Tanzania Explorer

Day 1 
From Arusha we drive to Lake Manyara in the great Rift Valley. Enter and take a game drive around Lake Manyara National Park. Famed for its unusual tree-climbing lions it also has a large elephant population, rich bird life in the forests and thousands of flamingos on the soda lake. Late in the afternoon, climb into the crater highlands for overnight at Endoro Lodge on the border of the Ngorongoro Conservation area, our overnight accommodation (en-suite rooms). 

Day 2 
Short drive to nearby centre of Karatu and a leisurely walking safari through farms and villages on the rift valley escarpment. You discover the farming, irrigation and cattle husbandry techniques, visit houses and, if you want, sample local cuisine of the Iraqw tribe. There is also traditional wood-fired brick making, local musicians and you generally gain a deeper understanding of the lifestyle of the people who live here. Visit the nearby village market or relax in afternoon back at Endoro Lodge and overnight (ensuite rooms) 

Day 3 
Drive to the Serengeti! Lunch en-route at Olduvai Gorge and a view of the archaeological sites (and visit the museum) where early human tools and fossils have been found. Afternoon game drive in the rolling grasslands. Criss-crossed with forested riverine valleys, the Serengeti plays home to millions of Africa’s large mammals, making this one of the world’s most famous wildlife destinations. Overnight at Nasikia, our own private camp in the heart of the Serengeti (beds, en-suite toilets and showers). 

Day 4 
All day game drives in Serengeti. Best time for the wildebeest migration is Dec to June but there are spectacular wildlife sights at anytime of year. Dinner and camp-fire with the stars and sounds of the African night. Overnight again at our beautiful Nasikia private camp (beds, en-suite toilets and showers). 

Day 5 
Further morning game drive in Serengeti and then back across the grasslands and up to the Ngorongoro Crater. Tonight we are staying in Rhino Lodge owned and run by the Maasai here. Located in the Crater forest, it is quite common for zebra, buffalo and even elephant to be grazing right outside the lodge. (en-suite rooms) 

Day 6 
Ngorongoro is collapsed volcano - an incredible natural amphitheatre, 25 km across and teeming with all of the African big game. Early morning descent into the crater for spectacular scenery and game viewing in what has been described as the eighth wonder of the world. After lunch, on to a small village to the north of Arusha for Maasai lands and life experience. We built and maintain a small school here, which you can visit in term time if you wish. Overnight at our own small campsite behind the school with Mt Meru looming above and hyenas calling in the dark - there will be Maasai round the fire guarding the camp all night. 

Day 7 
Morning activities around the village. You can visit traditional huts, take part in activities like milking goats, jewellery beadwork, spot birds on a short walking safari, find out about the medicinal uses of the local plants, and learn from an elder the history and culture of these fascinating people. Leave by 12.00 for 50 minute return drive to Arusha. If necessary, onward travel arrangements on the 14.00 shuttle service can be made to get you back to Nairobi (or Nairobi airport) by around 19.00 in evening.

( a nice 7 day mixed wildlife & cultural mixed lodge & camping experience SCHEDULED weekly DEPARTURES ( private  departures available upon special request )

$2260 per person.

( single supplement for own tent ,$400)

All excursions, transfers, entrance fees, camping fees and meals as indicated in the itinerary
Experienced English-speaking professional guides/drivers
Good quality accommodations

All meals not specified in the itineraries
Items of a personal nature
Tips and gratuities
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