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Hiking Escape

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Hiking Escape
The best seasons for this departure are January—March and July—October
• Peak seasons: Winter, mid-Summer, and Fall • Peak months: January, February, March and July, August, September, October

Safari Overview

If exploring the unknown awakens your inner child or if you’re just wild about being outdoors and soaking in the world around you, treat yourself to AA Africa’s Hiking Escape where there is no limit to your own adventure.

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…. “Get lost” in our exciting forest walks at the bases of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro, where you’ll experience a menagerie of wildlife and lush vegetation including birds, primates, big cats, buffalo, antelope, and elephants. Discover history at the Olduvai Gorge Museum all the way to the Zinj Site, and visit the local town of Karatu where local cultural immersion is a must! Reward yourself with day hikes up to the tranquil Maundi Crater and a trek through the woodland foliage of the Ngorongoro Highland Forest. In the Lake Eyasi Basin, escape time and get acquainted with the hunter-gather Hadzabe and the pastoralist/blacksmith Datoga peoples of the area. Marvel at the myriads of birds and wild beasts on the Lake Manyara, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Serengeti National Parks’ game drives and walking safaris offered, where you can see thousands of birds, elephants, big cats, buffalo, wildebeests, antelope, zebras, giraffes, crocs, black rhinos, baboons and all kinds of other primates. There is no better time to experience first-hand the wonder, splendor, and vast array of glorious terrain and endangered creatures Africa inhabits!
10 days
9 nights
  • Safari Highlights:
  • Enjoy a day hike and picnic on the lush lower slopes of Mount Meru, and spectacular game drive around Momela Lakes.
  • Day hike and picnic on Mount Kilimanjaro’s fertile lower slopes and up to Maundi Crater, resting at Mandara Hut.
  • Wondrous walking safari, picnic, and game drive in Lake Manyara National Park.
  • Timeless local cultural experience in the Lake Eyasi Basin visiting “Hunter Gatherers” Hadzabe people on their morning hunting routine and watch the pastoralist Datoga people and their blacksmith skills.
  • Enjoy an afternoon hike in the beautiful Ngorongoro Highland Forest.
  • Touch and see history at the Olduvai Gorge Museum and take a hike down to the Zinj Site.
  • Soak in a full-day tour of the Ngorongoro Crater and uncountable wildlife before going home.

Itinerary
AA Africa’s Hiking Escape: Where There Is No Limit To Your Own Adventure
Day 1
Arrive in Arusha, Tanzania
You will arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) by your international flight. Your driver guide will meet you at you at the airport and drive you to Kibo Palace Hotel (or similar) for dinner and overnight (Bed & Breakfast).
About Kibo Palace Hotel
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Day 2
Mount Meru
After breakfast, drive to Arusha National Park with picnic lunch for hiking on the lower slopes of Mount Meru. In the afternoon, go on a game drive around Momela Lakes. Dinner and overnight will be at Kibo Palace Hotel (or similar).
About Mount Meru (Arusha National Park)
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Day 3
Mount Kilimanjaro
After an early breakfast, drive to Marangu Gate in Kilimanjaro National Park for a day hike on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro with picnic lunch. Those who are able can hike to Mandara Hut (2,700m). There is an optional hike to Maundi Crater (2,780m; 45 minutes) or you may rest upon arrival at Mandara Hut. Late afternoon, return to Arusha. Dinner and overnight will be Kibo Palace Hotel (or similar).
About Mount Kilimanjaro (Kilimanjaro National Park)
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Day 4
Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast, drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a walking safari guided by an Armed Ranger. At noon, enjoy a picnic lunch and continue with a short afternoon game drive. Late afternoon, return to your lodge for the evening. Dinner and overnight will be at Tloma Mountain Lodge (or similar).
About Lake Manyara Walking Safari
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About Tloma Mountain Lodge
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Day 5
Local Culture and Ngorongoro Highland Forest
After an early breakfast, you will be driven to Lake Eyasi Basin to walk with the “Hunter Gatherers,” Hadzabe people as they go for their morning hunting routine. Mid-morning, visit the Datoga people and learn about their blacksmith skills. At noon, you will return to your lodge for a late lunch. At 4:00 PM, you will go for a hike on the lower slopes of Ngorongoro Highlands Forest. Dinner and overnight will be at Tloma Mountain Lodge (or similar).
About Local Culture
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About Ngorongoro Highlands Forest
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Day 6
Serengeti National Park
In the morning, we’ll drive onward to Serengeti National Park. In the afternoon, enjoy your picnic lunch, upon the checkpoint at the Serengeti entrance gate. Following lunch, proceed to Serengeti Sopa Lodge, doing a game drive en route. Dinner and overnight will be at Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar).
About Serengeti National Park
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About Serengeti Sopa Lodge
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Day 7
Game Drives in the Serengeti
Enjoy a full-day of game drives in Serengeti National Park. Overnight will be at Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar).
Day 8
Oduvai Gorge Museum and a Hike to the Zinj
After an early breakfast, you will travel to Olduvai Gorge and hike down to the Zinj site. In the afternoon, you’ll be driven to Karatu. Dinner and overnight will be at Ngorongoro Farm House Valley (or similar).
About Olduvai Gorge Museum
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About the Zinj Site
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About Ngorongoro Farm House Valley
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Day 9
Ngorongoro Crater
Enjoy a full-day Crater tour with a picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight will be at Ngorongoro Farm House Valley (or similar).
About Ngorongoro Crater
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Day 10
Return to Arusha
After breakfast, return to Arusha for lunch and a dayroom at Kibo Palace Hotel (or similar). In the evening, transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your international flight back home.
  • Inclusions:
  • Respective accommodations or similar throughout as indicated.
  • All meals on main tour as shown (except day 1 at Bed & Breakfast).
  • All game drives with photographic roof hatch land cruiser driven by a professional driver guide.
  • All transfers as per the itinerary.
  • Complimentary bottled water during game drives.
  • Tips to waiters.
  • All national park entry fees and Olduvai Gorge Museum entry fee.
  • Visit to Maasai Village.
  • Exclusions:
  • Entry VISA and local airport tax.
  • Personal and baggage insurance.
  • International flight/excess baggage charges levied by airline.
  • Meals other than specified.
  • Tips to your driver guide.
  • Tips to your local village guide.
  • Tips to porters.
  • Cost for anything not mentioned on the list above.

Accommodations
Our Special Interest Hiking Safari Features Deluxe Accommodations
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Destinations
AA Africa’s Hiking Escape: Where There Is No Limit To Your Own Adventure
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