12 Days Wildlife safari, Pure Culture & Kilimanjaro Treks
12 Days Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Lake Eyasi & Cultural Tour (Datoga and Hadzabe People)
This tour will take you through lake Manyara, Serengeti Tarangire Ngorongoro crater visiting Datoga & Hadzabe village together with Kilimanjaro trekking. Tanzania is home of wildlife and game drive through all around the world, making tours and safaris with us will give you unforgottable memory
Day 1: Arusha to Tarangire National Park
Early in the morning after breakfast at 8:30am our driver will pick you up at a hotel in Arusha and drive you to Tarangire National park you will enjoy morning, afternoon and evening game drive in the Tarangire National park together with sunset.
You will be having lunch and dinner at the panorama Campsite
Day 2: Tarangire to Serengeti National Park
After breakfast we head towards the Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the central Park area, known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the Park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species.
We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park.
Dinner and overnight in the Seronera Camp.
Day 3: Serengeti Plain to Ngorongoro Crater
After a relaxing morning and an early lunch, you will have early in the morning game drive in Serengeti later back to the campsite for branch and hot lunch, Our driver and cook will load everything on the top of our safari jeep after then continuous with game drive while looking to be our of Serengeti to proceed to Ngorongoro. Today, you will be doing a game viewing en-route during your way from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater. You will be in Ngorongoro Crater late in the evening where the night will be spent on the crater rim.
Dinner and overnight will be at Ngorongoro Simba Campsite.
Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater to Lake Manyara
After breakfast we depart for the descend down the crater for 5-6hrs game drive. In the crater you can able to view the BIG 5.After full game drive in the crater Later drive you to lake Manyara. See buffalo, giraffe, zebra and many more species, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Great Rift Wall. Dinner and overnight at JAMBO CAMPSITE
Day 5: Lake Manyara National Park to Arusha
After breakfast in the campsite you will continuous will full game drive in Lake Manyara National Park with packed lunch for game drives. The Lake occupies large area of the park, the forest start just when you cross the park gate along the base of the Great Rift Valley and hot spring to the west of the park. The park is home to Tree climbing Lion, Buffalo, Giraffe, Hippo, troops of Baboons, also Flamingo bird Ostrich, Egyptian Geese and more.
After your picnic lunch proceed with afternoon game drives late on we will drive to Masai Village experiencing the different activities conducting by Maasai people.
Dinner and overnight at Sunbright tented lodge
Day 6: Full day Hadzabe in Lake Eyasi
Start off early with your bushman guide to meet a group of resident Hadzabe people. Enjoy the Hadzabe Tour walking into the bush with the only hunter-gatherers remaining in the East African region. The Hadzabe speak a click-based language and move their encampments with the seasonal movements of the wildlife. Your guide is a member of the group and teaches you more about how they hunt, track wildlife , make fire and even take honey from bee’s nests before introducing you to his people and explaining a little more about the customs and the way of life.
Return to the camp for lunch then afternoon proceed with the activity. Dinner and overnight at campsite
Day 7: Lake Eyasi safari to Arusha
Breakfast in the campsite, depart for L Dagota village tour then back for the lunch then transfer back to Arusha then Kilimanjaro Airport, this will be the end of your tour
In the morning clients will join the Hadzabe and interact with them, and learn so many stuff like how to make fire by using two dry sticks, the way which has been used for thousands of years. The Bushmen will teach them how to use their bow and arrows, collecting some tubers, roots and fruits with the women or join the men on hunting. Hunting is done in the morning; clients will follow the hunters behind and see how the hunting is done.
Honey gathering is part of it, but depending on the season as honey gathering is done in rainy season. Join on Hadzabe tribal dance. Here the tour may take 3 to 4 hours
Once they are done with the Hadzabe Bushmen, they will join the other tribe called Datoga, who resemble the Maasai in culture. These people are also blacksmith, as they make weapons such as arrowheads and knives which they trade with the Bushmen. Tourists can see how they make all those stuff (arrowheads, spears, knives, bracelets etc), also how they grind maize with stones, how they melt bras, cooper or aluminum.
Day 8: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut
The Marangu Route is also known as the “Coca Cola” or “tourist” route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit. This is also the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts at every camp site with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts are communal, and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillow. There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. Mens’ and ladies’ latrines are available at the last camp but are very basic.
All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere. Soft drinks, bottled water, and beer may be for sale at the huts. Bring small Tanzanian bills to purchase these items (prices increase with elevation).
This route is usually done on 5 days but can be done in 6 days for better acclimatization. The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.
After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.
- Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
- Distance: 8km/5mi
- Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
- Habitat: Montane Forest
- Meals: LD
- Budget Lodging: Mandara Hut
Day 9: Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
You leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the affects of the altitude.
- Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
- Distance: 12km/7.5mi
- Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
- Habitat: Heathland
- Meals: BLD
- Budget Lodging: Horombo Hut
Day 10: Hike Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.
- Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
- Distance: 9km/5.5mi
- Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
- Habitat: Alpine Desert
- Meals: BLD
- Budget Lodging: Kibo Hut
Day 11: Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family.
From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment. The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!
- Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
- Down to 3700m/12,200ft
- Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down
- Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down
- Habitat: Alpine Desert
- Meals: BLD
- Budget Lodging: Horombo Camp
Day 12: Hike Horombo Hut to trail head, drive to Moshi
After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour). Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!
- Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
- Distance: 20km/12.5mi
- Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
- Habitat: Forest
- Meals: B
- Government imposed increase of park fees and/or taxes
- Park fees (for non-residents)
- All activities (unless labeled as optional)
- Meals (as specified in the day- by- day section)
- Drinking water (on all days)
- All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- Camping equipment
- Sleeping bag
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
- All Taxes/VAT
- Arrival accommodation at Sun bright rented lodge before start
- International flights (from/to home)
- Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
- Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
What to bring
• A warm sweater as the nights can be chilly at high altitudes.
• Comfortable shoes