Discover Tanzania’s rich and diverse cultures! Spend a day in a Maasai village, make a bow and arrow with the Hadzabe, learn about humankind’s origins at Oldupai Gorge, taste the delicious treats of an Usambara Mountains farm, and relax at historic Pangani Beach.
Day 1: Arrival
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, our representative will meet you and drive you to your hotel for a first evening in Tanzania. Arusha is a major international diplomatic hub. It is surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, it has a mild climate.
Overnight at Bay Leaf Hotel: Set against a backdrop of the majestic Mount Meru, the Bay Leaf Hotel is nestled in a tranquil leafy area of central Arusha. Exquisitely decorated rooms with finely appointed bathrooms ensure comfort with style. Gourmet breakfasts are served in immaculate lush gardens and The Bay Leaf boasts a fine dining restaurant, where one can sample a fusion of international and local cuisine. The Bay Leaf is ideally situated within walking distance of bank and all the main attractions that Arusha has to offer.
Day 2: Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park
Today, we will explore the beautiful and diverse Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara is a beautiful park and is well known for its tree-climbing lions, elephants and three species of primates including the vervet monkey, blue monkey and baboon. The park boasts one of the highest concentrations of elephants in Africa and is home to the largest baboon troops ever documented.
Containing a variety of landscapes and a vast array of wildlife, this park has something for everyone. Watch troops of baboons frolic in the thick riverine forest. Enjoy the great diversity of bird life living in the park. Try to spot the small dik diks and other herbivores. And of course, keep an eye out for the park’s famous lions, lounging in the trees!
Overnight at Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp: Kisima Ngeda is a small tented camp on the shore of Lake Eyasi, a large soda lake that lies on the floor of the rift valley under the Ngorongoro Highlands. The camp is beautifully set in a Llala palm and acacia forest and is part of 200-acre family-owned farm with a natural spring nearby which feeds into the lake. It is also home to the Hadzabe, an ancient, nomadic tribe of bushmen who are one of the last click-speaking hunter-gatherer tribes.
Day 3: Visit the Hadzabe at Lake Eyasi
Visit the Hadzabe, a unique band of hunter-gathers. They are a clan of one of the last remaining click-speaking people, of which only about 1000 remain. You will spend time with them in their camp and see their mobile homes, clothing, adornments and weapons, all fashioned from natural materials. You can try to make a bow and arrow. There will be opportunities to accompany a hunting party for meat, a unique look into the tracking abilities of these hunter-gathers, and to accompany the women in search of edible roots and berries.
Overnight at Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp
Day 4: Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, you will depart from Lake Eyasi and head out to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Today, you will visit the Ngorongoro Crater, a large, unbroken, unfolded volcanic caldera. The crater, which formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago, is 610m (2,000 ft.) deep and its floor covers 260 km² (100 sq. mi). The crater floor is mostly open grassland with two small wooded areas dominated by Acacia xanthophloea.
The descent into the crater is one of scenic beauty, as you make your way through lush forests, home to numerous elephants and buffalo. As you reach the inside of the crater, your guide will take you through the grassy crater floor, the unbelievable fever tree forest, the banks of Lake Magadi and the surrounding marshes. The crater is home to a year-round population of Africa’s most famous wildlife, including the ‘big five’, as well as zebras, hippos, jackals, gazelles, antelopes, hyenas, and a variety of birds. Lunch is served picnic style, surrounded by these natural wonders
Overnight at Ngorongoro Sop Lodge: Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro Crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands well over half a kilometer above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera. Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, and decorated with examples of Africa’s rich tapestry of artistic traditions by way of rich woodcarvings and sculptures, the lodge harmonizes perfectly with its dramatic surroundings.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater – Ndutu Area
Today we will leave Ngorongoro and head towards the vast plains of the Serengeti! Depending upon the time of year, you have the chance to see the great migration with a hundred thousand wildebeests and zebras. During the small rainy season in October and November, you will typically see these herds moving from the Kenyan Masai Mara through the northwest Serengeti to the plains in the south. After the long rainy season in April through June, the herds travel slowly back through the west and northwest Serengeti. With fluctuations in rainfall, this timetable can change the animals’ migration times and routes. Your guide will know where and when to find the animals and makes sure that you can see the animals from the best spots in the national park.
Overnight at Ndutu Safari Lodge: Ndutu Safari Lodge is situated in the south-eastern part of the Serengeti ecosystem near the Ngorongoro highlands and Oldupai Gorge, and is set in beautiful acacia woodland. Shaded by the majestic acacia trees, each of the thirty-four cottages is built of local materials and has a private verandah facing Lake Ndutu. The lodge is surrounded by indigenous trees and shrubs that encourage a host of birds and mammals to come right to your front door. Tucked well away from the busy tourist circuit, Ndutu offers peace and tranquility away from the crowds
Day 6: Game drive in Lake Ndutu area
After breakfast, you will leave the camp for a full day game drive in the Ndutu area. The southern plains of the Serengeti ecosystem encompass a massive area, approximately 50 miles wide from west to east. During the wet season, the eastern plains play host to a population of the wildebeest migration that can number into the hundreds of thousands..
