Expedition to the Great Migration in Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Eyasi tribes

TANZANIA

February 25 - March 3, 2023
Tour Tanzania

Tour to Tanzania Expedition Kilimanjaro climbing Great migration Serengeti Zanzibar Africa safari Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Eyasi tribes

Waking up in a Tanzanian bush in the middle of the savannah with the sounds of wildlife. The sunrise safari is on!

Several hundred thousand antelopes and zebras gather in huge herds as a part of the Great Migration. The Serengeti National Park opens its doors for a journey through the African savannah. The nature! By the way, February is a time of active hunting of wild cats.

Our expedition will also visit the amazing natural reservation area of the Ngorongoro Crater. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best safari destinations on the continent.
Have you ever heard about the Hadza tribes on Lake Eyasi? We're sure to experience this picturesque rift valley creation and get to know the African Bushmen.

Join the team!

Take a challenge and climb to the legendary mount of Kilimanjaro, starting ascent in equatorial jungle and finishing high in the clouds, on the top of Africa, where there still exist the glittering ice cap of triceps giant volcano.
Reaching the highest peak on the continent, set off for the most fascinating spectacle in the mammals' world – forcing Mara river by millions herds of wildebeests and zebras during annual Great migration.

SCHEDULE AND COST:
Dates: February 25 – March 3, 2023

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

Number of participants: 7 – 12

Cost per person (in lodges based on double accommodation):
– 2 690 USD subject to 12 participants, or
– 2 790 USD subject to 11 participants, or
– 2 890 USD subject to 9 – 10 participants, or
– 2 990 USD subject to 7 – 8 participants.

Everything is included except for:
- international flight to Kilimanjaro roundtrip (estimated cost Moscow – Kilimanjaro – Moscow is 1300 USD. Bought on your own with our assistance)
- international medical insurance,
- visa of Tanzania (obtained upon arrival at Dar Es Salam or Kilimanjaro airport at 50 USD)
- mandatory tips on safari (approx. 70 USD per person)

Single supplement: 480 USD

* Recommended flights:
– Qatar Airways via Doha, departure from Moscow on February 24 at 22:40, and then departure from Doha to Kilimanjaro at 8:00 am on February 25, arrival in Kilimanjaro at 16:45 on February 25, or
– Turkish Airlines direct flight from Istanbul, departure from Istanbul on February 24 at 19:25, arrival in Kilimanjaro at 2:40 am on February 25 (early check-in at the hotel will be needed), or
– any other flight arriving in Kilimanjaro at any time on February 25 or on the night from February 25 to February 26.


TRAVEL PROGRAM: tour to Tanzania


Day 1. February 25, 2023 (Saturday). ARRIVAL IN KILIMANJARO AIRPORT – ARUSHA

Arrival in Kilimanjaro International Airport directly. Meet the guide. 45 min transfer to Arusha to Kibo Palace hotel 4*. Rest in the hotel with the nice swimming pool.
Dinner and overnight.

Meals included: dinner
Accommodation: Kibo Palace hotel 4* https://kibopalacehotel.com/kibo-palace-hotel-arusha/


Day 2. February 26, 2023 (Sunday). ARUSHA – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, drive by 4WD safari Land Cruisers to Serengeti National park (about 6 hrs drive) for evening game viewing.
Serengeti NP is famous for its population of wild cats as well as for hosting the great migration of wildebeests in its Serengeti and Maasai Mara ecosystem, as well as its population of African wild cats such as lions, cheetahs and leopards. It is probably the best place in Africa to spot leopards. Serengeti National Park is the biggest ecosystem in the world where 1,5 million wildebeests, 700 thousand zebras and 300 thousand Thompson gazelles follow the rains in order to find new feeding grounds.
Upon arrival, enjoy the evening game viewing in Central Serengeti.
After sunset dinner and overnight at fashionable Tanzania Bush Tented Lodge in Central Serengeti.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Tanzania Bush Tented Lodge in Central Serengeti
https://www.tanzaniabushcamps.com/central-serengeti


