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Tanzania Safari: Learn, Serve, Immerse! (2021 Spring/Summer)

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Tanzania 9 Days, 8 Nights $4155 Adult / $3900 Child
SPRING - SUMMER 2021

Overview

Learn, Serve, and Immerse with Global Family Travels as we go on safari and discover the extraordinary wildlife thriving within Tanzania up close.  Experience what life is like in a local Maasai village and engage with students during a visit to a local school.  Located inside the African Great Lakes region, Tanzania is home to some of the most impressive game reserves and national parks in the world. You will encounter hundreds of avian species in the shadows of the 600 meter Rift Valley wall, giraffes along Lake Natron, leopards and lions in the Serengeti, and more. Every day will be an adventure as your family finds yourselves face-to-face with a new creature and awe-inspiring sights. 

As part of the Learn, Serve, Immerse, components of this tour, we also offer the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture, witness and support efforts being made by our partner, the Karatu Education Fund, towards improving life and education in Tanzania. 

Private Departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability.

​​​​​​TRIP HIGHLIGHTS are below, click on ITINERARY to see all the details.

Global Family Travels

Location : Tanzania

Much more than a traditional tour operator, Global Family Travels’ mission is to “Learn, Serve and Immerse” through community-based travel programs.  In partnership with non-profit organizations and schools, we offer family-friendly and sustainable travel experiences in support of education, gender equality, access to clean water, preservation of local cultures, conservation and economic growth, all of which foster cross-cultural understanding and global citizens.  

Our trips include a unique mix of cultural and educational activities, homestays and participation in local service projects aimed at improving the lives of people in the communities we visit.    
 
Expect to expand your family circle when you embark on a Global Family Travels trip!  Visit our website for more information: Global Family Travels


 

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LEARN: WILDLIFE, & ECOSYSTEMS OF TANZANIA'S NATIONAL PARKS

Location : Tanzania

At Global Family Travels we believe that the most powerful way to learn is through the first-hand experience. We let the country and its people be your teachers and supplement your experiences with reading lists, informal discussions, and a pre-trip orientation which includes information on the culture and history of your host country, helpful words, and phrases, and cultural “do’s and don’ts”.  

Through multiple game drives to unique destinations, you will be able to experience the abundant wildlife of the area up close, including nearly 400 species of birds and hundreds of thousands of land animals such as black rhinos and lions. At Lake Natron we will find the breeding ground of East Africa’s millions of flamingos, while in the Serengeti Plain we can witness the annual migration of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles. These are only two of the stops.  

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SERVE: PLAY FOR LITERACY, KARATU EDUCATION FUND

Location : Tanzania

Visit the Ganako Secondary School and learn about the incredible impact the Karatu Education Fund (KEF) has made there through the donation of books, computers, and online learning programs. This visit provides the opportunity to learn about the educational needs for Tanzania’s youth, and what KEF is doing and to support these needs.  

About the Karatu Education Fund: Established in 2000, this non-profit organization uses its proceeds to strategically build and restore education facilities, and to improve the quality of learning in Tanzanian Schools.  The Karatu Education Fund supports efforts that encourage teamwork and active participation, in the hopes of developing a community of confident, educated citizens capable of making contributions to their community.  Learn more about KEF and the Ganako Secondary School here: http://www.karatu-edfund.org/  

Sponsor a Student:   Children in Karatu, particularly girls, are lucky if they get the chance to go to Secondary School. We encourage you to either sponsor a student or donate to KEF and the new library, which will give you the opportunity to make a heartfelt connection with students there.  

During the visit to Ganako Secondary School in Karatu, your family will have the opportunity to participate in our Play-for-Literacy program which is committed to improving the quality of life and the future of youth by offering literacy support to make a positive impact on the cycle of poverty.  Play-for-Literacy is dedicated to the support of under-resourced youth by offering literacy support paired with cross-cultural soccer opportunities. 

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IMMERSE: MASAAI CULTURAL COMMUNITY VISIT

Location : Tanzania

You and your family will have the opportunity to work with locals in a Maasai Boma as they teach you about various crafts and life skills important to the area. Whether it’s throwing a spear for the first time, milking cows, or making your own jewelry in the local style, you are bound to return home having learned something new! 

 

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SAFARI! SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK AND OLDUPAI GORGE

Serengeti National Park 

The Serengeti, or Siringitu to the Maasai, is a magical “place where the land moves on forever.” It includes more the National Park itself, encompassing the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maswa Game Reserve, the Loliondo, Grumeti, and Ikorongo Controlled Areas within its 30,000 km² region.  

