Bundi Safari

The Bundi safari is a safari that allows you to visit Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Lake Manyara National Park with a night safari. The night safari includes a three-hour game drive after sunset to give the opportunity to meet all those wonderful creatures that are most reluctant to go out and be seen during the day. A unique way to have an experience out of the ordinary and get in touch with the hidden nature of the wonderful Tanzanian parks. It is suitable for all those who love adventure and wild nature.

Trip Program

Day 1 : KIA-ARUSHA

Meeting with the guide at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) and transfer to Arusha. Dinner and overnight in the city.

Day 2 : SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Departure for the Serengeti with transit from Ngorongoro. Game drive. Dinner and overnight in the park.

Day 3 : NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA 

Departure for Ngorongoro and game drive in the crater. Dinner and overnight in Karatu village

Day 4 : LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK 

Departure for Lake Manyara National Park and game drive. Night safari. Dinner and overnight near the park.

Day 5 : RETURN TO ARUSHA 

Return to Arusha, lunch in a typical restaurant and transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) for the international flight. End of services.

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Day of arrival

The safari starts at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) where you will meet the guide who will remain in your company for the whole trip and who will welcome you with a shrill ‘jambo!’ It is the special greeting for you, the guest, followed by ‘karibu Tanzania’, 'welcome to Tanzania'.
From Kia you are taken by car to the city of Arusha, the undisputed capital of safaris in Tanzania. The road is good, paved, and the journey takes about 45 minutes.
Arusha is located at about 1,400 meters above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Meru which stands in the national park that takes its name from the city, and the climate is mild all year round.
If the flight arrived in late morning or early afternoon, you can plan to take a tour of the city, to eat in a typical restaurant, to acclimate to the African climate and landscape. 

" Karibu Tanzania - Welcome to Tanzania "

The road towards the Serengeti

You leave early, immediately after breakfast, as the journey to the Serengeti is long, about 335 km. The time spent in the car can become an opportunity to satisfy the curiosity of eyes that come from different worlds.
You pass through the villages, some more important, some small. From the jeep you can see the part that is crossed by the main road, excellent for getting an idea. The houses are scattered here and there: sometimes they are beautiful enclosed houses with gardens, sometimes they are much more modest with a tin roof, but still typical of the Tanzanian reality. Along the main road there are also the bars and restaurants frequented by Tanzanians and where you can often find exquisite specialties, gas stations, ‘fundi’, mechanics, and fruit and vegetable peddlers who offer their delicacies to travelers in transit along with Maasai ladies who often present their elaborate beaded jewelry strictly handmade and characteristic of their tribe.
Among these villages there are two particularly important ones, Mto Wa Mbu and Karatu. They are those at the junctions to reach the various parks of the so-called Northern Circuit. In Mto Wa Mbu you can sleep if you are heading to Manyara and Tarangire. Visitors to Ngorongoro usually stay overnight in Karatu.

Transit from Ngorongoro to reach Serengeti

In order to reach the Serengeti it is necessary to pass through Ngorongoro Conservation Area. When you arrive at the entrance gate you enter and begin to climb a steep road lined with plants. It is beautiful when you can see the overhang. At a certain point you arrive at an open space with a small monument and a large terrace, the Crater View Point. It’s normally windy and the temperature can be quite cold. The terrace railing overlooks the Ngorongoro crater and a souvenir photo is a must for everyone.
On the way to the Serengeti, or on the way back, a stop is usually made at Olduvai Gorge, an important archaeological site where remains of hominids and primitive men from various prehistoric eras have been found. It is considered the ‘cradle of humanity’. A unique experience for the atmosphere that reigns in this enchanted place where the first hominids decided to settle. A sort of ‘return to origins’ for all of us, a delicate and even romantic way of getting in touch with our roots.
A Maasai guide, on the terrace overlooking the gorge, explains the whole history of this incredible place and a recently renovated museum with information, artifacts and casts completes the visit.

