Culture & Wildlife - 10 days lodge safari

Culture & Wildlife - 10 days - private lodge safari

 

Small group, lodge safari exploring cultural and wildlife highlights of Northern Tanzania.

All nights accommodated in permanent tented camps or lodges.

Group Size Minimum: 2

 

Places of Interest

 

Tarangire National Park, Local School Visit, Centre for disabled kids Visit, Village Visit with traditional lunch, Lake Manyara National Park, Hadzabe Tribe (Bushmen) & Datoga Tribe (Blacksmiths), Serengeti National Park, Maasai Tribe, Ngorongoro Crater

 

 

Departure Dates 2017

 

13 October 2017

18 November 2017

(+ upon request)

 

 

Itinerary

 

 

Day 1: Arusha

 

Upon your arrival, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your lodge in the lush forrest area surrounding the town of Arusha. If you arrive early enough, you will have an opportunity to explore the lodge grounds, take a dip in the swimming pool or partake in any of the offered additional activities available.

 

Accommodation: Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge or similar

 

Meals:

Dinner: At Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge

 

 

Day 2: Arusha – Tarangire National Park

 

Your safari begins after breakfast this morning. Our first stop is Arusha town, for any last minute purchases before we head off on an exciting safari experience. We will be in Tarangire National Park for lunch and an afternoon game drive. Tarangire is well known for its huge elephant population and baobab trees. It forms the centre of the annual migratory cycle that includes up to 3000 elephant, 25,000 wildebeest and 30,000 zebra.

 

Accommodation:Rift Valley photographic Lodge or similar

 

Meals:

Breakfast: At Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge or similar

Lunch: Picnic lunch from Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge

Dinner: At Rift Valley photographic Lodge

 

Approx. distance: 250 km

Approx. driving time:4-5 hours (including game drive speeds)

 

 

Day 3: Cultural Activities at Manyara

 

After breakfast, we set out to experience the cultural diversity of Mto-wa-Mbu, starting at the market and visiting a Chagga family producing banana beer and passing by many different farms. On the way, your guide will introduce you to the various fruits and vegetables growing in the area and explain the irrigation system that sustains local crops. After having a delicious, home-cooked meal in a local Mama’s home, we visit the nearby centre for disabled kids. Late afternoon we enjoy a visit to the Maasai Boma for the cultural encounter of a life time. The Maasai people are semi-nomadic herders, who choose to live a traditional lifestyle and are known for their distinctive traditional attire. On completion we return to the lodge for dinner & overnight.

 

Accommodation:Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar

 

Meals:

Breakfast: At Rift Valley Photographic Lodge

Lunch: At a local Mama’s Home

Dinner: At Rift Valley Photographic Lodge

 

 

Day 4: Lake Manyara National Park – Lake Eyasi

 

After coffee and breakfast, we head towards Lake Manyara National Park for an early morning game drive. This spectacular national park is located at the north-western corner of Lake Manyara, a shallow soda lake at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. Lake Manyara is not only known for its large flocks of flamingos, but also for the elusive tree-climbing lions. After lunch and a short afternoon game drive, we head towards our lodge at Lake Eyasi.

 

Accommodation: Lake Eyasi Safari Camp or similar

 

Meals:

Breakfast: At Rift Valley Photographic Lodge

Lunch: Picnic lunch from Rift Valley Photographic Lodge

Dinner: At Lake Eyasi Safari Camp

 

Approx. distance: 120 km

Approx. driving time: 3-4 hours (including game drive speeds)

 

 

Day 5: Lake Eyasi

 

Today’s activities are interacting with local Bushmen & Blacksmiths communities. The Hadzabe Tribe, live in groups hunting with bow and arrows and gathering roots, tubers and wild fruits, much as humankind lived in the Stone Age. We will obtain an in-depth look at how they continue to survive and adapt to their harsh environment and the challenges they face in continuing their nomadic existence. The Hadzabe have close relations with the Datoga tribe, blacksmiths who have developed their trade over centuries and still practice it very much the same way today. They produce the arrow heads for the Hadzabe and brass trinkets, some of which will be for sale by the maker himself.

 

Accommodation: Lake Eyasi Safari Camp or similar

 

Meals:

Breakfast: At Lake Eyasi Safari Camp

Lunch: Picnic lunch from Lake Eyasi Safari Camp

Dinner: At Lake Eyasi Safari Camp

 

 

Day 6: Lake Eyasi - Serengeti

 

This morning, we head through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area via the Eyasi escarpment to Endulen (local terrain permitting), Ndutu open area towards the Serengeti National Park, with picnic lunch provided; we embark on a game drive within the park on our way to the lodge.

