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Tanzania Wildlife & Cultural Photo Safari – October 2017

Tour Highlights ~ A Photographic and Cultural Adventure

October 27 – November 7, 2017

*Intensive guided game viewing at Serengeti National Park

*Only 4 participants per vehicle in 7 passenger stretch Land Cruisers.

*Tour is limited to 12 participants for an optimum photographic experience.

*Time to absorb and photograph the wonder of it all. This safari is all about getting good photos. We will be driven to the best opportunities and will be taking our time to watch and wait for wildlife or just the right light.

*Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Parks, and visit Maasai village.

For more information or to register contact Strabo Photo Tour Collection: 607-756-8676  www.phototc.com

We have planned this safari during this period for a special reason — the Serengeti migration, the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth. Our trip is timed to coincide with the annual migration of thousands of animals through the northern to central corridor, and with luck we will witness the herds as they travel across the region. The safari also encompasses the Ngrongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park, as well as a private interactive visit with the Maasai.

This is Africa as you’ve always imagined it to be: the magic of a Serengeti sunset, the teeming wildlife of Ngorongoro Crater. A safari to Tanzania is a special adventure into the premier game-viewing country of Africa. Tanzania’s great game parks and reserves are unsurpassed anywhere in the world. We’ll see all of the major plains animals, zebras, giraffes, impalas, gazelles, and other herbivores. There will be baboons and monkeys, herds of elephant and buffalo, and some of the most wonderful bird life you will ever see.

<strong** SAFARI ITINERARY **

Board the KLM flight to Amsterdam, landing October 28. You will have a short layover before continuing to Arusha. On arrival, you will be met at the airport, your Tanzania Visa will be processed, and the group will then be taken to the hotel. You will need to separate your luggage for taking an early morning flight tomorrow taking with you: some clothes, incidentals, medicines and camera gear. The driver guides will arrive to your tented camp tomorrow evening, reuniting you with your larger suitcase.  AFRICAN TULIP LODGE (lite snack)
After a very early breakfast, transfer to Arusha airport for an 8AM flight to northern Serengeti, where we will be met by the safari guides.

The Serengeti is much larger than just Serengeti National Park. The park is actually just the center of a vast natural ecosystem. This magnificent area contains breathtaking scenery and a vast diversity of landscapes, including beautiful mountains, deep gorges, rivers, acacia woodlands, rolling hills, lush valleys, grassy plains dotted with rocky outcrops (called kopjes), and even a volcano (Ol Donyno Lengai). There is abundant resident game that enjoys the region’s many waterholes and river areas, as well as seasonal migratory herds, which pass through on their annual trek to and from the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Visitors enjoy the fact that there are fewer tourists in this more remote region of Tanzania. People who venture here experience a more private and intimate experience with the wildlife. Overnight RIVER CAMP (all meals)

RIVER CAMP: The camp is a permanent tented camp, recently opened, and offering unique opportunities. It is the ultimate safari experience, where you will camp and dine under the stars of this vast region. River Camp is set amidst a landscape that is dotted with kopjes, hidden valleys and distant hills as a back- drop. The camp offers 6 spacious sleeping quarters, en suite bathrooms with flush toilets as well as running water and 24 hour electricity. There are 3 tents with king size beds and 2 with twin beds all of which are a generous 260 square feet (sq. ft.) as well as one large family tent (380 sq. ft.) that features 2 bedrooms, one with a king size bed and the other with two twin beds. A separate dining tent with a relaxing lounge and bar area is located in the center of the camp. Additionally the camp is staffed with a chef who delights in winning over your culinary senses with his own famous dishes and a gracious team devoted to meeting your every need.

After an early breakfast, we will drive to central Serengeti through the Seronera Valley for migrating herds, leopards and cats of all kinds. The Serengeti is one of the most famous wildlife areas in the world. Although there are no guarantees in the natural world, with any luck we will be able to see huge herds of wildebeest and other plains animals grazing on the savannah. The herds follow the rains and feed on the new grass so what we will actually see depends upon the weather pattern. If past years are any indication, we have positioned ourselves to be in the right location at the right time. SAMETU CAMP. (all meals)

After breakfast we will depart for Ngorongoro Crater, one of the most famous wildlife viewing areas in the world. We game drive as we go, and reach the crater in this afternoon. There will be an afternoon tour on the crater floor, where Flamingos inhabit an alkaline lake in the center of the crater and other bird life is abundant as well. The lake edge attracts an array of birds including kori bustard, yellow- billed stork, ostrich, and sacred ibis to name just a few.

We will then check in to the NGORONGORO SERENA LODGE, a lodge constructed of local materials and hidden within the forests of the rim of the crater. It offers a stunning view of the crater, with close proximity to the access road for the descent.

The next day we will spend the entire day exploring the crater, leaving early in the morning, well before most tour vehicles depart. We will descend from the rim, at about 7,600 feet in elevation, to the floor of the crater some 2,000 feet below. This 102-square-mile crater is the largest unflooded, unbroken caldera in the world. Within its perimeter are thousands of wildebeest, black rhino, cheetah, gazelle, giraffe, and a high density of lions, hyenas, and other predators. (Recommended reading: The Innocent Killers by Jane and Hugo Van Lawick-Goodall).

