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Day 1: Arrival

Nadat jullie zijn aangekomen op Kilimanjaro International Airport, staat onze Tanzania Specialist gids hier op jullie te wachten. Hij zal jullie veilig naar uw hotel brengen in Arusha. Hier kunnen jullie heerlijk bijkomen van de vliegreis en alvast wennen aan de échte Afrikaanse sfeer, bijvoorbeeld onder het genot van een typisch Afrikaans drankje. Ook kan er natuurlijk even lekker gezwommen worden in het zwembad.

Jullie persoonlijke en ervaren Tanzania Specialist gids weet niet alleen veel over de cultuur, maar bezit ook een grote hoeveelheid kennis en feitjes over de prachtige natuur waarvoor zoveel mensen naar Tanzania reizen. Wees dus vooral niet bang om een vraag te stellen, onze Tanzania Specialist gids zal het met alle plezier vertellen.

De volgende dag zal de Tanzania Safari écht van start gaan

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After breakfast you will gather your luggage and head off to Lake Natron National Park. The beautiful drive takes you past the Rift Valley, and on the way you will visit a Maasai village. The Maasai live in the territory of lions and elephants, but they know how to protect their own territory – and that of their goats and cows – according to nature’s principles.

During this visit they will tell you how and describe their daily life. Afterwards, you go to the lodge for a delicious lunch.

The next morning the trip continues to Lake Natron, a world famous breeding ground for flamingos. A local guide will walk you to the view point, where millions of these amazing birds paint the horizon pink. Lunch is at your beautifully located lodge, between a volcano and a lake; a wonderful place to relax for the afternoon. Although if you want to head out with your guide again, then of course you can.

NB: Due to several incidents that have happened at the waterfalls in Lake Natron, we do not recommend taking a hike up the steep rocks. As a tour operator we are however required to pay for all activities at the entrance gate to Natron. If you will still wish to go for a hike at the waterfalls, it should be at your own risk / precautions.

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Today you will visit Selous Game Reserve – one of the largest game reserves in the world! Many elephants, hippos and crocodiles live here and you can spot endangered rhinos and hard-to-find wild dogs too! It is much quieter here than in the other parks, so you definitely have the chance of a unique safari experience! The Rufiji River, which flows into the Indian Ocean, crosses the entire reserve. Around this river there is a swampy area with an enormous amount of crocodiles. The Stiegler Gorge is a special attraction here. This is a gap 100 meters deep and 100 meters wide. Selous is also one of the few national parks where you can go on a boat safari. It is also one of the few parks that allows walking safari. But you can also enjoy the surroundings to the full in the car and watch the many animals!

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Derived from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its South-Eastern margin, Ruaha National Park is one of the few Tanzania’s famous wilderness area where one can have a rare experience of game viewing spiced up by the fascinating landscape. Ruaha is believed to have high concentration of elephants than any National Park in East Africa. It is also a place where magnificent mammals like Kudu, Sable and Roan antelopes which can not be found in any other national park, can easily be spotted in Miombo woodland. The park is also a habitat for endangered wild dogs, lions, leopards, cheetah, giraffes, zebras, impalas and Jackals. The park is one of the Tanzania birds’ paradise with more than 571 species. Ruaha National Park boasts of her almost untouched and unexplored ecosystem, making visitors’ safari experience very unique.

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You will visit Mikumi National Park, in southern Tanzania with a landscape similar to the Serengeti. Mikumi is the easiest park to reach if you come from Dar es Salaam. This makes it an ideal safari destination for short safaris from Dar es Salaam, even for those who do not have much time!

The park has a great variety of animals. Hippopotamus pools provide easy access to the hippos and are also home to many unique birds! The Mkata Foodplain is a wide plain in the park where you can observe wildlife very well. Animals you can see here are lions, elephants, zebras, wildebeests, impalas, buffalos and more than 400 different species of birds! The park borders the Selous Game Reserve to the south and the two areas form a unique ecosystem. The chances of meeting lions climbing trees here are greater than in other parks!

