SHOW LOVE TO ORPHANS TOURS AND SAFARIS               

                            TANZANIA SAFARI AND SERVICE TRIP

                       WITH WENDY DRESKIN AND LAURA HONDA   

                                             JUNE 26 - JULY 6, 2020

 

                $4112 plus international airfare   Single supplement  $450

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 25  Depart US

 

DAY 1: FRIDAY JUNE 26   Guides from Show Love to Orphans will warmly welcome you to Tanzania and transport you to the Arusha Serena Hotel for a late dinner and overnight stay. (D)

DAY 2: SATURDAY JUNE 27   After breakfast enjoy the scenic flight over the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the eastern part of Serengeti National Park.  Your guides will meet your flight and take you to Kati Kati Camp to begin your safari adventure.  The annual migration of wildebeests and zebras across the Serengeti Plains is one of the greatest spectacles of the natural world, the last great migration of mammals on the planet. The camp is perfectly situated to see the Great Migration in June. Then the area is also rich in large carnivores which are ready to take advantage of the passage of the migratory herbivores.  With luck, you might see a hyena chasing a young wildebeest or lions making a kill.  Returning to your tented camp in the evening, you are in total wilderness with game viewing all around you!  At night you can hear the sounds of wildlife, and you awake to the dawn chorus of birds.   Overnight Kati Kati Camp (BLD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 3: SUNDAY, JUNE 28   After breakfast enjoy a game drive in the Western Corridor and Grumeti River region of the Serengeti National Park.  Known for its population of Nile crocodiles, the Grumeti is located in a lovely rolling hill and acacia woodland habitat.  Lunch     In the late afternoon we leave the Park and head to Kalamera, an area that is home to the Sukuma people, the largest tribe in Tanzania.   Enjoy dinner at Serenity Eco Lodge on the shore of Lake Victoria.  (BLD)

 

DAY 4 TO DAY 8:  MONDAY JUNE 29 TO FRIDAY JULY 3   After breakfast we take a short drive to Mwaburgu, a fishing village on the shores of Lake Victoria where you will be welcomed to Zariki School by teachers and students.  Here you will see the classroom built with donations from family and friends to honor Alan Honda.  Zariki School is not in session, so we have the opportunity to enrich the children’s experience with a variety of activities while no formal classes are taking place. In 2018 these included sewing book bags, exploring outdoors with magnifying glasses to look at insects, reading stories, singing, learning to play the ukulele, and much more.     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If, as we hope, the school has gotten a well by June, on this trip we hope to get a garden started and begin teaching the children about sustainable agriculture. The school garden will both give the children hands-on experience and supplement their diet. (BLD each day)

 

DAY 9: Saturday, July 4  This morning we head back to the Serengeti, where more discoveries await us. Perhaps we will see masses of butterflies puddling, a Nile monitor lizard that has nested in a termite mound, or the endangered Southern Ground Hornbill, the largest hornbill in the world.  Tonight we will have a chance to reflect on our experiences in Tanzania, and our guides will join us for a farewell dinner.  Overnight at Mbalageti Serengeti Lodge.  (BLD)

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              

                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DAY 10:  Sunday, July 5   With an early start, we may catch some nocturnal animals still out and about, like the bat-eared foxes that can hear dung beetle larvae under the ground with their big ears. We are likely to see lions doing what they do 21 hours a day – rest and sleep! – and if we are lucky, we may see some in action.    We could see Nile crocodiles basking on a riverbank, baby elephants playing, or giraffes carefully stripping leaves from thorny acacia trees.   (BLD)

                                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DAY 11: Monday, July 6  After breakfast, we take a short game drive from the lodge to Grumeti Airfield. Enjoy a scenic flight over remote wilderness and volcanic mountains on the way back to Arusha Airport. After lunch at Mt. Meru Game Lodge, one final treat awaits – a visit to Fortune Kids Orphanage where the children will welcome you with songs in Kiswahi and English.

                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samson Naftal Mbise will tell you about the history of the orphanage and plans for the future.  Then there will be time to play with the children before returning to our day rooms at Mt. Meru Game Lodge for an early dinner before transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

 

DAY 12: Tuesday, July 7 Arrive US.  

