Itinerary July 2018 - PLEASE NOTE, THIS TOUR IS FULLY BOOKED - COMPLETED
June 22nd Fly to Kilimanjaro
June 23rd Arrive Kilimanjaro – Transfer to Arusha & School of St Judes
June 24th St Judes
June 25th St Judes
June 26th St Judes
June 27th Safari - Lake Natron - Flamingoes at sunset
June 28th Safari - Lake Natron - Sunrise - River Walk - Hominid footprints
June 29th Safari - Drive to Kleins Gate – Afternoon game drive at the top of the Serengeti
June 30th Safari - Full day game driving in the Serengeti
July 1st Safari - Game drive to Central Serengeti
July 2nd Safari - Central Serengeti, early start to for optional balloon ride
July 3rd Safari - Safari drive for the day and spend the night at the Crater Rim
July 4th Safari - Ngorongoro Crater, back to Arusha
July 5th St Judes
July 6th Transfer to Airport for flight to Zanzibar – Overnight Stone Town
July 7th Transfer to Beach Resort
July 8th Beach Resort
July 9th Transfer to Airport for flight home (lose a day on the flight home)
July 11th Arrive back in Melbourne
5 Days School of St Judes
Saturday June 23rd Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport. I will meet you here for your transfer back to Arusha and The School St Judes. Nothing planned here, I am guessing a rest will be the best thing. But we can go for a walk around the school grounds and have a look around outside. We will have a drink at “The Hole” a little bar just outside St Judes. Dinner will be organised for you in the Rotary Kitchen.
Sunday June 24th Today you will be collected from St Judes by a local organic coffee grower. You will drive into the mountains for a tour of their coffee plantation with an opportunity afterwards to see how the coffee is sorted, ground and cooked. The owner will cook you a traditional lunch of Ugali (ground corn maize, green bananas, goat stew etc). After lunch you will be taken to a local orphanage for a visit. There should be an opportunity to purchase some sugar or other staple to donate to the sisters. Photographs here are permitted, and the children crave cuddles and attention. A good opportunity to give the children some gifts, make sure you have enough to go around. Something like colored pencils (make sure there are sharpeners) or crayons and paper/coloring books, socks, beanies, small toy trucks (matchbox?)or stuffed toys would be a huge hit.
Monday June 25th We will catch a taxi to Cultural Heritage Museum and shop. Lots to see here, and can easily take all day. The museum is amazing, so many unique pieces, and the goods for sale here are top quality. Also the place if you are after Tanzanite, this is home of the worlds’ largest supplier.
We will return to St Judes early afternoon so you can have a home visit with a student. A “home pack” will be organised (I will talk to you about this). The St Judes Wageni Wagon (visitors’ bus) and an interpreter will take you to the home of a student. The student may meet you at the school (depending upon his/her) age and make the trip with us.
Tuesday June 26t We will use the Wageni Wagon, and Felix (head of St Judes Visitors Centre and all around showman) will take us to visit a genuine Maasai Boma (not sure which Boma, but it is always the Boma of one of the students). Along the way we will stop at a local market and bargain for a goat. You ARE NOT able to take photographs at the market, if you purchase something, ask as them will most allow a photograph if you purchase something. We will then be accompanied by the goat on the remainder of our bus journey. The goat will be presented to the Head of the Village, and we will be blessed. We will also give sugar or another staple food to each of the wives, the Boma of each wife must be visited and blessed. We are free to take as many photographs here as you like.
We will return mid-afternoon, nothing planned to allow you time to pack for your safari.
Other activities may include:
A visit the Maasai Craft Market for a look. We will also visit the market after our return from safari, so an initial visit could be a good opportunity for you to have a look and decide what you may wish to purchase later. Warning, they are very hard sellers.
A tour of the St Judes Campus’ both primary (where we will be staying), and upper. I have been informed that there will most likely not be children at either campus.
Catch the local transport Dala Dala into town for a walk around, a Dala drive is an experience, can be cramped but lots of fun.
We can go for a walk around outside the school. If you are interested in a long walk, let me know, many of the volunteers go for a walk early in the mornings
We will have a drink outside the school grounds at the local pub “The Hole” most nights before dinner.
We will have one of our evening meals at the iconic Khans also known as “chicken on a bonnet”. As it operates as a mechanical workshop by day, and of an evening rolls BBqs onto the street and sells local meats with a variety of salads, warning some are very hot. No alcohol, is allowed..
8 Days Northern Parks Safari – July 2018
Wednesday June 27th We will be collected from Arusha and drive to Lake Natron. We should arrive for a late lunch. Then we can visit the Hominid footprints, and the Lake for some sunset images. Back to camp for a late dinner. Overnight, Lake Natron River Camp.
