Experience the most interesting attractions of Northern Tanzania during this 10-day safari, which promises a great combination of adventurous game driving and unforgettable interactions with the locals through a host of cultural activities. You will learn about coffee production, visit three of Tanzania’s most famous national parks (Tarangire, the Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Crater) and meet three of Tanzania’s most fascinating tribes: the Hadzabe, Datoga and Maasai, experiencing Tanzanian culture at its best!
DAY 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro Airport
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by your Tansafari-Tours driver-guide, who will transfer you to your hotel in Arusha and brief you about your safari.
DAY 2: Arusha – Tengeru Cultural program
Today you will kick off your Tanzanian holiday with a cultural visit in nearby Tengeru on the outskirts of Arusha, home to the Meru tribe, whom you will learn about during your outing. You will enjoy a guided tour through the coffee and fruit plantations and learn about coffee production from planting to cup; you will even have the opportunity to produce your very own cup of coffee from beginning to end!
After a typical Tanzanian lunch, you will head to nearby Lake Duluti for a guided canoe tour, where you will see many different bird species and amphibians. After a great day of ”local flavor,” you will be transferred back to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3: Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater
You will head out early this morning with your driver-guide to the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of the Big Five. The crater is the world’s largest intact caldera, and, before collapsing, was probably once the size of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Drive up to the crater rim, where you will enjoy the spectacular views. You will then descend the 600 meters (approximately 2,000 feet) into the crater floor for what promises to be an exciting day of wildlife encounters. Explore the forest areas, the lake, and the open savanna where the lions roam. If you are very lucky, you might even see the elusive black rhino! Midday, you will stop for a picnic lunch at the hippo pool, followed by more game viewing before heading to your accommodation in Karatu for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4: KARATU – Serengeti NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, you will proceed toward the world-famous Serengeti, stopping along the way to visit Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world and invaluable in furthering understanding of early human evolution. The site is internationally recognized for Louis and Mary Leakey’s famous discoveries of early humans. You will also visit an authentic Maasai village, where you will learn more about the rituals and way of life of one of Tanzania’s most famous tribes.
After this rich cultural experience, you will return to your vehicle and continue onward to the Serengeti National Park’s Naabi Hill Gate – the entry point for this spectacular wildlife habitat. While your driver-guide takes care of the administrative details, you can stretch your legs with a walk to the small lookout point and admire the beautiful views.
Finally, you will return to your vehicle and enjoy your first game viewing in the world’s most famous wildlife habitat. Arrive at your accommodation before dark for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5: Full day in the Serengeti
Enjoy your first full day of game viewing in the Serengeti, with packed lunches. In the Maasai language, “seringit” means “endless plains,” and you will soon understand why! The Serengeti National Park stretches over 15,000 square kilometers (approximately 5,790 square miles) and is quite simply the most magnificent wildlife sanctuary in the world, unparalleled in natural beauty and wilderness. Return to your accommodation before sunset for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6: Another full day in the Serengeti
Today you will spend another entire day game viewing in the Serengeti. The Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when approximately 1.5 million wildebeest move en-masse throughout the Serengeti and Maasai Mara ecosystems, accompanied by hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles (and their hungry predators!), making a total of over two million migrating animals. Your guide will do his utmost to ensure you have the best experience possible according to the time of year you are traveling.
Early evening, proceed to your accommodation, where you can sip a sundowner, enjoy the sounds of the bush, and review the day’s excitement.
DAY 7: Serengeti – Karatu
Set out early today to make the most of your last game viewing in this incredible wildlife habitat. After lunch, you will exit the park and make your way back to Karatu for dinner and overnight.
DAY 8: Karatu – Lake Eyasi
Today you will enjoy a day of culture with the Hadzabe and Datoga tribes of Lake Eyasi.
One of the last true bushman tribes in Africa, the Hadzabe live very much as they always have, despite Tanzania’s rapid development. With only 2,000 members, the Hadzabe are a fascinating people who offer us a window into Tanzanian life in the past.
You will join the bushmen on a hunt, accompany the Hadzabe women on their search for wild tubers, baobab fruit, and berries, and have a go at using the bow and arrow.
The Datoga, in contrast, are pastoralists, moving from place to place to find good pasture for their animals. They are also blacksmiths and are known for their skill in making arrows, knives, and bracelets.
After a great day of tribal culture, you will visit some nearby onion fields before heading back to your accommodation in Karatu.
DAY 9: karatu – Tarangire National Park
This morning we will head to Tarangire National Park for the last game viewing of this safari. There is no better place to enjoy a peaceful authentic safari atmosphere than in Tarangire. Lesser kudu, eland, gerenuk, and lion – among other wildlife – can be seen in this beautiful park, famous for its huge elephant population and its multitude of majestic baobab trees, some of which are more than 1,000 years old! Late afternoon, after a great day in the wild, you will head to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.
DAY 10: Tarangire – Arusha – airport
Enjoy a leisurely morning at your lodge and then head back to Arusha, with the possibility of visiting some souvenir shops along the way. After lunch, you will be transferred to the airport for your international flight home or other onward destination.
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