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Tanzania and the Great East African Migration

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Program #3716RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Elevations of up to 8,000 feet at Ngorongoro Crater.

Itinerary for Mar 3 — Mar 15, 2014

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Day One: Monday, March 03 - Depart U.S.A. for Africa - Overnight flight.
In Transit: Board your overnight flight to Africa.

Type: Hotel

Description: This attractive, modern hotel sits on 9 acres of landscaped grounds in the town of Arusha. The international airport, located on the outskirts of the city, is approximately 30 miles away.

Contact info:
Arusha-Moshi Rd
Arusha, Tanzania
phone: +255-27-2545111
web: www.mountmeruhotel.com

Room amenities: Private baths, air conditioning, direct-dial phone, mini bar, WiFi, satelite TV, electronic safe, tea/coffee making facility.

Facility amenities: Golf course, business center, conference rooms, pool, restaurants, 24 hour security, and shops.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Room type and prices are subject to availability. Please call the program provider at 1-800-866-7111 for more information.


Day Two: Tuesday, March 04 - Arrive to Kilimanjaro Airport - Transfer t...
Evening: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. After clearing Immigrations and Customs, please look for the Road Scholar representative who will be waiting outside the secured arrivals area with an Road Scholar sign (applies to group flights).

Transfer to Arusha.
Arrive at the lodge and check-in.

Lodging: Mt. Meru Hotel

Type: Lodge

Description: The lodge is located less than 5 miles outside the main gate to Tarangire National Park.

Contact info:
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire, Tanzania
phone: +255-27-2545318
web: http://osupukolodges.com

Room amenities: The lodge's ten spacious air-conditioned rooms have private baths, 220V outlets and hair dryers. Rooms have two balconies with seating areas, one in the front and one in the back, so that guests can enjoy the beautiful African sunsets and sunrises. Guests can request wake-up call service with hot and cold beverages.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, small lounge with library, Tembo Bush Spa, and swimming pool.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Wednesday, March 05 - Program Orientation/Excursion to Shanga Beads/Tra...
Program Orientation/Excursion to Shanga Beads/Transfer to Tarangire National Park.

Breakfast: At the lodge.


Morning: Program Orientation.

Lecture: Tanzania's Unique Role in East Africa. An introduction to Tanzanian history and current events.

Excursion to Shanga Beads: learn about their mission and visit their gallery.


Lunch: At Shanga Beads.


Afternoon: Depart Arusha and journey southwest to Tarangire National Park.

Arrive at the lodge and check-in.
Orientation to the property.

Lecture: The Elephants of Tarangire National Park and an Introduction to Local Conservation Efforts.


Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: Tarangire Osupuko Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The lodge is located less than 5 miles outside the main gate to Tarangire National Park.

Contact info:
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire, Tanzania
phone: +255-27-2545318
web: http://osupukolodges.com

Room amenities: The lodge's ten spacious air-conditioned rooms have private baths, 220V outlets and hair dryers. Rooms have two balconies with seating areas, one in the front and one in the back, so that guests can enjoy the beautiful African sunsets and sunrises. Guests can request wake-up call service with hot and cold beverages.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, small lounge with library, Tembo Bush Spa, and swimming pool.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Thursday, March 06 - Tarangire National Park - Target Species G...
Breakfast: Early morning target species game drive in the national park. Our focus today will be on the elephants of Tarangire and the seemingly inverted baobab trees that dot the landscape.

Tarangire has one of the highest elephant population densities in Tanzania, making this a prime location for observing these social pachyderms.

Return to the lodge for a late breakfast.


Morning: Time at leisure to rest and enjoy the lodge's amenities.

Take the opportunity to recharge your batteries after today's early start and ready yourself for the afternoon activities.


Lunch: At the lodge.


Afternoon: Afternoon game drive in Tarangire National Park.

The Tarangire River snakes through the national park that bears its name. Wildlife travel long distances; drawn to the area's only permanent river. The 1,096 square miles of protected lands are home to a large variety of game such as: wildebeests, elephants, zebras, gazelles, elands, gerenuks, lions and leopards. Extensive grasslands, dusted with the occasional acacia or baobab tree, provide the optimum conditions for viewing wild animals. Bird lovers will not be disappointed-- there are more than 500 avian species found at this park including: Yellow-collared Lovebirds, Rufous-tailed Weavers, Ashy Starlings, Stocking-thighed Ostriches, and Kori Bustards.

Return to the lodge.


Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.

Lodging: Tarangire Osupuko Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: This attractive African camp is well-situated near the main gate to Manyara National Park. Camp grounds face Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley escarpment.

Contact info:
Near the main gate to Manyara National Park
Manyara, Tanzania
phone: +255-712-332211
web: http://www.wildlifecamp.co.tz

Room amenities: Accommodations are provided in tented chalets and cottages. All have private bathrooms with hot/cold shower, bedside tables with reading lamps, mosquito nets, and a private deck.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge with bar, and swimming pool.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Friday, March 07 - Lake Manyara - Village Visits/Cultural Inte...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.


Morning: Begin transfer to Lake Manyara.

