12 Days Wildlife and Cultural Tour
This 12-day Wildlife Safari and Cultural Tour offers you a great opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Tanzania by visiting the major parks of the northern circuit as well as the local tribes.
You will visit Arusha National Park, Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Eyasi, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. Get to experience an abundance of wildlife and both flora and fauna.
There is a huge variety of wild animals like lions, elephants, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, endangered black rhinos, and many more. At Lake Eyasi you will take a beautiful walk and visit two local tribes; the Datoq and the Hadzabe.
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Itinerary for the 12 days Wildlife and Cultural Tour.
Day 1: Arrival in Arusha
Upon arrival in Arusha, you will be met by a company representative and transferred to your hotel for overnight: Accommodation at Arusha Moivaro Lodge.
Day 2: Arusha National Park.
After breakfast, head to Arusha National Park at the start of your 12 days Wildlife Safari and Authentic Culture Tour in Tanzania. The park is home to the fourth-highest African mountain—Mount Meru (4,566 m). Look out for the breathtaking landscapes ranging from the Meru Crater in the west, the Ngurdoto Crater in the southeast to the grasslands, and of course the alkaline Momella Lakes in the northeast.
Take on a game drive and look out for the Buffalos, zebras, and elephants among others. The Ngurdoto Crater and also called “Little Ngorongoro” with its rich, swampy caldera and its steep crater walls. A packed lunch will be served at a picnic site. Thereafter, drive back to Arusha for dinner and overnight at Arusha Moivaro Lodge.
Day 3: Arusha – Tarangire National Park
Today you will head to Tarangire National Park, named after the Tarangire River which runs through it. It is famed for its special baobab trees and its elephant families, which can often be seen congregating by the river. During the game drive, look out for giraffes, bushbucks, hartebeest, lions, and leopards. You will make your first game drive here in the afternoon.
Accommodation and Meals at Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge
Day 4: Tarangire – Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast, continue to Lake Manyara arriving in time for lunch. After lunch, take a game drive here and look for elephants, baboons, vervet monkeys, leopards, impalas, wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, and hippos bathing in the Hippo Pool.
Accommodation and Meals at Kirurumu Manyara Lodge
Day 5: Lake Manyara – Lake Eyasi
Today head out for a visit to one of the largest lakes in Tanzania and an interesting visit to two local tribes. You will arrive in time for lunch and thereafter visit the local Datoq community which is a blacksmith tribe and take a look at the different ornaments made. Accommodation and Meals at Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge.
Day 6: Hadzabe Tribe – Karatu
The day starts early and you pay an interesting visit to the Hadzabe, you can participate in the hunt and gather wild fruits and roots with this tribe. Later return to Karatu for relaxation.
Accommodation and Meals at Tloma Lodge.
Day 7: To Serengeti National Park
Today head to Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a biosphere reserve since 1981. Serengeti is one of the most famous wildlife areas in the world with the greatest concentration of wild animals on the planet!
This world-renowned park is a sanctuary for the last remaining annual wildebeest migration in the world. Have an evening game drive in the park looking out for elephants, giraffes, wildebeests, zebras, cheetahs, and lions among others. Accommodation and Meals at Serengeti Kuhama Camp
Day 8: Game Safaris in Serengeti National Park
After breakfast have a full-day game drive in Serengeti National Park searching for the big cat and the Big Five. In the afternoon, your driver will set up and prepare the picnic table for lunch. Optionally you can enjoy a special balloon safari above the vast plains of the Serengeti.
Accommodation and Meals at Serengeti Kuhama Camp
Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater
Head to the archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge, where you will drive to the intriguing Ngorongoro crater. Here you can marvel at the many different landscapes and animal species. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way, you will also visit a Masai village or take an optional walk along the rim of the Ngorongoro crater. A walk at the Olmoti crater is also possible. Accommodation and Meals at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Day 10: Game Safaris in Ngorongoro Crater – Karatu
Today you will have a full-day game drive at the bottom of the crater with a picnic lunch. At the end of the afternoon, you drive to Karatu, located at the foot of the Ngorongoro crater.
Accommodation and Meals at Ngorongoro Farm House.
Day 11: Visit the Mto wa Mbu Village
After breakfast, head to the small village of Mto wa Mbu located beneath the Great Rift Valley escarpment. Enjoy a guided cultural tour of the village visiting the Banana farms and the rice irrigation farms, a church, and a school.
Alternatively, you may opt for mountain biking or hiking, you can do that in this area. You will spend one night on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater with a sublime view. Accommodation and Meals at Ngorongoro Farm House.
Day 12: Karatu – Arusha
After breakfast, you leave for Arusha and thereafter head to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight back home at the end of the 12 Days Wildlife and Cultural Tour in Tanzania.
Included in the 12 days Wildlife and Cultural Tour
Ground transportation in a safari customized 4WD Toyota Land cruiser with gasoline/fuel, Mineral water in the vehicle, services of an English speaking Driver/guide, Accommodation as shown at the lodges mentioned in the itinerary, Meals as shown (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner), all activities, Park Entrance Fees, cultural visits, Statutory Taxes where applicable.
Excluded in the 12 days Wildlife and Cultural Tour
International Airfares; Excess baggage charges; Ugandan Entry Visa Fees USD 50 per person; Items of personal nature such as Room service, Beverages, Laundry, etc.; Tips and Gratuities for your Driver/guide and Hotels staff, Shopping charges for Curios and Crafts, International Airport Departure Taxes, Optional activities unless specified as included, Any other services not expressly shown in the itinerary or indicated as included.
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