Highlights
  • Look for the “Big Five” while following the animals of the Great Migration.
  • Learn about the contribution of Louis and Mary Leakey during a field trip to Olduvai Gorge.
  • At a Maasai village and a rural community, learn how the migration impacts the lives of the indigenous people.

Each year 2 million animals migrate between the plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania and Masai Mara in Kenya, a journey of 800 miles. The migration is dramatic — considered to be the largest movement of wildlife on earth. Witness the highlights of the migration from strategically placed mobile tented camps and study this phenomena and its impact on the land, the animals and the people living on the periphery of the migration route. Visit the Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge — the Cradle of Mankind — as we follow in the hoof prints of the migrating animals.

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Old Cuba is fantastic and should be seen before it's spoiled by capitalism. January 2017

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This was my wife's and my first trip with Road Scholar. At the time (April, 2012), it was not possible for Americans to directly visit Cuba. You had to do it with a cultural/educational group, often associated with a university. Or, you could fly to Canada, Mexico, or Europe first and then get a flight to Cuba from there (while risking a ~$10,000 fine from the US Government). We opted for the legal route with Road Scholar.

It was a fantastic trip! We had a small-ish group of about 20 people and a wonderful guide, José Luis (who, like most Cubans, had never been off the island).
The trip began in Miami where we had an orientation and spent the night. Then we flew to Havana and stayed in the Hotel Nacional for four nights. It doesn't get more historic -- or fun -- than the Nacional:
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While in Havana, we enjoyed great history/culture lectures from experts, toured various parts of Havana (including Hemmingway's home in the hills nearby), and, on our own, had the opportunity to have dinner at a paladar -- a restaurant inside someone's home.

The Cuban people are friendly but the infrastructure of their country is in shambles. It's been a long time since Russia's deep pockets left the island (1991), and you see poverty everywhere. But not the begging-in-the-street kind. Cuba provides universal health care, education (including room and board all the way through grad/med school!), food staples, and a very modest income (~$30/month) to everyone. Most people add to that income by working on the side.

After Havana, we traveled to Cienfuegos. From there we saw the infamous Bay Of Pigs, but also the wonderful Benny Moré Art School where we learned of the fantastic support for the arts by the Cuban government. Children are identified in grade school as having artistic talent and then funneled into magnet schools like Benny Moré to study art for their entire scholastic career!

Don't go to Cuba for the food. It's edible (and won't make you sick) but rather boring. You mainly get the "three amigos": fish, pork, or chicken, along with rice and/or black beans. But the aged rum is superb and so are the cigars!

Probably my favorite thing on the island, though, was the music -- whether on the street or in a more formal setting:
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Cuba is fantastic. Go enjoy it!
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Best trip I ever took! October 2016

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Loved the variety of different hotels, the expertise of the individual tour guides, the meals and especially the beautiful countryside. All 17 of us on the t rip got to know each other well, thanks to the kindness, the personality and the organizational skill of Mark, our tour director. Keep up the good work!
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Sunrise, Sunset, Learning Photography August 2016

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Road Scholar offers many tours starting in Utah. The one I took focused of photography of the National Parks in Utah, with a professional photographer traveling with us. The schedule was set up such that we would get "the golden light" at each of the parks. Those not familiar with the term must know that the best light occurs at either sunrise or sunset, when the impact of the sun on objects is diffused by having to travel through the earth's atmosphere on a diagonal rather than vertically.

As such, you can now expect that sleep will be an issue as you will get to bed late and rise early. But the territory is beautiful at all times, and more so illuminated by the golden light.

In order to maximize your sleeping ability, the tour is only offered in the spring and the fall. Doing this in the winter would be pretty cold and require special equipment to traverse the snow. Doing it in the summer would basically mean no sleep as the daylight is so long.