Featuring one of the world’s oldest ecosystems, guests will find themselves face to face with a herd of wildebeest roughly a million large, 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle, and the more than 200,000 zebras as they migrate from the northern hills and across the plains. With its unique ecosystem, two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves, it is no wonder why over 90,000 tourists visit the Park each year.  

Oldupai Gorge 

Lying between Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park, the Oldupai Gorge, or Olduvai as it commonly misspelled, contains the world’s earliest evidence of our human ancestors. Though more famously explored by “the first family of paleontology,” Louis and Mary Leakey, it was Peter Nzube who discovered this evidence in the form of a 1.8-million-year-old skull in 1968. Nicknamed “Twiggy” after a British model, the skull belonged to what is believed to have been an adult female. Other significant findings within the Gorge include stone tools, and other hominid remains. 

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EXPLORE THE NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE!

An area of 8,292 square kilometers, Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home to around two million different species including many that are endangered.  Within the park, guests can explore the world’s largest, unflooded caldera in the world, the Serengeti Plains, and the Northern Highland Forest Reserve.

What makes this UNESCO World Heritage Site so unique is that in the interest of maintaining a peaceful co-existence between humans and wildlife, over  40,000 Masaai pastoralists are permitted to live with their herd alongside the beautiful creatures inside the park.  

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Arrive in Tanzania and Transfer To The Kilimanjaro Halisi Retreat

DAY 1

Made famous as the world’s tallest, free-standing mountain at 19,341 feet above sea level, and renowned for its accessibility, Kilimanjaro is a top destination for any global traveler. The ascent presents visitors with a miniature world tour as the lush forests at the foothills give way to the moorland zone, followed by an alpine desert, and finally a field of ice and snow. Even without crossing into the national park’s boundaries, guests are sure to be greeted by the local leopards, buffalo, primates, and more during their stay. 

Activities include:

  • Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Transfer to Kilimanjaro Halisi Retreat Coffee Tour/Nature Walk
  • Dinner

Included: Bed & Dinner 

Overnight: Kilimanjaro Halisi Retreat 
Take in the sights of Mount Kilimanjaro from 1400 meters above sea level in this mountain retreat. Situated on a 350-acre organic coffee estate, the hotel offers both guided and unguided tours of the surrounding coffee fields and nature reserve. If time allows, you will also have the opportunity to swim in the rivers as you watch the indigenous wildlife around you.  
 

 

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Lake Manyara National Park

DAY 2

After breakfast, meet your driver and depart for Lake Manyara National Park with picnic lunch and game drive till late afternoon.  Transfer to Kirurumu Manyara Tented Camp or Serena Lake Manyara Lodge (based on availability).

Tucked away beneath the 600-meter high Rift Valley wall lies the scenic Lake Manyara. A thin, green band of a jungle-like forest sits along one side, acting as a home for the resident baboons, blue monkeys, and forest hornbills. If you’re lucky, you might spot one of the park’s famous tree-climbing lions or elephants as well. Just beyond it is the grassy floodplain where visitors can find buffalo, zebra, and giraffes roaming the land.  

Manyara National park is also the perfect location to go birdwatching with more than 400 species having been spotted in the area. In fact, it is reasonable to expect that a guest will discover 100 of them in one day alone. Of special note are the thousands of flamingos, and other waterbirds including pelicans and storks. 

Activities include: 

  • Breakfast
  • Drive to Lake Manyara National Park 
  • Picnic Lunch 
  • Game Drive 
  • Arrive at overnight accommodation

Included: Bed & Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Overnight AccomModations Option 1 Kirurumu Manyara Tented

DAY 2

Overnight Accommodations Option 1 based on Availability

Kirurumu Manyara Tented Camp  
Enjoy a panoramic view of Lake Manyara, the Rift floor, and Mt. Losimingori from the comfort of the Kirurumu Manyara Tented Camp. Located only 20 minutes from the Lake Manyara National Park, the camp offers a range of both outdoor and cultural activities for all of their guests. 

 

 

 

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Overnight AccomModations Option 2 Serena Lake Manyara Lodge

DAY 2

Overnight Accommodation Option 2 based on availability: 

Serena Lake Manyara Lodge
Perched along the edge of the Rift, the Serena Lake Manyara Lodge welcomes guests with its scenic views and unique blend of activities. Whether you're relaxing in the pool, watching cultural dance and music performances, or participating in tours of the nearby villages, you’ll find plenty to do during your stay.

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Lake Natron

DAY 3
Location : Lake Natron

After breakfast drive to Lake Natron with picnic lunch en route. In the afternoon walk to the footprints while tracking animal footprints like zebra, giraffe, etc. Drive/walk to the shore of a highly scenic lake that is Lake Natron.   Sundowners on our special hill and dinner and overnight at Lake Natron Halisi Camp. 

