This 15 Days 14 Nights Tanzania Basic Camping Safari will take you into the real Africa Adventure, the tour will first introduce you to the wildlife of Africa by visiting Arusha National Park, then continues the adventure on the following day, where you will visit Empakai Crater, Lake Natron, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Eyasi, Lake Manyara and Mto Wa Mbu village for more cultural experience.
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met and transferred to Arusha Center Inn hotel/Similar for the night b/breakfast.
We will relax today by taking a day trip to Arusha National Park for a game drive after breakfast. With the stunning view of Mt. Meru as a backdrop and unparalleled views of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro and the East African Rift Valley. This is your first safari experience with the lush vegetation, mammal species and countless birds of an ecosystem. The highland forests around the Ngurdoto crater as well as the slopes of Mt. Meru harbor the rare Black and White Colobus monkey. Arusha National Park is also reputed to have the highest density of giraffes in Africa. In the early evening, we will return to the Arusha Center Inn Hotel/Similar for dinner and get some good sleep for our walking Safari the next day.
Leave early in the morning and start driving to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We will stop at Ngorongoro Conservation Area park gate for registration and pick up an armed Park Ranger. After registrations, we will start driving through the Ngorongoro Highlands to Nainokanoka.
We will stop for lunch and after lunch, we will transfer everything from to the truck to donkeys. We will be using donkeys as porters to carry everything. We will hike through the nearby Olmoti Crater, a critical watershed and underground reservoir, slowly releasing water throughout the year for the livestock and wildlife of Ngorongoro Crater. We walk onto our wilderness camp on the volcano's northern flank, which offers unparalleled views of the Serengeti's eastern plains and distant Gol Mountains.
Today we hike around the flank of Olmoti Mountain among the herds of Maasai cattle, sheep and goats. The focus of the day is a visit to one of these highland dwellings where we will see daily life close-up. In the afternoon we will make our way across the wide expanse of the "Embulbul Depression," a retreat for wildlife from the Ngorongoro Crater. Our hike continues into the second wilderness camp situated on the knife-edge rim of the hidden gem of the highlands, Empakaai Crater. This extinct caldera is one of the best-kept secrets of the area with spectacular Rift Valley views from its rim. Its thickly forested sides and the sparkling lake covering half of its floor is full of flamingos and lurking predators.
A full exploration of Empakaai Crater will take up the whole day. In the morning we will hike down the steep forested slopes of the caldera, hopefully catching glimpses of rarely seen forest animals such as bushbuck, duikers, and even leopards. Around the lakeshore, we will find many species of water birds and an abundance of flamingos. Up to four million flamingos roam the Rift Valley lakes in great flocks throughout the year searching for the best feeding and bathing conditions. Our day will end with an ascent back to the same camp on the crater rim.
We will descend from the Ngorongoro Highlands to the Great Rift Valley. We will descend through lush grassland pastures scattered with Maasai villages. The scenery alternates between the mountains of Gelai and Ketembeni - both extinct volcanoes - and Lake Natron stretching into the distance. The active volcano Oldonyo Lengai, "Mountain of Gods", dominates the view. Our overnight camp will be in Nayobi with dinner around the campfire in a traditional African style.
Continue hiking down into the Rift Valley - by now Ol'donyo Lengai is towering above us. Cross the old lava flows and hike towards camp set by a stream at the base of the escarpment. Some options on this day's hike. We can opt to hike up to the waterfalls above the camp for a relaxing swim or to watch the baboons leaping back and forth on the cliffs or we can climb Ol'donyo Lengai. This is a steep 5000-ft climb and involves leaving at 2:00 am in order to reach the rim by dawn; the rewards of seeing the sun rise over the Great Rift Valley are incredible.
Lake Natron a breeding place for all the Flamingos in East Africa. Flamingos breed in the small island in the middle of Lake Natron which has very high concentration of soda that no any animal can cross the lake to prey on Flamingos eggs or chicks Our overnight camp is on the river under the vast African skies, watching the flamingoes pass overhead on the way back to nesting sites in the middle of Lake Natron.
Breakfast. We will drive across the Great Rift Valley Ridge and we will make our way to Serengeti, entering the park through Kleins Gate, where we start game driving (game view) to our overnight camp at Seronera.