A great learning experience in beautiful territory.
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Thank you Road Scholar July 2016

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Thank you Road Scholar Staff for planning a wonderful introduction to Cuba today. My previous knowledge was from people who felt they had to leave Cuba more than fifty years ago. I learned from qualified professors, tour guides and from talking to Cuban people from different parts of Cuba who work in different kinds of jobs. I could see how the Cuban people have come together to meet the challenges of the past and to prepare for a brighter future.
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Thank you Road Scholar! July 2016

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Fabulous! July 2016

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This is a fabulous program for young and old. The instructors are great with kids and adults. The activities are very well organized and varied. My grandson is already making plans for next year.

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Itinerary

Day 1: In Transit to Program

In Flight

Day 2: Check-in, Registration: Kilimanjaro/Arusha

Accommodation: Mt. Meru Hotel

Evening: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. After clearing Immigrations and Customs, please look for the Road Scholar representative who will be waiting outside the secured arrivals area with an Road Scholar sign (applies to participants arriving on international Road Scholar flights). Transfer to Arusha. Arrive at the lodge and check-in. This is an international travel day; no meals or program activities are scheduled on this day.

Day 3: Program Orientation, Transfer to Tarangire National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Tarangire Osupuko Lodge

Activity note: Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Program Orientation. Get to know your group leader and fellow Road Scholar participants during a welcome and introduction session at the hotel. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Lecture: Tanzania's Unique Role in East Africa. An introduction to Tanzanian history and current events. Excursion to Shanga Beads: learn about their mission and visit their gallery.

Lunch: At Shanga Beads.

Afternoon: Depart Arusha and journey southwest to Tarangire National Park. Arrive at the lodge and check-in. Orientation to the property. Lecture: The Elephants of Tarangire National Park and an Introduction to Local Conservation Efforts.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: Time at leisure at the lodge.

Day 4: Tarangire National Park - Target Species Game Drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Tarangire Osupuko Lodge

Breakfast: Early morning target species game drive in the national park. Our focus today will be on the elephants of Tarangire and the seemingly inverted baobab trees that dot the landscape. Tarangire has one of the highest elephant population densities in Tanzania, making this a prime location for observing these social pachyderms. Return to the lodge for a late breakfast.

Morning: Time at leisure to rest and enjoy the lodge's amenities. Take the opportunity to recharge your batteries after today's early start and ready yourself for the afternoon activities.

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: Afternoon game drive in Tarangire National Park. The Tarangire River snakes through the national park that bears its name. Wildlife travel long distances; drawn to the area's only permanent river. The 1,096 square miles of protected lands are home to a large variety of game such as: wildebeests, elephants, zebras, gazelles, elands, gerenuks, lions and leopards. Extensive grasslands, dusted with the occasional acacia or baobab tree, provide the optimum conditions for viewing wild animals. Bird lovers will not be disappointed-- there are more than 500 avian species found at this park including: Yellow-collared Lovebirds, Rufous-tailed Weavers, Ashy Starlings, Stocking-thighed Ostriches, and Kori Bustards. Return to the lodge.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: Time at leisure at the lodge.

Day 5: Lake Manyara - Village Visits, Cultural Interaction

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Begin transfer to Lake Manyara. Visit to a local school* (if in session) for interaction with the students, followed by walking orientation of Mto Wa Mbu Village to meet a variety of the village folk as they go about their daily tasks. *Note: Although not required, previous participants have enjoyed taking coloring pencils/pens and other basic supplies to donate to the local school.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in the village with a local family.

Afternoon: After lunch, visit a local Maasai market. Arrive at the lodge, built in a style reminiscent of a Maasai village, situated on a high ridge with beautiful views of Lake Manyara.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: Optional visit to Mto Wa Mbu Village to enjoy some drinks at the local bar.

Day 6: Central Serengeti - Maasai Village, Game Drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Semipermanent Tented Camp - Central Serengeti

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Early morning visit to a Maasai village to experience the simple and uncluttered lifestyle of the Maasai. Begin transfer to the Central Serengeti region.

