OFF THE BEATEN PATH
B A S I C C A M P I N G
"O F F T H E B E A T E N P A T H"
ITINERARY: 12 Days, 11 nights
Includes: Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Crater, Serengeti National Park.
||Arumeru River Lodge
||Serengeti Sopa Lodge
||via safari vehicle
– Arrive Arusha (via Nairobi or Mt. Kilimanjaro International) and transfer
to Arumeru River Lodge Lodge for your first overnight. You’ll have
a “meet and greet” safari briefing upon arrival or the following
morning before starting your first game drive.
Day 2 – After breakfast we, depart for the private tented
camp situated along the boundary of Tarangire National Park. The afternoon will
be spent on a guided hike of the area, having the opportunity to visit with
the “local” tribes and get a feeling for the beauty and culture
of Tarangire. Hilltops in the area offer astounding views down into the river,
which provides the only permanent water supply in Maasai land. The area supports
a great diversity of wildlife, including giraffe, buffalo, lesser kudu, eland,
oryx and zebra. Lion, leopard and cheetah are also present in the area. Up to
6.000 elephants inhabit Tarangire in the dry season. Lunch,, dinner and overnight
at your private Naipenda Camp.
Day 3 – Today we enter Tarangire National Park and game
drive the entire day. We’ll carry a picnic lunch from our camp to make
the most of our day. Dinner and overnight at our private Naipenda Camp.
Day 4 – Today we depart for Lake Eyasi with picnic lunches.
After breakfast we'll drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley through
Mto wa Mbu. After climbing the Rift Valley escarpment we will reach the village
of Karatu where we'll take a rough road to Lake Eyasi. We will spend the remainder
of the day exploring on foot this rugged landscape, which is still inhabited
by a small group of Bushmen: The Hadzabe or Watindiga, who still live in bands,
hunting with bows and arrows; gathering roots, tubers and wild fruits, just
as they did thousands of years ago. We’ll overnight in the area at Kisima
Ngeda Tented Lodge (weather permitting) or return to Karatu and overnight at
Day 5 – After breakfast at our camp we'll proceed to
the rim of Ngorongoro for a hike and tour of the area, returning to camp for
lunch. The remainder of the day can be spent hiking or relaxing at the camp.
Or upon request, we can visit a Maasai Village in the area. Dinner and overnight
at our private Naipenda Camp.
Day 6 – Today we take the full day to visit Ngorongoro
Crater. World Heritage Sight and often called the 8th Wonder of the World, Ngorongoro
is a sunken caldera, 10 by 12 miles in diameter. Animals are found throughout
the year due to the permanent availability of grass and water. Ngorongoro is
one of the most spectacular game haunts in Africa, and contains an impressive
variety of wildlife including black mane lion, the highly endangered black rhino;
herds of wildebeest, zebra, elephant, and hippo, We’ll enjoy a picnic
lunch within the crater, returning to our Naipenda Camp in time for a relaxing
Days 7 – 11 - After breakfast, we depart for The Serengeti,
stopping along to way to visit Olduvai Gorge. This is where the Leakey’s
discovered the remains of Homo Erectus, bringing crucial understanding to the
study of the evolution of man. Serengeti is perhaps the most famous wildlife
sanctuary in the world, and with good reason. During the migration, literally
hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra can be seen making their way across
this magical plain. In February-March they concentrate at the Ndutu and Salei
plains, where the calving season takes place, attracting the attention of predators
like lion, cheetah and hyena. Our first night will be in a lodge while the camp
moves – the remaining nights will be in a private campsite – location
based on time of year.
Day 12 – After an early farewell breakfast, we drive
back to Arusha, enjoying a picnic lunch along the way. Arrangements can be made
for flights to Arusha from the Serengeti as well as a day-use room for your
flight preparations. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight
home or continuing arrangements.