Walking/Camping Safari – Zanzibar
Hiking Mt Meru and visiting a coffee cooperative. Exploring hidden landscapes on walking safaris accompanied by your own armed ranger. Meet the Maasai in their villages and see huge flocks of pink flamingo on this camping safari. All this before exploring the spice island of Zanzibar and its towns steeped in history and culture, surrounded by amazing white sandy beaches. A real paradise. Yes please, contact us.
Day 1: ARRIVAL
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and be met by your driver/guide and our representative. A scenic drive to Kiboko Lodge or Meru View Lodge, where you will be welcomed by our safari manager who will provide you with a full Camping safari – Zanzibar trip briefing. Dinner included.
Day 2: Nkoaronga Village
Your Camping safari – Zanzibar holiday starts with a full day excursion to Nkoaranga Village a local fair-trade coffee growers’ cooperative. It is made up of a group of small-farm coffee growers working together to build a sustainable, naturally grown, fair trade coffee business. Visit the Coffee plantations and see the different steps of coffee growing. Learn about how coffee beans are collected, processed, roasted, grinded and carefully packed. All proceeds from coffee sales return to the local farmers for reinvestment in the project, and to build their growing organic farming project – with the first organic bean harvest scheduled within the next two years. You will also visit the local school or orphanage and go for a walk in the village to have some insights in all day like of local farmers. Lunch is taken in the village before you return to your Hotel.
Overnight at Kiboko Lodge or Meru View Lodge. All meals included.
Day 3: Arusha National Park
After breakfast drive to Arusha National Park, passing by herds of zebra, buffalo, and giraffe on the savannah. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Momella Lake famous for huge flocks of colorful flamingos and its views of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Take a game drive around the different habitats of this truly beautiful park. There are black and white colors monkeys (unique to this park in northern Tanzania), Sykes’s and vervet monkeys, shy forest duikers, leopards, and substantial herds of antelope. Guided by an armed ranger you will hike at the slopes of Mt Meru, first across the buffalo meadow and then in dense forest up to some hidden waterfalls at the Crater rim of Ngurdoto Crater.
Overnight at a campsite at Arusha National Park . All meals included.
Day 4: Tarangire
After breakfast you start your way towards Tarangire, Northern Tanzania’s third large national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are also an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. There is a great diversity of wildlife including lion, leopard, cheetah and up to six thousand elephant.
Overnight at a campsite at Tarangire. All meals included.
Day 5: Ngorongoro
After breakfast you proceed to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and descend into the crater for a wonderful game drive (with a picnic lunch) inside the Ngorongoro Crater – often described as one of the wonders of the world.
It is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and a a natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest animal populations. It is one of the few places where the rare black rhino can be observed in its natural setting. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. With a bit of luck the ‘Big Five’ can be spotted during just one game drive.
Overnight at a campsite at Ngrongoro. All meals included.
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater – Olmoti
Early start for your five day walking safari to the Northern Highlands, where you will be guided throughout by local Masai guides as well as an armed ranger (until Naiyobi, where the armed ranger will leave you).
First you drive to Lemala Gate where you start your walk to Olmoti. You reach your camp around noon. After pitching your tent and enjoying lunch you explore Olmoti Crater. This shallow grassy crater is the source of the Munge river, which pours through a gorge in the rim in a spectacular waterfall on its way to Ngorongoro crater. Walk up the Crater Rim and descent to the Crater Floor.
Overnight at Olmoti Campsite. All meals included.
Day 7: Olmoti – Bulati
From Olmoti you descend the outer hills of the Great Rift Valley and walk across the open plains of the Embulbul Depression where antelopes, wilderbeests and zebras are often seen. Late afternoon you reach Bulati a typical Maasai Village where you overnight at Bulati Campsite. All meals included.
Day 8: Bulati – Empakai
After leaving Bulati Campsite you walk through Bulati Village and up the Bulati Ranges to reach Empakai Crater at around midday. You follow the crater rim, viewing Kerimasi Mountain and Oldonyo Lengai in a distance. In the afternoon you reach your campsite, perched high above Empakai Crater. The surrounding thicket is home to buffalos and hyenas. After pitiching your tent and taking a cup of tea you can descend the forested crater slopes to reach the crater floor, the majority of which is covered by a salt lake. Lots of water birds and flamingos can be seen as they migrate between the crater lakes of Ngorongoro and Lake Natron. It is also a joy to walk around the lake shore.
