Trip Overview

Experience the wonder of the world as it once was on an epic journey into the wilds of Tanzania, Africa’s premiere safari destination, to see the Great Migration on the Serengeti in May and October 2019. 

Begin your Tanzania safari adventure with a scenic flight to the Eastern Serengeti ecosystem. Stay in a private, tented safari camp in a 12,000-acre nature refuge, home to leopards, elands, giraffes, and even rare wild dogs. The rustic luxury of your tented nyumba camp offers the quintessential African bush safari experience, with all the comforts (like fine linens and en suite private baths) a modern traveler expects.

Visit a boma, the traditional mud-and-dung homes of the nomadic Maasai people. There, you and your fellow travelers will meet the Maasai women, and learn about their very different lives: raising kids in the remote wilderness, living in a country where women are still second-class citizens, and possibly being one of multiple wives! You’ll come away feeling bonded both to the women and each other. An evening visit by Maasai warriors, who will perform a traditional rhythmic dance for you, will be an unforgettable highlight of the journey.

Bond with your fellow Tanzania adventurers on a morning wildlife hike, a chance to spot especially elusive creatures, like silver-backed jackals and walk among giraffes. A visit with the Enjipai Women’s Group will show you firsthand how tourism is being used as a force for good in this remote region of Tanzania, and an afternoon tracking hike through the rocky hillsides gives an up-close experience of the wildlife and plant life native to the region. See which of your new AdventureWomen friends has the sharpest eyes on a night drive through the refuge – an opportunity few travelers ever enjoy – as you watch for nocturnal aardvarks, porcupines, and spring hares.

Head to the majestic Serengeti, where zebras, lions, elephants, and cheetah wander the iconic plains. You’ll enjoy three days of the best wildlife safari viewing on earth, including sightings of the Great Migration of over 2 million wildebeest and other grazing mammals. An optional hot-air balloon ride will offer breathtaking views of the Serengeti.

End your journey in the Ngorongoro Highlands, a lush hilly region of Tanzania that holds the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater. Visit the crater floor, a self-contained ecosystem that holds over 30,000 exotic animals, including all of the Big Five if you’re lucky. Gourmet meals and stunning accommodations at award-winning Gibb’s Farm are a perfect way to unwind after an adventure-filled journey.

Witness the world’s most majestic creatures in their stunning natural habitats on this ten-day journey in May 2019 to Tanzania’s Serengeti, the heart of the wild!

PLEASE NOTE:

For the May 20 Departure:

AdventureWomen’s Botswana: A Wildlife Safari in Southern Africa adventure begins the day after the Tanzania Safari ends. Have a day in between to catch your breath, and experience the best of what the Tanzania and Botswana areas have to offer! You buy only one plane ticket for two vacations!

Main Attractions

  • Witness the spectacular and fragile coexistence of wildlife, wilderness, and communities
  • Enjoy unparalleled wildlife viewing of lion, leopard, elephant, wildebeest, and more!
  • Explore the Great Rift Valley, the Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti
  • Learn about microfinance from Maasai women
  • Explore an exclusive nature reserve in the eastern Serengeti ecosystem

What You'll See and Do

  • 4x4
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Birding
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • UNESCO Site
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Safari
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Women-To-Women Exchanges

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival into Arusha
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your comfortable lodge.

Enjoy a light snack at the lodge.
Snack

Overnight: Mount Meru Game Lodge

Day 2

Arusha to Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem
Take a short scenic flight from Arusha to the eastern Serengeti ecosystem.

You will be welcomed upon arrival at the airstrip. Your guide will accompany you throughout your safari, offering cultural insights, wildlife spotting expertise and in-depth knowledge of wildlife behavior.

Your guide will give you a brief tour and history of the 12,000-acre refuge as you make your way to camp. Enjoy wildlife viewing along the way, one of the tangible results of conservation efforts in the area. Giraffe, eland, dik dik, ostrich, leopard and even wild dog can be seen in this unique wildlife haven, dubbed “Giraffic Park” by one enthusiastic guest.

