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7 DAYS TANZANIA CULTURAL AND SAFARI DIVERSITY

Duration
6 NIGHTS / 7 DAYS
Validity
30TH SEPTEMBER
Prices
USD$1,259 PER SHARING
Code No
LS2032
Tour Description

Grab the opportunity to learn and experience the cultural of Tanzania while having a blast of watching wildlife and nature trails at Lake Natron and beautiful National Parks - Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro all in one trip.

Travel Itinerary
DAY 1: KILIMANJARO - TARANGIRE - KARATU (-/L/D)
  • Upon arrival transfer to Tarangire for half day game drive then transfer to Karatu.

     Logistic Info approx: 4hrs commuting – Tarangire + 4hrs Hours Game Drive + 2.5hrs to Karatu

At 2,600km², Tarangire is far from being the biggest of the Tanzanian parks, but its unrivalled landscape of open plains, dotted with thousands of baobabs, is unforgettable. About 120kms south of Arusha, Tarangire is known for its very big herds of buffalo & Elephants. This is one of Africa’s little-known gems and should be on the itinerary of all lovers of wilderness and solitude. The game numbers are staggering: 30,000 zebra, 25,000 wildebeest, 5,000 buffalo, 3,000 elephant, 2,500 Masai giraffe and over 1,000 fringe-eared Oryx (gemsbok). Birders will want to look out for the endemic ashy starling, rufous-tailed weaver and black-collared lovebird.

  •  Overnight in Karatu Outside Ngorongoro.
DAY 2: HADZABE - Karatu (B/L/D
  • After Breakfast, early experience the Hadzabe, Blacksmith and Datooga tribe.
  • Hadzabe tribe as the main Key for Lake Eyasi cultural programs.

Logistic Info approx:  3hrs activities + 1hr Evening Walk

Hadzabe Tribe,  The Hadza, as they are better known, are East Africa’s last remaining true hunter-gatherers. As one of Africa’s oldest tribes, they have lived sustainably on their land near the Rift Valley, birthplace of humanity, for over 50,000 years. Their current number stands at 1,000 and they are on the verge of extinction, living in the Lake Eyasi Valley and surrounding hills. Their language is similar to the Southern Africa’s Bushmen who speak the Click language.

With their strong bows whose string is made out of giraffe tendons and their arrows treated with a poison extracted from the Desert Rose, they hunt both small and larger animals. As the men go on the hunting sessions, women gather fruits and berries. They eat an amazing variety of wild fruits and berries like no other tribe in Tanzania which has proven to be their survival strength. They do not own belongings other than what they need for survival like the bows and arrows and some pots for cooking.

  •  Afternoon, after packed lunch experience the Gatherers of.

Datoga tribe & Blacksmith society  

The Datoga are a pastoralist tribe, who are also skilled silversmiths. They live near the Hadzabe and supply them with iron tips, knives and spears in exchange for animal skins, honey and fruits. Their origins are the Horn of Africa thought to have immigrated some 3,000 years ago. They wear traditional dress decorated in coloured beads and the women often have facial scarification for beauty. Would you like to experience a genuine, authentic, cultural encounter with these tribes and spend some time with them, learning their various traditions and skills? They are fascinating tribes whose ancient cultures still exists in our modern times.

  • Overnight in Karatu Outside Ngorongoro.
DAY 3 : NGORONGORO - KARATU (B/L/D)
  • After breakfast, drive to Ngorongoro Crater for full day game drive.

Logistic Info approx: 1.5hrs to the floor of crater + 4.5hrs game drive.

 The Ngorongoro crater is a conservation area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located 210 km west of Arusha. Known as ‘the eighth wonder of the world' the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa's best-known wildlife arenas. It offers a unique biosphere, which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Deep within the Crater, enclosed by towering walls, some 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes and forests of ‘the land that time forgot', dominated by enormous bull elephants, rhinos and lions.

  • Overnight in Karatu Outside Ngorongoro.
DAY 4: KARATU - LAKE NATRON (B/L/D)
  • Pick up to experience morning in a Masai Village with a performance.
  • Later commence your safari driving to Lake Natron.

