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9 Days Cultural Tour and Wildlife Safari

9 Days Cultural Tour and Wildlife Safari

per person
 

9 Days Cultural Tour and Wildlife Safari

 

Rates

USD 8885 Per Person sharing. Luxury Tented and Safari Lodges accommodation

 

About the Tour

 

Best time: February to August

 

Spanning a large area of Tanzania, guests can expect to not only experience amazing wildlife on this tour, they will also be immersed in the various cultures found within Tanzania. From the Tarangire to the Ngorongoro Crater, vast and beautiful areas are covered in this tour and it includes the amazing Wildebeest Migration, various tribal visits and optional activities such as a guided bush walk in the Ngorongoro Crater.

 

Day 1: Arusha – Tarangire National Park

 

Early morning you will be picked up at either your hotel or the Kilimanjaro Airport. You will be taken on a scenic drive from Arusha to Tarangire National Park. Lunch will be served at a charming picnic spot. After the picnic, you will enjoy a beautiful game drive within the Tarangire National Park. The evening you will stay at Isoitok Camp (or similar).

 

Meals: Lunch and dinner

 

Day 2: Maasai Cultural Tour and Datoga Tribe

 

After breakfast, you will meet a Masaai Medicine Man and go for a traditional medicine walk. Afterwards you will visit an authentic Maasai Boma where you will interact with the tribe and learn about their amazing culture.

Lunch will be served back at the Camp.

After lunch, you will head out to Bushmen Country where you will be greeted by the Datoga tribe. The afternoon to evening you will be immersed in the traditions of the Datoga, including traditional songs and dances.

Dinner and overnight at the Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp (or similar).

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 3: Hadzebe Tribe visit and sunset at the Ngorongoro Crater Rim

 

Early morning after breakfast, you will join the Bushmen in their morning activities within the bush. Learn from their ancient wisdom of the animals, plants and survival tactics of their daily lives within the African bush.

Return to your lodge for lunch. After lunch you will drive directly to the Ngorongoro Crater rim for one of the most breath taking sunsets in the world.

Overnight at Pakulu Ngorongoro Camp

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater to Serengeti National Park

 

After a delicious breakfast, the magnificent Ngorongogo Crater awaits. The morning you will be treated to one of the most glorious game viewing experiences in Africa. With a diverse range of animals calling the Crater home, you will immersed in the wonders of Africa.

Lunch will be served at picnic spot within the Crater. After lunch you will exit the Crater and travel to the Serengeti National Park and overnight at Kiota Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Day 5: Central Serengeti – Northern Serengeti

 

Early morning you are greeted with warm coffee and depart for your morning game drive. After the game drive, a delicious breakfast will be served. After breakfast you will have some leisure time until lunch. After your lunch, you will return to the park and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the park. Dinner and overnight will be at Mara River Tented Lodge.

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Day 6: Northern Serengeti

 

Early morning, after morning hot drinks, you will follow the Wildebeest Migration. A gourmet breakfast awaits your return from your morning adventure. After breakfast there is leisure time at the lodge. After lunch, you will go for an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight back at Mara River Tented Camp.

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Day 7: Northern Serengeti

 

Another round of early morning adventuring awaits you as you get up early and go looking for amazing game to view. Breakfast again at the lodge followed by some leisure time in the beautiful setting of the camp until lunch. After lunch you will depart on your afternoon safari. After game viewing in the park you will return for dinner and overnight at Mara River Camp.

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Day 8: Northern Serengeti

 

The sound of nature will great you on your last full day in the park. After morning hot drinks, you embark on your safari for the morning. Once you are done, you will return to the lodge for some leisure time and breakfast. After lunch, you will do your last evening safari and spend the night at Mara River Tented Camp after dinner.

 

Meal: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Day 9: Norther Serengeti – Kilamanjaro Airport

 

As before, you will enjoy hot drinks and set out for your morning safari. After your safari you will return to the lodge for breakfast and leisure time. Check-out is after lunch where you will be taken to Kogatende Airstrip, where you will be flown to Kilimanjaro airport.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

 

Price Includes:
– Accommodation as stipulated in the Itinerary
– Sightseeing as specified in itinerary
– Transport on safari in a 4WD vehicle with an open roof
– All parks entrance fees
– Service of English Speaking driver guide

– Mineral water 1.5lt per person per day.

– Flight from Serengeti to Kilimanjaro Airport

– Salary for the Professional English Driver Guide.

– Government taxes and levies

 

Price Above Excludes:

– Airport transfers (can be arranged upon request)

– International and domestic flights and departure taxes

– Accommodation in Arusha before/after safari (can be arranged upon request)

– Easter and Christmas Holidays Surcharge
– Hot and cold drinks.

