8 Days Tanzania Cultural and Wildlife Safari and Tours
It’s a magical week filled with incredible wildlife and cultural experiences. The tour turns from the unknown to the known, from the dream to the experience then to memories. The worthwhile Masai experience provides you with knowledge of their entire way of life, and their traditional dance will undoubtedly nourish your visit. Will meet and explore the Hadzabe tribe’s hunters and blacksmith Datoga who resemble Maasai for their animal-keeping culture. The incredible Lake Manyara Park, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire Park are sandwiched in the package to provide a wildlife experience unlike any other.
DAY 1: Kilimanjaro airport – Arusha city
Driving Distance: 55kms/1hr
When you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, look for our smiling driver holding a sign with your name on it. The driver will load your luggage into your vehicle and drive you to your recommended accommodation in Arusha. On the way, you will be introduced to our beautiful country and Arusha, also known as “R chuga” by the locals.
Accommodation: Kibo Palace Hotel on Bed and Breakfast
DAY 2: Arusha city – Lake Manyara National Park – Karatu
After a leisurely breakfast, our driver-guide will pick you up and drive you to Masai village for a cultural experience, followed by a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park.
Activity 1: Maasai village tour: A most famous tribe in Tanzania today we visit their Boma to see and learn about their real life such as clothing style, building style, way of raising and running their families, division of work according to age and sex, and their traditional dance. The tour will be led by a local guide who will show us around to make sure we don’t miss anything. We will set aside time to sit and participate in some activities with them in order to get the most out of the experience. Following the tour, we depart for the adjacent Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive.
Activity 2: Game drive Many wildlife species can be found in Lake Manyara National Park, including elephants, wildebeest, buffalos, hippos, waterbucks, gazelles, zebras, giraffes, and tree-climbing lions, to name a few. The beautifully alkaline lake attracts flocks of flamingos that feed along the lakeshore, though flamingos and other water birds are usually found in small numbers during the dry season. We eat our picnic lunch at one of the picnic areas during the day and then continue our game before driving to our lovely lodge for dinner and a leisurely overnight.
Accommodation: Marera Valley Lodge on Full Board Basis
DAY 3: Karatu – Lake Eyasi
Driving distance: 70 km/1-hr
Depart early in the morning with breakfast and lunch boxes, followed by a 1-hour drive to Lake Eyasi for Hadzabe and Datoga excursions. Lake Eyasi is a unique location in northern Tanzania that is home to the famous Hadzabe and Datoga tribes. When we first arrive in the village, we join the “Hadza” people, who are typically hunters who bring meat and honey home to feed their families. Men have traditionally done this, while women and children gather fruits and roots to supplement their diet. Hunting demonstrations are typically conducted in the morning because the chances of obtaining a kill are higher than in the afternoon. Our experience will include the traditional method of making fire with special wood and thick sticks. Following that, we travel to Datoga for more cultural experiences.
Activity 2: The Datoga are natural blacksmiths and pastoralists. They are similar to the Masai in that they keep animals and rely heavily on milk and meat for their diet. Farming is one of their daily activities, and they grow maize, millet beans, and onions. The blacksmiths used local materials to make tools and weapons for daily use, and they traded them with “Hadza” for hunting. We drive to our lovely lodge in the evening to spend the night.
Accommodation: Ziwani Lodge on Full Board.
DAY 4: Lake Eyasi – Serengeti National Park
Driving distance 240kms/ 4hrs and 50minutes
We depart with our lunch boxes for the Serengeti National Park via the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where we will be rewarded with the best views of highlands and valleys, as well as some wild animals and Maasai people with their cattle. In the afternoon, we arrive at the magnificent Serengeti for an afternoon game drive. Your game drive here combines the known and the unknown and at every turn, there is a new experience.
Accommodation: Narudi Tented Camp on Full Board
DAY 5: Full day at Serengeti National Park
Today is a full day of intensive game drives at this highly-rated park. We have the opportunity to see a variety of animals, including preferred big cats in their pride, bird species, and an uncountable number of grazer animals. Several game drives can be taken here, which may reveal animal behaviors such as killing, mating, and so on. Sunrise and sunset viewing can also be a wonderful treat during your day in Serengeti. A Balloon ride is now available at an “extra cost” excursion. If you are interested, please let us know so that we can arrange it and pass the cost on to you.
Accommodation: Narudi Tented Camp on Full Board
DAY 6: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Conservation
Driving distance: 145kms/3hrs 30minutes
Breakfast is followed by a final morning game viewing to take in Serengeti’s natural beauty. The concentration of wildlife demonstrates why it is a must-see destination for anyone considering traveling to Africa. In the afternoon, we eat our picnic lunch at the picnic site before continuing on with our game en route to our chosen accommodation for a leisurely and overnight stay.
Accommodation: Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge on Full Board
DAY 7: Ngorongoro Crater – Tarangire
Driving Distance: 200km/2:30hrs
Breakfast at the lodge then drive to the crater floor for a game drive Under the auspices of UNESCO, the Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s eighth wonder. The Ngorongoro Crater is technically a Caldera, the world’s largest unflooded one at more than 1600 feet deep and 102 square miles in size. Because most of the animals stay in this area all year, game viewing is excellent. Along the lakeshore of Lake Magadi, you can see lions, Cape buffalo, hippos, elephants, zebras, and antelopes, as well as many bird species, including flamingos. If itching, this is also the chance to see the rare Black rhinoceros. In a single game, the big five animals can be seen in the crater. Ascend and drive after the game drive then drive to the Tarangire region.
DAY 8: Tarangire National Park – Kilimanjaro airport
Driving distance: 175kms/ 3hrs
After breakfast, we drive to Tarangire National Park well known as the “Elephant Playground” for a game drive. Tarangire has an appealing ecology with many baobab trees and seasonal changes that attract a large number of birds, with over 4000 recorded bird species. Aside from elephants, other common resident animals include Dik-dik, Impalas, Elands, Grant’s gazelle, Vervet monkeys, Zebras, Waterbucks, Giraffes, and predators like lions, leopards, cheetahs, and caracals. A lunch box will be provided by the picnic area. Drive to Kilimanjaro International Airport after the game to check in for your flight.