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"Following the footsteps of African Adam" Tanzania and Zanzibar 13 days/$2990

Expedition to Africa in the Paleolithic tribes of inaccessible areas of North-WesternTanzania + classic safari + beach holiday in Zanzibar

Tour date 18 of January 2020

Check the tour dates here or contacts us info@exotravel.ru. A group (6 and more people) may choose a date.

Why go?

The program "Following the footsteps of African Adam" goes beyond the usual safari. We get to places where massive tour operators do not travel, and we observe Africa as it is. Our main task is to immerse into the African nature, its geological history, and take a close look at the ancient cradle that East Africa has been to the whole of mankind for the last 4 million years. We will get acquainted with the initial stage of the birth of human culture - with the ancient African tribe still living in the Paleolithic.


We will find ourselves in a variety of landscapes, from savannah to jungle, visit various tribes and see large animals in the vicinity of Lake Manyara and the eponymous national park, the legendary Ngorongoro crater with its big five, described by Hunter, the habitat of our ancient ancestors (traces of Australopithecus with the age of 3.8 million years were found near Ngorongoro in Letoli on volcanic ash, the first representative of the Homo genus was found here), we sail to the barrier reef, and, of course, we will see a variety of African animals, large and small, terrestrial and marine.

Modern cultural values will also not be ignored - it includes a visit to the historic center of Stone Town and the impressive museums of African culture in Arusha. For those who are not indifferent to the band "Queen" - a visit to Freddie Mercury's cafe, a native of Zanzibar.

Living in civilized places - only in hotels with high ratings.

Briefly about the tour to Tanzania and Zanzibar:

Hiking and 3 nights in tents, jeeps, airplanes, sailing boats and a marine catamaran.

  • Moscow - Nairobi - Arusha - Rift Valley (geological "wonders of the world", walking route through the homeland of human and the life of modern tribes)
  • The Hadza tribes and the Datoga of Lake Eyashi (a 5-day jeep safari and hiking tours through the Hadza tribe territory, the most remote corners of Africa, the primitive communal system - as it really is)
  • Ngorongoro Crater (jeep safari in the largest caldera in the world, one of the centers of our most ancient ancestors, one of the few places in the world where you will see large animals wherever you look, the location of the big five, the opportunity to see rhinoceroses and lions)
  • Tarangire National Park (jeep safari at the National Park and watching African animals in close)
  • Zanzibar (2 days on a luxury beach in a decent hotel, swimming, diving, sailing, fauna of littoral, Stone Town)

Itinerary:

Day 1-2, January 18th-19th. Flight to Nairobi (Kenya), the beginning of the program. Moving to Arusha (Tanzania). On the way you can see zebras and giraffes. Overnight at the hotel (quality certificates of Trip Advisor 2014 and Traveler Choice 2014, Expedia rating "very good", recommendations of 98% of Expedia tourists).


Day 3, January 20th . Jeep Safari in the Tarangire National Park. The park is famous not only for an amazing abundance of elephants (it is literally full of them), but also rare animals like the oryxes, and even giraffe gazelles (genuerks). There is a high probability to meet African predators - lions, cheetahs and leopards. Night at the hotel of village (100% a few reviews on Trip Advisor "very good" or "excellent").


Day 4, January, 21st . We leave unnecessary things in the hotel and move on an off-road car to dry areas in the vicinity of Lake Eyashi. We visit the village of the cattle-breeding tribe Datoga. Night in a tent in a field camp (there is a shower, a toilet), it is possible to meet a galago, as well as black vervet monkeys. Dinner by the fire.


Day 5, January 22nd . We gather camp, take water with us. We continue the journey to the southeast. Our goal is the distant parking of hadza ("hadzabe" or "batindiga" in Swahili). This is one of the last remaining in the Paleolithic people on Earth. Hazaba hunters-gatherers do not know agriculture, cattle breeding, do not go fishing. We make a field camp near their parking lot, make a fire, have a rest.

 


Day 6, January 23rd. A day at the Hadza living far from the tourist routes and roads, on the edge of the Euphorbiaceae grove. We communicate, take photographs, observe everyday life, methods of making a bonfire and dressing skins, collecting wild honey and searching for roots. Long-distance transitions are possible (in particular, to the deserted shores of Lake Eyashi), crossings and staging of the next camp, as well as night hunting together with hadza. Attention! - Please do not personally participate in the killing and eating animals, we have the eco-tourism.


Day 7, January, 24th. We take the camp and return to our hotel in the village, on the way to make stops to explore the huge baobabs among the rocks sacred to the Hadza, flowering Adenium - poisonous "Desert Rose" and its relative - bottle tree pachypodium, indistinguishable from a large boulder in its appearance. The evening is devoted to the long-awaited rest from the all-pervading red dust and simple joys of civilization (hot water, white sheets).


Day 8, January, 25th. Jeep safari in the crater of Ngorongoro. There is an opportunity to see the "big five" - elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards and rhinoceroses. Ngorongoro - the world's largest caldera, located near the famous Olduvai Gorge, where the mass remains and tools were found the first Homo - Homo habilis, as well as traces in the town Laetolil left in volcanic ash by Australopithecus afarensis, one of our most ancient ancestors. In the evening transfer to Arusha, settling in a certified hotel known to us.



