Baby Boomers Safari – 10 days
You may be looking at early retirement and are active and healthy. Perhaps you have traveled the capitals of Western Europe, but have always had Africa in the back of your mind for when you had the time was right. Maybe you backed-packed through Europe in the 60’s during your college years and didn’t have enough money to make it to Africa. Time may have made you eco-culture conscious and you would prefer more naturalistic kinds of travel experiences. You may be culturally curious and interested in challenging your own cultural assumptions. If any of these are the case, a Baby Boomer African safari is designed for you.
This safari was designed by a Baby Boomer, like yourself. In most places you have traveled you may have traveled more on your own. Traveling in the African bush is different. 30% of Tanzania’s lands are located within national parks to preserve their unique environment, ecosystem and wildlife. In order to enter them, you are required to travel through a licensed tour operator so you get into and out of the bush safely. To preserve the intimate kind of travel you may be used to, Zohar limits the number of travel guests to small groupings of 4-7 people.
Zohar Baby Boomer itineraries are carefully designed to blend a balance of game viewing, recreational activity and interaction with the colorful indigenous peoples who live in remote areas of the African bush. Visits to traditional communities are culturally sensitive and designed to allow for maximum interaction between guests and hosts by connecting through their daily activities. They are not per-rehearsed performances or just photo ops. The bush peoples benefit from hosting visitors, as it provides a form of income to compensate for the loss of land they depend that has been misappropriated.
Day 1: Arrival – Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha City
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. Your professional safari guide will brief you during dinner on various aspects of your itinerary.
Lodging: Lake Duluti Serena Hotel (Bed & Breakfast)
Day 2: Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, your driver-guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will enjoy the 2 hr (74 mile/120km) leisure drive southwestwards to Tarangire NP. In this region in Tanzania, Hemmingway often went on big game hunting safaris. After the formation of its national parks in 1970, Tanzania turned the seasonal marshes and the endless savannah that you see today into, once again, profitable hunting grounds. Today however, cameras have thankfully replaced elephant guns.
The Tarangire National Park has the highest concentration of elephants in North – Tanzania and you can view these animals all year round where elephant herd populations can reach as many as 3,000. The Tarangire River has water all year around. During the dry season (July-October), many animals from the surrounding areas come to the river to drink. If you visit the park during the dry season, you will witness an unforgettable natural wonder as you observe exotic big mammals such as lions, giraffes, buffaloes, wildebeests, zebras and various types of antelopes such as gazelles. During the dry season, Tarangire is a haven for bird watchers with over 550 different species including the Maasai Ostrich-the world’s largest bird. Around lunchtime, you will stop at a suitable picnic place. The afternoon is dedicated to more wildlife watching.
Lodging: Tarangire Safari Lodge (3 meals)
Day 3: Tarangire NP – Mto Wa Mbu Recreational Activities and Cultural Visit
Drive to Mto wa Mbu for a full day of recreational activities and cultural visit. Included in your safari is participating in two of the following activities. You may participate in a third activity if you have extra time for an additional cost.
*Mountain Biking/ Cycling – Duration; 2.5 to 3hrs
*Forest Hike – Duration; 2.5 to 3hrs
*Nature Walk – Duration; 1hr to 1.5hrs
*Village Walk – Duration; 2.5 to 3hrs
*Lake Manyara Canoeing (depending on the day’s weather) – Duration; 2.5 to 3hrs
After engaging in the late morning/early afternoon activities of your choice, will walk through the traditional village for hot local lunch. Later drive to the lodge for evening leisure and hot dinner.
Lodging: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge(3 Meals)
Day 4: Manyara National Park – Karatu Local Market Tour – Lake Eyasi Sunset
You will depart early to Lake Manyara National Park for half day game viewing. The park is green throughout the year because of its underground water sources. Its verdant color attracts hundreds of spectacular varieties of migratory and wetland birds flying overhead. It also attracts huge populations of flamingos because its shallow alkaline-saline (salt) soda lake creates an ideal environment for microorganisms to grow that feed flamingos. Manyara’s natural habitat also includes large troops of baboons, velvet monkeys, blue monkeys, and tree climbing lions, elephants, hippos, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, buffalos, elephants, warthogs, impalas, Thomson-gazelles, and Grant gazelles. Leopards, cheetahs, rock/tree hyrax, kudus, elands, bushbucks, waterbucks, and dik-diks also live in this park.
After game drive, enjoy leisure to Karatu for local market tour and later proceed to Lake Eyasi for sunset, dinner and night stay.
Lodging: Kisima Ngeda Luxury Tented Lodge (3 meals)
Day 5: Visits to Hadzabe Bushmen and Datoga Tribes
Depart for a cultural visit with the Hadzabe Bushmen, one of the most remote and last hunter-gatherer tribes on earth. We participate in various interactive daily activities with the Hadzabe, including bush trek, hunting, honey gathering, baobab fruit foraging, tribal chanting, dancing and sitting around their daily campfires. Time spent with the Hadzabe Bushmen, as with other cultural groups visited, is not choreographed in a specific way. We just join in whatever they are doing during their day. Things need to stay flexible because, if game is near, the Hadzabe dash off into the bush for it and we join them.
