Walking in the footsteps of early man ever wondered where the man involved why? See and learn about early man context to his environment. On foot for most a large part of the itinerary and see the world famous Ngorongoro and Serengeti as well.
Olduvai gorge is known as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ and this trekking expedition courses routes either to or from this area incorporating the history of mankind, geology and landscapes spanning 250 million years. You can time this expedition with the migration in the short grass plains, or append a migration experience post/pre trek. Key features include hiking the Ngorngoro Highlands, Olduvai Gorge and note we also have variations including Ol Karien Gorge.
Day 1: ARUSHA
On arrival you are personally met by our representatives and transferred to Arusha to a well appointed hotel. In the afternoon there is full briefing with your guide. Dinner is included at your hotel.
Day 2: LAKE MANYARA /RIFT VALLEY
After breakfast you depart in your safari prepared vehicle. The tarmac road follows line of ancient volcanoes to a rift valley and here nestled at the base of the rift wall lies lake Manyara national park, a veritable bio diversity hotpot. Despite being small reserve it is home to at least 6 different habitats ranging from lake to thick ground water forest each with it is own flora and fauna. Made famous by pioneering elephant research and for numerous film scenes. This part is fine start to any safari. In the late afternoon you head up to your lodge for the evening. Overnight is at Ngorongoro farm house (full board).
Day 3: NGORONGORO CRATER
An early start is advised to make time for game driving later in the day. You depart in your safari vehicle and make your way to the next accommodation in time for lunch. In the afternoon you descend into 2000 feet deep caldera, home to over 20000 large mammals including the rare black rhino. And in the afternoon you spent game driving before heading back to your accommodation. Overnight Ngorongoro Farm House.
Day 4: NGORONGORO/ MAKAROT
This morning we set out to the start of our hiking adventure an armed joins us and your guide provides you insight into scenery and maasai way of life. The Ngorongoro conservation Area is a mixed land use reserve where maasai people live side by side with wildlife. Serendipitous meeting with the Maasai on foot over the next few days provide glimpses. Into a way of life that has prevailed for millennia and yet as now is a way of life that is ever changing. The goal of today's hike is to summit the Volcano Makarot. Hopeful for some stunning views of Ngorongoro crater and the Serengeti plains before heading to your lightweight bush camp set in the heart of Makarot. Overnight Makarot camp ( full board).
Day 5: LITTLE OLDUVAI
In the early morning as the cattle head out from the maasai bomas (corrals) set off walking cattle's and wildlife tracks through and down the Makarot, the track lead us out to the short grass plains Mt Makarot .The tracks leads us out to the Serengeti short grass plains, annually home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth. We camp in the afternoon and have time to relax and take in the environment as our bush chefs work hard to keep us fueled up for the day ahead. Here at the base of Makarot man literally involved side by side with the other species as the relationship between environment and survival strategies lead to the rise of our species and the fall of so many other. Overnight little Olduvai (full board).
Day 6: SERENGETI SHORT GRASS
To day there is challenging hike to the next camp and some may only complete a half day. The routs takes us across the short grass plains to the west toward a prominent rocky outcrop, quite different from the rock and environment we have come from. Here we approach another habitat of the short grass plains and in the evening we can ascend the nearby kopje to watch the sun set over the Serengeti plains. Overnight Kopje camp (full board).
Day 7: SERENGETI
From the previous relatively open plains hiking we now head into acacia woodland for the final hiking section of our adventure. Once again we option exist for those that want to hike part of the way and in the late afternoon we head into our camp for a well deserved shower and sun downer. This mobile camp moves seasonally to follow the migration and our base for the next nights. Overnight Serengeti camp (full board).
The final 2 nights are spent under the carnivore as we explore the Serengeti to find the migration of the wildebeest. Early start are rewarded with more activities from the predator and the variety of habitat offer the great wildlife and birding sighting. Overnight Serengeti Camp (Full board).
Day 9: SERENGETI
A final day is spent in the Serengeti and visit to Olduvai gorge is must where over 3 millions years evolutionary history are laid bare. The Olduvai museum and lecture are able to give added insight into the area and history of man and other mega fauna. Overnight Serengeti camp (full board).
Day 10: DEPART
In the morning we depart for the central Serengeti to catch a scheduled flight to Arusha. Flying out serves us long drive times and maximize our game viewing time and the flight back offers us unique perspective on the land below. Once landed a vehicle is on hand to transfer you for lunch an then optional shopping. A day room is held for you to shower and change pre flight. Note that from Arusha airport you can connect to Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam or even to other programs to the southern Tanzania, Kenya or further afield.
Full refund is guaranteed if the cancellation is made 48 hours prior the offer's start date. We don't apply any refund if the cancellation is made less than 48 hours before offer start date.