If you are looking for a more energetic safari experience, that gives you the chance to trek some of the most picturesque and dramatic landscapes in East Africa then this may be the trip for you. It offers a fantastic mixture of culture, hiking and traditional
game drives in some of Tanzania's best spots.
Arrival: Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met by our representative and transferred to Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge for Dinner & Overnight.
Drive from Arusha to Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive & picnic lunch in the Crater. Head to Ngorongoro lodge on the Crater rim for dinner & overnight.
On arrival at Empakai crater there is the option to descend into the crater. This is around 40 minutes down and depending on season can be quite slippery but certainly a great hike with stunning views. Flamingos are often seen flying into the crater or feeding in the lake at the base.
Dawn rises and your lofty position affords a great sunrise. As you take breakfast your camp crew break camp and depart to send the camp ahead with donkeys. You then set off hiking with Maasai guides following a route that takes you through picturesque Maasai villages and rolling hills. Lunch can be taken on route as a picnic or if guests are very fit a late lunch can be had in camp. In the late afternoon a hike up to a nearby viewpoint is highly recommended and a great place for sundowners!
The final section of hiking has two options of a shorter hike or a longer more strenuous option right along the rift wall. The views are spectacular with the active volcano Oldoinyo Lengai dominating the foreground. This volcano affects almost everything from hydrology to lifestyle, as will become apparent. Once down on the rift valley floor you are picked up and transfer to Lake Natron Camp, Ngare Sero and here have the chance to jump in the natural pools to cool down. Sundowners are served at any number of beautiful points close to camp.
Lake Natron has a number of activities that are very easily combined with dawn walks and sundowners and in the middle of the day there is the nearby Ngare Sero gorge that you can walk to. There are options of long hikes to the source or shorter hikes to waterfalls. The staff are on hand to make you stay as adventurous or relaxing as you want.
Wake early and transfer over to the edge of the rift valley. Here you hike up following trails used by the Maasaito to herd their cattle to the rich pastures above. Dawn rises and you are afforded a stunning sunrise over the expansive rift valley. Your safari vehicle meets you at the top and you transfer across the Salei plains to Sanjan gorge to camp.
You have breakfast as our team breaks camp and prepares to trek. The hike today is through the Sanjan Gorge -a stunning fault line that over time has eroded to create a stunning gorge. Continue on to camp at Piyaya and take sundowners around the fire.
Visit to Olduvai Gorge (Cradle of Mankind). Afternoon game drives into Ndutu, Serengeti. Dinner & Overnight at Ndutu Safari Lodge.
Game drives in the Serengeti with overnight at Ndutu Safari Lodge.
Schedule charter flight to Arusha then transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for departures.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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