Experience a truely unique African adventure safari, on camel back instead of by jeep.
For 5-7 hours a day you can ride as the groups of giraffes pass by, or follow alongside herds of zebra, antelope, gazelle, and wildebeest, and from a safe distance watch the lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo.
You will ride between Mount Meru and Lake Natron, through savannahs, bush country and swamps, staying each night in safari camps.
Tanzania is a country famous for its wildlife and scenery - and for good reason. Here you find the greatest concentrations of wild animals left anywhere in the world, you see extremes of climate unknown in the western world, and you meet people with cultural backgrounds so distinct from your own that you are forced to question all your previous beliefs and way of life. This is wild Africa - this is true exploration, and on camelback!
This is a riding safari between Mt. Meru to the Lake Natron Game Controlled area.
Our route takes us to Lake Natron and the surrounding landscape. The area is unfenced and game moves freely. Expect to see a variety of plains animals including zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, thompson's and grant's gazelle, gerenuk, jackal etc. We often encounter sizeable herds of elephant and may be lucky to find some of the bigger cats and other predators. Other game species often seen include eland, Oryx and lesser kudu.
The local Maasai tribe forms an important aspect to the ride, adding a splash of color and providing an insight into the rich cultural diversity of Tanzania. This ride takes place away from other tourist attractions in unspoiled wilderness. It is unlikely you will meet other visitors during the ride.
Our camps, exclusive to our own group of guests, are comfortable with as many amenities as can be provided considering that the location is changed every day, and we try to limit ecological disturbance by taking only the number of vehicles strictly necessary.
Tents are twin accommodation insect proof, with mattresses and sleeping bags. Each has camp and chairs tables. We bring all water along on safari. This is used for the camels, for cooking, and for bathing. This means that water is limited, but usually enough for a splash in the morning.
Lunch is transported by Land cruiser and laid out in the shade of a tree ahead of the guests' arrival. Camp chairs and tables are provided at each lunch stop. The lunch vehicle has space to accommodate any light baggage riders may wish to use during the stop, e.g. toiletries and cameras.
Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Arusha town for dinner and overnight.
Day 1: ENGIKARET
In the morning at 0800hrs drive from the hotel in Arusha town to Mkuru introduction about ecology and culture of Maasai populations at Mkuru Training Camp area near mount Meru, you will take the camels, guide and all other equipment for the ride at Mkuru. Start the riding from Mkuru to Engikaret village. Dinner and Overnight at Engikaret campsite.
Day 2: KISELIAN
In the morning after breakfast continue with the ride from Engikaret to Kiselian. Dinner and overnight at Kiselian campsite
Day 3: KITUMBAINE
Today you will continue with the ride from Kiselian to Kitumbaine village. Dinner and overnight at Kitumbaine campsite.
Day 4: KITUMBAINE
You will spend this day while exploring kitumbaine village, you will have a chance to learn about maasai culture. Dinner and overnight at Kitumbaine campsite.
Day 5: GILAI
In the morning continue with the ride from Kitumbaine to Gelai. Dinner and overnight at Gilai.
Day 6: NATRON
In the morning after breakfast continue with ride to lake Natron the soda lake. Dinner and overnight at Natron campsite.
Day 7: NATRON
You will spend the whole day exploring lake Natron, you will have a chance to visit the waterfalls and then you will get back to the campsite for lunch. After lunch go for a bird watching at Lake Natron. Dinner and overnight at Lake Natron Campsite.
In the morning transfer from Lake Natron, to Kilimanjaro international airport via Arusha town where you will have a stop for lunch.
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- Camping fees
- Accommodation based on 3 meals a day
- Transfer from Lake Natron to Arusha town
- Village fees
- Activities as per itinerary above
- International flights
- Airport transfers
- Items of personal nature/use
- Accommodation on the first night upon your arrival
- And all not mentioned in the itinerary above
Anyone wishing to take a break from riding and also non-riding participants may travel in the car. Evenings are spent relaxing around the campfire with drinks (on request) and dinner.
Optional extensions include safaris to the Tanzania northern-circuit National Parks. It is also possible to extend your Safari to Manyara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti or Zanzibar.
The wildebeest migration is after the rains and usually arrives southern Serengeti (Ndutu) April-June.