Day 1: Arusha
Welcome to Africa! Welcome in Tanzania!
After arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our representative will transfer you to Arusha.
It is a 1 hour drive from the airport.
Day 2: Arusha
Nice day to relax! Our representative will visit you to answer all your questions.
The lodge has a nice garden and swimming pool with sun beds. You can walk into the city center yourself or take a guide with you. The guide will take you to public transport, the food market and show you how the Tanzanian’s live.
Many other activities are organized by the lodge, but perhaps relaxing at the pool is also a very good way to start your holiday.
Once you walk out of the gate of the lodge you can easily do a little hike around the lodge. We are pretty sure you will come back with some nice photos!
Day 3: West Kilimanjaro
Your Safari starts NOW! Your private driver with private safari vehicle is waiting for you! The driver is well educated and has a lot of knowledge about the country, animals and nature and even more, he is very passionate about it. He will show you the beauty of his country! He will discuss with you the day to day program.
The safari vehicle has 6 or 8 window seats, including the driver’s. If you are inside the parks the rooftop will go up so you can see the animals close by. In most vehicles you can charge your phone or batteries.
After breakfast we set off to Arusha National Park where you first will go for a walking safari of about two to three hours with a ranger (or less depending on the weather) and then continue for a game drive in the park. At a nice spot we will stop for a picnic lunch. It will take about 45 minutes to reach the park.
Arusha National Park covers Mount Meru, a prominent volcano with an elevation of 4566 m, in the Arusha Region of north eastern Tanzania. The park is small but varied with spectacular landscapes in three distinct areas.
In the afternoon you will drive to the protected nature reserve Sinya Wildlife Conservancy. From the park it will take about 1,5 hour. You will be staying here for two nights
This area is located between Masai country West Kilimanjaro and Amboseli National Park in Kenya. You are going to do something very special, off the beaten track. Adventure, pure and basic are the keywords for these 2 days. Camping you do in dome tents, you sleep on a thin mattress, a sleeping bag and pillow are present. There is water to wash your face and hands, there is a bush toilet and bush shower.
There will be no other campers. You will be accompanied by a number of Masai who will set up the tents, cook for you and be your guide. You go on game drive with the safari car, climb rocks and at the end of the afternoon you walk up the hill Nadosoito (means: red stones) for the sun downer. With a nice drink you can enjoy the beautiful view. In the evening the campfire goes on and you have dinner under the starry sky.
Day 4: West Kilimanjaro
Sinya is a beautiful area, there are wild animals present but not in big numbers like in the national parks, it is nature that makes the stay so special. If the clouds cooperate a little, you have great views of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Today you will make a tour in the area, by foot and by car.
Day 5: West Kilimanjaro
After a lazy breakfast you will make your way to Maasai Lodge, in the middle of the Maasai Steppe, a special place where you can take a rest. You are staying in the middle of the wilderness of the Maasai steppe in a Maasai round house with hand crafted furniture and with a great view of Kilimanjaro, Africa‘s highest mountain. Behind it and until the border of Kenya there is the savanna, home to the Maasai people. This is the right place to get to know them and their traditions and rituals, together with a slowing-down of your own lives’ pace. It‘s all about being together, traditions, stories and learn where you will meet with the culture of the Maasai. On arrival you will discuss which activities you can do there or just relax and enjoy the area!
Extra activities (not included)
• Traditional Maasai festival (including the slaughtering of a goat)
• Visiting a Maasai Boma
• Trip to the village Tinga Tinga to visit the local Maasai women’s group
• Teaching you traditional crafts
• Hikes to the foot and/or peak of Mukuru and trip to the market of Ngarenanyuku
• Trips to Africa Amini Alama projects in Momella
Meals: Breakfast, lunch (packed) and dinner
Days 6 - 7: Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is a beautiful park and has a lot to offer! With 550 different bird species, it is a birders paradise. Nowhere in East Africa will you find so many bird species in one area! The park is also well known for their big herds of elephants.
