Africa: Tanzania’s Serengeti Safari in Partnership with Becoming an Outdoors Woman (May 4-13, 2019)

  Tanzania, Africa

  10 Days

  05/04/2019

  05/13/2019

Female Icon  Women Only

  Easy Physical Activity

Have you dreamed of going to Africa, but you are unsure how to do it? Let us take the intimation out of travel to Africa. Join our group of like-minded adventure buddies on our photo safari to Tanzania in partnership with Becoming an Outdoors Woman. 

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Ladies! Grab your safari hat, binoculars and don’t forget your camera because your friends are not going to believe your stories on this women’s travel adventure African Safari in Tanzania! Tanzania is a place that is accessible to any type of traveler and is perfect for the first-time traveler to Africa.

Straight out of the pages of a National Geographic Magazine, Tanzania offers ordinary people the chance to live like an explorer. This story-book journey is a combination of game drives through wildlife parks, and cultural experiences with tribal people who are living the same way their ancestors lived here have lived here for centuries.

The adventure begins in Arusha and follows the Northern Circuit which encompasses the Ngorongo Crater Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park, and Lake Manyara. We will explore wooded savannas, grasslands, and highland forest. Lodges are 4-star with delicious food and comfortable accommodations within the parks and protected areas. You may wake to the sounds or roaring lions. – No joke.

The magic of Tanzania, and the stuff of legends, is the Serengeti. As you drive through the vast expanse of grassland in a 4x4 safari jeep, you might find yourself humming tunes from the Disney cartoon, The Lion King. Massive herds of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles travel a route considered one of the largest migrations in the world. You may even find yourself getting a little teary-eyed at the intangible beauty you are witnessing.

Equally as impressive as the game parks and conservation areas is the interaction you will have with tribal communities like the Maasai, Hadzabes, and Datoga tribes. From pastoral nomads to traditional hunter-gatherers, you will feel like you have stepped in a time machine taking you back centuries as you learn about each tribe and participate in dancing and other cultural activities.

We have partnered with Becoming an Outdoors Woman to offer this active educational travel adventure for women of all ages and backgrounds. Now is your chance to experience the Africa with a supportive group of adventurous women and like-minded travelers. All skill levels welcome. No experience necessary. Solo women travelers, friends, sisters, partners, mothers and daughters. All women ages 18+ are welcome.

Under the African Sky: Safari Camping

Our women’s wildlife safari includes luxury camping within the Serengeti National Park. You will wake and go to sleep to the sounds of lions, hippos, and other big animals that come near the camp. The tents are spacious and more like hotel rooms than tents. Each sleeping tent has two beds with mattresses and linens. comfortable lounge chairs that you would expect to find in a home study, and electricity to charge your cameras and other devices. Attached is an enclosed bathroom with flushing toilet, sink, and a shower.

Nearby is the dining tent with attached common area with comfortable furnishing to share your day’s adventures with your fellow Adventure Buddies.  Alcoholic beverages, and sodas can be purchased. Meals are prepared by a chef and full service crew and served formally in the dining area. 

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Trip Highlights:

    • Experience Luxury Safari Tent Camping in the Serengeti National Park and a variety of other unique lodges near national parks and conservation areas.
    • Photograph one of the largest migrations on Earth of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles.
    • See big cats including prides of lions and elusive leopards, and possibly cheetahs.
    • Enter the Ngorongoro Crater, a 25km wide dormant volcano, bowlful of 30,000 animals.
    • Enter a Maasi village to learn about Africa’s most famous nomadic tribe.
    • Explore the Olduvia Gorge, a site which influenced what scientists know about human evolution.
    • Opportunities for shopping for African handcrafts and art.
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Tour Map

Lake Duluti Lodge

Arusha NP

Bouganvillea lodge

NGNP

Mbugani Camps serengeti katikati tented camp

Ndutu

Lake Eyasi

Lake Manyara

JRO

maramboi tented lodge

Your Tour Guide

Baraza Salaho

Baraza Salaho

Driver Guide / Tanzania

Baraza Salaho is Tanzanian and a safari guide for over 20 years! He has worked with clients from all over the world and has a lot of knowledge that he loves to share about the parks, animals, culture and birds. — He speaks more than 5 Tanzanian languages plus English. Baraza is the owner of his family run safari company and we are honored to have him lead the Green Edventures Tanzania Safari. He is a caring guide and strives to give each of his clients the best safari experience possible.

