Lakes, Wildlife and Cultures of Tanzania

Lakes, Wildlife and Cultures of Tanzania

Lakes, Wildlife and Cultures of Tanzania

Lakes, Wildlife and Cultures of Tanzania

Lakes, Wildlife and Cultures of Tanzania

Lakes, Wildlife and Cultures of Tanzania

Lakes, Wildlife and Cultures of Tanzania

Lakes, Wildlife and Cultures of Tanzania

TOUR DATES

Year Round

EXPERIENCE

Wildlife, Cultural & Landscape

GROUP SIZE

Private Tour

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

This is an entirely off the beaten track route that will take you through the most scenic landscapes of Northern Tanzania. The itinerary features three prominent natural lakes, each offering an outstanding experience. Lake Natron - one of the most serene lakes with millions of flamingos each year, Lake Victoria - one of the African Great Lakes and the world’s largest tropical lake, and Lake Eyasi - a salt lake on the floor of the Great Rift and the home of the last hunter-gatherers remaining in East Africa. 

The route will take you to the remote tribal settlements of Hadzabe, Sukuma and Maasai where you will get a chance to experience the traditional way of life in three different ethnic groups. The itinerary is designed in a way that will allow you to explore the local cultures in the most authentic way possible. 

One of the highlights of the trip is the legendary Serengeti. You will get to visit the least visited area of the park, which will bring you a perfect opportunity to experience the bush in its pure wilderness.

The combination of tribal camping and a comfortable luxury tented accommodation in the middle of the savannah will bring your experience to another level and we are sure you will leave with incredible memories!

This route will suit both adventurous travelers and the ones who prefer luxurious comfort while staying in the wild remote areas.

Our driver will be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to your lodge in Arusha before your safari begins the following day. Upon arrival at the lodge, a member of our team will meet you for a briefing and Q&A relating to your safari.

Morning air transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport to Mwanza Airport with a flight duration of 1,5 hours. After lunch, drive for a tour around Mwanza city, pass by the Maasai market and/or the Sukuma Tribe museum and visit the famous Bismarck Rock. Drive to your lodge for dinner and rest.

Early in the morning, be ready to drive to a remote village of Sukuma people for an exciting cultural experience with a very special ethnic group. Sukuma people are also known as the Bantu ethnic tribe, and they originated from the Great Lakes area, southeastern Africa. With approximately 10 million Sukuma residents or 16 percent of Tanzania’s total population, they are the largest tribe in the country. Sukuma is translated in Swahili as “North” or “citizens of the north”. The Sukuma natives believe in supernatural forces and see the world as a whole, with all living organisms, supernatural and natural, interconnected. Dancing is a vital part of Sukuma life. The Sukuma are famous throughout Tanzania for their innovative dancing styles as well as dancing with snakes! On our visit, we will witness those traditional dances and will take part in their daily activities and/or festivities with songs and rituals.
In the evening return to your lodge for dinner and rest.

Awake at dawn for a quick cup of tea or coffee and drive to Speke Bay named after John Hanning Speke, the first European to reach Lake Victoria in his search for the source of the Nile. Explore the coastline of this vast lake full of crocs, hippos and great birdlife right up to the fishing village of Mwaburugu - meet local boat builders from the Sukuma tribe and watch life on the lakeside with the men bringing in their catch. The tour will give a fascinating insight into life on the lake. Return by motorboat for a lovely brunch at the Little Okavango amazing tower. Climb the 3 decks – the Weaver deck, the Lake deck and the Serengeti deck and take in the views over brunch before getting back on the boat to meander the short distance to your camp. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided bird walk on the camp's grounds. Little Okavango Camp boasts of many bird species from the busy weaver to the long-crested eagle and superb starling which are among the 120+ species to be found in the area.

After a leisurely breakfast, leave the camp and travel to Serengeti for the start of your fantastic safari. You will make your way towards the Western part of the Serengeti. Stretching across to Lake Victoria, the Western Corridor (or West Serengeti) is a remote, little-visited area of the national park famed for the thrilling river crossings of the Grumeti River during the Great Migration between May and July. A huge valley bordered by hills that end in Lake Victoria, the Western Corridor is made up of open savanna, woodlands, floodplains and riverine forests which are home to a great diversity of year-round wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, hippos, giant Nile crocodiles, rare Colobus monkeys and the kongoni antelope. Spend two nights in the luxurious tented camp enjoying the African Wilderness.

Today you will relocate to Central Serengeti. It is the heart of the park where you will find the best game viewing at any time of year. Central Serengeti is the site for exhilarating hot air balloon safaris, which we offer in addition to the game driving. This activity can be booked at extra cost. The landscape of Central Serengeti features a vast range of various ecosystems and includes grasslands, acacia forests and seasonal streams. Central Serengeti is home to many different species and offers quintessential African scenery. Seronera is home to an incredible population of hippos due to the Retina Hippo Pool. You may also see large herds of giraffes, antelopes, elephants and zebras, and big cats like lions, leopards and cheetahs remain in the area regardless of the season.

In the morning, be ready for a long 5-hour drive to Lake Natron through the picturesque and green Loliondo. Several hours of a rough road will reward you with the stunning views of Lake Natron, the beautiful landscape and the magnificent Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano.

