Our unique Cultural safaris will take you on an adventure of a lifetime, into the heart of the Tanzanian northern safari circuit. Nowhere else in Africa do we find the sheer numbers of animals, predators and carnivores like the African lion, or the ease with which these animals can be viewed, as in Tanzania
Our 7 Day Cultural safari was designed for the traveller with an adventurous spirit, seeking an intimate experience in the local African Maasai tribes, but also still taking advantage of enjoying a wildlife safari which includes visits to Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks, Lake Eyasi, and the famous Ngorongoro Crater which, features one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. Here you will witness an amazing spectacle of African wildlife – inside a self-contained world teeming with animals. The tour will further take you to the Serengeti National Park, into the heart of wild Africa, a massive wilderness of 14500 square km, where every day brings a new landscape and a new adventure. You will visit the Lake Manyara National Park, one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a shallow but huge soda lake, at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The tour also includes a visit to Lake Eyasi a salt lake situated between the Rift Valley’s Eyasi escarpment and the Kidero Mountains. The area around Lake Eyasi is inhabited by the Hadzabe Bushmen, some of the last remaining hunter-gatherers on the African continent.
Below, we go through the adventure day-by-day, giving you a better feel of the Cultural with adventure.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL ARUSHA TANZANIA
On your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be picked up by our HTT- Safaris private driver and he will bring you to Lake Duluti Serena lode, this is truly one of the best places to stay in Arusha and the food is just divine.
Enjoy Dinner and Overnight at Lake Duluti Serena Lodge.
DAY 2: ARUSHA – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Today we drive in comfort to Tarangire National Park for excellent game viewing. After a relaxing lunch, we’ll enter head off for game viewing in the national park; this is a small park which offers some excellent sights famous for its giant baobab trees, large herds of elephants, plains game and predators. With 1 Day left out of your 7 Days Safari it here in Tarangire that you discover that in the dry seasons Tarangire comes alive as wildlife and bird-life congregate on the Tarangire River, which is a permanent source of water. We spend the night at Tarangire Safari lodge beautifully set inside the park with stunning views and a unique atmosphere.
Accommodation: Enjoy Dinner and Overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge
DAY 3: ESILALEI MAASAI COMMUNITY
After a leisurely breakfast meet with your local Maasai guide who will introduce you to his village. Get a better understanding of the natural medicines still used on a daily basis with a Maasai medicine walk of the surrounding area. Then continue down to a Boma (mud dwelling) for an introduction into the Maasai way of life, beliefs and rituals. Return to the camp for hot lunch and afternoon relaxation. Freshen up and enjoy a real cultural experience around the fire place with traditional song and dance.
Accommodation: Tarangire Safari Lodge
DAY 4: LAKE MANYARA NATIONA PARK
After your early breakfast, we depart from Tarangire National Park to Lake Manyara National Park For a full day game drive(which usually takes around 1 hours to drive), Lake Manyara National Park offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect. The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingo, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. Large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Maasai giraffe and impala roam the lake shores and the forested valley slopes. A Lake Manyara safari is a fascinating experience as the park also features a ground-water forest; acacia tortilis woodland and
Hot springs called “Maji Moto”.
Spend two nights at Manyara Serena Lodge. Accommodation is in an elegant, standing high on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of Lake Manyara; Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of safari opportunities, peace and tranquility, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. The unprecedented range of high-adventure sports, meanwhile, include mountain biking, canoeing and forest walks, while cultural choices include tours of the neigh bouring villages and dance displays by the local Iraqw and sukuma people. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry and daily lodge activities.
DAY 5: MTO WA MBU MARKET & VISIT VILLAGE
After the breakfast we will visit the local Market at Mto WA Mbu and villages around the Lake Manyara experience the life at the local village setting, meeting local people, learning about their culture, agriculture and history of the area. We will get the luck chance to enjoy a delicious local cultural home- cooked meal in local tribes
DAY 6: NGORONGORO CRATER
After breakfast you travel through Serengeti again and drive towards Ngorongoro. Around 11:00 hours you reach Ngorongoro Conservation Area home of the world famous Ngorongoro Crater. It is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and a natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest animal populations and one of the few places where the rare black rhino can be observed in its natural habitat.
There are various options to spend the reminder of the day (at inclusive cost):
• Visit of a Maasai Village (extra cost of 30 USD per vehicle)
• Game drive at the Ngorongoro Crater Floor (295 USD Ngorongoro Crater Fee per vehicle)
• Ranger guided Nature Walk along the Crater Rim (25 USD per person)
Alternatively you settle in at your beautiful country home style lodge and enjoy a restful afternoon. An interesting coffee plantation walk is offered by the lodge at 16:30 free of charge including coffee roasting and grinding ceremony.
Enjoy Dinner and Overnight at Acacia Farm Lodge, a comfortable lodge located in the Karatu Highlands.
DAY 7: LAKE EYASI
After a leisurely breakfast transfer to Lake Eyasi, the home of the bushman tribes of northern Tanzania. The region of Lake Eyasi, South-west of Ngorongoro, is home to the Hadza, the last survivors of a civilization that knows nothing of agriculture, livestock, pottery and metals. They live by hunting with bows and arrows and gathering wild berries and fruits. Check into your lodge and enjoy a hot lunch followed by afternoon relaxation.
Enjoy Dinner and Overnight at Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp
DAY 8: LAKE EYASI & TRIBES
Today you will spend time with the Datoga, a pastoral tribe and the Hadzabe (Hadza) who are hunter gathers, learning about their unique cultures. You will also visit the local blacksmiths before returning back to the camp midafternoon.
Enjoy Dinner and Overnight at Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp
DAY 9: DEPARTURE
After breakfast you will be transferred back to Arusha town in the late afternoon driving back to Arusha and proceeding to the airport for return flight or in a hotel
— End of HTT-Safaris unforgettable Cultural Adventure service —
*** routing subject to changes if necessary ***
All Accommodations subject to availability
- Unlimited game drives as mentioned in the itinerary
- Services of a professional English speaking safari guide
- All wildlife reserve entry fees
- All Meals inclusive as stipulated
- Complimentary mineral water x1.5 liters per person in the safari vehicle
- 4×4 game viewing vehicles plus driver guide (window seat guaranteed)
- Emergency Evacuation Cover
- All transfers and activities as mentioned above
- Park fee, Conservation fees and Community Development Fees
- Accommodation as stipulated
- All Airport pick up and transfers in private car
- Value Added Tax by Tanzania Revenue Authority
The Item Exclude
- Any domestic connection flights on arrival or departure
- All items of a personal nature
- Gratuities or tips for safari guide and lodge staff (please tip separately)
- Travel insurance if needed
- Visa fee (50 US$ /100 US$ for American or Irish Passport holders – to be paid upon arrival)
- Drinks and beverages in lodges
- Optional Hot Air Balloon Safari at Serengeti (549 USD per person), including concession fees
- Accommodation at Arusha on arrival