This combination safari features the Gorillas, Tanzania’s best wildlife experiences and cultural interactions throughout the itinerary with opportunities to learn about the lives of the local people. We will experience game drives in the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire NP. In addition, we spend time visiting the local Batwa, Masai, Hadzabe and Datoga tribes as well as visit our local school project.
Day 1: Kigali
On arrival at Kigali Airport you will be met and transferred to the Kigali Ubumwe Grande Hotel for your overnight rest.
Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
This morning you will be briefed by your guide before we depart for the Uganda border to complete border formalities. A short drive to our first activity, the Batwa Trail, a cultural experience that offers a glimpse of the traditional life of the Batwa (pygmies) who were forest dwellers. The activity introduces travelers to Batwa life comprised of hunting, fruit gathering, collecting honey and performing of rituals in the caves within the forest. The Batwa lived in harmony with forest animals including the mountain gorillas for over 500,000 years. They are the main beneficiaries of the activity. Continue to check in to our lodge in the Bwindi area for check in, dinner and overnight rest.
Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Today you set off on your Uganda gorilla tracking adventure in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – home to half of the world’s total mountain gorilla population. While trekking through the dense forest you’ll have the opportunity to view the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of the Gentle Giants of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park surely is the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer. After this captivating and unforgettable experience you will head back to your lodge for some relaxation.
Day 4: Kigali
We depart this morning to return back across the Rwandan border and on to Kigali where a tour will be undertaken the Genocide Memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide and how Rwanda has dealt with that past. The recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience. After a visit check into your hotel for your overnight rest.
Day 5: Arusha
Transfer today to Kigali airport for your flight to Kilimanjaro airport (cost of flight not included). On arrival at Kilimanjaro airport you will be met and transfer to Arusha town situated at the foot of Mount Meru. Check in to the Four Points Sheraton Arusha, a modern hotel nestled against one of the most majestic backdrops of the picturesque Mount Meru, sister peak to Africa’s highest summit, Mount Kilimanjaro.
Day 6: Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast transfer check out of the hotel and set off to Tarangire National Park for a game drive. The park has an incredible diversity of landscapes and vegetation and is famous for the large number of elephants, baobabs and climbing lions. The topography of the hills covered with baobabs and anthills is divided by the river Tarangire which attracts a large number of animals migrating in the dry season. Continue in the afternoon to the Manyara area and to check into the lovely Escarpment Luxury Lodge for dinner.
Day 7: Lake Manyara National Park
This morning after breakfast drive into Lake Manyara National Park for game drives for a better part of the morning. Located in the northern part of Tanzania, Lake Manyara National Park is 330 sq kms, and is well known for the tree climbing lions, the soda ash lake and its flamingos, We are talking about breathtaking scenery! Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we have our fist cultural experience as we head to visit Mto Wa Mbu township. Enjoy and indulge yourself in the diverse culture of Tanzania as you take a guided walking tour through the local streets of Mto wa Mbu to see the local life. Return to your lodge for dinner.
Day 8: Serengeti
Depart after breakfast this morning and drive past the Ngorongoro Crater area en route to the Serengeti. We will make a stop at the famous Olduvai Gorge Palaeolithic site and reputed Cradle of Mankind Museum for a visit followed by a picnic lunch. Continue with a game drive in the Serengeti en route to our lovely luxury tented camp where we will check in for dinner.
Day 9: Serengeti
You will enjoy a full day of game drives in the Serengeti today either with morning and afternoon excursions or a full day exploring the reaches of the Seronera area, the most wildlife-rich region of the Serengeti. Whilst the annual migration is the Serengeti’s most famous attraction, the park is also renowned for its wealth of lion,cheetah, zebra, giraffe, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, eland, impala, klipspringer, hippo and warthog.
Day 10: Serengeti
Spend all day on safari in the reserve with morning and afternoon game drives. The Serengeti is one of the most densely populated wildlife arenas anywhere on earth. You also have the option of doing a memorable morning Hot Air Balloon Safari at an additional cost.
Day 11: Ngorongoro
After breakfast depart with game drive en route through the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. We will stop for a visit to a traditional Masai homestead where we will gain some insight into these iconic peoples of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem. Continue to the Ngorongoro area and check in to the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge which offers the finest location of all the crater rim lodges. This afternoon is free for you to enjoy the majestic setting of the lodge.
Day 12: Karatu
Rise early with a packed breakfast to descend for half day game drive in the crater. Often referred to as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the largest volcanic craters in the world covering a total area of 264 square kilometres. An utterly unique biosphere, the Crater harbours grasslands, swamps, forests, salt pans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife, all enclosed within its towering walls. It boasts a high concentration of wildlife with exceptionally close range viewing opportunities. Leaving the crater behind, we will continue to check into the Acacia Farm Lodge. This afternoon we will visit a local coffee plantation to gain insight into the industry around this important crop.
Day 13: Karatu
Depart early this morning for the shores of Lake Eyasi. Today is a day to be immersed in culture as we spend the day with the local Hadzabe and Datoga tribes. The Hadzabe & Datoga are indigenous ethnic groups living around Lake Eyasi in the central Rift Valley. There are about 1300 Hadza people living in Tanzania, however only around 300 Hadza still survive exclusively based on the traditional means of foraging. As descendants of Tanzania’s aboriginal hunter-gatherer population, they have probably occupied their current territory for thousands of years, with relatively little modification to their basic way of life. We will have the opportunity to interact with them first hand and perhaps participate in some of their daily activities. Leaving the lake behind, we will continue to the visit our local school project, Simba Milima Primary School where you will have the opportunity to learn about the school and interact with the students.
After a leisurely breakfast continue back with your guide to to Arusha for a late lunch at Arusha Coffee Lodge and then dropped off at Kilimanjaro airport for your flight home. You have the option of being dropped of at Manyara airstrip should you wish to fly down to Zanzibar for some post-safari relaxation.
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|02 Sep 2021||15 Sep 2021||USD $5635||USD $1305||USD $1165|
|23 Sep 2021||06 Oct 2021||USD $5635||USD $1305||USD $1165|
|07 Oct 2021||20 Oct 2021||USD $5635||USD $1305||USD $1165|
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