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The base for visits is the small oasis of Engaresero (also spelled Ngare Sero; ‘impermanent water’ in Maasai) on the lake's southwestern shore.


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$4318.75 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Camp or Lodge Safari 8 Days

Day 1: Moshi – Tarangire National ParkWe will pick up you up from your hotel in Moshi at 8:30am to head to Tarangire National Park. You will be provided with a picnic lunchbox, arriving at the park late morning before enjoying a game drive for the rest of the day. After your fill of wildlife you will head to your campsite.  Day 2: Tarangire National Park – Lake Eyasi:Rise early to enjoy a morning game drive in this beautiful park.  Late morning you will leave the park to drive to Lake Eyasi (approximately 3 hour drive).  This afternoon you can meet the Datoga tribe, famous for being the ‘blacksmiths of Tanzania’. Later afternoon your guide can talk you for a walking safari around the edge of the lake.  You will have dinner prepared by your safari chef and overnight at Lake Eyasi campsite. Day 3: Track the Hadzabe bushmen – Ngorongoro Conservation Areai: Following an early breakfast at the campsite you will take a walk through the scattered bush to the Bushmen’s home. After spending the morning with the Hadzabe you will head back to the campsite for lunch before heading off to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.  Arrive on the edge of the crater rim to set up camp at Simba Campsite.  Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater  - Serengeti NPAnother early start this morning to descend into the Crater floor for a game drive when the wildlife are most active.  Your lunch will be served at the picnic site in the crater. Mid-afternoon you will ascend the crater to drive through to Serengeti National Park, setting up camp in the central Seronera region.Day 5: Central SerengetiThe Serengeti’s name means ‘endless plains’ – there is definitely plenty to explore.  The central region is well known for being a great place to spot big cats as well as plenty of other wildlife.  Enjoy a full day game drive in this region, with a lunchbox provided.  Return to camp for dinner and overnight. Day 6: Serengeti – Lake Natron Today is a long drive but heading through some wonderfully scenic and remote areas.  You will arrive at Lake Natron campsite in the late evening for dinner before heading to bed.Day 7: Lake Natron – Oldoinyo Lengai ClimbHead down to the lake to witness this site famous for flamingo breeding or head off on a hike to the waterfalls or surrounding village areas.  Rest up in the afternoon for your evening trek of the still active volcano Oldoinyo – Lengai Day 8: Lake Natron - MoshiFollowing breakfast at the camp you will commence your drive back to Arusha/Moshi (arrive late evening).

$2910 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tanzania Walking Safari in Ngorongoro Highlands - 7 Days

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro AirportMet ipon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, soon after you will be transferred to Arusha. Dinner and overnight at Karama  Lodge in Arusha.Day 2: Arusha - Ngorongoro Crater Tour:In the morning at 0830hrs drive 190km from Arusha to Ngorongoro, descend into crater floor with packed lunch for a day game drives, picnic lunch will be served in the Crater on the picnic site. After lunch at 1430 hrs ascend the crater and drive out to Olmot crater rim for dinner and overnight, Nainokanoka Campsite. GBDay 3: Nainokanoka - Empakai: Breakfast in your camp, there after climb thru forest and descend into the shallow grass Olmoti crater with lunch box for a half day walking in the Crater. Later ascend the crater on walking for lunch in Nainokanoka Camp, after lunch proceed to Empakai Crater rim for dinner and overnight in the campsite.  Day 4: Empakai - Naiyobi: Breakfast, soon after walk to the crater floor. Take an easy walk to the lake where sometimes-huge flocks of flamingo birds can be seen. Lunch on Empakai crater rim, after lunch walk along the rim to Naiyobi village. Donkeys are one of the crew accompanied with you, dinner and overnight, Naiyobi village. Camping. Day 5: Naiyobi - Oldonyo Lengai: Breakfast, then proceed walking with lunch en route to the base of the Mountain of God, Dinner and overnight. At night hours start ascending the Mountain of God, an active volcanic mountain, its hot, arduous ascend to its menacing crater. Feel strength, you can make it. The guides will advice time to leave from the peak and descend to the base for breakfast. Day 6: Ol-Lengai - Lake Natron: Breakfast followed by walking along the rift valley to Lake Natron the Soda Lake. Lunch at midday. Walking around the lake,  visit the waterfalls just near the lake. Dinner and overnight at Natron campsite. FBDay 7: Natron - Arusha:-After breakfast, relax at leisure in the camp until 1100jhrs the time you will be picked with your packed lunch for Arusha via Mto-wa Mbu Village. End of Services.The above Itinerary Includes:-- Arrival and departure Airport Transfers- All entrance fees.- Full board accommodation on tour s per itinerary- Service of an English speaking driver guide (on request we can provide a guide of your language)- Transport based on an excellent 4WD Safari Vehicle- Driver's Salary and allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver- Game drives as per the Itinerary- Complementary bottle of water - Government taxes Package Excludes: - Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry, Internet etc.- International flight- Departure tax- Tips to drivers (highly recommended)- Visa, Travel Insurance

