Last year's adventure was such a huge hit (and early sell out) that we are doing it again!
- A First Class Adventure;
- A Once in a Lifetime Experience;
- Animals, Animals, and MORE Animals in Multiple Numbers during the Migration;
- 6 days on safari;
- White Sandy Beaches of Tanzania
- An Incredible Low Price for a Top Vacation
... plus a bonus DAY IN LONDON, England
WITNESS ANNUAL THE WILDEBEEST MIGRATION
ON SAFARI WITH BPC IN TANZANIA
The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti attracts visitors from around the world, who flock to the open plains to witness the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet! More than a million animals make the seasonal journey to fresh pasture to the north, then the south, after the biannual rains. The sound of their thundering hooves, raising massive clouds of thick red dust, has become one of the legends of the Serengeti plains. The entire ecosystem thrives from the annual migration, from the lions and birds of prey that gorge themselves on the weak and the faltering to the gamut of hungry crocodiles that lie in patient wait at each river crossing for their annual feed.
Tanzania boasts 20% of all the wildlife population in all of Africa! We will be organized into 4x4 Land Rovers in groups of seven. As each Land Rover heads out for the safari drive in the morning and/or afternoon. In between we have lodge accommodations right in the middle of the activity where you can relax by the pool and look out into the plains of Tanzania. Witness the amazing sunsets or take an optional hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti National Park if you like.
TTD/BPC will visit Tanzania when the herds are in the southern Serengeti during the migration cycle. Since they are constantly on the move between Kenya and Tanzania, timing your trip with the movement of the herd is important to consider.
FRI FEB 20 DEPART USA
SAT FEB 21 LONDON
Free time to explore London on your own by day before we take our evening flight to Tanzania!
SUN FEB 22 ARRIVE KILIMANJARO, TANZANIA
Morning arrival into Kilimanjaro Airport. Proceed through immigration. Upon exiting baggage claim, look for guides – who will be meeting your group.
Transfer to Arusha for a welcome rest after your long journey. Here you will have a short safari briefing before getting settled into your rooms. Remainder of the afternoon/evening is at your leisure. (Lunch on own account). This evening, a welcome dinner. Mt. Meru Game Lodge or similar (D) www.intimate-places.com
Nestled between the peaks of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary lies midway between Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha.
The Lodge is located within 33 acres of mature, well manicured gardens bounded on one side by the tranquil waters of the Usa River and on the other by the Animal Sanctuary where our resident animals and birds live out their lives in peace. This Wildlife provides many of our guests with their first exciting game viewing experience. Access to the Lodge and Sanctuary is entirely by Tarmac Road making the journey to the Lodge all the more pleasant for the weary traveler.
MON FEB 23 GREAT RIFT VALLEY/ LAKE MANYARA
Breakfast and checkout. Meet your safari driver/guides. Proceed for a brief visit to the Arusha Children’s Orphanage. Continue drive to the Lake Manyara National Park, which apart from its abundant bird life, is known for its tree-climbing lions. Here we will have a picnic lunch and short game drive. Afterwards, drive up the western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley and to our beautiful lodge built on the rim of the valley. Remainder of the afternoon and evening at leisure.
Lake Manyara Serena Lodge (BLD) (http://www.serenahotels.com/tanzania/lakemanyara/home.asp)
Standing high on the bluff of a dramatic ochre and terracotta streaked cliff above the flamingo-frosted expanse of Lake Manyara’s gleaming alkaline waters, Lake Manyara Serena Lodge commands panoramic views across the volcano-studded floor of the Great Rift Valley.
Designed to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara’s unique bird life, the lodge draws on an inspirational architectural motif that melds swooping avian curves with the gentle concentric patterns of traditional Maasai ‘Bomas’ (encampments) while the vibrantly colored frescoes lining the walls are designed to depict the colorful intricacy of bird migratory patterns. The ambiance of the lodge is a fusion of lakeside tranquility, towering volcanic splendor and adventure-packed sporting activity. The lodge has been sensitively designed so as to blend seamlessly into the spectacular surroundings of its environment, and utilizes natural stone, thatch and muted savannah colors wherever possible. Great care was also taken during the construction process to protect the indigenous plants and trees surrounding the lake and a number of re-planting programs have been executed since the lodge was established.
