Safari with Cat Haven

Itinerary 2018

Witness the greatest wildlife migration on earth and the savage rituals of predator and prey acted out before your eyes, this is considered the ultimate safari experience. On this journey into the heart of wild and untamed Africa, treat your eyes to stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara, descend into the most unique caldera in the world: Ngorongoro Crater, often called the Eden of Africa. You will also visit the Serengeti. The name Serengeti is derived from the Maasai word for “endless plains,” and this is where millions of animals move in the ancient rhythms of the seasons. Journey to famed Olduvai Gorge, an archeological goldmine where the remains of the earliest man were discovered. This journey is the quintessential experience of Africa’s unspoiled wildlife and natural beauty.

Accommodation At Glance:
 Lake Duluti Serena lodge – Arusha, Ngorongoro Farm House- Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ndutu Lodge, Southern Serengeti, Kubukubu Tented lodge, Central Serengeti, Kia Lodge for Day room
 

 

Suitability: This travel package to Tanzania is suitable for travelers seeking a sense of isolation, exploration and discovery.

Note: This package is based on – arrival and departure from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

 

Day 01,   16th Nov.                                  Arrival Arusha, Tanzania

 Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International airport, you will be met by Jombi Kivuyo you will be assisted through customs and immigration formalities. Thereafter drive to Arusha.

Dinner and Overnight at Lake Duluti Serena

Day 02      17th  Nov.                Arusha –    South Serengeti Ndutu Area.                

Breakfast at Leisure we will drive to Ndutu with picnic lunch game on route into the Moru Kopjes, we will arrive to Ndutu safari lodge late afternoon.                                                                                                                                                                                          

Ndutu Safari Lodge is situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the southern Serengeti eco-system. The Lodge nestles unobtrusively under a canopy of giant acacias overlooking a soda lake, Lake Ndutu. The lodge offers a superb base in which to explore the range of habitats that lie within easy reach, this include swamps, woodlands, soda lakes and the world famous Serengeti short grass plains. Ndutu Safari Lodge has been a favorite with professional wildlife photographers and film-makers for the past four decades, because it’s simply one of the places to watch wildlife.                                                          

Meals and Accommodations at Ndutu safari Lodge     

Day 03, 04, 05, & 06,   18th, 19th, 20th, & 21st Nov.             Ndutu Area Southern Serengeti.  

Four full days of excitement awaits you as you depart from the Lodge at sunrise in order to capture the dawn activities, and the early morning light you will have breakfast out on game then return to the Lodge for lunch and have an opportunity to relax in the lodge – enjoying your natural environment watching a heard of Impala wander not far from the lodge

 Day 07,    22nd Nov.  Ndutu – Central Serengeti – Kubu Kubu.                                                                   

After breakfast, we will depart to Central Serengeti game on route with picnic Lunch on the way.

Meals and Accommodations at kubukubu Tented lodge. 

Kubu Kubu Tented Camp is an exciting new Camp in the central Serengeti. It has a modern African appearance, creating a fresh, sleek, yet comfortable ambiance. Situated in the stunning central part of the Serengeti, the camp is strategically positioned in one of the main migration areas so that guests can enjoy this awesome natural wonder from the comfort of their tents.
There are 25 spacious en-suite tents which offer absolute comfort, exclusivity and a genuine African bush experience. In the central restaurant guests can enjoy exceptional food and wines, and the cozy lounge area has been creatively designed to give an atmosphere of intimacy and exclusivity. Internet access is available in the camp with Wifi in the central area. Accommodation is on a full board basis, including drinks. On the very edge of the ridge is a ‘vanishing horizon’ pool, which looks out over the ‘endless plains’ after which the Serengeti is named.

 The Wildebeest Migration is a dramatic story. It takes place within Kenya and Tanzania and is the greatest wildlife show on earth. Between the open plains of the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara, thousands of wildebeest and zebras migrate to greener pastures as the seasons change and the circle of life and death continues. Predators follow the Wildebeest Migration closely, waiting for an opportunity to strike weak prey as they make their way into different territories.

The precise timing of the Wildebeest Migration changes annually and it is a very unpredictable and spontaneous natural event. The calving season takes place in the Serengeti between the months of January and mid-February before the Wildebeest Migration begins heading towards the western Serengeti in June. Between December and January the wildebeest gradually begin their migration back towards the Serengeti. We believe going on safari to view and witness wildebeest migration is one of ultimate experiences that Africa has to offer.

Day 8 & 9   23rd    & 24th Nov.              Full Day Central    Serengeti              . 

