ADVENTURES IN MAASAI LAND
Visit the most spectacular wildlife sceneries on earth guided by one of Tanzania’s most qualified and well-informed guides from AA SAFARI AND TOURS. An Unbelievable game viewing in addition to attractive insights as you travel around Maasailand in a way that only our guides can explain.
Day 1: Arrive in Arusha
The moment you reach at the airport, our company safari guide will be ready to welcome you and drive you to River trees Lodge set up on the banks of a river and under the trees that form some stunning beauty in a thick African forest near a spectacular river. For those who arrive early for their safari tour in Tanzania, other activities can be prearranged.
Days 2 & 3: West Kilimanjaro
Move through a patchwork of farmland skirting the flanks of Mount Kilimanjaro prior to reaching in the gorgeous highlands of the western part of Mount Kilimanjaro, onto a private Maasai conservancy reserve where award-winning Elephant conservation efforts take place. Spend 2 nights in a Luxury Tented Camp, the only guests on 60 000 acres. Game view in vehicles and track Elephant on foot. Listen to the information about the local Maasai and spot out some of the most awesome sceneries in Africa.
Day 4: West Kilimanjaro – Lake Manyara
Use the morning for visiting the sacred Maasai cave paintings with a non compulsory visit to a Maasai boma and opportunity to buy Maasai beads and artifacts. Afterwards, take a quick charter flight to the edge of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara. Drive to Kirurumu, a charming tented lodge that is perched on the very edge of the escarpment with phenomenal views of Africa. In case there is ample time, join a Maasai for an ethno-botanical walk to the periphery of the Rift Valley.
Day 5: Lake Manyara and the Great Rift
Rise up early in the morning for- game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, possibly the most stunning on the circuit. Renowned for its Elephant and Lions in trees, the park harbors 20 times as many species of trees as in the entire North America and exceptional bird life. I the time of the morning game drive you’ll will help you to understand why this is where Out of Africa was filmed. During the afternoon explore an important Elephant corridor and wealthy native forest in the Maasai community of Silela, with whom Peter has been working closely on a range of conservation efforts. Meals and overnight at Kirurumu.
Days 6 & 7: Ngorongoro Crater
You will spend the next 2 days of your tour in Tanzania in one of the most phenomenal places in Africa, the 2000-foot deep, 100 sq. mile large Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro volcano at its nadir was perhaps about 15 000 feet high and would have looked like present day Mount Meru. At one time the world’s highest structure, a huge volcano – probably 25 miles wide at its bottom – collapsed inwards approximately 2-3 million years ago at the time when large fractures surfaced creating the Eastern Rift wall.
These days, the crater is residence to over 20 000 large mammals. Its wealthy grassland caldera is an animal paradise. View some of the world’s largest Elephant, large groups of black-maned Lion, big herds of plains animals like Zebra and Wildebeest. The crater area is the last place in Africa where free-ranging Black Rhino are regularly seen by all visitors.
In the afternoon, you will move to the local Maasai chief land who will then escort you on an awe-inspiring walk through the area’s excellent hills. The 2 days and nights will be enjoyed at Tanzania’s most lavish safari camp, Crater Lodge. Get pleasure from your own fireplace, stoked by your personal butler who also keeps the sherry glasses filled and fresh Stilton at hand.
Days 8 – 10: Serengeti Plains
Depart the crater area on an amazing drive that takes you first to renowned Olduvai Gorge, afterwards overland into the great Serengeti, the Grande Dame of African wilderness. For 3 days and nights you’ll have your adventure in the southern plains and western hills, where usually at this time of the year around 2 million Wildebeest, Zebra and a great assortment of other plains animals gather to feast on the nutrient grasses growing with the developing rains.
There is no other exciting or spectacular wildlife spectacle on earth. Throughout these 3 nights you’ll be cared for in a Luxury Camp position near the migration but hours and days away from the major tourist lodges. In most cases, the whole veldt will be yours alone. Your guide will also escort you to sacred Maasai areas, where he will give you more information about the drama and mystery of Maasai history and culture.
Days 11 & 12: Northern Serengeti
The two parks comprising Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area symbolize more than 7 000 sq. miles of some of the best pristine wilderness left on earth. Move from the southern plains to the far northern reaches of the park close to the Kenyan border. Here among the amazing kopjes live noble Maasai very much as they have for centuries. Your safari guide will take you onto a private reserve which boasts an award-winning conservation project that is aimed at protecting the most important animal corridors and grazing areas from overuse and modern development.
When you reach this place you will be able to take some surprising walks with the wild animals, as you are getting more information on the proud Maasai and the significant role they are playing in keeping the African wilderness. The gorgeousness and solemnity of this area is unspeakable and the ideal way to conclude a grand safari.
Day 13: Serengeti – Arusha – Depart
Early in the morning get on your chatter flight taking you to Arusha where you will arrive by noon. Our safari guide will meet you and drive you for lunch at a fashionable local restaurant, have some time for sightseeing and shopping prior to coming back to Rivertrees Lodge. Private rooms are existing for everyone up to the time of your evening flight.