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2017 Tanzania Safari Info

Dates & Leaders:

  • June 11 - 25, 2017
  • OCSC Leader: Johnny McGinty

Trip Land Cost:

  • Members: $6,995 per person
  • Standard: $7,395 per person
  • OCSC Members & Repeat OCSC Adventurers save 5%!

Planning Party:

Reservations:

  • Contact Philip Strause for questions and to join
  • Call 800.223.2984
  • or Email for Phil

OCSC's Tanzania & Zanzibar Safari Adventure

Travel to Tanzania during the annual birthing season during the wildebeest migration on the Serengeti Plains for a once in a lifetime experience. We will enjoy fabulous wildlife viewing, authentic cultural interactions (including walks with locals Masai), and exciting night game drives.  Luxury lodging and camps, excellent cuisine and good company with a grand finale in magical Zanzibar! 

Join us for this incredible journey escorted by OCSC’s Johnny McGinty.

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Itinerary at a glance:

 

Arusha, Tanzania

Moivaro Lodge

1 night June 11

Leisure at the Lodge

Moivaro Lodge

1 night June 12

Tarangire National Park

Maweninga Camp

2 nights June 13 & 14

Manyara National Park, Karatu

Bashay Rift Lodge

1 night June 15

Meet the Hadzabes People

Bashay Rift Lodge

1 night June 16

Ngorongoro Crater

Olduvai Lodge

1 night June 17

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Olduvai Lodge

1 night June 18

Explore the vast Serengeti

Grumeti Hill

1 night June 19

Activities around Grumeti Hills

Grumeti Hill

1 night June 20 & 21

Transfer to Zanzibar

Karafuu Hotel

2 nights June 22 & 23

Transfer to Serena

Serena Hotel

1 night June 24

Transfer to Airport. Head home.

Lunch at the Hotel

  June 25

 

 

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Day 1: Arusha, Tanzania

Accommodation: Maweninga camp

 

Welcome to Africa! Your flight arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport in Arusha, Tanzania. Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area holding a sign with your names on it. You will be transferred to the Moivaro Lodge for a late dinner. Rest of the evening at leisure.

 

 

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Day 2: Moivaro Coffee Lodge

Accommodation: Maweninga camp

 

Less than 10km from Arusha city, Moivaro Coffee Lodge offers peaceful and green scenery. Surrounded by coffee plantations, its 30 cottages are spread over a luxurious garden. Restaurant, bar, swimming-pool… this place is welcoming and has a beautiful view on Mount Meru.

 

 

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Day 3 & 4: Tarangire National Park

Accommodation: Maweninga camp

 

Explore the Tarangire National Park.

This 2600 sq km park, renowned for its endless savannah plains filled with Baobab & Acacia trees, boasts some of Tanzania’s best game: huge herds of elephants which can be seen mostly during the dry season, cats, herbivores but also rare species such as the Gerenuk, small Koudou, and Oryx…

Spend the days exploring this vast wildlife sanctuary. Picnic lunch or at a lodge.

About the Maweninga camp
Perched on the top of a massive granitic rock, the camp has a privileged location within Tarangire national park.

All 16 tents are equipped with large & comfortable beds, a lovely terrace overlooking the park & the lakes on the horizon, and also include bathroom with hot shower (provided via solar panels) and flush toilet.

The camp’s architecture is unique and perfectly integrated into the wilderness. Breathtaking views from the tents & from the dining & bar area.

 

 

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Day 5: Lake Manyara National Park

Accommodation: Bashay Rift Lodge

 

Morning departure to Manyara national park.

Ernest Hemingway wrote it was “the loveliest [he] had seen in Africa”… Although the smallest of all north Tanzanian National Parks, Manyara National Park offers an important variety of animals including Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffalos… in a wonderful setting surrounded by the Rift Valley and the Manyara Lake with its thousands of birds.

Picnic lunch around midday underneath acacia trees.

About the Bashay Rift Lodge
Located in the heart of coffee plantations, Bashay Rift Lodge is a small and exclusive property, ideally located near Karatu and only 15 mins away from the Ngorongoro Crater park gate.

All 21 rooms offer a cosy and charming atmosphere with superb views over the Karatu highlands & the Great Rift Escarpment

“The Main” as we call it features a superb bar & lounge area as well as a lovely dining room. Private functions can also be organized on the terrace and all of our guests are more than welcome to use our on-site swimming pool.

Dinner & Overnight at the lodge

 

 

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Day 6: Meet the Hadzabe People

Accommodation: Bashay Rift Lodge

 

Hadzabe people were the first to be known in Tanzania. Out of a community of 1000 persons, only 300 to 400 have kept a traditional way of living. Gathered on the shores of Eyasi Lake, those keepers of the past live from hunting & gathering. Refusing to grow any vegetable or raise any stock, Hadzabe people live from day to day, taking what Nature has to offer.

