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The Northern Circuit: Masai Wedding

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 6 people
Destination(s): Tanzania  
Specialty Categories: Honeymoon   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 4231 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4819 US Dollar (USD)

If you've always dreamed of a unique wedding, we can accommodate your every desire! We will make all arrangements for your Masai Wedding and also civil ceremony, reception venues, and a special tour for the newly weds that will include the Northern Circuit.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, (KIA) meet and greet by our Driver Guide and then drive to Arusha at Ilboru Safari Lodge for dinner and overnight. KIA is about 45km, approximately 40 minutes to 1 hour drive to Arusha.

Day 2: After breakfast briefing to the clients which will be conducted by one of our Office Staff, then drive to Arusha National Park for morning game drive with picnic lunches, and afternoon walking safaris. Dinner and overnight at Ilboru Safari Lodge.

Arusha National Park: The Park lies just 25km east of Arusha, approximately 45minutes drive from Arusha. Arusha National Park is 137 sq km. As it's famous to the black-and-white colobus monkey, it’s the only place on the Northern safari circuit where can be seen. Arusha National Park is the perfect location for an active safari-canoeing on the Momela Lake. The park is the home of the famous mountain known as Mount Meru; (Fifth highest mountain in Africa, 4566 meters, (14,990 feet). Other prominent features found include Momela Lakes, Ngurdoto Crater and Montane forest as well as Waterfalls. It’s a rich tapestry of habitats, teeming with animals and birds, (More than 400 species of birds have been recorded). Zebra, Leopard, antelope, giraffe, bufallo, warthog, waterbucks, dik-dik, spotted hyenas, etc. are part of wild animals which can been seen there. But elephant and Lion are uncommon in Arusha national Park.

Day 3: After breakfast drive to Monduli for the Wedding which will be conducted by Area Commissioner and achieve a Marriage Certificate. Thereafter drive to Monduli Juu for the Wedding Ceremony. There will be a varieties of food as well as Nyama choma (beef barbeque), Maasai/traditional dance, the couple will wear Maasai dress, and the place will be decorated and other contents. Dinner and overnight at Camps in Monduli Juu. It is almost 1 hour drive from Arusha, approximately 70 km.

Monduli Mountains: Just a few hours drive from Arusha, the Monduli Mountains make a lovely day trip or can be part of a longer hiking itinerary. Maasai pastoralist’s herd their cattle along the slopes and cultural tourism programmes give visitors the opportunity to learn about traditional medicines and local Maasai culture. The surrounding views of the Rift Valley, Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro are incredible.

Day 4: After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara National Park with picnic lunches along the way for morning game drive. Afternoon visit at Makutano Cultural Village Art & Traditional Center-Mto WA Mbu. Thereafter drive to Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Lake Manyara National Park: It is 130km/80miles west of Arusha, approximately 2:30hrs drive from Arusha; From Monduli to Lake Manyara National Park is 120km approximately 1hr to 1:30hrs drive. Its size is 330 sq km (127 sq miles) of which up to 200 sq km (77 miles) is lake when water levels are high. Acacia woodland shelters the park's famous tree-climbing lions, lying languidly among the branches in the heat of the day. The park's dazzling variety of birds,(more than 400 species have been recorded) includes thousands of red-billed quelea flitting over the water, pelicans, carmonants and the pink streak of thousands flamingos. Manyara is the perfect location for mountain biking and abseiling but this will be outside the park's borders. Lake Manyara National Park has one of the highest mammal biomass in the world. Elephant with a density of six per square kilometer, and buffalo with a density of 18 per square kilometer, comprises the bulk of this biomass. The ground water forest is another attraction as well as a series of hot water sulphur springs, and temperature can reach 70 Degree centigrade enough to boil an egg. Other varieties of wild animals can be seen also; i.e: hippo, blue monkey, bushbuch, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, dik-dik, etc.

Makutano Cultural Village Art & Traditional Center: Makutano is a Swahili word for meeting point. It’s located at Mto Wa Mbu near the main entrance gate of Lake Manyara National Park. Is an Actual Village where a collection of authentically constructed dwellings from various part of Tanzania, which display several distinct architectural styles. In Tanzania, a land of superb landscapes and spectacular wildlife, another attraction stands equally tall-the people. Tanzania’s people are among the most welcoming and approachable on earth with a range of fascinating cultures ready to be shared with visitors. from the WaChagga of the slopes of Kilimanjaro to the now world-famous Maasai. Here you can experience a Cultural Excursions of 15 tribes among 125, Guides who are local people born and raised in the area, well trained in their jobs will explain to you everything; i.e.: Their culture, way of their lives, their homes, unique ways of dressing including hairstyles, local dances, painting (tingatinga), handcraft, sculpture and gastronomy. Learn about traditional plant and tribal stories. They do also horticulture, fishing, poultry and bee keeping in the village. The tourists get a unique, unforgettable experience, the local people generate income and improve their standard of living, and both parties gain a valuable understanding of another culture which will last longer after the visitors have returned home.