We’ll have a picnic lunch to maximize our time in the field and returning as late as possible in order to get the last golden rays of light. NGORONGORO SERENA LODGE. (all meals)

Today we drive to Tarangire National Park, with game drives along the way, followed by a full day of game driving and bird sighting within the park. We will have excellent opportunities for elephants, giraffe, and birds.

Besides various species of ostrich, stork, and birds of prey, there are also various species of kingfishers, bee eaters, rollers, hoopoes, hornbills, cuckoos, woodpeckers, shrikes, weavers, flycatchers, and sunbirds. Three thousand migratory elephants join the existing resident herds, attracted initially by the tall grasses growing after the short rain season. The park is one of the most scenic in Tanzania with huge baobab trees.

You will also enjoy private interaction with local Maasai when your group visits a village near Tarangire. Your guides will introduce you and start conversation so you can learn about their life and photograph the unique aspects of their village. MARAMABOI TENTED CAMP (all meals)

This morning we will drive back to Arusha. We will have time for shopping at the Cultural Heritage Center. The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy swimming, relaxing, or packing in our dayrooms. We will have a farewell dinner before departing for the airport in the
evening. DAY ROOM AFRICAN TULIP (all meals)

We arrive in Amsterdam this morning and have a short layover before connecting with the
KLM flight back to the USA. (meals on plane)
  

 

 

General Information

SAFARI COST: $8,395 LAND ONLY The above cost is based upon 7 or more paying participants traveling together, maximum of 12. A small group surcharge applied of $500, with 4-6 paying participants.

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: $995, Single rooms are subject to availability. We try to accommodate single travelers who request single accommodations, as well as single travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, we are unable to find a suitable roommate, or you are in a single for another reason, you will need to pay the single supplement.

AIR FARE: CONTACT STRABO TOURS FOR AIRFARE INFORMATION.

The Safari Costs Include

• Group Transportation: All group transportation in Tanzania. Deviation from the set itinerary could incur additional costs (i.e., transfers, accommodations, etc.). You will be escorted by a driver-guide in Tanzania.

• Accommodations and Meals: All lodge and camp accommodations based upon two people sharing a room. Single rooms may be available at a supplementary cost, but are not guaranteed. All meals while on safari are included, with some picnic lunches. See itinerary for details.

• Miscellaneous Fees and Tips: All porterage fees and meal tips, service charges, hotel taxes, and park entrance fees are included.

• Flying Doctors’ Society: Membership in the Flying
Doctors’ Society is included; in the unlikely event that emergency transportation to a hospital facility is required.

• Pre-departure Information: You’ll receive information on all aspects of the safari, plus readings on the history, culture, and ecology of East Africa.

The Safari Costs Do Not Include

International air fare, air tax and foreign airport taxes; excess baggage charges; additional transfers or accommodations for those not traveling with the group; guide and lodge staff tips; passport fees; meals not included in itinerary; medical and travel insurance; all items of a personal nature such as laundry, medical expenses, and room service; beverages (coffee and tea are usually provided with meals); film and processing; any activities not specified in the tour itinerary, or those activities listed as optional.

Deposits, Cancellations AND Refunds

A deposit of $750 ($500 on domestic tours) per person is required. Specific tours may require an additional deposit due to accommodation bookings or transportation requirements. If applicable these will be noted on your invoice. Payment in full is required when bookings are made less than 120 days before the departure date. Space is subject to cancellation by Strabo if payment is not received when due.

If a passenger wishes to cancel they must send notification in writing to: Strabo International Tour, Co., P.O. Box 580, Dryden, NY 13053; fax 208-545-4119. At the time we receive your notification, the following per person charges apply:

    • 91 days or more before departure: $300 cancellation fee ($150 fee on domestic tours), plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation.
    • 61-90 days before departure: $500 ($250 on domestic tours) minimum cancellation fee, plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation. Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.
    • 60 days or less before departure or anytime after departure: NO REFUND. Refunds for services that are voluntarily not used by you cannot be made.
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      FITNESS AND HEALTH

      The trip is not strenuous, and anyone who is reasonably fit and in good health should be able to participate. You will, however, have long international flights and will be spending many hours in a vehicle on game drives. Land travel will sometimes be over very bumpy and dusty roads. If you have any questions about your ability to participate in this trip, please contact Strabo for more information.

      Although as a trip participant you are a member of the Flying Doctors’ Society, which provides emergency medical care to travelers, you should be aware that medical services or facilities may not be readily available during all or part of the trip. This could include emergency medical care, presence of physicians, or adequate medication.

      TRAVEL INSURANCE

      Each participant must be covered by medical insurance that is valid overseas.

      We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out insurance on your trip. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short your trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum you’ve invested in it (see the section “Deposits, Cancellations and Refunds” in the trip brochure).

      Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut your trip short for medical or any other reasons.

      There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, please read carefully the pamphlet sent to you upon enrollment, which outlines the programs of trip cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance. Trained agents are available to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to call the toll free number in their brochure. It is to your advantage to apply for insurance at the earliest possible time, so don’t delay in making a decision.

      For more information contact

      Strabo International Photo Tour Collection

      607-756-8676 info@phototc.com