Thursday June 28th Early start with Sunrise images at the Lake, back to camp for a late breakfast. I need to check with the tour operator as to times here, but we will walk to the waterfalls, and visit the lake for further flamingo and sunset photography. Late Dinner and overnight at overnight Lake Natron River Camp.
Friday June 29th Drive to the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti National park covers 14,763 km² (5,700 square miles) of grassland plains and savanna as well as forest and woodlands. The park lies in the north of the country, bordered to the north by the national Tanzania and Kenyan border, where it is continuous with the Masai Mara National Park reserve. We will enter at Kleins Gate at the top of the Serengeti. Late lunch here and game drive to our accommodation. Overnight Lobo Wildlife Lodge.
Saturday June 30th
Full day game drive in the Serengeti plains, the endless, almost treeless grassland of the south is the most emblematic scenery of the park. Hoofed animals like - zebra, gazelle, impala, hartebeest, topi, buffalo, waterbuck also occur in huge numbers during the wet season. Kopjes are granite formations which are very common in the region, and they are great observation posts for predators, as well as a refuge for hyrax and pythons. Stay overnight at Lobo Wildlife Lodge B,L,D
Sunday July 1st A full day game driving from North to central Serengeti, stay overnight at Serengeti Tanzania Bush Camp.
Monday July 2nd Early morning start to catch the sunrise and morning drive. Return to camp for lunch. Afternoon game drive, returning for a late Dinner. Overnight Serengeti Tanzania Bush Camp.
Tuesday July 3rd Morning game drive, then drive to the south-east of the park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the rim of the crater to be holding a spectacular view. The crater is one of the most amazing sights of the world to be seen anywhere. Stay overnight at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge B,L,D www.ngorongoro.cc
Wednesday July 4th Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive, lunch at the Hippo Ponds. This is world heritage site, the incomparable Ngorongoro crater is the world's largest "caldera". Dominated by cliffs standing some 600 meters high and presenting a sheer drop down to a wide open space of some 246 square km, and you may see everything from elephant to lion, and if you’re lucky, the near-extinct black rhino, all amongst large herds of zebra and wildebeest - Afternoon leave the crater and drive to Arusha - drop at School of St Jude.
* Optional Balloon flight = 499$US per person. Hopefully there will be lots of Wildebeest, no guarantees here, seasons can change, but we will have an excellent chance.
Safari includes: All national park fees, Safari vehicle 4 wheel drive (4x4) Unlimited Mileage + Professional driver guide (English speaking), all the meals (breakfast, Lunch & Dinners) while on safari. + Complimentary Drinking water (Bottled)
Safari does not Include: Tipping, Liquors, Items of a personal nature, anything beyond that mentioned above.
Additional full day at St Judes
Thursday July 5th A chance to relax, perhaps lunch at a lovely place called River Trees, and an afternoon visit to the Maasai Market.
Cost per person for Safari and St Judes is US $4,000pp double and US $4225 Single, based on 4 guests twin share
4 Days Relaxation in Zanzibar – 2016
In Stone Town it is nice to have the freedom to choose where you eat - therefore accommodation in Stone Town is provided on a Bed & Breakfast Basis only, and on Full Board Basis on the beach. Beach accommodation includes all meals, full use of resorts equipment, 1 massage per guest, a vehicle and licence to drive in Zanzibar. Meals are included, but you are free to eat elsewhere.
Friday July 6th Transfer from Arusha to Kilimanjaro Airport for flight to Zanzibar. Overnight Stonetown Tembo Hotel, on a Bed and Breakfast basis. We can organise a guide for a tour of Stonetown or wing it. There are lots of places to look at here.
Saturday July 7th Transfer to Milele Vilas.
Sunday July 8th Full day at beach resort
Monday July 9th Transfer to Airport for flight to Australia. There is a variety of activities we can do in Zanzibar, nothing needs to be booked in, perhaps other than the guided tour of Stone Town, as the “want to be guides” also known as “fly catchers” pester you to death without a guide, and we will see much more.
Flight to ZNZ, Pick up and transfer upon arrival in Zanzibar, Accommodation & Meals whilst on Zanzibar on BB at Tembo and Half board at Royal Cliff, return transfers to/from the beach, Flight from ZNZ to Arusha (flight prices need to be confirmed) We will organise trips to visit the Red Colobus Monkeys, or other tours, once we arrive.
Other transfers, tours, items of personal nature, and anything not mentioned above
Price Per person for Accommodation at Milele Villas is US $600.00pp.
When you book your flights, book through to Zanzibar. If Zanzibar flights are booked at the same time as your international flight, there is little price difference, so works out cheaper to book at the same time. Quote does not include flights from Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar.