Friday, June 30, 2006

Africa - Safari Itinerary

After the wedding, we took a flight to Kenya with our friends for the start of a 4 day, 3 night Safari! Never in my life did I think I'd ever go on one...Lion King came to mind. Lance and I had gotten 7 immunization shots before we left for Africa. These included Yellow Fever, typhoid, tetanus, polio, hep A, meningitis and malaria pills. Ouch!

The itinerary was as follows. (travel agent schedule has been edited in purple italics to reflect real experience):
Day 1:
8:00 Depart from Nairobi via dusty small shuttle bus full of tourists. Arrive Arusha where Tanzania Visas are checked. Also where you can buy African jewelry and souvenirs really cheap from residents. They will attack you thru the bus window.
12:00 Box lunch we will be eating the same lunch for the next 4 days.
14:00 Continue to Ngorongoro Lodge for the most delicious buffet dinner and overnight.

Day 2:
8:00 Get up super early. Drive to Serengeti via Olduvai Gorge. I was asleep
12:00 Lunch same lunch as yesterday. Ate at a picnic area. Next to us was another tourist group on a "Luxury" safari, using real silverware and wine glasses. Talk about roughing it.
14:00 Afternoon game viewing of the Serengeti plains. Amazing animals - cheetahs, lions, hyenas, wilderbeest, and zebras...
Dinner and overnight at the Lodge in Serengeti. Beautiful Lodge and amazing buffet dinner!

Day 3:
8:00 Morning game drive in Serengeti Park. Witnessed animals finding their breakfast.
12:00 Lunch guess what - same box lunch as yesterday
15.30 Drive to Ngorongo Lodge. Afternoon Safari drive of the crater. This place was incredible, hippos, flamingos, elephants...
Dinner and overnight at the Ngorongoro Lodge. Can't say enough about the food. I will crave honey from African honeybees for the rest of my life.

Day 4: 8:00 After breakfast depart for Arusha to arrive by 1pm in time to board
The shuttle back to Nairobi

Rate per person - US$875
Shuttle transfer one way - US$30

Above costs included:
Shuttle transfer in a 25 seater tourist bus from Nairobi – Arusha return
Full board accommodation while on safari
Transport in 4 x4’s while on safari
Drivers allowances
Services of English speaking driver guides
½ day crater tour in Ngorongoro
Crater and Park fees