Perched high above the lake with endless views over the floor of the Great Rift Valley, the circular dining room and bright murals of the open-air bar area feature fabulous avian-inspired frescoes, colorful Maasai artifacts and a unique domed basketwork ceiling hung with carved gourds and nest-shaped lanterns. Easily the most dramatic of all the swimming pools in the Serena Group’s stable, the Lake Manyara Pool, which has received significant architectural acclaim, lies below the lodge, on the very edge of the escarpment with mesmeric views across the still waters of the lake and the age-old majesty of the Great Rift Valley.
TUE FEB 24 NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA NGORONGORO CRATER
After breakfast, depart for morning game drive, then drive to the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world. Its enduring charm stems from its overwhelming physical beauty and the abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Arrive for lunch at your lodge. Afternoon at your leisure.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (BLD) (www.sopalodges.com)
Sopa means welcome in the Maasai language and is representative of the warm welcome you will receive at the Sopa lodges. Ngorongoro Sopa is spread out along the uppermost rim of the Ngorongoro World Heritage Site, an ancient extinct volcano that contains the largest permanent concentration of game in Africa. Ngorongoro Sopa offers breathtaking views of the crater floor far below. A sparkling swimming pool refreshes those returning from game drives. The rooms are cool and comfortable.
A swimming pool is situated on the very edge of the crater itself and the cool water is bracing, even invigorating, at any time of year. The pool is also a super area to unwind and relax while enjoying the views of the crater floor below or the stunning sunsets. In addition to all these modern facilities is a well-stocked shop selling curios, clothing, jewelry, general accessories and personal requisites and toiletries.
WED FEB 25 NGORONGORO CRATER
After breakfast, depart for half day tour of the crater floor. Return to your lodge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (BLD)
This morning depart to Ngorongoro Crater with picnic lunch. Descend into the 102-square-mile Ngorongoro Crater to view game on the vast grasslands of the crater floor. Spectacular animal life can be found throughout the year due to the permanent availability of grass and water. Ngorongoro is one of the most impressive game haunts in Africa and has been designated a World Heritage Site.
Local wildlife includes black-maned lion, the highly endangered black rhino, wildebeest, zebra, elephant, hippo, jackal, and hyena, the most important predator within the crater. The bird life is also prolific with flocks of flamingoes on the soda lake as well as other species of water and plains birds.
THU FEB 26 OLDUVAI GORGE/ SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast at your lodge, then drive to the Serengeti National Park, undoubtedly the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and the greatest concentration of plains game anywhere. En route visit the Olduvai Gorge site of archeological findings, where traces of pre-historic man dating back to 3.5 million years ago have been discovered.
Arrive at your lodge for lunch. Afternoon game drive until sunset. Serengeti Serena Lodge (BLD) (http://www.serenahotels.com/tanzania/serengeti/home.asp)
Set high on the saddle of tree-clad ridge commanding panoramic views over the endlessly rolling reaches and volcanic reefs of the Serengeti, the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate fusion of traditional African architecture and world-class style.
Drawing its inspiration from the circular ‘Rondavel’ dwellings and winding paths of a traditional Maasai village, the Lodge features thickly-thatched, stone-built rooms, spaciously set amongst groves of indigenous trees that are cooled by sparkling streams and papyrus-fringed ponds.
FRI FEB 27 SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
All day spent in the Serengeti with morning and afternoon game drives.
OPTIONAL BALLOON RIDE OVER THE SERENGETI
Enjoy some free time before the afternoon game drive, returning for dinner and overnight. Serengeti Serena Lodge (BLD)
George Adamson, co-raiser of Elsa the lioness, and husband of "Born Free" author Joy Adamson, visited the Serengeti in the early sixties and describes the experience in "Pride and Joy", his autobiography. At this time he considered it probably the greatest of all game reserves in Africa and one man was mainly responsible - Bernhardt Grzimek, Director of Frankfurt Zoo. The Serengeti had suffered terribly from over-zealous hunting in the 1930's and from large-scale killing of game during the war. Grzimek applied himself to the tensions between Maasai need for grazing and the indigenous wildlife. H
e and his son carried out a massive survey, using planes to quantify the game, and identifying and logging the plant life. He used his best-seller "Serengeti Shall Not Die" to raise funds and publicize the exercise. Thanks to the Grzimeks, and to John Owen who established a renowned scientific research establishment there, the Serengeti still has an amazing concentration of wildlife.
