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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 Jun 3 — Jun 15, 2013

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Day One: Monday, June 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, June 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: 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, June 05 - Program Orientation/Transfer to Tarangire Nationa...
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Program Orientation.

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

Depart Arusha and journey southwest to Tarangire National Park, arriving in time for lunch.

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

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

Afternoon game drive in the park.

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: 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, June 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 village with 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: Lodge

Description: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge is perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater at 7,500 feet above sea level (with a 2,000 feet sheer drop down to the crater floor), with spectacular and unsurpassed views over the crater's great bowl. Its 75 rooms are centrally heated, and the lounge features a fireplace and panoramic windows that give on to a terrace serving as an observation deck for the crater below.



Contact info:
Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro, 0000 Tanzania
phone: +0000000000
Facility amenities: The 75 rooms at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge are simple but nicely decorated and come ensuite with bathroom facilities. The Lodge was the first in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area thus had the preference in picking the best location, which boasts superb panoramic views of the whole crater.

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


Day Six: Saturday, June 08 - Ngorongoro - Maasai Village/Transfer to Ng...
Ngorongoro -
Maasai Village/Transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.


Breakfast: At the lodge.

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

Return to the lodge.



Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: Transfer to lodge with 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: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge is perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater at 7,500 feet above sea level (with a 2,000 feet sheer drop down to the crater floor), with spectacular and unsurpassed views over the crater's great bowl. Its 75 rooms are centrally heated, and the lounge features a fireplace and panoramic windows that give on to a terrace serving as an observation deck for the crater below.



Contact info:
Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro, 0000 Tanzania
phone: +0000000000
Facility amenities: The 75 rooms at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge are simple but nicely decorated and come ensuite with bathroom facilities. The Lodge was the first in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area thus had the preference in picking the best location, which boasts superb panoramic views of the whole crater.

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


Day Seven: Sunday, June 09 - Game Drive in Ngorongoro Crater.
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: Picnic lunch in the crater.

Afternoon: Continue with game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater.

Return to the lodge.

Dinner: Dinner at lodge.

Lodging: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: This Ang'ata tented camp permanently operates in the Seronera area, in the central region of the Seregengeti Plains.

Contact info:
Central Serengeti Area
Serengeti, Tanzania
phone: +255-786-02535255
web: www.angatacamps.com

Room amenities: Tents have private baths with bush showers and flush toilets. Each tent has a veranda with camp chairs where guests can relax.

Facility amenities: Dining tent with a bar.

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


Day Eight: Monday, June 10 - Olduvai Gorge Archeological Site/Transfer to Cent...
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Transfer to Serengeti National Park. 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: Picnic lunch at Olduvai Gorge.

Afternoon: Continue with transfer to Serengeti National Park.

After going through the park gates, enjoy your first game drive in the 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 Camp - Seronera

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: This Ang'ata tented camp permanently operates in the Seronera area, in the central region of the Seregengeti Plains.

Contact info:
Central Serengeti Area
Serengeti, Tanzania
phone: +255-786-02535255
web: www.angatacamps.com

Room amenities: Tents have private baths with bush showers and flush toilets. Each tent has a veranda with camp chairs where guests can relax.

Facility amenities: Dining tent with a bar.

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


Day Nine: Tuesday, June 11 - Central Serengeti - Game Drives/Searching f...
Breakfast: Early morning breakfast at camp.

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

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.

Dinner: At the camp.

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

Lodging: Ang'ata Camp - Seronera

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: Seasonal tented camps offer guests the opportunity to maximize their safari experience by following the animals as they move through the Serengeti during the year.

Contact info:
Mobile Tented Camp
Western Serengeti, Tanzania
phone: +(255-27) 2508790
web: www.africanconservancycompany.com

Room amenities: Tents have private bathrooms (with flush toilet, wash basin, and bucket showers), wrought iron beds, dressing table with mirror, carpets, verandah with lounge chairs and a coffee table, and a luggage rack.

Facility amenities: Dining tent and a campfire area with seating.

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


Day Ten: Wednesday, June 12 - Western Serengeti - Game Drives/Monitoring...
Western Serengeti -
Game Drives/Monitoring and Protecting Wildlife.


Breakfast: At the camp.

Morning: This morning we will relocate, moving to the Serengeti's western region.

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 and en route game viewing.

During June and July the lush grass plains of the Western Serengeti will quickly become denuded as the Western flank of the migration moves through this area. The concentration of both adult and juvenile wildebeest, zebra and gazelle is a breathtaking sight. For the wildebeest this is the end of their mating season and the loud calls emitted by the males adds to the excitement of the game drives in this region in what is known as a migration hotspot.

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

Lecture: The Great Migration: Points to Ponder.

Dinner: At the camp.

Lodging: Maisha Grumeti Tented Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: Seasonal tented camps offer guests the opportunity to maximize their safari experience by following the animals as they move through the Serengeti during the year.

Contact info:
Mobile Tented Camp
Western Serengeti, Tanzania
phone: +(255-27) 2508790
web: www.africanconservancycompany.com

Room amenities: Tents have private bathrooms (with flush toilet, wash basin, and bucket showers), wrought iron beds, dressing table with mirror, carpets, verandah with lounge chairs and a coffee table, and a luggage rack.

Facility amenities: Dining tent and a campfire area with seating.

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


Day Eleven: Thursday, June 13 - Western Serengeti - Game Drives/Grumeti Riv...
Western Serengeti -
Game Drives/Grumeti River Crossing/Hippo Pools.


Breakfast: Early morning breakfast at the camp.

Morning: During this morning's game drive we will be looking to witness one of the migration's perilous river crossings.

The Grumeti River cuts across the northern boundary of the Western Serengeti and is the first major obstacle facing the animals as they make their way to the promised land of the Masai Mara. With good rains, crossing of the Grumeti River becomes a risky business with large Nile crocodiles submerged in the murky waters. To experience the frenzy of a crossing is one of nature's rare events and should be celebrated if you are fortunate enough to be at the right place, at the right time to witness this spectacle.

Return to the camp.

Lunch: At the camp.

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

The afternoon game drive will concentrate on the resident hippos and crocodiles that frequent the two rivers and the pools in this region. Birds are attracted to the riverine areas and offer a welcome respite from focusing on the large animals of the migration.

Return to the camp.

Pre-dinner presentation: Is the Future of the Migration in Jeopardy?

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the camp.

Lodging: Maisha Grumeti Tented Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Friday, June 14 - Depart to U.S. - Fly to Arusha/Excursion to...
Depart to U.S. -
Fly to Arusha/Excursion to Shanga Beads/Day Room in Arusha.


Breakfast: Early this morning, enjoy your last game drive in Tanzania before returning to the camp for breakfast.

Breakfast at the camp.

Morning: Transfer to the airstrip to board a flight to Arusha.

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

Lunch: Lunch at Shanga Beads.

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 flight to the U.S.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Thirteen: Saturday, June 15 - Arrive to the USA.
Arrive To: Arrive to the USA.


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