DURATION

10 Days 

The Highland Hiking

AREA TO VISIT

Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Highlands and Lake Natron 

ACCOMMODATION

 Tented Camp and Lodges

TRIP HIGHLIGHT

• Half day Arusha National park, attraction wildlife and birds• Half day Tarangire ,main attraction elephants and baobab trees
• Half day Manyara , main attraction birdlife
• Half day crater tour main attraction, culture and wildlife
• During hiking get to see a mixture of culture, wildlife, birds and landscape.

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    ITINERARY IN FULL

    Day 1: ARUSHA  –  ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK – ARUSHA

    Morning: Breakfast at the lodge/hotel

    9:00am: Depart for Arusha National Park for morning walk in the park with armed park ranger (with picnic lunch)

    Afternoon: Canoeing in the park

    Arusha National Park is close to the famous “safari town” of Arusha (29 km), as well as the Kilimanjaro International Airport. The Park is one of the most beautiful and topographically varied game reserves in Tanzania, with a rich variety of wildlife, including giraffe, Cape buffalo, zebra, warthog, the black-and-white colobus monkey, the blue monkey, flamingo, elephant, lion and many others.  Birdlife is also prolific, with many forest species more easily seen here than in other places.

    Evening: Dinner and overnight at a lodge/hotel in Arusha/Moshi.

     

    Day 2: ARUSHA – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

    9:00am: Pick up from Arusha/Moshi and drive to Tarangire National Park with picnic lunch

    Tarangire is home to some 300 herds of elephants that scratch the dry river bed to tap into underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the lagoons as they shrink in the dry season. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and the peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.    

    Late Morning: Game drive in the park, lunch at a picnic site in the park

    Late Afternoon:  Drive to Karatu  area 

    Evening: Dinner and overnight at a lodge/tented camp FB

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    Day 3: KARATU – LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

    9:00am:  After breakfast depart to mto wa mbu   for a morning biking tour

    Mto  wa  mbu  is  a  small  town   with cultural  diversity  of  over  120 ethnic  group  growing  various banana  species  in  the  area. The biking tour  will  take  you  to  visit  the  village and  see  the  plantations, banana  bear brewing   and  visit  a few  local shops  in the  area.

    Lunch: Hot lunch at a local restaurant at Mto wa mbu

    Afternoon: Game drive at Lake Manyara National park

    Lake Manyara National Park provides a perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been observed, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.

    Late afternoon: Drive to Karatu area for dinner and overnight at a lodge

     

    Day 4: KARATU

    9:00am:  After breakfast, depart for Ngorongoro forest highland walk for about 3 hours, on the way will visit endoro water falls, see  baboons,  elephants  and  various birds .The  trail   will  take  you  to caves  which  were  made  by  elephant  using  their  tusk  while  searching minerals  in the  soil.

    Midday: Ruturn to the lodge for hot lunch

     Afternoon:  Leisure  at  the  lodge  or  visit  a  small  town  of karutu   and  lucky  on market  day  will  get  to  see  how  the local  people  trading  their  handcrafts, livestock, food, clothing  and household goods.

    Evening: Dinner and overnight at a lodge/tented camp FB

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    Day 5: KARATU – NGORONGORO 

    8:00am:  After breakfast, depart for Ngorongoro conservation area with picnic lunch   for a half day crater tour

    The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests. Established in 1959 as a multiple land-use area, with wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing, it includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera.

    Midday: Picnic lunch at the crater floor

     Afternoon:  Ascend from the crater floor and drive towards Empakai crater

    Empakaai Crater is about 8km in diameter, and holds a beautiful; round lake that occupies nearly half its floor. The lake draws flamingos and other water birds and is surrounded by steep-sided, forested cliffs at least 300m high. When flamingos are there, from the rim it looks like pink beaches around the lake.

    Evening: Dinner and overnight at a campsite at the rim of Empakai crater. FB


    Day 6: NGORONGORO HIGHLANDS

    8:00am After breakfast at the camp,  with Ngorongoro  ranger  and  a maasai guide  hike  into  empakai  crater, here plenty  of  flamingo  at the  bottom  of the  crater  can  be  seen  and  other  birds,, the  Empakai  crater  walk  may  take  2 -3 hrs , then  proceed  with  the  trekking  toward  acacia camp .The  walk  is through  hills  and  maasai  communities  on the  way  grazing  their  animals. The walk may take 4-5 hrs  to  acacia camp.

    Midday: Picnic lunch

    Evening: Dinner and overnight at a camp at acacia campsite. FB

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    Day 7: NGORONGORO HIGHLANDS – LAKE NATRON

    8:00am After breakfast at the camp,  walk  through  dry  land  in a vast  highland  through  rift valley  escarpments, get  to  see  Oldonyo Lengai  mount  from a  short  distance  then  reach  to Lake Natron

    Lake Natron is a mineral-rich soda lake in northern Tanzania, at the border with Kenya. It’s a breeding ground for hundreds of thousands of lesser flamingos, despite the highly alkaline state of the striking red waters. It sits below Ol Doinyo Lengai, a soaring active volcano in the Rift Valley.

    .The walk will takes 3 -4 hrs . check  in  into a  tented  camp  at  lake  Natron  for  a  hot shower  and  a hot  meal   with a  cold  drink Afternoon at Leisure

    Evening: Meals and overnight at a tented camp FB

     

    Day 8: LAKE NATRON

    9:00am:  After  breakfast,  take  a walk  along  lake  natron  where  we  see  flamingos  and  other  bird  species , then  walk   to  a  small  town  of  Engaresero  and  see  how Maasai  live  in this  unique  land. Time allows visit   a local school in the area, and then back to the tented camp

    Midday: Hot lunch at the camp

    Late Afternoon:  Take  a  walk  to  waterfall and  here we  get  to swim  in  a  natural  swimming  pool  at the  base  of  the waterfall,  its  indeed  a refreshing  moments  after  a hot  day.

    Evening: Meals and overnight at a tented camp FB

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    Day 9: LAKE NATRON – ARUSHA

    6:00am: Depart  early  for  a maasai  boma  visit , here  will be  early  enough to  how Maasai  start  their  day  by  milking  their  cows  before  they are  taken  for  grazing. Also will experience how Maasai families are attached to their cattles.

    Return  to the  Tented  camp  for  breakfast, check  out  and  drive  to Arusha Town with picnic  lunch

     Evening: Meals and overnight at hotel in Arusha HB

     

    Day 10: ARUSHA – KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

    09:00: After breakfast, your driver will take you to Arusha town for city   tour,    for a visit to marketplace or places to buy locally-made products or visit artists making products

    Midday: Lunch in a restaurant in town (own account)

    Afternoon: Return  to the  hotel  for  shower  before  heading  to the  airport  for  your  flight  ownwards