$2000 Cultural & Theme Tours

7 days Great Walking Safari Ngorongoro Highlands

Day 1: Arusha - Ngorongoro Crater Tour: In the morning at 0800hrs drive 190km from Arusha to Ngorongoro, descend into crater floor with packed lunch for a day game drives, picnic lunch will be served in the Crater on the picnic site at Ngoitoktok swamp a hippo pool. After lunch at 1430 hrs ascend the crater and drive out to Olmot crater rim for dinner and overnight, Nainokanoka Campsite. GB Day 2: Nainokanoka - Empakai:  Breakfast in your camp, there after climb thru forest and descend into the shallow grass Olmoti crater with lunch box for a half day walking in the Crater. At 12hrs ascend the crater on walking for lunch in Nainokanoka Camp, after lunch drive in your 4wd vehicle to Empakai Crater rim for dinner and overnight in the campsite. GB  Day 3: Empakai - Naiyobi:  Breakfast in the camp, walk down from the east rim to the crater floor. It is a pristine forested crater with no roads; take an easy walk to the lake where sometimes-huge flocks of flamingo birds can be seen. Lunch on Empakai crater rim, after lunch walk along the rim to Naiyobi village. Donkeys are one of the crew accompanied with you, dinner and overnight, Naiyobi village. Camping. FB Day 4: Naiyobi - Oldonyo Lengai:  Breakfast in the camp, then proceed with your walking with lunch en route to the base of the Mountain of God hence the name to the Maasai for dinner and overnight. At night hours start ascending the Mountain of God, an active volcanic mountain, its hot, arduous ascend to its menacing crater. Feel strength, you can make it. The guides will advise time to leave from the peak and descend to the base for breakfast.  Day 5: Ol-Lengai - Lake Natron:  Breakfast followed by walking along the rift valley to Lake Natron the Soda Lake where many water birds can be seen including Flamingo birds which breed and produce their own food on the lake-this is very interesting. You will have lunch on the way and dinner and overnight Lake Natron campsite. FB Day 6: Lake Natron:  Breakfast followed by walking around the lake exploring the area, experience both the natural environment, people of the Maasai tribe and the residency game wild. Hot lunch at the camp, there after walk to the beautiful waterfalls just near the lake. It is a very nice place that you can even take bath without fear. You will have dinner and overnight Natron in the campsite. FB Day 7: Natron - Arusha: After breakfast, relax at leisure in the camp until 1100jhrs the time you will be picked with your packed lunch for Arusha.

