Tanzania Safari II

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OCT. 26 - NOV. 6, 2016 $6,395
Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti National Park, Lake Victoria
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Tanzania Safari II

OCT. 26 - NOV. 6, 2016
Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti National Park, Lake Victoria

The annual movement of wildebeest and other grazing herbivores across the Serengeti Plains is one of the greatest spectacles of the natural world. A Tanzania migration safari is a once-in-a-lifetime journey, encompassing this and other incredible wildlife excursions to world-famous national parks and reserves: Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge and the acacia-dotted savannas of the Serengeti National Park. Accompanied by expert naturalists in outfitted Toyota Land Cruisers, venture with a small group of travelers into the vast and varied terrain of East Africa. Experience thrilling moments viewing diverse and abundant bird and mammal species, while getting to know local people and learning about the tapestry of cultures around you. After an exciting day of game drives, retreat to a beautiful lodge or tented camp that overlooks Tanzania’s breathtaking landscape.

Cost: $6,395
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Activity Level: Active
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  • Explore some of the most important parks and reserves in East Africa, including the Serengeti—host at different times of the year to the Great Migration, the cyclical journey of 1.6 million herbivores on their quest for survival.
  • Participate in up to 12 game drives accompanied by an Orbridge Expedition Leader and expert naturalist guides aboard safari-outfitted Land Cruisers.
  • Observe a presentation on Tanzania’s first official elephant orphanage and efforts to conserve this endangered species.
  • Visit Oldupai Gorge, the “Cradle of Humanity”; and spend a full day at Ngorongoro Crater—home to populations of lion, leopard, black rhino, hyena, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant, and zebra.
  • Retreat to deluxe lodges and tented camps, each uniquely beautiful and authentic in décor.
  • Encounter local cultures on guided village, school, and plantation visits in Mto wa Mbu and a fishing village on the shore of Lake Victoria.
  • What’s included: all accommodations and meals, expert naturalist guides throughout, internal air and transportation, transfers for guests on suggested flights on arrival and departure days, all main program gratuities, as well as taxes, service charges, and park fees, and temporary membership in the Flying Doctors Service.

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Days 1-2 | Oct. 26, 27. En route from U.S. / Arrive Arusha, Tanzania
After an evening arrival to the Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by an Orbridge representative who will assist with the transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Lake Duluti Serena Hotel

Days 3-4 | Oct. 28, 29. Tarangire National Park
After breakfast and a welcome briefing by your Orbridge Expedition Leader, depart Arusha to enjoy two full days exploring Tarangire National Park with morning and afternoon game drives. During these two days, have your first look at Africa’s natural beauty and the wonderful diversity of wildlife the Tarangire is known for, among which are more than 260 bird species and large elephant herds. There is also time for delightful moments to relax and reflect, including a welcome cocktail at Kikoti Safari Camp, a bush lunch inside the park, and educational presentations by the camp fire.
Overnight: Maisha Kikoti Safari Camp
(B,L,D)

Day 5 | Oct. 30. Mto wa Mbu / Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today your journey takes you to the Ngorongoro Highlands. Midday at Mto wa Mbu village, relax and refresh with a traditional lunch and a warm welcome from Maasai residents. Explore and enjoy the bustle of this trade center, get to know some of the many Tanzanian cultures represented here, and take a walk around a banana plantation. Our retreat for the next two nights, the friendly cottages of the Country Lodge in Karatu, is just 10 minutes from the Ngorgongoro Crater.
Overnight: The Country Lodge.
(B,L,D)

Day 6 | Oct. 31. Ngorongoro Crater
Your expedition continues to Ngorongoro Crater: the world’s largest unbroken caldera and one of the most legendary safari destinations in Africa. The crater is a biosphere reserve often called a “Garden of Eden” for its wide range and ever-present abundance of wildlife attracted by the year-round water supply on the crater floor. A full day game drive here provides ample time to enjoy the excellent viewing opportunities.
Overnight: The Country Lodge
(B,L,D)

Days 7-8 | Nov. 1, 2. Oldupai Gorge / Serengeti National Park – Seronera Valley
Navigate around the crater’s rim descending to Oldupai Gorge, one of the most important prehistoric archaeological sites on Earth. It was here in the 1950s that Louis and Mary Leakey first uncovered the fossilized teeth and skull of one of our earliest ancestors. After an interpretive presentation, we continue to the Serengeti, Tanzania’s premier game park, experiencing its vastness and beauty for the first time. Home to the greatest concentration of large mammals on Earth, migratory herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle roam widely in search of green grass and water. Morning and afternoon drives each day bring us to optimal viewing points to see what nature reveals.
Overnight: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
(B,L,D)
While in Serengeti National Park, an optional hot air balloon safari is available to view wildlife as you float over the Serengeti. Afterward, enjoy a champagne breakfast and a game drive before rejoining the group. (Note: This excursion must be purchased in advance to guarantee availability and is non-refundable.)

