Tanzania Culture and Wildlife

A big game safari and a chance to meet local people of the savanna
Overview

overview

JOURNEYS’ Tanzania Culture and Wildlife tour is a classic 4x4 guided exploration through one of the greatest wildlife countries in the world. The adventure begins at the Kambi ya Tembo Camps, located near the Kenyan border. From here, in the shadow of majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro, you will have the opportunity to experience night drives and nature walks, all accompanied by local Maasai warriors. Search for bull elephants and other game while learning about the Maasai way of life. Moving on, Tarangire National Park provides a great opportunity to view classic African wildlife, as well as unique plant species such as acacia and baobab trees. Spend a few days exploring the park via Land Rover, then check out Lake Manyara and visit a Mto Wa Mbo village. Arrive at Serengeti National Park and enjoy the next few days searching for game and exploring the incredible scenery of one of the most famous deserts in the world. Visit Ngorongoro Crater and a traditional waHadzabee village before heading to Arusha and onward. Africa is known for having culture and wildlife unlike any other place on earth, and JOURNEYS’ Tanzania Culture and Wildlife tour is the perfect way to experience it all.

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive Tanzania

    Jambo! Welcome to Tanzania. Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Mt. Meru Game Lodge, or similar, for your overnight.

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  • Days 2-3: Kambi ya Tembo Camp (Sinya)
    Maasai Village

    Have breakfast at the lodge before departure to the West Kilimanjaro area. Kambi ya Tembo Camp, formerly Sinya Camp, is on a private concession located near the border of Kenya near Amboseli National Park. The area offers spectacular views of snow covered Mt. Kilimanjaro. This is one of the few places in Tanzania that you will be able to experience walking safaris - escorted by Maasai warriors. The area has one of the biggest bull elephant populations in all of Africa. The elephants here have been studied for years by scientist Cynthia Moss. Enjoy game viewing activities in open vehicles, cross cultural interactions with a visit to a Maasai Boma and walking safaris. Dinner and overnights at Kambi ya Tembo Camp.

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    2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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  • Day 4: Tarangire National Park
    You'll see elephants every day.

    After breakfast, depart for Tarangire National Park. This is the classic Africa of lore with shimmering acacia stands, old baobab trees, and herds of elephant. On arrival, game drive toward the Tarangire Safari lodge, beautifully sited on a bluff over-looking the Tarangire River, arriving in time for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy another game drive around the park. Return to the Tarangire Safari Lodge, or similar, for dinner and overnight.

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 5: Tarangire National Park
    The majestic giraffe.

    You will have a full day of game-viewing, exploring Tarangire National Park in a 4WD safari vehicle. In the dry-season of July-October, Tarangire National Park surpasses the Serengeti in terms of animal concentration as big herds begin to congregate around the permanent water of Tarangire River. It is not uncommon to see herds of 50+ elephant, as well as every other mammal species, including the rare Kudu and Oryx. The park is also noted for its prolific bird life and the occasional sighting of cheetah and the rare African Hunting Dog. Return to the Lodge for brunch, relaxing at the camp during the hottest hours of the day, before setting out again in the afternoon. Dinner and Overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge, or similar.

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 6: Lake Manyara / Mto Wa Mbu Village
    The most dangerous animal in Africa - the hippo.

    Depart for Lake Manyara after breakfast, traversing the Great African Rift Valley, and arriving at Kirurumu Tented Lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon, game drive around Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara National Park was immortalized in Hemingway's "Green Hills Of Africa" and represents a habitat distinct from elsewhere in your safari. The afternoon game drive will allow you to explore the ground-water forest, rich in birds and monkeys, visit the hippo pool, and see the acacia woodlands that border the soda lake swathed in the pink of the resident flamingos. There is also the option to stop and explore Mto Wa Mbu, the nearby market town. Dinner and overnight at Kirurumu Tented Lodge, or similar, overlooking Lake Manyara.

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 7: Serengeti National Park
    Zebras are everywhere!