Lake Natron is known as one of the most incredible locations for bird and game viewing, Lake Natron is a destination that is not to be missed. It acts as the only breeding ground for East Africa’s millions of flamingos that gather at the lake between August and October while providing sanctuary to many other indigenous species.  This is thanks to its caustic environment that acts as a barrier to any nearby predators. Even the surrounding scenery is a wonder to behold with a stunning gorge walk leading to the Engaresero waterfalls, and the dominating Oldoinyo Lengai volcano in the distance.  

Activities include:

  • Morning drive to Lake Natron
  • Picnic lunch 
  • Drive or Walking safari to the ancient hominid footprints, near the southern shore while tracking animals
  • Sundowners on a special location!

Included: Bed & Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

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OVERNIGHT AT Lake Natron Halisi Camp

DAY 3 - 4

Just south of Lake Natron and the village of Engaresero, lies the Lake Natron Halisi Camp with its sweeping views of the Rift Valley Escarpment and Oldoinyo Lengai volcano. As the camping ground belongs to the village, our stay and activities within the region will directly benefit the wellbeing of the local people, contributing to the village's development.   

 

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Cultural Community visit with the Maasai!

DAY 4
Location : Lake Natron

Today we have an early morning departure for a cultural excursion with the nomadic Maasai tribe where you will learn more about their original culture and practices while visiting their Boma. 

As well as witnessing many of their traditions, you will have the opportunity to participate in authentic activities including traditional medicine walks, bow and arrow shooting, and milking the cows.  Return to camp for breakfast and then head to the village to visit the blacksmith to see the Maasai daggers being made,  as well as watching the women make jewelry with beads and making a simple bracelet or necklace themselves. A local school visit can also be arranged depending on the time of the year.  

Activities include:

  • Masaii Boma Visit
  • Return to Camp for Breakfast
  • Return to village for daily activities and engagement with the Masaii
  • Return to camp for rest and lunch
  • Afternoon walk to oasis and waterfalls,
  • Dinner at camp

Included: Bed & Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

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What is A Boma?

DAY 4
Location : Lake Natron

Boma is a small village consisting of huts made of sticks, mud and cow dung. This enables the traditionally nomadic Maasai people to quickly build, maintain, and take down the huts as needed, though this is becoming less and less common. As for the villagers, their tribes tend to be composed of mainly extended family, all living off the land and their livestock. Here the men are warriors and herders, and as such will be our guides in spear throwing and how to milk a cow. Then the women will be our teachers in the art of jewelry making in which the specific patterns are determined by age. 

 

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Ganako Secondary School Visit

DAY 5
Location : Karatu, Tanzania

Activities Include:

  • Morning drive from Lake Natron to the town of Karatu
  • Lunch en-route at the village of Mto wa Mbu
  • Visit to Ganko Secondary School in Karatu, where you will meet with the school librarian, Rehema.  
  • Literacy and Soccer exchange 
  • Drive to Acacia Farm Lodge for dinner and overnight accommodation.

Included: Bed & Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

The Ganako Secondary School is an important education center located in the heart of the Ngorongoro Highlands with nearly 700 students currently enrolled. It has become known for its academic excellence with a significant number of its students passing exams and qualifying for higher education. In order to better its ability to support these students, efforts are being made to improve the flow of water to the school as well as adding a new kitchen and expanding the Michela Harriman Dining and Community Hall to enable a larger audience to use the space for meetings and events.

 

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Karatu Education Fund & Play For Literacy

DAY 5
Location : Karatu, Tanzania

During our visit, we will be paying special attention to the library, science laboratory, and classrooms as we learn about the Karatu Education Fund’s impact on the school.

Following that guests will have the opportunity to engage in our play for literacy cultural exchange program that includes peer reading and mentoring for local youth to engage, followed by a soccer game at either Ganako Secondary School or T’loma Primary School. *Dependent upon the season and age of guest on the trip.*

 

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KARATU EDUCATIONAL FUND

DAY 5
Location : Tanzania

Established in 2000, the Karatu Education Fund (KEF) uses its proceeds to strategically build and restore education facilities and to improve the quality of learning in Tanzanian Schools. KEF supports efforts that encourage teamwork and active participation, in the hopes of developing a community of confident, educated citizens capable of making contributions to their community.

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OVERNIGHT AT THE ACACIA FARM LODGE

DAY 5
Location : Karatu, Tanzania

Nestled above the Great Rift, this peaceful country lodge offers spectacular views of the Karatu farmlands and Ngorongoro forest area. With access to the three surrounding national parks and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the lodge acts as a perfect base for many African adventures. 

