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Culture and Wildlife of Tanzania

This safari combines the rich cultural heritage of Tanzania's various tribal groups with incredible wildlife viewing. This is a wonderfui opportunity to gain an insight into the traditional lifestyles of these distinct societies in the face of the harsh environment, and the challenge of continuing their semi-nomadic existence. Discover the best of East Africa's amazing wildlife on this lodge based safari and experience the stunning scenery that only Tanzania is known for, with visits to the world-famous Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park and much more.

Inclusions

9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners
6 nights in 3 star permanent safari camp on a twinshare basis
2 nights in 3 star safari lodge and 1 night in 3 star hotel on a twinshare basis
English speaking local driver-guide
Game drives and excursions as listed in itinerary
National park fees valued at US$665
Private transport in a 4wd safari vehicle
Hightlights
Explore Serengeti National Park and try to spot the Big Five
Behold the large Elephant population, baobab trees and incredible views of Tarangire National Park
Journey to Lake Manyara National Park, known for its large flocks of flamingos and elusive tree climbing lions
Wildlife encounters in the Ngorongoro Crater
Take in the rich cultural heritage of Tanzania's various tribal groups including the Masai, Hadzabe and Datoga
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
10
Price From
AUD $5,090
Start Location
Arusha, Tanzania
End Location
Tanzania
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
4 to 12
Tour Style
Original
Tour Themes
Adventure, Relaxing
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
15 Mar 201824 Mar 2018AvailableAUD $5,090
27 Jun 201806 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $5,090
11 Jul 201820 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $5,090
17 Aug 201826 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $5,090
04 Sep 201813 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $5,090
23 Sep 201802 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $5,090
15 Nov 201824 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $5,090
15 Dec 201824 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $5,090
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Upon your arrival, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your lodge in the lush forests surrounding the town of Arusha. (An airport transfer is included if arriving on Day 1 only. For arrival on any other day, we can arrange a transfer at additional cost, otherwise please make your own way to the lodge.) Overnight: Moivaro Coffee Plantation or similar
Day 2
Our first stop is Arusha town, for any last minute purchases before we head off on an exciting safari experience! We will be in the Tarangire National Park for lunch and an afternoon game drive. This area has the largest population of elephants in northern Tanzania, with approximately 2000 sighted along the river at certain times of the year. In the dry season, (July November) most of the wildlife in the Tarangire ecosystem migrates to the permanent water of the Tarangire River. The lush green shores of the river are a big attraction to many varieties of wildlife, so they offer fantastic game viewing. Dry baobab and acacia trees are scattered widely throughout Tarangire National Park and these provide an ideal home to over 500 species of birds. Most people who have visited East Africa give fabulous accounts of their safaris in this national park, which is famous for both its flora and fauna. Overnight: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar
Day 3
After breakfast, we set out to experience the cultural diversity of Mto-wa-Mbu, starting at the market and visiting a Chagga family producing banana beer and passing by many different farms. On the way, your guide will introduce you to the various fruits and vegetables growing in the area and explain the irrigation system that sustains local crops. After a delicious, home-cooked meal in a local Mama's home, we will take a walk starting from the Miwaleni waterfall which falls down from the Rift Valley and has created a green oasis. We will walk towards the Papyrus Lake, where the Rangi people collect the materials for their mats and baskets. Along the way you can see rice farming and visit Sandawe families who still make traditional bows and arrows for hunting. Late afternoon we enjoy a visit to the Masai Boma for the cultural encounter of a life time. The Masai people are semi-nomadic herders, who choose to live a traditional lifestyle and are known for their distinctive traditional attire. On completion we return to the lodge for dinner & overnight. Overnight: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar NOTE - On Day 3 of this trip, you may be offered the opportunity to visit an orphanage and school. World Expeditions clients, and other passengers on this trip, will have the option to participate in the Papyrus Lake walk instead. Please see the Responsible Travel paragraph in this document for more information on why World Expeditions ds not support 'orphanage tourism'.
Day 4
This morning we head towards Lake Manyara National Park for an early morning game drive. It is not only known for its large flocks of flamingos, but also for the elusive tree-climbing lions. Lake Manyara National Park is situated between the dramatic Rift Valley escarpment and the lake and there is an abundance of animals within only 125 square miles (two thirds of which is Lake), as they attracted by the permanent water in the lake and small rivers. The surrounding forest is jungle-like with giant trees and snaking lianas. Often called Tanzania's water wonderland due to the large number of birds and animals the lake supports, Lake Manyara National Park is also famous for its tree-climbing lions. After a short afternoon game drive, we head towards our lodge at Lake Eyasi. Overnight: Lake Eyasi Safari Camp or similar
Day 5
Today's activities are interacting with local Bushmen & Blacksmiths communities. The Hadzabe Tribe, live in groups hunting with bow and arrows and gathering roots, tubers and wild fruits. They have close relations with the Datoga tribe, blacksmiths who have developed their trade over centuries and still practice it very much the same way today. Overnight: Lake Eyasi Safari Camp or similar
Day 6
This morning, we head through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area via Eyasi escarpment to Endulen, Ndutu open area towards the Serengeti National Park. We will stop at a Masai village, which is not a touristic Masai Boma. Later, we embark on a game drive within the park. The Serengeti National Park is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage area for its wildlife and natural beauty. Overnight: Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp or similar
Days 7-8
We will spend two days on game drives in beautiful Serengeti National Park. We look for large herds of wildebeests pounding the grasslands, while hungry predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs prey upon the youngest and weakest members of the herds. We will explore the different habitats found within the park. Famed for its annual migration, it offers amazing game viewing: herds of buffalo, groups of elephant and giraffe, zebra, impala and other antelopes, wildebeest, lion, leopard, cheetah and much other wildlife. We hope to experience one of the blazing Serengeti sunsets, with silhouetted acacia trees and the call of the wild close at hand. Overnight: Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp or similar
Day 9
This morning we head to the Ngorongoro Crater, via the world famous Olduvai Gorge where our earliest ancestors were discovered by Professor Richard Leakey. The Ngorongoro Crater is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. On arrival we go through the registration process and descend to the floor of the world's largest unbroken caldera for the most wonderful day of game viewing. We then continue with a game drive up the crater rim. The Crater is one of the last refugees for the endangered black rhino in northern Tanzania; the rhino population here is carefully protected and they are quite commonly seen. With over 30,000 animals across all species, the Ngorongoro Crater can be regarded as a "Garden of Eden". The 100 sq km caldera also has the highest density of lions anywhere in Africa. Overnight: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar
Day 10
This morning we explore the colourful town of Mto-wa-Mbu for some last minute pictures and curio shopping. Afterwards we head to Arusha where our trip concludes. If you would like additional nights in Arusha or an airport transfer on any other day, please ask for details (additional cost applies).