A combination of game-driving safaris through national parks, cultural destinations and unspoiled wilderness give the first-time visitor a true Taste of the North.
Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport
Upon arrival in Arusha, you will be picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Relax, take a stroll, enjoy the sights and sounds. Get plenty of rest – tomorrow will be huge!
Dinner and Overnight at Outpost Lodge
Day 2: Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park, the park is part of a larger regional ecosystem of Mount Meru – Kilimanjaro – Amboseli along the eastern edge of the Great Rift Valley. Major attractions include: “the Momella lakes, the Tropical Montane forest, Meru and Ngurdoto craters, black and white colobus monkey, giraffe, forest and waterfalls. Within the relatively small confines of the Park, are a rich and uniquely diverse collection of habitats that ensure a diversity of flora and fauna. Later in the afternoon, we head to Arusha.
Dinner and Overnight at Outpost Lodge.
Day 3: Arusha to Tarangire National Park
The day starts with a hearty breakfast, afterward, your tour guide will do a briefing of the day activities, and from there you will from Arusha and head to Tarangire National Park. African elephants – the world’s biggest mammals – are very common in this area. The park is also dotted with the iconic Baobab, shrub-like trees that can grow up to 30m tall. After a full day of exploring Tarangire, we head to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Bougainvillea Country Lodge.
Day 4: Lake Eyasi Cultural Tour – Hadzabe Tribe
Wake up to the beautiful views of Lake Eyasi. The day offers a wide variety of unique and authentic cultural experiences. Spend the morning with the Hadzabe men learning their ways of hunting and gathering (one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes in Africa) and the afternoon learning about the Hadzabe women and children’s way of life. This unique opportunity will allow you to experience a trip back into human survival in the bush.
Dinner and Overnight at Lake Eyasi Lodge
Day 5: Tarangire – Lake Natron
After breakfast, you will leave for Lake Natron, enjoy a game drive en route to Lake Natron. The scenery here is beautiful, especially the Ngarasero Escarpment, the waterfalls, the gorge, Oldonyo Lengai (a still active volcano), and the flamingos across the lake. Today we will go on a walk to the waterfalls. During the walk, you will cross the water at different times, at which point you can swim and refresh under the waterfalls.
Dinner and overnight at Lake Natron Tented Lodge
Day 6: Lake Natron to Serengeti
Today you will have an early start and drive to L. Natron to capture magnificent pictures of the sunrise on the Lake. You will have a chance to walk around the Lake and see the flamingos. We will spend the morning at Lake Natron and finish any activities we didn’t have time for yesterday. Afterward, you will head back to the lodge for breakfast and afterward, start the drive to the Serengeti.
Dinner and overnight at Katikati Tented Lodge
Day 7: Serengeti Central Areas
Your day will start with the charming of birds in the Africa savanna, when you are ready you will be served African breakfast. And after, you will start your full day game drive in the famous Serengeti and this day you will be witnesses to the 8th Wonder of the world – Wildebeest Migration. The migration can be seen on a long chain approximately 40 Km heading in the southwestern direction.
Dinner and overnight at Katikati Tented Lodge.
Day 8: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Another early start, but trust us: it’s worth it, after breakfast we do a game drive en-route heading back to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a vast UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in a 260km-wide volcano crater. Archaeology buffs and anyone interested in history has the (Optional Tour), to stop at Odulpai Gorge, where some of the earliest known human remains have been found. The site was occupied by our genetic ancestors some two million years ago and continues to offer clues about the origin of homo sapien. We can also pass by the Maasai Boma for a taste of real African culture and traditional living – (Optional Tour). After lunch, we keep exploring the Ngorongoro crater, venturing right up to the rim.
Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge
Day 9: Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Manyara
Today it will be another early start, after breakfast we will continue with the game drive at Ngorongoro and we will detour through a traditional Maasai village – (Optional Tour), watch some traditional dancing, and see what life is really like on the African plains. From there we descend to the crater floor in search of the more big games.
Dinner and overnight at Bougainvillea Country Lodge
Day 10: Lake Manyara to Arusha
We save the best for last. After breakfast, we embark on our final game drive through Lake Manyara. The park covers 330 sq. km, 70% of which is occupied by the lake. The varied ecosystem consists of groundwater forests, acacia woodland, and open grassland along the lakeshore and sustains a wealth of wildlife, including the Big Five lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, and buffalo. The park is famous for the elusive tree-climbing lions that inhabit the woodland between the lake and the Rift Valley. It is also an ornithologists’ paradise and is host to over 400 species of birds. Later in the evening, we head back to Arusha for overnight.
Dinner and Overnight at Outpost Lodge.
Day 11: It’s the final day in Tanzania, take advantage of the relaxed schedule and sleep in before breakfast is served. Enjoy the breathtaking views and Mount Kilimanjaro sunrise one last time and also if time allows being sure to grab any last-minute souvenirs you may want and say one last goodbye to the new friends you made in Tanzania before being transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home.
Specification: Family Adventure Safari to Tanzania
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