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12 Days/11 Nights
Tanzania Adventure Trip
Arrival Day One - Karibu.."Welcome" in Kswahili will likely be the first native word you will hear as you are greeted by a Bushland driver guide at the Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO). You will be transferred to your hotel in Arusha, a city at the exact center point of the African continent between Cape Town and Cairo, where you will spend your first night at Kibo Palace Hotel or similar.
Day two - Following breakfast you will depart for Tarangire National Park where you will begin your safari and go on your first game drive. Herds of up to 300 elephants gather at river beds, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd shrinking lagoons. It is the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators - and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared Oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. After a picnic lunch we will continue to observe wildlife including 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.
Day three - After breakfast you will enjoy a full day safari at Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara, one of the most scenic in Tanzania, is situated on the base of the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. Expect breathtaking views of the massive lake that attracts vast flocks of flamingos, which appear as pink foam against the silver background of the water. The park is a bird lover's haven with numerous water birds as well as a large variety of local species inhabiting the forest and bush. Animals found in the area include zebra, wildebeest, waterbuck and warthog. Manyara is also known for its tree-climbing lions who find shelter in the tree branches from heat and biting flies. After an amazing day of game viewing you will be ready for an evening meal at your lodge.
Day four - From Lake Manyara we drive to Ngorongoro Crater, "Africa's Eden!" The Crater, twelve miles wide, is home to the rare black rhino and has its own soda lake. The highest we descend 2,200 feet into the Crater, we'll experience a thrilling day of game viewing on the Crater floor. The concentration of wild animals in this area means that you are likely to see the African "Big Five" - the lion, elephant, buffalo, black rhino and leopard. Following a picnic lunch we will go to the lodge on the Crater's rim for dinner and overnight stay.
Day five - From Lake Manyara we drive to Ngorongoro Highlands via Malanja to Olduvai Gorge and visit the local Museum. While within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area we'll have the chance to visit a Maasai Boma (family village) to experience their way of life and long-standing traditions. We continue our drive to Serengeti National Park.
Day six - We'll begin exploring the famous Serengeti National Park, undoubtedly the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world. With more than two million wildebeest, one-half million Thomson gazelle, and a quarter of a million zebra, its has the greatest concentration of plans game in Africa. The wildebeest and zebra form the star cast of a unique spectacular -- the annual Serengeti migration. A unique combination of diverse habitats enables it to support more than 30 species of large herbivores and nearly 500 species of birds. Its landscape, originally formed by volcanic activity, has been sculptured by the concerted action of wind, rain and sun. It now varies from grass plains in the South, savannah with scattered acacia trees in the center, hilly, wooded grassland in the north, to extensive woodland and black clay plains to the west. Small rivers, lakes and swamps are scattered throughout. In the southeast rise the great volcanic massifs and craters of the Ngorongoro Highlands. Each area has its own unique atmosphere and wildlife.
Day seven - After breakfast we say farewell to our amazing Tanzania Safari and drive back to Arusha. We then transfer you to the airport to catch your flight to Zanzibar Island. Upon arrival in Zanzibar, you will be taken to a luxury hotel where you will reside for the next six days.
Day eight - eleven - Zanzibar Island -These days give you time to enjoy the sun on the white powder beaches, swim or dive in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, to explore the magical spirit of the island or to enjoy an exotic spice tour. Daily tours are also available of Stone Town at the heart of Zanzibar. It is the oldest city on the island and its cultural heart, It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses. Zanzibar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day twelve - Zanzibar/Homebound - After your memorable safari experience and relaxing beach holiday, you will be transferred to the airport in Dar es Salaam or Kilimanjaro for your journey home.
Day two - Today you will begin your safari in Arusha National Park, which lies between the peaks of Kilimanjaro and Meru. The Park is an outstandingly beautiful. Its wide range of habitats, from a string of crater lakes where many water birds can be watched, through highland mountain forest and on up to the imposing summit of Mount Meru. Walk in the park with an armed ranger. The forest contains a wealth of birds and other animals, like the beautiful bushbuck easily glimpsed in the glades between ancient cedar trees, or the black and white colobus monkeys climbing along their branches. The interesting geology of the the Park is reflected in the impressive view of ash cone and cliff facing to the summit of Mt Meru. A picnic lunch in the Park or at the lodge are guest options. Enjoy an afternoon of leisure.
Day three and four - After breakfast, drive to Tarangire National Park, the third largest national park in Tanzania. This amazing park, covering an area of 2,600 sq km was established in 1970 -- its numerous baobab tress that immediately catch your eye. Tarangire derives its name from the Tarangire River that rises in the highlands of Central Tanzania and winds its way through the game sanctuary. The river irresistibly lures herds of plains migrants from the parched surrounding area to its shrunken - but permanent - brackish waters during the dry season. Animals come by the thousands from as far north as the shores of Lake Natron, dramatically swelling the resident population with wildebeest, zebra, eland, elephant, hartebeest, buffalo and fringe-eared Oryx. Tarangire is said to have the highest recorded number of breeding bird species for any habitat in the world. Rainless days find Tarangire pools clotted with thirsty migrants, and elephants begin to dig for underground streams in dry river beds.
