Tanzania Culture Tours
Your tour of Tanzania may not be just watching its beautful animals and game parks. You can take our cultural tours as alternative of traditional park safaris, and still still enjoy popular wildlife attractions. The Tnzania culture tours promote cultural sensitivity, environmental education and social responsibility, while providing the opportunity to visit natural sites and learn about local culture and traditions.
In addition to these tours we can also offer village homestays where you can experience village life in rural and remote parts of Tanzania.
Our culture tours of Tanzania Include:-
(1) Arusha and surrounding game parks including the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire and off course Mount Kilimanjaro.
(2) Kondoa: Located on the plateau/highlands area of the Rift Valley with an altitude ranging from 1200m to 1900m above sea level. Also in the surrounding area is Babati and Kolo which is a UN Heritage site designated Rock Paintings/Art
(3) Dar es –Salaam.
Our tours allow social interactions between tourists and villagers by mixing freely with the people in their villages, eating and drinking together local foods, drinks, with overnights stays in the family local huts, joining in ceremonial local dances, rituals, daily family chores- cooking, fetching water, fetching firewood, herding/watering cows and traditional honey harvesting.
Eco-cultural tours are structured in such a way that positive social and environmental impact is achieved. Furthermore he aims to re-establish natural areas and further provide our visitors with information to help preserve and protect these areas for generations to come. This process is facilitated through experience and in-depth knowledge of the indigenous wildlife and landforms that exist in these areas.Parts of the profits generated through his tours are distributed among local residents to improve their economic power through the hiring of local staff, funding initiatives and re-investing into the organization to develop and maintain the programs
Tour Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi: Tanzania
Today the tour arrives in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Part of Masai land when the British arrived, this modern capital grew with the development of the railway. Derived from a Masai word meaning "Cold Water," Nairobi is a pleasant mix of colonial British with modern and traditional African influences. Overnight in Nairobi. Dinner if required.
Tour Day 2: Nairobi and Amboseli (Kenya): Tanzania
Today we tour from Nairobi to the Amboseli National Park. Just across the border from Tanzania, this park is situated on the African plain at the foot of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the continentís tallest mountain at 5894 m (19,300 feet). Here the cone-shaped mountain seems to hover majestically over the shimmering African plains. The Amboseli National Park is also famous for its large herds of elephants. Here they cover themselves in red dust, giving them an even more imposing appearance. This afternoon we hope to enjoy viewing wild animals grazing on the open plain with Kili providing the classic backdrop. Overnight in the Amboseli National Park. Amboseli Serena Lodge or similar. All meals.
Tour Day 3: Ngorongoro: Tanzania
Our destination today is the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania traveling via Arusha. Arusha is the starting point for the northern safari routes of Tanzania, and is one of the country's most attractive towns. The surrounding area is primarily a highland forest park and it is a good place to see black and white colobus monkeys and bushbuck. You may catch a glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. This afternoon we continue to Ngorongoro via Lake Manyara, another Rift Valley lake, renowned for its unique rainforest micro climate. A rough road takes us up the rift escarpment, through dramatic rolling green fields and tiny traditional villages. Our arrival at the crater rim near sunset coincides with the best time to see the elusive leopard as they quietly patrol the thick forests. Overnight in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge or similar. Breakfast and dinner.
Tour Day 4: Ngorongoro: Tanzania Cultural
Today we enjoy a full day in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After an early breakfast we descend into the crater far below for a game drive in this incredible setting, a World Heritage Site. We explore the Ngorongoro Crater, 20 km (13 miles) wide and 700 m (2300 feet) high where we may see the "Big Five" as well as many herbivores like wildebeest, gazelle, zebra and hippopotamus, as well as thousands of flamingos. In order to maximize our time in the crater, we will stop for a picnic lunch this afternoon en route.
Overnight in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Sopa Lodge or similar. All meals.
Tour Day 5: Ngorongoro and Serengeti: Tanzania Cultural
Departing the Ngorongoro Conservation area this morning we descend onto the Serengeti Plain, stretching out endlessly before us. Indeed the name "Serengeti" derives from a Masai word meaning "Land-without-end." This is a land of superlatives, both in the vast landscape that surrounds you and the incredible biodiversity it supports. It is here that you have a chance to witness one of the most compelling natural dramas on earth-- the annual migration, a sight unparalleled anywhere in the natural world. During our tour to the Serengeti we will be maximizing our opportunities to absorb all the aspects of this magical place. Overnight in the Serengeti National Park. Serengeti Sopa Lodge or similar. All meals.
Tour Day 6: Serengeti: Tanzania
Today we have a full day of game viewing on the Serengeti. We will tour the "kopjes," a series of low, incongruous hills dotting the open landscape that often provide a vantage point for hungry predators contemplating the endless stream of hoofed animals parading past them. During this time, up to 1.5 million wildebeest and a half a million zebra embark on a single-minded and perilous quest for water and grazing land. Following this spectacle, of course, are the meat-eating opportunists, hoping to capitalize on the physical toll this journey exacts on the desperate grazers. A kopje provides a perfect venue for our picnic lunch today. Overnight in the Serengeti National Park. Serengeti Sopa Lodge or similar. All meals.
Tour Day 7: Serengeti and Lake Manyara National Park: Tanzania
Traveling back to Manyara today we make a stop at Olduvai Gorge, site of the Leakey excavations in the 1960s and 1970s that established this region as the prehistoric habitat of some of the earliest species of hominids, with some finds dating back 1.8 million years. Pundits in the life sciences have argued that the Olduvai contribution to the story of human origins remains unsurpassed by any other prehistoric site in the world. A small museum on site outlines the unique geological and human history of the area.
Later we will enjoy a leisurely lunch at Gibbís Farm. Founded during German colonial times and still privately owned, Gibbís Farm is now a small hotel perched on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Highlands, surrounded by coffee plantations with long views over lush and beautiful agricultural country.
We continue to Lake Manyara National Park, the smallest of the northern parks in Tanzania (330 km¾, of which two thirds is the actual lake) hosting a wide variety of vegetation ranging from savannah to ground water forest to riparian habitats. The park is host to thousands of pelicans, ibis and flamingo that can be heard from afar. Other common tourors to this beautiful lake are hippos and the majestic African fish eagle, which can be seen swooping down from its perch to snatch a fish from the still waters of the lake.
We will spend the night at a lodge on the escarpment above Lake Manyara. Overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge or similar. All meals.
Tour Day 8: Lake Manyara, Arusha and Departure: Tanzania
We have a morning game drive through this beautiful park, located at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment and comprising of forest, woodland, grasslands, and swamps. Wildlife interest at Lake Manyara is not confined to bird life only, many game animals such as buffalo, elephant, giraffe, impala, hippo and a great variety of smaller animals also inhabit the park. Most famous spectacle in the Lake Manyara National Park is the tree-climbing lions, which spend most of the day spread out along the branches of acacia trees, six to seven metres above the ground.
After a picnic lunch, we continue to Arusha. After dinner we transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for our homeward flights. All meals.
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