$5615 Kid Friendly

21 Days: Tanzania Safari

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National ParkArusha - Tarangire - Serengeti National Parks and Ngorongoro TRIP NARATION: This is a Wildlife safari that will take you to visit the Northern parks of Tanzania. All the parks are home to small and large animals including birds and reptiles; accommodation can be inside or outside the parks at budget camp sites. You will enjoy and experience nature, wildlife, habit and habitat of the fauna and flora on the natural areas.Day by day Detail:Day 1: Arrival day: Pick up at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to Mc. Elly’s hotel in Arusha based on bed and breakfast.Day 2: Arusha – Arusha National Park.- In the morning pick up from your hotel in Arusha town and drive 30km with packed lunch to Arusha National park for game drives and walking in the park. This park is a home to Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Black and white Colobus Monkey, Baboon and many birds include Turraco and flamingos. Lunch picnic then proceed with afternoon game drives before you drive back to Town in the evening. Dinner and overnight in Mc. Elly’s Hotel Full board.Day 3: Arusha – Tarangire National Park.- In the morning at 0830hrs pick up from your hotel in Arusha and drive on tarmac road 120km to Tarangire National Park for game drives. Lunch picnic there after lunch continue with afternoon game viewing in the park, a home to Lion, Leopard, Elephant, buffalo, Python, Zebra, Oryx, Impala and more… Over 450 species of birds have been observed. Lunch picnic and there after proceed with afternoon game viewing before the drive takes you for dinner and overnight campsite. Full board.Day 4: Tarangire– EngarukaIn the morning after breakfast at your campsite and drive to Engaruka ruins North of Manyara on the Great Rift Valley escapement where you will arrive in time for lunch. Do some walking and enjoy the wonderful scenery of the Rift Valley corridor visit local Maasai Boma Maasai herbalist. Dinner and overnight in Engaruka Campsite. FBDay 5: Engaruka – Lake NatronAfter breakfast continue with walking in Engaruka and visit to see old irrigation system which were used in the 14th century. Engaruka is the only place in East Africa where Maasai have adapted agriculture at 1300 hrs back to the Camp for hot lunch. After lunch travel along the base of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Natron arriving there in the evening. Walk to the wonderful waterfall a very nice place where many visitors do even take bath in this fall. Dinner and overnight in Lake Natron Camp or budget Camping FBDay 6: Full day in Natron.- Breakfast then walk around this beautiful lake where most of time it is covered with pinkish colour of Flamingos. These birds have the habit of producing their own good and breed in this lake thorough explanation about this event. Evening walk again to the waterfall for shower it is very interesting dinner and overnight in your Camp. FBDay 7: Lake Natron – Lobo/ North Serengeti N.P- After breakfast travel to Lobo North of Serengeti Park crossing the Cliff of the Rift Valley with game drives and lunch on the way. Lobo is where the trails of the Serengeti Wildebeest migration has passed on their coming back to Serengeti from Maasai Mara in Kenya. Dinner and overnight at campsite. FB.Day 8: Full day at Lobo North Serengeti N.P- Today you will have a full day game viewing and explore the Lobo North of Serengeti Park to see more animals at this side. Dinner and overnight at campsite. FB.Day 9: Lobo –Serengeti national park – Lake Victoria.Early morning game drive, then drive back to your camp for breakfast and soon after breakfast collect your lunch boxes and proceed to the Ndabaka Gate main gate of Serengeti National park which is at the western corridor of the park to stopover campsite situated to the shore of Lake Victoria which is close from the gate. Dinner and overnight at the camp. Full board.Day 10: Lake Victoria excursion. Today after breakfast you will have a free day for excursion and choose any activities to do. There are many options to do at the lake, canoeing, and fishing with local people, bike hiking and bird watching around the Camp. Note that only two activities are included on the program that you have to choose.Day 11 -12: Serengeti National Park.Soon after breakfast collect your lunch boxes and depart for two full days game drives in the Serengeti. This is the land of most peoples’ safari dreams. Serengeti has an amazing abundance of animals. June – Aug is the season of the Great Wildebeest Migration – a sight to be seen! Apr – May, be prepared for the babies. Spending the day completely off the beaten path, you will likely not see another truck. But we guarantee you will see much more game than those whose vehicles never leave the road! Dinner and overnight at Seronera campsite. Full Board. Day 13: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater Rim- Wake up at 0600hrs for early morning game drives in Serengeti at 0845hrs back to the Camp