Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by our local representatieve and taken in an one hour drive to ILBORU SAFARI LODGE in Arusha.
Day 2 Tarangire National Park
Your Safari starts! Your private drive with private safari vehicle is waiting for you! The driver is well educated and has a lot of knowledge about the country, animals and nature and even more, he is very passionate about is. The coming 9 days, he will show you the beauty of his country! He will discuss with you the day to day programme.
It is about 3 hours driving to Tarangire National Park. On your way to Tarangire National Park you pass through the Maasai steppes, pass Maasai villages and see the Maasai herding their cattle.
Tarangire National Park is a not so famous park. However it has a lot to offer! With 550 different bird species, it is a birders paradise. Nowhere in East Africa will you find so many birdspecies in one area!
The landscape of Tarangire is very diverse, from the with Baobab studded plains to the always green marshes. Through the park meanders the Tarangire River, it did not only give the park its name, but is also the reason for the animals to makes this area their home. In the dry season, when the river is often not more than a mud stream or even totally gone, the elephants did holes in the riverbed, looking for underground streams. Also the other animals in the park enjoy a drink from these by elephants made waterholes. In the raining season the river can grow to a thundering river, depending on the amount of rain upstream.
In Tarangire National Park you enjoy a picknick lunch with lunchboxes.
At the end of the afternoon you will arrive at Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge, just in time for a sundowner and dinner!
Meals: breakfast, picknick lunch and dinner
Day 3 Tarangire National Park & Village walk Mto wa Mbu.
Early in the morning you will go to Tarangire National park in search of more wild animals. Besides the large elephant herds, the park is also known for the large herds of buffels. When they all start running at once, you can feel the ground trembling! Many other grazers can be seen in the park, like impala’s, gazelles, dikdiks, zebras and wildebeests. The little colourful love birds are in stark contrast with the big black (and red) southern ground hornbills, as the little rock hyrax is in stark contrast with its big nephews: the elephant (yes it is unbelievable that those two are related!).
At the end of the morning you will leave the park and drive to the village of Mto wa Mbu, translated: the river of mosquitoes. Mto wa Mbu is a green oasis in the wide Maasai Planes. Because of the availability of water, even rice and bananas are grown here! The fertile spot has attracted a lot of different people from different background; you can find people here from more than 40 different tribes. On arrival you will be taken to a nice lunch spot where you can enjoy a local lunch prepared by the “Mamas”, suitable for Western stomachs! After the lunch a local guide will take you on a village tour, he (or she!) will explain you all about Mto wa Mbu and its people. At the end of the afternoon you will leave Mto wa Mbu and your driver will take you up the Great Rift Valley Escarpment from where you have a fantastic view over Lake Manyara and the Maasai Steppe. You proceed to RHOTIA VALLEY TENTED LODGE bordering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for overnight stay.
If you would like, you can go to the nearby Children’s Home between 17.00 and 18.00 hours. The Children’s Home is financed with the proceedings from the lodge. You can play a game of soccer with the children or help them with their homework. By staying at the Lodge you contribute to the Children’s Home!
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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Day 4 Ngorongoro Crater
Today your driver takes you to one of the most special places of East Africa: The Ngorongoro Crater. The Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world. Before you descent in the crater you have a beautiful view from the crater rim.
De crater is a non-active volcano, to reach the crater floor you have to make quite a descent. In the Ngorongoro crater the diversity of animals and flora is immense. All the animals of the “Big Five” (elephant, black rhino, buffel, leopard and the lion) can be found in the crater. Today it is your chance to see the rare black rhino. In Lake Magadi, the alkaline lake in the crater, flamingos look for their food while hippos cool down in the sweet water pools after their grazing outing at night. In the Lerai Forest elephant with giant tusks pull leaves and branches from the trees while on the plains wildebeests, zebras and antelopes are grazing. Lions often look for the shade, sometimes even the shade of a car.
The high numbers of animals and the imposing landscape with the crater walls make a day in the crater an overwhelming experience!
At the end of the day you leave the crater, whereas most vehicles leave the crater at the regular ascent road, you will climb up on the eastern rim and drive to NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE. From the lounge you have a fantastic view of the crater!
Meals: Breakfast, pick nick lunch and dinner
Day 5: Serengeti National Park
After breakgast you will leave Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge and start descending into the plains. Today is one big game drive, wherever you drive, you can encounter animals. In the Ngorongoro Conservation Area you also get a fantastic chance to have a look at how the Maasai live, when passing their “boma’s” (villages) or when watching them herd their cattle in the vast Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
The name Serengeti is derived from the Maasai word Siringiti: endless plains. When entering the Serengeti it becomes clear quite soon that this is a very fitting name. As far as the eye reaches you find the plains, only interrupted by an occasional tree, kopje (rock formation) or wildlife. During the Great Migration these planes are literally covered in animals: wildebeests and zebras in search of grazing and water and participating in one of the largest annual movements of mammals on earth.
