11 Days of Wildlife and cultural encounters through Tanzania's famous parks of Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater to the Hadzabe Bushmen at Lake Eyasi and Lake Natron
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Departure / return location
Place of your choice in Arusha, Tanzania
A prompt departure at 8:30 AM
Approximately 4:00 to 6:30 PM
Safari type / style
Private tour Mid-range Lodge & Tented Camp
• English Speaking Driver/Guide • 3 Meals a day • Safari vehicle with pop up rooft • Entrance fees • Transportation In 4×4 Vehicle • Government charges • Accommodation
• Tips • Gratuities • Drinks • Any personal items of nature
Tarangire National Park
Elephants of Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National park is particularly known for the abundance of Ancient Baobab trees (the largest trees in the continent) which fill the landscape and dwarf the animals next to them. The river of the park is full of wildlife ranging from a large variety of birds to lions, leopards, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes and, of course, elephants. In fact, the park has the largest concentration of elephants in the whole country and provides unique chances to observe the interaction between elephant families. The lunch area is fascinating, boasting an observatory with amazing views to the river and wildlife (with good chances of seeing a hunt while having your picnic). In the afternoon we will still do a game drive before continuing to your accommodation.
Our selection includes: Mid-range; Baobab Camp Luxury; Tarangire River Camp High End; Oliver's Camp
Lake Manyara National Park
Birds and tree climbing lions of Lake Manyara
Pick up from your hotel after breakfast and start a beautiful journey across the Great Rift Valley for a full day game safari. Although small dimension (230square Kilometres), the park is famous for its green scenery, varied bird life, tree-climbing lions, hippos and baboons. The landscapes of Lake Manyara are something that can not be described with words, and the game drives along the lake provide stunning photo opportunities of giraffes
Early morning departure from the lodge to Lake Eyasi, a shallow salt lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley at the base of the Serengeti Plateau. This is where the Hadzabe Bushmen live. This tribe, the oldest in East Africa, continue to live and thrive in much the same way as they have for 10,000 years. The men hunt with poisoned arrows, and collect honey, while the women and children forage for edible roots, seeds and fruits. We may have a chance to see the men hunting, and hear their “click” language belonging to a minority group of African languages of which only 30 variations exist in the whole continent spoken by fewer than 20, 000 individuals. Late afternoon we return to the lodge via villages of the authentic Maasai people, semi-nomads in Tanzania who have preserved their culture to date.
The crater spreads for 102 sq. miles and has 2.000 ft high walls, making it virtually a Noah's ark and inhabiting almost every species of wildlife that is indigenous to East Africa. It's one of the very rare locations in the whole continent where you can witness the black Rhino. The concentration of African wildlife if the greatest in the continent. The crater has a river, several swamps, a soda lake with a great concentration of flamingos, a forest and open plains. It's also famous for its elephants which are the largest in the world and have huge tusks.
After an early breakfast, depart towards the most famous National park in the World, the Serengeti. The driving itself, although long, is spectacular. This will be an unforgettable moment for anyone seeing it for the first time. As you progress well into the Serengeti, you will see why the name means, in local language, "endless plains". The park has 6,900 sq. mile (18,000 sq. km) and for most of it, the plains will stretch to the horizon defying your senses and perception of distances. It is the home of the Great Migration and to 2 million wildebeests, hundreds of thousands of zebras and all kinds of antelopes. As for Big Cats and large predators, it's the place of choice to look out for lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, with many television scenes like the famous river crossings having been filmed in this park.
You will spend nights in Serengeti
Our selection includes: Mid-range; Mawe Tented Camp Luxury; Ole Serai Camp, Kubu Kubu Lodge High End; Pioneer Camp, Four Seasons
Oldoinyo Lengai and Lake Natron
Breakfast and drive to Lake Natron, off the beaten path and away from the crowded places. The route takes you through the cultural home of the Maasai as well as the majestic Ondonyo Lengai mountain which is the only active volcanic mountain in the Great Rift Valley. Lake Natron will fascinate you with its colors, varying from pink, lime, green and red due to the concentration of minerals and possibly the flamingoes! It is an almost surreal and breathtaking landscape which will leave you in awe! Arrive in the late afternoon for brief check in, followed by bird watching, flamingo and sunset walk around the lake. Dinner and overnight at Lake Natron camp.
Excursion at Lake Natron
Full day dedicated to the excursions by the Lake. These can be observing flamingoes and other birds, walking by the lake with a guide, exploring the waterfalls, hike to the hominid footprint etc. There is plenty to do. In the evening enjoy the sundowner overlooking Lake Natron, the majestic Lengai and Gelai mountains and watch the sun goes down behind the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. Dinner and overnight at Lake Natron Camp.
Return back to Arusha
Engaruka Mto Wa Mbu Arusha
End of our remarkable journey brings us back to Arusha via Engaruka, an archaeological site of the Stone-age settlement, Arrive in Arusha intake for onward journey to Zanzibar or back home