Logistic Info : Approx 2 hrs committing

The transfer takes you some  2 hours through a wild, remote landscape dominated by the heights of the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands until you  reach Lake Natron, located in the far northeast of Tanzania in between the Ngorongoro Highlands and Serengeti plains. In the afternoon you rest from your  ride or visit one of the Masai Villages nearby your camp. From your camp you have a beautiful view towards the Natron plains with Masai passing on their daily way between Ngare Sero Village and Ngare Sero River, overlooked by Africa’s only active volcano Oldonyo L’Engai (Mountain of God).

 Full day to explore the surroundings. A guide will take you to Lake Natron, the lowest point of the Great Rift Valley in Tanzania (600m / 2000 ft) .

  Flamingo Walks ⏐ $included ( subject to seasonal migration usually unpredictable )

The beguiling lesser flamingo feed on algae found in soda lakes across eastern Africa but choose to breed almost exclusively at Lake Natron. Our guests can take early morning or sunset walks to the lake flats.

 Bird Watching ⏐ $included

The Lake Flats surrounding the waters edge contain small streams, lakes and hills that provide a variety of hospitable environments for birds that thrive in the alkali oasis. Take evening or morning walks to the lake, pond and marsh for bird-watching.

  • Overnight at Lake Natron.
DAY 5: LAKE NATRON (B/L/D)
  • Breakfast, Experience Lake Natron..

Logistic Info : Approx 3hr commuting + Approx 5hrs Experience.

Engare Sero Water Falls ⏐ $included

Let us arrange half or full day walks up Engare Sero gorge to several waterfalls. The scenery is a unique blend of arid volcanic rocks and lush tropical palms. Wear shoes that can get wet. Take 1 liter of water and snacks.

 Hominid Footprints ⏐ $included

Walk to hominid footprints within our concession area. New research has now confirmed these track-ways to be 120,000-years-old, making them the oldest Homo sapiens track-ways yet discovered

  • Overnight at Lake Natron.
DAY 6: LAKE NATRON - ARUSHA (B/L/D)
  • After Breakfast transfer to Arusha enroute TUK TUK culture amusement

Logistic Info approx:  6hrs commuting + 3hrs culture experience + 1hr lunch

Explore this unique village in Tanzania with a Tuk Tuk. Take a round around in this light, open 'motorcycle'-powered three-seater. Just relax and let your guide present you an insight view of their village, a melting pot of cultures. Completely effortless!   Your driver and guide can take three passengers in one Tuk Tuk to a 2-hour drive through the local farming village Mto Wa Mbu. Farms, homes, schools, a kindergarten, the bustling market and milling machines will array your path. A local lunch is a recommended option!

  • Overnight at Wildlife Estate Arusha.
DAY 7: ARUSHA - KILIMANJARO (B/L/-)
  • After breakfast experience horseback back safari within Kili Golf & Wildlife Estate.

 Logistic Info approx: 2hrs horseback riding.

Those with little riding experience can enjoy a gentle hack along dusty tracks where wildebeest and antelopes graze contentedly. Led by experienced guides, one can explore the meandering paths, spotting a rich array of wildlife like zebras, wildebeests, eland and other gazelles and antelopes along your way. Regularly seen on the horse ride is one of the most elegant and rarest mammals found in Tanzania, the Gerenuk.

  • Transfer to Kilimanjaro to catch your flights back home.
Inclusions
  • 3 night accommodation in Karatu on Full board basis
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at Lake Natron on Full Board Basis
  • 1 night accommodation at Wildlife Estate Arusha on Full Board Basis
  • 2 hr Horseback Safari
  • Full day Hadzabe and Datoga hunters and gatherers experience
  • Masai Village Experience
  • 2 Tours at Lake Natron.
  • 1 x Services of a 4x4 vehicle with driver and fuel for 6 day trip
  • Mini Fridge for Car Soft Drink.(Alcohol can be consumed at hotel NOT inside Car due cultural norms)
  • Entrance fees Tarangire
  • Tuk Tuk Manyara Farm Land Experience
  • Ngorongoro entry fees
  • Crater fees
  • Return Airport transfers
Exclusions
  • Anything not mentioned above
  • Tips ( recommended levels USD15-25 per guide per day )
  • Flights.
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