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Our guests on this tour are picked up from the Kilimanjaro International Airport. and dropped to their respective lodges. This tour starts from Arusha. Our first destination will be Arusha National Park located on the Northern parts of Tanzania. We shall have a game drive and lots of interesting activities on the park. We shall also tour other game drives in the region. These National Parks are Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and the renown UNESCO's Conservation Area-Ngorongoro Crater. Other than that, we shall have a visit to Africa's Largest Lake Victoria. Guests have the pleasure of canoeing on the great lake side. Birding will also be among part of the activities to take pleasure in on the lake side. The tour does not end without a cultural experience with the indigenous communities found in the region. This is done as a cultural walk or a bike tour to Mto wa Mbu village.
At guest hotel
Arrive Kilimanjaro airport (JRO)
Meet your Safari tour guide and exchange greetings.
Drive to your lodging place at the Gold Crest Hotel in Arusha. (Gold Crest Hotel is situated along the Old Moshi road about a kilometre from Arusha city centre and 55km from Kilimanjaro International Airport. Gold Crest Hotel is ideal for holiday visitors and business travelers.)
Accommodation: The hotel has a total of 40 suites of different categories each offering special amenities, but all suites featuring a separate seating room, private kitchen & stove, sofa, coffee table, desk & chair, twin or queen beds, private bath or shower with toilets, satellite TV, wireless internet access, air conditioning, mini-bar, personal safe, international direct dialing, hair dryer, tea & coffee making facilities.
Facilities & Services: Other facilities include a bar & restaurant, a swimming pool, a business centre, gym, curio/gift shop, Conference Halls.
We will travel to the Tarangire National Park for a wildlige game drive.
Our overnight stay will be at the Roika Tented Lodge.
Location: Roika Tented Camp is located outside Tarangire National Park, only 5km from the main gate to the Park, and about 125km from Arusha town.
Accommodation: Roika Tarangire consists of 21 individually decorated luxury guest tents on raised platforms and thatched roof, all with en suite bathroom (bathtub & shower), a private balcony, coffee & tea making machine.
Facilities & Services: Other facilities include a restaurant and bar with a raised wooden deck, a swimming pool, laundry, curio/gift shop, internet café, a conference room, night game drives, guided nature walks, etc.
We will spend another day in the Tarangire National Park. There will be additional wildlife game safaris.
Overnight stay at Farm of Dreams Lodge. This is the best lodge in Karatu, Tanzania.
The warm and cosy rooms overlook the reserve and tropical gardens, the large en-suite bathrooms include water closet, shower and wash basins as well as luxurious toiletries. The bedrooms open up to a terrace that is furnished with a table and chairs.
Next will be a trip to Lake Manyara National Park for a wildlife game drive.
Our overnight stay will be at the Farm of Dreams Lodge.
Drive to Serengeti National Park via Ngorongoro Conservation Area for a wildlife game drive.
Overnight stay at Hippo Trails Tented Lodge
A full day of game drive in the Serengeti National Park.
Overnight stay at the Hippo Trails Tented Lodge.
Serengeti National Park, in Northern Tanzania, is known for its massive annual migration of Wildebeest and Zebra. Seeking new pasture, the herds move North from their breeding grounds in the grassy southern plains. Many cross the marshy western corridor’s crocodile-infested Grumeti River. Others veer northeast to the Lobo Hills, home to black eagles. Black rhinos inhabit the granite outcrops of the Moru Kopjes.
The 27th of World Travel Award pannel has named Tanzania Serengeti National Park as African leading National Park for 2020. This is the second time Serengeti National Park has won this title. Do not miss it!
A birding day at Lake Victoria with canoeing on the lake. This is a full day event.
Overnight stay at the Ndabaka Stop Over.
From Ndabaka Stop Over to Ngorongoro Conservation Crater.
Overnight stay at the Rhino Lodge. Rhino Lodge is situated inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This makes it all the more easier to visit the Crater in the morning and spend full day observing animals and enjoying nature in general.
The Ngorongoro Crater, also known as Africa’s Eden, is home to an incredible diversity of wildlife year-round. Here you will enjoy encounters with a large number of species, including the Big Five if you are lucky, depending on what nature will provide. Every moment in the Crater/Calder is amazing. Ngorongoro is well-known for offering an opportunity to see black Rhino, experience vast herds of Wildebeest, Zebra, and Eland, as well as exciting Lion and Hyena sightings. There are a good number of plants and birds.
The remarkable beauty and diversity of this area includes a mix of forest, savannah and grassland vegetation. These areas provide the perfect environment for wildlife to thrive.