Tara Short

Tara Short

Trip Facilitator / Guide

Tara has 17 years of experience in eco-tourism, guiding and educating students of all ages in the Americas, the Caribbean, and Iceland. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Natural Resource Management with an emphasis in Environmental Education/Interpretation. Tara has worked for notable educational, scientific, and conservation organizations and institutions such as the John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry, USDA Forest Service in the Chugach National Forest in Alaska, and Wild Studies in the Bahamas. Tara is a PADI Open Water Diver, Advanced Diver, Rescue Diver and has specialty certifications as Underwater Naturalist, Deep Diver, Multi-Level diver and Night Diver.

Tour Itinerary

►Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania  & Transfer to Arusha

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. After customs, you will be met by your tour leader and driver. As a group, we will transfer to Lake Duluti Lodge for dinner and meet and introductions. D

►Day 2: Arusha National Park

After breakfast, your guide will show you around Arusha Town and then head into the Arusha National Park for your first game drive of the safari.

Arusha National Park is lesser travelled by tourists and has a lot to due to its perfect mix of flora and fauna and diversified landscapes. Passing the “small Serengeti” during a game drive, you are likely to spot peaceful herds of buffaloes, shy bushbucks on the edge of the forest as well as warthogs and zebras. Heading towards the Ngurdoto Crater you will soon find yourself in a lush rainforest – a great place to spot the athletic black and white colobus monkey as well as the elegant mitis monkey. The Ngurdoto Crater is basically a smaller version of the Ngorongoro Crater and has a diameter of about 3 km. With a bit of luck you might even spot buffaloes in the swamps on the crater floor. Halfway through the game drive, our guide will find a place for the group to enjoy a picnic lunch before continuing on into the park. – Transfer to Karatu for dinner and overnight at Bouganvillea Lodge. BLD

►Day 3: Ngorongor Crater Conservation Area

To day we explore one of the most popular parks in Tanzania, and an unforgettable highlight of this adventure. The Ngorongor crater is an inactive volcanic crater with breathtaking views from both the rim and within the crater itself. As we descend by safari jeep, we pass through all of the conservation area’s various habitats from dense mountain forests and woodlands, to grasslands, lakes and swamps.

The huge crater floor is spotted with large herds of zebras, wildebeests, elands, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelles. As we get closer to the game, lions can be seen as well as the occasional herd of elephants and the endangered Black Rhino.  Rare species like serval cats, hyenas, jackals, and cheetahs may be spotted, and your guide will help you adjust your eyes to watching game and looking for behaviors that may indicate if predators are around.

Not only do mammals reside in the conservation area, Ostriches, Kori bustards, Crowned Cranes, White Backed Vultures, Black Kites, Cattle Egrets, Tawny Eagles, Augur Buzzards and Lesser Flamingos can be seen at Lake Magadi.

When we have seen all we can see in the Ngorongor Crater, we will transfer to Mbugani Camps for dinner. Tonight, we sleep in the Serengeti. BLD

►Day 4: Introduction to the Serengeti & The Great Migration

Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequaled for its natural beauty and scientific value. More than two million wildebeest, half a million Thomson’s Gazelles, and a quarter of a million zebra, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. The great quantity of wildebeest and zebra form the cast of a spectacular event – the annual Serengeti migration.

The next several days will be exploring the Serengeti National Park in search of prides of lions, herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, leopards, and cheetahs. – Return to Mbugani Camp. BLD

►Day 5: Serengeti to Ndutu

Depart Mbugani Camp after breakfast and travel through the Serengeti to Ndutu stopping along the way for opportunities to take photos and for wild events like lions hunting or for game we haven’t seen. – Dinner and overnight at Mbugani Camp. BLD.

►Day 6: In the Footsteps of Leaky & Introduction to the Maasia

After breakfast, we embark on another game drive in Ndutu passing through Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world. This place was made famous by Louis Leaky and has given the scientific community valuable understanding of early human evolution. Our discovery into anthropology will continue with a visit to a Maasai Village.

