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Africa - Serengeti Safari Active Single Parent Family Holiday!
||No of nights
|23 Oct – 1 Nov 2010
(Sat - Mon)
Flights and Transfers: Indirect flights with Ethiopian Airlines from London Heathrow to Kilimanjaro. Regional airport departures and alternative airlines are on request and supplements may apply.
Transport included: 4WD, minibus
Accommodation included: Lodges (6nts), tented lodge (1nt)
Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 evening meals are included
Approx Local Costs
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 evening meals are included (12 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 11 dinners included if taking the Zanzibar beach extension). You must pay for all other meals yourself. Approximate costs are given for guidance only, and may vary widely according to location and type of establishment.
- Coffee/tea TSH 1,500
- Soft drink TSH 1,500
- Bottle of water (1 ltr) TSH 2,500
- Medium beer TSH 2,500
- Local snack lunch TSH 5,000
- 3-course dinner* TSH 25,000
Some or all of the excursions detailed below may be available. Approximate costs are given for guidance only and may depend on the number of participants. Your Group Leader should be able to assist you in arranging them.
- Ikoma walking safari USD 10
- Ikoma night game drive USD 10
- Serengeti Balloon Safari UK£330.00
- (Please pre-book balloon before departure to avoid disappointment. The indicated price might change due to exchange rate fluctuations. For departures between December and March it is not feasible to book the balloon flight, due to the location of the mobile camp during this season)
- Masai Village visit 50 USD per car
- Zanzibar Spice Tour 25 USD per person
Zanzibar Island Extension: Optional Extension – prices on request
No physical difficulty involved so any healthy individual should be able to take part. When travelling in Tanzania you can expect some rough roads and some long full-day drives and be aware that some transfer drives can be combined with game viewing en route. Driving times indicated are estimates only and can vary depending on local conditions and game viewing. Expect the unexpected!
Minimum age: 8 years.
A broad pattern, broken down roughly into four seasons - the long dry season (Jun-Oct) is followed by the 'Short Rains' (Nov-Dec). During the short dry season (Jan-Feb) it can be very hot and humid. The 'Long Rains' fall Mar-May. Daytime temperatures are generally high 20's °C from Oct-Apr and cooler during the long dry season (low 20's). Nights are generally 10-15°C though at our camp on the Ngorongoro Crater rim the temperature can be considerably lower. On Zanzibar the climate tends to be hotter and more humid with average daytime temperatures around 30°C. While the rainy seasons follow the same pattern as the mainland, rainfall is higher.
Your Mango Safari Itinerary
|Day 1: Depart London
||Overnight flight to Tanzania.
|Day 2: Arusha
||After your flight, you transfer to your first night's accommodation and check in. Set at an altitude of 1390m, Arusha is surrounded by fertile land. Arusha was once the headquarters of the East African community in the days when Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda were members of a communications and customs union and remains one of Tanzania’s most attractive and lively towns. Driving time approx. 1 hour. Lodge - 1 night (Swimming pool) (D)
Ilboro Safari Lodge – situated in a residential part of Arusha, Ilboro Safari Lodge offers family bungalows set in a large garden. The lodge has a big swimming pool as well as bar and restaurant facilities.
|Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park; game drive
||This morning you cross the Great Rift Valley, one of the most dramatic features on earth. Stretching from the Dead Sea in Jordan to Mozambique in the south, it is up to 100km wide in places and hosts an enormous diversity of wildlife. Your journey takes you through the lands of the Masai - probably the best known tribe in Africa - and on to Lake Manyara National Park. Once inside the park keep your eyes peeled for its major attraction - the tree-climbing lions, although there is no guarantee! There are plenty of other things to see - elephant, hippo, plain’s game as well as a huge variety of bird life, both resident and migratory. Driving time approx. 2 ½ - 3 hours. Hotel – 1 night (Swimming pool) (BLD)
Lake Manyara Hotel – situated in a spectacular location, right at the edge of the Western Escarpment of the Rift Valley providing you with amazing views across the lake. The hotel's swimming pool offers you unimpeded views as you relax in cool waters.
