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18 Days Kenya-Tanzania Best of Cultural Tourism and Wildlife Trail Private Safari

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18 Days Kenya-Tanzania Best of Cultural Tourism
and Wildlife Trail Private Safari

Tour Features: This is an eighteen days road safari with lodge and tented camp accommodations which will enable you to have the greatest chance to view a package of the Tanzania richest communities and wildlife as well as sites. The tour starts in Nairobi where you will start your travel by road using shuttle bus and on arrival in Arusha in Tanzania you will change to 4x4 wheel drive. At the end of the trip, you will return to Nairobi by shuttle bus. Serengeti National park in Tanzania is recognized as world famous wildlife sanctuary and has the mast spectacular concentration of game with the spectacular wildebeest migration taking place with the animals moving from Serengeti to Mara. Ngorongoro is a place with unique blend of wildlife, human culture and prehistory. Lake Manyara is tucked away below the majestic rift valley wall,just but a few to mention and all these places having something unique to offer. In all these parks you will have a chance to sight the big five among other animals and birds. Your private safari starts from Arusha from where you will travel alone in a 4x4 tour vehicle. Costs are indicated below.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival - Nairobi:
On arrival at the Jommo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met by our tour manager who will brief you on your safari and thereafter you will be transffered to your Nairobi hotel where you will rest for the night as you prepare to depart for Arusha town the next day. Dinner and overnight stay at Serena Hotel.

Day 2:Nairobi-Arusha;
After breakfast at your Nairobi hotel depart for Arusha town by shuttle bus via Namanga border town for immigration formalities and arrive in time for lunch.After Lunch, you will be taken for a tour of Arusha town till evening. All meals and overnight stay at Impala Hotel.

Day 3:Arusha-Ikiding a Village Visit ;
After breakfast you will depart for Ikiding a village which lies7km north of Arusha town and is a 20 minute drive.Walking is also possible but will take 2 hours to reach the starting point of the tour.You will enjoy a full day tour in the village and get the opportunity to enjoy a traditional meal at the Mainyoito womens group during lunch time.

The village of Ikidinga lies at the foot of Mt. Meru,where the sounds or rivers,birds and people are in harmony.It offers a view into the culture of the Wa-arusha tribe.While at the village you will get to experience a trail through the fields,a visit to Sembeo's Boma and crossing the Ngarenaro river to reach Leloto viewpoint where you will head to the Maasai Craftsmen Group and discover their culture as well.

Dinner and overnight stay at Impala hotel.

Day 4:Arusha-Ilkurot Village;
After breakfast you will depart for Ilkurot village by shuttle bus which is situated about 20km west of Arusha town.You will enjoy a full day tour in the village where you will be able to visit the market and a Maasai womens' handicraft group that makes ornaments from beads and natural products.At Lunch time you will enjoy a traditional Maasai delicacy prepared by the Maasai women that includes nyama choma or barbequed meat,green vegetables,herbal tea,coffee,fresh milk,cassava,sweet potato,bread,eggs and fruits.

A visit to the Ilkurot village will expose you to watching Maasai dances,groups of artisans and their handicrafts,traditional healers and bee keepers.A visit to a Maasai holy tree where the Maasai offer sacrifices as part of rituals and to a Maasai boma to see the traditional houses and lifestyle of the maasai will also be very exciting.

Dinner and overnight stay at Impala hotel.

Day 5:Arusha- Arusha National Park;
After breakfast you will take a drive to Arusha National Park and enjoy a full day game drive.Arusha National Park lies in between the peaks of Kilimanjaro and Meru, an outstandingly beautiful area. The Park has a wide range of habitats, from the string of crater lakes, a habitat for birds, through the highland montane forest up to the impressive summit of Mount Meru.

The forests a wide variety of birds and other animals, like the stunning bushbuck easily glimpsed in the glades between the ancient cedar trees, or the black and white colobus monkeys on top of the trees. The interesting geology of the area is reflected in the impressive view of the ash cone and cliff face leading to the summit of Mount Meru. Walk in the park with an armed ranger.

All meals and overnight stay at Ngurdoto Mountain lodge.

Day 6:Arusha National Park -Lake Tarangire National Park;
After breakfast, drive to Tarangire National Park, the third largest national park in Tanzania.Have lunch en-route.