 

Accommodation: Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp or similar

 

Meals:

Breakfast: At Lake Eyasi Safari Camp

Lunch: Picnic lunch from Lake Eyasi Safari Camp

Dinner: At Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp

 

Approx. distance: 290 km

Approx. driving time: 5-6 hours (including game drive speeds)

 

 

Day 7: Serengeti National Park

 

Today our game drive will lead us towards the central part of Serengeti National Park. We look for large herds of wildebeests pounding the grasslands, while hungry predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs prey upon the youngest and weakest members of the herds. The Serengeti’s endless plains provide an exceptional landscape for wildlife viewing throughout the year.

 

Accommodation: Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp or similar

 

Meals:

Breakfast: At Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp

Lunch: Picnic lunch from Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp

Dinner: At Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp

 

 

Day 8: Serengeti National Park

 

Enjoy a full day of game viewing in the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is renowned for its annual wildebeest migration and large predator population. From February to May, a herd of over a million wildebeest (gnu) migrate for the Western Corridor of the park, in search of greener pastures. The Serengeti’s other animal attractions include lion, leopard, zebra, Thompson gazelle, impala, Grant’s gazelle and buffalo. Most of the park is open swathes of grassland, broken by isolated granite kopjes (hills) and patches of acacias woodlands.

 

Accommodation: Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp or similar

 

Meals:

Breakfast: At Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp

Lunch: Picnic lunch from Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp

Dinner: At Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp

 

 

Day 9: Serengeti – Ngorongoro

 

We take an early breakfast at camp and then head to the Ngorongoro Crater. On arrival we go through the registration process and descend to the floor of the world’s largest unbroken caldera for the most wonderful day of game viewing. We will have lunch at the Lerai picnic site at the side of the hippo pool and continue with a game drive up the crater rim.

 

Accommodation: Rhino Lodge or similar

 

Meals:

Breakfast: At Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp

Lunch: Picnic lunch from Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp

Dinner: At Rhino Lodge

 

Approx. distance: 400 km (including the Crater)

Approx. driving time: 6-7 hours (mostly at game drive speeds)

 

 

Day 10: Arusha

 

After breakfast we explore the colourful town of Mto-wa-Mbu for some last minute pictures and curio shopping. Afterwards we head to Arusha where the tour will end. We hope to welcome you again on one of our African adventures!

 

Meals:

Breakfast: At Rhino Lodge or similar

 

End of Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-departure Information

 

 

Departure:

 

The Culture & Wildlife Safari departs from the Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge in Arusha. When arriving in Arusha on day one, you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your lodge. Should you arrive prior to day one, pre-tour accommodation can be arranged and you will be picked up from your hotel on the morning of day.

 

In the evening of the first day of your safari, there will be a pre-departure meeting presented by your guide at your accommodation. It is imperative that all clients attend this meeting so as not to miss out on any critical information.

 

Whilst it is our every intention to adhere to the above mentioned itinerary, there may on occasion be a necessity to make alterations in order to make the tour more enjoyable or practical. Therefore please treat the itinerary as a guide only.

 

Transport:

 

Magufwa Safaris & Tours uses fully equipped Toyota LandCruiser 4x4 safari vehicles. The vehicles have pop-up roofs to facilitate the best game viewing and there is power on board to charge your phone and/or camera while on the road.

 

Travelling Times and Distances:

 

All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.

 

Accommodation:

 

For this accommodated safari, we make use of mid-range lodge accommodation. Your accommodation is situated either in National Parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and permanent tented chalets with en-suite facilities. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.

 

Spending money:

 

Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover the purchase of curios, tips for the guide and additional entertainment. US Dollars and Tanzanian Shilling are the most practical and convenient currencies.

 

Meals:

 

Breakfast and dinner will be prepared by the lodge where you are staying. They will also prepare lunch or a lunch pack depending on the itinerary for the day. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

 

First Aid:

 

Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the vehicle is equipped with a medical aid kit. Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration and it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure. Yellow Fever vaccinations are compulsory – please contact your Travel Clinic before departure.

 

Luggage:

 

Maximum baggage allowance: 12 kg. Magufwa Safaris & Tours stipulates this luggage allowance, as an overloaded vehicle is a danger to both the clients and the guide. This does not include photographic equipment and a small daypack. Please bring soft-sided luggage (e.g. a backpack or soft barrel bag), not a suitcase. Don't bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.

 

Insurance:

 

It is compulsory for all travellers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country. Magufwa Safaris & Tours has comprehensive public liability insurance.

 

Packing:

 

Shorts

Track suit

Walking shoes

Light trousers/jeans

Swimming costume

Sandals

T-shirts

Sun hat

Windbreaker

Warm clothes (May – August)

Long-sleeved shirts

Torch

Mosquito protection

UV protection

Camera

Spare batteries

 

Visas:

 

The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit Tanzania, prior to departure.

 

 

 

 

Phone: +255 (0) 766 269 661 / +255 (0)688 325 061

Email: info@magufwa-safari.com

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