Wildlife and Conservation Safari-9 Days

If you like African Wildlife and Environmental Conservation, This Safari is for You

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$2854
Includes internal flights:
No
Length of safari:
9 days
Best months:
January - February, May - December
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
Adventure safaris Big five Cultural safaris Cultural Birding safaris Birding Self-drive safaris Self-drive
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The Wildlife and Conservation Safari combines wildlife game viewing, environmental education and recreational activities. The Serengeti has a limited carrying capacity and is a limited resource. The East African bush is a fragile eco-system shared by big mammals and big carnivorous cats. It is also shared by pastoralists herders, most notably Maasai grazing their domestic cattle. Rural agriculturalists who have moved into the area as a result of population growth are using lands that had been prime wildlife habitats. Global warming is causing productive lands in and around the Serengeti to shrink, causing Maasai cattle to graze in closer proximity to lions and other predatory wildlife. When a lion attacks the Maasai herd, they retaliate by killing the lion. The Serengeti ecosystem is also shared by tourists wanting to see the bush full of lions. The tourism industry needs lions to attract tourists to the Serengeti.

These are the key dynamics impacting the African bush eco culture that will be clarified during the Wildlife and Conservation Safari. This safari enables visitors to meet and interact with land and wildlife conservations experts working on projects in the bush. These experts will share their academic and practical knowledge from their research and hands on experiences working on environmental projects in the Serengeti area. They will share their knowledge about lion and elephant behaviors, methods uses to track and monitor their population growth, understanding of conflicts between humans and wildlife and steps needing to be implemented to preserve this delicate ecosystem.

DAY 1: Arrival – Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha City) Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. Your professional safari guide will brief you during dinner on various aspects of your itinerary.

 

Classic: Karama Lodge (Bed & Breakfast)

Deluxe: African Tulip/Lake Duluti Lodge (Bed & Breakfast)

 

DAY 2: Local School Visit (Go Green Campaign)

After breakfast, depart to one of the local schools that Zohar supports and spend the day with the students. Among of the activities that you will be doing with the students is planting trees, a garden and collecting trash. After the local lunch, you will have time to play different games with the children before driving back to your lodge for dinner and overnight. 

 

Classic: Karama Lodge (Bed & Breakfast)

Deluxe: African Tulip/Lake Duluti Lodge (Bed & Breakfast)

 

DAY 3: Arusha – Manyara Ranch – Tarangire Lion Research Center –Elephant briefing.

You depart to Manyara Ranch for a 1 – 2 hourinteractive discussion with conservation experts aboutissues involving land and wildlife conservation in the East African bush. The briefing will focus on ways the government, private sector organizations (NGO’s) and the local community (Maasai in particular) are working together to conserve the Africanbush eco-system. There are different challenges the three parties involvedare facing. The lecture-discussion will help visitors better understandthe various challenges, solutions and measures being considered for implementation to help ensure the African bush and its wildlife are protected. After lunch, you will meet with a lion expert whose PhD is in lion research at Tarangire NP who works with an NGO committed to lion preservation. He will brief youon condition of lions in the Maasai Steppe in the northern Tanzaniaparkcircuit and explain why the numbers of lions are decreasing daily. In the evening, you will receive a 1 hour lecture-discussion about elephants fromZohar’s Safari Director and head guide Sammy Sikombe or Bwana Tembo(a.k.a Mr. elephant), an authority on elephant anatomy, tracking and conservation.

 

 Classic: Maramboi Tented Camp/ Tarangire Osupuko Lodge (3 Meals) Deluxe: Tarangire Safari Lodge/Tarangire Swala Camp (3 Meals) 

 

DAY 4: Tarangire National Park - Manyara

After breakfast, your driver-guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will enjoy the 2hrs leisure drive southwestwards to Tarangire NP. In this region in Tanzania, Hemmingway often went on big game hunting safaris. After the formation of its national parks in 1970, Tanzania turned the seasonal marshes and the endless savannah that you see today into, once again, profitable hunting grounds. Today however, cameras have thankfully replaced elephant guns. The Tarangire National Park has the highest concentration of elephants in North – Tanzania. The Tarangire River flowing through the park year round attracts animals including elephant herd populations that can reach as many as 3,000. During the dry season (July-October), many animals from the surrounding areas come to the river to drink. If you visit the park during the dry season, you will witness an unforgettable natural wonder as you observe exotic big cats and mammals such as lions, giraffes, buffaloes, wildebeests, zebras and various types of antelopes such as gazelles seeking water. During the dry season, Tarangire is a haven for bird watchers with over 550 different species including the Maasai Ostrich-the world’s largest bird. Around lunchtime, you will stop at a suitable picnic place. The afternoon is dedicated to more wildlife watching. Later in the evening drive to Manyara for dinner and overnight. 