Lunch: Boxed lunch en route.

Afternoon: Continue with transfer to the Serengeti National Park. After going through the park gates, enjoy your first game drive in Central Serengeti. Here, the open grasslands are interspersed with small rocky outcrops, home to small mammals and reptiles that are not touched by the migration. This is also hyena country which brings into focus the scavengers of the migration and their role as the "waste management specialists" of the migration. Arrive at the camp and check-in, followed by a camp orientation.

Dinner: At the camp.

Evening: Lecture: The Great Migration, Points to Ponder.

Day 7: Central Serengeti - Game Drives, Searching for Big Cats

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Semipermanent Tented Camp - Central Serengeti

Breakfast: Early morning breakfast at the camp.

Morning: Game drive in search of the big cats (lion and cheetah,) with site lecture, ‘Do the lions follow the migration, fact or fiction?’ Return to the camp.

Lunch: At the camp.

Afternoon: Time at leisure. Game drive in search of the unsung little creatures of the Serengeti (for example the dung beetle) and the vital role they play the overall ecology of the migration. Return to the camp.

Dinner: At the camp.

Evening: Presentation: Is the Future of the Migration in Jeopardy?

Day 8: Game Drives, Monitoring & Protecting Wildlife, South Serengeti

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Mobile Tented Camp - Southern Serengeti

Breakfast: At the camp.

Morning: Transfer south to Ndutu. En route, enjoy a game drive and a visit to the Serengeti Park Headquarters. Lecture: The Role of the Rangers and Staff of the Serengeti National Park in Monitoring and Protecting the Wildlife of the Park.

Lunch: Box lunch at the Serengeti Park Headquarters.

Afternoon: Continue with transfer to Ndutu and en route game viewing. Ndutu is one of the favorite birthing places for wildebeests and zebras. The grasses in the southern Serengeti are nutrient rich, which prepare the young wildebeests for the 800 mile journey that lies ahead. Arrive at the camp and check-in, followed by free time to rest and freshen-up. Pre-dinner discussion about wildebeests and their adaptation mechanisms.

Dinner: At the camp.

Evening: Time at leisure at the camp.

Day 9: Game Drives, Wildebeest Calving, Zebra Migration, South Serengeti

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Mobile Tented Camp - Southern Serengeti

Breakfast: Early morning breakfast at the camp.

Morning: During this morning's game drive we will be looking to witness the birthing of wildebeests. In the southern Serengeti, the young wildebeests grow quickly and gain strength for the long trek ahead. Lion, cheetah, and hyena revel in the easy pickings as they also nurture their young. Ready your cameras-- photographic opportunities are plentiful! Return to the camp.

Lunch: At the camp.

Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy some free time to relax at the camp. Zebras will be the focus of our afternoon game drive. Learn about these uniquely striped equines and what they do to ready themselves for the "great migration." Return to the camp. Sundowner discussion: The Significance of the Migration on the Two Million People that Live on the Periphery of the Serengeti.

Dinner: Farewell to the Serengeti. Dinner at the camp.

Evening: Time at leisure at the camp.

Day 10: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Olduvai Gorge Site, Ngorongoro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Transfer to Ngorongoro Crater via Olduvai Gorge. Stop at the "Cradle of Mankind" for a field trip to Olduvai Gorge's famous archeological site. Site lecture: Louis and Mary Leakey and the Discovery of Homo Habilis.

Lunch: Boxed lunch at Olduvai Gorge.

Afternoon: Continue with your transfer to Ngorongoro. Take a moment to enjoy your first view of the Ngorongoro Crater! The view of the crater from the rim is truly one of nature's great spectacles -- thousands of animals choreographed on a 360 degree "stage" 12 miles in diameter that is the crater floor. Arrive at the lodge and check-in. Pre-dinner presentation on the Ngorongoro Conservation area and the formation of the crater.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: Time at leisure at the camp.

