Cultural Safari

Duration: 10 days

Period: All year

This 10-day safari has been designed to introduce you to part of the Tanzanian culture and, in particular, that of the Maasai.

You will discover the 3 must-see parks of northern Tanzania to be amazed by their extraordinary flora and fauna. Throughout your trip, you will be immersed in Tanzanian life to meet the Hadzabes, Datogas, Iraqws, and you will live an unforgettable experience with the Maasai.

 

POSSIBLE EXTENSION ON THE ISLAND OF ZANZIBAR

DAY 1

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport

You will be picked up by us upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport.

 

Transfer to Arusha for dinner and overnight at your lodge.

DAY 2

Arusha / Tarangire National Park / Isoitok

After breakfast and a good night's sleep to recover from your trip, the adventure can begin and you will take the road towards Tarangire National Park where you will discover a great diversity of landscapes. You will see huge majestic baobabs towering in front of you and will certainly meet the many elephant families living in the park. At the edge of the river that gave its name to the Tarangire, you can meet many animals coming to drink.

 

At the end of the afternoon, you will take the road back to your lodge. This lodge is special given its proximity to the Maasai village, which it helps by making the inhabitants work, by participating in the preservation of their environment, their traditions and by supporting the education of children. You will meet them and be able to chat with them. You will thus leave with them to go to a small hill to witness a magnificent sunset.

 

You will then enjoy a nice dinner and spend the night in this beautiful place.

DAY 3

Isoitok / Mto Wa Mbu / Karatu

This morning, you will prepare early to go with the Maasai for a nature walk during which they will share with you their knowledge of the plants they use for their traditional medicine.

 

In the morning, you will set off for Mto Wa Mbu to visit this typical village where you can admire its colorful and lively markets. You will visit a banana plantation and taste the excellent red banana of Mto Wa Mbu. You can even taste a very special craft beer made from bananas. You will meet small artisans to discover their work (wooden objects, paintings, etc.).

 

You will have a traditional lunch at Mto Wa Mbu in a small typical Tanzanian restaurant. You will then leave Mto Wa Mbu to reach Karatu town and your lodge where you can relax before dinner and overnight.

Balade Maasaï Isoitok
Une tribu Maasaï en Tanzanie
Maasaï

DAY 4

Karatu / Lake Eyasi / Karatu

This morning, after a small snack, the departure will be very early in order to meet the 2 tribes who live near Lake Eyasi. It is an alkaline lake protected by a cliff 800 meters high. Here, several different ethnic groups coexist and still live according to their ancestral traditions.

You will thus meet the Hadzabes. They are the first known inhabitants of Tanzania. Their presence on the shores of Lake Eyasi dates back almost forty thousand years. They are among the last hunter-gatherers in Africa. Fruits, berries and roots reported by women prevail over game in their diet. The men collect honey and hunt with bows. The Hadzabés have the particularity of not having a hierarchical structure within their community and of pooling all their resources, whether these relate to food, water or knowledge. This tribe is very open to meeting foreigners, and even curious to share its cultural differences with them. In the respect of their customs and traditions, you will go on a small hunting excursion with the Hadzabes.

After leaving them, you will stop in the heart of the forest for a tasty breakfast.

You will then go to another tribe: the Datogas. These pastors from Ngorongoro were driven south by the Maasai and came to settle not far from the lake. The Datogas have many things in common with the Maasai. They live in huts made of dried mud, live in small groups in scattered villages, have the same customs of dancing and singing… The Datogas are also blacksmiths. In their village, you will attend the forge and participate in the demonstration. You can then visit one of their homes and chat with them.

You will then return to your lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, you can visit the town of Karatu to discover its typical market.

We also invite you to discover another tribe living all around Karatu: the Iraqw. The Iraqw are a people of southern Africa living in north-central Tanzania, mainly in the Mbulu and Hanang districts of the Manyara region. They live in the highlands, surrounded by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the north, the Great Rift Valley to the east, the Serengeti Plain to the west, and a dry savannah landscape to the south. The Iraqw practice subsistence agriculture (maize, millet). They also raise cattle, goats and sheep.

The Maasai are their immediate neighbors to the east. During this visit, you will also discover a coffee plantation with its manufacture.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

DAY 5

Karatu / Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you will set off for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. There, on the edge of the crater, you will meet a Ranger and take a walk in this wonderful landscape.