Day 3. February 27, 2023 (Monday). CENTRAL SERENGETI – NDUTU PLAINS

Early morning game viewing in the Serengeti plains, experience the sunrise. Bush breakfast and proceed with game viewing. At noon back for hot lunch at the lodge.
Then proceed driving to Ndutu plains, famous for hosting the calving season for the Great migration herds of wildebeests. During this season hundreds and thousands female wildebeests bring the calves on the open plains of savannah. This obviously attracts a lot predators, following the herbivores.
Evening game drive at Great Migration in Ndutu plains.
After sunset dinner and overnight in the lodges at Tanzania Bush Mobile Camp. This mobile lodge is located right in the middle of savannah with surrounding wildlife.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Tanzania Bush Mobile Camp Lodge in Ndutu Plains
https://www.tanzaniabushcamps.com/ndutu-mobile-camp/


Day 4. February 28, 2023 (Tuesday). NDUTU PLAINS

Full day top safari at Great Migration at its high point of activity.
Early morning game viewing in the Ndutu plains. Experience the sunrise and explore the Great migration herds of wildebeests for chances to witness the calving of hundreds of female wildebeests in the predator rich plains. If we are lucky we can witness the hunting of the cats or hyenas. This is the best time to see it in Serengeti.
Later a bush breakfast and proceed with game viewing until noon.
Back in the lodge for hot lunch. In the evening proceed with game viewing. Northern Serengeti is a natural habitat for all African Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.
In the evening a sun down party with drinks and snacks. After sunset dinner and overnight at Tanzania Bush Mobile Camp.
Watch out! You will be equipped with walkie-talkie in order to be in touch with rangers and staff of the hotel, cause the wild animal will roam right on the territory of the lodge and sometimes can been from the room!

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Tanzania Bush Mobile Camp Lodge in Ndutu Plains
https://www.tanzaniabushcamps.com/ndutu-mobile-camp/


Day 5. March 1, 2023 (Wednesday). NDUTU PLAINS – NGORONGORO CRATER – LAKE EYASI

After breakfast, drive to the amazing Ngorongoro Crater Conservation area, the natural breeding site for the endangered free range black rhinos in East Africa, as well as other wildness species.
Upon arrival enjoy the game viewing.
Ngorongoro crater is a unique place, closed ecosystem, formed millions of years ago in a giant caldera of the ancient volcano. Great majority of the animals never leave the territory of the park, which appears the home for the whole African Big Five. If we missed the chance to encounter all Big Five in Serengeti, here we'd rather grab our chance to catch it up!
Enjoy a bush lunch at the Hippo Pool and proceed with game viewing until evening. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the best wildlife parks in the world, was awarded as the natural World's Wonder!
In the evening drive to Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge for evening leisure at the lodge. The lodge is situated nearby the Lake Eyasi – part of Great Rift valley.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge at Lake Eyasi
https://lakeeyasi.com/


Day 6. Mach 2, 2023 (Thursday). LAKE EYASI – HADZABE TRIBE – DATOGA TRIBE – KARATU

Very early morning drive to the Hadzabe (Hadza) tribe. Before they wake up, experience the traditional cannabis smoking ceremony before hunting. Go hunting with Hadzabe and later back for arrow shooting experience.
The Hadzabe are the indigenous inhabitants of the Lake Eyasi. They live around the lake in the central Rift Valley and in the neighboring Serengeti Plateau. There aresome 1,200 Hadzabe people living in Tanzania, however only around 400 Hadzabe still survive exclusively based on the traditional means of foraging: hunting and gathering.
Genetically, the Hadza are not closely related to any other people. Once classified among the Khoisan languages, primarily because it has clicks (sounds really Martian!), the Hadza language is actually thought to be an isolate, unrelated to any other.
Bush breakfast and proceed to Datoga tribe, specialized in iron smelting.
Datoga is the only Nilotic people living in the central regions of Tanzania, surrounded by the Bantu-speaking population. The Datoga pastoralists appear to have entered the Hadza region in the early 18th century, when the Maasai forced them out of the Ngorongoro Crater. However, direct contacts between the Datoga and the Hadza occurred much later, at the beginning of the 20th century, when, under the onslaught of the Iraqw, Datoga were also ousted from the areas of modern Iraqw residence.
We will see traditional Datoga blacksmiths.
Then drive to comfortable Kudu Lodge in Karatu for hot lunch. Evening leisure (swimming pool) and dinner at Kudu Lodge.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Kudu Lodge in Karatu
https://kuducamp.com/about-the-lodge/