    After an early breakfast, you will carve your way through the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Highlands, en route to the Serengeti. Stop at Olduvai Gorge to visit the site where Mary and Louis Leakey first discovered the remains of Zinjanthropus Bosei, a distant ancestor of man believed to be 1.8 million years old, Australopithecus Bosei, the 'Nutcracker Man,' a species that became extinct about 1 million years ago and fossilized foot prints that date back 3.6 million years. From here the predator-rich plains of the Serengeti unfurl before you as you game drive through the park to arrive at Mbuzi Mawe, or similar, for two nights.

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 8: Serengeti National Park
    Wildebeast migration.

    Enjoy a day of hiking and game drives to explore the Serengeti, the most famous National Park in Africa. Track the wildlife as it takes advantage of the cool temperatures to find water and food. Your guides are invaluable when it comes to finding tracks and spotting distant animals, but the principal attraction is learning about the birds and plant-life that form such an important part of the Serengeti eco-system. Your driver-guide will choose your route based on his extensive knowledge of the park and local conditions, but the Serengeti rarely disappoints. You will have a packed lunch to take with you so as to make the most of the day, but your trip might include a trail along the banks of the Grumeti River in search of basking lions, tracking cheetah through the Gol Kopjes or hunting leopard (with cameras) along the Seronera River. Return to camp for your dinner and overnight.

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater
    The alert lioness.

    After breakfast, depart for Ngorongoro Crater, with a final Serengeti game drive en-route, to arrive at the Lodge in time for lunch. You will then descend down the 2000-ft walls of the Crater, a World Heritage Site and home to nearly 25,000 animals, for a game drive. Here you have a very real chance of spotting the big five: lion, elephant, endangered black rhino, buffalo and leopard plus countless other African mammal species. Return to the Ngorongoro Farm House, or similar, just before dusk.

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater
    A rare picture of relaxation.

    After an early breakfast, you will meet your guide and ranger that will accompany you to Olmoti Crater for a full day hike with a packed lunch. Olmoti is one of the lesser known craters that stud the highland region and is away from the usual tourist trails. Visit the Munge Falls, named after the colobus tail that it is said to resemble and examine the birds and plants that lie on the forested slopes. There is also game in the area such as buffalo, bushbuck, Waterbuck and others, and we must be careful to stay close to the group and ranger as buffaloes can be aggressive, if taken by surprise. Return to the Ngorongoro Farm House, or similar, for your dinner and overnight.

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Days 11-12: Wahadzabee Tribe
    Wahadzabee man.

    After breakfast, you will be introduced to your local guide, a member of one of the tribes, who will accompany you in the area. Take an afternoon hike to meet the Wahadzabee people. Due to their nomadic lifestyle, it is difficult to predict where you will find them, but your guide will know where to look. The Wahadzabee tend to shadow the movements of the wildlife, as they are hunters, and rely upon the migrations as their food source, however your guide generally knows where they are staying. Spend the days learning about their lifestyles and traditions, and possibly visiting the caves where they often spend their nights, while hunting. The waHadzabee are of cushitic background, and are very similar to their Kalahari Bushmen relatives. They still use bow and arrows for hunting and speak a click-based language. While traveling through this area, you may also see smaller game such as dik-dik and lesser kudu. Dinner and overnights at Kisima Ngeda (or similar).

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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  • Day 13: Arusha / Onward

    Drive back to Arusha for lunch. In the evening, transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay with a visit to the exotic island of Zanzibar or to Ng'iresi or Longido villages.

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    Breakfast
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Or Privately on Request
Land Cost:
$5,895
- $6,445
$6445 (per person - 2 pax), $5895 (per person - 6 pax) Note: For safaris in April or May, deduct $800 from the land cost and $450 from the single supplement. For safaris during Jan 1-5 or Dec 20-31, there is a holiday surcharge of $200 per person and an
Single Supplement:
$1375
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Need to Know

Need to Know

Day rooms are available, on request, for an additional cost.

Duration:
13 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
3
comfortable permanent tented camps & lodges
Group Size:
2-7
per 4x4 vehicle
Activity Level:
3
Travel over rough roads, some hiking

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Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

Exotic Zanzibar

Duration: 5 days

Escape to Zanzibar, the “Spice Island”. This tiny African island offers great contrast to the mainland: beaches ideal for snorkeling, rich history and Muslim culture. Experience town and village life, the reefs and the inner natural forest.

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