for breakfast. Then pack your camping equipment and lunchbox and drive to Olduvai Gorge and stop at the museum which overlooks the spectacular gorge. Drive through the gorge. If you would like to take an hour or two to trek through the gorge, please let our driver guide know! Dinner and overnight at Simba campsite. FB Day14: Trekking at Ngorongoro Crater HighlandThe Crater Highlands are part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This is a reserve where the local communities live alongside the wildlife. The highlands consist of volcanoes, not all of which are extinct, rising steeply from the side of the Great Rift Valley in northern Tanzania. They are more than just the Ngorongoro Crater, with a number of impressive peaks of steep escarpments, crater lakes, dense forest, grassy ridges, streams and waterfalls. One volcano, the Ol-Doinyo-Lengai (2878m), is active to this day. It is also home to many Maassai people who have grazed cattle on the grasslands here for hundreds of years.This trek is one of the most beautiful there are in Tanzania. You will meet many Maassai along the way and in their villages. Deep and lush extinct craters will offer you stunning views. After breakfast collect your lunch box and depart for a full day trek at the Ngorongoro highland. Drive to Nainokanoka Village at the Ranger post where trekking starts with armed ranger. You go through the Olmoti crater for the Munge river waterfalls and crater viewing. The crater is the source of Munge River which drains its water into the Ngorngoro crater, passing through the Elbulbul depression where the Maasai livestock mix-graze with herds of Zebras and Wildebeests. This is also a bird-rich area. Lunch will be saved there and later on drive back to Simba campsite for dinner and overnight, Full Board.Day15: Full day Crater Tour- You will have a full day to explore the Crater as you will descend into the Crater floor for both morning game drives each day after a relaxed breakfast. All the BIG FIVE; Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo and Elephant live in this wonderful caldera, others are Zebra, Hippo, Wildebeest, Hyena and more…Birds includes flamingos on the Soda lake Geese Storks, Vultures and more. After lunch, proceed with game viewing while ascending the Crater and drive on back to Arusha for overnight at the Mc.Elly’s Hotel.End of the proposal.3nights Arusha Mc.Elly’s Hotel, 1night Tarangire kigongoni Camp, 1night Engaruka camp, 2nights Lake Natron campsite, 2nights Serengeti at Lobo campsite, 2nights Lake Victoria at Stop over campsite, 2nights Serengeti at Seronera Campsite, 2nights Ngorongoro samba campsite.Each person will pay US$3,075.00 What's Included:  Destinations transfers (airport transfer) Private 4x4 custom built vehicle  All meals during safari (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as per itinerary described above. Drinking water one bottle of 1.5ltr a day while on safari Accommodations as mentioned  Knowledgeable driver/guide  Entrance fees to National Parks and Taxes on fees. Ngorongoro Crater service fee and walking fees FuelNot Included:  International flight  Insurance Visa for Tanzania Beverages Maasai Boma entrance fee and Olduvai Gorge fees Personal things like sleeping bags, rucksack, foot wear and other things like clothing Tips for guide and personal expenses such as laundry and communications.Zanzibar section:Day 16: Airport/Stone Town15h00 Pick up from Zanzibar airport. Transfer to Stone TownOvernight at TEMBO HOTEL (BB)Day 17: Stone Town07h00 Breakfast at the hotel 09h00 Morning guided tour of Stone Town Visits to the fish market, former Slave market site, Sultan Palace, House of Wonders, narrow streets, ancient doors etc 12h00 Lunch at Freddy Mercury restaurant. Afternoon at leisure 16h30 Depart from the hotel to experience a one hour dhow cruise along Stone Town waterfront. Sundowner cocktail Overnight at TEMBO HOTEL (BB)Day 18: Stone Town/ Beach07h00 Breakfast at the hotel 08h00 Transferred to Mangapwani village. Scenery of farming activities. Visit to the Slave chambers and caves 12h30 Barbecue lunch at Mangapwani restaurant. Afternoon at leisure on the beach for optional swimming and sailing. After lunch transfer back to Stone Overnight at TEMBO HOTEL (BB)Day 19 & 20 Beach stayFull days at leisure on the beach. Optional water sports activities Dinners and overnights at TEMBO HOTEL (BB)21 Departure08h00 After breakfast transfer to Zanzibar airport for onward flightEach person will pay US$1,600.00What's Included:  Destinations transfers (airport and excursion transfer) Local air flight Arusha to Zanzibar and Zanzibar to Dar es slaam. Accommodations as mentioned Not Included:  International flight  Insurance Visa for Tanzania Beverages Personal things like sleeping bags, rucksack, foot wear and other things like clothing Tips for guide and personal expenses such as laundry and communications.Please advise back if we can check for room availabilities at the lodges you can opt to use while on safari.ThanksWith kind regards, HamisDuration: 21 days

