Day 0 Depart US Overnight Flight. D B in flight Day 1 Arusha, Tanzania Jambo! Our local hosts greet us warmly us at the airport this evening and transfer us to our comfortable Iboru Safari Lodge L D in flight Overnight Iboru Safari Lodge www.ilborusafarilodge.com Day 2 Arusha/Tarangire National Park A refreshing night’s rest and late breakfast allow us to recuperate from the long flight. But adventure beckons, and we depart for Tarangire National Park at 11 am (drive time 2.5 hrs). Tarangire National Park is the third largest National Park in Tanzania, covering an Area of 2600 sq/km. Known as the Elephant Kingdom of Tanzania, in dry season more than 2000 elephant roam around this ecosystem teaming up with thousands of other large mammals inluding wildebeest, buffalos, impalas, waterbucks, dik dik, zebras giraffes etc. The bird life here is outstanding. The varied landscape is dotted with giant Baobab trees and the acacia woodland. River Tarangire is the heart of this ecosystem as it serves as the only source of permanent water during dry season. After lunch at the lodge there is time for a short rest before going out for a guided nature walk at around 4:30 with Masai guide. We will learn about Masai medicinal plants, insects, birds, animal footprints etc. We may also see dik dik, impalas, giraffes and more. Celebrate this evening with a welcome dinner and retire early for another well deserved good night’s rest. B L D Overnight Roika Tarangire Tented Lodge www.tarangireroikatentedlodge.com Day 3 Tarangire National Park We rise early and depart with breakfast box for an early morning game drive and a day’s exploration of in Tarangire National Park. The interaction of game animals around river Tarangire is impressive. If lucky we may also see some large cat family members. Late afternoon, drive back to the lodge for a late lunch at around 1300 hrs. After lunch at the lodge there is time for a short rest before going out for a guided nature walk at around 4:30 with Masai guide. We will learn about Masai medicinal plants, insects, birds, animal footprints etc. B L D Overnight Roika Tarangire Tented Lodge www.tarangireroikatentedlodge.com Day 4 Tarangire/Tloma Village/Serengeti We will begin the day very early and drive to Tloma village to do village walk. (Drive time 2 hrs) where we will see the daily life and activities of the local people including local brick making using clay soil, dispensary and a primary school after which we will visit a local family and learn about the culture and tradition of the Iraqw tribe, after which we will enjoy a family hosted lunch in their home. Then we spearhead to the World Heritage Site, Serengeti National Park. The word Serengeti is synonymous with unspoiled Africa. It is teeming with fantastic populations of herbivores, carnivores and more than 450 species of birds. To the Masai, it is Siringitu – ―the place where land moves on forever." Arrive our luxury tented camp late afternoon with a game drive en-route. (drive time is 5-5.30 hrs). B L D Overnight Nasikia Central Luxury Camp www.nasikialuxurycamps.com Day 5 Serengeti National Park: Central Region After breakfast, head out for a full day game drive around Seronera area to observe the multitude and diversity of wildlife which is unrivalled anywhere else on the planet. Central Serengeti is carnivore territory. We will search for lions and the elusive big cats—cheetahs and leopard. We will encounter herbivores such as giraffes, impalas, reedbuck, and gazelles. B L D Overnight Nasikia Central Luxury Camp www.nasikialuxurycamps.com
Day 6 Serengeti National Park: Central Region | Serengeti-Northern Region After breakfast, drive to Lobo wildlife Lodge with game drive enroute. Arriving at the luxurious lodge, a sumptuous lunch awaits as does time to rest (maybe a siesta?) before the 4:00 pm game drive. Here in Lobo today and tomorrow we have time to go deep in this part of the Serengeti -Mara ecosystem and enjoy its beautiful scenery dotted with massive rock outcrops called kopjes. Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and the Masai Mara Reserve across the border in Kenya, protect the greatest and most varied collection of terrestrial wildlife on earth, and one of the last great migratory systems still intact. If we are lucky, and depending on the rain pattern at the time of visit, in addition to the vast variety of other animals, we may see part of wildebeest migration in this northern part of Serengeti ecosystem. B L D Overnight Lobo Wildlife Lodge www.hotelsandlodges-tanzania.com Day 7 Serengeti National Park: North Region Experience the incomparable northern Serengeti on two game drives today or slow the pace and enjoy some time at the lodge. We will drive to Bolongonia area if the migration is close. B L D Overnight Lobo Wildlife Lodge www.hotelsandlodges-tanzania.com Day 8 Serengeti National Park- north/ Olduvai Gorge/Massai Village/Karatu After breakfast do game drive en-route to Olduvai Gorge. (Drive time to Olduvai including two comfort stops will be 4.5-5 hrs). The worldâ€™s most famous pale anthropological site and Cradle of Mankind where Louis and Mary Leakey discovered hominid fossil over 2.5 million years old is our destination. We will tour the small museum and then be escorted by one of the museum curators who will speak briefly about human pre-history and the geological formation of the gorge site where one of the oldest hominid skulls was discovered by the Leakeys. After a picnic lunch, visit a Masai village enroute to Karatu Town and check in at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge. (Drive time to Bougainvillea is 2.15 hrs) The hearty among us may wish to walk the crater rim in the late afternoon to appreciate the true scope and majesty of this natural phenomenon. Overnight Bougainvillea Safari Lodge www.bougainvillaea.net Day 9 Ngorongoro Crater Letâ€™s greet the sunrise in Ngorongoro Crater (drive time 1.5 hrs) to experience one of the most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Ngorongoro Crater, once a volcano the size of Kilimanjaro before it collapsed into itself about 2.5 million years ago, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the largest volcanic caldera in the world. Nicknamed the African Garden Of Eden, the crater, whose steep walls rise more than 2000 feet, is home to more than 20,000 mammals- both terrestrial and aquatic bird species as well as Great views of different swamps and Lake Makat .We will spend the day exploring this natural zoological park, observing an extraordinary variety and concentration of wildlife. A highlight will be our picnic lunch by a hippo pool. Late afternoon, return to the lodge and relax. B L D Overnight Bougainvillea Safari Lodge www.bougainvillealodge.net
Day 10 Ngorongoro Crater/ Arusha After breakfast drive back to Arusha (Drive time 2.5 hrs) for an early lunch before afternoon departure for Ngiresi Village, located in the foothills of Mount Meru, second highest mountain in Tanzania (drive time 1 hr). This village visit provides the opportunity to learn about the Waarusha tribe (modern Masai) including their farming and Biogas project. A traditional healer shares his herbal remedies and we will visit a local school before returning to our lodge. Tonight we will celebrate our safari adventures over dinner. B L D Overnight Ilboru Safari Lodge www.ilborusafarilodge.com Day 11 Arusha/ Zanzibar Our morning flight carries us to exotic Zanzibar. We will check into our well located hotel in Stone town and enjoy an afternoon orientation and Stone Town walking tour. B Overnight Dhow Palace Hotel www.dhowpalace-hotel.com Day 12 Zanzibar- Spice Plantation Tour and Beach Wander the picturesque neighborhoods this morning before our spice plantation tour and drive to the beautiful white sand beach and azure blue waters of our beach front hotel. B Hotel Casa del Mar www.casadelmarzanzibar.com
Day 13 Zanzibar- Free Day Today is a free day at beach. Swim, snorkel, relax in a hammock- or do all three. Letâ€™s meet for a sunset cruise on a traditional Dhow and celebrate to Tanzania experience with a farewell dinner. B D Hotel Casa del Mar www.casa-delmar-zanzibar.com Day 14 Zanzibar/ Dar se Saalam/ Flight Home Transfer to the airport for the flight to Dar es Salaam and connect with KLM international flight. Those who did the Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park pre-tour will connect in Dar to Johannesburg for the SAA flight B Day 15 Arrive USA
October 1-15, 2012* With Pre-tour to Victoria Falls, Johannesburg, and Chobe National Park September 25- October 1, 2012* * Dates subject to minor change with final land confirmations
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Flight arrangements: This tour originates in Arusha, Tanzania and terminates at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (both served by KLM ). The Pre-tour originates in Johannesburg, South Africa and terminates in Arusha, Tanzania. The Tanzania Tour includes all domestic air and land arrangements per itinerary. The Johannesburg/ Victoria Falls extension is priced land only. South African Airways has special airfare pricing for travelers when added to their international ticket on SAA.
