Flamingo, Wildlife and Bush Man tour

Tour Highlights 
Experience Tanzania off the beaten path on this active and exciting tour which including game drives, taking you from Arusha to Lake Natron – where the 65% of all Lesser Flamingos on earth are born/breeding, hike to a waterfall in a deep gorge, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, an encounter with the Hadzabe people, the last bushmen in Tanzania, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park finish with Arusha National Park.

 

Overnight will be in campsites throughout the safari but on request can be upgraded to Lodge Accommodation. Your accommodations on your arrival day and on the last day after safari ‘in Arusha town’ are not included in the package price below but we can arrange on request.

 

For this particular tour, we recommend you to book a flight to Kilimanjaro Airport and return, alternatively to Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) and return.

You will not be with other guests in our vehicle(s) and we have the flexibility that you may need to accommodate your needs and requirements.

 

Lake Natron:

Is a salt lake located in northern Tanzania, close to the Kenyan border, in the eastern branch of Africa’s Great Rift Valley.

Lake Natron is always associated with Lesser Flamingos, but that is only part of the story. What we do know is that 65% of all Lesser Flamingos on earth are born at Lake Natron, so clearly this is an important breeding area for this enigmatic species. The current global population is approximately 2-3 million birds.

In addition to Lake Natron being a globally important site for Lesser Flamingo, the lake basin (mainly the wetland sites along the edges) also supports over 100,000 individuals of other water bird species, including large numbers of migrant species.   In addition to Lesser Flamingo, another nine water bird species have been recorded within 1% of their total global population limits making the lake and Important Bird Area (IBA).

 

Lake Eyasi:

Is a seasonal shallow endorheic salt lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley at the base of the Serengeti Plateau, just south of the Serengeti National Park and immediately southwest of the Ngorongoro Crater in the Crater Highlands of Tanzania. The alkaline water of Lake Eyasi attracts different species of birds including large flocks of pink hued flamingo.

On the shores of this lake that tends to dry-up during dry seasons live the Bushmen-the Hadzabes tribe. Their social and economical way of life will always leave tourists with a thousand questions with a lot to speak of at their way back. Blacksmiths and hunting are the most interesting activities that a good number of tourists do learn from this tribe.

 

Day 1: Arusha / Lake Natron
Check out of your lodge in Arusha and then transferred to base camp at Lake Natron which will take approximately 6 hours. Once you arrive you will start an optional tour of Lake Natron where the highlights include the Engaresero river gorge, breeding flamingos in the soda lake, waterfalls and rift cliffs, (water-shoes are required, and swimsuits!). You will spend this night at Lake Natron Camp.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation:  Campsite.

 

Day 2 Lake Natron (+ option to climb Lengai volcano)
Spend this full day exploring the area: Lake Natron (Flamingoes!), hike to a waterfall in a deep gorge, visit a Maassai village etc. (Optional and for extra cost). Late evening meet with your guides and porters for a short briefing then ascend Ol Doinyo Lengai at around midnight.

 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation:  Campsite.

 

Day 3: Lake Natron / Serengeti National Park
Leave Lake Natron and continue toward the northern part of the Serengeti National Park and experience your first game drive in this famous reserve. Dinner and overnight at Lobo.

 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation:  Campsite.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park
Transfer to central Serengeti for game viewing. You will stop for your picnic lunch on a kopje (rock outcropping) in the Serengeti around 1300hrs. After lunch proceed with game viewing until in the late evening when you will drive to Seronera for dinner and overnight.

 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation:  Campsite.
Day 5: Serengeti National Park (tracing the direction of the wildebeests)

Spend a full day in Serengeti National Park for game viewing. Your skilled driver knows the Serengeti and where to locate even the most elusive of animals. Morning and afternoon daily wildlife viewing affords you the opportunity to track and photograph the ‘Big Five’. You will be doing game drives while tracing the direction of the wildebeests. Spend all these three nights at Camp in Serengeti.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation:  Campsite.

