12 DAYS TANZANIA CULTURAL SAFARI

 

TRIP PLAN

Day 1
Arrive in Arusha. Transfer from arrival point to Mt. Village lodge for overnight (DB)

Mt Village is an idyllic lodge situated 20 kms outside of Arusha and 30 kms from Kilimanjaro International Airport. It is a quiet lodge built on the shore overlooking Lake Duluti. All the rooms are en-suite roundavels with a private verandah. The reservations, lounge and dining room are in the main building that is a beautifully renovated farmhouse.

DAY 2
You depart Arusha with lunch box on the tarmac road across Monduli plains toward Tarangire for lunch at at the camp.

After a leisurely lunch, you depart the camp at 03:30 P for a walk accompanied by Maasai men and your guide to explain the native birds, animal tracks, and plant-life of the area that you will encounter during your walk.

Overnight at Tarangire Camp (BLD)

DAY 3
After an early breakfast, you depart the camp with picnic lunch and proceed to the park for a full day game drive.

Tarangire N. Park covers 2,600 sq. kms in area. The park is famous for its majestic Baobab trees and Acacia Tortillas trees dotting a wide expanse of the rolling hills of the park.

To many people the park represents the features of Africa in scenery and landscape. There is the Tarangire River, which dissects the park from the south to the Northwest where during the dry season, a large congregation of animals can be found giving it a resemblance of the famous Serengeti migration.
Among the animals found there are great herds of elephants of which 200 can be seen at a time. Zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, lions, leopard, cheetahs and hyena, The park is reputed to have more birds than the whole United States of America.

Overnight at Tarangire N. Park Camp (BLD)

DAY 4
After breakfast, you proceed to south of lake Manyara to visit the Datoga tribe who are related to the Maasai. They are nomadic cattle herders who move from one place to another in search of green pastures for their cattle.

A great variety of bird species can be found in this area. Rare species like the Black Egret have on many occasions been spotted. They can be differentiated from the other birds by their peculiar fishing behavior pattern to feed whereby they shade themselves with their wings to attract more fish.

You will board a canoe to cross the lake and be able to watch hippos from a distance and back.
Overnight Whistling Thorn Tented Camp at Tarangire N. Park (BLD)

DAY 5
After breakfast, depart Tarangire with your lunch box, and drive across the Rift Valley escarpment to Lake Eyasi via Gibb’s Farm. Gibb’s Farm was a once colonial farmhouse that has been converted into a lodge. It boasts one of the biggest coffee plantations in the area as well as a purely organic farm, which supplies the lodge with fresh vegetables throughout the year. Once there, we have a 45-minute walk to visit the elephant cave and the organic farm. We will also have a brief lecture about a coffee plantation.
Overnight at Lake Eyasi Camp (BLD)

DAY 6
Wake up early for a pre-sunrise breakfast. Drive from the camp for approx. 20 minutes to locate the nomadic Bushmen (Hadzabe). In the company of the bushmen, you will hunt on foot using traditional weapons i.e. bows and arrows.

The Bushmen are related to the Kalahari Bushmen of South Africa. They speak the same click language but do not understand each other, as they have been apart for very long. The Bushmen live a medieval kind of life style. They do not build permanent homes but follow the animals in the area as they trap and kill them for food. They are hunters and gatherers. After a brief hunting stint with the Bushmen, we go back to our vehicles and drive to the camp for lunch.

After a short afternoon siesta, we depart the camp at 04:30P and drive to lake Eyasi to view flamingoes enjoy the sunset over the Rift Valley Escarpment.

Overnight at Lake Eyasi Camp (BLD)

DAY 7
You break camp at Lake Eyasi after breakfast and drive to Ngorongoro Crater with a picnic lunch. You descend to the crater floor for a full day game-drive.

Dinner and Overnight on the Ngorongoro crater rim Camp. (BLD)

DAY 8
You depart the camp early in the morning with picnic lunches and descend to the Crater floor for a full day crater tour.
The highlands offer spectacular views with scattered Maasai manyata (huts) on the horizon and groups of Maaai warriors tending their cattle. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority is a multi-purpose land use area for Nomadic Maasai and wildlife area.

It covers an area o f about 8,300 sq. kms, which takes half of the Serengeti plains. The NGO has a unique Eco-system where you may locate the big five (buffalo, elephant, rhino Lion, and leopard) all at a time.

Dinner and Overnight on the Ngorongoro crater rim Camp. (BLD)

DAY 9
We break camp with picnic lunches after breakfast to drive to Serengeti National Park via the famous Ol-duvai Gorge where the Leakey family discovered the remain of the early man “ Zinjanthropus Bosei” Game viewing enroute to the Serengeti National Park.

Dinner and Overnight Serengeti N. Park Camp. (BLD)


DAY 10/11
Full day game-drive in the Serengeti National Park with game viewing in areas where the animals are most concentrated. The Serengeti national park covers about 15,000 sq. kms. It derives its name form the Maasai language “Siringet” which means, the endless Plains.

It boasts the largest number of species of flora and fauna both in quantity and variety coupled with its world famous wildebeest migration. The worlds single remaining wildlife migration.
Overnight Medium Mobile Camp at Serengeti N. Park (BLD)

DAY 12
After breakfast, you depart Serengeti for Arusha with game-viewing enroute. An option instead of driving can be a scheduled flight that departs at 11:15am.
Lunch in Arusha upon arrival

Afternoon transfer to Kilimanjaro Int’l. Air port for the flight out.



END OF TOUR
 

 

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