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TOUR CONDITIONS AND GENERAL INFORMATION TOUR FEATURES: The group tour, Treasures of Tanzania, includes all ground services and meals per itinerary based on prices available at the time of publication, domestic flights within Tanzania ( Arusha/ Zanzibar and Zanzibar/ Dar es Salaam, guided tours, bilingual tour escort, all entrance fees including National Park taxes and fees, hotels/ lodges/ tented camps, meals each day per final itinerary, 4WD pop-top Landrover pr Landcruiser (each passenger has a window seat), transfers, and baggage handling for one bag. Tour originates at Arusha (JRO) and terminates at Dar es Salaam (DIA), both KLM stops. TOUR COST: The tour cost, $4,380 per person, double occupancy, is based on rates at time of publication, and on minimum group size of 12. If the group size falls below 12-passenger requirement, the tour is subject to cancellation or re-pricing. Rates quoted are per person and based on double occupancy. A single supplement will be charged when requested and where single rooms are available. PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Secure your reservation with a $500 deposit per person. Final payment will be due May 1, 2012. CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations must be received in writing by MMAT to qualify for a refund. Prior to May 1 no penalty. After June 31 a refund of recoverable expenses less a $200 cancellation fee will be given. No refund for cancellations after September 1. Airline tickets, once written, belong to the passenger. No refund for no-shows. INSURANCE: International health and trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended. Upon receipt of reservation, an application form for trip cancellation, accident, and baggage insurance will be mailed. PREREQUISITES: A passport and Tanzania visa ($100) are required for U. S. citizens. Travelers to South Africa and Victoria Falls will require visas for Zambia ($50) and Zimbabwe ($55). Openness to experience a rich and varied culture with a friendly group of experienced travelers. NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THIS TOUR: Services other than as specifically described in the final itinerary, beverages and meals not announced, optional tips to guides, and drivers, excess baggage charges and items of a personal nature such as laundry and telephone charges SCHEDULE OF MAILINGS: Upon request of the Reservation Form and deposit, you will receive a confirmation, application form for trip cancellation/ medical and baggage insurance and travel hints. An invoice for the balance will be mailed prior to due date. Upon receipt of your final payment, your travel documents will be sent. THE TOUR OPERATOR AND THE ESCORTS: Mexi-Mayan Academic Travel, Inc., 8 North Loomis Street, Naperville, Illinois, 60540, phone (630) 878-8594, specializes in cultural and educational travel. Steve Carr, MMAT Vice President, will escort the group. RESPONSIBILITIES: Mexi-Mayan Academic Travel, Inc., its officers and corporate agents, and its appointed escort for this tour, act only as agents for the passenger with respect to transportation, hotels, and automobile and bus contractors. They will not be held responsible for accident, delay, sickness, personal injury or death, loss of personal property, additional expenses due to weather or other causes beyond their control. Mexi-Mayan Academic Travel, Inc. reserves the right to amend the itinerary if weather or other factors make it necessary or advisable. QUESTIONS: For more information please call Steve Carr at (630) 878-8594 or email SteveRCarr@aol.com.
Treasures of Tanzania and Zanzibar: African Wildlife Safari and Cultural Discovery Tour October 1- 15, 2012