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SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA

Cheetahs, Giraffes and Zebras: A Safari in California With Your Grandchild

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Program #15605RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Itinerary for Jul 28 — Jul 31, 2014

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Type: Luxury Tented Camp

Description: In the heart of California's wine country, in the field of wheat-colored grass, on the slopes of rolling green hills, among the trees and ranches and vineyards is where you will find the essence and spirit of Africa. Come through the gate and be transported into an exotic new world. Safari West is a nonsmoking facility. Smoking is permitted in only one location. This area is between the barbecue area in the outdoor patio and Delilah’s Café. If it is determined that you have been smoking outside this specific area, a charge of $300 will be added to your final total.

Contact info:
3115 Porter Creek Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404 USA
phone: 707-579-2551
web: www.safariwest.com

Room amenities: At Safari West, there are no telephones or televisions in the tents to mar your tranquility. Tents are imported from Africa and are built on high wooden platforms with spacious decks where guests can take in the view of grazing giraffes. Pale-green canvas walls enclose plush beds, hot showers and rustic but elegant trappings. There are polished wood floors and one-of-a kind hand hewn furniture, crafted almost entirely on site from local wood. Tents have one king size bed, king size bed with double size bunk beds, or two double beds. Some rooms can accommodate futons for additional sleeping space. Tents are equipped with heaters and electric blankets.

Facility amenities: The café and meeting room have wireless internet access. No computers are available.

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

Additional nights before: Call for current rate.
Please contact Safari West at 707-579-2551 for reservation and let them know you are with the Road Scholar group. There is not a special rate for additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, July 28 - Orientation / Introductions / Marshmallow Roast
Afternoon: Check-in and Road Scholar Registration

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the Elephant Room.

Evening: The staff at Safari West will give an orientation to the program site. Following this orientation, participants will introduce themselves and will be assigned an animal for their animal study project. During the jeep tour and Safari West staff animal observation time, participants will have a chance to ask questions about their animal. Books will also be available with time for research. After the animal assignments have been made, the group will enjoy a marshmallow roast.

Lodging: Safari West

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Luxury Tented Camp

Description: In the heart of California's wine country, in the field of wheat-colored grass, on the slopes of rolling green hills, among the trees and ranches and vineyards is where you will find the essence and spirit of Africa. Come through the gate and be transported into an exotic new world. Safari West is a nonsmoking facility. Smoking is permitted in only one location. This area is between the barbecue area in the outdoor patio and Delilah’s Café. If it is determined that you have been smoking outside this specific area, a charge of $300 will be added to your final total.

Contact info:
3115 Porter Creek Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404 USA
phone: 707-579-2551
web: www.safariwest.com

Room amenities: At Safari West, there are no telephones or televisions in the tents to mar your tranquility. Tents are imported from Africa and are built on high wooden platforms with spacious decks where guests can take in the view of grazing giraffes. Pale-green canvas walls enclose plush beds, hot showers and rustic but elegant trappings. There are polished wood floors and one-of-a kind hand hewn furniture, crafted almost entirely on site from local wood. Tents have one king size bed, king size bed with double size bunk beds, or two double beds. Some rooms can accommodate futons for additional sleeping space. Tents are equipped with heaters and electric blankets.

Facility amenities: The café and meeting room have wireless internet access. No computers are available.

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

Additional nights before: Call for current rate.
Please contact Safari West at 707-579-2551 for reservation and let them know you are with the Road Scholar group. There is not a special rate for additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, July 29 - Jeep Tour / Craft Activity / Animal Observation
Breakfast: Continental breakfast to include bagels with cream cheese or jam, cereal or oatmeal, yogurt, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and fruit juice.

Morning: Heed the call of the wild with an adventurous safari tour. Explore the entire 400 acres of Safari West in a three-hour adventure led by a highly experienced guide in an open-air, authentic safari vehicle. The experience includes a drive through the "Sonoma" African Bush where you will be at one with the wild, observing giraffe, gazelle, scimitar-horned oryx, ostrich and other species of African antelope all living together and sharing this exotic savannah setting. The habitat was designed to give the animals the ability to interact and roam about freely. Then it is on foot for a journey through the grounds of Safari West where you will spot a cheetah or two, giraffes sticking their necks out for you, the primates on lemur island going ape, resplendent birds soaring over in the amazing open-air aviary, as well as an abundance of other animals.

Lunch: Deli sandwiches

Afternoon: Grandchildren will spend the afternoon making a craft project with their grandparents. Later in the afternoon, get up close and learn about some unique bugs, grandchildren can even touch a tarantula if they are feeling brave. Then, each grandparent/grandchild team will spend time learning and observing an animal at the preserve accompanied by animal experts. Wrap up the afternoon and enjoy a movie, if time allows.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the Elephant room.

