Day 1: Amboseli National Park. We depart Nairobi and take the drive south to the Amboseli National Park. Famed as one of the best places to see free-ranging Elephants the park also boasts a magnificent view of Mt Kilimanjaro on clear days. Predominantly a community run enterprise there will also be opportunity to meet the local people of this area. Meals: Lunch, Dinner. Overnight: Campsite close to NP Entrance.
Day 2: Tanzania – Arusha. After a wonderful morning’s game drive in Amboseli NP we will cross over the border at Namanga and enter Tanzania. From there we travel to Tanzania’s safari-hub town of Arusha. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight: Meserani Camp.
Day 3: Tarangire NP. Around 120 km southwest of Arusha lies Tarangire NP, at only 2850 km² it is Tanzania’s 6th largest National Park and most famous for the large numbers Elephant, Baobab Trees and the elusive tree-climbing Lions and African Pythons. In the afternoon we enjoy a game drive before setting up camp just outside the park for another evening under the vast African sky. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight: Campsite just outside NP.
Days 4-5: Serengeti NP. At 14,763 km² the Serengeit NP is massive and although we will spend 2 whole days traversing the larger and smaller roads through the park, we will still only see a fraction of the area. Serengeti is one of Africa’s most famous wildlife areas and its reputation for excellent game viewing is well deserved. As well as being home to The Big 5 (Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhino) the sheer seasonal numbers of plains game such as Zebra and Wildebeest are often more memorable. It is possible to book the optional Balloon Safari on the morning of the second day in the Serengeti, but this activity has to be pre-booked in advance. Optional Activities: Balloon Safari over the Serengeti. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight: Campsite inside NP, we will choose best camp for season.
Day 6: Ngorongoro Conservation Area. No visit to this part of the world would be complete without calling in at Olduvai Gorge, site of the Laetoli hominid footprints, Oldupai Museum and many fossilised hominid, animal and plant specimens. Four different types of hominid have been discovered here, with more than 60 remains comprising the archaeological record. A self-guided tour of the museum and a short lecture provides an excellent start to learning more about the history of hominids and other mammals. We will also visit a Masaai Boma in order to spend some time with these remarkable people who live side by side with the animals we have just seen in the Serengeti. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight: Simba Campsite.
Day 7: Ngorongoro and Lake Eyasi. Although commonly referred to as The Ngorongoro Crater, it is actually a caldera. At over 20 km’s across and 600m deep the Ngorongoro Caldera is the largest unbroken, un-flooded caldera in the world and clear testimony to this region’s volcanic history. The ‘crater’ is the most renowned part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a unique area where more than 25 000 wild animals occupy the crater-floor; we will spend our entire morning game viewing here. In the afternoon we will travel to Lake Eyasi, home to some of East Africa’s last hunter-gather tribes, the Hadzabe, who have lived in this area for over 10 000 years. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight: Kisima Ngeda Lodge Camp.
Day 8: Lake Eyasi Hadzabe Hunting Tour. This morning we experience a unique way of life when we meet with the Hazabe people of the Lake Eyasi area. Numbering at only around 1000, only 300-400 members of this tribe still live the traditional hunter-gather life. Traditionally considered to be the East African branch of the Khoisan people (their language also uses click-sounds), modern genetic research has suggested the Hazabe may be more closely related to the Pygmies! In the afternoon we journey to Mto wa Mbu (pronounced ‘umto wambu’) where we overnight close to the village. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight: Camp near village.
Day 9: Mto wa Mbu. Do not be scared off by the translation of the name Mto wa Mbu, it means River of Mosquitoes, but is far better known as the place where, it is said, you can find members of 120 different tribes. We will be taking a guided walk through the village and surrounding areas including a visit to a Chagga Banana Beer brewery, where you can sample the local brew. We will also visit some small handicraft stalls of the Makonde people. After a traditional lunch we will drive back to Arusha where your tour ends. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
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