March 27 – Arrival in Arusha
Your guide will be meeting you upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport. Standing at an altitude of 1390m, the town is surrounded by fertile land that yields coffee, wheat and maize to the people of the Waarusha and Wameru tribes. It is the access door to the Northern Tanzanian Safari circuit. You will be hosted in our own Karama Lodge where you will meet your art tutor and your fellow artists participating to this tour. You will all enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast -
March 28 – Safari 1
Arusha to Lake Manyara
This morning you are heading off in a four wheel drive safari vehicle with picnic lunch boxes. Your Tanzanian driver/guide will take you across the Great Rift Valley. This is one of the earth’s most dramatic natural features stretching from the Dead Sea in Jordan to Mozambique in the South. This huge depression is up to 100km wide in places and hosts an enormous diversity of animal and plant life.
Today’s route leads through the ancestral lands of the Maasai, probably the best known tribe in Africa, to the village of Mto wa Mbu and the entrance of the park. During your game drives in Lake Manyara National Park you may be lucky enough to see the Park’s major attraction the tree‐climbing Lions ‐ though there’s obviously no guarantee of this! There are plenty of other things to see: Elephant, Hippo and plains game as well as a huge variety of bird life, both resident and migratory. You will have the whole day to discover the wildlife and a painting session will be organized in the afternoon at a location allowing you to have great views of the lake itself and of the Rift valley surrounding it. Dinner and overnight stay at a campsite inside the park.
March 29 – Safari 2
Lake Manyara to Lake Eyasi
After an early breakfast, you will exit the park, pass Karatu town and drive to Lake Eyasi (about 2h drive). Lake Eyasi is a seasonal shallow salt lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley at the base of the Serengeti Plateau, just south of the Serengeti National Park and immediately southwest of the Ngorongoro Crater in the Crater Highlands of Tanzania.
The lake is elongated, orientated southwest to northeast, and lies in the Eyasi-Wembere branch of the Great Rift Valley.
The Hadzabe, the last hunter-gatherer group in Tanzania, are the indigenous inhabitants of the lake. They are found along most of the perimeter, though camps are few along most of the Serengeti, which is Maasai territory. The Datooga inhabit the Yaeda Valley to the southeast, the Isanzu the south, and the Sukuma across the Sibiti River in the southwest. Lake Eyasi is a fantastic destination for those interested in meeting local communities.
Once you reach Lake Eyasi, you will meet the Hadzabe family with whom you will spend a few days, tents will be put up and you will get to know your host while lunch is prepared. You will spend the whole day with the Hadzabe family. They will not perform anything special for you or change their daily activities. You will just be asked to follow along and participate to whatever will happen. You might go for a hunting party, collect berries, fruits and honey or just sit in their camp while they perform their daily chores. The Hadzabe are living in very simple conditions, usually building temporary shelters during the rainy season, they survive with difficulties as they are pressured by the government to abandon their semi-nomadic way of life, they are threatened by land development around them and the disappearance of their hunting grounds. This time spent with them is an unique opportunity to grasp a very ancient way of life and to share a bit of time with fantastic people on the edge of survival. Dinner and overnight under tent.
March 30 – Safari 3
You will spend the whole day with your host family and participate to the daily activities. Hadzabe women do produce small beaded items and this might also be an interesting activity to view. Lunch, dinner and overnight under tent. As when dealing with any human relationship, we ask our participants to be flexible, patient and to go with the flow. If for some personal reason, your hosting family wishes for some more privacy, the group might have to spend the night on a nearby campsite and not within the familial campground. In any case, our main concern will be the respect of the people with whom we share time.
March 31 – Safari 4
During this last day, you may choose to either stay with your Hadzabe hosting family or to go to a nearby Datoga village and observe blacksmiths at work as they make everyday life utensils or arrow heads used by the Hadzabe to hunt. Lunch, dinner and overnight under tent.
April 1 - Safari 5
Lake Eyasi to Ngorongoro Crater
This morning, after an early breakfast, you will go back to Karatu and continue to the Ngorongoro crater (about 2h30 drive) for a day of Safari into this amazing caldera. Ngorongoro is one of the most picturesque settings for observing wildlife. With around 30,000 resident animals, the game viewing is excellent all year round and the viewing opportunities are unrivalled! Encounters with animals are frequent in this Garden of Eden, and there is a wide variety to see. Lake Magadi, the soda lake on the floor of the Crater, is home to thousands of Flamingos. This is also one of the best places to see the endangered Black Rhino. You will spend the entire day into the crater (with picnic lunch) before heading to Karatu for dinner and overnight stay at a camping ground on the edge of the crater.
April 2 – Safari 6
Today after breakfast, you will drive to the remote Olmoti area where you will meet the Maasai family with whom you will spend the next two days. Olmoti Crater is located north of Ngorongoro Crater at the altitude of 3,088 meters above sea level. Olmoti, meaning Cooking Pot in Maasai language, is a small pristine caldera where water springs combine to form Munge river.
The Olmoti crater floor is home to grazing wild animals; eland, reed buck, buffalo, bush-buck along with Maasai livestock. Here again, you will share the daily life and activities of your hosting family and camp nearby. Lunch, dinner and overnight under tent.
April 3 – Safari 7
The entire day will be devoted to sharing time with your Maasai family. You will organize your sketching activities with your tutor and always keep in mind the respect of the people surrounding you. Lunch, dinner and overnight under tent.
April 4 – Safari 8
Olmoti to Arusha
Today, after breakfast, you will head back to Arusha, in time to connect with your international flight or to spend an extra night at Karama Lodge (in option and with supplement). In case, you want to extend your stay, we can organize for you to discover the art collection of the Cultural Heritage Center (optional but free) - If you have a late flight, it will be possible to stay at Karama Lodge on a day room basis (fee optional).