Serengeti National Park

In order to reach the Serengeti it is necessary to pass through Ngorongoro Conservation Area. When you arrive at the entrance gate you enter and begin to climb a steep road lined with plants. It is beautiful when you can see the overhang. At a certain point you arrive at an open space with a small monument and a large terrace, the Crater View Point. It’s normally windy and the temperature can be quite cold. The terrace railing overlooks the Ngorongoro crater and a souvenir photo is a must for everyone.On the way to the Serengeti, or on the way back, a stop is usually made at Olduvai Gorge, an important archaeological site where remains of hominids and primitive men from various prehistoric eras have been found. It is considered the ‘cradle of humanity’. A unique experience for the atmosphere that reigns in this enchanted place where the first hominids decided to settle. A sort of ‘return to origins’ for all of us, a delicate and even romantic way of getting in touch with our roots.
A Maasai guide, on the terrace overlooking the gorge, explains the whole history of this incredible place and a recently renovated museum with information, artifacts and casts completes the visit.

Ngorongoro
conservation area

The main Tanzanian islaThis place is one of the most famous in the entire African continent and one of the most filmed in the world.
It covers an area of 8,292 square kilometers and you have to look out over that railing overlooking the Ngorongoro crater if you really want to understand the power of nature. What we see today is the consequence of a terrible explosion that occurred about two and a half million years ago of the volcanoes that then stood here and that collapsed on themselves creating the depressions that we can admire today with so much amazement. There are three craters: Olmoti, Empakaai and that of Ngorongoro which has a diameter of 19 km, an area of 300 square kilometers and a depth of 600 meters: the largest intact caldera in the world and one of the uniqueness in all Africa. In the crater there is a vast grassy plain and the Lerai forest, south of Lake Magadi, which is positioned in the center of this plain. The yellow acacia, or fever tree, is the characteristic plant of this forest. The walls to the West have shrub vegetation, those to the East are covered with montane forests. The upper part, the Rim, reaches a height of more than 3,500 meters in some places. The concentration of fauna is impressive: more than 3,000 mammals, including the very rare and highly sought-after black rhino. The black rhino is a sweet, shy, solitary animal. In Tanzania it is at risk of extinction and it is a real shame because it is an incredible mammal. It is massive, roughly a ton in weight, with legs that look like columns, and carries two horns which it uses primarily for defense, intimidation, or for digging in search of roots. 

They are huge: the front one can measure up to eighty centimeters. He has poor eyesight, but he compensates very well with excellent hearing and smell. It cannot be said it’s aggressive without reason, but, if disturbed for no reason, it can charge and prove to be very dangerous. When it loads its head touches the ground and its tail is raised. One of the main activities of the rhino is to roll around in the mud. There are two purposes: lower the temperature and get rid of the parasites that afflict many animals. nds are Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia. Unguja, the key island of Zanzibar archipelago, hosts the capital city Stone Town. The economy of this island flourished thanks to the cultivation of cloves as well as slave and ivory trade encouraged by Omani Arabs. In the old town you can admire many historical buildings: the Arab Fort, the House of Wonders, the Sultan’s Palace with its Museum explaining the history of the sultans and many others. Moreover, Stone Town is also famous for its wonderful lavishly carved doors representing the wealth of the owners, as well as its spices, which play a key role in exportation, and the Taarab music, a mixture of Arabic tunes and Swahili lyrics. To sum up, this island offers not only marvellous beaches and scuba-diving experiences, but also a lot of culture, history and art. Not to forget the dark period of slavery, beside the Anglican cathedral Church of Christ and next to the place where the slave market took place, a memorial to victims of this trade was erected. Spice tours are organized by every resort on the island, together with other land and sea excursions. The southern area hosts the Jozani Forest, a lovely tropical forest, almost 2,500 hectares large, where there is still the vegetation that originally covered the island. Pemba is 48 km far from Zanzibar and it is located in front of the city of Tanga. Here tourism is fairly moderate and the island provides amazing scuba-diving and enjoyable beaches. Pemba’s capital city is Chake Chake. Just a curiosity: the island is home to an interesting endemic animal. It is called flying fox, but it is only one of the many species of bat. The island of Mafia, together with Chole, Juani and Jibondo, belongs to an enchanting archipelago. The ocean ecosystem surrounding it is so varied that it was established as Marine Park in 1995. Available scuba-diving activities are the most incredible of Eastern Africa. Mafia’s capital city is Kilindoni, where an interesting Maulid – ceremony dedicated to the Prophet Muhammad’s birth – takes place during summer months. Mafia is also inhabited by lemurs, otherwise present in Madagascar. There are still a handful of them in the Serengeti and in Ngorongoro Crater, but the greatest concentration is in Selous and in Mkomazi National Park sanctuary. The rules for visiting inside the crater are very strict: you cannot stay in for more than six consecutive hours to avoid too much concentration of vehicles. It is also possible to visit a Maasai village, the only tribe allowed to live in this area. This is the ancestral land of the Maasai and a warrior accompanies the visit showing their fascinating culture, unchanged for hundreds of years. When traveling in northern Tanzania, encounters with the Maasai are inevitable. The tribe has Nilotic origins and they are nomadic shepherds with customs and traditions that have been handed down for centuries. They have a patriarchal social structure and the elderly are held in high esteem because they are the custodians of wisdom.