$4460 Kid Friendly

TEN DAYS SAFARI PROGRAM

ItineraryDay 1: Tarangire national ParkPass By: Tarangire National Park, Tarangire National Park, Arusha RegionAfter breakfast our guide driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Tarangire national park for full day game drive with packed lunch boxes. Tarangire is famous park for concentration of elephant, Zebra and baobab trees – overnight Tarangire Safari lodge// campNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Tarangire national ParkPass By: Tarangire National Park, Tarangire National Park, Arusha RegionAfter breakfast you will start another full day game drive in Tarangire national park with packed lunch boxes and over night back to Tarangire safari lodge// campNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Lake Manyara ParkPass By: Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara National Park, Arusha RegionAfter early breakfast drive to Lake manyara national park for full day game drive with packed lunch boxes . Lake manyara is famous park for Flamingoes, Hippo pool, hot water spring and climbing trees lions – overnight Manyara lodge/campNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 4: Lake Natron Pass By: Lake Natron Halisi CampAfter early breakfast you will start road drive to Lake Lake natron for full day walking and visiting Lake natron when birds breeds . overnight will be Giraffe lodge// campNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 5: Northern Serengeti ParkPass By: Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National ParkAfter breakfast drive to Northern Serengeti to crazi gate which is not popular and over night will be Bologonja tented lodge// camp Mara river where wildebeest migration cross.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 6: Mara riverPass By: Mara River, Serengeti National ParkAfter breakfast drive to Mara river to see crossing of wildebeest while crossing river and over night will be Mara tented camp// campNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 7: Mara riverPass By: Mara River, Serengeti National ParkThis will be another day in mara river enjoying animals migration which took place there and overnight will be Mara tented camp// campNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 8: Mara RiverPass By: Mara River, Serengeti National ParkAfter breakfast drive to center of Serengeti national park for meal and overnight due to long distance from Mara river. –overnight will be Katikati// campNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater AreaPass By: Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Arusha RegionAfter early breakfast your driver will drive you to Ngorongoro crater for game drive and then overnight Farm house Karatu/ campNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 10: ArushaPass By: Arusha National Park, Arusha National Park, Arusha RegionAfter early breakfast our driver will drive you to Arusha via Maasai bomas, shopping and then ready for your flight to Zanzibar.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$9070 Kid Friendly

