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Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara are spectacular and understandably popular safari destinations and of course you visit these National Parks. But this trip includes two cultural discovery days where you can find out about the way of life of the people living here. So many people pass through these areas leaving only trails of dust, but visiting some of the communities here enriches your experience of this part of Africa and ensures more of the benefits of tourism reach the locals directly.
Day 1 - Arusha - Lake Manyara
From Arusha drive to Lake Manyara in the great Rift Valley. Enter and take a game drive around Lake Manyara National Park. Famed for its unusual tree-climbing lions it also has a large elephant population, rich bird life in the forests and thousands of flamingos on the soda lake. Late in the afternoon, climb into the crater highlands for overnight at Endoro Lodge on the border of the Ngorongoro Conservation area, our overnight accommodation (en-suite rooms).
Overnight: Endoro Lodge (Dinner included)
Day 2 - Lake Manyara - Crater Highlands
Short drive to Karatu and a leisurely walking safari through farms and villages on the rift valley escarpment. You'll discover the farming, irrigation and cattle husbandry techniques, visit houses and, if you want, sample local cuisine of the Iraqw tribe. There is also traditional wood-fired brick making, local musicians and you generally gain a deeper understanding of the lifestyle of the people who live here. Visit the nearby village market or relax in the afternoon at Endoro Lodge.
Overnight: Endoro Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included)
Day 3 - Crater Highlands - Serengeti
Drive to the Serengeti! Lunch en-route at Olduvai Gorge and a view of the archaeological sites (and visit the museum) where early human tools and fossils have been found. Afternoon game drive in the rolling grasslands. Criss-crossed with forested riverine valleys, the Serengeti plays home to millions of Africa’s large mammals, making this one of the world’s most famous wildlife destinations. Overnight at Nasikia Central private camp in the heart of the Serenegeti (beds, en-suite toilets and showers).
Overnight: Nasikia Central Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included)
Day 4 - Serengeti
All day game drives in Serengeti. Best time for the wildebeest migration is Dec to June but there are spectacular wildlife sights at anytime of year. Dinner and camp-fire with the stars and sounds of the African night. Overnight again at Nasikia private camp (beds, en-suite toilets and showers).
Overnight: Nasikia Central Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included)
Day 5 - Serengeti - Ngorongoro
Further morning game drive in Serengeti and then back across the grasslands and up to the Ngorongoro Crater. Tonight you will be staying at Rhino Lodge owned and run by the Maasai here. Located in the Crater forest, it is quite common for zebra, buffalo and even elephant to be grazing right outside the lodge. (en-suite rooms)
Overnight: Rhino Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included)
Day 6 - Ngorongoro - Le Manyatta
Ngorongoro is collapsed volcano - an incredible natural amphitheatre, 25 km across and teeming with all of the African big game. Early morning descent into the crater for spectacular scenery and game viewing in what has been described as the eighth wonder of the world. After lunch, on to a small village to the north of Arusha for Maasai lands and life experience. We maintain a nursery and primary school here, which you can visit in term time if you wish. Overnight at our own small campsite behind the school with Mt Meru looming above - there will be villagers round the fire guarding the camp all night.
Overnight: Le Manyatta (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included)
Day 7 - Le Manyatta Departure
Morning activities around the village. You can visit traditional huts, take part in activities like milking goats, jewellery beadwork, spot birds on a short walking safari, and learn from a villager the history and culture of these fascinating people. Leave by 12:00 for a 50 minute return drive to Arusha. If necessary, onward travel arrangements on the 2pm shuttle service can be made to get you back to Nairobi (or Nairobi airport) by around 7pm in evening.
(Breakfast and Lunch included)
Endoro Lodge one of the very few places in the world where you can immerse your self unreservedly into natures beauty. The lodge is located on the lower slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater rim close to Gibbs Farm and adjacent to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area forest line and the thick pristine mountain forest. The lodge straddles the Conservation areas perimeter and is just a short ride away to the Loduare Park Gate. Wildlife from the unfenced forest including Elephants roam freely into our area giving visitors a very rare opportunity to really mix and mingle with the wild. Endoro Lodge features all private twin or double rooms. Here, we utilize the standard rooms with ensuite bathrooms to the right of the main dining area.
Nasikia Central Camp
Nasikia Central Camp offers an intimate camping experience, deep in the bush of the central Serengeti. This fully ensuite camp offers comfortable and rustic facilities, making it the perfect accommodation for anyone looking for an adventurous alternative to the standard safari lodge. Despite, it's distance from the real world, the camp provides excellent service and a welcoming team, to help make your safari camping experience as comfortable as possible. With high quality canvas between your bed and the sounds of the African night, this tented camp provides the ideal accommodation for lovers of the great outdoors, while retaining the coziness of a comfortable bed, a hot shower (water is limited...remember you're out in the bush!), satisfying cuisine and friendly staff.
Rhino Lodge is run in conjunction with the local Maasai Pasturalist Council. This is the governing body of the Maasai communities which live in the Conservation Area and it works to ensure that the Maasai may continue to live a traditional life in harmony with their natural environment. Each paying guest at Rhino Lodge is therefore directly supporting these communities and contributing to the maintenance and protection of the unique balance between pastoralism, conservation and tourism. The lodge is ideally located on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater rim. The Lodge was originally the home of Ngorongoro’s first conservator, and its developers have maintained the house’s original rustic, low-impact style and natural setting. There are 24 comfortable ensuite rooms with forest views, a cozy living space, friendly local staff and generous African-inspired meals offer guests a warm welcome.
Overnight at our own private campsite behind the school with Mt Meru looming above and hyenas calling in the dark - there will be Maasai round the fire guarding the camp all night
Region: Africa - Eastern and Southern
The walks within the tribal areas are carried out by our own guides in conjunction with the local, tribal guide – this allows easy translation and interpretation. Many of the areas have an array of plant & bird life so binoculars often assist in exact identification.
The price includes:
- All meals as indicated in itinerary
- All guide fees
- All National Park Entrance, transit, camping and walking fees
- All accommodations as indicated in itinerary
- 2 1.0L bottles of drinking water per person per day in the game driving vehicle
- All general camping equipment: eg. tents, mattresses, throughout the itinerary
- All transfers as indicated in itinerary
- Donations & payment to local community commitments
- Price based on fortnightly departures, every first and third Sunday is Day 1