 

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NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA AND WILDLIFE VIEWING!

DAY 6

We will depart the Acacia Farm Lodge around 10 am and drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, check into the lodge at the crater, and have lunch. After lunch, we will descend down the Ngorongoro Crater for an afternoon game drive in the crater.   

In area of 8,292 square kilometers, Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home to around two million different species including many that are endangered.  Within the park, guests can explore the world’s largest, unflooded caldera in the world, the Serengeti Plains, and the Northern Highland Forest Reserve.

What makes this UNESCO World Heritage Site so unique is that in the interest of maintaining a peaceful co-existence between humans and wildlife, over  40,000 Masaai pastoralists are permitted to live with their herd alongside the beautiful creatures inside the park.  

Activities include:

  • Breakfast 
  • Game drive to Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area
  • Picnic lunch en-route
  • Descend into the crater for a game drive
  • Game drive en-route to overnight accommodation
  • Dinner

Included: Bed & Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS OPTION 1 Rhino Lodge

DAY 6

Choice of Overnight Accommodations based on availability:
Option 1 Rhino Lodge
Located on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Rhino Lodge commands a breathtaking view of the natural wonders of the area. Each room is complete with a verandah so that you may enjoy these sights to the fullest day and night.
 

 

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OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS OPTION 2 Pakulala Tented Camp

DAY 6

 Overnight Accommodations Option 2 based on availability

Pakulala Tented Camp  

Sleep in luxury at this modern camp on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. With an overall laid back atmosphere, the camp is the perfect place to relax after a day on safari whether it is among your fellow travelers or the local Maasai.  

 

 

 

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OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS OPTION 3 NGORONGORO SERENA LODGE

DAY 6

 Overnight Accommodations Option 3 based on availability

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge 

Built from river stone and camouflaged with vines, this elegant lodge easily blends into the Crater wall and becomes entirely invisible from the bottom of the Crater.  Guests will also be happy to find that each room comes with a balcony from which they can take in uninterrupted views of the Crater below. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SAFARI! GAME VIEWING IN SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK AND OLDUPAI GORGE

DAY 7

On day 7, after breakfast, we will drive to Serengeti, and do a game drive en-route with picnic lunch and stop at Oldupai Gorge.   Later, drive to Serengeti Halisi Camp for dinner and overnight.  The following morning, day 8, again you will discover the Serengeti plain/Ndutu area with a full day of game drives.  

Serengeti National Park 

The Serengeti, or Siringitu to the Maasai, is a magical “place where the land moves on forever.” It includes more the National Park itself, encompassing the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maswa Game Reserve, the Loliondo, Grumeti, and Ikorongo Controlled Areas within its 30,000 km² region.  

Featuring one of the world’s oldest ecosystems, guests will find themselves face to face with a herd of wildebeest roughly a million large, 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle, and the more than 200,000 zebras as they migrate from the northern hills and across the plains. With its unique ecosystem, two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves, it is no wonder why over 90,000 tourists visit the Park each year.  

Oldupai Gorge 

Lying between Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park, the Oldupai Gorge, or Olduvai as it commonly misspelled, contains the world’s earliest evidence of our human ancestors. Though more famously explored by “the first family of paleontology,” Louis and Mary Leakey, it was Peter Nzube who discovered this evidence in the form of a 1.8-million-year-old skull in 1968. Nicknamed “Twiggy” after a British model, the skull belonged to what is believed to have been an adult female. Other significant findings within the Gorge include stone tools, and other hominid remains. 

Activities include:

  • Breakfast 
  • Game drive en-route to Serengeti
  • Picnic lunch along the way
  • Stop at Oldupai Gorge and Museum
  • Arrive at camp 
  • Dinner 

Included: Bed & Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

 

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OVERNIGHT AT SERENGETI HALISI CAMP

DAY 7 - 8

A seasonal camp that moves with the wildlife, Serengeti Halisi Camp presents guests with some of the best locations in the Serengeti National Park. From December to March the camp can be found in the Tandawala area of the Park so that it may be closer to the Wildebeest calving grounds. Then from June to November, the camp transfers to its site in Seronera in Central Serengeti where it can offer guests easy access to all parts of the national park and the wide variety of resident game.  

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Departure or Optional Extension to Tarangire National Park

DAY 9
Location : Tanzania

Embark on a morning game drive en route to Seronera or Ndutu airstrip for onward flight to Kilimanjaro Airport.  

Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Optional day-room at KIA Lodge (available until 6 PM) near Kilimanjaro Airport 

Learn more about the Tarangire National Park Optional Extension 

 

 

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