 

You will then return to your vehicle to take the road back to the most famous and largest classified park in Tanzania, for the second year in a row, "The most beautiful park in Africa": the SERENGETI.

 

You will have your picnic lunch at the entrance of the park and start your safari in the heart of these endless expanses in search of animals. You will be able to meet the lion families that live in the park as well as many other animals. You will be amazed by these extraordinary landscapes.

 

You will join your camp in the heart of the savannah for dinner and overnight.

Lionnes et lionceaux
Léopard sur son arbre

DAY 6

Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you will depart for a full day safari in the Serengeti. You will enjoy this park with "endless plains" (hence its name) all day long. This 14,763 km2 park is home to more than 2 million large animals, including more than a million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of plains zebras and different varieties of gazelles. Large predators, including lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas are attracted to the region by this abundance of prey which migrates throughout the park. Many small animals such as mongooses, jackals, monkeys also inhabit the region with nearly 500 species of birds.

 

After a picnic lunch in the park, you will continue your game drive throughout the afternoon and return to your camp for dinner and overnight.

 

For those who wish, lunch can be taken at the camp for a moment of relaxation around the table.

DAY 7

Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater / Karatu

After breakfast, you will hit the road with a last morning game drive in the Serengeti to reach the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will enjoy the scenery before diving into the famous crater where you will discover another breathtaking landscape. You will meet many animals. In fact, there are around 100 animals per km² in the Ngorongoro crater.

 

You will have a picnic lunch in the company of the hippos and can admire zebras and birds very close to you.

 

At the end of your safari, you will reach Karatu and your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Cratère du Ngorongoro
Enfants Maasaï
Village Maasaï

DAY 8

Karatu / Maasai Village / Facing Kilimanjaro

After breakfast, you will leave Karatu to meet the Maasai in a authentic village. To reach it, you will take a few tracks and still enjoy this wonderful Tanzanian landscape. You will be greeted traditionally and warmly by the Maasai. You will then leave, accompanied by a Maasai, with the herd for a walk in the bush. You may be lucky enough to come across gazelles and giraffes.

For lunch, you will eat a typical meal prepared by the Maasai in the village. For feast days, the Maasai prepare grilled meat (an animal from their herd, usually a goat). You can enjoy this purely traditional meal with them. For people who do not eat meat or who do not like goat, they will be offered another dish (specify when booking).

In the afternoon, you will hit the road again and approach the foot of Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest snow-capped mountain. You will still admire extraordinary landscapes before reaching your lodge facing Kilimanjaro.

This lodge is special because it is owned and run by the Maasai. You will once again be immersed in this culture with these friendly and welcoming people. You will have the opportunity to choose an activity offered at the lodge. You will be able to attend a magnificent sunset in front of this immense mountain.

You will enjoy a delicious dinner before spending the night in your beautifully decorated Maasai house.

DAY 9

Facing Kilimanjaro

Relaxing day at the lodge with the possibility of choosing one of the proposed activities. You can (at an additional cost) do other activities with the Maasai.

 

If you wish, you can simply enjoy the view and the swimming pool.

 

Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Journée avec la tribu Maasaï
Rencontre avec la tribu Maasaï
Killimandjaro enneigé

DAY 10

Facing Kilimanjaro / Kilimanjaro International Airport

After breakfast, you will enjoy your last moments in this extraordinary location and, depending on your flight schedule, lunch will be served at the lodge.

 

We will then drive you to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Accommodation "Comfort"

Accommodation "High-end"

Accommodation "Luxury"

Low season: April and May

Average season: from November 1 to December 15

High season: from January 1 to March 31 and from June 1 to October 31

For people traveling with children, we personalize the quote according to their age. Children over 12 years old are considered, for the lodges, as adults on the date of the start of the stay. For the park price, the adult price starts at the age of 16. A child price is applied from 5 years to 15 years.

The price of the safari is paid in USD and the amount does not change. The amount in euros is given as an indication. It was calculated on a euro / dollar rate of 1.16, namely 1 € = 1.16 USD. The amount in euros may therefore vary. If you want to know the exact amount in euros, you can consult the site Xe Currency  which gives the course live.

Payment is by wire transfer in US dollars. The conversion costs are the responsibility of the payer.

Accommodation "Comfort"

Accommodation "High-end"

Accommodation "Luxury"

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VISA and Passport

All visitors to Tanzania need a VISA. These formalities take place on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Visa fees are $ 50 USD per person.

 

Visitors to Tanzania must have a passport valid for six months after the original date of travel.

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