SAFARI & MAASAI CULTURE

Tarangire – Ngorongoro - Manyara
 

Day 1

Tarangire National Park
Pickup from the hotel in Arusha and transfer to Tarangire National Park. Spend the rest of the day exploring the national park till late afternoon, and then drive to Tarangire River Camp for dinner and overnight (picnic lunch will be provided in the afternoon).

Day 2

Maasai Culture & Walking Safari Nainokanoka
Transfer to the Ranger’s Post near Maasai Village of Nainokanoka in the morning for trekking at Olmoti Crater; Hike up the side of Olmoti Crater and to the top of crater waterfall. Descend into the Olmoti Crater floor and pursue game viewing on foot. Picnic lunch at the waterfall, hike back to the Nainokanoka Maasai Village, meet the driver and drive to Ngorongoro Sopa/Wildlife Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3

Ngorongoro Crater Tour 
After breakfast drive to Ngorongoro Crater for a half day tour to the crater floor with lunch boxes.  Dinner and overnight at Bougainvillea Lodge.

Day 4

Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara for game drive. Lunch at picnic site in the park, after lunch you will continue game viewing in the park till late afternoon (15:00). when you will be returning to Arusha.

 Price per person (based on room sharing)
4 Days safari ( 2 persons per car ) 1 200 EUR
*  4 Days safari ( 4 persons per car ) 1 000 EUR

 What you get…
*  Full board accommodation in the lodges
*  Local driver/guide fluent in English language
*  Transport to and within the park
*  Park, crater and ranger fees

…and what you don’t
*  Flight and any other local shuttle service outside safari schedule
*  Drinking water and beverages
*  Items of personal nature
*  Sleeping bags (if camping)
*  Gratuities/tip to driver/guide/cook (highly recommended) 
*  Insurance
*  Hotel before and after safari (can be arranged on request)

The Maasai are indeed a truly independent and proud with a culture more complex and interesting than popular imagination would suggest. The Maasai have come to represent Africa at its most primal, a fiercely independent tribe of legendary courage who sternly shun the modern world in favour of traditional rites and customs. The Maasai are undoubtedly one of the most famous traditional cultures on earth.

Tarangire National Park is a quiet, seasonal park with wide views to distant volcanic mountain ranges. Tarangire covers 2600 sq km of grassland and floodplains, and a large proportion of tall acacia woodland just south of the open grass plains of southern Maasailand. During the dry months the concentration of animals around the Tarangire river is almost as diverse and reliable as in the Ngorongoro Crater, but the ecosystem here is balanced by a localised migration pattern that is followed by most animals other than lion, who don't tend to abandon their territory.

There are a fantastic number of colourful birds swooping and strutting along the rough paths throughout the year, with likely spots including the Paradise Whyder and endearing Yellow-collared lovebirds. There are a few resident lions, which are easier to spot when the migration arrives to excite their taste buds. In other months they look quite mean and lean and slip easily between the lengthening grasses.

The jewel in Ngorongoro's crown is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 metres deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder. The rich pasture supports over 25,000 animals, predominantly grazing animals, including some of Tanzania's last black rhinos. Big tuskers roam the floor and even though animals are free to leave or enter the Crater, most remain because of the plentiful water and food available on the Crater floor throughout the year. Lake Makat, fed by the Munge River is a soda lake and a magnet for flamingos and other water birds which come here to feed.

Although Lake Manyara National Park is only 325 square kilometres, the shallow, alkaline lake consumes the majority of this area. The Park is home to three distinct habitats including a lush groundwater forest, open floodplains and acacia woodlands. Lake Manyara National Park is a birding paradise, especially for waterfowl and migrants. Its lush green forests are one of the best places to see leopards. Lions hunt on the grassy shores of the lake, and are known for their habit of climbing trees. Superb game viewing is offered throughout the year but is at its peak from December to February and from August to September. 

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