Lion Guides Safaris

8 Days Culture & Safari Tour

The cultural safari is intended for guests who are not only interested in Africa’s wildlife but also in the culture of Tanzania. Over 120 different tribes live peacefully together in this wonderful country. On this journey we will introduce you to five tribes and their culture, which has been preserved for hundreds of years.

Day 0 – Arrival in Arusha

Day 1 – Arusha National park

Arusha National Park is the smallest of the 22 national parks in Tanzania. Characterized by the impressive Mount Meru, which at 4566 meters is the third highest mountain in Tanzania and the Momella Lakes. The park is home to a large number of giraffes, leopards, which are most solitary & hidden, black and white colobus monkeys, warthogs, zebras, buffalos, hippos, elephants and at times hundreds of flamingos.

Day 2 – Tarangire National park

The Tarangire National park is particularly worth seeing in the dry season, as the Tarangire River, which is always full, attracts animals from the neighboring regions in droves. In addition to the large herds of elephants, impalas and kudus, can also lions, hyenas and cheetahs be observed here. Not to be neglected are the more than 545 bird species, that make every ornithologist’s heart beat faster.

Day 3 – Lake Eyasi

Today will be a very special day as you will have the opportunity to get to know three different tribes at once.

We will hunt with the Hadzabe who live around Lake Eyasi in the central Rift Valley. The Hadzabe subsist solely on gathering edible wild plants and hunting wildlife. Another special feature is the Hadzabe language, which is characterized by clicking sounds.

Afterwards we visit the Datoga. The Datoga have a lively exchange with the Hadzabe, since they make the arrowheads for hunting. You can observe the process of making various arrowheads and jewelry, as well as see the huts where women, for example, grind corn with the help of two flat stones.

The Sukuma are fishermen on Lake Eyasi. They show us the traditional fishing method and tell stories about the lake until sunset.

Day 4 – Ngorongoro and Serengeti National park

The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest continuous caldera in the world. The attractive landscape of the crater and the impressive concentration of wild animals such as elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo and huge herds of wildebeest and zebra, that migrate across the steppes every year during their migration is fantastic. With a bit of luck you can even see the endangered black rhino. In 1959, the area was established for multiple land use, where wild animals and semi-nomadic Maasai herders coexist.

The most famous tribe in Tanzania are the Maasai. They are known as warriors and cowherders, who have a particular way of dressing, adorning themselves and dancing. Maasai traditions, whether it is the upbringing of children, the ceremonies of transition from childhood to adulthood, marriage, the roles of men and women in everyday life are very exciting. When you visit a typical Maasai boma, you will immerse yourself in this world for a short time.

The Serengeti is a savanna in northern Tanzania, of which the southern part and the Ngorongoro Highlands were established as a National park in 1951. The word Serengeti itself is derived from the Maasai term “sirinket” meaning endless land. During the great migration of ungulates, 1.3 to 1.7 million wildebeest, 200.000 zebra and around 500.000 Thomson and Grant’s gazelle migrate across this endless land. They are accompanied by around 7500 hyenas, 4000 lions and 500 to 600 cheetahs. A magnificent sight. Anyone who has not yet seen all the animals of the “Big Five” (elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard) has a particularly good chance here.

Day 5 – Serengeti Balloon ride and Game Drive

A Serengeti balloon safari is a wonderful way to experience the vastness of the national park. You’ll soar over the Serengeti plains, gliding over the treetops in complete silence as the sun rises on the horizon, while observing the wildlife below. A graceful experience.

After the balloon ride, you will go on a game drive in the Serengeti National park.

Day 6 – Serengeti Early Morning Game Drive

After another morning game drive, you leave the vastness of the Serengeti with the wildlife and drive back to Arusha.

Day 7 – Chaga Tribe and Hot Springs

The Chaga people living on the southern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. They practice an intensive irrigated agriculture on terraced fields, keeping the fields under permanent cultivation through the use of animal manure as fertilizer. Since the 1920s coffee has been the major cash crop. They are best known for their Arabica coffee, which is exported to global markets.

During the coffee tour you will experience a short hike over the coffee plantation as well as the traditional coffee roasting with Chaga songs. Not far away is the wonderful Materuni Waterfall which is one of the waterfalls of the Mware River.

After successfully making coffee and of course tasting the coffee, it goes to the Kikuletwa Hot Springs. This is a small dreamlike oasis that encourages you to swim and relax.

Day 8 – Arusha City tour

Named after a local Maasai clan, Arusha is the third largest city in Tanzania. The city gained notoriety through the 1962 movie “Hatari” starring Hardy Krüger and John Wayne. Today Arusha is the center of Tanzanian tourism. On the walk through Arusha’s city center we will show you, among other things, the clock tower, the Maasai market and the lively weekly market and will end our 8-day tour together.

  • Airport transfers
  • one-night shared Accommodation before and after the safari in a Hotel/Lodge
  • shared Accommodation in a Hotel/Lodge (tent if you choose a camping trip) during the trip
  • National Park fee
  • Camping/ Accommodation Fees in National parks
  • Qualified Tourguide
  • Tent and sleeping mattress if you choose a camping trip
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • First aid kit
  • 1.5 liters of drinking water per day
  • Salaries for your team are very low in Tanzania, so we ask that you show your gratitude by tipping your Crew. (We recommend Chief Guides $25, Assistant Guides $20, Cook $15)
  • International Flight
  • Visa
  • Safari Gear (our recommendation can be found under FAQ)
  • Items of personal nature
  • Optional, but highly recommended travel and medical insurance
  • Sleeping bag
  • Alcohol
  • Snacks, personal medicine and sports drink
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