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Today you will visit Udzungwa Mountains National Park. It is 1990 km2 in size and has various habitats such as tropical rainforest, mountain forest, miombo forest, grassland and steppe. There are more than 400 bird species, 2500 plant species and 6 primate species.

Udzungwa is a magnet for hikers as the park has no paved roads and is only accessible on foot. An excellent network of forest trails includes the popular half-day hike to Sanje Waterfall, which plunges 170 meters through a misty fog into the wooded valley below.

Ornithologists are attracted to Udzungwa for its rich bird life, which includes more than 400 species. Four bird species are peculiar to Udzungwa, including the partridge, first discovered in 1991, which is more closely related to an Asian species than to any other African bird.

Of six registered primate species, the red Iringa colobus and Sanje Crested mangabey are found nowhere else in the world – the latter remained remarkably undiscovered by biologists before 1979.

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Katavi National Park lies in the remote area southwest of Tanzania, within a truncated arm of the Rift Valley that terminates in the shallow, brooding expanse of Lake Rukwa. The wilderness of Katavi is one of the most untouched areas in the entire country.

Katavi’s dramatic scenery is as varied as it is pristine. Flood plains of thick reeds and dense waterways are home to a huge population of hippo and varied birdlife. In the woodlands to the west, forest canopies shroud herds of buffaloes and elephants. Seasonal lakes fill with dirty colored water after the rains and animals from all corners of the park descend in them to drink. The park is also home to the rare roan and sable antelope species, and it is a must-see for the visitors intending to explore the wilds of the continent.

Isolated, untrammeled and seldom visited, Katavi is a true wilderness, providing the few intrepid souls who make it there with a thrilling taste of Africa as if it must have been a century ago.

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Lake Eyasi is a seasonal shallow endorheic salt lake on the floor of the Great Rift, south of the Ngorongoro highlands. The scenery of Lake Eyasi attracts hippos who like to cool off in its brackish waters. Bird lovers will be in paradise here, as the lake attracts vast numbers of birds of all sizes and colors. Some main birds to be found here include; Africa spoonbill, flamingos, gray headed gulls, great white pelicans and pied avocet.

The Hadzabe bushmen live in this region, as do the Datoga and Mbulu tribes. A visit with the bushmen is worthwhile and they will graciously show you where and how they live and hunt. They subsist entirely of the bush and by bow hunting.

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Bagamoyo is a city that was founded at the end of the 18th century and is an extension of the much older settlement Kaole from the 8th century. Bagamoyo was even once the capital of German East Africa and one of the most important trading ports on the East African coast. In the Kaole ruins are the remains of two mosques and 30 graves from the 13th century. Around the 17th century the settlement began to grow 2-3 miles north of Kaole. This area grew in prosperity and in the 18th century was given the name Bagamoyo as an important station in the caravan trade (the name means “relief and rest”). Until the 18th century, Bagamoyo was a small trading centre where the majority of the population were fishermen and farmers.

The most important trade goods were among others fish, salt and rubber. In the first half of the 19th century Bagamoyo became a trading port for ivory and the slave trade. Traders came from the African interior on their way to Zanzibar. This explains the meaning of the word Bagamoyo (“Bwaga-Moyo”), which in Kiswahili means “lay down your heart”. It is debatable whether this is due to the slave trade that passed through the city (“give up all hope”) or to the porters who rested in Bagamoyo after carrying 35 pounds of cargo from the Great Lakes region on their shoulders (“unload and rest”).

Many European explorers, including Richard Burton, Henry Morton Stanley and David Livingstone, began and ended their journeys here. In 1868 French missionaries founded Freedom Village in Bagamoyo as a shelter for freed slaves, and for the rest of the century the town served as a stopover for missionaries travelling inland from Zanzibar. When the German Empire decided in 1905 to build a railway from Dar Es Salam to the interior, Bagamoyo’s importance began to decline and today Bagamoyo is a centre for the construction of dhow sailboats.

The government is working to preserve the colonial ruins in and around Bagamoyo and to revive the city. Bagamoyo’s tranquil pace and fascinating history make it a pleasant day or weekend trip.

