We offer well organized Tanzania Cultural Safaris which will immerse travelers in the real Tanzanian culture. The trip includes a visit to Chaga tribes, Masai tribes, and Hadzabes Bushmen tribes.
Small groups of hadzabe Bushmen live around Lake Eyasi. Their language resembles the click languages of other bushmen further south in the kalahari. Their small population was seriously threatened, in particular during the period when Julius Nyerere tried to introduce his ujamaa policy. This is that tribe resisted the forcible settlement policies and nowadays most of their children have never seen a doctor or school - the bush provides for all their needs.
Tourists will see their simple bush homes where the tree canopy alone or a cave provides them shelter. They live entirely off the bush and from hunting, generally small antelopes and baboons. In rainy seasons, gazelles and antelopes come down from the Ngorongoro or Serengeti to their lush bush lands thereby offering them richer pickings. In the recent past, their hunting activities were resented by trophy hunters and tried to stop their "illegal" hunting.
A safari that is guaranteed to give you the opportunity of seeing all Africa's big five plus experience the great wildebeest migration. In this safari you will Tarangire national park, Ngorongoro crater and Serengeti national park.
Our main destinations, includes, OLPOPONGI, TENGERU, MONDULI JUU, LAKE -EYASI, NGORONGORO, OLDUVAI GORGE, MTO WA MBU
Day 1. Arrive- Olpopongi Masai Village.
Arrive at Kilimanjaro international airport. Drive to Olpopongi in the West Kilimanjaro region, 74 kilometers from the airport taking us through the beautiful outback of West Kilimanjaro. Depending on the season, you can see game like zebras and elephants. On a clear day, you will have amazing views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. We arrive at Olpopongi Maasai Village a group of Maasai where the Village Chief welcomes you with refreshments. Main Destination: Olpopongi Masai Village. Accommodation: Olpopongi Masai Village. Meals and Drinks, Breakfast (Lunch & dinner) Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 2. A full day in the Olpopongi Masai Village
After breakfast, we go on a walking safari where your guide will explain the past and contemporary life of the Tanzania Maasai. Get more information about the culinary culture of the Maasai while sampling a traditional organic tea prepared on the wood fire. A tasty lunch with a variety of local food highlights will end the activities inside the village. Maasai warriors will guide you along their paths and explain typical medicinal plants, extraordinary trees, tracks and the local wildlife. Also learn to use local tools, hunting techniques and fire preparation as part your bush excursion. At sunset, a group of Maasai men and women will gather around for a traditional songs & dance performances. A great BBQ-Buffet at the camp fire will provide you an unforgettable evening under the starry sky. Main Destination: Olpopongi Masai Village. Accommodation: at a private Maasai house with traditional beds. Meals and Drinks, Breakfast (Lunch & dinner) Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 3. Olpopongi Masai Village- Tengeru Village
After hot breakfast, we will drive to Tengeru for a day of cultural tour. In the village, there are two primary schools. One is for handicap children and the other is a teaching practice primary school. You have the chance to play with the kids and get to know their way of life. Also our guide will walk you to an old stone quarry site developed after World War II where more than 100 refugees from Poland were brought to Arusha. Most of them died of malaria and influenza and were buried in this area. In the evening, we drive back to Arusha. Main Destination: Tengeru Village Accommodation: at Mount Meru Hotel. Meals and Drinks, Breakfast (Lunch & dinner) Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 4 Monduli Juu Cultural
After a hot breakfast, we depart from Arusha with picnic lunch boxes and drive to Monduli. We start walking from there through a forest where an armed ranger will be guiding us. Buffalos, Elephants, and other wildlife can be seen in this forest. After lunch, we proceed to the summit of Monduli Mountain and enjoy the great views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru. Main Destination: Monduli juu Accommodation: At Enguik Village. Meals and Drinks, Breakfast (Lunch & dinner) Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 5 Lake Eyasi - Cultural Interaction
After a hot breakfast, we will drive on the rough road to Lake Eyasi, the soda lake in the rift valley. We arrive in afternoon for a cultural interaction with the Tatoga tribe (a very interesting tribe). Our Tatoga guide at the village will lead the tour. We explore the dry and rugged landscape area on foot, which is still inhabited by a small group of Bushmen: the Hadzabe or Watindiga. These tribes still live in bands, hunting with bows and arrows; gathering roots, tubers and wild fruits, just as how humans did to survive 10,000 years ago. Another interesting tribe in this area is the Datoga (also called the Barabaig or Mang'ati). Initially, they were exercising a lot of rivalry over grazing land with the Maasai tribe. Main Destination: Lake Eyasi Accommodation: at Kisimangeda Tented Lodge Meals and Drinks, Breakfast (Lunch & dinner) Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 6 Lake Eyasi - Ngorongoro Conservation Area
We will start a day early in the morning for a hunting tour with the Bushmen then back to the lodge for breakfast. Afterwards, we will drive to Ngorongoro Crater seeing wildlife en route. You'll stop briefly on one of the viewpoints on the rim of the crater to enjoy it splendid views. Main Destination: Ngorongoro Accommodation: at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. Meals and Drinks, Breakfast (Lunch & dinner) Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 7 Masai Village Visit - Olduvai Gorge
Drive to the Masai village with an optional stop- over at Olduvai Gorge - a famous historical site for a visit. A resident anthropologist will give a lecture about human evolution and life at this place 20milion years ago. Main Destination: Maasai Village Accommodation: at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge - on the crater rim Meals and Drinks, Breakfast (Lunch & dinner) Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 8 Mto wa Mbu - Arusha
Morning breakfast, then drive to Mto wa mbu for a cultural tour. Mto Wa Mbu Village has a very active cultural programme that seeks to show visitors the traditional way of life of the villagers through various activities and also a range of community projects that are in place. You can visit top spots in the area, taste Tanzanian foods and experience authentic cultural interaction. There are a number of excellent walking, hiking and biking tours offered in the village ranging in length from a couple of hours to a full day. In the afternoon, we drive back to Arusha.
- Government taxes
- Bottled drinking water
- English speaking guide
- Full board accommodation
- All park fees and emergency evacuation insurance
- 4X4 specialized Land Cruiser with pop up roof for 360 degrees game viewing
- Any other drinks not mentioned in this itinerary
- Airport transfers
- Pre and post-safari accommodation
- Items of personal nature (e.g. cameras, visa, and travel insurance)