|Day 1:||We will pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport and depart on a private safari to Lake Manyara National Park taking a picnic lunch. Afternoon spent on a visit to this park which boasts rich ground water forest, lakeside grassland and an abundant variety of trees and shrubs. Early evening drive up to Kirurumu Manyara Lodge for dinner and overnight.|
|Day 2:||Day spent on a guided walk through Silela Forest taking about 1hr, before embarking on a hike taking approximately 4hrs up to upper Kitete where you will be met by your driver guide. Picnic lunches en route. Late afternoon return to Kirurumu Manyara Lodge for dinner and overnight.|
|Day 3:||An optional ethno botanical walk escorted by a local guide. After breakfast drive to Ngorongoro and descend into the Crater floor for a remarkable full day crater tour with picnic lunches. Early evening ascend to the rim and drive to Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge for dinner and overnight.|
|Day 4:||Arusha. Return to Arusha|
Silela Forest Reserve: There is an elephant migration route/corridor from Tarangire to the Ngorongoro which has been used for centuries. Population increases and poverty, leading to the pressure to turn to alternative land uses, threaten biodiversity and the corridors and dispersal zones that are integral part of the survival of national parks. This forest belongs to the Maasai village of Silela and they have set it aside for tourism, affording it special protection and making sure that it remains undisturbed for the elephants. In return a tourism project is bringing in an alternative income for them.
Kirurmu Tented Lodge: Kirurumu Tented Lodge is run on strict environmental principles. The lodge is also at the forefront of an initiative to set up the Kirurumu Gorge Conservation area, to help stop the degradation of the gorge, and help local villagers with an income and sustainable wood source.
Flights are automatically carbon offset through The Travel Forest, which plants 10 indigenous trees on your behalf (currently in northern Tanzania). Whilst the primary motivation for planting the trees is to offset carbon emissions, the project also works as a poverty alleviation and environmental improvement scheme.
Tailor-made, authentic, remote safari and islands
From £1600 - £2850 11 days excluding flights