Suggested itinerary for Nature and Culture Safari in Tanzania

Day 1
Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport. The guide will meet you at the airport for transfer to Ilboru Safari Lodge, very close to Arusha town. Here you can relax by the swimming pool or take a walk through the local streets. B&B


Day 2
After breakfast depart for Lake Manyara National Park with lunch boxes. At just 325 square kilometers Lake Manyara National Park is a relatively small slice of land. It is a beautiful little park, tucked in between the Rift Escarpment and the lake itself. Here you can see a lot of birds, elephants, giraffe, hippo and many other wild animals. In the afternoon we drive to Ol Mesera Tented Lodge for dinner and overnight.


Day 3
After breakfast we drive to Lake Eyasi and accompanied by an experienced guide from the area, you visit the bushmen-Hadzabes Tribe (also known as the Tindiga Tribe). Dinner and overnight at Kisima Ngeda Tented Lodge (We recommend 2 nights for full experience and due to travel distance from main route).

Activities around the lodge:
The Bushmen of East Africa: The Hadzabe Tribe, the bushmen of Lake Eyasi, are the only hunter-gatherers who remain in East Africa. Their ancient lifestyles remain the same as it was 10,000 years ago, as we humans all were those days. Their numbers are dwindling and are estimated to be less than 2000 remaining.

The Nomads: The Datoga Tribe, a pastorialist culture is another tribe worthwhile to visit. Our guides are from this tribe and they are more than happy to show you around in their village and to talk about their culture.

Other activities offered include bird watching, walking safaris and cultural tours.


Day 4
Today we drive to Serengeti national park. We drive through Ngorongoro Conservation Area, stop along the way for the view over the famous crater, we visit a maasai village and we have our packed lunch overlooking Oldupai Gorge – the cradle of mankind.

Hopefully we see a lot of wildlife on our way to the lodge and you might fall asleep to the roar of a distant lion. Dinner and overnight at Ndutu Lodge on the border between Ngorongoro and Serengeti.


Day 5
After a lazy morning around the lodge we drive into Serengeti for animal hunting with our cameras. We have our pic nic lunch at Seronera Visitor Centre where we can take a short walk on a Kopje and learn about Serengeti. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Simba Camp in Western Serengeti. Here you can choose different activities such as nature walks, night drives, village visit, bush breakfast and lunch.

Day 6
We use the lodge as our base and make a full day game drive during which we hope to see lions, cheetah, leopard, hyenas, thousands of zebras, antelopes, elephants and much more. Late afternoon we take a guided walk from the lodge to the nearby village Rubanda and have a refreshing drink at the local bar. The car will come and pick us up in time for dinner at Serengeti Simba Camp.

Your stay here can be an incomparable wildlife experience. Covering an area of 14,763 square kilometers, equal in size to Northern Ireland, the world famous Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest park, and one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges. This is where the famous migration of 1.5 million wildebeest and thousands of Zebras take place. Its name comes from the Maasai word Siringet, meaning ‘endless plains’.

Day 7
After breakfast we start our return to Ngorongoro and in time for lunch descend to the famous crater. The crater has been described as one of the great natural wonders of the world. Eight million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater was an active volcano but its cone collapsed, forming the crater that is 610 meters deep, almost 20 kilometers in diameter, and covers an area of 311 sq. km. The crater is home to many species of wild game and birds, including the endangered black rhino.

We have dinner and spend the night at Ngorongoro Farmhouse.


Day 8
After breakfast we drive slowly to Tarangire National Park. On the way we make a stop for shopping and we visit a local school. We have game viewing on the way to the lodge and in the afternoon. Mid day we relax by the swimming pool. Overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge.
Baobab trees and elephants are the main sights in Tarangire. It is common to see large family groups of elephants in the park and game-viewing in Tarangire is usually very good, with plenty of giraffe, warthog, waterbuck, impala, zebra, ostrich, buffalo and many more animals.

Day 9
We wake up with the sun and coffee or tea served outside the tent. Hopefully we can also enjoy the elephants coming down to the river for their morning drink. After a very good breakfast it is time to go back to Arusha. We look for wild animals on our way out of the park, stop along the way for some shopping and enjoy a nice lunch in Arusha. After that some might return to home full of stories and memories, and some continue to Zanzibar for yet another experience on the exciting island in the Indian Ocean with its intriguing history and white beaches.

Price: for prices please contact us direct with details such as amount of people, age (for children), time of the year and wishes.

For extentions to Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro climbing, trekking in Ngorongoro highland or cultural visits to the Hadzabe tribe – contact us for further details and prices.


Mind & Soul Travel (TZ) Ltd
P.O. Box 6246, Arusha, Tanzania
Tel. +255 (0)784 683655 or +255 (0)786 234070 info@mindsoultravel.com