10-days itinerary Rift Valley
Day 1: Arrival to Arusha
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Transfer to the hotel near the airport.
Day 2: Tanzanian Rift Valley near Manyara
Drive to Arusha and then to the lake Manyara ( 4-5 hours approx). Visit of a coffee plantation. Presentation of the trip and geological/volcanology story of the Rift Valley.
Day 3: Olduvaï prehistorical site
Cross the southwestern plains of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (watching wild life - zebra, girafes) to reach the Olduvaï Gorge (3 hours). Visit of the site and associated rich museum.
Day 4: Empakaï and Olmoti stratovolcanoes on Masaï territory
Climb Olmoti stratovolcano, cross the typical Embulbul Engaruka depression with it's typical masaïs villages, towards Empakai volcano.
Day 5: Ngorongoro crater and conservation area
Departure for Ngorongoro crater. Day inside the crater with a picnic for lunch. Observation all the famous African animals and numerous birds.
Day 6: Lake Natron
Discover the floor of the Gregory Rift near Lengaï volcano and Natron lake.
Day 7: Lake Natron
Discovering Natron lake, its hydrothermal springs and famous flamingo population, prehistorical Homosappiens footprints close to the lake….
Day 8: Ol Doinyo Lengaï volcano slopes and Ngare Sero gorge
Walk to Ol Doinyo Lengaï volcano and on Ngare Sero river, swim at a water fall. Relax.
Optional: Climbing Ol Doinyo Lengaï with Maasai guides (to be arranged on location)
Day 9: Mto Wa Mbu
Drive to Mto Mbu village (4h car). Back to Manyara Lake Oremiti lodge. Afternoon either free time with local market place, either Manyara wild area.
Day 10: Arusha
Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your return flight or to Arusha Airport for your flight to Zanzibar, in option “A la carte”
The tour starts and ends in Kilimanjaro airport. Or it can end in Arusha airport if you go to Zanzibar afterwards.
Dr. Evelyne Pradal is a trained geologist and volcanologist with a passion of showing and teaching her subject to the general public. Born in Cantal, in the heart of the Auvergne French volcanic field, she studied in the renowned Center of Earth Sciences of the university of Clermont-Ferrand, one of France's leading research institutes in the field of volcanology.
Her research and trips led her to study volcanoes in Mexico, the Caribbean, East African Rift
and other areas.
After completing her doctorate degree in 1990 she went on to work as consultant and teacher in earth sciences, and she has been organizing expeditions and study trips to volcanoes in Italy, France, the Caribbean, Ethiopia and Tanzania, Djibouti, Canaries islands, New Hebrides trench, Indonesia,
... designed to share knowledge and the fascination of her subject, the beauty of our living earth, to the general public. She is also (co-)authored the books: "Tout savoir sur les volcans"
(2018, Ed. Fleurus jeunesse) ("A la découverte des volcans extrêmes" (2013, Vuivert De Boeck Ed) "Au coeur des volcans" (2004, Ed. Fleurus - Geo Ados). Evelyne with her charming smile joined our team in 2010 and guides trips to Ethiopia, the Caribbean, Canaries islands, Italy and new study trips such on Auvergne volcanoes, her homeland, and Tanzanian Rift Valley.
Evelyne Pradal at the Tanganasoga crater on El Hierro (Feb 2019)