Visit to a local school* (if in session) for interaction with the students, followed by walking orientation of Mto Wa Mbu Village to meet a variety of the village folk as they go about their daily tasks.

*Note: Although not required, previous participants have enjoyed taking coloring pencils/pens and other basic supplies to donate to the local school.


Lunch: Lunch in the village with a local family.


Afternoon: After lunch, visit a local Maasai market to purchase supplies for tomorrow morning's village visit.

Arrive at the lodge, built in a style reminiscent of a Maasai village, situated on a high ridge with beautiful views of Lake Manyara.


Dinner: At the lodge.


Evening: Optional visit to Mto Wa Mbu Village to enjoy some drinks at the local bar.

Lodging: Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: Ang'ata Serengeti Camp is located in Central Serengeti, in the Seronera area. The camp offers a comfortable base for year-around game drive explorations in the Serengeti.

Contact info:
Central Serengeti
Serengeti, Tanzania
phone: +255-786025352
web: www.angatacamps.com

Room amenities: Tents have private bathrooms with bush showers and bush toilets. Each tent has reading lamps, a luggage rack and camp chairs. A covered porch area with seating area provides a nice place in which to sit down and relax after a full day of game drives.

Facility amenities: Dining tent with bar and a covered veranda around the tent.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Saturday, March 08 - Central Serengeti - Maasai Village Visit/Tr...
Central Serengeti -
Maasai Village Visit/Transfer to Central Serengeti/Game Drive.


Breakfast: At the lodge.


Morning: Early morning visit to a Maasai village to experience the simple and uncluttered lifestyle of the Maasai.

Begin transfer to the Central Serengeti region.


Lunch: Boxed lunch en route.


Afternoon: Continue with transfer to the Serengeti National Park.

After going through the park gates, enjoy your first game drive in Central Serengeti.

Here, the open grasslands are interspersed with small rocky outcrops, home to small mammals and reptiles that are not touched by the migration. This is also hyena country which brings into focus the scavengers of the migration and their role as the "waste management specialists" of the migration.

Arrive at the camp and check-in, followed by a camp orientation.


Dinner: At the camp.


Evening: Lecture: The Great Migration, Points to Ponder.

Lodging: Ang'ata Serengeti

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: Ang'ata Serengeti Camp is located in Central Serengeti, in the Seronera area. The camp offers a comfortable base for year-around game drive explorations in the Serengeti.

Contact info:
Central Serengeti
Serengeti, Tanzania
phone: +255-786025352
web: www.angatacamps.com

Room amenities: Tents have private bathrooms with bush showers and bush toilets. Each tent has reading lamps, a luggage rack and camp chairs. A covered porch area with seating area provides a nice place in which to sit down and relax after a full day of game drives.

Facility amenities: Dining tent with bar and a covered veranda around the tent.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Sunday, March 09 - Central Serengeti - Game Drives/Searching fo...
Breakfast: Early morning breakfast at the camp.


Morning: Game drive in search of the big cats (lion and cheetah,) with site lecture, ‘Do the lions follow the migration, fact or fiction?’

Return to the camp.


Lunch: At the camp.


Afternoon: Time at leisure.

Game drive in search of the unsung little creatures of the Serengeti (for example the dung beetle) and the vital role they play the overall ecology of the migration.

Return to the camp.


Dinner: At the camp.


Evening: Presentation: Is the Future of the Migration in Jeopardy?

Lodging: Ang'ata Serengeti

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: Ang'ata Migration Camp is located in the Ndutu area of the Serengeti. The comfortable facilities have views of Lake Ndutu and are near the wildebeest migration route. As its name implies, the camp is meant to offer its guests the opportunity to view migrating animals from December through March as they travel through the southern section of the Serengeti Plains.

Contact info:
Ndutu area
Serengeti, Tanzania
phone: +255-689888111
web: http://www.angatacamps.com

Room amenities: Tents have private bathrooms with bush showers and flush toilets. Each tent has reading lamps, a luggage rack and camp chairs. A covered porch area with seating area provides a nice place in which to sit down and relax after a full day of game drives.

Facility amenities: Dining tent with bar and a covered veranda around the tent.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Monday, March 10 - Southern Serengeti - Game Drives/Monitoring and P...
Breakfast: At the camp.


Morning: Transfer south to Ndutu.

En route, enjoy a game drive and a visit to the Serengeti Park Headquarters. Lecture: The Role of the Rangers and Staff of the Serengeti National Park in Monitoring and Protecting the Wildlife of the Park.


Lunch: At the Serengeti Park Headquarters.


Afternoon: Continue with transfer to Ndutu and en route game viewing.

Ndutu is one of the favorite birthing places for wildebeests and zebras. The grasses in the southern Serengeti are nutrient rich, which prepare the young wildebeests for the 800 mile journey that lies ahead.

Arrive at the camp and check-in, followed by free time to rest and freshen-up.

Pre-dinner discussion about wildebeests and their adaptation mechanisms.


Dinner: At the camp.

Lodging: Ang'ata Migration Camp - Ndutu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: Ang'ata Migration Camp is located in the Ndutu area of the Serengeti. The comfortable facilities have views of Lake Ndutu and are near the wildebeest migration route. As its name implies, the camp is meant to offer its guests the opportunity to view migrating animals from December through March as they travel through the southern section of the Serengeti Plains.

