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Tanzania and the Great East African Migration

Program Number: 3716RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/8/2014 - 9/20/2014; 12/1/2014 - 12/13/2014; 1/15/2015 - 1/27/2015; 2/9/2015 - 2/21/2015; 2/20/2015 - 3/4/2015; 3/2/2015 - 3/14/2015; 6/22/2015 - 7/4/2015; 7/20/2015 - 8/1/2015; 8/3/2015 - 8/15/2015; 8/17/2015 - 8/29/2015; 9/7/2015 - 9/19/2015; 9/21/2015 - 10/3/2015; 10/5/2015 - 10/17/2015; 10/17/2015 - 10/29/2015;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Tanzania
Price starting at: $5,595.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Natural History Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 29; 10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Each year 2 million animals migrate between the plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania and Maasai Mara in Kenya, a journey of 800 miles. The migration is dramatic — considered to be the largest movement of wildlife on earth. Witness the highlights of the migration from strategically placed mobile tented camps and study this phenomena and its impact on the land, the animals and the people living on the periphery of the migration route. Visit the Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge — the Cradle of Mankind — as we follow in the hoof prints of the migrating animals.




Highlights

• Look for the “Big Five” while following the animals of the Great Migration.
• Learn about the contribution of Louis and Mary Leakey to our understanding of our primeval ancestors during a field trip to Olduvai Gorge.
• At a Maasai village and a rural community, learn how the migration impacts the lives of the indigenous people living on the periphery of the migration.



Activity Particulars

Transportation in 4x4 safari vehicles on unpaved, bumpy, dusty roads in parks. Outside of game parks travel on paved roads.



Check the daily schedule on the website or contact the Program Provider if you plan on making your own flights for correct arrival and departure dates.

2015 group sizes limited to 12. Guaranteed window seats in safari vehicles.

We follow the path of the yearlong migration; dividing time between two adjoining Serengeti regions for optimum game viewing. The event takes place in a circular pattern in the Serengeti Mara Ecosystem and annual rainfall dictates the timing and course of migration.




Date Specific Information

9-8-2014

This departure includes a flight from Northern Serengeti to Arusha and program sites are visited in a different order. Arrival Arusha, 1 night; drive to Tarangire National Park, 2 nights; drive to Lake Manyara, 1 night; drive to Ngorongoro Conservancy and Ngorongoro Crater, 2 nights; drive to Central Serengeti, 2 nights; drive to Northern Serengeti, 2 nights; fly to Arusha for overnight departure.



12-1-2014, 1-15-2015, 2-9-2015, 2-20-2015, 3-2-2015

Fresh grass covers the southern Serengeti plains and herds are spread out as far as the eye can see, feasting on the nutrient-rich food. This is calving season for wildebeest and other hoofed animals. Expect to see thousands of wildebeest calves, from a few hours to a few days old accompanied by dramatic predatory action by lions, cheetahs, and hyenas.



6-22-2015, 7-20-2015

As the long rains come to an end and the dry season sets in, the great migration makes its way to the Serengeti’s western corridor. During the perilous crossing of the Grumeti River, large crocodiles lie in wait for their annual feast. Cape buffalo and elephants like to congregate in the riverine forests while large groups of hippos cool off in the murky river waters. This is also mating season for wildebeest that bellow and grunt to advertise their presence, creating a cacophony of sound.



8-3-2015, 8-17-2015, 9-7-2015, 9-21-2015, 10-5-2015, 10-17-2015

This is the dry season in the Serengeti, with light rains starting in October and November. The grass is dried and short, making for excellent game viewing, and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers in the northern reaches of the Serengeti. A thrilling spectacle takes place as the migration moves across the Mara River--a dramatic journey through crocodile-infested waters that has been captured and immortalized in various nature documentaries. Clusters of giraffes and elephants wander the woodlands while herds of buffalo and impala graze within the shadows of Banagi Hill.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Arusha, 1 night; drive to Tarangire National Park, 2 nights; drive to Lake Manyara, 1 night; drive to Central Serengeti, 2 nights; drive to Southern, Western or Northern Serengeti, 2 nights; drive to Ngorongoro Conservancy, 2 nights; coach to Arusha for overnight departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Arusha
1 night
Coach to Tarangire National Park
2 nights

A lecture on the political, economic and social issues of Tanzania provides a solid introduction to the country. After bidding farewell to scenic Arusha, journey southwest to one of the country’s largest protected areas — the Tarangire National Park. Lectures and game drives focus on the large population of elephants that inhabit the park; though ample birding and additional game-viewing opportunities are also expected.