Today we depart after breakfast for game viewing looking where herds of migrations are. And leopards and other cats around the Seronera valley.

The vast grasslands of the renowned Serengeti National Park provide what many consider to be the quintessential African game viewing experience. Meaning ‘endless plains’ in the language of the Maasai, this land of immense open spaces is home to literally millions of large herbivores, as well as the accompanying carnivores. The Serengeti is renowned for having the largest concentration of migratory animals in the world, and is also famous for its large lion population.   
The Serengeti National Park forms part of a huge conservation area, encompassing the adjacent Ngoro Ngoro Conservation Area, as well as the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. With no fences or man-made barriers,

The Serengeti and the adjacent Maasai Mara are best known for hosting the annual Great Migration of wildebeest, during which almost two million animals move across the plains and woodlands. Often called the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth, this dramatic event is triggered by annual rainfall patterns that determine the availability of grazing. Tens of thousands of animals follow the seasonal rains, fording both the Grumeti and Mara Rivers in their search for fresh pastures.

Meals and Accommodations at Kubukubu tented Lodge.                                                                             

Day 10 & 11                 25th & 26th Nov.               Serengeti – Ngorongoro

After breakfast, drive and descend into the crater for a full day of game viewing. A picnic lunch will be taken on the crater floor.

The crater supports up to 25,000 large mammals. Grazers dominate: zebra, wildebeest – accounting for almost half the animals – gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and wart hog. Giraffe, for example, stay away because there is insufficient food at tree level; topi because they compete directly with wildebeest. An odd feature of the crater elephants is that they are almost exclusively bulls. Breeding herds – comprising large numbers of females and young with a few attendant older males – are probably unable to find sufficient quality food in the crater. Ngorongoro has carnivores in quantity, drawn by the large herds of prey animals. It has the densest population of large predators, mainly lion – about 60 – and more than 400 spotted hyenas, living in eight clans of up to eighty individuals. Both lions and hyenas will scavenge from each other, depending on weight of numbers and of course, hunger.

Meals and overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House

Ngorongoro Farm House is a perfect stopover within any safari in the Northern Circuit of Tanzania and a privileged place to visit the Crater

Day 12                 27th Nov.                           Serengeti – Ngorongoro

Sadly you have to leave after breakfast we will drive back to Arusha where you will have chances for shopping before we go to The Arusha Hotel for Lunch, there after we drive to a lodge for a Day Room where you will refresh while waiting for your flight back home

 

Temporary Flying doctor’s Membership included.

Quote is inclusive of:

  • Accommodation and meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Transfers as per the itinerary
  • Private safari vehicle in Tanzania
  • Services of professional English speaking driver/guide.
  • All sightseeing and game viewing as shown, including park entrance fees
  • Government taxes and hotel levies.
  • Bottle of mineral water and soft drinks in the car.
    • Quote exclusive of:
  • International flights
  • Entry visa fees currently US$ 100 per person for US citizen, It can be obtained on arrival
  • Tips for the Safari guide and hotel staff
  • Personal expenses such as beverages and laundry in the lodge
  • Telephones, e-mail and fax bills
  • Personal and travel insurance

Logistics

Cost Africa Trip

$7,450 dollars per person double occupancy (If you do not have a room mate you will need to add $850 for single rooms) + air fare (international airfare is not included in the cost)
Checks are accepted. Credit Cards are accepted but will be charged an additional fee of 2%.

The per- person costs include full board table d’hote meals at the Lodges. Twin or double bed rooms with private bath/shower, Park entry fees, late model minibus or safari vehicles with open roof hatch with experienced English speaking Drive/Guide. Bottled water provided on game drives. Porters/waiters tips for normal services are not included. Make checks payable to the Project Survival’s Cat Haven.

NOT INCLUDED: Any personal expenses(shopping for souvenirs), liquor, any kind of drinks at all meals, laundry, gratuities to the driver/guide (at least $10.00 per day per person per driver) and wait staff in Tanzania. Photographic fees of the local tribes people, phone/fax calls, visa fees ($100 for Tanzania), international airfare. Balloon Rides in the Serengeti are available depending on the wind and weather. The cost is around $500 a person and can be arranged. (A must if you are up for it!)  We can also arrange to visit a Masai village if the safari group is in agreement.

If you want to arrive in to the country a day or 2 before the official start date of safari, we can arrange lodging.  Cost will vary and payment will need to be made in advance.  Safari guides will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel.  If you are interested in seeing other parts of Africa, please advise and we will see if we can make it happen for you.

It is recommended that you get your deposit in as soon as possible. Space is limited and we work on a first come first served basis. If space is still available, the last date for securing a space is August 1st.

