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7-Day Maasai Bush-Land – Rift Valley Treks

This safari has been designed to allow for 5 days on foot, and of course a visit to Ngorongoro en-route crater game drive. Walking takes place in Maasai Bushland, with Maasai warrior guide, Home to several Maasai communities. Trek up to the viewpoint on Mt. Longido, then continue mostly on foot on a wonderful walking trip across Great Rift Valley.

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport/ Arusha Airport to Arusha Center Tourist Inn Hotel

Meet your Professional driver guide at Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha Airport and transfer you to Arusha Tourist inn Hotel, here your driver guide will brief you about your safari, and if you have at time we will take you for Arusha town tour, also to Tanzanite Gem stone museum to experience the story of Tanzanite, which was discovered only in Tanzania and if you are interested you can buy, overnight at Arusha Center Tourist Inn Hotel- bed and breakfast.

Main Destination:
Ngorongoro Crater
Accommodation:
Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel
  • Budget hotel located outside Ngorongoro Crater
Meals & Drinks:
  • Meals at own expense
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2: Trekking foothills of the dramatic Mt Longido

After breakfast drive to Longido and trek approx. 6kms on arrival you will be able to stretch your legs to the foothills of the dramatic Mt. Longido. Afterwards, a welcome lunch a welcome lunch and briefing.

Evening enjoy a trek in the surrounding area to help further acclimatize you to the Africa bush, to allow you to test your walking gear and also to give you a real insight into typical East African acacia bush land. Tonight you will be spent in a camp hidden away in the foothills of Mt. Longido look out for the incredible star canopy above. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.

Main Destination:
Mount Longido (Mountain)
Accommodation:
Longido Campsite
  • Budget bush camp located in or near Mt Longido
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3: Trek up Longido/drive to Kitumbeine Maasai village

After breakfast, trek into the foothills of Mt Longido, if weather is clear you will have a great views of Mt. Meru, Mt Kilimanjaro, and West across the floor of the Rift Valley stretching to the Crater Highlands on the very distant horizon.

After lunch drive a short distance before leaving the vehicles, proceeding on foot to Kitumeine Village and Kitumbeine Rocky Camp, two kilometers outside the village (alt. of camp is 4,070ft).
Distance ranges from 10kms to 20kms today, depending on the strength and wishes of the group.

Your climb drive and trek today will be tough, covering up to 20km. The experience should give you a good understanding how hardly the Maasai who walk these distances regularly really are, you will be walking int the Maasai heartlands, traditional temporary villages with mud-built houses and thorn hedges, where young Maasai boys herd cattle and goats as their forefathers have done for centuries. Dinner and overnight at Kitumbeine Maasai village campsite.

Main Destination:
Maasai Village (Cultural Village)
Accommodation:
Kitumbeine Campsite
  • Budget bush camp located in or near Maasai Village
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 4: Kitumbeine Mountain trek and Maasai Village walk

After breakfast, Trek Kitumbeine Mountain to viewpoint on a ridge at 6,300ft

The trail is dusty and rocky to start, but soon merges with a we-trodden goat tail, Temperatures should drop as the day proceeds and you begin to gain altitude, expect to reach the viewpoint early afternoon. Later, trek part way back down and meet the vehicles for a short drive to the Ngarirat Swamp, a mostly dry ancient swamp bed where many wild animals come to drink and graze.

Late afternoon, enjoy a game viewing trek in the region around the swamp, before heading to Nagarirat to Gelai Approx 18kms

Today you will have a vehicle uplift to North-East of Kitumbeine village on rocky terrain. Leaving the vehicles you cross a lsaddlebetween Mt. Kitumbeine and Gelai and then climb into the foothills of Gelai.

You will see more of the wild game that populates the region. In particular look out for zebra, gerenuk, and giraffe, birds e.t.c dinner and overnight at Kitumbeine Maasai village again.

Main Destination:
Maasai Village (Cultural Village)
Accommodation:
Kitumbeine Campsite
  • Budget bush camp located in or near Maasai Village
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 5: Trek cross Nagarirat to Gelai

Today you will have a vehicle uplift to North – East of Kitumbeine village on rocky terrain. Leaving the vehicles and cross a low saddle between Mt. Kitumbeine and Gilai, climb into the foothills and little shelter from the sun. This section is very challenging with a lot of uphill’s and little shelter from the sun

On this day and the following days, as you venture further into the Rift Valley, you will see more of the wild game that populates the region, e.g. Zebra, Gerenuk, and Giraffe and the birdlife is rich along the entire route and you will be fascinated by the nests of the weaver birds. The Superb Starlings, the Go Away bird, hoopoes and numerous raptors are also seen in the area.

Expect to be captivated by the sheer beauty of this region, the Cradle of Mankind. Tonight you camp at Gelai Village Camp site for dinner and overnight.

Main Destination:
Maasai Village (Cultural Village)
Accommodation:
Gilai Bomba Campsite
  • Budget bush camp located in or near Maasai Village
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 6: Lake Natron and Munge water falls

After breakfast, drive to the campsite near the Lake Natron.

Then drive to the Lake to view the flock of Flamingos and other species of water birds, lunch at the Lake, then visit the Munge thundering water falls for swim and enjoy the beauty of the waterfalls.

After lunch drive to Migombani camp for Dinner and overnight.

Main Destination:
Lake Natron (Lake)
Accommodation:
Migombani Campsite
  • Just outside Lake Manyara NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater game viewing

After early breakfast drive to Ngorongoro, Descend 610 meters into Ngorongoro Crater floor for 6 hours game viewing with picnic lunch. Spot the endangered black Rhinos, Lions, Elephants, Zebras, Buffaloes and wildebeest and other wild animals.

Also in Ngorongoro Crater Soda Lake you will see many species of birds including Flamingos. All these animals in turn support large predators such as Lions and Leopards, and scavengers such as Hyenas and Jackals. Late evening drive back to Arusha.

Main Destination:
Ngorongoro Crater
Accommodation:
No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

End of tour (See Getting There for more details)

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • You’ll be dropped off at the airport.

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    TRANSFER FROM KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO ARUSHA TOWN

    • 1-2pax US$ 40 per car one way
    • 3-5pax US$ 50 per car one way
    • 6-7pax US$ 70 per car one way
    • 8-10pax US$ 100 per car one way

    Price includes:

    • Park fees(For non-residents)
    • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
    • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
    • A professional driver/guide
    • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
    • All Taxes/VAT
    • Roundtrip airport transfer
    • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
    • Drinks(As specified in the day-by-day section)

    Excludes :

    • International flights(From/to home)
    • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
    • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
    • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
    • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
    • Some meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
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