Leave early in the morning for a sunrise game drive when animals are very active grazing on the grasslands and the predators are busy hunting. We will spend the entire day game driving and following the migration of about 1.5 million Wildebeests together with half a million zebra and gazelle on their eternal search for water and greener pastures. This is one of the greatest natural spectacles on Earth.
We will have a picnic lunch somewhere under an acacia tree. After lunch, we will continue with game drive heading to our lodge which is located in the Seronera, an area rich with wildlife year-round. Seronera campsite is set in the Serengeti plains, home to the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth.
Today we will leave the short grass plains of the Seronera area and make our way towards the west which is Acacia Savannah and wooded grasslands. We will spend the entire day game driving on the western side and alongside the Grumet River where will see the biggest Crocodiles in Africa. In the evening we will return to the same overnight camp to enjoy the spectacular view of the sunset on the Serengeti plains with wildlife by the camp.
We leave after breakfast for Ngorongoro Conservation Area while game viewing on the way. We will make our way to Olduvai Gorge, site of Louis and Mary Leakey's famous discoveries of Man's ancient ancestor, the Zinjanthropus Bosei. After the tour of the site and museum, we will take our lunch, and then proceed with the drive to our overnight Simba camp on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater. Simba camp with an abundant variety of wildlife and birdlife.
We will wake up early in the morning and driving down the Ngorongoro crater. We will spend a full day exploring the Ngorongoro crater which is a World Heritage Site, home to nearly 25,000 animals, giving you a very real chance of spotting the big five: lion, elephant, endangered black rhino, buffalo and leopard plus countless other African mammal species. Witness the magnificent array of habitats, each with its own unique wildlife and flora. Take time out to stretch your legs and enjoy a picnic lunch at Ngoitokitok Springs watching the hippos jostle for position in the water. After lunch, we will proceed with game drive until 04:30 pm.
We will leave after breakfast and head out towards Lake Eyasi to visit the Hadzabe, an ancient hunter-gatherer tribe who live in relative isolation and continue to follow their ancient traditional ways of living. These pygmy-like people assumed is the direct descendant of early human beings dating 3 million years ago, live around Lake Eyasi situated within the Great East African Rift Valley. Should time permit, we will spend some time with the Tatoga tribe.
In the evening, we will drive to our lodge a lovely farmhouse converted to a lodge run by a German couple. The lodge offers fresh foods from their farm, home cooked style. This cozy homely lodge built within a coffee plantation overlooks the beautiful hills and valleys of Karatu, a region known for its coffee plantations, sugar cane, and rice fields. The beautiful well-kept gardens with a variety of flowers are very inviting for a walk in the evenings. There is also a pool to enjoy during the hot afternoons.
After breakfast, we will leave for Lake Manyara National Park nestling at the foot of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. We will spend the day game driving in the park and along the lake which attracts large flocks of flamingos that, when viewed from far away, form a pink mantle over the lake. Elsewhere in the park, there is a surprising diversity of habitats from open grasslands to hot water springs, river forest, and swamps to rocky outcrops. The habitat supports a fantastic array of wildlife and a magnificent birdlife numbering over 400 species.
In addition to flamingos, the park is known for its large and boisterous hippo population, populous groups of baboons, and several herds of elephant, whose tempers can be a little short as a result of the years of poaching that decimated their number. Another phenomenon distinct to Lake Manyara is the occasional spotting of lions on acacia trees. Suggestions for this behavior include escaping the land heat by catching the air breeze, avoiding the flies or, more likely, to escape the disturbance from the elephant and buffalo herds.
We will leave after breakfast and drive down through the small town of Mto Wa Mbu very famous for its fertile volcanic soil and diverse cultures. We will stop at a few curio and souvenirs shops which are beautifully decorated and full of high authentic artworks, sculptures, antiques, fabrics, and textiles from Tanzania. We will stop at Meserani Snake Park for Picnic lunch and to take a tour where you will see all the East African snakes. After lunch, we will proceed with our drive to Arusha. We will arrive in Arusha early in the evening, where we will have a day room for you to take a shower, freshen up and have dinner before you depart to JRO for your flight back home.
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