Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha
You will be welcomed on arrival and transferred to Arusha for relaxation and overnight stay. In this day you will have a short briefing of what to carry, essential tools, what to expect and other general information for the entire trip depending on your time of arrival or it can be done again in details the next morning before departure. Arnold and Karen will be in charge for all necessary details regarding safari and art .
Accommodation : Arusha Coffee Lodge
Arusha -Tarangire National Park
After an early breakfast and briefing. In this day you will be driven to Tarangire National Park in an early morning departure. Tarangire National Park landscape and vegetation is incredibly diverse with a mix that is not found anywhere else in the northern Tanzania safari circuit. The hilly landscape is dotted with vast numbers of Baobab trees, dense bush, high grasses and various swamps.The park is famous for its huge number of elephants and baobab trees, well known as “the land of giants”.Home to over 550 species, the park is a haven for bird enthusiasts who can expect to see dozens of species even in the dry season. The swamps are the focus of the largest selection of breeding birds anywhere in the world. Here we will spend a day doing game drive, sketching few drawings and acclimatizing ourselves for the next adventure!
Accommodation : Oliver’s Camp
Day-Two,Three & Four
Tarangire-Serengeti National Park
On this second day of our safari will be driving at a little bit quicker pace trying getting ourselves to the famous Serengeti National Park which is about 5-6 hours away from Tarangire National Park where will be spending the next two days. The Serengeti ecosystem hosts the largest terrestrial mammals migration in the world that precede 1.7 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of other plains game, which helps secure it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, and one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world. The Serengeti is also renowned for its large lion population and is one of the best places to observe prides in their natural environment. Approximately 70 larger mammals and some 500 avifauna species are found in the ecosystem. This high diversity in terms of species is a function of diverse habitats ranging from riverine forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands and woodlands.Except for the day two where we will spend a lot of time on transit, here we will spend most of the time on game drive and a lot of sketching during breaks or short rests so we can maximize our coverage, and experience the best out of Serengeti!
Accommodation : Katikati Camp
Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater Highlands
In this day we will get a chance to experience some of the very unique features Ngorongoro Conservation Area has to offer with Oldupai Gorge and Maasai society be on top of the list.
Oldupai Gorge or Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important historical sites in the world. This site was occupied by Homo habilis approximately 1.9 m years ago, Paranthropus boisei 1.8 m years ago, and Homo erectus 1.2 million years ago. Homo sapiensdated to have occupied the site 17,000 years ago. Oldupai Gorge is a steep-sided ravine in the eastern side of Serengeti plains and is about 48 km (30 mi) long.
Maasai society is strongly patriarchal in nature, Traditional Maasai lifestyle centres around their livestocks which constitute their primary source of food. The measure of a man’s wealth is in terms of livestocks and children.The piercing and stretching of earlobes is common among the Maasai. Women wear various forms of beaded ornaments in both the ear lobe, and smaller piercings at the top of the ear. As a historically nomadic people, the Maasai have traditionally relied on local, readily available materials and indigenous technology to construct their housing.
We will spend half of the day driving and visiting these incredible sites, and the rest half for a leisurely afternoon, sketching and sundowners.
Accommodation : Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
In this day we will embark ourselves on a very early morning tour of the Ngorongoro crater floor. Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera. This crater was formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago. The Munge Stream is the main water source draining into the seasonal salt lake in the center of the crater. This lake is known as Makat as the Maasai called it, meaning salt, which is also a home for both lesser and greater flamingos.The other major water source in the crater is the Ngoitokitok Spring, near the eastern crater wall. Attached to a huge swamp fed by the spring, the area is inhabited by hippopotamus, elephants, lions, and many others. After having our lunch we will be hitting the road trying get back to Arusha before the sunset! We will probably won’t have enough time for sketching and painting, but we will spend a lot of time on safari.
Accommodation : Arusha Coffee Lodge
Arusha to Kilimanjaro Airport
Enjoy your morning at leisure. You can go for an optional Arusha town tour to visit the Cultural Heritage gallery, curio shops, the Tanzanite Experience, before transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your departure flight.