Ombeni Safaris

The Road Less Traveled

Song of Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport

Your African safari begins when you step off the plane in Kilimanjaro where you will be met by our ground team. You will be offered cold drinks in our private 4-wheel drive landcruiser. It’s a 35 minute trip to the Luxury Arumeru River Lodge, an old-fashioned island tucked away in a plantation. This location is great places to unwind after the long flight. Arusha is only 3 degrees south of the equator, but its 4,500-foot elevation encourages floral luxuriance and gentle breezes. You will be served dinner and stay overnight at Arumeru River Lodge.

Day 2: Tarangire National Park

We will travel from Arusha to the stupendous Tarangire National Park, which is well known for its huge herds of elephant and buffalo, lions, cheetahs and leopards. It is also famous for its baobab trees, many of which are over a thousand years old. Your driver guide is an experienced wildlife expert whose knowledge and ability to spot the animals/birds will impress you. Partake in an afternoon game drive, then transfer to Sopa luxury tented lodge where you’ll spend 2 nights enjoying the African landscape to just about the entire cast of wild African characters, and some rarities, such as kudu and ryx. We’ll make early morning and afternoon game drives and perhaps take a walking safari with a local Maasai guide. If we’re still keen to see more all-star creatures, we can go out on a night drive, always a revelation. Our night ends at Tarangire Sopa Luxury Lodge.

Day 3: Access Tarangire National Park

Today features morning & afternoon game drives in the savannah grasslands. Enjoy panoramic views of baobab and acacia trees as you encounters the largest Elephants in Africa. eland, zebra, and Cape buffalo that congregate around the waterholes. Relax at your lodge or camp between and after game drives. You will be served dinner and stay overnight at Maramboi Luxury Tented Lodge.

Day 4: Manyara National Park

Today we'll take the Ernest Hemingway route to Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. One last game drive in Tarangire in route to Lake Manyara National Park at the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. This small park is ecologically diverse, with groundwater forests, grassy plains, and alkaline Lake Manyara itself. During a game drive, watch for elephant, Cape buffalo, and giraffe. The park is also home to the world’s largest concentration of baboon. Continue to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for the night where you'll have dinner and stay at Kitela Luxury Lodge.

Day 5: Rift Valley Bushman Culture Tour

Our day will begin with a journey to Lake Eyasi where we will enjoy visiting with the nomadic Hadzabe tribe to learn about their hunting techniques and their way of life. Your day with the Hadzabe is not something you are likely to forget. Singing and rhythmic chants drift over from the women’s camp. They grow no food, raise no livestock, and live without rules or calendars. They are living a hunter-gatherer existence that hasn’t changed in the past 10,000 years. What do they know that we have forgotten? We will venture with them for the day and the morning after. We will have dinner and stay overnight at the Lake Eyasi Lodge.

Day 6: Rift Valley Culture Explorations with Datoga Tribes

Today we visit with The Datoga Tribe. The Datoga consider themselves the oldest tribe in Tanzania (the Maasai and Bushmen also claim this fame). The Datoga are first and foremost warrior’s, known for their stealth ability to eliminate their enemy. Little is known or archived about the Datoga. It is known that they migrated some 3,000 years ago from the Highlands of Ethiopia. Datoga’s are farmers specializing in onion plantations, but share similarities to Maasai in some traditions. They are characteristically known for keeping to themselves. Datoga consider anyone other than Datogan an enemy. They refused to engage themselves in colonization and vehemently resent the government, making them an enemy of the state. However, their current situation has placed them in a pivotal challenge of continuing their traditional existence. An ongoing challenge has been Datoga’s poor attention to health and education but has been slowly changing. Until recently only 5% of Datoga spoke the national language Swahili. On this night you will enjoy full board accommodation at Kisimangeda Luxury Tented lodge, located on an amazing valley.

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater with Maasai Warriors

Today we embark into the heart of Tanzania- Ngorongoro Crater and Eden of Africa. Adventure with Maasai Warriorsin the 
 Ngorongoro area. Then onward to a full day game drive inside Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is technically a caldera, the world’s largest un-flooded, in fact, at more than 2,000 feet deep with a floor covering over 102 square miles. Game viewing here is fantastic, as most of the animals stay in this area year round. You can see lion, Cape buffalo, hippo, elephant, and flamingo. This is also your best chance to see the rare black rhinoceros. A picnic lunch will be served in the crater and later you'll enjoy dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Luxury Lodge, at the rim of the Crater.