Day 7. March 3, 2023 (Friday). KARATU – MAASAI TRIBE – KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

After breakfast proceed to the east, to visit the Maasai tribe. Stop at the Maasai tribal village to explore their natural lifestyle and culture.
The Maasai inhabit the African Great Lakes region and arrived via the South Sudan. The Maasai speak the Maa language, a member of the Nilotic language family, that is related to the Dinka and Nuer languages of South Sudan.
Maasai are pastoralists, and are famous for their fearsome reputations as warriors and cattle-rustlers. Maasai also consume fresh blood drawn from the necks of cattle with miniature arrows. And we can witness this ceremony.
Maasai are among the best known local populations internationally due to their residence near the many game parks of the African Great Lakes, and their distinctive customs and dress.
Experience traditional dance of Maasai with peculiar very high jumps up.
After early lunch, proceed to Kilimanjaro international airport, while enjoying the landscapes en route. Arrival in Kilimanjaro International airport at 2 – 3 pm. Return flight home.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: no

* Recommended flights:
- Qatar Airways via Doha, departure from Kilimanjaro on March 4 at 9:10, and then departure from Doha to Moscow at 15:45 am on March 5, arrival in Moscow at 21:20 on March 5 (extra night in the hotel needed), or
– Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa, departing from Kilimanjaro on March 3 at 17:35 , and then departure from Addis Ababa to Moscow at 23:00 am on March 3, arrival in Moscow at 7:10 on March 4 or
– Turkish Airlines direct flight to Istanbul, departure from Kilimanjaro on March 4 at 3:35, arrival in Istanbul at 12:50 pm on March 4, or
– any other flight departing from Kilimanjaro International Airport no earlier than 17:00 on March 3.



Cost includes:

· double/twin accommodation in comfortable hotels and luxury lodges as per the program
· all airport transfers
· according to the program, safari car with the driver and air conditioned
· full board meals
· all permits to National parks (entry fees, concession fees, rescue fees)
· all activities according to the program
· accompaniment of experienced local English-speaking guides and Russian and English speaking team leader throughout the trip


Cost excludes (to be additionally paid):

· international flight to Kilimanjaro airport (roundtrip)
· international medical insurance
· visa of Tanzania
· single accommodation
· mandatory tips on safari (approx. 70 USD per person)



To bring along:

• summer wear: shorts, T-shirts, long sleeve shirts
• swimsuit
• raincoat
• big backpack or travel bag for all stuff (up to 70 l),
• small backpack for personal stuff and photo-, video cameras for everyday hiking
• sunblock set (cream, sunglasses, cap)
• personal hygiene items (towel, wet tissues, soap)
• personal bottle (is a must)
• thermos (up to you)
• personal medical kit (analgesics, sanitizers, antibiotics, rehydration, your personal medicine, including medicine for altitude sickness prevention)
• photo and video camera with batteries
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Safari in the Serengeti National Park - the largest national park, which is a unique ecosystem, where millions of herds of wildebeests, zebras and gazelles migrate from year to year in the wake of the rains in search of succulent grass. The apogee of the Great Migration is the crossing of the Mara and Grumeti rivers by the herbivores, where crocodiles and other hungry predators await them.

Located on the land of the Maasai, a unique national park in the crater of the ancient volcano Ngorongoro is a natural wonder of the world, the habitat of the entire "Big African Five".

Acquaintance with the culture and life of the Maasai tribe.

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