Overnight at one of the campsites at the Crater Rim at an altitude of some 3200 m). All meals included.
Day 9: Empakaai – Nairobi
From Empakaai your trail leads you around Empakaai Crater Rim with constant great views towards the Crater Bottom and Lake. The surrounding forest is inhabited by buffalos and porcupines. Around mid day you reach Naiyobi village, a picturesque Maasai Village at the edge of the Ngoronoro Conservation Area where you will bid farewell farewell to your armed ranger. Together with your Maasai Guide you will proceed to the Acacia Forest behind Naiyobi Village for overnight at Acacia Campsite. All meals included.
Day 10: Naiyobi – Lake Natron
The last part of your trek is a longer hike downward towards the edge of the Rift Valley Escarpment. You hike along volcanic landscapes formed by the latest eruption of Oldonyo Lengai in 2008 until you reach Pembe ya Swala, a distinctive landmark which leads you on a steep descent down to the plains surrounding LakeNatron. During your last trek you enjoy splended views of the Lengai volcano (Oldony Lengai for the Maasai) and Mount Kerimasi until you finally reach Lake Natron for overnight at Ngare Sero Campsite . All meals included.
Day 11: Lake Natron
Today you explore the highlights around Lake Natron famous for a vast numbers of flamingos and other water birds due to a high concentrate of in sodium carbonate, algae, and zooplankton.
A guide takes you there and shows you the nesting places of the flamingos. You can also trek to the Ngare Sero River which flows in the Lake Natron. In contrast to the surrounding dry landscape, here you can find a small paradise. After a strenuous walk up the stream you reach the source of the river, in cascading waterfalls the river gushes out of the mountain. It is an excellent and welcoming bath in the pools under the waterfalls for a nice cool-down from the hot sun. There may be baboons or other wildlife in the gorge.
Overnight at Ngare Sero Campsite at Lake Natron. All meals included
Day 12: Longido
After breakfast we depart with the car to Longido on a 4 hour journey on a partly bumpy and dusty road. En-route you see many Maasai villages, termite mounds, gazelle, giraffe, zebra, baboons, bee boxes, and birds such as vultures, ostrich, starlings, Cory Bustards and kites.
At Longido you visit a project initiated by the SNV, an eco-tourism development organization aiming to participate local people in tourism. You spend the rest of the day walking around the extensive plains of Longido Mountain with lush forests and get some insight into traditional African culture of the resident inhabitants.
Overnight at the campsite at Longido. All meals included.
Day 13: Longido – Arusha
After breakfast you either do another walk or head back to Arusha with some souvenir shopping en route if you like. Enjoy a delicious meal at a nice restaurant in Arusha. Spend a leisurely afternoon at your lodge in the large tropical garden or at the poolside.
Overnight at Ilboru Safari Lodge. All meals included.
Day 14: Arusha – Zanzibar
End of your walking safari, after breakfast we transfer you to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight to Zanzibar. Transfer to The Zanzibari Hotel or Ngalawa Beach Village. Breakfast and dinner included (at Ngalawa also lunch included)
Day 15-18: Zanzibar Beach
Relax and enjoy the beaches of Zanzibar. Breakfast and dinner included (at Ngalawa also lunch included)
Day 19: Spice Tour
After breakfast transfer to Stone Town. On the way we will do the famous Spice Tour. We have developed a special Spice Tour with in depth information not only about spices, but also organically grown herbs and a detailed description about their traditional uses in medicine cosmetics and cooking. After the tour we invite for an opulent lunch at our guides’ home, where you can taste the spices and fruits. In the afternoon you have some time at leisure.
Overnight Tembo Hotelor Dhow Palace Hotel. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 20: Stone Town
In the morning we will show you Stone Town on our Historical Stone Town Tour. This tour takes you through fabled Stone Town, where history appears to stand still. With visits to the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum (People’s Palace) and the Arab Fort amongst others, it is a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar. You will see Zanzibar’s bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques! Rest of the day at leisure and time for own discoveries.
2nd overnight Tembo Hotel or Dhow Palace Hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 21: DEPARTURE
Departure transfer to Zanzibar Airport for departure. Breakfast included.
Read Geralds story when our hungry travellers saw 13 lions that had occupied the pick -nick site.
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