8 Day Ngorongoro To Lake Eyas Safari
Witness Tanzania’s wild, rugged beauty during an intimate Tanzania cultural safari experience encompassing some of its hidden wonders, you will visit 4 national parks; Tarangire, Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater, and encounter the awe-inspiring wildlife calling the Serengeti national park home, it is a Tanzania safari offering great wildlife viewing opportunities in different but beautiful settings.
This Tanzania cultural safari also explores the culture and traditional way of life of 3 distinct tribal groups living along the northern part of Tanzania; The Masai tribe found in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Datoga and Hadzabe tribe found along Lake Eyasi
While on this Tanzania cultural safari experience, you will stay in lodges that afford some of the best positions for glorious sunrises and exquisite views.
Day 1: Tarangire National Park
Our guide will meet you at your hotel in Arusha and transfer you to Tarangire National Park. Picnic lunch will be provided. Afternoon game driving in the park and arrive at camp late afternoon where you can freshen up in time for dinner.
During the dry season, Tarangire National Park has a high concentration of wildlife, second only to Ngorongoro Crater. Animals found in Tarangire, include lion, leopard, oryx, gnu, and greater and lesser kudu. Also included are wildebeest, zebras, Thompson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, buffalo, elephant, impala, and eland.
Over 300 species of birds are recorded in the park. Some Eurasian migrants are found, which are present from October – April. Tarangire is an ornithological paradise, rich in raptors (birds of prey) and an incredible diversity of fauna. Dinner and overnight: Bougainvillea Safari Lodge.
Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast depart for wildlife viewing at Lake Manyara National Park, located at the base of the Rift Valley escarpment with a seasonal lake. Although it is Tanzania’s smallest park, Lake Manyara is one of the most diverse reserves in the country.
The beautiful Lake Manyara covers two-thirds of the park, while the rest consists of steep mountainside, swamps, dense woodlands, open grassy areas, and hot springs.
This beautiful park is famed for its abundant birdlife, tree-climbing lions lazing in sausage trees, large herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra giraffe, pods of hippo wallowing, clouds of pink flamingo and many more animal species all set against the stunning backdrop of the Great Rift Wall. Dinner and overnight: Bougainvillea Safari Lodge.
Day 3: Lake Eyasi visit & culture tour
After breakfast, depart for Lake Eyasi arriving in time for a tour of the lake, the onion fields where 80% of the onions in Tanzania are grown; this lush garden is a sharp contrast to the dry, barren landscape that surrounds it, and if a school is in session, you can also visit a local school. Donations of school supplies are greatly appreciated.
The scenery of Lake Eyasi differs dramatically from that of the surrounding areas. Compared to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Highlands this area seems quite tropical. Palm trees border the lake and make homes for birds such as Fischer’s lovebird. Other trees in this area include the umbrella thorn acacia and sandpaper bush.
The weather is nearly always very hot and intense, as the lake is located on the floor of the Rift Valley, the oldest rift in the world. The rift is thought to have opened over 65 million years ago, shortly after dinosaurs became extinct. Dinner and overnight: Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge.
Day 4: Lake Eyasi – Hadzabe Visit
Our specialist Lake Eyasi Hadzabe guide will meet you very early at the lodge for the hour-long journey to visit a group of Hadzabe tribes people, hoping to learn more about their culture and their way of life.
Observing an early morning hunting display, gathering honey, and traditional dance performances is a very special experience. The tribes people are friendly and will invite you to hunt with them, prepare the meat they have caught, roast, and share it with you.
The womenfolk will take you gathering groundnuts and berries which form an important part of their diet, providing extra protein and essential vitamins.
The Hadzabe are the last community of full-time hunters and gatherers in Africa, other than the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert, to whom they may be distantly related and speak a similar clicking language known as Khoisan.
Lake Eyasi is their homeland for over 10,000 years. They are still holding to their traditional way of life, hunting, and gathering different kinds of fruits and honey. Lunch, dinner, and overnight: Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge.
Day 5: Serengeti National Park
After a restful night on the shores of Lake Eyasi, we embark upon our next journey deep into the heart of the Serengeti via the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Travelling in peak migration season, you should be lucky enough to come across the herds moving back and forth around the central Serengeti zone as they head west and north in pursuit of rainfall and fresh green pasture.
Any sudden rainfall can send the wildebeest spiralling back and forth in search of the luscious green shoots of grass they crave.
Plenty of plains game will be apparent throughout the drive, and after a long game drive, you will arrive at your camp for fresh juice and moist, cool face-cloths. Dinner and overnight: Embalakai Authentic Tented Camp.
Day 6: Serengeti National Park
Today is a day to relax and enjoy morning and afternoon game drives around the beating heart of the Serengeti.
This is a wonderful place to track the apex predators and the chances are good for sightings of the resident prides of lion, cheetahs in the long, grassy plains and leopards snoozing lazily in the branches of acacia trees.
Keep your eyes peeled for that “tell-tail” trademark of a dark tail hanging down from high branches.
Be sure to bring your binoculars along and have fun identifying the spectacular raptors – eagles, goshawks, kites, and falcons. Dinner and overnight: Embalakai Authentic Tented Camp.
Day 7: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Conservation Area & Maasai village visit
Refreshed from your easy-going game drives of yesterday, today let’s awake before dawn and get out on the plains to visit the inhabitants of Serengeti as they finish up their business of the previous night’s hunt.
Return to camp for brunch followed by a drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Along the way, your guide will accompany you to visit an authentic Maasai boma. An authentic glimpse into the distinctive Maasai culture is a must whilst in Tanzania. Preservation of their proud traditions has set the Maasai apart from other indigenous groups in Tanzania and embodies a side of Africa with which few outsiders can contact.
We offer guests a memorable opportunity to interactively experience the Maasai way of life through an excursion to a traditional boma where guests will be able to participate in a variety of unique cultural activities and encouraged to delve as deep into the experience as possible! Dinner and overnight: Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge.
Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater Tour – 7th Wonder of the World
After an early breakfast, we will descend into the crater for an exciting day of game viewing, picnic lunch will be provided on the crater floor.
All of the big five are seen – elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, and buffalo. Other game includes cheetah, hyena, zebra, warthog, impala, hartebeest, eland and lots of other members of the antelope family and smaller mammals of sorts.
Some of the birdlife you will encounter on a visit to the Crater include Kori bustards, secretary birds, crested cranes, marabou storks, goliath herons, soaring fish eagles, and thousands of colourful flamingos. More than 100 species of birds, which are not found in the Serengeti, have been found in the Crater. Later in the afternoon, drive back to Arusha town.
- Accommodation as shown on itinerary
- Service of an English speaking driver guide
- All national park entry fees and game drives as mentioned
- Game drives in modified 4WD vehicle with photographic roof hatch
- Tours and activities as shown in the itinerary
- Guaranteed window seat for every passenger
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Meals during safari (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Bottled mineral water
- International and domestic airfare
- Gratuities for safari guide
- Travel insurance
- Visa and passport fees
- Items for a personal nature such a drinks, laundry, telephone, postage etc