Day 9,January, 26th. Transfer to the airport and departure to the island of Zanzibar. The first night - in Stone Town, one of the most beautiful cities in East Africa. Those who wish can visit Freddie Mercury's café, a native of this city, go to the former slave market, wander around the city and buy souvenirs. Night at the hotel (Trip Advisor Traveler Choice 2014, 91% of Trip Advisor's reviews for "very good" and "excellent").



Day 10. January, 27th. In the morning, those who wish can visit the island where the Seychellois tortoise lives, one of the three species of land giant reptiles left on Earth. In the afternoon we drive to the northern coast, accommodation in a hotel on a coral beach with white sand (quality certificate Trip Advisor in 2014, 90% of the reviews on Trip Advisor "very good" or "excellent").



Day 11. January, 28th. A free "beach" day on one of the few places in Zanzibar with sufficient depth for swimming near the beach and a nice restaurant. Those who wish can go on a sea excursion sailing with local fishermen in the traditional fishing boat "ngalava" to a grand barrier reef encircling the island to dive or do sea fishing. Study of the richest fauna of the littoral. Walking or cycling along unpopulated white coral beaches stretched for tens of kilometers.



Day 12. January, 29th. In the afternoon - return to Stone Town, there is time for a walk, an evening or night flight to Moscow. End of the program. Those who wish can stay in Zanzibar longer or continue their journey by climbing Kilimanjaro and then safari in Kenya.

Day 13. January, 30th. Arrival home in the afternoon or evening.


Cost of the tour to Tanzania:

$ 2990 is the company services (under a service agreement, 1 USD in rubles at the rate of the Central Bank of Russian Federation): organization, booking, escort by  the Secret Meridian instructor / guide, carrier services (except for the Moscow-Nairobi, Zanzibar-Moscow flight), accommodation (for double accommodation), a fee for driving cars in Ngorongoro $ 250 for each jeep, a fee for entering motor vehicles to the Manjara national park and to the Bushmen area, entrance fees to the Protected Areas of Manyara (Tarangire) and Ngorongoro, insurance in the program, guides by the program, entrance in the territory of local communities (including the Datoga and Bushmen tribes on Eyashi), the district tax for visiting the tribes, the Tanzanian tourist tax of 18%, the GPS, the first-aid kit and modern antimalarial medication, the tent, the rug, the payment for the field camp on the lake Eyashi, food during the expedition to Eyashi and in field camps. Supplement for single accommodation $ 200 (in a settlement hotel on Lake Eyashi - only if there are seats available).

The cost of the tour does not include:

International flight; taxi from / to the airport to the hotel, if the arrival / departure is different from the arrival / departure of the main group with a guide; food outside the camps; a transit visa to Kenya and a tourist visa to Tanzania; extracurricular excursions and museums (in particular, in Zanzibar), tips to guides and drivers, souvenirs.

Important information:

  • Before buying tickets, please pre-arrange a contract with our company and agree the flight data.
  • Those who want to fly with minimal stops: please refuse to take your luggage and confine yourself to hand luggage.
  • Currently, the Kenyan transit visa can be issued by arrival, it costs $ 20. However, it is possible that the rules will be changed and a Kenyan visa will be required to be issued in advance on the Kenyan public services portal, its real value in rubles at the rate of the Central Bank in this case will be 23 Dollars.
  • Tanzania visa is paid in cash ($ 50) independently when crossing the land border.
  • The program is designed for people with normal physical preparation, ready for expeditionary conditions, overnight stays in the tent, unpredictable disconnections of water or electricity in hotels and the unpretentiousness of African cuisine and life in general. An indispensable condition is European political correctness and tolerance for the not very serious but very cheerful and sociable population of Black Africa. 
  • Age - from 18 years; the top age is not limited to anyone.
  • Excursions are light or with a small backpack, the main things remain in the field camp or jeep.
  • With you from Moscow: a light sleeping bag or blanket, toiletries, clothes, money, documents.
  • A tent and a rug are provided.
  • In the dry bush Eyasi there is almost no malaria (however, it is still necessary to use the repellent in the morning and in the evening). To do or not to do malaria prophylaxis is up to you.
  • It is necessary not only to vaccinate against yellow fever at least 10 days before departure but also do not forget to take a certificate of vaccination with you.
  • It should be kept in mind that when exporting products from wood in Tanzania, a tax of 44 thousand shillings ($ 20) is taken for the whole product or 4,1 thousand (2 dollars) per 1 kg
  • In the field camps simple but high-quality food will be provided
  • Water for washing: limited only on the 4 th and 5 th day, however a small amount will be provided.
  • Everybody takes part in the camp setting.
  • It is recommended to take a minimum of things. The weight of all luggage, including hand luggage and souvenirs, should not exceed 20 kg.
  • Attention! The validity of your passport must be at least 6 months from the date of the end of the trip!
  • The author of the project is the candidate of geographical sciences.

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