Tanzania is as well known for its conservation of nature as it is for its preservation of culture. This safari allows you to experience the perfect blend of wildlife as well as incorporating time to discover the unique and diverse tribal culture of the region! Enjoy spectacular wildlife viewing in Lake Manyara, Ngoronoro Crater and the iconic Serengeti and immerse yourself in the lives of the Hadzabe and Datoga tribes of Lake Eyasi. Walk with the Iraqw and learn about the daily lives of the tradtional Maasai people. This itinerary is ideal for the traveler who is interested in everything that constitutes modern Tanzania - not only its geography and ecosystem, but its people as well.
Welcome to Tanzania! On arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport you will proceed through customs and immigration (Visa on Arrival Fee: $100 USD per person - payable in US dollars - Cash). After clearing customs you will be met in the arrivals hall by our local representative (he will be holding a sign with your name on it) and transferred to your accommodations in Arusha (approximately 1 hour driving distance).
This evening you'll meet with your expert guide for an exciting pre-safari briefing! (This service is on a private basis.)
Arusha is the gateway to Tanzania's northern circuit, serving as a base for Kilimanjaro treks and safaris into Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. Transport hub aside, Arusha also offers opportunities for further exploration including day trips to Arusha National Park, canoeing tours on Momella Lake and Meru coffee plantation visits. Alternatively for those looking to simply rest and recover from jet lag - this is the perfect place to relax and recharge before embarking on your African adventure!
Today you'll transfer to Lake Manyara National Park and enter for game driving and exploration. Lake Manyara National Park possesses unexpectedly striking settings and peaceful surroundings. Dramatically bordered by the sheer wall of the Rift Valley on one side and the shores of the lake on the other, this thin stretch of land hordes diverse habitats which in turn host a remarkable variety of wildlife. The open grasslands between the lake and the acacia woodland are littered with wildebeest, zebra, impala and giraffe as well as the country’s densest population of buffalo.
Afterwards, you'll transfer to your accommodations on Lake Eyasi.
Lake Manyara National Park possesses an unexpectedly striking setting and peaceful surroundings. Dramatically bordered by the wall of the Rift Valley on one side and the shores of the lake on the other, this thin stretch of land contains diverse habitats which in turn host a remarkable variety of wildlife. The open grasslands between the lake and the acacia woodland are littered with wildebeest, zebra, impala and giraffe as well as the country’s densest population of buffalo.
Today you are in for an amazing cultural experience with the local tribes of Lake Eyasi. A very early morning of traditional hunting ensures you are learning ancient customs firsthand. You are able to interact with the Hadzabe people and join in the thrill of the hunting of small mammals and preparing them to cook. You will also meet with the Datoga tribe blacksmiths to discuss their craft and interact with the local communities.
Lake Eyasi is a scenic region located along the Rift Valley escarpment, south of the Ngorongoro Crater. Due to limited fresh water resources, the region does not attract large game populations. Eyasi instead attracts those looking to get off the beaten track who desire a unique cultural interaction experience. Here you have the opportunity to immerse yourself into the daily lives of the indigenous Hadzabe bushman and the nomadic Datoga tribe. In fact this is the only place in Africa where you can go hunting with these Hadzabe, the last known tribe that lives by hunting and gathering honey and fruit.
Today you will transfer to the Ngorongoro conservation area for an afternoon walk around the crater rim with an armed ranger. Ngorongoro was a huge active volcano, probably larger than Kilimanjaro when the volcano erupted some 8 million years ago. Its cone collapsed leaving a crater or more appropriately a “caldera” 600m deep, 16km across and 265 sq km in area.
Ngorongoro Crater is one of Tanzania's most amazing sights: a collapsed volcano which forms an incredible natural amphitheater, 25 km (16 mi) across and teeming with all of the African big game. Many of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino can be seen grazing on the open grassland of the crater floor surrounded by some of the 20,000 large animals that occupy the crater, including lion, cheetah, eland, zebra and gazelle. Flamingo, among other bird species can often be seen feeding at Makat soda lake. This is an area of spectacular beauty and superb game viewing, a truly unique safari destination.
This morning you’ll descend into the Ngorongoro Crater floor for game driving and exploration. Ngorongoro was a huge active volcano, probably larger than Kilimanjaro when the volcano erupted some 8 million years ago. Its cone collapsed leaving a crater or more appropriately a “caldera” 600m deep, 16km across and 265 sq km in area.
Many of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino can be seen grazing on the open grassland of the crater floor surrounded by some of the 20,000 large animals that occupy the crater, including lion, cheetah, eland, zebra and gazelle. Flamingo, among other bird species can often be seen feeding at Makat Soda Lake.