Coach to Lake Manyara
1 night
Coach to Central Serengeti 2 nights

Visits to a local community, school and a Maasai village offer opportunities for authentic cultural interaction in and around Lake Manyara. Continue to Central Serengeti where wildebeest can be seen crossing the open plains, evidence of the ongoing migration. Look for lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena in close attendance as the migrating animals continue their journey in search of food and water.



Coach to South, West or North Serengeti
2 nights

Continue from Central Serengeti to our seasonal campsite; a continuous game drive only interrupted by a field trip to the Serengeti Wildlife Headquarters and Education Center. A representative from the Wildlife Service will address the group on the work being done to counter poaching associated with the migration. In Serengeti game drives continue to follow the migration. Everyday brings new surprises and delights.



Coach to Ngorongoro Crater
2 nights
Coach to Arusha
Departure on overnight flight to the U.S.A.
1 night

A field trip takes you to the historic Olduvai Gorge where an expert tells the story of Louis and Mary Leakey, who in the 1950s pioneered the excavation work carried on by their family here today. Game drives within Ngorongoro’s 100 square mile caldera reveal tens of thousands of resident and migrating wildlife.




Tanzania

Much of the 23,000-square-mile Serengeti plain lies within the borders of Tanzania. This vast expanse of savanna is the site of the largest and longest overland migration in the world. In a biannual event, more than 2 million herbivores, including more than 1 million blue wildebeest traveling in herds of thousands, follow the autumn rains 500 miles south across the Mara River to Tanzania, where they remain until the return journey in the spring.



Accommodations
Arusha: Modern hotel. Tarangire National Park: Hotel with views of Mount Meru. Lake Manyara: Lodge on ridge above Lake Manyara. Ngorongoro Conservancy: Wildlife lodge on rim of Ngorongoro Crater. Central Serengeti: Tented camp. Southern Serengeti: Mobile tented camp.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Lucas Mhina

Lucas John Mhina was born and raised in Arusha, Tanzania. His parents are from two different tribes in coastal Tanzania and from the Mount Kilimanjaro region. He studied in England at East London University, in Kenya at Nairobi's Strathmore College, and received further training in educational excursion leading and first aid while in South Africa. Lucas has a keen interest in ecology and truly enjoys sharing his vast knowledge of the birds and wildlife of East Africa.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Mt. Meru Hotel
  Kilimanjaro/Arusha, Tanzania 1 night
   Tarangire Osupuko Lodge
  Tarangire National Park, Tanzania 2 nights
   Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp
  Lake Manyara, Tanzania 1 night
   Semipermanent Tented Camp - Central Serengeti
  Central Serengeti, Tanzania 2 nights
   Mobile Tented Camp - Southern Serengeti
  South Serengeti, Tanzania 2 nights
   Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
  Ngorongoro, Tanzania 2 nights
   Mt. Meru Hotel
  Kilimanjaro/Arusha, Tanzania 1 night
 Mt. Meru Hotel
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Subject to availability. Room type and prices are subject to availability. Please call the program provider at 1-800-866-7111 for more information.
  Additional nights after: Subject to availability. Room type and prices are subject to availability. Please call the program provider at 1-800-866-7111 for more information.

 Tarangire Osupuko Lodge
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 allowed: Yes

 Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp
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 allowed: Yes