Day 8: Serengeti National Park

Today we drive you to Serengeti National Park, Tanzania’s largest and most famous park. But first, we make a stop the Olduvai Gorge in northern Tanzania, at destination internationally recognized for Louis and Mary Leakey’s famous discoveries of early humans and magnificent antiquities documenting the evolutionary history of our stone tool-using ancestors, vertebrate fauna, and environments over the last two million years. Proceed to Serengeti, where you will have a picnic after you reach the gate of Serengeti, prior to your afternoon game drive. Home to the annual Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra, generally between late November and July, it attracts visitors from around the world and is great for game viewing. Stay overnight at Serengeti Kati Kati Luxury Tented Camp with full accommodation.

Day 9: Roam Serengeti

Roam Serengeti searching for the Big Five (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros). Continue exploring this vast park during morning & afternoon games drives. In addition to the Big Five you will see an abundance of other animals, including cheetah, giraffe, gazelle, and eland. Between game drives take advantage of leisure time to relax in full accommodation at Serengeti Kati Kati Luxury Tented Camp.

Day 10: Explore Serengeti from the Sky

Today's early morning we will embark on a Serengeti hot air balloon tour followed by an "in-bush" champagne breakfast. Then fly to Arusha in time for lunch at Arusha Coffee Lodge in the plantation. Relax at lunch and slowly depart to Mount Meru Hotel.

Day 11: Walking excursion at Arusha National Park

Enjoy a guided walking safari and cultural tour by park rangers through Arusha National Park. Enjoy a walk across the wilderness to Mount Meru's enchanting waterfall, then proceed to Little Momella Lake and an open savanna to Acacia Scrubland, Afro Mountain, Cloud Rain Forest, and Afro Alpine. There are several alkaline lakes and the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater. Mammal species include elephant, buffalo, various primates, giraffes and leopards. You will be accompanied by an armed guard. At 14,977 feet tall, Mt. Meru is the fifth tallest mountain in Africa and providesthe best views of Mount Kilimanjaro directly from your bungalow at Africa Amini Life Traditional Maasai. Lodge, where you will be welcomed with an open heart and with traditional dances, songs, and more. Enjoy the evening African sunset, food, drinks, and stories from Maasai and Meru tribe chiefs.

Day 12: Kilimanjaro Nature Walk

Today we spend time with the Maasai warriors, explore the base of Mount Meru, and Mount Kilimanjaro via Ngabobo village. Get up close with Maasai and Meru culture for experiences only possible deep in Africa. We will have spear competition activity with the Maasai Warriors, dance, costumes and so much more. You will be accommodated at the traditional Maasai Lodge with full board accommodation.

Day 13: Mount Meru Culture Tour

This morning we will depart from Arusha National Park to Mount Meru Village. Ombeni’s home village sits at the top, and today we'll visit with Songoro primary school where Ombeni Safaris and Ombeni Foundation are deeply involved and committed, the school where Ombeni himself attended. You will be warmly welcomed by students, teachers, parents, and village elders. After visiting, we will drive up close to Mount Meru. Then our Cruiser will be left at Ombeni’s farm and we will hike to Lemika Hill for a picnic lunch at the foot of Mt. Meru. After lunch we will hike back through agricultural fields of bananas and coffee plantations. Finally we'll stay overnight at Arumeru River Luxury Lodge.

Day 14: Final Day Celebration

Today is your final day in Tanzania so let's make it special by inviting local bands, African percussionists, dancers, local chefs / cuisine, and so much more. This is where Ombeni likes to show off his best. We will have a wonderful time celebrating this incredible journey.

Day 15: Departure from Kilimanjaro

Today we will say goodbye to Tanzania. You will have the morning to relax at your hotel, shop in the Arusha local market for souvenirs and return to your hotel where you will relax, or can walk around the coffee plantations until departure time. Two hours before your flight you will be shuttled to Kilimanjaro International Airport to arrive in time for your home bound flight.