Following dinner and overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge or similar, you will continue to explore Tarangire National Parl and the large herds of elephants that reside here. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives and time for reflection by the lodge pool or in the lounge.
Day five - After breakfast drive to Gibb's Farm for lunch. Gibb's Farm is a small privately owned and quaint farm in the midst of coffee plantations. The old colonial farmhouse, built by German Settlers in the early 20th Century, has the character of a well-looked-after private house with roaring fires and friendly service. After lunch, drive towards Ngorongoro Crater. Along the route you will detour down a track to the remote Lake Eyasi, one of the Soda Lakes that bejewel the Rift Valley. It is also home to the elusive Hadzabe, a hunting and gathering tribe, whose fascinating culture will introduce you to Tanzania's diverse tribal lifestyles. You will overnight in a luxury tented camp in the area.
Day six - Today you will start off early with a Bushman guide to meet a group of Hadzabe people. Hadzabe are hunter-gathers known as "bushmen", who speak a click-based language and move their encampments with seasonal movements of wildlife. Your guide is a member of the group and teaches you about how they hunt, track wildlife, make fire and even take honey from bee's nets. He will introduce you to his people and help you learn and experience the Hadzabe customs and way of life. The group is studied to understand its foraging strategies might have been employed by homid ancestors about 2.5 million years ago. By spending time among this tribe, you will be able to see first-hand how humans originally adapted to the environment.
Following lunch back at camp you may enjoy a walk along the Lake shore taking in the stunning and sweeping views of the rift. Enjoy the special features of the ecologically interesting tent camps of the area, each with special features such as swimming oasis, groundwater springs, ecologically sound thatched roof structures and locally produced food.
Day seven - Depart Lake Eyasi with a picnic lunch for a stop at Olduvai Gorge, the site of Dr. and Mrs. LSB Leakey's discovery of Zinjanthropus bosei. Here you will enjoy a talk by Museum guides about the history and discoveries of the Gorge. After lunch, you will continue driving north with game viewing en route to your lodge (such as Serengeti Sopa) situated in the west of Serengeti National Park. Dinner and overnight at a well-situated lodge with game viewing at your doorstep.
Day eight - After breakfast you will enjoy magnificent views across the Serengeti plains as you explore the area while driving south to Ndutu. Following lunch at Ndutu Safari Lodge, located in Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the southern Serengeti ecosystem, you do afternoon game viewing until evening. The lodge is nestled under a canopy of giant acacia overlooking a soda lake, Lake Ndutu. It has been a favorite with professional wildlife photographers and filmmakers for several decades.
Day nine includes a full day game viewing in Ndutu area. This area in the Southern Serengeti is the best place to be for annual wildebeest migration. For up to seven months of the year huge herds remain in and around this area. A striking feature of this area is the stunning acacia woodland which is immediately surrounded by the short grass plains. At the height of the wildebeest migration, and when heavy rains have fallen, often lines of wildebeest can be seen crossing the lake. Large numbers of zebra and Thomson gazelles accompany the wildebeest. Resident game in the area include elephant, lion, cheetah, leopard, buck, hyena, bat-eared fox, African wildcat and more are here year around. The woodland also provides an inviting habitat for many different bird species. Meals and overnight at Ndutu Lodge.
Day ten - After breakfast you will drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, arriving in time for lunch at your lodge, located on the Crater's rim. After lunch, visit an authentic Maasai boma in the Ngorongoro area. Maasai continue to maintain their traditional ways as cattle herders, and believe that all the cattle in the world belong to them, even though they may temporarily find themselves in the possession of others. Thus, Maasai are justified in raiding their non-Maasai neighbors in order to "return" the cattle to their rightful owners.
Day eleven - After an early breakfast you will descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a full day of game viewing on the Crater floor. The Crater supports up to 25,000 large mammals. Grazers dominate: zebra, wildebeest - accounting for a;most half of the animals - gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and warthog. Giraffe, for example, stay away because there is insufficient food at the tree level.; topi because they compete directly with wildebeest. Elephants in the Crater are are almost exclusively bulls. Breeding herds - comprising large numbers of females and young with a few attendant older males - are probably unable to find sufficient food in the Crater. Ngorongoro has carnivores in quantity, drawn by the large herds of prey animals. It has the most dense population of large predators, aminlu lion - more than 100 - and more than 400 spotted hyena. Both lions and hyenas scavenge from each other, depending on weight of numbers and hunger. Dinner and overnight at Sopa Lodge or similar.
Day twelve - Today you will walk to Empakaai Crater, the views along the trail downwards to the Crater soda lake of Empakaai are spectacular at every point. Guided by an armed ranger, you may see buffalo, bushbuck, blue monkeys and many birds. It is a joy to walk around the lake shore and experience the serenity and quiet beauty of this wild spot. Springs can be seen surrounding the Lake where you will see more amazing wildlife, including many flamingos. Dinner and overnight at Sopa Lodge or similar.
Day thirteen - Return to Arusha after breakfast, where you will have time to shop before going to hotel or lodge to have lunch. After lunch a day room will be be provided where you can freshen-up before being transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport where you will board your home bound flight.