Arrival at Kilimanjaro – JRO, Tanzania / visit Tinga Tinga village
Arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport meets and greet by Tanzania Travel Company officials. Drive to Tinga Tinga village in Longido District visiting Tinga Tinga primary school, after visit drive to wild campsite dependent on whether if unsuitable transfer to Arusha town for overnight stay.
Drive to Longido Area – visit Kitumbaine & Gelai Bomba School / Lake Natron
Drive to Kitumbaine Village and visit the primary school. Then start trekking from this village towards Gelai Bomba totalling 32 kilometres. On arrival at Nagarirat swap we will overnight in a wilderness camp in the foothills of the dramatic Mt. Longido. This is one of the few high peaks in the region that is not volcanic.
The Maasai peoples are Nilotic – coming originally in vast migrations down from the Nile basin. They crossed into Kenya and Tanzania in the 18th and 19th centuries and became feared and respected by the Bantu tribes who had them moved into the region from the south and the west. We can generalize that the Bantu tribes such as Chagga and Meru tended towards agriculture and favoured the fertile foothills of the big mountains. The Maasai tended to a migratory life style and took over large swathes of land for grazing their cattle and goats.
In the Maasai Footsteps region you will see the traditional temporary villages with mud-built houses and thorn hedges; and young Maasai boys herding the cattle and goats as their forefathers have done for centuries. In time the settlement into towns and the control of local government fell mainly to the Bantu tribes who prospered by virtue of their hard work in the rich agricultural lands around Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru.
The Maasai were marginalized to areas outside the national parks and away from the town and their agricultural catchment areas. Their traditional lifestyle has been threatened by modern life. After visiting the school and you will overnight at Lake Nutron.
The views of Oldoinyo Lengai on the way to Lake Natron will be the main attraction with its sulphur smell and very hot weather. In the evening or early next morning you will have a great opportunity to visit the shores of Lake Natron to watch flamingoes. Lake Natron is the best breeding site for flamingos in Africa. After arrival at Lake Natron, we will be visiting the waterfall and hot spring, swimming and viewing flamingos. There are beautiful waterfalls in the area and if time permits the early evening could be spent swimming in the falls.
Drive to Serengeti NP – North
With an early morning rise, we will drive via Lake Natron to the Serengeti national park (5-7hrs drive). This will be an adventurous drive along bumpy and rough roads, with opportunity to view game and beautiful surrounding countryside.
Full day & Drive to Central Serengeti
Today you will leave after breakfast and make your way towards Central Serengeti, whilst game viewing on the way. Game drive towards Seronera River Valley, an area rich with wildlife year round and is set high on the saddle of a tree-clad ridge commanding panoramic views over the endlessly rolling reaches and volcanic reefs of the Serengeti. Serengeti is probably the most famous game park in the world and is the starting point for wildebeest annual migration.
The entire day will be yours to view and photograph some of most beautiful game on earth including giraffe, cheetah, kudu, eland, buffalo, lion hunting, the antics of hyena, crocodile, zebra, wildebeest and many more – Picnic Lunch en route.
Safari to Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, drive to Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro crater floor is about 2000 feet deep and 14 miles wide and crater hosts a remarkable wildlife spectacle.
There is savanna, bush land, forests and lakes, inhabited by a range of game, from elephant to lion to wildebeest; there is even a soda lake for the flamingos.
We will spend the day exploring the Ngorongoro crater which is a World Heritage Site, home to nearly 25,000 animals, giving you a very real opportunity of spotting the big five: lion, elephant, endangered black rhino, buffalo and leopard plus countless other African mammal species. Witness the magnificent array of habitats, each with its own unique wildlife and flora. Take time out to stretch your legs and enjoy a picnic lunch at Ngoitokitok Springs watching the hippos jostle for position in the water.
When evening ascends, drive to Karatu town for overnight.
Drive Back to Arusha / Airport.
Leisure breakfast at lodge the drive back to Arusha with a few stops at souvenirs shops on the way. These shops are beautifully decorated and full of high quality authentic artworks, sculptures, antiques, fabrics and textiles from Tanzania. Fly home in the afternoon.