by Guillem Gomis

Destination: Tanzania

Duration: 7 Days, 6 Nights

Challenge level: Moderate

Starting price: € 3,360

Is this Journey for You?

Travel off the beaten track to discover the incredible wonders of Tanzania that are missed by most visitors. First stop is the vast, remote and wild Maasai land of Lake Natron. Next, explore the Serengeti from the unfrequented north, where the famous migration river crossing happens between July and August. Finally, visit the extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ngorongoro Conservation Area.


Highlights
  • Explore some hidden gems of Tanzania, taking the not-so-usual routes of safaris
  • Connect with ancient Maasai cultures with warm local people
  • Supreme wildlife viewing on adventurous & safe safari expeditions
  • Expert local guides who are with you from start to finish
  • Experience genuine African hospitality in pristine areas that combine the feel of camping and comfort

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival


A representative will be waiting for you at Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha Airstrip, depending on your flight details. You’ll swiftly be transferred to your accommodation in Arusha to prepare for your expedition starting the next day. Depending on your arrival time and your own preferences, there is an optional easy trek to the Materuni Waterfall, right in the middle of the green jungle in Mount Kilimanjaro, where you will also have the opportunity to learn about the coffee preparation process from the local people in the area.

Day 2

Drive to Lake Natron


After breakfast, you will leave Arusha with our driver for a 7-hour drive to Ngare Sero, the main village in Lake Natron. Local lunch will be taken in Mto Wa Mbu, half-way to our destination. Our expected arrival time to Natron will be before sunset.

Lake Natron is considered to be the Maasai land. It is incredibly remote and rests at the base of the active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai, the mountain of God. This lake is the world’s most important breeding site for lesser flamingos. The water is extremely salty and can even dissect its animals naturally. The spring feeding the lake comes from the Great Rift Valley, where wonderful tropical waterfalls are found.

Day 3

Activities Day in Lake Natron


A full day to explore the authentic Maasai Land in the village of Ngare Sero, where you will have the chance to walk around. Mind that it is outside the parks, but close enough to encounter wild animals like giraffes or zebras around. Mid morning, you will climb up the river within the Great African Rift Valley, to reach some unexpected waterfalls half-way up. In the afternoon, you will be taken to visit the lake for a chance to spot some flamingos. An optional climb to Ol Doinyo Lengai (very difficult hike) can be done as the day ends and the sun starts to set.

Day 4

Drive to Serengeti


After an early breakfast, we will drive half a day to enter the Serengeti from the north, via Klein’s Gate. Very few adventurous people take this route, which makes it incredibly exciting for its exclusivity. We will reach the northern Serengeti’s area of Kogatende to enjoy an explorative afternoon safari.

Siringet in Maasai language means “the endless plains”. Along this savannah of more than 30.000 km2 of infinite grass plains, probably the most famous migration in the world can be witnessed. Over a million wildebeest, about 800.000 zebras and many gazelles move together from south to north, and back again, throughout the year.

Day 5

Full day in Serengeti


Early breakfast and a full day safari in the Serengeti National park with picnic lunch boxes. The Serengeti is known worldwide for its endless plains, wildebeest-migration, herds of lions and other predators like hyenas, cheetahs and leopards. Crocodiles can be found in the Grumeti River, as well as hippos, giraffes, antelopes, and gazelles.

Day 6

Ngorongoro


Early breakfast and safari en route to the descent into the Ngorongoro crater, as well as safari inside the crater. There is a possibility of spotting the big 5 in one day: Lion, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo and Leopard. At night, you will sleep in Karatu town next to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

This UNESCO Heritage Site is where plenty of animals found their home. Ngorongoro used to be a volcano that collapsed and created a 300 km2 crater that’s about 600 m deep. The breath-taking views win the adoration of every single human who visits, as all that awaits you inside is a natural wonder.

Day 7

Back to Arusha


Transfer back to Arusha after breakfast. The expected arrival time to Arusha is 11 am. For an additional fee, it is possible to add a safari in Lake Manyara National Park before you leave, depending on your departure flight timings.

If you want to add more days to your trip, we recommend our Zanzibar extension package. It’ll be a perfect way to unwind and end your African adventure.

Your Accommodation
Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp, Nights 3 and 4 of High-Tier package
Shuhudia Adventure Camp, Nights 3 and 4 of Medium-Tier package
Ngorongoro Forest Lodge, Nights 2 and 5 of High-Tier package
Eileen's Trees Inn, Nights 2 and 5 of Medium-Tier package
Onsea House, Night 1 of High-Tier package
Outpost Lodge, Night 1 of Medium-Tier package
Your Inclusions
Accommodation

6 nights accommodation in lodges and tented camps (medium-tier and high-tier options available)

Meals

6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners (excluding drinks)

Transportation

Airport transfers and all local transfers mentioned in itinerary

Private safari

Private 4×4 all-terrain vehicle (Toyota Land Cruiser) with experienced and knowledgeable guide

Activities

All activities mentioned in itinerary, including park entry fees

Dedicated team

We take care of all your reservations, you just pack your bags and enjoy your trip! 24/7 in-country support by local team and our remote team

Travel preparations

International flights, travel insurance and entry visa to Tanzania

Additional expenditure

Any extra accommodation, meal(s) and drink(s), transportation or activities not mentioned in itinerary. Also any extra spendings (Covid-19 PCR test, tips, souvenirs, telephones, etc.)​

Important Information

  • A gentle reminder while visiting all natural sites: as responsible travelers, we ask that you tread carefully so as not to disrupt the wildlife and rich flora
  • Please note that itinerary details are subject to change due to unfavourable weather, local developments or other circumstances beyond our control. Our Nomad will ensure to minimize the effects of these changes on your experience, and they will keep you promptly updated
  • Kindly ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel before making the decision to book this journey
  • With has received the WTTC’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travelers with assurance that we are implementing globally standardised health and hygiene protocols to ensure safer travels. We’re also committed to and actively incorporating the ATTA’s health and safety practices.

Your Journey Designer

Guillem Gomis

After experiencing a tragic loss, Guillem decided to get on a bicycle and ride without a clear destination. He has traveled to over 46 countries and lived in 5 more ever since.

Guillem has worked in the tourism industry for over 10 years now, running operations of 10 community-based safari camps in east Africa as well as managing his own online travel agency, focused on designing customized journeys in sub-Saharan African destinations. These activities satisfy his thirst for new experiences and offer the possibility not only to interact with people, but to provide the tools to improve lives through the work he does.