 

THE COSTS INCLUDE:

  •  English-speaking professional safari guides

  • All transport on safari in 4 x 4 open-roof Land Cruisers

  • All airport transfers in Tanzania if arriving and leaving on group flight

  • All meals in Tanzania

  • All Park entry fees

  • All accommodations in Tanzania

  • Soft drinks and bottled water during game drives

  • Two domestic flights (Arusha Airport – Seronera Air Strip, Grumeti Airstrip to Arusha Airport)

 

THE COST EXCLUDES:

Items of a personal nature like phone calls, laundry, drinks in the hotels

International Flights

      Tips for your safari guides, porters, dining room staff and room staff

 

CONTACT:

Show Love To Orphans Tours and Safaris    

Website:  http://showlove2orphanstours.or.tz/ 

Email: showlove2orphans@gmail.com 

Tel: +255 746 377 329        

WhatsApp +255 782 306 268

 

ACCOMMODATION WEBSITES:

 

Arusha Serena Hotel   https://www.serenahotels.com/serenaarusha/en/default.html

Mbalageti Serengeti Lodge   https://www.mbalageti.com/

Kati Kati Camp  https://www.serengetinationalpark.com/entries/kati-kati-camp

Mount Meru Game Lodge  http://www.mtmerugamelodge.co.tz/

                                                            

 

                                                           MAASAI MAGIC SAFARIS

                                    TANZANIA MIGRATION SAFARI

                          WENDY DRESKIN’S GROUP, FEB 14th – 23rd, 2020

 

“Africa is a place that holds special connotations of adventure, excitement, and a touch of elegance as you travel through the African Bush. Visits to Game Parks and Reserves is a chance to rediscover the wonders and beauty of the natural world....”

 

Day 1, Friday, Feb 14th: Maasai Magic Safaris welcomes you to Tanzania to discover the wild and rugged country of superlatives! Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and warmly greeted by Maasai Magic Safaris’ representative who will take you to Serena Mountain Village Hotel for a late dinner and an overnight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2, Saturday, Feb 15th: After breakfast, drive to Tarangire for lunch followed by an afternoon game drive in the park. Dinner and overnight stay at a unique camp called Lake Burunge Tented Lodge. Tarangire is the third largest national park in Tanzania, best known for the largest herds of elephants in Africa and some of the most ancient trees in the world, full of amazing stories, the gigantic Baobab Trees! Here you will be able to observe a diversity of wildlife attracted by the Tarangire River that allows animals to play and lounge around.

Day 3, Sunday, Feb 16th: Full day game drive in Tarangire National Park. Tarangire is much more wooded than Serengeti, with acacia and mixed woodland. Dinner and Overnight stay at Lake Burunge Tented Lodge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4, Monday, Feb 17th:  After a leisurely breakfast, drive up across the Great East African Rift Valley to the foothills of the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands. En route stop and discover the local village of Karatu to experience the real African life and enjoy the exceptional hospitality of the local people. Learn about coffee production, visit a market, and tour a high school before lunch at Gibb’s Farm. Then drive to your next beautiful lodge which has a bonus of good birding, Tloma Mountain Lodge.  Evening talk by founders of the group Early Marriage Tragedy in Maasai Society.

 

Day 5, Tuesday, Feb 18th: In the morning, descend to the famous Ngorongoro Crater, the Earth’s largest unbroken and unflooded caldera, for a game run. A veritable ‘Garden of Eden’,

the caldera is reputed to contain the highest density of carnivores in the world! This is the only place in East Africa where one can easily observe last remaining populations of Black Rhinos in the natural world. With a large concentration of animals and short grasslands, game viewing in the crater is excellent as animals are everywhere! Afterwards you ascend the breathtaking walls of the caldera to your accommodation, Tloma Mountain Lodge for dinner and an overnight.

 

 

 

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Day 6, Wednesday, Feb 19th: Today you drive around the Crater rim to descend to Olduvai Gorge. Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important prehistoric and archaeological sites on Earth. After viewing the gorge and museum, and listening to an interpretive presentation, you will continue with the drive to the Southern Plains of the Serengeti for lunch at Ndutu Kati Kati Tented Camp. Lunch will be followed by an afternoon game drive in the Ndutu Area to view the great migration of animals in the Southern Plains of the Park and the nearby areas. You will be amazed by the endless plains of the Serengeti dotted with thousands and thousands of animals! In their wake, follow the predators - Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Hyenas and Jackals, while vultures circle overhead to clean up. It is this migration that many people envisage when they think wild Africa. The timing is perfect to enable you enjoy the magic of real African wilderness and the beautiful African Sunset at the horizon! Dinner and Overnight stay at Ndutu Kati Kati Tented Camp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 7, Thursday, Feb 20th: Morning and Afternoon game drives in Southern Plains of the Serengeti exploring more of the last great migration of mammals on the planet. The area is also rich in large carnivore populations at this time as these predators celebrate the presence of the migratory prey animals! This is the critical time when amazingly 80% of the Wildebeest calves are born on these plains! We could sight a Cheetah chasing a Gazelle or Lions making a kill.  The Great Migration of animals that involves thousands and thousands of Wildebeests and Zebras on the plains is just one of the unique sightings on a safari in Serengeti National Park, and the Ndutu Area is one of the great hotspots for wildlife viewing this time! Dinner and Overnight stay at Ndutu Kati Kati Tented Camp.

