14 Days All Northern Part in One Trip

14 Days All Northern Part in One Trip

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In Fourteen days, you will visit all the major National Parks in the Northern Part of Tanzania. This tour involves extensive/ unlimited game drives. You will have plenty of time for extensive animal watching and the opportunity to visit locals and experience their daily life. You are in the center of attention and you are invited to shape with us the daily schedule of your unforgettrable Tanzania Safari.

Details

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) meet our professional transfer driver and drive to Moshi for overnight stay at Kilimanjaro White House.

Meal Plan: Dinner

Day 2: Moshi Town Tour and Kikuletwa Hot-springs

After breakfast you will be picked up by our driver and be driven to Moshi town, which is a colorful and vibrant town in Tanzania. You will have a stop at the old Moshi railway station, you will learn a bit about the history of Moshi, visit the local market and enjoy a hot lunch in a local restaurant.

After lunch you will drive to Kikuletwa Hot-springs. The ride to the hot springs takes about an hour and leads partly over bumpy slopes. First, we go past sugar cane plantations, and then we come to the African scrubland. Dried river beds, baobab and acacia trees accompany us on our way.

The hot springs of Kikuletwa, also known as Chemka Hot Springs, are close to the village of Rundugai and are one of the most beautiful places in Tanzania to relax. The small pond is surrounded by palm and fig trees with winding roots. In the morning, Blue Monkeys can often be observed in the trees, whilst the crystal clear, turquoise water invites you to a refreshing bath. Although they are called hot springs, the water in Kikuletwa is not truly ‘hot’ but refreshing, as the water source is fed by Kilimanjaro itself.

Enjoy a wonderful day in just the way you want, in the sun dozing, chatting with the locals at the small bar, or swimming – you determine the course of this day. At noon we will have a picnic lunch, and in the late afternoon we return relaxed to Moshi. Overnight at Kilimanjaro White House.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Kilimanjaro Hike to Mandara Hut

Transfer from the hotel to Marangu Gate (1860m) – Mandara Hut (2700m)

After breakfast and a briefing (including a check of your equipment) we drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate. Once the necessary formalities are completed, your hike through the dense rainforest can begin. Besides the impressive vegetation, you have the opportunity to observe black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys and various bird species. After about 3-4 hours, you will reach the day ‘s destination – the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, you can take a short trip to Maundi crater (15 minutes away) with your guide. The great view of Kilimanjaro, of north Tanzania and into Kenya is worth the extra effort in good weather. Dinner and overnight on the Mandara Hut.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Mandara Hut (2700m) - Marangu Gate (1860m) – Transfer to the hotel

After the breakfast starts to descend from Mandara Hut (2700m) on the way the warm lunch will be waiting for you. Then you will once again pass through the tropical rainforest, and after a total time of 3 or 4 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m) then you will be transferred to your hotel. Here you can finally enjoy a hot and relaxing shower and celebrate your summit success. Overnight at Materuni Homes.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Materuni Village Experience (Local people visit | Coffee Tour and Waterfall Visit)

Materuni is the home of the Chagga tribe and is still an authentic tribal village. This charming place is just 15km away from Moshi Town and is the last village before the Kilimanjaro National Park. You will be picked up in Moshi in the morning, by our English-speaking guide, who will drive you to Materuni Village. Upon arrival, you will register at the village office and your trip can begin.

First you will visit the waterfalls, which are around a 40 minute walk away. On the way, your guide will inform you about the culture of the Chagga, village life and explain the surrounding fauna and flora. The views are truly breathtaking, and with some luck you will see the summit of Kilimanjaro. When you reach the waterfalls, you will see that they are more than 80 meters high. The pool at the bottom of the waterfall is an inviting place for a refreshing swim so don‘t forget your swimwear!

After having enjoyed the scenery, you slowly return with your guide to Materuni village, where you will experience a traditional Chagga lunch. You also will have the opportunity to taste our local banana beer – definitely not to be missed! But that’s not all. Next the coffee experience awaits you. Here you will learn how coffee is cultivated, dried, roasted and further processed. You will also be invited to help with the grinding of the coffee, which is traditionally accompanied by Chagga songs and dances – a fun way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Before you say goodbye and drive to Arusha, you can savor the coffee you made and appreciate the views of the surrounding rainforest. Overnight at Mrimba Palm Hotel.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Lake Duluti | Arusha City Tours | Local Market Visit & Snake Park

Lake Duluti is a small crater lake situated in eastern Arusha. It takes approximately 20 minutes from Arusha City. This Lake Duluti is surrounded by a thick forest that is home to a number of reptiles like lizards and snakes while the lake itself is a sanctuary for varies bird species. Exploring the area around Lake Duluti is quite fun. Enjoy canoeing at Lake Duluti as well as the hike at the Duluti Forest and get to see the different animal and plant species. You could also enjoy bird watching or go fishing with the help of professional guides. Since the area is quite popular with cultural tourism take time to visit the local market within the area.

