7Days Tanzania Family safari
Our 7 Day Cultural safari was designed for the traveller with an adventurous spirit, seeking an intimate experience in the local African Masai tribes, but also still taking advantage of enjoying a wildlife safari which includes visits to Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks, Lake Eyasi, and the famous Ngorongoro Crater which, featurs one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa.
Here you will witness an amazing spectacle of African wildlife – inside a self-contained world teeming with animals. The tour will further take you to the Serengeti National Park, into the heart of wild Africa, a massive wilderness of 14500 square km, where everyday brings a new landscape and a new adventure.
You will visit the Lake Manyara National Park, one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a shallow but huge soda lake, at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The tour also includes a visit to Lake Eyasi a salt lake situated between the Rift Valley’s Eyasi escarpment and the Kidero Mountains. The area around Lake Eyasi is inhabited by the Hadzabe bushmen, some of the last remaining hunter-gatherers on the African continent.
Day 0: Arrive in Tanzania:
You’ll be met by our ground handling team at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to the delightful Ahadi Lodge. Relax in your thatched cottage, savor the enchanting views of Mount Meru, and unwind on the private verandah. Located just outside the vibrant town of Arusha, and set in its own tropical gardens, the lodge provides a gentle introduction to the natural beauty of Tanzania.
Day 1: Arusha to Tarangire National Park:
In the morning you will be picked from your hotel and after an approximate 2 hour drive you will arrive at the Tarangire National Park. Giant baobab trees, bush Savannah and the seasonal marshes add to the wonder of this nature reserve. The Tarangire National Park is considered as one of the best places to view elephants up close, not only because there are thousands of animals but also because they are not disturbed by the presence of vehicles. The park is also home to buffaloes, zebras and wildebeests which are always closely followed by a range of predators such as lions. Leopards are seen now and then but cheetahs are rarely spotted. From the open roof of the safari vehicle you will be able to absorb the landscape and watch the animals. In the late afternoon you will drive to your accommodation Inside the Park.
Day 2: Tarangire Area– Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast you will travel from the Tarangire Area to the Lake Manyara National Park. The park is famous for its tree climbing lions as well known for its over 400 bird species, primate-filled forests and grassy plains. A large area of the park is covered by the alkaline Lake Manyara, the seasonal breeding grounds for large colonies of flamingos and many more waterfowls. The park is also home to giraffes, hippos, impalas and groups of noisy monkeys and baboons. After an extensive game drive you will travel to the, where you will spend the night.
Day 3: Lake Manayara - Serengeti National Park
Non-game-viewing travel time: 6 hours
Distance: 205 km
After early breakfast, we head towards the Serengeti National Park via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the central park area (known as the Seronera area) one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park and featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti national park.
Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch Box or Hot lunch, Dinner.
Day 4: Full Day at Serengeti National Park
If you choose, today be one of only a few fortunate people to glide in a hot air balloon over the Serengeti Plains (available at supplementary cost by pre-arrangement). Float silently above the awakening bush, across rivers and over numerous small villages, while spotting wildlife and enjoying the amazing scenery of Africa.
We do an after breakfast full day game drive with lunch at the lodge. We will follow the Kopjes Circuit, which goes anti-clockwise around the Maasai Kopjes, which usually attracts a number of lion and some formidably large cobras. Kopjes are weathered granite outcrops, scattered around the plains, most of which are miniature ecosystems, providing shade and drinking water in pools left in the rock after the rains. This makes the kopjes particularly good for spotting wildlife in the dry seasons – including lions, which like to lie in wait for animals coming to drink!
Day 5: Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro conservation Area
Early morning game drives at Serengeti. After late breakfast will proceed to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and go for an afternoon a Nature Walk (depending on weather conditions). Escorted by a ranger or Maasai Guide you follow animal paths through dense. North-East of the Ngorongoro Crater lies the Empakaai Crater, Empakaai is about 6000m wide and 300m high.
Among other animals, you will see buffalo, bushbuck, a variety of antelope and blue monkeys. Birds are in abundance. A deep soda lake covers a large part of the crater floor. There is a track to the crater-floor and one around the rim of the crater. On a nice, clear day, one can see Mt. Oldonyo Lengai, Lake Natron and Mt. Kilimanjaro. The scenery is left to your imagination!! You will walk around the crater take some picture of the beauty crater with stunning views. There after you will ascend to the top where you will meet your driver and drive back to the Hotel.
Day 6: Full Day at Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, we descend 600m into this magnificent crater for a full-day game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals, including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is its huge population of predators such as lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard. We will enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor then we proceed with game drive until late where we will drive out of crater and Drive to Lake Eyasi for Dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Tindiga Tented Lodge/ Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch Box or Hot lunch, Dinner.
Day 7: Bushmen Tour in Lake Eyasi
Indigenous tribes are slowly disappearing across Africa and very few remain in Tanzania. Hudzabe Bushmen live around Lake Eyasi, continuing ancient practices that compel and enthrall. Early morning we depart to the village for local hunting experience with Hudzabe and Datoga tribes. This is not a mere performance. The Bushmen rely on these techniques to survive and you’ll need to be very attentive and at times quiet, while they demonstrate their use of locally made poisons in incapacitating the poor creatures on which they depend for survival. We return to the Tindiga Tented Lodge for a late breakfast
After breakfast we will drive to the shores of Lake Eyasi. We arrive in time for lunch at the Tindiga Tented lodge. Lake Eyasi is a very scenic soda lake found on the southern border of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This less visited lake lies at the base of the Eyasi escarpment on the western rift valley wall. This afternoon you will be introduced to the extraordinary people who belong to an indigenous tribe known as the ‘Hudzabe’ (hunter-gatherer Bushmen). The tribe inhabits the shores of Lake Eyasi as do the Nilotic-speaking Datoga tribe. You will visit these tribes, which will include a visit to their homesteads, learn about their way of life, animal tracking, medicinal plants, and much more. Some wildlife and a wide range of bird species can be viewed during walks around the lake, which can be arranged.
latter evening you’ll be transferred to Arusha, where you will meet Dahlia tours& safaris Team,having debriefing and African BBQ meal, and why not drinks, waiting for the right time where our driver will drive you Kilimanjaro International Airport for your home bound flight or other destinations in Africa.
✔7days off the eaten Path
✔Camping accommodation for the duration of the safari.
✔Private 4 wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch
✔Professional safari and tour guide/drive
✔All Park fees.
✔All airport transfers.
✔All meals and professional cheff on the safari.
♦Alcohol Drinks ♦Laundry.
♦Accommodation after the safari
♦ Personal Items
♦Tips and gratuities
♦Hot Air Balloon ride
♦Olduvai Gorge Visit
♦Maasai Boma Visit
♦Chagga Culture Visit
♦Tree top walking
♦Bush Men Visit
♦Night Game Drive
Important Information’s To Know:
♦Child rate applies only when sharing with paying adults:
♦Children must be accompanied by an adult
♦Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
♦Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
♦A small amount of walking May involved
♦The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions.
♦A current valid passport is required at Tanzania airports on the day of travel.
♦You MUST confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.
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