Overnight at Ndutu Safari Lodge
Day 7: Visit to Oldupai Gorge
Today, we visit Oldupai Gorge, in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Nicknamed the ‘cradle of mankind’, the site is home to numerous fossils and some of the oldest human remains in the world. A World Heritage Site, Oldupai has a small museum and guests can take guided tours of the area.
Overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camp: A mobile tented camp located in central Serengeti, this camp is strategically located to overlook the vast Serengeti Plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. A cozy mess tent is located in the center of the camp where meals are served. The campfire is ready every evening for appetizers and snacks before dinner.
Day 8: Game drive in Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, you will leave the camp for a game drive in the famous Serengeti National Park. Serengeti National Park quite simply offers the finest game viewing anywhere in Africa. Unrivaled concentrations of wildlife, stunningly beautiful landscapes and vast pristine areas make Serengeti National Park our pick for the best national park in the whole of Africa. As well as the migration of ungulates, the Serengeti National Park is well known for its healthy stock of other resident wildlife, particularly the “big five” -lions, leopards, elephants, black rhinoceros and buffaloes. The park also supports many further species, including cheetahs, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, topis, elands, waterbucks, hyenas, baboons, impalas, African wild dogs, and giraffes. The park also boasts about 500 bird species, including ostriches, secretary birds, Kori bustards, crowned cranes, marabou storks, martial eaglse, lovebirds and many species of vultures.
You will stop for a picnic lunch along the way before proceeding with your game drive safari arriving at your camp for dinner and overnight.
Overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camp
Day 9: Serengeti National Park – Laiboni Village
Today, we’ll leave the Serengeti to head to the Maasai village of Laiboni, doing a game drive en route.
Overnight at EAV Laiboni Tented Camp: Laiboni Camp is located near the Maasai village of Laiboni, west of the city of Arusha. It is in the heart of some of the best animal migration corridors, east of Lake Manyara. East African Voyage has been in a partnership with the native community for years, supporting improvements to their village such as building a new school. Freshly prepared meals are served by our professional cooks who are well trained to work in the bush.
Day 10: Maasai cultural activities
The morning will be spent sharing in the daily life of the Maasai village. The Maasai are a Nilotic ethnic group of semi-nomadic people located in Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are among the best-known of the African ethnic groups, due to their distinctive customs and dress and residence near the many game parks of East Africa. In Laiboni, a village with which East African Voyage has an exclusive relationship, you will see how the people live in harmony with their animals and visit a Maasai home to learn about domestic life. Speak with village inhabitants about their way of life and sample the colorful beaded wares of the Maasai women. This is your chance to get an exclusive inside look at this unique culture.
After breakfast, you will leave Laiboni and drive through Arusha to Lushoto. The cross-country drive provides excellent views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Usambara Mountains and even the Indian Ocean at some points. The Lushoto area offers stunning landscapes, tropical forests and numerous spectacular view points, as well as historical sites and the opportunity to visit local community development projects.
Overnight at Swiss Farm Cottage: Swiss Farm Cottage has beautiful, spacious wood furnished rooms which are all self contained. These rooms provide you with an amazing view of the green rocky hills and bright gardens, with the chirping sounds of different species of birds and the sight of colorful butterflies. They guarantee you a peaceful and quiet stay away from the hustle and bustle of towns and cities.
Day 11: Explore the Usambara Mountains
Today, visit Irente Farms in the Usambara Moutains. Visit the Irente cheese, jam and juice factories and the royal village of Kwembago. Enjoy a picnic lunch of Irente’s rye bread and cheese at the Irente Biodiversity Reserve. A visit to Irente Children’s home, Irente School for the Blind and the Rainbow School can also be arranged.
Overnight at Swiss Farm Cottage
Day 12: Usambara Mountains – Pangani
After breakfast you will leave Lushoto and head to Pangani. Pangani is the Zanzibar of the Tanzanian mainland. It lies 45 km south of Tanga. Although its history goes back a long way it was developed by the Arabs as a settlement and slave trading center. Being much less known it is much more peaceful than Zanzibar and the beaches around Pangani are virtually unspoiled.
You will stop for a hot lunch in Tanga and a later you will drive to Pangani arriving at the Kijongo Bay Beach Resort for a relaxing beach holiday!
Overnight at Kijongo Bay Beach Resort: Located only 30 kilometers from one of the few coastal game parks in the world, Kijongo Bay Beach Resort offers guests the unique opportunity to enjoy surf and safari all in one day. While the location offers visitors the opportunity to take in a variety of activities, including water sports and historical and cultural tours, the resort itself invites guests to simply indulge themselves in pure relaxation. The intimacy of the resort allows for personalized service with well-trained staff ready to make the experience a memorable one. Enjoy sun-downers brought to the room or a barbecue set up near the beach. On a calm evening, guests can sit by a fire under the stars, the perfect setting for roasting marshmallows or sharing stories. In the open-air restaurant, table d’hôte dining brings the freshest ingredients to the table. Seafood caught locally, coconuts from the resort’s own palm trees, and spices from the nearby islands all contribute to the exquisite cuisine.