Walking fun in Tanzania

Duration: 11 days

Highlights: Game drive through the Ngorongoro Crater, walks in Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks, exploring Empakai and Olmoti Craters

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport

You arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and after clearing customs and immigration procedures, you will be met by our representative, who will be waiting for you outside the airport holding a sign with your name. Afterwards, you will be transferred to Lake Duluti Lodge. The drive from the airport to Lake Duluti Lodge takes approximately one hour.

Lake Duluti Lodge  is made up of 18 contemporary chalets on a small working coffee farm. All have luxurious bathrooms and decks from which to max out on views across the lake and towards impressive Mount Meru. Furnishings lend a glorious, cozy home from home feel with plump cushions and thick rugs on wooden floors, and the food is divine: all farm fresh and home cooked.

Lake Duluti is almost two thirds of a mile (one kilometer) across - and the same deep. The forested walls of the crater, up to 660 feet (200 meters) high, are home to a host of birds - herons, fish eagles, ospreys and kingfishers.

There's plenty to do - you can go canoeing or bird watching. The walk around the lake is a must, the path shaded all day with a tangle of green. Or indulge in a coffee tour so you know where your brew begun.

Overnight: Lake Duluti Lodge

Meal Plan:

Day 2 - Drive to Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, meet your Driver/Guide at the lodge reception and transfer to Tarangire National Park. Arrive Tarangire Treetops in time for lunch. The drive from Lake Duluti Lodge to Tarangire Treetops takes approximately 3 hours.

After lunch, you will proceed on afternoon game drive in Tarangire National Park The park is approximately 30 minutes’ drive from the camp and is famous for its large elephant herds and its picturesque landscape dotted with baobab trees. Tarangire is one of the least visited parks in northern Tanzania yet its dense population of game from July – November is second only to the Serengeti.

Tarangire Treetops sits amidst Marula trees and ancient Baobabs in a private management area on the border of Tarangire National Park. Allow yourself to feel delightfully excited as you ascend the spiral staircase through a trap door to your very own tree house. The thrill of your childhood dream house coming to life is made all the more magical with the elevated view of the surrounding stunning savannah.

The camp exudes a timeless ambiance, accentuated as you enjoy sundowners in the bar, built around a 1000-year-old Baobab tree. The rooms are some of the biggest in any East African camp and decorated in neutral tones with dhow wood, in accordance with the classic safari atmosphere and a nod of deference towards their arboreal hosts.
Located on an elephant migration pathway, plenty of these extraordinary, enormous animals are attracted to the waterhole in front of the camp or can be heard grazing on the bark of 'your' tree at night. As well as game drives, night safaris and walking tours are an option, get up close and personal with the fascinating Maasai tribe as they welcome you to their village or entertain you at dinner with chants and traditional dances.

Overnight: Tarangire Treetops

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 3 - Nature Walk in Tarangire National Park

After a leisurely breakfast, you will be picked from the camp for a nature walk.

Put on your walking shoes and experience beautiful Tarangire National Park from a different perspective with a walking safari. With a professional walking guide and armed ranger, you will have the chance to explore the grassland around camp in one of the most secluded areas of the park. The guide has a wealth of knowledge and will explain how to understand animal behavior while tracking a variety of game. You may encounter zebra, waterbuck, impala, ostrich, elephant as well as a number of birds.

Overnight: Tarangire Treetops

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 4 - Drive to Mto wa Mbu village

Leave your camp behind you as your driver guide transfers you to Lake Manyara National Park. A drive around Lake Manyara will take you through the underwater forests thick with monkeys, warthogs, wildebeest, and buffalo before arriving at a clearing that looks out over the lake.

On the way you will have time to experience some of the following activities at extra cost:

Treetop walkway, Lake Manyara National Park
The 500m (1,500 feet) air walk reaches a height of 18m (54 feet) off the ground, allowing great views of over the lake and unique bird watching opportunities. The walk starts with a short boardwalk and gradually climbs on to the walkway. Clients will walk over a series of hanging bridges with thick netting on the sides that reach a height of 18m off the ground. Each of the 9 hang bridges end on a viewing deck situated high off the ground around tree trunks. The walk takes about one hour and can be done any time of day.  

Tuk tuk ride around the village of Mto wa Mbu, near Lake Manyara
Go round the village in a tuk tuk. Along the way your guide will explain how the locals grow bananas and the variety of uses they had for them - including making beer which you can taste. Visit a house of one of the Iraqw tribe and see the wood carvers and listen to their amazing stories. Finish off with a delicious local lunch in the middle of the banana plantations. (Substitute for lunch at Lake Manyara Serena)

Canoeing on Lake Manyara
Canoeing on Lake Manyara gives a unique perspective on the wildlife and landscape. Gliding in a canoe allows a silent approach to the animals. You can get very close to giraffes, elephants, buffalos and other animals grazing on the shoreline. The safari takes near 2.5 hours. It can be done in the morning or in the afternoon. A guide will accompany the safari. 

Forest hike down the Rift Valley Escarpment
You will hike down the side of the Great Rift Valley through the dense ground water forest. On the way you will encounter birds, monkey, bush buck and other forest animals as well as streams and waterfalls. Departure can be from any time between 6.30 and 15.00. Duration will be two to three hours and a good too high fitness level is recommended.