Evening: Game night! Play some board and card games with your new friends.

Lodging: Safari West

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Luxury Tented Camp

Description: In the heart of California's wine country, in the field of wheat-colored grass, on the slopes of rolling green hills, among the trees and ranches and vineyards is where you will find the essence and spirit of Africa. Come through the gate and be transported into an exotic new world. Safari West is a nonsmoking facility. Smoking is permitted in only one location. This area is between the barbecue area in the outdoor patio and Delilah’s Café. If it is determined that you have been smoking outside this specific area, a charge of $300 will be added to your final total.

Contact info:
3115 Porter Creek Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404 USA
phone: 707-579-2551
web: www.safariwest.com

Room amenities: At Safari West, there are no telephones or televisions in the tents to mar your tranquility. Tents are imported from Africa and are built on high wooden platforms with spacious decks where guests can take in the view of grazing giraffes. Pale-green canvas walls enclose plush beds, hot showers and rustic but elegant trappings. There are polished wood floors and one-of-a kind hand hewn furniture, crafted almost entirely on site from local wood. Tents have one king size bed, king size bed with double size bunk beds, or two double beds. Some rooms can accommodate futons for additional sleeping space. Tents are equipped with heaters and electric blankets.

Facility amenities: The café and meeting room have wireless internet access. No computers are available.

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

Additional nights before: Call for current rate.
Please contact Safari West at 707-579-2551 for reservation and let them know you are with the Road Scholar group. There is not a special rate for additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, July 30 - Animal Presentations / Scavenger Hunt / African W...
Animal Presentations / Scavenger Hunt / African Wildlife Movie / Dance Your Heart Out!

Breakfast: Continental breakfast to include bagels with cream cheese or jam, cereal or oatmeal, yogurt, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and fruit juice.

Morning: The staff at Safari West will do a special animal presentation. Later in the morning, set off on a scavenger hunt as you learn more fun things about the campground.

Lunch: Deli sandwiches.

Afternoon: Following lunch, each grandparent / grandchild team will give a presentation on the animal that they studied during their morning observations. The staff from the bird sanctuary area will provide some input on how the birds are kept happy with appropriate food and habitat. Then gather around for a wildlife movie.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the Elephant Room.

Evening: This African dance lesson will get you out of your seat and moving.

Lodging: Safari West

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Thursday, July 31 - Program Wrap Up and Farewell
Breakfast: Continental breakfast to include bagels with cream cheese or jam, cereal or oatmeal, yogurt, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and fruit juice.

Morning: Program wrap up.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Santa Rosa, CA
Charles M Schulz Museum"Peanuts" devotees won't be disappointed in the museum that memorializes the work of cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, who made Santa Rosa his adopted hometown. The museum features an early mural of Charlie Brown and Snoopy, a wood relief sculpture of Snoopy showing the changes in the famed cartoon dog's appearance over the years and Schulz's actual work studio. For additional information, visit www.schulzmuseum.org
For additional information, visit: www.schulzmuseum.org
The Petrified ForestStep back in Time, over 3 million years, and follow the trail of majestic petrified redwood giants arrayed before you in a fascinating grove in beautiful California wine country. For additional information, visit www.petrifiedforest.org
For additional information, visit: www.petrifiedforest.org
Sonoma County MuseumThe Sonoma County Museum is in the old Post Office. It is worth visiting for the building itself, which is gorgeous inside and out (and, for those familiar with Turkey, kind of resembles some neo-Ottoman architecture seen from the late empire and early Republic). Designed in 1908 by James Knox Taylor and completed in 1910, it is one of the oldest Federal buildings in the state and one of the area's most significant landmarks. Part history museum and part art museum, it also has interesting exhibits on the history of the area and art. For additional information, visit www.sonomacountymuseum.org
For additional information, visit: www.sonomacountymuseum.org
Armstrong Redwoods State ParkArmstrong Redwoods preserves 805 acres of the stately and magnificent Sequoia sempervirens, commonly known as the coast redwood. These trees stand together as a testament to the wonders of the natural world. The Grove offers solace from the hustle and bustle of daily life, offering the onlooker great inspiration and a place for quiet reflection. The reserve includes a visitor center, large outdoor amphitheater, self-guided nature trails, and a variety of picnic facilities. While you can drive into the park, the best way to experience the dramatic affect of the towering redwoods, is to park in the lot at the park entrance and walk in for free. All of the park features are a short easy stroll along level trails that are disability accessible. For additional information, visit www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=450

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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You won't find a better value.

Included
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3 nights of accommodations
8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences

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