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with a Walking Safari

September 17-29, 2009

Itinerary - Part A - Part B  

When the earth formed the Great Rift Valley, one of the sites was discovered to be the cradle of humankind. The archaeological discoveries of East Africa are renowned; the human species which were left behind have been estimated to be 1.75 million years old.

East Africa is an incredible place to travel because of the concentration of animals, spectacular terrain, different climates, natural history, and rich culture that has remained unchanged for centuries. And in our 21st century Africa still holds its wonder... walks and game drives through its vast plains has brought countless visitors to East Africa. Tanzania offers some of the best wildlife spotting opportunities on the continent with stunning landscapes of hills, escarpments and golden savannas resting in quiet beauty. Ancient rock outcroppings appear on this corridor of the Serengeti Plains. As we travel by foot on this safari we truly meet the environment, the tribe’s people. We will walk through miles of vast open spaces beneath the infinite sky of East Africa hearing the sounds of Africa, seeing its remarkable birdlife.

Africa is home to wildlife that will amaze; the buffalo, elephant, antelope, monkeys, gazelles, zebra, giraffes, leopard and wildebeest are but some of the animals we will see in his walk in Tanzania. The unspoiled wilderness and wildlife of East Africa are a beautiful setting for a safari. It is where humans and wild animals have lived together naturally for thousands of years.

On September 17 a small group will meet at Kilimanjaro Airport. We will be guided by our Dorobo Safari friends, naturalists who have based their adventure travel on the philosophy that the natural environments, wilderness and wildlife, are intimately and irrevocably linked to people, both locally and globally. They offer unique educational experiences; thus we have traveled with them for 16 years.

September is a friendly weather time in East Africa with temperatures ranging in the 60’s to low 70s. Zanzibar’s averages range from 74 to 82. The total from homeland departure to return is 14 days.

We are excited about our upcoming Trek through Time in East Africa. With our experienced naturalist, Thad Peterson of Dorobo Safaris, we will offer a stimulating walking safari. Thad has been guiding Journeys Inward treks and walking safaris for the past 20 years. (Click to learn more about Dorobo Safaris.)


Sept 16    Leave the U.S.
Sept 17 Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport and to Ngurdoto Lodge Nestled between Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro, Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge is located within a lush coffee plantation, 140 acres, with natural streams flowing through the property, from Mt Meru.
Sept 18 Arusha National Park-the “gem amongst parks,” we have an opportunity to see our first wildlife-giraffe, buffalo, bushbuck and hopefully the spectacular black and white Colobus monkeys. After our picnic lunch we head for Tarangire. Night at Tarangire Safari Lodge.
Sept 19 Gameview our way through main part of Tarangire. The main highlight in Tarangire is elephant. During the dry season Jun/Dec especially, elephant mass along the river in enormous numbers and viewing is amongst the finest in Africa.
Sept 20 Yaeda Valley - Dorobo Camp. There we will camp next to the Hadza. About 400 members of the Eastern Hadza tribe live in Tanzania today, the only hunter-gatherers who remain in Africa. It was a mere 12,000 years ago that our ancestors domesticated plants and animals. Until then, hunter-gatherers dominated Africa as they did the rest of the world. Dorobo Mobile Camp.
Sept 21 Yaeda Valley - Learning with the Hadza - Dorobo Camp
Yaeda Valley - interaction with Hadza and hikes. The Hadza hunt game, gather edible plants and honey, and move from place to place whenever the weather changes, or the wild herds migrate, or they just feel like moving. In small groups of about eighteen adults and their children, they pitch camps among the rocks and trees of the dry savanna where they live on 1,000 square miles near Lake E yasi, a salt lake in northern Tanzania. Every two weeks or so, they move to a new campsite. Dorobo Mobile Camp.
Sept 22 We travel to the Ngorongoro Crater in the highlands. Ngorngoro Serena Lodge.
Sept 23 We descend into the Ngorongoro Crater to view the Scenic grandeur of the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera in the world. There are 25,000 larger animals within the crater itself, mostly Zebra and wildebeest. This is undoubtedly the best place to see black rhino in Tanzania as well as prides of lion that include the magnificent black-maned males. More than a 100 species of bird not found in the Serengeti have been found in the Crater. Other game: leopard, cheetah, hyena, elephants, warthog, impala, buffalo, hartebeest, eland and lots of other members of the antelope family. Crater visit. Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.
Sept 24 Travel into Serengeti to Seronera and then into the wilderness zone - 40 kms off road to trailhead camp for trek (day of wildlife viewing). Dorobo Mobile Camp.
Sept 25 Trek - Dorobo Mobile Camp
Sept 26 Trek - Dorobo Mobile Camp
Sept 27 Morning Trek - after lunch - travel to Lobo Lodge for night
Sept 28 Scheduled charter from Lobo to Arusha - dayrooms Arusha Hotel - evening departure or Zanzibar folks fly to Zanzibar