Relax at your Nyumba and enjoy a tasty lunch.

Your head guide will brief you on your itinerary and review the expectations for your safari, giving you a taste of what’s to come. Please ask the guide questions at this time and as they come up during the safari.

Immerse yourself in the semi-nomadic culture of the Maasai by visiting a boma, which is a settlement of circular mud-and-dung Maasai homes. Many Maasai still roam the plains of northern Tanzania with their herds of cattle, maintaining their traditions while adapting to new ways of life. Learn more about their extraordinary culture as you tour the boma and take in the scenes of village life.

Stretch your legs on a brief but scenic walk this afternoon. As one recent guest put it, the nature refuge is “a magical place of peace and beauty,” and there’s no better way to experience it than on foot. A local wildlife scout will accompany you and your guide on this walk, pointing out nearby wildlife.

Enjoy a welcome dinner and the full Tanzanian hospitality that comes with it.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Eastern Serengeti Nyumba

Day 3

Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem
Enjoy a light breakfast before heading out on a morning hike. The terrain will be fairly mild, but make sure that you’ve got comfortable shoes with good traction. Being out on the plains on foot at this time of day is magical.

Visit a school, teachers’ housing, or medical dispensary to learn how tourism can impact the community in positive ways through collaboration and understanding.

Enjoy wildlife viewing this afternoon in the Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem. Be on the lookout for rarer species, such as the bat-eared fox and the smaller animals that are sometimes overlooked, such as the mongoose, hyrax, dik dik, and klipspringer.

A group of local Maasai warriors visit the camp tonight and perform a traditional rhythmical dance.

The group chose to name themselves for the word “unity” in the Maa language. They are a fine example of Maasai who are successfully bridging two worlds – showing their entrepreneurial spirit and motivation, yet staying true to their chosen lifestyle and traditions.

Maasai elder Nekaaki Kioki is a feisty grandmother and fantastic storyteller. She knows hundreds of Maasai folktales and tells them in a truly dramatic fashion. Travelers usually gather around the campfire to listen to her tell folktales, which are translated into English.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Eastern Serengeti Nyumba

Day 4

Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem
The morning hours offer ideal moments for wildlife viewing in the Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem. Perhaps you will spot a silver-backed jackal or even a big cat on the prowl. Zebra and antelope graze over the plains.

The Enjipai Women’s Group was formed by a small group of Maasai women with a great entrepreneurial spirit. Now numbering over 100 members, the collaborative already has several successful microfinance initiatives underway.

Take to the plains and rocky hillsides of the Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem on foot, following animal tracks and enjoying the scenery. Your guide will be a great resource on this hike, pointing out anything of interest that you happen to encounter along the way: from the behavior of a particular insect to the pattern of footprints near a water source to the traditional uses of a specific plant. It’s typical to see wildlife on this walk, including giraffe and several varieties of antelope.

Hop in the vehicles after dark for a night drive in the Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem. Night drives offer thrills and possible sightings of nocturnal creatures, such as spring hares, aardvarks, and porcupines. More than anything, the night drive offers an adventure few travelers in Tanzania have the chance to experience.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Eastern Serengeti Nyumba

Day 5

To Serengeti National Park
Enjoy the journey to your next Nyumba camp, as there will be plenty to see along the way. Perhaps you will come across a chase between predator and prey; maybe you will spot a wake of vultures; or maybe you will be lucky enough to find a leopard relaxing high in the limbs of an acacia tree.

Enjoy a boxed lunch along the way to maximize your time with the wildlife.

Spend an afternoon wildlife viewing in the Serengeti. The big cats often spend these hours lying drowsily about the plains and up in the trees while many antelope and other animals continue to graze.