In the late afternoon, we join the Datoga tribe, another well-preserved traditional tribe in the Lake Eyasi area, and participate in whatever they are doing, such as making yogurt in a calabash, milking cows, making butter and joining their traditional dances. We may also observe their blacksmith designingand fashioning metal objects.
Later in the evening, drive to Karatu for dinner and overnight.
Lodging: Ngorongoro Exploreans Lodge (3 meals)
Day 6: Olduvai Gorge – Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, you depart to the Serengeti plains by way of the lush Ngorongoro Crater Highlands where fertile soils grow crops such as wheat, corn and coffee. En route to the Serengeti, you will visit Olduvai Gorge where the famous archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered evidence of the oldest prehistoric human civilization and a human skull dating back 1.8 million years ago. There is also a small museum that documents their work. Afterwards, we proceed further into to the Serengeti.
The name “Serengeti” comes from the Maasai word siringitu, meaning “endless plains”, and you will see why once you see its “ocean” of grassland savannas stretching to the horizon. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest and most well-preserved on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation, fauna and flora have barely changed over the past million years. The patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves.
After game viewing, we return to our lodging for dinner and overnight.
Lodging: Serengeti Serena Lodge (3 meals)
Day 7: Serengeti National Park
Before breakfast, we depart for a game viewing drive. After returning to the lodge for a hot breakfast, we depart with a picnic lunch for another game viewing drive.The Serengeti plains are only interrupted by the Kopjes, bizarre rock formations formed by the weathering of granite outcrops. This is often where leopards and the other big cats can be found, and where you will most likely have the opportunity to view these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. We return toour lodging for dinner and an evening at leisure.
Lodging: Serengeti Serena Lodge (3 meals)
Day 8: Serengeti Walking Safari – Ngorongoro Crater Rim Walking Safari
Before breakfast, we depart for a 1-to 2-hour walking safari in the Serengeti. We return for breakfast, then depart with a picnic lunch for our final game viewing drive in Serengeti National Park. After lunch, we proceed to the Ngorongoro Crater.
As soon as you have reached the edge of the crater rim, you will view it a half-mile below and gaze at its 100 square mile expanse. You will be transfixed by this jaw-dropping natural wonder.
We will be getting out of the safari jeep to enjoy the view while walking along the crater rim for an hour. Afterwards, you will proceed to Karatu for evening leisure and hot dinner.
Lodging: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (3 meals)
Day 9: Olmoti/Empakai Hiking Adventure Nainokanoka Maasai Village
After breakfast, we depart northside of Ngorongoro Conservation Area where Olmoti and Empakai Craters are located. It is arguably the most beautiful place within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From the two crater rims you can see the active volcanic mountain, Oldonyo Lengai in a far distance. Looking down into craters, it often appears pink from flamingos that migrate from Lake Natron in the north to Lake Manyara in the south. If you would like to do hiking to the floor of one craters, it takes about 35-45 minutes to descend and 60+ minutes to ascend. Hikers are always accompanied by armed guards. If you don’t want to hike into one the craters, you can enjoy a pleasant walking safari above its rim in the lush Ngorongoro Highlands while watching Maasai graze their cattle.
After lunch, you will visit Nainokanoka, a Maasai village located near the two craters. From there, you will have surreal view of the Ngorongoro Crater rim from its eastern side where the moist warm air from the Indian Ocean meets the warm dry air of the Serengeti, creating a fascinating cloud formation curling into the crater.
The highlight of your visit to Nainokanoka will be meeting the elder of a four-generation Maasai family boma (homestead), meet his 7 wives, his 50 children and see their manyata’s (igloo-like homes). As this boma is a bit off the beaten track, it is not frequented by outsiders, creating a great opportunity to meet a Maasai family that is as excited to meet you as you are to meet them.
Lodging: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (3 meals)
Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater – Kilimanjaro International Airport
After breakfast, we return to the Ngorongoro Crater and descend into it for a day of game viewing.The crater has a unique ecosystem that is inhabited by more than 25,000 animals. In the grass steppes and acacia forest you can encounter almost every animal species of the East African savanna, including the “Big Five” (rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard) and most of the species found in the Serengeti, including zebra, hippos, wildebeest, and cheetahs.
Later in the day, you will be driven to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight to your next destination or back home.
What the Price includes:
- Ground Medical Insurance (Flying doctors in case of emergence)
- 4X4 safari vehicles with a Professional English-speaking Driver Guide.
- Unlimited mileage and fuel cost according to the park regulations and itinerary.
- Accommodation: safari lodges on Full Board, (Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner).
- Arusha Accommodation on Bed & Breakfast
- Airport transfers.
- Empakai nature walk and Maasai cultural visit
- Mto Wa Mbu activities + local lunch
- Lake Eyasi cultural visit
- Olduvai Gorge
- Ngorongoro Crater Rim Walk
- Tarangire Night game drive
- All sightseeing and game viewing as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Park fees and Crater fees.
- Packed lunch
- Two bottles of water per person per day on safari.
What the Price Does Not Include:
- Flights and Insurance
- Holiday Supplements
- Any increase in government taxes
- Amendments and cancellations to the itinerary
- Drinks and laundry at the lodges
- Gratuities for the driver guide.
- Balloon Safari (USD 539 per person).