Those interested to see the main features of Arusha will begin somewhere around the Clock Tower, on foot, with one of our guides and will usually begin walking northwards in an anti-clockwise direction, taking in such sites at the Natural History Museum, various monuments celebrating independence, the local market, and some craft shops. A town tour typically takes some 2-3 hours and covers around 4 km. Overnight at Fanaka Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel and together with your guide you drive to Tarangire National Park. In 1970, the national park emerged from a former colonial hunting ground. He has a very diverse animal world, not least because of its size, which corresponds to approximately Luxemburg. The park is home to one of the largest elephant populations in the north of Tanzania, but is also home to many other wild animals. With some luck you can spot lions, cheetahs or leopards. The landscape of the park is very diverse. Especially the huge baobab trees, which are located close together in the north-eastern sector of the park, are particularly impressive. After an extensive game drive, you stay overnight at Fanaka Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast you are heading to Lake Natron. Just past MtowaMbu you leave the asphalted road; along the East African Rift Valley the drive continues on adventurous slopes. The drive leads past Maasai villages and the holy mountain of the Maasai, the OlDoinyoLengai. As soon as the Maasai village NgareSero comes into sight, it is not far to the lake. The outlet Lake Natron is the home of a remarkable variety of birds, in particular about 2.5 million dwarf flamingos; the lake serves them as a regular breeding ground. The water is strongly saline and the basis of life for unicellular algae and bacteria, which are responsible for the planar red-brown to purple-violet coloring of the lake. The area around Lake Natron is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt regions in Africa. You will make a hike to the lake and then you will visit the nearby waterfalls, a true oasis with awesome waters to swim. You’ll stay overnight at a campsite at Masai Giraffe Eco Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Lake Natron Experience

Lake Natron is located at the border between Tanzania and Kenya, right at the foot of Ol’ Doinyo Lengai, the sacred mountain of the Maasai.

The lake in the north of the Ngorongoro region, which glows red depending on the time of day, offers some special features. The lake is mainly fed by the Ewaso Nyiro River, which has its source in Kenya, and mineral-rich hot springs. The water heats up to 40°C during the day in the blazing sun. Water flows in but has no outlet. It can only escape through evaporation. As the water evaporates over time, it leaves behind high concentrations of salt and other minerals, like the Dead Sea. In contrast, however, Lake Natron is extremely alkaline. The pH of the water was measured at 10.5, almost as high as ammonia. As the water level falls, the salinity of the water increases which creates toxic bacteria. These pigmented bacteria are responsible for the lake’s rich red color. Lake Natron is fairly shallow, measuring only three meters at its deepest point, but has a vast area, with its width varying depending on the water level. It is a maximum of 60 kilometers long and 20 kilometers wide. Thousands of flamingos have settled in the lake itself.

However, migratory birds often crash onto the surface of the lake. The reflecting water resembles a mirror, fooling birds into thinking they are flying through empty space. The birds are then mummified by the sodium carbonate present in the lake. During the dry season, when the water recedes, the desiccated, chemically preserved carcasses of the animals reappear. After the game drive, you will stay at the Masai Giraffe Eco Lodge, which is located in the northern part of the park.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Serengeti National Park

After an early breakfast you head towards the Serengeti. On adventurous slopes it goes the Rift Valley up into the wide plains of the Serengeti. The park was already founded in 1951 and is thus the oldest one in Tanzania. He is the heart of a vast ecosystem, whose species-rich animal world is unique in the world. Together with the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, theSerengeti National Park is one of the largest natural migration systems for wild animals. Annualy between the three mentioned conservation areas migrate over 1.4 million gnus, almost 300,000 Thomson’s gazelles, about 200,000 zebras and several thousand topes with the rainy seasons to the areas with the greener and lush meadows. With about 3 million larger mammals, the Serengeti is the national park with the richestwildlife worldwide. Around two-thirds make up the above-mentioned animal species; furthermore the park is the home to many other animal species, such as giraffe, buffalo, hyena, elephant or crocodile. Particularly large is the population of feline predators, about 3000 lions, a good 300 cheetahs and estimated 400-700 leopards has their hunting ground here. After the game drive, you will stay at Tukaone Tented Camp in the central part of Serengeti National Park

 Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Serengeti National Park

Early in the morning you start to a first game drive in the park. Afterwards it goes back to the camp, where you already await a strengthening breakfast. Thereafter you continue with a further game drive into the central Serengeti. After an exciting day, you will overnight at Tukaone Tented Camp 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12:  Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater

This morning you will continue with further game drives in the Serengeti, at noon you will leave to the Ngorongoro Crater. Both conservation areas are not separated by fences, on the way you can observe with some luck some more wildlife. You will spend the night in the Rhino Lodge on the upper crater rim, where you can enjoy a spectacular view and a great sunset.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Ngorongoro Crater

Before breakfast you can enjoy the fantastic view over the Ngorongoro crater in good weather. After breakfast it goes on partly adventurous roads about 600 meters downward into the crater. The crater has a diameter of 17-21 kilometers and is the home of a great animal world. Nearly all the biodiversity of the East African savannah has gathered here, only giraffes and a few other animal species for which the rock faces are too steep do not live in the crater. Depending on the season, 15,000 to 25,000 animals are gathering here, thereof more than two thirds buffaloes, gnus, zebras and gazelles. This large number of grazers also explains why in the crater the largest density of predators in Africa can be found. Beside other predators more than 100 lions live here in several prides. The chances of watching the “Big Five” lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard within just a few hours are here particularly good. In the afternoon it goes up again the steep crater walls and then drives to overnight at Planet Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Kilimanjaro Airport - Departure

After early breakfast then drive to the Kilimanjaro airport with the good memories of Tanzania visit.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

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