 

Day 6: Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro

After breakfast with your packed lunch drive and game en route drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It is your “Option” whether you pass by Olduvai Gorge a historical site whereby the early man lived and can also pass by the Maasai boma if you are interested in the real African life tradition and culture.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Campsite.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater- Lake Eyasi:

After break fast drive to Ngorongoro Conservation area, descend in to the Crater for 6 hours Crater tour. This 100 square mile natural amphitheatre is host to an astonishing array of wildlife and you may be lucky enough to see rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo as well as large herd’s zebras and wildebeest. A picnic lunch will be taken in to the Crater. Later in the afternoon ascend the crater and drive to Lake Eyasi, east of Lake Manyara.. Dinner and Overnight at Camp

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Campsite.

 

Day 8: Track the Bushmen and the breeding site of flamingo birds.

After breakfast walk thru the scattered bush to the Bushmen’s bush-home accompanied by your guide and a local guide who can speak the Bushmen’s language. These Bushmen are of Hadzabe tribe and are living in groups divided in approx. 10 families, they like visitors. You will experience their bush life as they have unique style of hunting as they eat game meat, rodents, insects, roots and leave. They sleep in caves, shades fearing not of any wild animals, you will have lunch at you Lodge/Campsite. After lunch, you will explore the lake Eyasi and launch a walking trip around the Lake, the breeding site of flamingo birds. Your guide will explain to you well on how the flamingos can produce their own food. Dinner and overnight in Eyasi at Camp

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Campsite.

 

Day 9: Lake Eyasi – Manyara
Your last day will start quite early in the morning your guide will take you to the place where the Datoga blacksmith lives. He makes jewelry as well as weapons using a local method to melt iron. You will watch him making weapons – the Datoga use arrows, spears and knives.
You will have a very interesting morning, be back to the camp for lunch and then drive to Lake Manyara for dinner and overnight

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Accommodation: Campsite

Day 10: Lake Manyara National Park – Tarangire National Park
After Break fast drive for game at Lake Manyara National Park. The park is home to Lion, Hippo, Elephant, Zebra, Buffalo, Giraffe, Baboon, Blue and Vervet monkey, Warthog and more…About 350 species of birds have been recorded. You will have Picnic lunch, after lunch drive back to Tarangire National Park for Dinner and Overnight

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Campsite.

Day 11: Tarangire National Park – Arusha
After breakfast with your lunch box, drive to Tarangire National Park for game drives. Lunch picnic and there after lunch continue with afternoon game viewing in the park to look or Lion, Leopard, Elephant, buffalo, Python, Zebra, Oryx, Impala and more… Over 450 species of birds have been observed. Late In the late afternoon the driver will take you back to Arusha.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Out Post Lodge

 

Day 12: Arusha National Park – Walking and game viewing

In the morning after breakfast at 0800hrs pick up from your hotel in Arusha and drive to Arusha National Park for walking. You will be accompanied by armed Ranger for your safety and for them to give you an explanation of anything you want to know much about it.

Then proceed with half day game viewing in the park following the shorelines of small Momella Lake inside Arusha National Park. This is the only place in Tanzania where you can get close to buffalo without being charged; where you can see giraffes, bushbucks, waterbucks; where you can witness a 600-species strong bird community. Also the Park is the famous for white and black colobus monkeys, burchell’s Zebra, giraffe and herds of buffalo, bohor reedbuck, python, elephants bush buck, hippos and many water birds living in and close to the water. In the late afternoon transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport to connect your flight back home

End of our service:

Price: Minimum 2pax

US$ 2’466 per person sharing (Budget Camping Accommodation)
Price above includes:

- All parks entrance fees.
- All transfers as per itinerary.
- Transport on 4WD vehicle with a pop-up roof.
- Accommodation and meals as per itinerary above.
- Crater fees.
- Mineral water 1.5lt per person per day on safari.
- Drive Guide.
- Activities as per itinerary above.

Price above excludes:
- International and local flights.

- Hot and cold drinks.

- Sleeping bags – If camping
- Tips to the driver/guide
- All items of personal nature/use.

- And all not mentioned on the plan.

- Tips for driver guide and cook

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