Full day in Lake Natron with activities of your choice: visiting Engaresero Village (the Maasai settlement), hiking in the gorge to see the magnificent waterfalls, enjoying the lakeshore during the sunrise and sunset hours…The choice is yours! Lake Natron is one of the most serene and famous lakes in Tanzania. The area around Lake Natron is deserted with a hot climate due to its lowest point in the Tanzanian Great Rift Valley. Lake Natron is a shallow sliver of highly alkaline water that attracts millions of flamingos every year between August and October. Zebra and giraffe are common, and other wildlife includes wildebeest, zebra, fringe-eared oryx, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, and even the odd lion and cheetah.

In the morning, be ready for a 4 hours drive to Karatu. Stop at Engaruka Village for a picnic lunch. Engaruka village lies at the foot of the rift valley escarpment and is a great place to experience the Maasai culture in all its authenticity.
Karatu is a small colorful town on the edge of Ngorongoro Conservation Area with a big marketplace with rainbow stalls. Karatu is an ideal growing area for coffee because of the mineral-rich volcanic soil and the altitude of the northern highlands. We will stop at a cozy coffee plantation lodge located in the beautiful green countryside. If you are interested in the coffee production process, you are welcome for a guided tour on the farm.

In the morning drive towards lake Eyasi. There is no paved road to the remote Hadzabe settlement so be ready to spend a couple of hours on an unpaved and dusty road passing through the dry jungle and gigantic baobab trees, a true adventure! Upon arrival at the Hadzabe settlement, enjoy an evening hunt with them or join the women in their afternoon activities, such as digging out the roots of fetching water. Overnight camping in the Hadzabe village.
There are approximately 1000 individuals who self-identify as Hadzabe. Of this total, approximately 300 are nomadic and live a hunting and gathering lifestyle, collecting over 95% of the food that they consume. The Hadza cosmology includes the sun, moon, stars and their ancestors. They have a creation story that describes how the Hadza came to populate the earth. It involves descending to earth, either from a baobab tree or down the neck of a giraffe. The Hadzabe have an egalitarian social structure, there is no political structure, formal or informal, at the tribal level. Society is typically organized in camps. The Hadza have very little accumulated wealth and most do not participate in a market economy. When there is a “new moon”, the Hadza perform their ritual epeme dance, which only occurs under the cover of darkness. The epeme dance involves men taking turns dressing up and dancing as the embodiment of their ancestors for the women and children of the camp.

Day 13: Lake Eyasi

Drive back to Arusha for your scheduled flight back home. If your flight is the next day, the accommodation can be booked at extra cost.

Prices

1 PERSON 2 PEOPLE 3 PEOPLE 4 PEOPLE 5 PEOPLE 6 PEOPLE
$14,492.00 $9,803.00 $8,239.00 $8,239.00 $6,989.00 $6,676.00
1 PEOPLE:
$14,492.00
2 PEOPLE:
$9,803.00
3 PEOPLE:
$8,239.00
4 PEOPLE:
$8,239.00
5 PEOPLE:
$6,989.00
6 PEOPLE:
$6,676.00
Mid-Range: LAKE VICTORIA, WAG HILL LODGE

LAKE VICTORIA, WAG HILL LODGE

Mid-Range: LAKE VICTORIA, LITTLE OKAVANGO CAMP

LAKE VICTORIA, LITTLE OKAVANGO CAMP

Mid-Range: SERENGETI, MBALAGETI CAMP

SERENGETI, MBALAGETI CAMP

Mid-Range: SERENGETI, TANZANIA BUSH CAMP

SERENGETI, TANZANIA BUSH CAMP

Mid-Range: LAKE NATRON, AFRICA SAFARI LODGE

LAKE NATRON, AFRICA SAFARI LODGE

Mid-Range: NGORONGORO FARM HOUSE

NGORONGORO FARM HOUSE

Mid-Range: LAKE EYASI SAFARI LODGE

LAKE EYASI SAFARI LODGE

1 PERSON 2 PEOPLE 3 PEOPLE 4 PEOPLE 5 PEOPLE 6 PEOPLE
$16,866.00 $12,197.00 $9,500.00 $8,700.00 $8,400.00 $8,200.00
1 PEOPLE:
$16,866.00
2 PEOPLE:
$12,197.00
3 PEOPLE:
$9,500.00
4 PEOPLE:
$8,700.00
5 PEOPLE:
$8,400.00
6 PEOPLE:
$8,200.00
Luxury: LAKE VICTORIA, WAG HILL LODGE

LAKE VICTORIA, WAG HILL LODGE

Luxury: LAKE VICTORIA. LITTLE OKAVANGO CAMP

LAKE VICTORIA. LITTLE OKAVANGO CAMP

Luxury: SERENGETI, MBALAGETI CAMP

SERENGETI, MBALAGETI CAMP

Luxury: SERENGETI, DUNIA CAMP

SERENGETI, DUNIA CAMP

Luxury: LAKE NATRON CAMP

LAKE NATRON CAMP

Luxury: NGORONGORO, GIBBS FARM

NGORONGORO, GIBBS FARM

Luxury: LAKE EYASI, ZIWANI LODGE

LAKE EYASI, ZIWANI LODGE

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