Aardvarks on the Ranch

Here on Manyara Ranch Conservancy, our night time game drives are a regular occurrence. Usually departing after dinner, we take our time to explore 35,000 acres of exclusive wilderness. Searching for a variety of nocturnal African species, we often come across a very special and rare specie known as the aardvark. Aardvarks live in sub-Saharan Africa, where there is suitable habitat for them to live, such as savannasgrasslandswoodlands andbushland, and available food (i.e., ants and termites).The aardvark is nocturnal and is a solitary creature that feeds almost exclusively onants and termites (formicivore); the only fruit eaten by aardvarks is the aardvark cucumber. An aardvark emerges from its burrow in the late afternoon or shortly after sunset, and forages over a considerable home range encompassing 10 to 30 km, swinging its long nose from side to side to pick up the scent of food.

The closest living relatives of the aardvark are the elephant shrews, along with the sirenianshyraxestenrecs, and elephants. With their extinct relatives, these animals form the superorder Afrotheria.

To see a video of one a recent aardvark spotted on the Ranch, check out the following link: http://www.youtube.com/user/ManyaraRanch#p/a/u/0/VUEwdR08ekA

 

Virtual Tours of Manyara Ranch

Check out our latest virtual tours from My Destination Tanzania. The 360 degree views allows you to gain a better perspective of Ranch and its environment. To check out these tours visit http://www.mydestination.com/tanzania/accommodation/118156/manyara-ranch-conservancy, and click in the ‘multimedia tab below.

Honeymooners Delight

We all have different tastes in furniture, food, people, and the same applies when it comes to choosing a honeymoon location. Some newlyweds choose to seek a more adventurous and unique way of celebrating their marriage, than your typical beachside resort. Manyara Ranch Conservancy is a wonderful choice for honeymooners in Africa; offering the chance to get away from hordes of safari vehicles yet the ability to experience wilderness in complete privacy and adventure.

Honeymooners enjoying a sundowner in privacy on the Ranch

 

Some new images from camp

Pictures can sometimes be more powerful than words. Here is a small snippet of what’s been going on at the Ranch lately.

Giraffes quenching their thirst in front of camp
Getting up close and personal on horse back. Just one of many ways to experience wildlife in its element.
Large legs captured on our new night vision camera

 

August Update from Camp

It just keeps on getting better at the Ranch with three new lion cubs sighted this month. Our guests were fortunate enough to witness these playful and inquisitive cubs, as well as have the unique privilege to name them. Therefore we are proud to announce the arrival of Enzo, Babi and Nala to the Conservancy. We shall determine the sex of the cubs in the weeks ahead and let you know.

Three 19-month old lions currently on the Conservancy have progressed out of their childhood and are today practicing their hunting skills at the dam most afternoons. Unfortunately, Duffus the male lion has been ruining the hunts; much to the entertainment of our clients and to the disappointment of his two sisters.