Bush and People – 6 Days
Discover not only wildlife in Tanzania, but also 2 of the most famous tribes, the Masai and the Hadzabe, on your way to Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
Day 1: Arusha – Tarangire National Park
On arrival at the airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to the Tarangire National Park, Tanzania’s third largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. There is a great diversity of wildlife including lion, leopard, cheetah and up to six thousand elephant. Late in the afternoon you will drive to your lodge or tented camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park – Esilalei – Serengeti National Park
After breakfast the tour takes you to the Maasai village of Esilalei, where a local guide will introduce you to his village and people. Get a better understanding of the natural medicines still used on a daily basis with a Maasai medicine walk of the surrounding area. Then continue down to a Boma (mud dwelling) for an introduction into the Maasai way of life, beliefs and rituals. The road then leads you through the Crater Forest and over the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Short stop at the viewpoint with breathtaking views over the crater, before descending towards the Serengeti National Park. The vast extensions of the Serengeti plains before you will impress you and wanting you to explore this area in deep. Continue into the park to the lodge or tented camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Serengeti National Park
The whole of the day is dedicated to wildlife watching in the Serengeti. In the Seronera Valley you will find wildebeest and zebras and often lions and other big cats such as leopards and cheetahs. Other areas that you will visit will depend upon where the migrating herds are to be found. Usually the wildebeest and the zebras during the short rainy season in October and November are to be found moving from the hills in the north, to the plains in the south. During the longer rainy season of April, May and June they return north. With fluctuations of annual rainfall the exact location of the animals varies from year to year. Your guide however will know the location of the herds and also where to get the best views. You will be spent another night in the same accommodation.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast you will start a new game drive in the Serengeti National Park before heading into the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. As soon as you have reached the edge of the crater the caldera opens up before you and is a sight to behold. You’ll descend onto the crater floor to emerge into this fishbowl of wildlife. On the grass steppe and in the acacia tree woods, you will find almost all species that are found in the East African savannah; with the exception of topis, Masai giraffes and impalas. Quite often you can observe the “Big Five” (lions, elephants, buffalos, rhinoceros and leopards) within a couple of hours. After an extensive wildlife tour you leave the Conservation Area for dinner and overnight in a lodge in the Crater Highlands.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater Highlands – Lake Eyasi
We enter the true tribal areas of Tanzania after leaving the tourist trail and heading towards Lake Eyasi, home to the hunter-gathers, an ethnic group of the Hadzabe Bushmen bearing similar characteristics to those of Bushmen in Southern Africa. The small people of this indigenous tribe are probably the last living in true harmony with nature and have a wealth of fauna and flora knowledge to share with us. The time you’ll spend with them is filled with tours and game walks guided by bushmen taking you on their traditional hunting tracks. Dinner and overnight in lodge or tented camp.
Day 6 Lake Eyasi – Arusha
A last early morning hunt with the Hadza and then it is back to Arusha for your flight home or further destination.