15 Days, 14 Nights - Best of Northern Circuit Safari & Mafia Island

ItineraryDay 1: Depart to Arusha National Park for a Game DriveStop At: Arusha National Park, Arusha National Park, Arusha RegionPick you up at the hotel in Arusha at 7:30 am, and depart to Arusha National Park (less than an hour drive) with packed lunch boxes. On arrival, go for a game drive to experience the park’s wildlife, while driving along the lakes for a close look of a birdlife. Arusha National Park: The park does not offer a lot of wildlife, but it is one of the most beautiful and topographically varied parks in Tanzania with beautiful scenic areas including its forest, lakes which incorporate a number of birdlife and the Ngurdoto crater. The geography of the park includes the majestic Mount Meru (Tanzania’s second highest peak at 4,566m), you will marvel at the beautiful Momela lakes and the Ngurdoto Crater which was formed some 15 million years ago! Wildlife you can expect to encounter includes buffalo, elephant, hippo, giraffe, warthogs, antelope, zebra, blue monkeys and sometimes a rare sighting of the elusive leopard. Arusha National Park is also famous for its black and white colobus monkeys. These amusing primates are not only exquisite in their unique markings, they will delight you with their antics.In the early evening, drive to Tarangire National Park (a 2 hours drive), arriving in the late evening for dinner, and stay the overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge (lunch & dinner included)Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Tarangire Safari LodgeDay 2: Depart to Tarangire National Park for a Full Day Game DriveStop At: Tarangire National Park, Tarangire National Park, Arusha RegionAfter breakfast, drive for 2 - 3 hours to Tarangire National Park with packed lunch boxes. On arrival, go for a full day game drive across the enormous beautiful Tarangire until early evening.Tarangire National Park: It is the sixth largest park in the country, occupies an area of 2,600 sq. kms, The animals come by thousands from as far north as the shores of Lake Natron to the bank of this river, significantly swelling the resident population with wildebeest, zebra, eland, elephant, hartebeest, buffalo, and fringe-eared oryx. During the dry season, the Tarangire pools are full of thirsty migrants, and the elephants begin to dig for underground streams in the dry riverbed. Tarangire National Park is said to have the highest recorded number of breeding bird species for any habitat in the world. There are over 500 bird species that have been identified here.Back at in the evening, rest and later get your hot dinner, and stay the overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Tarangire Safari LodgeDay 3: Depart to Serengeti National Park & An Afternoon Game DriveStop At: Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National ParkAfter breakfast, depart to Serengeti National Park (a 4 - 5 hours drive) with packed lunch boxes, arriving in the afternoon. On arrival, go for an afternoon game drive until sunset.Serengeti National Park: This second largest park in the country, it is considered the famous safari destination in the world. All the ‘Big 5’ are found in this great park and other huge number of animals including wildebeests, spotted hyenas, cheetah, impala and quite number of birdlife.In the late evening, transferred to the camp, rest and later your hot dinner and stay the overnight at Serengeti KatiKati Tented Camp (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Serengeti KatiKati Tented CampDay 4: Full Day Game Drive at Serengeti National ParkStop At: Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National ParkAfter breakfast, go for a full day game drives across the famous Serengeti National Park with packed lunch boxes until sunset. It is in this park that more than six million hooves pound the legendary “endless plains.”Every year, triggered by rains, more than a million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson gazelle gather to undertake their long trek to new grazing lands. The rutting season is a frenzied three week bout of territorial conquest and mating, followed by a survival of the fittest as the 40km long column of animals plunges through crocodile infested waters on their annual exodus north. The species are replenished during the brief population explosion that produces more than 80,000 calves a day before the 1000km return pilgrimage begins. Return in the late evening and stay the night at Serengeti KatiKati Tented Camp (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Serengeti KatiKati Tented CampDay 5: Full Day Game Drive at Serengeti National ParkStop At: Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National ParkAfter breakfast, collect your packed lunch boxes and depart for another full day game drive at the enormous Serengeti to once again enjoy and experience its affluent wildlife until evening.Back to the camp in the late evening for hot dinner and stay the overnight at Serengeti KatiKati Tented Camp (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)Duration: 