Tanzania Wildlife and Cultural Safari

A diverse adventure to experience the vibrant wildlife and cultures of Tanzania

Journey highlights

Eleven day journey through remarkable Tanzania

 

Four nights and three full days exploring the Serengeti National Park during the Great Migration River Crossing season.

Three nights and two days exploring Ngorogoro Crater National Park.

Two nights exploring the peaceful Lake Natron area.

Hunter/Gatherer tribal experience.

Traditional Maasai Boma/homestead experience

Evening/night drives to go in search of the more secretive nocturnal species.

Exclusive use of custom 4x4 safari vehicles for the group.

Photography mentorship in the field. And dedicated photo review and post-processing session, designed to assist you in compiling a well rounded collection of images from your journey.

Dates: June 2020.

Cost: USD  $7800.00 - per person sharing. A non-refundable deposit of 30% per person will be required at time of booking. Exclusive private guided options are also available.

Inclusions

  • Eleven nights full-board/inclusive accommodation whilst on safari

  • One night Bed and breakfast accommodation near Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania.

  • All in-country air and ground transport whilst on safari.

  • All safari game drive and bush walks

  • Laundry service

Exclusions

Cost does not include:

  • International flight and appropriate visa requirements.

  • Extra side excursions, personal costs (when available).

  • Personal and equipment insurance.

  • Photographic kit and equipment hire – we can assist with this through reputable rental companies.

  • Drinks are included at our safari accommodation but negates premium spirits and champagne.

  • Tips and gratuities are also not included.

Overview and highlights

The word ‘safari’ - originating from the Swahili language, means to go on a journey, and this is exactly what this journey has been carefully created to accomplish. It will take you through some of Tanzania’s most iconic areas and expose you to not only wondrous wildlife but also vibrant cultures. 

 

Your journey will start in Arusha, Tanzania and after overnighting we take a scenic drive west towards Lake Eyasi, where you will meet the Hadzabe and Datoga tribes on the following morning. The Hadzabe are the last true hunter-gathering nomadic tribe in Africa and you will spend time in their company learning how they live, much as they have done for thousands of years. Then visiting the Datoga tribe will complete your cultural experience at Lake Eyasi. The Datoga are skilled farmers and craftsman. You will visit their habitat, and experience their culture first hand. Be prepared for the experience of a lifetime, visiting both of these tribes will create lifelong memories and fantastic stories to enthral your friends with.

From Lake Eyasi, we travel to Ngorogoro Crater National Park for the first part of our wildlife safari. Often called ‘Africa’s Eden’ or the ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World it is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Your first view of the Ngorogoro Crater will likely take your breath away, with its almost amphitheatre appearance it is truly an incredible sanctuary for wildlife. We will spend two days exploring the vastness of the crater floor, enjoying one of the highest densities of mammals in Africa. Tusker elephants, rhino, lion and leopard all roam the depths of the crater and will afford us excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. 

 

After leaving Ngorogoro Crater, you will fly north in to the heart of the Serengeti National Park. This journey has been planned and timed to coincide with the Great Migration river crossings, exposing you to one of the most phenomenal natural spectacles in the world. It is an annual movement by millions of wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra, Grant’s gazelle, Thompson’s gazelle, elands and impalas across the greater Maasai Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem.

 

You will witness how the constant battle for survival makes the Migration Season a particularly exhilarating time to visit this remarkable area. The river crossing activity is considered to be the climax of the migration period. The sheer sight of herds of animals rushing into the crocodile infested waters will take you through a range of emotions, anticipation, heartache, inspiration, excitement and so much more.

 

Once the the survivors have crossed the river, they make their way to the lush, open, green pastures where they will be hunted, stalked and chased down by the larger carnivores. The Serengeti and Maasai Mara are home to one of the densest  populations of lion left in the world today.

 

The safari camp you will be staying in has been carefully selected to give you an immersive experience of the African wilderness. As well as safari game drives, you will experience bush walks – one of the best ways to experience Africa.

 

After our time in the Serengeti finishes, it is not the end of your journey. For the next two nights we head to the remote and peaceful Lake Natron, which is known as one of the most serene lakes in all of Africa and is often described as having a desolate and almost lunar beauty. Nestled between rolling volcanic hills and deep craters it sits at the lowest point of the Rift Valley - and is probably the most caustic body of water in the world and where over 1 million flamingos come to breed. This area is off the beaten track and will reward you with some of the most dramatic scenery and views you will have yet to experience. And on a clear evening will astound you furthermore with phenomenal views of a lake of stars which carpets the night sky. Lake Natron does have some wildlife, but this is not the main reason to come here. Instead this is your opportunity to relax, reflect in the journey you have just taken in a unique and tranquil environment. 

 

This outstanding journey has been designed to give you an exceptional wildlife experience – giving you the opportunity to witness and photograph a diverse range of African species and cultures. Leaving you with an abundance of amazing memories and images to take home and inspire you.

 

Once you have booked and your place is confirmed; I will be in touch to talk through this amazing trip and also send you a suggested packing list, answering any and all questions you may have.