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Today you will visit Dar Es Salaam. Dar es Salaam is the former capital of Tanzania and an incredibly vibrant city! Besides the city life with the largest market in East Africa, modern shopping malls and delicious local restaurants.

The city also offers the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches that can be found on the quiet coastline to the north and south of the city!

Here you can enjoy a refreshing drink and the azure blue ocean! So there is something for everyone!

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Today you fly from Kilimanjaro Airport to Nairobi. Nairobi is the capital and the largest city of Kenya. The name comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nairobi. This translates to “cool water”, a reference to the Nairobi River which flows through the city. It also has the nickname Green City in the Sun.

The city was founded in 1899 by the colonial authorities in British East Africa, as a rail depot on the Uganda Railway and quickly grew to replace Mombasa as the capital of Kenya.

Nairobi is one of Africa’s largest, and most interesting cities. It never seems to sleep. The entire town has a boundless energy, and is thriving place where all of human life can be found. It is home to thousands of businesses, international companies and organizations.

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Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Each year Kilimanjaro attracts thousands of climbers and adventurers from all over the world. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is like walking from the tropical to the arctic in just one week. It is a real challenge due to the altitude and the rate of ascent, but also extremely rewarding. There are seven different routes to the summit. They all vary in length, difficulty, scenery, traffic, accommodation and other aspects.

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Today your safari starts. After breakfast you drive with your private guide to Arusha National Park.

Arusha National Park is a small charming park with a rich diversity of landscapes and wildlife. From lakes, waterfalls and swamps to volcanos, mountains and tropical rainforest. The ideal reserve for all kind of animals such as buffaloes, giraffes, zebras and hippos. The swamps, rainforest and lakes attract many beautiful birds including silvery-cheeked hornbill and thousands of pink-hued flamingos. This park is also the only place in northern Tanzania where you can easily spot the black-and-white colobus monkey.

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Today you depart after breakfast to Tarangire National Park for a full day game drives. Since this is one of the lesser known parks in Tanzania, it still has an authentic safari atmosphere. The hilly landscape, with majestic Baobab trees against the blue sky, is breathtaking. Witness the worlds largest concentration of elephants. Sometimes herds of up to 300 elephants can be seen around the Tarangire River, drinking or enjoying a mud bath. Apart from elephants, Tarangire is a paradise for bird lovers. In the area around these swamps you can also see lions, leopards, cheetahs and even tree-climbing pythons.

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Today you can enjoy a game drive in one of the smaller but scenic national parks. You can see elephants and huge troops of baboons in the forest and if you are lucky even tree-climbing lions. Around the huge soda lake a variety of wildlife gathers, like buffaloes, warthogs, giraffes, wildebeest, zebras and flamingos. You can also enjoy excellent hippo sightings at the shallow hippo pool and spectacular views of the 400 meter high Rift Valley Escarpment.

 

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Today you continue your safari to Serengeti National park. This is the place were the most impressive nature documentaries were shot. The endless plains and abundance of wildlife are unsurpassed. The annual wildebeest migration of more than a million wildebeest is probably Serengeti’s main draw. It is a true spectacle of nature and impressive to see millions of wildebeest, zebras and gazelle thunder across the vast plains of the Serengeti. Together with your guide you will be looking for the herds. Apart from the migratory animals you will also get to see lots of other animals. The Serengeti is is home to more than 4,000 lions, 1,000 leopards, 225 cheetahs and 3,500 hyenas, but also rare animals such as the pangolin, rhino and wild dog. Expect to be impressed by the natural beauty of Africa’s most famous park.

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The road leads you today over the Great Rift Valley, through the crater forest, to the striking Ngorongoro Crater. This collapsed volcano creates an unique ecosystem with a wide variety of vegetation. Enjoy the beautiful colours of the landscapes and the wealth of animals. The crater is home to the highest concentration wildlife in Africa and is full of elephants, lions, buffaloes, hippos and even the rare black rhino. This is one of the best places to spot all of the Big Five. The views from the rim over the crater floor are incredible. Because of its natural beauty the Ngorongoro Crater is chosen as one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders.

 

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