Tanzania: Serengeti Adventure

May 26, 2021 thru June 8, 2021

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Be astonished by the abundance of wildlife, the vast wilderness areas and the friendly villagers we will encounter in Northern Tanzania. We will visit several well-known national parks: Serengeti, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), Arusha, from where we will see Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, and Lake Manyara, an unexpected oasis of tropical ground forest. 5-star lodges and tented camps provide us luxurious comfort along the way. For the game drives, we will travel in extended Toyota Land Cruisers (or similar) with sliding windows and vertical opening roofs. Each traveler will have a safe window seat with unobstructed views. These versatile vehicles include 12 volt outlets for recharging cameras, and a cooler, so we always have cold water available.

We are fortunate to have Tanzania native and London educated Lucas Mhina as our tour guide. He has a keen interest in ecology and truly enjoys being with people so that he can share his knowledge of the birds and wildlife of East Africa. He has been guiding and leading groups since 1999. Lucas has created this special itinerary for our travelers! Presented in partnership with Sun Tours.

 

 


Transportation

Air

Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Arushaincluded

Transportation

Land Cruiser

Duration

14 days, 11 nights

Activity Level 4

Active

Meals

32 meals (11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners - w/water, coffee, & tea) included

Availability

Available

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Pickup/Dropoff

Roundtrip livery service included!

Gratuities

Tour Director, Driver & Local Guide tips included


Tour Highlights

  • Game drive in Arusha National Park
  • Game drive in Tarangire National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Olduvai Gorge & “Lucy”
  • Visit local villages
  • Game drives through Seregenti National Park
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • 4 nights tented camping
  • 5-star lodges

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Arusha*
  • Transfers & motorcoach transportation
  • Pick-up/livery service
  • 11 nights lodging in luxury lodges & tented camps
  • 32 meals
  • Guided game drives as described
  • Sightseeing as described
  • Bottled water each day
  • Baggage handling
  • Complimentary wi-fi at all accommodations
  • Admission to all national parks
  • Visits to local villages and schools
  • Services of a tour director
  • Taxes & tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
  • Tour director, driver & local guide tips
  • Pleasurebent Tours escort (with 15 or more travelers)


Itinerary

Tour Map    Brochure

Day 1 - Fly Overnight to Arusha

We begin our adventure with overnight flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport. (D)

Day 2 - Arusha

We arrive in Arusha and transfer to 5-star Lake Duluti Luxury Lodge for our two-night stay. After a welcome reception and short “safari” briefing, we get a good night’s rest and prepare for our morning game drive.

Day 3 - Game Drive in Arusha National Park

We depart after breakfast and short safari briefing for a game drive in Arusha National Park. This park is known for the abundance of flamingos, Colobus monkeys, giraffes, zebra, and buffalo. A picnic lunch is a welcome break in the afternoon. Afterwards, we take a ranger-led nature walk in the foothills of Mt. Meru. This evening, we return to our lodge for dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Life in Arusha

This morning enjoy a pre-breakfast walk around the lodge grounds. After breakfast we visit a local market, where residents shop for their daily home needs (just like a Farmers Market, but with everything you can imagine) and experience life in Arusha. After our market stop, visit Shanga Beads, a local project founded in 2007, and made up of a group of more than 70 people with a wide range of disabilities. They create a variety of products, including weaving, glass blowing, beading, paper making and metal work, using recycled materials wherever possible. Their philosophy is that kindness is a language that blind people see and deaf people hear. Learn about the birth of the project, visit the workshops and the gift shop to witness the amazing artistry of this heartwarming project. We continue to Maramboi Tented Lodge, where we enjoy a welcome drink and refreshing towel. The lodge has both indoor and outdoor seating and decks with stunning views of Lake Manyara. The tents were built to minimize disruption of the environment and to maximize usage of solar energy. The hotel is situated less than 5 miles from the entrance to Tarangire National Park. There is an optional walk to the lake, or we can enjoy some time to relax and see wildlife around the lodge. Before dinner there is a briefing by our Tour Director for the next day’s program. Two nights’ lodging at Maramboi Tented Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Game Drive in Tarangire National Park

Today we enter Tarangire National Park for a full-day game drive. The Tarangire River snakes through the park and wildlife travel long distances, drawn to the area’s only permanent river. The 1,096 square miles of protected lands are home to a large variety of game such as wildebeests, elephants, zebras, gazelles, elands, gerenuks, lions and leopards. Extensive grasslands, dusted with the occasional acacia or baobab tree, provide the optimum conditions for viewing wild animals. Bird lovers will have the opportunity to see more than 500 avian species including yellow‑collared lovebirds, rufous‑tailed weavers, ashy starlings, stocking‑thighed ostriches, and kori bustards. We’ll take a picnic lunch so that we make the most of our time on safari. Afterwards, we drive back to the lodge where we will have time to relax or take a guided nature walk. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Life in Local Maasai Village

