Cultural & Wildlife Safari in Tanzania
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is located 118 km Southwest of Arusha. We will begin the game viewing at the richest vista of an endless golden savanna. The Park is an endless pageant of wildlife with
undoubtedly the richest elephant population in Africa with surprisingly large herds. It has an
extensive collection of exotic birds, antelopes, lions, leopards, giraffes, buffaloes and the
supposedly tree climbing pythons, which can be seen around the swamps. But the most important
feature of this Park is the Tarangire River. This is a well established view point, where game can be viewed ambling to and from the river throughout the day. Thousands of animals migrate from
Maasai steppe to Tarangire River looking for water
Serengeti National Park
Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a Unesco world heritage site and recently
proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder!
The Serengeti is famed for its annual wildebeest migration, when some six million wildebeest
migrate on the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the
wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers
arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of
elephant and giraffe, lions, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and
The world renowned Ngorongoro Crater forms part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA)
within the Serengeti ecosystem. The Crater itself is home to more than 25,000 large mammals.
Once a large volcano that later collapsed, it is now the largest intact caldera in the world.
The Crater floor has excellent grazing while the Crater walls are covered in lush vegetation,
This is an area of spectacular beauty and superb game viewing, a truly unique safari destination.
What is a cultural tour
The vast majority of Tanzanians are still living very close to their traditional lifestyles. Most of the people are subsistence farmers. The Maasai people, favored by photographers for their strikingly colorful décor, live a pastoral existence following their herds of cattle to better grazing areas, still adhering to the traditions and ceremonies of their ancestors. Their “villages” are located throughout northern Tanzania. Other small tribes of hunter-gatherers, living according to their ancient customs and traditions can also be found in this area.
Kuchanga Travel and our Tanzanian partners consider the cultural component of any safari to be subtle yet essential. All of our guides are Tanzanian born. They are an excellent resource to help you gain greater insight into the local culture. We don’t promote specially staged dances and tourist oriented presentations. Instead, on most of our trips, we begin with a visit to a traditional village where you are welcomed as friends of our guides. As we drive between parks, we pass many villages and Masai Bomas giving you further glimpses into the lives of the Tanzanian people. We also offer a special trip in which our guests travel well off the beaten path to spend time among the Wahadza people and observe their ancient hunter-gatherer ways.
Lake Eyasi and the Hadzabe
Lake Eyasi is a very scenic soda lake found on the southern border of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This less visited lake lies at the base of the Eyasi escarpment on the western rift valley wall. You will be introduced to the extraordinary people who belong to an indigenous tribe known as the ‘Hadzabe’ (hunter-gatherer bushmen). The tribe inhabits the shores of Lake Eyasi as do the Nilotic-speaking Datoga tribe. You will visit these tribes, which will include a visit to their homesteads, learn about their way of life, animal tracking, medicinal plants, and much more. Some wildlife and a wide range of bird species can be viewed during walks around the lake, which can be arranged.
Early morning departure for a local hunting experience with Hadzabe. This is not a mere performance. The bushmen rely on these techniques to survive and you’ll need to be very attentive and at times quiet, while they demonstrate their use of locally made poisons in incapacitating the poor creatures on which they depend for survival.
Olduvai Gorge and the Maasai
Olduvai Gorge, on the way to the Serengeti National Park, boasts a history dating back to the dawn of time. It was here, that the anthropologists Drs. Lois and Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of the famous ‘Nutcracker Man” and ‘Handy Man’, both very significant links in the chain of human evolution. The Maasai are a pastoral tribe indigenous to Tanzania and Kenya who are dependent on the environment for their survival. Today, many Maasai still lead traditional lives.
Cultural and wildlife safari itinerary
Please remember that this is a guide only and due to unforeseen circumstances it may be necessary to make changes to the itinerary.
Please contact us if you have any questions or when you are ready to book!
Included in Your Trip
Not Included in Your Trip
Tarangire Treetops Lodge
The Manor at Ngorongoro
Serengeti Migration Camp
Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Four Seasons Safari Lodge (luxe)
Bouganvillea Safari Lodge
Osupuko Tented Camp