6 Day Cultural Tour - The way of the peaceful warriors
This compact short venture takes in some very real cultural experiences of two nomadic tribes without any major travelling times between varying highlights of Tanzania’s Northern Safari circuit. The focus is culture with time to be amongst the Maasai community of Esilalei in the most un-obtrusive manner possible as the camp location is actually within the community of around 2,500 Maasai. Daily life of the Maasai simply passes you by and as you are accompanied throughout by a Maasai guide who was born and raised in the area you will be warmly welcomed from arrival to departure. To come to Tanzania and not see any wildlife would be a small crime, so a day trip to the famous Ngorongoro crater is laced through the web of mixed cultural experiences and with the crater holding not only all of the big cat families it boasts the fact to being one of the last remaining sanctuaries for the super rare black rhino. We are 100% sure whatever wildlife encounters you will have during your Ngorongoro day trip, these will remain with you for many years to come. If the action of it all was not enough your next destination is to a forgotten place and forgotten tribe who have really been caught in a time capsule. The Hazabe bushman live in such a primitive fashion that if they were to leave their bush existence their presence would be washed away after the first early rains. It is something to see in order to believe and truly understand and Bush2Beach Safaris can take you there. The Hazabe bushman are not alone in the Lake Eyasi area as Datoga and Magnati tribes who practice traditional blacksmith techniques also live and work around the fertile soils of the Lake itself. In less than a week you will have a in depth educational safari experience like no other, so for those with a short time and culture as a main focus this is the safari choice for you, great for families as lots of interaction as opposed to long days in Wildlife Safari 4 x 4 vehicles.
Below, we go through the adventure day-by-day, giving you a better feel of the adventure.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport during the day where you will be collected and transfer to Isoitok Manyara Camp located in the middle of a maasai community near Lake Manyara National Park.
O/n Isoitok Camp Manyara (L, D)
Day 2: Esilalei Maasai Community
After a leisurely breakfast meet with your local Maasai guide who will introduce you to his village. Get a better understanding of the natural medicines still used on a daily basis with a Maasai medicine walk of the surrounding area. Then continue down to a Boma (mud dwelling) for an introduction into the Maasai way of life, beliefs and rituals. Return to the camp for hot lunch and afternoon relaxation. Freshen up and enjoy a real cultural experience around the fire place with traditional song and dance.
O/n Isoitok Camp Manyara (B, L, D)
Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater
Early departure to Ngorongoro and descend into the crater for game drives. There are 25,000 large mammals residing in the park. The elephants are mainly bulls, females stay out of the park due to it boasting the largest predator population in Africa. Black Rhino also make their home on the grassy plains, their numbers make up for almost half of whatcan still be found in East Africa; about 20 in total. Leave the crater late afternoon and head to Acacia Farm Lodge located in the Karatu Highlands.
O/n Acacia Farm Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 4: Lake Eyasi
After a leisurely breakfast transfer to Lake Eyasi, the home of the bushman tribes of northern Tanzania. The region of Lake Eyasi, South-west of Ngorongoro, is home to the Hadza, the last survivors of a civilization that knows nothing of agriculture, livestock, pottery and metals. They live by hunting with bows and arrows and gathering wild berries and fruits. Check into your lodge and enjoy a hot lunch followed by afternoon relaxation.
O/n Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp (B, L, D)
Day 5: Lake Eyasi & Tribes
Today you will spend time with the Datoga, a pastoral tribe and the Hadzabe (Hadza) who are hunter gathers, learning about their unique cultures. You will also visit the local blacksmiths before returning back to the camp mid afternoon.
O/n Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp (B, L, D)
Day 6: Shanga Shangaa & Departure
After breakfast you will be transferred back to Arusha town where you will have a tour of Shanga Shangaa. This unique and very successful project assists disabled persons around the area. People with mobility issues, deaf or blind, work at this project earning a living and learning skills such as glass and bead making, weaving and many more. A hot lunch is provide at Arusha Coffee Lodge before you are transferred to Kilimanjaro airport to connect with your international flight. (B, L)
Note: O/N = Overnight, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
|Amount of persons:||Price p.p. (usd):|
|2 people sharing||2450.-|
|4 people sharing||1815.-|
|6 people sharing||1665.-|
|Note: prices are based on two adults and indicative. Single supplement is $ 445|
- Meals as stipulated |B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner
- Complimentary mineral water x1.5 liters per person in the safari vehicle
- 4x4 game viewing vehicles plus driver guide (window seat guaranteed)
- Unlimited game drives
- Emergency Evacuation Cover
- All transfers and activities as mentioned above
- Park fee, Conservation fees and Community Development Fees
- Accommodation as stipulated
- Tips suggested: Driver guide $8-$10 per person sharing the vehicle per day
- Drinks apart from 1,5 liter mineral water during the safari
- Visa and airport departure tax
- Items of personal nature and not mentioned in the above itinerary
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