10 Days The Masai Trail Motorbike Safaris.
10 days - 8 legs of motorcycle ride through bush camping with Masai people and comfort lodging about 900 Km of which 80% on dirt road, a discovery of Tanzanian wilderness. Across the great rift valley passing by Tarangire reserve, Lake Manyara, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro and Lake Natron. Although we do not cross national parks by motorcycle, we do pass through animal territories and encounter with wildlife is assured. Game drives by 4x4 are arranged in neighbouring national parks.
Kilimanjaro International Airport KIA Lodge (FB)
Day 1. Welcome at KILIMANJARO airport in Tanzania. Transfer to KIA Lodge right on the starting point of Tarangire trail. If time allows inspect the bikes and testing and filling up all personal formalities.Dinner and overnight.
KIA Lodge – Naberera: 130 Km on earth trail (5 hours with breaks) Campsite (FB)
Day 2. Depart after breakfast and briefing on a southern trail towards Tarangire. Picnic lunch en route. Arrive in the afternoon at Naberera village right in Masai land. Set up camp in company of Masai people, enjoying Masai style hospitality -BBQ and a great deal of traditional songs and dances.
Naberera – Tarangire : 160 Km on earth trail (6 hours) Tarangire River Camp (FB)
Day 3. Depart on a trail going up north east round Tarangire reserve where wildlife can be easily seen. Arrive at Tarangire River Camp to settle in your room. Dinner and overnight.
Tarangire - Lake Manyara: half day game drive in Tarangire + 30 Km off-road (2 hours) Migunga Camp (FB)
Day 4.Depart at sunrise for a game drive by 4x4 in Tarangire National Park whereby huge herds of elephants are living in perfect symbiosis with baobab trees. Return at the lodge for lunch then leave by motorcycle 30 Km off-road along lake Manyara eastern shore, encountering with gazelles, wildebeest and zebras. Arrive to settle a Migunga Camp, a tented camp under yellow acacias next to Mto Wa Mbu center, a big local market situated within the greenery of luxuriant tropical vegetation at the shores of Lake Manyara. Dinner and overnight at the camp.LakeManyara - Lake Eyasi : half day game drive in Lake Manyara + 45 Km on tarmac road + 30 Km on dirt road (3 hours)
Tidinga Camp (FB)
Day 5. Depart after breakfast for a game drive by 4x4 in Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara is a soda lake right at the foot of the Rift escarpment whereby an abundant wildlife is living: elephants, giraffes, hippos, lions, leopards and plenty of birds.
Return at the camp for lunch. Depart by motorcycle to another soda lake up the rift on Ngorongoro volcanic highlands: Lake Eyasi whereby a pygmy tribe still lives from hunting: the Hadzabe. Arrive at Tidinga Camp. Dinner and overnight.Lake Eyasi – Ngorongoro: half day game drive in Ngorongoro crater + 50 Km on earth road (2 hours)
Ngorongoro Forest Camp (FB)
Day 6. Depart after early breakfast to Ngorongoro reserve gate. Motorcycles are parked at the rangers post to proceed by 4x4 for Ngorongoro crater tour. The road ascends a rainforest up to a wonderful view point overlooking Ngorongoro caldera 600 m deep and 18 km wide. Descend to the crater through a steep trail for viewing Ngorongoro wildlife. Picnic lunch in the crater and exit up to the gate to get back the motorcycles. Depart to Ngorongoro Forest Camp, a superb tented camp set at the boundary of Ngorongoro reserve and overlooking the dense rain forest. Dinner and night at the camp.
Ngorongoro – Lake Natron: 30 Km on tarmac + 120 Km on sandy and stony roads (6 hours) Natron Camp (FB)
Day 7. Depart after breakfast to Lake Natron, returning first down to Mto Wa Mbu and taking a dusty track along the base of the Rift escarpment then down into a vast valley where gnus, zebras, giraffes and antelopes assemble for pastures and water. Picnic lunch under the precious shade of a thorn tree. The last 50 km in this leg is a sandy and stony track cut in the rift. This leads to the foot of Oldonyo Lengai (2800 m a.s.l), “the mountain of God.” This Sacred Mountain of the Masai is surrounded by deep calderas whose sides are covered with ashy volcanic lava.
From there, a sandy road takes you to the lowest point in whole Rift Valley: the shores of Lake Natron, which is also the world's largest soda lake... And then pure scenic splendour that inspires in the mind, the image of a picture from the moon. The lake has a particularly low altitude and hot climate within the entire east African rift valley. The day ends at Natron Camp, a tented camp managed by the local Masai community. Visit by foot of the spectacular Engare Sero water fall. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
LakeE Natron- Kitumbeine : 80 Km of sandy and stony trails (5 hours) Campsite (FB)
Day 8. Passing after breakfast by the lakeshore whereby the flamingos feed. The lake is also the preferred breeding habitat for east African flamingos. Then depart on a dusty trail to Mount Kitumbeine. Picnic lunch en route. Arrive in the afternoon at Kitumbeine, Masai village at the foot hill of mount Kitumbeine. Set up camp in company of Masai people. Dinner and night in camping tent.
Kitumbeini– Arusha: 100 Km on sandy and stony road + 90 Km on tarmac road (6 hours) KIA Lodge (FB)
Day 9. Depart after breakfast towards mount Monduli on a scenic track going up the rift escarpment then linking Arusha road. Picnic lunch en route. Arrive end afternoon at KIA Lodge next to KILIMANJARO Airport. Drop off motorcycles, shower and farewell dinner before checking in at the airport for your return flight.