However, Serengeti National Park has more to offer than the Great Migration, large herds of buffels, numerous different kind of antelopes like the topi, hartebeest, dikdik, thomson and grant gazelles, great chance of spotting a lion, or more accurately: lions. The open plains form an ideal hunting ground for the fastest mammal on earth: the cheetah.
At the end of the day you will arrive at KENZAN LUXURY CAMP just in time for a sundowner. Kenzan Luxury Camp gives you the ultimate “out of Africa” feeling!
Meals: breakfast, pick nick lunch and dinner
Day 6: Serengeti National Park
Wake up early morning in the middle of the bush and enjoy a delicious breakfast. This morning there is a special activity planned. A guide from Kenzan Luxury Camp will take you on a walking safari. Even though Kenzan Luxury Camp is situated outside the park, you must have woken up at night from the call of a hyena, and yes that loud roar was a lion, or maybe you heard a zebra nibbling grass just outside your tent? During your walking safari you have a great chances of seeing zebras, giraffes, wildebeest (actually certain time in the year the Great Migration walks through the camp) or other grazers.
After lunch at Kenzan Luxury Camp, your driver is ready again to take you back inside the park in search for more wildlife!
He takes you looking for the Great Migration, the lions, leopard and cheetah. And what do you think of these large numbers of hippos in one of the pools in the park, or maybe the vervet moneys or baboons manage to charm you with their acrobatic tricks. Giraffes who elegantly move over the planes, high above everything and everyone, eating the leaves from the acacia trees without even bothering about the thorns, the gracious flights of the (not so gracious) vultures, hyenas trying to defend their prey from the lions. All in all a day full of unforgettable impressions! At the end of the afternoon you return to Kenzan Luxury Camp for a sundowner and dinner!
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 7: Lake Eyasi
Today you have to say Kwa Heri (goodbye) to the Serengeti, you make a last game drive towards the gate. From there you drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area towards Karatu. Just before Karatu you leave the tarmac road and start your journey to Lake Eyasi. At the end of the afternoon you will arrive at Kisima Ngeda Camp.
Meals: Breakfast, pick nick lunch and dinner
Day 8: Hadzabe Bushmen and the Datoga
Today it is an early rise as you are going to visit the Hadzabe Bushmen. The Hadzabe are nomads who mainly live from hunting, the women supplement the diet by looking for roots and edible plants. If you want, you can join the Hadzabe hunting. The Hadzabe hunt mainly with bow and arrow with which they often kill small game like squirrels, dikdiks and duikers. However once in a while they kill a baboon or even more rare, a buffel!
The Hadzame are related to the Bushmen (or more correctly said: The San) in Southern Africa and use the same clicks in their language.
After you visit at the Hadzabe you will visit a second tribe living in that area, the Datoq or Datoga. You might have wondered where the Hadzabe get their arrow heads, well take a look at the Datoga Blacksmith! The blacksmith makes besides arrow heads also other things, like for example the bracelets the women wear and which show their status: the more liked you are or the richer your husband is, the more bracelets you wear! Also the women are creative and make beautiful with beads decorated calabashes. These are used for the storage of food and drinks like milk. The Datoga are pastoralists like the Maasai, though there are some distinctive differences between the cultures. After lunch at Kisima Ngeda you will leave Eyasi and drive to the Manyara Region for overnight at Isoitok Camp.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 9: The Maasai
Today is a day full of Maasai activities. After a relaxed breakgast you will visit a Maasai boma (village). Here you can experience how the Maasai live. Your lunch today will be in a special setting and needs a little hike until you are on top of the hill behind Isoitok from where you have a fantastic view of Lake Manyara.
In Tanzania the Maasai are known for their local medicine. The Maasai still use a lot of plants and herbs in their treatment of diseases. After the lunch you will go on a Maasai Medicine Walk where you can see the plants used for the “local medicine” of the Maasai.
After the walk it is unfortunately time to leave and go back to Arusha for overnight stay at ILBORU SAFARI LODGE.
Meals: breakfast lunch and dinner
Day 10: Departure or extension on Zanzibar
Unfortunately the time has come to say kwa heri (goodbye) Tanzania. You will be taken to the airport for your international flight back home.
However this doesn’t have to be the end of your Tanzanian Adventure. What about some days on one of the beached of Zanzibar to enjoy sun and sea? End your holiday actively with snorkeling, diving or maybe kite surfing? Or more relaxed on the beach with that well deserved massage or spa day? We can arrange that for you as well!
Anyway we hope that soon we can say: Karibu tena – welcome again.
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.