Day 1-17 | Tanzania
Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport
Meet and greet at the airport followed by transfer to Mt. Meru Game Lodge for dinner and overnight stay. (Includes: Half Board)
Day 2: Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park
After safari briefing at the lodge, tourists start towards Mto Wa Mbu where they can buy papayas, mangoes, bananas and other exotic fruits. They also enjoy game drives at Lake Manyara National Park. Finally, they arrive at Lake Manyara Twiga Safari Lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Days 3 & 4: Lake Manyara National Park and Lake Eyasi
We will take tourists to a rarely visited, isolated landscape. After a dusty drive, they will enjoy a beautiful view to the Great Rift Valley and Lake Eyasi. Dinner and overnight stay will be prearranged at luxury Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp. This camp offers all the romance and the comforts of a traditional luxury tented camp. The tents are set in a stunning position on the shore of a soda lake, at the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. Views across the lake are awe-inspiring, especially those from the huge granite boulder behind the camp at sunset.
Although this area is isolated and rarely visited, it is located close to the route leading to some of Northern Tanzania’s most popular National Parks. It offers an exclusive destination with awesome scenery. You also get a chance to visit the Hadzabee, one of the last click-speaking hunter gatherer tribes. A beautiful tented camp on the shore of Lake Eyasi will offer a luxurious accommodation under canvas. Major attractions of the spot include meeting with the Hadzabee hunter gatherer tribe, swimming, strolling, and bird watching. (Includes: Full Board)
Day 5: Lake Eyasi – Ngorongoro Crater
The day starts with a drive to Ngorongoro Crater. After lunch clients will get to see a great variety and density of animals in the second largest caldera on earth. Tourists will experience one of the most beautiful game drives in the late afternoon. Most of the people leave the crater-floor by that time. The light also gets soft and the activity of the wild animals increases. Please have a sufficient quantity of film-rolls with you; you will want to take a lot of pictures of this fascinating African landscape, with amazing flora and fauna. Dinner and overnight stay will be prearranged at Ngorongoro Rhino Safari Lodge.
Day 6: Empakai Crater
Few people have experienced this extraordinary excursion. Passing the slopes of the Olmoti Crater you will be fascinated by the scenery of Embulbul Depression, Mount Loolmalassin and Empakai Crater. On a really difficult track we will ride you to the rim of Empakai Crater (2700m). This caldera is bordered by 600m high, steep jungle walls while its floor is covered with a green glimmering lake – the seasonal home of millions of flamingos. With some luck, you might be able to see them. This excursion alos offers the possibility to meet Maasai in their untouched environment. An armed ranger will accompany you which open the chance to descend to the crater floor (tough path!). Dinner and overnight stay arranged at Ngorongoro Rhino Safari Lodge. (Includes: Full Board)
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park
Passing Ngorongoro crater rim, tourists descend through an impressive landscape down to Olduvai Gorge. There, they will find the most complete and oldest proofs of human development. Stop a while to gather more information about the cradle of mankind, before continuing to the heart of Serengeti. Dinner and overnight will be at the special campsite, Serengeti’s Kati Kati Tented Camp.
Days 8 – 11: Serengeti National Park
Tourists will have plenty of time to explore the Serengeti, one of the most beautiful National Parks in the world with an incredible wildlife. The journey is adapted to tourists’ travel period. In this season approximately 2.5 million animals are on their “great migration” to southern Serengeti. Because of the rainfalls in these months, the herds move southwards. You will get the chance to observe this unique natural spectacle! As our safaris have no limit of mileage and time, you will get to know whole of the Serengeti region. You also get to visit Ngong Hill and Moru Kopjes – also known as “Islands in the Sea of Grass land”. Tourists take their time to have a look around, rest for a bit and enjoy the nature! Dinner and overnight stay will again be at the special camp site, Serengeti Kati Kati camp.
Days 12: Serengeti National Park – Ndutu Woodlands
On this day, tourists will move to a lodge in Ndutu Woodlands. This will give the crew enough time to move the camp from Serengeti to Nasera Rock. Dinner and overnight stay will be arranged at special Ndutu Kati Kati Tented Camp.
Days 13 & 14: Ndutu Woodlands – Nasera Rock
After breakfast, tourists will expereince a walking safari in Ndutu woodlands with an armed ranger. They will then return to the camp for hot lunch and then depart to Nasera Rock via game drive. There is an option of visiting Fig Tree if tourists are interested. For this, they drive on dusty, nearly never used trails to the north – for an excursion into the lost wilderness! Tourists will find a fig tree in untouched Maasai land, north of Oldupai and close to the Gol Mountains. Even if the group is not interested in trees in general, this tree will tell you about the last 1000 years. We found this tree about 14 years ago and used to talk for hours with it. We are proud to show our lonely friend and you will not forget this “cathedral of a tree”! Dinner and overnight stay will be at Ndutu Kati Kati special campsite. (Includes: Full Board)
Day 15: Ndutu Kati kati -Malambo – Lake Natron
Passing by Malambo, you will reach Lake Natron which is surrounded by Shompole (Kenya) in the North, is opposite to Gelai and is next to Oldonyo Lengai – the Maasai holy mountain. A tough track leads to our tented lodge at River Ngarasero. Dinner and overnight will be at Sengo Tented Camp (basic lodge). (Includes: Full Board)
Day 16: Lake Natron – Arusha
The day’s drive is long and exhausting. Along the nearly vertical walls of the Rift, the track takes us back to civilization. We return to Arusha, and have dinner and overnight stay at Mt. Meru Game Lodge.
Day 17: Mt. Meru Game Lodge – Kilimanjaro International Airport
After breakfast clients will have a day’s stay at Mt. Meru Game Lodge and will later be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for their flight back home or for connection flights to Zanzibar.
During the months of December to March: You will also see the Great Migration here (depending on the rains). With rainfall, this excursion could become a real adventure.
From the months June – November: clients will proceed to Lobo Wildlife Lodge north of Serengeti National Park and then drive from Lobo to Warsaw, Loliondo and Lake Natron, as Nasera Rock becomes very dry and there are no animals in the area at this time of the year.
Airfare is not included in the tour costs.
Number in Group: 6 – 12 x adults – Group Tour
Room Configuration: 1 – 3 x per Double/Twin/Triple Room
Optimal Season: From December to March (Green Season)
Vehicle: 1 x 4WD Land Cruiser
Duration: 17 days total; 6 days of climbing