Day 11: Ngorongoro- Game Drives in the Ngorongoro Crater, Karatu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Acacia Farm Lodge

Breakfast: Early breakfast at the lodge.

Morning: Descend into the crater in 4x4 vehicles for a full morning game drive among one of the most unique concentrations of wildlife on earth. Viewing animals from so close, with a backdrop of the wall of the crater, provides outstanding photo opportunities.

Lunch: Boxed lunch at the Crater.

Afternoon: Continue with game drive activities in the Ngorongoro Crater. Return to the lodge and freshen-up before dinner.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the lodge.

Evening: Time at leisure at the lodge. Enjoy your last night in Tanzania among your newfound Road Scholar friends.

Day 12: Arusha, Cultural Heritage Center, Kilimanjaro/Arusha

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Mt. Meru Hotel

Activity note: Hotel day rooms in Arusha - checkout is at 6:00 pm in preparation for a group transfer to the international airport. This marks the end of your Road Scholar program. Please note that your program does not include overnight hotel reservations for this evening.

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Begin transfer to Arusha. Before reaching Arusha, we will enjoy a visit to the Cultural Heritage Center, located outside the city.

Lunch: At a local restaurant en route.

Afternoon: Transfer to the Mt. Meru Hotel for day room accommodations. Participants will be able to rest, finish packing luggage, or freshen-up before catching a night flight to the U.S. Before leaving for the airport, enjoy a light snack at the hotel. Check-out at 6 p.m.

Evening: Transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport and check-in for overnight flight to the U.S. This concludes the program. We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar adventure! When you get home, remember to stay in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network; share memories, pictures, and comments about your recent travels.

Day 13: Return Flight to U.S.

In Flight

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Price Per Day:

$ 385 per day
 
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Details
Trip Includes
  • 11 nights of accommodations
  • 9 expert-led lectures
  • 16 expert-led field trips
  • An experienced Group Leader
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program
  • The Road Scholar Travel Protection Plan, 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance coverage
  • Taxes
Meals Included:

10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches and 9 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 24
Accomodations

Mt. Meru Hotel: 2 nights  Arusha

This attractive, modern hotel sits on 9 acres of landscaped grounds in the town of Arusha. The international airport, located on the outskirts of the city, is approximately 30 miles away.

 

Tarangire Osupuko Lodge: 2 nights  Tarangire

The lodge is located less than 5 miles outside the main gate to Tarangire National Park.

 

Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp: 1 night  Manyara

This attractive African camp is well-situated near the main gate to Manyara National Park. Camp grounds face Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley escarpment.

 

Semipermanent Tented Camp - Central Serengeti: 2 nights  Serengeti

The semipermanent tented camp in the Central Serengeti region is made up of a small number of guest tents, a main dining tent with bar, and an outdoor sitting area for guests to enjoy some evening conversation around the campfire.

 

Mobile Tented Camp - Southern Serengeti: 2 nights  Serengeti

Mobile tented camps provide an authentic safari experience without giving up on comfort. This seasonal tented camp in Southern Serengeti is made up of a small number of guest tents, a main dining tent with bar, and an outdoor sitting area for guests to enjoy some evening conversation around the campfire.

 

Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge: 1 night  Ngorongoro

The lodge is strategically built on the rim of Ngogorongoro's large crater, affording amazing views of the crater floor and its diverse wildlife. Buildings were constructed out of mostly local materials, including stone and wood. Rooms have large windows facing the crater.

Start City
Arusha
End City
Arusha
Guides

Lucas Mhina

Lucas John Mhina was born and raised in Arusha, Tanzania. His parents are from two different tribes in coastal Tanzania and from the Mount Kilimanjaro region. He studied in England at East London University, in Kenya at Nairobi's Strathmore College, and received further training in educational excursion leading and first aid while in South Africa. Lucas has a keen interest in ecology and truly enjoys sharing his vast knowledge of the birds and wildlife of East Africa.

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