Cycling down the Rift Valley
An easy ride down the Great Rift Valley into the farming village of Mto Wa Mbu. You will experience a taste of the local culture from the bike as well as riding through some on the Manyara water forest and in-between small herds of wildlife on the lake shore. Departure can be from any time between 6.30 and 15.00. Duration will be two to three hours.

Later after the activities in Mto wa Mbu village, your drive will take approx. one hour as you climb the dramatic Rift Valley escarpment to The Manor at Ngorongoro.

The Manor at Ngorongoro is situated conveniently opposite Ngorongoro Conservation Reserve but is enclosed in the stunning Shangri-La coffee estate. The Manor reflects 19th century South African wine lands; a charmingly unusual design when set against the nearby surroundings of two of Tanzania's most iconic locations; Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. The interiors accentuate the enchanting, old-fashioned atmosphere of the Manor with dark wood furniture, Persian rugs and Victorian-style claw foot bathtubs.

Explore the 1500- acre estate - with its beautifully manicured gardens set against a backdrop of dramatic views - on horseback or foot. It is this combination of raw, wild Africa coupled with the manor's timeless elegance that will make your visit so extraordinary.

Overnight: The Manor at Ngorongoro

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 5 - Ngorongoro Crater game drive

Your game drive today will be like no other as you visit one of the most dramatic safari destinations in Africa, the Ngorongoro Crater. Descend to the crater floor in search of the big 5 with the back drop of the forest covered crater walls surrounding you, creating stunning back drops for all of your wildlife photographs.

Travel through the Lerai Forest looking for leopard and onto the plains where the wildebeest and zebra graze whilst cheetah and lion lay and watch. Old elephants pass your vehicle whilst further afield rhino wander and hippos hide in the pools. A picnic lunch is provided so you can maximize your day in the crater

Set high on the slopes of the Olmoti Volcano, The Highlands looks out over the Gol Mountains, the Empakaai Crater and all the way to the Serengeti. This unique location promises glorious isolation where one can privately relish in Tanzania's exquisite wilderness. Due to its exceptional position, the lodge offers a range of extra special, extraordinary adventures: hiking the ancient Maasai trails near Olmoti and descending into the Empakaai Crater on foot. At the Highlands you are truly getting a taste of Tanzania's unspoilt wonders. The eight rooms emanate a charming originality; eco-conscious, dome-shaped tents which set themselves apart from the more traditional safari camp. The tents each have their own fireplace to keep you warm when the temperature drops in the evening. The floor-to-ceiling windows ensure you get the best of the spilling views all around you, from here you'll witness Africa's blazing sunrises and its sky-painting sunsets.

Overnight: The Highlands

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 6 - Walks in Empakai & Olmoti Craters

Your day starts with a one hour 30-minute drive north east of Ngorongoro Crater passing Masai villages, Olmoti Crater and onto the Embulbul depression where you might see zebra, gazelle, wildebeest, and ostrich before reaching the forested slopes of Empakai Crater.

As there are no roads within the crater, a ranger will guide you down the inner slope of the crater wall through the forest where buffalo’s, bushbuck, blue monkey’s sunbirds, and turaco’s hide.

Once you reach the lake that covers almost half of the crater floor you may see waterbuck and eland before commencing your return journey back up the forested crater walls. Hiking is at over 3000m and depending on fitness levels takes approximately three hours; whilst the walk can be strenuous at times the effort is well rewarded with beautiful views and the chance to walk in Tanzania’s un-spoilt wilderness. After the walk you will drive back to your lodge.

Overnight: The Highlands

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 7 - Fly Manyara – Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, transfer to Manyara airstrip at 09:00 for a schedule flight to Serengeti. Upon arrival in Serengeti at 10:00, you will be met by your driver guide and proceed on with walking activities and lunch.

The walking safari will take you into the most remote corners of the Serengeti National Park, giving you the opportunity to explore this amazing park on foot. 

Guests on walks can expect to see various species of mammals; the most common been Impala, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Warthog, Buffalo and Elephant. Besides the mammals it is an ideal way to view a huge variety of woodland bird species as well as plants, insects, reptiles and amphibians.

An extremely experienced walking guide will be guiding all walks.

Overnight: Serengeti Walking Safari & Camp

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 8 - Full day walking in Serengeti National Park

Spend the day walking with two local walking safari guides.

Overnight: Serengeti Walking Safari & Camp

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 9 - Full day walking in Serengeti National Park

Spend the day walking with two local walking safari guides.

Overnight: Serengeti Walking Safari & Camp

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 10 - Full day walking in Serengeti National Park

Spend the day in the walking area with a morning walk to a new camp location. In the afternoon, loop walk back to the camp.

Overnight in a secondary location with a new camp set up. You will have the chance to experience 3 x 3 dome tents with bathrooms a short distance from the tents.

Overnight: Serengeti Walking Safari & Camp

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 11 - Full day walking in Serengeti National Park

Another day walking in the Serengeti.

Overnight: Serengeti Walking Safari & Camp

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 12 - Fly Serengeti - Arusha

Today you will bid farewell to Serengeti at 11:05 with a schedule flight to Arusha.

Arrive Arusha Airport at 12:10. You will be met by our representative who will transfer you to Arusha Coffee Lodge for lunch. After lunch you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flight.

Overnight:

Meal Plan: B,L

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