Today you leave the greater Ngorongoro Conservation area and head to the Southern Serengeti. You will spend your time here exploring the area, game viewing and you may also visit the Olduvai Gorge and Museum. This area is home year round to lots of wildlife which you'll get to experience away from the crowds. From December to March, this area is especially great to catch the Great Migration.
Enjoy a full day of game driving and exploration. Lions, zebras, cheetahs, giraffes, various gazelles, elands, impalas and warthogs among other animals dwell in high populations within the Serengeti. This is what makes the Serengeti one of the most amazing wildlife observation destinations in the world!
The Serengeti is calling again today! This morning you will embark on a full day of game driving and exploration. Lions, zebras, cheetahs, giraffes, various gazelles, elands, impalas and warthogs among other animals dwell in high populations within the Serengeti.
This morning begins with a 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 local cattle-husbandry techniques, visit houses and, if you want, sample the local cuisine of the Iraqw tribe. You can also experience traditional wood-fired brick making, local musicians, and generally gain a deeper understanding of the lifestyle of the people who live here.
The Crater Highlands offers a comfortable and scenic stop over for those making their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti from Tarangire and Manyara. The region is known for it's lovely farmhouse lodges, offering views of stunning rural landscapes comprised of coffee plantations, farms and local communities. Immerse yourself in the rhythms and beauty of farm life, nature and the community by participating in adventure and cultural activities.
Today at the appropriate time you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro Airport for your ongoing international departure flight.
Kigongoni Lodge is located on an historic 70-acre coffee farm near Arusha, amid natural forest. Sitting on a hilltop with lush gardens, the lodge offers breathtaking views of Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru. Tucked between the trees are eighteen cottages, built in traditional African styles and materials. The rooms, cocktail lounge, and restaurant - all with fireplaces – are furnished in an intimate and comfortable manner, maximizing the site’s unique views and natural features. Kigongoni Lodge has been developed in harmony with, and respect for, local community values, heritage and aspirations. The Sibusiso Foundation, a center for improving the quality of life for mentally disabled children and their families, has its home adjacent to the lodge. Staying at the Kigongoni will give you an authentic experience and true sense of Tanzania, while providing an opportunity to participate in activities that contribute to the sustainable development of local communities.
Kisima Ngeda, a stylish camp that includes amazing cultural interaction opportunities, along with plenty of activities. Located on the shores of Lake Eyasi, the camp offers stunning views over the seasonal soda lake looking up to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area on the one side and across to the Alipi escarpment on the other. Here one can enjoy the spectacular landscape as well as experience the daily life of the last few remaining hunter/gatherers the Hadzabe as well as their pastoralist nomadic counterparts the Datoga tribes. With 7 spacious tents with private verandahs overlooking the lake. Intimate dining overlooking Lake Eyasi. Kisima Ngeda’s décor draws on elements from the surrounding landscape and incorporates elements of traditional Hadza culture. Cozy lounge area is a perfect place to relax before dinner or with an after dinner drinks or takes a dip in the pool after a long day.
Perched on the rim of the collapsed volcano, the Ngorongoro Crater, a world heritage site, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. It has the most magnificent views over the crater floor, which is home to vast herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, the rare and endangered black rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, lion and herds of gazelle and wildebeest. Its position on the Eastern rim allows the most spectacular and uninterrupted views of the sunset. All of the 91 double bedrooms are very spacious and each two queen sized beds and a separate dressing area. Each room has a glass fronted verandah, where you may enjoy a private view of the Crater The lodge has 6 single rooms, all of which have a queen sized beds and glass fronted sliding doors.
Nasikia Mobile Camps are an intimate collection of mobile luxury camps that progressively shift to the rhythms of the Great Wildebeest Migration. As the vast herds follow the rains and fresh grasses in a clockwise direction through the Serengeti, our camps mimic that pattern of movement. From the Southern plains of Ndutu to the Western expanses and north to the Mara River crossings – Nasikia Mobile Camps can offer you the prime locations and unique & luxurious surroundings to explore on your adventures. The tents have varying configurations. Each tent has its own ensuite bathroom with flush toilet, hand basin with running water, and you step into our twilight showers to thrill in Mother Nature. All the décor was handmade or sewn with local wares by local people – from basin stands to the flowing curtains and hand beaded cushions.
Endoro Lodge is located on the lower slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater rim 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 the property giving visitors a very rare opportunity to really mix and mingle with the wild.