Contact info:
Ndutu area
Serengeti, Tanzania
phone: +255-689888111
web: http://www.angatacamps.com

Room amenities: Tents have private bathrooms with bush showers and flush toilets. Each tent has reading lamps, a luggage rack and camp chairs. A covered porch area with seating area provides a nice place in which to sit down and relax after a full day of game drives.

Facility amenities: Dining tent with bar and a covered veranda around the tent.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Tuesday, March 11 - Southern Serengeti - Game Drives/Wildebeest ...
Southern Serengeti -
Game Drives/Wildebeest Calving/Zebra Migration.


Breakfast: Early morning breakfast at the camp.


Morning: During this morning's game drive we will be looking to witness the birthing of wildebeests. In the southern Serengeti, the young wildebeests grow quickly and gain strength for the long trek ahead. Lion, cheetah, and hyena revel in the easy pickings as they also nurture their young. Ready your cameras-- photographic opportunities are plentiful!

Return to the camp.



Lunch: At the camp.


Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy some free time to relax at the camp.

Zebras will be the focus of our afternoon game drive. Learn about these uniquely striped equines and what they do to ready themselves for the "great migration."

Return to the camp.

Sundowner discussion: The Significance of the Migration on the Two Million People that Live on the Periphery of the Serengeti.


Dinner: Farewell to the Serengeti. Dinner at the camp.

Lodging: Ang'ata Migration Camp - Ndutu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The lodge is strategically built on the rim of Ngogorongoro's large crater, affording amazing views of the crater floor and its diverse wildlife. Buildings were constructed out of mostly local materials, including stone and wood. Rooms have large windows facing the crater.

Contact info:
Ngorongoro Crater rim
Ngorongoro, Tanzania
phone: +00000000000000
web: www.hotelsandlodges-tanzania.com/

Room amenities: The double occupancy rooms have private bathrooms and central heating.

Facility amenities: A panoramic restaurant, lounge and bar, gift shop, library, laundry services, currency exchange, professional nurse, and telephone/radio communications.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Wednesday, March 12 - Ngorongoro - Transfer to Ngorongoro Conserv...
Ngorongoro -
Transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area/Olduvai Gorge Archaeological Site.


Breakfast: At the lodge.


Morning: Transfer to Ngorongoro Crater via Olduvai Gorge.

Stop at the "Cradle of Mankind" for a field trip to Olduvai Gorge's famous archeological site. Site lecture: Louis and Mary Leakey and the Discovery of Homo Habilis.


Lunch: Boxed lunch at Olduvai Gorge.


Afternoon: Continue with your transfer to Ngorongoro. Take a moment to enjoy your first view of the Ngorongoro Crater!

The view of the crater from the rim is truly one of nature's great spectacles -- thousands of animals choreographed on a 360 degree "stage" 12 miles in diameter that is the crater floor.

Arrive at the lodge and check-in.

Pre-dinner presentation on the Ngorongoro Conservation area and the formation of the crater.


Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The lodge is strategically built on the rim of Ngogorongoro's large crater, affording amazing views of the crater floor and its diverse wildlife. Buildings were constructed out of mostly local materials, including stone and wood. Rooms have large windows facing the crater.

Contact info:
Ngorongoro Crater rim
Ngorongoro, Tanzania
phone: +00000000000000
web: www.hotelsandlodges-tanzania.com/

Room amenities: The double occupancy rooms have private bathrooms and central heating.

Facility amenities: A panoramic restaurant, lounge and bar, gift shop, library, laundry services, currency exchange, professional nurse, and telephone/radio communications.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Thursday, March 13 - Ngorongoro- Game Drives in the Ngorongoro Cr...
Breakfast: Early breakfast at the lodge.


Morning: Descend into the crater in 4x4 vehicles for a full morning game drive among one of the most unique concentrations of wildlife on earth. Viewing animals from so close, with a backdrop of the wall of the crater, provides outstanding photo opportunities.



Lunch: Boxed lunch at the Crater.


Afternoon: Continue with game drive activities in the Ngorongoro Crater.

Return to the lodge and freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner: Farewell dinner at the lodge.

Lodging: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Friday, March 14 - Depart to U.S. - Transfer to Arusha/School V...
Depart to U.S. -
Transfer to Arusha/School Visit/Day Room in Arusha.


Breakfast: At the lodge.


Morning: Begin transfer to Arusha.

En route, visit a local school.*
*Note: Although not required, previous participants have enjoyed taking coloring pencils/pens and other basic supplies to donate to the local school.


Lunch: Lunch en route.


Afternoon: Transfer to the Mt. Meru Hotel for day room accommodations. Participants will be able to rest, finish packing luggage, or freshen-up before catching a night flight to the U.S.

Before leaving for the airport, enjoy a light snack at the hotel. Check-out at 6 p.m.



Evening: Transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport and check-in for overnight flight to the U.S.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Thirteen: Saturday, March 15 - Arrive to the U.S.
Arrive To: Arrive to the U.S.


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