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13 – Day Northern Circuit - Tanzania

This safari features the cultural and wildlife highlights of Northern Tanzania

Departure dates: This safari is available all year round and can run on short notice.

Group size: This safari is for a min. of 2 and a max. of 6 guests

Rate: USD3,649.30 (incl. USD1,525 national park and conservation fees)

Itineraries

Day 1

Mto wa Mbu Village and Lake Eyasi

Drive to Mto wa mbu village for a cultural tour of this village by bicycles and walking. Immerse yourself in the local culture during this cultural tour Mto wa Mbu. The guide will walk with you through the streets of this African farming village, surrounded by beautiful nature. During this tour you visit an African school, church, market and banana brewery. A great way to get an insight in the daily life of local people. This activity will take about 2 hours. A part of the money will go to the local community. After lunch drive to Lake Eyasi. The scenery of Lake Eyasi differs dramatically to that of the surrounding areas. Compared to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Highlands this area seems downright tropical. Palm trees border the lake and make homes for birds such as Fischer’s lovebird. Other trees in this area include the umbrella thorn acacia and sand paper bush. The weather is nearly always very hot and intense, as the lake is located in floor of the Rift Valley, the oldest rift in the world. The rift is thought to have opened over 65 million years ago, shortly after dinosaurs became extinct. Lake Eyasi’s water levels vary greatly between the rainy and dry seasons. During the dry season the lake is virtually nonexistent and animals are forced to share what water is left, which makes for easier wildlife viewing. The lake can get quite deep during the rainy season and it attracts hippos who like to cool off in its brackish waters. Visit the lake till sunset. Overnight at Eyasi Campsite

Day 2

Hadzabe and Datoga culture

The Hadzabe bushmen live in this region, as do the Datoga and Mbulu tribes. A visit with the bushmen is worthwhile and they will graciously show you where and how they live and hunt. They subsist entirely off the bush and by bow hunting. Everything they use is made from local materials, including their bows which are strung with giraffe tendon and their arrows which are coated in lethal poison. Their language resembles that of Kalahari bushmen tribe (who were featured in the 1980 film ‘The Gods Must Be Crazy’) with clicking noises used. The Datoga and Mbulu people are pastoralists, like the Masai people. Very early in the morning visit the Hadzabe tribesmen ( These are bushman, the tribe has less then two hundred people depending on hunting and gatharing wild fruits. They live under the bush or a baobab tree.) Go hunting with them, then visit the second village of Datoga tribe which is a Nomadic tribe who keeps cattle and they work with iron.( Black smith ) Then Drive to Ngorongoro conservation area for overnight at Simba Campsite.

Day 3 - 4

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s most famous sites and is said to have the highest density of wildlife in Africa. Sometimes described as an ‘eighth wonder of the world’, the Crater has achieved world renown, attracting an ever-increasing number of visitors each year. You are unlikely to escape other vehicles here, but you are guaranteed great wildlife viewing in a genuinely mind-blowing environment. There is nowhere else in Africa quite like Ngorongoro! The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Forming a spectacular bowl of about 265 square kilometres, with sides up to 600 metres deep; it is home to approximately 30,000 animals at any one time. The Crater rim is over 2,200 metres high and experiences its own climate. From this high vantage point it is possible to make out the tiny shapes of animals making their way around the crater floor far below. Swathes of cloud hang around the rocky rim most days of the year and it’s one of the few places in Tanzania where it can get chilly at night. 2 x full day tour of the Ngorongoro crater and overnight at Simba Campsite.

Day 5

Ngorongoro - Ndutu Area

This area is characterized by savannah with low grass and rich in minerals. A key role is played by the two salt lakes and the surrounding marshes that are located here: Lake Ndutu and Lake Masek. In the period from December to March the area acts as a backdrop, with the arrival of the rains, to the spectacle of the great migration. Thousands of puppies are born here. Between April and May, they are ready to follow adults and participate in transhumance in search of new pastures and water to survive. Therefore, from December to March, in the area of Lake Ndutu, it is possible to observe many herds ready for reproduction and calving. Here, it is possible to find a significant amount of animals all year round, even during dry season: elephants, ostriches, giraffes, impalas, gazelles, lions, jackals, hyenas and cheetahs as well as crocodiles and to hippos who live close (or within) the lakes. Drive to Ndutu area for a game drive, overnight at Ndutu Campsite.

Day 6

Southern Serengeti

The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was established in 1952. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth - the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. There’s a wide variety of accommodation available, from luxury lodges to mobile camps. The park covers 5,700 sq miles, (14,763 sq km), it’s larger than Connecticut, with at most a couple hundred vehicles driving around. The Park can be divided into 3 sections. The popular southern/central part (Seronera Valley), is what the Maasai called the “serengit”, the land of endless plains. It’s classic savannah, dotted with acacias and filled with wildlife. The western corridor is marked by the Grumeti River, and has more forests and dense bush. The north, Lobo area, meets up with Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, is the least visited section. Two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves have been established within the 30,000 km² region. It’s unique ecosystem has inspired writers from Ernest Hemingway to Peter Mattheissen, filmakers like Hugo von Lawick and Alan Root as well as numerous photographers and scientists - many of which have put their works at our disposal to create this website. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. Early man himself made an appearance in Olduvai Gorge about two million years ago. Some patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves. It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back.
Fullday tour of the Serengeti south, Overnight at Seronera Campsite.

Day 7 - 8

Central and Western Serengeti

Full day tour of central and western corridors of Serengeti, Overnight at Seronera Campsite

Day 9

Western and Northern Serengeti

After early morning Game drive, drive to Lobo. Game drive enroute. Overnight at Lobo Campsite

Day 10 - 11

Mara Crossing

Drive to Mara river to see the migration crossings of wildebeests and zebras. Overnight at Lobo Campsite

Day 12

Lake Natron

Drive to Lake Natron, visit the waterfall take a healthy shower under the falls after a long dusty drive. Overnight a Lake Natron Campsite.

Day 13

Lake Natron Back to Arusha

Early in the morning visit the lake, walk with the flamingos then drive to Arusha curio shopping enroute. End of the tour at Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home

Transpotation:
– Transport in a 4×4 Open – Roof – Safari vehicle
– Transfer

Accommodation:
– Camping in canvas bow tents during the safari.

Fees:
Park Fees and Concession fees.
– Crater Service fees

Activities:

– Visit Hadzabe tribes, Datoga, Mto wa mbu and Maasai villages.
– Game drives as stated in the detailed itinerary

Food and drinks during Safari:

– Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
– non-alcoholic beverages ie Coke, Fanta.
– Drinking water 3 litres a day per person
– Tea and coffee.

Camping Equipment

Canvas Bow Tent for 2 guests, stretchers, mattresses, table, chairs, kitchen box, gas cooker.

Services of a Driver/ Guide (one person) and a cook

– visa and travel insurance (incl. evacuation)
– tips, curios
– food in hotels on the day of arrival and departure is not include.
– optional activities i.e. Olduvai gorge ( Historic site on the Serengeti road)

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