 Semipermanent Tented Camp - Central Serengeti
Type: Tents
  Description: The semipermanent tented camp in the Central Serengeti region is made up of a small number of guest tents, a main dining tent with bar, and an outdoor sitting area for guests to enjoy some evening conversation around the campfire.
  Contact info: Serengeti National Park
Serengeti,   Tanzania
phone: +000-000-0000
  Room amenities: Tents have private bathrooms with bush showers*, washbasin, and standard flush toilets. Each tent has reading lamps, a luggage rack and camp chairs. A covered porch with seating area provides a nice place in which to sit down and relax after a full day of game drives. *Bush showers, also known as bucket showers, are the standard at many mobile tented camps in Africa. Each tent has an outdoor water reservoir that holds enough water for showering. Camp staff heat bath water and refill the reservoir daily upon request. This feature allows guests the comfort and luxury of enjoying a hot shower out in the bush, while still helping to conserve precious water.
  Facility amenities: Dining tent with bar area.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Mobile Tented Camp - Southern Serengeti
Type: Tents
  Description: Mobile tented camps provide an authentic safari experience without giving up on comfort. This seasonal tented camp in Southern Serengeti is made up of a small number of guest tents, a main dining tent with bar, and an outdoor sitting area for guests to enjoy some evening conversation around the campfire.
  Contact info: Serengeti National Park
Serengeti,   Tanzania
phone: +000-000-0000
  Room amenities: Tents have private bathrooms with bush showers*, washbasin, and standard flush toilets. Each tent has reading lamps, a luggage rack and camp chairs. A covered porch with seating area provides a nice place in which to sit down and relax after a full day of game drives. *Bush showers, also known as bucket showers, are the standard at many mobile tented camps in Africa. Each tent has an outdoor water reservoir that holds enough water for showering. Camp staff heat bath water and refill the reservoir daily upon request. This feature allows guests the comfort and luxury of enjoying a hot shower out in the bush, while still helping to conserve precious water.
  Facility amenities: Dining tent with bar area.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
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 allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
All-day arrivals at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. You will be staying at Mt. Meru Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Departures from Kilimanjaro International Airport in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Day room check-out by 6 p.m. You will be staying at Mt. Meru Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Tanzania requires proof of yellow fever vaccination from all travelers arriving from yellow fever endemic countries. For more information contact the program provider or the Tanzanian Embassy in Washington DC 2139 R Street NW Washington D.C. 20008 Tel: 202-939-6123/5/7at www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org/
  Required innoculations:
Yes: Tanzania requires proof of yellow fever vaccination from all travelers arriving from yellow fever endemic countries. Please review the Center for Disease Control's list of travel recommendations with a personal physician no later than 6 weeks prior to travel. Their information can be accessed by calling 1-800-CDC-INFO or on their website www.cdc.gov
  Parking availability:
NA
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Kilimanjaro/Arusha
  Nearest airport:  Kilimanjaro International Airport
  Transportation to site: Taxis are available at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. If you choose to use this service, please negotiate a price with the driver beforehand.
  From End of Program
  Location: Kilimanjaro/Arusha
  Transportation from site: The hotel can assist with transportation arrangements to the airport (additional charges might apply).
    (Additional transportation information same as above)


Required innoculations:

Yes: Tanzania requires proof of yellow fever vaccination from all travelers arriving from yellow fever endemic countries. Please review the Center for Disease Control's list of travel recommendations with a personal physician no later than 6 weeks prior to travel. Their information can be accessed by calling 1-800-CDC-INFO or on their website www.cdc.gov

Elevation Note: Elevations of up to 8,000 feet at Ngorongoro Crater.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Depart U.S.A. for Africa - Overnight flight.
(Friday, February 20)
   
 In Transit: Board your overnight flight to Africa.

Day 2: Arrive to Kilimanjaro Airport -
Transfer to Arusha.

(Saturday, February 21)
   
 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 participants arriving on international Road Scholar flights).

Transfer to Arusha.
Arrive at the lodge and check-in.
   
Accommodations: Mt. Meru Hotel

Day 3: Program Orientation/Excursion to Shanga Beads/Transfer to Tarangire National Park.
(Sunday, February 22)

Note: Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.



   
 Breakfast: At the lodge.
 Morning: Program Orientation.

Get to know your group leader and fellow Road Scholar participants during a welcome and introduction session at the hotel. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

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.
 Evening: Time at leisure at the lodge.
   
Accommodations: Tarangire Osupuko Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Tarangire National Park -
Target Species Game Drive.

(Monday, February 23)
   
 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: At the lodge.
 Evening: Time at leisure at the lodge.
   
Accommodations: Tarangire Osupuko Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lake Manyara -
Village Visits/Cultural Interaction.

(Tuesday, February 24)
   
 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: Enjoy 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.
   
Accommodations: Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Central Serengeti -
Maasai Village Visit/Transfer to Central Serengeti/Game Drive.

(Wednesday, February 25)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Semipermanent Tented Camp - Central Serengeti
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Central Serengeti -
Game Drives/Searching for Big Cats.

(Thursday, February 26)
   
 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?
   
Accommodations: Semipermanent Tented Camp - Central Serengeti
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Southern Serengeti - Game Drives/Monitoring and Protecting Wildlife.
(Friday, February 27)
   
 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: Box 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.
 Evening: Time at leisure at the camp.
   
Accommodations: Mobile Tented Camp - Southern Serengeti
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Southern Serengeti -
Game Drives/Wildebeest Calving/Zebra Migration.

(Saturday, February 28)
   
 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.
 Evening: Time at leisure at the camp.
   