8 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Serengeti KatiKati Tented CampDay 6: Visit Olduvai Gorge Archaeological Site & Depart to Ngorongoro CraterStop At: Olduvai Gorge Museum, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Arusha RegionIn the morning after breakfast, an on-route game drive at central Serengeti while driving to the “Olduvai Gorge.OLDUVAI GORGE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE: Also known as ‘The Cradle of Mankind’ - The site is significant in showing the increasing developmental and social complexities in the earliest humans (it holds the earliest evidence of the existence of human ancestors). It is one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world; it has proven invaluable in furthering understanding of early human evolution. The British/Kenyan paleoanthropologist-archeologist team Mary and Louis Leakey established and developed the excavation and research programs at Olduvai Gorge which achieved great advances of human knowledge and world-renowned status.Later after the experience at Olduvai Gorge, depart to Ngorongoro Crater arriving in the evening, hot dinner when you are ready and stay the overnight at the crater rim at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Ngorongoro Sopa LodgeDay 7: Descend to Ngorongoro Crater for a Game DriveStop At: Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Arusha RegionAfter an early breakfast, collect your packed lunch boxes and descend to Ngorongoro Crater (The 8th World Wonder) for a game drive. The crater is a virtual Noah’s Ark, inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa including the rare black rhino. The large bull elephants that reside here have extremely large tusks, due to the rich mineral content of the volcanic soil and its grasses. They are the most incredible elephants you’ll ever see in your life.Ngorongoro Crater: It is a deep, volcanic crater, un-flooded and unbroken caldera in the world, it’s about 200 kms across, 600 kms deep and 300 sq. kms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site the crater offers a unique biosphere which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. There are very few places in the world where you can find such a large population of wildlife throughout the year. Deep within the crater, enclosed by towering walls, you have a good chance of spotting ‘The Big 5’: Lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. For the latter two you need a bit of luck as they tend to shy away. Approximately 30,000 animals live on the crater floor! In the afternoon, you’ll drive to the nearest town of Karatu, rest and later have your hot dinner and stay the overnight at Octagon Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Octagon LodgeDay 8: Depart to Lake Natron & Hike to Ol'Doinyo Lengai MountainStop At: Ol Doinyo Lengai, Arusha, Arusha RegionAfter breakfast, depart to Lake Natron (a 2 - 3 hours drive) with your packed lunch boxes. On arrival at Lake Natron, you will spend a couple of hours exploring the shoreline photographing the many thousands of flamingoes and other birds that frequent this soda lake. In the mid afternoon, return to camp for an early dinner and rest as you will be rising at midnight to commence your trek up ‘Oldoinyo Lengai’. Trekking occurs at this time to avoid the extreme heat of the midday sun, so be sure to take plenty of water with you and a good hat. “Oldoinyo Lengai” means ‘The Mountain of God” in the Maasai language. The summit of this strato-volcano is 2,962 metres above sea level, and affords direct views into the caldera of Tanzania’s only officially-certified active volcano, and the world’s only carbonite volcano. Back to the camp for breakfast in the early morning after the hike, the overnight will be at Lake Natron Tented Camp (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Lake Natron Tented CampDay 9: Depart to Lake Manyara for a Full Day Game DriveStop At: Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara National Park, Arusha RegionAfter breakfast, and depart to Lake Manyara National Park (less than 2 hours drive) with your packed lunch boxes. On arrival, go for a full day game drive until early evening.Lake Manyara National Park: Well known for its rare tree climbing lions, the soda ash lake, flocks of pelicans and flamingos plus breathtaking scenery. The park is located in both Arusha and Manyara regions; this is a small but very beautiful park offering breathtaking views, excellent game viewing and an incredible array of bird-life. Here you have a chance to spot zebra, baboon, warthog, giraffe, impala, elephant, waterbuck, hippo and wildebeest.In the early evening, you’ll drive back to the nearest town of Karatu, rest and later have your hot dinner and stay the overnight at Octagon Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)Duration: 6 hoursStop At: Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara National Park, Arusha RegionAfter breakfast, and depart to Lake Manyara National Park (less than 2 hours drive) with your packed lunch