Before breakfast, we visit a local Maasai village to observe as members of the community go about their morning rituals. We transfer back to the lodge for breakfast. Next, we transfer to Lake Eyasi with an en route stop at Mto wa Mbu. During our walk through the village, we will be able to observe the way of life in this rural community. We enjoy lunch prepared by a local family with an explanation of the different culinary delights and how they are made. One night’s lodging at Acacia Farm Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Seregenti National Park

After a late breakfast, we head to Serengeti National Park, home to the greatest concentration of large mammals in the world. Migratory herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle roam in an ongoing search for grass and water. The remainder of the afternoon will be free to relax and enjoy the views offered at lodge. We spend two nights at Lake Masek Tented Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Seregenti National Park

Morning and afternoon games drives explore Serengeti National Park, including searching for the wildebeest migration, which includes over 2 million animals! Lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, foxes, antelopes, elephants and eagles are inhabitants of this park. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Seregenti National Park

Moving to the Central Serengeti, we find the best place for crocodiles, elephants, giraffes, and lots of hippos! Morning and afternoon game drives both days as we continue our watch for more wild cats. We spend the next two nights at the Mbugani Tented Camp. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Seregenti National Park

Moving to the Central Serengeti, we find the best place for crocodiles, elephants, giraffes, and lots of hippos! Morning and afternoon game drives both days as we continue our watch for more wild cats. We spend the next two nights at the Mbugani Tented Camp. (B,L,D)

 

Day 11 - Olduvai Gorge & “Lucy”

This morning finds us traveling to Ngorongoro Crater via Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important prehistoric archaeological sites on Earth. The gorge is where “Lucy,” a 3.2  million-year-old skeleton, was discovered! After a brief presentation and viewing the Gorge, we proceed to Acacia Farm Lodge for two nights. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Ngorongoro Crater

Today we take a full day to visit the sunken caldera, and World Heritage Site, Ngorongoro Crater. Ten by twelve miles in diameter, animals are found throughout the year due to the permanent availability of grass and water. This is one of the most spectacular game haunts in Africa, and contains an impressive variety of wildlife, including black-maned lions, the highly endangered black rhino, herds of wildebeest, zebra, elephants, and hippos. We’ll have a delicious picnic lunch inside the crater. In the late afternoon, we will drive back to Acacia Farm Lodge. We can enjoy a guided walk around the lodge or enjoy the amenities at the property before for our farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Arusha to Home

After an early farewell breakfast, we drive back to Arusha, enjoying a farewell luncheon on the way. We have use of hotel rooms for a few hours in Arusha at Mt. Meru Hotel before our overnight flights home. (B,L)

Day 14 - Arrive Home

Arrive back in Tucson with glorious memories of your trip of lifetime to Tanzania!

**PASSPORT REQUIRED**

OTHER REQUIRED ITEMS:
Tanzanian Tourist Visa (required prior to departure)

No vaccines or immunizations are currently required for travel into Tanzania


Package Pricing

$8,172 per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $250 at Booking / $5,100 by February 14, 2021

$9,126 per person

Single occupancy

Deposit: $250 at Booking / $5,100 by February 14, 2021

Price Includes

Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Arusha*
Transfers & motorcoach transportation
Pick-up/livery service
11 nights lodging in luxury lodges & tented camps
32 meals
Guided game drives as described
Sightseeing as described
Bottled water each day
Baggage handling
Complimentary wi-fi at all accommodations
Admission to all national parks
Visits to local villages and schools
Services of a tour director
Taxes & tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
Tour director, driver & local guide tips
Pleasurebent Tours escort (with 15 or more travelers)


Booking Policy

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:

ADULT GROUP CHOICE

360° Adult Group Choice Flyer– Provides an overview of benefits and coverage limits

360° Adult Group Choice Policy – Provides the full coverage term details, including exclusions and limitations

$559 to $621 covers trip costs from $8,001 to $10,000. Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase now, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.

Contact us to purchase. If you have questions about coverage, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888.574.7026 or email 360group@travelexinsurance.com. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. RWF


AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have a Delta Airlines frequent flyer number, or a Global Entry or TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your passport to show at the airport. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away. Tanzanian Tourist Visa required prior to departure. No vaccines or immunizations are currently required for travel into Tanzania. Check with your physician or call Passport Health at 505-881-8785 for complete information about any vaccinations and health concerns.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carry-on baggage and contents due to enhanced security
measures. . If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. Space on the Land Cruisers for carry-ons will be limited; plan on a small purse or hand-held bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

Delta Airlines, our airline for this tour, allows you to check two bags free of charge.

ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

ACTIVITY LEVEL 4

The Activity Level for this tour is Active.

Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-3 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

All hotel baggage handling fees are included. We also include basic gratuities for the Tour Director, Coach Driver, Livery Drivers and local Tour Guides. If someone has truly gone above and beyond additional tipping is permitted, but never required.
Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.

LIVERY

For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

There is no smoking in the lodges and tents. A "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

Afternoon temperatures are usually around 25°C/77°F. Most days have a fine, clear sky. It gets mild at night with minimum temperatures around 14°C/57°F. We advise you bring a light jacket and hat just in case of inclement weather and to wear layers for best insulation. Shoes should be comfortable and sturdy for walking in small towns. There are no dress codes to places we visit on this tour.

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