Accommodations: Mobile Tented Camp - Southern Serengeti
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Ngorongoro -
Transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area/Olduvai Gorge Archaeological Site.

(Sunday, March 1)
   
 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.
 Evening: Time at leisure at the camp.
   
Accommodations: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Ngorongoro-
Game Drives in the Ngorongoro Crater.

(Monday, March 2)
   
 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.
 Evening: Time at leisure at the lodge. Enjoy your last night in Tanzania among your newfound Road Scholar friends.
   
Accommodations: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Depart to U.S. -
Transfer to Arusha/Cultural Heritage Center/Day Room in Arusha.

(Tuesday, March 3)

Note: Dayroom only - checkout is at 6:00 pm, no overnight is included



   
 Breakfast: At the lodge.
 Morning: Begin transfer to Arusha.

Before reaching Arusha, we will enjoy a visit to the Cultural Heritage Center, located outside the city.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant 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.

This concludes the program. We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar adventure! When you get home, remember to stay in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network; share memories, pictures, and comments about your recent travels.
   
Accommodations: Mt. Meru Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: Arrive to the U.S.
(Wednesday, March 4)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive to the U.S.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Africa, The Serengeti


Author: George Casey (Director), James Earl Jones (Narrator)


Description: A dazzling 40-minute IMAX documentary of the wildebeests' year-long migration in the Serengeti and Masai Mara.



African Wildlife


Author: Raymond Leung (Illustrator), James Kavanaugh


Description: Slip this laminated foldout guide in your pocket for quick reference in the field.



Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania


Author: Dale Zimmerman, Donald Turner, David Pearson


Description: Ideal for the Serengeti, this field guide features 124 stunning color plates.



Bradt Safari Guide Northern Tanzania with Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar


Author: Philip Briggs


Description: A compact, practical overview of the history, wildlife and attractions of northern Tanzania, including the Serengeti, Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Olduvai, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.



Culture Smart, Tanzania


Author: Quintin Winks


Description: This pocket guide introduces local local customs, etiquette and culture.



Green Hills of Africa


Author: Ernest Hemingway


Description: Hemingway and his wife set out on a two-month East African safari. This classic brings culture, customs and natural beauty of the area to life in beautiful, descriptive personal prose.



Into Africa, With a New Postcript


Author: Craig Packer


Description: Packer writes of a year in the field, from studying primates at Gombe to the lions of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.



Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals


Author: Jonathan Kingdon


Description: An artist and biologist, Kingdon provides both delightful full-color illustra-tions and informative text for this great guide.



Ngorongoro


Author: Reinhard Kunkel


Description: Kunkel's three hundred stunning photographs celebrate the abundant wildlife of the crater and surrounding conservation area. Kunkel has been traveling and photographing in the region since 1973.



Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tourist Map and Guide


Author: Harms IC Verlag


Description: The entire conservation area at a scale of 1:230,000, with a nicely detailed topographic map of the crater itself on the reverse.



Say it in Swahili


Author: Sharifa Zawawi


Description: A palm-size pocket guide to common phrases and expressions.



Serengeti National Park Map


Author: Ma Company (Tanzania)


Description: This detailed, full-color sketch map of the Serengeti ecosystem includes camps, lodges, watercourses, habitat and topography.



Tanzania Map


Author: Nelles


Description: A clear, double-sided map of Tanzania, with neighboring Rwanda and Burundi, at a scale of 1:1,500,000.



The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals


Author: Richard Estes


Description: Specifically written for those interested in understanding behavior of the animals they see on safari. This text includes icons, tables and a thorough glossary.



The Tree Where Man Was Born


Author: Peter Matthiessen


Description: This classic portrait of East Africa, enthralling in its detail on nature and daily life, takes in the Maasai, Ngorongoro, the Kenyan highlands and Mathies-sen's field trips, safaris and adventures in the Serengeti.



The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior, An Autobiography


Author: Ole Saitoti


Description: aitoti looks back on his life among the Maasai as spokesperson for the tribe and one of their first safari guides, bridging several worlds with tremendous grace.



West with the Night


Author: Beryl Markham


Description: Markham evokes the landscapes, people and wildlife of East Africa in engross-ing detail in this memoir of adventures as a bush pilot in 1930s Kenya, a Lon-gitude favorite.



Wildlife of East Africa


Author: Martin B. Withers, David Hosking


Description: This compact guide to 475 common species of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, trees and flowers of East Africa features full-color photographs with detailed descriptions on facing pages.





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