|Day 4: Serengeti National Park; Olduvai gorge
||This morning you make your way to the Serengeti, the most famous of Tanzania's national parks. Established in 1951, it is well known for the annual migration that takes place across the savannah plains (migration begins in the south from December to March and arrives at Ndutu from April to June); thousands and thousands of animals are on the move as far as the eye can see. En route you’ll stop at Olduvai Gorge; this famous archaeological site is where some of the oldest humanoid skeletons have been discovered - visit the small museum exhibiting many of the fossils and relics from the area. You continue towards the park gates. Even before reaching our lodgings for the night you are certain to make many sightings of large animals. Most of the next three days are spent exploring the sweeping grass plains, rocky outcrops (kopjes) and sparsely wooded river valleys of this incomparable park, where lion, cheetah, leopard, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, gazelle and perhaps even wild dog can be seen. Driving time to Serengeti approx. 4 1/2 hours, plus game drive en route to night stop. Lodge – 1 night (BLD)
Seronera Wildlife Lodge – located on the migratory route, this lodge gives you front seat views of the wildebeest migration. Several waterholes attract other game day and night and provide you with ample close-up game wildlife encounters.
|Day 5: Serengeti; Ikoma Wildlife Area
||Usually you search for game in the early morning and return for breakfast before setting off again for the remainder of the day. You take a leisurely lunch in one of the park’s designated stopping areas, outside of which it is not permitted to leave your vehicle. The exact route today depends largely on where the best wildlife sightings are thought to be, though later in the afternoon you head out of the western edge of the park to your night’s accommodation - a comfortable tented lodge within the Ikoma Wildlife area just 3km from the Serengeti Park Gate. Tented Camp – 1 night (BLD)
Ikoma Bush Camp – There are 10 fixed tents each with comfy beds and clean linen and all having attached bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilets. Meals and drinks are served in a thatched dining and bar area. Electricity is supplied by 12V solar power.
|Day 6: Serengeti National Park; game drives
||The Ikoma Wildlife Area is home to many animals and, being just outside the national park, optional early morning walking safaris are permitted when accompanied by an armed guide. The included tour continues by safari vehicle through the national park. Lodge – 1 night (Swimming pool) (BLD)
Lobo Wildlife Lodge – wrapped around a rocky outcrop, all rooms look out onto the plains of the Serengeti. Rooms are comfortable with en suite facilities. There is an on site swimming pool. (BLD)
|Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater
||After a morning game drive you’ll depart for Ngorongoro Crater (an early morning alternative would be to take an optional hot air balloon flight - ideal to appreciate the immense plains and hopefully spot herds of grazing antelope or wildebeest), spotting game en route as you leave the plains of Serengeti behind you. There may also be time for an optional stop at a local Masai village to witness something of their traditional way of life. You will arrive around mid-afternoon and spend the night on the rim of the crater, from where vantage points offer magnificent views over and down into the caldera. Nights here can be particularly cold. Lodge – 2 nights (BLD)
Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge – situated right at the rim of the crater, on a clear day you can get spectacular views all the way to the bottom of the 610m deep crater.
|Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater
||Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most picturesque settings for observing wildlife and with about 30,000 resident animals, there is excellent game viewing here all year round. The photographic opportunities are unrivalled! You descend into the crater in 4WD vehicles, accompanied by a local driver/guide(s). Encounters with animals are frequent in this Garden of Eden and there is a wide variety of game to be seen. Lake Magadi, the soda lake at the floor of the crater, is home to thousands of flamingos and nearby there is a pool where splashing hippo laze in the sunshine, watched by a profusion of water birds. This is also one of the best places to see the endangered black rhino. Leaving the crater you follow the road climbing steadily up its precipitous inner edge. (BLD)
|Day 9: Arusha
||Today you cross the open plains and retrace your steps to Arusha. The trip ends here for Land Only clients. In the evening clients travelling on our group flights transfer to airport and fly to London.
Driving time to Arusha approx. 2½ hours, Arusha – Airport approx. 1 hour (B)
|Day 10: Arrive London
||An early morning arrival