boxes. On arrival, go for a full day game drive until early evening.Lake Manyara National Park: Well known for its rare tree climbing lions, the soda ash lake, flocks of pelicans and flamingos plus breathtaking scenery. The park is located in both Arusha and Manyara regions; this is a small but very beautiful park offering breathtaking views, excellent game viewing and an incredible array of bird-life. Here you have a chance to spot zebra, baboon, warthog, giraffe, impala, elephant, waterbuck, hippo and wildebeest.In the early evening, you’ll drive back to the nearest town of Karatu, rest and later have your hot dinner and stay the overnight at Octagon Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Octagon LodgeDay 10: Transfer to Arusha Airport & Fly to Mafia IslandStop At: Mafia Marine National Park, Mafia Island, Pwani RegionAfter breakfast, depart to Arusha Aiprort (a 2 - 3 hours drive) with packed lunch boxes to catch your flight at 12:45 hrs, and fly to Mafia Island.Upon your arrival at Mafia Island at 15:00 hrs, picked up at Mafia Airport and transferred to the lodge, check-in, rest at the beach, while waiting for your dinner and stay the overnight at Mafia Island Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Mafia Island LodgeDay 11: Scuba Diving & Snorkeling at Mafia IslandStop At: Mafia Marine National Park, Mafia Island, Pwani RegionAfter breakfast, transferred to Chole Bay for snorkeling and scuba diving. The waters surrounding Mafia Island offer an extraordinary variety of marine life and provide some of the most spectacular coral reefs on the East African coast. The marine diversity is amongst the highest in the Indian Ocean with over 400 species of fish, 5 species of marine turtle and 48 species of hard corals. You are always accompanied by an experienced guide whom ensures safety and points out several creatures from below the turquoise waters. Snorkelling/Scuba Diving trips usually last for a couple of hours however for those mega enthusiasts it is possible to join on the dive boat to get 4 hours of scuba diving or snorkeling in.Back at the lodge in the evening for your hot dinner and stay the overnight at Mafia Island Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Mafia Island LodgeDay 12: Whale Sharks Tour at Mafia IslandStop At: Mafia Marine National Park, Mafia Island, Pwani RegionWhale sharks are not whales and are not your typical shark. They are the largest fish in the sea measuring up to 20m. Little is known about these gentle giants by scientists, which is what adds to the overwhelming feeling you have when you see them. The whale shark is a filter feeder and therefore has no teeth, they are absolutely harmless. The majority of the time they are very shy, although on occasion they can be inquisitive making your encounter that much more spectacular.The tour starts with a pick up early in the morning by car or bajaj which takes you over to the Western side of the Island to their base. Breakfast will be served and an informative briefing will be given to you and the chance to ask as many questions as needed. You will then be invited on board their dhow and head out to start spotting sharks! Clients usually return around 11:30 am, however this really depends on how long it takes to spot the whale sharks and how long you want to be out swimming with them!Back in the afternoon to the lodge for lunch, and rest at the beautiful beaches of the Indian Ocean unitl evening while waiting for your dinner, stay the overnight at Mafia Island Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Mafia Island LodgeDay 13: Relax and Unwind at the Beaches of Indian OceanStop At: Mafia Marine National Park, Mafia Island, Pwani RegionAfter breakfast - In this day, you’ll unwind and relax at the beautiful beaches of the Indian Ocean surrounding the lodge while waiting for your hot lunch. You can also swim along the nice sandy beaches, dinner and overnight at Mafia Island Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Mafia Island LodgeDay 14: Relax and Unwind at the Beautiful Beaches of Indian OceanStop At: Mafia Marine National Park, Mafia Island, Pwani RegionAfter breakfast - In this day again, you’ll unwind and relax at the beautiful beaches of the Indian Ocean surrounding the lodge while waiting for your hot lunch. You can also swim along the nice sandy beaches, dinner and overnight at Mafia Island Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Mafia Island LodgeDay 15: Transfer to Mafia Airport & Fly to Dar es SalaamStop At: Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve System, Dar es Salaam, Dar Es Salaam RegionAfter breakfast, check-out at the lodge - collect your lunch boxes and then transferred to Mafia Island Airport to catch your flight at 12:45 hrs and fly back to Dar es Salaam, arriving at 13:15 hrs. On your arrival at Dar es Salaam International Airport (Terminal I), picked up and transferred to your hotel/catch your flight back home (breakfast & lunch included)Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

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