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Witness Wildebeest Migrate in Tanzania
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Duration
11 Days
places
Tanzania
Accommodation
10 Nights Included
Meals
All Meals Included
participants
Private Groups (Max 6 People)
Eugen Malley
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How This Trip Will Change Your Life

Our senses are heightened when our thoughts and actions are focused on spotting, watching, identifying, recording, and appreciating wildlife and nature around us. Being immersed in nature and among animals in the wild allows us step away from our day-to-day worries, make us feel more relaxed, in turn reducing stress levels.

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Tanzania is and has always been a secure and tranquil countryside, and its unrivaled reputation for safaris is well-deserved. A trip to this African country is a wonderful getaway for those who wish to understand the true force of nature and want to explore the real power of the wilderness. Tanzania is also home to the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed around three million years ago.

This trip, with our Remarkable Transformer Eugen Malley, takes you to experience what is arguably the greatest wildlife spectacle in Africa, the migration of two million wildebeest across the Serengeti Plains. You may even have a chance to see these ungulates negotiate river crossings as they move in search of greener grass. During the dry season (when this trip is scheduled for), the Ngorongoro Crater is always full of wildlife, and Tarangire National Park is packed with thirsty elephants, some of the largest herds in Africa.

But this trip is not just about witnessing these awesome animals. Before heading off on your safari, you will have the opportunity to spend time with the local community and learn some traditional cooking, visit children at an orphanage or at a school and take part in a drum dance. And on day ten, you will also get to visit the Hadzabe tribe, one of the last true nomadic tribes in Africa and join them for their daily morning activities. The activities with the tribe can either be joining the men in their daily hunting, or the women in their fruit gathering session. In either of them, you will learn alot about the Hadzabe way of living. This experience is very unique to Eugen’s trips and he promises it will be a highlight of your trip.

This trip is for families or private groups and can be tailored with the transformer to suit your requirements.

What's Included
  • One way airport transfer
  • Ten nights accomodation
  • Daily meals
  • Drinking water every day during the safari
  • One bottle of wine in Serengeti for African Sunset
  • You will be accompanied by an experienced guide throughout your trip
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • All national park and concession fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari
  • All transportation throughout your trip (the highest-quality safari vehicles)

Good to Know
– International flights are not included
– Travel insurance is strongly recommended
– Airport taxes are not included
– Government imposed increases in taxes and/or park fees are not included