VISA Kilimanjaro Airport has changed the process of issuing visas upon arrival. Clients arriving in Kilimanjaro without a visa will now need to complete the following process: Queue to obtain a Government Control Number Queue to pay for this at the bank Queue for Immigration to check paperwork and issue your visa This change in process can take an excess of two hours. Therefore, we strongly recommend that those that still have time before they travel apply for their Tanzania 🇹🇿 visa online at www.immigration.go.tz. The online process generally issues your visa within 2-3 weeks. We have been assured that measures are being put in place to make this quicker, but until that happens, we feel that the above recommendation is best. Also, this information is as of January 2020 and the government keeps making changes regarding the tourism industry. Therefore, it is best to check with the official website of Tanzania for any updates. CLOTHING - keep in mind the length of your stay • One or two pairs of comfortable long pants • Two or three pairs of shorts • Skirt or dress slacks for evenings at some hotels/lodges, most are very casual • Two or three t-shirts or short sleeve shirts • One or two long sleeve shirts (for evening warmth and/or sun protection) • Light weight sweater or pull over • Warm jacket/fleece (cooler months of June to Sept. and if camping in Ngorongoro Highlands) • Windbreaker/rain gear, especially from December to June • Pair of thongs/sandals for around camp • Pair of athletic or comfortable walking shoes • Swimsuit • Hat • CLOTHING FOR WALKING SHOULD BE EARTH COLORS TENDING TOWARDS DARKER RATHER THAN LIGHTER. EQUIPMENT • Camera-batteries can be charged at lodges and while driving using the vehicle inverter • Binoculars-GOOD BINOCULARS ARE A MUST FOR DAY TO DAY ANIMAL AND BIRD WATCHING-EVERYONE NEEDS THEIR OWN. • Sunglasses • 1 or 2 plastic water bottles-we supply drinking water to refill these • Sunscreen • Insect repellent-no need for much or for high DEET content-spray, best for ankles and over clothes at dusk • Wet wipes (optional but handy on long dusty travel days) • Reading material for occasional free hour • We will have field guides along. • Flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries • UK adapter plug-most lodges have a power strip but best to have your own in case • Toiletries MISCELLANEOUS • Credit cards-they are still pretty new here. Major lodges will accept them and most major gifts shops will as well. • Cash for shopping-while most major gifts shops take major credit cards, we suggest some cash for the smaller gift shops along the way. US dollars (2006 or newer only) are accepted or you can exchange money once you arrive. • Tipping - tipping for individuals who are helping along the way is included in your safari price with two exceptions: guide and chef (if you are camping). We believe our taking care of this as part of your safari costs takes the awkwardness out of trying to figure out when and how much to tip. Some of our clients like to personally tip helping staff directly so If you should also choose to tip these individuals along the way, please bring small bills. Tipping the guide, who will be with you 24/7, is a personal matter and a typical behavior for those traveling abroad. It is our highest priority, after safety, to give you an authentic, fun and educational experience in Tanzania. Our guides will take good care of you! Give as you feel comfortable. We give you this guideline as a suggestion for tipping guide and chef at the end of the safari. Guide tipping, we suggest $25-$45 per person/ per night. Chef tipping, we suggest $15-$30 per person/ per night. Many safaris are a combination of lodges and camping so tip the chef at the end of his/her time with you. Your generosity means a great deal to these individuals. • Passport and back up copy stored in a separate location. • We suggest a sturdy duffle bag with zip opening or soft sided luggage for your main bag plus having a smaller day pack in which to keep things you will need during the day. • Emergency contact information and travel insurance information. • Most places can do laundry if you are there two consecutive nights but they don't have dryers so it can take several days to dry if it is raining. • Voltage is 220V (US is 110V). Plugs are the 3-pin kind like in UK/England. • Most lodges can’t handle high wattage (1500W) hair dryers. Either plan to go without or buy a low watt (800-1000W). • No need to change money before coming as it can be changed locally. you can usually pay with dollars or TZ shillings. • Be sure to pack medications for the entire trip and several days extra just in case. • We suggest our clients bring hand sanitizer or wipes. These can be nice on a hot, dusty day to refresh yourself if you wish. Also, if your experience includes visiting large groups of people where lots of hugs and greetings are exchanged and you have a concern about germs, you will be prepared. Some of the behaviors which reflect our values regarding animals are: • Please do not mimic or scream at animals in front of them. It is not seen as being respectful to them. • Please do not feed the animals as this will destroy their behaviors for finding food. • Please do not expect drivers to go off the road. We respect nature for tomorrow. • All weather is important in nature. Sometimes Itineraries may change some due to unexpected rain and a new route is needed to cross rivers, etc. Your safety comes first. These days sometimes create the best stories to tell about your trip! • We do not adhere to a strict schedule but let nature show us the amazing animals and people we are to meet each day. In collaboration with our clients, a “loose” schedule allows us to flow with each day and choose from the possibilities that each day brings. We make room for wonderful surprises that come our way. • We know that some of our clients have a passion to see certain animals. Your Itinerary will include the best places to find them, but please remember it is the universe that brings them to us. As your safari unfolds, meeting a variety of people and tribes will naturally happen as we are in relationship with many individuals and tribes. This is Maggie’s backyard and a lifetime of knowing people and the land. Your guide will inform you each step of the way regarding the diversity of life in Tanzania. You are also able to identify and request specific cultural experiences during the planning stages of your safari. Here are some simple dos and don’ts. Your guide will give more information as each day and its experiences unfold. • We ask that you do not hand out gifts to people while hiking or riding, especially the children. Changing their habits will have a negative impact on their families. An example is children take to begging by the road vs. going to school. Your guide can take you places like schools, villages, etc. and will advise you when it is appropriate to offer a gift. • Be sure to always keep track of your belongings when in public campgrounds, lodges, etc. This is also especially true when you stand up in safari trucks with phones or cameras set on the truck roof while viewing animals. We try to remind people, but you take a big risk of items dropping off the roof. It is not possible to retrieve them especially when viewing dangerous animals like lions or hyenas. • When in the safari truck, please do not sit on top of the roof. • Standing on seats is allowed but we ask you take your shoes off first. • Do not walk away from the group without informing your guide, especially when in the bush. • Mealtime is flexible based on how our clients feel and how the day unfolds with animal viewing. Your guide will check in with you throughout the day. We carry plenty of water to keep you hydrated. • Trash in is trash out. We have garbage bins in our trucks. • Be kind to everyone you meet. Remember, your safari with Maggie’s Tour Company is an adventure! It is true when we say, “we will create a safari and cultural experience beyond your wildest dreams”! Following these simple rules will make it a whole lot of fun for everyone! We invite you to read the testimonials on our website. Our past client say it all
This booking is Non Refundable. You will not be entitled to any refund if you cancel this booking.