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Cultural Safari Itinerary: Colors and Cultures of Tanzania Safari

Highlights include:

  • 4 nights in the exclusive Manyara Ranch Conservancy, enjoying game drives in open vehicles and exploring the conservancy on foot
  • 2 nights at the remote Lake Eyasi, home to the Hadzabe and Datoga tribes, some of Africa’s last remaining hunter and gatherers
  • Opportunity to visit and support local markets, a cultural museum and sewing school – all local projects supported by Real Life Adventure Travel

Africa is home to some of the most impressive concentrations and diversity of wildlife left on the planet, yet many travelers fall in love with Africa while on safari through relationships developed with the local communities. Africa’s people are warm, proud and rich in heritage. This safari offers not only an outstanding wildlife experience, but a chance to travel off the beaten path and into the homes of the local people.

Day 1: Arrive Arusha Arriving into Arusha’s Kilimanjaro airport in the late afternoon, you will be greeted upon arrival by our warm, friendly guides. You will be transferred to a nearby hotel to rest and relax after the long international flight. Enjoying a leisurely dinner, notice the sounds and smells of Africa all around you! Overnight Arusha

Day 2 - 5: Manyara Ranch Conservancy Formed in partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation, Manyara Ranch protects a critical wildlife corridor between Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks. With only 6 classic safari tents, the ranch is truly your private safari playground. Enjoy game drives in open vehicles and explore the African bush on foot with an armed guide.  Visit the local Maasai village who partners with the conservancy. Spend one full day in Tarangire National Park, observing game such as elephant, wildebeest, zebra and buffalo as they journey back and forth to the Tarangire River, an important source of water in the area.

Spend one full day in Lake Manyara National Park; famous for tree-climbing lions, the park also boasts healthy population of hippo, giraffe and plenty of bird life including flamingoes that reside in the parks namesake alkaline lake. 

Days 6 and 7: Lake Eyasi After breakfast drive west to Lake Eyasi. This alkaline soda lake, perched in the Great Rift Valley which dominates the landscape from Ethiopia all the way down into Mozambique, is home to the last remaining members of the Hadzabe people. Numbering less than 1,000, the Hadzabe are an ancient, nomadic tribe of bushmen who are one of the last click-speaking hunter-gatherer tribes. Spend the afternoon with them as they hunt small game and collect berries and honey.  Spend the next two days exploring the trails around the lake, canoeing along the shore, mountain biking by baobobs and acacias, walking through nearby tribal villages, or just sitting and enjoying the beautiful lake views (especially at sunset on top of the rock).Overnight at Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp.

Days 8-9: Ngorongoro Crater Area After an early breakfast, depart for a full day in the famed Ngorongoro Crater. Today you’ll experience first hand what has been called “one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.” The crater is home to an amazing concentration and diversity of wildlife, perhaps most importantly the rare black rhinoceros.

Drive down the steep walls of the crater, arriving at the crater floor in time for lunch, viewing wildlife the whole time. The following day, spend a full day at the lodge, touring the local village, children’s home and the surrounding area. This is a great opportunity to slow down and spend some time getting to know the local people, perhaps sharing a meal in the village or distributing donations at the children’s home. Overnight Rhotia Valley Tented Camp.

Day 10: After breakfast drive back east, towards the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, to Marangu. Here you will explore the history and culture of the Chagga tribe, Tanzania’s third largest ethnic group, including visiting a local market and the Chagga cultural museum. Enjoy sundowners overlooking the stunning waterfall in Marangu and overnight at the Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort.

Day 11: This morning continue exploring the Marangu area, including visiting the village market and the sewing school supported by Real Life Adventure Travel. This afternoon depart for the airport and bid farewell to Africa.

From $7,200 USD per person double occupancy min 2 persons