Days 9-10 | Nov. 3, 4. Western Serengeti / Grumeti / Lake Victoria Fishing Village
Traveling west beyond the Seronera Valley, enter the western corridor of the Serengeti and the Grumeti River region. Morning and afternoon game drives each day afford plenty of opportunity to observe, explore, and learn about these reserves, their wild diversity of bird and mammal species, and the path of the Great Migration that passes here. On the banks of Lake Victoria is a fishing village where you are introduced to the local way of life, visit a school, and participate in a guided walk. A memorable bush dinner on our last night on safari is a chance to bid a fond farewell to the sights, sounds, and magic of the Serengeti.
Overnight: Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp
(B,L,D)

Day 11 | Nov. 5. Serengeti / Arusha / Depart From Grumeti, take the short flight back to Arusha.
On arrival, enjoy lunch and finish your shopping for woodcarvings, art or Tanzanite at the Cultural Heritage Center. Day rooms at the hotel provide comfort and downtime until your transfer to the airport this evening.
Day Room: Lake Duluti Serena Hotel
(B,L, light snack)

Day 12 | Nov. 6. En route / Arrive U.S.

Accommodations
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Lake Duluti Serena Hotel (Arusha)
A comfortable retreat on the shores of beautiful Lake Duluti, this country house-styled hotel is built on what used to be a
coffee plantation. Relax in one of its 42 rooms in banana-stem thatched cottages, all with a private balcony, or take in the
tranquil surroundings outdoors.
Room Amenities: King or twin beds, mosquito netting, TV, phone, wireless internet access, complimentary bottled water,
safe, ceiling fan, slippers, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

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Maisha Kikoti Safari Camp (Tarangire National Park)
Kikoti is Maasai for “the place where life began,” in reference to the game-rich wilderness roamed by the Maasai for
generations. Situated in a private sanctuary, Maisha Kikoti Safari Camp is surrounded by a landscape of ancient boulders,
baobab, mopane and fig trees, and is located on the principal migratory corridor from the adjacent Tarangire National
Park. Enjoy spectacular views of the hills from your raised banda, and perhaps watch wildebeest, water buffalo, or zebra
pass by from your private terrace.
Room Amenities: King or twin beds with mosquito netting, en suite bathroom with sundries, wireless internet access in
main lodge areas, and complimentary mineral water, soft drinks, local beer and house wines with meals.

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The Country Lodge (Ngorongoro Highlands)
Just 10 minutes from Ngorongoro Crater, retreat to a comfortable cottage in a colorful garden setting. Friendly and
attentive staff will treat you with warm Tanzanian hospitality.
Room Amenities: King or twin beds, mosquito netting, fireplace, shared veranda, en suite bathroom with sundries, wireless
internet access in main lodge areas, and soft drinks, local beer and house wine with meals.

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Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge (Serengeti National Park)
Here, your home is a thatched circular rondavel nestled among acacia trees in the manner of a traditional African
village. Surrounded by natural stone and wood décor, relax amidst modern comforts and views of the Serengeti
wilderness.
Room Amenities: King or twin beds, phone, mineral water, safe, bathrobe and slippers, sundries, hair dryer, snack
and drink room service, and wireless internet access in main lodge areas.

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Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp (Western Serengeti)
On a hilltop overlooking the vast plains of the Serengeti National Park, Kirawira offers you a luxurious safari
experience with its swimming pool, excellent cuisine, Victorian era décor, and typical colonial furniture.
Room Amenities: King or twin beds, spacious furnished deck, mineral water, en suite bathroom with sundries and
hair dryer, and wireless internet access in main lodge areas.
Subject to change. While specific accommodations are secured well in advance, it is sometimes necessary to
substitute hotels and camps with as-good or better options

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STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $850 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to Orbridge. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

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