group of Flamingos.


Day 3

Manyara - Massai Boma - Oldpai Gorge - Serengeti National Park

In the third day, the delegates will visit the Oldupai Gorge which is very important site for anthropological history. It is famous area for the fossils of a very early human evolution. At this area, the delegates will observe the skull and bones of earlier humankind and a very well preserved oldest sediment succession ranging from 2.1 Ma to 600,000 years ago. The delegates will also have an opportunity to see the magical shifting sands and have an experience of cultural aspects on life styles in the wild with wild animals and the traditional houses from Maasai tribe at Massai Boma area.

 


An area around Oldupai Gorge showing a well preserved sedimentary 1.2Ma-600,000 Years succession of sedimentary beds,

 


Crescent shaped of strongly magnetic shifting sands

 


Cultural aspects Of Masai Tribe (a) Masai tribe and (b) Typical houses for Masai people.

 

Delegates will also have an opportunity for a Game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater which is one of the seven world heritage sites. The delegates will have an opportunity to learn itsgeological evolution history and be able to see the occurrences of both Salt and fresh water lake environment within the Crater (Figure 8) and Volcanic rocks. Also, the delegates will see different wild animals (Figure 9) grazing with Maasai domestic cows. Then have a picnic lunch inside the Crater near the fresh water Lake. The delegates will then drive outside the Crater along the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and spend a night at Ngorongoro Crater Serena Hotel.

 

Day 3:

13th May, 2019


Delegates will have breakfast at Ngorongoro Crater Serena Hotel and head to Manyara National Park where they will see the blue monkeys, plant species and plenty of wild animals (Figure 10) such as leopards, antelopes and Hippos. The delegates will then drive straight to Kilimanjaro International Airport for departure.


Wildlife in Serengeti National Park (a) Grazing Elephants & (b) herds of Lions

 


A view of Ngorongoro Crater and the lake within as seen from the rim of the crater.



Various species of Animals and birds in Ngorongoro Crater (a) One couple of Ostrich birds (b) Other bird species (c) A group of Lionesses and (d) A group of Buffalos.

 

Fees:

USD 1,000 per person non – residents, and USD 800 per person for East African residents

The cost includes meals, transport, accommodation and park entry fees.

Excursion Field Leaders:

Mr. Paschal Njiko,
Petroleum Geologist,
Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation
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Mr. Patrick Kabwe,
Petroleum Geologist,
Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation
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