Passport Exclusive: Northern Circuit - Culture & Wildlife Safari

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, Ngorongoro 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 traditional 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.

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Arrival - Arusha

Kilimanjaro Arrival - Arusha
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation: Kigongoni Lodge
  • Meals: D

Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival at the JRO Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will proceed through Customs and Immigration. Please note the Visa on Arrival Fee is $100 USD per person and is payable in US dollars, cash. In the arrivals hall, you will be greeted by a local representative, who will transfer you directly to your hotel in Arusha. This drive will take around one hour, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy a comfortable start to your adventure in Africa!

Later this evening, you will be met by your expert guide for an exciting pre-safari briefing. They will be able to answer any of your questions, clarify the details of your itinerary and give you an idea of what to expect on this incredible journey ahead! (This service is on a private basis.)

Arusha

Arusha is the gateway to Tanzania's northern circuit, serving as a base for Kilimanjaro treks and wildlife safaris into Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. Transport hub aside, Arusha even offers its own opportunities for exploration, including day trips to Arusha National Park, canoeing tours on Momella Lake and Meru coffee plantation visits. For those looking to just rest and recover from jet lag, Arusha also features the perfect stop to relax and recharge, before continuing your African adventure!

Day 2: Arusha - Lake Manyara

Arusha - Lake Manyara
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Lake Manyara Game Drive
  • Accommodation: Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp
  • Meals: B, L, D

Lake Manyara Game Drive

Today, you will enter into the wonders of Lake Manyara National Park, for a day of game driving and exploration. Lake Manyara possesses unexpectedly beautiful 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 features diverse habitats, that are host to 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.

Later today, you will be transferred to your accommodations on Lake Eyasi.

Lake Manyara National Park

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 that 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.

Day 3: Lake Manyara - Lake Eyasi

Lake Manyara - Lake Eyasi
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Hadzabe & Datoga Tribal Immersion
  • Accommodation: Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp
  • Meals: B, L, D

Hadzabe & Datoga Tribal Immersion

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

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.

Day 4: Lake Eyasi - Ngorongoro

Lake Eyasi - Ngorongoro
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Ngorongoro Crater Rim Walk
  • Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Ngorongoro Crater Rim Walk

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

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.

Day 5: Ngorongoro

Ngorongoro
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Ngorongoro Crater Floor Game Drive
  • Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Ngorongoro Crater Floor Game Drive

This morning, you will descend into the Ngorongoro Crater floor for game driving and exploration. Ngorongoro was a huge active volcano, probably even larger than Kilimanjaro, when the volcano erupted some 8 million years ago. It's cone collapsed, leaving a crater, or more appropriately a “caldera”, 600m deep, 16km across and 265 sq km in area. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and game viewing, in what has been described as the eighth wonder of the world.

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 as well.

Day 6: Ngorongoro - Southern Serengeti

Ngorongoro - Southern Serengeti
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Southern Serengeti Game Drive
  • Accommodation: Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp
  • Meals: B, L, D

Southern Serengeti Game Drive

Today, you will leave behind the greater Ngorongoro Conservation area, as your journey continues to the Southern Serengeti! This area is home year round to a vast variety of wildlife, which you will get to experience away from the crowds. From December to March, this area is especially known to catch a glimpse of the Great Migration.

You will spend your time here exploring the area, game viewing and you may also want to use this opportunity to visit the Olduvai Gorge. You can learn about the famous archaeological sites and visit the informative museum here, to see first hand where early human tools and fossils were discovered, including "Lucy." These incredible documents of our evolutionary history is unique to this area.

Day 7: Southern Serengeti

Southern Serengeti
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Serengeti Game Drive
  • Accommodation: Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp
  • Meals: B, L, D

Serengeti Game Drive

Enjoy a full day of game driving and exploration. Lions, zebras, cheetahs, giraffes, various gazelles, elands, impalas and warthogs, among many 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.

Make sure to have your camera nearby at all times, to capture the memories of a lifetime!

Day 8: Southern Serengeti

Southern Serengeti
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Serengeti Game Drive
  • Accommodation: Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp
  • Meals: B, L, D

Serengeti Game Drive

The Serengeti is calling again today! This morning, you will embark on another full day of game driving and discovery. Observe the wildlife in their natural habitat, listen to the calls of the wild and have fun!

Day 9: Southern Serengeti - Crater Highlands

Southern Serengeti - Crater Highlands
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Iraqw Tribe Experience
  • Accommodation: Endoro Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Iraqw Tribe Experience

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.

Crater Highlands

The Crater Highlands features an idyllic stopping point, on the journey from Tarangire and Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. This rural region is known for its lovely farmhouse lodges, vast landscapes, flourishing coffee plantations, working farms and local ethnic communities. Through a variety of cultural activities on offer in the area, you are invited to immerse yourself in the rhythms and beauty of rural farm life and the pristine surrounding nature.

Day 10: Crater Highlands - Kilimanjaro Departure

Crater Highlands - Kilimanjaro Departure
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Arusha - Kilimanjaro Airport Departure
  • Meals: B

Today at the appropriate time you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro Airport for your ongoing international departure flight.

Accommodation

Kigongoni Lodge

Kigongoni Lodge

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 Tented Camp

Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp

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.

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

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 Migration Camp

Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp

Located in the Ngorongoro Conservation, bordering the southern Serengeti plains, Ndutu thrives with wildlife especially from December through to March annually for the Great Wildebeest Migration. The multiple land use philosophy in the area is to maintain the peaceful co-existence of human and wildlife in a natural and traditional setting. Man and his ancestors have lived in the Ngorongoro ecosystem for more than three million years. Lake Ndutu and Lake Masek form shallow basins where water accumulates from the nearby areas of slightly higher altitude. The water in both lakes is extremely salty, too salty for human consumption. Lake Ndutu comes alive with animals during the migration because it is surrounded by the Ndutu woodlands and the short grass plains, which provide ample cover and food, especially during the calving season between late January to late February. Ndutu is the place to be and Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp is in the heart of the action!

Endoro Lodge

Endoro Lodge

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.

Pricing and Details

Starting from $ 5,780 per person

*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.

Price Includes

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  • Meals as mentioned
  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Transport as mentioned

Price Excludes

  • International & domestic flights
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Taxes and fees

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