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Tanzania wild and beautiful with Lisa Doust

Day 1

Australia / Dar es Salaam / Arusha

Stay: Hatari Lodge (two nights full board)

Fly to Arusha’s Kilimanjaro Airport via Dar es Salaam. Upon arrival be greeted by your on-the-ground Nomads Secrets team and drive to Hatari Lodge via Arusha National Park.

Day 2

Arusha

Stay: Hatari Lodge (two nights full board)

Visit Arusha National Park and enjoy the first game drive and a walking safari, spotting buffalo, flamingos, giraffes and other local fauna before returning to Hatari Lodge to unwind. Today’s pace is relaxed, giving you time to overcome any residual jetlag.

 

Day 3

Arusha / West Kilimanjaro

Stay: Shu’mata Camp (two nights full board)

After checkout from Hatari Lodge, drive to Shu’mata in West Kilimanjaro for lunch. The camp is located on top of a hill and the property offers sweeping views of Mt Kilimanjaro. After lunch, go walking with a Maasai naturalist. Learn about how the Maasai use traditional medicines and collect plants for making a traditional tea. End the walk on top of a hill, where the Maasai have prepared a traditional goat barbecue and will tell you their fascinating stories over dinner.

 

Day 4

Stay: Shu’mata Camp (two nights full board)

The morning begins with an early game drive and breakfast will be in the bush. Return to camp by lunchtime for a meal and some relaxation time. In the afternoon visit a Maasai boma (homestead) and witness a traditional Maasai ceremony. End the afternoon with sundowners on the plains before heading back to Shu’mata for dinner.

 

Datoga Tribe Woman | Filomena Fontana

 

Day 5

West Kilimanjaro / Lake Eyasi

Stay: Kisima Ngeda Camp (one night full board)

Check out from Shu’mata Camp and drive to the local airstrip after breakfast. Take a charter flight to Manyara Airstrip. Transfer to Kisima Ngeda Camp in Lake Eyasi for the next two nights.

In the afternoon, visit the Datoga Tribe. It is thought that the Datoga people migrated from Ethiopia to Kenya and Tanzania approximately 3,000 years ago. Their language and culture are similar to Highland Nilotes, isolating them from other tribes in the area. Originally pastoralists similar in culture to the Maasai, they have adapted to a farming lifestyle in recent years. Their unique clothing blends in with their environment and features intricate beadwork. The Datoga use tattoos as a form of decoration around their eyes. The Datoga are skilled craftsmen and you will visit a traditional blacksmith.

 

Day 6

Lake Eyasi / Ngorongoro Crater

Stay: Crater Lodge Ngorongoro (two nights full board)

This morning spend time on Lake Eyasi with the Hadzabe Tribe. The Hadzabe are one of two remaining hunter-gatherer tribes in Tanzania and they speak a unique click language. Cultural activities include following Hadzabe hunters as they hunt bush meat, learning to make jewellery with the women, watching the production of traditional weapons and instruments, and learning the complex click language.

In the afternoon, drive to Crater Lodge by the Ngorongoro Crater

 

Day 7

Stay: Crater Lodge Ngorongoro (two nights full board)

Today enjoy a game drive in Ngorongoro Crater. Often called the eighth wonder of the world, Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken caldera in the world, and is one of the only places in Africa you can view every member of the ‘Big Five’ (rhinoceros, lion, cheetah, leopard, and elephant) on a single game drive.

 

Day 8

Ngorongoro / Central Serengeti

Stay: Kiota Camp

After breakfast and one last look at the Ngorongoro Crater from your magnificent lodge, drive to Central Serengeti and visit Olduvai Gorge on the way. Located in the eastern Serengeti Plains, Olduvai Gorge is one of the world’s most important paleoanthropological sites.

Learn about the work The British/Kenyan paleoanthropologist-archaeologist team Mary and Louis Leakey undertook when they established and developed the excavation and research programs, which have proven invaluable in furthering our understanding of early human evolution. By late afternoon reach Kiota Camp. Relax under the stars and enjoy the local cuisine over dinner and a nightcap before retiring for the night.

 

Cheetahs relax in the bush | Bob Madden

 

Day 9

Stay: Kiota Camp (two nights full board)

Today starts early, allowing you to make the most of your first Central Serengeti game drive – see lots of cats and the wildlife that lives in this area all year round. After lunch at Kiota Camp, hop back in your jeep and visit the hippo pool or search for the more elusive leopards and cheetahs.   

 

Day 10

Central Serengeti / Northern Serengeti Mara River (two nights full board)

Stay: Chaka Camp

Today leave your camp in the Central Serengeti and drive to Northern Serengeti/Mara River. Observe and capture through your camera the zebra and wildebeest migration along the way. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch in the park before reaching fabulous Chaka Camp for the night.

 

Day 11

Stay: Chaka Camp (two nights full board)

While at Chaka Camp, enjoy a full day of game drives around Mara River Area, observing big cats, hippos, crocodiles and the wildebeest migration. When at the camp unwind by the campfire or have dinner under the starlit sky, sharing travelling tales with your companions.

 

Day 12

Northern Serengeti / Zanzibar

Stay: Emerson Spice Hotel (one night full board)

Leave the beauty of Tanzania’s wilderness and its people at 10am to fly from Kogatende Airstrip to Zanzibar’s capital, Stone Town. After arrival at 2pm, check in at the Emerson Spice hotel, centrally located and built in the Swahili style. After relaxing for a short time, meander through town with Lisa discovering its history, architecture and exotic past. Return to your hotel by 6pm to listen to the Call to Prayer from the rooftop over sundowners. Enjoy a mix of Swahili-inspired dishes for dinner.

 

Day 13

Stone Town / Baraza

Stay: Baraza Beach Resort & Spa (three nights full board)

After checkout from Emerson Spice, explore the famous Spice Island while following the footsteps of Princess Salme, daughter of the first Sultan of Zanzibar! Your first stop will be the Mtoni Palace ruins once the home of the Sultan and birthplace of his daughter, who later eloped with a German merchant to live in Hamburg, and whose bestselling book Memoirs of an Arabian Princess in Zanzibar provides interesting insight into Zanzibar’s history and her life in the palace.

After seeing the palace, board a lovely dhow (a traditional Zanzibari sailing boat) to visit Salome’s Garden set in a stunning early 19th-century Omani mansion that belonged to Salme’s uncle. Be treated to a traditional coffee ceremony in the lush surroundings.

After visiting the Kidichi Persian baths, enjoy lunch at a spice plantation before driving to Baraza, approximately 1.5 hours from Stone Town, where you will relax for the next two days by the crystal-clear azure sea.

 

Day 14 &15

Stay: Baraza Beach Resort & Spa (three nights full board)

For the next two days enjoy beach time and spa treatments at exclusive Baraza Beach Resort & Spa. Swim, snorkel, dive and simply enjoy the balmy and beautiful nature of the Zanzibar coast.

 

Day 16

Zanzibar / Home

Depart from Zanzibar International Airport to return to Australia.

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