Tanzania - Cradle of Life

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Day 1: Arrive in Arusha (Kilimanjaro Airport)

You are met upon arrival and transferred to our hotel near the airport. On a clear day, enjoy views of Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro.

Overnight in Arusha.

 

Day 2: To Tarangire National Park

This morning we make our way to the town of Arusha in time to visit a local market before lunch. In the afternoon, we drive to the Tarangire National Park enjoying game viewing opportunities enroute to our camp.

The Tarangire National Park is idolized in Hollywood movies, romanticized by early settlers and sought after ever since by the modern traveler.

Open savannah, looming primeval baobab trees and stretched groves of acacia compete with roaming herds of elephants and an impressive array of predators to provide the very definition of the African bush.

Overnight in Tarangire National Park.

 

Day 3: Tarangire National Park

Leaving our lodge early in the morning, we make the most of prime game viewing opportunities and enjoy a picnic lunch in the park.

We continue our game drive in the afternoon, which is an excellent time for spotting wildlife as they venture to the rivers edge to drink the cool water.

Overnight in Tarangire National Park.

 

Day 4: Maasai and Mto Wa Mbu Villages, to Lake Eyasi

We leave the park early, enjoying game viewing along the way. We then make our way to a traditional Maasai Boma village. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the history and lifestyle of the Maasai people. We will also visit the Mto Wa Mbu village which is is among the most active villages in Northern Tanzania. We will discover what the people do for a living, learn different modes of production and what exists in their culture.

From here we enjoy a local primary school visit where we have an opportunity to meet the principal and students in the community. After lunch at a local hotel, we make our way to Lake Eyasi where we will enjoy our stay for the next two days.

Overnight near Lake Eyasi

 

Day 5: Lake Eyasi, Bushmen Experience

After an early breakfast, we drive to meet the Hadzabe Bushman, related to the San and Kung Bushmen of Kalahari fame. The Hadzabe are a fascinating, traditional people. Experiencing life through the eyes of such ancient peoples will give you a privileged view of the lives of one of the last groups of authentic hunter-gatherer groups left in Africa. We return to our lodge in time for a late lunch.

Dinner and overnight near Lake Eyasi.

 

Days 6 - 7: To Central Serengeti National Park - Safari

After breakfast we depart for Tanzania's most famous game park. For the next three days, watch for big game as we travel through the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti could easily be the most famous national park in the world. The primeval paradise, roughly the size of Northern Ireland or Connecticut, has been the subject of countless wildlife films, each seeking to capture the unique spirit of these exhilarating eco-systems that was, until recently, the domain of the favored few. The unfurling plains provide the stage for the most dramatic wildlife spectacle on the planet when the massive herds of millions of wildebeest congregate on the short grass plains for the great migration north to the Maasai Mara. The gently undulating hills of Lobo stretch up to the Kenyan border, an idyllic landscape, dotted with kopjes and shady arbors, in which we track the resident wildlife.

Overnight in the Serengeti National Park.

*Optional Balloon flight on the morning of Day 7*

 

Day 8: Serengeti Region Safari

After an early breakfast, we spend the day on safari as we follow the wildebeest migration to our camp located in the South (March season) and Northern (July - October season) part of the Serengeti.

Overnight in the Serengeti National Park.

 

Day 9: Serengeti Region Safari

We continue our exploration of the Serengeti region and tracking the wildebeest as they make their migration. Each day in the Serengeti brings unexpected and incredible wildlife viewing opportunities.

Overnight in the Serengeti National Park.

 

Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge

After breakfast, we continue our game drive out of the Serengeti National Park heading towards Ngorongoro Crater. Enroute, we stop at the viewpoint overlooking the Olduvai Gorge. A river canyon cuts 300 feet into the volcanic Serengeti Plains which was once the home of our earliest ancestors. The Gorge was made famous by the discoveries of fossil fragments of Homo sapiens by the Leakey family in 1959 and we will visit the small, but excellent museum. While we have our picnic lunch, we can enjoy a talk from museum staff about the discoveries made in the valley below us. Not everyone can visit the valley below but we can experience this as we have special permission as one of the only groups allowed to visit the actual site of discovery.

We continue driving to Ngorongoro with the road offering spectacular views - sometimes over the Serengeti Plains and other times into the crater itself.

Overnight on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.

 

Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha

This morning we wake up to breathtaking views, followed by a crater tour before making our way back to Arusha. After lunch we enjoy a visit to the Cultural Heritage Center followed by free time before our farewell dinner.

Overnight in Arusha

*It is possible to fly home from the Kilimanjaro airport in the late evening depending on flight schedules*

 

Day 12: Depart Arusha (Kilimanjaro Airport)

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro International airport in time to connect to your flight home or onwards to the 4 day Rwanda gorilla tracking extension.

 
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