EAST AFRICA SAFARI 2018
September 8-23, 2018
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A well planned safari is the adventure of a lifetime. Tanzania offers a unique wildlife experience second to none, ready to fulfill your expectations and more. We have selected three excellent camps, tow of them located in the mighty Serengeti, the stage for the annual Great Migration and a third one in Ruaha National Park, wild as wild can be. Experienced rangers will insure our safety and enjoyment in arguably some of the best accommodations in safari land. We’ll begin this adventure in Dar Es Salaam, and African melting pot and we’ll end it in the fabled island of Zanzibar. Due to the camps’ limited accommodations, this departure is limited to 12 members.
Sep 8 Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania)
Arrive in Dar Es Salaam and transfer to the Kilimanjaro Hotel, starting point for our East African Safari 2018.
Unwind from your travels and relax.
Sep 9 Dar Es Salaam
Today, we enjoy a full day of sightseeing Dar Es Salaam, a dynamic, colorful and diverse metropolis. Originally a small fishing village known as Mzizima it’s now a bustling city and hub for East African business and trade. Packed with interesting culture, history, food and people our Dar Es Salaam city tour will give you a taste of one of East Africa’s most exciting cities.
First, we drive straight to visit Kivukoni Fish Market. Many varieties of fish in every shape and size are sold here, both retail and wholesale, to city dwellers, restaurateurs and people from outside the city who know Kivukoni Fish Market is the best place to buy fish in Tanzania. After leaving Kivukoni Fish Market you’ll see the Ocean Road Hospital and the State House. You will have a chance to visit the nearby Botanical Gardens, which were established a hundred years ago by Germans.
Opposite the garden is Karimjee Hall and you’ll be able to see the fantastic architecture while your guide explains the history behind the building. Next you’ll visit the National Museum, home to many historical treasures with a wide variety of exhibits including archaeological findings, rock paintings, ancient foot prints, the remains of the first humans and more. The Mwenge Carvers Market is made up of small shops with stands displaying carvings of different kinds, traditional dresses, the Tinga Tinga paints and more. You’ll be able to browse the stalls, chat with the carvers and buy souvenirs if you wish. After that you’ll visit the Makumbusho Village museum, which is more interactive than the National Museum, allowing you to get a feel for the whole of Tanzania in a very short time. We follow wit h a visit to Kariakoo, the busiest and most exciting market in Dar Es Salaam so you’ll be able to enjoy an authentic Tanzanian shopping experience here. We end our visit at Mnazi Mmoja, a place with strong historical significance, here we find the Uhuru Torch, which was placed here in 1961 to celebrate Tanzania’s independence from Germany.
A regional Tanzanian cuisine lunch is included today.
Breakfast & Lunch
Sep 10-14, 2018 - Ruaha
This morning depart on your scheduled flight to Msembe Air Strip in the heart of Ruaha National Park, where we find Ikuka Safari Camp, a new and unique safari camp for Ruaha National Park. Perched on the edge of the Mwagusi escarpment, commanding spectacular views across the Ruaha valley, Ikuka offers a classic luxury wilderness experience.
Ikuka opened in July 2016 and is a small and intimate owner run tented camp. Comprised of just 6 beautifully appointed rooms, each with its own panoramic vista of the Ruaha wilderness. Run by local safari veterans Mark and Chloe Sheridan Johnson, Ikuka offers a compelling insight into the dramatic wilds of Ruaha, a new and unique safari camp for Ruaha National Park. Perched on the edge of the Mwagusi escarpment, commanding spectacular views across the Ruaha valley, Ikuka offers a classic luxury wilderness experience.
Despite being the largest national park in Tanzania and one of the largest in Africa, Ruaha is a little known and untrammelled wilderness. Most commonly reached by plane from Dar Es Salaam, Ruaha features among the southern circuit safari destinations of the Selous, Katavi and Mahale national parks.
Known for its diverse landscapes of savannah, mighty baobab trees, miombo, rocky hills, kopjes and the Great Ruaha River itself; Ruaha is also home to an incredible diversity of wildlife, including some of the largest populations of elephant and lion left anywhere in Africa. A birder’s paradise; more than 500 species of birds, many of them endemic to Ruaha, have been recorded. Representing a biodiversity transition zone between Southern and Eastern Africa, many species overlap and crossover resulting in a unique wildlife display.
