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Tribes & Cultural Safari

Tribes and Wildlife Safari

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on 07/05/2013

A guided and well-pondered lodge based Eco-Safari combining some of East Africa’s best wildlife destination. This Kenya -Tanzania cross-border journey provides quality adventure and in-depth details as you discover the contrasting scenery, wildlife environments and varied African tribes. On this tour we visit the Kikuyu, Maasai, Sukuma, Iraqw and the Hadzabe tribes. We also visit  Mount Kenya Forest, Ol Pejeta, Lake Naivasha and Nakuru, Maasai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater - arguably the most spectacular safari destinations in Eastern Africa. Most tourists are driven past these unique community areas leaving only trails of dust but for us we include visits to some of the villages to enhance understanding of Africa. we also support the communities initiatives and eco-safari projects and ensure some benefits from tourism reach the locals directly.

14 DAYS AUTHENTIC  KENYA AND TANZANIA TRIBES & WILDLIFE SAFARI

Suitable For The Whole Family.

Enjoy your East Africa Safari by sampling both the attractions in Kenya and Tanzania during the same trip. The two neighboring countries offer a wonderfully contrasting and interesting diversity.

Day 1: Arrive - Nairobi- check in hotel. Safari Park hotel

Day 2: Drive to Mount Kenya region for a game drive at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a Rhino and Chimpanzy Sanctuary. Lunch at Sweetwater Serena hotel and evening Kikuyu tribe cultural activities at Mountain Rock Bantu lodge, with bonfire. Overnight at Mountain Rock Bantu lodge.

Day 3: Drive to Thomson falls lunch at the spectacular Thomson Falls lodge, proceed to Lake Nakuru Game Park for evening game drive. This park is spectacular with abundant wildlife and where there is an excellent chance of seeing the rare rhino (both black and white species), the elusive Leopard, and the unusual Rothschild's giraffe as well as vast herds of buffalo, lions, gazelles, eland, zebra and many more. Millions of flamingoes paint the lake edge with a shimmering pink plummage. Other birds include pelicans, ostrich, marabou, ibis, eagles, vultures, woodpeckers, barbets, among others. Overnight hotel at Lion Hill Sarova Lodge.

Day 4:  Morning to mid afternoon game drive in Lake Nakuru Park then drive to Lake Naivasha for a boat excursion. Lake Naivasha is a vast freshwater lake, famed for it’s hippos and birdlife particularly fish eagles, love-birds and pelicans. You take a boat trip to see some of them and if time allows disembark at an animal sanctuary half way to walk amongst giraffe, zebra, impala, gazelle and waterbuck. Overnight at Naivasha Simba lodge.

Day 5: Drive to Majimoto for Masai tribesmen cultural insight. The unchartered safari location where we camp today is an uncommon tourists destination. Here we spend time in an authentic Maasai settings interacting with women and children and Maasai Morans (warriors) who engage us in various activities including Masai soccer. In the evening we get a chance to visit a natural hot spring close to the camp for a bath (or just deep our toes in). The bush camp is under acacia trees where we dine under starlit skies as we listen to age old Maasai folklore then doze to the sounds of the African night Overnight at camp.

Day 6: Early start for a hike led by Maasai Morans (warriors) into the hills – the plains are an extension of Maasai Mara and form a wildlife corridor that host’s migratory wildlife throughout the year. This morning we will walk among some of this wildlife led by our local Maasai hosts and learn about medicinal herbs used by the locals in the process. If schools are in session we’ll be able to visit a local school cum rescue centre for the Maasai girl child we support here. After this enthralling adventure we drive to Masai Mara Game Reserve in time for  evening game drive. Overnight at Mara Simba Lodge.

Day 7: Full day Exploration of Masai Mara Game Reserve. Ecologically the Masai Mara is an extension of the great Serengeti plains and teems with abundant wildlife. We spend all today in the reserve on game drives and this is where you can see elephant, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard, zebra, giraffe, hippo, crocodile and a whole ark-full of other animals. Our expert naturalist guides ensure you have the very best chance of seeing them all as well as offer details of their life cycle. From July to September, the Mara is home to the great wildebeest migration. Overnight at Mara Simba lodge.

Day 8: Drive to Isebania border with game drive and cross border into Tanzania. Overnight at Malaika Lodge in Mwanza.

Day 9: Full day at  Bunjora Cultural Centre. The Bujora Cultural Centre and Sukuma Museum in Kisesa, are historical institutions founded for the education and support of Sukuma culture. The arts of the Sukuma culture are among the richest in East Africa. As the Sukuma people are the largest cultural group in Tanzania, the Sukuma culture is spread throughout the country.  The heart of Usukuma is in the Lake Zone of Mwanza, Shinyanga and the Mara regions where the legacy of a rich art tradition is now maintained. Overnight at Malaika lodge.

Day 10: Drive to Serengeti Game Park. The Serengeti is renowned for its incredible concentrations of predators and the Great Serengeti Migration of two million wildebeest. The endless grassy plains (translated Serengeti in Maasai) are home to the largest herds and the highest concentrations of predators on the planet. Overnight at Kilima tented camp.

Day 11: Full day Serengeti game drive. The Serengeti is famous not only for its migrating wildebeest and herbivores but also for its high concentration of big cats and other predators that these grazers attract. It is also home to smaller cats, such as the caracal and serval, as well as jackal, fox, mongoose and genet. Other species found in this wilderness area include crocodiles, hedgehogs, shrews, agama lizards, snakes and dung beetles. Africa’s Big Five are also abundant in the Serengeti, with giraffe, warthog, baboons and African Wild Dogs also inhabiting this flagship game park. Overnight at Kilima tented camp.

Day 12: Ngorongoro Crater game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater and surrounding highlands together form one of Africa's most beautiful regions.  The Ngorongoro crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and home to the highest density of big game in Africa, including all the big five and plenty of predators. Ngorongoro is justifiably one of the continent's most famous safari destinations. Overnight at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge in Karatu.

Day 13: Full day cultural activities with the bush people of Eyasi. Lake Eyasi is probably best known for being the home to the Hadza tribe (also known as the Watindiga or Wahadzabe), who live in the bush around the northern parts of the lake. It is a tribe of hunters and gatherers who formerly inhabited the Serengeti, but were forced away by stronger and more aggressive tribes.

Day 14: After breakfast drive to Namanga to cross border back to Kenya for an afternoon game drive Amboseli game reserve. This is also a smallish park  famous for being the best spot in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants. Other attractions of the park include the spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro - the highest free-standing mountain in the world and opportunities to meet the Amboseli Maasai tribesmen. Overnight at Oltukai lodge

Day 15: Morning game drive in Amboseli then leave after lunch to drive back to Nairobi or next destination. End of program.

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