Cost: $5,060.00 USD /person
Length: 10 Days
Explore three pristine wildlife areas and experience the genuine local Maasai culture in this 10-day adventure.
Your journey will take you through the wilds of Africa to Lake Manyara where you will count an amazing number of unique and rare species of birds. In the Serengeti you have a chance to witness one of the largest mass movement of wildlife on the planet – the Great Migration – where hundreds of thousands of zebra, gazelle, and wildebeest are battling their greatest obstacles along their 500-mile journey - the Mara River.
Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater the world’s largest, inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera, for an enchanting day of game viewing from the safety and comfort of your 4x4 safari vehicle. Along the way, your personal tour guide will provide knowledge about the local flora and fauna.
Wind up your unforgettable trip by tasting some delicious local food prepared for you in the Maasai village called Mto wa mbu. Interact with the local Maasai people and embrace the beauty of their unique culture and lifestyle. The drama is sure to keep unfolding in this tour.
IMPORTANT DRESS CODE NOTICE:
This tour will include a fair amount of walking in the wilderness. Sturdy, well-fitting walking/hiking shoes or boots paired with appropriate socks are highly advisable. You don’t want your safari ruined by a few blisters!
Still wondering if this trip is for you? Browse this detailed itinerary for a 10 Day Exploration of Culture – Mara River Crossing and the Maasai Culture.
Questions? Contact me by email or phone to discuss your personal travel desires.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL - KILIMANJARO AIRPORT
Upon arrival at KILIMANJARO AIRPORT, you will be met by your driver and transferred RIVER TREES COUNTRY INN for dinner and overnight.
At 8:30 am your guide will meet you at the lodge for all your safari briefing and check if there is something you are missing for the safari.
DAY 2: MAASAI CULTURAL VISIT - OLDONYO SAMBU
After breakfast you will take a picnic lunch with and drive to a small village outside ARUSHA town for a day full of fun with the local MAASAI PEOPLE. This experience is a genuine step into the Maasai’s real life unlike tourism setups in Ngorongoro – this is a true once in a lifetime experience that you will not soon forget.
You will start by hiking to the Great Plains Conservation OL DONYO LODGE. Here you will find unparallel views of MOUNT KILIMANJARO, MOUNT MERU and the MAASAI PLAINS where the Maasai people graze their animals. Travel to see a traditional Maasai healer and learn how they use the local trees and herbs for a variety of medicinal treatments.
Other places you will visit include: a watering dam for animals, a traditional meat camp, a local APIARY (a place where bees are kept), a group of local female bead makers, MAASAI BOMA (a traditional livestock enclosure). The true highlight of the day will be a delicious visit to the Maasai meat camp, where you will see how the Maasai people barbecue and prepare their meat.
Later in the evening you will be driven back to the River Trees Country Inn for dinner and relaxation.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT:
River Trees Country Inn
Engage in genuine Maasai culture
DAY 3: TROOPS OF BABOONS – LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, you will be driven to LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK for your first GAME DRIVE (a trip into the wild to observe animals in their own environment). In this small but scenic park you will be in the center of an extensive diversity of habitats. Acacia woodlands, open plains, lakes, underground forests, swamps, hot water springs, marsh land and hill side savannah all await you at Lake Manyara.
In all, Lake Manyara has 11 unique ecosystems that are home to 425 different species, including: baboons (the largest concentration anywhere in the world), giraffes, elephants, impalas, hippos, buffaloes, warthogs, zebra, pelicans, herons, flamingos, and spoonbills. And, if you are lucky you may spot the rare TREE CLIMBING LIONS.
In the late afternoon you will be driven to the ACACIA FARM LODGE for dinner and overnight accommodations.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT:
Acacia Farm Lodge
Game Drive; Coffee Farm Walk
4 Unique Hotel Accommodations (14 Nights)
Breakfast Daily, 4 Lunches & 7 Dinners
Tours & Sightseeing
Deluxe Private Tours, Services & Guides
Trip Does Not Included:
$800.00 per person made payable to:
Susan’s Custom Tours & Travel
$800.00 deposit is refundable up to May 17, 2019.
Deposit is non-refundable AFTER May 17, 2019.
A detailed itinerary will follow final payment