Trip Overview

This classic Tanzania safari adventure in 2020 offers opportunities to see the Great Serengeti Migration of wildlife and go on game drives in Ngorongoro Crater. You’ll meet Tanzanian Maasai women and learn about their lifestyles while staying at Gibbs Farm and in comfortable safari camps. You’ll engage in fascinating one-on-one conversations with top safari guides, discovering the best sites for viewing African animals while learning about wildlife conservation in Tanzania and wildlife habitats and behaviors. Karibu Tanzania!

Begin your Tanzania safari adventure with a scenic flight to the Eastern Serengeti ecosystem, where you’ll enjoy an exciting stay in an airy and beautiful tent, or nyumba, perfectly placed to allow better views of passing zebras, elands, giraffes, exotic birds, and even rare wild dogs. The rustic comforts of your nyumba and full-service safari camp offer the quintessential African bush safari experience.

For centuries, the nomadic Maasai people have made the lands outside of the Serengeti their home. Learn firsthand about their culture by visiting them in a boma, a settlement of traditional huts, to meet Maasai women living there. It’s a precious opportunity to learn about their very different lives: raising kids in the remote villages, being one of multiple wives, their traditional, gender-defined domestic roles, and becoming entrepreneurs. An evening visit by Maasai warriors performing a traditional dance and an elder storyteller of Maasai folktales will be unforgettable highlights of the trip.

Friendships grow day to day through shared safari experiences with your fellow Tanzania adventurers. Walk with your AdventureWomen companions while sharing your excitement on a morning wildlife hike while you each point out your own discoveries from spotting silver-backed jackals and grazing impala to learn tracking techniques together. If the paw prints stop near an acacia tree…look up fast! You just might see a snoozing leopard. Then find out which of your new AdventureWomen friends has the sharpest eyes on a very special night game drive as you watch for nocturnal aardvarks, porcupines, and spring hares.

As you drive through the majestic Serengeti National Park, you’ll quietly observe zebras, lions, elephants, and cheetah wandering the iconic plains. You’ll enjoy three days of the best wildlife viewing on earth, including sightings of the Great Serengeti Migration that involves over two million adult and juvenile wildebeest and other grazing mammals. An optional sunrise hot-air balloon ride will offer breathtaking views of the Serengeti Plains and an elegant full breakfast with a champagne toast right in the bush when you land.

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 unique animals, including all of Africa’s “Big Five” (lions, cape buffalo, elephant, black rhinoceros and leopard). A special treat for those who spot a rhinoceros as rhinos can be a bit shy! Gourmet meals and stunning accommodations at award-winning Gibb’s Farm are a perfect way to cap off your adventure-filled safari in Tanzania, a classic African journey no Adventure Woman should ever miss!

Experience the joys of camping in the African bush to Gibbs Farm, soak in a magical sunrise on the Serengeti, and enjoy thrilling safari jaunts on game drives to see Tanzania’s most majestic creatures roaming free!

PLEASE NOTE :

For the OCTOBER 24th 2020 Departure:

AdventureWomen’s Uganda Adventure Tour to see Endangered Mountain Gorillas 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 Uganda 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
  • Hiking
  • Local Delicacies
  • National Parks
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • 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.

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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 before turning in for the night. Your adventure starts early tomorrow.
Snack

Overnight: TBD

Day 2

Arusha to Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem
Have breakfast with your group before driving to the small Arusha Airport. Take a short scenic flight from Arusha to the eastern Serengeti ecosystem.

Your guide will welcome your group at the remote airstrip. He will accompany you throughout your safari, offering cultural insights, wildlife spotting expertise and in-depth knowledge of wildlife behavior.

Enjoy a brief tour and history of the 10,000+ 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.

Enjoy lunch at your Nyumba, possibly spotting giraffe from the dining table!

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. 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. A local wildlife scout will accompany you and your guide, showing you details you might not normally notice.

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. This is a precious opportunity to learn about their very different lives: raising kids in the remote villages, being one of multiple wives, their traditional, gender-defined domestic roles, and becoming entrepreneurs.

Take to the plains and rocky hillsides 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.

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

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 with a drink by the campfire.
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 savannah.

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 “home” 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 a picnic lunch in a scenic spot. This afternoon, 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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Central Serengeti Nyumba

Day 8

Serengeti to Ngorongoro Highlands
Today is a long but worthwhile travel day. You’ll drive all the way across the Serengeti Plains, but these areas are some of the best to spot lions.

Make a short stop at Oldupai Gorge, a deep ravine and site of fossilized remains of animals and hominids that date as far back as two million years. Take a tour of the excavation site guided by an archaeologist. A brief lecture and small museum tour are included. Arrive at Gibb’s Farm this afternoon and settle in to your comfortable cottage room. Explore the grounds and wander through the coffee plants.
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

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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) on May 20, 2020. Delta/KLM via Amsterdam is the recommended route. Transfers are included for Delta/KLM arrivals; private transfers would be at an additional cost.

Depart: Depart Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) on May 29, 2020. Delta/KLM via Amsterdam is the recommended route. Transfers are included for Delta/KLM arrivals; private transfers would be at an additional cost.

September 2 Departure:

Arrive: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) on September 2, 2020. Delta/KLM via Amsterdam is the recommended route. Transfers are included for Delta/KLM arrivals; private transfers would be at an additional cost.

Depart: Depart Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) on September 11, 2020. Delta/KLM via Amsterdam is the recommended route. Transfers are included for Delta/KLM arrivals; private transfers would be at an additional cost.

October 24 Departure:

Arrive: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) on October 24, 2020. Delta/KLM via Amsterdam is the recommended route. Transfers are included for Delta/KLM arrivals; private transfers would be at an additional cost.

Depart: Depart Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) on Novermber 2, 2020. Delta/KLM via Amsterdam is the recommended route. Transfers are included for Delta/KLM arrivals; private transfers would be at an additional cost.

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 a 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 in early 2020, but please do not apply for your visa before February 2020!

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. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

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 at: https://fitfortrips.com/partners/adventure-women/

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 Tanzania, 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 comes 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

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. 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). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

May 20 Departure Final Payment Date: February 20, 2020
September 2 Departure Final Payment Date: June 4, 2020
October 24 Departure Final Payment Date: July 26, 2020

 

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

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
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. You can have laundry done along the way, or wash it by hand. We recommend planning on doing laundry when you are staying somewhere for two nights or more.

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.

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.

Clothing and Gear

  • Duffel bag (soft-sided)
  • Daypack
  • 5 short-sleeve shirts
  • 2 long-sleeve shirts
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 pairs of convertible, light- weight 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 vehi- cles)
  • Flip-flops/teva style sandals (recommended for use on wooden shower platforms)

AdventureWomen Essentials

  • Travel documents (passport, airline tickets, money)
  • 2-3 spare passport photos (in case of lost passport)
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duf- fel 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
  • Power adapters/power bank
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline,
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen water bottle
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Biodegradable 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 (in original containers)
  • 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