Enjoy your Nyumba, whether you get in a workout with a Keep Fit Kit, learn a traditional Tanzanian game from your guide, write in your journal, or simply put up your feet and relax.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Central Serengeti Nyumba

Day 6

Serengeti National Park
There is nothing as marvelous as traversing the plains of the Serengeti just after dawn and through the morning hours. Look for herds of wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, impala, eland, topi, and more out on the savanna.

What better way to enjoy a view of the Serengeti plains than over a satisfying, relaxing lunch at camp.

Explore the pristine landscapes of the Serengeti with your guide’s uncanny wildlife spotting instincts leading the way. Expansive plains, rolling hills, dramatic granite outcrops and riverine valleys are home to an endless variety of fascinating creatures, from the lowly dung beetle to the impressive elephant.

Once you return from wildlife viewing, take time to sit by the fire and relax. Exchange stories of the day, write in your journals or simply enjoy the fresh evening breeze.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Central Serengeti Nyumba

Day 7

Serengeti National Park
Those with advance reservations will have the opportunity to balloon across the plains during one of your mornings in the Serengeti. A pre-dawn wake-up call leaves you time to drive to the balloon launch site in order to catch the most dramatic light. Take to the skies just as the sun rises. Glide over the plains and acacia treetops, taking in spectacular views of the Seronera River Valley and the surrounding plains. After your descent, enjoy a magnificent champagne breakfast right in the midst of the Serengeti wilderness.

For those who opt not to take the balloon excursion, there is much to discover within arm’s reach of camp; learn how to identify animal footprints and bird calls with your guide.

Enjoy your lunch outdoors in a scenic spot.

Spend more time seeking out wildlife and exploring the Serengeti’s rich landscapes. The so-called Big Five and the Great Migration are the most well- known of the Serengeti’s offerings, but there is much more to see. Thousands of equally fascinating dramas of a smaller scale play themselves out on these endless plains.

After being on the go for several days, it’s always nice to take a break and put your feet up at camp.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Central Serengeti Nyumba

Day 8

Serengeti to Ngorongoro Highlands
Take a scenic flight from the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Highlands.

Savor lunch at Gibb’s Farm, where nearly every ingredient comes fresh from the estate’s organic farm. With delicacies to suit every palate, this is sure to be a memorable meal.

You may choose to spend the afternoon relaxing on the verandah with tea, or taking advantage of innumerable optional activities: a farm or garden tour, bird watching, coffee roasting, and more.

Take a leisurely stroll on your own through the gardens at Gibb’s Farm to stretch your legs. Enjoy the quiet atmosphere, the abundance of beautiful plantings and the views out into the surrounding highlands.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Gibb’s Farm Cottage Room

Day 9

Ngorongoro Highlands
Visit the Ngorongoro Crater, where you are likely to find an abundance of wildlife. With luck, you might even see rhinoceros and big cats, such as lion and cheetah. The diversity of species often inspires awe, from baboons and elephants in the Lerai Forest to wildebeest and mountain reedbuck over the crater’s grassy floor.

To maximize your wildlife viewing time on the crater floor, enjoy your picnic lunch near a hippo pool.

This evening, relax at the Tembo Fire, an open- air sitting area nestled at the foot of the organic gardens. The tradition of the nightly campfire began as a purely practical measure to ensure that elephants – or “tembo” in Swahili – are not tempted to feast in the organic gardens at night. It soon became a popular place to sit and relax at the end of the day. Now, with a comfortable seating area and full bar, the Tembo Fire makes a wonderful place for conversation, story-telling or star-gazing.

Enjoy your farewell dinner in Tanzania, giving you time to reflect on the many sights, adventures, and experiences that you will remember for years and years to come.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Gibb’s Farm Cottage Room

Day 10

Arusha and Departure
A shopping mainstay in Arusha, the Cultural Heritage Center attracts many travelers each year with its abundance of wooden carvings, artifacts, apparel, and crafts. The center also has Tanzanite and other gemstones for sale. While the center caters mostly to tourists, they also have wonderful cultural displays and a separate wing that displays some of the finest African art in Tanzania.

