3716
Tanzania
Tanzania and the Great East African Migration
Witness one of the world’s most awe-inspiring events as you follow the hoof prints of zebra, wildebeest and other ungulates on their migration from the Serengeti to Masai Mara Reserve.
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Program No. 3716RJ
Length
13 days
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13 days
12 nights
29 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Transfer to Arusha, Check in
Kilimanjaro/Arusha
Mt. Meru Hotel

Activity note: This is an international travel day; no meals or program activities are scheduled on this day. From the international airport to the hotel is about 30 miles; approximately 1-1.5 hours.

DAY
3
Program Orientation, Transfer to Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park
B,L,D
Tarangire Osupuko Lodge

Activity 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: 8:30 a.m. Program orientation, followed by hotel check out. The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Meals on our program feature local cuisine. In many cases, they will be plated and served set meals; in others, we will have buffets with multiple options. Beverages include coffee, tea, water; other beverages are usually available for purchase. Unless otherwise specified, all transportation during this program will be provided by 4x4 safari vehicles with pop tops. Each vehicle can accommodate 6-7 passengers (plus the driver/guide) in window seats. Please note that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. 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 Cultural Heritage House.

Afternoon: Depart Arusha and journey southwest to Tarangire National Park. At the lodge, we'll check in and get rooms assignments. Then, we'll join our Group Leader in an orientation walk through the property. A pre-dinner presentation by the Group Leader will educate us on the elephants of Tarangire National Park and introduce us to local conservation efforts.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Tarangire National Park - Target Species Game Drive
Tarangire National Park
B,L,D
Tarangire Osupuko Lodge

Breakfast: Late breakfast at the lodge.

Morning: Early morning (pre-breakfast) 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. Upon our return we'll have breakfast, then "down time" to rest and enjoy lodge amenities.

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.

DAY
5
Lake Manyara - Village Visits, Cultural Interaction
Lake Manyara
B,L,D
Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Check out and begin transfer to Lake Manyara. En route, we'll enjoy a 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. 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.

DAY
6
Central Serengeti - Maasai Village, Game Drive
Central Serengeti
B,L,D
Semipermanent Tented Camp - Central Serengeti

Breakfast: Early at the lodge.

Morning: Early drive 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.

DAY
7
Central Serengeti - Game Drives, Searching for Big Cats
Central Serengeti
B,L,D
Semipermanent Tented Camp - Central Serengeti

Breakfast: Early morning breakfast at the camp.

Morning: Game drive field trip in search of the big cats (lion and cheetah,). Once we complete this activity, we should be able to answer the question: "Do the lions follow the migration, fact or fiction?" Return to the camp.

Lunch: At the camp.

Afternoon: After our meal, enjoy some "down time" to rest or do what you like at the camp before regrouping for our next activity. Later, we'll board our vehicles and set off in search of the unsung little creatures of the Serengeti (for example the dung beetle) to learn about the vital role they play the overall ecology of the migration. Return to the camp.

Dinner: At the camp.

Evening: During a Group Leader presentation we'll learn about the future of the migration and whether it's in jeopardy.

DAY
8
Game Drives, Monitoring & Protecting Wildlife
South Serengeti
B,L,D
Mobile Tented Camp - Southern Serengeti

Breakfast: At the camp.

Morning: Transfer south to Ndutu. En route, we'll enjoy a game drive and a visit to the Serengeti Park Headquarters. An expert presentation by park staff will reveal 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 with the Group Leader about wildebeests and their adaptation mechanisms.

Dinner: At the camp.

Evening: Time at leisure at the camp.

DAY
9
Game Drives, Wildebeest Calving, Zebra Migration
South Serengeti
B,L,D
Mobile Tented Camp - Southern Serengeti

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 before regrouping for our next activity. Our afternoon game drive will focus on zebras. During the drive, we'll learn about these uniquely striped equines and what they do to ready themselves for the "great migration." Return to the camp. During a sundowner at the camp, the Group Leader will lead a discussion on 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.

DAY
10
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Olduvai Gorge Site
Ngorongoro
B,L,D
Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Transfer to Ngorongoro Crater via Olduvai Gorge. We'll make a stop at the "Cradle of Mankind" for a field trip to Olduvai Gorge's famous archeological site. A local expert will educate us on Louis and Mary Leakey's work and the discovery of Homo Habilis during a walk through the site.

Lunch: Boxed lunch at Olduvai Gorge.

Afternoon: Continue the transfer to Ngorongoro. We'll take a moment along the way to enjoy our 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.

DAY
11
Game Drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, Coffee Farm
Karatu
B,L,D
Acacia Farm Lodge

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. Transfer to the Acacia Farm Lodge.

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: Check-in at the lodge, followed by free time to rest. We will join our Group Leader in a late afternoon exploratory walk around the lodge's farm and coffee plantation.

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.

DAY
12
Transfer to Arusha, Day Room in Arusha, Program Concludes
Kilimanjaro/Arusha
B,L
Mt. Meru Hotel

Activity note: Hotel day rooms in Arusha - checkout is at 6:00 pm in preparation for a group transfer to the international airport. This marks the end of your Road Scholar program. Please note that your program does not include overnight hotel reservations for this evening.

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Begin transfer to Arusha. Before arriving at our hotel, we will pay a visit to a local home to enjoy a family-hosted meal.

Lunch: At a local home.

Afternoon: Transfer to the Mt. Meru Hotel for day room accommodations. We'll be able to rest, finish packing luggage, or freshen-up before catching our return flights home. Before leaving for the airport, we'll enjoy a light snack at the hotel. Check-out by 6 p.m.

Evening: Transfer to the international airport to check-in for overnight flights to North America. This concludes the program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

DAY
13
Arrive to North America
In Flight





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