The 14,763 square kilometers of the Serengeti are probably most famous for being the southern end of the Great Migration. Every year over 1.5 million animals, mostly wildebeest but also zebra and Thompson's gazelle, follow their instincts and move through the western corridor on their 1000 kilometer journey to the fresh grazing of the Maasai Mara. Predators pick off the weak, the laggardly and the young and crocodiles feast as the vast herd crosses the rivers but they continue their trek, as they have done since time immemorial. This is one of the earth's great sights - but it is by no means all the Serengeti has to offer.
The vast, flat central plains, made fertile by the ashes of the none volcanoes of the Ngorongoro highlands, are places of huge skies, of shimmering heat hazes, yet also of delicate wild flowers blooming after the rains. The savannah, sprinkled with Acacia Tortilis, has majestic termite mounds and rock formations called kopjes which make great vantage points for predators. The lion are abundant, the leopard are plentiful (yet still secretive) and black rhino and cheetah both breed here. There are more than 500 species of bird and, interestingly, 100 sub-species of dung beetle - a sign of a varied animal population! Ndutu, in the south, has small lakes where you may see hippo and water birds.
SAT FEB 28 ZANZIBAR
Check out after breakfast, and proceed with a game drive enroute to the local airstrip for your scheduled flight to Arusha, upon arrival you will connect to your onward scheduled flight to Zanzibar.
Once you arrive in Zanzibar you will be met and transferred to your town hotel located in this beautiful spice island. Zanzibar is a tropical idyll true to its reputation. The town is filled with old historical buildings, while along the east coast there are endless white sand beaches and inviting aquamarine waters. Lunch and dinner on own account. 236 Hurumzi Hotel (B) http://www.emerson-green.com/mainframe.htm
In the heart of Zanzibar’s Stone Town, the fabulous Arabic capital of the island, with its narrow winding streets, its famous intricately carved doors and its spice-shop scents, is a beautiful, romantic hotel. Emerson and Green is a sympathetically restored merchant’s house dating from the 19th century. The ten rooms are all entirely different in décor yet similar in ambience. The rooms are tranquil, individual and utterly charming. The bedrooms have stone baths, flowing drapes, dreamy colors, antique furniture of Zanzibari origin and, often, balconies from which the traveler can observe the fascinating street life down below. The room names are redolent of the exotic. Choose from say, the opulent Ballroom the Zenana Suite or the Lavender Room.
Meals are taken on a little rooftop terrace, the Tower Top Restaurant, where the views over Stone Town are absolutely terrific, or in the ground floor restaurant, Kidude, which serves excellent food in Zanzibari style. Sundowners are served in the Tower Top Restaurant where you may watch the sun go down in a haze of pink, lavender and gold and listen to the cry of the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer. This is true escapism – so different from our everyday world that it hardly seems real
SUN 1 MAR ZANZIBAR: STONE TOWN
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel by a local guide and taken on a guided walking tour of Stone Town where you have the opportunity to do some shopping afterwards. Return to your hotel early in time for lunch. Afternoon at your leisure. 236 Hurumzi Hotel (B)
MON 2 MAR SPICE TOUR/DEPART
Today after breakfast and check out enjoy a short guided tour of the spice areas before your airport transfers. You will be driven into the hinterland to visit one of the spice plantations. Soak up the smells of vanilla, cloves, cardamom and a myriad of other spices and exotic fruits. Clove trees were introduced in Zanzibar in 1818, which formed the main trade for the island, becoming known as the ‘gold’ of Zanzibar. Arrive at the Zanzibar airport for check-in formalities for your onward departure flight. (B)
TUE 3 MAR ARRIVE USA
- All International Flights to/from Africa
- Scheduled flight: Arusha to Zanzibar
- All accommodation as detailed
- Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
-All transfers as per itinerary
- All game drives and activities as per itinerary
- All current park entrance and conservation fees
- Safari transport in 4 x 4 Land cruisers
- Professional driver/guides
- Temporary membership to the Flying Doctors & Evacuation Service (this is not insurance)
- Pre departure materials
- Services of our in-country suppliers during your entire safari
- Airline Fuel Surcharge and associated taxes (est $$300 - $450)
- Fees for passports, tourist Visas, health certificate, etc. (yellow fever certificate required)
- Travel & Personal accident insurance
- Tips & personal expenses such as telephone calls, laundry, optional activities…etc.
- Departure tax from Zanzibar is currently US$6/person and payable at the airport
- Excursions not detailed in above program
Meet at Dulles Airport. Exact flight info and meeting point will be sent to you roughly 2 months before departure.
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