While women play a secondary role, warriors form the backbone of the whole tribe. The Morans, or young warriors, protect the tribe's herds. To become warriors it is necessary that they undergo difficult initiation rites and spend a few months in the savannah alone to prove their worth. They are recognizable because they are dressed in black and have white decorations on their faces that make them a bit spooky. They live in villages with huts traditionally called manyattas. Both the hut and the village have a circular shape and are surrounded by poisonous plants that keep predators away. Even the Maasai, like all tribes, have their traditional dances, very involving. The overnight stay after a safari can be in a lodge inside the crater or in the village of Karatu. Staying inside the crater, of course, you can enjoy the spectacular view and the sunsets that descend to the horizon from the top of the rim. A dinner in front of this show is certainly an unforgettable and fascinating experience. The village of Karatu offers splendid lodge alternatives set in equally beautiful gardens and with a very high quality of service. 

Lake Manyara
National Park

The park is about 120 kilometers from Arusha, two hours by car in terms of time. The gate is a short distance from the village of Mto Wa Mbu and can be visited all year round.
It has been a World Heritage Site since 1981 and it is positioned within the Rift Valley. It is a small park, 330 square kilometers of which more than 200 are occupied by the lake, but with different ecosystems.
As soon as you enter, you find yourself in the equatorial forest that can proliferate thanks to the waters of the underground lake, but there are also the lake environment, the savannah and the volcanic areas with hot springs.
The lake is alkaline and, of course, attracts many flamingos which owe their splendid deep pink color to this type of water, but the bird species are innumerable: a paradise for birdwatching.
There is no shortage of animals, all those expected to be met in the savannah: elephants, hippos, giraffes, nice vervet monkeys, predators and hippos that, as in all parks, are in the hippo pools, pools of water where they can swim and shelter from the sun. This strange cartoon-like animal has hairless skin and cannot stand in the sun. He goes out for short walks during the day and to eat in the dark hours. Better not be fooled by its good-natured appearance and the fact that it is herbivorous: it is among the most aggressive animals in the whole savannah and if it attacks it does so to kill, especially if it feels that its cubs are in danger.

We could go on forever, but two species are characteristic of this small park. First of all, the so-called ‘arboreal’ lions. They are special lions that climb the branches of trees to rest: both for the breeze enjoyed from above and to escape from the insects that attack these poor lions when they lie down in the grass. This habit is not exclusive to the Manyara Park, but here the number is very high.
The second group of animals that can be seen in groups of up to 100 individuals in Manyara are baboons. They are also used to and intrigued by cars because they are not so eager to escape: they look, pose for souvenir photos and pass close.
Towards the south, the park narrows. In this area there are the volcanic hot water springs called in Swahili Maji Moto.
Among the plants there is the Euphorbia Candelabrum, very poisonous. This plant has a sister, also poisonous, the Euphorbia Tirucalli, which, due to its properties, is used by the Maasai in fences to keep predators away.

Return day from safari in Arusha and transfer to KIA

On the last day, the road traveled to reach these places is retraced backwards, this time with a new spirit and awareness and the eyes with which you look at the panorama have changed. Upon returning, you look with your heart, you notice different things, you focus more on details that at first sight seemed insignificant. Yes, because Tanzania is all beautiful. The parks are a flagship for the care with which they are managed, but the villages and the people are also terrific.
Lunch in a typical restaurant is a last contact with the wonderful Tanzanian culture.
Your guide will escort you to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) for your return journey, but it will be a painful farewell.
Our guides are extraordinary, professionally and humanly. They carry out their work with passion and dedication: it is not possible not to become attached to them.
The flight ladder will bring you back to reality and everyday life, but it is certain that Tanzania will remain in your heart as one of the most extraordinary journeys ever.

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