Tarangire National Park covers an area of 2,600 sq km and was established in 1970. The park has numerous baobab trees that will primarily catch your attention. The Park derived its name from the Tarangire River that rises in the highlands of Central Tanzania and winds its way through the game sanctuary. The river beguilingly lures the herds of plains migrants from the desiccated surrounding area to its shrunken - but permanent blackish waters during the dry season.

Dinner and overnight stay at Oliver's Camp or Similar..

Day 7: Lake Tarangire National Park;
After breakfast you will enjoy a full day game drive through the park.

Tarangire National park has an atmosphere of remoteness and has fewer visitors than all the other parks in Tanzania, herons can be seen as well as elephants in large herds, cheetah, jackal, fish eagle, marabou stork and hippos

All meals and overnight stay at Oliver's Camp or Similar.

Day 8: Lake Tarangire National Park-Lake Manyara National Park;
After breakfast, you will go for more game viewing drives before departing after lunch for lake Manyara area. You will arrive ready for dinner at your tented camp.

Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Manyara Lodge or Camp.

Day 9: Lake Manyara National Park;
After breakfast you will spend the whole day taking morning and afternoon game drives through the park.

Lake Manyara covers 330 sq. km, 70% of which is occupied by the lake. Its varied ecosystem consists of ground water forests, acacia woodland, and open savannah grassland along the lakeshores and sustains a wealth of wildlife, including the Big Five -Lion, Elephant, Leopard, and Rhino and Buffalo the Park renowned for its climbing lions with no mane.

All meals and overnight stay at Lake Manyara Lodge or Tented Camp.

Day 10: Lake Manyara - Lake Eyasi;
After your breakfast, have another game viewing drive as you depart from the park. You will have your lunch on picnic.After lunch drive towards Ngorongoro Crater. Divert from your route, driving down a track to the remote Lake Eyasi, one of the Soda Lakes that adorned the Rift Valley. It is also the former lands of the elusive Hadzapi tribe, who you hope to meet up with and learn more about their fascinating culture.

Dinner and overnight stay at Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp or Similar.

Day 11: Lake Eyasi;
After breakfast, you will meet a group of the resident people - the Hadzapi, accompanied by your bushman guide who has knowledge of this group of hunters and gatherers. Return to your campsite for lunch. After lunch have your Afternoon at leisure which would be a good idea to take a walk on the lake shore.

The Hadzapi is hunter-gatherers group of people, also known as Bushmen, who speak a click-based language and move their encampments with the seasonal movements of the wildlife. Learn more about their daily routine and their activities such as hunting, wildlife tracking, making fire and harvesting honey from the bee hives and learn more about their customs and their way of life.

Dinner & overnight stay at Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp or Similar..

Day 12: Lake Eyasi - Serengeti National Park;
After breakfast,carry a picnic lunch and depart for Serengeti National Park via stopping en route at Olduvai Gorge. After a visit of Olduvai Gorge continue driving north game viewing en route to your campsite situated in the Nyarboro Hills in the south west of the Serengeti National Park.

The Olduvai Gorge is the site of Dr. and Mrs. Leakey's discovery of Zinjanthropus bosei. The Gorge was discovered accidentally by a German butterfly collector, Professor Kattwinkle, in 1911, but it was not until 1959 that Dr. Mary Leakey unearthed the Zinjanthropus skull believed to be 1.8 million years old.

Dinner and overnight stay at Seronera Wildlife Lodge or a tented Camp.

Day 13: Serengeti National Park;
After breakfast enjoy the magnificent views across the Serengeti plains and explore the area in your vehicle while driving south, arrive in time for lunch at Ndutu lodge.

The Serengeti National Park is a continuation of the Maasai Mara game reserve in Kenya. It is one of Tanzanian's largest and most famous national parks covering an area of 14,763sq.km the greatest spectacle of annual wildlife migration in the world happens in the two adjoining parks as about a million Wildebeest cross north and south looking for greener pasture. The Serengeti also boasts of its lions and Cheetahs whereas zebras number about 200,000 other animals include giraffes grant and Thomson's gazelle Impalas, elands, warthogs and klipspringers. It is also rich with bird life.

Dinner and overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge or a tented Camp.

Day 14:Serengeti National Park- Ndutu Area;
After breakfast have a full day game viewing in Ndutu Area.

