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Trip Leg: Tanzania
Tanzania: Natural & Cultural Exploration Arusha, Tanzania
Price From $3450 per person
If your primary reason for traveling to Africa is to experience an abundance of African wildlife in unspoilt wilderness, Tanzania should be your destination of choice. Vast numbers of herd animals, predators and bands of apes coupled with the countryâ€™s dedication to preservation make Tanzania the optimal choice for exploration and safaris. This safari not only gives you an in-depth view of the natural historyÂ of Tanzania, but an equal look into the human history and culture of the region.
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Detailed Daily Itinerary
Day 1: Arusha Arrival
Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival in Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your local accommodations in Arusha.
Arusha is the Gateway to the Northern National Parks of Tanzania. The Ahadi Lodge is comprised of five rondavel style cottages, and is set amid beautifully landscaped gardens. Dinner will be served for you upon arrival.
** This evening you will have an important pre-safari briefing at your Lodge with your guide.
Overnight Accommodation: Ahadi Lodge Meals Included: Dinner
Day 2: Arusha – Lake Manyara
This morning your guide will meet you for a short drive through Arusha town before beginning our safari through Tanzania’s Northern Circuit!
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.
Overnight Accommodation: Kirurumu Tented Lodge Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Lake Manyara – Lake Eyasi
We move further into the true tribal areas of Tanzania and head towards Lake Eyasi. Upon arrival we are able to interact with the Hadzabe and Datoga tribes and exchange cultural norms and customs. We arrive at our camp for a late lunch and then follow with an afternoon of exploring the lake shore and nearby wilderness area. Overnight in nearby Tindiga Tented Camp
Overnight Accommodation: Tindiga Tented Camp Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Lake Eyasi – Karatu – Crater Highlands
A very early morning of traditional hunting ensures we are learning ancient customs firsthand. We are able to interact with the Hadzabe people and join in the thrill of the hunting of small mammals and their preparation to cook.
From the Hadzabe tribe to the Iraqw tribe, you will drive to Karatu for a leisurely walking safari through farms and villages on the rift valley escarpment. You 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 Accommodation: Endoro Lodge Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Crater Highlands – Ngorongoro Crater
This morning you’ll transfer to the Ngorongoro Crater. Descend into the 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 â€œcalderaâ€ 600m deep, 16km across and 265 sq km in area.
Many of Tanzaniaâ€™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 afternoon you’ll return to the crater rim for overnight.
Overnight Accommodation: Rhino Lodge Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti
Serengeti is calling today! Game drive in the rolling grasslands to the central region of the Serengeti. Criss-crossed with forested riverine valleys, the Serengeti plays home to millions of Africaâ€™s large mammals, making this one of the worldâ€™s most famous wildlife destinations.
Overnight Accommodation: Nasikia Central Camp Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Serengeti
The Serengeti National Park is probably the best place on the planet to spot large game. Your days here will be spent on several different game drives searching for prides of lions, cheetah, leopard and wildebeest migration. In the evening return to the beautiful tented camp for stories and dinner.
Overnight Accommodation: Nasikia Central Camp Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Serengeti – Esilalei Village – Tarangire
Your safari will continue with a venture into the Maasai Heartlands to a village called Esilalei (Toothbrush Tree) located in the wildlife corridor in between Tarangire and Lake Manyara. As you enter the village you will be met by the village elders and morani (warriors) singing and dancing to welcome your arrival. Your visit supports the building of their school here. After spending the day with the Maasai here, continue onto your camp in Tarangire later this afternoon.
Overnight Accommodation: Maramboi Tented Camp Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Tarangire – Arusha Departure
This morning transfer to enter Tarangire National Park for game driving and exploration. Tarangire National Park is best known for its massive herds of elephant. During the dry season herds of up to three hundred elephant of all ages and sizes converge on Tarangire’s permanent water source and can be seen digging in the once full riverbed in search of underground springs.
You will be transferred to Arusha this afternoon in good time to board your international flight out of Tanzania!