Sept 28 Fly from Lobo and on to Zanzibar - arrive 2:30
Beit Al Chai hotel in Stone town - afternoon and evening free

Zanzibar, or 'Unguja' as it known locally, is truly an enchanted island, long fine white sand beaches which lead into warm aquamarine waters and provide the backdrop for superb diving and snorkeling. It's history, steeped with romance and mystery, the slave and ivory trades and spice plantations, Zanzibar is essentially a nineteenth century phenomenon. The atmospheric Stone Town with its carved wooden doors and narrow cobblestone streets is a good base from which to make fascinating excursions to forest reserves, spice plantations, dolphin cruises and trips to the powder white beaches of the north and east coasts.

Upon arrival, we transfer to Beit Al Chai hotel in Stone town - afternoon free for checking out the town. Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, little changed in the last 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. This one-upmanship is particularly reflected in the brass-studded, carved, wooden doors - there are more than 500 different examples of this handiwork. You can spend many idle hours and days just wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways. Stone Town was recently and deservedly declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Sept 29 Morning guided tour of Stone Town and spice tour. Lunch in Stone town. Proceed to Mlaweni ruins for boat transfer to Chumbe Island Lodge.
Sept 30 The Chumbe Island Coral Park is a unique privately managed nature reserve developed and managed by the Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd. (CHICOP). It is a rare example of a still pristine coral island ecosystem in an otherwise heavily overfished and over-exploited area.

The reserve includes a reef sanctuary, which has become the first gazetted marine park in Tanzania, and a forest reserve. Lots of activities are waiting for you on and around Chumbe Island. The whole of Chumbe Island is a nature reserve and you may explore its beauties either under the competent guidance of the park rangers or at your leisure.

Snorkel through the unique shallow water Reef Sanctuary or explore the Forest Reserve and historical monuments. Take an excursion out SCUBA diving the nearby reefs, or perhaps just allow yourself a lazy day watching dhows and outrigger boats go by....
Oct 1 Afternoon flight to JRO/Kili to catch the evening KLM flight
PART A:    $6025. for group of 6 to 9
Single Supplement is $580.
PART B: $2330.* for a double
$2630.* for a single

NOTE: This based on smallest group size - four. Will be reduced as group size increases.

The cost covers everything except drinks and other personal extras at lodges, and tips.

For many years Leah Krawetz Travel in St. Paul, Minnesota has found fine prices to Africa. She can be reached at 1.800.544.0110. If you are using airline mileage, I would suggest you contact your airlines asap.

NOTE: Travel to E. Africa is extremely busy at this time of year; in order for us to hold our planned reservations, we need to have deposits paid well in advance.

A $2995. deposit (for all taking both parts) will be needed from group participants immediately. If you are choosing just one part of this journey, then one third of payment is due immediately in order to guarantee our reservations.

Final payments will be due by July 1.

For more information contact:

Marilyn Mason
Journeys Unlimited
369 Montezuma Ave., #199
Santa Fe, N.M. 87501


Chumbe Island south bungalows
photo ©Heinz Heile

Chumbe Island reef at low tide

photo ©Joonas Sandholm