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Ten days in Tanzania
TOUR ROUTE For 10 days in TANZANIA
8 legs covering 1500 kms
DAY 1 : KILIMANJARO AIRPORT - ARUSHA (45 kms) Guests are welcomed at KILIMANJARO Airport then transfered by road to their hotel in Arusha town.
2: ARUSHA INTO THE RIFT VALLEY (195 Kms) First a tarmacked 80
Kms section then a 45 kms trail that leads to MTO WA MBU, a village
located on the floor of the Rift valley within the greenery of luxuriant
tropical vegetation at the shores of Lake MANYARA (soda lake).
3 : OLDOINYO LENGAI-LAKE NATRON - LAKE MANYARA (170 Kms) An
early morning leg takes you through the foot of OLDOINYO LENGAI (the
Sacred Mountain of the Masai 2800 m a.s.l) which is surrounded by deep
calderas whose sides are covered with volcanic ash lava. Here the whole
scenary inspires in your mind the image of a picture from the moon.
Driving on a further 50 Kms, a sandy road towards the Kenyan border brings
you to the shores of Lake NATRON, the world's largest soda lake, laying at
the lowest point in the whole Rift Valley. It has a particularly hot
climate which, interestingly is the prefered habitat for flamingos where
they go to for breeding. Nearby, a river gorge allows some swimming in
crystal clear water.
4 : LAKE MANYARA - NGORONGORO CRATER (35 Kms) Early
morning you cruise on a smooth trail and arrive at a crater of
extra-ordinary size: NGORONGORO (600 m deep, 30 Kms wide). Covered with
indegineous forest on its slopes NGORONGORO is home to almost all African
DAY 6 : TARANGIRE - KONDOA (190 Kms) Taking the north-south trans Tanzanian highway you move through forested areas and beautiful hills up to KONDOA highlands where you spend the night in a hotel.
DAY 7 : KONDOA - KIJUNGU (200 Kms) A gentle descent into KITWEI plains on a sandy road, that for 100 Kms, runs through acacia forests into a Masai village - KIJUNGU for a Camping night. You will enjoy Masai style hospitality -BBQ and a great deal of traditional songs and dances.
DAY 8 : KIJUNGU - SINDENI (135 Kms) This stage ushers you into the coastal region. There is a remarkable change in the landscape, climate and the local community - you meet The SWAHILI people. Trails of red soil navigate you through mango, cashewnut trees and other tropical vegetation. Then a night camping with local people who perform traditional beats and dances, a real african night under stars.
DAY 9 : SINDENI - PANGANI (130 Kms) A very wonderful section which goes through a dense forest and comes out at PANGANI a coastal town with a small Swahili port . Arrival early afternoon; night in a beach coconut palm leaf-roofed "banda" built just under the coconut trees.
10 : PANGANI - TANGA (25 kms) An
easy drive of 25 kms on a road running along the seaside to TANGA where
the crew joins the participants for a farewell lunch. Guests are taken by
car to KILIMANJARO AIRPORT (350 kms of good highway) for their return
hotel accomodation can be arranged on the route for an extra charge of USD
45 per day
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