Sample Itinerary
Arrival Day
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be able to skip the lines and enjoy an expedited visa application process. You will be met by your safari guide (who will be with you for the rest of your safari) outside the arrival lounge and transferred to your accommodations in Arusha (45-60 minutes). Enjoy a great meal and a relaxing evening before starting your Tanzania safari the next day
Day 1: Mount Meru Village
Spend time with local community to learn some traditional cooking, visit children at an orphanage or at a school and take part in a drum dance and engage in waterfalls hike. Enjoy a relaxing evening before starting your Tanzania safari the next day.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park
After breakfast you will set off from Arusha and make your way through beautiful tribal areas en-route to Tarangire National Park (230h) with picnic lunch boxes and enjoy a game drive before you check into your accommodations in the late afternoon.Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania. In the dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. The river of the park is full of wildlife ranging from a large variety of birds to lions, leopards, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes and, of course, elephants. In fact, the park has the largest concentration of elephants in the whole country and provides unique chances to observe the interaction between elephant families. This is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Tarangire is particularly known for its spectacular baobab trees, and its breathtaking views of the Maasai Steppe and the mountains to the south.
Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast, make your way towards Lake Manyara National Park, a narrow strip of land sandwiched between the towering cliffs of the Gregory Rift Valley and the lake itself. Although small in dimension (205 sq. miles), the park has breathtaking scenery and is well famous for its “tree climbing” lions and growing population of baboons and blue monkeys. The park also has fantastic bird life; thousands of flamingos line the shores of the lake at certain times of year. Explore the different areas of the park and enjoy mid afternoon game drives en route out of the park stopping at Mto wa Mbu, a culturally vibrant town, for a market visit along the way. You will then head towards the Ndutu Plains of the Southern Serengeti. The driving itself is spectacular. You will drive up the crater highlands, making a quick stop at the rim for an out of this world view of Ngorongoro Crater.
Day 4, 5 & 6: Ndutu Plains.
You will enjoy three full days in the Ndutu Plains. The area has high densities of cheetahs and lions particularly when the wildebeest inhabit these plains from December to March. There are two beautiful sodic lakes in the vicinity. Being in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) you will be able to drive off road – a great advantage for getting close up to Africa’s large mammals! This area is also the traditional birthing ground for the wildebeest, which are attracted to the area by the high concentrations of phosphorus in the soil, an essential mineral for lactating mothers. It is one of the greatest places in Africa to sit around a campfire and listen to the night sounds under a sky full of stars.
Day 7: Ndutu to Ngorongoro CA
On this day we suggest a very early wake up in order to do an early morning game drive in Ndutu (when the animals are more active) and see one of the best sunrises you’ll ever witness. It’s really one of the most beautiful experiences to have. After the game drive, we return to the camp for a rewarding lunch and then we’ll proceed to Ngorongoro, the 8th Natural Wonder of the World and one of the unique world heritage sites.
Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater tour
In the morning after an early breakfast you will be one of the first vehicles descending the 600 meters (2,000ft) into Ngorongoro Crater for superb game viewing with picnic lunch boxes. The Ngorongoro Crater is a natural enclosure supporting 20,000-30,000 animals at any one time making it virtually a Noah’s ark and inhabiting almost every species of wildlife that is indigenous to East Africa. The Crater is considered one of the eight natural wonders of the world and has the highest densities of predators in Africa such as lions, hyenas and leopards. It is also one of the best places in Africa to see the endangered black rhino. In the late afternoon, slowly begin the climb out of the crater for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Empaakai Hiking
After breakfast, We drove to Embakai for a full-day hike exploring the dramatic Empakaai Crater. With a lake on the Crater floor and the entire caldera encircled by a steep, densely forested wall, Empakaai is a scene of vast natural beauty. On clear days the Crater offers views of Ol Doinyo Lengai, Tanzania’s most recently active volcano. A caved in volcanic caldera, Empakaai Crater stands at 300 metres in height and more than six kilometres in width. Rippling at its heart is Empakaai Lake, an 85 metre deep alkaline pool that envelops three quarters of the crater’s floor. Standing at Empakai Crater’s imposing rim, you can see landmarks, such as the distant fleecy snows of Kilimanjaro far on the eastern side of the Valley, the Great Rift Valley, and Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano. Along your hiking sojourn, while taking in the glorious sights, you are sure to spot a profusion of animals including blue monkeys, buffalo, bush bucks, water bucks, and an extensive array of kaleidoscopic bird life. In the late afternoon, slowly begin the climb out of the crater and head toward Lake Eyasi for dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Lake Eyasi
You will wake up very early, just before sunrise, to visit the Hadzabe tribe, one of the last true nomadic tribes in Africa. After some explanations about the tribe, you will join them in their daily morning activities. This experience is off the beaten track and does not feel touristic by any means. The photographic opportunities are out of this world. This tour will definitely be a highlight of your safari. The activities with the tribe can either be joining the men in their daily hunting, or the women in their fruit gathering session. In either of them, you will learn about many aspects of the Hadzabe way of living. After finishing the activities with the tribe, we will visit the beautiful Lake Eyasi, a shallow salt lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, and drive to Karatu for tonight’s stay.
Day 11: Karatu
On this day our company offers optional activities that include visiting schools and local markets. After lunch saved at Gibbs Farm, we proceeded with a drive to Arusha for day room use and our international Flight back to US or Canada.

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