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A SAFARI?

You will be traveling with a small group of strangers, spending hours daily in vehicles and dining together.  We “safari” in vehicles that have open roofs- you can stand or sit while looking at the animals.  We eat 3 meals a day together.  Everyone has their own unique personality, therefore you must be able to adapt and be polite.  Even though we are in vehicles, you will get tired and possibly grumpy.  You must be able to “get along” with the personalities on the trip.  No one has ever gotten hurt or ended up in a hospital on one of our trips.

August 1st – A non-refundable deposit of $2,450 is required.

September 1st – Payment of $2,450

October 1st – Final payment of $2,550

Air Fare – This is some where around $1,500 to $2,000 You can find deals if you look or call a travel agent.  Some people want to use their frequent flyer miles or even add a few days in Europe for their trip. Dale and Wendy leave from LAX and California travelers often join them on the same flight. Others leave from their home state and meet us in Africa on the starting date of the Safari. You are responsible for getting your own airline tickets. If you are unsure of how to set up your air travel call us at the Cat Haven 559-338-3216 or Golden Valley Travel in Reedley 559-638-8151.

 

Notes

  • Visas are required and can be acquired by sending your passport to the Tanzania Embassy in Washington DC. This process can take up to 3 to 4 weeks to send and receive your passport. The visa application form is found at the Tanzania Embassy at http://www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org/visa/visa.html. If you would like to obtain your Visa in Tanzania, let us know when making your deposit payment. Visa cost is $100 for Tanzania one time tourist visa. We have been getting our visa upon landing or arriving in Tanzania and have found that this is easier than sending passports via the mail to the embassy in the U.S.
  • Vaccinations are at your discretion. Currently nothing is required except yellow fever shots to enter Tanzania but this can change. If you have traveled to another country in the last year,vaccinations requirements can change. Visit Kenyan and Tanzania Embassy web site or the CDC web site for further information.  Please speak with your personal Physician for advice.  Many of us need to update immunizations in general.
  • The weather in November is pleasant, Low 80’s in the days and low 50’s at night. It might rain at times but the temp. will remain the same. Sun screen and a hat are a must. You will be right on the equator and the sun can be harsh. Not all safari vehicles have a roof that provide total shade so the sun will find you…beware!  When on the game drive, you will be in the safari vehicles at all times.  Bugs! Mosquitos and Tsetse flies are not uncommon. Tsetse flies are attracted to dark colors so wearing khaki or light colors is helpful. Bring bug repellent. (the Tsetse flies do not cause sleeping sickness but the bite is itchy). The dinners at the lodge are casual dress. If you would like to dress up, feel free but this is optional.
  • Power is 220 v and would require a transformer to operate power devices you would bring from the USA. Transformers can be found at Radio Shack or Best Buy for $25.00. Batteries are available but can be expensive.
  • If you forget something ie. toothbrush etc.most items can be found at the lodges for sale. Most of lodges will accept US Dollars and have US prices on items.
  • Food is served buffet style at the lodges. There is a wide selection of different food at each meal, even for Vegetarians. We all eat together at the same table at the same time. Dinner is usually at 8:00 every night.
  • There are some activities in the evenings after dinner at the lodges. All the lodges have nice lounges and places to hang out and compare stories about what happened that day.
  • The animals are going to be spread over the landscape because this is the part of the short rainy season. Do not expect to see all the animals in one place. You might see many babies because it is that time of the year. This means we may be driving some distance each day to find amazing views. Plan on being out on Safari all day. Most full days begin with a game drive at 6:30 am, returning for breakfast. Then back out on the game drive until lunch.  After lunch we usually have a short break and then back out again until 6:30 pm. Some lunches will be eaten out on the game drive in the safari van.
  • Make sure all US dollars are years 2006 or newer for $100’s and 2006 for 20’s, 10’s, 5’s
  • **** Please keep your luggage to a minimum. Space in the vehicles is limited. Please consider what is important to bring and leave the extras at home.
  • Remember this is a group safari. You will have to get along with others. If the group is big enough, we may be traveling in 2 or more vehicles.  We will make sure that everyone gets a chance to ride with the different guides. If you want a private safari, we can arrange it. The price of the safari will increase for a private safari.

COMMON CONCERNS

IS IT SAFE?

We check the travel advisory sites of the countries that we travel to to make sure that there are no travel warnings. No one has ever been hurt or seriously ill on any of our trips to Africa.  Jombi Kivuyo has been our guide for years and is ethical and trustworthy.

If you stay with our group, obey the rules and use common sense, you should be fine and have a great time.