 

Day 8, Friday, Feb 21st: Rise up in the morning and after breakfast, board your safari vehicle and head north across Gol Kopjes where you will have game drives at your leisure and track wildlife in the Mighty Serengeti. The area is unique in many respects – it offers exceptionally scenic landscapes with granitic and gneiss rock formations making the Kopjes  look like “Japanese Rock Gardens”! These special rocks are home to micro-ecosystems of plants and animals not found in the surrounding areas!  Lions, Hyenas, Elands, Honey badgers, Aardwolves, Striped Hyenas, Cheetahs, Grant Gazelles and Thomson Gazelles also live here.  Gol Kopjes area is no doubt one of the best places to visit in the Serengeti this time! Dinner and Overnight stay at Serengeti Serena Lodge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 9, Saturday, Feb 22nd: Morning and afternoon game viewing in the Serengeti. Serengeti is Tanzania’s most renowned national park and a home to the greatest concentration of large mammals on the planet! You will never be disappointed to be in the Serengeti! Herds of animals roam widely in search of green grass and water. The name Serengeti is derived from the Maasai name ‘Siringet’ meaning ‘endless plains’ or “a Sea of Grass”, and these rolling distances of short grass plains provide an exceptional landscape for wildlife viewing; your ultimate safari country. You will be in awe of Africa, reflecting on all the adventures you have had and wish to come back to discover more of its beauty and splendor. Farewell dinner and Overnight stay at Serengeti Serena Lodge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 10, Sunday, Feb 23rd: Today is another wonderful experience, boarding your plane and flying over the remote wilderness and the volcanic mountains back to Arusha for lunch at Mount Meru Game Lodge.  After a rest at a dayroom one last treat awaits - a visit to Fortune Kids and Education Foundation Orphanage Center where the 5- to 7-year-old children will greet you with songs. Samson Naftal Mbise will tell you about the orphanage, and if the children pluck up their courage, they will try out the English they are learning.  The orphanage visit is followed by an early dinner at Mount Meru Game Lodge and transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your International flight.

 

THE COST OF $6225 ($3112 for kids a sharing room with adults) INCLUDES:

-An English-Speaking Professional Safari Guide

-All Transport on Safari in 4 x 4 open-roof Land Cruisers

-All Airport Transfers in Tanzania

-All Meals in Tanzania

-All Park Entry Fees and Crater Service Fees

-A Visit to Olduvai Archaeological Site

-All Accommodation in Tanzania

-Temporary Medical Evacuation Membership Service for Emergency on safari

-Soft Drinks during game drives-Water/Sodas

-One Domestic Flight (Kogatende Airstrip – Arusha)

 

THE COST EXCLUDES:

-Things of personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, drinks in the hotels, internet etc.

-International Flights

-Gratuities to your Safari Guides

-Porterage, Dining & Room Tips

- Single room supplement of $520

-Balloon Ride in the Serengeti (Optional, USD 599 per Person)

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Maasai Magic Safaris

P.O. Box 16051, Arusha - Tanzania

Email:  info@maasai-magic.com

Telephone: +255 763 542 155 or +1 952 200 8171 

 

Maasai Magic Safaris

Hellen C Sabaya

P. O. Box 632, Pullman, WA 99163

Email: hellen@maasaimagicsafaris.com

Telephone: 1 952 200-8171

 

ACCOMMODATION WEBSITES:

Lake Duluti Serena Hotel: http://www.serenahotels.com/serenaarusha/default-en.html

Lake Burunge Tented Lodge: http://twctanzania.com/en/accommodation/lake-burunge-tented-lodge/

Tloma Mountain Lodge: http://twctanzania.com/en/accommodation/tloma-lodge/

Ndutu Kati Kati Tented Camp: http://twctanzania.com/en/accommodation/ndutu-kati-kati-tented-camp/

Serengeti Serena Lodge: https://www.serenahotels.com/serenaserengeti/en/default.html                                                                                                                                 

                  “YOU COME AS A VISITOR AND LEAVE AS A FRIEND”

                                                                                       

                                                                                         

 

 

 

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William Dreskin  is an award-winning fine art photographer.  His articles and photographs have appeared in books and magazines including the Sierra Club magazine, Travel and Leisure, Marin magazine, Bay Nature magazine, and American Art Collector and his photographs have also appeared in calendars and have been exhibited in numerous galleries and national exhibitions.  His photographs are in private and corporate collections in the US and Europe.  If you enjoyed viewing William Dreskin's photography on this website, you can see more at www.dreskinfineart.com

 

 

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