Enjoy a special farewell lunch in Arusha. Visit the adjoining Shanga workshop where physically challenged artisans create remarkable jewelry, learn glass-blowing, and sell their work.

Enjoy a day room in Arusha, resting up and readying yourself for your departure.

Enjoy a nutritious snack, including a variety of nuts, fruit, vegetables and other treats to enjoy now or on your flight home.

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Breakfast

Day Room: Mount Meru Hotel

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to Tanzania



Arrival/Departure Information

Delta/KLM via Amsterdam is the recommended route. Transfers are included for Delta/KLM arrivals; private transfers would be at an additional cost.

May 20 Departure:

Arrive: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Arusha, Tanzania on May 20, 2019.

Depart: Depart Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) on May 29, 2019.

May 29 Departure:

Arrive: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Arusha, Tanzania on May 29, 2019.

Depart: Depart Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) on June 7, 2019.

October 21 Departure:

Arrive: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Arusha, Tanzania on October 21, 2019.

Depart: Depart Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) on October 30, 2019.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates and a minimum of two blank fancing pages. You must apply for an Tanzania visa. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

AdventureWomen will send you the necessary documents and instructions to apply for a visa, but please do not apply before February 2019!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Moderate. Our Moderate adventures exercise your mind more than your body and are designed for women who prefer a leisurely, less rigorous experience. For example, you could walk up to 2 miles per day through cities and villages, stand in museums for a few hours, relax on a boat, or view wildlife from a vehicle.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more here.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to India, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Tanzania.

Money

Bring cash in US dollars. US dollars are accepted throughout Tanzania, so there is no need to exchange US dollars for Tanzanian Shillings. Local vendors and markets may not be able to provide change for larger bills, so it is advised to use small bills ($1, $5, $10) for small purchases. Bills should have no tears, no marks, and should have been issued in the last ten years.

Credit cards are accepted at some lodges and some high-end shops; however, usage some with surcharges from 6% to 15%. Please do not plan on using ATMs in Tanzania.

Suggestions for Gratuities:

  • Head Guide: $8-10 per day
  • Support Guide(s): $7-8 per day
  • Camp Staff: $15 per day

We will provide recommendations specific to your group size in your final packet.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (photo page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer).

May 20 Departure Final Payment Date: February 19, 2019

May 29 Departure Final Payment DateFebruary 28, 2019

October 21 Departure Final Payment Date: July 23, 2019

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All park fees
  • Services of professional safari guides and drivers
  • Services of Nyumba camp staff including chef and waitstaff
  • Land transportation in a customized safari vehicle
  • Guaranteed window seating in safari vehicles
  • Unlimited mileage in safari vehicles
  • Activities as noted in itinerary
  • Bottled water in the vehicles
  • Airport transfers for Delta/KLM flights on scheduled arrival/ departure days
  • Baggage handling
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Tanzania
  • Domestic Air
  • Optional activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Fees for passports, visas, or immunizations
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers, and camp staff

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Mount Meru Game Lodge
This former private residence is a unique property located on the outskirts of Arusha; it has been a refuge for injured or orphaned animals for over 15 years. Homey, comfortable cottages are placed throughout the garden, while in the main building, an elegant lounge and dining area offer a quiet place to relax and share safari stories. At one end of the picturesque garden, there is a semi-enclosed park- like setting where marabou stork, zebra, gazelle, warthog and even elephant recover from injuries obtained in the wild. Depending on their condition, every effort is made to reintroduce them to the wild.

Eastern Serengeti Nyumba
Sitting on a slope of Moruga Hill, your Eastern Serengeti Nyumba overlooks a sweeping valley of wooded savannah, wide-open plains, and a remote wilderness like no other in Tanzania. With its signature style, the campsite provides the perfect place from which you can explore the Eastern Serengeti’s rolling hills and woodlands by foot or by vehicle and engage in authentic Maasai cultural programs. After your adventures, the Nyumba offers exquisite, environmentally responsible comforts and personalized care. En-suite bathrooms have water- saving safari showers and self-contained, pump- flush toilets. Enjoy a refreshing beverage at your private verandah as you look out to the acacia-covered plains where giraffe, wildebeest, and gazelle sometimes graze. This is Tanzania at its boundless magical best.

