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Safari: Tanzania

Wildlife and culture – the perfect balance

Balance Tanzania's wildlife highlights, such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, with the rich cultural heritage of local tribes like the Masai

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This journey will show you not just the star wildlife attractions of Tanzania but give insight into local tribes and their traditions. You’ll get to see wildlife like elephant, plains game and big cats in the parks and reserves of Tarangire, Lake Manyara, the Serengeti and the Ngorogoro Crater, interspersed with cultural interactions to enrich your Tanzanian experience.

Visit a fresh produce market in Arusha, a craft workshop that empowers disabled Tanzanians, and eat local delicacies in the colourful town of Mto wa Mbu. Visit a Maasai village for insight into their way of life, walk with the Maasai as they tend their cattle, and spend a day on a community-based farm to share stories with the locals.

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What to Expect on This Safari

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1

Arusha on arrival

You'll be met at Kilimanjaro International and transferred to Arusha, the town that is Tanzania's safari hub. Overnight at Rivertrees Country Inn, with dinner included.

Meals: Dinner
Transport: Included

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2

Explore the markets and Shanga House

Visit the Arusha market in the heart of Arusha town in the morning. Explore with your guide and bargain for fresh local produce. You'll have lunch at the Shanga River House (included) on one of Arusha’s oldest coffee farms, then visit the Shanga Shangaa craft workshop that empowers disabled Tanzanians to realise their potential, develop new skills and improve their own lives through using recycled materials and producing at a sustainable level. Overnight at Rivertrees Country Inn, with dinner and breakfast included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch (River House) and dinner
Transport: Included

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3

Masai people and Tarangire elephant

You'll drive to Tarangire National Park to see some wildlife. Tarangire is probably the best place in East Africa to see elephant, which move along the Tarangire River. There's also plains game and big cats like lion and leopard. But what makes the park really special are its huge baobab trees, which are very photogenic. You'll overnight at Maramboi Tented Camp just outside the park gates, overlooking Lake Manyara. This is a community-based project on community land. Buy from the local traders and walk with the Maasai as they herd their cattle in the late afternoon. Overnight at Maramboi, with your meals and drinks included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks
Transport: Included

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4

Lake Manyara and Mto wa Mbu

From Tarangire you'll drive to Lake Manyara and stop for lunch at the vibrant and colourful town of Mto wa Mbu to enjoy local food – chapatti, wali njama and maharage (pancakes, rice and meat with beans), kuku chipsi (chicken and chips) and the famous pili pili mbuzi (very tasty chilli). There's something for everyone and great vegetarian options. Explore Lake Manyara in the afternoon and overnight at Ngorongoro Farmhouse, a working farm just outside the Ngorongoro entrance gate, with your meals included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Transport: Included

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5

Masai village visit and the southern plains

Today you'll drive to the southern Serengeti, stopping on the way at an authentic Maasai village that will give you insight into the lives of these nomads of East Africa. Their intriguing history and way of life explain why this tribe has remained unwesternised even today. You'll continue to the southern Serengeti plains – a good place to explore at any time of year. During the wet season the southern plains see lots of interaction because of the numbers of plains game that gather, whereas in the dry season the resident game is easy to find at the only permanent water. Overnight at Ndutu Safari Lodge, with your meals included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Transport: Included

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6

The big cats and Seronera

Today you'll leave the culture and tribes behind and focus on the Serengeti and everything that comes with it ‐ big cats such as lion and leopard and wonderful predator/prey interaction. Overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camp, with your meals included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Transport: Included

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7

Find your leopard

You'll make an early start to see as many lions as possible early in the morning while they're still active. The central Serengeti and Makoma Hill is an extraordinary wildlife area. On your afternoon game drive you'll explore the Seronera river system and look for leopard. Overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camp, with your meals included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Transport: Included

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8

Ngorongoro Crater, onto the Crater floor

You'll spend the morning in the Serengeti and then drive back to the Ngorongoro highlands and down onto the Crater floor, searching for endangered black rhino that move to water in the afternoon. Overnight at Kirurumu Ngorongoro Camp on the Crater rim, with your meals included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner,drinks
Transport: Included

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9

Karatu and Gibb's Farm

You'll take a packed lunch and spend a second day on the Crater floor. A morning inside the Crater will show you more cats, especially lion, as well as big elephant bulls. Enjoy your picnic lunch inside the Crater before driving down the Crater rim to the little town of Karatu to spend the night at Gibb’s Farm, with your meals and drinks included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner,drinks
Transport: Included

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10

Full day on the farm, get up and get busy

Gibb’s Farm is a community based high-end lodge that allows you to experience the working farm, bake bread and share stories with the local Maasai. Gibb's is the perfect way to end your safari – peace and tranquility with a sense of local involvement. Overnight at Gibb’s Farm, with your meals and drinks included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks
Transport: Included

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11

Fly Home

From Gibb's Farm you'll get to Arusha in time for lunch (included) before being taken to Kilimanjaro International to connect with your flight home.

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