2012 TANZANIAN SAFARI
The Zoo sponsors regular trips on safaris of wonder and adventure. If you are interested in travel to Africa or other wildlife rich areas of the world, please contact the Zoo's travel coordinator.
Read below for a quick overview of our next safari opportunity to Tanzania led by Utah's Hogle Zoo's Executive Director, Craig Dinsmore.
This safari will be leaving Salt Lake August 21 and returning September 1, 2012. You will see many of Africa’s most popular wild animals, including lion, cheetah, elephant, rhino, hippo, leopard, buffalo, impala, baboon, giraffe, zebra, as well as a wide assortment of colorful birds. All this while staying in some of the best accommodations Tanzania has to offer. You'll want to book early as space is limited.
Including: Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti National Park. Extension to Zanzibar available.
Escorted by: Utah's Hogle Zoo's Executive Director, Craig Dinsmore
Dates: August 21 - September 1, 2012
Cost: approximately $12,000 Per Person, Double Occupancy, all inclusive
Departure City: Salt Lake City
(Other Departure Cities Available Upon Request)
For a full itinerary or more information call (801) 584-1701.
Day 1 - Tuesday - August 21
~ Salt Lake City / En Route
Your journey begins as you board your overnight flight to Amsterdam.
Day 2 - Wednesday - August 22
~ Amsterdam / Arusha
The morning finds you in Amsterdam where you connect with your flight to Arusha. Upon arrival in Arusha in the evening you will be met by your Classic Escapes representative and transferred to your hotel. The Arusha Coffee Lodge is an absolutely wonderful place to begin your journey to Tanzania. This pleasant and tranquil lodge built around a working coffee plantation will be a welcome retreat after your flights from the US.
Overnight at the ARUSHA COFFEE LODGE.(D)
Days 3/4 - Thursday/Friday - August 23/24
~ Tarangire National Park
Wake up feeling refreshed and eager to begin your safari adventure. And we run the risk of spoiling you with the abundance of your first stop—Tarangire National Park, the third largest national park in Tanzania. This stretch of Africa is spectacular in the dry season when many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent waters of Tarangire River. Huge herds of wildebeest, zebra, eland and oryx gather to stay in Tarangire until the onset of the rains when they migrate again to good grazing areas. For those who love birds, Tarangire has over 300 bird species. But in addition to all those magnificent trees, birds and beasts, Tarangire is superlative for another reason—elephants. Tarangire is home to the largest population of elephants in northern Tanzania, now numbering close to 2,500 individuals.
Located in the middle of the Tarangire wilderness, Oliver’s Camp has one of the most wonderful settings one could imagine and offers an unparalleled bush experience. From the camp, a much wider ecosystem can be overlooked: the Ngorongoro highlands, the Great Rift Valley, the Lake Manyara region and of course Tarangire National Park itself. The intimate camp features only eight beautifully furnished guest tents. Solid wooden furniture, beautiful cloths and outdoor showers can be taken under the Tarangire sky. In the evening, you can relax or read in the lounge and library tent, or drink sundowners at the fireplace.
Overnight at the OLIVER'S CAMP. (B,L,D Daily)
Days 5 - Saturday - August 25
~ LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Depart this morning for Lake Manyara National Park (80,300 acres,) an ornithological paradise with over 350 species of birds. You’ll see Verreaux's eagle, a variety of vultures, storks, swifts and swallows winging their way atop the spectacular cliffs overlooking the lake. Lake Manyara, at 3,150 feet varies in salinity levels with wetter and drier climate cycles, and at times it is replete with flamingos, pelicans, storks and cormorants. Springs in the park's northern end support a dense groundwater forest of magnificent giant fig and mahogany trees which shelter blue vervet monkeys and an abundance of baboons, bushbuck, waterbuck, and elephant. South of the groundwater forest, acacia woodland and open grassland are frequented by buffalo, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, zebra, and the elusive tree-climbing lions – the signature of this park.
The lodge has 16 rooms, which lie generously distributed throughout a flowering garden, some with verandas and direct access to the garden and every room is different. African safari-antiques and Tanzanian arts and crafts dominate the room, without neglecting the modern European comfort. Plantation Lodge’s cordial service leaves no wish unfulfilled.
