Details of Hakuna Matata Tanzania Safari - 9 days tour
DAY 1 - TRANSPORT FROM AIRPORT
On day 1 our driver will pick you up at the airport or city, depending on your place of arrival and take you to hotel in Arusha.
Our staff will meet you at hotel and together we will have short briefing to finalize details and answer any additional questions regarding your upcoming safari.
DAY 2 – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Depart from Arusha at 8am and drive to Tarangire National Park.
We will begin the game viewing at the richest vista of an endless golden savannah. You will see the Tarangire River with Baobab trees all along the river-banks. This is a well established view point, where game can be viewed ambling to and from the river throughout the day. Thousands of animals migrate from Maasai steppe to Tarangire River looking for water. You might be able to see three rare species of animals; the Greater Kadu, the Fringe-eared Oryx as well as a few Ashy Starlings.
Picnic lunches will be set on some of the picnic sites in the proximity of wildlife. Dinner and overnight at lodge/campsite according to the type of accommodation options requested.
DAY 3 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, we will start our drive past the unique and gorgeous Ngorongoro Conservation Area via the famous Oldupai Gorge also known as “The Cradle of Mankind” to the Serengeti National Park.
The gorge lies on the same spot where once lay an ancient lake, which was covered by thick layers of volcanic ash, which carefully preserved the world's earliest records of mankind. This extremely important prehistoric site was discovered by Louis and Mary Leakey and the exhibitions from different periods in its history are on display in the Oldupai Gorge Museum, located on the gorge’s rim.
Our visit will also include the famous Maasai bomas, where you will be able to meet the Maasai people and get to know their culture and habits.
Upon entering the Serengeti National Park for your game drive, the most intriguing and yet amazing African landscape rolls before your eyes. Here you will experience African wildlife in all its glory.
Dinner and overnight in the heart of the Serengeti National Park according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.
DAY 4 – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
At 06.00h we will start the sunrise game drive. You will be accompanied by the melodic singing of the birds while searching for leopards and lions hunting for their morning meal and contrastingly calm hippos, returning to their watery homes with their family.
We will return to the campsite or lodge, where we will enjoy a late breakfast at 9:00. We will continue our game drive at 10.30 and stay in the wilderness for the rest of the day.
Our safari drive will continue according according to the time of year and we will follow the animals on their trail. Dinner and overnight in the heart of the Serengeti National Park according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.
DAY 5 - SERENGETI NP- NGORONGORO CA
After breakfast, we will start with a morning game drive thru the Serengeti National Park and then head towards Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
The highlight of the expedition will be a game drive in the Serengeti. As far as the eye can see, thousands upon thousands of animals in herds, wildebeests and zebras migrating together, tall and graceful giraffes, jumping antelopes and gazelles, the powerful African elephant and the most respected group of animals: the predators. You will be able to spot lean cheetahs and shy leopards, foraging hyenas, and last but not least, the king himself; the lion.
While game viewing, we will proceed with picnic lunches. Dinner and overnight on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.
DAY 6 - NGORONGORO CRATER – LAKE EYASI
After breakfast, we will proceed to Ngorongoro crater for a full-day game drive, the crater is one of the 8th natural wonders of the world.
From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, descending down into the crater, you will enjoy amazing panoramic view and if you are lucky, you will see the Big five. The caldera exhibits more than 120 species of mammals. We will also visit saline lakes such as Lake Magadi, which is a magnet for flamingos and other water birds. We will also see pools full of hippos, the endangered East African black rhino as well as birds such as the secretary bird, the white stork arriving from Europe during the wet season and kori bustards, crowned cranes and ostriches. It is for sure a landscape of sheer beauty. Another big drawing card to this picturesque park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which can require the trained eye of your guide to spot.
After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch in the park. Thereafter we will make our way to Lake Eyasi. Dinner and overnight at Lake Eyasi Lodge according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.
DAY 7 – LAKE EYASI HUNTING WITH HADZABE TRIBE
We will start our day before breakfast and visit the village, where we will find - the Hadzabe tribe.
The local hunters will prepare a performance of hunting techniques just for us. They are not merely a stylish display, but reveal their everyday life when they hunt for animals to feed their families. You will be asked to watch quietly and be as motionless as possible, as they will show how they attract animals with distinct motions, sometimes with the help of animal body parts, such as antelope horns and then poison them with home made products. The Hadzabe are endangered with an only about 2,000 Bushmen and women left and are the only tribe that has stayed true to nature.
We will return to the lodge to eat our late breakfast and then head with picnic lunches to Lake Eyasi.
Lake Eyasi is a shallow soda lake and in the dry season the lake sometimes disappears completely. When the water level is fairly high, it is an important water source for many animals and a seasonal stop for some of the most beautiful bird species, including two species of flamingoes. Large flocks of these colorful birds come to the lake’s shore every year, because it ensures a healthy and safe breeding ground. During the periods of high water levels, the lake’s borders are flooded and attract other animals, such as hippos.
We will take time to meet the Datooga people, who are mostly farmers and cattle breeders. Dinner and overnight in the campsite/lodge according to the type of accommodation options requested.
DAY 8 - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Depart after breakfast to Lake Manyara National Park for game viewing and picnic lunch. We will drive for about two hours, passing through the agricultural and fresh produce market town of Mto Wa Mbu, situated next to the entrance of the Lake Manyara National Park. The town is a souvenir hunters paradise.
We will enter Lake Manyara National Park, a photographers paradise for game viewing. Expect to see a park teeming with wildlife including the famous tree climbing lions resting in acacia trees. From your vehicles, you will have a marvelous view of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, sparkling in the sun.
Dinner and overnight in the campsite/lodge according to the type of accommodation options requested.
DAY 9 – MARANGU VILLAGE TOUR and WATERFALLS
At the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro outside the entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park lies the beautiful town of Marangu. Here, locals have planned various walking tours through valleys and numerous waterfalls depicting mountain village life.
We will start by walking along the Marangu Village and visiting the local blacksmiths, then head off to the waterfalls, during your approximately 3 hour roundtrip trek to the waterfalls you will enjoy the scenery of small coffee and banana farms. There are colorful local markets in different locations within walking distances held twice a week in where "bananas" selling takes place. Marangu is the largest market for the sale of bananas in the country and attracts buyers from all over Tanzania.
Dinner and overnight in Moshi in the campsite/lodge according to the type of accommodation options requested.