Without a Tanzanian guide, meeting the Hadzabes would be really hard. He will indeed be your interpret since these people speak their own language, “clic” language which none of us is familiar with.

Your day: Early morning, departure from your lodge.
Once in the village, you will be welcomed and offered to share Hadzabes’ daily activities: hunting and gathering. Hadzabes have no equal as regard hunting abilities, watching them is really amazing! Their main preys are small mammals (hares, rabbits, baboons) as well as birds or even small antelopes.

This shared moment is also a way to exchange with the last representatives of the world as it was several thousand years ago. Without doubt: one of the highlights of your trip.

Back to the lodge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure.

 

 

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Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater

Accommodation: Olduvai Camp

 

Depart from your lodge after breakfast and head to the park gate.

Part of the Unesco World Heritage, this place is undoubtedly the most famous African sanctuary.

The crater is a unique place in the world, 20 km wide and home of hundreds of different species all protected by a 600m wall.
All the big African mammals can be found in the crater: Big cats, Elephants, Hippos and last but not least, Rhinos.

Spend a whole day exploring the caldera with picnic lunch break around the lake.

About the Olduvai Camp
Close to the famous Olduvai Gorge (cradle of mankind), lies the world renowned Olduvai Camp.

Perfectly integrated into nature (one can only catch sight of it as the camp is about to be reached…), Olduvai is a unique & Must-Stay-At property when on safari in Tanzania.

17 state of the “bush-art” en suite tents, superb bar & dining area.

Feel the “Safaris of the past” atmosphere, enjoy interacting & walking with the Masai, learn more about early men who once stood up in the Gorge…There’s so much to see & do around Olduvai !!..

Dinner & Overnight at Olduvai Camp

 

 

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Day 8: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Accommodation: Olduvai Camp

 

This day is the opportunity to learn more about the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Find out more about the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA): as opposed to a traditional National Park, men are allowed to live there and Maasai villages can be found in this area. Other interests in this area are the Olduvai site and its museum, the Shifting Sands, Olduvai & Olkarien gorges, Nassera Rock.

Plans for the day include a visit to Olduvai Museum where the Museum director will be honoured to tell you a bit more about the site of Olduvai and the works of various anthropologists as well as a visit to a nearby Maasai village to learn more about this great people’s way of life.

Great walks can also be organized in the NCA (easy walks to day trekkings with local Masai guides)

 

 

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Day 9, 10 & 11: Serengeti

Accommodation: Grumeti Hill Lodge

 

In the morning, head to Serengeti National Park and explore what is probably the greatest park on earth…

This park, undoubtedly the most famous in the world, covers over 14 000 sq. km and offers amongst many other things the biggest concentration of big cats in the world (Cheetahs, Lions, Leopards, Wild cats…).

Many different landscapes can be found in the Serengeti: Savannah with the big plains to the south, the hills & woods to the west, the kopjes area to the east, and     bush land to the north. Important rivers (Seronera, Banagi, Grumeti) also run through the park and many different species of mammals can be spotted around these (Elephants, Buffalos, Giraffes, antelopes…). Hippos and crocodiles can also be found.

Lunch box or at your camp.

 

 

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Day 12 & 13: Flight to Zanzibar and Activities at Karafuu

Accommodation: Karafuu All Inclusive Hotel

 

After breakfast, drive back to Arusha. Shopping possible on the way.

Lunch at Shanga River house and transfer to Arusha airport.

Assistance for boarding on a regular flight to Zanzibar.

Our team will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Transfer to Karafuu for 2 nights All Inclusive.

End of the day at leisure.

 

About the Karafuu Hotel
Located on the Eastern coast of the Island, on the North of Pingwe village, Karafuu Hotel stands along a beautiful white sand beach.

It is composed of more than 100 bungalows. Their walls in wood and coral stones in addition to their makuti roof perfectly matched with the scenery.

6 different categories: Garden, Bondeni, Cottage, Suites or Villa. We offer the nice decoration, comfortable spacious living space of Cottages. (other categories on request)

Swimming pools with towels & deck-chair, Spa, as well as different activities will make your stay a pleasant experience.

 

 

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Day 14: Leisure at the Serena Inn Lodge

Accommodation: Serena Inn

 

Ideally located , the Serena Inn offers the best of Zanzibar : the charm of the old city of Stonetown and the beauty of the Indian Ocean.

Representative of Swahili architecture , the hotel offers fifty rooms , with white and blue night, all with air conditioning , TV, telephone ...

No less than six options for food on the roof terrace, inside ... international and traditional cuisine ...

Nice pool for relaxation and evening music concert.

Diner and Overnight.

 

 

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Day 15: End of the Tanzania-Zanzibar Safari - Flight Home

 

Morning at the hotel

In the afternoon, self-transfer to Zanzibar airport.