WHAT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS DO I NEED?

– Current passport with blank pages for visa stamping

– Visa (we get ours when we land in country)

– Vaccination records

MONEY

– U.S. dollars are accepted in most places.

– Notify your credit card company that you will be traveling if you plan on using your card

while on safari.

– Travelers Checks are not easy to use and are often refused by vendors

MALARIA

Talk to your Physician about anti- malaria medications.  There are several options and your doctor will help you choose the right medication. (Some of them can have serious side-effects). Some people don’t take medication for malaria while on safari- this is totally up to you.  Malaria is spread via mosquito bites- you can get malaria if you are bitten by a mosquito that carries malaria.  No one has ever gotten malaria while on safari with us but it can happen.

FOOD AND WATER

Do not drink water from the tap- bottled water is provided during the day in our safari vehicle.  Food is healthy and safe to eat at all lodges/camps. Bring anti-diarrhea medication to be safe.

ILLNESS

As part of your safari cost, you are covered with “Flying Doctors”-

LAPTOPS AND CELL PHONES

Some people bring their laptops to download photos etc.  Lodges usually have a small computer room for quick emails home. You are able to charge your laptops and phone at the lodges.

MEDICATIONS

Carry a copy of your current prescriptions in case your medications are lost.  ALWAYS carry your medications and other items you can’t live without in your carry-on bag.

Other suggestions:

Anti-diarrhea medication- laxative

Allergy medication

Pain/fever medication

Antibiotic cream

Bug bite cream

TOILET FACILITIES

When we are in the vehicles during the day- we do take bathroom breaks.  Carry wipes or toilet paper with you as it isn’t always available.  You may have to use a “drop toilet” or squat.  Many of us have had to use a “bush toilet”-  Yes, it will probably happen to you!

 

SHOPPING

We stop at several curio shops and each lodge has a gift shop.  Be ready to barter at the curio shops. This can be intense and intimidating but can also be fun!

GIVING

You will meet people who live a very simple life. Your heart will be touched.  You may want to wear clothes/shoes/ toiletries etc. that you don’t mind leaving behind for people who are in need. Small gifts like t shirts, pens, toothpaste etc. are appreciated.

WHAT TO PACK

Remember: Lodges will wash your clothes for a nominal fee- no need to pack excess clothes!

Guideline for women:
– 3 light-weight Capri pants–

– 2 pair jeans (I wear 1 pair on the plane and pack the other)

– 2 pair of shorts

– 7 tank tops or t shirts

– under-wear- socks- PJ

– 1 or 2 light-weight long sleeve shirts to wear during the day to protect arms from sun

– swim suit

– 1 heavy sweat shirt
– 1 very light rain shell
– I wear a medium weight jacket on the plane.
– 2 pair of shoes ( tennis shoes, hikers, sandals, crocs etc. all work.) I wear 1 and pack the other.
– Sunglasses
– 1 scarf in case of dust   This all fits in an Eddie Bauer carry-on and a large “purse”. ( check airlines for luggage size requirements)

Hair-dryers and curling irons may or may not work so I don’t bring them.

We will get dusty and wind-blown, so no need for glamour on safari!

Wet-wipes and antibacterial gels are recommended.

I use light gloves on some mornings as it can be chilly.

To Bring List

  • Cameras and lots of memory cards or tapes (Some guest have used 6 GB on a trip)
  • Good Binoculars ***  You will be glad that you brought this investment!
  • Sun Screen
  • Hat
  • Pullover or light jacket for cold mornings
  • Transformer for power conversion if needed
  • Passport, Visa and (Health Card if needed)
  • Bug spray
  • Flash light
  • Lip balm
  • Emergency contact list

Cat counts:

2009   lion 106, cheetah 9,  leopard 4, serval 1, African wild cat 1, caracal 1 (I think we saw a gazillion zebra)

2010   lion 79,  cheetah 3,  leopard 5  serval 1,  African wild cat 1 (I think we saw a bazillion wildbeest)

2011   lion 83,  cheetah 10, leopard 4, African wild cat 1 ( this time we did count a bazillion wildbeast, wow)

2012   lion 110, cheetah 21, leopard 5, serval 1, African wild cat 2, caracal 2 
( we saw bazillion and 1 zebra)

2013   lion 74,  cheetah  6, leopard 6, serval 2, African wild cat 1 (melanistic) (a few zebra and 1 honey badger)

2014   lion 102, cheetah 18, leopard 4, serval 2 domestic cat 6 (great fun…yes)

2017   lion 135, cheetah 14, leopard 4, and one dead Serval in a tree; killed by a leopard