PRIVATE TANZANIA SAFARI EXPERIENCE
Toronto to Arusha
Hosted by Cindy Taylor
Jane Goodall Collection: A selection of wildlife-focused tours endorsed by world renowned primatologist, Dr. Jane Goodall. We are proud to support the Jane Goodall Institute’s mission to protect wildlife and empower local communities.
Take eight days in Tanzania for an adventure you’ll never forget, searching for the Big Five in incredible places like scenic Lake Manyara, the wildlife-teeming Ngorongoro Crater, and the plains of the Serengeti. Explore the area around the Olduvai Gorge, which has been occupied by humans (or their ancient ancestors) for almost two million years. Tanzania holds so much history; make some of your own in its awe-inspiring landscapes. Your tour host Cindy Taylor, a professional photographer will help you capture a lifetime of memories!
• roundtrip economy airfare from Toronto to Kilimanjaro
• all airport transfers and transport between destinations and to/from included activities
• six nights' accommodation
• meals as per the itinerary: six breakfasts, five lunches and four dinners.
• Clean Cookstove Project Visit, Mto wa Mbu
• wildlife safari drives in Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Serengeti National Park
• entrance fee to Olduvai Gorge
• guided walk and lunch in a local community
• Merit Tour Host
• Premium Plaza Lounge Pass
• all taxes
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This trip has a maximum group size of six travelers per safari in addition to a CEO and a driver who are both trained safari guides. That means everyone gets a window seat and twice the insight about the astounding wildlife all around you.
Breakfast Incl. (B), Lunch Incl. (L), Dinner Incl.(D)
DAY 1 | Thursday Nov. 23, 2017 | Toronto—Kilimanjaro
Depart Toronto and fly to Kilimanjaro.
DAY 2 | Friday Nov. 24, 2017 | Arusha
Upon arrival you will be transferred from Kilimanjaro to Arusha .
Accommodations: Ilboru Safari Lodge or similar
DAY 3 | Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 | Arusha—Lake Manyara National Park (B, L, D)
Visit Mto wa Mbu village; enjoy a guided cultural walk and traditional lunch with a local family. Continue to our safari camp located outside Lake Manyara National Park. The camp provides unobstructed views of the Rift Valley Escarpment. Embark on an aft ernoon wildlife safari drive with phenomenal wildlife viewing and search out the famed tree-climbing lions.
Take part in a cultural walk to learn about life in this East African town. Mto wa Mbu has attracted some 18,000 residents from 120 different tribes. During the two-hour tour, visit the village's local market, go right to the farmer's fields, see how huts are constructed, and meet artisans in their shops.
Afterwards, sit down with our new friends and enjoy a traditional lunch of meat and plantains.
This western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment is truly stunning. It provides a backdrop for your search for the park's phenomenal bird life (including raptors), tree-climbing lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, baboons, and buff alos. Look up and see some of the more than 400 species of birds, including pink flamingos, pelicans, cormorants, and storks.
Beyond wildlife, Lake Manyara NP is home to giant fig trees, acacia woodlands, mahogany trees, and grassy flood plains. The contrasts of this area are simply breathtaking; the open plains, huge escarpment, central alkaline lake, dense woodlands, and distant volcanic peaks coming together in an area best described by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I have seen in Africa”.
Accommodations: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar
DAY 4 | Sunday Nov. 26, 2017 | Lake Manyara National Park—Serengeti National Park (B, L, D)
Travel through the Rift Valley and visit a Maasai village to learn about the Maasai people and the Clean Cookstove Project. Enjoy an exclusive presentation by one of the Maasai women and hear how participation in the project has impacted her life and empowered other females around her. Take a guided tour of the village, meet the women that have been trained as stove engineers, visit bomas (traditional homes), and observe (or get your hands dirty) by helping the Stove Team build a stove in a home. Aft er, visit the historic site of Olduvai Gorge for a lecture on the formation of the Gorge, and then continue to our safari camp located inside Serengeti National Park.
The Olduvai Gorge is a steep ravine in the Great Rift Valley of Tanzania. It is one of the world’s most important paleoanthropological sites. Beginning in 1931, excavations by Louis Leakey revealed evidence of early man dating back nearly 2 million years. Visit the Olduvai museum and see bone fossils and fragments of ancient stone tools. This UNESCO World Heritage site provides an intriguing glimpse into the origin and evolution of man in these Serengeti Plains of Africa.
Accommodations (2 nights): Serengeti Tortilis Camp or similar
DAY 5 | Monday Nov. 27, 2017 | Serengeti National Park (B, L, D)
Embark on morning and afternoon wildlife safari drives in our compact, safari 4x4, that features a pop-up roof for optimal wildlife observation.
If you have pre-booked a Serengeti Balloon Safari Theme Pack, your flight will be early in the morning. You will miss the morning wildlife safari drive, but you will have a much better view from above.
This is the reason you came to Africa. Charge your camera, grab your binoculars, and set out on safari. Your eagle-eyed driver will keep an eye out for wildlife – buffaloes, elephants, lions, wildebeests, zebras, and more. Tanzania’s Serengeti tends to be less crowded than some of Kenya’s reserves, so enjoy the scenery, the vast expanse of the grasslands, the play of light and shadow, and the up-close look at wild Africa.
Visit the Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre, where most of the wildlife researchers and scientists are based for projects within Serengeti National Park and surrounding protected areas. Enjoy a lecture by one of the visiting researchers; topics will vary based on the studies being done at the time.
OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Serengeti Balloon Safari: Serengeti
National Park $701 CAD per person. Depart in the darkness of the very early morning and climb into the basket of a hot air balloon. Watch the pilot ignite the burners and take flight over the Serengeti savannah. As the sun rises, spend an hour drifting over the grasslands and grazing wildlife. You might want to bring a hat as it sometimes gets warm from the burner's heat. Enjoy a champagne breakfast once you land.
DAY 6 | Tuesday Nov. 28, 2017 | Serengeti National Park—Ngorongoro (B, L, D)
Continue viewing wildlife on the drive out of the Serengeti to our comfortable tented camp. Relax this evening enjoying the African sunset with a cool drink overlooking Lake Eyasi.
Accommodations: Ngorongoro Wild Camp or similar
DAY 7 | Wednesday Nov. 29, 2017 | Ngorongoro—Arusha (B, L)
Set the alarm and prepare for an early start to see the wonders of the Ngorongoro Crater. Here you’ll see Maasai herdsmen in the morning mist. Your driver/guide will take you down into the crater and to all the best spots to view wildlife. Spot zebra, gazelles, buffaloes, and warthogs. The swamp and forest are home to hippos, rhinos, elephants, baboons, and monkeys. Keep your eyes peeled and camera ready to capture a pride of lions or a lone leopard walking along the crater floor. In the afternoon, drive to Arusha for your final night.
Accommodations: Ilboru Safari Lodge or similar
DAY 8 | Thursday Nov. 30, 2017 | Arusha—Kilimanjaro—Toronto (B)
Departure transfer from Arusha to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight home.
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*Prices are in CDN$ per person, double occupancy. Taxes included. Single supplement add $1,429. Optional Serengeti Balloon Safari: $701. Not included: any personal expenses, such as insurance, passport fees, any meals, or items not mentioned. Operated by G Adventures.
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