 

Classic: Manyara Wildlife Camp/ Rift Valley Photographic Lodge (3 Meals)

Deluxe: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge/Manyara Tree Lodge (3 Meals) 

 

DAY 5: Mto Wa Mbu Biking Excursion – Serengeti NP

You will depart early to Lake Manyara National Park for a biking excursion in Mto Wa Mbu village followed by hot local lunch. After Lunch, we proceed to the Serengeti plains by way of the lush Ngorongoro Crater Highlands where fertile soils grow crops such as wheat, corn and coffee. The name “Serengeti” comes from the Maasai word siringitu, meaning "endless plains". You will see why once you see its ocean of grassland savannas stretching to the horizon as far as your eye can see. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest and most well preserved on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation, fauna and flora have barely changed over the past million years. The patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves. If you are not interested in biking you can choose one of the activities below; • Forest Hike (2.5 to 3hrs) • Nature Walk (1hr to 1.5hrs) • Village Walk (2.5 to 3hrs) • Lake Manyara Canoeing (weather permitting (2.5 to 3hrs) Late in the evening drive to the camp/lodge for evening leisure and hot dinner. 

 

Classic: Kati Kati Tented Camp (3Meals)

Deluxe: Serengeti Serena Lodge/LemalaEwanjani Camp (3Meals)

 

DAY 6: Serengeti NP

Before breakfast, we depart for an early morning game drive and return later to the lodge for hot breakfast. After enjoying the leisurely morning, we depart with picnic lunch for a full day game drive. The Serengeti plains are only interrupted by the Kopjes, bizarre rock formations formed by the weathering of granite outcrops. This is often where leopards and the other big cats can be found. This is where you will most likely have the opportunity to view these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. We arrive at the camp for evening leisure and hot dinner. 

 

Classic: Kati Kati Tented Camp (3Meals)

Luxury: Serengeti Serena Lodge/LemalaEwanjani Camp (3Meals)

 

DAY 7: Serengeti National Park –Crater Rim Walking Safari - Karatu

After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch for final game drive in Serengeti NP. After lunch, we will drive in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. As soon as you have reached the edge of the crater rim, the crater appears half a mile below you inviting you to gaze at this jaw dropping natural wonder. When you reach its edge and view its 100 square mile expanse, it is a sight to behold. Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest volcano caldera and is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world and one of Africa's most remarkable geological sites. A caldera is a volcano in which water has leached through the soil and rocks below the volcanic cone causing it to drop to the bottom of the former mountain. We will be getting out of the safari jeep to enjoy the view while walking along the crater rim for an hour. Afterwards, you will proceed to Karatu for evening leisure and hot dinner. 

 

Classic: Ngorongoro Farm House/Karatu Country Lodge (3 Meals)

Deluxe: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge/Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (3 Meals)

 

DAY 8: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, we drive to the Ngorongoro Crater and descend into it for a full day of game viewing. Ngorongoro Crater was formed over 3 million years ago. It is inhabited by a unique ecosystem inhabited by more than 25,000 animals. In the grass steppes and acacia forest you will find almost every type of animal from the East African savanna. The Big Five (rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard) and most of the animal species found in the Serengeti, including zebra, hippos, wildebeest, and cheetahs, can be viewed close up. The Ngorongoro Crater ecosystem maintains the historic balance between people and nature in a way that is not possible in other parks. Later in the evening drive back to Karatu for evening leisure and hot dinner. 

 

Classic: Ngorongoro Farm House/Karatu Country Lodge (3 Meals)

Deluxe: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge/Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (3 Meals)

 

DAY 9: Elephant Cave and Endoro Falls Hiking Adventure – Kilimanjaro International Airport

After breakfast, you depart to for your hiking adventure through the elephant caves to Endoro falls. Later in the afternoon, you return to the lodge for hot lunch before proceeding to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home. 

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Parks you will visit

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Animals you will see

Aardvark
Aardvark
African buffalo
African buffalo
African caracal
African caracal
Baboon
Baboon
Bat-eared fox
Bat-eared fox
Rhinoceros
Rhinoceros
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Activities you can do

Bird watching
Bird watching
Boating / canoeing
Boating / canoeing
Bush walks
Bush walks
Cultural / Tribal visits
Cultural / Tribal visits
Game drives
Game drives
Hot air balloons
Hot air balloons
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