8-Day Bushmen Cultural Tour and Wildlife Exploration

Our 8 Day Cultural safari was designed for the traveller with an adventurous spirit, seeking an intimate experience in the local African Hadzabe and Masai tribes, but also still taking advantage of enjoying a wildlife safari which includes visits to Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Serengeti National Parks, Lake Eyasi, the famous Ngorongoro Crater. The area around Lake Eyasi is inhabited by the Hadzabe bushmen, some of the last remaining hunter-gatherers on the African continent.

1Day 1: Arusha/Moshi to Tarangire National Park

After breakfast drive to Tarangire. It is the vast number of baobabs that first capture the eye as you enter Tarangire Park. The gently rolling countryside is dotted with these majestic trees, which seem to dwarf the animals that feed beneath them.

Morning game drive in Lake Burungi area. Lake Burungi area is in the north-western part of the park and a tour drive in this area will offer you fascinating opportunities to watch large herds of flamingos and other species of birds feeding on aquatic organisms in Lake Burungi. This area also contains an isolated population of Oryx.

Picnic lunch along Tarangire river. Afternoon game drive along Tarangire river.
A drive along the Tarangire river will offer you plenty opportunities to watch huge herds of wildebeests, zebras, elephants, elands, impalas, buffaloes, and many others which have come to drink water and will continue to stay in the park until the onset of the rains when they start moving out again.

2Day 2: Tarangire National Park - Lake Manyara

After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara National Park. The first view as you approach Lake Manyara National Park is very spectacular, regardless of direction. When you approach it from the east, the Rift Valley escarpment looms on the horizon forming impressive backdrop to the lake. If you come from the west and pause at the top of the escarpment, the park lies in a green strip below you and the lake glistening in the sunlight.

You will be able to see tree climbing lions which are the park’s main attraction. Why these lions habitually climb trees is still up for debate but viewing a pride relaxing in an acacia tree is an incredible site. The park is also famous for its elephant, huge number of baboons and due to its varied landscape has an impressive range of other game including wildebeest, buffalo, hippo, Leopard, flamingo, zebra, warthog, waterbuck, dik-dik, and impala. This small park is also home to over 400 species of birds, including flamingos, pelicans, storks and cormorants.

3Day 3: Lake Manyara to Lake Eyasi Cultural Tour

After breakfast drive to lake Eyasi at Chemichemi campsites, here you meet your local guide and discus about afternoon tour. After lunch your guide will take you to start the afternoon tour as follow:

First you will star visiting Datoga (Pastoralists) Boma. Here you will get information about their historical, lifestyle, culture and economic activities. After there you will visit blacksmith and lastly you will do walking tour along lake Eyasi and observing sun down Late afternoon drive to Chemichemi camp for dinner and overnight stay.

4Day 4: Lake Eyasi Cultural Tour

In the morning after breakfast you will have drive to the interior of Africa and here you will have a chance to integrate with Bushmen families. We will spend a full day here with our picnic lunch and learning more about Bushmen. The lesson will involve their social, economics and cultural life style. It is an idle day for gift giving to the some of the Bushmen families; Safari Tanzania tours will provide some kilograms of sugar and tea bags. It is advisable if possible to have some few things to give to the Bushmen as gift which will be memorable to them. In the afternoon you will be driving back to the campsite/lodge for hot shower, dinner and overnight.

5Day 5: Lake Eyasi to Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, transfer to Serengeti National Park. The park is teaming with wildlife and it is thought that over 3 million large mammals roam the plains. The extensive grasslands are interspersed with “kopjes” – which are rocky outcrop islands in the flat plains, each with its own wildlife communities. Picnic lunch enroute.

The park is famous for its endless plains and the savannah vegetation that it owns, balloon safari and been the richest park full of wildlife and birdlife elsewhere in Africa. The park also supports many species of wildlife including Lion, African Leopard, African Elephant, cheetah, African Buffalo, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, topi, eland, water buck, hyena, baboon, impala, African wild dog and giraffe. The park also boasts about 500 bird species, including ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, crowned crane, marabou stork, martial eagle, lovebirds and many species of vultures.
Thereafter transferred back to the Serenora campsite for dinner and overnight.

6Day 6: Serengeti National Park

Very early in the morning you will have a game drive to Serengeti National Park. The advantage of an early morning game drive is to see a large amount of different wildlife and a wide chance to see predators hunting a prey by chance.

It is the migration of large mammals for which Serengeti it perhaps most famous. Over 1.5 million wildebeest and about 400,000 zebras take park in this migration which essentially involves three famous and important conservation areas, Serengeti and Ngorongoro in Tanzania and the Masai Mara reserve in Kenya. It is a clockwise migratory movement during which sequence, the animals start arriving at the eastern Serengeti short grass plains in late November – December, where calving of the wildebeests takes place. In the afternoon you will have time for picnic lunch at picnic site follows with a short rest. The game drive will continue up to late afternoon and thereafter transferred back to the Serenora campsite for dinner and overnight.

7Day 7: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater

Early in the morning after breakfast you will have another game drive in the Serengeti National Park until lunch hours. You will have hot lunch at the campsite and thereafter drive from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The drive will take about 4 hours drive. In the evening you will have dinner and overnight at Simba campsite at the rim of Ngorongoro crater.

Simba campsite at 2320 m.a.m.s.l the temperature is cold so we advise clients to have warm, Simba the public campsites inside the Ngorongoro conservation area, that is located on the rim of the Ngorongoro crater. It is the largest and most frequently used in the area, due to its proximity to the Loduare gate where most tourists come from, and the crater.

8Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater

In the morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Ngorongoro crater entrance gate ready for descending to the crater floor for a game drive with your packed lunch. Ngorongoro crater is the 8th wonder of the world and home to a spectacular concentration of wildlife. It hosts approximately 30,000 large mammals, including large herds of buffaloes, wildebeests, elands hartebeests elephants, hippos lions and the endangered black rhino. Ngorongoro host numerous numbers of birdlife as well including the resident and migratory birds more that 450 species have yet been recorded. The landscape of Ngorongoro is appealing and consists of beautiful vegetation and number of alkaline lakes. In the afternoon you will ascend to the crater rim and thereafter been transferred to Arusha. Outpost hotel for overnight stay b/b.