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A Step Back in Time: Serengeti & Hadzabe People

Experience the Tanzanian bush from the perspective of the Hadzabe people, an extraordinarily pure hunter gatherer society. The Hadzabe speak a click language similar to, but unrelated to any other language and evidence suggests they have inhabited this area for many thousands of years -- possibly being descendants of the early man whose remains are found at nearby Olduvai Gorge. This program offers an intense cultural experience and extraordinary game-viewing with one of East Africa's foremost guides.

Day 1 ~ Arusha Coffee Lodge

After landing at Kilimanjaro International airport you will be met and driven to Arusha Coffee Lodge. The city of Arusha, with a population of around 150,000 people, sits in a pleasant, lush valley, divided by the Naura River near the base of 15,000-ft Mt. Meru. Arusha Coffee Lodge is a cozy, boutique lodge built within a coffee plantation just outside Arusha. The lodge’s luxurious suites are built among coffee trees and reflect the colonial style of the original plantation homes, which serve as the reception and dining area. Each cottage has a split level sitting area and a private deck. Guest areas include a boutique shop, a welcoming swimming pool, a bar area and picturesque gardens. Tasty delights can be enjoyed in the a la carte restaurant, the gardens, bar or on the bar terrace.

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Days 2 and 3 ~ Serian Serengeti South

Fly to Ndutu in the Southern Serengeti. Your guides will drive you through the short grass plains that are the home to massive herds of wildebeest during their birthing season (typically February and March) and all the predator action that follows. It is hard to imagine a more stunning backdrop to the beginning of your adventure. Get settled into the safari rhythm with two nights at the luxury Serian Serengeti South Camp. This intimate eight tent camp within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is owned by photographer and guide, Alex Walker It is known for comfortable and stylish tents, excellent food and an authentic camp experience, made comfortable with amenities such as running water, hot showers and electric lights.

Begin honing your spotting skills as you explore the area's rich variety of wildlife on game drives.

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Days 4, 5 and 6 ~ Fly-Camping with the Hadzabe

Today you head out to explore the bush with the Hadzabe tribe. The Hadzabe are hunter-gatherers who still live a largely traditional way of life, they have a unique click-based language similar to, but distinct from, the Kalahari bushmen and other Khoisan speakers, centuries-old bush lore and an intimate symbiosis with their environment. For the next 3 nights you will experience the bush from their unique perspective.

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Hiking in the African bush might sound like hard work, but in reality it is an adventure dictated entirely by your own pace. Spend the days ambling and exploring, and arrive in the evening at your custom-built fly-camp: the stripped-back simplicity of dome tents and dinner around the campfire.

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Tracking is easy in the rich, alluvial soil, and your Hadzabe guides will teach you to read the pug-marks and prints… as well as how to harvest honey, light fires the real way, make bows and arrows, and silently stalk your prey. Walking in this wild space, you will feel your senses sharpening in response to the immediacy of the wilderness: vision, sound, smell all respond to the challenge of perceiving and reading the signals of the bush. You will learn to see the landscape through the eyes of the Hadzabe, immeasurably enhancing the richness of the way you experience it.

Smoking bees - Southern Serengeti

Sleeping out in the open, the skies are iridescent with sparkling stars. Listen to centuries-old folklore sitting before burning embers as you drink in the stars studded wonders of the cradle of mankind.

Days 7, 8 and 9 ~ Serian Serengeti South

From your adventure in the bush, return to Serian Serengeti South for 3 nights of game viewing and relaxation. Test your new found bush skills on game drives as you scan the horizon for cheetah and wild dog among the wildebeest.While at Serian South a private vehicle, guide and spotter give you the flexibility to explore the Serengeti on your own schedule.

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AW Lion brothers in arms - Version 2

Day 10 ~ Depart

Today you will fly back to Arusha and drive to the international airport at Kilimanjaro in time to connect with your international flight home.

Pricing

This trip runs each year between December and April. Between December 2015 and April 2016, the price for this program starts at $11,900 per person sharing.

Excludes international flights. A minimum of 4 people is required for the trip, maximum of 8.

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