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The Ultimate Safari In Tanzania

If you want to experience the unique nature and wildlife of Africa, a well planned safari in one of the East African countries will never disappoint. When we were in Tanzania in 2002 we did a five day safari in Selous Game Reserve with Woody, a newly established safari guide from Britain, and it was an unforgettable experience. This time we wanted to see as much as possible of the best Tanzania has to offer, so we made contact with Woody while we stayed in Zanzibar, and he had a team in his now much expanded company Wild Things Safaris put together a great itinerary for us based on our wishes and timetable.

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Planning the Safari

Planning a long safari takes time, there are many ways to do it, different places to go and choices to make. As we were on a year long trip around the world, we made the preparations while relaxing on Zanzibar on our first week. The folks at Wild Things were more than helpful, and had no trouble with our short notice, and a big thank you goes to Mwanaidi for her patience and expeditious service. After a few rounds of emails we settled on a 14 day itinerary that allowed us plenty of time to explore vast areas. Alternating between long drives between locations, tenting in beautiful surroundings, walking safaris and game drives, we got to experience lot of the natural beauty and wildlife Northern Tanzania is famous for.

Lodging or tenting

When doing a driving safari like this, there are various choices when it comes to accommodation, from high end luxury lodging to more budget friendly tenting solutions. We chose to sleep in tents not only to save money, but also because we feel it offers the most unique and immersive experience. You can’t get much closer to nature than when sleeping in a small tent in the middle of the African savannah, listening to the sound of zebras grazing inches away, and the roar of lions in the distance (hopefully).

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The map above shows our route and our stops on the safari. We start in Arusha and return there after a two week loop around Northern Tanzania. The brown line shows the northbound route, and the yellow line the southbound. Click the pins for details on each stop.

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Tarangire

National Park

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Lake Natron

Day 1-4

Our safari began in Tarangire National Park, a beautiful Baobab tree studded area teaming with animals around the Tarangire River. From there we would drive north on dusty roads along the Great Rift Valley towards Lake Natron, a large shallow salty lake famous for its many Flamingoes. From Lake Natron we would climb to about 2000 meters above sea level driving through the red baked volcanic landscapes of the Rift Valley towards the northern end of Serengeti National Park.

The Serengeti

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The Great Migration

Day 5-7

After entering northern Serengeti we settled down in the Lobo area and spend two days exploring as far north as to the Mara River by the Kenyan border, to catch up with the massive herds of migrating Wildebeest as they clamour to cross the crocodile infested waters. Then we’d head south again towards the centre of the Serengeti and witness the changing landscapes and the wildlife roaming the vast plains this area is so famous for.

Ngorongoro Crater

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Olduvai Gorge

Day 8-10

Further south we would exit the Serengeti to enter the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. On our way to the Ngorongoro Crater we’d make a stop at Olduvai Gorge, the unique archeological site that has produced such a vast array of evidence of our prehistoric human and hominid origins. After a full day of exploring the impressive Ngorongoro Crater and its packed wildlife, we’d continue south towards Lake Eyasi.

Stops: Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge

Lake Eyasi Bushmen

Lake Manyara

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Monduli Mountain

Day 10-14

At Lake Eyasi we visited the Hadzabe tribe, one of the oldest lineages of mankind who still live as hunter gatherers as they have for millennia. A quick drive would take us to Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its birdlife and elusive tree climbing lions, and a visit to the vibrant village Mto wa Mbu. On our last evening we’d have a barbecue at the Meserani snake park campsite, and our final day we would spend driving up to the Monduli Mountain to visit a Maasai family and enjoy lunch with a view towards Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro before returning to Arusha.

Stops: Lake Eyasi, Manyara NP, Mto Wa Mbu, Meserani Snake Park, Monduli Mountain

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Tracking The Bushmen

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Around Lake Eyasi in Tanzania lies the ancient homeland of the Hadzabe people. Their hunter-gatherer lifestyle, mostly unchanged for tens of thousands of years, provides a rare glimpse into how all humans have lived for most of our existence on Earth. We first met them in a cave in the early morning. The sun wasn’t up yet, and already they were preparing for a moring hunt – by smoking big pipes of weed.

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