7 Days Cultural Safari: Lake Manyara / Lake Eyasi / Ngorongoro Crater / Serengeti

In July, the wildebeest migration moves north, passing through the Lobo area (area just north of the central Serengeti National Park) and the Wagakuria area (remote northern Serengeti National Park along the Mara River) en-route to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. The migration can arrive to the Wagakuria area anytime from July onwards and wildebeest can be seen in the area, crossing the Mara River. In September the wildebeest herds are spread out over the northern Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. Several large herds of wildebeest remain behind in the area and sometimes weather changes can bring the herds back into the area from the Mara. In October, the herds move south towards the central Serengeti National Park via the Lobo area of the Serengeti National Park.

Safari tour package:
A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Price per person*:
$2588 - $2690
Includes internal flights:
Yes
Length of safari:
7 days
Best months:
All year
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
Romantic safaris Romantic Cultural safaris Cultural Self-drive safaris Self-drive
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Day 1- Arusha – Lake Manyara Non game-viewing travel time: 2½ hours Distance: 130 km At around 08:30 we leave Arusha town and drive for two hours to Lake Manyara National Park. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of African animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos, attracted by the algae in the lake.

Day 2 – Lake Manyara – Lake Eyasi Non game-viewing travel time: 2½ hours Distance: 110 km after breakfast we will drive to the shores of Lake Eyasi. We arrive in time for lunch at the Tindiga Tented lodge. Lake Eyasi is a very scenic soda lake found on the southern border of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This less visited lake lies at the base of the Eyasi escarpment on the western rift valley wall. This afternoon you will be introduced to the extraordinary people who belong to an indigenous tribe known as the ‘Hadzabe’ (hunter-gatherer Bushmen). The tribe inhabits the shores of Lake Eyasi as do the Nilotic-speaking Datoga tribe. You will visit these tribes, which will include a visit to their homesteads, learn about their way of life, animal tracking, medicinal plants, and much more. Some wildlife and a wide range of bird species can be viewed during walks around the lake, which can be arranged. Return for dinner and overnight at Tindiga Tented Lodge.

Day 3 – Lake Eyasi – Ngorongoro Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours Distance: 150 km Early morning we depart to the village for local hunting experience with Hadzabe and Datonga tribes. This is not a mere performance. The Bushmen rely on these techniques to survive and you’ll need to be very attentive and at times quiet, while they demonstrate their use of locally made poisons in incapacitating the poor creatures on which they depend for survival. We return to the Tindiga Tented Lodge for a late breakfast and we then travel to the Ngorongoro Conservation area. Late afternoon drive to a Masai Village. Visitors meet the village elders, get an insight into the Masai way of life, visit the bomas, learn about their prized cattle and visit the local school.Enjoy dinner and overnight at the Ngorongoro Sopa lodge.

Day 4 – Ngorongoro – Serengeti Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours Distance: 145 km After breakfast at the lodge, we will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife for a half day’s tour. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro Crater supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park, is it’s dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the south western corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here. We return to the lodge to enjoy lunch and then we the head towards the Serengeti National Park with a stopover at Olduvai Gorge, boasting with history dating back to the dawn of time. It was here, that the anthropologists Drs. Lois and Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of the famous ‘Nutcracker Man” and ‘Handy Man’, both very significant links in the chain of human evolution. Leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We do a late game drive en route to the lodge. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge.

Day 5 – Serengeti Day 5 will offer you an ideal opportunity to do an optional but unforgettable Hot Air Balloon flight, followed by a delightful champagne breakfast (available at a supplementary cost, but can be booked in advance). After breakfast we head to the south-eastern side of the park, visiting the Barafu Kopjes and the Ngare Nanyuki River area, for our morning and afternoon game drives. Apart from the lion prides you find in the area, the Barafu Kopjes is the place to visit for possible cheetah sightings. The Ngare Nanyuki River area is also well known for being packed with game. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge.

DAY 6 – SERENGETI – LAKE MANYARA Non game-viewing travel time: 6 hours Distance: 205 km Early morning game drive and return to the lodge for a late breakfast. After breakfast will we head for the Lake Manyara National Park. We will visit and enjoy lunch at Gibbs farm en route (a small lodge, surrounded by coffee farms, on the slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. We enjoy dinner and overnight at the Kirurumu Tented lodge.

Day 7 – Lake Manyara – Arusha Non game-viewing travel time: 2½ hours Distance: 130 km After breakfast we will visit the local Market and villages around the Karatu, experience life in the local village setting, meeting local people, learning about their culture, agriculture and history of the area. We return the lodge for lunch and then transfer back to Arusha town where we will end . 

QUOTATION INCLUDES. - Transfers from Arusha / Airport - Accommodation and meals as indicated above with private bathrooms. – Soft drink - Game drives as indicated in the Itinerary. - Culture tour - Services of our English Speaking driver guides. - Safari 4WD Jeep with Pop up roofs for optimal game viewing. - Park entrance & Conservation Fees to Game reserve.

QUOTATION EXCLUDES. - International flights & Visa fees. - Additional sightseeing or deviation from the itinerary. - All items of a personal nature such as tobacco; laundry; phone calls and drinks / beverages. - Any other items not specified above.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • karatu Tented lodge
  • Tandiga Tented Lodge
  • Sopa Lodge
  • Katikati Lodge
  • Lobo Wildlife lodge

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