TANZANIA CULTURE SAFARI

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Tanzania Culture Safari highlight: The Hadzabe and Datoga indigenous group excursions provide firsthand insight into the lives of these ethnic communities who dwell near Lake Eyasi. Most of these individuals have lived to this day with little change in their way of life. We will also go on a traditional Maasai farmhouse tour, a coffee plantation trip, a guided Mto wa Mbu market tour, and a school visit.

Day 1: Arrival in Arusha – Tanzania culture safari

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and meet our driver/representative. You will be transferred to Arusha, a town at the base of Mount Meru, a sister peak to the great Kilimanjaro, Africa’s roof.

Day 2: Drive to Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, leave Arusha with a picnic lunch and travel directly to Tarangire National Park. This park is known for its remarkable diversity of terrain and vegetation, as well as its big population of elephants, birds, baboons, and tree-climbing lions. Drive to Manyara town in the afternoon for relaxation and sleep.

Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park

Drive into Lake Manyara National Park after breakfast. This Park is 126 kilometres from Arusha. It covers around 648.7 square kilometres, of which 262 square kilometres are covered by the lake and 386 square kilometres is dry ground. Manyara is derived from the shrub Euphorbia tirucalli, also known as Emanyara in Maasai. The park is famous for its tree-climbing lions, soda ash lake, and flamingos. Return to the lodge for a hearty meal.
In the afternoon, visit Mto wa Mbu and immerse yourself in Tanzania’s rich culture with a guided walk tour through Mto wa Mbu’s local streets.
In the evening, return to the lodge.

Day 4: Serengeti National Park to Lake Manyara National Park

After checking into your Manyara resort, drive across the Ngorongoro Crater to Olduvai Gorge, a presumed cradle of man museum, for a tour and picnic lunch. Proceed to Serengeti National Park after lunch.

Serengeti National Park: The Serengeti is Tanzania’s first established,  and most famous park, covering 14,763 square kilometres of constantly undulating savannah plains where tens of thousands of hoofed animals roam in a relentless and unrelenting hunt for the new grasses on which their life depends. Serengeti National Park will be our destination for the night and dinner.

Days 5 and 6: Serengeti National Park

Game-watching in the park throughout the entire day. You may go on a game drive in the morning or afternoon.
The Serengeti’s most renowned attraction is the yearly migration, as are the lions, the majority of whom are equipped with radio transmitters for tracking. The resort provides all meals.

Day 7: Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, check-in at the camp, followed by a morning wildlife drive. Drive from the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Crater. You could either check into your lodge first, then visit a Maasai homestead, or visit the Maasai bomba first, then return to your lodge/hotel for relaxation and dinner.

Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater – Karatu

After breakfast, head to the crater for a half-day wildlife drive in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Get out of the crater before midday.

Ngorongoro Crater: Known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s most well-known wildlife sanctuaries. It is a World Heritage Site and one of the world’s biggest volcanic craters (almost 20 kilometres wide, 610-760 metres deep and covering a total area of 264 square kilometres).

The Crater is a really unique ecosystem, with grasslands, marshes, woods, saltpans, a freshwater lake, and a plethora of birds all contained within its high walls. It is also Tanzania’s most visited destination due to its high concentration of animals, close-range viewing chances, and stunning landscape.

Drive to a resort in Karatu in time for lunch, followed by a guided tour of a coffee farm. In Karatu, all meals are included.

Day 9: Eyasi Lake – Karatu

The highlight of the Tanzania culture safari.

Drive to Lake Eyasi after breakfast for a visit to the Hadzabe and Datoga ethnic groups.
The Hadzabe and Datoga are a northern Tanzanian indigenous ethnic group that live near Lake Eyasu in the middle rift valley and on the Serengeti Plateau.

In 2015, there were between 1,200 and 1,300 Hadzabe people living in Tanzania, although only about 300 Hadzabe people survived solely on foraging meals.

They have presumably occupied their current region for thousands of years as descendants of Tanzania’s hunter-gatherer population, with relatively little alteration to their fundamental way of life until the last hundred years.

After your picnic lunch, you will pay a visit to Simba Mlima School before returning to your guesthouse (school visit is subject to the school calendar)
Spend the remainder of the evening relaxing at your resort.

Day ten: Karatu – Kilimanjaro Airport / Departure

Enjoy your final breakfast at the resort before driving to Arusha town for a delicious lunch at the Arusha Coffee Lodge. Following that, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your return trip home.

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