The Ndutu area is in southern Serengeti is the best place to be for the annual wildebeest migration. For up to seven months of the year the huge herds remain in and around this area. A striking characteristic of this area is the stunning acacia woodland, which is immediately surrounded by the short grass plains. Within this wooded area is Lake Ndutu one of the Rift Valley's soda lakes. At the height of the wildebeest migration, and when heavy rains have fallen, often lines of wildebeest can be seen crossing the lake. Accompanying the wildebeest are large numbers of zebra and Thomson gazelles. Other animals that you are likely to see in this area are Elephants, lion, cheetah, leopard, buck, hyena, bat eared fox, African wildcat etc., are here all year round. The woodland provides a wonderful habitat for lots of different bird species.

All meals and overnight stay at Seronera Wildlife Lodge or a tented Camp.

Day 15: Ndutu Area - Ngorongoro Conservation Area;
After breakfast, you will drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area arriving in time for lunch at your lodge or campsite located on the crater rim. After lunch visit an authentic Maasai village (the enkang) in Ngorongoro area.

The Maasai are well known widely for maintaining their culture. They believe that all cattle in the world belong to them, even though some may have temporarily found themselves in the possession of others. Thus, the Maasai are always justified in raiding their non-Maasai neighbors in order to "return" the cattle to the rightful owners. The Maasai have very elaborate rites of passage traditions. Boys are circumcised in their early teens in a ceremony attended by the entire village. The boy who flinches during this procedure brands himself as a coward and disgraces his family. Once circumcised, the young man becomes a member of the warrior class a Moran and must live apart from the village (the Manyatta) with the other warriors. Eventually, at some point in his late teens or early twenties, a Moran is chosen to become a junior elder, earns the right to marry and returns to live in the village. For centuries the Maasai have hunted the lions on both as a test of manhood and to protect their cattle. The lions have learned to recognize the red robes and instinctively keep their distance. This explains why the Maasai love the red. Starting from the head where they cover it with red ochre up to dressing themselves with red stunning attire.

Dinner & overnight stay at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge or a tented Camp.

Day 16: Ngorongoro Crater;
After breakfast, descend into the crater for a full day of game viewing. A picnic lunch will be taken on the crater floor.

Ngorongoro crater supports up to 25,000 large mammals. Grazers dominate, for example, the zebras, wildebeest (accounting for almost half the animals), gazelles, buffaloes, elands, hartebeests and wart hogs. There are examples of some grazers and browsers that they find this environment not suitable such as Giraffes, for example, they stay away because there is insufficient food at tree level; topi because they compete directly with wildebeest. Another interesting characteristic of this conservancy is that almost all of the populations of crater elephants are bulls. Breeding herds comprising large numbers of females and their young with a few attendant older males are probably unable to find sufficient quality food in the crater. Ngorongoro has carnivores in quantity, drawn by the large herds of prey. It has probably the densest population of large predators, mainly lions about 100 and more and 400 spotted hyenas, living in eight clans of up to eighty individuals. Both lions and hyenas will scavenge from each other, depending on weight of numbers and lack of enough food

Dinner & overnight stay at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge or a tented Camp.

Day 17: Ngorongoro Conservation Area;
After breakfast have walk to Empakaai Crater, the views along the trail downwards to the crater soda lake of Empakaai are spectacular at every point. You will guided by an armed ranger. Look out for buffaloes, bushbucks, blue monkeys and birds such as flamingoes.

All meals and overnight stay at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge or a tented Camp.

Day 18: Ngorongoro Conservation Area-Arusha -Nairobi - Departure;
After breakfast drive to Arusha arriving in time for lunch.After lunch you shall then continue to Nairobi using a shuttle bus arriving in the evening at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in time to catch your flight to your next destination.

End of safari.

Prices and Costs

Package Cost Includes:

- All Park entrance fee
-All Airport transfers
- Full board accommodation on safari
- Service of an English speaking driver guide
- Transport based on a 4x4 with pop up roof for game viewing
- Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
- Game drives as per the Itinerary
- Government taxes.

Package Cost Excludes:

-Hot air Balloon flight in Serengeti US$ 499 per person extra
- Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
- International flight Fares
- Visa fees
- Departure tax
- Tips to porters and drivers.

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