Day 5: After breakfast drive to Serengeti National Park with picnic lunches along the way and stop at Olduvai Gorge and Shifting Sands, where local Guide will give a brief explanation about the Gorge and Shifting Sands. Thereafter game drive en-route to Serengeti. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge. From Lake Manyara National Park to Serengeti National Park is about 245km, approximately 3hrs drives, but from Lake Manyara NP to Olduvai Gorge is 160km approximately 2hrs drive.

Olduvai Gorge: The earliest signs of mankind are at Laetoli, where hominid footprints are preserved in volcanic rock 3.6 million years old. Excavations, mainly by the Archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey, yielded four different kinds of hominids showing a gradual increase in brain size and in the complexity of their stone tools. The first scull of Zinjanthropus commonly known as ‘Nutcracker man’, who lived about 1.75 million years ago, was found here.

Shifting Sand: This remarkable black dune, composed of volcanic ash from Loony Lengai, is being blown slowly westwards across the plains, at the rate of about 100 meters every six years. Some nine meters high and 100 meters long in its curve, it can be found to the north of Odupai Gorge.

Day 6: After breakfast, morning game drive, lunch at the lodge and then afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge.

Serengeti National Park: It's 350km (208 miles), approximately 6hrs-7hrs drive from Arusha. Stretching North to Kenya and bordering lake Victoria to the west. It's size 14,763 sq km (5,700 sq miles). Tanzania's oldest and most popular National Park, also a world Heritage site and recently proclaimed a world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for it's annual migration when some six million hooves pound the open plains as more than 200,000 zebras, 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest's trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migrations is quite, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillation game-viewing in Africa; Great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant, giraffe, eland, topi, kongoni, impala, gazelle, lion prides, leopards, cheeters, hyenas, etc. But there is more to Serengeti than large animals. Gaudy agama lizards and rock hyraxes scuffle around the surface of the park's isolated granite kopjes full 100 varieties of dung beetle have been recorded, as have 500-plus bird species.

Day 7: After breakfast morning game drive in the park with picnic boxes along the way to Ngorongoro Crater arrives in time for dinner and overnight at Rhino Lodge.

Ngorongoro Crater: Its 190km from Arusha, approximately 3hrs-3:30hrs drive. From Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater is about 135km approximately 3hrs drive. Ngorongoro is a huge Caldera (collapsed volcano), 304 sq km in size and 600 m deep. The rich pasture and permanent water of the crater floor supports a large resident population of wildlife of up to 25,000 predominantly grazing-animals. These include wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, buffalo, eland, kongoni, warthog, hippo, elephant, waterbuck, reedbuck, bushbuck, baboons, vervet monkey, dik-dik, ackals, lion, leopard, cheeter, serval cats, hyenas, etc; Including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. The mixture of forest, canyons, grassland plains, lakes and marshes provide habitats for a wide range of birdlife. The most numerous and recent inhabitants of the Ngorongoro area are the Maasai, who arrived about 200n years ago. Their strong insistence on traditional custom and costume interests many visitors. As today there are approximately 42,000 Maasai pastoralists living in Ngorongoro with their Cattle, goats and sheep. Their presence is the main difference between the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Tanzania’s National Parks, which do not allow human habitation. Cultural ‘bomas’ or Maasai village give visitors the chance to meet Maasai people on their own terms and learn more about this complex and interesting culture. 

Day 8: After breakfast, Crater Tour with Lunch boxes and then drive to Arusha. Shopping along the way and arrive in time for early dinner at Ilboru Safari Lodge. Thereafter evening transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home. It’s about 190km, approximately 3hrs drive to Arusha.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- $ 4,231.00 per person sharing-3 couples in a stretched Land cruiser
- $ 4,378.00 per person sharing-2 couples in a Vehicle
- $ 4,819 .00 per person sharing-1 couple in a Vehicle.

Price Includes:
- wedding food
- Maasai/wedding dress
- Traditional/Maasai dance
- Marriage Certificates
- Crews, decorations and other contents for wedding
- Full board accommodation in Lodges/camps
- Camping equipments
- Park entry fees
- Vehicle 4WD
- Transfers
- Crater fee
- Maasai Boma
- Cultural Visit
- Walking
- Olduvai Visit, Shifting sands
- Soft drinks on game drives
- Meals on the last day.

Price Excludes:
- Bar drinks
- Laundry
- International flight
- Gratuities
- Things of personal nature,
- Tips at Lodges/Hotels, Tip for Driver Guide & Cook, etc. 

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