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Walking in the footsteps of Early Man

10 Days

Why this itinerary?

Ever wondered where man evolved and why? See and learn about early man in context to his environment - on foot for most a large part of the itinerary and see the world famous Ngorongoro and Serengeti as well.

Description

As well as game drives to world famous game areas this unique itinerary literally walks you in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors as they followed game seasonally. Great game viewing, stunning walking and wildlife on foot as well as in the car.

Highlights

Lake Manyara, The Rift Valley, Ngorongoro Crater, walking with Maasai, The Serengeti Plains, the privilege of walking in the wilderness.

In brief

1 Arusha
2 lake Manyara
3 Ngorongoro Crater
4 Makarot
5 Little Olduvai
6 Kopje / Plains
7 Serengeti
8 Serengeti
9 Serengeti
10 Depart

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In Detail
(note all bookings include an in depth information pack)

DAY 1
ARUSHA

On arrival you are personally met by one of our representatives and transferred to Arusha to a well appointed hotel. In the afternoon there is a full briefing with your guide. Dinner is included at your hotel.

Overnight The Arusha Hotel (half board)

DAY 2
LAKE MANYARA / RIFT VALLEY

After breakfast you depart in your safari prepared vehicle. The tarmac road follows a line of ancient volcanoes to the rift valley and here nestled at the base of the rift wall lies Lake Manyara National Park, a veritable bio diversity hotspot. Despite being a small reserve it is home to at least 6 different habitats ranging from lake to thick ground water forest each with it's own flora and fauna. Made famous by pioneering elephant research and for numerous film scenes, this part is a fine start to any safari. In the late afternoon you head up to your lodge for the evening.

Overnight Ngorongoro Farm House (full board)

DAY 3
NGORONGORO CRATER

An early start is advised to make time for game driving later in the day. You depart in your safari vehicle and make your way to the next accommodation in time for lunch. In the afternoon you descend into the 2000 feet deep caldera, home to over 20,000 large mammals including the rare black rhino. An afternoon is spent game driving before heading back to your accommodation.

Overnight Ngorongoro Farm House (full board)

DAY 4
NGORONGORO / MAKAROT

This morning we set out to the start of our hiking adventure! An armed ranger joins us and your guide provides you insights into the scenery and Maasai way of life. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a mixed land use reserve where Maasai people live side by side with wildlife. Serendipitous meetings with the Maasai on foot over the next few days provide glimpses into a way of life that has prevailed for millennia and yet, as now, is a way of life that is ever changing. The goal of today's hike is to summit the volcano Makarot - hopefully for some stunning views of Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti plains before heading to your lightweight bush camp set in the heart of Makarot.

Overnight Makarot Camp (full board)

DAY 5
LITTLE OLDUVAI

In the early morning as the cattle head out from the Maasai bomas (corrals), we set off walking cattle and wildlife tracks through and down Mt Makarot. The tracks lead us out to the Serengeti short grass plains, annually home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth - The Migration. We head to camp in the afternoon and have time to relax and take in the environment as our bush chefs work hard to keep us fuelled up for the day ahead. Here, at the base of Makarot man literally evolved side by side with other species as the relationship between environment and survival strategies lead to the rise of our species and the fall of so many others.

Overnight Little Olduvai (full board)

DAY 6
SERENGETI SHORT GRASS PLAINS

Today there is a challenging hike to the next camp and some may like to only complete a half day. The route takes us across the short grass plains to the West towards a prominent rocky outcrop, quite different from the rock and environment we have come from. Here we approach another habitat of the short grass plains and in the evening we can ascend the nearby kopje to watch the sun set over the Serengeti plains.

Overnight Kopje Camp (full board)

DAY 7
SERENGETI

From the previously relatively open plains hiking we now head into acacia woodland for the final hiking section of our adventure. Once again options exist for those that want to hike part of the way and in the late afternoon we head into our camp for a well deserved shower and sundowners. This mobile camp moves seasonally to follow the migration and is our base for the next 3 nights.

Overnight Serengeti Camp (full board)

DAY 8
SERENGETI

The final 2 nights are spent under canvas as we explore the Serengeti to find the migration of wildebeest, Zebra and other plains game. A period of plenty for the resident carnivores, early starts are rewarded with more activity from the predators and the variety of habitats offers great wildlife and birding sightings.

Overnight Serengeti Camp (full board)

DAY 9
SERENGETI

A final day is spent in the Serengeti and on one of the days a visit to Olduvai gorge is a must where over 3 million years of evolutionary history are laid bare. The Olduvai Museum and lecturers are able to give added insights into the area and history of man and other megafauna.

Overnight Serengeti Camp (full board)

DAY 10
DEPART

In the morning we depart for central Serengeti to catch a scheduled flight to Arusha. Flying out saves us long drive times and maximises our game viewing time and the flight back offers us a unique perspective on the land below. Once landed a vehicle is on hand to transfer you to town for lunch and then for optional shopping. A day room is held for you to shower and change pre flight. Note that from Arusha Airport you can connect to Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam or even to other programs to southern Tanzania, Kenya or further afield.

Day room only

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Prices on application

Custom dates are available subject to availability. Contact us to set up custom dates.


Includes

  • Trip leader
  • Trained Safari guides with 'safari library'
  • Specially designed safari 4x4 with cool box and soft drinks and water
  • All relevant Park fees & rescue fees
  • Emergency medical evacuation
  • all accommodation as described in the itinerary
  • Transfers as described in the itinerary
  • Internal flights as described in the itinerary
  • Limited drinks selection in trekking camps (beer, red wine, soft drinks, water)

Excludes

  • International flights
  • Entry visas
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alterations to this itinerary (i.e. if different accommodations and services are provided then the price will most likely vary up or down)
  • Airport departure taxes (unless stated)
  • Laundry
  • Beverages in hotels (except those in your personal safari vehicle)
  • Hospital bills and international evacuation in the event of an emergency
Please note: in the event the listed accommodation is not available, alternative accommodation of a similar standard will be selected.

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