The Maasai are an indigenous African ethnic group of semi-nomadic people located northern Tanzania. Due to their distinctive customs, dress, and residence near the many game parks of East Africa, they are among the most well-known African ethnic groups internationally At the Maasai Village cultural experience, a member of the Maasai tribe will share traditional and culture of the Maasai through dancing, and storytelling, and other experience. You will visit their home, school, and have an opportunity to buy handcrafts.– Dinner and overnight Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge. BLD

►Day 7: The Hadzabes and Datoga Cultural Experiences at Lake Eyasi.

Today we step back in time to meet the people of the past, the Hadzabes and Datoga tribes.

The Hadza people, or Hadzabe’e, are an ethnic group in central Tanzania, living around Lake Eyasi in the central Rift Valley and in the neighboring Serengeti Plateau for over 50,000 years.. Hadza people are among the last of the true hunter-gatherers and are a connection to the transition of a time when humans became famers. While traditionally considered an East African branch of the Khoisan peoples, primarily because their language has clicks, modern genetic research suggests that they may be more closely related to the Pygmies. The Hadza are not closely related to any other modern people.

Visiting the Datoga tribe will complete your cultural experience at Lake Eyasi. Contrary to the Hadza people, The Datoga are skilled farmers and craftsman. The Datoga themselves blend in with their environment, their dress being the color of the reddish brown soil. Only on closer inspection will they appear colorful with their reddish, patched leather dresses, bead work, and brass bracelets and necklaces. A prominent decoration is tatooing of circular patterns around the eyes.

After an exciting morning interacting with tribes of Lake Eyasi we then return back for hot lunch at the Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge later proceed to Bouganvillea Lodge for dinner and overnight. BLD

►Day 8: Lake Manyara National Park

For bird enthusiasts Lake Manyara is truly rewarding as it is home to over 400 species of birds. Other inhabitants of the park include elephants, buffaloes, hippos, baboons, waterbucks, impalas, giraffes, zebras and wildebeests. The park has an abundant population of leopards but sightings are rare due to the thick vegetation. With a bit of luck visitors can catch a glimpse of the renowned “tree climbing” lions.– Dinner and Overnight at Lake Burunge Tented Lodge. BLD

►Day 9: Tarangire National Park & Boabab Trees

Morning game drives into The Tarangire National park for a day tour and return for late for lunch, at Maramboi Tented Lodge.

Tarangire National park with its Baobab crested landscape is scenically one of the most beautiful parks. Baobab trees tower above the savannah and these age-old trees play a vital role in the eco system as they act as homes for bees, birds and bats. In addition, they provide nourishing fruit and supply animals such elephants with indirect water especially during the drier months.

Cats are also very much present in the park and lions can be found soaking up the sun on the river banks, whereas leopards are sometimes spotted resting in the baobab trees. Rarer species include Cheetahs and African Wild Dogs.

At Tarangire National Park, keep your binoculars close as the park also boast with 550 different bird species. The most commonly seen birds include Yellow Collared Lovebirds, Red Billed Hornbills, Southern Ground Hornbills, Lilac Breasted rollers, Ostriches, many kinds of raptors as well as several kinds of water birds just to name a few. BLD

►Day 10: Shopping & Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport.

After breakfast, we proceed back to Arusha and on to Kilimanjaro Airport for flights home. Stop for excellent shopping along the way. BL

** Please note: The activities, lodging, guides, and schedule may change without notice as practical considerations arise during program development or onsite. **

Inclusions & Exclusions

Included:

  • Lodge safari according to the itinerary
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Overnight accommodation according to the itinerary
  • Meals according to the itinerary (full board ).
  • Packed lunches for game drive days.
  • Bottled water
  • All national park fees , concession fees, WMA
  • Airport transfers
  • Cultural activities

Excluded:

  • Airfare
  • Optional activities
  • Alcohol and bottle flavored drinks
  • Visa Fee ($100 USD)
  • Gratuity
  • Personal spending money
  • Travel insurance

Supplemental Information:

Payments

Price: $5165

Deposit: $565

Deposit due by: December 15th, 2018

Installments: $1150 due January 15, February 15, March 15, and April 15, 2019

Spots Available: 3

All payments are non-refundable if cancelled by the participant. Participants are highly encouraged to purchase travel insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances that may interrupt or cancel the trip. In the unlikely event that Green Edventures is unable to fill the trip due a full refund will be given.

Travel Documents:

A passport is required
A tourist visa (purchase at Kilimanjaro Airport)

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