A comprehensive exploration of one of the ten natural wonders of the world, Tanzania’s amazing Serengeti Region, home of the Maasai tribe and hundreds of thousands of species of mammals and birds, plus the exotic Indian Ocean “Spice Island” of Zanzibar. The tour features accommodation in comfortable lodges and fine hotels as well as most meals. POSTPONED TO 2021
Evening departure from Toronto for Amsterdam with KLM airline. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Morning arrival and connecting flight to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport and evening transfer to the 4-star Arumeru River Lodge (www.arumerulodge.com), and overnight. The lodge is located in the Arusha Region, on the edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley. Mt. Kilimanjaro, at 5,895 metres the highest mountain in Africa, is easily visible from the lodge on clear days (Please note that climbing to the top is an arduous task, which takes several days!)
Safari in Lake Manyara National Park
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Manyara_National_Park), featuring a great variety of wild animals, including elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, leopards, and lions - often seen in trees and also, especially around Lake Manyara, thousands of flamingoes and about 400 other species of birds. Buffet picnic lunch in the park. Dinner and overnight in the beautiful 4-star Bashay Rift lodge in the Karatu Region, surrounded by coffee plantations (www.bashay-rift-lodge.com)
Room in the Bashay Rift Lodge.
Today we explore the Ngorongoro Crater, measuring no less than 20 km in diameter, which is home to an incredibly rich variety of fauna, including rhinos as well as lions, leopards, elephants... ((http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngorongoro) A picnic lunch will again be included. Late afternoon arrival in Olduvai Camp, situated at an altitude of 1,400 m in the world-famous Olduvai Gorge (www.olduvai- camp.com). Escorted by Maasai warriors, we enjoy a leisurely walk to the top of a nearby Kopje (small hill) in order to admire the great Serengeti Plain at sunset (www.serengeti.org; see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serengeti). Dinner and overnight in very comfortable, fully equipped tents!
The Olduvai Gorge, a 50-km long ravine, is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world, and has provided a major contribution to the understanding of early human evolution. Millions of years ago, it was inhabited by early species of humans, such as homo habilis and homo erectus. Olduvai is therefore known as “The Cradle of Mankind”, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olduvai_Gorge.)
After breakfast, departure for Serengeti, an immense National Park, featuring a combination of savannah and forests, valleys and kopjes, inhabited by the greatest concentration of felines in the world, plus countless buffaloes, giraffes, antelopes, crocodiles, and hippos. Picnic lunch en route. Arrive in the Serengeti around noon where we will meet our guides for a safari. Dinner, evening around the campfire, and overnight in Mbalageti Lodge, featuring tented chalets, fully equipped with shower, toilet, etc.
Morning excursion to Lake Victoria where we take a boat ride and visit a local village. After lunch, return to Serengeti National Park with the option of a full afternoon's safari or free time. Lunch and dinner will be included.
Today we return to the Ngorongoro area via the "Road of the Kopjes.” Look out for “big cats” such as lions, leopards and cheetahs! Picnic lunch en route. In the afternoon we explore the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which, unlike the regular National parks, is also inhabited by humans. This is the homeland of the Maasai, a tribe of nomadic pastoralists who have maintained their traditional lifestyle and coexist with the local wildlife. Visiting a Maasai village, you will experience Africa as it was a few hundred years ago! Today we will also be able to admire some remarkable geological features, such as the Nassera Rock, a huge monolith that is home to all sorts of game and birds, shifting dunes of volcanic ash, sacred to the Maasai, and Olkarien Gorge, a canyon inhabited by a colony of vultures. Dinner and overnight again in the 4-star Bashay Rift Lodge. How about a swim in the pool before dinner?
Two-day safari in Tarangire National Park, the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem, and famous for its rare antelopes, such as the kudu, the oryx and the gerenuk - a smorgasbord for predators! Picnic lunch on both days, and dinner and overnight in the small but exquisite Tarangire River Camp, located on a hilltop.
Second day of safari in the Park..
Today we fly from Arusha to Zanzibar. This autonomous part of Tanzania, formerly an independent sultanate a.k.a. “the spice island”, and more recently a British protectorate, is a small island, approximately 90km long and 30km wide, situated in the Indian Ocean just off Tanzania’s “Swahili Coast” (http://en.wnkipedia.org/wiki/Zanzihar). Arrival and transfer to the beautiful Karafuu Beach Resort Hotel (www.karafuuzanzibar.com), where we will stay in fully equipped air-conditioned cottages. Balance of the day at leisure, and dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.
Departure from the hotel after breakfast. We’re off on a “spice tour” of this “spice island,” one of the few places in the world where saffron and many other Middle Eastern/Asian spices such as cardamom, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, etc. are grown, including visits to some the beautiful plantations. Also visit to the Jozani Forest, featuring some very exotic (and large) trees and ferns and other tropical types of vegetation and inhabited by a native species of monkeys, the Red Colobus, now nearly extinct. Return to hotel.
A second free day to relax and enjoy the resort. Breakfast and dinner included.
Breakfast followed by a transfer to Stone Town, capital of Zanzibar with a unique blend of Moorish, Middle Eastern, Indian, and African traditions and architectures, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guided walking tour of the old town, the waterfront, and the harbor, with sights such as the Arab Fort and the old Slave Market followed by free time for lunch. In the afternoon, transfer to airport for short flight to Dar Es Salaam for dinner and check in for your return flight to Toronto.
- Return flight to Tanzania, via Amsterdam, and domestic flights as shown in the itinerary (price is based on 2019 airfares. Rates to be updated once they become available); - Accommodation based on double occupancy in the camps and hotels mentioned in the itinerary, or similar. The single room supplement is $495.00; - Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily during the safari part of the tour on the mainland (ending on day 10, i.e. November 30) and breakfast and dinner daily in Zanzibar; - Overland transportation: land cruisers (of 4-6 seats) on the mainland, private coach in Zanzibar; - All visits and sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary, including admission to parks and other sights mentioned in the itinerary; - Services from expert guides; - Gratuities for local guides and drivers; - Hotel taxes and gratuities.
- All expenses of a personal nature; - Beverages with lunch/dinner, but mineral water will be included during excursions; - Tanzanian visa fee, approximately US$60, payable in cash upon arrival; - Optional travel insurance. Please contact the office for rates.
October 15 - 28, 2020
$4,195 from Toronto based on double occupancy
October 17 - 26, 2020
Land Only: $3,520.
January 19 - 27, 2021
$5,474 from Toronto based on double accommodation