Overnights at PLANTATION LODGE (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Sunday - August 26
~ NGORONGORO CRATER
Today venture off to the Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage site, which is an extinct volcano and the largest unbroken caldera in the world. The cone is believed to have collapsed nearly two million years ago, and while the cone was standing, it could have been as tall, if not taller, than Mount Kilimanjaro. This is also the best place to see black rhino in Tanzania as it is protected around the clock, and the magnificent black-maned lion. Over the years, the floor of this crater has become mostly savannah (grassland) and there’s also a soda lake whose size changes depending on the rains that is the lifeline of this amazing land. On this lake, marvel at the colorful flamingoes and a variety of other water birds – more than 100 species of birds found here and not in the Serengeti. Resident ostrich, Crowned Crane, and Kori Bustard are joined seasonally by migrant flocks of white and Abdim's Storks. Patience may also reward you with glimpses of leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, elephant, warthog, buffalo, impala, buffalo, hartebeest, eland and lots of other antelopes.
Overnight at PLANTATION LODGE (B,L,D)
Day 7/8 - Monday/ Tuesday - August 27/28
~ SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK - DUNAI CAMP
You now explore the Great Rift Valley, a huge geological fault-line that stretches round one-sixth of the Earth's circumference and is visible from far out in space. At 2,000 feet deep and 30 miles wide, it runs as far as the eye can see. Its walls are sheer and high and along its length, there are many volcanoes, most now dormant. With bubbling springs and geysers, the landscape is spectacular. Lake Nakuru National Park is a shallow alkaline lake that is world-renowned for its huge concentration of flamingos; at times, hundreds of thousands of these birds give the lake a pink shimmering glow. The park boasts a huge variety of animals, including leopard which is often found snoozing on the branches of the magnificent yellow-barked acacias, lion, buffalo, hippo, waterbuck, warthog, baboon, the endangered Rothschild's giraffe only found in this park in Kenya, white rhino and the rare black rhino which is protected and guarded here. For the bird-watching enthusiast there are 450 species found in the park vicinity, with a vast concentration of water birds including Marabou Stork, pelican, and of course the world-famous flocks of flamingo.
Dunia camp is located in the Moru Kopjes area in the south central Serengeti. The unique camp has 8 spacious ensuite tents with flush toilets, large bathrooms and a private veranda overlooking the Kopjes. A close- knit team of staff provides guests with a warm welcome and prepares delicious bush meals under the stars of the Serengeti sky. Game drives from Dunia camp offer an excellent variety of habitats and combine migration viewing with the search for big cats as well as the rhino - Moru Kopjes currently being the only area in the Serengeti where this illustrious animal can be viewed.
Overnight at DUNAI CAMP (B,L,D Daily)
Day 9/10 - Wednesday/Thursday - August 29/30
~ SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK - SAYARI CAMP
Today’s drive takes you to your luxurious home for the next two days. There is no better way to see the nature of Africa than to immerse yourself directly in it, and that is what Sayari Camp is - an immersion in African nature. The name Sayari comes from the Maasai word “Siring” which means endless plains, the perfect description of the Serengeti. The camp is located next to the Mara River, which each year sees millions of zebra and wildebeest taking their chances by crossing it on their way north through the open plains of the Serengeti. From July to November, a stay here will put you in the best position for witnessing this, though it has a high density of cats, elephants, crocodiles and hippos all year round. The camp is also unique in that it offers access to what is one of the best wildlife-viewing secrets in Northern Tanzania – the superb Mara Triangle, a wedge of sloping grassland that divides the Mara River from the Kenyan border packed with grazers, the Big Five and endless varieties of birds. There are just eight spacious tents, making it a quiet, intimate camp, each with an en-suite bathroom, ceramic basins, and hot shower.
Overnights at the SAYARI CAMP (B,L,D Daily)
Day 11 - Friday - August 31
After the morning’s activities, transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Arusha where a dayroom is provided for your use at ARUSHA COFFEE LODGE. Later this evening, return to the airport for your overnight flights home. (B)
Day 12 - Saturday - September 1
~ AMSTERDAM/ SALT LAKE CITY
This morning your jet lands in Amsterdam where you connect with your flights home, bringing with you the memories of all the wonderful sights of East Africa. (Meals Aloft)