Perfectly positioned overlooking the park’s most productive game viewing areas, Ikuka Safari Camp offers peace and tranquility in a wild and secluded location. Enjoy game drives and bush walks with experienced guides who are waiting to impart with you their intimate knowledge of Ruaha. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Sep 14 - 17 Serengeti Central - Namiri Plains Camp
Transfer to the Airstrip for a flight to Central Serengeti.
Serengeti National Park boasts 35 species of plains-dwelling game and prolific birdlife.
The Serengeti is probably the most famous national park in the world. First established in 1956, it is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and covers 14,763 square kilometers.
The Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing.
Aside from the great migration, the Serengeti offers a diverse ecosystem: great herds of buffalo, groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.
After 20 years of being off-limits to tourists, the Namiri Plains in the eastern Serengeti are now home to a staggering density of big cats. The Namiri Plains Camp is a high specification mobile-tented camp in a surprisingly remote and remarkable location out on the long-grass plains of Serengeti Central. It offers arguably the ultimate Serengeti experience, with sensational predator sightings around the kopjes. Walking safari is also possible. It has a stylish tented mess area and around eight comfortable tented guest suites.
Sep 17 - 20 Northern Serengeti
Sayari Mara Camp is located in the Mara sector of the Serengeti in Northern Tanzania.
It is a high specification permanent lodge set in a remote location in the extreme north of the Serengeti. It is a very comfortable and stylish camp, with fifteen guest rooms and a small swimming pool. The camp is elegantly presented and genially hosted. It is open start June to end March. Activities include daytime vehicle safari, walking safari and balloon safari (optional activity).
Unlike the seasonal camps in the area, which tend to only be open for the four or five months of the main dry season, this lodge is open for most of the year, closing only during the main rains from the start of April to the end of May.
The camp itself is set on a gently sloping incline with broad views out over distant plains. It is centered on a large geodesic tent containing the lounge areas and a separate canvas structure for dining. There is also a small swimming pool off to one side.
The camp is pleasantly small for a permanent facility, with a total of nine large vaguely oriental-themed rooms with private bathrooms featuring large stone bathtubs.
The whole place is elegantly presented and genially hosted, usually with an expat management couple in charge.
This extreme northern part of the Serengeti offers very solid game-viewing year round, with a wider range of resident wildlife including all the usual suspects except for rhinos.
The main wildebeest and zebra migration is usually in the area Jul/Oct and this is a major area for river crossings, which are generally considered to be a major highlight of the safari year. These also happen to be the main dry season months, so it really is the place to be at this time.
As well as the usual daytime vehicle safaris, walking safari is also available from this camp.
The camp can also be used as a base for ballooning, it being situated suitably close to the main takeoff area, which needs to be accessed well before dawn. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Sep 20 - 23 Zanzibar (Stone Town)
Flight to Zanzibar.
Zanzibar Stone Town is a hugely important historic town is situated on the west coast of Zanzibar Island off the coast of Tanzania.
This wonderfully atmospheric old town is registered as a World Heritage Site and is certainly one of the most culturally fascinating places in the region.
For many centuries Stone Town was the home of the Sultan of Zanzibar, who ruled over a huge portion of sub-Saharan Africa. Caravan routes ran from Bagamoyo on the mainland coast opposite, deep into the heart of the continent, over 1000km to Lake Tanganyika and with influence deep into the Congo beyond, trading for slaves, ivory and various exotic produce. The sultan even controlled the trade routes via Sofala into Mozambique and the silver mines of Great Zimbabwe.
They used to say that “when the flute plays in Zanzibar, the whole of Africa dances”. In the late nineteenth century Zanzibar came under the control of the British and was used as a base by explorers including Speke, Burton, Stanley and Livingstone.
Modern day Stone Town is a confusing tumbledown place, a crazy maze of narrow streets, jam-packed with historic buildings, most in various stages of acute dilapidation. Real people live here; going about their daily lives and the place is full of local color, from the vibrant markets to the groups of naked children that play on the waterfront each evening.
Stone Town is the birthplace of “Zanzibar style”, the classic Swahili blend of Arab, Indian and African cultures which characterize this coast. There is a wide range of characterful hotels, most of which demonstrate this unique local style, some of which actually contributed significantly to defining it.
Organized activities will include, visiting the historical landmarks, learning about spices and doing a little shopping.
