Wildlife and Wilderness Safari
Our Wildlife and Wilderness Safari is truly an adventure of a lifetime, designed to maximize your experience in the African bush and among native peoples. Spectacular game viewing in Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti is combined with walks in Lake Eyasi and the Ol Moti Crater and visits to local schools and villages where you experience the authentic culture of Maasai and nomadic Bushmen. Retire each night to comfortable, spacious lodges and mobile tents set in exclusive campsites where you will enjoy exquisite cuisine and first class service.
The Wildlife and Wilderness Safari is supported by a team of friendly and attentive camp staff and led by professional English- French-, Spanish- and/or Italian-speaking guides. Retrofitted “stretch” 4 x 4 land rovers are fully equipped with window seats and open hatch space for each passenger assuring 360 degree wildlife viewing and photography.
A flight from Serengeti back to Arusha minimizes driving time and rugged overland travel. Add a spectacular balloon safari in the Serengeti, a tour extension to the spice island of Zanzibar or travel to Kenya for an additional Africa adventure.
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- Tour Information
- Destinations: Arusha, Great Rift Valley, Karatu, Lake Eyasi, Serengeti, Tarangire
- Group Size: 2 – 10 people
- Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
- Activities: Datoga tribe visit, Game drives, Hadzabe tribe encounter, Hiking, Sundowners, Visit to market
- Services: All the activities described in the itinerary, Entrance fees to national parks, Full board basis on safari, Mineral water on board safari vehicle, Transfer Kilimanjaro International Airport - Arusha -Kilimanjaro International Airport, Unlimited mileage in a 4x4 vehicle + driver safari guide
Day 1: Discover Arusha
Arrive in Arusha where you will meet other trip participants. You will be given a briefing about your Wildlife & Wilderness Safari. Overnight at Olasiti Lodge
Days 2-3: Game Viewing in Tarangire National Park
Depart with your naturalist guide for Tarangire, Tanzania's third largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. There is a great diversity of wildlife including lion, leopard, cheetah, and up to six thousand elephant. A bush walk and a cultural visit with the semi-nomadic tribes are also included. Two nights full board accommodation. Overnight at Maramboi Tented Camp or Burunge Tented Camp.
Day 4: The Great Rift Valley - Lake Eyasi
Early morning walk in Tarangire before departing for Karatu, on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. Cross the floor of the Great Rift Valley near Lake Manyara. Enjoy the experience of shopping and bargaining for cloth, crafts and local produce in the markets of Mto Wa Mbu or Karatu. Afternoon visit to a school then a beautiful drive up the Rift Valley escarpment to Lake Eyasi for sundowners and a relaxing evening. Overnight at Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp.
Day 5: Lake Eyasi - Hadzabe & Datoga Tribes
Early morning walking and hunting/gathering with Hadzabe Bushmen or spend time participating in the morning routine of the settlement. Your local guide will interpret for you and discuss hunting and gathering techniques still used by the tribes. Be prepared for an extraordinary cross-cultural experience as you join these nomadic Bushmen in their daily life.
In the afternoon visit the Datoga, a tribe of semi-nomadic pastoralists who migrated into this area looking for good grazing land many decades ago. They have so far resisted neighbouring tribes' cultural infiltrations. The women, still wearing locally fat treated goatskin gowns, carve their faces and bodies to look prettier. It is a humbling and fascinating experience learning about their history and culture. Overnight at Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp.
Day 6: Eyasi-Karatu-Highland Hiking
Depart from Lake Eyasi in the morning and visit a local village on the way to Karatu where lunch will be provided. Depending on season and weather permitting, half-day hike options include the Empakai Crater, Olmoti Crater or the surrounding highlands. Impressive views of the landscape abound. Walking is not strenuous, but do expect some sloping terrain and at times, muddy paths. Afternoon visit to a Maasai village where herdsmen are often grazing their cattle around the crater rim. Overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House or Tloma Lodge.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater
An early morning departure to the breath-taking Ngorongoro Crater with a picnic lunch. Descend into the 100-square-mile Crater to view game on the vast grasslands of the crater floor. Spectacular wildlife can be found throughout the year due to the permanent availability of grass and water. Ngorongoro is one of the most impressive game haunts in Africa and has been designated a World Heritage Site. Local wildlife includes black-mained lion, the highly endangered black rhino, wildebeest, zebra, elephant, hippo, jackal, and hyena, the most important predator within the crater. The bird life is also prolific with flocks of flamingoes on the soda lake as well as other species of water and plains birds. Overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House or Tloma Lodge.
Days 8-11: Explore Serengeti National Park
Morning drive to the Serengeti plains, stopping en route at the Olduvai Gorge where Mary Leakey discovered the remains of Australopithecus Homo habilis and Homo erectus. Serengeti is perhaps the most impressive wildlife sanctuary in the world. These vast, seemingly unending plains are inhabited during the migration by enormous herds of wildebeest and zebra. The herds attract the attention of predators like lion, cheetah and hyena. Another interesting feature of the Serengeti is the massive granite kopjes, islands of rock standing in a sea of grass. The kopjes provide shelter to a great variety of plants and animals, from the elusive leopard to the tiny dik dik. Exploration of the legendary park is mostly by vehicle. Overnight (4 nights) at Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp.
Day 12: Serengeti-Arusha
Enjoy one last game drive in the Serengeti before departing back to Arusha by road. Lunch en route. Arrive Arusha in the afternoon (approximately 5pm) in time for your evening departure.
*Please note flights are available at additional cost from the Serengeti to Arusha, arriving at noon. For those wishing to extend their trip or make alternate arrangements on their own, we recommend flying back. Travelers flying back will be met and provided lunch.
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