Serengeti and the Bushmen – 7 days
The Serengeti & the Bushmen safari offers the best of all worlds. It combines Tanzania’s best features into a 7 days experience that can change the way you look at the world forever. It includes breathtaking landscapes, amazing wildlife and spending interactive time with one of the world’s rarest human cultures’ on earth, the Hadzabe Bushmen. Zohar cultural visits are unique, as you engage in interactive experiences with traditional rural peoples by participating in their daily lives. A culture guide who knows the language of the people you are meeting accompanies you. The Hadzabe’s ancestry goes back to the end of the last Ice Age, 10,000 years ago. You can actually join them on a hunt, if you would like. You will also have the opportunity to meet the Datoga tribe while in the Rift Valley. You will also experience the world-famous Serengeti plains, home to the Great Migration and one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders, the Ngorongoro Crater. The Serengeti & Bushmen safari also visits the birthplace of humankind, Olduvai Gorge where the famed archeologists Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey discover the oldest human fossils on earth, dating human origins 1.8 million years ago.
July 22, Oct 02
Day 1: Arrival – Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha City
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. Your professional safari guide will brief you during dinner on various aspects of your itinerary.
Lodging: African Tulip (Breakfast)
Day 2: Arusha City – Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, we proceed to the endless Serengeti plains by way of the lush Ngorongoro Crater Highlands where fertile soils grow crops such as wheat, corn and coffee. The name “Serengeti” comes from the Maasai word “siringitu”, means “endless plains”. You will see why once you see its ocean of grassland savannas stretching to the horizon as far as your eye can see. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest and most well preserved on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation, fauna and flora have barely changed over the past million years. The patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves.
Upon arrival at Nabi gate (the Serengeti entry gate), you will enjoy your lunch before proceeding further to the central Serengeti for game drive. After the whole afternoon searching for animals, we will then drive to the camp for evening leisure and hot dinner.
Lodging: Kati Kati Tented Camp (3 Meals)
Day 3: Serengeti National Park
Before breakfast, we depart for an early morning game drive and return later to the lodge for hot breakfast. After enjoying the leisurely morning, we depart with picnic lunch for a full day game drive. Only the Kopjes, bizarre rock formations created by the weathering of granite outcrops, interrupt the Serengeti Plain landscape. This is often where leopards and the other big cats can be found and you will have the opportunity to view these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
One of the greatest natural phenomenon on earth that takes place in the Serengeti is the “Great Migration,” for which the Serengeti is perhaps most famous. The Great Migrations includes more than 2.5 million wildebeest driven by ancient rhythms and natural instincts following water sources in a clockwise rotation traveling 1,800 miles per year. The Serengeti is also the best destination for viewing big cats and other wildlife species.
After a full day game drive in the Serengeti, we arrive at the camp for evening leisure and a hot dinner.
Lodging: Kati Kati Tented Camp (3 Meals)
Day 4: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater Rim Walk
After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch for final game drive in Serengeti NP. After lunch, we will drive in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. As soon as you have reached the edge of the crater rim, the crater appears half a mile below you inviting you to gaze at this jaw dropping natural wonder. The Ngorongoro Crater opens up a half mile below you from its rim. When you reach its edge and view its 100 square mile expanse, it is a sight to behold.
Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest volcano caldera formed three million years ago and is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world and one of Africa’s most remarkable geological sites. A caldera is a volcano in which water has leached through the soil and rocks below the volcanic cone causing it to drop to the bottom of the former mountain.
We will be getting out of the safari jeep to enjoy the view while having a walking safari along the crater rim for an hour. Afterwards, you will proceed to Karatu for dinner.
Lodging: Karatu Country Lodge (3 Meals)
Day 5- Ngorongoro Crater – Lake Eyasi
After breakfast, we drive to the Ngorongoro Crater and descend into it for a half-day of game viewing. Ngorongoro Crater was formed over 3 million years ago;it is inhabited by more than 25,000 animals. In the grass steppes and Acacia forest you will find almost every type of animal from the East African savanna. The Big Five (rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard) and most of the animal species found in the Serengeti, including zebra, hippos, wildebeest, and cheetahs, can be viewed close up. The Ngorongoro Crater ecosystem maintains the historic balance between people and nature in a way that is not possible in other parks.
After lunch, we proceed to Lake Eyasi for sunset, dinner and overnigh
Lodging: Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge (3 Meals)
Day 6: Lake Eyasi Cultural Visit – Arusha City
Depart for cultural visit with the Hadzabe Bushmen, one of the most remote and last hunter-gatherer tribes on earth. We participate in various interactive daily activities with the Hadzabe, including bush trek, hunting, honey gathering, baobab fruit foraging, tribal chanting, dancing and sitting around their daily campfires. Time spent with the Hadzabe Bushmen, as with other cultural groups Zohar visits, is not choreographed in a specific way. We just join in whatever they are doing during their day. Things need to stay flexible because, if game is near, the Hadzabe dash off into the bush for it and we join them.
In the late afternoon, we join the Datoga tribe, another well preserved traditional tribe in the Lake Eyasi area, and participate in whatever they are doing, such as making yogurt in a calabash, milking cows, making butter and joining their traditional dances.
Later in the evening proceed to Arusha for evening leisure and hot dinner.
Lodging: African Tulip Hotel (Dinner)
Day 7: Arusha City – Kilimanjaro International Airport
Our representative will come to pick you and transfer you to the airport at the specified time. You can do the city tour or visit Arusha NP (with extra costs) if time allows.
What the Price Includes:
- Medical Evacuation Insurance (covering Emergency Ground Flying Doctors).
- 6-nights’ accommodation in hotels and other lodgings, as specified in the itinerary
- Meals as specified for each day of the itinerary
- Transportation by private FWD vehicle, equipped with roof hatches, VHF radio, and GSM contact with our base in Arusha
- The services of a professional safari guide
- Park and Crater entry fees
- Crater Rim Walking Safari
- Lake Eyasi Cultural Visit
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
- One (1) bottle of pure drinking water per day throughout the safari
What the Price Does Not Includes:
- International airfare and other travel costs such as visas and vaccination fees, and additional travel insurance.
- Optional Serengeti balloon safari (USD $539 per person)
- Any increase in government taxes prior to the start of your trip
- All items of a personal nature (e.g. beverages, laundry, etc.)
- Gratitude for the safari guides (at your discretion)