DAY 1: ARUSHA – LAKE MANYARA
Today is the beginning of the first full morning of your 6 Days Tanzania Cultural Tour and Wildlife Safari with a drive from Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park Tanzania’s one of the beautiful national parks, aboard your 4×4 customized safari vehicle.
You’ll depart from Arusha after breakfast for the drive to Lake Manyara National Park. The journey takes approximately two hours, but we’ll pass through the market town of Mto Wa Mbu along the way. This agricultural and fresh produce market is a melting pot of local cultures and a souvenir hunter’s paradise.
After a brief stop at the village market, you’ll enter Lake Manyara, National Park. The park is truly a photographer’s playground and offers some of the best game viewings in the world. You can expect to see many of Africa’s most well-known animals, with the tree-climbing lions a particular treat. These proud predators lounge in acacia trees practically begging to be photographed.
Relaxing on your private Vehicle, journey through the rolling countryside searching for Lake Manyara wildlife, including the buffaloes, antelope, leopard, lion and Monkeys, and many others.
Afterward, drive to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
DAY 2: LAKE MANYARA – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
We’ll begin our second days of your 6 day Tanzania Cultural Tour and Wildlife Safari by taking an early breakfast, as we’ve got a big day of exploration and adventure ahead of us!
Today you’ll go through the scenic drive towards the Serengeti. Along the way, we’ll pass through the beautiful sceneries of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you might be lucky enough to spot the cape buffalo, baboons, or even elephants and leopards in the dense vegetation.
It’s a nearly four-hour drive to the Serengeti park gates, but you can choose to break up the drive with one or both of the below optional activities:
Oldupai Gorge Museum: Sometimes known as the Cradle of Mankind, the Oldupai Gorge Museum commemorates some of the oldest evidence of human habitation ever found. Here you can see some of the oldest fossil evidence in the world of human habitation, visit the Oldupai Gorge Museum to learn more about the human journey, and take in the stunning views of this stark gorge country.
Maasai boma visit: Pay a visit to one of the famous Maasai bomas, where you’ll have the opportunity to witness (and participate in) traditional Maasai dance, tour an authentic Maasai village, and even do a little souvenir shopping at the local market.
Both of the above activities attract an additional cost. Speak with your Travelcation Africa Safaris expert about adding them to your itinerary.
After a delicious lunch at the Serengeti National Park picnic area, it’s time to explore the Serengeti itself. Witness Africa’s iconic savannah landscape and be amazed by the sheer number of animals that roam these grassy plains.
Dinner and overnight in the heart of the Serengeti National Park according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.
DAY 3: FULL DAY GAME DRIVE IN SERENGETI
We start your day early by getting up before dawn to embark on a sunrise game drive. Accompanied by the melodic singing of the birds, you’ll spend your morning searching for leopards and lions hunting for their morning meal and spying the contrastingly calm hippos returning to their watery homes with their families.
At approximately 9 am, we will return to your accommodation for a late and leisurely breakfast before continuing the game drive at 10.30.
Your driver will select the best possible route based upon the time of year and the kind of animals you’d like to see, catering your day so that your opportunities to see the Serengeti’s diverse wildlife are maximized.
Dinner and overnight in the heart of the Serengeti National Park in your camp
DAY 4: SERENGETI – NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
After breakfast, you will have a morning game tour drive inside Serengeti and return for early lunch. Then you will start on the transit game safaris drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you will be going through the rim of the crater.
You will have the chance to spot lean cheetahs and shy leopards, foraging hyenas, and last but not least, the king himself; the lion.
Dinner and overnight on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater or in nearby Karatu Town according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.
DAY 5: NGORONGORO CRATER – LAKE EYASI
After breakfast, you’ll depart for Ngorongoro Crater; considered by some to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. When you get your first glimpse of this vast, verdant caldera from the panoramic viewpoint, you’ll soon understand why it has earned such a lofty reputation.
Home to over 120 species of mammal including the fabled Big Five, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the most sought-after safari destinations in the world. It’s a particularly good place to see the endangered black rhinoceros enjoying a lonely meal out on the grass plains, as well as a place to see large numbers of hippopotamus enjoying the cool water.
Finishing up your 6 Days Tanzania Cultural Tour and Wildlife Safari From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, you’ll be able to observe and photograph some of Africa’s most recognizable faces. The crater is home to a large number of predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas, as well as a large population of wildebeest, zebras, antelope, cape buffalo, and more. It is truly one of Africa’s best safari destinations.
After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch in the park. Thereafter we will make our way to Lake Eyasi overnight.
DAY 5: LAKE EYASI – ARUSHA
This will be the final day of your 6 Days Tanzania Cultural Tour and Wildlife Safari
You’ll be up before breakfast today, as you’ll be joining the Hadzabe Bushmen for the opportunity to hunt for your own food!
One of the last true bushman tribes in Africa, the Hadzabe live very much as they always have despite the rapid development of Tanzania. With only 2,000 members, the Hadzabe tribe are fascinating people who offer us a window into how life in Tanzania was in the past.
The local hunters will prepare a demonstration of hunting techniques just for us. Far from being a mere performance, this display reveals a great deal about their everyday lives when they must hunt for animals to feed their families. You will see firsthand how the Hadzabe uses distinctive motions and even the body parts of certain animals to lure their prey close enough that they can be brought down with hand-crafted poisons.
You can also pay a visit to the people of the Datoga tribe while you’re in the area. The Datoga are farmers who keep animals such as cows, sheep, and goats. Their culture is another fascinating example of Tanzania’s cultural diversity.
After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch in the park. Thereafter we will make our way to Arusha overnight.
End of our 6 Days Tanzania Cultural Tour and Wildlife Safari