Meals Included: Breakfast
Summary of Accomodation
Ahadi Lodge – Arusha, Tanzania
Arusha is the Gateway to the Northern National Parks of Tanzania such as Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongro Crater and the famous Serengeti. The lodge is situated in the village of Movarian, Arusha, a few hundred meters from the Moshi / Nairobi Road which is approximately 3 km from Arusha CBD.
Ahadi Lodge comprises 5 rondavel style cottages each containing 2 rooms plus an additional 2 rooms. There are 5 double rooms, 5 twin rooms and 2 rooms which have 1 queen bed and 1 single bed each. The Lodge is set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens. There is a swimming pool for your pleasure – enjoy a refreshing swim at the end of your long journey, or after a day of sightseeing. Relax by the pool and sip an ice cold drink from the bar under the African Sun.
Kirurumu Tented Lodge – Lake Manyara, Tanzania
Set on a lightly wooded slope beyond the farmland atop the rift valley escarpment, this pleasant lodge has glancing views back down to the lake itself. The lodge itself comprises a small reception building, simple open sided dining area, a nice bar and around twenty tented guest rooms, all widely spaced and connected by a network of rough stone paths.
As well as being a base from which to visit Lake Manyara, the lodge offers a number of other activities including guided walking, horse and camel riding.
Tindiga Tented Camp – Lake Eyasi, Tanzania
The Tindiga Tented Camp, is a beautiful small traditional camp close to Lake Eyasi.
Overlooking the shrubland of the Eyasi Ecosystem you are given the ultimate â€œAfrican experienceâ€ and can see the distant hills of Ngorongoro, where to the north is the Ngorongoro Conservation Area surrounding volcanic hills.
The camp has 10 classical cream colored canvas tents which are very spacious with showers and flush toilets ensuite. The camp blends in beautifully with the natural environment with an eco-friendly approach; protecting and preserving Tanzania’s natural resources.
Endoro Lodge – Crater Highlands, Tanzania
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.
Rhino Lodge – Ngorongoro, Tanzania
Rhino Lodge is ideally located on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater rim. Rhino Lodge offers a perfect base from which to explore the Ngorongoro crater and its surroundings. Game drives into the crater, and, for the more adventurous, walking safaris in the forest reserve and visits to nearby Maasai villages, can all be arranged from the lodge.
The Lodge was originally the home of Ngorongoroâ€™s first conservator, and its developers have maintained the houseâ€™s original rustic, low-impact style and natural setting. The 24 basic yet comfortable ensuite rooms all have balconies with forest views and the grazing area of the buffaloes, zebra, waterbuck and elephants.
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Nasikia Central Camp – Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Nasikia Central Camp offers an intimate camping experience, deep in the bush of the central Serengeti. This fully en suite camp offers comfortable and rustic facilities, making it the perfect accommodation for anyone looking for an adventurous alternative to the standard safari lodge.
Despite its 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!), good food and friendly staff.
Maramboi Tented Camp – Tarangire, Tanzania
Maramboi Tented Camp is located in the heart of the Tarangire and Lake Manyara ecosystem. The permanent tented camp offers endless vistas of rolling golden grasslands and palm lined desert between Tarangire and Manyara Lake.
Ten spacious tents are positioned on wooden decks, each with en suite facilities, 24 hours electric lighting and private veranda with views of Lake Manyara National Park, Rift Valley and the Ngorongoro highlands.
-Accommodation as mentioned
-All meals as mentioned
-Private transport by 4WD safari vehicle with pop-up roof for game viewing and outlets for camera recharging
-Private English-speaking professionally trained naturalist guide/driver
-National Park entrance, transit, camping and walking fees
-Two (2) 1.0-liter bottles of drinking water per person per day in the game-driving vehicle
-All trips support local community projects in the areas you are visiting
-Travel and personal accident insurance
-Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines
-Tips and gratuities
-Expenditure on alcoholic drinks, laundry, personal items at camps/lodges
-Optional excursions/activities not detailed in itinerary