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The Great Rift Valley

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Arusha, Tanzania

  • Activities

    Nature, Wildlife Safari

  • Price
    $3250 USD per trip
  • Duration

    11 Days

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    As arranged

  • Starting Location



  • Discover Tarangire National Park and the Great Rift Valley.
  • Meet the Hadzabe Bushmen and the Datoga tribe.
  • Explore the Ngorongoro crater and the Massai tribe.
  • Catch sight of the black-maned lion, the highly endangered black rhino, wildebeest, zebra, elephant, hippo, jackal, and hyena.
  • Visit Olduvai Gorge where Mary Leakey discovered the remains of Australopithecus Homo habilis and Homo erectus.

Trip Info

Visit four of the most outstanding and varied wildlife areas in northern Tanzania. Encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery and animal and bird life. The Best of Tanganyika Safari incorporates visits to Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park. The spice island – a heavenly mix of ancient culture, extraordinary architecture, stunning beaches and spectacular marine life, combine to make Zanzibar the perfect holiday destination.

Day 1 – Arrival Kilimanjaro International Airport
Arrive in Kilimanjaro International Airport where our driver guide will transfer you to Arusha City. You will be given a briefing about your Wildlife & Wilderness Safari. Overnight at Zawadi House (bed and breakfast)

Day 2 & Day 3 – Tarangire National Park
Depart with your naturalist guide for Tarangire, Tanzania’s third largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. There is a great diversity of wildlife including lion, leopard, cheetah, and up to six thousand elephant. A bush walk and a cultural visit with the semi-nomadic tribes are also included. Two nights full board accommodation. Overnight at Lake Burunge Tented Camp

Day 4 – The Great Rift Valley – Lake Eyasi
Early morning walk in Tarangire before departing for Karatu, on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. Cross the floor of the Great Rift Valley near Lake Manyara. Enjoy the experience of shopping and bargaining for cloth, crafts and local produce in the markets of Mto Wa Mbu or Karatu. Afternoon visit to a school then a beautiful drive up the Rift Valley escarpment to Lake Eyasi for sundowners and a relaxing evening. Dinner and overnight at Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge

Day 5 – Lake Eyasi – Hadzabe & Datoga Tribes
Early morning walking and hunting/gathering with Hadzabe Bushmen or spend time participating in the morning routine of the settlement. Your local guide will interpret for you and discuss hunting and gathering techniques still used by the tribes. Be prepared for an extraordinary cross-cultural experience as you join these nomadic Bushmen in their daily life.
In the afternoon visit the Datoga, a tribe of semi-nomadic pastoralists who migrated into this area looking for good grazing land many decades ago. They have so far resisted neighbouring tribes’ cultural infiltrations. The women, still wearing locally fat treated goatskin gowns, carve their faces and bodies to look prettier. It is a humbling and fascinating experience learning about their history and culture. Overnight at Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge.

Day 6 – Eyasi-Karatu – Highland Hiking
Depart from Lake Eyasi in the morning and visit a local village on the way to Karatu where lunch will be provided. Depending on season and weather permitting, half-day hike options include the Empakai Crater, Olmoti Crater or the surrounding highlands. Impressive views of the landscape abound. Walking is not strenuous, but do expect some sloping terrain and at times, muddy paths. Afternoon visit to a Maasai village where herdsmen are often grazing their cattle around the crater rim. Overnight at Tloma Lodge.

Day 7 – Ngorongoro Crater
An early morning departure to the breath-taking Ngorongoro Crater with a picnic lunch. Descend into the 100-square-mile Crater to view game on the vast grasslands of the crater floor. Spectacular wildlife can be found throughout the year due to the permanent availability of grass and water. Ngorongoro is one of the most impressive game haunts in Africa and has been designated a World Heritage Site. Local wildlife includes black-maned lion, the highly endangered black rhino, wildebeest, zebra, elephant, hippo, jackal, and hyena, the most important predator within the crater. The bird life is also prolific with flocks of flamingoes on the soda lake as well as other species of water and plains birds. Dinner and overnight at Rhino Lodge

Day 8 – Day 9 – Day 10: Explore Serengeti National Park
Morning drive to the Serengeti plains, stopping en route at the Olduvai Gorge where Mary Leakey discovered the remains of Australopithecus Homo habilis and Homo erectus. Serengeti is perhaps the most impressive wildlife sanctuary in the world. These vast, seemingly unending plains are inhabited during the migration by enormous herds of wildebeest and zebra. The herds attract the attention of predators like lion, cheetah and hyena. Another interesting feature of the Serengeti is the massive granite kopjes, islands of rock standing in a sea of grass. The kopjes provide shelter to a great variety of plants and animals, from the elusive leopard to the tiny dik dik. Exploration of the legendary park is mostly by vehicle. Overnight (3 nights) at Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp.

Day 11- Serengeti to Kilimanjaro International Airport you to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

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