(Travel) - November 14th or 15th Depart the USA to arrive in Tanzania
(Day 1) - 17th Trip starts apon arrival at Kilimanjaro International airport. After clearing immigration and customs, we drive to Arusha for lunch there after drive to Tarangire National Park. We will stay at Tarangire Safari Tented Lodge
(Day 2) - 18th Full day at Tarangire National Park. .
(Day 3) - 19th Full day at Tarangire National Park.
(Day4) - 20th depart to Ndutui game on route with picnic Lunch. Then dinner and overnight at Ndutu Lodge.
(Day 5) - 21st Full Day in the Ndutu .
(Day 6) - 22nd Full Day in the Ndutu.
(Day 7) - 23rd Travel to Central Serrngeti, safari and lnch on the way. Stay at Serengeti Serena lodge.
(Day 8) - 24th Full Day in the Central Serengeti
(Day 9) - 25th Full day in the Central Serengeti
(Day 10) - 26th. Travel to Ngorongoro Carter and stay at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge or Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
(Day 11) - 27 Full day in Ngorongoro Crater.
(Day 12) - 28th Travel to Arusha for lunch and fly out to USA.
*Some of the afternoon or morning game drives can change depending on the wishes of the group or activities. You do not have to go on every drive. There are pools at most of the lodges if you wish to hang around the pool in the afternoons.
Cost Africa Trip
$5500 dollars per person double occupancy (If you do not have a room mate you will need to add $850 for single rooms) + air fare (airfare is not included in the cost)
Checks are accepted. Credit Cards are accepted but will be charged an additional fee of 2%.
The per- person costs include full board table d'hote meals at the Lodges. Twin or double bed rooms with private bath/shower, Park entry fees, late model minibus or safari vehicles with open roof hatch with experienced English speaking Drive/Guide. Bottled water provided on game drives. Porters/waiters tips for normal services are not included. Make checks payable to the Project Survival's Cat Haven.
NOT INCLUDED: Any personal expenses, liquor, any kind of drinks at all meals, laundry, gratuities to the driver/guide (about $5.00 per day per person per driver) and wait staff in Tanzanina, photographic fees of the local tribes people, phone/fax calls, visa fees ( $100 for Tanzania), international airfare. Balloon Rides in the Serengeti are available depending on the wind and weather. The cost is $499 a person and can be arranged. (A must if you are up for it!)
It is recommended that you get your deposit in as soon as possible. Space is limited and it works on a first come first serve basis. If space is still available, the last date for securing a space is August 1st.
- A non-refundable deposit of $2,800 is required.
- Final payment of $2,700?
Air Fare: Is some where around $1,500 to $2,000 You can find deals if you look or call a travel agent. You are responsible to get yourself to Kilimanjaro International airport and we will take it from there. If you are unsure how to set up your air travel call Golden Valley Travel in Reedley 559-638-8151 and ask for Estella (Stella)
Visas are required and can be acquired by sending your passport to the Tanzania Embassy in Washington DC. This process can take up to 3 to 4 weeks to send and receive your passport. Information can be found at www.kenyaembassy.com (The visa application form is found at the Tanzania Embassy at http://www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org/visa/visa.html)
If you would like to obtain your Visa in Tanzania, let us know when making your deposit payment. Visa's cost $100 for Tanzania one time tourist visa. We have been getting our visa’s upon landing or arriving in Kenya and Tanzania and have found that this is easier than sending passports via the mail to the embassy in the U.S.
- Vaccinations are at your discretion. Currently nothing is required except yellow fever shots to enter Tanzania but this can change. If you have traveled to another country in the last year vaccinations requirements can change. Visit Kenyan and Tanzania Embassy web site or the CDC web site for further information.
- The weather in November is pleasant, Low 80’s in the days and low 50’s at night. It might rain at times but the temp. will remain the same. Sun screen and a hat are a must. You will be right on the equator and the sun can be harsh. The safari van has a roof over you but the safari vehicles do not always have roofs and the sun will find you…beware! The weather is what will probably dictate what clothes you should have for your trip. When on the game drive, you will be in the safari vehicles at all times. The bugs will probably not be an issue, for the most part, this time of year but Mosquitoes can still get after you. The dinners at the lodge are casual dress. If you would like to dress up, feel free!
- Power is 220 v and would require a transformer to operate power devices you would bring from the USA. Transformers can be found at Radio Shack or Best Buy for $25.00. Batteries are available but can be expensive.
- If you forget something ie. toothbrush etc.! Most items can be found at the lodges for sale. Most of lodges will accept US Dollars and have US prices on items.
- Food is served buffet style at the lodges. There is a wide selection of different food at each meal, even for Vegetarians. We all eat together at the same table at the same time. Dinner is at 8:00 every night.
- There are some activities in the evenings after dinner at the lodges. All the lodges have nice lounges and places to hang out and compare stories about all the animals you saw that day.
- The animals are going to be spread over the landscape because this is the part of the short rainy season. Do not expect to see all the animals in one place. You might see many babies because it is that time of the year. Plan on being out on Safari all day. Most full days in the park start with a game drive at 6:30 am, returning for breakfast. Then back out on the game drive until lunch and then back out again until 6:30 pm. Some lunches will be eaten out on the game drive in the safari van.
- Make sure all US dollars are years 2006 of newer for $100's and 2004 for 20's, 10's, 5's
**** Please keep your luggage to a minimum. Space in the vehicles is limited. Please consider what is important to bring and what is fluff.. (fluff does not work ).
This is what Wendy packs:
- 4 light-weight Capri pants
- I wear jeans on the plane or bring a pair along.
- 2 shorts
- 7 tanks or T shirts
- Under-wear and PJ and socks.
- 1 heavy sweat shirt
- 1 very light rain shell
- I wear a medium weight jacket on the plane.
- 2 pair of shoes ( tennis shoes, hikers, sandals, crocs etc. all work.) I wear 1 and pack the other.
- 1 scarf in case of dust/wind
This all fits in an Eddie Bauer carry-on and a large "purse". ( check airlines for luggage size requirements)
Hair-dryers and curling irons may or may not work so I don't bring them.
We will get dusty and wind-blown, so no need for glamour on safari!
Wet-wipes and antibacterial gels are recommended.
I use light gloves on some mornings as it can be chilly.
To Bring List
- Cameras and lots of memory cards or tapes (Some guest have used 6 GB on a trip)
- Good Binoculars
- Sun Screen
- Pullover or light jacket for cold mornings
- Transformer for power conversion if needed
- Passport, Visa and (Health Card if needed)
- Bug spray
- Flash light
2009 lion 106, cheetah 9, leopard 4, serval 1, African wild cat 1, caracal 1 (I think we saw a gazillion zebra)
2010 lion 79, cheetah 3, leopard 5 serval 1, African wild cat 1 (I think we saw a bazillion wildbeest)
2011 lion 83, cheetah 10, leopard 4, African wild cat 1 ( this time we did count a bazillion wildbeast, wow)
2012 lion 110, cheetah 21, leopard 5, serval 1, African wild cat 2, caracal 2 ( we saw bazillion and 1 zebra)