Tanzania Trek and Safari

About the Experience

There is a stark, jaw-dropping beauty here that takes your breath away.

Tanzania is as exotic and otherworldly as you had anticipated, and there is no preparing for the golden plains of the Serengeti, for the shock and delight of spotting a cheetah creeping through the brush, or an elephant proudly parading past.

This place will break your heart with its beauty. Even more than the endless, dreamy landscapes, and the hippos and antelopes that dot your day, it’s the smile on Mama Anna at her AGAPE women’s cooperative, and the way she warmly welcomes you before teaching you how to harvest sweet dollops of honey.

It’s the intricate, delicate rainbow found in a piece of Maasai jewelry. It’s looking down into the vast wonder of the Empaki crater, and the way it stares back at you like a giant, azure eye. Your days here aren’t just hiking and snapping pictures. You immerse yourself in this world: collecting firewood, milking cows, and learning to craft your own delicate, handmade necklace.

Later, when you are back in your own home, far away from this magical place, you will hold this bit of adornment and remember the glory of Serengeti National Park. You will remember locking eyes with a leopard, and how at night, you fell asleep under an explosion of stars.

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Tanzania Trek and Safari

About the Experience

There is a stark, jaw-dropping beauty here that takes your breath away.

Tanzania is as exotic and otherworldly as you had anticipated, and there is no preparing for the golden plains of the Serengeti, for the shock and delight of spotting a cheetah creeping through the brush, or an elephant proudly parading past.

This place will break your heart with its beauty. Even more than the endless, dreamy landscapes, and the hippos and antelopes that dot your day, it’s the smile on Mama Anna at her AGAPE women’s cooperative, and the way she warmly welcomes you before teaching you how to harvest sweet dollops of honey.

It’s the intricate, delicate rainbow found in a piece of Maasai jewelry. It’s looking down into the vast wonder of the Empaki crater, and the way it stares back at you like a giant, azure eye. Your days here aren’t just hiking and snapping pictures. You immerse yourself in this world: collecting firewood, milking cows, and learning to craft your own delicate, handmade necklace.

Later, when you are back in your own home, far away from this magical place, you will hold this bit of adornment and remember the glory of Serengeti National Park. You will remember locking eyes with a leopard, and how at night, you fell asleep under an explosion of stars.

DAY ONE: MEETING MOUNT MERU

Adventure begins with your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport. Your first morning will include a welcome meeting and breakfast at the Rivertrees Country Inn. You’ll head out at 10 a.m. to visit Mama Anna’s women’s cooperative called Agape. During this visit on the slopes of Mount Meru, you will get in touch with the flavours of the area by learning how to make cheese, roast coffee, and harvest your own honey. The afternoon will take you into a Meru home where you will encounter local traditions and be treated to a true Meru lunch. Soak it all in, and make your way back to Rivertrees with the group for some free time before dinner.

DAY TWO: MAASAI TO MANYARA

It’s up and at ’em to depart Rivertrees for Arusha by 8 a.m.. Your group will stop to meet with MWEDO, an organization that empowers Maasai women in Northern Tanzania. You’ll visit MWEDO’s fair trade shop to learn how they help Maasai women and you’ll have a chance to see Maasai-produced jewellery and other products. Home to elephants, hippo, antelope, and many species of birds, Lake Manyara National Park is waiting for you next. Upon arriving at Manyara Gate after a two hour drive, you’ll be on the lookout for wildlife for the rest of the day. Isoitok Camp is close by to nourish you and provide a good night’s rest after an exciting day together.

DAY THREE: WILDLIFE OF THE CRATER

Tie up those laces for an 8 a.m. start on foot towards Esilalei. You’ll visit with a group of Maasai women from the village and participate in daily activities like milking cows, collecting firewood, and fetching water. Watch closely as these warmhearted women teach you how to make jewellery. At 11 a.m., you’ll depart to Ngorongoro Crater for your chance to see the lions, elephants, wildebeest, cheetah, and antelope that call this landscape home. You will drive around looking for these incredible species until 6 p.m. and proceed to Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge for a tasty dinner and sweet dreams of your day.

DAY FOUR: HIKE THROUGH MAASAILAND

(This portion of the Safari includes moderate level hiking. Hiking poles recommended, for all abilities, one tough downhill).

A good morning today starts with a Sopa Lodge breakfast and a drive to Nainokanoka Maasai Village. Stretch those legs for the next four hours while you hike wild-women style through the traditional villages of the Ngorongoro Highlands. Sink into your sleeping bag at night for a truly wild rest in your small dome tents at an Embulbul Special Campsite.

DAY FIVE: EMBULBUL TO EMPAKAI

Time for a new perspective. You’ll hike for four hours today from Embulbul to Empakai. This day starts out quite flat, gradually growing more steep for an hour as you climb to the Empakai Crater rim. Here is your chance to take a break and view the Empakai Crater from above. And next you will descend into the Crater by foot before returning to the Empakai Special Campsite for dinner and another beautiful tent sleep.

DAY SIX: STEPPING INTO THE SERENGETI

Are you ready? While you eat your breakfast and pack up for the day, are the butterflies building in your belly? Say goodbye to your camp staff at Empakai and hello to the drivers taking you to Serengeti National Park. You’re on your way. And once you’re there, keep your eyes peeled for any wild faces in Central Serengeti as you make your way to Kiota Camp.

DAY SEVEN: CATS OF THE SERENGETI

Rise and shine for an early departure at 6 a.m.! You’ll take a drive with your group and watch for big cats coming to or from a well-timed. Stop by for a visit at the Seronera River before returning mid-morning to Kiota Camp for brunch and time to rest. At 3 p.m., you’ll go where the wildlife goes for another drive within the Serengeti. Sunset finds you back at Kiota Camp for fireside drinks and snacks followed by a delicious dinner.

DAY EIGHT: MARA RIVER SAFARI

Depart the camp at 8 a.m. after breakfast for a full day’s drive as you transfer from Central to Northern Serengeti. Keep your eyes on the landscape for a chance to spot the elusive leopard and cheetah. You’ll head north, driving through Lobo and Bologonja and enjoying a well-earned picnic stop for lunch in the park. After reaching the Mara River area, you can watch the sun sink towards setting on your next wildlife drive before proceeding to Chaka Camp for dinner and rest.

DAY NINE: WILDEBEEST BY THE MARA

From July to October every year, the great wildebeest migration stuns all who witness its force in the Northern Serengeti. Today, this will be you. The herds cross back and forth over the Mara River while you spend the entire day at crossing sites, bearing witness to one of the true draws of the Serengeti. You’ll overnight at Chaka Camp buzzing with the energy of the day.

DAY TEN: ARUSHA AND AWAY

Steal one last look for the wildlife of the Serengeti as you drive to the Kogatende Airstrip. A 10 a.m. flight will bring you from Kogatende to Arusha where you will eat lunch with your fellow wild women and part ways for your next big adventure!

 


EXTEND YOUR STAY IN TANZANIA!

If you would like to extend your journey with us in Tanzania, we offer a unique Savannah to Summit Expedition to Kilimanjaro. The extension tour is an additional $3,795USD. Click here to see full details. 

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