Day 1: Arusha to the Chemka Hot Springs to Moshi
In the morning we drive from your accommodation to the hot springs, which are in the same direction as Moshi. The springs are surrounded by beautiful nature. The water has a pleasantly warm temperature, which invites you to swim or just relax and explore the surroundings.
Day 2: Materuni waterfall and drive to Arusha
After a short drive from the town of Moshi to the village of Materuni, we start our hike to Materuni waterfall which has a height of over 80 meters. The water comes directly from the glaciers of Kilimanjaro and invites you to swim. Afterward, we continue our way to a coffee plantation. Here you will learn how coffee grows and is harvested. You will roast your own coffee, grind it and drink it afterwards.
Day 3: Arusha (Maasai village)
In the morning we set off for a Maasai village. In the village, we are welcomed by the local Maasai. They show us around and tell us a lot about their traditions and (former) way of life. We will also do a 'bushwalk' to learn more about the different plants which the Maasai use as medicine. On our way of returning to the village, we will have a delicious lunch. If you like, you can learn a lot about local dances, the Maa-language and other traditions.
Day 4: Drive from Maasai village to Lake Natron
We drive from the Maasai village to Lake Natron. During the seven-hour drive, you can enjoy the landscape of Northern Tanzania and with a bit of luck spot some zebras and buffalos on the way to the lake.
Lake Natron, an alkaline lake only a few centimeters deep, is home to flamingos and much other wildlife. At the foot of the lakes, you can see Oldonyo Lengai, the sacred mountain of the Maasai. In its volcanic rock you can find 120,000-year-old footprints.
Day 5: Lake Natron
After breakfast we set off to explore the surroundings of the lake. A hike to the waterfall, with the option to swim there, as well as a hike to Lake Natron itself is planned!
Around midnight another optional highlight awaits you: You have the possibility to climb Oldonyo Lengai. The ascent to the volcano takes six to seven hours, so you'll arrive at the summit at sunrise.
Day 6: Drive from Lake Natron to Babati
After breakfast we leave for the small town of Babati. The journey takes around seven hours. Once there, we can relax in the hotel or go on a discovery tour through the city.
Day 7: Babati
You can choose between a boat trip on Lake Babati, where you can observe birds and with a bit of luck hippos, or you can climb Mount Hanang, the fourth highest mountain in Tanzania with a height of 3,418 meters.
Day 8: Drive from Babati to Kondoa
After breakfast we drive from Babati to Kondoa, a small town not far from the capital Dodoma. After the nearly two-hour drive, we go on a city tour or have time in the hotel to recover from the strains of the mountain ascents.
Day 9: Kondoa
We visit several thousand-year-old rock paintings in Kondoa. We also learn a lot about the two ethnic groups Hadzabe and Sandawe, the last hunters and collectors of Tanzania. It is assumed that people of these ethnicities painted the rocks with different materials.
Day 10: Drive from Kondoa to Lushoto
We drive from the hot interior into the cooler Usambara mountains around Lushoto. The trip takes around eight hours. You can lay back, reflect upon the first days of this tour and see how the landscape is changing.
Day 11: Lushoto
After a rich breakfast on the Irente Farm, we start our day hike through the Magamba Rainforest and to a waterfall. Here we have the opportunity to observe chameleons, butterflies and many different birds. In the evening we end the day at Irente View Point with a cold drink.
Day 12: Drive from Lushoto to Magoroto Forest
After breakfast we leave for Magoroto Forest, a relic of German colonial history. In 1896, German settlers opened various plantations here, which today house a freshwater lake and a large forest area. In the forest area, we have different possibilities to explore the surroundings: Spice tours, guided tours through the neighboring village, hiking, cycling, fishing on the lake and many other options.
Day 13: Magoroto Forest
In consultation with your guide and driver, you will be able to do more of the above-mentioned activities today and gather great impressions.
Day 14: Drive from Magoroto Forest to Dar es Salaam
Today the driver will take you to Dar es Salaam in a six-hour drive. Here we will have to say goodbye to you. Your guide can take you to the ferry terminal in case you want to take the afternoon ferry to Zanzibar.