Tarangire National Park is a very scenic park with expansive views of baobab-studded grasslands. Tarangire River, a permanent river attracts many animals especially during the dry season (June-November) this is bringing the park to life with the large herds of elephant, wildebeest, buffalo, zebra, and Grants's gazelle. Tarangire is also a good place to spot lions and the shy leopards. The park owes its name to Tarangire River, which flows through the area. It is characterized by dense vegetation of acacia and mixed woodland, the area around Tarangire River however, is dominated by huge baobab trees and old doum palm trees to a lesser prominence, as well as black cotton grass. Though it is not as famous as other parks in the north, Tarangire offers the same attractions as other parks in the north. Its unique aspect is the annual animal immigration that takes place during the dry season.
At the end of the afternoon you will make your way to your next accommodation for dinner and overnight stay. You will stay here for 2 nights.
Day 8: Central Serengeti
After breakfast you will start descending into the plains. Today is one big game drive, wherever you drive, you can encounter animals. And in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area you get a fantastic chance to have a look at how the Maasai live, when passing their “boma’s” (villages) or when watching them herd their cattle in the vast Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
The name Serengeti is derived from the Maasai word Siringiti: endless plains. When entering the Serengeti it becomes clear quite soon that this is a very fitting name. As far as the eye reaches you find the plains, only interrupted by an occasional tree, kopje (rock formation) or wildlife. During the Great Migration these planes are literally covered in animals, wildebeests and zebras, in search of grazing and water and participating in one of the largest annual movements of mammals on earth.
However, Serengeti National Park has more to offer than the Great Migration, large herds of Buffalo's, numerous different kinds of Antelopes like the Topi, Hartebeest, Dik Dik, Thomson and Grant Gazelles and it is the best chance of spotting a Lion, or more accurately: Lions. The open plains form an ideal hunting ground for the fastest mammal on earth: the Cheetah.
At the end of the afternoon you will go to your accommodation for dinner and overnight. You will stay here for 2 nights.
Day 9: Central Serengeti
Wake up early in the morning and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Your driver is ready again to take you back inside the park in search for more wildlife! You can chose to take lunchboxes with you to have the full day in the park or go back to the camp for lunch and maybe relax a little.
The driver takes you on a search for lions, leopard and cheetah. And what did you think of these large numbers of hippos in one of the pools in the park, or maybe the Vervet Monkeys or Baboons managed to charm you with their acrobatic tricks. Giraffes that elegantly move over the plains, high above everything and everyone, eating the leaves from the acacia trees without even bothering about the thorns, the gracious flights of the (not so gracious) Vultures, or Hyenas trying to defend their prey from the lions. Are all in a day full of unforgettable impressions!
At the end of the afternoon you will return to your lodge/camp for a sun downer and dinner.
Day 10: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today you have to rise early as your driver will take you to one of the most special places on this planet: The Ngorongoro Crater. The Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world, and before you descend into the crater you have a beautiful view from the crater rim.
The crater is a non-active volcano, to reach the crater floor you have to make quite a descent. In the Ngorongoro crater the diversity in animals and flora is immense. All the animals of the “Big Five” (elephant, Black Rhino, Buffaloes, Leopard and the Lion) can be found in the crater. Today it is your chance to see the rare Black Rhino. In Lake Magadi, the alkaline lake in the crater, Flamingos look for their food while Hippos cool down in the sweet water pools after their grazing outing at night. In the Lerai Forest, Elephant with giant tusks pull leaves and branches from the trees while on the plains, Wildebeests, Zebras and Antelopes are grazing. Lions often look for the shade, sometimes even the shade of a car. The high numbers of animals and the imposing landscape with the crater walls make a day in the crater and overwhelming experience.
At the end of the afternoon you will make your way to your next overnight accommodation.
Day 11: End of Itinerary
You will be transferred to Kilimanjaro international airport (JRO) for you flight back home.
Your holiday has come to an end. An unforgettable journey with long lasting memories that you share together.
In Kiswahili we say Kwa Heri (Goodbye) and Karibuni Tena (Welcome Again).