Tanzania holiday, The Rift and the Crater

“This short tailor made trip is a chance to explore Tanzania on foot, walking in the Rift Valley and Silela Forest, with a day in the Ngorongoro Crater, too.”


Private transfer from Kilimanjaro airport | Lake Manyara National Park | game drive and picnic | guided walk in Silela Forest | hike to upper Kitete | optional: ethno botanical guided walk | full day in Ngorongoro Crater | Arusha

Description of Tanzania holiday, The Rift and the Crater

Elephants have carved out a trail in Silela Forest and in places they actually take short cuts by sliding down on their ample behinds in the more steep areas. The elephant trails are used by buffalo and eland and lion pugmarks give away the only predator living on these heights that is powerful enough to tackle the dangerous buffalo. There are secret glades, waterholes and salt licks which all afford the most exciting game watching from the cover of the forest and patience is rewarded by special moments watching animals at close quarters in their own element.

The Rift Plains Between Losimongori, the Rift scarp and the Silela Forest Reserve are open plains punctuated by Maasai bomas. Each boma is the home of a family enclosed in a living thorn fence which forms a kraal for the cattle and dwellings for the family. The Maasai live as they have for centuries following a pastoral tradition with cattle defining their lives, social relationships, their symbolism and rites. When you travel across these plains you will have serendipitous meetings with these proud people. Best time to go This trip can be done at any time of year. However, in the wet season, the trekking could be challenging especially up the escarpment. The long rains are March/April to June, short rains November to late December/early January.

Day-by-day itinerary

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

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Departure information

This trip can be booked between December and March and adapted to your requirements as necessary.
Holiday type

Tailor made holidays

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort. As this trip can be tailor made it would be helpful if you could you provide the following information: rough budget per person (stating with or without flights), your address and postcode, contact phone number, preferred date of travel, length of trip, number of passengers, preferred countries and areas within those countries, specific interests & type of accommodation.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tanzania holiday, The Rift and the Crater

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.

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