– Optional Hot Air Balloon ride over Serengeti

– Olduvai/Visit of Maasai Boma

– Optional flying doctors insurance (we can arrange upon request)

– Tips to the driver/guide and Cook.

– And all not mentioned in the itinerary above.

– Tourist visas

– Personal travel/medical insurance

– Soft drinks or alcoholic beverages

– Any items of personal nature (laundry service, telephone/internet bills, souvenirs)

Dining

a Warm wake-up call consists of a fresh cup of coffee, tea or even hot chocolate followed by a full English or continental breakfast served in the main dining area. a Three course lunch will be served on your return to the camp and three course dinners are served each evening.

  • Bush Picnic baskets – Can be arranged for longer game drives.
  • Private Picnics
  • Sundowners
  • Three Course Dinners

Activities and Wildlife

Game drives are the main attraction and they are perfect for finding large predators, such as lions and cheetah in safety.

The Mara Migration:

Approximately 260,000 zebra, 1.7 million wildebeest and roughly 470, 000 gazelle cross the majestic river giving birth to over 500,000 calves within a 2 to 3 week period.

Fascinating facts about the migration:

  • The migration may seem like a frenzy but research has shown, the wildebeest possess what is known as “swarm intelligence”. The Wildebeest systematically explore and overcome as one.
  • Zebra and Wildebeest graze in harmony as they eat different parts of the same grass.
  • Wildebeest have no natural leader resulting in the herd splitting up into smaller circles.
  • There are more than 3,000 lions that follow the migration across the reserve.

The camp has an amazing variety of wildlife present in its surrounding area. Recently seen wildlife includes Buffalo, Hyena, giraffe, cheetah, wild dog and elephant.  An interesting fact about the African Elephant is that it is the world’s largest land animal.  The biggest can be up to 7.5 meters long and 3.3m high at the shoulder, weighing 6 Tonne.  That is a jaw dropping 6000 kilograms.  The Mara River is also home of the The Mara River crocodiles, the biggest crocodiles in Africa.

The bird life in the area is another beautiful sight to be seen, especially on the forest edge. Notable bird species (of the total 500) include Woodpeckers, the African Kingfisher, Grey breasted spurfowl, Kori bustard, Rufous-tailed weaver, Secretary bird and Fischer’s lovebird. Kingfishers are one of the most brilliantly coloured birds, and may have loud voices and a dramatic wooing display whilst the Fischer’s lovebird best known for their beautiful colouring and energetic nature.

  • Viewing historical Maasai Paintings (rock paintings)

Maasai rock paintings are seen as ancient and were made using natural materials such as clay and ash.  Some of the rock painting may be between 1500 and 7000 years old.

Interesting facts about the Maasai:

Maasai are best known for their beautiful beadwork.  Young men spend hours and days working on elaborate hairstyles, which are ritually shaved as they pass into the next age group.  Cattle are central to Maasai economy and are rarely killed as they are a sign of wealth.  Traditional grazing lands span from central Kenya into central Tanzania.

  • Hot air balloon trips

Organised upon request and can accommodate 16 people at a time.  The additional charge includes champagne and a unique bush breakfast.

  • The Serengeti Cheetah Project

Guests can contribute to the Serengeti Cheetah Project by monitoring the cheetah of this vast national park.  Your guide will introduce you to the cheetah’s habitat and teach you how to identify and photograph the cheetah.  Your contribution to the project could uncover new movement patterns and aid the conservation project.

What to pack

Items that you must bring:

  • Valid Passport / Valid Visa & another picture ID.
  • a Photocopy of your passport page to be carried in your wallet.
  • Airline Tickets
  • Recommended inoculations (vaccinations)
  • Correct Currency
  • Travel Insurance

Most African adventures include some time in the outdoors, and a basic personal medical aid kit is recommended.  The following items should be included:

  • Prescription Medications
  • Malaria Medication
  • Motion sickness tablets
  • Allergy treatments
  • Insect repellents
  • Band aids

Casual and comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year, but please note that the weather is unpredictable and the nights may become cold even in the hottest summer months. It is very important to pack warm clothing for chilly nights and sudden changes in climate.

The most practical items to pack:

  • Colours: khaki, brown, white and beige.  Avoid bright colours as you would like to blend in as much as possible.
  • Light cotton tops, trouser and shorts.
  • Long sleeved blouses/shirts for game drives, evenings and cooler days.
  • Fleece sweater or a warm jacket.
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Good socks and comfortable walking boots.
  • a Versatile scarf can be used as a shoulder wrap, shawl or head wrap and takes very little place in your baggage.
  • Remember to pack all prescription medications.

Comfort is key when going on a safari.  Remember that game drives or walks can be up to 3 hours or longer so make sure you are comfortably dressed. Tip:  Wear layers of clothes as the day can start chilly but warm up rather quickly.

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