Central Serengeti Nyumba
Your signature Serengeti Nyumba is the perfect balance of luxury, comfort and wilderness. In the spacious, walk-in tents, you will find all the comforts you need out in the bush: artfully crafted furnishings, cozy bedding with fine linens, solar- powered, eco-friendly lighting, and an en-suite bathroom with shower and self-contained pump- flush toilet. Oversized, fine-mesh windows allow the breezes to circulate while keeping insects out. At the front of your tent, enjoy a private seating area with a stunning view of the vast Serengeti plains. Meals are taken in a custom-designed dining tent and are made with fresh, local produce by skilled chefs. Freshly baked breads, homemade soups, salads, a variety of healthful, delicious entrees and, of course, decadent desserts highlight the daily menus.

Gibbs Farm-Cottage Room
Gibb’s Farm artfully blends nature, culture and eco- friendly amenities to provide what is sure to be a relaxing and memorable stay. Its newly updated cottages blur the line between indoor and outdoor living space, giving each guest unhindered access to one of the estate’s most stunning assets: its lush gardens. A gracious and attentive staff enhances the experience, offering cultural and historical insight and making sure all your needs are met.

Mount Meru Hotel
An Arusha mainstay near the busy downtown area, the Mount Meru Hotel sits on a 15-acre garden and provides comfortable, modern accommodations. Amenities include cable TV in all rooms, internet access, currency exchange facilities, concierge, massage services, babysitting on request, playground for children, outdoor swimming pool, sun bed, a volleyball court, and a nearby golf course. The Themi Grill serves both international and African cuisine.

 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

As you get ready to pack for your adventure, have a look at The AdventureWomen Store at www.theadventurewomenstore.com - we have picked out our favorite travel clothes and outdoor gear to help make packing easy for you. You can also see our recommendations for this trip on the AdventureWomen Pinterest page.

Luggage Weight Allowance:

Due to aircraft and vehicle restrictions, your checked luggage must be a soft-sided duffel bag, no larger than 30”L x 15”W x 15”W, without a rigid structure - you should be able to squash your bag into a ball. Your baggage allowance for any internal flights within Tanzania is 15kg (33lbs) for your duffel bag.

A spare, very light duffel bag or day pack rolled or folded into your main duffel bag is useful for transporting souvenir items home.

Use your daypack as your carry-on bag for your flights. Your carry-on should have all valuables and essentials: money, passports and important documents, medications, cameras and memory cards, a full change of clothing, and toiletries.

You will be able to do laundry at the safari camps, for a small fee, weather permitting, so this should encourage you to pack light!

Clothing and Gear

  • Duffel bag (soft-sided)
  • Daypack
  • 5 short-sleeve shirts
  • 2 long-sleeve shirts
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 pairs of convertible, lightweight zip-off pants
  • 1 pair khaki pants or casual skirt
  • 7 pairs underwear
  • 3-5 bras/sports bras (good for bumpy roads!)
  • 1 fleece or insulated jacket
  • 1 waterproof windbreaker
  • Wide-brim, tie-on sun hat
  • Sleepwear
  • 7 pairs of socks
  • Running/walking shoes or light hiking boots
  • Second pair of shoes or sandals (slip-off for the vehicles)
  • Flip-flops/teva style sandals (recommended for use on wooden shower platforms)

AdventureWomen Essentials

  • Travel documents (identification documents, airline tickets, money)
  • 2 spare passport photos in case your passport is lost or stolen
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen insulated bottle (good for hot or cold drinks!)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www.earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Prescription medicine you usually take
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686