The emphasis is on visits to wildlife parks such as Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. The Maasai excursion will satisfy your needs for cultural enrichment. Then, after a five-day stay in Zanzibar with its white sandy shores, you will be fully rested and ready to fly home.
Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania and transfer to Moshi
Today you will arrive in Tanzania. A representative of Makasa will pick you up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and will bring you to Moshi where you will spend the first night.
Accommodation: Kilimanjaro Lodge, Bed & Breakfast
Kilimanjaro Lodge is part of Mama Clementina Foundation: A secondary school for young girls in Tanzania. Kilimanjaro Lodge is a nice hotel with good service and a nice environment. The hotel is located a bit out of the centre of Moshi and therefore very quiet and peaceful. With your stay you will help the school.
Day 2: Olpopongi Maasai
At 09.00 o clock we will pick you up from your hotel and we will drive to Olpopongi (65 km). Your will spend your day in this authentic Maasai-Village and share the Maasai life. We will visit a Museum and do a Village Tour, a Traditional Lunch, a Walking Safari in the Maasai territory, we will learn Maasai hunting techniques & more about natural Maasai medicine.
Accommodation: Olpopongi Maasai, Full Board
A comfortable Cowhide bed in your private Maasai-house.
Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park
Today your safari starts! In the morning your guide will pick you up from the Maasai village and we will drive to Lake Manyara National Park which takes about 3,5 hour. The park offers a mosaic of vegetation habitats which can sustain a high density of wildlife. Its ground water forest which acts like a giant filtering sponge which gradually releases water so it can flow gently into streams, instead of running off, prevents the soil from eroding. From its high concentrations of animals such as elephant, buffalo and antelopes to its dense forests of Trichilia spp, ficus spp and Acacia spp, the park is diverse with both wildlife and vegetation. With its location at the base of the east African rift valley along the Gregory rift, it offers spectacular viewing of the escarpment. Lake Manyara is one of those national parks which offers rich and diverse game viewing within a reasonably small area. From its thick ground water forest at the park entrance to its more arid acacia woodland in the south. It is one of the best areas for elephant viewing and close encounters are very common. The bird life here is also exceptional. Because of its thick brush and forested areas, viewing of cats is not so common. We will spend the whole afternoon in the park and then in the late afternoon head to the lodge.
Accommodation: Rhotia Valley, Full Board
Rhotia Valley is a project, completely embedded in the community of Rhotia in Tanzania. It's aim is to give support to the people of the Rhotia area, especially to the children. Rhotia Valley consists of Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge on one hill and Rhotia Valley Children's Home on the opposite hill.
Day 4: Transfer Karatu – Serengeti National Park
Today we will drive to Serengeti National Park. In the afternoon you will arrive in the park and there will be some time for a gamedrive.
Accommodation: serengeti katikati Tented Camp, Full Board
This semi permanent camp consists of eleven en-suite tents with king size beds with mosquito nets, toilets & shower rooms and veranda. The camp is well placed in real wilderness where you can observe different types of animals from your own tent.
Day 5 and 6: Serengeti National Park
We will spend two full days in Serengeti National Park. Serengeti National Park gets its name from the Maasai word Siringitu meaning endless Plain. The Serengeti is located along the rift valley and is abound with geological formations. One of Serengeti’s defining features are its Kopjes pronounced copy, a feature of continual weathering. These islands in the sea of grass are formed as the top soil comprising of rock and ash is eroded exposing the covered layer of metamorphic rock. These exposed rock forms “kopjes” are round as a result of spherical wind weathering. The national park covers an area of 14800 square kilometers most of which is grass plains. These rich grass plains a result of ash deposited by volcanic eruptions, and is home to 3 million animals. Within these grass plains the scattered kopjes act as a heaven for animals from grass fires, predators and the heat. The game drives in this park are exceptional and game viewing incredible. This park offers the best opportunity of viewing Cheetah, Leopards and Lions.
Accommodation: serengeti katikati Tented Camp, Full Board
Day 7: Transfer to Karatu
In the morning there will be still some time to enjoy Serengeti National Park. In the late morning you will drive to Karatu.
Accommodation: Endoro Lodge or Rhino lodge, Full board
With an outstanding view to Ngorongoro Highland Forest, Endoro Lodge is a beautiful and peaceful lodge and the perfect place to enjoy your safari.
Day 8: Ngorongoro crater
In the morning we will drive to the crater. Ngorongoro is a unique crater known as a Caldera. A Caldera is the aftereffect of a volcanic collapse, an implosion rather than explosion, Ngorongoro was formed some two million years ago. The Ngorongoro is found within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area authority and ecologically it covers an area of 8300 square Kilometers with varied terrain and altitudes. These variations result in diverse and distinct habitats from grassy plains to montane forest. The Crater itself measures an average of 18 Kilometers in diameter and approximately 700 meter vertical drop. Apart from being home to 25000 large animals it forms part of what is known as the Serengeti-Ngorongoro-Maasai Mara ecosystem. This ecosystem allows for the free movement of 1.5 million animals in their continuous search for green pastures known as the migration. The crater is one of the prime areas to observe the endangered Black rhino and black manned Lions. The end of the day we drive out of the crater.
Accommodation: Endoro Lodge,or Rhino lodge Full board
Day 9 to 13: Zanzibar
Today you will drive from Karatu to Kilimanjaro Airport. From here you will fly to the tropical island Zanzibar. Zanzibar is an island off the east coast of Tanzania. This magnificent island has pearl white beaches, a clear blue sea and pleasant temperatures that fluctuate between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius. A driver is waiting for you at the airport and will bring you to your hotel. You will stay here for 5 nights.
Accommodation: Kilima Kidogo, Bed & Breakfast
You will be pleasantly surprised by this hidden jewel on Zanzibar Island - Kilima Kidogo guesthouse. The guesthouse is situated between Paje and Jambiani Villages along a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach on the East coast of Zanzibar. This oceanfront resort is hidden amongst lush tropical palms and the stunning natural surroundings and lots of sunshine provide a relaxed atmosphere and a tropical getaway for couples and families. There is a restaurant, bar, spa and swimming pool in this guesthouse.
Day 14: Flight to back home.
A driver will bring you to Zanzibar airport. From here you will fly to Airport back home.
end of 14 days Tanzania cultural safari.
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