During our sightseeing we will also organize regional cuisine lunches to enjoy the variety of flavors that this multicultural community offers. Breakfast & Lunch.
Sep 23 Zanzibar - Dar Es Salaam
Transfer to the airport and flight back to Dar Es Salaam to connect with your flight home.
GENERAL INFORMATION & CONDITIONS OF TRAVEL
Reservations: A deposit of $2,000.00 per person is required at the time of booking. No reservations can be processed without deposit. A second deposit in the amount of $4,000.00 will be due upon confirmation of domestic flights. Balance is due 120 days prior to departure
Tour Prices: Prices shown in this brochure are in US dollars based are per person for hotel accommodations, domestic air transportation, transfers, sightseeing, safari activities and selected meals. Prices are based on current exchange levels and are subject to change. International flights are not included.
Price per Person
Sharing Twin Room $15,890
Single Supplement $10,960
Cancellations: The two initial deposits are non-refundable. All cancellations received within 120 days of tour departure will be charged the full cost of the tour.
Passports, Visas, and Health Requirements
All clients are reminded that a valid passport is necessary in all cases. They must also make sure that all visa requirements of the countries they will visit are complied before departure. The same applies with regard to health requirements in force at the time of travel. The cost of obtaining these documents will be borne by the traveller. The organizer assumes no responsibility whatsoever should a client, for any reason be refused entry into any particular country, and the subsequent costs entailed will have to be met by the traveller in accordance with obligations that the organizer has in virtue of the contracts held with third parties.
We recommend passengers to review the pertinent health information presented by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention web page on Tanzania:
Luggage advice: Domestic flights: The domestic airlines cargo pod door measurements are:
36cm x 68cm (14.5” x 27”)
If your bag is larger it will not go through the door of the cargo pod.
Maximum weight allowed: 15kg (33lbs) the pilot has a pocket size scale to check.
Soft bags are strongly recommended.
This allowance shall include all hand baggage
Accommodations: Based on double occupancy (two persons sharing the same twin bedded room).
Meals: Included meals as per itinerary.
Insurance: To protect you against loss, theft, injury, accident and medical expenses travel insurance can be arranged and is strongly recommended since the organizer and other providers will not accept responsibility for any such losses or expenses. Safari operators require medical and evacuation insurance. In consideration that members are participating in a safari and that camps are located in remote locations, all members should be adequately insured (considering the inherent risk involved in going on safari and travelling in wildlife areas) for amongst others cancellation, medical assistance, evacuation, damages and repatriation.
Safari camps will require all members to sign a customary indemnity form including their medical insurance details upon arrival.
What is included: Inclusions are shown under each itinerary.
Accommodations, domestic air transportation, transfers and sightseeing, safari activities, full board while on safari and other meals as per itinerary, laundry service while on safari, gratuities while on safari to drivers guides and staff, gratuities to sightseeing staff in Dar Es Salaam and Stone Town.
What is not included: International air transportation, airport departure taxes, passport and visa fees, beverages, dining room items not on the set table menu, gratuities to hotel porterage, laundry, excess baggage charges, cost of vaccinations, items of personal nature, loss of deposit, Travel insurance,
Brochure Content: Every effort has been made to see that content of this brochure is as accurate as possible and up-to-date at the time of printing.
Responsibilities: BESTOURS and other tour organizers act only as agents for transportation companies, airlines, hotels, safari operators and other services, under the express condition that they shall not be held liable for injuries, delays, damages, losses, accidents or irregularities incurred by the passenger, which may be occasioned either by reason of any defect in transportation services, or other conveyances, or through the neglect or default of any company or person engaged in conveying the passengers therewith, or of any hotel proprietor or servant, or other services. BESTOURS and other tour organizers are not to be held responsible for losses or additional expenses due to delays, and/or changes in the itinerary, flights or other services, sickness, weather, strikes, war, quarantine, and/or other causes. BESTOURS also reserves the right to change the routing, hotels, sightseeing offered, prices given in the brochure; to decline, accept, or retain any person as a regular member of a tour and to pass on to tour members any tour costs incurred due to delays or circumstances beyond control.
The airlines and other transportation companies concerned will not be responsible for any act, mission, or event during the time passengers are not on board the aircraft or conveyance.
The passenger’s contract, in use by the carriers concerned, when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the passenger.